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23rd Nov 2022

Cork’s Marina Market could close following rejected planning application

Fiona Frawley

A petition to save the beloved food market has already garnered almost 10,000 signatures.

Cork’s popular Marina Market is currently facing closure, as Cork City Council has rejected an application from its owners for its retention and expansion.

The quayside market opened on Centre Park Road in the city in 2020, and grew in popularity during the pandemic for its great selection of food and coffee stalls and spaced out barrels for eating and drinking at. With over 40 food vendors, craft stalls and special events such as their Christmas fair where you can even take your dog to visit Santa, Marina Market attracts thousands of visitors each week and is central to the city’s food and drink scene.

In January, the market operators lodged an application for the retention of a change of use from warehouse or distribution use to food emporium/market.

According to the Independent, the Council rejected the application last week after planners said infrastructure on Kennedy Quay was  “insufficient for the existing and proposed use” and the new plans, if agreed to, would generate increased pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle volumes on Kennedy Quay “over and above historical uses”.

A former Lord Mayor of Cork has called for the decision to be reconsidered, and an online petition has been launched to allow the market to exist as it is, commending its unique character and atmosphere.

The petition, which at the time of writing has garnered 9,952 signatures can be signed HERE.

Header image via Instagram/Marina Market 

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