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Thurs 1st to Sun 4th December 2011 - Ballinrobe
Church Lane, off Main Street, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo -
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In line with the Christmas lighting on Thursday 1st December, we will be holding our last market of the year in Ballinrobe in association with local craft and farmer traders. The market will take place between Church Lane, off Main Street.

Our opening hours will be noon to 8pm on Thursday, 9am to 7pm on Friday & Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.

We would like to thanks Niki Gannon from the Business Association and Richard Burke for their kind invitation and positive collaboration in developping this event.

Market Days Cancelled
Thurs, Fri & Sun cancelled due to Gale & Snow Forecast.

Fri 25th to Sat 26th November 2011 - Slane Christmas Market
Broomfield, Slane, Co Meath -
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For its very first edition, we are co-organising a Christmas Market in Broomfield, on the Roof of the High Kffing County. It is a wonderful location, the "second highest point" of County Meath with view over Slane Town and Dublin City. Organised in partnership with Frank Murawski, it will take place from 12pm to 8pm on Thursday and Friday and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday.

The eccentricity of this event is attracting a wide interest and large media attention. More than 40 stalls are expected, including Santa Grotto, Christmas Trees, Live Animal Crib and street entertainment.

This event is co-organised with Frank Murawski of "Frank German's Sausage" and Rita his wife, who runs Broomfield House B&B.

Market Fully Cancelled
After cancelling Thursday's market due to Gale Weather Warning issue by Met Eireann on Wednesday, the weather this Friday morning and the change in weather forecast for Saturday made us cancel the full event. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

Thurs 3rd to Sat 5th November 2011 - Harbour Place SC
Harbour Street - Mullingar - Co Westmeath -
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After Halloween, we will be setting up at the Harbour Place Shopping Centre, in Mullingar from 10am till 8pm each day. On Saturday, we will be joined by local traders, initiating a Farmer market for a 5 weeks run to Christmas.

Front Entrance
Roof Top View
Denis & Arno: Happy Organisers!

We would like to thanks Denis Hogan for his support in developping this event.

Fri 28nd to Mon 31st October 2011 - Sligo Live 2011
Rockwood Parade - Sligo Town - Co Sligo -
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For this October Bank Holiday weekend, we are delighted to announce that we have been invited for the second time by Sligo Live Committee. In its fifth year, Sligo Live is an ongoing growing Music Festival on the Irish scene. We will set up on and off Rockwood Parade along the Garavogue River from Friday 28nd to Monday 31st of October 2011, from 10am to 6pm each day.

Spanish Silver Jewelry
Jacket and Coat

Our greatest thanks to Rory O'Connor and Shane Mitchell from the Sligo Live Committee, for his kind invitation, and to Michelle Coyle and Janet McNamara from Sligo Borough Council for their support.

Fr 16th & Sun 18th September 2011 - Navan Live
Kennedy Place - Navan - Co Meath -
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Our greatest thanks to Navan Town Council and more especially to Sean Clarke for his support in the realisation of this event.

Fri 19th & Tues 23rd August 2011 - Rose of Tralee Festival
Co Kerry - Denny Street -
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The French Market of Ireland was delighted to be reinvited for this year Rose of Tralee Festival. We will set up in the heart of the action, in Denny Street, from Fri 19 to Tues 23 Aug. 2011, from 10am-6pm each day!

Our greatest thanks to Tralee Town Council, for their kind invitation, and more especially to Claire Leahy for her uppermost efficiency, and to Brenda Conway & Colm Lynch for their dedication.

Fri 13th to Sun 15th August 2011 - Ballybunion Atlantic Sessions festival
Co Kerry - car park off Cliff Road -
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For the launch of this new festival, we have been considered for bringing our visually appealing market in the South West. Having worked closely with the festival organiser in order to define the best location and layout, we have created a wonderful synergy.


Our greatest thanks to Destination Ballybunion and more especially to Michael Carr for his kind invitation.

Fri 22th to Sun 24th July 2011 - JFK Dundrody Festival in New Ross
Co Wexford - The Quay -
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our third anniversary... not to be missed!

For the third consecutive year, The French & Continental Market of Ireland is delighted to take part in the JFK Dunbrody Festival. With Free Gigs on the Main stage in the Town Park, we will be on the way, on the Quay beside the Dunbrody Famine Ship.

"The town of New Ross in County Wexford bursts into life during the annual JFK Dunbrody Festival with a packed programme of entertainment. Celebrating all that is great about the Emerald Isle, events are rich and varied and include traditional Irish music, street theatre, pipe bands, tapestry displays and a river regatta. Throughout the three-day festival there is an international market with stalls selling everything from regional food specialties to handmade crafts. With plenty of events during the day aimed at entertaining younger audiences and the popular Guinness Music Trail in the evenings, this is a fun festival for all the family." Ref. WEG

Our greatest thanks to Carmel for her assistance and to Sean Reidy from the JFK Dunbrody Festival for his renewed trustful invitation.

Fri 8th July to Sun 10th July 2011 - Carrick Music Water Festival
Carrick-on-Shannon - Co Leitrim - River Side -
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African & Portuguese craft, Pashmina
Peruvian Clothes
All along the river!


Thurs 30th June to Sat 2nd July 2011 - Cashel - European Rural Convention
Cashel, Co Tipperary - South Tipperary - The Plaza -
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After Czech Republic and Poland, the Charter of European Rural Communities is helding its Annual Convention in Ireland. For over 20 years, the Charter has developped bonds of friendship amongst all European Countries, bringing up the concern of Rural Communities at European level.

After the Queen's visit, the dynamic town of Cashel (South Tipperary) is welcoming the event with delegations from 26 European Countries.The Cashel Heritage committee has organised a variety of animation and entertainment to celebrate their venue, program which is available on their dedicated website: Cashel European Rural Convention.

In the fringe of Waterford Tall Ship (just an hour away!), this event gives everyone the opportunity of visit the Rock, where took place one of the latest page of Irish History... The French & Continental Market of Ireland will be held from Thursday to Saturday, on the Plaza, off Main Street, from 10am to 6pm, creating the best synergy of colour and diversity.

Our greatest thanks to the Cashel Heritage Committee for their invitation and support and more especially to Sean & Geraldine Laffey and Olivia Quinlan and to Cashel Town Council, for their warm welcome and more especially Cllr Maribel Wood (newly elected Mayor).

Sun 19th to Sun 26th June 2011 - Kildare Derby Festival in Kildare Town
Co Kildare - Market Square -
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Following on our last years visit to Kildare town, the French & Continental Market of Ireland has been invited to come back as part of the Kildare Derby Festival. While only few of our traders will join Taste of Kildare on Sunday, a larger team will set up on Monday for a most welcome weekday market, opening time from 10 to 6pm Monday to Wednesday. Late opening on Sunday.

Every visitor could also take this opportunity to visit National Stud, Japanese Gardens, Kildare Village and other Kildare Local attractions.

Honey Cashew Nut
French Bakery & Sweets
Fresh Bread & Croissant

My greatest thanks to the Kildare Derby Committee and more especially to Ollie Kearns and Sally Purcell.

Fri 3rd to Mon 6th June 2011 - Carrickmacross Festival
Co Monaghan - Main Street & Castle Street
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For our second time, the French Market of Ireland will be part of the Carrickmacross Festival. Everyone is ensured to get fun and fullfilment. Our French & Continental Food and International Craft would be here for adding to everyone's enjoyment. Will this 11st Edition match the 10th Anniversary last year? Make a view of your own by visiting the town... We will set up in the Main Street, from 10am to 6pm each day.

Cool earrings

Our greatest thanks to Liam & Jean Connolly and the full Committee for their kind invitation.

Sat 30th to Mon 2nd May 2011 - Get out there! - Castlebar
Market Square - Co Mayo -
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It is going to be a great outing weekend in Castlebar, and quite sportive one too with two major animations. On Saturday 30th April, will take place the Mayo Pink Ribbon 100 km Charity Cycle. On Sunday 1st May, Castlebar will turn into a pedestrian town, with its Women's Mini Marathon, starting at 12 noon.

Pancake Maker & Balloons' Lady
Magnetic Bracelets
Colourful Set-up

The French & Continental Market of Ireland will take place on both side of Market Square. Opening hours will be: 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 7 pm on Sunday and Monday. Street Entertainment will be organised on the North section of the Market Square, in the afternoon, Saturday to Monday.

Our greatest thanks to the Castlebar Chamber of Commerce for this kind invitation, and more especially to Declan Durcan and Padraigh McGuinness, to Ger Deere, Mayor of Castlebar and to Nora Coyne of Castlebar Town Council for their support.

Fr 22nd to Sun 24th April 2011 - - Navan Home & Garden Show
Navan Race Course - Navan - Co Meath -
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Sponsored by LMFM [Meath First Radio], the Meath Chronicle and M. Donnelly, the Navan Home & Garden Show is organised by North East Family Home & Garden Show. The French & Continental Market of Ireland has been considered for the launch of this new event. Our early bird traders are going to leave their long hibernation, with the return of the clown, you name it: Pipa...!

Nuts, olives and sweets
Pipa, the Clown

The show will take place at Navan Race Course, from 3 to 8pm on Friday 22 April and from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April, while Pipa will join us after lunch.

We would like to thanks Johnny Quirk who has offered us a premium location to compliment the first edition of this show.

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