Monday 22 January 2018

Newmarket Street Museum rolls out

Raymond and Eoin O'Sullivan at Culture night in Scully's Bar Newmarket. Photo: Eileen O'Connor
Raymond and Eoin O'Sullivan at Culture night in Scully's Bar Newmarket. Photo: Eileen O'Connor


THERE will be plenty of memories and a few giggles in Newmarket as well reminiscing about times past when the town's street museum is rolled out again this weekend.

The Newmarket Community Development Association came up with the novel idea last year and decided it was an ideal way to celebrate the 'Day of the Region' in the town.

Owners of businesses in the town as well as homeowners got right behind the project last year and put up a wide range of display of times past. There was everything from old photographs, bicycles, prams, clocks and children's toys which were up to 40 years old.

Eilis Hourigan of the Newmarket Community Development Association said the Street Museum went down a storm last year and this year it's their aim that it will be bigger and better. Displays will be kept on windows for one week and the celebration on this Saturday, August 9 will be held in conjunction with the anniversary of Scully's bar.

There will also be a workshop on Saturday with musician Dan Curtin and there will also be live music on the street for the Street Museum. Later that night, there will be a concert in Scully's where Damien Mullane will play. On Sunday, The Monks of the Screw will play in Scully's and the noted poet, Bernard O'Donoghue will also attend. Finally, on Monday, there will be an open music session in Scully's along with a celebration cake.

Eilis explained that this year at the old creamery store, the Duhallow Ancestry team have put together a huge amount of work and research into the Aldworth family.

What is now named the James O'Keeffe Institute, which is home to IRD Duhallow, was the home of the Aldworths who settled in Newmarket in the early 17th century.

However, during the Anglo-Irish war, the family went to live in England and their home was occupied by the Crown forces and later by the Free State Army. It was then bought by the Sisters of St Joseph in 1927.

The Corkman notes writer Mary Stack will also feature three decades of her work, which will certainly jog many memories.

Eilis explained that people can buy old photographs and all money raised will go back into the kitty of the development association for further projects.

Over the weekend there will also be some head scratching as a photo quiz will be held and families can go around the town and try and whip up the answers.

What will also be a really lovely touch is that both young and not so young are being invited to have a print of their hands done in paint where they can put it on the fence on Scarteen Street.

"Last year was really lovely as people of all ages mingled and it was great to hear stories from times past as well as looking at photographs. We're really hoping that this year, people in the town get behind this project and make it a success," she said.


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