Country’s first Georgian Quarter Christmas market

SHOPPERS will be able to enjoy the feel of a small village within the heart of Limerick as the city opens Ireland’s first-ever Georgian Quarter Christmas Market.

No 1 Pery Square Hotel and Spa in Limerick’s historic Georgian area is set to host a unique market with picturesque stalls offering traditional handcrafted gifts including jewellery, toys, Christmas cards, dolls and candles.

Traditional foods, Christmas puddings, meats, sweets, breads, pastries and other festive goodies will also be on offer complemented by artisan cuisine and organic produce from Slow Food Limerick.

A truly continental atmosphere will be conjured up by the lights, sounds and smells of this unique spectacle while children from St Michael’s School will sing traditional Christmas carols to add to the occasion.

The Limerick Georgian Quarter Christmas Market will be open from 3.30pm to 7pm on Friday, November 20, and noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22. The market is supported by Shannon Development in association with Slow Food Limerick.

Patricia Roberts, of No 1 Pery Square Hotel, said: “This is the perfect opportunity to showcase Georgian Limerick at Ireland’s first Georgian-themed market. Our Christmas market will feature Ireland’s finest food, arts and crafts and lots of gift ideas for the festive season.”

John Crowe, Shannon Development’s Limerick projects and promotions manager, said: “This is an important new initiative for Limerick which Shannon Development is delighted to be associated with. Limerick’s Georgian Quarter is an important part of the city’s history and contains many important tourism attractions including The Georgian House and Garden, Limerick City Art Gallery, The People’s Park and No 1 Pery Square. This initiative is aimed at encouraging seasonal breaks to Limerick and showcasing our history in an innovative way.”

Jenny Allen, of Slow Food Limerick, added: “We’re delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to showcase our artisan products and highlight the variety of top-quality produce available.”

* www.limerickgeorgianmarket.com

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