Castlecomer pitches for Enterprising Award

Kilkenny People Reporter

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Judges, organisers and supporters in Castlecomer

Judges, organisers and supporters in Castlecomer

Castlecomer came together last week to host a presentation to the Bank of Ireland Enterprising Town judging panel. The theme was reinvention and new beginnings in Castlecomer.

Many of the town’s small businesses turned out at the beautiful Creamery House to showcase their products and services to the judges. The judges were accompanied by local auctioneer Fonsie Mealy who introduced them to the local businesses and also performed the role of master of ceremonies.

Visitor Destination

This was then followed by a presentation to the judges and assembled dignitaries by Kathy Purcell and Billy Moran. This highlighted Castlecomer’s journey from coal mining to industry to its new beginning in tourism and as a visitor destination.

The “Jewel in The Crown” the Discovery Park was much highlighted and the judges were enthralled by the visitor numbers and the range of attractions and activities now available there and how it has evolved into a major visitor destination.

The level of new investment in the town was highlighted and in particular the Creamery House, Avalon Hotel and the new industry occupying the former textile mills factory. The theme was very much the community interacting with business and public bodies to improve the local economy.

This was followed by a question and answer section where the judges went into further detail on the presentation.

The judges were then brought on a tour of Castlecomer visiting the main community and business centres in the town and culminating with a tour of the Discovery Park.

They were accompanied by local authority officials, community representatives, business representatives, and elected members of Kilkenny County Council.

For the final wrap-up the judges had afternoon tea in the Creamery House with all the trimmings.

The judging panel was made up of ex local Authority Officials and Reps from Bank of Ireland. A great debt of gratitude is due to the organising committee for their hard work and dedication.