Markets launched in Dublin city centre ahead of festive period

Markets Launched In Dublin City Centre Ahead Of Festive Period
Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste officially launched the traditional Henry Street/Mary Street Christmas market, Moore Street market and a makeover of the Temple Bar food market on Saturday. Photo: Fennell Photo.
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Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste has officially launched the traditional Henry Street/Mary Street Christmas market, Moore Street market and a makeover of the Temple Bar food market.

The Henry St market will feature 51 stalls this year and will run seven-days per week, from 10am to 9pm, finishing on Christmas Eve.


Shoppers can expect to see Christmas gifts, decorations, toys, "and much, much more" when they visit the market this year, with Dublin City Council welcoming the return of the city's much-loved Christmas tradition.

“The Henry St/Mary St market has almost become as much a part of Christmas as the tree!” Mr de Róiste said.

“It’s great to see all the traders back again. They’ve been here as long as I can remember and always help create a lovely festive atmosphere at this time of year. They’re a very important part of the city-centre Christmas shopping experience.

“As the oldest Christmas market in the city, it boasts a rich history that spans generations and is a lovely tradition for many Dubliners. Long may it continue!”


John and Larissa McDonnell, from D12, with their children Rory (2) and Edie (4) enjoying themselves at Temple Bar Market. Photo: Fennell Photo.

Speaking at the launch of the council’s city centre Manager, Frank Lambe said: “It is wonderful to see these city centre markets continuing to offer great produce and gifts for everyone, especially at Christmas with a brilliant programme of entertainment and bringing colour and character to the city.”

Temple Bar Food Market, one the country’s longest running outdoor food markets, is also getting a makeover this festive season, with the addition of new traders, outdoor dining spaces for customers, festive entertainment and much more.

This market, which is based in Meeting House Square, has been serving people both local and international for almost 30 years in Temple Bar, the relaunch of the which is being overseen by local resident and former pastry chef, Niamh Murphy.


Ms Murphy said: “Our vision for the Temple Bar Food Market is to create a dynamic and diverse culinary destination that reflects the rich tapestry of flavours found around the globe. From artisanal delicacies to street food delights, there's something to tantalise every palate, ensuring an unparalleled experience for food enthusiasts and casual visitors alike. If any new food traders would like to join the market we would be delighted to hear from them.”

A programme of Christmas entertainment has been announced for the Moore St Market, including the Garda Band, the Discovery Gospel Choir, the Ukulele Orchestra and the ‘Christmas at Moore St Market Live Show’.

The Christmas at Moore Street Market will be a four-week run, every Wednesday - Saturday from November 29th until December 23rd. The market will open 11am to 5pm each day.

The Temple Bar Food, Craft & Book Market and the Moore St Market are both managed on behalf of Dublin City Council by The Temple bar Company.

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