The Galway Continental Christmas Market will be making a return to the City Of The Tribes from Friday 21st November until Monday 22nd December 2014.
The Galway Continental Christmas Market received over 400,000 visitors last year and there were more than 50 wooden chalets located Eyre Square along with the Santa's Grotto, the German Bier Keller numerous other theatrical delights throughout the 3 week fair.
The 2014 Christmas Market is set to be bigger and better, with the addition of live performances and entertainment from Galway's top bands and DJs. Performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, carol singing together with charity and community events will also feature. Once again, Santa's Grotto will be run by local charities and the popular Bier Keller will be playing host to various events throughout the Market's duration. The 2014 Market will also feature artisan food products and Christmas gift ideas from both local and European traders. For more information see www.GalwayChristmasMarket.ie
While visiting the Galway Christmas markets why not take a tour to the Cliffs of Moher or Connemara regions. Tours from €20 departing daily at 10am & 11:30am Book now @www.galwaybustours.ie
Figures published today by the CSO confirmed that the revenue accruing to the Irish economy from overseas visitors has continued to grow in 2014. Today’s data shows that for the first nine months of the year an estimated €2.8 billion was spent by overseas visitors in Ireland.
Minister Donohoe said: ‘This is a time of great positivity in Irish tourism and I welcome today’s CSO ‘Tourism and Travel’ publication, which shows an increase of €241 million (or +9.3 %) in spending from overseas visits to Ireland for the first 9 months of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013.
“This Government realised that the tourism sector could play a critical part in our economic recovery. To support the sector, we introduced measures like a reduction in the rate of the Air Travel Tax to zero and the reduction of VAT to 9% on tourism-related services. These measures have helped reinforce the message that Ireland continues to offer greatly improved value and today’s data shows that they have worked in terms of enticing visitors to come and spend here. We remain ambitious though and last week, I launched the Tourism Ireland’s 2015 Marketing Plans which are targeting further growth of 6% in visitor numbers next year and a further 7% in associated revenue.” -
This year’s festival will explore the artistic cross fertilization of film and music and has invited Olivia Trummer to give her first Galway performance. It will also feature the Michael Buckley Quartet, bringing together some of Ireland’s finest jazz practioners of their generation.Galway Jazz Festival is an arts organisation whose aim is to promote jazz as an art form and develop an audience for jazz in the West of Ireland.