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Arklow Positive Ageing Week

Positive Ageing Week 2017 is now coming to an end after a busy couple of days. This year’s celebrations have been a huge success and the last few events are taking place throughout Arklow, ending on Sunday October 15th.

For further information on the remaining events organized by Arklow Positive Ageing, contact Maria Neary on 086 081 7534 or email arklowpositiveageing@yahoo.com

Information Evening for Businesses

 

 Dinner & Movie Deal

 

Story Time

Starbucks have teamed up with Eason’s to provide children with a free story time every Saturday at 11am. From now until the end of the year, bring children to the Starbucks kids’ corner for them to enjoy the story of the week!

 

 

 

 

Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing the work of talented Wicklow Artists are on display in Arklow Visual Arts Gallery and is continuing until October 13th.

In addition, on Tuesday October 17th at 6pm, an Abstract Word Exhibition will display paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces – all of which are a representation of the personality of each artist! This exhibition will run until Friday October 27th.

 

 

Wild Food Workshop

There will be a wild food workshop in aid of RNLI and Arklow Sea Scouts on Sunday October 22nd, from midday at the Arklow Sea Scouts Centre, Dock Road Arklow.

This workshop will involve learning how to identify useful & edible wild plant for practical and medical uses. In addition, participants will be treated to a light wild food lunch & refreshments.

The workshop will be hosted by Arklow native, Barry Reid.

 

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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arklow Bay Hotel & Omniplex Cinema Deal

 

 

 

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.

Arklow Bay Hotel & Omniplex Cinema Deal

 

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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

 

 

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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 Library is hosting an Exhibition 

 

hook lighthouseWe are hosting an exhibition of photography entitled Hook Peninsula Photography. This exhibition is a collection of ages by various photographers who were chosen from all the entries who entered the 2016 Hook Peninsula Photography Exhibition. From the entrants, images have been selected from the exhibition by an independent judge, with four category winners and one overall winner.

These stunning photographs show the Hook Peninsula as the jewel in the crown of the south East of Ireland.

Come and judge for yourself.  Exhibition till the end of the month.

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Avonmore Musical Society Scholarships

 

Avonmore Musical Society were delighted to present scholarships to two young members of the society who took part in their recent production of “Oliver!”. The scholarships are to the AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) Youth Summer School in Thurles County Tipperary in the first week of July. The worthy recipients this year are Luke Andrew Feeney and Sinead Byrne. The scholarship is issued in memory of Pat Hayes, a member of the Arklow society who sadly passed away 11 years ago due to illness. Pat loved the Avonmore and was a treasured and very much loved member who appeared in many shows and was a committee member. The awards were presented on the night by Sean Hayes, brother of Pat with Chairman Rob Donnelly and AIMS President Colm Moules also present.

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The two recipients were very popular winners and the week long residential course in Thurles is designed to encourage, promote and advance further development in musical and theatre performance. The course is run by the Association of Irish Musical Societies with Director Peter Kennedy and Musical Director Mary Rose McNally. As well as the two scholarship winners Avonmore have another 10 members attending. Former past participants of the AIMS Summer School are Amy and Leah Penston who just finished a West End Tour of Roddy Doyle’s “The Commitments” and Jonny Holden who is currently appearing in the BBC programme “Paula”.

About 20 members of Avonmore will attend the AIMS Awards in Killarney next week when they will be cheering on Siobhan Fawsitt who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Widow Corney in the recent production of “Oliver!” The AIMS Awards will be attended by over 1100 people at what is called the Irish equivalent of the Oscars. The awards will be presented by the President of AIMS Colm Moules who is also a member of Avonmore Musical Society.

New Members For The Arklow Tennis Club

 

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This is an active club with tennis being played on the all-weather courts throughout the year.

New members are very welcome as we have a lot to offer with junior camps and coaching organised.

Sports Facilitator David Sheehan, also adult coaching available.

There are one night tournaments as well as team competitions.

Tennis on offer for all levels.

For new members the Tennis club is located on the Coolgrainey Road

Tennis Club Contact No is 0851708183

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TIDY TOWNS

Garden Competition

The competition is being launched this week. Everyone is invited to nominate any wonderful garden in Arklow.

Tidy Towns has asked could everyone clear their own gardens, fences and walls before the event.

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For More Information Contact:  

Sandra Hall  0860274884

Facebook Page Arklow Tidy Towns

Anniversary Fun Day

Arklow Geraldine Ballymoney to celebrate the first year anniversary of its fabulous new Clubhouse at Shelton, Beech Road. Hosting a barbecue and family fun day on Sunday June 4th. East Coast Radio will broadcast from the club on the day and there will be interviews with some supporting stars.

Arklow GeraldinesBarbeque begins at 2pm. Music from Paddy Mallen from 4pm until 6pm.

Family games and face painting.

Entry Fee €5 per adult and children under 10 are free.    All Welcome

 

 

Co Wicklow Street Feast

 

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Street Feast on Sunday the 11th of June ,  Arklow is one of the 53 areas in Wicklow registered so far has got involved in street feasts.

This is a fantastic event to encourage young and old to take part, and invites individuals to host lunches on their streets or in their local park or gardens.

Last week Street Feast was awarded the County Wicklow Community Pride award for 2017.

wicklow-co-co_It is expected that over 5000 people will take part in the event which is supported by the Wicklow County Council.

Everyone is encouraged to bring something whether it is to share food, somewhere to sit, music and entertainment etc.

Street Feast are calling on people to come together at 12 noon on Sunday to enjoy good company , a bite to eat and some fun.

Please visit www.streetfeast.ie  for more information

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Arklow Port’s Potential

arklow_town_logoThe recent arrival of a large cargo vessel to Arklow Port is seen as an encouraging sign that Arklow could once again be a thriving port.  The “Arklow Fortune” is the first ship of its size to enter the harbour in a decade.  This ship, owned by Arklow Shipping, was here for repair works at Arklow Marine Services.  The recent dredging of the harbour in recent years made the docking of this ship possible.

 

RNLI Welly Run

The Arklow RNLI Fundraising Committee held another successful Welly Run on Sunday 14th May.  The first team home winning the Emergency Services Challenge Cup was the Arklow Lifeboat Team 1 while the winning group in the LJB Wellness Challenge Cup was the Old Ship.

RNLI Mayday 2017

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and the Arklow RNLI Fundraising Branch is dedicated to supporting their volunteer lifeboat crew in Arklow Town.  To contact them visit their Facebook page.

Masquerade Drama Group 2017

18156843_1967709813459060_1144464478191024229_nThe Arklow based drama group, Masquerade, opened their new stage drama on Tuesday in the Pipe Band Hall in Castlepark.  This is the first time they have performed at this venue and have presented Bernard Farrell’s black comedy ‘I do not like thee Dr. Fell’ each night at 8pm.  Written in 1979 this is the first play by the Irish playwright and is considered his best, it pokes fun at the concept of therapy groups and centres around a group therapy session involving six people.  Tonight’s performance is the last chance to see Masquerade’s very entertaining production of this play.  For reservations, call Masquerade on 086 3259780.

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ARKLOW  BLOOMS FOR 2017 – FLOWER BASKET SCHEME

 

Hanging BasketsArklow Town Team support by the Arklow Municipal District (AMD) has introduced a Flower Basket Scheme for businesses in the Town.  Research has shown that this type of scheme can bring many social and environmental benefits to a town.  At the May meeting of AMD it was agreed that €2,500 would be provided for three tier flower baskets for Arklow town centre.

For a contribution of €35 per basket participants in the scheme will receive the following:-

  • A fully planted 16” flower basket (with plant food and water crystals)
  • Wall Bracket mounted on building by AMD staff
  • Watering of baskets during the period June to September 5 times per week x 16 weeks, (3 times by a contractor engaged by AMD and 2 times by Arklow Tidy Towns). However, businesses are requested to supplement watering too.
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LET’S MAKE ARKLOW BLOOM FOR 2017

Businesses located out of the Main Town area might consider sponsoring a basket which could be erected on one of the unused buildings in the town.

Baskets will be delivered by the first week in June and collected at the end of September for reuse in 2018.  If your business is interested in contributing to making Arklow boom for 2017 please complete your details on the flyer above, indicating the number of baskets required and payment enclosed.  Return to Arklow Town Team C/O Linda McDonald, Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.  Your details can also be emailed to lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie  Cheques should be made payable to Arklow Town Team.  If you require any further details on the scheme please contact Deirdre Bentley at 086 8108627 or by email at dbentley@live.ie .

 

Musical Rental Scheme

 

A musical rental scheme was launched on 8th May.  The scheme is collaboration between Wicklow County Council and Music Generation Wicklow and its aim is to encourage young people to try out an instrument before purchasing one of their own. Musical instruments will be available for rent by families and community groups from the Arklow LibraryMusic Generation Wicklow is a local partnership between Wicklow County Council, Music Generation Ireland and the Kildare & Wicklow Education & Training Board.  In 2015 the elected members of Wicklow County Council made funding available for a scheme to encourage young people to participate in instrumental learning and several young students from Music Generation Wicklow performed at the launch.or more information on the scheme visit Arklow Library or Music Generation Wicklow websites.

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 Arklow Train Station

 

Arklow-Train-Station2Congratulations to the staff of Arklow Train Station on been highly commended in the Commuter Station Category at the 2017 Iarnród Eireann Best Station Awards.  Arklow Station manager, Dave Murphy, and station staff member, Eugene Breen, recently collected the Award Certificate in Inchicore. Voting was conducted through an online poll and voting at stations and commuters were asked to rate their station on Customer Information; Station Appearance and Staff Helpfulness and Arklow Station scored highly in all categories.