DESPITE very challenging weather conditions for much of the weekend, the 2018 Taste of Roscrea Christmas Market and Festival attracted thousands to magical setting of Roscrea Castle for what has become a seasonal highlight in the Midlands.
Families from as far away as Cork, Limerick, Dublin and even Kerry made the journey to Roscrea for a feast of events and Christmas shopping all hosted within the grounds of the Castle – with the Santa experience in the Castle itself proving again to be one of the very best festive outings for children in the whole country.
Remarkable value was on offer at the 50 trade stands in the Castle grounds, while art and crafts, delicious festive treats and Christmas carols galore greeted visitors as they ambled around the warren of stands and displays.
Speaking to the Tribune after the event, Chairman and creator of the Taste of Roscrea, local Councillor Michael Smith, said the event is growing every year.
“This year exceeded all expectations with thousands of people visiting the town and there was a real sense of excitement and buzz as people flocked into the Damer grounds on Castle Street. We are so lucky to have a historic site in the centre of the town and really appreciate the assistance of the Office of Public Works (OPW) in making it possible,” he said.
“The weather was challenging to say the least on Saturday but thankfully our prayers were answered for Sunday’s events and I would like to acknowledge the great community spirit, volunteerism and the assistance of the local Gardaí and Red Cross, who all helped make this such a huge success,” Cllr Smith said.
“Our aim at the outset as a committee was to promote Roscrea. I am delighted that we achieved this goal and a special mention to Tipperary County Council for all their support and commitment to fostering local amenities. A job well done,” the Chairman said.