Ahoy Athy!

All hands on deck at ‘First Friday’ launch of Athy Boat Tours

The Chamber was delighted to host its July ‘First Friday’ networking event in association with the Athy Enterprise launch of boat tours on the River Barrow and Grand canal and Kildare Co. Council’s design consultation event on the future development of Emily Square and environs. There was a great turn out of business owners from the South Kildare area on what was a very enjoyable and positive occasion for Athy Town and Municipal district. The ribbon cutting and champagne popping honours were performed on the day by the new Mayor of Kildare, Cllr. Ivan Keatley, on his first official engagement.


Hundreds of local residents, business owners and visitors took the opportunity to meet and discuss plans for the town with the urban designers from the Paul Hogarth Company in what was a very child-friendly carnival atmosphere.


Athy is relatively unique with both a river and canal passing through it and maximizing their tourism potential is crucial to developing local enterprise. The boat tours would make a great corporate or staff outing.


Kildare Co. Council’s Lucina Russell (Arts Officer) and Joe Boland (Director of Services/Athy Municipal District Manager)


Mairead Hennessy (Taxkey), Linda Gill Ryan (Essential Safety), Mayor Ivan Keatley, Bernadette Doyle (Healing Hands)


Michael and Anna Connaughton (Connaughton Auctioneers), Pat Dunne (Paddy Dunne’s Bar + Lounge)


Allan Shine (Chamber CEO), James Hennessy (Paul Hogarth Company/Urban Designers), Adrian Conlan (Chair, Local Enterprise Sub-Committee – Athy Enterprise Network)