INSPIRE Rathdowney


Launching INSPIRE Rathdowney. Back, from left: Denise Rainey, Special Projects Officer LCC; John Mulholland, Chief Executive LCC; Evelyn Reddin, Head of Laois Local Enterprise Office; Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services LCC; Anne Goodwin, CEO Laois Partnership and Liz Kennedy, Co-ordinator for INSPIRE Rathdowney. Front: Brian Ogilvie and Ailish Delaney, Carlow IT. All members of INSPIRE RATHDOWNEY Committee. Picture: Alf Harvey/ no reproduction fee


Laois County Council in conjunction with Laois Local Enterprise Office, Laois Partnership and the Institute of Technology Carlow are delighted to launch INSPIRE Rathdowney.

INSPIRE Rathdowney will recruit 20 participants from the Rathdowney area and its hinterland and assist them through the provision of dedicated facilitation and support to explore and create new business opportunities that will enhance the targeted Rural Economic Development Zone of Rathdowney.

This project will provide targeted interventions to assist innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs to develop their skills and abilities with a view to providing greater levels of economic growth and employment as well as fostering competitiveness

The co-ordinator for INSPIRE Rathdowney is Liz Kennedy. The project will be based in the Youth Cafe premises in Rathdowney and will begin recruiting participants during the month of May. The programme will run for a period of 10 months. So if you are a person with a good idea for a business but are struggling to get off the ground, or already have a business but are looking for ways to develop and expand; this could be the programme for you! An information evening on the programme will be held in mid-May in Rathdowney.

Anybody with any queries should contact Ms Denise Rainey, Business Development Officer, Laois County Council at 0578664103 or


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