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The Free Market pavilion will join the summer-time family fun of the Muckno Mania Festival in Market Square Castleblayney from July 4th -7th. The pavilion will be installed outside of the Hope Castle Gate Lodge and this section of the street will be turned into a temporary public space.


  • Pavilion

  • Exhibition

  • Public Programme & Exhibition

  • Opening event


You are invited to take part in a series of free events helping us to spark new conversations around the future of our towns. A programme of events will run throughout the day across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, coinciding with the family fun of the Muckno Mania Festival. You are encouraged to explore the exhibition, join in guided walking tours, contribute to Vox Pop recording sessions, and for younger townies we have designed a special Townie Scavenger Hunt.

An exhibition of drawings, photographs and models will be housed inside the recently refurbished Gate Lodge building. This exhibition will include original architectural drawings and models from the Venice Architecture Biennale describing both the historic and contemporary conditions of towns across Ireland. In Castleblayney, we’ll be focusing discussions on adaptive re-use of vacant buildings within the town, and the public spaces they address. A large scale model of the Castleblayney Market House invites viewers to reimagine new uses for this important building and the Market Square. Recently taken documentary and aerial photography (specially commissioned by Free Market) will be shown alongside historic photography. The town will be yours to discuss and reimagine!

Free Market News is a free tabloid format newspaper. With almost 40 short articles and contributions from leading Irish and international architectural historians, researchers, geographers, poets, writers and thinkers, it aims to capture a snapshot of thinking around the subject of rural towns today. Copies of ‘Free Market News’ will be available to browse and take home.

The Free Market team will be on hand to chat and learn about Castleblayney, as they continue to gather experiences, thoughts and dreams for towns on each stop of the National Tour journey.

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