The North Wexford History and Heritage Festival

The North Wexford History and Heritage Festival.



The North Wexford History and Heritage Festival takes place in Gorey on the 15th – 17th November. Events include a local Schools’ History Essay Competition, the Byrne-Perry Lecture, photographic exhibition, a Saturday Seminar and a historical tour.

The weekend begins with the prize-giving ceremony for the Schools’ History Essay Competition

This event is designed to promote interest in and awareness of history in the younger generation and history students at all post-primary schools in the area were invited to participate. The ceremony will take place at Gorey Community School on Friday afternoon.

The annual Byrne-Perry lectures acknowledge the outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the town made by the Byrne-Perry Summer School during the period 1995 -2018. The speaker this year will be Senator Neale Richmond, chair of the Senate Brexit committee, who will speak on ‘Brexit and its future likely impact on relationships within these islands’. Taking place in Gorey Library at 7pm on Friday, November 15th, this is a free event but places must be reserved via Eventbrite.ie

Over the weekend, Gorey Photographic Club will display a limited number of images of local interest from their collection as a taster for their forthcoming December Exhibition at Gorey Library.

The Festival’s Saturday Seminar focuses on the Decade of Centenaries and examines a number of significant local, national and international events from the late 19th and early 20th century. A panel of expert speakers will provide insights into events such as the Indian independence movement, the social impact so the Land Acts, and the post-war experiences of Irish WWI veterans in the new Free State. Another free event, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of their Local Authority Decade of Centenaries 2019 Programme, this event is also free, but registration is required.

Taking place at the Ashdown Park Hotel on Saturday, November 16th, registration starts at 8.30 and the seminar will run from 9.30am – 1.30pm.

The inaugural North Wexford HIstory and Heritage Festival will finish on Sunday morning, with a Walking Tour hosted by Lorraine O’Dwyer of Gallivanting Tours. Starting at the Market House at 10am, this tour will take in the history of Gorey town and promises to be informative and fun. At €5 per person, this price is a special offer for the Festival. Pre booking is not required for this event

Tickets to the Byrne Perry Lecture and Saturday Seminar are available through Eventbrite.ie, by searching North Wexford History & Heritage Festival. Links are available on the Festival’s Facebook page also.

North Wexford History & Heritage Festival is supported by Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District, Wexford County Council’s Library Services and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, particularly the Decade of Centenaries program.


Friday Nov 15th :

Schools Essay Competition awards (1.50pm in Gorey Community School). The announcement of winners of the local secondary schools’ history project competition and the awarding of prizes.

Photographic Exhibition : Preview of Gorey Photographic Club’s December Exhibition – Gorey Library.

Byrne Perry Lecture (7pm – 8.45pm in Gorey Library). The talk will commence at 7:30 and there will be tea and coffee beforehand. This is a free event but pre-registration will be required.

The annual lecture promotes the original Byrne-Perry Summer School objective of improving cross-community understanding and relations on the island of Ireland. Senator Neale Richmond was elected to the Senate in 2016 and is currently chair of the Senate Brexit Panel. He is a strong supporter of the European project and is a frequent spokesman on this topic to both local and international news channels.

Saturday Nov 16th :

NWHHF Seminar in Ashdown Hotel, Gorey commencing 9:30. This is a free event but pre-registration will be required.

08.30 open for registration

09.30 Start

John Nangle and NWHS Study Group

A walk down Gorey Main Street in 1919 (NWHS Study Group).

Dr Kate O’Malley

Amritsar 1919, Indian independence, and the Irish connection.

Prof RV Comerford

The impact of the Land Acts and the transition from tenant farming to proprietorship in the early 20th century.

Dominic Price

The Forgotten, the lives of Irish soldiers who served in and survived the Great War

Sunday Nov 17th :

Walking Tour of Gorey Main Street & environs with Gallivanting Tours (10am at the Market House). Charge for the bus tour will be €10 and the walking tour €5. Pre-registration will be required.


Pictured from Left to Right Speakers, Dominic Price, Prof Vincent Comerford and Dr Kate O’Malley.