We are a workers co-operative in Cork that is not only a vegetarian food, health & restaurant business, but is also a space in which many of the social justice campaigns of recent decades were developed and fought. The Quay Co-op was founded in the early 80s for different groups to meet to explore issues such as gay rights, the 1983 anti-abortion amendment, the Criminal Justice Bill and the first Divorce Referendum. Our founders realised that they would need to become commercially viable in order to fund & maintain the original base on Sullivans Quay. To this end, our founders set up a food co-op, a health shop and a vegetarian restaurant.
Over the years a balance always has been found between the campaigning work in which many members were involved and with the day to day work needed to create the funds to keep us up and running. In the years since The Quay Co-op was established, Ireland has undergone massive social and a cultural shift and The Quay Co-op has played an important role in driving those changes. We retains strong interest in food politics which we believe to be the next big fight and we are leaders in the provision of organic vegetarian/vegan wholefood for the city and beyond.
There are just under 50 people working at The Quay Co-op and today it includes our original site in Cork city centre with Vegetarian Deli, Health, Wholefood & Eco-Living Store, In-House Bakery (yum!) and our vegetarian food production business. HQ on Sullivan’s Quay is also home to our original (soon to be re-opened) Vegetarian Restaurant. We also have satelite Health, Wholefood & Eco-Living stores in Ballincollig and Carrigaline, along with our Online Store and delivery service by electric van.