The Chairman of Gorey Municipal District, Cllr. John Hegarty, has extended an open invitation to join in an evening of celebration and recognition of Gorey on January 31st.

Taking place at the Ashdown Park Hotel, the evening will include a presentation to sports clubs and community groups who had notable achievements or celebrated key milestones in the last year.  This will include County champions Naomh Eanna and Leinster finalists Kilanerin, Gorey Rugby Club who are celebrating 50 years, Gorey Tennis Club who have a 50th anniversary, and St. Patrick’s Snooker Club who have been providing services in the town since 1918.


There will be a series of exhibitions, short talks and entertainment commencing at 3pm and culminating with the Civic Awards ceremony at 7.30pm.

The tag line for the Gorey 400 is ‘A town defined by its people’.

The significant achievements of the past year are part of that narrative but, in every year of the town’s existence, local people have come to prominence and gained their place in the history of the town.  The purpose of the evening is to as far as possible tell their stories.


Of interest will be the Gorey Photographic Club exhibition which features shop fronts and staff taken in 1989.

There is a Hall of Fame exhibition area which showcases achievements.  Visitors can learn more about the Gorey 400 publication.  Gorey Chamber of Commerce will be showcasing local business.  Gorey School of Art will feature a number of short films produced by students in the school.

The Gap Arts festival will screen Tatiana’s Palace and other short films that they have produced. And there will be traditional/Sean nós singing and music by the North Wexford Traditional Singing Circle and Ceol Mo Chroí. The North Wexford Traditional Singing Circle will also be displaying a replica of The Gorey Caravan with photos/film.

Also featuring on the day will be violinist Cian Dwyer and pianist Bethany Edgar.

Ashdown Park Hotel on

Thursday the 31st of January

Exhibitions open at 3pm

Formal event commencing at 7.30pm

All are welcome