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Message from Portlaoise Downtown

Downtown committee members at the turning on of the Portlaoise Christmas Lights. From left: Ger Mulhall, Alison Browne, Phil and Margaret Duggan, Andrew Shaw, Edel Prendergast, Marcus Breslin and Jack Nolan.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Downtown committee members at the turning on of the Portlaoise Christmas Lights. From left: Ger Mulhall, Alison Browne, Phil and Margaret Duggan, Andrew Shaw, Edel Prendergast, Marcus Breslin and Jack Nolan. Picture: Alf Harvey.

This year has been a difficult time for many. I hope that the economic circumstances including a budget that will be planned with foresight will release money back into the pockets’ of consumers and this New Year will bring some prosperity back to the County.

Coming from a Laois family that has been in business for many years, I firmly believe that Portlaoise and indeed Laois has a lot to offer. The retail landscape has changed a lot over the last number of years and Portlaoise now has a large selection of businesses to choose from. I would encourage all our customers to think twice before travelling out of the County to shop. Try to shop local whenever you can.

Portlaoise Downtown was formed 18 months ago to promote and improve the shopping experience in Portlaoise Town Centre. There are over 60 like minded businesses such as restaurants, pubs, department stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, gift shops, beauty saloons, florists and all other types of retail. We employ over 300 people.

This Christmas we are running a Christmas Market on Sunday, December 2 which will show case the best crafts from around the County and further a field. This is the third market we have run over the last year and it has been considered a big success. This has been helped by the thirty minutes free parking which is now in place for just over a year.

We also have been working at completely renewing the Towns Christmas lights and this work is almost complete. The display of lights is going to be a huge leap forward from last year and it’s going to look fantastic.

I would encourage you and your family to come for a walk downtown and feel the festive atmosphere, and don’t forget to visit Santa’s Grotto.!Next Year is a new year with lots of possibilities for Downtown Portlaoise. There are numerous festivals such as the Rose of Tralee, the Gordon Bennett Rally and of course the Ploughing Championships and we are going to work with the local council, Laois Chamber, 
Tidy Towns and other groups to make sure that Portlaoise Downtown is central to all these activities.

We wish all our customers a Happy Christmas and we hope to see them soon in Portlaoise Downtown. For any comments or correspondence email portlaoiseretail@gmail.com or like us on facebook www.facebook.com/Portlaoisedowntown.

Andrew Shaw

Chairman

 
 
 

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