Happy First Birthday – Drogheda Cottage Market


On Saturday 11th of March Drogheda Cottage Market celebrated their 1st birthday in style with another amazing market, lots of happy people and two gorgeous cakes.

And what better birthday present than the news that they will soon be joined by 20 more Cottage Markets!

Congratulations and Welcome to The Cottage Market Crew!

Thanks to Ulster Bank and The Ireland Funds the following 20 communities will soon be home to 20 brand new homemade and homegrown hubs!

Imelda Mullen – Cavan
Eamonn McCarthy – Cork
Barbara-Anne Richardson – Cork
Mary McKinney – Donegal
Linda Hogan – Dublin
Patrick Mulvihill – Galway
Siobhan Ryan – Galway
Mary G. Fahey – Galway
Caitlin Breathnach – Kerry
Elizabeth Brookes – Kerry
Evonne Boland – Kildare
Etaoin Holahan – Kilkenny
Martin Meade – Laois
Claudia Coleman – Limerick
Mary McDonnell – Limerick
Aine Carr – Mayo
John Hahessy – Monaghan
Eimhin Shortt – Offaly
Gayle Fone – Tipperary
Thomas Hosford – Waterford
Susan Boyle – Kildare

Training day for new cottage marketeers is on Saturday 25th at GROW HQ from 9am – 5pm.

We are all looking forward to seeing you there.

Meet Karen and Mick

Karen started the first Cottage Market in her home village of Ladysbridge, Co. Cork in June 2014. Motivated by the positive impact it had on her local community she set about telling anyone that would listen the importance of putting ‘homemade, homegrown and handcrafted’ back in the heart of communities.

Luckily Mick, founder of GIY, listened and even more importantly agreed, so they joined forces to create The GIY Cottage Market. It’s like companion planting for good ideas and great intentions!


Set up a cottage market

Setting up a Cottage Market in your local community takes a bit of time, effort and commitment because if you’re going to do something you may as well do it right! There are the ‘must haves’, the ‘would like to haves’ and the ‘if I was Wonder Woman/Super Man I could haves’ that go with setting up a Cottage Market.