Carlow Town Development Forum


The Carlow Town Development Forum was established to oversee and direct the implementation of a Town Centre Action Plan. This plan sets out a strategy that when implemented will positively impact the growth and prosperity of the town centre through increased visitation, business, revenues and jobs.

The Vision of the Carlow Town Development Forum is to improve the prosperity of the Town Centre and enhance the well-being of the community, creating a viable and sustainable Town Centre economy.

The Forum will help revitalise the Town Centre by supporting the development of a broad mix of retail, community and leisure uses that create a distinct Town Centre, appealing to residents and visitors alike.


The Carlow Town Development Forum provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to work collaboratively towards a shared vision that will enhance the quality of the town environment, strengthen the town centre offering and generate a thriving town centre to maximise visitor footfall, increase spending and ultimately offer customer choice and satisfaction.

Carlow Town Development Forum aims to provide a healthier and more pleasant environment for all people who live in, work in, and visit Carlow Town. The emphasis will be on improving the economic, social, environmental, and community aspects of Carlow Town and enhancing the living, working and recreational environments of the town.


As private and public sector representatives and stakeholders in the town centre the Carlow Town Development Forum is responsible for implementing through agreement the actions and measures contained in the Town Centre Action Plan.

The Carlow Town Development Forum shall on an annual basis create annual operational plans that will identify a range of projects and actions to be implemented in that year. These can be selected on the basis of most urgent or priority needs, availability of suitable funding or resources or other criteria that the Carlow Town Development Forum prescribes.

The Carlow Town Development Forum will act as a resource to liaise with and encourage the cooperation and participation of the local community and other stakeholders in the implementation of the Plans. They will where appropriate seek partnerships with other organisations that can assist in implementing the Plans.

The Carlow Town Development Forum will set up specific project implementation groups, if appropriate, who will be responsible for the implementation of projects from the annual work plans.

The Membership of the Forum Includes:

  • Kathleen Holohan (Chairperson), Chief Executive, Carlow County Council
  • Inspector Audrey Dormer, Representing An Garda Síochána
  • Philip McDonald, Detail Menswear
  • Ed Cahill, Tully’s Bar
  • Bobby Quinn, Robert Quinn Construction
  • Carmel Reddy, Representing the Vintners Association
  • Gerard Dunne, Representing Carlow Tutorial College
  • Mary Ryan, Representing Carlow Farmers Market
  • Colin Duggan, Woodford Dolmen Hotel
  • Wayne Fennell, Representing Carlow Tidy Towns
  • Brian O’Farrell, Representing Carlow Chamber
  • Martin Meagher, Representing IT Carlow
  • Eddie Deegan, Representing Carlow College
  • Pat Bramley, Bramley Jewellers
  • Michael Walsh, Representing Carlow Tourism
  • Emma Lucy O’Brien, Representing Visual & the GB Shaw Theatre
  • John Brophy, Representing Fairgreen Shopping Centre
  • Cllr. Ken Murnane, Representing the Elected Members
  • PJ Hickson, Centre Potato Market
  • Emma Geoghegan, Representing the PPN
  • Paddy Hyland, Representing Carlow Shopping Centre

The following also attend Town Forum meetings and support the work of the Forum:

  • Bernie O’Brien, Director of Services, Carlow County Council
  • Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise, Carlow County Council
  • Pierce Kavanagh, Economic Development Officer (Carlow Town Project), Carlow County Council