Kilkenny markets French appeal in Patrick’s Day run-up

A MEDIEVAL city is to exude that extra bit of character and European appeal in the run-up to St Patrick’s Day as a three-day French market gets underway in Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce & Industry is bringing a three-day French market to the heart of the city from Thursday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm.

It will be held in conjunction with the local market which takes place on a Thursday and the Chamber believes it will create a festive atmosphere in and around the city centre leading up to St Patrick’s Day.

The market has been very successful in other towns and cities and will be situated at the Mayor’s Walk near Kilkenny Castle.

The Chamber says it is an ideal location for such an event against the castle background.

It’s expected the market will be a huge attraction and the organisers are confident that it will lure shoppers from all over Ireland.

Top hotels are also planning to put on special offers to mark the occasion, a move which is set to bring even more visitors to the region.

The market will be filled with the smells and bustle of a typical French market and will provide a unique opportunity for gourmet shoppers to taste the flavours of France.

It will boast a fabulous selection of freshly-baked French breads and patisseries, traditional charcuterie and delicacies and fine herbs and spices to whet any appetite.

And the market would not be French without a wide range of cheeses.

Olives and home-made soups will be on sale, and savoury continental-style pick and mix confectionery and biscuits will also be available.

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