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A new monthly market has come to the Liberties. Taking place once a month under St Thomas’ Tower, the new market run by the Digital Hub will appear once a month. The first market took place on the 20th of March.  

“It went better than we could have imagined. The sun was shining, and that was a big plus for us. We have gazebos, but you know Irelands weather… We had approximately five thousand people attend, and the traders did really well,” said Tara McGuinness, creative director and event manager at We LOVE Markets. 

“Our next market is Sunday 24th of April,” said Emma Brereton, market director and operator at We LOVE Markets. 

We LOVE Markets has set up an Instagram page where details of the next market can be found, as well as the links to apply for a stall. 

“It’s very beneficial for the mental health of the community,” explained Brereton. “It gives small local businesses a chance to showcase and test their products, there’s nothing like a market to meet your customer. The market also brings a lot of people to the area, who will then maybe go for dinner or a pint in the area, spend money, and boost up the spending in the area. Also, with Covid it’s wonderful to see community spirit back again, people hugging, meeting family and friends in an outdoor safer setting.” 

There are plans for the market to continue for at least the next four years, but both Brereton and McGuinness hope to keep going on for even longer. 

The project began with Brereton, who “always wanted to do an outdoor regular public market, which would include a vintage car boot.”  

“We were approached a few years ago by The Digital Hub and it didn’t happen,” continued Brereton. “Then the Dublin Flea Market took over the space. It went well for them, but they wanted and indoor area as well, so they ceased business last year. We bought some of the items from them and I told them we were looking for a new outdoor premises, because of Covid, so that it could work all year around. They recommended the site at The Digital Hub, and it went from there.” 

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