2019-10-04

Far­m­gate Café cel­e­brates 25 years in the Eng­lish Market

Rebecca & Kay Harte
Farmgate Café
Farmgate Café
Farmgate Café
Farmgate Café
Farmgate Café
Farmgate Café

25 years later, we are still here. In short: thank you. Thank you to all our stead­fast cus­tomers, to our excel­lent col­leagues here in the Mar­ket and at City Hall, and to all the team who work dili­gently everyday.

Par­tic­u­lar thanks to Maróg O’Brien, founder of the orig­i­nal Far­m­gate, inno­va­tor and entre­pre­neur, men­tor. 25 years ago she saw the Mar­ket as being a log­i­cal place for another Far­m­gate. And like­wise to Clare O’Brien – who worked with us here for many years. Truly the most tal­ented bread maker we have ever come across.

As soon as we enter the Mar­ket in the morn­ing and we hear the par­tic­u­lar sound­scape, and feel the sheer energy of the place – we know we are in the right spot and in the right city. Of course you don’t get to 25 years with­out a ded­i­cated team – full of bright, ener­getic and hard­work­ing peo­ple. Two peo­ple need to be sin­gled out though 
 Elaine and Sea­mus – tread­ing the boards for over 17 years. Thick and thin are the words that spring to mind, and so many Christ­mas Eves try­ing to sort out the cold room 
’nuff said.

And to all the peo­ple on the team right now, from all parts of the coun­try and globe: THANK YOU

Ruth – Offaly
Pam – Gal­way
San­dra – Wex­ford
Laura – Cork
Maja – Croa­tia
Sea­mus – Mayo
Thi­ago – Brazil
Marek – Poland
Liam – Cork
Zoe – Cork
Sam – Cork
Mar­garita – Colum­bia
Elaine – Cork
Iso­bel – Cork
Priscila – Brazil
Ais­ling – Cork
Laura – Spain
Raf – Brazil
Jes­sica – Cork
Eve­lyn – Cork
Murieann – Cork
Sarah-​Jane – Cork
Michael – Cork

And to all of you still com­ing up the stairs and still part­ing with your hard-​earned euros. We are here because you are here. We do not take it for granted. The cafĂ© and the Mar­ket feels like an extended fam­ily to us, per­haps a touch of ‘Fawlty Tow­ers’ depend­ing on the day 
 but then we get up and go at it all again the next day and the next 
 And lastly, but very def­i­nitely not least – to the writ­ers, poets, painters, musi­cians, pho­tog­ra­phers, and sculp­tors – you bring a very spe­cial qual­ity to our lives. Thank you.

Divine Visitor – a poem by Theo Dorgan for The Farmgate Café 25 years at the English Market in 2019

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