Carrick Hosts launch of Regional Blueway

Carrick Hosts launch of Regional Blueway

Leitrim County Council is delighted to have led out on the development of an initiative to signpost and extend the development of the Blueway in Counties Leitrim, Cavan, Roscommon and Longford under funding received from the pilot Regional Economic Development Zone (REDZ). This was one of two flagship projects funded under REDZ to the value of just under €300,000 to develop the capacity of communities and businesses along the waterways from Belturbet in Cavan through Drumshanbo and Carrick on Shannon in Leitrim onto Boyle in Roscommon and Lanesboro in Longford. The Blueway is an initiative of Waterways Ireland to maximise the potential for a range of land and water based recreational activity similar to the Greenway for cycling.

Minister Heather Humphreys, T.D. ,Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht will formally launch this initiative on Friday, June 24th at 5.30pm in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon.

The REDZ programme came about due to the innovative partnership already in existence of the four local authorities, ESB and Bord na Mona in the USEFE (Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy ) initiative prior to the announcement of the competitive national competition for REDZ Flagship projects.

USEFE is a unique business and agency led initiative to drive economic development across the key sectors of importance in the Counties of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon. These sectors include tourism, food, creative, renewable energy and pharma. Depending on the sector involved USEFE works in conjunction with relevant agencies and businesses. In the case of the Blueway project, Waterways Ireland and businesses in the food, craft, tourism and heritage were the key partners to ensure the project was achieved on time and to top standard.

As a result of the REDZ funding, along with matched funding from the partners, the following has been achieved:

  • Series of capacity building workshops and infrastructure audits for 22 communities in the Towns and Villages along the Blueway in the USEFE region
  • National and Regional Signage of the Blueway Region
  • Production of 4 Blueway Trail brochures for Food, Outdoor Activities, Arts and Crafts and Culture and Heritage
  • Two capital infrastructure projects to develop and enhance facilities at two key access points.

The Blueway will continue to be developed and promoted and offers an excellent example of regional development in practice.

Judging Day for Dromod Entente Florale - July 30th

Judging Day for Dromod Entente Florale - July 30th

Wednesday, July 30th from just before 9am is judging time for Dromod Entente Florale. The judges from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and the UK will be in Dromod for 4 hours to look at all aspects of their entry in this prestigious competition. there will be a Public Meeting in the Health Centre in Dromod at 8pm on Wednesday, July 23rd to highlight all that is happening on the day and ask for some more help for the final push on Saturday, July 26th at 12noon to have Dromod looking its absolute best for the International Jury who will be accompanied on the day by Eamon De Stafford and Christy Boylan, the two Irish Judges.
Leitrim Women in Business

Leitrim Women in Business

Business Women in Leitrim met in June 2014 to input into the new Economic Plan being prepared for the County. There is great interest in commencing a Leitrim Business Women Network. If you would like to be added to our list please contact Helen at
Nine Companies with Jobs Participating in Play Your Part Initiative

Nine Companies with Jobs Participating in Play Your Part Initiative

Nine Companies have confirmed that they will have stands at the innovative Play Your Part - Bring Our People Home taking place on May 8th at 8pm in the Longford Arms Hotel, Longford Town. The four county councils and GAA committees in Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon and Cavan are supporting this initiative which has two key elements:

- showcasing the jobs that companies already in the region have on offer

- utilising the networks of the broader GAA community to harness opportunities to bring companies into the region.

The companies who are confirmed for the event  are:

Sásta Fitness                            
Cora Systems                           
Prior PLM Medical                   
Archway Products                    

Play Your Part ...Help Get Your People Home May 8th 8pm

Play Your Part ...Help Get Your People Home May 8th 8pm

Event:                  “Play Your Part – Help Get Our Players Home”

Venue:                 Longford  Arms

Date & Time:      May 8th  at 8pm

Guest Speakers: Hugh Morris successful Connector with Connect Ireland

                             GAA Reps from Each County