The Mayor of Galway City says it's disappointing that this year's Christmas Markets are cancelled, but says the popular markets could not go ahead due to the Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, and the uncertainty going forward.

Galway has confirmed 449 new cases of the virus over the past two weeks, with 50 additional cases yesterday.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, Galway City Council has decided to cancel activities and events in Eyre Square for the coming months.

The Christmas Markets are traditionally held every year from early November, attracting tens of thousands of people to the city centre.

The company that organises the event says the cancellation will result in a €20 million loss to the local economy this Christmas.

But the Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Mike Cubbard, told Midwest News this lunchtime that the Christmas Markets had to be cancelled, as the narrow paths in Eyre Square do not allow for social distancing...

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