Kilkenny business gets a chance at ploughing 2023

Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Michael Doyle with Gail Daniel, Owner of Bó Bar Soap who will represent Kilkenny at this year’s Local Enterprise Village in the National Ploughing Championships. Photo by: Vicky Comerford

One of Kilkenny’s best small businesses will get a chance to exhibit their business to almost 300,000 people at the National Ploughing Championships next month as part of the Local Enterprise Village.

Bó Bar Soap who are supported by Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny are an udderly delightful natural soap company. They are lovingly handmade using whole milk from their award winning, grass fed, family run dairy farm in South Kilkenny where happy cows = happy milk. Products can be bought online via

The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will see over 30 small businesses from across the country take a stand in the Local Enterprise Village in the heart of the Ploughing Championships, opening their businesses up to almost 300,000 prospective customers across the 3 days of the event.

Gail Daniels, owner of Bó Bar Soap mentions how she is delighted to be selected to represent Kilkenny at this year’s Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships: “I have been going to the Ploughing Championships since I was 15 and always loved going into the Local Enterprise Village to see the selection of businesses from around the country. It is always such a vibrant atmosphere and a fantastic opportunity to showcase our small business to the whole of Ireland. The Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny has been a huge help in establishing my business and the team continue to help and support me along my business journey. They really champion local businesses in Kilkenny and offer so much support and training.”

The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices was launched by Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Neale Richmond T.D. and will be open as part of the Ploughing Championships taking place in Ratheniska, County Laois from the 19th to 21st September this year.

Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Michael Doyle mentions that “The National Ploughing Championship is one of the biggest occasions on the Irish calendar and there are very few events that draw a crowd as large as this over 3 days. For a small Kilkenny business, this is a huge opportunity to engage with thousands of prospective customers every day and this could have a significant impact on their business.”

Aileen McGrath, Acting Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny adds “We have been working with Bó Bar Soap all across the summer on their products, marketing and merchandising for the event so they can maximise this amazing opportunity. There’s something for everyone in the Local Enterprise Village.”

Some of the clients involved this year cover areas such a kids clothing & games, agtech products, luxury bathing and skincare products, artisan food and drink producers, sustainable clothing and beauty products and range of innovative products from Ireland’s best small businesses. Year on year the Local Enterprise Village proves to be one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the Ploughing Championships. For more information see


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