The Gap in the Market

Peace comes dropping slow

We in Limerick love the new look Milk Market. It’s an added asset to the city and gives plenty of people somewhere great to shop for the best of food. The roof that was put on to the old building is too small however, so that great big buckets of rain pour down on stall-holders. It begs the question, why?

Who makes these decisions to do a half-job of something and how is that good enough? It would be great if the public could have a say on huge projects like this before they go ahead. I’m happy with the re-vamp, overall, and the wonky roof gives people something to talk about. It certainly keeps off more rain than it lets in.

What’s next, a tunnel without a road? An opera centre without any forward thinking about the abolition of one of the cities oldest and most individual shopping streets?

11 thoughts on “The Gap in the Market

  1. The sooner you get the dedicated Limerick section up the better!
    Who are the gobshites who make decisions about street closures? Sarsfield Street is closed and for the life of me, I tried to figure out why? It is the one of the main thoroughfares through Limerick and its closure has created miles of tailbacks at various points throughout the city. Could the brains involved not have closed two lanes and left through traffic carry on as normal? No, because that would be logical and against the thinking of City Hall…….shower of ghouls!!!

  2. yes, the Milkmarket is great. It was fine before as well. I think the “tent one size too small” is a terribly bad design though. Perhaps there’s some tax or property law that we don’t know that’s been at play here, e.g. if it didn’t rain along the boundary of the tent, it’d be real indoors and classified differently? This would be similar to the outdoors/indoors solutions developed by most of the few surviving pubs to accommodate their smoking clientele.

  3. The new-look Milk Market is pretty damn good. There are teething problems of course, but nothing that can’t be worked out.

  4. Some people are never happy. Sarsfield is closed for a purpose, it is is being up graded as is William St. It is not closed to piss people off, read the local press, shower of ghouls.

    The Milk Market has been upgraded and is generally accepted as being of a high standard. The tent doesn’t fit because it was important to remain an outdoor area. Maybe the squalls of wind weren’t accounted for and some traders getting wet. This time last year the the same trader would have been saturated and propably the whole market closed due to heavy rain, The market is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday it’s upto Limerick people to support it to make it a sucess, Particularlly Fridays and Sundays as Saturday is so well established.

  5. As long as Limerick city council is run as it presently is, and as it has been for yonks, wonky roofs will remain the order of the day. One need only recall how the first ever Lord Mayor was selected to see the council for what it is.
    I don’t like how the market is now become a darkened shaded inner space where what once was an enjoyable open-air buzz is now more a claustrophobic inducing annoying hum.

    Excellent photograph by the way.

  6. The Milk Market is not owned or run by the wonky council. Limerick Market Trustees are the dudes solely responsible for the fine job.

  7. Unstranger — the market has nothing to do with the council. It was never run by the council. And they didn’t design or build the roof, which anyway, in my opinion, is a fine job.

  8. Hey No8,
    If you read my comment properly you’d see that I mentioned that I thought it ridiculous to close the THREE lanes, that it would have been logical to keep one open to allow some traffic that comes over Sarsfield Bridge to carry on straight as normal. Yes its great to get streets upgraded, but surely traffic at one of the busiest intersections in Limerick City could be accommodated!

  9. I’ve asked him to try and like the occasional thing but he just won’t. I’m at my wits’ end trying to persuade him.

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