Wednesday 26 June 2019

Ho No! Christmas Market fails to capture imagination

Una, Iarla and Jeremy McCowen, New Ross
Una, Iarla and Jeremy McCowen, New Ross
Veronica Rossiter and Precilla St Ledger, New Ross

David Looby

Low numbers were reported at the New Ross Christmas Market on Friday and Saturday, with a stronger turn-out on Sunday.

The inaugural New Ross Christmas Market saw craftspeople travel from across the country to sell their goods in a covered market. There were also several food stalls.

Poor weather on Friday and Saturday saw small crowds attend the market at Maher's Yard and amusement offering on the quay. Some of the food stall owners packed up and left for other markets on Saturday. Some of the other stall owners said they thought the market would have worked better on the quay, adding that the event could have been advertised better.

A New Ross & District Chamber spokesperson said: 'We are happy with this, the first year of the new Christmas markets. The weather played a big part with people able to browse and buy in a covered market in Maher's Yard. A great selection of crafts from many parts of Ireland were showcased with local produce and it would be a great addition to the Christmas experience in the future.'

The spokesperson said New Ross & District Chamber of Commerce RETC committee wish to thank all who generously sponsored the Christmas lights in New Ross, New Ross Municipal District Council, all the organisers, volunteers and supporters of the Christmas events. 'We wish all a happy Christmas and a prosperous 2019.'

New Ross Standard