National Enterprise Town Awards: Charleville

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

Charleville town is a well-known provisional location with the N20 passing through the heart of the centre of town. It is proximity to Cork City and Limerick City is about 50 minutes and 30 minutes respectively.

The town’s old name was Rathcogan but it was renamed Charleville in 1661 after Charles II who has been restored to the English throne the previous year.

It is a vibrant centre for the food processing industry with brands such as Charleville Cheese and Golden Vale produced by Kerry Co-Op.

The population of Charleville is in the region of 4,000 residents and 197 business are located there.

The town serves a large catchment area with up to 80,000 people within a 60km radius.

There are 66 different local organisations from theatre and arts to business representative groups such as Charleville Chamber of Commerce.

Charleville is a centre of excellence for engineering with an expertise in the dairy, oil and gas and pharmaceutical. Large companies located in Charleville such as Kerry Ingredients, Dawn Meats, Lidl, BCD, FLO Tech and Response Engineering specifically.

It has a vibrant Tidy Towns and Community Council that do great work and maintain the amenity areas, keeping Charleville looking its best. Recent additions are the cultural and historical items at the water feature.

The specific social and economic activities undertaken over the years by Charleville Chamber of Commerce have been the following projects:

  • Design concept for the Town Plaza to encourage more public events
  • Collaboration with town centre shopping centre development
  • Moatville House – Structural feasibly study
  • Establishing a community outdoor gym in collaboration with the local Lions Club
  • Identifying approved walk ways
  • Virtual historical tour of Charleville
  • CCTV security cameras
  • The Dirty Old Town initiative
  • The County Development Plan and M20 plan

Edited by John Kennedy (

Published: 25 October, 2019