Stories of the South East

Stories of the South East – Jean Maskell

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NAME :

Jean Maskell

OCCUPATION :

Artist and writer

RIVER :

The Slaney.  The river runs through my family history, and when I catch my first glimpse of it on a visit, I feel home.

FAVOURITE QUOTE :

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

FAVOURITE PLACE TO VISIT :

There are so many, it’s difficult to choose, but recently Tara Hill near Gorey and the  Ballymoney coastline have been an inspiration for my art and writing.

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STORIES OF THE SOUTH EAST – DONAL JACOB

NAME :

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OCCUPATION :

Primary School Cycle Instructor

& Owner of Greenway Waterford Bike Hire

http://greenwaywaterfordbikehire.ie/

(Former proprietor of Jacob’s Newsagents, a family owned business that closed its doors in 2014 after 58 years in business)

RIVER :

The Suir. It flows through my home city, and I see it every day on my travels. It has been the life-source of the city since it was first founded, over 1100 years ago.

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Stories of the South East – Liz Nolan

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NAME:

Liz Nolan

OCCUPATION:

General Manager of Castlecomer Discovery Park.Estd in 2007, this stunning 80 acre   woodland park comprises Ireland’s longest over water zipline, a full activity programme, design craft workshops and great café. This ‘young’ emerging  park is a real gem! www.discoverypark.ie

RIVER: (WHAT RIVER AM I MOST ASSOCIATED WITH; NORE, BARROW, SUIR?)

The lovely Nore! I live nearby and enjoy jogging across the stunning new bridge and seeing the quirky and fun giant mural by local artist Mick Minogue. Always makes me smile.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“It’s later than you think!”

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Stories of the South East – Paul Delaney

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NAME:

Paul Delaney

OCCUPATION:

Coordinator of the Cornmarket Project, a service in County Wexford for those who want to reclaim their lives from drug and alcohol addiction and move away from anti-social behaviour.

RIVER: (What river am I most associated with; Nore, Barrow, Suir?)

Forgive me for cheating a bit here and not sticking to the brief of choosing from the Nore, Barrow or Suir. But Delaney is an Irish surname derived from the Gaelic Ó Dubhsláine, Dubh meaning black and Slaine for the River Slaine (Slaney). So the river Slaney it is for me then!

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

Try to learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

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Stories of the South East – Petra Kindler

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NAME :

Petra Adina Kindler

OCCUPATION :

Literary Translator, Playwright, Accidental Comedy Performer: my one-woman show, “SERIOUSLY NOW! – confessions of a recovering German”, is next on in the exquisitely twee Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms (above La Boheme Restaurant) in Waterford City. Friday, 11 March @ 8 pm.

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Stories of the South East – Aisling Hayes

NAME :

Aisling Hayes

OCCUPATION :

Promoting Kilkenny for Business and Tourism with Kilkenny County Council

RIVER :

Without hesitation – the Nore

FAVOURITE QUOTE :

I am not young enough to know everything – Oscar Wilde

FAVOURITE PLACE TO VISIT:

Hard to choose, it usually relates one of the Three sisters and one of the Four Seasons.

Favourites – the Riverbank walk Bennettsbridge to Kilkenny in early Spring, the Monkeypuzzle walk Woodstock gardens Inistioge on a sunny afternoon, Tramore strand on a cold crisp winter’s day, Leighlinbridge in autumn; and Mount Juliet and the Nire Valley, any time of year.

FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WHERE I COME FROM:

I am surrounded by beautiful places and creative people.I lived in Dublin for 20 years and loved its vibrancy but as soon as I cross Bennettsbridge and see Nicholas Mosse Pottery on the horizon, I know I’m home and there’s nowhere quite like it. I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place as Kilkenny, steeped  in culture, heritage and craft, it’s a positive environment.

AND ANOTHER THING

I spent my final college years doing an MSc in Zoology at UCD, usually knee-deep in rivers and canals carrying out field research.  I still have an innate fascination with the natural world and the ecology of the region so living in close proximity to scenic waterways like the River Nore, Suir and Barrow is a privilege.

The three sisters bid for ECOC is a unique proposition but the three counties and this pocket of the Ancient East has what it takes to deliver as capital of culture . We might be small but we punch well above our weight!