Tullow is an urban centre located on the River Slaney on the north east of the county amidst rich fertile, agricultural hinterland. It is 16km Southeast of Carlow on the R725 and 18km South of Baltinglass via the N81 and is approximately 78km to the south west of Dublin along the R418.
The town of Tullow is well located in relation to road infrastructure and its proximity to the M9 motorway & N80 to Rosslare/Wexford with the N81 running through the town.
The town provides a range of residential, community, commercial and employment functions. It has a number of long established industries and businesses, primary and secondary schools and ample childcare facilities. Carlow Institute of Technology & Carlow College third level institutes are located in nearby Carlow Town. Tullow is located on the fertile banks of the River Slaney and is surrounded by a thriving farming industry.
Tullow is a comparatively old town originating from Anglo-Norman times and grew significantly in the 16th & 17th Century as a Market Town, thus the reason why all development evolves from Market Square in the town. The market square on Tullow’s main street is the town’s focal point with its traditional layout reaching down Bridge Street & up Church Street.
There are four main supermarkets serving the town, as well as a number of cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, chemists, hardware, florists and other business which can be viewed in our business directory. There are large engineering industry as well as warehousing operations. Mount Wolseley Hotel & Spa which includes extensive golfing and leisure facilities along with varying accommodation needs is located within walking distances of the town. While Rathwood Home and Garden is just over 5km outside the town towards Shillelagh. Rathwood offers all visitors an all-round shopping experience, from restaurant, garden centre and clothing stores to beautiful woodland walks and children’s activities. And if that is not enough, your visit can be finished with a trip to the Chocolate Garden of Ireland for great chocolate workshops, handmade chocolate or a hot chocolate.
The completion of the M9 has providing ease of access to Dublin which has given rise to significant demand for housing in the town which led to substantial population growth.
Tullow is serviced by various buses which travel to Waterford, Carlow and Dublin, whilst the closest Railway Station is Carlow Town, along the Dublin – Waterford Line.
Based on the 2016, the town of Tullow currently has a population of 4673, however this does not include those living within the hinterlands. The current population of Tullow is over 5,000 persons.
Further information on Tullow, its population, industry and amenities as well as some of the future plans for the area can be access in the “Tullow Local Area Plan 2017 to 2023” which is available to download here on the Carlow County Council website.