Video of Gorey, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
Gorey (Irish: Guaire) is a market town in north County Wexford, Ireland. It is beside
the main M11 Dublin to Wexford road. The town is also connected to the railway network
along the same route. Local newspapers include the Gorey Guardian and Gorey Echo.
Gorey is an hour's drive from the southern outskirts of Dublin.
Many new shops have been added in the last few years, including the Gorey Shopping
Centre; Esmonde Street has been developed from a residential street to a mainly-commercial
street and, by all appearances, a similar transformation is occurring on 'The Avenue'.
Five supermarkets compete for customers in the town.
For visitors, there are two modern hotels, both with leisure centre, swimming pools,
and conference facilities. The town has several restaurants, catering for Italian,
Indian, Chinese, Thai and, of course, Irish cuisine
Courtown Harbour or Courtown, a small holiday resort popular with weekend visitors
from Dublin, is situated 5 km (3.1 mi) east of Gorey.
The town celebrated the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Christ Church in
May 2011. The church, which was completed in 1861, was designed by James Welland,
one of the provincial architects of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners of the Church
of Ireland. It is noted for its stained glass windows designed by Harry Clarke and
Gorey has an extremely active theatre group which produces several plays through
the year and organises performances by visiting groups. They also host an annual,
week-long Drama Festival. In the summer months, the group produces a twice-weekly
play which is popular with both locals and visitors. Every second year, a Pantomime
is produced, which is always well received.
Several music groups are active in the Gorey area, which play both traditional Irish
music as well as rock.
Gorey Choral Group, a mixed Voice Choir of around 38 members, has participated in
contests all over Ireland and Wales, and brought many trophies back home.
Gorey's position on the N11/M11 - a direct link to the capital - has made it an
attractive choice for commuters, many of whom spend less time travelling to work
than their counterparts living in particular areas of Dublin. As a result, there
has been a dramatic increase in the building of new houses in Gorey. Between 1996
and 2002, the population has risen by 44% in the town, and by 23% in the surrounding