Caragh throws party tomorrow to help boost the village hit by bridge closure

Caragh is throwing a party this weekend to help boost the village hit by the closure of its historic bridge. Specialist repair works on the protected monument, which was built over the Liffey in 1656, is due to finish early next month. Locals are now coming together tomorrow to help boost business in the village which has been hit by the lack of access for shoppers. Attractions such as an open air cinema and bouncy castle tomorrow are sponsored by Kildare County Council and supported by Raheens and Caragh National School as well as all the local businesses. Local Councillor Robert Power said the closure of the bridge on a small village like Caragh has potentially put jobs and livelihoods in the area at risk. He said: "These are the jobs of our friends and family we’re talking about. "A drop in takings means a bill might not be paid somewhere else or a neighbour gets a cut in their hours." Cllr Power added: "Saturday’s initiative is all about driving footfall into the local shops. "We’re telling people don’t go to the big supermarket, shop local this week and we’re giving them every reason to stay in the village. "We’ll have bouncing castles, face painting, kid’s baking and colouring competitions and exhibitions from Caragh Nurseries and the local Kickboxing Club." On Saturday evening the village green will be transformed into an open-air cinema venue with a 20ft inflatable screen showing 1980's classic Back to Future. Cllr Power said: "Everyone will be encouraged to stock up on popcorn and treats in Centra or Applegreen and Glendon's butchers will be supplying a BBQ. "To cap the night off Cookes will have a DJ in and will be showing off their new cocktail menu!”

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