Piltown start-up competition kicks off with launch

Piltown Community Enterprise’s “Start Your Own Business” competition was officially launched by Environment Minister Phil Hogan at Piltown GAA Complex last Friday evening.

Piltown Community Enterprise’s “Start Your Own Business” competition was officially launched by Environment Minister Phil Hogan at Piltown GAA Complex last Friday evening.

This competition is part of an initiative being undertaken by the local community in conjunction with Piltown Community Enterprise to create employment in the area. The main sponsors of this project are Piltown GAA Club and Iverk Produce with assistance from Kilkenny Leader Partnership and Kilkenny County Enterprise Board.

Eddie Blackmore welcomed the minister and other guests to the launch of the competition. He outlined the history of Piltown Community Enterprise and its past successes in job creation, before going on to announce details of the current plans.

Kilkenny County Board secretary Ned Quinn praised the initiative of Piltown GAA Club and local business people in sponsoring this venture to create new employment in Piltown, with the effects of emigration being felt most deeply in rural areas. Other speakers included Piltown GAA Club chairman Philip Walsh and Kilkenny County Council Cathaoirleach Marie Fitzpatrick.

Representatives from agencies that offer support to set up businesses were also in attendance.