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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.


Main Street
Main Street
Coat of arms of Gorey
Coat of arms
Gorey is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°40′37″N 6°17′31″W / 52.677°N 6.292°W / 52.677; -6.292Coordinates: 52°40′37″N 6°17′31″W / 52.677°N 6.292°W / 52.677; -6.292
CountyCounty Wexford
48 m (157 ft)
Time zoneUTC±0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode routing key
Telephone area code+353(0)53
Irish Grid ReferenceT151598

Gorey is one hour drive from the southern outskirts of Dublin, connected to the capital via the N11/M11. As a commuter town,[8] there has been an increase in population in the early 21st century.[9] Between 1996 and 2002 the population rose by 44% in the town and by 23% in the surrounding district.[10]


Esmonde Street

In addition to several restaurants, there are two hotels in the town - both with leisure centre, swimming pools, and conference facilities.[citation needed]

Courtown Harbour or Courtown, a small holiday resort used by weekend visitors from Dublin, is situated 6 km (3.7 mi) east of Gorey.

The town marked the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Christ Church in 2011.[11] 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 Catherine O'Brien.[12]

Entertainment and mediaEdit

Gorey has had a local theatre group since the 1950s, which hosts a number of performances annually from its 300-seat auditorium.[13]

Gorey Musical Society has one production a year, and its 2007 staging of Oklahoma! received the 'Best Overall Show' award at the Association of Irish Musical Societies awards in Killarney.[14]

Gorey Choral Group, a mixed-voice choir founded in the 1970s, has participated in a number of contests, and won first plan in the jazz and popular music section of the 2016 Cork International Choral Festival.[15]

For 15 years during the 1970s and early 1980s, the Gorey Arts Festival, organised by local artist Paul Funge, was held in the town during the summer.[16] Performers at the festival included U2, Horslips, Chris de Burgh, Christy Moore, Planxty, Makem and Clancy, Niall Tóibín and Eamon Morrissey.[17][18]

Every year, varying from late July to early August, Gorey's main street closes over several days for the Market House Festival.[19]

There are a number of pubs, bars and nightclubs, including Oscars 64 (which is also home to the O2 nightclub), Paddy Blues, McGovern's, French's, Breen's Bar, The Coach House, Katie Daly's, and The Bridge Bar.

A seven-screen cinema, Movies at Gorey, is located on the Courtown road.[20]

The Gorey Guardian and the Gorey Echo are both local newspapers.[21]


Naomh Éanna was founded in 1970 by a group of Christian Brothers. Naomh Éanna's club ground is called Pairc uí Síochain located at the top of Clonattin Gorey Co.Wexford. Naomh Éanna won their first senior hurling county title in 2018.[22]

There are also two soccer clubs located in the town: Gorey Rangers and Gorey Celtic. Gorey Rangers are located at The Showgrounds and Ramstown, while Gorey Celtic are located in Mullaunfin Creagh on the outskirts of the town.[citation needed]

Gorey Rugby Club is located at Clonattin. Former players include Nick Popplewell and Robin Copeland.[citation needed]


Shops on Gorey Main Street, c.1920s

Gorey shopping centre opened in October 2007,[23] and is home to shops such as Dunne Stores, Hickey's Pharmacy, and Bella Moda.[24] It is also has a number of cafés,[25][26] a Supervalu, Tesco store and Applegreen service station.[citation needed] Gorey has a number of Independent fashion, beauty and bridal boutiques located on Esmonde St, including Place,[27] Ruby Rouge,[28] La Creme,[29] Making Faces,[30] and The Dressing Room.[31]

A nursery is located near the outskirts of Gorey in the Barnlands area, and the town also has a CrossFit gym.[citation needed]


The town lies on the N11 (Dublin-to-Rosslare) route, and until a by-pass was opened in June 2007, traffic congestion was an issue. The by-pass is a 23-kilometre-long high standard dual carriageway, and was upgraded to motorway status in August 2009.


Gorey's main secondary school, Gorey Community School has the largest student population of any school in Ireland with over 1,600 students.[citation needed] In 2012 another post-primary school, Creagh College opened to accommodate Gorey's increased population of secondary school students. Five local primary schools, Gorey Loreto Primary, Saint Joseph's Primary, Gorey Central School, Gaelscoil Moshíológ Guaire and Gorey Educate Together National School feed the Community School, as do a number of schools in the surrounding area. An additional secondary school, Creagh College, was opened in 2011 as a result of the overflow of the community school.[citation needed] Gorey School of Art is Post Leaving Certificate school for the arts.[32]

The library in Gorey opened its doors in 2011 - after a decade of plans to build it.[33]


Gorey railway station opened on 16 November 1863.[34] It is located on the Dublin to Rosslare Europort line.

Several bus services serve Gorey. Bus Éireann route 002 links the town with Dublin Airport and Rosslare Harbour, while route 006 links Gorey with Dublin and Waterford.[35] Ardcavan also operate a daily service linking Gorey with Dublin.[36]

Wexford Bus operates a service linking Gorey with Dublin Airport.[37]

In addition, Gorey Bus Links operate two local routes, one linking Gorey with Ballycanew, Ballygarrett and Courtown, with another linking the town with Ballymoney, Castletown and Inch.[38]


Town twinningEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Gorey". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  3. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
  4. ^ "Histpop - The Online Historical Population Reports Website".
  5. ^ "Census of Population". Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  6. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". In Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A. (eds.). Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press.
  7. ^ Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (November 1984). "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700–1850". The Economic History Review. 37 (4): 473–488. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Nearly 2,500 people commute to Dublin every day for work". Gorey Guardian. Independent News & Media. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017. Thousands commute into Dublin city from Gorey each day
  9. ^ "North Wexford shows largest population growth in county". Enniscorthy Guardian. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2017. [P]opulation growth in the entire Gorey electoral area surpassed all other areas in the county, and was more than twice the average growth rate for the county as a whole
  10. ^ McDonald, Frank. "An overdeveloped vision". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 September 2007. Wexford County Council's plan for Gorey is riddled with contradictions
  11. ^ "Historian delivers talk on history of churches". Gorey Guardian. Independent News & Media. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Church of Ireland Notes". Irish Times. 14 May 2011 – via
  13. ^ "Little Theatre News - About Us". Gorey Little Theatre. Retrieved 13 November 2017. Gorey Little Theatre Group has been running strong since the 1950s [..with a..] 300+ seater auditorium today
  14. ^ The 2008 production of South Pacific was complemented by the performance of Garreth Kinsella, a Transition Year student in G.C.S. "Association of Irish Musical Societies". Archived from the original on 8 August 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2007.
  15. ^ "Top honours at Cork Festival for Gorey Choral Group". Gorey Guardian. Independent News & Media. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Wexford artist Paul Funge dies aged 67". Irish Times. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  17. ^ "Sadness at death of man who brought U2 to Gorey". Gorey Guardian. Independent News & Media. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  18. ^ "The day U2 rocked the rafters in Gorey - in 1980". Enniscorthy Guardian. Independent News & Media. 15 August 2001. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Gorey is getting ready for the Market House Festival". Gorey Guardian. Independent News & Media. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Movies@Gorey - About". Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  21. ^ Ireton, Robbie. "Massive dangerous leaves".
  22. ^ "First-time finalists Naomh Éanna claim historic first Wexford senior crown". RTÉ Sport. 21 October 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  23. ^ "About Gorey Shopping Centre". Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Gorey Shopping Centre - Stores". Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Cosy Cottage Gorey TripAdvisor". Trip Advisor.
  26. ^ "Costa Coffee in Gorey, Wexford - Localmint". Localmint. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  27. ^ "Place - Stores". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Ruby Rouge - Stores". Ruby Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  29. ^ "La Creme Boutique - Stores". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Making Faces Makeup Studio - Stores". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  31. ^ "The Dressing Room - Stores". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  32. ^ "As pretty as a picture". Gorey Guardian. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2018 – via PressReader.
  33. ^ "Readers Paradise at New Library". Gorey Guardian. Independent News & Media. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  34. ^ "Gorey station" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  35. ^ "Airport-Dublin-Arklow-Gorey-Enniscorthy-Wexford-Rosslare Harbour and return" (PDF). Bus Éireann. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009.
  36. ^ "Timetable_Dublin" (PDF). Ardcavan Coach Tours. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009.
  37. ^ "Wexford-Dublin Airport Express". Wexford Bus. Retrieved 14 January 2009.
  38. ^ "Timetable_Dublin" (PDF). Gorey Bus Links. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  39. ^ "Wexford Hurler Conor McDonald Is Opening His Own Fitness Studio – Wexford Weekly". 16 January 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  40. ^ "20 years on: Wexford's Billy Byrne recalls 1997 Leinster final win over the Cats - Irish Mirror Online". 10 June 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  41. ^ "Paralympic Swimmer Darragh Makes Shock Decision to Retire from Competition". Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  42. ^ "O'Gorman to stand for PDs". Enniscorthy Guardian. 27 April 2006. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011.
  43. ^ "Fair City's Aisling O'Neill talks about her new healthy lifestyle". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 19 July 2016. The actress is currently living in Gorey, Co. Wexford... 'It's a beautiful spot. I'm ten minutes from the beach and an hour from Dublin'.

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