Galway Christmas Market will go ahead this year - but with a Covid twist

Galway Christmas Market will go ahead this year - but with a Covid twist

GALWAY CHRISTMAS Market will be bringing some much-needed festive cheer to Ireland this year. 

A popular attraction for tourist and locals alike, the annual fair in Eyre Square is a popular fixture in the December calendar. 

However, with Ireland currently under lockdown and Covid-19 showing no signs of going away just yet, there had been some concerns that the event would be postponed this year. 

Those worries have now been well and truly squashed after event organiser Maria Moynihan Lee revealed that plans are being drawn up for a special Covid-friendly edition of the market. 

Masks, hand sanitiser and a little social distancing are just a few of the measures likely to be put in place in order to ensure Galway can get in the festive spirit. 

Speaking to the Connacht Tribune, Moynihan revealed that planning for this special edition of the popular outdoor event has been underway since early April. 

"What we’re doing is very detailed planning and working with the Council on making the market happen. It will be the same market in the way people know it to be and it will meet all expectations, but there will be a huge level of control." 

Though she acknowledged that life in the “new normal” of Ireland would be tricky, the aim was to give visitors a safe but undeniably Christmasy experience. 

"What we are focused on is not diminishing the offering but, rather, altering the way you access that offering. It’s about the quality of the experience not being diminished, while also ensuring the health and safety of people." 

While Ireland has a few more months until the countdown to the opening of the Galway Christmas Market can begin, the news that it is set to go ahead will be welcome by many.