Widening our focus across Carlow

Thomas Moland's survey of Carlow 1703
Carlow town has a rich heritage, not least in connection with the Irish Rebellion of 1798. As with many of our town centre projects, we’ve enjoyed getting under the skin of the town and developing a strategy to highlight the town’s unique story.

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Our wayfinding strategy for the town of Carlow in south-east Ireland is complete and we are now working up the detailed design which will go out to tender at the end of the month.

The project has been a real pleasure so we’re delighted to have been appointed by Carlow County Council for a second phase: to widen the focus of the wayfinding strategy and deliver a scheme for the whole county.

The town centre scheme will provide gateway, monolith and street name plaques at the key destinations and decisions points across the town.  Our design concept incorporates the robust nature of Corten style finish with muted colours that reflect the town’s heritage, plus a cut out of a stylised castle profile turret which acts as a window to frame important views.

Sue Manley, Placemarque’s Strategy Director, said:

“Carlow has a rich heritage ranging from its medieval castle and buildings, its connections with the Irish Rebellion in 1798 and being the home of some significant pioneers in science and engineering.

“Our wayfinding scheme brings out these themes through interpretation boards, helping to celebrate what makes Carlow special.  The next step will be to understand the town of Carlow’s role within the context of the county, and encourage visitors to explore wider afield.”

We have been working closely with local stakeholders and our heritage consultant Judith Hill to develop the intrepretation sign content and locations and look forward to extending and developing the wayfinding concept across the county, to identify and highlight Carlow’s other attractions for visitors and locals to explore further.

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