Enterprising Town Group


There was joy for Louth on Wednesday night as Drogheda scooped one of the top awards at the Bank of Ireland Enterprising Towns National Finals.


The nationwide competition saw towns all over Ireland compete for the title. 3 towns in Louth were shortlisted: Ardee, Carlingford and Drogheda. A panel of highly experienced and influential adjudicators visited all three town towns last month and were deeply impressed with their experience.


The awards ceremony took place in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Wednesday evening. This glittering event, with over 500 guests, was hosted by RTÉ’s Ciaran Mullooly. Awards were presented by Michael Ring T.D., Minister for Community and Rural Development and Bank of Ireland’s newly appointed Chief Executive Francesca McDonagh. 


Louth was represented by the Louth County Council, business and community representatives from all three towns and the team from the Local Enterprise Office.


Ingrid Halpin, Louth County Manager for Bank of Ireland was delighted to have three towns shortlisted for the awards “We are so proud to work with the business people and community here in Louth. These Awards provided the perfect platform to showcase the enterprising and entrepreneurial nature of the county to the adjudicators and it was a pleasure for myself and the local Managers to be involved.  Huge thanks and praise go to the teams in Ardee, Carlingford and Drogheda for showcasing their dynamic and enterprising towns so brilliantly.”


One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement that Drogheda had been awarded runner up in the Large Town category in Leinster, coming second to Mullingar. The overall winner of the competition was Tralee.


Mayor Cllr. Pio Smith was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the people of Drogheda. “We have a really enterprising approach to life here in Drogheda. I see it all the time in the way that our educators, business community, state agencies and local government work together. We strive to solve problems and create opportunities to grow businesses and create jobs. The adjudicators saw that during their visit and we should be really proud of this achievement.”


Thomas McEvoy of Local Enterprise Office Louth concluded “We work with the business community of Louth every day of the week. We know how enterprising and entrepreneurial the people of this county are and we are here to support them every step of the way. It was truly wonderful for Ardee, Carlingford and Drogheda make it through to the finals of this competition, and a bonus to bring home a coveted award for Drogheda.

Enterprising Town ceremony