Phelim Drew and Tulua perform at special Moore Street market event

by Gazette Reporter
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Moore Street Market, Dublin’s historic market renowned for its community spirit shines once again with traders of food, art, crafts, books, vinyl and more welcome to join Dublin’s newest oldest market. Culture Night, Friday 23 September

Traders in the Area Supporting the Cultural Quarter GLG, a not-for-profit entity, have recently been awarded the public tender to create new markets in Dublin’s historic Moore Street and to work with existing stall holders to help the area reclaim its market glory.

The company is actively seeking proposals from foodies, crafters and other independent market traders to help relaunch Moore Street as the epicentre of Dublin’s once vibrant market scene. This initiative, which is being funded by Dublin City Council’s Office of City Recovery , aims to see a new 4-day market from Thursday to Sunday on Dublin’s most iconic Market Street. 

CEO Martin Harte said  “We are delighted to work with the existing street traders, some of whom have been trading for over 5 generations on this fantastic northside space as well as welcoming new traders reflecting a contemporary and culturally diverse Ireland”.

Moore Street Rising, Again! Musician and actor Phelim Drew plays his songs and stories with some of the remaining Moore Street stall holders, Phyllis Tynan and Caroline Alrright to mark the announcement of plans to create new and complimentary markets on Dublin’s Moore Street, starting with a Culture Night Market on September 23rd and further events and markets on the street in November and December with a view to a new 4-day market from early 2023.
Photograph Mark Stedman

The market itself dates back to the 18th century, with 5 generations of traders selling in some cases. It is known for the wit and personalities of the traders, including Mary who has been selling fruit at the market for over 48 years, often offering discounts to needy students; Margaret, whose grandmother once sold strawberries to Roy Orbison, and Maureen, the market’s oldest trader who recalls the ‘buzz’ and atmosphere of the market in its heyday and is hopeful for its future.

Moore Street Market is a slice of pure nostalgia, an authentic Dublin attraction which has welcomed customers of all walks of life from Dublin locals to high profile stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Sir Richard Branson and Dublin singing legend Dickie Rock over the years.

Following the launch in September, markets will take place throughout Autumn and into the Christmas period.

Anyone interested in trading may contact [email protected] for more info.

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