By Dan Walsh
The future of Gorey Market House is once again uncertain despite negotiations and proposals over a long number of years; however, WexfordLocal.com understands that during discussions at a ‘behind closed doors’ meeting in the town the Chief Executive Officer of Wexford County Council, Tom Enright, informed local councillors that the Council has no future plans for the Market House.
Speaking to WexfordLocal.com Cathaoirleach of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council Cllr Joe Sullivan confirmed that a meeting had taken place and the Council has no future plans for the Market House.
“I am deeply disappointed, saddened and worried about the future of Gorey town in view of the demise of this venture,” said Cllr Sullivan, who added; “The elected representatives in the Gorey district will be working flat out with any potential investor to restart the project.”
An iconic building and an integral part of the fabric the Market House has had a prominent place in the history, heritage and culture of the town.
Wexford County Council had been seeking to restore the prominence of the Market House as a focal point on Gorey’s Main Street and to further develop its relationship with the commercial life and public realm of the town.
It was considered as a museum and other public uses, including Harry Crosbie’s Vicar Street South dream of a 1,500-seater events and convention centre. A Part VIII planning application advertised in February 2018 was adopted by Wexford County Council in May 2018.
In July 2019, following a decision by members of the Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Committee, the Council was requested to re-examine options for the development of a multi-functional performance venue at the site. This required re-tendering for a services concession contact.
Cllr Sullivan said that while some Gorey people were sceptical of the concept initially, familiarisation with the plans got substantial backing and the project was eagerly anticipated.