Bantry in West Cork in Ireland is known for its market that takes place every Friday in the main square of the town (Wolfe Tone Square) and in the side roads and car parks around the square. It is the largest market in Cork and on the first Friday of each month (fair day) is even larger. It is a great place to buy local and artisan produce and crafts as well as a great selection of street food to keep everyone fed during a visit. It is a great way to spend the day in the hub of West Cork.
Bantry itself is situated in the far south-west corner of Ireland and the area is a very popular destination, with lots of places to stay and things to do, including enjoying the market. The West Cork area is well known for its arts, crafts and artisan products of all kinds including wonderful locally produced foods of all kinds with a lot of these showcased at the market and in a few of the local shops.
There are also a number of popular festivals each year in Bantry including the West Cork Literary and Chamber Music festivals, which usually take place in June or July. These all add to the great atmosphere of the town.
Bantry is also on the southern end of the Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s longest defined coastal touring route.
Bantry Market is controlled and regulated by Cork County Council. Through the market manager, they are responsible for the set up and operation of the market and allocation of trading spaces around the square and car park. They also administer the issue and renewal of trading licences for those that wish to trade. This website has been created and is run by the Bantry Market Traders Association to promote the market.
Our website for the market is very new and we are slowly building up the information for everyone, on the website. We hope it will become a useful resource to find everything you need to about Bantry Market (for visitors and traders), a comprehensive history of the market (it has been running for several hundred years) as well as a useful resource for information about Bantry itself.
If you are looking for details for the traders at the market, please take a look at our traders listed by categories page or the full list of traders page. Please bear in mind this is a new feature, traders are just starting to add their own information and therefore traders will appear all the time. So please check back here again if you cannot find the specific trader you are looking for now!