Dungarvan Market House

Map Reference: X263930 (2263, 0930)

There is some dispute about the date of building of this market house. According to Buildings of Ireland the date is 1690, the Archaeological Inventory of Waterford puts it at 1694 and the plaque on the building says 1641. It may have been built on the site of an earlier market house or some of the later dates may refer to extensions. It is a two-bay two-storey gable-fronted building with a two-bay single-storey south wing. There is another two-bay two-storey extension to the east. The west front has two round-headed carriage entrances at the ground floor. There are similar entrances in the south wing. Within the building there are two archways connecting the main structure with the south wing. All these features seem to indicate that the original building had an open arcade at the ground floor with offices and other rooms at the first floor. If the earliest date for erection is correct then Dungarvan Market House would be the earliest arcaded public building in Ireland, pre-dating the Mainguard, Clonmel by more than 30 years.

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