Piltown Community Enterprise
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.
First 'Start your own Business Competition'
1987 Piltown GAA decided to run a ‘Start Your Own Business’ competition, a committee chaired by the late John O’Shea was formed and as a result Piltown Community Enterprise was established. The voluntary committee consisted of ten members drawn from other local groups and organisations, with a wide range of experiences and skills.
John, a dynamic Chairman, led the organisation and was a driving force in the revival of many projects and the starting of new ones it the until his death.
.The many projects that he instigated and oversaw will stand as a lasting memorial to Johnny.
A three unit Enterprise Centre consisting of 6,300 sq. ft. was completed and an Enterprise Officer was appointed for a three year period.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.
The Centre now has two vibrant businesses and provides over twenty jobs in the village of Fiddown.
The Old Creamery
Fiddown Enterprise Centre was sold to T. Butler Engineering, and following the sale PCE purchased the Old Creamery building in the village of Piltown. This was acquired by the Board because of its strategic location in the centre of the village. This was once the hub 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 parish and the chimney presents an elegant landmark punctuating the skyline.
A derelict site has been transformed into a well designed Enterprise Centre with 5 units of various sizes. It has brought a vibrancy and commercial back to what was the business hub of Piltown.
Vice-Chairman: Mark Connolly, Secretary: Mary Morgan, Treasurer: Anne-Marie Power-Friend,
John Maher*, Billy Norris*, Eamon Meade*, Dan Kenny, Alan Commins, Martin Gannon, Philip Walsh, Stephen Cummins, Alfie Brophy, Ruth Meade, Valerie Nolan.
Programme Manager: Gerri Hickey
(* Denotes founder board member.)
Piltown Community Enterprise,
a registered business name of Piltown Community Enterprise Centre Limited.
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