English Market

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The English Market in Cork.

The English Market (Irish: An Margadh Sasanach)[1] is a municipal food market in the center of Cork, Ireland, occupying an area stretching from Princes Street to the Grand Parade. It is made-up of Princes Street Market and Grand Parade Market,[2] and is regarded for its mid-19th century architecture, and locally produced artisan food.

The market is well supported locally and has become a tourist attraction.[3] Queen Elizabeth II visited the market in 2011, where she was served by fishmonger Pat O'Connell.[4][5]

History[edit]

The term English Market was coined in the 19th Century to distinguish the market from the nearby St. Peter's Market (now the site of the Bodega on Cornmarket Street), which was known as the Irish Market.[6] There has been a market on the present site since 1788[7] but the present group of buildings was constructed in the mid-19th century with the ornamental entrance at Princes Street being constructed in 1862 by Sir John Benson.[8] The market changed little over the next century or so until it was seriously damaged by fire on 19 June 1980 and had to be extensively refurbished by Cork City Council. The refurbishment work was done in sympathy with the original Victorian building's design and won a Gold Medal from the Europa Nostra heritage foundation for conservation shortly after its completion.[8] The refurbished market suffered a second fire in 1986 but the fire was less damaging than the first.[9]

Today[edit]

Café on mezzanine floor

It is administered by Cork City Council.[10] Since its refurbishment the market has become more multicultural, and a variety of fresh produce from around the world can be bought there. The market is still best known however for its fresh fish and butchers, and it serves many of the city's top restaurants. It is a source of local specialities such as drisheen, spiced beef, and buttered eggs.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Entry: An Margadh Sasanach - English Market". Official Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Visitor Information - English Market". Corkstpatricksfestival.ie. Cork City Council. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Cork - Old English Market". New York Times Travel. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Roseingrav, Louise. "Mother-in-law gag earns Cork fishmonger a queen’s invite". Irish Times, March 6, 2014. Retrieved May 21 2017
  5. ^ "Cheers as queen visits market". The independent. 20 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "A Guide to Cork City's Historic Plaques and Signs" (PDF). The Heritage Council. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "History - The Establishment of the English Market". EnglishMarket.ie. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "English Market". Cork Past & Present. Cork City Library. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "City market devastated in huge blaze". Cork Examiner. 7 January 1986. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010 – via TheEnglishMarket.ie. 
  10. ^ "About Us". EnglishMarket.ie. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 

Coordinates: 51°53′53″N 8°28′26″W / 51.898°N 8.474°W / 51.898; -8.474