All things German come to Newmarket
IT WAS more like Munich than Newmarket when the showrooms at Newmarket Motors were transformed last Wednesday night as more than 300 people turned up to savour all things German.
The place was buzzing with activity, with a pig on a spit, Erdinger beer and lots of activities to ensure there was no shortage of fun fare at Newmarket's first 'Volkfest'.
On the night there were many fraus and fraulines dishing out the Germanic fare. And there were many familiar faces along, too, including Cork GAA stars Aidan Walsh, Donnacha O'Connor and Noel O'Leary. And the lovely Newmarket Motors staff, of course!
A live band playing a mix of "Beer Keller" music and Irish Traditional music, wooden benches and mood lighting set the scene for a one-night German beer festival.
MC for the night Brian Ormonde made sure everyone was in good form and he kept the atmosphere lively with competitions, spot prizes and interviews with the GAA stars.
Donnacha O'Connor told the gathering that playing for your county is a big commitment requiring a lot of dedication.
Aidan Walsh acknowledged that being a dual player for Cork next year is a challenge but that this is the time in his life when he can give it a try.
Meanwhile, Noel O'Leary said that while he is sorry to see the end of his senior football days he will continue playing with his club, Kilnamartyra, and he might even take up tennis! He said he retired to begin a new chapter in his life ... and he's getting married soon!
Dealer principle at Newmarket Motors Sean Browne said they were delighted to host the event and share the evening with customers and friends. "Tonight has given us all an opportunity to experience a meeting of German culture and engineering," said Sean. "We have always had very close links with our community and our customers in genera,l and this gives us an opportunity to thank them and show our appreciation for their ongoing support and loyalty."
He also said it was nice to see things slightly improve in car sales. "I think it has been very difficult few years for many retail businesses but I hope we are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel," he added. "We are certainly seeing some demand coming back with 2014 sales well up on 2013."