Grafton Street

Dublin is set to come alive this summer with the hustle and bustle of street markets after a proposal to trial them in the city got the go-ahead this week.

Street Fest will take place one Sunday a month over the summer with the first anticipated to start in June. Two will take place on the northside of the city and two on the southside of the city.

The chosen locations are South William Street and the surrounding roads between Grafton Street and George’s Street on the south side, and Wolfe Tone Park beside Jervis Street shopping centre on the north side.

Streets will be pedestrianised with stalls selling fashion, food and high end bric-a-brac. There is also plans for entertainment and street performances.

The proposal was discussed and approved at the last city council meeting for this term. The trial will allow the council to see whether pedestrianising shopping streets is feasible. Routes for the market have also been designed in a way that access to car parks will still be available.

However, there were some dissenting voices at the meeting with some councillors arguing that the proposal should not go-ahead without further consultation. Some said they were disappointed that local representatives, some businesses and residents were not consulted before the meeting.

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn said he was “inundated” with calls in relation to the matter and said it was “unfair” to “hoist this upon us without any proper consultation”.

“If [the council] want to present street markets and fairs please do it in a manner that we can all work towards. It should come from various committees that are there for this.”

Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn (Lab) said all businesses that have concerns will be consulted with “and councillors who have concerns can be consulted as well”.