Popular Cork market postponed until further notice

Popular Cork market postponed until further notice

Blackrock Village Sunday Market has been postponed until further notice. Picture credit: Blackrock Village Sunday Market.

One of Cork's most popular farmers' markets, Blackrock Village Sunday Market, has been postponed until further notice.

Under Level 5 restrictions, which came into effect today, markets that wholly or principally offer food for sale are permitted to continue to take place, however, organisers of the Blackrock market have made the decision to postpone for some time amid concerns over large numbers turning up every Sunday.

"Markets are now classed as essential retail outlets and can stay open under the Level 5 restrictions. 

"This is great news and very right. 

"However, every market setting is different and we are set right at the heart of the village and surrounded by a very supportive and wonderful local community. 

"With that community in mind and considering the large numbers of people who turn up on the plaza every week, we will cease trading immediately," they announced on social media. 

"We will review the situation on a weekly basis until we feel it’s the right time to open up again. 

"This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make as it means the disruption of 12 small businesses for the second time this year. 

"We will be back and, in the meantime, please support all the local producers you can at all the farmers' markets you can," the statement continued.

Labour Local Area Rep Peter Horgan said that it was regrettable to see the market halting operations, but commended the "responsible" decision. 

"Hopefully, it will be back up and running very soon," he added. 

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