Redevelopment of Cork Market 1973

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A look back at our history in markets.

Cork Corporation invites property developers to submit proposals for one of the city’s oldest and most distinctive shopping amenities.

The Grand Parade Market in Cork City dates back to 1788. A nineteenth century map refers to the Princes Street section of the market as the English Market, while the rest of the market is referred to as the Grand Parade Market.

Concerns over the deteriorating condition of the Market have led Cork Corporation to seek proposals for its  redevelopment. 

As it stands, the building, a fine example of Victorian commercial architecture, requires extensive renovations and the updating of all services to modern hygiene standards.

An Taisce believes the Grand Parade Market should be retained in its present form and this motion is seconded by the Cork Junior Chamber, who believes the destruction of the Grand Parade Market in its present form would be a huge loss to the traders and shoppers alike.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 September 1973. The footage shown here is mute.