Experience the Heartbeat of Carlow: Streetfest Invites Families to Celebrate Local Culture and Shop Local!
This April, Carlow’s Lower Tullow Street will pulsate with the vibrant rhythm of Streetfest – a dynamic series of family-friendly street events designed to celebrate our community spirit, culture, and the richness of our local businesses. More than just an event, Streetfest represents a movement to bolster our local economy while indulging in the finest offerings Carlow has to offer.
Organised by Carlow County Council with the support of stakeholders and local businesses, Streetfest promises an enticing array of activities and entertainment suitable for all ages, making it the quintessential outing for families, friends, and neighbours alike. Kicking off on April 5, 2024, Streetfest will also serve as a pilot project for the pedestrianisation of Lower Tullow Street, aiming to enhance the shopping experience and create an unforgettable atmosphere. The activities will occur over 6 weekends on Friday & Saturday on 5th-6th April 2024, 12th-13th April 2024, 3rd-4th May 2024, 10th-11th May 2024, 31st May – 1st June and 7th-8th June 2024.
Cllr. Tom O’Neill, Mayor of Carlow Municipal District, expressed his enthusiasm for Streetfest, stating, “As a representative deeply invested in the traditions of Carlow Town, I am thrilled to support initiatives like Streetfest that celebrate our local culture and bring families together. Events like these not only showcase the vibrancy and variety of our Town Centre but also strengthen the bonds that unite us. Streetfest embodies the spirit of unity and inclusivity, offering a platform for everyone to come together, enjoy, and create lasting memories.”
Attending the launch, Councillor Andrea Dalton, Cathaoirleach, added, “I am delighted to see this program of activities, which aims to support our local retail and hospitality businesses in Lower Tullow Street. Supporting local businesses is not just about economics; it’s about preserving the heart and soul of our communities. When we choose to shop local, we invest in the livelihoods of our neighbours, foster economic resilience, and nurture the unique character of our towns and cities. Every purchase made locally is a vote for the continued prosperity and vitality of our community, and Streetfest provides an opportunity for a family fun experience while also giving back to the local economy by shopping locally.”
Speaking about the programme, Coilín O’Reilly, Chief Executive with Carlow County Council, highlighted the significance of the pedestrianisation pilot. He stated, “Creating a pedestrianisation pilot, supported by a comprehensive program, has demonstrated its effectiveness in attracting more people to shopping areas, thereby increasing foot traffic past storefronts. Streetfest aims to encourage both locals and tourists to explore Lower Tullow Street, fostering a sense of community engagement and supporting local businesses”.
Welcoming the project , Rowena Dooley , President of County Carlow Chamber said “As a Chamber we are delighted to see this project and encourage all to come enjoy and experience Streetfest”. Rowena continued to say “As a Chamber we understand , that as a County together, we can navigate challenges, leverage opportunities, and cultivate a culture of mutual support and innovation and Streetfest is a great example of that and compliments the work of other groups including Tidy Towns , Love Carlow and the wider Town Centre First endeavours by Carlow County Council . I know that by synergizing our resources, and visions, we elevate not only our own enterprises but also the entire community for all”.
For more information and event updates, visit www.carlow.ie or follow us on #streetfestcarlow