The English Market is steeped in history.
A central part of Cork life since 1862, its ornamental entrance at Princes Street has welcomed countless stallholders into its lofty halls over the years… and little clues as to who they were can still be found today.
In fact, the team at Toonsbridge Dairy, who now sell the best of authentic local cheese at the Market, uncovered a special little reminder of the business that lived there before them – and they’ve appealed for some help in finding out more about its origins.
“While building our new stall in January we uncovered this beautiful hand painted sign.” the shop owners posted on Instagram.
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“Hh, or Hugh Looney was one of a family of butchers with several units across the English Market. He migrated his lamb and beef butchers to St Luke’s about 40 years ago, according to our neighbours in Coughlans.
“In the meantime, unit 68 housed two cake shops. Today it is our home in the city. If anyone knows the font or who painted this sign please let us know!”
Do you have some expertise when it comes to Cork fonts used in the olden days? You can contact the Toonsbridge team on 087 3457790 (text also) or email [email protected]