Street Markets on the Continent are a long standing traditions. It is not only about having a stall outdoor but it is mainly in the most theatrical way traders present you their products. Being side by side, traders have developped their selling skills, presenting the value of their product, in a most competitive way... & great atmosphere!
Irish & French (common) History- back to top
Jacobite Williamite War -
On the 12th July 1690, in the Battle of the Boyne (Co Louth / Co Meath), where both kings commanded their armies in person. William had 36,000 men and James had 25,000 - the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield (www.battleoftheboyne.ie). French troops were on both sides: Huguenots or French Calvinists on Williamite side and 6,500 French troops sent by Louis XIV on Jacobite side under Duke of Lauzun!
At stake, not only was the religious power in Ireland, not only the British throne, but the Catholic and French Dominance in Europe.
August 1690: First Siege of Limerick
William III start Siege on 7th August 1690
On the 23 July 1691, in the Battle of Aughrim (Co Galway), despite being a Major Williamite victory, the Jacobite commander was the French Marquis of St Ruth Charles Chalmont, Marquis of St Ruth, buried at Loughrea
Aug-Oct 1691: Second Siege of Limerick
Treaty of Limerick October 3, 1691,
on the Wave of the American & French Revolution - back to top
1796 - 15th December, in Bantry (Co Cork), a French Fleet with 43 sails and 15,000 troops under General Hoche was prevented to land due to adverse weather conditions and subsequently defeated.
1798 - Rebellion of 1798 - Cf The Year of the French (book by Thomas Flanagan)
22/08 French Landing of Humbert in Kilcummin (Co Mayo)
22/08 Killala (Co Mayo)
24/08 Ballina (Co Mayo)
27/08 Battle of Castlebar / Races of Castlebar (Co Mayo)
5/09 Battle of Collooney, Carrickagat in Co Sligo (5 km East of Sligo town)
8/09 Defeat of Ballinamuck (Co Longford)
23/09 Killala (Co Mayo) - Last land battle of Irish Rebellion.
12/10 French fleet with Wolfe Tone defeated in Lough Swilly, Co Donegal, North of Buncrana.
French Markets in Ireland - back to top
The French Markets have spreaded over England & UK since the mid-90's, with traders from the North of France crossing the Channel on a weekly basis. Despite some people believing that French Markets are all run under a Franchise or within a single Association, there are different independant teams which are all run independantly.
With the Celtic Tiger, some "UK teams" on a irregular basis, crossed the Irish Sea. The first French Market in Ireland might have been held in Limerick invited for the Limerick River Fest.
But, the first "Irish team" was the Traditional French Market of Philippe Legrand. It might have started to run full time in Ireland around 2001-2002.
This team went through a major split around 2003 which led to the creation of what became after changement of ownership Le Marché de France de Marie Lasne, and then Le Marché de France European Markets Limited registered on 16th October 2007 (CRO No. 447656).
Le Marché de France European Markets Limited has officially ceased trading as "this company" has been dissolved by the Companies Registration Office (CRO) on the 10/09/2010 as a consequence of an involuntary strick-off. We offer Patrick Champot and his team our sincere wishes of success in their future endeavors.
Our team, the French (& Continental) Market of Ireland has been registered on 14 April 2008 and officially launched in July 2009, after several unsuccessful attempts in 2008 (Gort, Kildare, Kells, Bagenalstown).