Arklow This Week

Interruption to Water Supply in Arklow Town on Thursday 10th September

Irish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council wish to advise residents of Arklow Town, in particular around the areas of Lamberton, The Kish, Emoclew Road, Knockenrahen and Ballynattin that water will be shut off in parts of the town from 9am until 7pm on Thursday 10th September.

This shut off is necessary as ESB Networks are undertaking Quality of Supply improvements in the area.

For further information please contact Irish Water Customer Services on 1800 278 278.

 

Arklow Further Education and Training Centre

Fernhill Plaza Wexford Road Arklow

0402 39680

Fernhil PlazaWe have some places available on our courses starting in September.

Leaving Certificate for adults, this is a two year course that includes Maths, English, history Economics, Biology, Art and Computers. Students on this course can progress onto Third Level education or onto PLC course or into employment.

Certificate in Community Care QQI Level 5 5M2786. This is a year long course for adults who wish to work in Nursing homes or as home helps. The modules include Human Growth and development, Care provision and practice, Care of the older person, Safety and Health at Work, Communications, Equality and disability, Work experience Word processing and Occupational First Aid.

Certificate in Business QQI Level 6 6M4985. This course is suitable for adults who have good computer skills or who have completed a Level 5 course. The modules include Business Management, Communications, Word processing, Spreadsheets, Web authoring, Database, Personal and professional development.

Art portfolio preparation Course. This is a part time course designed to support and guide those who want to refresh their artistic skills and begin pursuing a career in Art and Design.

If you are interested in any of these courses please contact Maria or Melissa on 0402 23455 or 0402 39680 or by email at vtosarklow@eircom.net

courses

 

Local Community Restore Old Kilbride Cemetery

As part of Heritage Week Minister Simon Harris officially opened Old Kilbride Cemetery in Arklow.  He congratulated local volunteers who undertook this restoration project.  This cemetery is unique in that is features a pyramid tomb, commissioned in the late 1700s by Ralph Howard, the first Viscount of Wicklow.  In his speech Minister Harris said it is important, especially during Heritage Week that we take stock of the heritage sites within our communities.

Minolta DSC

 

Tourism Potential of Avoca Mines

Avoca MinesOn Wednesday 26th August Minister Simon Harris brought together a number of stake holders, including the Avoca Heritage Committee, Failte Ireland, Wicklow County Tourism and the County Wicklow Heritage Officer, to discuss the tourism potential of the mines at Avoca.  He stated he is keen that Failte Irelands newest tourism initiative, ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ will feature an element of Ireland’s industrial heritage and would like to ensure that Avoca Mines is included as it is a unique insight into the industrial past of Wicklow.  The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has committed to a €3 million investment in public health and safety works on the site over the period 2014 – 2016.  As each area of the mine undergoes work, public access will then be enabled.

 

Tidy Towns

Members of Arklow Tidy Towns have been invited to the televised Tidy Towns award ceremony at The Helix for the first time since it was founded 40 years ago. The group was delighted to get confirmation of the invitation and looks forward to attending on September 28 where the awards winners will be announced.

 

Avonmore Musical Society

Avonmore Musical Society held their main and very popular fundraiser “Strictly Come Dancing” last Saturday night in the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Chairman Rob Donnelly would like to thank all the couples who danced and everyone who came for helping make the night such a wonderful success. With over 750 audience members present plus 20 couples dancing representing various groups and charities the hotel was packed to capacity and the atmosphere was electric.

The 20 couples performed their individual dances and the Avonmore girls also performed a dance to “Buenos Aries” to advertise Avonmore’s next Musical Production “Evita” which will be staged from Tues 29th March to Saturday 2nd April 2016. The main winners on the night were Gerry Brauders & Eimear Harper who won on behalf of “Caveman”.

Avonmore

For more information please visit:

http://www.wicklownews.net/2015/08/gerry-and-eimear-win-avonmore-strictly/

http://www.avonmoremusicalsociety.com/

 

Duck Pond shortlisted for national Chambers award

duck pond2Arklow Duck Pond has been shortlisted for a national Chambers Ireland award. The local amenity which was entered by Arklow Municipal District under Wicklow County Council and it was confirmed in recent days that the area is a finalist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards. Now in their twelfth year, the awards recognise and celebrate the work carried out in communities by local authorities. Over the past six years a vast amount of work has been completed to transform the Duck Pond to a safe and social area for everyone to enjoy day and night. Congratulations to everyone involved from Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce !!!

 

Tom Lawler’s solo art exhibition at the Visual Art Gallery in Arklow

Wicklow artist Tom Lawler shared his most recently produced works with the community of Arklow over the past couple of weeks at the latest exhibition to take place at the Local Arklow Visual Art Gallery. The gallery was delighted to host the show, which included Tom’s acrylic and gouache work. Tom spent the past year producing this large body of work which was well received by the public and at the gallery. His paintings are vibrant abstractions inspired by a library of artistic books.

acrylic paint


Innovations Theatre School

Innovaions Theatre SchoolIf you want your child to build confidence, learn new skills and make friends – come on upcoming open day on Wednesday September 9th. Innovations Theatre School provides all of this for children aged 5-18 in their weekly classes in Arklow. The open day will be at their regular venue of The Centre, Wexford Road, Arklow from 5pm to 7 pm, where new students will be able to try out a full two – hour session of dance, singing and acting alongside the regular classes. There will also be a short informal audition for entry into the school. Classes take place at that time every week from September to May. Fees are €170 for 10 weeks, with 30 weeks through the year. To book a place on the open day or for more information please contact 087 1364219 or 086 3442916. You can also check out the Innovations Theatre School Website http://www.innovations.ie/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/InnovationsTheatreSchool/info?tab=page_info.

Innovaions Theatre School2