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Newmarket Leads the Way on Swift Nest Boxes

Friday, April 15th, 2016

by Joan Ann Brosnan

Swifts are rapidly disappearing from towns and villages all over Cork City and County. The larger towns still have perhaps tens of pairs, but numbers everywhere are dropping fast.   Smaller towns such as Newmarket have precious few left, and at the rate of decline, might well have none in years to come.

Flock of Swifts

Flock of Swifts

Special thanks mainly to the hard work of Dr. Brin McDonnell and Stephan deBeer, the town of Newmarket can boast 6 Swift nest boxes now in place, in theory capable of hosting up to 14 Swift nests and also to the people who contributed towards the costs and gave permission to put up the boxes on the eves of their roofs. There are now three sites around town and one outside town where the boxes have been located. It is hopeful that by playing recordings of the sounds of Swifts in early Summer, with the possibility of drawing in curious young Swifts to investigate and hopefully nest. The two Swift Boxes in place at the St. Mary’s Church are ideally situated with room for expansion and each box
can hold three nests.

Swift Boxes at St. Mary's Church Newmarket

Swift Boxes at St. Mary’s Church Newmarket

Last year, at the old Protestant Church, near the centre of Newmarket town, while works were being carried out on the building the provision for 43 nest holes were implemented and it is also hoped that there will be success with nesting here as well.

Potential Swift Nests

Artificial Swift Nests in the eaves of the Cultúrlann

Check out Birdwatch Ireland website ( for information on the

Swift Conservation Project.

A great project for Tidy Towns or interested individuals.

Cultúrlann MacAmhlaoibh Website Launched.

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

A new website has been launched for the Cultúrlann MacAmhlaoibh, the McAulliffee Heritage Centre.  It can be found at

The site is full of information about the building – including it’s history and plenty of pictures and plans of the ongoing restoration project.

Work on the Cultúrlann is underway again in the past few months.  The foundations for the extension have been completed, as can be seen in the pictures below.  For more information on the project and the plans for building check out the website.

Extension Extension Extension Extension

Newmarket Parish Website Launched

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Newmarket & Taur Parish website is now live and can be viewed on

The main objectives of the new parish website are to provide a) online access to almost all parish information, b) improved communication with parishioners and c) opportunities for greater engagement by all in the parish.

Main website features

  • Times of all regular services and key dates for the coming year.

  • Information and contacts for all parish groups.

  • Information on all seven sacraments.

  • All rosters for both churches.

  • Availability dates for booking Baptisms, Weddings or Mass Intentions.

  • Upcoming Events.

  • Recent news blog and news archive.

  • Latest newsletter and newsletter archive.

  • Photo galleries.

  • Thought of the day feature.

  • All content such as photos, news etc. can be shared especially via social media.

  • Plus a lot more.

Parish Newsletter 22nd November 2015

Thursday, November 26th, 2015


  • Sat.  7.30pm:     Sonny Collins, Boherbue.
  • Sun 10.00am:    Dan and Peg O’ Connor, Barnacurra & deceased members of the O’ Connor family.
  • Sun 11.30am:    Dan & Nellie Daly, Duarigle.
  • Sat.  7.30pm:     Paddy O’ Connor, Duarigle.
  • Sun 10.00am:
  • Sun 11.30am:    Months mind mass for the late Dan Joe Daly, High Street.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday &   Saturday – Mass at 10am.
  • Thursday – Liturgy of the Word at 10am.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: OFFERTORY: €2,628.00. SHRINES: €232.00. DIOCESAN FUND : €000.00. SPECIAL COLLECTION: €000.00. Sincere thanks for your generosity.

BAPTISM: Welcome into our Christian community, Baby Shonagh Kathleen Daly.

AUTUMN COUNTRY STATIONS MASSES: Friday 27th November @ 8pm: Clonfert, Curraduff, Castlemcauliffe & Lisdangan East at the home of Sheila O’Sullivan.

THE ADVENT PRAYER TREE: This Advent & Christmas, the community wish to remember in their prayers those who will not be able to make it home for Christmas. A tree will be placed in the Church next week where people can write the name of those they would like to be remembered on the cards provided.

PRO LIFE CAMPAIGN: Will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday 24th November at 7.30pm in the Metropole Hotel, Cork. All welcome.

THE THREE TENORS: Will perform at the Holy Cross Church, Charleville on Saturday 5th December at 7.45pm. Tickets €25 are available from The Forge and St. Joseph’s foundation.

LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB: Will hold ‘A Taste of Christmas’ fundraising cookery demonstration on Friday 4th December in the Hi-land with chef Frank Moynihan. Tickets €10 each are available from Twomey’s Butchers and Hannons shop.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS OUTING: Takes place on Sunday November 29th to Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blackpool Shopping Centre and dinner later at the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow. Cost €35. Bus will leave Meelin at 9.15am, Newmarket at 9.30am and Kanturk at 9.45am. Contact Mary on 60444 or Bridie on 60425.

CONCERT & CHRISTMAS MARKET: Will take place in Boherbue on Sunday 22nd November commencing at 11am with Dordan, a male choral choir, in the Church. This will be followed by an afternoon of Christmas treats on offer in the local hall. All welcome.

NEWMARKET JUVENILE GAA: Will hold their annual AGM on Sunday 22nd November at 8pm in Clubhouse. It is important that one parent/guardian from each family attend

NEWMARKET GAA ADULT AGM: Will be held on Saturday 28th November at 8.15pm. All members urged to attend. New members welcome.

OPEN AND ENROLMENT EVENING: For First Year pupils will take place in Boherbue Comprehensive School on Tuesday night 1st December from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m.

CORK SIMON COMMUNITY: Would like to thank the people of Newmarket & Taur for your generosity at their recent Church Gate Collection. Cork Simon works with men & women who are homeless in Cork where they offer housing and support.

SHORT BUT SWEET: A priest who had spent a fruitless day fishing picked out three fat fish in the market. “Before you wrap them,” he said to the store manager,” toss them to me, one by one. That way I’ll be able to tell the monsignor I caught them and  I’ll be speaking the truth.”


“None of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities you have.  Jake Bailey [18 year old New Zealand boy battling cancer]

“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I want to change myself.”  Rumi

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”  Haruki Murakami

“The only devils in the world are those running in our own heart. That is where the battle should be fought.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Every son should have a chance to know his father, not as a child knows his protector, but as a man knows another man.” Brian Staveley

“Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.” Sebastien Nicolas

“Sometimes the best people have the worst experiences, because they are the most ready to learn.” Elder Maxwell

“A wall is a very big weapon. It’s one of the nastiest things you can hit somebody with.” Banksy

ONE SENTENCE SERMON: Say your ABC’s every day….. I am Alive, I am Blessed, I am Content.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Support The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Never Forgotten Appeal by leaving a message and making a donation.






































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Parish Newsletter 13th of Spetember 2015

Thursday, September 17th, 2015


  • Sat.  7.30pm:      Months mind mass for the  late Mary Gillman, Curraduff
  • Sun 10.00am:     Neily Fitzpatrick, Meelin and his sons Mossie & Frank.
  • Sun 11.30am:     Michael O’ Sullivan, Meenishal.
  • Sat.  7.30pm:      Special Intention.
  • Sun 10.00am:     Months mind mass for the late Nora McAuliffe, Castlecourt & Glenamuckla.
  • Sun 11.30am:     John & Kathleen Flaherty and their daughter Nuala, Charleville Road.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday &   Saturday – Mass at 10am.
  • Thursday – Liturgy of the Word.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: OFFERTORY: €1,686.00. SHRINES: €200.00. DIOCESAN FUND : €339.00.  SPECIAL COLLECTION:€000.00. Sincere thanks for your generosity.

Baptism: We welcome into our Christian community Alex Gerard O’Keeffe O’Riordan.

CHOIR PRACTICE: Will resume on Monday 14th September at 7.30pm. All members are asked to attend and new members are most welcome.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL : Will hold an open night on Tuesday 15th September at 8pm in the Trade Union Hall, Kanturk. Learn about SVP, the work that’s done and discover how to help those in need in your community.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOC: Are in the process of creating a photo booklet   of ‘Newmarket through the Years’. If you have any photo’s of Newmarket past and present please contact Lisa on 087-9848428 or email Closing date is  30th September.

AFTERNOON TEA PARTY: In aid of Action Breast Cancer will be held at  the Guiney home , Killowen on Saturday 26th September from 12 noon to 6pm. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Everyone welcome.

DVD: Of the Centenary Celebration of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Taur is available from Donal Murphy. Contact 087-9183981 for details.

NEWMARKET BRIDGE CLUB: Will recommence on Tuesday 15th September at 7.30pm in Castlecourt. Existing and new members welcome.

ELECUTION CLASSES: Small groups or individual tuition available . Give your child the art of good speech. Enquiries to 087-6606697.

BUTEYKO BREATHING COURSE: Commencing on Wednesday 16th September at 7.30pm in Glash.To book call 087-2888840.

SHORT BUT SWEET: One dear lady was not a cook, but the family decided that after many years, they should eat at home for Christmas. She said, “I’ve cooked this turkey for the first time and I’m going to bring it to the table. If it’s not good, don’t say a word. If it’s not good, there will be no negative comments, we’ll just go to a restaurant and have a meal.” So, she went to the kitchen to get the turkey, only to come into the dining room to see her husband and son at the table with hat and coat on.


“It’s never crowded along the extra mile.” Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Never say goodbye, because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means  forgetting.” Peter Pan

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” Robin Sharma

“If you want others to be happy practice compassion; if you want yourself to be happy practice compassion.” The Dalai Lama

“We live in a country where if you want to go bomb somebody, there’s remarkably little discussion about how much it might cost. But when you have a discussion about whether or not we can assist people who are suffering, then suddenly we become very cost-conscious.” Prof. Andrew

“If you want your children to turn out well spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.” Abigail Van Buren

“Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.” Ashleigh Brilliant

ONE SENTENCE SERMON: Everybody has a chapter they don’t read out loud !

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Blue September is cancer awareness month for men.





































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Parish Newsletter 16th of August 2015

Monday, August 17th, 2015


  • Sat.  7.30pm:      Sheila Lane, Commons.
  • Sun 10.00am:     Con Pigott, Taur.
  • Sun 11.30am:     Months mind mass for the late Mossie Kenneally, Island Road.
  • Sat.  7.30pm:      Margaret Cogan, Killowen.
  • Sun 10.00am:     Months mind mass for the late Joan O’ Keeffe, Scarteen.
  • Sun 11.30am:     Nicky & Danny Kenneally, Glenlara.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday &   Saturday – Mass at 10am.
  • Thursday – No 10am mass or Liturgy of the Word.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: OFFERTORY: €1,783.00. SHRINES: €142.00. DIOCESAN FUND : €000.00. SPECIAL COLLECTION: €000.00. Sincere thanks for your generosity.

BAPTISM: Welcome into our Christian community Gearóid Daniel O’Keeffe.

AUTUMN STATION MASSES: Families wishing to host a Station Mass in their area are asked to contact the Parish Office on 029- 22679 to make the necessary arrangements.

MILLSTREET MONUMENTS COMMITTEE: Will unveil a plaque to commemorate the centenary visit of Pádraig Pearse to Millstreet on 22nd of August 1915. The unveiling will take place on August 22nd 2015 at 7.30 p.m. outside Corkerys’ Bar, Millstreet and will launch Heritage Week in Duhallow. All welcome to attend.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: Will be held in Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk on Wednesday, 19th August from 3pm to 5pm and from 7pm to 9pm. Please come along and donate blood and help us cope with the increasing demand in the region.

PUBLIC MEETING: Newmarket Community Development Association will  hold a public information meeting in relation to the proposed new CCTV system for the town on Thursday, 20th August at 8pm in the CYMS. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

SHORT BUT SWEET: A woman was trying to get ketchup to come out of the jar. During her struggle, the phone rang so she asked her four-year-old daughter to answer it. “It’s the local priest, Mommy,” the child said to her mother. Then she added, “Mommy can’t come to the phone right now. She’s hitting the bottle.”

IRD DUHALLOW: Will host the following events in the near  future. For details contact 029-60633. Diabetes Seminar:  1st September @ 2.30pm. Stress Management & Wellness Planning: Please submit your names if interested. Financial Wellness Seminar: 23rd September @ 7.30pm. Basic Sign Language:  8 week course . CAO & College Choices: 1st October @ 7.30pm. After Schools Service: Monday to Friday from 2pm to 6pm


“A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.” Bill Watterson

“Better keep yourself clean and bright, you are the window through which you see the whole world. George Bernard Shaw

“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you are alone with.” Wayne Dyer

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.’ Bill Gates

“When you meet the one who changes the way your heart beats, dance to them to that rhythm for as long as the song lasts.” Kirk Diedrich

“To rephrase Tolstoy’s famous line, all happiness is alike, but each pain is painful in  its own way.’ Haruki Murakami

“Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.” Vincent Van Gogh

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” Harvey MacKay

ONE SENTENCE SERMON: A bad attitude is like a flat tyre – you can’t go anywhere until you change it !

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: The Rise foundation aims to support families with loves ones in addiction.


1. Your mother – who is the first person to welcome you into this world.

2. Your Father – who is the first person to go through all the hardships just to see you smile!

3. Your sibling – the first person to teach you  the art of ‘sharing and caring’.

4. Your friend – the first person to teach you  how to respect people with different opinions and viewpoints!

5. Your love – the first person to make you realise the value of sacrifice and compromise and the first one for whom you’ve to fight the world to be together.

6. Your children – the first little person to teach you how to be selfless and think about others before yourself.

7. Your grandchildren – the only creatures who make you want to live the life, all over again…
























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































ScullysFest 2015

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Niamh and Siobhain O'Sullivan - Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald.

Niamh and Siobhain O’Sullivan – Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald.

Scullysfest 2015 kicks off in Newmarket on the 7th of August, running for 4 nights until the 10th of August.  The festival began back in 2004 as a celebration of the fact that an open session has been running in Scully’s Bar since 1974.   The session began when local musicians decided to get together on a regular night to share and practice their music. Over the years a unique repertoire of music has grown from the session and many tunes from local players such as Timmy O’Connor and John Walsh have been popularised by Jackie Daly and others and are now standards in the Sliabh Luachra canon.

There’ll be events for all ages such as music workshops on the Saturday and a Books, CDs and instruments Market with BBQ on Sunday afternoon.   There’s two early mini concerts featuring Sliabh Luachra young Musician of the year Bryan O’Leary, Lisa & Mike O’Sullivan, Brendan McCarthy and the mighty Tim Browne with a splash of recitation and drama. There’ll be open session in the Bar every night.  The Festival is also growing a fringe with all the music Friday night taking place in Dan Hourigan’s Bar.

You can find the full program of events here:

Scullys Fest is seeking to add to the wealth of genuine tradition in Duhallow and Sliabh Luachra and anyone interested should see or facebook or call Eoin on 087 9100087.

Newmarket Summer Festival 2015

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Newmarket Summer Festival

Newmarket Summer Festival. Photo by Eileen O’Connor

One week to go until Newmarket Summer Festival 2015 kicks off with it’s annual opening parade.  The two schools will be closing their doors next Friday the 26th and what better way to celebrate than to head into town to take part in (or watch) the parade and head back to Turbett’s funfair for the evening.  This years festival will be opened by this years young scientists.

The week is jam packed with different events: the ever popular walk about quiz and car treasure hunt; the family day in the Island wood followed by the enchanted evening (pack a picnic and a nice bottle of wine and enjoy some soothing live classical music), the poc fada, the ladies of the rings nights, american tea party, a father Ted night,  along with many other events throughout the week.

The local pubs along with Safari’s niteclub will be hosting live music and other events throughout the week.  Don’t miss the Mayoral ‘Election’ which is being run by the development association.  The last few weeks have seen a hotly tested campaign between our two mayoral candidates, Maura Sheahan and Daniel O’Doherty in this Mock Mayoral election.  The candidate with the highest amount of money raised will be crowned ‘Mayor of Newmarket’ for the next two years.  The electoral night is sure to be a fantatsic night out in the Rock Bar.  All money raised will be spent on new Christmas Lights for the town.

If you’d like to get the full programme of events you can find it on the festival committee website below:

Newmarket Drama Group Web Site

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Newmarket Drama group have launched a fantastic new website, created for them by new local web design company Tosnú.

The site contains a vast array of photographs, posters and information about past productions.  The aim of the site is to provide an archive and history of the Newmarket Drama  Group.  We have a rich history of drama in our community, dating back to the early part of the last century.  If you want to send in an article or any photos for the site their email address is

You can find the Drama Group website at the following link:

The drama group are also on Facebook, if you want to follow them there also.

Newmarket Mayoral Elections 2015

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Newmarket Mayoral Campaign 2015 kicks off this weekend (May 9th 2015). This year there are two candidates Maura Sheahan and Daniel O’Doherty. The candidate who raises the most funds through sponsorship cards will be declared Mayor of Newmarket for the following 12 months. The inauguration will be held during Newmarket Summer Festival on Saturday the 27th of June – venue to be decided. All funds raised will be invested in local projects by the Community Development Association.

How can you get involved?

Each candidate will have sponsorship forms and you can buy a line for €2.  There will be a draw the night of the ‘inauguration’ with the following prizes:

1st prize €200

2nd prize €100

3rd prize €50

4th prize €50

You can follow the candidates on their Facebook pages as well to keep up with their campaigns:

Daniel’s facebook page address is and his campaign manager is Ollie Dugdale

Maura’s facebook page address is and her campaign manager is Liz O’Connor

What happens to the money raised?

First off funds raised will pay for running this event (including the prize money) and all profits after that will go the Newmarket Community Development Association.  At the beginning of each year this group starts with bills for insurance in the town and town park along with the bills for the Christmas Lights.  This year they would like to be able to get some new Christmas lights as well as invest some money in plants, paint and other items for Tidy Towns.  The more money they raise the more they can do around our community.

Where to get more information?

There will be regular updates on this site and the Newmarket Notes in the Corkman as well as the development assocation facebook page:

We will keep an ongoing tally of funds raised on the main page of this website – once completed sponsorship cards are submitted to the development association treasurer.  Whoever has raised the most funds by the 27th of June will be declared Mayor of Newmarket for the following 12 months.

Sponsorship cards will be available from all development association committee members and some local businesses.