A new Naas Town Committee was formed in recent weeks under the umbrella of the North Kildare Chamber of Commerce. The new committee has been hard at work over the past few weeks co-ordinating many activities around the upcoming Punchestown Festival. This year there will be buskers on the streets, a farmers market showcasing artisan foods, the town will be awash with Flags, buntings & banners and in excess of 30 businesses are taking part in the “Paint the Town Red competition” with a prize fund of €1,000.
Robert Mehigan, Chair of the Town Committee said, “ Naas is united, we have a newly formed voluntary committee representing 15 businesses from all sectors within Naas. We are looking forward to the Punchestown festival and our aim over the next 3 months is to map out our key initiatives for the Town of Naas that will assist both the business and the visitor experience in the town. Punchestown is the highlight of the year for many businesses with local hotels, restaurants, pubs and shops all benefitting from the festival.
Allan Shine, CEO of the North Kildare Chamber said this morning “This year, 12 businesses in Kildare are main sponsors of races at the Punchestown Festival and the economic benefit to the local economy will reach €65 million this year. We are expecting this year’s Festival to break several records especially with the reported increase in visitors from abroad. Every Hotel in Kildare is reporting excellent occupancy figures and this is a great opportunity for us all to showcase the entire County. With a record prize fund, an increase in visitors, an increase in local businesses sponsoring races at the festival and all corporate hospitality sold out in advance, Punchestown Festival 2015 looks set to remain one of Ireland’s Top Sporting Festival’s.”