Chairman of Gorey Municipal District Council, Cllr John Hegarty presided over the official launch of Gorey 400 at a special open day in the Ashdown Park Hotel that was well attended and conducted in an atmosphere of excitement and celebration for the year ahead.
Cllr Hegarty explained the rational behind the Gorey 400 project and outlined many fine traits of character through many strands of life in Gorey over four centuries, but he concluded “the people is what makes Gorey.”
District Manager Amanda Byrne spoke of some of the events happening in Gorey in the year aheade and pointed out that festivals and events will incorportae the Gorey 400 theme.
These will include the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the town, the Polska Eire Festival in June, the Byrne Perry Summer School in midsummer and tasks undertaken by Gorey Tidy Towns’.
Ms Byrne said there may be events that aren’t planned yet, but individuals or groups with imaginative ideas or suggestions are welcome to approach the committee and be incorporated into the Gorey 400 commeorations which will continue to the end of 2019.
Michael Dwyer gave a potted history of Gorey and its people over four centuries.
North Wexford Historical Society gave a lecture and there was music and entertainment from a number of local groups.
Many familiar groups from Gorey and North Wexford set up stalls and exhibits to promote what the area has got and their efforts were encouraged by a steady stream of visitors throughout the afternoon and into the official ceremonies later in the evening.