Limerick Milk Market Wins Architectural Award

RIAI People’s Choice winner announced.

Limerick Milk Market, designed by Healy & Partners has won the People’s Choice award in a competition run by the RIAI, beating off competition from rivals as significant as the new Aviva stadium.

Well done to all involved.















31 thoughts on “Limerick Milk Market Wins Architectural Award

  1. Your Saturday morning photos always make me look forward to next Saturday, Bock. One thing I notice though, is no one ever looks hungover.

  2. I started to really enjoy the market in the last year since the re-development opened. So much so that I decided not to drink on Friday nights so that I could go to the market on Saturday mornings and enjoy the experience all the more. Before I knew it I had quit drinking altogether. That’s quality architecture for you!

  3. Just goes to show what rallying the troops does to ensure that you win the peoples choice award !

    Quite a flawed scheme in my humble opinion ……

  4. Wonderful pictures Bock. Thanks for spreading the news about the award. What a terrific statement about my city. I’m delighted.

  5. I notice that the local rags have still not picked up the story. Tonights headline on the Limerick Leader was something about an eviction. Cracking journalism.

  6. It isn’t. I was just joking about local papers. In fact I can’t remember when I last set foot inside the place.

  7. Those Architectural awards are a very big deal, Its a truly great achievment, Well done.
    The Limerick Leader ? What would anyone expect from that.

  8. I figured you were kidding Bock. Last time I was up there (last weekend – just kidding) a traveller took a fancy to me. Had to leg it out of there before I told him to get lost and there was trouble.
    Good craic though.

    Good news with the award. The peoples’ choice – a good choice!

  9. However, a good number of my friends are regulars there, including one or two who contribute to this site.

  10. Ah tis a grand pub. Friendly staff, good music.
    And the odd traveller baiting his hands off a table saying ‘you’re a fine woman, ‘mon home with me’.
    What more could you ask for.

  11. Hi Bock,

    No , I didnt have a dog in the fight …

    The Milk Market development and the award is good for the city without doubt….
    only point I’m making is that it got the ‘Peoples Choice Award’ so with enough campaigning you can muster up the votes…

    I’t didnt get an award ( apart from the publics votes) in any of the categories decided by the RIAI adjudicating panel though.

    Its all good press for the city though

  12. You paint a great “picture” of the Dog FME. Didn’t see you been chatted up by any tinkers though. I think you just made that bit up.

  13. True story Long John.. I got chatted up by a traveller in the Dog! I does get out and about ya know.
    I didn’t realise he was a traveller till someone shook their head at me and mouthed ‘nooo’ as I was getting a bit annoyed and was about to tell him beat it.
    I just smiled instead, said be right back and ran for my life out the door. :)

    Honestly, tis a grand pub though.
    I’d go back again.. if I was feeling brave.

  14. “only point I’m making is that it got the ‘Peoples Choice Award’ so with enough campaigning you can muster up the votes…”

    Still and all, getting picked by the regular unwashed masses surely means more than if it had been picked by a small group of “experts” given that the vast majority of the entries were, to my un-trained eye at least, nothing short of horrendously ugly and uninspiring.

    Well done to the Limerick Milk Market Developers!

  15. The architectural profession, unfortunately, has more than its fair share of elitist and arrogant people within its ranks, though of course, this is not to tar all architects with the same brush. I know many fine people who work in that area and some of them are friends, but there are also people who would have little regard for the opinion of the common herd, even when the common herd are their clients. Some architects bought their condescension in the same shop as some medical consultants.

  16. I remember when the current building on the old Nelly Martins site was built, it was greeted with derision by joe public but some architect lovie called it “a brave building” What the fuck is a brave building?

    A bit like not liking Beckett, one is a philistine for not fawning at the feet of the demi-god. Waiting for God awful crap.

    Steve would you posting if the Aviva had won?

  17. I hated the milk market when they first put that big white tent up. But then I realised that it was just me being cynical and selfish; what I really hated was the thought that the market (which I love) was going to change for the worse; after a couple of weeks I saw how it had been immeasurably improved over what was already there and (the people with the buggies who block the main thoroughfare whilst stuffing their faces with overpriced breakfast baps notwithstanding) now I think it’s brilliant. If I had one criticism it’s only a small one in that some of the traders are forced to the edge of the covering and when it rains their stuff gets soaked. Soggy onions, urg.

    I didn’t even know there was a vote for it…as for the Aviva, I have never seen it in real life so I don’t know. It looks pretty although I understand that there are issues around it re. the capacity, etc. Probably would not have posted as it has no meaning to me.

  18. I posted this previously in the Imelda May thread, but this one may be more appropriate for the discussion.

    They’ve created a gem with the refurbished MIlk Market.

    As a design, it is excellent. It looks good, it lets the light and the air in and moreover, it keeps the rain off.

    It has very quickly become the place to be on a Saturday morning in Limerick, and hopefully the others days that it opens will become as popular.

    Perhaps this is not the thread for it, but I have a few crticisms along the following lines.

    Some of the slots on Saturday morning have been taken up by well established non-local businesses who tend to pack up their wares once the footfall recedes around 1pm. Empty stalls discourage shoppers from going to the market. Perhaps the contract for the Saturday morning slots should require the traders to stick around for the whole day. Or perhaps, they should re-open the slots to other traders in the afternoons for a lesser fee.

    The Friday and Sunday stall fees should be lowered to encourage more start-up stalls to get going. A lot of these are break even set-ups and even the 40 euro fee can keep them away. As it stands, a lot of the Friday and Sunday (and Saturday afternoon) slots are not taken up. Better to have a lower fee (or none at all) and more traders.

    The Market Trustees should give preference to local traders when allocating the stalls. In my opinion, there should also be a preference given towards traders selling organic, and sustainable goods and produce. Thankfully, most of the traders fit into these categories, but the more popular the market becomes, the more likely non-local traders selling unorganic produce will buy up the slots. If that were to happen, a lot of customers may lose interest in the place.

    Lastly, the council and Shannon Development and national government should step up now and sort out the streets surrounding the market, which are currently characterised by vacant sites, derelict buildings, very low-grade and crass modern development (the Cornmarket Row building and Haymarket apartments particularly) and an antiquated social housing scheme that is ripe for demolition. Take a long-term view, and a co-ordinated plan and that area of the city could be transformed into something really great.

  19. mermoz, in some cases, the non local traders leave early because they have sold out there stock. those selling fresh fish would be a good example. but you are right, the sight of empty stalls does not encourage footfall. it gives the impression that the market is finishing up, despite the fact that it is open for another 3 hours. surely it would make sense to place these stalls in locations where their absence would not have such a visual impact? traders who are willing to stay till 4, should be given slots along the main thoroughfare.
    with regards to the friday and sunday markets, how about some proper publicity? how many people know that markets are running on these days? email alerts are a nice touch, but will only work if you are already signed up to receive them.
    even if the stalls were free, you still have to prepare your produce, set up a stall and run it for the day. this could take anything from 6 to 12 hours. how long would any of us do that, if at the end of the day, you had made a profit of €3? the markets on friday and sunday have fewer stalls, because there is so few customers on those days.
    the newly designed market may have won a few awards, it may be a great music venue. but at the end of the day, its off the beaten track. several of the traders on a sunday, used to do a market on bedford row, it was outdoors, could be called off at short notice if the wind was too high, you had to bring your own table, had no place to store goods. yet i’m of the opinion if you asked those traders would they go back to bedford row, then the answer would be yes. the reason? passing trade.

  20. Agree Gerry. My wife took a stall at the Friday market last year, Saturday had/has a long waiting list. Thursday was spent preparing the food, 8-10 hours. Friday was spent at the market 6-7 hours After paying costs she’d be lucky to have made €50. €50 for 2 days work. The market was badly advertised and run. When she told management that she was leaving they told her that they were just about to offer her a Saturday spot but as she had left it would now go to someone else.

  21. i know some traders who would be happy to make €50 on a friday! your dead right though, badly run and advertised. they had a fashion show down there at the time of the royal wedding. i’d love to know how many of the traders were asked to participate? many of them sell, knitted wear, jewellary, scarves, handbags etc. quite a wide range of fashion accessories, much of it handmade, from material sourced locally. i don’t know the answer , but i’d guess none of them. would any of the boutiques involved that day, let anybody hold a fashion show in their place of business during their hours of business? as i said i don’t know if the traders were asked to be involved, but if they were not, it shows a lot of disrespect for them. now it could be argued that the idea was to generate publicity, which it did. most of it negative over the showing of the royal wedding.

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