Bomb attacks will not disrupt town Fair

May 18, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

Organisers of Newtownhamilton’s Hiring Fair say the recent bomb attacks in the town will not deter them from staging the popular annual event.

This year’s Hiring Fair will be held in the town this Saturday, 22nd May.

Earlier this month a car bomb exploded in the centre of Newtownhamilton, extensively damaging homes, businesses and the town’s community centre.  As a result of this, organisers of the Hiring Fair were forced to hire a marquee to use as a base from which to run the Fair.

Despite the inconvenience, residents and business people in the town have risen to the challenge to forge ahead with their plans for this year’s Fair.

The committee says they are greatly encouraged by the support they have been shown in organising the event and have expressed gratitude to Mayor of Newry and Mourne Council, John Feehan, council members and employees for all their assistance.

They are actively encouraging all members of the community to come along and enjoy the festival, which is expected to be just as successful as in recent years.


The event will include bonny baby, glamorous granny and home baking competitions and small pet show.  Anyone interested in participating in these contests or would like to suggest other events, please contact 07709145329.

Other usual attractions will be also be on offer on the day including Mohan’s Fun Fair, pony trotting, bouncy castles, obstacle course, Little Miss and Master Newtown and face painting.

The committee are also organising a car boot sale on the day.  Anyone interested in taking part in this event should contact 07709145329 to book a place.

While the usual vintage parade will also be a significant feature of the day.  Anyone wishing to take part in the parade should contact Martin on 07746685186.

As in previous years, no outside catering will be allowed in the village that day, the organisers have said.