Limerick Milk Market Goes Under Cover

New look soon for old market

Today was the last day that the traders at the Milk Market in Limerick will be selling on the open streets outside since the market began its big refurb last year. It’s been a controversial move, putting a roof on it, a good looking one at that. The old cobbles are gone, as is the open air. It’s easy to grumble about this when I’m not a market trader and don’t have to stand there from dawn after probably not having had any sleep and travelling miles to sell my goods. Next Saturday, June 19th will be the first day of trading under the roof and the market will have new opening hours too. No doubt the day will attract all manner of murmuring and hopefully lots of the loyal customers and great traders that make the Milk Market the thriving hot spot it is.

To mark the change I went walkabout to snap a few producers, traders and head-the-balls.

Wildes Irish Chocolate


Pieter and his Goudas.


Tobias and his wonderful organic veggies, herbal creams and essential oils

Lovely crêpe makers


Teresa Storey and her Green Apron Preserves


Gorgeous Vi and her Sunflower Bakery Bread and cakes


Oliver and his fantastic smoked fish, hand made sausages and patés

Where to get your olives!



Bock adds: I was wandering around there too and took a few pics of my own.











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16 thoughts on “Limerick Milk Market Goes Under Cover

  1. If it was you Bock i was there on Saturday, it was nearly 1 o`clock in the afternoon. I got a good look at the photographer, nice.

  2. Like the pics – the big top looks good but too dark..surely they could have picked a material that would have let in more light..

  3. This was sent to me by Penelapaí, the singer in the first picture. It’s unedited, spelling isn’t always the most important thing. We don’t all have the same background or educational opportunities.

    tanx Ms Valerie..
    i wanted to share it as a link, on my Facebook page, as … my busking leads to all sorts of further adventures..
    and seein your fotos of us all last week was a real joy; here, on one page, was a pictorial, instant transmission
    of the many people who form my Saturday “family” .. people have been really supportive from when i started at
    an Mhargadh an Bhainne Luimnigh…
    when i began takin to singin there last year, it was da result of SW havin cut me off from my Lone Parents’ Assistance,
    four children and strugglin on my own pushd me to stic mself out there

    This year, i feel good, stronger, wiser (i tink!) and am gearing up to competing in da Fleadh..
    wich is next weekend, so i will sadly miss the re-location (re-instating?) into the up-graded premises–
    but one or two of the traders urged me to get in a word with .. Chris, i believe was his name. the fella in charge
    of Milk Market organization, to enquire about buskers… and unfortunately, he stated, as stands, there is NO provision of
    buskers in the new set-up. i didn’t expec dat for a reply, needless 2say, a million questions went round my cerebrum, but d only 1 i managed to voice was, “…um, WHY?” and he mentiond, “every square inch is accountd for… public liability.. insurance.. i didnt make the rules; but dats d story as stands.. initially”
    i heard him. Before goin from a 2-child family to a 4-child one, i was a childcare worker (was da chef of two early childcare groups when i livd in Cork nearly a decade ago; yes, they are a daring bunch, da Rebels!), so when he launchd into ‘insurance, p.l., etc..’ i switchd off & knew he might b fine but whoevr d conglomerate organism was, that orchestrated d whole exercise, it had its orders .. right. there were about 4 other buskers when i arrived late dis last Sat, and i cudn’t help wonderin had they ea approachd temporary head-honcho as well, to learn what their new status might b, com next re-openin Milk Mkt day?

    Hence, were i to show up next Sat, i would NOT just make my way inside the great walls
    to take a place among the other stallholders which have been like a family to me for the last (nearly full) year now.

    Sure, i know, buskers are a fringe minority/community, after all, the upgrade to an Margadh an Bhainne was hardly to take
    the buskers into consideration… and god knows, but if my financial situation were a bit more just, i most likely wouldnt be
    found singin out on a Saturday .. (i’ve gone home wid traffic tikits on a few ocassions… yes, “ARRG”)

    ooh! all dis writing–
    sorry, for snowin you under…
    perhaps there is a place for an editorial as mine, in the labyrinth of journalistic endeavors… or maybe not.

    anyway, dats da story behind da foto.

    and thank you again, all da best !!!

    Peneleapaí XO”

  4. Lovely photos there. Always good to chronicle local history methinks.

    Penelapaí’s, story was both interesting and touching. Over regulation of the market could be a bad thing. Many buskers have performed there over the years – some good and some bad. I remember the small groups of young people who would play classical music.

    Am I to understand that once the market opens inside that there will be no market ouside the walls. I certainly hope this is not to be the case.

  5. Why did social welfare cut her off her lone parent’s assistance I wonder.. they are just rat bags.
    All the best to Peneleapaí.. great she can rely on her natural talents. If it was me out there singing people would pay me to shut up.

  6. Yes busking can be dodgy, could swallow a fly. I don’t know why she was cut off but fair play to her for getting out there and doing something, can’t be easy.
    The market will continue outside the walls, lots of the other traders are staying which is good. It’s these ones that give it so much character

  7. TANX 4 all ur comments & intrest.

    i can’t & won’t start… lets just say LIFE is a shamanic warrior goddess…
    or at least dats how i feel pushd into being, at present.. :O

    i came to Clare as an education specialist with training & qualifications in the Arts
    (performing & -haha- literary! ok, thatre wrting & creativ ) as well as Healing Arts …

    i nevr xpectd 5 yrs latr to hav my world falling into a vacuum… mor like volcano mebbe?
    i was in a state of mental & emotional breakdown .. and without knowing it, was for d 1st time in my life goin thru som form of Depression. (depression!?? moi?)

    My life was in danger & i spose my artistic temprament kept me alive
    and .. playin music * singin * setdancin.. (tis d literal truth. )
    my financial situation apalling
    & my home … ………………….butcher’s freezer? ha!

    1 of those moments wher u (or, i ) ask,
    ‘God, here i am. Wat d **** am i on earth for at dis time?’
    twas like, nothin lef2 lose…

    i ws very hapi very hapi in d nrly 20 yrs i’d been livin in ireland wit d provisions of SW..
    i kno, i kno… ye may beg t’differ…
    nontheless, i ws 1 of these, who, evry Xmas, felt like sendin a card or somtin to SW, jus2 say (blievit r not):
    ” Gosh, TNKS so much, for helpin me thruout d yr! thruout d years!! ”

    (in a moment of tryin 2 hurt me, d fathr of my younger children claimd i had som mental illness.. a form of
    ‘manic happiness’ )
    (i cud kinda see wat he meant actuali)
    (stil i alwys tend 2 tink, Sure i’m not d ONLY 1 out here wit watevr tis i’v got!)

    ah listen t’me talk abt myself.

    pls 4giv me, and i’m as much srprisd by dis, as u may b, but must b sed now–

    Facebook also kept me alive.
    i mustv signd up 2 it yrs ago… asleep! (i do hav 2 teenage childrn )… bt nothin e’er came of it
    til i was in dat horror story of a cut-offf SW benefits(lads, evry month a new hoop t’jump thru), mental/emotional ravages, Depression, reality of raising (trying to) two toddlers & two teenagers.. in a non-insulated stone house… UGH. pathetick… ah, tut tut.
    ok, til i was in d midst of all dat … & then

    Ther ws a death in d community
    it shook me up
    cos d young lady in question reminded me of my situation… seemingly a black hole from wich thers no way out
    cos its our own demons 1st. Then, evryting else.
    it hit me like a concrete bloc in d face.
    w/n 2 wks, my FB a/c came 2 life. Frnds frm 20+ yrs ago contactin me. magic. i’d startd buskin abt a week prior.. or .. somtin like dat…

    SW wantd kno how i managed w/o benefits so long (cut off late Mar ’09) .. well, d truth ws .. yes, i’d borrowd € frm friends & i cud b crafty at comparison shoppin :)
    but how cud i say

    ‘O and i also go round d country singin in d markets. Limrick, Galway, Monaghan… variable .. can make anytin from €6.80 to €92.45
    i also teach Hula dance .. for a cupla local Festivals
    and organize a singing/storytellin session [SINGERs CLUB Loch Deirge *plug*]
    .. for d same Festivals & year round as wel…
    tis nice to b able 2 offr somtin dat ppl enjoy … specially d youngr ppl & d older folk !
    dat “somtin” dat has no price!
    i also out of d charity of a v big heartd soul am recordin bits n pces in a studio wen i get my childminding & time organized…
    but, um.. can i hav bac d Single Parents’ Supplement pls?
    i am tired. and v, v, sleep-deprived.
    my creativ energy is twistd round doin tings for d love.. w/o any significant €€€ comin bac in.
    So, .. whatevr is d mattr, i’v bin in rcpt of d payment since 1996+a half … com on ovr to our home & u can chec me all out,
    in case u hav ANY doubts watsoever!’

    wat a RANT!

    i hope u dnt jst put up any auld ting dat submits a comment here… u shud filter by TIME:
    03:36 a.m.? DISCARD!

    i wud hope 2 write a mor reasonable/civilized reply in d usual business hrs :D

    INTRESTIN dis Boc-d-Robbr world.

    Buiochas ó mo chroí … Peneleapaí XO

  8. All the best Peneleapaí.. you sound like a strong woman.

    Anyone know the new opening hours?

  9. i looked myself and i left not feelin 100% confident dat i’d graspd accurate & valid figures.
    twas on
    it sed 08:00 – 16:00 for da Sat mkt.

    i wasnt abslutely sure as they also listd a Fri AND a Sun mkt… i thot, whoa. Dis is too much.. SERIOUSLY?
    (fantastic… hope it worx well)

    Re. singin dis Sat.. i won’t b dere, i’ll be at da Clare Fleadh in Kilfenora gettin ready to compete nxt day…
    See u on d “next market day” (tis name of a song) … regulations or no… i mean i’m curious 2 c how da dynamic of it ALL wil b !

    enjoy da re-opening anyway folks! … tel me all abt it wen i see’s ye next. HUP!

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