The Marble Falls Market, a small market in south Dublin, has been the subject of much attention over the last few weeks as a large number of stalls have been shut down and the price of meat has plummeted.
At the end of last week, the market was down to less than 1,000 sheep.
However, the number of customers is up to almost 6,000 people now.
The market is a joint venture between the Market of the Birds and the Marlborough Farmers Market, which is run by local farmers and community members.
It has been selling meat and eggs from local sources, but also the meat and fish from foreign sources.
There are also fish and poultry from a variety of countries.
“We’re not here to serve our customers, but to make them feel good,” said Kerry McIlhone, a local butcher.
“We try to keep it locally sourced and that’s something we’ve got to keep working towards.”
The market’s first day was held on October 10, but the day was moved up to Thursday due to the weather and the number being held down.
“This is a market that’s going to continue to grow,” said McIlphones husband Patrick.
“I think we’ve just got to stick together and keep it going.”
The stall owners are hopeful that they can still get a large market going in the future. “
We’ve had people coming from as far as Cork, as far south as Kerry and as far north as Dublin.”
The stall owners are hopeful that they can still get a large market going in the future.
The market also recently welcomed a new owner to its ranks, Mr David O’Sullivan.
Mr O’Sullivans family has been butchering for over 30 years and has worked with the Market’s owners for many years.
He said that he was proud to be part of the market.
“I am a lifelong local farmer, and I’m looking forward to being able to keep doing what I love,” he said.
McIlphone is one of a number of local people who are working to raise awareness about the meat market.
She said that the market had become a great success in the local community.
“People come here to buy food, and that has a lot of appeal to them, so I think it’s fantastic to see,” she said.
“For us to be able to get a few people to come here for a day to buy meat is a great thing.”
“We have a lot to do to keep the market going.”
The Market of The Birds was founded in 2014 by a group of local farmers in the area, and the Market will continue to operate until 2019.