25 Sept 2022

Six businesses receive inaugural 'Pride of Carlow Premises Awards' for their shopfronts

Well done to all the businesses!

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Well done to all involved

Six enterprises have been celebrated for their pride in Carlow Town's streets by receiving the inaugural "Pride of Carlow Premises Awards" presented recently in the Waterfront Building by Carlow Town Development Forum.

The awards were judged by JP Kennedy, Managing Director at TileStyle Limited, Dublin 24 and Chairman of Retail Excellence Ireland, and Carol Smyth, Executive Planner, Dublin City Council Planning Department.

They were designed by the Carlow Town Development Forum as part of its schedule of projects for 2019 which aim to increase pride in Carlow as a "place to live, work, play, learn and visit".

The awards were presented to O’Brien's from Potato Market, Macs Menswear from Lower Tullow Street/Castle Street, Red Setter Guesthouse from Dublin Street, Moda from Kennedy Avenue, Neighbourhood Espresso from Barrack Street and Teach Dolmen from Tullow Street Upper (pictured above). 

Speaking at the presentation of awards, Gerry Dunne from Carlow Tutorial College and a member of Carlow Town Development Forum, said: "We are delighted to support and design a process to celebrate the efforts of business owners like us across the Town who make significant effort in the appearance of their premises."

He added: "We look forward to the next phase of this project in the roll out of a Shop Front Upgrade Scheme which gives 6 premises' owners an opportunity to upgrade their premises with significant support from Carlow County Council.

"I encourage people to apply for the new upgrade scheme and work with us on building Carlow as a great experience for all."

Kathleen Holohan, chief executive of Carlow County Council and chairperson of the forum said: "I want to congratulate each winner in the awards for their ongoing effort in enhancing the streetscape in our County Town by taking significant pride in their premises. 

"I wish to thank our independent judges and acknowledge the 23 premises that were selected by the judges as excellent examples of shop design and display."

Speaking about the new Shop Front Upgrade Scheme, Ms Holohan added: "Carlow County Council are delighted to work with the business community to put this support in place and we hope that people will engage with us during March to complete the application process.

"As a Council we are committed to Carlow Town Development Forum and also the Regeneration of Carlow Town."

Pierce Kavanagh, Economic Development Officer in Carlow County Council’s Local Enterprise Office, said: "The scheme has been designed to offer €2,500 to 6 selected enterprises to upgrade their shop fronts to a traditional shop front."

Pierce added: "Application forms are available via or by calling 059 9129 786, closing date for applications is March 31, 2019 with the grant awardees being announced on May 1, 2019."

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