Christmas market operator gets go-ahead to return this year

The Galway Christmas Market in Eyre Square last year. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

This year’s Christmas Market will repeat the 2016 changed layout – off the grass in Eyre Square – after the tender was awarded to the same operator as the past six years.

Milestone Inventive was awarded the contract, winning out over an application from the Galway City Business Association (GCBA), which first spearheaded the initiative and was the body which first introduced the market to Galway.

The GCBA’s application last year to stage its own continental market was turned down after the Galway City Council said they had not followed the correct application process.

A spokesman for Galway City Council said Milestone Inventive was chosen this year by the Economic Development Unit based on their previous experience, their range of merchandise and services to feature at the market, organisational skills and ability to work around location issues.

Chairperson of the GCBA Avril Smith declined to return calls over the issue.

Last year was the first year the market had moved completely off the grass, with most of the family attractions located to the taxi rank outside the Imperial Hotel, a move which prompted stinging criticism from some taxi drivers worried about the affect it would have on business.

Milestone Inventive founder Maria Moynihan-Lee said they would focus on improving the décor and adding more features this year.
For the rest of the story on this year’s Christmas Market, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.