‘Great Weekend’ promised at Gorey Festival.

Great weekend of music and entertainment for all the family at Gorey Market House Festival (Pic; Joe Dixon Photography)

By Dan Walsh at Gorey Civic Centre

“We’re going to have a great weekend. We are really looking forward to it. It is something that we have been missing for the last few years,” said Cllr Donal Kenny, Cathaoirleach of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, and Chair of the Festival Committee speaking at the launch of the Gorey Market House Festival in Gorey Civic Centre this afternoon.

Cllr Kenny thanked the organising committee, the local Council, sponsors and everybody who have been associated with the revival of the festival which opens tomorrow (Friday) night and continues over the weekend. “It is great to have the festival back and we are really looking forward to it and hoping that everyone has a great time,” added Cllr Kenny.

Philip Knight, Gorey District Manager said; “I am excited that the Market House Festival is going ahead this year. This will be my first festival as District Manager in Gorey and I hope that people will enjoy the weekend that we have in store for them. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Festival Committee for all the hard work they have put in.”

This year’s Gorey Market House Festival promises to be the best yet with music and events suitable for the whole family and an eclectic mix of music, arts and events happening throughout the town.

The weekend will be filled with free music on the Main Street from artists including Ireland’s best 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, we are delighted to welcome back Tan and Sober Gentlemen (North Carolina) who entertained the crowd in 2019.

Friday sees the return of Qween, who rocked the town in 2019. On Saturday, Tan and Sober Gentlemen will get the crowd ready for Zooropa, Ireland’s Ultimate U2 Tribute Band. And, on Sunday, there will be live music on the street to get the crowd in the mood for Beatles For Sale followed by Live Forever. 

This year the festival promises to be action packed for all the family with various events happening throughout the weekend across the town including the ever-popular Play Day, which will take place in Gorey Town Park on Saturday from 12.30pm to 5pm, showcasing fun for the whole family with DJ Liam Sharkey, Puppet Shows, Magicians and Face Painting. 

AUDIO ADDITION; DAN WALSH talking to CLLR DONAL KENNY at today’s official launch of the Gorey Market House Festival at the Civic Centre.

The Annual Busking Competition in association with Making Music will also take place on Saturday with €1000 worth of vouchers up for grabs for budding musicians. On Sunday afternoon there will be a craft market on the Main Street with music from Stratus, Matt McManaman, Cian Fitz and Turas followed by The Pucas with Liam Byrne, Beatles For Sale and Live Forever.

Pictured at the launch of the Market House Festival – Cllr Pip Breen, Liz Hore, Director of Services, Cllr Donal Kenny, Chair of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council and Chair of Gorey Market House Festival Committee, Inspector Pat Cody, and Philip Knight, District Manager.

Gorey Market House Festival 2022 takes place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, Friday to Sunday inclusive, with music, arts and events suitable for the whole family. For more information on the festival, please visit LoveGorey.ie or Gorey Market House Festival on Facebook.

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