Ireland by Region County Carlow
Golfer Dolmen Castle
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County Carlow, the Irish Celtic Centre, is the smallest inland county in Ireland. Covering an area of 346 square miles of rich pastural land and scenic mountains, County Carlow is a haven for outdoor and sporting activities. The Blackstairs Mountains and Killeshin Hills provide an idyllic backdrop for horse riding, golf, cycling and walking. The River Barrow offers superb coarse and game angling whereas the River Slaney is known for trout and salmon fishing. Cruise and barge holidays can be found throughout County Carlow's extensive waterways.

Derived from the irish name 'Ceatharlach', Carlow is steeped in ancient history with over 800 field monuments from megalithic times. Browne's Hill Dolmen dating back to 2000BC and weighing a reputed 100 tones, is noted as one of the largest capstones in Europe. Carlow was invaded by the Vikings and Normans and yet remained a Gaelic stronghold during and after Cromwell's invasion. County Carlow has an abundance of magnificent castles, abbeys and monastery remains.

County Carlow has a significant arts and crafts community highlighted by the annual Carlow Arts Festival, ranked as one of the top four festivals in Ireland.

Towns in County Carlow

The county capital is Carlow. Other principle townships are Tullow, Borris and Bagenalstown. The population of County Carlow is in excess of 41,500.

Business Information

The industrial base in County Carlow is made up from a wide variety of industries ranging from multi-national employers to small individual enterprises. These sectors include food, electronics, computers, It and crafts. The German personal care appliance manufacturer, Braun Ireland Ltd and engineering specialist, Lapple Ireland Ltd, both have substantial plants in Carlow and are principle employers in the area. After manufacturing, agriculture is still the most important sector in Carlow. The fertile soil in the county gives rise to some of the best crop, cereal and sugar beet production in Ireland. Dairy, beef and sheep farming are also well represented.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Carlow County Enterprise Board

Tel: (353) 0503 30880
Carlow County Council Tel: (353) 0503 31126
Enterprise Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 051 372911
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 051 372911
BNS Rural Development Ltd Tel: (353) 056 52111
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
Travel (see also town guides)

Carlow is ideally located in the south east of Ireland, with major roads passing through the county and is just a 1 hour drive from the ferry ports of Rosslare, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin. The nearest international airport is Aer Rianta Dublin. Bus Eireann operate an efficient service across the county. Carlow town is on the main train line to Dublin, providing the county with links across Ireland.

Aer Rianta Dublin

Tel: (353) 01 814 1111

Stena Line

Tel: (353) 01 204 7700

Irish Ferries

Tel: (353) 01 555 1995

Brittany Ferries
Tel: (353) 021 277801

Swansea Cork Ferries
Tel: (353) 021 271166

Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail

Tel: (353) 0503 31633

Bus Eireann

Tel: (353) 0503 31633
Tourist Office
Carlow Rural Tourism

Tel: (353) 0503 30411
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
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