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Gort is sits fimly on the main road between Galway and Limerick. This whole transport corridor is being upgraded over the next few years. It is likely that the west coast motorway will by-pass the town in the next few years, but Gort never had a strong tourist trade anyway and the drop in traffic volume may benifit the look of the town. Gort is more useful as a base to travel from rather than a destination in itself.
The rail line will also be reconnected at some point when they get around to it. This development may well bring in more tourists as it will the most convenient setting off point for much of County Clare with the Cliffs, Doolin and all the rest of it.
Written Jan 17, 2008
A rather odd cultural phenomenen has happened in the quiet little rural town of Gort. The population has swelled in the last few years with an influx of Brazillians who most work in the local agricultural based industries.
I don't know what percentage of the town it adds to, but I do know that the local football teams are much more feared these days.
I found two shops in the town that cater to Brazilian tastes. The 'Brazil Real' shop sold foodstuffs from Brazil including some amazingly big sausages. They also seemed to sell vast quanities of Basmati rice.
A second shop, a clothes one, sold the sort of dresses and underwear that are just not built for the Irish Climate. You call a postage stamp and two shoelaces sensible daywear ? Fine by me.
If you time things right you may also have the good fortune to hit Gort's Brazilian festival. Rio it ain't, but it certainly shows that Ireland is becoming more ethnically diverse by the day.
Updated Jan 18, 2008