New Smart Village Enquiry from Ireland

Smart Village, received some interest recently from the small town of Borris in County Carlow in Ireland. Aoibheann who runs the steering group within Borris was impressed with the Strathyre Smart Village Portal design and its content and hopes to be able to create their own version along similar lines.

Borris is a small town with a population similar in size to Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead. It lies in an attractive part of Ireland close to the bordering Counties Wicklow and Wexford to the East and County Kilkenny to the West.

The town has one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland as well as a 16-arch limestone viaduct (the 16 Bridges) built in 1860 and designed by William le Fanu. It has a mixed national school and vocational school (colloquially known as "The Tech" or "BVS"), a church, seven public houses, three take-aways, and three convenience stores (Cosgraves/Costcutters, O'Sheas/Centra and Borris Service Stn.)

The old school closed in 1980 and has been used by different community groups including Scouting Ireland, which has a branch of Scouts, Cubs and Beavers there. It also houses CRISP (Carlow Rural Information Services Project). Recently a branch of Carlow County Library has opened in the old school buildings. Between the Library and CRISP, there is a Tourism Information Point.

Borris House has catered for weddings and held poetry readings and concerts and a "Christmas at the Castle" event in December 2011. It also played host to the National Country Fair in 2012. Borris House also holds a writing festival every summer.

I had the pleasure of visiting this attractive area whilst doing hydrology work near the river Barrow. We hope to hear how things progress on the "Smart Village Borris" Application.


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