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Kynoch’s  Explosion remembered

 

 

 

 

 

On September 21st, 1917, Arklow was rocked by an explosion at the local Kynoch’s ammunition factory, in which 27 men lost their lives.

This year, the 100th anniversary of the tragic event will be remembered by Arklow Music and Arts Group (AMA) at a special centenary concert. The group plans to turn the clock back to 1917 and the music those men had listened to will be played again  on Thursday, September 21st  and Peters Church, Arklow, at 7.30 p.m. A number of commissioned pieces of poetry, song, music and dance will also be performed on the night.

A wealth of talent from Arklow and surrounding areas, inc. St Marys Orchestra, Karla Tracey and Frances Ryan School of Dance to name but a few all of whom have given their time freely to support AMA in their campaign to provide a theatre and performance space for the Arklow area.

Special thanks on the evening will include Kitty Brennan, Michael Fitzgerald, Pat Power, Jim Rees and MC Jim Furlong.

Tickets are on sale at www.gr8events.ie but can also be purchased at the following outlets: Mc Mullans, Kennys of the harbour, Kavanaghs and Kustom Kids. Tickets are priced at €15.00 each or groups of 10 or more can avail of a special price of €12.00 if booked at the same time.

Anyone interested in advertising in the program should contact a committee member or visit the AMA Facebook page.

Arklow Trade Rising

 

This is great news for the Community as there are four new businesses placed in Arklow taking over vacant retail units.

Very recently Wok Star Asian street food and The Sewing corner opened their doors on the main street while Prezzomolino Italian restaurant launched beside the bank of Ireland at the other end of the street.

Also the former Extra-Vision store unit on the Wexford road has been transformed into a branch of Life Pharmacy, owned by pharmacist Laura Armstrong and is set to open its doors in the near future.

Following a difficult few years, it appears that entrepreneurs are now willing to put their faith in the town.

We wish them all the success in the future.

Huge Interest in Enterprise Town 

 

The Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town is coming back to Arklow and  is set to be bigger than ever as a new venue at Glenart College has been secured.

The event, which takes place on Saturday, October the 7th, was launched at the Arklow Library last Thursday where the new supports were extended to all registered exhibitors. These include a pre-event business networking session.

The Enterprise Town exhibitors last year made lots of local connections with other organisations and gained significant business as a result. This year they plan to help foster the networking by bringing exhibitors together in advance of the event to facilitate and maximise the potential among local businesses.

Demand to participate in Arklow Town is high and since the launch last Thursday, over 60 local organisations have registered to take part.

This event is free for everyone with lots of entertainment for all ages, spot prizes and special guest.

Schools, Clubs and businesses interested in taking part can register by emailing derek.tobin@boi.com or calling the Bank of Ireland Arklow

For more details follow the Arklow Enterprise Town facebook page.

The business Networking event, for registered exhibitors, will take place on Tuesday, September 26th from 6-7 p.m. at Bank of Ireland, Arklow.

Market

 

The Arklow weekly Farmers market takes place in the Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark, Arklow every Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Home baked goods as well as a selection fruit and vegetables will be on sale.

New stall holders are always welcome.

For Further information please contact Gertie at 086 6031510

 

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Chamber Ball 2017

 

This year’s Arklow and District Chamber Ball and business Chamber Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th, in the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend.

A drinks reception upon arrival at 7.15 p.m. with dinner served for 8.15 p.m. followed by the presentation awards.

This will be a great evening to recognise local people, businesses and their achievements.

The categories are: Best Established Business Award, Best New Start up Award, Ambassador for Tourism Award, The Person of the Year Award and The Employee of the Year Award.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there and thank you for all your support.

 

Bridgewater Craft Fair

 

The popular Bridgewater Craft fair takes place on the first Sunday of every month, with the next fair on September 3rd. An array of beautiful hand crafted products are available to buy from up to 20 stalls.

For further information, please contact Mary Whelan on 087 9880894.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arklow Art Exhibition

 

An Exhibition on new oil paintings will run at the Arklow Gallery on Main Street until Friday, September 15th.

Artist Helen was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England and moved to Ireland in 1980 with her husband and children.

Her interest in painting started after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989. Helen had no formal training, but working with water colours for a number of years she decided to turn them into oils.

Helen has brought her work to Dublin, Carlow and Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Her work is a private collection across Ireland, Britain, Italy, Japan, US and Canada. Her designs have been used for Christmas cards for both MS Society and Irish Wheelchair Association.

She has also presented one of her paintings to the former President Mary McAleese.

Admission is free and all are welcome to call in and view the paintings.

 

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. The guest speaker for this year’s awards is Sean Kelly MEP.

The ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

The Arklow & District Chamber awards will recognize local people & businesses and their achievements in the following 5 categories:

 Best New Start Up Award – For any business opened within the last 12 months.

Best Established Business Award – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large.

Ambassador for Tourism Award – For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area.

The Employee of the Year Award – Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer.

The Person of the Year Award – This award will recognize a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.

***NOMINATIONS CAN BE COMPLETED BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ***

Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards nomination form is available on Page 6 of this weeks edition of the Wicklow People.

Forms are also available at the following:
– Arklow Library
– The Arklow Bay Hotel
– BOI
– AIB
– Arklow Post Office
– Bridgewater (public noticeboard)
– Supervalu.

These forms can be dropped into any of our postboxes located at:
Arklow Library
The Arklow Bay Hotel
Arklow Chamber office

Alternatively nominations can be submitted via the online link at http://arklow.ie/arklow-district-chamber-awards-nomination/

The closing date for acceptance of nominations is Friday 1st September 2017.

Tickets for this Black Tie event are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909 or you can email chamber@arklow.ie

 Tickets are €60 each with a table of 10 for €500. (Both members and non-members are welcome to attend)

Arklow Art Exhibition

An exhibition on new oil paintings will run at the Arklow Gallery on Main Street until Friday, September 15th.

Artist Helen was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England and moved to Ireland in 1980 with her husband and children.

Her interest in painting started after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989. Helen had no formal training, but working with water colours for a number of years she decided to turn them into oils.

Helen has brought her work to Dublin, Carlow and Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Her work is a private collection across Ireland, Britain, Italy, Japan, US and Canada. Her designs have been used for Christmas cards for both MS Society and Irish Wheelchair Association.

She has also presented one of her paintings to the former President Mary McAleese.

The official opening took place in Arklow last Tuesday.

Admission is free and all are welcome to call in and view the paintings.

Kats Disco Returns

 

The Arklow Bay Hotel are hosting the return of the legendary Kats disco, this Saturday, August 26th. With music from the 80s & 90s, it promises to be a great night.

Doors open at 9pm with entrance fee of €8.

All proceeds will be given to the Avonmore Musical Societies 2018 production of the Rock Musical Classic “Jesus Christ Superstar”. It will be staged in St Marys College from 3rd – 7th April, 2018.

 Farmers Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The popular weekly Farmers Market will take place this Saturday 26th August (10:30am – 1:00pm) in the local Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark.

A selection of home produce along with fresh vegetables & fruit will be on sale. New stall holders are always welcome.

For more information, please contact Gertie at 086 3981103.

 Bridgewater Craft Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The popular Bridgewater Craft fair takes place on the first Sunday of every month, with the next fair on September 3rd. An array of beautiful hand crafted products are available to buy from up to 20 stalls.

For further information, please contact Mary Whelan on 087 9880894.

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. The guest speaker for this year’s awards is Sean Kelly MEP.

The ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

 

 

The Arklow & District Chamber awards will recognize local people & businesses and their achievements in the following 5 categories:

 Best New Start Up Award – For any business opened within the last 12 months.

Best Established Business Award – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large.

Ambassador for Tourism Award – For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area.

The Employee of the Year Award – Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer.

The Person of the Year Award – This award will recognize a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.

***NOMINATIONS CAN BE COMPLETED BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ***

Nomination forms are available at Arklow Library, The Arklow Bay Hotel, BOI, AIB, Arklow Post Office, Bridgewater (public noticeboard) & Supervalu. These forms can be dropped into any of our postboxes located in:

  • Arklow Library
  • The Arklow Bay Hotel
  • Arklow Chamber office

Alternatively nominations can be submitted via the online link at http://arklow.ie/arklow-district-chamber-awards-nomination/

The closing date for acceptance of nominations is Friday 1st September 2017.

Tickets for this Black Tie event are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909 or you can email chamber@arklow.ie

 Tickets are €60 each with a table of 10 for €500. (Both members and non-members are welcome to attend).

Enterprise in Arklow Photography Competition

Photo Competition is now closed.

Many Thanks to all that sent in photos for the Enterprise in Arklow photo competition. We received a huge number of beautiful photos of Arklow.

A selection of photographs will be displayed at the Arklow & District Chamber Ball on 15th September  2017. Entrants of these photos will be informed in advance and winning entries will be announced that evening. Best of Luck to everyone.

 

Arklow Maritime Heritage

As part of the National Heritage week, this Sunday the 20th August (opening time 10am – 7pm)  Arklow Maritime Museum are inviting people to come and learn about the maritime history of Arklow, focusing in particular on its boat building, lifeboat and fishing traditions.

The Maritime Museum is located in the front of the Bridgewater Shopping Centre (next to Eddie Rockets).

This is a free event, and suitable for children.

Classic Car Show

 

 

East Coast Classics will be hosting the popular classic & vintage car show at Arklow Rugby Club on Sunday August 20th from 12 noon until 5pm.

The show will include a fantastic display of vintage and classic cars.  It promises to be fun filled afternoon for all the family, with live music, bouncy castles and refreshments.

Admission is €10 for adults. Children are free.

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Farmers Market

The popular weekly Farmers Market will take place this Saturday 19th August (10:30am – 1:00pm) in the local Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark.

A selection of home produce along with fresh vegetables & fruit will be on sale. New stall holders are always welcome.

For more information, please contact Gertie at 086 3981103.

 

 

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. The guest speaker for this year’s awards is Sean Kelly MEP.

The ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

 

 

The Arklow & District Chamber awards will recognize local people & businesses and their achievements in the following 5 categories:

 Best New Start Up Award – For any business opened within the last 12 months.

Best Established Business Award – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large.

Ambassador for Tourism Award – For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area.

The Employee of the Year Award – Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer.

The Person of the Year Award – This award will recognize a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.

To avail of nomination forms please email chamber@arklow.ie or alternatively nominations can be submitted via the online link at http://arklow.ie/arklow-district-chamber-awards-nomination/

The closing date for acceptance of nominations is Friday 25th August 2017.

Tickets for this Black Tie event are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909 or you can email chamber@arklow.ie

 Tickets cost €60 each with a table of 10 for €500. (Both members and non-members are welcome to attend).

 

Enterprise in Arklow Photography Competition

 

The closing date for entries of the “Enterprise in Arklow” Photographic Competition has been extended until Friday the 18th August 2017.

 

Arklow Bay Hotel & Omniplex Cinema Deal

 

Classic Car Show

East Coast Classics will be hosting the popular classic & vintage car show at Arklow Rugby Club on Sunday August 20th from 12 noon until 5pm.

The show will include a fantastic display of vintage and classic cars.  It promises to be fun filled afternoon for all the family, with live music, bouncy castles and refreshments.

Admission is €10 for adults. Children are free.

Farmers Market

The popular weekly Farmers Market will take place this Saturday 12th August (10:30am – 1.00pm) in the local Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark.

A selection of home produce along with fresh vegetables & fruit will be on sale. New stall holders are always welcome.

For more information please contact Gertie at 086 3981103.

 

 

 

 

 

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that this years Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. The ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

Chamber Ball 2017 Images

The Arklow & District Chamber awards will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following 5 categories:

 Best New Start Up Award – For any business opened within the last 12 months.

Best Established Business Award – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large.

Ambassador for Tourism Award – For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area.

The Employee of the Year Award – Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer.

The Person of the Year Award – This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.

To avail of nomination forms please email chamber@arklow.ie or alternatively nominations can be submitted via the online link at http://arklow.ie/arklow-district-chamber-awards-nomination/

The closing date for acceptance of nominations is Friday 25th August 2017.

 

Enterprise in Arklow Photography Competition

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The closing date for entries of the “Enterprise in Arklow” Photographic Competition has been extended until Friday the 18th August 2017.

2017 RNLI Maritime Festival Weekend

 Maritime Logo 2017

 

The annual Arklow Maritime Festival weekend is bigger and better than ever. The event runs this August Bank Holiday from the 4th to  the 6th and is continuing to grow every year. The festival is an important RNLI fundraiser and assists in the running of this crucial voluntary organisation.

The festival gets underway on Friday 4th August from 7pm where the Maritime Festival Princesses will meet at the Lifeboat station to meet and greet. This will be followed by a parade around the town and back to Arklow Sailing Club to select the Maritime Queen for 2017.

On Saturday & Sunday, there will be fun packed schedule that will include live music, Viking BBQ, bouncy castle, boat trips, along with a vast array of fun activities, attractions, family entertainment & events all down by the quayside.

An assortment of visiting vessels will be in attendance over the weekend, including Mersey Maritime Museums Vintage TugBoat, Irish navel Vessel Le Orla, Informars Fleet of Survey Vessels Viking Longship along with vintage lifeboats.

Many local groups will be participating in the festival, Arklow Majorettes, Arklow Sea Scouts, Arklow Pipe Band, Arklow Rowing Club, Arklow Uklele Players and many more.

For more information and updates, visit Arklow Maritime Festival website or Facebook page.

http://arklowmaritimefestival.com/events.php

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Bridgewater Craft Fair

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The next Bridgewater Craft fair takes place this Sunday 6th August in the Arklow Bridgwater Shopping Centre. This fair takes place on the first Sunday of every month. Beautiful hand crafted products are available to buy from up to 20 stalls.

For further information, please contact Mary Whelan at 087 9880894.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

The  popular weekly Farmers Market will take place this Saturday 5th August (10:30am – 1.00pm) in the local Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark. A selection of home produce along with fresh vegetables & fruit will be on sale. New stall holders are always welcome.

For more information contact Gertie at 086 3981103.

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Festival Fills Arklow Town

 

Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival exceeded all expectations bringing huge crowds for the entire festival  creating a magical experience . It drew to a close on Sunday night with a spectacular fireworks display on the Riverbank.

The level of visitors to the town was astonishing as there wasn’t a single room left in hotels and guest houses in the community.

There were many highlights which went down a storm including the Dainty Bakery Baby Show, Trade Winds Burger Contest and the AGB Festival of Football.

There was great praise for the small eight member committee under the chairperson of Colm Moules who pulled together an event to be proud of. The committee would like to thank the people who gave their time and money to help this year’s festival including the press and photographers, East Coast FM for their support, the emergency services, Order of Malta, and The Gardai.

Extend a special word of thanks to the generous sponsors whose support helped to make the 2017 Seabreeze Festival possible.

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Photographic Competition

 

 

Enterprise in Arklow Photography Competition (4)

 

 

 

Local Artists in Arklow Library

 

New collections of paintings by Arklow’s Ferndale Artist’s group now on exhibition at Arklow Library.

The exhibition features’ over 34 paintings and will run for the month of July.

The majority of the works has used acrylics while a small number are canvass. All the works are previously unseen.

The local art group of around 20 members stemmed from a class run by Arklow Further Education Centre. After the students finished their course they applied for funding to form a group which developed into Ferndale Artist  Group.

They have also exhibited there work at The Sunbeam House Arklow.

For more information please contact Elenor Byrne at 086 1584349

New Exhibits on show at Maritime Museum

 

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The Arklow Maritime Heritage has the latest and recent acquisition which is a set of signal flags donated by John Mahon of Oaklands, Arklow. John has donated over time several items from schooner, The Denbighshire Lass’. Along with the flags was a fid, a finely tapered wooden spike which was used for slicing ropes.

In recent weeks they have received a telegram sent by Captain Jack Kenny to his wife in 1940 after he had survived a submarine attack on the ship which had been sunk, but thankfuly there were no casualties on that occasion.

Another donation from Patrick O Neill  who is a native from Arklow. A baby’s cradle made from sail canvas. Wooden frame is being made so the cradle can be shown to its best advantage. It will be a star attraction to the museum.

Arklow Maritime Museum  is situated in the Bridgewater Centre and is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

For more information   Website  Arklow Maritime Heritage Museum    

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Arklow Bay Hotel Wedding Venue

 

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The Arklow Bay Hotel is one of the most exquisite and exclusive wedding venues Wicklow can offer. It offers an idyllic setting for your wedding day.

The beautiful Bay Suite ballroom is the ideal setting hosting from 80 to 380 people. They also cater for smaller intimate affairs, civil ceremonies and outdoor events. It offers a stylish and intimate venue with very friendly staff awaiting your arrival to cater for all your needs.

Your wedding day is the most important and memorable day of your life and at the Arklow Bay Hotel Co. Wicklow, from the moment you step onto the red carpet you will have the best experience that you will treasure forever.

The Arklow Bay offers your own wedding co-ordinator guiding you through every detail of your big day from romantic settings, flowers and exquisite grounds.

For more information call 0402 26200 or weddings@arklowbay.com

 

Arklow Seabreeze Festival

 

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The 2017 Arklow Seabreeze Festival reaches its final weekend, with events taking place from Friday, July 14th right through till  Sunday, July 16th.

This fun free event is the highlight in the town’s social calendar and offers something for young and old.

This weekend will bring live street performances from Bare Bones, Wise Guys, Gravity, Glen Art, Small Town Crisis, The Kilkennys and Ray Dolan. Also upcoming music artist can also enter for a busking competition.

The usual carnival will run each night and there will be array of on street fun and games as well as the fireworks display to bring the festivities to a close on Sunday evening.

For a full listings of all the events, visit the Seabreeze Festival 2017 Facebook page.

Local Artists in Arklow Library

 

New collections of paintings by Arklow’s Ferndale Artist’s Group now on exhibition at Arklow Library.

The exhibition features’ over 34 paintings and will run for the month of July.

The majority of the works has used acrylics while a small number are canvass. All the works are previously unseen.

The local art group of around 20 members stemmed from a class run by Arklow Further Education Centre. After the students finished their course they applied for funding to form a group which developed into Ferndale Artist  Group.

They have also exhibited there work at The Sunbeam House Arklow.

For more information please contact Elenor Byrne at 086 1584349

 

Farmers Market

 

The Weekly Arklow Farmers Market resumes in the Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark, Arklow on Saturday, July 22nd from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

A selection of home baked goods as well as fresh fruit and vegetables will be on sale.

New stall holders are always welcome.

 

For further information please contact Gertie at 086 39881103

 

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Arklow Seabreeze Festival

 

The 2017 Arklow Seabreeze Festival was launch last Thursday in the Bridge Hotel.  The festival starts on Sunday 2nd July with the selection of the “Festival Princess” in The Midway in the Main Street and continues until Sunday 16th July.  See programme below for list of events.

Programme

 

Arklow’s Flower Basket Scheme       

 

Flower BasketThe Flower Basket Scheme which was the initiative of the Arklow Town Team has been a great success with more than 170 basket supplied and fitted.  The aim of the scheme was to enhance the image of Arklow from the Wexford Road to Ferrybank.  Businesses on the outskirts got involved in the scheme by sponsoring baskets for unoccupied buildings and public areas of the town – these businesses include Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow Marine Services, ASL, Leon Recycling and Rondo Foods Ltd.  As part of the scheme Arklow Municipal District (AMD) has also installed 10 tiered planters around the town which has been planted up by AMD staff.

The Town Team would like to acknowledge the support given by Cappagh Nurseries who supplied the baskets; the AMD staff who erected the baskets; Arklow Tidy Towns and Arklow Jetting & Drain Maintenance who are looking after the baskets throughout the summer.

For more information on the scheme contact the Arklow Town Team via Arklow Municipal District at 0402 42700 or by email to Linda McDonald (lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie) or Deirdre Bentley (debentley@live.ie ).

 

Arklow Garden Competition

 

Arklow Tidy Towns launched their new garden competition. All areas are automatically included and judged. Tidy Towns are asking everyone to nominate commendable front gardens they appreciate in Arklow.

Tidy Towns Competition

Categories include small and large gardens and hanging baskets.

Contact Arklow Tidy Towns at 0402 24432.  Forms are accessible from Arklow library.

Judging takes place the 3rd week of July.