This week, Topic spoke to Fine Gael councillor Emily Wallace about her life growing up in Balreagh, Clonkill, her great passion for sports and encouraging youngsters to get involved as well as her reasons for becoming a councillor, in the first of a three-part series about female elected representatives in the area.
By Claire Corrigan
Representing the Mullingar-Coole area, Emily Wallace lives in Gaybrook Miltownpass with her husband Tom and three children.
She is originally from Monilea where she found her love of GAA and helping her dad Peter Curran make hurleys. Emily has proudly represented Westmeath Camogie at County level and is currently a qualified camogie coach as well as assistant secretary of Westmeath County Camogie Board and mentor and PRO at club level.
She holds an honours degree in Business Enterprise and works in Mullingar as a self-employed marketing and research analyst, specialising in enterprise, innovation and new product design.
Emily and Tom are thoroughbred horse breeders and suckler to beef farmers.
Emily is also secretary of the Brosna Art Group, and Parents Association committee, member of Gainstown Primary School and is involved with the local Community Games and Community Action Group.
She played a key role in the successful campaign opposed to the location of Industrial Wind Turbine Development in the Gaybrook/Milltownpass area.
“I don’t believe in ‘it can’t be done’. I think it can be done in some format with some kind of solution that is good for both. You won’t solve every issue but sometimes there is a reason for complaints. Meet it head on, face it, sort it, move on,” she said.