Sunday 17 December 2017

Newmarket is still open for business


NEWMARKET town is still "very much open for business," was the firm view of Cllr Gerard Murphy (FG) this week.

He moved to scotch rumours that the AIB in Newmarket had closed its doors, as had the library.

In July this year, AIB announced it is to close seven branches and sub offices in Cork as part of what it called "a transformation" and to reduce its branch numbers in a cost reduction programme, among which Newmarket was listed. The Newmarket branch has been earmarked for closure next year, to be subsumed by Kanturk.

"AIB in Newmarket is on the list of closures for next year but for now AIB is open in Newmarket. I have been in contact with people within AIB in an attempt to keep it open," said Cllr Murphy.

He also said that Newmarket library has not shut its doors. He explained that Cork County Council has purchased a new premises in Church Street, which is set to be revamped. While this is being undertaken, he said that the library would rent a "temporary premises" in the town.

The revamped premises will have a hot desk, which is an area within a library which allows entrepreneurs or the business community to explore opportunities on the internet or for conducting market research.

However, on Saturday evening in the town there was great sadness as the family run Centra closed its doors after serving the people in Duhallow for over 60 years.

John and Lucy Lane closed their premises after their last day of trading on Saturday. The shop had been open for 65 years.

A message was posted on the Centra Newmarket website on Saturday night. It read, ' We would like to thank our loyal staff, lifelong friends and customers who have supported Joe, Bridie, John and Lucey from 1947-2012.'

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