'Pride of Carlow Town Premises Awards' for shopfront excellence in the town

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The Carlow Town Development Forum has just announced its first project - which is a "Pride of Carlow Town Premises Awards"  - that will recognise local property owners who maintain a high level of visual appearance to their premises.

The "Pride of Carlow Premises Awards" will become bi-annual awards which will acknowledge excellence in shopfront premises presentation.

The inaugural competition will be adjudicated by two independent judges: JP Kennedy, Managing Director, TileStyle Limited, Dublin 24 and Chairman of Retail Excellence Ireland, as well as Carol Smyth, Executive Planner, Dublin City Council Planning Department.

Judging will take place on Tuesday, February 26 where the judges will pick 6 winners.

Speaking about the programme, Gerry Dunne from Carlow Tutorial College and a member of Carlow Town Development Forum, said: "We are delighted to be able to present this in the first of a series of projects during 2019.

"We want to instil an increased sense of pride in Carlow Town and encourage business owners and locals to view the Town as a place worth promoting and visiting."

Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive of Carlow County Council and Chairperson of the Forum said: "I am personally delighted to see this first project by Carlow Town Development Forum and we look forward to supporting the Forum and its sub groups in the delivery of a variety of actions during 2019.

"I believe the Forum, whose members represent hundreds of years of business, community and public sector experience, can play a significant role in unique projects, ultimately aimed at making Carlow Town a more enhanced experience for the community whether you are here to live , learn, work, play, or visit."

Winning premises will be awarded at a ceremony which will be held on Friday, March 1 of 2019.

At this ceremony, Carlow Town Development Forum will launch its second project which is a "Shop Front Upgrade Scheme" which will be available on the core six traditional streets of Carlow Town. 

Eligible streets for the project include Tullow Street Upper, Tullow Street Lower/Castle Street, Kennedy Avenue, Dublin Street, Potato Market, and Barrack Street.

Speaking about the programmes, Pierce Kavanagh, Economic Development Officer in Carlow County Council’s Local Enterprise Office, said: "Since my appointment it has been a privilege to work with the Carlow Town Development Forum and its sub groups who are giving so much of their voluntary time to make Carlow Town a better place to live, work, learn and play.

"I would encourage any parties interested in the Town Centre and its development to reach out to us, so we can keep you informed of the activities in Carlow Town Centre."