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Thursday 19 September 2019

Five new Wexford ambassadors

PADRAIG BYRNE

A CROWD gathered at Wexford Opera House last Friday night to welcome on board five new Wexford Ambassadors who will be given the task of promoting Wexford as a tourist destination all over the world.

The five new ambassadors for 2012 are former newscaster Anne Doyle, boxing coach Billy Walsh, TV presenter Dermot O'Leary, singer Michael Londra and author John Banville.

Anne Doyle, who recently retired from RTE, is a proud Wexford woman, hailing from Ferns and attending the Loreto College.

Joining Ann will be boxing coach Billy Walsh. Billy excelled at sports from an early age, developing a passion for boxing. Billy has turned his hand to coaching and his levels of success at European, World and Olympic levels are unprecedented.

Also on the list of ambassadors is TV presenter Dermot O'Leary. Despite being born in Colchester, Essex, Dermot's parents, Sean and Marie, are from Wexford and Dermot is extremely proud of his roots. His father Sean gratefully accepted an ambassadorial pin on behalf of his son.

The fourth ambassador, Michael Londra, is an extremely active member of the Visit Wexford campaign in North America. Now living in America, Michael divides his time between his singing career and working as an ambassador for Concern and now Wexford too!

The final ambassadorial role was given to renowned author John Banville. He worked for many years in journalism before going on to become a very successful writer, culminating in his novel ' The Sea' winning the Man Booker Prize in 2005. John was represented at the ceremony by his sister Vonnie Evans.

The ceremony at the Wexford Opera House was overseen by Cllr. John Hegarty and the ambassadorial pins were presented by Chairman of Wexford County Council, Oliver Walsh.

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