A Year in the Life

Co Carlow Chamber honouring Carlow Businesses

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Carlow International English Language School


Carlow International English Language School Ltd. (CIELS) is an indigenous Carlow business, founded sixteen years ago by Dave (BA, M. Ed.) and Catherine Barron (HLO). Danny Barron (BBS, Cambridge Delta), a Cambridge-qualified English Language Graduate, has recently joined the business.

English Language Tourism (ELT) is a potential source of ‘new’ money that flows directly into the local economy. Hitherto, its value has been largely unrecognised. Failte Ireland research shows that each ELT visitor is worth €400 per week into the local economy; that is the equivalent take-home pay of many a full-time job. This money flows to the heart of local spending: host families, food stores, schools, cultural educators, transport, shops, social and entertainment outlets all sustain jobs through this source of income.

Danny is currently developing a new programme with certain European colleges. Third-level students from these colleges will come to Carlow to complete a module of their training in Carlow Institute of Further Education. They will also be placed, for a few weeks, in a Carlow business appropriate to their career training; experience has shown the local business benefits from up-to-the- minute skills of the trainees while also supporting the local economy.






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Ray Maher Property Service

Ray Maher Property Service is an independent, family run Letting Agency specialising in residential lettings and apartment block management in Carlow Town. Ray founded the business in 1996 and Catherine joined him in 2001, prior to which she was Manager of a local Financial Institution. Ray says that “his local knowledge and contacts together with Catherine’s attention to detail is what allows them to deliver professional service to Landlords, Tenants and Apartment Management Companies”

No business can survive without its dedicated staff and Phyllis Moran, Anna Bourke and Suzanne O’Keeffe are vital ensuring that our customer service, documentation and compliance is first class. Suzanne is the one you will first meet, when you ring or call to our office. Anna our Property Manager looks after all aspects of the lettings. Phyllis is the key link with Landlords once the tenants have moved in and her close eye keeps our arrears record at a minimum.

Ray Maher Property Service is example of a family business that contributes in a very positive way to the local economy

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Karl McDonough Photography

Thomas Sunderland Photography