From internet hosting technology to a treatment for tired eyes, from sportswear to world-leading water technologies, some of Ireland’s latest innovations developed by Carlow-based companies, will be on display at the National Ploughing Championships 2013.

Located this year at Ratheniska, County Laois, from 24-26 September, the championships will showcase the ‘Experience Carlow’ stand.

Supported by Carlow County Enterprise Board in total 16 county Carlow companies will exhibit a wide range of goods and services across sectors including, health, lifestyle, home and garden, tourism and fashion. The exhibitors are confident of receiving €250,000 worth of orders during this year’s championships.

Exhibitors will include Cheetah Electronics, which has been manufacturing industrial applications in Ballon, Co Carlow since 1974 and is a leading provider of water technology. R-wear is a quality brand developed for the sport, casual and optical wear market that is official sponsor and sportswear supplier to the Irish Curling Team.

Other companies participating in the Experience Carlow tent is Blacknight Internet Solutions, the Irish market leader in its field which manages hosting services throughout Ireland and the UK, while the ‘Eye Spoon’ is a solution for tired, red, itchy and scratchy eyes, developed by Dr Michéal Gallagher of The Original Eye Spoon Company.

“The National Ploughing Championships is an important platform for small and medium sized enterprises throughout the region,” said Kieran Comerford, CEO of the Carlow County Enterprise Board.

He continued: “The Experience Carlow stand will allow visitors to sample a diverse range of successful products, goods and services, which in turn encourages the local economy and promotes Irish-owned businesses. The 16 exhibitors taking part in the scheme, which includes both long-established and new businesses is a testament to the enterprise initiative in Carlow.”

Organisers are expecting nearly 200,000 visitors from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 September. The Experience Carlow stand will be a focal point of the many exhibits and tents on show at the 100 acre trade arena.

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