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Sunday 21 April 2019

Visitor centre welcomed 7,000 people through its doors

Darren O’Brien and Imogen Stafford from Gorey Visitor Centre with Diarmuid Devereux, Gorey Chamber CEO
Darren O’Brien and Imogen Stafford from Gorey Visitor Centre with Diarmuid Devereux, Gorey Chamber CEO

Esther Hayden

Gorey Visitor Centre welcomed 7,000 tourists through its doors last year, according to Gorey Chamber CEO Diarmuid Devereux.

The visitor centre, which was launched by the Chamber in January 2018, also helped raise €24,000 for local charities through fundraising events.

Gorey Chamber CEO Diarmuid Devereux said the visitor centre is a great example of grassroots cooperation.

'The success of the visitor centre has been a massive team effort and is a testament to the spirit of the people of Gorey who have worked so hard over the past year,' Mr Devereux said.

'The Chamber opened the Visitor Centre as part of our determination to develop Gorey into a year-round tourism destination.

'The visitor centre has performed far beyond our expectations in its first year and has become a real feature of the Main Street.

'Not only is it a focal point for visitors to the town, but it is also an important hub for the local community, hosting cultural events, fundraisers and launch nights for local authors.

'The centre also offers local artists and craftspeople a setting to showcase their work.'

Gorey Visitor Centre is located in the historic Market House on Main Street, which was made available rent-free by Wexford County Council to support the tourism sector in the town.

The visitor centre is wholly administered by Gorey Chamber and is staffed by local volunteers.

The multi-purpose centre functions as a Failte Ireland tourist office, ticket office for local events, and a gallery.

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