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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the English Market located?
What are the opening hours in the Market?
Why is it called The English Market?
When did the Market first open?
Where can I park?
Is the English Market wheelchair accessible?
Are Credit Cards/Laser cards accepted?
Where are the nearest cash points/ATM’s?
Are there public toilets in the Market?
Who manages the Market?
How do I lease a unit in the Market?
Where is the nearest Tourist Information Office?
Are there guided tours in the Market?
What arrangements are in place for tour groups?
Who do I contact to get permission to film in the Market?
Who do I contact for information on the English Market?

 

 

 

Where is the English Market located?

The English Market is located in Cork city centre with it’s main entrances on Grand Parade, and on Princes Street, with further smaller entrances off Oliver Plunkett Street and Patrick Street.

 

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What are the opening hours in the Market?

The English Market is open to the public from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Saturday.  It is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.  Some traders may operate different trading hours within those hours.

 

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Why is it called The English Market?

The Market was created in 1788 by the Protestant or “English” corporation that controlled the city until 1841. This was a new flagship municipal market located at the heart of the new commercial city centre.  When local government was reformed in 1840, and the representatives of the city’s Catholic, “Irish” majority took over, they established another covered food market, St. Peter’s (now the Bodega@St Peter’s Market) which became known as the “Irish Market” to distinguish it from its older counterpart, which remained associated with its English creators.  The name “English Market”, then, dates from this era of transition.

 

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When did the Market first open?

The English Market was first created in 1788 but it is possible that markets existed on this site prior to this building.

 

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Where can I park?

A total of 2,250 car parking spaces are available in the City centre, both on-street and in multi-storey parks.  The nearest public multi-storey car-parks to the English Market are at Grand Parade and Paul Street.  For locations and information on these and other convenient city-centre public car-parks, refer to the following link: parking.corkcity.ie.

Cork City Council also operates a Park & Ride service at the Black Ash, Kinsale Road, on the south side of the City.  It allows visitors and shoppers to travel straight into the retail heart of the city, without the hassle of searching for parking spaces, with a good-value, high quality bus service to the city centre. For further details see the following link: http://www.corkcity.ie/services/roadstransportation/trafficdivision/blackashparkandride/

 

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Is the English Market wheelchair accessible?

The nearest on-street disabled parking spaces are located at Grand Parade and South Mall.  The entrances to the English Market on Princes Street and Grand Parade are level-access.  For full details on disabled parking facilities in the city centre please refer to the following link:

http://www.corkcity.ie/services/roadstransportation/trafficdivision/disabledparking/

 

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Are Credit Cards / Laser cards accepted?

Some traders accept credit cards and laser cards, however many traders deal on a cash-only basis.

 

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Where are the nearest cash points/ ATM’s?

There are ATM’s located on Patrick Street, and South Mall.

 

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Are there public toilets in the Market?

The public toilet facility is located near the Market Alley entrance, at the top corner of the fish aisle in the Grand Parade Market.   Please note that there is just one public toilet, access to which is coin-operated.

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Who manages the Market?

Irish Estates Management Limited, (trading as Aramark) Ulysses House, Foley Street, Dublin 1, operate the day-to-day management of the English Market on behalf of Cork City Council.

 

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Who owns the Market?

Cork City Council owns the English Market and leases the stalls to the traders by way of 21 year lease.

 

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How do I lease a unit in the Market?

As units are leased by Cork City Council to traders, vacancies will only arise in the event that a trader wishes to vacate their unit, or if Cork City Council acquires back a unit from a trader.  Where a present trader proposes to assign their unit to a new trader, the consent of Cork City Council is required both for the assignment, and for the proposed new trade.  Cork City Council will seek to ensure insofar as is practicable that the form of retailing continues to support the Market’s core principles of traditional open-stall trading of natural, high quality food products. Accordingly, in applying these principles there will be a bias against high street or supermarket-type retailing, and a bias against the sale of pre-packaged foods or foods that have been significantly processed.

 

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Where is the nearest Tourist Information Office?

The Tourist Information Office is located near the English Market on Grand Parade.

 

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Are there guided tours in the Market?

There are not currently any guided tours operating in the English Market.

 

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What arrangements are in place for tour groups?

To ensure that tourists and casual visitors to the English Market can get the maximum from their visit, tour groups are encouraged to come outside of peak trading hours.  To properly savour the experience of visiting the English Market, visitors need to have the space and time to walk it’s aisles, to view the stalls and to sit, sip a coffee, and enjoy the unique trading experience of the Market that has survived since the 18th Century.   In general, the busier trading hours of 11.00 am – 4.30 pm daily should be avoided (Friday and Saturday can be particularly hectic) and groups should be as small in size as possible, due to the limited space available.  The aisles in the Market are narrow in places, and space is required for circulation, and also for traders to serve customers at their units.  Please also note that there is just one public toilet facility in the Market.

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Who do I contact to get permission to film in the Market?

Filming applications should be addressed to englishmarket@corkcity.ie – or phone 00 353 21 4924258 or 00353 21 4924259.  Filming companies are required to provide adequate insurance cover for the duration of filming, and are requested to avoid filming during peak trading times.

 

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Who do I contact for information on the English Market?

The day-to-day operations in the English Market are managed on behalf of Cork City Council by Aramark Property, Property Management, English Market, Cork. 

Contact Orla Lannin of Aramark Property between the hours of 9am - 5pm at  Phone: 01-8715439  or mobile 086-3898116  Email:  Lannin-Orla@aramark.ie    

Cork City Council organises management and administration matters for the English Market through it’s Property Department.  Should you have a query regarding the management of the Market, please contact the following numbers / email.  Please note that this office does not deal with shopping queries or orders, all such queries should be referred to the individual trader concerned, see traders pages for all contact details.

Contact the City Council  between the hours of 9am - 5pm at   Phone: 021 4924258/ 4924259 /4924586       

Email: englishmarket@corkcity.ie

Postal Address:  Property Department, Corporate Affairs, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork.

 

There is also a book written on the history of the English Market by Donal Ó Drisceoil and Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil.  The book is titled Serving a City: The Story of Cork’s English Market (The Collins Press, Cork, 2005).

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