Wexford's Current Ambassadors

Anne Doyle

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Anne Doyle

Ann Doyle is from Ferns, Co. Wexford, and was educated there, at Loreto in Gorey and UCD.  There she studied for a BA in History and English and a H.Dip in Education.


She worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs before joining RTE as a newsreader in 1978.  She presented the main evening bulletins for the next thirty three years, until retiring last Christmas Day.  In that time she worked on almost all the big stories of the day and served as a member of the RTÉ Authority for five years.


Anne Doyle had the honour of being represented on a postage stamp last year to mark RTÉ’s fifty years celebrations.  Her interests are travel, folklore, animal welfare and sport (though definitely only as an observer!) and Anne is a voracious reader.

Billy Walsh Profile

Billy Walsh

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Billy Walsh

Billy Walsh, current Head Coach to the Irish Boxing High Performance Team, is an outstanding sportsman born in Wexford town. Billy developed a love of all sports at an early age and excelled at them all. During his own boxing career he won seven Irish Senior titles, represented Ireland at European and World Championships and achieved his lifelong ambition by taking part in the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988.


In recent years Billy has turned a labour of love into a career by becoming head coach for the last ten years. The successes to date at European, World and Olympic level are unprecedented in the history of Irish Sport and as a result he has become one of the most highly respected and sought after coaches in the world of Boxing.

Dermot O'Leary Profile

Dermot O'Leary

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Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary's television and radio work has made him a household name.


With successes as diverse as T4 for Channel 4, hosting his own BBC Radio 2 show every Saturday (winner of 2 Sony Radio Awards), and Big Brother's Little Brother.


Dermot also chaired the debate and interviewed party leaders for First Time Voters Question Time on BBC3.  In 2007 he landed the coveted role of presenting ITV1's The X Factor, and has been on hand ever since to offer contestants support and encouragement as well as holding the judges to account.  Dermot is soon to present Unicef's SoccerAid on ITV1, and is presenter of the National Television Awards.

Michael Londra Profile

Michael Londra

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Michael Londra

Chicago based, Michael Londra is from a singing family in Wexford town. He started as a boy soprano with Sr. Mary Walsh in her Children's Choir, performing in several productions of Wexford Festival Opera. He sang locally with Wexford Male Voice Choir, Rowe Street Folk Group, Oyster Lane Theatre Group & Wexford Light Opera before deciding on a professional singing career at aged 31. In March 2000 he was offered the lead singing role in the production of Riverdance on Broadway, launching Michael's recording and producing career began.


Michael's first album "Celt" was produced by acclaimed producer Steve Skinner who co-produced the Grammy nominated soundtrack of RENT. He appears with Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, Sarah Brightman and Kathryn Jenkins on the Universal Records 2009 release Arias : Ancora. In 2004 Michael was chosen by composer John Debney for the role of Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ" Symphony based on the Mel Gibson movie. He has  performed as guest vocalist with Frankie Gavin and De Dannan and Teada. His PBS TV special, Beyond Celtic, which he co-produced with Mindfox Productions, was taped in March 2011, airing across North America over 300 times and plans have begun for a second special to be filmed later this year.


In April 2012 he signed a publishing deal with Shapiro Bernstein and will spend much of this year writing and performing in Nashville. This month, Michael will perform with country legend, Vince Gill and jazz guitarist Larry Carlton.


The Irish Emigrant in New York describes his work as "one of the best recordings of Danny Boy in history". A Youtube video of this recording has been downloaded by 5.6 million people. Capitalceltic.com describes Michael as "one of the greatest Irish singers of our time".


Michael's work with partner Jean Clancy on the Celtic Woman project created by Sharon Browne was a turning point in Michael"s career off stage. He has been involved in many productions around the world as an artistic director and producer. His production company has stage several major tours in China, Australia and through Europe.


He created Radiocelt.com as part of the Accuradio network. Michael is an ambassador for Concern Worldwide through several cd releases which raised considerable awareness for the charity and through many visits to Haiti. He is a proud advocate in North America for the Visit Wexford campaign.

John Banville

John Banville

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John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford in 1945. He was educated at Christian Brothers schools and St Peter’s College in Wexford. He worked in journalism for many years, first on The Irish Press and later The Irish Times, where he was Literary Editor from 1988 to 2000. His novels include Birchwood, Kepler, The Book of Evidence and The Sea, which was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2005. He is the recipient also of the Guardian Fiction Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Award, a Lannan Foundation award and the Franz Kafka Prize. Under the pen-name Benjamin Black he has written a number of crime novels, including Christine Falls and A Death in Summer. He has worked extensively in film, most recently on the script for the Glenn Close movie Albert Nobbs. He reviews for numerous publications includingThe Irish Times, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times and the London Guardian.

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Eoin Colfer

Born in Wexford in 1965, Eoin Colfer first developed a passion for writing as a child, reading Viking books inspired by his history lessons at that time. A qualified primary school teacher, his first book, Benny and Omar [1998] was based on his experiences in Tunisia where he had worked for a while. Several other novels followed. In 2001, the first Artemis Fowl novel was published and he resigned from teaching to write full-time.

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Gordon D'Arcy

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Gordon D'Arcy

Gordon Darcy has proven himself to be one of Europe’s top rugby players over the last ten years in a golden era for Leinster and Irish rugby. Born in Ferns Co Wexford, he has represented Lansdowne, Leinster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions with great distinction. Among the many highlights were a 6 nation’s player of the year award, multiple triple crowns and the historic Grand Slam while with  Leinster he has won two Heineken ERC titles in the last two years.

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Colm Tóibín

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Colm Tóibín

Born in Enniscorthy Co Wexford in 1955, Colm Toibin is internationally regarded for his writing in fiction, non-fiction, theatre and for his editorial role in many publications. He is a member of the Arts Council of Ireland. He has been a visiting writer at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin and Princeton University.

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Kevin Doyle

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Kevin Doyle

Republic of Ireland International soccer player of the year, Kevin Doyle was born in Adamstown, Co Wexford. After a hugely successful underage soccer career in Wexford, Kevin came to international prominence playing with Reading. His hard work, direct style of play and eye for goal meant he was snapped up by Wolves for a record fee and since his arrival at the club, his goals have been largely responsible for keeping them in the English Premier League. At the same time, he has been a vital part of the Irish International team, captaining the side and winning over 40 caps to date.

About the Wexford
Ambassadors Programme

Wexford County Council launched the ambassador programme in 2010.  This Programme honours the achievement of Wexford men and women and recognizes their contribution to the county’s development in promoting Wexford on the international stage.

Ambassadors Bursary 2012

The theme selected for the 2012 bursary was international sporting achievement.  The 2012 Wexford Ambassador Bursary was presented to swimmer and Olympic qualifier Grainne Murphy from Ballinaboola and young international sailor Philip Doran from Courtown.  Each received a bursary of €2,500.

New Video Capturing essence of Wexford

Produced for www.visitwexford.ie the video includes some prime Wexford attractions like Curracloe Beach, Hook Lighthouse, Enniscorthy Castle and Wexford Opera House.

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