At the beginning of the Seventeenth century the land upon which Newmarket in County Cork is now set was granted to Richard Aldworth, a soldier in the English Army. Thus began a long association of the Aldworth family with Newmarket and this association was to shape the town in many ways.
The Aldworths built an imposing mansion, Newmarket Court, to the east of the town and this fine building is now The James O’Keeffe Memorial Institute.
The James O’Keeffe Memorial Institute is the headquarters for IRD (Integrated Resource Development) Duhallow, which is a community based integrated rural development company that plays an important part in the economic and cultural life of Newmarket and Duhallow in general.
The building functions as a Teagasc Training Centre as well as offices, a food production incubator, small enterprise units, an agricultural museum, and a heritage centre.