Arklow This Week
Arklow Camera Club Photographic Exhibition
The annual member’s exhibition of Arklow Camera Club continues until next Saturday 25th March in the Library (normal library opening times). Visit www.wicklow.ie/arklow for library opening times. This club is Arklow’s oldest photographic association, its emphasis is on fun and learning and not competition. It is the perfect forum to learn the basics and experienced members are only too willing to help new members. They meet at Marshland Leisure Centre just off the Dublin Road at least once a month while other meetings are held out in the field.
For further information on the club visit www.arklowcameraclub.ie.
Photograph courtesy of Tom Gray, Chairperson of Arklow Camera Club.
AMA Springtime Fashion Extravaganza
Springtime Fashion Extravaganza presented by Arklow Music & Arts on Thursday 30th March at 7.30pm. The fashion will be provided by McMullans, Floods Menswear, Ideal Schoolwear, M.A. Healy & Sons Ltd, Sean Gilligan Productions ‘Sparkle’ custumes and show hire, Theresa Bury Design, Fashion by Elle, St. Mary’s Junk Kouture, BPB, Kustomkidz, Laura Flemming Millinary and Dunnes Stores. Also featured will be the “Arklow Gansey” which was made using a style of knitting unique to Arklow. The MCs for the show will be Jim Furlong and Elaine Sweeney.
Aughrim Welcomes AMD Representatives
Arklow Municipal District members recently held their meeting in the community centre in Aughrim. This was the first ever council meeting to take place in the village and fulfilled a previous agreement to occasionally meet outside their Arklow office. Apart from the normal business of the meeting presentations were received from Aughrim Active Retirement Group, Aughrim Business Association, Aughrim Community Field Association and Bs Brid Kennedy Owens, Principal of Aughrim Sacred Heart National School.
Cathaoirleach Pat Kennedy opened the meeting and said “Having the meeting in Aughrim today creates a little bit of history as this is the first ever council meeting to be held in the village, so today we write a new chapter in what we do as public representatives”.
St. Patricks Day success in Arklow
Arklow put its best foot forward on St. Patrick’s Day with a great turn out for the annual parade in the town from the community groups and businesses alike. The sea of colour, enthusiasm, smiling faces and sheer joy showed what a town can do when it pulls and works together, even the rain managed to stay away until the parade passed the reviewing stand at the Parade Ground. John Summer’s, Grand Marshall and representing Arklow First Responders, was a great choice also. The Presentation to the winners of the awards will take place in The Bridge Hotel, Arklow on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm, everyone welcome. The winner of the Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display was Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers whose float is pictured below.
Congratulations to all the winners:
Best Float – Arklow Vikings
Best Commercial Display – Arklow Bay Hotel
Best Non Commercial Display – Arklow Rowing Club
Best Marching Group – Arklow Pipe Band
Best Traditional Float – The Shamrocker & the Hippy Shakers
Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display – Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers
Most Entertaining Group – Studio 55
Most Topical – Roosters Motorcycle Club
Best Shop Window Display – Little Treasure Playgroup
Best Vintage Display – Murt Mulligan
Youth Award – The Baton Twirlers
Best Uniformed Group – Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble
Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee, who were running this year’s parade for the first would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the day so successful, taking over from Jimmy Russell, Peter Kearns and the late Denis Naughter who had been running the parade for over 21 years. Chairman of this year’s committee, Colm Moules, thanked them for the wonderful work they did over this period and all their hard work which did not go unnoticed. Both Peter and Jimmy were present to help the committee with their vast experience and knowledge, in getting the parade off to a very successful start again this year, many thanks for the support.
All the groups and organisations and businesses played a very important role in making the day such a success and to them the committee extend their thanks. The parade each year takes a lot of time and planning and the committee did a wonderful job on their maiden voyage, they were: Colm Moules, Tommy Annesley, Tina O Sullivan, Mary Burke, Jim Hoey, Sharon Whelan, Dicey O Reilly, Donal Molloy, and Vinny Byrne. A wonderful display of bunting and flags adorned the main street, thanks to all those who helped put them up.