Arklow This Week 9th November 2018

The Elders “Fare thee Well” Irish Tour 2018

World renowned  musicians “The Elders” make their 16th annual trip home to Ireland from their base in Kansas City, USA for their “True” Irish Tour, from 30th October – 12th November inclusive. The band will travel around Ireland, taking the following venues: “The Abbey” in Donegal, “Monroe’s” in Galway, “The Great Southern Hotel”, Killarney, “Shortt’s” in Waterford, “Johnnie Foxe’s” in Glencullen and The Arklow Bay Hotel, with a record number of over 300 of their fans this year from across the USA.

On their Irish tour they will play in the Arklow Bay Hotel, on Friday 9th November at 8.00pm, doors open at 7.30pm, with special guests: Denise Brennan with John Nolan, Breda O’Connor School of Irish Dancing, Cairde Le Cheile Traditional Group where audiences are in for a real musical treat and will be a night you will not want to miss. Tickets are available from: Arklow Bay Hotel Reception, Plain & Pearl, Lower Main Street, The Harbour Bar, Lower Main Street, Kavanagh’s Newsagents, Wexford Road, or any committee member of AMA (Arklow Music & Arts Group). Tickets €10 in advance or €12 on the night and all proceeds from the night will go towards The Lavender Ward, Nolan House, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow and Arklow Music & Arts’ campaign to secure the provision of a Music and Arts Centre for Arklow.

Avonmore M.S. Announce auditions for “9 to 5”

Avonmore Musical are delighted and excited to be staging the Dolly Parton Musical “9 to 5”  for their 40th Anniversary production in 2019. The show will run from 23rd – 27th April, 2019 and promises to be a great fun filled show with a very witty script and great music, book is by Patricia Resnick and Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton.

This amateur production is  presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  Based on the 1980 smash hit film in which Dolly Parton starred, this highly acclaimed  Broadway musical was nominated for no less than four Tony Awards. Some of the hits from the show include “Hart to Hart”,  “Let Love Grow”, “Get out and stay out” and of course “9 to 5” and much more.

Auditions will take place on Sunday 11th November at 12pm in St. Mary’s College, Arklow. Anyone interested in auditioning, packs are now available. Please e-mail Avonmore M.S. Secretary, Karen Kavanagh on quoting ‘Avonmore 9-5 Auditions’ and she will get back to you with the list of characters, audition pieces and times.

The Production team for this year’s production is: Director – Stephen Acton, Musical Director: Naoimh Penston, Choreographer: Martina Lynch and Vocal Director: Amy Penston

Looking forward to seeing many new faces and many of our friends down the years to join us for the wonderfully uplifting show and a celebration of 40 years of Avonmore Musical Society.

Members of Avonmore M.S. will be joining Topline Bolands, who are sponsors of this year’s show on Thursday night 8th November (this Thursday), to celebrate the launch of their Christmas Shop, sing some Christmas Carols and get you all into the Christmas Cheer. All members  (young and not so young) are asked to meet at 7.15pm in Boland’s. Carols will start at 7.30pm until 8.30pm. If you are available please let any member of the committee know so we can get an idea of numbers.

Annual Fair

The annual Christmas Craft Fair in aid of Mother Kevin Mission takes place at Árus Lorcáin on November 24th and 25th.  Bookings are now being taken for stalls at the event which will feature good quality crafts, gifts and cards.  Tea will be served throughout and there will also be a special visit from Santa Claus.  For information call 086 0724060.

Christmas Fair

The Arklow Christmas Festival market takes place on Saturday 8th December.  Anyone who wishes to feature a stall should contact as soon as possible.

This year’s Arklow Christmas Festival runs on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December.

Arklow Christmas Festival 2018

Preparations for the 2018 Christmas Festival are well underway by the Committee.  The aim of the festival is to increase footfall, create a Christmas atmosphere, and to give the retailers from the Wexford Road to Lower Main Street, Ferrybank and Bridgewater an additional boost during the pre -Christmas period.

Events will be held on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December and will include the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, fireworks display, Punch & Judy Show, arrival of Santa, Pipe Band recital, Christmas jumper competition, best business window display, Christmas park market, children’s art competition and many more….. There will also be free parking in the town during the period 1st December up to and including 1st January 2019.

The GOLDEN TICKET DRAW will return again this year and retailers/businesses are invited to participate whereby the winner from each shop/business will be entered into a draw with a prize value of over €2,000 kindly sponsored by local businesses.

Should you have any queries please contact Deirdre Bentley at or myself at  or any member of the Christmas Festival Committee.



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