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Christmas at Duckett's Grove - Sunday 7th December 2 - 5pm

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On Sunday December 7th the historic surroundings of Duckett’s Grove House and Estate will be transformed into Carlow’s own Winter Wonderland when it hosts its annual and very popular Christmas Fair. A magical grotto of traditional Christmas activities incorporating a large craft and food market featuring over 50 stands awaits all visitors in the courtyard area adjacent to the main house. Featuring ceramics and knitwear, art, jewellery, embroidery, Christmas cards and decorations, this fair is guaranteed to appeal to anybody seeking a special gift or those who just want to browse and soak in the Christmas atmosphere in this beautiful setting.

For more information visit T: 059-9130411 Admission is €7 per car with free carparking. 12 noon – 5 p.m.

The Duckett’s Grove Christmas Fair - A Christmas Cracker in Carlow you cannot afford to miss

Rugby stars to celebrate €5m Broadband Investment in Carlow

Eircom Wholesale, in association with Carlow Rugby, is hosting an important community information day on Saturday, 6th December, at 10am in Carlow Rugby Club to celebrate a €5 million investment that the company has made in Carlow’s broadband infrastructure bringing high speed broadband to over 19,000 premises in 10 communities. In attendance will be former Irish Rugby stars John Hayes, Reggie Corrigan & Fiona Coghlan.

This investment is part of a €400 million national broadband upgrade programme that will allow 1.6 million homes and businesses access high-speed broadband by the end of 2016. So far 11,866 premises in Carlow have access to uncongested high-speed broadband with speeds of up to 100 Mb/s.

John Brophy, President, Carlow Chamber, also welcomes the investment that has been made in local broadband infrastructure: “Carlow has a vibrant community and, as such, it is vital that we have the infrastructure in place for the benefit of the community. With digital technology playing an increasingly important role in business and home life, we need to ensure that businesses and residents can access a broadband service that allows them to deliver on all their business needs, as well as make the most of the latest technology in the home. Carlow Chamber is particularly pleased that the investment is in an Open Access Network, which will mean that there will be competition between broadband providers that can only be good for consumers, both business and residential.”

Santa turns the Christmas lights on in Carlow Town!

Santa arrived in Carlow on Saturday evening to turn on the Christmas Lights and open the festive period in the town!

So many excited boys and girls were on hand to see Santa arrive to switch on the lights and then travel on his sleigh down to the giant Christmas post box on Castle Street, where he will collect all the kids letters each Saturday at 3pm until Christmas.

'Meet the Buyer' Event

The meet the buyer events return in 2015, with the first being held on January 12th in The Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny City, 9.30am-2.30pm.

This event is in collaboration with the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), Department of Justice and Equality together with Courts Service Ireland - the aim being to connect local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector as part of the €135m Courts Bundle PPP Project. This programme covers new build courthouses in Drogheda, Letterkenny, Limerick with refurbishment and extension works to existing courthouses in Cork, Mullingar, Waterford and Wexford.

This event is aimed at SME companies interested in becoming potential supply chain partners to the four shortlisted bidders in the Courts Bundle PPP Project. The four Public Private Partnership (PPP) consortia shortlisted to progress tothe next stage of delivery are Amber Justice Partnership, BAM PPP PGGM, Carillion Kajima Partnership and Curia Group.

Registrations are accepted online at: Or telephone Morrow Communications on 01 6689887; Email:

Eist Celebration of Christmas - Thursday 11th December 8pm in Arboretum Garden Centre

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