Exciting News for Dublin’s Market Enthusiasts!

Get ready, fellow traders and enthusiasts, for Dublin’s historic is gearing up to make a grand return! After five long years of closure, the iconic market situated on Mary’s Lane in Dublin 7 is all set to reopen its doors, thanks to the diligent efforts of Dublin City Council. With a whopping investment of €25 million, the Victorian-era landmark is undergoing a remarkable transformation that promises to breathe new life into this cherished Dublin institution.

As reported by the esteemed Irish Times, the market is slated to reopen in just over two years’ time, following an extensive refurbishment and fit-out program. Richard Shakespeare, the chief executive of Dublin City Council, expressed his optimism, stating, “We are about to go out to tender for construction in the next three to four weeks and in a similar time frame, we will be looking for an operator. We reckon it will open in autumn 2026.

Dublin's Fruit & Veg Market 1962

What can we expect from this rejuvenated marketplace? Well, according to Mr. Shakespeare, the new market will showcase a diverse array of food producers with a distinctively Dublin flair. Gone are the days of traditional offerings alone; instead, the market aims to reflect the vibrant culinary landscape of modern Ireland, offering much more than just your typical Irish stew.

The fruit, vegetable and flower market, affectionately known as the Dublin Corporation Wholesale Markets, has a rich history dating back to 1892. However, its closure in 2019 marked the beginning of a new chapter, one filled with anticipation and excitement for its grand reopening. Over the past couple of years, the venue has played host to various events, reigniting public interest and fueling the demand for its restoration.

While acknowledging the slow progress of the redevelopment, Mr. Shakespeare remains optimistic about the project’s future. He envisions the market not just as a daytime destination but as a bustling hub that thrives from morning till night. Alongside traditional market stalls, the council’s vision includes the introduction of restaurants within the premises, ensuring a vibrant atmosphere that extends well into the evening hours.

So, mark your calendars and prepare to witness the revival of a beloved Dublin landmark. The countdown to autumn 2026 begins now, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Dublin’s iconic fruit and vegetable market! Stay tuned for updates as we embark on this exciting journey together.