Markets and fairs were introduced to Ireland by the Normans in the 12th century. The grant of a right to allow them to be held was bestowed as a gift from the Crown and their introduction may be regarded as an important step in the development of any town or village. It was normal for thousands to attend markets and fairs. All kinds of produce were sold including pigs , sheep, cattle, chickens, houshold goods and farm implements. In the 19th century John Anderson built the Market House. Markets were held everey Saturday and Fairs were held on the 21st of June, 29th of August and 7th of November in the Queens Square which is now named Pearse Square, after Padraig Pearse.