Saturday 24 August 2019

Market House festival a big hit

A packed Main Street in Gorey watching DJ John Gibbons on stage during the Gorey Market Festival
A packed Main Street in Gorey watching DJ John Gibbons on stage during the Gorey Market Festival
Mervyn Phelan and his son, Sebastian,with William Gonagle and his daughter, Averie, at the superhero fun run held as part of the Gorey Market Festival
AJ Moran enjoying Gorey Market Festival with his son, Caelan

Cathy Lee

Crowds gathered in force for the Gorey Market House Festival, and an enjoyable time was had by all who came out, whether it was for live music on the Main street, kids fun at the Civic Square or art exhibitions all across the town.

'The festival this year was really well attended. The highlights were the Super Hero fun run, which is getting bigger and bigger every year and is open to all abilities and the kids loved every second of the fun day, it was a all about family fun,' said Sinead Monaghan of the committee.

Audiences enjoyed John Gibbons on Friday, Something Happens on Saturday as well as Tan and the Sober Gentlemen on Sunday, but the biggest attraction proved to be Sunday's headline act, the premium tribute act Qween.

'Even with the rain, it certainly didn't dampen the spirits. We were delighted that everyone enjoyed Qween so much, the energy was proof of that. We just want to thank the town, the volunteers, the sponsors and everyone that helped, we can't get over the great community spirit,' said Sinead.

Opening on Thursday, all were invited to view the works of Gorey Photographic Club as well as the winners of this year's Texaco art competition.

Gorey School of Art played host to the Lonely Cloud exhibition by George Muncey at the Periphery Space, and there were craft fairs on Saturday and Sunday.

Beat on the Street kept the crowds lively on Friday with Aimée and Fallen Flights, followed by the return of John Gibbons to Gorey Market House Festival.

'We had three days of madness, from the Making Music busking competition judged by the Hot Press legend Jackie Hayden to quality music acts. I had goosebumps during the Qween performance, they were the best headliner the festival has ever had. We were all astounded by the positive feedback and amount of young musical talent that could be seen all weekend,' said Cillian Byrne of the committee.

Gorey Guardian