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17/10/2021

Locals show community solidarity with Caragh traders - Councillor acknowledges KCC sponsorship and support from local GAA and primary school

The community of Caragh presented an evening of entertainment on Saturday, 3rd October, to support the plight of local traders. Since the closure of Caragh Bridge over a month ago, local shops and service providers have been seriously impacted with footfall dramatically increased and passing trade virtually having disappeared. Local Councillor Robert Power spear-headed the event with Kildare County Council the main sponsor. “When you look at the impact the bridge closure has had on our small village, you cannot fail to be concerned. This is a small community with friends and family's jobs and income being impacted" said Councillor Power. Several businesses have reported to KildareNow that they were forced to cut employee hours. Roads works and finance have been secured and weather permitting, it is hoped that bridge repairs will be completed in the [caption id="attachment_47505" align="alignnone" width="300"] Cllr Robert Power who helped organise last night's event photographer here with Cllr Fiona O'Loughlin Cllr Robert Power who helped organise last night's event photographer here with Cllr Fiona O'Loughlin[/caption] The village green hosted entertainment stalls and fun events coming months. "We are pleading with local residents to support our shops during the bridge closure" added Cllr Power. "Don’t go to the big supermarket, shop local this week and support your local businesses. I'd also like to acknowledge the support of Raheens GAA and Caragh National School". Along with an outdoor viewing of Back to the Future across a 20ft inflatable screen, Caragh hosted  bouncing castles, face painting, children's baking and colouring competitions plus exhibitions from Caragh Nurseries and the local Kick-boxing Club. The event culminated in Cooke's of Caragh with a DJ whilst Glendon butchers supplied a barbeque.

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