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1 Jan

The Best of the Irish Markets

It’s a long summer, so why not do something different? Good at haggling or willing to try? Then why not check out an Irish Market.

It’s a long summer, so why not do something different? Good at haggling or willing to try? Then why not check out an Irish Market.

Here are a sample of some of the best markets in Ireland –

Dublin Flea Market

This takes place on the last Sunday of every month and has become an alternative institution in the city. This is a non-profit enterprise where you will find everything from vintage clothes to retro furniture, old vinyl, second hand bikes, wacky bric-a-brac, and top-notch coffee spread over 60 stalls with a killer brunch. The monthly market takes place at the indoor Co-op on Newmarket Square (Dublin 8), with DJS, live bands among the entertainment seen to keep folks happy.

English Market, Cork
This market dates back to 1788 and was created by and English Corporation that controlled the city at the time. Cork prides itself as being a culinary capital and this marvel of a market is a jewel in the crown.

The Queen of England visited in 2011 and met Pat O’Connell, fishmonger and enjoyed a chuckle. This shot displayed the market as a vibrant market and the spirit of Cork city showing the range of meats, cheese and fish available. You will also find amazing fudge, olives and cheese here. Beware the aisle are very narrow so pick your moment. Perhaps wait in the Farmgate Café where you will find amazingly good food.

St George’s Market, Belfast
There has been a market on this patch of Belfast since 1604 and is a good match for the Corks English Market and Barcelona’s Boquera.

The current building dates from the 1890s where you will find a great variety of yummy fruits, fish, vegetables, racked up at some 250 stalls found among the steel columns..not to mention bric-a-brac. Discover Irelands’ verdict “Probably the best market in Northern Ireland” and you will find it hard to argue with that!

Mill Market, Limerick
Limerick’s Mill Market is over 150 years old and has a recent stunning revamp which propels itself to the forefront of Ireland’s foodie scene. This canopied market hosts a smargasboard of Irish cheese, fish, seaweed, sausages, jam, chutneys, breads and meats. Beyond its’ slick exterior you will find the eclectic selection of stalls that has made Cornmarket Row such an attraction for generations. It also has live music!!!

Galway Market
This fantastic market sums up the charm of Galway City. You will find located on Church Lane with the beautiful backdrops of St Nicholas Churchwhere the smell of fresh crepeshits you upon entering the market! Yum. Perfect for the foodie you will find curries, sushi, cheeses, and pastries greeting you as you enter. You will also find handmade potteries, clothing, toys, jewellery, painting and photography.

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