Sunday 19 November 2017

Gorey is getting ready for the Market House Festival

Back: Cllr Malcolm Byrne, Cllr John Hegarty. Front: Cllr Anthony Donohoe, Cllr Joe Sullivan, Cillian Byrne, Cllr Pip Breen.
Back: Cllr Malcolm Byrne, Cllr John Hegarty. Front: Cllr Anthony Donohoe, Cllr Joe Sullivan, Cillian Byrne, Cllr Pip Breen.

Fintan Lambe

The popular Mundy will headline the final night of music at this year's Gorey Market House Festival which takes place over the August bank holiday weekend.

Three nights of free live music will be offered from the main stage on Gorey's Main Street. Headliners on the first night, Friday, August 4, are Mullingar band the Academic, with support from Fit for Kings and Chasing Abbey. The music starts at 7.30 p.m.

U2 tribute band Rattle and Hum are top of the bill on Saturday night, August 5, and they will be preceded by local band the Heartbeats from 7.30 p.m.

As the street market and vintage rally takes over the main street on Sunday, August 6, music will begin at 12.30 p.m.. Acts lined up include local favourite Tommy Carroll, Aimee Banks, Innuendo, The Mistakes, Kobi, Thunderbird, and finally Mundy, as darkness set in.

This is the ninth annual Gorey Market House Festival and it promises to be action packed with lots of free events taking place around the town.

The Family Fun Day in Gorey Town Park on Saturday, August 5, from 12.30 p.m. onwards will feature clowns, street theatre, the Amber Springs Train, Kia-Ora Mini Farm, The Big Dig, food, and the Wobbly Circus.

The organisers say the festival builds on the heritage of the Gorey Arts Festival and summer fair and is a great showcase for the town.

Exhibitions and workshops happening around town in the lead up to the festival include:

Peripheries 2017 at Gorey School of Art, which opens on Friday, July 28, with an exhibition of painting told through the lens of film. It runs until August 5.

The artists from last year's RTÉ programme Painting the Nation will showcase their work in Gorey Library from August 3, featuring local artist David Monaghan.

Workshops during July include classes on song writing with Mick D'arcy of Corner Boy; music PR with Jackie Hayden, formerly of Hotpress; film making with Paul Carter; and sound systems with Joe Murphy. These workshops are free of charge and those interested can sign up in Gorey Library.

Gorey Market House Festival's Best Pub Vibe competition returns. Each participating pub has entered a night of its choice to showcase live music and the best vibe.

The Making Music busking competition on Saturday, August 5, has prize fund of €1,000. For further information on these events, visit

Part of Gorey's Main Street will be pedestrianised for some of the weekend but Gorey will be very much open for business. For more, see Facebook and Twitter or

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