Christmas market to bring festive cheer to Market Place in Clonmel

Eamonn Wynne

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Market Place

Preparations are continuing for the Christmas market in Market Place, Clonmel.

It's hoped that a town centre shopping area that suffered badly during the recession, when a number of businesses closed, will come alive again with the magic of Christmas in the next couple of weeks.

Market Place in Clonmel is being decorated with Christmas trees and lights, with music for the festive season enhancing the atmosphere, for the start of the Christmas Market, which will begin this Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th.

The market will be in operation again on the following Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th, and if successful will continue during Christmas week.

A spokesperson for Tipperary County Council said that the market was an attempt to bring life back to the area.

Murals have been painted on vacant shop windows and it's expected that the market will have approximately ten stalls, selling artistic and specialist products for the festive season.

Local cafés will sell mulled wines, minced pies and hot chocolate.

If the venture proves successful choirs will be invited to perform while schools will also be welcome to hold their carol services there.

People with their own gazebos are also welcome to set up stalls in the area, once they apply to the County Council under the casual trading by-laws.

The SuperValu store in Market Place closed two years ago next month and the site is owned by Musgrave's.

Most of the other shops are owned by Remcoll Capital Ltd., which is planning a re-launch of Market Place.

Property management company Savills has been appointed as the letting agent and they are also developing a marketing plan for the area.