The Market House, Monaghan, was built in 1792 to the designs of a talented amateur architect of the time called Samuel Hayes. It is built of local grey limestone. The carving and stonework are noted for their 'uncommon delicacy and clarity.' It is considered one of the most delicate and elegant 18th century buildings in the north. At each end a pediment surrounds a tall arch flanked by round-headed niches. The western pediment contains the date 1792, and the Cunningham coat of arms, framed in sprays of oak leaves and oak apples. A plaque in the east pediment reads 'Dedicated to the convenience of the inhabitants of Monaghan by the Rt. Hon. Lieut. Gen. Robert Cunningham 1792. S.H. of Avondale Del'.
Market Houses are found in country towns all over Northern Europe. Most Irish examples were built between 1750 and 1850. They have provided a common space for the exchange of produce and were sometimes combined with an upper storey, which housed a court or assembly rooms. Grain, pork, meal, butter, flax, hay, poultry and grass-seed as well as fish, clothes and toys were bought and sold here.
The Market House in Monaghan is now a dedicated arts space.
The Market House holds arts events such as exhibitions, musical performances, readings, workshops and rehearsals. The Venue has seating for 90 people.
The building is a non-smoking area and has access for people with disabilities.
The Summer Opening Hours are
Tuesday to Friday 10-5,
The Winter Opening Hours are
Tuesday to Friday 11-5,
Doors open at 8.30 on the nights of performances.
Tickets for performances can be purchased at the Market House during opening hours, or will be available at the door on the night, provided the event is not sold out.