Town gears up for the Market House Festival
A BUSY August Bank Holiday weekend is on the cards in Gorey, as the annual Market House Festival takes place.
Details of this year's festival were unveiled at a launch in the old Council Chamber in Gorey's Market House last Friday night, with Council Chairman Michael D'Arcy explaining that they've extended the festival by one day this year, and a Ceili in the Civic Square on Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m. will kickstart the festival.
Events planned for the weekend include: Boutique Boulevard, and open air fashion show on Esmonde Street on Friday, August 2; Morning Jam on Saturday, August 2, where a jam making demonstration is combined with street musicians taking part in a busking competition; an Artisan Food Fair on Saturday afternoon as well as street entertainment and a children's play day; and a street market and vintage display on Sunday, August 4, as well as street entertainment.
There's also music each night, with Corner Boy headlining on Friday, supported by Perfect Friction and Vann Music; Crystal Swing are the main attraction on Saturday, with The Barley Mob and Daydream Regime also on the bill; Jerry Fish plays on Sunday night, with The Voicemales and Cathal Byrne also on the line up.
Cllr. D'Arcy said that the Market House Festival builds on the heritage of the Gorey Arts Festival and the Summer Fair, and it is a great showcase for the town.
Part of Gorey's Main Street will be pedestrianised for some of Saturday and Sunday, but Gorey will be very much open for business and parking in the main Council car parks will be free. He added that there's a strong line up of local musicians on stage over the weekend.
Town Clerk Amanda Byrne said they are encouraging all businesses to get involved, and to decorate their windows with scenes of their business from bygone days. Local eateries are also encouraged to take part in the Food Fair. Collections will take place each night for the festival and a local charity.