The N11 is the main conduit to the sunny southeast. This road is now so good, with a dual-carriageway and motor way bringing you right to Gorey, city commuters think nothing of travelling up to 60 miles south of Dublin in search of cheaper houses and a more laid-back lifestyle. Gorey is the first major town you meet, heading south along the new road network, bypassing Arklow.
Gorey is a typical Irish market town with a busy main street, thronged with holidaymakers from July to September. The town is growing rapidly, as more people see it as a viable alternative to Dublin.
Young first-time buyers relocating to Gorey can take heart in the fact that, the town is of a young demographic. Night life is well catered for as a result, with a wide variety of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs.
Gorey has a long tradition of involvement with the arts. Local artist Paul Funge founded the Gorey Arts Festival in the 1970s which is still popular today, and there are more artists living in the Gorey area than most towns of a similar size. Students from here outnumber all other towns in Dublin’s National College of Art and Design. Gorey Art Circle, Gorey Photographic Club and the Gorey Artist’s Foundation regularly hold exhibitions. With an abundance of theatrical clubs and their performances throughout the year; Gorey Little Theatre Group, Gorey Musical Society and the Gorey Choral Group.
Closeness to the sea means plenty of water sports activities – nearby Courtown will soon have an extensive Waterworld leisure facility. For golfers, the Courtown club is regarded as one of the finest in Leinster and a host of other clubs are within a half hour drive. Other sports are on offer at junior and senior level, including soccer, rugby, GAA, hockey, squash, tennis, badminton, gymnastics, boxing, tae kwon do, hill-walking and equestrian activities.
For families, Gorey Community School is the second-largest second-level school in the country.