30 Years of commitment to Piltown Community


Supporting business and encouraging start-ups

In 1980 Piltown GAA ran and developed a very successful Big Draw which was the first of its kind in Ireland. With its success, the members of Piltown GAA Club wished to stimulate and encourage the development of an enterprise culture in the parish of Piltown and in 1987 decided to run a ‘start your own business’ competition, as a result Piltown Community Enterprise was born. 

The beginning

1987 Piltown GAA decided to run a ‘Start Your Own Business’ competition, and as a result Piltown Community Enterprise was formed. The voluntary committee consisted of ten members drawn from other local groups and organisations, with a wide range of experiences and skills.

One of the first projects undertaken by the new board was a Start Your Own Business competition.
With funding from the local GAA and businesses, the I.D.A. and a bank loan, a site was purchased in Fiddown.

A three unit Enterprise Centre consisting of 6,300 sq. ft. was completed and an Enterprise Officer was appointed for a three year period.

Fiddown Centre

Many successful businesses were fostered there.
With minimum overheads in the Centre many businesses incubated and were given the opportunity to research and develop their idea within a safe environment. In 1996 the extension was completed and the Enterprise Centre now consists of 10,000 sq ft providing sustainable employment in Fiddown.

Fiddown Enterprise Centre was sold to T. Butler Engineering, thus ensuring that the company did not relocate to a larger industrial site and loose the skilled jobs to this area.The Centre now has two vibrant businesses and provides over twenty jobs in the village

The Old Creamery

Following the sale PCE purchased the Old Creamery building in the village of Piltown. Acquired by the Board because of its strategic location, this was once the centre of commercial and business activity in the Parish but had fallen into dereliction and dis-repair.
It is an important element of the industrial heritage of Piltown and the chimney presents an elegant landmark punctuating the skyline.
Although a listed building, Planning permission has been obtained for a 3 phase program and phase one is now complete.

Our Projects

Piltown Community Enterprise have promoted many different projects over the past 30 years, focused on helping our community build and sustain Local jobs and businesses

Here are some of these .

Business Support

  • Fiddown Enterprise Centre
  • Piltown Business and Services Directory
  • Town of Food entry
  • Start Your Own Business Competition
  • Broadband Up-grade
 

 

Educational Courses

  • Budget Seminars
  •  Social media courses
  • Preparing a Business Plan
  • Starting and Developing a Business
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    Community Support

    • Enterprise Office
    • Village Renewal Scheme
    • Antiques Roadshow
    • Piltown Does Strictly
    • Clay Pigeon Shoot
    • Parish Plan
    • Piltown Connect
    • Quarterly Parish Newsletter

    Piltown Community Enterprise Board Members

    John O’Shea* (Chairman), Stephanie Coffey(Secretary), Anne Marie Power-Friend (Treasurer), Eddie Blackmore*, Mark Connolly, Dan Kenny, Fiona Kenny, Alan Commins, Robert Dowley, John Maher*, Billy Norris*, Eamon Meade*, Martin Gannon, Philip Walsh, Mary Morgan, Alfie Brophy, (* Denotes founder board member.)

    Educational Courses

  • Budget Seminars
  • Junior Entrepreneur Programme(Piltown School)
  •  Social media courses
  • Preparing a Business Plan
  • Starting and Developing a Business
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