In late 2016, Joanne Donohoe, SICAP Development Officer, initiated a meeting of Tullow Road residents endeavoring to form a development group for the area. The meeting was a huge success and in January 2017, Tullow Road Development Group hit the ground running. Their vision is “To work together to give the Tullow Road a brighter future and respond to the needs of people living there”.

Chairperson of the Tullow Road Development Group Rose Dooley is thankful for the continuous support of Carlow County Development Partnership, “It has been a great help to have the support of Carlow County Development Partnership, and especially Joanne Donohoe who has been a great asset to us. With her help, we have learned how to work together as a team and also about the different resource available to us and how to put them to best use. We have achieved so much and with her continued support we can achieve so much more”.

 Carlow County Development Partnership, as part is its Community Development strategy, supports the development of community groups throughout Carlow. Under the Carlow SICAP Programme, five areas are prioritised, of which one is the Tullow Road.

The work of the Tullow Road Development Group is growing from strength to strength with a host of projects supported by Carlow County Development Partnership including coffee mornings and the National Play Day in association with Carlow Sports Partnership. The group is also supporting the Take Apart Arts Group for the Tullow Road area who is involved in projects such as Manifesto, Halloween Project and the Story of Tullow Road with Michael Fortune.

To respond to local needs, a sub-group of the Tullow Road Development Group was established to improve amenities in the area. The Amenity Development Group worked with Carlow County Development Partnership’s Tús programme and currently 10 Tús participants work in the area cleaning out alleyways, litter picking, trimming bushes etc. The sub group is led by a number of local residents, namely Mary Reddy and Peter O’Neill.  Mary is full of praise for the Tús participants “Feedback has been fantastic from local residents. People can see the wonderful work that has been done. The Tús participants have their full heart in it”.

 Other ambitious projects for the Tullow Road are ongoing through a collaborative approach. For the development work in the area of the Tullow Road to happen there has to be strong partnerships with agencies and local residents. We are fortunate to have residents who are committed to the development of their area whilst working in partnership with Carlow County Council, Carlow Regional Youth Service, Barnados and Carlow County Development Partnership” – Joanne Donohoe.

Anybody interested in learning more about the great work on the Tullow Road should contact Rose Dooley.

Other communities who may be interested in establishing a new community group or strengthening an existing community group should contact Joanne on jdonohoe@carlowdevelopment.ie or 059 9720733