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Hannah and Olive Tutty enjoyed the Music Event on the Main Street as part of the Gorey Market House Festival on Sunday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Hannah and Olive Tutty enjoyed the Music Event on the Main Street as part of the Gorey Market House Festival on Sunday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Pictured enjoying the play day at Gorey Town Park on Saturday as part of the Gorey Market House Festival were Emma and Amelia Corcoran Hughes. Pic: Jim Campbell

Pictured enjoying the play day at Gorey Town Park on Saturday as part of the Gorey Market House Festival were Emma and Amelia Corcoran Hughes. Pic: Jim Campbell

Sean and Roisin Perkint inside the fire engine during the play day at Gorey Town Park on Saturday as part of the Gorey Market House Festival. Pic: Jim Campbell

Sean and Roisin Perkint inside the fire engine during the play day at Gorey Town Park on Saturday as part of the Gorey Market House Festival. Pic: Jim Campbell

Sophie Feeney and Sarah O'Neill attended the opening night of the Gorey Market House Festival on Friday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Sophie Feeney and Sarah O'Neill attended the opening night of the Gorey Market House Festival on Friday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Roisin Redmond, Lisa Brown, Darragh Brown, Thomas Brown and Liam Redmond enjoying the play day at Gorey Town Park on Saturday as part of the Gorey Market House Festival. Pic: Jim Campbell

Roisin Redmond, Lisa Brown, Darragh Brown, Thomas Brown and Liam Redmond enjoying the play day at Gorey Town Park on Saturday as part of the Gorey Market House Festival. Pic: Jim Campbell

Eighteen month old Keela Evans enjoying the play day at Gorey Town Park on Saturday as part of the Gorey Market House Festival. Pic: Jim Campbell

Eighteen month old Keela Evans enjoying the play day at Gorey Town Park on Saturday as part of the Gorey Market House Festival. Pic: Jim Campbell

Patrick and Hubert Olejnik having fun with the swings during the play day at Gorey Town Park on Saturday as part of the Gorey Market House Festival. Pic: Jim Campbell

Patrick and Hubert Olejnik having fun with the swings during the play day at Gorey Town Park on Saturday as part of the Gorey Market House Festival. Pic: Jim Campbell

Pictured at the launch of the Gorey Market House Festival 2022 in the Civic Offices in Gorey were Cllr Fionntán O'Súilleabháin, Cllr Diarmuid Devereux, Liz Hore (Wexford County Council), Cllr Joe Sullivan, Garda Inspector Pat Cody, Michael Gleeson (Festival Committe Member), Philip Knight (District Manager), Cllr Pip Breen, Cllr Donal Kenny (Cathaoirleach Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District), Senator Malcolm Byrne, Sinead Monaghan (Festival Committee member), Cllr Andrew Bolger, Kev Byrne (Festival Committee Member). Pic: Jim Campbell

Pictured at the launch of the Gorey Market House Festival 2022 in the Civic Offices in Gorey were Cllr Fionntán O'Súilleabháin, Cllr Diarmuid Devereux, Liz Hore (Wexford County Council), Cllr Joe Sullivan, Garda Inspector Pat Cody, Michael Gleeson (Festival Committe Member), Philip Knight (District Manager), Cllr Pip Breen, Cllr Donal Kenny (Cathaoirleach Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District), Senator Malcolm Byrne, Sinead Monaghan (Festival Committee member), Cllr Andrew Bolger, Kev Byrne (Festival Committee Member). Pic: Jim Campbell

Scarlett Carr, Louise Parker and Dillon Carr were pictured on the opening night of the Gorey Market House Festival on Friday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Scarlett Carr, Louise Parker and Dillon Carr were pictured on the opening night of the Gorey Market House Festival on Friday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Crowd enjoying the craic on the opening night of the Gorey Market House Festival on Friday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Crowd enjoying the craic on the opening night of the Gorey Market House Festival on Friday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Raya, Kira and Olena Kmylova from Ukraine were at the Music Event on the Main Street as part of the Gorey Market House Festival on Sunday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Raya, Kira and Olena Kmylova from Ukraine were at the Music Event on the Main Street as part of the Gorey Market House Festival on Sunday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Tara O'Neill, Aislinn Keane, Michael Dwyer and Conor Moore were at the Music Event on the Main Street as part of the Gorey Market House Festival on Sunday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Tara O'Neill, Aislinn Keane, Michael Dwyer and Conor Moore were at the Music Event on the Main Street as part of the Gorey Market House Festival on Sunday. Pic: Jim Campbell

At the opening night of the Gorey Market House Festival on Friday were Ryan Hyland, Darragh Kehoe and Jaymie Byrne. Pic: Jim Campbell

At the opening night of the Gorey Market House Festival on Friday were Ryan Hyland, Darragh Kehoe and Jaymie Byrne. Pic: Jim Campbell

Gorey Firefighters Mark Robertson and Chris O'Brien pictured with Trish Robertson enjoying the opening night of the Gorey Market House Festival on Friday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Gorey Firefighters Mark Robertson and Chris O'Brien pictured with Trish Robertson enjoying the opening night of the Gorey Market House Festival on Friday. Pic: Jim Campbell

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Hannah and Olive Tutty enjoyed the Music Event on the Main Street as part of the Gorey Market House Festival on Sunday. Pic: Jim Campbell

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The atmosphere in Gorey was electric over the August Bank Holiday weekend as the Gorey Market House Festival made a very welcome return.

Having been placed on hold for three years due to the pandemic, people from across the community were eager to see the festival make a comeback, with a huge crowd arriving to officially mark its return on Friday’s opening night. According to District Manager, Phillip Knight, the event was everything that they hoped for and was very well-received by people from across the Gorey community and beyond.

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“All of the feedback that we have had so far is that it has been a great festival. Everyone had an amazing time,” he said. “Saturday night was a bit wet but that didn’t stop people coming out either. I would like to thank the Cathaoirleach and members for their support with the event, as well as the festival committee, all of the bands, the sound, lighting, security and staging crews, the Gardaí, outdoor staff and everyone who contributed to making it such a great event.”

The weekend was filled with free music on the Main Street from artists including Queen tribute act Qween, Zooropa (U2 Tribute), Live Forever (Oasis Tribute), Beatles for Sale (Beatles Tribute), Dave Clark and Matt McManamon (The Dead 60s) to name a few. This year also saw the return of Tan and Sober Gentlemen from North Carolina, who entertained the crowd in 2019. According to Knight, Qween were a particularly big hit, with people of all ages coming out to enjoy the show.

“There was a great atmosphere and I think they really got the crowd going. There was a moment when they were playing Radio Gaga when I looked around and and everyone was doing the hand clap,” he said. 

A family fun day in Gorey Town Park with magicians, face painting, balloon artists and puppet shows, a street market with lots of local vendors and a busking contest were some of the other things visitors enjoyed over the bank holiday weekend.

One of the ambitions of the event organisers was to attract people of all ages and interests, something that Knight believes they achieved through offering a range of activities and acts.

“We had a great line-up. The aim was to make sure that we had something that was suitable for everyone and I think we nailed that. It was great to see that families were out there as well as people who were hardened partygoers. We had people of all ages and tastes.”

While concerns about anti-social behaviour were recently raised by Councillors in light of events that occurred in 2019, the weekend’s events went very smoothly, according to Knight, who extended his gratitude for the support of Gardaí over the weekend.

“It was a very successful festival and we like to acknowledge the good behaviour of people at it. Everyone was in good spirits and we want to thank everyone for that,” said Sergeant Stephen Ennis of Gorey Garda Station in light of the weekend.


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