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Great networking at EXPO 2014

Many thanks to our 45 exhibitors who made our inaugural EXPO a great success. Designed principally as a business to business networking event, the EXPO showcased and introduced 45 local businesses to each other.

There was a real collegiate atmosphere and reactions were very positive among our exhibitors.

The event has massive potential to develop and become a permanent fixture on our calendar of events.

The Woodford Dolmen Hotel and manager Colin Duggan looked after us so well and we greatly appreciate how easy they made it for us.

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Budget Briefing 2015

We are delighted to again partner with Chamber member Lalor O Shea Accountants in bringing you instant professional analysis of this year's budget.

Lalor O Shea are delivering a same day budget briefing. Booking essential.

Please join us at 6.30pm in the Seven Oaks Hotel on Tuesday October 14th. Refreshments and finger food will be served on arrival. Full details will follow.


If you are hiring at this time or expect to hire in the coming months you should be talking to our local Intreo Office.

They are holding a jobs fair on 2nd October and can help you find suitable candidates.

Further information from

Bob Kirwan

Employer Liaison Officer/EURES Adviser

Department of Social Protection

INTREO Employment Services

Hanover House

Hanover Carlow

Phone: 059 9153481/9153470


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  • €25 million Walsh Whiskey Distillery will be unique in producing all three types of Irish whiskey under one roof – pot, grain and malt
  • New world-class distillery and visitor centre will create 55 jobs at Royal Oak, County Carlow and 70 temporary construction jobs
  • Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s distribution partners from 12 countries attend ceremony at Royal Oak

Royal Oak, Carlow – 11th September 2014: A return to whiskey distilling in Carlow and the South-East, after absences of over 200 and 100 years respectively, took a big step forward this week.

Read full detail here

Dinn Rí crowned Irish Great Carvery Pub of the Year 2014.

Congratulations to Chamber member Dinn Ri on their selection as Great Carvery Pub of the Year 2014.

Competition was razor sharp as the standard of Carvery now available across the trade nationwide is exceptional as this shortlist shows:

Molloy’s Pub, Tallaght; The 51, Dublin 4 ;Arc Café Bar, Liffey Valley; An Poitin Stil, Rathcoole; Slevin’s Pub, Dunboyne; Dinn Ri, Carlow

Bull McCabe’s, Cork; The Elm Tree, Cork; The Red Store, Youghal; Bobby Byrne’s Bar, Limerick; Unicorn Bar and Restaurant, Limerick; Russell’s Bar, Limerick

Mulroy’s Gastropub, Castlebar; The Merry Monk, Ballina; The Trappers Inn, Galway; Henry’s Bar and Restaurant, Sligo


Fiddlers, Carrickmacross; Fox’s Bar and Restaurant, Bailieboro; The Golf Inn, Newry

Calling Irish App Developers

South East BIC are part of an EU project creating new IT solutions to support smart agriculture. There is great funding available to Irish App developers – up to €100,000 – and lots of help also – to support this development. Full information here

Clonegal - Ireland's Tidiest Village 2014

Heartiest congratulations to Clonegal on achieving the title of Ireland's Tidiest Village in the Super Valu Tidy Towns National Awards.

Last year it was Entente Florale and now it is national recognition for one of Carlow's most beautiful locations.

It takes true community effort to achieve Tidy Towns National winner status and gives true meaning to the term 'local pride'.The whole county is also very proud of the achievement and this success should inspire other communities to emulate the effort of Ireland's Tidiest Village.

Why not call out and pay a visit - lots to see and do in Clonegal and surroundings.

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