Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

THE red car­pet was well and truly rolled out in En­nis­cor­thy as Taiwanese Am­bas­sador to Ire­land Mr Si­mon Tu ar­rived for a special visit. The am­bas­sador took in all the sights and sounds of his­toric En­nis­cor­thy and was wel­comed to the Cas­tle by En­nis­cor­thy His­tor­i­cal Re-en­act­ment so­ci­ety in full tra­di­tional dress.

The am­bas­sador had en­joyed a lunch date with Dis­trict Man­ager Liz Hore, coun­cil of­fi­cials and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the lo­cal business com­mu­nity, where he had discussed the pos­si­bil­i­ties of ad­vanc­ing cul­tural and eco­nomic re­la­tions be­tween Wex­ford and Tai­wan. Ear­lier that morn­ing he vis­ited an­tenna provider Tao­glas on the Old Dublin Road a com­pany which cur­rently has man­u­fac­tur­ing links with Mr Tu’s home coun­try.

Chair­man of the En­nis­cor­thy Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict Keith Doyle said that the am­bas­sador was very pro-ac­tive and prac­ti­cal and said that it was a mat­ter for En­nis­cor­thy ‘get­ting its ducks in a row’ to progress and ad­vance the re­la­tion­ship with Tai­wan.

‘We were de­lighted to give Mr Tu a taste of what we’re try­ing to achieve in ar­eas like IT and tourism and also to ex­plore cul­tural links with En­nis­cor­thy,’ said Cllr Doyle. ‘We vis­ited Tao­glas this morn­ing and it’s an ex­cit­ing time for IT in En­nis­cor­thy. We hope to turn the sod on our new tech­nol­ogy park in Spring.’

Tourism was an­other topic which Mr Tu discussed with Wex­ford of­fi­cials and Cllr Doyle in­formed him of the ma­jor de­vel­op­ments which are planned for En­nis­cor­thy in the near fu­ture in the hope that some of Tai­wan’s 23.5mil­lion pop­u­la­tion may consider pay­ing a visit to Slaney­side. An in­vi­ta­tion was also ex­tended to Mr Tu to visit En­nis­cor­thy for next year’s Rockin’ Food Fes­ti­val which has be­come a real high­light of the fes­ti­val cal­en­dar.

On be­half of the lo­cal business com­mu­nity, En­nis­cor­thy & Dis­trict Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Ma­ree Lyng wel­comed the am­bas­sador as well as plans to see Wex­ford and Tai­wan align. She said that Mr Tu had been ex­tremely re­cep­tive to the idea of bring­ing Wex­ford’s mes­sage to the peo­ple of Tai­wan and ‘it be­hoves us to cre­ate some­thing for him to bring back’.

Mr Tu was blown away by the wel­come he re­ceived in En­nis­cor­thy.

‘I have re­ally en­joyed the warm wel­come of the Ir­ish peo­ple,’ he said. ‘I talk with many peo­ple about business and trade, but I was gen­uinely touched by the wel­come I re­ceived. Once I ar­rived, I found this beau­ti­ful cas­tle and it is a re­ally beau­ti­ful town.’

‘I am not a sales­man for my coun­try,’ he con­tin­ued. ‘But I wish to be a sales­man for Ire­land and I will do my best to en­cour­age cul­tural groups to come to Ire­land and here to En­nis­cor­thy and I vow to put more ef­forts into de­vel­op­ing this re­la­tion­ship in the fu­ture.’

Mr Tu was then treated to some mu­sic from stu­dents of En­nis­cor­thy Vo­ca­tional Col­lege and en­joyed mix­ing with mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, among them Bishop De­nis Bren­nan who re­cently vis­ited Tai­wan to at­tend the Apostle­ship of the Sea Con­fer­ence.

Liz Hore, dis­trict man­ager; Kevin Lewis, CEO WWETB; Bríd Kelly, En­nis­cor­thy Vo­ca­tional Col­lege; Conor Kenny, EVC; Mr Si­mon Su, Taiwanese Am­bas­sador to Ire­land; Rhian Tyrrell-Wright, EVC; James Browne TD and Cllr Keith Doyle, chair­man En­nis­cor­thy...

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