Gorey (Irish: Guaire) is a market town in north County Wexford, Ireland. It is beside the main M11Dublin 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.
Gorey is one hour drive from the southern outskirts of Dublin, connected to the capital via the N11/M11. As a commuter town, there has been an increase in population in the early 21st century. Between 1996 and 2002 the population rose by 44% in the town and by 23% in the surrounding district.
In addition to several restaurants, there are two hotels in the town - both with leisure centre, swimming pools, and conference facilities.
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. 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.
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Gorey has had a local theatre group since the 1950s, which hosts a number of performances annually from its 300 seat auditorium.
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.
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.
Every year, varying from late July to early August, Gorey's main street closes over several days for the Market House Festival.
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.
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.
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.
Gorey shopping centre opened in October 2007, and is home to shops such as Dunne Stores, Hickey's Pharmacy, and Bella Moda. It is also has a number of cafés, a Supervalu, Tesco store and Applegreen service station. Gorey has a number of Independent fashion, beauty and bridal boutiques located on Esmonde St, including Place, Ruby Rouge, La Creme, Making Faces,  and The Dressing Room.
A nursery is located near the outskirts of Gorey in the Barnlands area, and the town also has a CrossFit gym.
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. 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. Gorey School of Art is Post Leaving Certificate school for the arts.
The library in Gorey opened its doors in 2011 - after a decade of plans to build it.
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