Monday 22 July 2019

Restoration of graveyard among Gorey Tidy Towns plans

Daphne Owens, Patsy Byrne, Billy Halford, Sean Pearse and Helyn Reddy at the graveyard
Daphne Owens, Patsy Byrne, Billy Halford, Sean Pearse and Helyn Reddy at the graveyard
The plaque

Sara Gahan

Gorey Tidy Towns in conjunction with Wexford County Council will undertake a number of major projects this year to enhance the town as part of the Gorey 400 celebrations.

A restoration of the historic graveyard in Market Square, a showpiece flower bed at the Monument and a mural depicting a Gorey streetscape are among the projects planned.

The work at the Market Square graveyard is being spearheaded by Christ Church Gorey with Gorey Tidy Towns and Wexford County Council. A detailed plan of work has been drawn up by an archaeologist to ensure best practice is used to preserve the site. Paths and seats and some appropriate planting will be introduced without disturbing any of the gravestones according to a design by Paul Woods of Kilmurry Nursery.

'This is a major project for Gorey,' said Gorey Tidy Towns chairman Billy Halford. 'This graveyard contains the tomb of Bishop Thomas Ram who secured the Charter of Gorey, or Newborough as it was then, in 1619. This work will help preserve the site for future generations.'

Amanda Byrne, district manager, added that the Council is delighted that Tidy Towns has taken the initiative to develop really worthwhile Gorey 400 projects that will leave a lasting legacy.

Also planned by Gorey Tidy Towns this year is a new standalone flower bed at the Monument featuring 'Guaire 1619' in box hedging. Again, this has been designed by Paul Woods. Gorey Tidy Towns received a €3,000 Tidy Towns grant from the government and will use it to finance this project.

'We wanted this bed to be located at an entrance to the town, and we examined all of the main approach roads. The Monument was the best location,' said Billy. 'We think this will enhance an important feature of our town and will draw greater attention to a key moment in its history.'

Separately, an Arts grant from Wexford County Council has allowed Tidy Towns to commission artist Kate Kos to extend the mural at the outdoor gym at the Civic Square. A view of Gorey's skyline from Clonattin has been selected as its subject.

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