World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

English Market

The English Market in Cork.

The English Market (Irish: An Margadh Sasanach),[1] comprises Princes Street Market and Grand Parade Market, and is a municipal food market in the centre of Cork, Ireland. The market is administered by Cork City Council.[2] The market is well supported locally and has become a tourist attraction - drawing visitors from throughout the world,[3] including a visit by Queen Elizabeth II during her 2011 state visit.[4] 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.[5]

There has been a market on the present site since 1788[6] 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.[7] 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.[7] The refurbished market suffered a second fire in 1986 but the fire was less damaging than the first.[8]

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]


  1. ^ Official Placenames Database of Ireland - English Market entry
  2. ^ - About Us
  3. ^ a b New York Times Travel - Cork - Old English Market
  4. ^ The independent - Cheers as queen visits market - 20 May 2011
  5. ^ The Heritage Council - A Guide to Cork City's Historic Plaques and Signs - Page 10
  6. ^ - History - The Establishment of the English Market
  7. ^ a b Cork City Library - Cork Past & Present - English Market
  8. ^ Extract from Cork Examiner article from 7 January 1986 (republished on

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.