Market Watch



Dublin’s Victorian fruit and vegetable market between Capel Street and the Four Courts

You may recall how, in February of last year, Olivia Kelly, in the Irish Times, reported that plans for the redevelopment of Dublin’s Victorian fruit and vegetable market – located between Capel Street and the Four Courts – into a wholesale and retail market were to be lodged by Dublin City Council within weeks.

It was hoped stalls would be made available to traders from September 2015.

But, Ms Kelly writes, these plans were delayed after last year’s local elections when new councillors insisted sports and leisure facilities be incorporated into the plans.

Further to this, Ms Kelly reports this morning that the redevelopment plans have now been approved by Dublin City Council.

She writes:

“Under the revised plan, a “multi-use games area” will be incorporated into the neighbouring former fishmarket site, at a cost of €150,000. The fishmarket was demolished 10 years ago, and the remaining space on that site will be used for parking.”

“Once completed, the retail half of the market will have 40 permanent stalls known as “cages”, commonly seen at continental markets, which have a display and service counter but allow the individual retailers to shut their shop when other parts of the hall are still operating.”

“There will be a similar number of “umbrella” stalls, which allow for more short-term or flexible uses and these would be located within the hall and in an outdoor, semi-covered courtyard at the Chancery Street entrance to the market. This entrance will be substantially remodelled with two glass canopies and a glass wall and will provide a new entrance to the market.”

Plans for historic Dublin market approved by city councillors (Irish Times)

Previously: Finally?

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Pic: William Murphy

20 thoughts on “Market Watch

  1. Mic

    I’m not sure how I feel about the car park. On one hand, no doubt the traders will know that this will increase footfall. On the other hand, adding car parks is a retrograde direction for any modern city to be taking.

    And please, before the smart comments about how russbish public transport is in Dublin, I’m just remarking here, not complaining.

    1. scottser

      i was coming on to make the point that there isn’t sufficient parking in that area. go figure..

    2. Vote Rep #1

      If it is where I am thinking, they will be taking away car parking places as the place where they plan on putting in the car park and sports thing is already a car park.

      1. Thomas

        Yes it’s already a Car Park and they will be making that smaller to make way for the Gaming Area.

  2. Hellvetica

    Eh – Multi-use games area?
    In Dublin planning there always has to be one thing you just know they lose the head on.
    Please God they don’t destroy the character of the building like so much of Dublin that has already been ruined.

    1. Darren

      “Under the revised plan, a “multi-use games area” will be incorporated into the neighbouring former fishmarket site, at a cost of €150,000. The fishmarket was demolished 10 years ago, and the remaining space on that site will be used for parking.” – The games area is going into what is a flattened wasteland currently used a DCC carpark. Won’t have any impact on the main market building which is on the other side of St Michian’s St.

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  3. edalicious

    “multi-use games area”

    I presume that’s just a basketball/tennis/5-a-side tarmac-ed rectangle?

    1. Leela2011

      Wonder what they’re thinking of. I attended a market research session for DCC with about 8 other people back in 2013 or so about this. Not one person envisaged a games area or similar. The over-riding consensus was to model on English Market & Epicurean food hall

    2. Niallo

      A convenient space to discard empty dutch gold cans into, much like the rest of the city.
      I can see it now a couple of years down the line, a dusting of broken glass, lilacs growing up through the cracks.
      The odd dead homeless dude…
      Has anyone been to borough market in london ?
      Its basically the fruit and veg market with top notch food stalls and restarants bars and deli’s, they should take whats there and expand invest and improve on it.
      Well done dublin on another completely missed opportunity.
      More glass concrete and steel to make the place more sophisticated, or like a scandinavian airport, whichever comes first.

  4. Pale Blue Dot Cotton

    I just can’t wait to pop over for a bit of shopping after an early morning mangle in The Claddagh Ring.

    1. Vote Rep #1

      The Claddagh has been The Capel for quite a while. Still as ropey as ever though.

  5. Custo

    Will this be a market for all inhabitants of Dublin, or will it be tailored solely to the 30 something ‘not-a-hipster’ crowd who buy a few heritage carrots and on trend cheese every few months?

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