Market sidelined again as trial ends

Kilkenny Farmers’ Market has once again returned to the gravel at the side of the Parade, as the six-week trial period, during which it was based in the central area, has now ended.

Kilkenny Farmers’ Market has once again returned to the gravel at the side of the Parade, as the six-week trial period, during which it was based in the central area, has now ended.

Both traders and members of the general public have described the trial period as an overwhelming success. They say that the market has seen increased footfall and improved trade as a result of its visibility.

“It has made a huge difference,” said Mary Merrit, trader and chairperson of the market.

“We have been busier, it has been a better few weeks. We now have to wait for the next meeting of the Municipal Policy Committee, where they are to decide where we will be on a full-time basis.”

One unnamed trader said he was dreading going back to the gravel walk, where he was certain his business would suffer as a result. Meanwhile, parade warden, John, has given his endorsement to the new central location.

The traders have actively campaigned for the move for a number of years, and are putting a submission for the MPC’s consideration in November