Carrick on Shannon is the place to be this June, as the town is hosting the Carrick Carnival Festival to celebrate 400 years. With over sixty events throughout the town over ten days there will be something for all the family, at night and by day. The events kick off in style with a Carnival Parade with themed floats, street entertainers, samba bands, music, dancing, a novel Ball Race (think duck race, but down a hill on the tarmac of Bridge
There was a great turnout at the meeting hosted by Carrick on Shannon Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Leitrim County Council.
The updated list of events for the year was presented by Joseph Gilhooley and it really looks like Carrick is set for the biggest and best yearlong celebration ever. President Michael D Higgins will officially launch Carrick on Shannon 400 celebrations on Friday 15th February at 3pm, followed by entertainment and fireworks
Carrick Chamber is literally over the ‘Moone’ to have secured co-stars from the award winning, Sky TV International hit, ‘Moone Boy’, to head up Carrick’s St Patrick’s Day parade, beginning a day packed with family entertainment and concluding with a Gigantic Fireworks Display.
Leitrim’s own David Rawle, and ‘Moone Boy’ co-star, Ian O’Reilly, will lead the Parade and kick-start a day of festivities which promises to be the biggest ever seen in the County town on our National Holiday. There will be a host of free children’s entertainment, with a Medieval Bouncy Castle, Bungee Run, Obstacle Course with 35ft Slide, Barrel train, Face Painting, Pets Corner, Puppet Show and music galore. The day’s events will literally end with a bang, with a waterside, Monster Fireworks Grand Finale planned, in association with Glancy’s SuperValu, at 7PM.
The Chamber has been working with businesses, and the County Arts Officer amongst others, to ramp up preparations in conjunction with the Carrick 400 celebrations. For the second year running there will also be a boating parade on the Shannon. To complement the festive atmosphere a number of bars will be running live entertainment over the holiday weekend.
The Chamber is asking all businesses, local groups, schools, sporting organisations, and all and sundry, to come out and take part in our Parade. Visitors from our neighbouring towns and villages are particularly welcome to come and celebrate with us this one-off event in our County Town.
St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional start to the town’s tourism season, and the fact that it’s on a nice, long, weekend should add to everyone’s enjoyment.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:-
1. Best Overall Entry – Sponsored by Gannons Eggs and Poultry;
2. Most Creative Entry – Sponsored by Cox’s Pharmacy;
3. Best Children’s Entry – Sponsored by Mulvey’s Kids Kingdom;
4. Best Youth entry – Sponsored by Carrick Cineplex and Supermacs;
5. Best Window Display – Sponsored by Sherry Fitzgerald Gallagher).
The Parade will be on Sunday, March 17th starting at 12.45. Assembly from 12 at the Circular Road for floats and vehicles. Marching entries please assemble at the Girls’ School, on the old Dublin Road.
Parade entry fees are nominal:- non commercial groups and floats are free. Commercial entries are €30 for the first vehicle and €25 for each subsequent entry. Chamber members get one free entry.
Following a well-attended open meeting hosted by Carrick Chamber in the Bush Hotel last week a new Text Alert Scheme for businesses in Carrick is planned to be in place before Christmas. Chamber president Gerry Faughnan informed the meeting that there was great interest in the scheme from all businesses contacted by the Chamber office. The proposal to implement such a scheme was mooted by the Acting District Officer in Carrick, Inspector Jim Delaney who also addressed the meeting. Additionally, the meeting heard from Chief Superintendent for the Sligo Leitrim Garda Division, Michael Clancy, Local Garda Sergeant Keelan Brennan, and the chair of the existing Carrigallen scheme, Neville Patterson. A committee, headed up by local businessman, Brendan Kieran, volunteered to move the project forward. A short information meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 27th, in The Bush Hotel at 7.30pm for all businesses wishing to join the proposed scheme.
Businesses in Carrick on Shannon are invited to work with the Carrick on Shannon Chamber of Commerce on a new initiative for the town. Following a suggestion at the recent Trade Review Meeting, My Carrick plan to introduce a “My Carrick Discount Card”. The purpose of same is to offer visitors and locals a financial incentive to shop, stay and visit various attractions in Carrick on Shannon. Seeking out special offers has increased in importance for consumers and My Carrick believe that a collective approach across a wide selection of businesses will increase awareness of Carrick on Shannon as a great value destination.
How will it work? Click here to read more…
A yearlong celebration of Carrick on Shannon’s 400th anniversary is being planned for next year. An open meeting for businesses, community organisations and the people of the town, hosted by Carrick Chamber, will be held in The Bush Hotel on Thursday, April 19th at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and hear about the exciting line-up that’s planned. We’re also looking for your ideas.
Carrick’s first St. Patrick’s Day Boating Parade had a large turnout of boats and crews. Various branches of the IWAI, Carrick Rowing Club, Carrick Craft, Emerald Starline, jet skis, RIBs and water skiers all took part. The event also caught the attention of the national media featuring on the RTE news and on online outlet The Journal.ie. Their article entitled ‘Does Carrick-on-Shannon have Ireland’s most unusual St Patrick’s parade?’ had over 6000 views at time of writing. The article also featured local businessman, Gerry McCormack, who was raising money for Haiti by being suspended in a glass box 180 ft above the River Shannon.
A brave man will be taking to the skies in a glass cube suspended over the River Shannon over the St. Patrick’s Holiday Weekend.
Local businessman, Gerry Mc Cormack, of Proglass Windscreens, is undertaking a 48 hour fast with a difference!! He hopes to raise sufficient funds to help a rebuilding project in Haiti dealing with the devastating 2010 earthquake damage.
This year Carrick will have TWO St Patrick’s Day Parades on Saturday, March 17th. Yes everyone. There will be a boating parade on the Shannon immediately following the traditional land based one. Various boats, including power boats, cruisers and ribs, will be taking part, and St Patrick will also grace the occasion along with lots of musical talent.
Carrick Chamber, who organise the traditional Parade, is delighted to announce this additional, colourful, event in conjunction with local branches of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI).
In a direct appeal to the local authority for a 15% cut in Rates, a delegation from Carrick Chamber addressed last Monday’s (5/12/11) council meeting. Terry Casey, a local accountant and Chamber member, addressed the monthly council meeting on a range of issues affecting businesses with huge implications for their profitability and sustainability. However, one of the biggest issues facing businesses is the annual rates bill. Terry also expressed the Chamber’s condolences to Cllr. Sinead Guckian and her family on the recent sad loss of her father, Michael Guckian. Also in the delegation were Gerry Faughnan, Chamber President and Fintan Cox, Chamber Retail Officer.