Five Thriving Sunday Markets In Dublin Are Looking For A New Home

After being turned away Dublin City Council, the OPW, estate agents, landlords and community centres, these marketes have turned to the community for help.

Sunday Flea markets
Image: Sunday Market Collective

Five thriving Sunday Markets are losing their home, as the redevelopment of Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 commences in June 2018.

Dublin Flea Market, the Brocante, Fusion Sundays – World Culture Market, Newmarket Collective and the Pure Vintage Fair are currently looking for a new space to trade from.

Sunday Flea market

The five markets have been operating as far back as 2008 and have become a much loved and important part of Dublin market culture and indeed the local community. Attracting both locals and tourists alike, they have been integral in the transformation and community development of Newmarket and its surrounding areas over the last decade.

This is an exciting opportunity for a city district in Dublin that wants to avail of an established Sunday market collective with guaranteed footfall, new business opportunity and a strong community focus.

Sunday Flea market


Requirements For New Home

The Sunday Market Collective is looking to either sublet from an existing space/business for 4 days a month (ie. every Sunday), or they are open to the full-time rental of a premises.

This is an exciting opportunity for both the Sunday Market Collective and for a location in Dublin that wants to avail of established and successful markets with guaranteed footfall and a strong community focus.

There are a number of requirements that are on the Collective’s wish list. It is important to note, however, that they do not need all of these requirements to proceed.

Find out more about Dublin Sunday Market Collective location requirements here.

Sunday Flea market

‘A city with no housing and no markets is not a city’

Markets are proven to provide socio-economic development, neighbourhood cohesion, opportunities for integration and environmental sustainability. They are the corner stones of society in most European cities. But not Dublin – in Dublin we have seen the closure of 7 weekend markets this summer- The Dublin Flea, Brocante Dublin, Fusion Sundays, Purevintage Fair, Rumble in the Jumble, The New Market Collective and the Grand Social’s Hapenny Market.

As well as the ongoing attempt by Dublin City Council to de-designate one of Dublin’s oldest markets, Cumberland Street Market, and remove the traders from the Wholesale Fruit & Veg Market who have traded there successfully for generations.

Sunday Flea market

Organisers of the Dublin Sunday Market Collective said, “this is unacceptable. A city with no housing and no markets is not a city. Dublin is becoming unlivable and unlovable. There is a housing crisis but all that is being built is accommodation for tourists. Homelessness has reached epidemic proportions. And the brain drain is alive and well again.

“We need accommodation and we need culture. We need housing and we need markets.”

If you would like to help the Dublin Sunday Market Collective, you can write to your local councillors or the Dublin Flea Market’s local area councillors and let them know how you feel.

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