New Chamber president exploring trade connections with India

Less than 24 hours after taking over as the 37th President of the County Carlow Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism; Colin Duggan met with Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Ambassador of India to Ireland in his first official engagement, exploring opportunities for trade and collaboration for Carlow companies.

The meeting with Ambassador Kumar was hosted in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, which allowed for a socially distanced discussion on the range of businesses across Carlow in a variety of sectors and the challenges facing business both in Ireland and India. The Ambassador was very interested to hear about many of Carlow’s indigenous companies and how we could look at developing links for trade and collaboration with partners in India.

Commenting on the meeting Colin said “There are a wide range of opportunities available to Carlow companies globally, and through our Chamber Trade Connections programme we aim to help them to build the connections to assist them in embracing these opportunities for trade and collaboration.

Todays meeting was very positive, and we already have a number of interesting opportunities to explore further with the Ambassador and his team.”

To mark the first visit of Ambassador Kumar to Carlow, Colin presented him with a copy of “County Carlow – visions of town and country” by local author jimmy O’Toole and also with a copy of from “Kyle Hill to Pennsylvania” the true story by Paddy Byrne of the extraordinary development of a small company in rural Ireland, which grew to employ over 1000 people and now ranks in the top league of hydraulic cylinders makers in the world.


Photography by Thomas Sunderland – (L-R) Colin Duggan, President of County Carlow Chamber; Noel Doyle, Equinox Educational Services; Mohammed Hussain, Curry Garden Indian Restaurant’ H.E Mr Sandeep Kumar, Ambassador of India to Ireland, Brian O’Farrell, CEO County Carlow Chamber

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