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The pedestrianized Market Quarter is an area of Limerick which has a long and varied history of commercial trade. It was built in 1830 when it primarily sold corn and then dairy. The walls that surround the market are part of the original walls of Limerick. The area was restored in 1994 to its former glory, and it remains an important social and historic centre. Today the market is a thriving concern. On Saturdays a wide range of produce is for sale, including vegetables, homemade butter, jams, brown bread and cakes. Flowers and plants are also sold here. On Fridays the market takes on a different role when it provides an outlet for local craftspeople to display and sell their wares. The area becomes a hive of activity with the presence of buskers and street entertainers adding to the atmosphere. Adjacent to the market are some recently built shops, which sell a variety of items such as ethnic clothes and continental foods. A small art gallery displays a select range of work.