It's official - Gorey is a sound town
Gorey has been named a 'Sound Town' by Today FM and is now in the running to win a €10,000 prize for a chosen charity, and a team led by presenter Alison Curtis from the Dublin station made a trip down the coast to showcase what the town has to offer.
It was Nevan Riley from South East Digital, which is based in Gorey's Hatch Lab, who nominated Gorey for the award, and he has chosen St Aidans Services as his charity of choice.
'I came across the story online and since I moved to Gorey from Arklow two years ago, I've been made to feel very welcome and I wanted to do something to share that,' said Nevan.
In recent months Nevan has been working closely with the team behind the upcoming Gorey Oscarz for St Aidans.
'Since working with the Oscarz I've been introduced to the fantastic work that St Aidans do. They're currently fundraising and need the money, so with €10,000 on offer, I thought of St Aidans straight away as it would be another great boost,' he said.
South East Digital provides digital marketing services to clients, from editorial content, web and graphic design, video and social media advertising and prides itself on being creative and unique.
Its owner Nevan, holds a masters in journalism and a diploma in digital marketing strategy and has worked in this field for six years.
'The Hatch Lab opened the week after I moved to Gorey, and I'd say I was one of the first people through the door. It was definitely a case of the right place at the right time. Working there has made a major difference from a business point of view, as I had been working from home as a sole trader. In an office environment, I'm surrounded by like-minded people and it has opened a lot more doors. I've made a lot of connections here in Gorey, as it's just another network,' he said.
Nevan has both local businesses as clients as well as some bigger clients nationally, with about 22-24 clients altogether, but he said that having people to point him in the right direction in Gorey helps his business.
This fits in to what embodies the 'sound' idea in a town or community in Ireland as part of the competition, as town's which have optimism, can show themselves to neighbourly, dependable and even surprising are highlighted.
During the Today FM visit to Gorey, Alison Curtis met with Wexford All Star Mattie Forde, Wexford Rose Emma Byrne, local business owner Cillian Byrne and Micheal Gleeson of Loch Garman Arms Hotel.
The Today FM team then took a spin around Gorey and filmed all the beautiful spots for a promotional video released on its Facebook page.
Out of hundreds of entries, there will be six more towns will be short listed over the summer, with the overall winner announced in the autumn.