County Carlow Chamber was today (26 June 2020) awarded the title of ‘Local Authority Collaboration’ for their project, “Chamber Trade Connections Export to Netherlands Programme” at the Chambers Ireland annual Chamber Awards, sponsored by Zurich. The Awards seek to recognise the outstanding work of Chambers throughout the country while providing a national platform for Chambers to share and promote how they continue to be active and excel in developing initiatives, events, campaigns and further activities that contribute to their Chamber locality and wider geographic region.

Siobhan Kinsella, President of Chambers Ireland said,

“It is brilliant that we have this opportunity to celebrate the winners of this year’s Chamber Awards. I am delighted to be able to congratulate County Carlow Chamber today for winning the Award of ‘Local Authority Collaboration’.

The Chamber Awards are a celebration of the work of local Chambers and putting the local businesses that they represent at the heart of their communities. These Awards share a perspective on the work and active engagement that each Chamber puts in with their local communities, amidst ongoing challenges and highlights the standards of excellence the Chamber network establishes as a whole in supporting local business nationwide.

As well as today’s Award win for County Carlow Chamber, I’d like to commend all of the winners of this year’s Chamber Awards for their efforts.

Congratulations once again to County Carlow Chamber on being awarded the accolade of ‘Local Authority Collaboration’. ”

Congratulating County Carlow Chamber, Colm Blake, Head of Insurance Marketing at Zurich Ireland commented,

“Zurich is delighted to continue our support for the annual Chamber Awards. These awards showcase the important work the Chamber network is doing to support businesses of all sizes and sectors across the country. They celebrate the innovation, ingenuity and resilience shown by Chambers and their members, attributes needed in business more than ever.”

Brian O’Farrell, CEO of County Carlow Chamber spoke of their delight at being presented the award for Local Authority Collaboration saying “It is an honour to receive the recognition for this programme, which focused on helping Carlow companies develop opportunities in the Netherlands. A special thanks to Kieran Comerford of the Carlow Local Enterprise Office, Carlow County Council and the companies who took part in the programme who helped to make the programme the success that it is. A special thanks also to the team at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ireland, lead by Ambassador Adriaan Palm who supported us throughout the programme”


Notes to Editors

Chamber Awards
The Chamber Awards seek to recognise the outstanding work of Chambers around the country. They are a chance for Chambers to showcase achievements in a variety of categories, from innovative projects to successful events, lobbying campaigns, collaborations with local authorities and more. The Awards were open to all affiliated Chambers across the country.
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Judging Panel
There was a four-person judging panel made up of respected experts from across the country.

For further information contact Gabriel Doran, Chambers Ireland on 01 400 4331, 086 6081605 or email

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