Letting our Voice be heard: Carlow women's groups celebrate International Women's Day

International Women's Day

Carlow County Development Partnership would like to extend a sincere thanks to all who participated in the International Women’s Day event in Carlow College on March 8th and made it such a huge success. Special thanks to Carlow College who opened up their beautiful venue and all the staff who ensured that all details were taken care of (including the lovely scones). There were in excess of 20 stands, excellent speakers, mindfulness and drumming workshops, well deserved awards and a great turnout. Members of the Traveller community received their Advocacy certificates and celebrated their first International Women’s Day with recognition of their ethnic status. Carlow Rohingya women launched their cookbook which is available from the college and spoke movingly of their experiences. County Carlow Women’s Network highlighted the lack of investment in services for victims of domestic abuse, in particular the lack of a refuge in Carlow. They will continue to advocate for improvements in this area and were very active on the day in getting support through signatures for the project.

It was also great to have the support on the day of Carlow’s first female Senator, Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor who spent the whole day visiting the different activities and spoke of the challenges facing a woman in politics in the afternoon workshops.

Working to respond to the different needs of women who are disadvantaged in the county is part of the work of Carlow County Development Partnership under the SICAP Programme. For further details of the work of the SICAP Programme check out the “Our Programmes” section of the website

Further Labour Market Activation training for Tús participants

12 Tús participants took part in Handheld Pesticide training on Monday March 6th which is being delivered over 3 weeks by Hughes Consultancy and Training, as part of our on-going commitment to up-skilling of Tús participants and making them more job ready. Tús placements provide valuable work experience and Carlow County Development Partnership is committed to providing a range of Labour Market Activation  training supports to all the participants on the Tús programmes.

If you are interested in becoming a Tús participant check out Tús in the “Programmes” section of this website. If you are a Tús participant talk to your Supervisor about training options.

Community Garden

Community Development through Gardening: Gleann na Bearu Bagenalstown

Community Garden Gleann na Bearu Bagenalstown

Gleann na Bearu Community Garden in Bagenalstown have been doing amazing work over the past year. Their latest project is building a greenhouse entirely out of recycled plastic bottles. Dee Sewell (Greenside Up) has supported the group in their creative endeavors and this garden is certainly testament to what can be achieved when people come together.

Carlow County Development Partnership is pleased to support this project under the SICAP Programme. It is one of a number of horticultural projects aimed at building up community participation and personal skills, as well as bringing together different members of the Carlow community, such as older persons, persons with intellectual disabilities and members of New Communities. Community gardens can allow for the creation of social ties and build a greater feeling of community.

As well as focusing on horticultural skills the group will increase their personal and employability skills with Manual Handling, First Aid, and Pesticide Training (clearly used only where appropriate!)