The  English market  (Irish:  An Margadh Sasa Nach  ),  [1]  include  Princes Street Market  and  Grand Parade market  , and is a local food market in central Cork, Ireland. The market is managed by Cork City Council.  [2]  The market is well supported locally and has become a tourist attraction – drawing visitors from around the world,  [3]  , including a visit avdrottning Elizabeth II during her 2011 state visit.  [4] The  term  English Market  coined in the 19th century to distinguish the market from the nearby Peters market (now the site of Bodega on Cornmarket Street), which was known as the Irish market  .  [5]

There has been a market at its current location since 1788  [6]  , but the current group of buildings was constructed in the mid 19th century with ornamental entrance on Princes Street, built in 1862 by Sir John Benson.  [7] The market changed little over the next century or so until it was severely damaged by fire June 19, 1980 and had to be extensively renovated by Cork City council. Renovation work was done in sympathy with the original Victorian building design  [ citation needed ]  and won a gold medal from Europa Nostra Heritage Foundation conservation shortly after completion.  [7]  The renovated market suffered a second fire in 1986 but the fire was less harmful than the first.  [8]  

Since the renovation market has become more multicultural and a variety of fresh produce from around the world can be bought there. The market is still best known but for its fresh fish and butcher, and it serves many of the city’s best restaurants.  [ Citation needed ]  It is a source of local specialties drisheen, seasoned beef, eggs and buttered.  [3]  


  1. Jump up ^ Official placental Database of Ireland – Swedish Market Entry
  2. Jump up ^ ie – About us
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b New York Times Travel – Cork – Old English Market
  4. Jump up ^ The Independent – Bowl as the Queen visits the market – May 20, 2011
  5. Jump up ^ The Heritage Council – A guide to Cork city’s historic plaques and signs – Page 10
  6. Jump up ^ ie – History – The establishment of the English market
  7. ^ Jump up to: a b Cork City Library – Cork Past & Present – English Market
  8. Jump up ^ Excerpts from Cork Examiner article of January 7, 1986 (published on