I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Barony of: Bunratty, Parish: New-Market, Population: 550
Location and Brief Description:
Newmarket is located 15 miles from Limerick, 8 miles from Ennis on main road. It has a parish population of 2468 (1941). It was called the parish of the seven churches. The village is clean on the outside, despite the fact that no sewerage system exists. There are no hotels, or guest house accommodation. Neither does any accommodation exist at the famous Rhinanna Airport. The latter is 6 miles from Newmarket. A fine road connects.

Is there a Town Parochial Hall? Yes Location: In centre of village

Parks, Gardens and Recreation Grounds. Brief Description:
No parks, gardens. There is a splendid enclosed hurling field where practice, and championship matches are held.

Brief comments on water supply and sewerage:
Two pumps - both unsatisfactory. A gravitational system not feasible. No sewerage system exists.

Public Services
Nearest station: Ballycar
Distance: 1¼ miles
Bus? Yes
Public lighting by—Electricity? Yes, E.S.B. system Gas? None

Dance Hall: Yes. Accommodation for 250 persons Proprietor: The Parochial Hall Committee

Cinemas and Theatres
Cinemas: Yes. Mr. R. Murray runs a cinema, capacity 350 persons. Tip up seats, E. lighting, flush closet. Measures 60ft x 34ft.
Pictures shown (nights): Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Public Libraries: There is a small library included in the parochial hall. The Clare Council also supplies books.

Churches and Services
Church Services (Sundays)
Newmarket on Fergus R.C. 8.30 and 11.00 a.m.
Carrigerry R.C 10.30 a.m.
Wells R.C. 10.10 a.m.
Church of Ireland or Protestant 11.00 a.m.

Postal Facilities
Location of Post Office: Centre of village
Business (? M.O., Telegraph, Telephone): All three

Sports and Photo Supplies
Sports Dealers: Mr. R. Murray supplies sporting cartridges and some fishing tackle.

Swimming Pools and Baths
Swimming Pool? Ing and Clenagh Location: 4 miles distant

Social Clubs, Cultural Societies, &c.
Social Clubs: Cards, and other games are played in Parochial Hall. G.A.A. sports committee, and agricultural society hold their meetings there also.

Industries and Handcrafts
Industries: Domestic economy, and cookery lessons are given in technical school in village. There is also a co-operative creamery.

Important Public Buildings (Give brief notes on architectural features)
There are no important public buildings.
The R.C. Church of Newmarket is a nice building.
The R.C. Church of Carrigerry is small.
The R.C. Church of Wells is small.
Church of Ireland, Newmarket on Fergus, substantial cut stone.
All those churches of ordinary gothic architecture.

Schools and Colleges
Newmarket-on-Fergus N. School is neat and bright.
Hurlers Cross, an ironrailed stone steps lead up to classrooms.
Stonehall N. School - small, but in fair condition.
Newmarket-on-Fergus Church of Ireland N.S. - small and clean.
Ballycar - N.S. small and in bad repair.

Nearest: Ennis, 8 miles

Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: 20th December is the only fair in the year.
Weekly Market Day: None
Half-Holiday: Wednesday

Garages and Petrol Stations
Messrs Murray and Murphy stock petrol and oils. Murphy does light light repair work. Neither are up to date garages.

Conveyances for Hire (Owners):
Motors (Touring): The above garages hire out touring cars. Mr. Murphy also does haulage work.

Camping Sites
Location: Camping sites are easily obtainable free along the lake shores, and vacant patches by the various roads. Roadside by Finloe Lake affords adequate space - distance two miles from Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Local Improvements Committee: Parish Council Secretary: Enquiries will be answered by Sec. Parish Council. Newmarket-on-Fergus.


There is no accommodation for tourists, no lodgings, dinners or teas. Even the air port, and wireless station staffs cannot be catered for at the present time. There is no post war planning. Tourists or visitors to the air port of Rhinanna, or the wireless stations attached thereto, should be advised to bring their own provisions. There is a licensed house at Rhinanna Airport.

Date: July 7th, 1943
(Signed): Ralph Lucas Surveyor.
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