Food Stories

Ma’s Kitchen

Jimmy Leong knows just how to get a laugh out of his customers at Ma’s Kitchen – he tells them how he moved from a country where it was 30 degree sunshine every day, and has stayed in Ireland because he loves our weather. “I arrived in Ireland in 2010. I had friends here, who…

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Vito Vintage

Vito Vintage clothing store has found the perfect fit with its new permanent space at the Milk Market. Since her days as a fashion and design student at Limerick School of Art and Design, Caroline McBrearty has always had an artistic bent. Vito Vintage marries her intuitive eye for fashion and her skills as a…

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White Dove Nurseries

You don’t have to be an expert in plants and flowers to have heard of Kew Gardens, the London home of the largest and most diverse botanical collection in the world.  So, while most people will have heard of Kew Gardens, many will be surprised to learn that Kew Gardens’ former plant buyer is now…

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Wilde Irish Chocolates at The Limerick Chocolate Shop

Money can’t buy you happiness but it can buy you chocolate, which is a pretty good substitute, especially for a self-confessed chocoholic like Patricia Farrell. Patricia, pictured left, and her husband Con were both working in the Burren Visitor Centre in the late 1990s when they had the idea of setting up a business that…

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Lisduff Fine Foods

Fancy the sound of Cajun pudding made from turkey? Or Caribbean bacon in a bag? It may be a long way from the Caribbean to Tipperary but it’s worth the wait when it comes to Lisduff Fine Food’s imaginative, tantalisingly tasty bacon and turkey products, sold every Saturday at their Milk Market stall. Robert Tormey…

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Bia At The Milk Market

It sounds like the perfect recipe for success – traditional Irish dishes with a Gallic touch. Thomas Fialon from Strasbourg and his Irish wife Deirdre are best known in Limerick as the owners of The French Table, which has been operating in Limerick since 2008. Their Bia at the Milk Market restaurant is proving just…

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The Little Top Café

The Little Top Café sells plant-based foods with great flavour combinations, sold in biodegradable containers, so you can satisfy your taste buds, your conscience and Mother Nature all in one go. You’ll find the Little Top Café upstairs at the Milk Market from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays. But come early, because this is one…

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Bon Appétit

FONDLY known as Seb and Kasia, Sébastien Ridoux and Katarzyna Wiacek attract long queues at Bon Appétit, their French Crêperie in the Milk Market. With the birth of their first child, Juliette (named after one of their popular pancakes), and a business booming after surviving the recession, the couple has come a long way from…

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Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms

Based in the Ballyhoura Mountains which border the counties of Cork, Limerick and Tipperary, Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms is an award-winning company run by Dr Lucy Deegan and Mark Cribbin. Whether supplying Michelin star restaurants like Chapter One in Dublin, small cafes or the home cook, Lucy and Mark have a very simple aim – to…

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The Soupermarket

The Soupermarket is such a cool name it’s a wonder nobody came up with it before. The soup stall at the Milk Market only uses Limerick suppliers for its soups, and primarily uses ingredients from other traders in the market.  Deacy Stanhope, 66, and his partner, Anne Fitzgerald, 60, have been running the Soupermarket since…

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