Plans to showcase Carlow
Over a quarter of million people are expected to descend on Carlow during 2019 for the National Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, Fenagh between September 17-19.
On Tuesday, Carlow County Council opened applications for the inCarlow – Enterprise, Education, Experience and Tourism Pavilion which will showcase Carlow at the centre of the National Ploughing Championships trade arena during the 2019 show.
Carlow companies can apply to be part of this showcase which is highly subsidised with support from Carlow County Council which includes a programme in order to prepare companies to make the most of the show - which includes exhibition training, PR support and photography for all clients who participate.
The project is in partnership with IT Carlow and County Carlow Chamber.
Speaking about the project, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Cllr Brian O’Donoghue, said that "the pavilion will show visitors all that is great about Carlow from an enterprise, education, experience and tourism viewpoint and collectively shout from the rooftops that Carlow is a place for people who have ambition, innovation and success in all walks of life".
Cllr O'Donoghue added that "this initiative is a major element of Carlow County Council's work to capitalise on the fantastic opportunity presented by the National Ploughing Championships to attract tourists and investment to the county".
Kathleen Holohan, chief executive of Carlow County Council, said: "We want to present Carlow in the best positive light to visitors, media and participants during the National Ploughing Championships.
"We are delighted with the location of the inCarlow – Enterprise, Education, Experience and Tourism Pavilion right in the heart of the trade stands and expect to welcome thousands of visitors to our pavilion over the course of the championships."
National Ploughing Association Managing Director, Anna May McHugh, said: "The NPA are pleased to be partnering with the inCarlow Exhibition as supporting rural communities and jobs is very important to the Association and the Ploughing Championships.
"We also appreciate that #Ploughing19 is an ideal platform to showcase many of the local talents of our communities and we are delighted to be working with Carlow County Council and its partners on this project."
Speaking about the benefits of the National Ploughing Championships to the local economy, Brian O’Farrell, chief executive of County Carlow Chamber, said: "There is no doubt that the National Ploughing Championships will provide a significant economic benefit to County Carlow and its business community not just during the exhibition but also in the run up to the event during September 2019.
"The inCarlow Pavilion offers us all in the business community an opportunity to capitalize on this opportunity into the future and showcase Carlow’s strengths from a business viewpoint."
Bookings are now open for exhibition space for County Carlow companies on www.localenterprise.ie/carlow