Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in conjunction with Age Action.


Across the EU the share of the population aged 65 years and over is increasing in every Member State. In 2016, older persons (aged 65 or over) had a 19.2 % share of the total population (an increase of 0.3 % compared with the previous year and an increase of 2.4 % compared with 10 years earlier). More locally, there were 7675 persons over the age of 65 in Carlow in 2016, thus 15.24% of the population of the county. This means that the county has an age dependency ratio of 19.9%. -  the ratio of people older than 64 to the working-age population -  which is slightly lower than the average for the State (20.19%)

As part of the supports for older Persons in the county, Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to take part in the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week recently in conjunction with Age Action. We are now in a position through this collaborative approach and with our Care & Repair Programme to offer  users of the Care & Repair  Service  free Carbon Monoxide Alarms where there is none already in the home.

The Care and Repair Programme is support by the Tus and RSS schemes and is part of Carlow County Development Partnerships commitment to ensuring that older persons in Carlow remain in their own house s and communities for as long as they care to do so.,




For more information on this initiative please contact the Care and Repair Service on 059 97 20733 or the coordinator of the service Niamh Murphy on 086-0418554

Carlow Older Persons Forum supporting community engagement work by Carlow and Kilkenny Gardaí



Carlow County Development Partnership are delighted to support and highlight the very important community engagement work being done by Carlow and Kilkenny Gardaí in partnership with the Carlow Older Persons Forum.

On Thursday Gardaí were out and about in Graiguecullen, introducing themselves to the local community and reassuring older persons and the community in general that they are here and willing to help in any way that they can.

Accompanying them was Joe Butler, Chairperson of Carlow Older Persons Forum and Board Director of Carlow County Development Partnership to demonstrate the importance of older persons in the community and to ensure that their voice is heard by services and showing that they appreciate being able to contribute to the communities in which they live.







Leader Consultation with local communities

Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to see such a great turnout at the recent Leader consultation with communities at Mount Wolseley on. Facilitated by Mary Walsh CEO, the presentation included the latest statistics from the 2016 census which proved to be of great interest to all concerned.

Carlow Age Friendly County Strategic Plan 2017 -2022

An Gairdin Beo was beautifully dressed for the arrival of Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly T.D. on 13/09/2017.  The occasion was to officially launch the Carlow Age Friendly County Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022.   Chairperson of the Carlow Older Persons Forum Joe Butler compared the event with fellow speakers Cllr. William Paton, Cathaoirleach Carlow County Council, and Eileen Brophy, Chairperson of Carlow Age Alliance.  The National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS) sets out a vision for Ireland, and this vision is one that the Carlow Age Friendly Committee are committed to;-

“ ……a society for all ages that celebrates and prepares properly for individual and population ageing.  It will enable and support all ages and older people to enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.  It will promote and respect older people’s engagement in economic, social, cultural, community and family life and foster better solidarity between the generations.  It will be a society in which the equality, independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity of older people are pursued at all times”.

The strategic plan focuses on the areas of

·         Outdoor Spaces & buildings

·         Transport

·         Housing

·         Respect & Social Inclusion

·         Social Participation

·         Communication & Information

·         Civic Partnership

·         Community Support & Health Services

There are a number of short-term, medium-term and long-term goals that are listed under the headings above that the plan will try to achieve.  If you would like to view the strategic plan please see below


Confined call for proposals of a community nature in specific disadvantaged geographic areas.

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG

Confined call for proposals of a community nature in specific disadvantaged geographic areas.

The socio-economic profile of Carlow and the consultation process undertaken by Carlow County Development Partnership CLG for the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme identified a number of geographic areas in Carlow that required more tailored interventions to address socio-economic challenges in their communities.

These geographic areas are;

  • Rathvilly,
  • Hacketstown,
  • Graiguecullen,
  • Bagenalstown and,
  • the Tullow Road Area in Carlow Town

The aforementioned community consultation has already identified the need to provide a range of flexible and outreached actions to support the above named geographic areas including, but not limited to;

  • Completion of training needs analysis
  • Provision of training, including professional expertise & mentors to enable groups to complete local resource audits/challenges and opportunities.
  • Development of local community action plans
  • Training and development to assist community groups to successfully undertake capital projects
  • Feasibility study to identify optimal build/design or service delivery approach
  • Project management support
  • Grant aid for capital works

Capital works may attract up to 90% grant aid of eligible invoiced costs while training and mentoring may attract up to 100% grant aid of eligible invoiced costs.  Maximum Grant aid is €200,000 for capital works and training.  Research/feasibility maximum grant is €30,000.

Before we develop a programme of supports for the above geographic areas and publish a call for proposals, we want to ensure that we fully understand your needs.

In this regard, Community Groups from the above geographic areas are invited to attend a meeting on Monday, 18th of September, 2017 at 7 pm in Mount Wolseley Tullow to discuss the nature and scale of specific supports needed in their communities and which also can be addressed by the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme.

It is expected the meeting will start at 7 pm and conclude no later than 8.15 pm

At the conclusion of the meeting, those in attendance will be clear as to whether the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme can support their proposal(s) and the steps involved in accessing support.

For queries, please contact Elaine at 059  9720733

Old Leighlin community leading the way in Energy Efficiency


One of the 10 EU priorities for the years 2015 to 2019 focuses on making our use of energy more secure, affordable and sustainable. This includes improving our energy efficiency and reducing emissions through clean energy solutions for buildings and towns. The community of Old Loughlin are a shining example as to how this can be achieved at local level:

On 25th of July 2017 the SECN committee field trip was organised to Old Leighlin Community Hall to examine the operation, effectiveness and benefits of Biomass boiler system installed in the Hall.

A group of local committee members registered with the Sustainable Energy Communities Network (SECN), were offered an extensive guided tour hosted by Alice O’Leary, Ass. Secretary of Old Leighlin Community Hall and Seamus Hayden, Chairperson. The purpose of this visit was to highlight and demonstrate the promotion of heating based on renewable fuels by serving as a good practice case study for any community, or other large buildings. This project has the potential to be replicated for a very large number of existing and new buildings.

Alice and Seamus were extremely helpful when answering various questions with reference to doubts, and uncertainties, with regard to the cost effectiveness, installation, procuring finance, savings on Carbon emission, and the build-up of Carbon credits. For better understanding of the overall benefits of the biomass boiler, members were provided with a detailed breakdown of installation costs as well as running costs.

This is a project looking to the future. It is providing facilities to the community that is aiming towards a fit mind and body through participation, activity and socialising. The efforts, dedication and hard work, is evidence of the success and a fine example of a community building that can be adopted by all community groups within the County.

There was enormous appreciation for the advice, information, and financial support extended by CCDP through LEADER funding. CCDP is committed to realising aspirations and vision of communities throughout the County in whatever projects undertaken by communities.

Sean & Patsy Stapleton thanked the Old Leighlin Community Committee for giving their time “to give us such an informative tour of their fabulous Centre.  It's a credit to the Committee to have such wonderful facilities in a Community.”

Eileen Murphy thanked Carlow County Development Partnership and Marina De Costa for organising the trip to visit Old Leighlin Community Hall to view their Biomass boiler.

"I found it very interesting and learned a lot from the visit.  It is a great credit to the people of Old Leighlin to have such a fine facility. I wish to thank them for their kind hospitality."

Carlow Communities sign up to Sustainable Energy Network


Mary Walsh CEO of CCDP held a second consultation of the Sustainable Energy Community Network (SECN) members on the 26th of June 2017.

The meeting which was held in the Carlow County Development partnership offices in Bagenalstown was attended by representatives of 9 communities from towns and villages in County Carlow.

Thanks to all members who attended and, for being such a participative group. The evening was stimulating, educational, and extremely interesting with everyone sharing their knowledge and expertise, worries and apprehensions.

We are further delighted to make known that, all nine communities have registered with the SECN. The importance of registering signifies that, each community has two essential elements of information:

  • That the community is registered (included on mailing list for further information and updates)
  • Those communities have access to the SEAI expert who will assess individual communities providing specific consultation to individuals and groups of the community.

Members indicated that they would like to visit organisations’ that are at present using Energy Efficiency measures to acquaint them with the different approaches and systems in use. By general consensus, the Old Leighlin Community Hall, and Bagenalstown Swimming pool were the preferred choice for a site visit before embarking on the more elaborate excursion to view the extensive Energy Efficiency upgrade works undertaken by the North Tipperary Community group.

Mary Walsh assured all communities present, that CCDP will give them objective advice and support on the risks, in depth analysis of finance involved and payback.

Furthermore, members discussed relevant concerns and difficulties that would be challenging. For example some of the issues raised were how would it be feasible within small community groups, and more importantly, how does the community group convincingly market such an elaborate model to get buy-in from the community. Administration and project management was also extensively considered, and a centralized coordinator/manager was suggested as a consideration.

There were a range of questions and subjects raised to include:

  • How to start; and the follow on journey
  • Time element and time frame
  • Individual community vs centralized approach
  • Green issues
  • Finance issues – how to raise finance, cash flow concerns
  • Public buildings- SEAI policy on listed buildings
  • Glass in windows of listed buildings
  • Paying back loan using Energy Efficiency Credits/Carbon Credits
  • Could River Barrow be used as a viable option to generate energy
  • Setting up mini district heating systems (Swedish Model)

Members inquired if there was a list of models of best practice available from SEAI. They would also like some specific facts of projects in action. Members also requested training to be made available by SEAI to make the terminology and language used by assessors more understandable (plain& clear).

The meeting – consultation ascertained the enthusiasm expressed by community members. Members felt that the support, advice, guidance, and expertise that was being offered by Mary Walsh and CCDP was invaluable and beneficial. They added, that the meeting answered practical questions which were very helpful. The suggestion that they visit the two local projects was met with great enthusiasm. This exercise would act as a stepping stone for our excursion to the projects carried out in North Tipperary.

Community Development: Carlow Cricket Club

Established in 1834 one of the oldest cricket clubs outside of Dublin is opening its new home grounds today. This event is a clear demonstration of the changing face of communities in the county and the richness which this can contribute as the  arrival of refugees is being credited for the revival of Carlow Cricket Club. With a mix of Irish, Eastern Europeans, Australians, Asians and the Rohingya community Carlow have been able to have two adult and two children's teams.



Carlow County Development Partnership are delighted to see Carlow Cricket Club and the Rohingya community receive national attention for all their hard work on the revival of cricket in Carlow. It has been great to be apart of this community project. Well done to all concerned!


To see the RTE story


Preparing for the future shape of our communities: Horizon2020


Carlow County Development Partnership were delighted to participate in the excellent training organized by the Wheel and delivered by Sean McCarthy on EU strategic priority areas and the Horizon2020 Programme.  It outlined the challenge-based approach of the Programme which aims to bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities.  The funding focuses on the following challenges facing Europe over the next 10 years:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

The training concentrated on ways to maximize participation in the final funding period 2018-2020  which will be launched shortly with a budget of €30 billion,  as well as learning about the project leaders from Ireland who have already benefited from the €75 billion Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme. Horizon 2020 is the EU Programme for research and innovation, and covers activities from research to market. It focuses on preparing society for the challenges it will face in coming years, such as how to develop supportive communities for older persons or how technology can make communities more inclusive.   To date, Ireland has secured funding of €424 million, representing 1.66% of the total EU budget committed.

Carlow County Development Partnership is also engaged in "forward-looking activities" and in sowing the seeds for how the county will look in five and ten years time. The Horizon2020 funding touches a number of areas which the Company is engaged in, especially under the heading "Societal Challenges". This covers areas such as Health, Demographic Change and Well-being, which includes Older persons and mental health, Climate Action, Environment and Resource Efficiency, which would cover energy efficient communities and Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies, which includes social Inclusion, migration and integration. Because of the number and variety of programmes it has been involved in over the last 15 years, CCDP is ideally suited to being a "Living Lab" for some of the social, environmental or economic areas that need to be researched in order to prepare the county for future challenges and promote greater societal involvement.

Men's Shed

Carlow County Development Partnership's mission centers on the holistic development of individuals and communities throughout the county, and this includes social activities as well as mental health. One significant movement which is contributing in this area throughout the country is the Mens Shed movement. Here is a brief introduction to their work in Carlow:

In every mans shed is a world of wonder.  The treasure chest of tools, parts and screws collected through a lifetime of tinkering.  All the problems of the day can be resolved, all the DIY tools are available and nothing seems impossible.  It’s true to say that a man in his shed can be a tranquil and paradisaical place.  The mugs of tea gather as time disappears into the ether. As the fishing rods get prepared, the bicycles get oiled up, lawnmowers being cleaned, garden sheers being sharpened or the car engine getting dismantled, it is a sanctuary.  Often you might hear the shout after an ill-timed blow from a hammer or the murmurs of a radio in the background being interrupted by noises of saws or screw guns pulsing.  Great projects are being creating, works of wonder imagined and the practicality of modern household problems being repaired and improved.

Now imagine a place where a collective of men can get together in order to share skills, work on individual or group projects and share the comradery of getting the job done.  Restoration projects, community projects, woodworking, painting and the chat.  Carlow is lucky to have a places like these. 

The first Men’s Shed in Carlow was formally established in June 2011 under the Carlow Men’s Health Project (CMHP). The CMHP was a group comprising of St. Catherine's Community Services Centre, Carlow County Development Partnership, Men’s Development Network, RAPID, HSE, Carlow Local Sports Partnership, Waterford IT and Carlow IT that focused on improving men’s health in Co. Carlow.

The CMHP also secured funding to enable the future development of the shed. With these supports in place a co-ordinator for the Carlow Men’s Shed was appointed in June of 2011 for 10 hours/week and the Men’s Shed was officially launched during National Men’s Health Week (13th – 19th June). The Men’s Shed began on Tuesday June 21st, opening one day a week, and has steadily grown to its present status, engaging and supporting men 3 days a week. 

The ethos is a community-based, non-commercial organisation which is open to all men where the primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where the men are able to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men and where the primary objective is to advance the health and well- being of the participating men.

July 20th 2017 was a proud day for men’s sheds in Ireland, as the Irish Men’s Sheds Association launched its new men’s health website, The new website offers information, resources and advice from over 40 Irish health organisations. The website’s menu is intuitive and easy to navigate, being based on a graphic of the male anatomy.

Users select their age-range, click on the part of the body they want to find out more about, and are then presented with a menu of health topics (including conditions, ailments and lifestyle issues). They can then select from the menu to be taken directly to the website of the country’s leading authorities on that topic. READ MORE HERE.

Currently in Carlow they meet every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am to 2.00pm in Askea Business Park, O’Brien Road, Carlow.  For more information contact Michael Nicholson 086 157 7487  Facebook Page

Carlow Traveller Men's Shed C/O St. Catherines CSC St Josephs Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow  meets on Mondays 9:30-1pm For more information contact  William O’Neill 087 396 2832

In Leighlinbridge the Leighlinbridge Parish Men's Shed meets every Tuesday, Thurday and Friday between 18:00 and 20:00  For more information contact Benny Balfe 087 337 1975 or Peter McCarthy 087 923 7562

In Bagenalstown the  Bagenalstown Men’s Shed is located at Moneybeg, Royal Oak Road, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. For more information contact Josie Tierney on 086 666 5748 Facebook Page

Tullow Men's Shed Flynn’s Old Garage, Church Street, Tullow, Co. Carlow Monday 10 -1 and Thursday 7-9. For more information contact Frank Morris 087 630 4393 or Andrew Dreelan Facebook Page