Carrickmacross is the main town in the south of the county serving the economic needs of a large rural hinterland. The town developed as a market town and is characterised by its long wide street with a number of significant historical buildings. The industrial base of the town grew significantly in the 1970s and 1980s with industries such as Gernord Ltd., Ex-Cel Plastics Limited and Rye Valley Foods. These industries still contribute significantly to the employment base of the town.


With the town’s strategic location along the N2 Dublin-Derry national road, its proximity to Dundalk, gateway for the North-East region, and proximity to the M1 motorway, the town has attracted significant inward investment resulting in a buoyant local economy, strong growth and demand for residential and retail development.

Journey times to airports / ports (mins)

  Dublin Airport Belfast Int. Airport Dundalk Port Drogheda Port Dublin Port Warrenpoint Port
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Business Space

CTEK Bldg 2The C:TEK Building in Carrickmacross offers office and workspace units providing outstanding opportunity to locate your business.  Carrickmacross has 64 hectares of lands zoned Industry & Employment. Significant land parcels are included to the north east and south east of the town along the bypass which facilitates easy access on to the national road network. A nine hectare serviced industrial park with access roads is available at the Convent Lands which have good access links to the national road network. Other commercial opportunities are available throughout the town.

Links to Carrickmacross Town Development:

Map CKDP1 Carrickmacross Town

Map CKDP2 Carrickmacross Town Centre

Information and Communications Technology

The Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) has been provided in the town. The area served can be viewed at

Water/Wastewater services

Carrickmacross has ample provision for water supply and treatment. The town’s current demand for drinking water is 1,400 m³/day with a treatment capacity of 3,200 m³/day.

The town’s wastewater treatment plant has a plant design of 12,150 population equivalent (P.E.) and is currently catering for 11,500 P.E.

Construction on the €5.5m Carrickmacross Water Treatment Plant Design Build and Operate Scheme is to commence in mid 2012, to comprise of the addition of new groundwater sources, the construction of a water treatment plant and reservoir.

The operate element of the contract comprises the operation and maintenance of the designed and constructed facility for a period of up to 20 years including the replacement of all worn and damaged parts as necessary to keep it in perfect working order.

Education and Skills

The town and surrounding area is well served by a network of pre-school and primary schools and has three secondary schools located within the town offering a high quality education. Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) the third level institution for the region is located half an hour’s drive from Carrickmacross. The town is also accessible to a range of other third level institutions, both north and south of the border.


Carrickmacross & Environs has a population of 6,000


Carrickmacross accommodates two hotels (Nuremore and Shirley Arms) with both offering conferencing facilities and one offering full golfing and leisure centre facilities.

The Carrickmacross Workhouse resource centre also offers conference and training facilities. A range of support businesses are provided within the town including financial, legal and IT.


The town and surrounding area offers a range of day and evening activities: golf, leisure centre, lakes, fishing and shopping. The pride and volunteerism of the Carrickmacross people is demonstrated in its achievements in the Tidy Towns competition and in the annual Carrickmacross Festival providing great family fun for the June bank holiday weekend.  Festivals in Carrickmacross include the Carrickmacross Festival, Carrickmacross Arts Festival, Féile Patrick Byrne, Vintage Festivals, Féile Samhain.

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