The Irish Times Magazine - - NEWS - Pub­lished: Au­gust 22nd, 1970 Pho­to­graph: Tommy Collins Ar­minta Wal­lace

‘ They’re only for dec­o­ra­tion? Ah, you just haven’t got the bang of them yet, mis­ter . . .”

Out­door mar­kets have been part of the Dublin scene for more years than even auld Mr Bren­nan would care to re­mem­ber.

In 1906 the Iveagh Mar­kets were built when the slum clear­ance of the Bride Street area was ini­ti­ated by Ed­ward Guin­ness, the first Lord Iveagh. A god­send for many lo­cals try­ing to feed and clothe them­selves and their fam­i­lies cheaply, they were run by Dublin Cor­po­ra­tion.

It was a very dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish to our con­tem­po­rary idea of an out­door mar­ket. Or­ganic ar­ti­chokes? No. Wheat- free curry? No. Dis­in­fect­ing cham­ber? Yes.

Our photo to­day re­calls a more re­cent in­ner- city ex­change. “The Pansy Mar­ket on Mon­tague Street be­tween Cam­den Street and Har­court Street, which opened re­cently,” reads the cap­tion. “Two young Dublin­ers at a fine art stall ad­mire two brass can­nons.”

The pho­tog­ra­pher has caught the en­ergy which ric­o­chets be­tween the boys, the minia­ture can­nons and the stall­holder: the still im­age fairly rip­ples with it.

He has also placed us view­ers in pole po­si­tion to have a good gawk at the mer­chan­dise on of­fer – which is, af­ter all, the whole point of a mar­ket stall.

It’s a mod­est enough con­sign­ment of col­lectibles. A cou­ple of pairs of can­dle­sticks, a pair of hunt­ing horns, some let­ter- open­ers, a pair of brass rac­ing horses and a de­canter and glasses which, frankly, don’t look very “fine art” at all. What about those vases, though? Now that any or­di­nary- look­ing Chi­nese vase is likely to sell for a cou­ple of hun­dred thousand, they might be worth a longer, and much closer, look.

But what­ever bar­gains might or might not be avail­able at the stall, the lads are ab­so­lutely price­less. Ar­chive pho­to­graphs and other

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