Our hopes for 2015
SOME WELL KNOWN LOCALS TELL PADRAIG BYRNE ABOUT THEIR AMBITIONS FOR THE COMING YEAR
Singer-songwriter Luan Parle:
‘I suppose my big hope for 2015 work wise is to do well overseas and maybe dip a toe stateside. My new single just launched at the end of November and then the next one comes out January 30. Then we’ll have the EP coming out and we have a German tour scheduled for spring. So please God it’ll be a busy year and it’ll all go well.
‘From a personal point of view, I suppose my new year’s resolution is to get fit and healthy. I usually like to do a bit of walking and keep fit, but being on tour I’ve become a bit lackadaisical and you end up eating food that isn’t good for you and that kind of thing. It might be a bit boring, but I suppose my resolution would be to get back training and get myself fit.’
Sean Olohan, member of the band The Cantoons:
‘I suppose my main wish for 2015 would be good health and improved business all round. I’d also love to see an increase in sales of my album “A Love for the Music” for cancer support and Wicklow Hospice. Apart from that I suppose, just health and happiness is all you can wish for in the New Year really. In terms of a New Year’s resolution, I haven’t thought of it too much. I suppose I’d like to get out and walk my dog a big more!’
Michael Kelly, Shopkeeper of the Year from Carnew:
‘Really the big wish for 2015 would be that things get a bit easier for everyone in general. I know a lot of people struggled during the recession and lots of families found it hard. This had a knock-on effect for businesses too, but I think everyone has really felt it in the last few years. A lot of families have lost members to emigration, as people are forced to look abroad for work. I suppose my hope would be that things continue to pick up and maybe all those emigrants can return home to their families. I don’t think I really have any New Year’s resolutions, only to keep on going and keep doing what I do to the best of my ability.’
Dave Murray, new PRO for Wicklow GAA:
‘From a GAA perspective, I’d be hoping for success on the field, particularly for the hurlers. I’d have a great interest in the hurling side of things as I’m also kit manager for the team. The lads will be playing in a higher division this year so it won’t be easy, but I’d be hoping for good performances in the league and the Christy Ring Cup. We’ve reached two finals in the Christy Ring and been beaten so we’re hoping to break our duck on that one and finally win it. We’ve got lots of exciting young players coming through and Leighton Glynn throwing his lot in with the hurlers this year is a major boost.
‘From my own point of view, to be honest, I never really make New Year’s resolutions. I try to do the best I can in everything I do all the time. This year I have the added responsibility of being the county PRO, so there’s a lot of work ahead, but hopefully it will all go well.’
Ian Davis, PURE Project:
‘From the point of view of the PURE Project, the big hope for the new year would be that we get the opportunity to work with more communities across county Wicklow to improve them and tackle the problem of illegal dumping. 2014 has been the busiest but most successful year of the project and we hope to carry that on into next year.
‘We’ve had the pleasure of working with 24 communities across Wicklow on the PURE Mile this year and hopefully we can work with even more in the New Year.
‘From my own point of view, I aim to get out and do a bit more running in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains.’
Christopher Fox, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council:
‘My big hope for the new year from a political point of view would be to get social housing construction programme up and running as soon as possible. Homelessness and housing have become a huge issue and I’d like to see that particular problem tackled in the New Year.
‘In terms of myself, I suppose 2014 has been a very busy year, but a good year. I’ve been kept busy with being Chairman of the council and then we’re also overseeing a large development on the family farm. As well as that I’ve been involved in coaching local kids here in Kilmacanogue, so hopefully there’ll be more of the same next year. If I was to pick one thing from a personal point of view though, I’d love to see the local GAA Club claim some silverware this year. We’ve been beaten in three of the last four championship finals, so it’d be lovely to see the lads finally bring home the trophy.’
James Nelson, Celtic Tenor:
Every morning I get up I realise how fortunate I am that music is my life, my hobby is my career. After 15 years as a Celtic Tenor, and ten years before that as a full-time operatic tenor, 2015 announces the Celtic Tenors’ fresh ‘signing’ and 12th CD, this time on the Universal/Decca label for worldwide release, as well as a full diary of dates
MY HOPE WOULD BE
THAT THINGS CONTINUE TO PICK UP AND MAYBE ALL THOSE EMIGRANTS CAN RETURN HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES
– more of the same please!
‘Family-wise I hope for comfort for my Dad in Sligo who suffers from advanced Lewy-Body Dementia. I hope for my other family of Kenyan orphans to continue to achieve their goals and dreams in school, university and life, as I look forward to my 11th trip to the Nairobi slums (www. kenyabuild.com).
‘For Ireland, I hope every single person finally makes it fully out of recession. For the world, I hope we come to at last realise the futility of war and conflict.
Liz Wall, ICA National President:
‘Well 2014 has been a very busy year for the ICA and hopefully that will continue in 2015. Our membership has grown, we’ve done work on our adult education centre in Drogheda, we’re now working in partnership with the IFA again for the first time in about 20 years and then we’ve worked on lots of community projects too. One of the things we’ve done lots of work on is mental health and a big hope for 2015 would be that we can get to the stage where it’s okay to talk about it. Every day we hear about more and more people being lost to suicide, so it’s a change that has to be made.
‘For myself, I suppose my hope would just be to stay healthy and happy and continue working away in the New Year.’
Laura Wood, East Coast FM presenter:
‘My New Years Resolutions for 2015 are to become fitter and stronger than I’ve ever been before and to share humour and kindness with everyone I meet!
‘I’ve been blessed in 2014 with a healthy happy family. Now with a third child on the way in April I hope 2015 isn’t as hectic and chaotic as I’m expecting it to be! My mum is on the mend from breast cancer, I hope she has a full and speedy recovery. It was a good year career wise for me getting to present The Gadget Buzz on TV3 of which there’s talk of a second series in 2015. I’ve enjoyed another year presenting East Coast FM’s breakfast show and there’s some other exciting things in the pipeline so hopefully the year ahead will be one of my most fulfilling and happy ones to date.’