Our hopes for 2015


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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



– 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.’

Dave Mur­ray

Sean Olo­han

Liz Wall

Laura Wood

James Nel­son

Ian Davis

Luan Parle

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