Market Houses in the Republic of Ireland

Market houses are a notable feature of many Irish towns with varying styles of architecture, size and ornamentation making for a most interesting feature of the streetscape. Originally there were three, four or even five bays on the ground floor which were an open arcade. An upper floor was often used as a court house or ballroom. Ornamentation consisted of a cupola, a clock or sometimes a dome or tower. Today most of the Market Houses in Ireland have been put to use as cultural venues or business premises. Some are still derelict.

Table of market houses locations

Built (date)
Current use
Image and/or link
Abbeyleix Laois 1836 5 bay, 2-story building until 2005 used as a fire station and library – currently (2007) being renovated as a state of the art library/exhibition centre.
Ardara Donegal c. 1840 Heritage Centre
Arvagh Cavan 1837 Library & council offices
Athlone Westmeath 18th century Demolished 1830s
Athy Kildare 1745 Heritage Centre, & Library (formerly Town Hall & Fire Station)
Aughrim Wicklow c. 1860 Restaurant
Bailieborough Cavan 1818 Library (previous uses Co-op store and jam factory) Market House Archived link, 2010.
Balbriggan Dublin 1811 Furniture Store
Ballinagh Cavan 1821 Disused
Ballinamore Leitrim Library
Ballybay Monaghan 1848 For Sale
Ballinrobe Mayo 1752 District Court House
Ballitore Kildare c. 1780, renovated c. 1840 In ruins
Ballybofey Donegal c. 1820 Post Office & Training Centre
Ballyconnell Cavan c. 1838 Disused
Ballyhaise Cavan 20th century ?
Ballyjamesduff Cavan 1813 Restaurant & Shop
Ballymote Sligo c. 1870 South Co. Sligo Community Mental health service of the Health Service Executive
Ballymahon Longford 1819 Renovated into new Library, One stop shop and Community Hall 2011
Bantry Cork Offices
Birr Offaly 1845 Formerly a Church Hall, now a Market
Blacklion Cavan Tourist information centre
Blessington Wicklow c. 1820 Credit Union
Boyle Roscommon Unused ?
Bray Wicklow 1881–1883 Previously Town Hall, now McDonald's fast food outlet
Buttevant Cork 18th century Community Centre (formerly Court House) Community Hall.
Cahir Tipperary c. 1770 Library & Court House
Cahirciveen Kerry 19th century ? Shops & Filling Station
Callan Kilkenny c. 1825 Town hall
Cappoquin Waterford Shop
Carrick-on-Shannon Leitrim 1830 Design & Craft Centre
Cashel Tipperary 1866 Formerly Town Hall, now Tourist information centre
Castleblayney Monaghan 1826 To be restored.
Castlecomer Kilkenny c. 1800 Court House
Castleisland Kerry c. 1745 Department Store
Castlemartyr Cork Car Showroom
Castlepollard Westmeath c. 1815, burned c. 1921, rebuilt c. 1926 Town Hall, fire station
Castlerea Roscommon c. 1825 Shop
Celbridge Kildare 17th century School in 1709, later incorporated in mill complex
Charleville Cork 1769 Shops
Churchtown Cork 1845 Restored in 2000 as Offices and Residential. See
Clonakilty Cork 1642 Chinese restaurant History of Clonakilty Market House
Clones Monaghan 1844
Clonmany Donegal c. 1840 Derelict, undergoing restoration
Clonmel Tipperary 1673 Former Court house, later a public house – Substantially restored – now houses art exhibitions, with scale models of historic Clonmel
Clonmellon Westmeath 1836
Cobh Cork 1851 Public Library Formerly town hall and courthouse Cobh Town Hall & Market House
Collinstown Westmeath 1806 Demolished in 1950s,
for road straightening
Relocation programmed 2010 T.B.C.-
Cootehill Cavan Demolished
Delvin Westmeath c. 1850 Youth club and Credit Union
Dungarvan Waterford 19th century Arts Centre (formerly a Museum)
Dunlavin Wicklow 1743 ? Library, Courthouse and art gallery during the annual Dunlavin Arts Festival
Dunleer Louth 1820s Arts, classes, Events and Civic Centre
Edenderry Offaly 1826 Formerly Ballroom and Museum, now Court House
Edgeworthstown Longford Supermarket
Enniscorthy Wexford 1813 (before) Previously a school and a Methodist chapel
Ennistymon Clare Restaurant
Eyrecourt Galway 17th century Derelict
Finnea Westmeath c. 1850 Private House
Frenchpark Roscommon c. 1840 Derelict
Glenties Donegal c. 1840
Gorey Wexford 1709 Previously a prison and a court house now Local Government Administration & Tourist information centre
Graiguenamanagh Kilkenny Shop
Granard Longford Courthouse and branch library; part still used for farmers' market History of Granard Market House

History with Photograph

Innishannon Cork Unused and in disrepair (slates missing)
Kanturk Cork c. 1657 Replaced in 1747
Kanturk Cork 1747 (2nd Market House) Replaced in 1839
Kanturk Cork 1839 (3rd Market House) Credit Union
Keadue Roscommon c. 1830
Kells Meath c. 1800 Commercial outbuilding
Kenmare Kerry c. 1790 Auctioneer's Premises
Kilbeggan Westmeath 1828 Unoccupied
Kildare Kildare 19th century Bus Station, Public Toilets, Museum History of Kildare Market House
Kilfinane Limerick 18th century Ruins ?
Kilkenny County Kilkenny 1761
Killucan Westmeath c. 1838
Kilrush Clare Town Hall
Killeshandra Cavan c. 1792 Demolished late 1960s, present site of community resource centre. The original MH commemoration stone is built into the wall of a shop further up the street. History of Killeshandra
Kiltyclogher Leitrim 1831 Guest House, pre-school
Kinsale Cork c. 1600 Regional Museum (formerly Court House)
Letterkenny Donegal Offices
Macroom Cork 19th century ? Council Offices
Manorhamilton Leitrim 1834 Shop, retail outlet
Midleton Cork 19th century Library & Court House (formerly Town Hall)
Milltown Malbay Clare 19th century pub & Restaurant
Mitchelstown Cork 1823 Shop
Monaghan Monaghan 1792 Arts Venue – see Market House, Monaghan
Monasterevin Kildare c. 1830
Mullingar Westmeath Tourist information centre
Nenagh Tipperary 1812 Adult Education Centre for North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee and Restaurant/take away ( part)
Newbliss Monaghan 1830
Newcastle West Limerick
New Ross Wexford 1749, rebuilt 1806–1810 Tholsel, Court House, Town Hall from 1840
Piltown Kilkenny Photograph of Piltown Market House
Portarlington Laois c. 1800 Petrol station & Garage
Rockcorry Monaghan 1805 Filling Station
Roscommon Roscommon Bank
Scarriff Clare
Shercock Cavan 1825 Shops
Strokestown Roscommon Shop, retail outlet
Templemore Tipperary 1816 Town/County Hall
Timoleague Cork Vacant
Tinahely Wicklow c. 1820 Branch Library
Tralee Kerry 1847 Chinese Restaurant
Trim Meath c. 1850[1] Town Hall
Tulla Clare c. 1833 Branch Library
Tullamore Offaly 1789 Building Society
Virginia Cavan c. 1815 Courthouse and County Council offices
Wexford Wexford 1776 Wexford Arts Centre (formerly Town Hall)
Youghal Cork Heritage Centre

See also


  1. Detached five-bay two-storey former market house, built c. 1850, with three-bay projecting central breakfront. Consists of three-bay single-storey former market house, remodelled and flanked by singlebay extensions, c. 1925

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