safeTALK Training - Tuesday 20th March

We are partnering with the Regional Suicide Resource Office to deliver safeTALK training in the Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow on Tuesday 20th March. There are still some places available - Contact 051 874013 for further details.

LGBTI Network Get Together


Carlow County Development Partnership CLG is delighted to be leading out on this project through Healthy Ireland funding. We are looking at the needs of the LGBTI community in Carlow.

Please spread the word and if you cannot attend the meeting on Saturday, please ensure to fill out the survey monkey

International Women's Day March 8th

International Women's Day ( March 8th ) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  It is celebrated in many countries around the world.  It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

Running Order

 9 .45am        -           Opening/Welcome (Fr Conn O  Maoldhomnaigh

                            President Carlow College – St Patrick’s)

10.00am      -         Mary White – (Former Minister of State for Equality, Human Rights, and Integration)

10.20am      -       Catherine Lane (National Women’s Council)

10.40am      -          Avril Bailey (Psychotherapist - Dublin Human Givens Centre)

11.00am - 11.30am    -   Break


(Free - please sign up at entrance desk)

11.15am - 12noon Venue – Cobden Hall

Zumba Dancing – ‘Fusion Fitness’ Leslie Dempsey


11.15am - 1.00pm Venue – Student Union

 Arts & Crafts –  ‘Mural Mayhem’ Jean Robertson


11.00 - 11.30am  Venue – Paul Cullen Room

               Mindfulness (Karl Duffy – Carlow County Development Partnership)


11.30am - 12.15pm Venue – James Fintan Lawlor

Healthy Living – ‘Body & Soul’ –Rachel Doyle  

                                              ‘Blueberry Soul’


 12.15pm - 1.30pm  Venue – Thomas Wall

Developing Resilience and Emotional Well-Being

                                     Avril Bailey – ‘Dublin Human Givens’


 1.40 pm - 2.30pm

Mental Health Support – Stories of Hope

Josie Funcheon (GROW) – Geraldine Kelly (TUS)   


2.40 pm - 3.30pm

The Launch of Photographic Exhibition VISUAL – ‘Press for Progress’

Schools Art Competition



Hacketstown Community CORE Officially Opened

It was a momentous day for Hacketstown on Friday 23rd February as its new Community CORE was officially opened. This represents a huge achievement for the members of Hacketstown Community Development Association who are eager and enthusiastic about the CORE.

The CORE building (situated in the old CRISP centre) has recently been donated to the community of Hacketstown by Carlow County Council. Hacketstown Community CORE will be a focal point for educational and recreational courses for the entire community in Hacketstown. The community hub will also act as an information point and drop-in centre as well as a meeting place for all age groups.

Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor, Councilors John Pender and Andrea Dalton, alongside representatives from Carlow County Development Partnership CLG, Carlow Volunteer Centre, Carlow PPN (Public Participation Network), St Catherine’s Community Services Centre, KCETB, and many more were present.

Speaking at the opening, CEO of Carlow County Development Partnership Mary Walsh highlighted several streams of funding and services that will be forthcoming through LEADER, SICAP and the Tús scheme, which has already been operational in Hacketstown for the past five years.  Mary also paid particular tribute to the Tús workers who assisted with the refurbishment of the centre and getting the CORE building ready for the opening day.

Chairperson of Hacketstown Community Development Association Mary Doyle was enthusiastic in her vision for the centre, "The Core means 'the centre, the  place to go to'. This is a huge achievement for the members of our Hacketstown Community Group and will act as an information point and drop-in centre as well as a meeting place for all age groups". 

Over the next few months, Carlow County Development Partnership will offer programs such as Online Safety, Nutrition Workshops, Yoga, Mindfulness, Safe Pass, Manual Handling, First Aid, Computer Training and many more.

The CORE will also be central to the Care and Repair scheme, of which there are currently 21 members catering to the home and social needs of the elderly in the Hacketstown area.

Resident Associations and Community Groups morning

It was great to be a part of such a fantastic event as the Resident Associations and Community Groups morning organised by the Community Section of Carlow County Council this morning.  Carlow County Development Partnership had both our Sicap Team and Tús Team represented.  There was a great turn out from the resident associations and community groups.

If you would more information on the Tús Programme Click here or contact us in the office at 059-9720733

SICAP Programme supporting wellness: Carlow Involvement Centre Writer's Group book launch

Carlow County Development Partnership is delighted to have supported Carlow Involvement Centre Writer's Group in the publication and launch of their wonderful book. This book is the culmination of many months work by this amazing group, a peer support group for those with experience of mental health issues. This book is interesting, inspiring and funny in parts, it is a great Christmas present and is available from the Involvement Centre. All proceeds go towards the running of the centre. We look forward to working with the group in 2018!


SICAP Programme - Integration and diversity: Winter Festival

The Carlow County Development Partnership SICAP Programme was delighted to support the 'Winter Festival', hosted by Carlow Integration Forum on December 2nd in An Gairdin Beo.


This event was a great success with wonderful food from around the world, music, and entertainment. More than 130 children visited Santa and had lots of time to chat with him and get a small gift. A grotto was created in the garden, marshmallows were toasted and Christmas wreaths were made. There were lots of activities for the little ones and indeed for everyone. All activities, Santa visits, and the food was free to all who attended. Santa arrived in a spectacular Pink Cadillac, The garden twinkled with fairy lights and it was a magical afternoon. Special thanks to Clonmore Meats for providing the wonderful car for Santa and letting the reindeer have a rest for the big night! Special tanks to Santa for his early arrival and continued updates on his progress to Carlow. Special thanks to Kevin Kelly for the festive refreshments. Thanks to everyone who worked so incredibly hard to make this event such a success

In current Irish policy, integration is defined as the ‘ability to participate to the extent that a person needs and wishes in all of the major components of society without having to relinquish his or her own cultural identity’, thus highlighting the needs for events that allows migrants express their identity through culture, food and music.

The 2017 Migrant Integration Strategy reminds us that "successful integration is the responsibility of Irish society as a whole and will require action by Government, public bodies, service providers,businesses,NGOs but also by local communities". This event showcased the collaboration that this possible between a Local Community group (An Gairdin Beo) and the Integration Forum which supports new communities, supported by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme. The focus of the event was to allow recent migrants to the county interact with the host community and participate in a cultural event, highlighting in this case their their own traditions and food.
The success of the event built on the excellent work being done by the Failte Isteach Programme which creates the connections and energy between the individuals who then came forward to support the Integration Forum. The warm atmosphere in the Garden was built upon the friendly informal engagement which is the characteristic of the Failte Isteach Programme.



Community Development: Rathvilly Development Association


Carlow County Development Partnership is a support structure for anyone who wants to strengthen their community, and is delighted to work with groups around the county who are actively engaged in making their town or village a better place to live. One of these groups is the Rathvilly Community Development Group who have been supported by Joanne Donohoe, the SICAP Development Worker over the last number of years. At their AGM at the start of the year a number of sub-groups were set up, one of which focused on organizing social events for the area. Recently, this group organized a Tea Dance for the Over 55's "Active Seniors" in the town which was enjoyed by all and was just one activity to reduce isolation and respond to the needs of older members of the community.

Older people are assuming a greater importance throughout the whole European Union as both their numbers and their proportion of the population increase due to the ageing of the population. As of 2013, 18% of Europeans are aged 65 or more (more than 92 million individuals ) but this is predicted to rise to 30 % by 2060.

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


Greater inclusion and participation: Mental Health: Irish Men’s Sheds Association Launches

There is a strong correlation between deprivation and negative impacts upon mental health.   A lack of opportunities for social engagement and structure can impact upon motivation and creativity and lead to deeper issues such as depression. Men are traditionally less likely to talk about their problems so an area of concern for organizations like ourselves is how to support groups and initiatives which assist men in this area.

In this regard, July 20th 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. Based on a template established by the Australian Men’s Sheds Association, 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.