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Business After Hours Networking Event

Thursday, May 23rd 2013 at 7pm

Carlow Brewing Company, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow Ireland

Are you looking to build your network of contacts?

Join us in Carlow Brewing Company on Thursday May 23rd for what is sure to be a very very interesting Business After Hours Event.

Many thanks to Seamus O Hara who is hosting us for this nice informal networking opportunity. BOOKING ESSENTIAL - email

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An Post RAS Stage Finish in Carlow!

To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Mike O'Donaghue winning the Ras Tailteann in 1973 the 2013 An Post Rás will have a stage finish into Carlow town on the afternoon of May 24th. The riders will be expected in Carlow from approximately 2.15pm. The finish line will be on Barrack Street (Carpenters Pub). That evening Carlow County Museum will launch a new exhibition 'Mike the Man of the Rás '73'.

Having a Stage finish in Town brings a great spend locally and hotels and B&B's are heavily booked for the event. It's sure to attract lots of visitors to Town and there will be a great festival atmosphere.

Mike is the only Carlow man to have won the Rás and he was the first cyclist from the South East to do so. With his distinctive Carlow tri-colour jersey Mike was one of the most recognisable cyclists of his era. Mike was also the first Irish cyclist to have a sponsor, Carlow’s famous mineral water company Corcoran & Co. Ltd.

On Friday May 24th over 170 riders will cycle just over 154kms from Mitchelstown, Co Cork to the finish line on Barrack Street in Carlow Town. This will be the second longest stage of this years An Post Rás with the cyclists passing through counties Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Laois. The cyclists will descend from Killeshin onto the northern relief road then onto Dr. Cullen Park Road, turn right onto Green Lane and then onto the finish line on Barrack Street. The lead riders that afternoon will be reaching speeds of near 50kms per hour on the final sprint. The riders will be expected in Carlow from approximately 2.30pm (traffic restrictions will be in place).

On Saturday May 25th at 10.30am after a parade from the Greenbank car park, around by Courtplace and down Dublin Street the cyclists will depart from the Post Office on Burin Street passing along Kennedy Avenue, Barrack Street, Staplestown Road and onto the Tullow Road. The peleton will travel across the county and into Tullow and will head towards Shillelagh. The stage end will be in Naas via after they have climbed the Wicklow Mountains!

Thanks to Carlow Town Council, Carlow County Council and the Carlow Sports Partnership who assisted Carlow County Museum in securing the arrival of the An Post Rás into Carlow town. The exhibition 'Mike the Man of the Rás '73' will run from May 24th to October 31st 2013, free Admission to the Museum.

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Mike O Donaghue


Co Carlow Chamber would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss Retailing in Carlow Town. The meeting will take place in the Leinster Room, Talbot Hotel on Thursday May 30th starting at 7pm.

These are unprecedented times for retailers, as a stroll down our main streets will confirm. Many retailers find themselves in a precarious and lonely place. There is an urgent need for all of us to work together and this meeting can be a starting point. Taking a back seat is an option few of us can afford to take.

Our Agenda is simple:

Where are we now?

Where are we going?

How are we going to get there?

Are you willing to get involved?

We ask you to consider these four simple questions in advance of the meeting; come with an open mind and please contribute as we need to hear your views.

An initial steering Committee has been put in place consisting of John Brophy, Joe Tully, Eoin Kehoe, Michael Doyle, Sean Swan, PJ Hickson and Turlough O Brien.

A retail survey form has been posted and we would ask you to complete it and bring it with you to the meeting or post it to our Office. The survey is anonymous – we don’t need names but would like location to give us relevant demographic information.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Talbot,

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Wednesday, June 26th 2013 at 12pm

Carlow Golf Club, Ireland

Carlow Town

Our annual Golf Classic takes place in Carlow Golf Club on Wed June 26th. The annual Golf Classic is an ideal way to network for your business while playing 18 holes on one of Ireland's finest inland Golf Courses. It's a Shotgun start at 12 noon and at €250 per team it's great value.

Make it work for your business by taking key staff members or business partners along for a great event on a great Course.

If you would like to enter a team please contact the Chamber Office by phone - 059 9132337 or by email You can also book your team or sponsor a tee box by contacting any member of the Board.

A Year in the Life

Don't forget to pick up next week's Nationalist and see our profile of Connie Byrne Hyland Hairdressing!

If you would like to be included at some stage please contact us and let us know!

Éigse Carlow Arts Festival

Something to look forward to: Éigse Carlow Arts Festival 7th June - 16th June

Carlow Gateway Business Centre - a great place to do business

Offers fully furnished and serviced offices, on flexible terms, to accommodate all stages of your business growth.

Office space currently available!

South East Businesses optimistic about 2013....

Despite the lack of any real improvement in the external business environment South East businesses are the most positive they have been since Market Dynamics began their surveys in October 2008.

Below are a some graphics of results from Carlow respondents to the last survey.

Here is a link to their latest survey for which they are asking local businesses to complete.

Special Offer to Chamber Members

The Man in the Woman’s Shoes is written by performed Mikel Murfi & the will be performing on Friday 24th of May @ 8pm in The GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow.

Special offer to Co Carlow Chamber Members of €5 per ticket.

A great night out at a terrific price.

It's October 1978. Pope John Paul 1 is not long dead , autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has 'some business' to do in town.The Man in the Woman's Shoes follows Pat as he walks the 5 miles from his wee white cottage to twon and back again and the marvels he meets along the way. "Today is beginning to feel very special and I've no idea why". It's a charming encounter - an ageing man still with a boundless enthusiasm for life. Hilariously funny, tender and at times downright daft, it will leave you uplifted and in love with life again!!

To avail of the offer simply call the Box Office (059 9172400) or call in & mention that you are a member of County Carlow Chamber.

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South East Regional Business Gathering

Thursday 13th June

Parade Tower

Kilkenny Castle

Further details will be available on our Facebook Page and Website