30 January 2011
Malahide constituents had mentioned how they would support a market of local producers, but were not impressed by stallholders coming from far away. I was delighted therefore, to be asked if I would open a local market set up by local entrepreneurs just starting out to produce attractive food and non food items for sale.
This new Market is on every Sunday from 10am – 5pm in St Sylvester’s GAA Club on Church Road and caters for all age groups. Wonderful crafts were on display, as well as tasty samples of dishes which can be delivered or purchased there and then. Locally curry sauces were for sale and to sample, suitable for coeliacs and these would complement locally grown veg and meat. Being a cosmopolitan community, the local stallholders in some cases had moved to Malahide from countries like Canada and Italy, giving the whole event an exotic athmosphere .
Unlike other markets, this one is all indoors which may help to explain why there was such a good crowd to support these fledgling local businesses. Congratulations to Joyce, Barry and all involved in this positive venture and I hope it continues to grow and develop in ways which create employment and contribute to the overall businesses in the area. Next step is to get a few local farmers involved.