Tuesday 12 December 2017

Chamber proposes tourist office move

Fintan Lambe

GOREY Chamber last week outlined to Gorey town councillors, details of a proposal to move the Gorey Tourist Office to the larger centre ground floor unit in the Market House, and to establish a Regional Craft and Design Centre as part of it.

Chamber CEO Dick White made the presentation to the Councillors before their monthly meeting last week. He said that members came up with the idea that an expanded Tourist Office premises could be used to showcase quality arts and crafts, primarily from Co. Wexford, but also from the surrounding counties if required.

Gorey Tourist Office is currently run by Gorey Adhoc Community Facilities, which is made up of representatives of Gorey Chamber and Gorey Tourist Office. 'We have five staff that can man the service six days a week,' he said. 'We would aim at getting 20 craft workers to supply us with product for exhibition, and we could deliver a state of the art craft and design centre.'

In response to a question from Cllr Malcolm Byrne, Mr White said that the centre would be run by Gorey Chamber and himself, as he has a track record in running such facilities. He added that every cent generated would go back to the council.

Cllr Lorcan Allen said he was involved in a centre in Wexford where there were problems 'down through the years', and he wanted to see a report on that centre, before they make any decision in Gorey.

Cllr Byrne also wondered if there would be space for local artistic groups that regularly exhibit in that unit. Town Clerk Amanda Byrne said that the long narrow room to the left of the unit could be used for temporary and part-time exhibitions.

Cllr Colin Webb said he would need assurances that if anything went wrong with the Craft Centre, that the Tourist Office would continue. 'Hopefully it will work out, but I would like to see the Tourist Office retained,' he said.

Gorey Guardian

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