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Sunday 17 December 2017

Singing in the rain with Magic Mundy

Mundy - Edmond Enright - on stage
Mundy - Edmond Enright - on stage
Pádraig Dewmby and Brian Plummer beside a 1919 Garrett steam engine
Jessica Feaheny, her mother Lucy Feaheny, and Martina Monaghan at Gorey Library for the launch of the Market House Festival art and photography exhibitions
Seán, Aoife and Barry Fitzgerald
Aisling Crehan
Anda Jakovele and Nicola Kirwan
Singer David Farrell
Keeva Steadmond with her twin sisters Ellie and Chloe
Karen Clusker, Claire Timmon and Kellsey Phelan

Fintan Lambe

It wouldn't be an Irish summer without an outdoor concert in the rain and up to 4,000 slightly damp die hard festival goers turned up on Gorey's Main Street to hear the excellent Mundy bring the Gorey Market House Festival to a close.

Scattered showers affected most of the events over the weekend, but despite this, all were very well attended and greatly enjoyed.

'We had a huge crowd on Friday night,' said festival chairman Cllr John Hegarty. 'It was possibly our biggest Friday night ever. The Academic were a big draw, and Chasing Amy have come to prominence in recent months, and DJ John Gibbons is now one of Ireland's top DJs.'

U2 tribute band Rattle & Hum also attracted a large following on Saturday night. Sunday's street market and vintage display was smaller than usual due to the rain, but was still well attended. The Play Day in the Town Park on Saturday was a roaring success despite one or two heavy showers of rain . Activities were spread across the Town Park and the Showgrounds, with the Big Dig, and the climbing walls particularly popular. Sincere thanks went to sponsors Gorey Credit Union.

Saturday's busking competition sponsored by Making Music attracted its largest entry with 26 acts playing on Main Street. The month-long Pub Vibe competition reached its conclusion after a month of judging. The top three were: 1. Loch gCarman Arms; 2. Breen's Bar; 3. The Fowler.

The wide range of exhibitions across town were also well attended, and Cllr Hegarty commented that many of these opened in the ten days before the main weekend and helped extend the festival. 'That's something we can built on,' he said.

Thanks went to all the sponsors, the stewards including the volunteers from Askamore, Craanford and Tara Rocks GAA clubs, all who helped, the organising committee, the local councillors, district manager Amanda Byrne and all the council staff including Damien Doran and his team.

Gorey Guardian

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