Friends of St George’s Market(established2009)
St George’s Market was officially formed on Saturday 4th April 2009
in St George’s Market.
committee consisted of
Kennedy, Sean McCann, Magael Mc Laughlin, Miriam Crozier, Danae Kindness, Maggie
Hendron, Sean Kerr, Pat Dyer, Jane Grace, Phil Roddy and Francis Gorman.
Kennedy outlined the role of a Friends’ Association. This was not an organisation which
would ever intervene between trader and management but would be a voice
representing the users of the market. Both customer and trader were
welcome to join.
It was felt
that since it was now ten years since the refurbishment of the building by the
Heritage Lottery Fund and the Belfast City Council, that now would be timely to
celebrate this anniversary.
association with Belfast City Council, Friends of St George’s Market (with
letters of support from Northern Visions, The Ulster Peoples College,
P.S.Productions and Events, St Malachy’s Primary School and the Markets
Community Association) made an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and were
successful in securing a grant to cover -:
1) A series
of demonstrations of Traditional Skills which had some association with the
2) A filmed
Archive made in association with Northern Visions
3) A Market
history of St George’s presented as a Market Street Theatre.
5) A three
day Victorian-themed market held on the 25th, 26th and 27th
June (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)2010
Co-ordinator was advertised for and duly appointed and Annemarie Mullan began
preparations for the five projects.
ST George’s Market Market Memories
Karen Mc Cartney (lecturer with the Peoples’ History in
Ulster Peoples’ College) agreed to conduct the interviews with traders and
customers who were prepared to share memories going back as far as fifty years.
Northern Visions agreed to provide a cameraman and editor and technical advice
throughout the project which was scheduled to premiere at the end of September
interested in being interviewed is urged to contact Karen Mc Cartney (Ulster
Peoples College) at 02890330131 or
St George’s Market Memories Cookbook
Cartney and Jason Brannigan (Ulster Peoples’ College) agreed to compile the
Market Memories Cookbook. A table will be set up in St George’s Market during
Market Memories Weekend to collect contacts ,memories, recipes, anecdotes and
pictures pertaining to the market.
interested in contributing to the book is asked to contact Karen or Jason at 02890330131 or email Karen using Karen@upclearn
Demonstrations of Traditional
All demonstrations carried out during
Saturday Market from 11.00pm until 2.00pm.22nd
Linen-weaving by Marian Baur from the Flax Mill outside Dungiven and
wool-spinning by Ceceilia Manson, using wool from her own Tyrone sheep.
demonstration of blacksmithing and forging skills in Murdock’s Yard (off Vernor
Street alongside St George’s Market) by Colin Dawson from Patterson’s Spade Mill
Basket-weaving By Bob Johnston, the resident basket-maker from Cultra Folk
Bee-Keeping demonstrated by Mid-Antrim Bee-Keepers (sponsored by Co-operative
Group as part of their nation-wide Plan Bee Campaign)
Urban Gardening demonstration presented by Phillip Allen, a
local permaculturalist assisted by Miriam Turley of the Eglantine Community
Garden. Phillip will demonstrate how to garden on a budget and highlight how
many of our own street names have plant origins.
Pot-throwing by our own market potter.
How to spit a pig by our own market trader.
Demonstrations of knitting, crochet, patchwork quilting and
other thread and textile skills by the long-term practitioners from Cultra Folk
A demonstration of Victorian Economy Cooking from the chef
in St George’s Bar and Grill.
St George’s Market Street Theatre
Directed and produced by Paddy Scully of P.S.Productions,
this is a forty minute street promenade through the last hundred years in and
around St George’s Market, performed by a colourful mixture of traders, regular
customers and residents of the Markets’ area accompanied by musicians.
Projects under consideration by Friends
of St George’s Market
1/In conjunction with various educational bodies to set up a
competition to examine entrepreneurial skills culminating in the winning entry
being given access to a market stall for a limited period.
2/To attract various members of the public to become more
involved with cycling to the market, perhaps in association with organisations
such as Sustrans.
To set up a market newsletter.
4) To promote
outreach markets from St George’s Market throughout North, South, East and West
of the city.
To promote an association with Slow Food, Organics and encourage higher
standards of food production and preparation.
To enhance the understanding of market culture by organising visits to Irish
markets both North and South and beyond.
To attract members to the Friends Association (and with a view to that we will
be posting an application form on the web-site in the near future)