It’s Indoor Market Night in Castleisland

Two of the great stalwarts of the Castleisland Indoor Market, Mary Anthony McQuinn, RIP (left) and Phil O’Mahony, RIP, with samples of their home made jams at the 2006 market. ©Photograph: John Reidy 22/11/2006

This Friday night, November 9th at 8pm the doors of Castleisland Community Centre will open to the world.

Slightly later than in more recent years, but it’s still Indoor Market night in Castleisland.

Ever Since 1974

The market has occupied its slot at this time of year – give or take a few weeks either way – ever since its 1974 debut on the Castleisland calendar of events.

That debut was in Tommy O’Rourke’s Main Street grocery shop. And it was all about then what it’s all about now.

Kerry Parents and Friends

It was the Kerry Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped back then.

The title has been modified to the Kerry Parents and Friends Association now. The maintenance and promotion of positive mental health is still at the core of its mission.

Daughters followed mothers and now granddaughters are now getting involved in the service of the community as the event grows with the passing of the years.

Glebe Lodge its Monument

It was the ‘Indoor Market’ – more than anything else which put the Glebe Lodge Residential Centre in place and it still plays a huge part in the maintenance of services there.

Tonight, there’s a children’s fancy dress competition, a Teddy Bear’s Hospital, Sumo Wrestling, Wheel of Fortune, Lucky Dip, Hamper Raffles and monster auctions – to mention a few of the attractions being planned.

Anyone with Manners

I often think that anyone with manners has no business of going down there early. If you’re a bargain hunter with manners, you’ll be trampled as eyes widen and teeth are bared with the sound of the bolt being drawn back on the doors of the centre.

But many get great Christmas presents, suits of clothes, long out of print books and records – and vinyl is all the go again.

If you dare, the doors open at Castleisland Community Centre this very Friday night, November 9th at 8pm.

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