The Iveagh Markets, Dublin

George Frederick Hicks
Date Built
1902 - 1906
Francis Street - Dublin
The Iveagh Markets occupy a site that was once home to the Sweetman's Brewery.  The Iveagh Trust commissioned George Frederick Hicks to design the building of these markets in 1902.  The datestone says it was completed in 1906.  The estimated cost of the construction was £45,000 but the actual cost finished at around £60,000.  The building features a Queen Anne-style facade with faces carved on the keystones.  Inside it is a large functional cast-iron galleried market hall.  The markets sold food and clothing and continued to trade until the 1990s.  Since then it has been closed although there have been a number of plans to redevelop it and the area around it.

The Liberty website says that there was a plan in 2008 to convert it into, "... a multi-function market and retail centre.  A pub, a six-storey hotel, plus two six-storey blocks described jointly as ‘aparthotel’ were also proposed."  However, that remained a plan without any action to bring it to fruition.  They do though go on to add that Gavin Walsh from planning at Dublin City Council has indicated that, “An extension on the planning application is currently in view which indicates that there will be redevelopment in the near future”.