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Courthouse Hotel

The Courthouse Hotel Carlow is ideally situated for guests and 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 musicians.

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.


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Many thanks to all who made it along to the Talbot Hotel last week to take part in the Retail Forum.

We are indebted to Mike Moore of the Nationalist who did a great job as facilitator.

Discussions were in depth with lots of participation with the emphasis on what we could do together.

It was widely accepted that meetings were of little value without actions and a number of decisions were take to move things along and it was universally agreed to act on those things within our control.

These were:

  • Improve the image of the Town by immediately undertaking to display flower baskets outside of premises. Reference was made to how well Carlow looked some years ago for the Entente Floral.
  • Investigate grant aid for bilingual signs for business premises and circulate details.
  • Committee formed to address Signage and directional mapping for shopping areas consisting of PJ Hickson, Carmel Reddy, John Brennan, John Brophy
  • Committee formed to review Traffic management and Car parking - John Brennan, PJ Hickson, John Brophy.
  • Coimmittee formed to design shopping / marketing brochure for Carlow Town - Susan Alsybury, Tom McDermott, Eoin McKenna, John Brophy, Turlough O Brien.
  • It was agreed that everyone present would bring 2 more colleagues to the next gathering of the Forum.

Live Register Figures Indicate Signs of Recovery

Carlow Chamber have today (06/06/13) said that CSO figures showing that the standardised rate of unemployment remains steady at 13.7% are a further indication of stabilisation in the economy.

Speaking this morning, John Brophy, President of Carlow Chamber said “The fact that the standardised rate of unemployment began to slowly fall towards the end of last year and has held steady at 13.7% for the first few months of this year indicates further stabilisation. It is important that the Government build on this progress by doing all that it can to support employment by ensuring that that no new taxes are introduced in Budget 2014. Along with this, assurances are required that additional sick pay and increased PRSI costs won’t be heaped onto struggling employers in the Budget.”

“Our unemployment numbers are clearly skewed by higher levels of emigration and the withdrawal of some citizens from the labour market; if we want to make a meaningful improvement in employment levels then more must be done to support consumption and the domestic economy. No new taxes will support this and help to rebuild consumer confidence, creating the enhanced activity levels needed to support jobs growth,” he concluded.

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NDFA Devolved Schools Building Programme – Construction Sector Awareness Event

The National Development Finance Agency and Enterprise Ireland are hosting an information session on the develoved schools building programme. This is an opportunity to learn more about the building programme in our region and meet with the five Design and Build contractors appointed to the framework. Click here for more information.

Cross border credit and claims management

SMEs often find it too daunting, complicated or expensive (consulting fees, legal counsel, document translation, etc.), to pursue legal action when needed, against companies or individuals in other Member States. They are also afraid they will not get paid.

This seminar addresses the issues.

A Year in the Life

Don't forget to pick up next week's Nationalist and see our profile of Maura Fenlon and Carlow Property Management!

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

Relay for Life

Local Business Local Artist Local Fundraiser

A well know local artist has very kindly donated one of her pastel art pieces to Relay For Life Carlow so that they may raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.
We are giving local businesses the chance to own this original piece by placing a bid on it, all monies raised will be donated to Relay For Life Carlow.
You can place your bid by emailing, please ensure to put Auction in the subject line. Bidding closes on Wednesday 19th June at 5.00pm and the winning bid will be announced on Thursday 20th June. Presentation of art piece will be made at Relay For Life Ducketts Grove on Sunday 23rd June 2013.

Full details on our Facebook Page

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!