Thurles Enterprise Town Expo Set For March

Do you wish to highlight what your business can offer to customers?
Do you feel the need to inform those in the community, precisely what your organisation is attempting to achieve?

If so, then the upcoming Thurles Enterprise Town Expo could be just the thing for you.


Thurles Branch of Bank of Ireland, through their Manager Patricia Ryan, is facilitating an initiative which will see a major expo based on the three pillars – Business, Community and Schools – of our local community, with same taking place on Friday and Saturday March 11th and 12th in St Patrick’s College, here in Thurles.

Following a very successful and well attended launch at the B.O.I. branch in liberty Square on Thursday evening last, full community participation is anticipated in a drive to portray Thurles as the Enterprise Town.

A special organising committee has been established for the event and a fun run/walk will also be part of the activities which will see clubs, organisations, societies and community associations, rubbing shoulders with the many superb businesses operating in Thurles; together with the schools/colleges; to showcase their overall activities. This promises to be a very unique event for the premier town.

Patricia Ryan told those in attendance last week; “We are privileged to be able to introduce the Enterprise Town concept to Thurles. Everyone will have a chance to showcase everything they wish and having witnessed it first hand in Callan, County Kilkenny where I live, I can vouch for the success of the programme and the benefits to be accrued.”

As part of this initiative Thurles Vintage Club will also hold a Tractor Run on the 13th March, thereby making the event in reality more of a three day occasion. The chosen charities for the Enterprise Town are Suir Haven and North Tipperary Hospice with the funds being raised through registration for the Tractor Run, and also for the Fun Walk/Run on the Saturday morning. Entry, for participants and visitors to the Expo in St Patrick’s College is free of charge to both exhibitors and visitors, but exhibitors must book in advance in order to be allocated exhibition space.

Thurles Chamber of Commerce elected President, Mr John Butler backed whole heartedly the initiative and commended Bank of Ireland for putting Thurles forward as an Enterprise Town. “Here is”, he stated, “a great opportunities to promote Thurles and what it has to offer from a business, community and enterprise perspective”.

Exhibitors will be allocated space in the chosen venue on Friday afternoon – the event takes place from 4:00pm7:00pm on Friday and from 11:00am2:00pm on Saturday. Bank of Ireland will match the funds raised for both charities up to a maximum of €1,000.  There will also be a schools element to the initiative with opportunities to view school exhibits in the afternoon – the students of today are the business people of tomorrow after all.

Josette Hartnett, a native of Thurles, who has worked on a number of Enterprise Town programmes, said she was thrilled to have it in her native town and outlined the benefits which can accrue from it. She encouraged all Businesses, Enterprises, Clubs, Societies and Organisations to get involved and stated that participation in the event will help to open up those participating to a much wider audience.

A keynote speaker at this event will be announced very soon and the hard working committee are putting the preparations in place to ensure that everything runs smoothly over the course of the two day event.

Remember: If you are interested in participating, you must register with Bank of Ireland immediately. “This can be a major success for Thurles and I encourage everyone to get involved,” stated B.O.I. Branch Manager Patricia Ryan.


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