THE judges in the Bank of Ireland-sponsored ‘Enterprising Town’ competition visited Kilcullen on Friday last to see a presentation from the town, which will be representing the county in the 3,100-7,000 residents category.
They were shown videos of the recent very successful Kilcullen River Festival and the Market Square redevelopment project currently under way. They also met a cross-section from Kilcullen’s social, business and sports communities, in a getting-to-know you exercise.
Afterwards they were taken on a walkabout to see the structure of the town and examples of the various community, heritage and business elements that underpinned the town’s growth through the decades and will spur further growth in coming years.
The tour included meeting the current family owners in two of Kilcullen’s iconic businesses, Berney Brothers Saddlers and Nolans Butchers. The judges were sent away with a comprehensive aide-memoire providing details of key clubs, community groups, and how business was attracted and maintained through the last 70 years.
The competition will go through a regional level and a national one, with a total prize fund of €115,000 up for grabs. The final result will be known in November.—