Carrick on Shannon has retained its Purple Flag standard for its evening and night time economy. The Purple Flag standard awarded to towns, similar to the Blue Flag for beaches, aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 18:00 & 05:00. Towns awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant mix of entertainment while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents.
Carrick on Shannon was the smallest town in Ireland to achieve this prestigious standard in 2015 and each year the town has to ensure it maintains or improves on the standard achieved. Carrick on Shannon’s Purple Flag Steering Group is comprised of local business, local authority staff and elected members, Tidy Towns and Gardai. The initiative is funded by Carrick on Shannon Chamber of Commerce and Leitrim County Council and co-ordinated by the Economic Development Unit of Leitrim County Council. Work with the Steering Group and other local interests through Spring and Summer on the renewal application and overnight assessments led to a successful retention of the standard as judged by independent assessors.
As part of the Renewal Process, a Public Perception Survey was carried out on the town’s offering again in 2018. The businesses in the town – Aura Leisure, Landmark Hotel, Carrick Cineplex, Oarsman Bar and Restaurant and Moonriver put together a very attractive prize of a VIP Day in Carrick on Shannon for people completing the survey. 382 people completed the survey in 2018.
The survey showed that approximately 82% of people think that the day time offering in Carrick on Shannon is good or very good while 80% think the night time offer is good or very good. People were also asked to rate different aspects of the town – 70% of respondents felt that the street cleanliness, selection of bars, cafes and restaurants were very good or excellent while the work of the Tidy Towns was acknowledged with floral displays and bug hotel making a great impression.
70% rated safety in the town as very good/excellent which is a 3% increase on the baseline year 2015.
Carrick on Shannon will be participating in Purple Flag months during October 2018 with planned events in Carrick on Shannon and we look forward to welcoming you.