Situated in the very heart of lively Cork City the English Market opened in 1788 in the style of the covered markets found in many English cities of the day – and it has been trading ever since! Completely refurbished in the 1980’s, this is an extremely popular market and seen as leveller with which other markets across Ireland and indeed Great Britain are measured against.
Founded by the English, Protestant elite of the city it was initially only known as “The Market”. However, it became the English Market when in 1840, several Irish Roman Catholic merchants set up a similar market nearby which came to be called the “Irish Market” and so the earlier market to differentiate between the two, was hence forth called the English Market.
There is a great hustle and bustle to the English Market, popular with local and tourist alike. There is an eclectic mix of traders from those who are well established to the new comers along with a vast variety of goods from organic goods to t-shirts, fruit and vegetables to meat and fish even to novelty gifts. Known mainly for its fresh fish and butchers, many of the traders serve Cork City’s ever growing number of restaurants and cafes.
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