Dublin Cattle Market commemorated

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The Lord Mayor of the City of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, will unveil a ‘welcome stone’ on Thursday 13th February, 2014 at 2 p.m. on the small green beside Hanlon’s Pub on the North Circular Road. The granite welcome stone commemorates the fact that the Dublin Cattle Market stood on this site for over a hundred years.

The Lord Mayor said “It is wonderful to see a forgotten part of Dublin’s history being remembered here today. The Dublin Cattle Market drove the local economy for over a hundred years in this area and it is fitting that the significance of its existence is now being marked. I congratulate Dublin City Council and the local residents who have made this possible”.

The project is a joint effort between the Council and local residents and the inscription reads ‘welcome to Hanlon’s Corner – Location of Dublin’s Cattle Market’ and has an image of a cow.

Local residents and businesses will be in attendance also. 

History of the Cattle Market

The Dublin Cattle Market was formally opened on 24th November 1863. The formalities began with a procession from the Mansion House of City Councillors in their carriages. The market was decorated with flags and banners for the occasion and a band played the national anthem while the Lord Mayor, standing at the main entrance, was handed the key and declared the market open.

Traders typically walked the cattle to the market along the North Circular Road from within a radius of twenty to thirty miles. Cattle were not the only animals traded, sheep, pigs and sometimes horses were also sold there. Trading at the market reached its peak at 684,158 animals in 1957, however, the following years saw a decline in sales.

In June 1970, Dublin Corporation confirmed its intention to close the market, noting that the average throughput had dropped by over 80% since 1960 and was still declining. The final day of trading took place on Wednesday the 9th May 1973.