The Wonderful Newmarket Town, County Cork, Ireland

Published: 30th July 2009
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County Cork, Ireland must be one of the most beautiful parts of a fantastic country, and the small market town of Newmarket is one of its unique market towns.

Newmarket - or, in the traditional Irish tongue, 'th Trasna - the crossing at the ford, is in the Barony of Duhallow, in the north-west of County Cork. Bounded by Limerick and Kerry, and with the popular Blackwater river flowing close by, full of its tasty salmon, it is a part of Ireland that you would be wacky to ignore.

The province of Newmarket itself, with just around 2,500 dwellers, befits the adjective 'sleepy' almost as well as anywhere in the country - unless you appear to be passing through after an especially spectacular G.A.A. Victory, when the town's own anthem, Up Up Newmarket, will be heard - they take their sport extremely seriously here.

Located on a valley surrounded by the foothills of the Mulmuaghreirk Mountains, where Fionn (the legendary Finn McCool) hunted the wild boar and the stag, Newmarket also has numerous interesting pre-historic sites around it - a cairn, gallauns (boundary stones) and forts. It is, indeed, a place soaked in Irish history; John Philpot Curran was born here and his daughter, Sarah, was the love of rebel chieftain Robert Emmet. Just outside the town is the beautiful Island Wood, that houses the Twelve Apostles Tree - it has twelve smaller trunks extending from out of its main trunk. This isolated wooded area, with the River Dalua, overflowing with salmon and trout, drifting beautifully through it, is an aptly popular place for silent contemplation.

The Island Wood in Newmarket, Co. Cork, Ireland, in fact, has been incorporated into a 100-mile trek known as the Duhallow Trail, investigating this wonderfully tranquil portion of the globe, and passing though Newmarket itself. Other especially important features of the trail are the mesmerizing town of Kanturk and its popular castle, managed by An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland and a wonderful building. At the proximate graveyard of Clonfert, there is a sentimental, small Celtic cross representing the massed burial site of scores of victims of the Great Famine.

In Newmarket itself you will notice the lively James O'Keefe Institute - primarily a place of residence built in 1725 for the Aldworth family, a member of which had established the town a century earlier. it is now a flourishing centre for the local community.

There are no hotels in Newmarket, County Cork,, Ireland although there are many fine guesthouses or places doing B&B in the area. K.D.'s Fast Food, has a good name for the quality of its menu and its friendly atmosphere and there are other locations where you can get excellent food, such as Marie's Restaurant, in the Main Street. It is certainly a town where you can be assured of a genuine, warm Irish welcome.

County Cork has a whole array of splendid attractions for visitors. The historic city of Cork itself is justifiably world famous. The safe blue flag beaches of Ballybunnion are close to hand. Blarney Castle and Killarney are just a brief drive. And there are wonderfully scenic golf courses, lakes, mountains and lakes.

found on the R576, at its junction with the R578, Newmarket, one of County Cork's hidden assets, should be part of everyone's program when they're in Ireland's southwestern corner.

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