Now that January is finally over and the evenings are getting a little brighter, we can start to look forward to spring, so there are no excuses for not getting out and about. Have a read the below blog to find out some of the things that are happening in the next couple of months in Carlow.

Ploughing Championships

The first public meeting took place this month to discuss the huge undertaking of organising this year’s national Ploughing Championship, which takes place in Balintrance, Fenagh from the 17th to 19th September. It is expected that up to 300,000 visitors will journey to Carlow, resulting in a substantial economic benefit for the town, not to mention the huge media attention it will also bring. It’s a great and exciting opportunity for local involvement as work on site begins in mid-July.

Valentine's Day

If you’re looking to for a Valentine's gift that’s a little different, then why not buy a season membership ticket, (€35) for the Visual Fortnightly Cinema Club. Membership includes a ticket to each of the 9 films screened over the entire season, free pre-screening tea & coffee and a 20% ticket discount when you bring a friend. Check out the following link for more information:

St. Patricks Day

Carlow town is planning a fantastic two-day festival to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March, which will be based at the town hall with plans for a bouncy castle, a funfair, food village, live music, street entertainment, walking groups and a spectacular parade. If you are interested in taking part in the parade then please email [email protected] to find out how you can take part.

Easter Events

Easter Sunday Craft & Food Fair Woodford Dolmen Hotel

The Woodford Dolmen Hotel have a great day planned for all the family on Sunday 21st April with a craft fair, BBQ and a vintage and classic motor show. There will be 25 plus craft stalls, including home baking, organic food stands, gifts, jewellery, chine, pottery, knitwear etc. Easter egg hunt and face painting for kids and dancing with Declan Flanagan on the day. Admission is free, 1pm to 5pm. Check their Facebook page for more info:

Rathwood Easter Train

Rathwood’s Easter bunny train runs from the 13th to the 24th April where Little Red Riding Hood and Freddy the Fox will be making an appearance. Tickets from €11 per child and €7 for an adult. It includes a train ride through Rathwood forest, an egg hunt and kids receive an Easter egg from the Easter Bunny! Check out their website to find out more: Why not make a weekend of it and stay over in Carlow, there are lots of hotels to choose from offering great accommodation packages such as the Woodford Dolmen Hotel.

Happy Spring!

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