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A new Clonakilty Market is due to be launched this Friday but it seems that not everyone is happy about the proposed location.

The first I heard about the new market was this message from Giana Ferguson:

YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO THE LAUNCH OF CLONAKILTY MARKET BY DARINA ALLEN On Friday 8th August 2008 –  at 12.30 in Spiller’s Lane Car Park (by The Credit Union)

The Friends of Clonakilty Market have arranged for you a list of some of the very finest Local and Seasonal foods: 
Organic Vegetables, Fresh Fish, Locally Baked Breads, Gluten free or traditional,
Rashers and sausages, Olives, dips, sun-dried tomatoes, jams, chutneys, sushi
Farmhouse Cheeses, freshly brewed coffee and lemon juice… and much more….
BRING YOUR BASKET – YOUR LOCAL FOOD MAKERS WILL BE THERE FOR YOU!
(Trader’s 7.30 – Market begins from 8.30 – OFFICIAL OPENING AT 12.30)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  
Gik on 087 6775600 or 023 58800
Now it seems that the town council has not approved the use of this location and instead suggested moving to the car park by the Community School (they were offered 6 parking spaces). I think most people would agree that this would be a step down. The original market on Thursday has been taking place in the courtyard of O’Donovans Hotel for the last 2 years which is just over the wall from the proposed Spillers Lane location. It has definitely fallen a long way from the dizzy heights in reached in 2004/05 before Mahon Point market opened and personal conflicts came to a head. At that time it was located on McCurtain Hill. The original Clonakilty Farmers Market has been a great launching pad for quite a number of local producers and in my view has great potential to benefit the town as well. I’m surprised at local business traders objecting, I thought that this whole argument about the benefits of market to towns had been won. Furthermore the market stallholders have agreed to pay a licence fee of €10/day to the town council, which more than covers their contribution in rates.
Anyway, it sounds like Friday is going to be interesting as the market group appears intent on going ahead with setting up at Spillers Lane car park and invoking trading rights from 1613AD. Please come along if you want to support the market and lets try to get it off to a fresh start.
Correction 07/08/08:
I had previously thought this was a relaunch of the original Clonakilty Farmers Market, but in fact this is a new market. My apologies to the traders involved in the Thursday Clonakilty Farmers Market for giving the wrong impression. The Thursday Farmers Market will continue to operate in O’Donovans courtyard.

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