Do you want to be Carrick on Shannon VIP 2016

Do you want to be Carrick on Shannon VIP 2016

Carrick on Shannon became the smallest town in Ireland to be awarded Purple Flag status for the its vibrant, well managed evening and night time offering in 2015.

Purple  Flag  is  an  international  accreditation  scheme  for  town  and  city centres in the evening and at night. It is the “gold standard” for night time destinations. Like Blue Flag for beaches, places that meet the standards can fly the flag.  Over 65 town and city centres have been awarded Purple Flags since the scheme was launched by ATCM in October 2009. 14 of these towns are in Ireland.

Each year, towns must apply to retain the standard and show how improvements have been made in the town across a variety of categories e.g. quality of streetscape, new events, shops opening later, new projects etc.  The Purple Flag Steering Group in Carrick on Shannon wish to get your views on the town and this year we are again offering the opportunity to all those who complete the attached short survey and include their email address or contact number the chance to win a fabulous VIP day in Carrick on Shannon.

Click here to complete the survey

The 2016 VIP Day kindly donated by local businesses involved in Carrick on Shannon Purple Flag

Leitrim Business Showcased in the Heart of Dublin

Leitrim Business Showcased in the Heart of Dublin

VistaMed, Cora Systems, the Shed Distillery highlighted to all in attendance at the Leitrim Investment Event in Dublin how you can turn your business idea into a very successful venture in Leitrim. VistaMed  gave an insight into how a medical device business now employing 390 people are continuing to expand from their three bases in Leitrim, Cora Systems, a project management software business now employ 50 people and hope to double those numbers in the next year. Pat Rigney of the Shed Distillery shared the story of opening the first distillery in Connacht in 101 years in the Food hub in Drumshanbo. All emphasised the quality staff they have working for them in Leitrim, the high retention levels and the quality support from local government and enterprise agencies in Leitrim.

Frank Curran shared recent developments in Leitrim across economic development, tourism, infrastructure and supports to business emphasising that Leitrim is open to business. Padraic White, Chairman of Collins-McNicholas Recruitment Agency showed that 87% of people who move to this area for work would recommend it to others.

Check out a short video of the event to see the range of business exhibiting on the night and download the details of business attending.

Leitrim Investment Event Dublin May 12th - Calling Dublin Based Leitrim Business People

Leitrim Investment Event Dublin May 12th - Calling Dublin Based Leitrim Business People

Successful Leitrim Businesses will be sharing their story in Dublin at an event organised by Leitrim County Council, Local Enterprise Office and Dublin based Leitrim business people on May 12th in the InterContinental Hotel, Ballsbridge from 5.30pm - 8.00pm. See Event Programme here or view the event programme at

The event will include a short presentation on investment options in Leitrim, a chance to meet Leitrim based business operating successfully in Leitrim and to discuss your business idea/proposal with agencies in Leitrim under the one roof.  The event will commence with light refreshments at 5.30pm and will then offer an opportunity to hear from Frank Curran, CE of Leitrim County Council on recent economic and tourism developments in the County followed by an input from Padraic White, former head of IDA Ireland and current chairperson of Leitrim Recreation Forum on the potential for investing in Leitrim.


Attendees will  get the opportunity to hear directly from businesses operating successfully in Leitrim including VistaMed ( , Cora Systems ( both of whom are currently recruiting and the SHED Distillery based in the Food Hub in Drumshanbo, (

The MC for the event is well known journalist and Leitrim native Carole Coleman, who has been actively working with Leitrim County Council along with other Leitrim natives in business in Dublin to help get the message out that Leitrim is open for business.

A key element of the evening is the opportunity to meet with agency support staff from the Planning Department of Leitrim County Council, Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Office, Leitrim Development Company and others who will be there to discuss potential business start-up or relocation ideas.

There will be stands on business space solutions such as the Hive, Food Hub, ManorHub and Carrick Business Campus which is a state of the art facility currently part-occupied by AvantCard.  A number of Leitrim business who are currently recruiting will also be in attendance as will local food and creative business showcasing the range of product on offer from Leitrim.

Leitrim has recently established a Renewable Energy Group and experts in forestry, biomass and wind energy will be present to take questions on the potential for investment in this sector.

if you wish to reserve a place at this event, please contact Nollaig Whyte, Economic Development Officer on or 071 9650400.

Leitrim County Council partner in new EU project on Innovative Energy Solutions for Housing and Public Infrastructure

Leitrim County Council partner in new EU project on Innovative Energy Solutions for Housing and Public Infrastructure

The European Union has approved a new ERNACT network project, worth €1.8 million, aimed at transferring innovative energy solutions for housing and public infrastructure developed in Scandinavia and Atlantic Canada to Ireland and Northern Ireland. The project is led by Ernact Networks in Donegal and the Irish partners are Donegal County Council, Leitrim County Council and Derry and Strabane Councils.

The project will be carried out with financial support from the European Union’s Northern Periphery and Artic Programme 2014-2020. This programme provides funding and support to organisations in the Northern part of Europe - including Ireland and Northern Ireland - wishing to transfer successful public service innovations between countries and regions.


The SECURE project

The main objective of the innovation project SECURE Smarter Energy Communities in Northern and Arctic Regions is to study, transfer and pilot new solutions for improving energy efficiency and renewable sources in public housing, lighting and public

Carrick on Shannon joins Irish Purple Flag Network

Carrick on Shannon joins Irish Purple Flag Network

Carrick on Shannon is now part of a network of 14 towns in the Republic of Ireland to be awarded Purple Flag Status. Purple Flag is the international accreditation for town centres in the evening and at night from 5pm to 5am. Like a Blue Flag, centres that achieve the required standards of 30 criteria can fly the flag. Purple Flag destinations distinguish themselves by being Vibrant and Well-Managed. The network of Purple Flag towns meet twice a year to share good practice and also highlight to agencies such as Failte Ireland the good work being done in these towns by Councils, Chamber, Businesses, Community and sporting organisations.

Carrick on Shannon received its award in November 2015 and is already busy preparing for its annual renewal in June 2016. As part of the renewal process, a number of actions must be put in place and some of these have already been achieved including improvement works to the Streetscape of Bridge Street, completion of a lighting assessment of the town, drawing up a Visitors Charter and installing street counters.

In April of this year a second Public Perceptions Survey will be carried out with residents and visitors alike to see again how people feel about the town and suggestions for on-going improvements to the town across day and night time activity. So watch out for a chance to participate in the coming weeks.

The Purple Flag is all about improving the experience you have of the town so we will be delighted to get your views.

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