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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 (Irish: Guaire)[2] 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.

As a growing commuter town to Dublin for some residents,[3] there has been an increase in population in the early 21st century.[4] Between 1996 and 2002, the population of the surrounding district grew by 23%,[5] and the town itself more than doubled in population (from 3,939 to 9,822 inhabitants) in the 20 years between the 1996 and 2016 census.[6]


Among the earliest recordings of the parish and town of Gorey, also sometimes historically known as Kilmichaelogue (Irish: Cill Mhocheallóg, meaning "church of Mocheallóg"),[2][13] are Norman records from 1296 which record an existing town on the site.[14][15][16] Several centuries later, in 1619, the town was granted a charter as a borough, under the name Newborough.[15] However, as noted by cartographer Samuel Lewis and publisher George Henry Bassett, this name "never [grew] into general use" as the "inhabitants did not take kindly to the name chosen for the town".[13][17] The borough charter had been obtained by the then Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin, Thomas Ram (1564–1634).[17]

Together with other developments in the area, and as the principal local landlords, the Ram family built a large estate to the north of the town.[18] The manor house of this estate, Ramsfort, was burned following the Irish Rebellion of 1641, and again during the Irish Rebellion of 1798.[13][17][18] Ramsfort house was rebuilt in the 19th century to designs attributed to architect Daniel Robertson.[19]

In addition to Gorey's 18th century market house,[20] many of the larger buildings within the town itself date to the mid-19th century. These include Gorey railway station which dates to 1863,[21] the Church of Ireland church (Kilmakilloge) dating to 1861,[22] and the Roman Catholic church (dedicated to Saint Michael) completed in 1843.[23] Gorey was the centre of several conflicts during the 1798 Rebellion, and a memorial to these events was erected in the town in the rebellion's centenary year (1898).[24]


Esmonde Street

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 (Kilmakilloge) in 2011.[25] 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.[22] Its stained glass windows were designed by Harry Clarke and Catherine O'Brien.[26]


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.[27]

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's main secondary school, Gorey Community School has over 1,500 students.[28] 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.[29]

The library in Gorey opened its doors in 2011 - after a decade of plans to build it.[30]


Gorey railway station opened on 16 November 1863.[31] It is located on the Dublin to Rosslare Europort line.

The town lies on the N11 road route (Dublin-to-Rosslare) and, until a by-pass was opened in June 2007, local 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.[citation needed]

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.[32] Ardcavan also operate a daily service linking Gorey with Dublin.[33]

Wexford Bus operates a service linking Gorey with Dublin Airport.[34] 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.[35]

Media and entertainment[edit]

The Gorey Guardian and the Gorey Echo are both local newspapers.[36]

Gorey has had a local theatre group since the 1950s, which hosts a number of performances annually from its 300-seat auditorium.[37]

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.[38]

Gorey Choral Group, a mixed-voice choir founded in the 1970s, has participated in a number of contests and won the first plan in the jazz and popular music section of the 2016 Cork International Choral Festival.[39]

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.[40] Performers at the festival included U2, Horslips, Chris de Burgh, Christy Moore, Planxty, Makem and Clancy, Niall Tóibín and Eamon Morrissey.[41][42]

Every year, varying from late July to early August, Gorey's main street closes over several days for the Market House Festival.[43]

There are a number of pubs, bars, and nightclubs in the town. A seven-screen cinema is located on the Courtown road.[44]


Town twinning[edit]

Gorey is twinned with Oban in Scotland.[52]

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ McDonald, Frank. "An overdeveloped vision". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 September 2007. Wexford County Council's plan for Gorey is riddled with contradictions
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