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Following on from their highly successful Sustainable Fashion Show and market last April, Native Events, Ireland’s leading sustainable event production company, together with D-Light Studios, a creative multi-functional space housed in a converted woolen mill, presents the Sustainable Christmas Market. FREE to attend, the indoor market will take place on the weekend of Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8 at D-Light Studios.

Located in the heart of Dublin 1, D-Light studios is just a minute walk from the historical Five Lamps area and only five minutes from Connolly Station. 


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The Sustainable Christmas market will host a range of sustainable gifts and products from 30 Irish traders including Celtic Fusion Design ethical high quality designer wear with a Celtic inspiration, Jump The Hedges recycled yoga and fanny bags, IMARA Earth conscious brand and creator of the hag (hat/bag), Bear With Nature handmade natural skin and hair care, Organic Movement ethically and sustainably produced yoga wear, Attention Attire sustainably procured and handmade outerwear, ID11 Photography Studio uniquely printed Christmas Cards and silk scarves and ReTale Vintage clothes and accessories.

There will even be food from from the Vegan Sandwich Co home of the vegan chick*n fillet roll.


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Native Events undertook a thorough investigation of each trader's supply chain to ensure products sold are sourced and produced sustainably and ethically. No traders are permitted to use plastic in any of their products or packaging, The Sustainable Christmas Market is a Plastic Free Event. Market-goers can also enjoy festival music from Native Events who will showcase their fully Solar Powered Sound System to the eco-friendly shoppers. 


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Every Christmas Ireland produces 83,000 tonnes of packaging waste. Much of this waste includes non-recyclable wrapping paper. To combat this the market will feature a Sustainable Wrapping Station, giving market-goers the option to wrap up their gifts with upcycled papers and materials. 100% of donations to this will go to our charity partner Inner 

City Helping the Homeless (ICHH), who’s outreach teams had a total of more than 9,400 on-street engagements with people sleeping out around the city, between July and September of this year. 

Native Events prides itself on being a sustainable company that encourages and supports enterprises who operate on sustainable and circular principles. The Sustainable Christmas Market is a Plastic Free Event and they encourage market goers to bring canvas bags, reusable coffee cups, and to travel on foot or by public transport to the event on bus routes 14, 14c, 15, 27, 27a, 27b, 29a, 31, 31a, 31b, 32, 42, 43, 53, 130 or by train from Connolly or Docklands Stations. 




Security forces in Strasbourg have been deployed in the search for the gunman who killed three people and wounded 13 others at a Christmas market last night.

The man has now been identified as 29-year-old local Cherif Chekatt, and there are concerns that the suspect has escaped into Germany.

The French government has since raised the security alert level to emergency and border controls have been highly reinforced.

The attacker was on a known list of extremists who are consistently watched by police, and local officials have confirmed that he is being actively hunted by security forces.


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Among the 13 wounded, eight are seriously injured and three of the killed civilians include three Thai tourists.

One of the tourist has been named as 45-year-old Anupong Suebsamarn by the Thai embassy in Paris.

Gunshots were heard just after 8pm in Place Kleber, the market which attracts millions of tourists every year. Crowds of people were forced to flee for their safety.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner early today claimed France had raised its security alert level, and President Emmanuel Macron has tweeted his sympathies for the victims of the terrorist attack.

Cherif Chekatt was being investigated over an attempted murder, according to Sky News sources.

Areas situated near the Christmas market were sealed off last night and residents were being told to stay indoors.

The European Parliament, based in Strasbourg, was also on lockdown.

France’s security forces are already on high alert since 2015 after a series of terror attacks, and are especially stretched due to anti-government protests sweeping the country.


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British Prime Minister Theresa May has also tweeted her sincerest sympathies; 

“Shocked and saddened by the terrible attack in Strasbourg. My thoughts are with all of those affected and with the French people."

Soldiers who were patrolling the area as part of regular anti-terror operations apparently wounded the suspect after opening fire, but police sources have confirmed his escape.

At least 350 policeman and gendarmes are now deployed on the ground to aid in the manhunt.

An investigation has been opened by specialist anti-terror prosecutors into the Strasbourg incident, with updates still to come on the progess.


Still on the hnt for the perfect Christmas gift for that fashion fan in your life? 

Rummaging through the wardrobes of Roz Purcell and Darren Kennedy might be the answer, right?

Well this weekend, you could get the chance to do just that. 

The pair of Irish sartorialists are hosting a Christmas market in The Fat Fox this weekend. 

All proceeds from the sales are going directly to the Capuchin Day Centre, which provides over 700 meals per week to the homeless and impoverished. 

'Find the perfect gift for you or your loved one, with gorge clothes, beauty, grooming and makeup products on sale and help us raise funds for the homeless this Christmas,' reads Darren's post on Instagram.

There will be menswear, fashion, beauty bits and skincare on offer.

If you're interested, the market will kick off this Sunday from The Fat Fox's location on Camden Row. 

Starting at 12 noon and finishing at 3pm, it's the perfect way to spend the afternoon while contributing to a very worthy charity. 


Ah The George, a fine establishment in which to dance, drink and maybe even dabble in drag. 

Every now and again, the Dublin institution is turned into a completely fabulous market, and the next one in the diary is full of festive cheer. 

A Fabulous Christmas Market is making its way to The George on December 3, and we're already excited. 


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The event will be free entry and is totally family friendly. 

The market will play host to a wide variety of vendors, so whether you're looking for tapas, trinkets or toys you're in the right place. 

According to the event description, the Fabulous Market promises to showcase a variety or designers, creators and makers from all over Ireland. 


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There will also be a full bar in swing, as well as cakes and coffee available for mid-shopping snackers.

The market will run from 12 noon to 6pm, so make sure you get in to snap up a stunning, unique item. 

Whether it's an Xmas present for a loved one or you're just in the mood to treat 'yoself, this is the perfect place to hunt down a true treasure.



Anis Amri, the Tunisian asylum seeker suspected of carrying out the Berlin Christmas market terrorist attack earlier this week has been shot dead in Milan. 

The 24-year-old hi-jacked a lorry, killing the driver, and drove it through a busy market at high speed, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others. 

Marco Minniti, Italy's interior minister told a press conference that Amri had been shot dead by police after firing at them when they stopped his car for a routine identity check around 3:00am this morning. 

“He immediately took a pistol out of his rucksack and shot at the police who asked him for documents."

"The person killed after a number of inquiries without any shadow of a doubt is Anis Amri, the presumed suspect of the terrorist attack in Berlin," he said.

A police source said that Amri was then identified by fingerprints.

Amri had been missing and on the run since escaping after Monday's attack in central Berlin.



While the rest of us have our fingers crossed for another few weeks of sunshine and beer gardens, the good folk behind one of Ireland's most iconic department stores have decided that it's officially time to turn our backs on summer, and usher in the yuletide.

Unveiling its renowned Christmas Market in its Dublin, Cork and Limerick branches this Thursday, Brown Thomas have reminded us that there's only a mere – wait for it – four months and one week until the big day.

We know, we know. How disorganised do you feel right now?!

From Christmas trees and decorations to gift ideas and general seasonal merriment, the dedicated festive spaces in the store's three branches will be your one-stop-shop for all things Christmas-related.

As long as you don't mind having to take off your sunnies before venturing in, that is.

And for those people who have everything gift-wrapped by October? Go wild!


Do you have plans for the next four weeks?

Well now you do because there are Christmas markets all around the country that you need to visit. 

We are already stupidly excited about the arrival of the GIANT 15 metre tree that has arrived in Dublin for the festive season. Now we’re even more eager to spread the Christmas cheer because… Christmas markets.


Dublin's Custom House Quarter will be transformed in order to host the I Believe Festival, which is running from November 26 to December 23. 

Along with an appearance from Santa (of course) the “chalet style village” is going to offer amazing food and craft stalls so those last minute shopping trips won’t seem so bad.  Also, this will be the home of that massive tree, so basically everything you love about Christmas in one place.


Grab your Lederhosen! Galway's Christmas market is offering a range of traditional fare this year. The market has 50 stalls takinh over the central square, with an amazing mix of food, crafts and festive activity.

Live entertainment is a big part of the festivities here, with choirs galore. And naturally, a souvenir-sized German beer tent sits at the heart of it all, offering Bavarian brews, salty pretzels, sauerkraut and more. Robbie Henshaw will be on hand to kick-off the festival on Friday 20 November.


Limerick's Milk Market is the best spot for Christmas activity for visit for two reasons: 1) ALL of the food and 2) the all-weather canopy covering.

If we’re being honest Irish Christmas markets are more likely to be caressed by rain than snow, so that canopy is a big plus. Also, the stalls packed with artisan foods are there all year round but when Christmas arrives they pull out all the stops. Just try the special festive fudges and you’ll understand.


Stalls are basically packed around Belfast’s City Hall, with a fab range of food, drinks, crafts and titbits available from Europe and beyond.

There is also a special post box whisking post off to the North Pole (get there before Dec 17). Also, brunch lovers should keep St. George’s Market – open all year round – in mind.


Not to be outdone, Cork's Glow festival promises to be an amazing Christmas event. This year includes Ireland's largest Ferris wheel… winning. 

The market on Grand Parade has the usual festive food and craft stalls (don't forget to pop into the English Market across the road for a little Christmas nibble).

The highlight of Cork's celebrations though is the transformation of Bishop Lucey Park. The park is to become a Victorian pop-up storybook throughout Glow, with 3D scenes from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas set to create a very ethereal vibe. So you are basically in your own Christmas fairytale. 


Who loves Christmas markets? We do!

Oh it’s getting so close to Christmas but for you bah-humbugs out there we’ve picked the best Christmas markets and festivities available to you now nationwide to get you into the festive spirit! Merry Christmas! 

Join us back here tomorrow where we round up the hits and misses of the box office in Pic ’n’ Mix.

Niamh Geaney reports.