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VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre is a dynamic multi-disciplinary arts facility presenting the best of local, national, and international work in the visual and performing arts.

Standing in a strategic location in the centre of Carlow Town in the grounds of Carlow College, it rivals its contemporaries in New York, Berlin or Tokyo in terms of its scale and contemporary architecture.

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre offers a range of facilities which can be used for corporate, community and schools hire.

We in Co Carlow Chamber recently held our annual awards ceremony in Visual and it proved to be a stunning venue which added greatly to one of our most successful Chamber events of recent times.

The George Bernard Shaw Theatre is available to hire for performances and rehearsals, cinema, lectures, meetings, seminars, a dance practice area (the stage area is fully sprung) and much more. It is fully equipped with a state of the art technical specification as well as full backstage facilities with two en-suite dressing rooms, a green room with kitchenette including washer & dryer and audio show relay from the stage. In addition a further rehearsal room is available off the backstage area for meetings, workshops, readings etc.

Where the visual arts programme allows, the galleries can be used to host receptions, talks, ceremonies, photo-shoots, and many other possibilities. The Link Gallery is a perfect location for any corporate reception, award ceremony or photo-shoot.

VISUAL operates a sliding scale of hire rates which are applied individually to events and are calculated to be as fair and reasonable as possible. Rates are set based on ticket prices & numbers for events, the organisation’s capacity to pay, the purpose and nature of the event and so on.


We would like to invite all local independent retailers to an information evening about a unique ‘Shop Local’ initiative that is running successfully now in a number of towns across the country and has now expanded into the UK.

County Carlow Chamber is committed to seeking ways of supporting independent retailers that will encourage local shopping and loyalty to both long established and new retailing outlets.

Anything that can help has to be welcomed and we hope you will come along to hear the presentation and then make up your own minds as to whether you wish to take part.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday July 29th at 6pm in Teach Dolmain. Refreshments will be served.

Exciting News for Walsh Whiskey and Carlow

Walsh Whiskey Distillery has now obtained full planning permission for its new state-of-the-art distillery in Royal Oak, Co. Carlow
July 2014
The €25 million distillery to be developed at the site at Royal Oak has been granted planning permission and work is to commence in September and construction to be complete by December 2015. The long-term plan envisages a the development of a world-class, independent, craft Irish whiskey distillery; maturation warehouses and a unique visitor experience by the banks of the River Barrow in Royal Oak. The planned distillery visitor centre will cater for 75,000 ‘whiskey tourists’ by 2021.
The expansion will create a total of 55 permanent and part-time jobs in the Carlow area, over 5 years, where the whiskies will be distilled, crafted and aged. In addition, the construction process will provide up to 40 jobs during the 18 month development phase. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through Enterprise Ireland, is supporting this project.

Blacknight continues to evolve and help businesses on the Web

Choosing the right domain name for your business can make or break you. With the advent of new TLDs (top level domains - the bit on the right of the dot) businesses and consumers have a much greater choice of domains available.

Ireland's largest domain name registrar & hosting provider, Blacknight, is delighted to be able to offer its Irish and international clients a growing range of new domain extensions to choose from.

Read the full details here of the latest developments in domain name registration.

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Carlow is a treasure trove of wonderful gardens to visit.

No better time to visit them than during the Carlow Garden Festival Week!

The Carlow Garden Festival is a wonderful opportunity for budding and experienced gardeners and nature lovers to obtain practical advice from a range of informative workshops while visiting the many beautiful gardens in the county. August is the perfect month for a gardening festival - gardens are in full bloom and with the majority of gardening work completed, it is the ideal time to relax, admire the work of others and make gardening plans for the coming months and year ahead.

Some of the best gardens in the country are here and The Carlow Garden Trail website will give you an insight into the special places you can visit in Co. Carlow. What makes this garden trail special is the unique range of large and small gardens which are lovingly cared for, with ideas at every turn to take home, and the amazing plants, shrubs and trees that grow here.

Altamont is one of the jewels of the Carlow Garden Trail. The stunning borders in the walled garden are an inspiration to all who see them.

Another inspiring garden to visit is the Delta Sensory Gardens, with 16 different gardens laid out by leading designers. You do not have to be a gardener to get pleasure and enjoyment from the Carlow Garden Trail. There is something for everyone, young and old.

With the fabulous weather we are experiencing the gardens are sure to be at their most colourful - it's on our doorstep so be sure to visit as many as you can this week!

HCS Business Solutions Win Significant Contract for Services

Following a competitive national tender, HCS Business Solutions has been awarded the contract to provide managed IT services to the Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board. (WWETB)

Won through the public sector e-procurement web site, the contract will see HCS providing WWETB with a comprehensive managed IT services contract covering multiple site locations and over 50 individual organisations across the breadth of both counties from Lismore in Co.Waterford to Wexford town and up to Bunclody, Co.Wexford.

HCS are providing support to just under 8,000 hardware items across all sites as well as proactive remote IT monitoring and support services to servers, backups and critical devices.

“This is a significant contract and an important win for HCS. It demonstrates the high quality of our services and our ability to compete successfully on a national level. We are delighted to be working with the WWETB.” Sean Hegarty, Director of HCS.

Co Carlow Chamber

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