Castlerea Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town event

Great community Weekend (9-10 December)

Castlerea has been selected as a Bank of Ireland ‘Enterprise Town’. The bank has taken a three-pillar approach to this initiative, whereby the local Branch Manager, Sean Beirne, is working closely with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in the town. 

  Various planned activities will take place over the weekend of Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of December, the aim of which is to promote and drive momentum for SMEs in the locality, while showcasing all that the town has to offer. 

  The initiative will include a Business & Community Expo which will take place on Friday, 9th of December and a Business, Sports and Community Expo which will take place on Saturday, 10th of December. Both events will take place in Castlerea Enterprise Hub and are free to attend. The events are open to both customers and non-customers of Bank of Ireland.

  Special guests will include Rachel Allen, who will be judging cookery competitions with the local schools.

  Minister Denis Naughten will officially open the new Castlerea Food Hub. There will be panel discussions covering a wide range of topics including challenges facing local agriculture with guest speakers from Teagasc, Macra and IFA. Santa Claus will also be in attendance in the kids’ corner of the hall and there will be music and entertainment for the family throughout the two days. Final details of the itinerary will be available in next week’s edition of the paper.

  Commenting on the initiative, Sean Beirne, Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland, Castlerea said: “We are very excited to host the ‘Enterprise Town’ initiative in Castlerea. I am delighted to see the great level of support from the local community for the initiative and we are calling on businesses, community groups and sports clubs to get involved.

  “The Enterprise Town initiative gives businesses the opportunity to promote what they have to offer. It takes a community to build a community and with the platform Enterprise Town provides, matched with the commitment shown from the people of the area, the Castlerea Enterprise Town initiative promises to deliver a major boost to the local economy and community life. The event is a fantastic opportunity for the Castlerea area.”

  Businesses, clubs and societies interested in taking part in the events can register by emailing Sean Beirne on or calling into the Castlerea branch to speak to a member of staff.