It's a good addition. (I'm sure peoople will complain that stuff are expensive..)
the square down by the docks (where the boats village was) that's now just empty could have been a good option as well.
Up to 70 stalls and chalets to operate for a month
by Dearbhla Geraghty
Galway will join locations like Vienna, Dresden and Copenhagen in having its very own Christmas Market, due to take place over a month this coming winter.
It is envisaged that between November 19 and December 19 there will be up to 70 stalls and wooden alpine chalets within the perimeters of Eyre Square, comprising one third of local specialist traders and the remainder international sellers, along with a Santa’s grotto, a German ‘Bierkeller’, an entertainment area, and public toilets. It is said to require a capital investment of more than €100,000.
“The Galway City Business Association (GCBA) have been working on this for two years with the City Council and City manager in bringing the first Christmas market of a continental and local nature to Ireland,” GCBA co-ordinator, Declan McDonnell told the Galway City Tribune yesterday.
“There’s been one in Belfast for the past six years but never one in Dublin or Cork. The guy who’s running the one in Belfast came to us through a contact we had.
“All the major businesses in Galway are behind this; the ‘footfall’ in Belfast has been huge, 61% of those who visited the market went on to shop in Belfast as well, and 50% used the restaurants and bars. A lot of people come from outside Belfast to the market, and we will be promoting our market within a 90-mile radius of Galway. It will not be taking away from the ordinary Christmas shopping.”
He added that Fáilte Ireland was also supporting the project, and planning to promote it in a major campaign later in the year. The GCBA have also been in touch with Irish Rail with a similar view.
The proposal has to go through a planning process first, however, and the plans have been available for inspection at Galway City Council since yesterday and will remain there until September 23.