Plans are well advanced for the day’s celebrations to mark the national feast in Carlow Town on Lá Fhéile Pádraig. Potato Market and a section of Haddens Car Park, closed to traffic throughout the day, will be a hive of activity with a state-of-the-art performance stage located adjacent to Crann na Saoirse at the Fountain.

 Bilingual Window Dressing Competition

In the run up to Spraoi Faoin Aer and the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we are encouraging Carlow businesses, shops, pubs, hairdressers, hotels and all town centre premises to get into the festive spirit of the annual Irish Language Festival or Seachtain na Gaeilge running this year in Carlow town from 9 – 22 March.

The organisers are inviting retailers to enter Comórtas na bhFuinneog – the Window Dressing Competition – by simply decorating their windows and premises and using Irish and/or bilingual phrases and signage.

Entry is open to all businesses in Carlow town and there will be prizes galore with Touchpoint Media sponsoring the top prizes. Prize for Best Creative Display will be an amazing Billboard Advertising Package on the public billboard at O’Brien Road to include design, supply and display of the winning premises advertisement. The Runner Up Prize will be an outdoor advertising package on Be Visible Display Boards around Carlow town. Terms and Conditions will include design, supply and display of the winners’ advertisement and must be used prior to the end of June 2022 while all phrases, greetings and text featured in the window creation must be in Irish or bilingual.

To enter simply dress the window with a display that celebrates all things Irish using a generous sprinkling of Irish or bilingual phrases –  Cúpla Focal.

Then email a photograph of the creation to

Closing date for entries is 5pm on 16 March and the winners will be announced on 20 March. Go n-éirí libh!

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