The area has a strong tradition of collective voice through the Middle Parish Residents Association and the North Main Street Traders group. More recently,the Washington Street dC (district of Cork) and
Cornmarket Street Area groups have formed to help progress the area.


Main Street (north and south) was the original main street of the walled medieval city and the Marsh
was one of Cork’s earliest suburbs. It has a strong tradition of family businesses and with the adjoining Cornmarket Street and Washington Street, offers a diverse retail, cultural, legal and hospitality mix. The area also has a strong residential element.


While the closure of the North Main Street shopping centre was a major blow to the area, the City Council and the local stakeholders continue to work together to build on its many assets. This work includes:

  • The creation and establishment of the Victorian Quarter brand.
  • Significant public realm upgrade on Grattan Street, Sheare’s Street and surrounding streets under
    the City Centre Movement Strategy.
  • The completion of Phase one of Boole House restoration in partnership between City Council and UCC.
  • The continued growth of St Peters as a multipurpose venue and exhibition space.
  • The area welcomed a number of new businesses which have added even more character to the eclectic mix.
  • Several buildings availed of the Painting Grants scheme.
  • The formation of Washington dC and Cornmarket Street Area groups and the continued active
    participation of North Main Street Traders Association.
  • Quarter Block Party festival going from strength to strength and a very successful event held on
    Culture Night.
  • Extension of opening hours of North Main Street car park.

Key Project

The opening of St Peters as a multipurpose venue and exhibition space has brought considerable additional footfall to the area with over 92,000 visitors in 2017.

Key Future Project

Development of key vacant &
derelict sites