Deirdre Shine, Eddie Breen, Aine Malone, Jack Keyes, Ann Marie Power, Gerri Hickey, Billy Norris, Cllr Pat Dunphy and Mark Connolly
Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards judges Eddie Breen, Jack Keyes and Aine Malone together with Deirdre Shine, Bank of Ireland and Brid Hynes, Kilkenny Co Council spent over three hours in Piltown.
They were welcomed to Piltown by board members of Piltown Community Enterprise and relaxed to music being played by the Melody Makers (a group of young local musicians). This was followed by a 30 minute presentation made in the Community Centre, on behalf of Piltown Community, by Anne Marie Power-Friend, Mark Connolly and Eddie Blackmore.
During a break for a ‘cuppa tea’ the judges took time to speak to the small businesses and community groups that had attended this event. Two hours were then spent visiting Piltown Engineering, T. Butler Engineering, Iverk Produce, Kildalton Park (Soccer Facilities), GAA Grounds, Iverk Show Grounds, The Old Creamery Enterprise Centre, Kildalton College, The Glen and the proposed site for the playground. Time was also taken to tour the village and admire the Town & Village Renewal projects.
The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards is designed to recognise and reward towns where businesses and the community come together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.
The Community of Piltown received acknowledgement and praise for the facilities that are available through so many organisations. The judges showed great respect for a community that is prepared to ‘do it for themselves’. The number of businesses both small and large left them in no doubt that Piltown was an Enterprising Town.