Chamber News

Christmas in Carlow

Here's a handy way to know about events happening in Carlow this Christmas.

Simply click on the map link below and hover your mouse over the markers to identify them.

Our Christmas Treasure Hunt locations are indicated with red markers, starting at the Santa Grotto in Fairgreen and finishing at the Giant Christmas Post Box at Market Cross (Dublin St - Tullow St intersection).

The green marker is Santa's Post Box where children can post their Santa letters. These will be collected every Saturday at 3pm.

Other markers show events happening throughout December - Christmas in Carlow Ice Rink, Kiddies Carnival, Fun Run, Concerts, Elves Workshops. Taste of Carlow and the Christmas Photographic Exhibition.

If anyone has other events they would like included on the map, please send me details

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Courthouse Hotel

The Courthouse Hotel Carlow is ideally situated for our guests and our patrons right in the heart of the Town Centre on Dublin Street.

The Hotel first opened the doors in 2000 and now comprises of 15 newly refurbished bedrooms, a meeting room, Restaurant with full Chinese and European menus and a welcoming bar!

Its central location makes it an ideal place to stay in Carlow and is conveniently located less than a 10 minute walk from the local bus and train station. Visual, Carlow’s wonderful Arts Centre and Theatre is a mere stone’s throw away!.

There is free wi-fi throughout the hotel and secure car parking is available across the road. Live entertainment is provided every Saturday night with the very best local musician.

With a number of well established restaurants across the south east and over 30 years in the business you can rest assured The CourtHouse Hotel is a great place to go for quality food - be it for a casual bite, a Chinese takeaway, an intimate meal or private dining,

Managed by native Carlovian Caroline Dargan, you are guaranteed a warm welcome by Caroline and her team.

Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre Invitation

Aboretum Lifestyle and Garden Centre are delighted to introduce their Christmas Experience! Launching on Thursday 14th November from 7-9pm with a Christmas Experience Night, Arboretum invite you to celebrate the launch and experience the magic in store.

With complimentary mulled wine, mince pies, gift wrapping and spot prizes as well as 20% off* your Christmas shopping on the night, the Arboretum Christmas Experience Night will certainly get you in to the festive spirit!

There will also be onsite demonstrations including:

· Cookery demonstrations – Head Chef at Rachel’s Garden Café, Adrian, will be cooking up a storm as he shows you how to create an array of delicious Christmas party dishes plus there will be plenty of tasters to go round!

· Dressing your fireplace

· Dressing your doorstep

· Table dressing

· And much, much more!

If you would like to attend this exclusive customer night, please RSVP to or phone 059-9721558 - visit for more details.

We hope to see you there on the night!

*Some exclusions may apply

Good Luck to Carlow entries in Local Government Awards!

The Excellence in Local Government Awards showcase best practice in local government and highlight some of the great projects that local authorities are undertaking.The Awards are judged by a panel of expert judges working in the field of Local Government and have been taking place since 2004.The winners will be announced tomorrow night.

Carlow Local Authorities have four projects shortlisted in the following categories:

  1. Sustaining the Arts: Panchaea
  2. Festival of the Year: Pan Celtic International & Carlow 800
  3. Smarter Travel: Breathe Carlow
  4. Sports Development: McGrath Park Integrated Community Sports Facility.

New Members Meet and Greet

We are holding a special 'Meet and Greet' evening for our new members next Thursday in the Courthouse Hotel at 6.30pm.

Invitations have been dispatched and the Board are really looking forward to meeting all our new members who have joined since the start of the year.

Reminder to RSVP to