Meet the Makers:

  • Mogs McDonnell
    Meet the fabulous Mogs McDonnell, owner of Notions shop in Headword. On her stall...
  • Jenny Fox
    Introducing yet another fantastic home producer for the Cottage Market Headword, Jenny Fox...
  • Niamh Ni Rúiséil
    Niamh is a new producer and brings to market her fermented Pro-biotic Drinks, which with the benefits of healthy...

Some Cottage Markets facts:

  • Led by the community for the community and develops organically ‘from the inside out”.
  • All about inclusivity and having a go which encourages amateur producers/hobbyists of all ages to take part.
  • Attracts a diverse range of stallholders, produce and customers.
  • Committed to developing and showcasing the skills, talents and interests of local people, rather than ‘parachuting in’ professional traders.
  • commercial with a small c and Community with a capital C.

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Some Cottage Markets facts:

  • Led by the community for the community and develops organically ‘from the inside out”.
  • All about inclusivity and having a go which encourages amateur producers/hobbyists of all ages to take part which in turn attracts a diverse range of stallholders, produce and customers.
  • Committed to developing and showcasing the skills, talents and interests of local people, rather than ‘parachuting in’ professional traders
  • commercial with a small c and Community with a capital C

It all started in Cork, by Karen O’Donohoe. Karen begged, borrowed and, well you know yourself, ‘procured’ tables, bunting, a hot water dispenser and all the other bits and pieces you’d need to set-up a market. Lydia drew the logo, Alissa photo shopped it, Helen helped with the marketing and whilst lots of people thought Karen was bonkers, more knew it but supported her regardless. Karen put the word out to growers, bakers, knitters and carvers from in and around the village, invited everyone she knew and even more that she didn’t and on Sunday 29th June 2014 the first Cottage Market was held in Ladysbridge, Co. Cork.

Today it is part of GIY’s #FoodEmpathy Revolution by putting homemade and homegrown food back in the heart of communities.

Our website, designed by the ever patient and creative Glen McArdle of Fairways Design is a big first step in sharing GIY’s Cottage Market concept with the wider world. We look forward to adding ever more markets to it and showing just how much hidden talent lies in the small towns and villages across Ireland.

GIY started with one meeting in Waterford in 2008 and today it is a successful social enterprise with a dynamic, proactive and change making community of over 150,000 people and 6000 food growing projects. Now we have seventeen Cottage Markets and a passionate commitment to increasing that number a hundredfold over the next year.

The Cottage Market is a good thing from which more good things happen. Watch this space, enjoy our website and if you fancy becoming a Cottage Marketeer then please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Building a market

Watch The Cottage Market come to life.

Congratulations and Welcome to The Cottage Market Crew!

Thanks to Ulster Bank and The Ireland Funds there were so many new Cottage Markets started in 2017. We have another 10 joining us in 2018 thanks to The Ireland Funds once again. Find a Cottage Market near you:

  • Monaghan
  • Annascaul
  • Mountrath
  • Ballyconnell
  • Newbridge
  • Kilmallock
  • Lough Derg
  • Kildorrery
  • Kildare
  • Athenry
  • Red Stables
  • Callan
  • Caherline
  • Inishbofin
  • Moville
  • Birr

The Cottage Market Drogheda Rocked!

The Cottage Market Drogheda opened the doors of St Peter’s Church of Ireland Parish Hall, Peter Street on March 12th and welcomed 24 local producers to set up their stalls and showcase a fantastic array [...]

March 10th, 2016|

Our Cottage Marketeers!

The smiley and happy bunch of ladies in the image above (Karen, Eimear, Louise & Kathleen) are the new GIY Cottage Marketeers! With a project that's been some time in the pipeline GIY is delighted to [...]

November 3rd, 2015|

GIY awarded funding from CEDRA

As part of the national plan for rural regeneration, the Department of Agriculture, through CEDRA (Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas) provided part funding for initiatives to suport community based markets for food/artisan [...]

October 13th, 2015|
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