FINE food, good music and now films - the Milk Market is expanding yet again, and will be showing movies on the big screen for the first time later this month.
The famous market, which continues to grow following a €2m redevelopment two years ago, has announced that the first outdoor screening will be shown on July 28.
The classic 1952 film starring Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain, will be the first showing, followed by Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Saturday, August 4.
The new addition to the line-up follows a series of concerts successfully held in the market, including those by Imelda May, Calvin Harris, and The Sawdoctors.
Voice of Ireland judge and pop star Bressie - aka Niall Breslin - is to play a September gig in the ‘Big Top’ at the Milk Market. He will play there on Friday, September 28 and tickets are available to book through Dolan’s.
Fine Gael councillor Diarmuid Scully, a member of the market’s management committee, said the intention of introducing the film screenings is to “build on the commercial success of the market, which has become a shining light in the city” in terms of how it has rejuvenated itself.
“We are also very conscious that the market should play a cultural role in Limerick city,” he added.
According to a new study on the market, which was undertaken by LIT, it is also having a “definite knock-on effect” for other businesses in the city. The full study is expected to become available in the coming days. Further films may be added to the line-up after they have “tested the waters” with the first two showings. While the traditional Saturday food market continues to be as popular as ever, it is also open on Fridays and Sundays. On Friday it’s home to the ‘Friday flea’ market, which offers an eclectic mix of fine foods, flowers, vintage and retro-style fashions, crafts, antiques, books, music, art and other items. Cllr Scully said over time they hope that the market days could be extended to four days per week, or ideally seven, but footfall on the Friday and Sunday markets would have to increase first. Tickets to see the films will be priced at €7, and will be available to buy in the market from July 20.