Foodie treats abound as new stalls open at The English Market, Cork 

Margo Ann Murphy, owner of The Roughty Foodie, pictured celebrating the opening of her new stall, ‘Roughty’s Little Sister’

New independent stalls provide plenty of festive food and drink inspiration



23 November 2021

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Just in time for the Christmas season, The English Market, Cork has announced even more enticing reasons to visit the much loved food shopping destination, with the opening of three new independent stalls at the market.

Roughty’s Little Sister

The first of the three new stalls to open is Roughty’s Little Sister, an expansion of The Roughty Foodie, first established in the 1960s and now run by third generation family business owner, Margo Ann Murphy.

Roughty’s Little Sister is located adjacent to the original stall, in the former location of the ‘Best Meats’ butchers outlet near the Grande Parade entrance. Both Roughty stalls are a ‘Mecca’ for quality Irish food, crafts and gifts, including a selection of local cheeses, chutneys and preserves, figs and chestnuts, chocolates, cookbooks, candles, and Margo’s signature ‘Pure Cork Hampers’.

The stall has been designed with a traditional sentiment and a commitment to sustainability at the core, with all furnishings redesigned and upcycled. The new stall also includes a market-first florist section, featuring a selection of fresh and chemical-free wildflowers that are prepared the traditional way – wrapped in brown paper and tied with string in front of shoppers, while they wait.

“I am so proud to open our second stall, Roughty’s Little Sister,” said owner Margo Ann Murphy. “I noticed a surge of customers looking for local products over the past 20 months and have seen so many new faces coming through the doors of The English Market to shop, which was really reassuring, so I decided to be brave and go for it! I am so thankful to the people of Cork for really getting behind their local businesses and long may it continue!”

Murphy also recently launched her first e-commerce website with the support of her Local Enterprise Office, where hampers are now available to be delivered nationwide, see

‘Comfort and Joy’ by Jenny Rose Clarke and Sheila Fitzpatrick

Jenny Rose Clarke, The Real Olive Company, and Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Alternative Bread Company, pictured celebrating their new festive pop-up stall

From the start of December, visitors to the market will be treated to an exciting new feel-good festive pop-up stall, ‘Comfort and Joy’, just inside the left-hand door of the Grand Parade entrance.

Sheila Fitzpatrick, owner of the Alternative Bread Company and Jenny Rose Clarke, owner of The Real Olive Company and Toonsbridge Dairy, have joined forces to bring the former “start-up stall” to life for the season, transforming it into a treasure trove of colourful gifts and delicious festive fare.

All the Olive Stall favourites will be there – choose from hampers presented in a gift box or one of their striking, signature bowls – along with a selection of beautiful ceramics, soaps and woven baskets.

Meanwhile ABC will be presenting Italian pannetoni, award-winning jewelled Christmas cakes, gluten-free puddings and of course the famous ABC mince pies in their distinctive triangular box (a special edition this year, redesigned to reflect the theme of Comfort and Joy) and a host of other traditional favourites.

Charlie Mahon Ceramics Pottery

Although outside ShelfLife‘s usual topic matters, readers may also enjoy perusing the third new stall. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, local pottery artist Charlie Mahon is proud to open his first ever retail outlet at The English Market. View the collection at his stall, beside Coffee Central, or visit online at

To browse the full range of stalls and traders available at The English Market, head to



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