IRELAND'S first 'recession' market has opened with the aim of giving discount value to battered household budgets.
The Olde Bakery Market officially opened on Wellington Road in Cork on Friday -- and entrepreneur Jack Healy O'Connor says it aims to combine 19th Century thrift with 21st Century value for money.
"The idea is to have a market that is suited to people's lifestyles and budgets. People don't have the disposable income anymore and some are simply afraid to go out because of cost," he told the Sunday Independent.
Mr Healy O'Connor denied that he would be competing with Cork's famous 18th Century English Market, which was toured last year by Queen Elizabeth -- insisting his facility will "complement rather than compete with" Cork's main tourist attraction.
"This project is all about catering for people on a budget. I have 25 stall holders lined up for the market -- no two will be competing with each other and every single one of them were chosen because they are focussed on offering value for money and quality," he added.
The market -- which operates from Friday to Sunday -- offers a tailoring stall where householders can get clothing repaired or altered.
Another stall offers gourmet meals for less than €10. A drinks importer has come on board to offer wines as discounted prices.
One Kinsale fisherman has a stall offering daily 'specials' where fish for four meals can be obtained for under €20.
"The aim was to be able offer people a place to shop and then get decent meal with two or three glasses of wine for under €20," Jack added.
The market is in the old Thompson's Bakery service depot and was launched by Finbarr O'Connor, 80, who got his first job there when it was a bakery back in 1947.
It is also a case of 'back to the future' for Mr Healy O'Connor, whose grandfather bought the building in 1984.