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Monthly market mayhem at the Red Hen



Modelled and derived from the funky underground markets of the Dublin scene, Emer O’Grady brings us the monthly flea market hosted and held at The Red Hen Bar on Patricks Street, Limerick City. market mayhem at the Red Hen 

market mayhem at the Red Hen

Emer O’Grady – the woman herself who is responsible for the highly successful monthly flea market. Picture by: Sarah Hayes


Before ever beginning to work at The Red Hen Bar Emer had a pipeline dream of starting up and running her own flea market upstairs in the bar itself. It’s held on the first floor of The Red Hen and takes place on the final Sunday of every month. The vintage event was born just one year ago and has already grown into an established monthly shopping experience. With the availability of food and drink also on hand in the bar during the market this can potentially turn into a great day out for you and your friends.






The monthly market hosts 10 different stalls upstairs where you can avail of all things from vinyls, vintage fashion, jewellery and even furniture. Emer tells me that she likes to keep the market “fresh and varied” and with such an abundance of products available this statement is definitely true. Students from LSAD also get to come and display their pieces at the market which of course generates a great buzz for the art college and the overall art scene in Limerick.


Grainne Murphy, a past student of LSAD was present at the market on Sunday the 13th of March she was selling her own original print pieces, varying from photographs to bags this girl’s skill was definitely showcased on the day.

market mayhem at the Red Hen

The amazing print work by Grainne Murphy. Picture by: Sarah Hayes


Another Limerick craftswoman whose work was on display at the Market was Aideen McLoughlin from Pingin jewellery.  Pingin jewellery is beautifully handcrafted and Aideens intricate attention to detail on her pieces cannot be overlooked.


Some of the other stalls present at the monthly market are Revived and Retro a Nenagh based business who specialise in helping you furnish your home with unique & interesting furniture. Also proudly displaying her stall was Grace O’ Hara Bowe the lifestyle blogger from


Emer told me that the flea market is suited to an audience of all ages and always welcomes new faces along with the monthly regulars. Emer’s passion for markets and all things vintage are totally translated through the design and layout of the flea market as you can see in some of the accompanying photos

market mayhem at the Red Hen

Pingin jewelerry displayed at the flea market. Picture by:Sarah Hayes ilovelimerick


If your enthusiasm and interest lies within a retro world then this is definitely a market worth your attention and attendance. Every month a Facebook event is created to announce the next upcoming flea market so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next one!


Check out The Red Hen Bar’s official Facebook page here

To find the official Flea Market Facebook page click here

By ilovelimerick correspondent Laura Cotter

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.