Thursday 23 November 2017

Street Museum planned for 'Days of the Region'

THE Community Development Association will be running a Street Museum as part of the Days of The Region Month being organised by IRD Duhallow.

The idea is that both businesses and private houses in the town will put up displays in their windows that are of cultural or historical interest to Newmarket; anything from old photographs, posters, old objects, poems, songs, history of the building or more elaborate displays. There will be a prize for best display.

The event will run from 2-5pm on July 20. If you would like to take part please give your name, address and theme of your display to Eilis Hourigan (087-2480935) or email to before July 1.

The Tidy Towns competition and the County Council Litter Challenge are both underway and we would like to appeal to the community to keep an eye out for litter and to keep properties looking clean and tidy. Aside from any competition, keeping our town looking attractive is essential for our local economy. We have weekly clean-up nights every Tuesday from 7-8PM - meeting at the town park just before 7pm. Litter pickers and bags are provided. We do some gardening and weed picking around town on these evenings too.

We are nearing the end of the work within the town park. The last items to be finished are the outdoor gym and some new picnic tables (made for us by our local Mens Sheds group). These items will be in place by the end of June. With all grants in this will leave the total money we need to pay off at €15,314.

We are a small committee so this is a considerable amount of money for us to raise. We will be organising a number of fundraising events throughout the year and would like to appeal for support from the community. We are grateful to other organisations and groups for their assistance, such as beginner's corner montesorri who are running a pyjama day in early June to raise funds for the park.

If you would like to donate directly you can lodge to our AIB account (Sort Code 93-61-70 a/c no. 25218024 (Newmarket Community Development Association)) or you can talk to any of our committee members.

We would also like to put out our usual appeal for articles and photographs for the town website ( We are building a nice library of old pictures and articles about the town. On the day of the street museum (July 20) we will have a few computers and scanners so that people can bring their old photos and have them scanned while they wait for inclusion on the website. We have received some absolute gems of pictures and are sure there are plenty more out there - it would be great to get them out of albums and boxes and to share them with the community and our diaspora.

If you have an article you would like to contribute please send to or talk to any committee member we are interested in anything to do with Newmarket: history, geography, anecdotes, poems, songs, nature.


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