National Enterprise Town Awards: Borris

We are profiling all the towns to enter this year’s National Enterprise Town Awards. Today we are looking at Borris, Co Carlow.

Borris is a town of high architectural qualities located in a distinct landscape of great beauty. Borris developed as an integral part of the overall development of Borris House and Estate in the 19th Century.

The town of Borris is situated in south Carlow, along the R729 approximately 35 kilometres from Carlow Town.

Borris town is an important urban settlement in County Carlow with a current population of 2,597 including the surrounding hinterland. There are a number of established industries and business in the area.

Location, location, location

The town is well served by primary and local secondary schools and avails of third level educational facilities at nearby Carlow town. Located on the River Barrow the town is central to a thriving agricultural and amenity hinterland.

The town is well located in relation to the road network in the region. Local infrastructure, townscape and River Barrow amenity have improved the attractiveness of the town as a commercial growth centre and as a residential settlement. Imminent housing development presents a stern challenge to provide adequate community, amenity and recreational facilities.

Borris town has a unique architectural and cultural heritage. Its streetscape and built environment are the focus of national attraction. Borris House and its demesne complement and greatly enhance the ancient heritage status of Borris. The former Railway Viaduct represents a valuable architectural heritage asset while Borris Golf Club is a uniquely beautiful amenity.

The modern town of Borris has developed admirably particularly industrial growth which features firms that have established international trading relationships. Business units within the town include retail, restaurant, banking, professional service and a popular public house network. Recent private housing development is emerging to meet the growing demand of a prosperous local population. The town’s businesses have responded to tourism and local leisure demand.

Main image: NETA judges meeting members of the Borris community during the recent judging sessions

Edited by John Kennedy (

Published: 21 October, 2019