Fáilte! Welcome to Newmarket.  In the heart of Duhallow nestled in a deep glen surrounded by the rounded summits of the Slieve Luachra foothills is where you’ll find our little town.  If you want fresh clean air, woodland walks, great locally grown produce,  historic tales (including one of the greatest love stories in Irish history), some of the best traditional music in Ireland and a bit of craic you’ve come to the right place.

Where To Stay

Where To Eat

What To Do

  • Newmarket Town Park at the West End has a number of amenities and is a great place to spend a few hours on a sunny day.  We have a gated children’s playground, picnic tables, an outdoor gym, GAA pitch and tennis courts which are available to all.
  • Newmarket Summer Festival runs from the end of June through the first week in July.  It’s a great time to visit the town.  Turbett’s fun fair runs in the park throughout the week and there are various different events on throughout the town each night.  Not to be missed!
  • Newmarket Agricultural Show runs each summer.  A great day out for all the family. Horses, Cattle, Dogs, tug of war, tractor driving skills, donkey derby and much much more.
  • Scully’s Traditional Music Weekend – a celebration of the traditional music and culture of Duhallow and Sliabh Luachra. This takes place annually on the weekend following the August bank holiday weekend. It began in 2004 to mark that the Monday night session had run since 1974.
  • Newmarket Horse Fair is run biannually in February and October.  It is a colourful occasion attracting as many onlookers as horse dealers and the presence of many stalls give it an old world flavour.
  • Newmarket Christmas Fair is run by the town development group and takes place in Safari’s nite club at the end of November each year.  Two floors jam packed with local businesses and a huge range of craft stalls.  An ideal way to start the Christmas shopping.  Details of this event and many more can be found on the town development facebook page.
  • Duhallow Driving Range
  • Valley View Equestrian Centre
  • IRD Duhallow are based in the old convent building, the James O’Keeffe institute and run many events throughout the year, lectures & talks, courses, craft fairs.  The days of the region event runs throughout July and consists of a wide range of cultural activities throughout Duhallow.
  • The Newmarket GAA has been at the heart of our community since the closing years of the nineteenth century.  The club has stacked up a huge range of trophies over the years and has a fine grounds and club house across from Priory Park.  Visit their website for history, photos and of course results and fixtures.  You can even support the club by playing their lotto online.
  • Looped walking trails near Newmarket: Mount Hilary, Mullaghareirk Mountains, Source of the Blackwater, the Island Wood & Claragh Mountain.
  • The Beara Breifne way runs runs 500 km north from the tip of  Beara Peninsula at Dursey in Co. Cork to Blacklion  area in the  Breifne area of Co Leitrim And Cavan, following generally the line of the 17th century march of O’Sullivan Beare, the last great chieftain of West Cork and South Kerry area.  This historic walk passes through Newmarket and surrounding areas.
  • The Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll.

Where To Go For A Drink

Newmarket is renowned for it’s great pub culture.  We have everything you need, great live bands, a state of the art nite club, Irish music and sessions showing the best of the Sliabh Luachra tradition, or maybe you’d just like a quiet corner, a nice pint and a chat – we have it all!!

What To See

  • The Island Wood
  • The James O’Keeffe Institute
  • Clonfert Graveyard is located to the west of the town and is thought to be very ancient.  It may quite possibly have been in use from the early christian period.  On the western side of the graveyard is the site of the pre-reformation parish church of Clonfert parish.  You can find a survey of this graveyard and it’s headstones here (this is an ongoing project and is not complete).
  • The ‘Protestant Graveyard’ – this old Church of Ireland graveyard is located on Main Street and is the final resting place of Sarah Curran.  You can find a survey of this graveyard and all it’s headstones here.
  • Meelin Village – the highest village in Ireland!