“The excitement is mounting here in Gorey for our annual festival – it is the biggest event of the year – and it builds on the tradition of the Summer Fair and you could say it has taken the summer fair into the 21st century,” District Manager Amanda Byrne told WexfordToday.com in advance of the Market House Festival which brings a party atmosphere to Gorey for the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The official opening of the festival took place in Gorey Library this evening (Thursday) with Cllr John Hegarty, Cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal District Council, promising a great experience for everyone, locals and visitors alike, coming to Gorey for the weekend and he extended a warm welcome to all.
David Monaghan spoke of the Gorey Youth Needs and Art Collective and the Public Space Art which engages talented youth with public space and he encouraged everyone to share with the artists by going along to see their work.
The annual Gorey Photographic Club exhibition in Gorey Library was also launched and it shows Gorey through the local lens and is always refreshing and captures the changes that are ongoing in Gorey and its environments.
Chairman Willie Stedmond addressed the attendance for the photo club while Regina Fogarty represented Gorey Art Circle.
BEAT FM presents the ‘Beat on the Street’, and on the open stage on the Main Street, Mark McCabe, Wild Youth, DJ Chris Ward, Sean and Conor Price, and Tuesday at Six will entertain the crowds on Friday night.
Saturday’s highlights include busking on the Main Street, Play Day in Gorey Town Park from 12.30 – 5 pm with puppet shows, magicians, stilt walkers, food stalls and more, and music from Jake Carter and Fusion. SOUTH EAST RADIO will be broadcasting from the Main Street with Dave Redmond in the afternoon.
On Sunday, the local’s favourite, Tommy Carroll, will be entertaining, also Sam Ali, The Remedy Club, Dave Clark, Johnny the Fox, and the headline act – the best of the festival – is the magnificent and much-loved Hothouse Flowers on the main stage that night.
Gorey Art Circle will hold the annual summer exhibition in Gorey Market House and on Bank Holiday Monday the Naomh Éanna annual Field Day will take place from 2 – 5 pm.
For more information check out LoveGorey on Facebook or grab one of the many brochures that are floating freely throughout the town.