Inspiring a vitality in Rathdowney

Community Projects aim to build new life in the landmark Laois town

Inspiring a vitality in Rathdowney
By Conor Ganly @laoisnews

Ongoing efforts to revitalise Rathdowney are getting a double boost with the official launch of Inspire Rathdowney and the holding of an event supported by Bank of Ireland.

Representatives of Laois County Council, the Laois Local Enterprise Office, Laois Partnership and the Institute of Technology Carlow gathered recently to launch the Inspire project

It will see the recruitment of 20 participants from Rathdowney and its hinterland and assist them to explore and create new business opportunities.

This project aims to provide targeted interventions to assist innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs to develop their skills and abilities to providing greater levels of economic growth and employment as well as fostering competitiveness.

The Co-ordinator for INSPIRE Rathdowney is Liz Kennedy. The project will be based in the Youth Cafe premises in Rathdowney and will begin recruiting participants during May. The programme will run for 10 months.

The organisers invite people with a good idea for a business, but are struggling to get off the ground, or already have a business but are looking for ways to develop and expand, to get involved. An Information evening on the programme will be held in mid May in Rathdowney.

Anybody with any queries should contact Denise Rainey, Business Development Officer, Laois County Council at 0578664103 or

Meanwhile, Revive Rathdowney Revisited 2016 in conjunction with the Bank of Ireland is running an event for all businesses, community groups and professionals on Friday, May 6 in St Fergals College from 4-8pm.

Businesses and clubs are encouraged to to contact any member of the organising committee to attend.

The organisers say the event will offer a chance to directly promote business and groups and network to build awareness of each others important role in the community.

Each business, community group and professional attending will also be given a chance to promote themselves locally in the Revive Rathdowney Revisited 2016 Directory.

The directory will be published with the name and contact details of the all the businesses, professionals and groups.

This will be launched after the event and will be distributed amongst the community and wider area.

Committee members to contact to obtain an application form: Connell Breslin 087-7670274; Pauline Keane 087-2713395; Rosaleen Fairbrother 086-3619759; Billy Mansfield 087-2555887; Fr. Martin Delaney 086-2444594

Elaine Maher 086-1980628