Country Markets Archived News

RDS National Craft Awards 2015

Congratulations to Joe Hogan, winner of this years
Established Maker Award of Excellence - €5,000 &RDS National Crafts awards for basketry. Joe won the
California Gold Medal & Country Markets Ltd award -

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Bord Bia Crowns the All Ireland Potato Champion 2015

David Curran our National Treasurer was crowned the All Ireland Potato Champion 2015 at Tullamore Show last weekend.  The competition is designed to increase the level of awareness among growers of what constitutes a good quality potato. Congratulations to David from all our markets around the country!

Country Markets AGM 2014

Representatives from Food Safety Authority of Ireland at Country Markets AGM 19/05/2014. Dorothy Guina Dornan Environmental Health, Sharon Williams Training Executive and Cliona O Reilly Training Compliance Manager with David Curran National Treasurer Country Markets Ltd.

Country Markets AGM 2014

Some of the members of Kilternan Country Market, Dublin pictured at Country Markets Ltd AGM Wynn's Hotel 19/05/2014. Kilternan will celebrate 50 yrs trading on June 14th 2014.

Country Market Sponsors

Our Regional Meetings are held annually in different locations around the country. This year meetings are taking place in Vienna Woods Hotel, Cork on 3 March, in the Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny on 4th March and in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo on Monday 10th March.

Workshops on communication and customer services will take place on the day and will be presented by Irish Business Training Ltd. Limerick.
Country Markets wish to thank all our sponsors who donated prizes for the raffles which will take place after each meeting.

Irish Seed Savers Association

It's official - Country Markets Ltd is now a proud supporter of Irish Seed Savers!


National Ploughing Championships 2013National Ploughing Championship

Country Markets were among the 1400 exhibitors at this years National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois.
Now rated as one of Europe's largest Outdoor Exhibitions and Agricultural Trade Shows the National Ploughing Championships attracted over 81,000 people on Day 1 this year.

Facts & Figures from last year’s event.

  • Visitors to the Championships spent just under €36.5 million during the three days of the event. This spending resulted in a tax take of over €6.6 million for the National Exchequer.
  • 80% of attendees at the event were not local.
  • Gender profile is 37% female, 63% male.
  • Machinery is the main attraction in the Trade Exhibition.
  • Personal shopping accounted for over €7 million.
  • Trade purchases were in excess of €9.6 million. Food expenditure accounted for €9.5 million.

Take a look at our gallery page to see some pictures of the event.

Electric Picnic 2013

Electric Picnic 2013 saw Country Markets introduce a new dimension to their arena of fine handmade produce and crafts.
This year our 'Calm The Mind' space offered relaxation and entertainment of varying kinds from a very talented young violinist, a wonderful baritone singer, a bit of theatre and a fabulous and energetic afternoons performance from an Indie Rock artist.

Country Markets showcase yet again  the quality and the diversity of local community.
We want to thank everyone who came back to us this year and those who have just discovered us. We are very proud of our produce and our Best on your Doorstep  Bridgestone Award has been a wonderful endorsement from John and Sally Mc Kenna.

Take a look at our gallery page to see some pictures of the event.

Looking forward already to next year!

Meeting the minister....

Margaret Sweeney, David Curran and Tom Hayes

Margaret Sweeney National Chair and David Curran National Treasurer Country Markets Ltd with Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine at a meeting on 13th November 2013 in Agriculture House Kildare Street.

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