Saturday 17 November 2018

Community news: Newmarket

Sheila Roche, Patricia Lofts, Liz O' Riordan, Cathleen Lane and Eileen O' Doherty organised the Trick or Treat for Temple St Halloween Party at Newmarket CYMS Hall
Sheila Roche, Patricia Lofts, Liz O' Riordan, Cathleen Lane and Eileen O' Doherty organised the Trick or Treat for Temple St Halloween Party at Newmarket CYMS Hall
Aaron Lofts and his Mum Patricia enjoying the ghostly goings on during the Trick or Treat for Temple St. Halloween Party at Newmarket CYMS Hall
Odhran Lane and Fionn O' Doherty were at the Trick or Treat for Temple St. Halloween Party at Newmarket CYMS Hall
Brian Jones was the Caped Crusader at the Halloween Party at Newmarket CYMS Hall for Temple St. Hospital

Catherine Newman

After 35 years, one of our oldest traditions, the Christmas Day Swim in the Island Wood will not go ahead this year. A few factors lead to this decision, the main one being insurance restrictions and demands which the organisers found insurmountable.

A 'thank you' to the swimmers seems totally inadequate, considering they have raised over €200,000 for numerous charities down through the years.

Some swimmers have been taking part for almost 20 years and. Well done to each and every one of you for your efforts, especially facing the cold waters of the River Dalua every Christmas morning.

Thanks are due also to the hundreds of supporters who came along every year and donated so generously to the various causes. Thank you to Jerry McAuliffe who has been there since the start and to the Kiely family, Dromagh, the late Séan and now his son Derry, who provided the amplification and to Supervalu Newmarket for the mulled wine. Thanks to all the other helpers down through the years who made it all possible.

It is sad to see the swim it over as it was a great meeting place and, for many, a chance to catch up with family and friends on Christmas morning. However, the organisers are very happy that the past 35 years have been accident free and that it has brought great enjoyment and happy memories to many.

Scrap metal collection

There is a scrap metal collection at the Lismire GAA grounds on Saturday 11th November.

Any unwantedscrap metal can be brought to the GAA grounds and left at the designated scrap area. Arrangements can be made to collect redundant scrap metal by contacting any member of the club committee.

A fun night is promised, along with a chance to win thousands, at the inaugural Newmarket Girls' School Parents' Association 'Who Wants to be a Thousandaire' event taking place at The Hi-Land Newmarket on Friday 10th November.

The 'Who wants to be a Thousandaire' show, created by Pallas Marketing, has attracted large audiences all over Ireland over the past 14 years. Now for the first time Newmarket will have its opportunity to play for big money.

Eight lucky contestants will be drawn exclusively from the audience on 10th November to have the opportunity to play for €1,000 on the night.

On purchasing a ticket you have the option of nominating someone else to play for you. With the well-loved '50/50' and 'Ask the Audience' favourites along with a video-linked 'Phone a Friend' option to assist in answering the more difficult questions, 'Who Wants to be a Thousandaire' is the full game show experience.

There will be fun, nail-biting question cliffhangers and of course the chance for eight lucky individuals to take away €1,000 each! There will also be many chances for members of the audience to take home one of the 40 raffle and spot prizes.

Food and drink companies, including De Róiste Foods, will also be providing samples of their products on the night.

Tickets cost €20 each or four for €60, with special family rates of €50. All proceeds are in aid of Newmarket Girls School.

Christmas shopping outing to Killarney

The annual Christmas shopping outing takes place on Sunday December 3rd to Killarney. The first stop is the Deerpark shopping centre, followed by lunch at The Avenue hotel and then a visit to St Mary's Cathedral.

The tour will continue with some more retail therapy at the Outlet Centre, followed by dinner at the Torc Hotel before the journey home.

The bus will leave Meelin at 10.30am, Newmarket at 10.45am, Kanturk 11.00 and Boherbue at 11.15. Everyone is welcome and names please to Mary Stack 029 60444 or 087 9439612.

Pink Ribbon Day raised €3k

The Irish Cancer Society thanks everyone who supported the Pink Ribbon Day held on 6th Oct. €3,030 was raised and this will be donated to Action Breast Cancer. This has been a record year for same and the society is very grateful to the 50 helpers on the day.

Ladies football meeting

The Newmarket Ladies Football AGM will be held at the Clubhouse, Priory Park at 5pm on 26th November. It is important that every player should be represented.

Eileen’s big win

Congratulations to Eileen Clifford of Killowen, Newmarket who won €2,800 in the Newmarket GAA Lotto.