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One of the oldest and most vibrant markets in Ireland is the Galway Market at St. Nicholas Church in Galway. This market has been operating for centuries, dating back to the 14th century when it was granted a royal charter by King Edward III. The market is open every Saturday and Sunday, as well as on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during July and August. It attracts hundreds of visitors and locals who come to enjoy the lively atmosphere and the diverse range of products on offer.

The market is located in Church Lane, next to the medieval St. Nicholas Church, which is the largest parish church in Ireland and a National Monument. The church was founded in 1320 and has a rich history, having been visited by Christopher Columbus in 1477, the visit of Oliver Cromwell in 1651, and the burial of several mayors of Galway. The church is also famous for its beautiful stained-glass windows, carved stone pillars, and ornate altar.

The market stalls are spread along the narrow lane and spill over into the adjacent streets and squares. The market offers a variety of goods, from fresh fruits and vegetables, organic breads and cheeses, homemade jams and preserves, to handcrafted jewellery, pottery, woodwork, and clothing. The market has also featured a number of ethnic food stalls, serving delicious dishes from around the world, such as Indian curries, Spanish paella, Moroccan tagines, and Turkish kebabs. The market is a great place to sample local delicacies, such as Galway Bay oysters, Connemara smoked salmon, and Irish soda bread.

The market is not only a place to shop, but also a place to socialize and enjoy live music and entertainment. The market is also a hub for local artists and musicians, who perform on the street corners and in the nearby pubs and cafes. The market is a showcase for Galway’s culture and heritage, and a must-see for anyone visiting this charming city.


Churchyard St. / Lombard St., St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway, Ireland

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Galway Market at St. Nicholas Church



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