Friday 15 December 2017

Biggest Gorey festival yet

Fraser and Kate McDonald at the Gorey festival's art exhibition.
Fraser and Kate McDonald at the Gorey festival's art exhibition.

Padraig Byrne

RECORD crowds filled the Main Street in Gorey over the weekend as the Market House Festival got into full swing. Organisers have said that this year's crowd was the biggest yet as the event passed off without a hitch, offering top quality music, entertainment and family fun over four days.

The event gave a wonderful boost to the local economy as local traders and bars and restaurants took advantage of the massive crowds. 'The whole thing went really well,' said Dick White, of Gorey Chamber. 'We were absolutely delighted with the numbers. The town was black with people for the whole weekend really. It's definitely the highest numbers we've been dealing with of any year we've had the festival. It was really worth the effort and was a great boost to the local economy.'

The main events of the festival got under way on Friday with the Boutique Boulevard fashion show hosted by Brendan Courtney, which Dick says attracted more interest than ever. The Friday night was perhaps the busiest night of the festival with The Riptide Movement, Cornerboy and White Chalk taking to the stage in front of a massive crowd.

'The music on Friday night took on a whole other level of interest,' said Dick. 'I suppose we maybe had a younger crowd out that night but it was very busy and it got the music off to a brilliant start.'

Saturday saw the only hiccup of the whole festival, but it was something that was completely out of the hands of the organisers – the weather. 'Saturday really was the only bad day weather wise,' said Dick.

There were no problems with licensing agreements on Sunday night as Garth Brooks fans who were left disappointed by the country crooner's cancellation at Croker had their chance to see the next best thing, with tribute act 'Friends in Low Places' playing with support from the Davitt Country Band and Lynda Cullen.

On Sunday, thousands of people milled around the market, giving local traders a much needed boost.

Finally, on Sunday night, the always charismatic Jack L took to the stage along with local artists 5 Dollar Shakes and Jimi Cullen to round off what was a great weekend for the town.

'We were delighted with it,' said Dick.

Gorey Guardian

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