Gorey explores its rich history and heritage

Gorey in 1919 is one of the subjects at this week's North Wexford History and Heritage Festival. This is a vintage image from the Lawrence Collection at the National Library of Ireland.

The North Wexford History and Heritage Festival that has evolved from the annual Byrne-Perry Summer School takes centre stage in Gorey this weekend and Senator Neale Redmond will open the festival with the Byrne-Perry Lecture in Gorey Library on Friday night.

The theme is ‘Brexit and its future likely impact on relations within these islands’ and Senator Redmond who was elected to the Senate in 2016 is currently chair of the Senate Brexit Panel and a strong supporter of the European project. The lecture will commence at 7.30 pm.

A day long seminar takes place in the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, on Saturday from 8.30 am, and features John Nangle from the NWHS study group who recalls Gorey’s streetscape a century ago – as it looked in 1919!

Dr Kate O’Malley explores Amritsar 1919, Indian independence, and the Irish connection; Prof. Vincent Comerford from NUI (Maynooth) and Trinity College, Dublin, looks at the impact of the Land Acts and the transition from tenant to farming proprietorship in the early 20th century; and  Dominic Price dwells on the forgotten, the lives of Irish soldiers who served in and survived the Great War.

And for many, the highlight of the festival weekend happens on Sunday at 10 am when Tour Guide Lorraine O’Dwyer of Gallivanting Tours sets off on a walking tour of Gorey’s Main Street and environs. Pre-booking is not required, just turn up!

Other events running in conjunction with the festival include the Schools Essay Competition Awards and a photographic exhibition showcasing the creative images of Gorey club.

For full details www.facebook.com/North Wexford History and Heritage Festival.

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