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to mark the 10th anniversary of the campaign to save the market and of the rennovations
schedule of events on Market Memories page
the market cookbook
St George’s Market Memories Cookbook
Karen Mc 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.
Anyone interested in contributing to the book is asked to contact Karen or Jason at 02890330131
or email Karen
a Sunday market?
South Belfast Community Telegraph
June 1 2010
St George's market traders
are on tenterhooks while they await Belfast City Council's decision to allow
the market to trade on Sundays.
Next Tuesday, June 1, council members will be asked to ratify the decision taken
by the council's development committee to open the market from 10am to 4pm every
Sunday — for a trial period from June to September.
This will be the fourth time since September last year for council members to
convene over the proposal. Legal, financial and staffing issues have all come
into play with the decision having taken this long to be made.
Meanwhile traders are anxious to hear the outcome in advance of the summer so as
not to compromise their earning capacity over these months.
Market trader and 'Friends of St George's Market' co-ordinator Annemarie Mullan
will be joining fellow traders to watch the council meeting from the balcony.
She said: “Sunday trading is something our committee that represents traders and
market customers has been pushing for since last year. “It is great news that
the development committee have come to a decision in favour of it. “We hope
councillors have all their questions answered on Tuesday and will vote in favour
of a decision that will undoubtedly contribute greatly towards tourism in the
city. It has long been documented that Belfast falls short of things for
tourists to do on a Sunday.
“I myself have called around estate agents in the area and they have said if the
market was to open on a Sunday, they would be most interested in running self
catering weekend breaks .
“Tourists can then sample a wide variety of home grown produce that they have
purchased from the market, something they wouldn't be able to get anywhere else
in the city on a Sunday.
“We want the Sunday market to combine the traditional aspect from Friday's
market with the ‘cafe and European feel’ from the Saturday market —our market
can compete with the likes of Borough market in London in many respects.”
Food Trader Michael Green said: "We were one of the founder members of the
Saturday market so we are looking forward to the Sunday one starting. When we
first started there was maybe only eight stalls on a Saturday so if it is done
right it could turn out very positive."
Belfast City councillors first discussed the proposal from traders back in
September 2009. At that meeting some councillors expressed concern at the costs
to the council of operating the market on Sunday and indicated that it would
require to be self-financed.
Consultation with local stakeholders has shown no signs of significant dissent.
St Malachy's and a wide range of community groups have all acknowledged their
support for the Sunday market to take place.
In the meantime, if you are heading down to St George's market this Saturday,
May 29th, be sure to make time to see Colin Dawson from Patterson's Spade mill
in Templepatrick, demonstrating blacksmithing and forging techniques from 11am
onwards in Murdock's Yard, situated alongside St George's Market.
For more information on the Heritage events taking place at the market visit
or call 07736520703.
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.
3) 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.
5) To promote an association with Slow Food, Organics and encourage higher
standards of food production and preparation.
6) To enhance the understanding of market culture by organising visits to Irish
markets both North and South and beyond.
7) 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)
more about friends of st georges market