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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.

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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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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.

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AVONMORE MUSICAL SOCIETY

 

With just under 2 weeks to go. “Oliver” is shaping up to be a show not to be missed folks.     Online bookings 24 hours a day www.gr8events.ie/avonmore . The final night is heavily  booked so far and the other nights are starting to fill up so book your tickets early to avoid  disappointment. Phone bookings generally operate between 2pm and 4pm, It’s gonna be great 0868722010

 

 

 

 

 

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 “PLANNING FOR BREXIT”

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The Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce are excited to be sponsoring the first   of a series of networking events this year with an engaging & interactive session at the new Arklow Library.

The breakfast presentation, “Planning for Brexit”, is a topic hugely relevant to the local business community – whether you trade directly with the UK or not, it’s widely recognised that the resulting changes will impact how we do business both at home and in the emerging new Europe.  As well as gaining an insight into these changes, the session will also afford delegates an opportunity to network with local business people and to experience the excellent facilities at the new Arklow Library.

The success of this event, which will shape the networking agenda for the rest of the year, depends on your support.  Naturally
those of us at the Chamber Office will do our best to promote the event, but we also need you to spread the word to your business colleagues and contacts to encourage attendance and make the event a success.  Please feel free to forward the attached flyer to anyone you feel would benefit from this event.

We look forward to seeing you bright and early on the 5th April!

 

 

“CANADH LE CHEILE”

Canagh Le CheileCarysfort National School’s next fundraiser is an exciting and exceptionally talented one, St.Saviour’s Church Arklow are hosting “Canadh Le Cheile” Concert on Friday the 31st March at 7.30p.m.  Lots of Amazing Talent taking part to support Carysfort National School in Arklow featuring the wonderful talents of : Naoimh Penston,Cruinniu,The Walker Sisters,The Arklow Silver Band,Micheal Flood,Opera Serenade, The Arklow Gospel Choir and the Carysfort Childrens Choir…and the wonderful Rob Donnelly the Compere for the Evening.
Doors open at 7.30pm Friday 31st March 2017 in St. Saviour’s Church, Arklow. Guaranteed to be a Night not to be missed!!!!!

 

 

 

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With just under 3 weeks to go. “Oliver” is shaping up to be a show not to be missed folks.     Online bookings 24 hours a day www.gr8events.ie/avonmore . The final night is heavily  booked so far and the other nights are starting to fill up so book your tickets early to avoid  disappointment. Phone bookings generally operate between 2pm and 4pm, It’s gonna be great 0868722010

 

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Arklow Camera Club Photographic Exhibition

SnowdropsThe 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 

AMA Fashion ShowSpringtime 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

AMD logoArklow 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.

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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.

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Arklow Music Festival

 

Music festival 1Congratulations to the Arklow Festival Committee for another very successful event. Part of this annual festival is the “Best Musical Window Display” which is sponsored by Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce. This year the trophy was won by Vincents in Upper Main Street for a wonderful display of musical paraphernalia.  Pictured are Alice Carey and May Molloy of Vincents with Ann McGovern who presented the trophy on behalf of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

 

st.patricks-dogThe parade starts today at 3.00pm sharp via Mellows Avenue, Navvy Hill, Abbey Street, Hudson’s Square and Main Street. Dispersal after the parade passes the platform at the Court House, Parade Ground, with groups going up St. Mary’s Road and Floats continuing up town.  Categories: Float, Marching Group, Traditional Group, Commercial Display, Non Commercial Display, Agri/Horticultural Display. All are welcome.

Please Note:

All Marching Groups to assemble on Mellow’s Avenue from 2.30pm on the day, Floats/Displays assemble on Yellow Lane from 2.5pm. Early arrival will facilitate organisation.

The following Cups and Shields will be awarded.  These awards are open to all participants and will be judged during the parade.

Best Float                                                              Chamber of Commerce Cup

Best Commercial Display                                  Bank of Ireland Shield

Best Non-Commercial Display                         Arklow Traders Association Cup

Best Marching Group                                         The AIB Shield

Best Traditional Group                                      The Denis Naughter Perpetual Cup

Most Entertaining Group                                  The Paddy Lynch Memorial Award

Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display         Ernest Sharp Memorial Cup

Most Topical                                                         Arklow Retail & Business Assoc. Shield.

Best Shop Window Display                              The Hickson Shield.

Best Vintage Display                                          The John Swan Cup

Youth Award                                                         Kitty Fisher Memorial Trophy

Best Uniformed Group                                       Elavon Perpetual Cup

 

Arklow Camera Club

 

SnowdropsThe annual member’s exhibition of Arklow Camera Club is currently on in the Library (normal library opening times) and is open to the public until 25th March. Visit www.wicklow.ie/arklow library for opening  times.

Thursdays 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.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Gray, Chairperson of Arklow Camera Club.

For further information on the club visit www.arklowcameraclub.ie.

 

 

 

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Arklow Music Festival

 

The 48th Arklow Music Festival will start on Saturday the 4th of March 2017 and will run until Sunday the 12th of March.  This festival is a very important and significant event in Ireland’s cultural calendar.  Unique in its support for the performing arts at all ages, at local and national level.

Music and artThere are five main venues for the festival – the Arklow Bay Hotel, the Marlborough Hall, Arus Lorcain, St. Mary’s College and Arklow C.B.S.  This 9 day event provides a platform for performers in various activities of music and drama and is also a competitive festival where distinguished adjudicators are engaged to provide encouragement and to award prizes in each of the many categories.  Arklow Music Festival is not just a local event but draws competitors from many parts of the country and many former prize winners have progressed to a professional career at national and international level.  Visit Arklow Music Festival website for full information.

Last year almost 7,000 competitors took part in the various competitions for verse speaking choral verse, piano, strings, drama, action song, school and adult choirs and junior and adult singing.

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Mc MullansArklow & District Chamber of Commerce sponsored the trophy for the “Best Musical Window Display” which was won last year by McMullans – pictured left is last year’s winning window display.

 

 

John to lead St. Patrick’s Day Parade Arklow 2017

 

Arklow Grand Marshal 2John Somers, Co-ordinator and representing Arklow Community Responders has been announced as Grand Marshall for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arklow by members of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, in the Bridge Hotel, Arklow on Thursday night last.

Photograph of John Somers courtesy of Michael Kelly 087-1360208 / mkellyphoto@hotmail.com

This is John’s third year as Co-ordinator of this wonderful group who have a volunteer group of approximately 15-20 people, providing 24/7 service to the town of Arklow.

Since their establishment back in 2009 the group have received over 700 phone calls and helped come to the aid of many a person suffering from Cardiac and Respiratory Emergencies and help strengthen the “Chain of Survival”, providing essential back up to the ambulance service. In 2013 the group were the recipients of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award. A totally voluntary group, with no funding from the government, they rely totally on the local community for support and are always looking for new people to join the group, who can give up a few hours a week to go on call and willing to attend regular training sessions.

St. Patricks Day App FormTo enter a float in the parade completed application forms should be returned to:


Cllr Tommy Annesley, It’s Fresh Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Tel: 087 2508205

Or

Jim Hoey in The Bridge Hotel, Bridge Street, Arklow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

 

St. Patricks Day LogoThe new committee for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade would like to thank Peter Kearns and Jimmy Russell, who together with Denis Naughter (who sadly passed away in August 2015) for their Trojan work in ensuring Arklow had a parade to be proud of. Peter and Jimmy have decided to retire after serving over 21 years effortlessly organising St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arklow. This was a decision they did not take lightly, but having lost a very dear friend and colleague, they felt it was time to hand over the gauntlet to someone else.  

The committee, whose members include: Colm Moules, Tommy Annesley, Tina O Sullivan, Vinny Byrne, Donal Molloy, Mary Burke, Dicey Reilly, Sharon Whelan, Jim Hoey and Peter Kavanagh, recently announced their plans for the 2017 parade.  They would actively encourage everyone, both young and old to participate in the parade.  They ask you make a special effort this year on Friday 17th March, 2017.

The following Cups and Shields will be awarded.   These awards are open to all participants and will be judged on the day.

  1. Best Float   (Chamber of Commerce Cup)
  2. Best Commercial Display   (Bank of Ireland Shield)
  3. Best Non-Commercial Display   (Arklow Traders Association Cup)
  4. Best Marching Group   (The AIB Shield)
  5. Best Traditional Group   (The Denis Naughter Perpetual Cup)
  6. Most Entertaining Group   (The Paddy Lynch Memorial Award)
  7. Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display   (Ernest Sharp Memorial Cup)
  8. Most Topical   (Arklow Retail & Business Assoc. Shield)
  9. Best Shop Window Display   (The Hickson Shield)
  10. Best Vintage Display   (The John Swan Cup)
  11. Youth Award   (Kitty Fisher Memorial Trophy)
  12. Best Uniformed Group   (Elavon Perpetual Cup)

 

St. Patricks Day App FormClick on the Application Form on the right to print out a full size form and return it as soon as possible.  This form is of great assistance in the actual organisation of the parade.

Forms should be returned to:

Cllr Tommy Annesley, It’s Fresh Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Tel: 087 2508205

or 

Jim Hoey in The Bridge Hotel, Bridge Street, Arklow.

While there is no entry fee, it would be of great assistance if you could make a small donation to help defray costs.

 

 

 Arklow Music Festival 2017

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The 48th Arklow Music Festival will start on Saturday the 4th of March 2017, and will run until Sunday the 12th of March.  Visit Arklow Music Festival website for a full list of the competitions and a map of the venue locations around Arklow.

 

 

 

 Local Pupil Wins Wicklow County Spelling Bee

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Congratulations to 11 year old Brian O’Hara, a pupil of Avoca National School, who recently won the Wicklow County Spelling Bee.  The competition was held on Wednesday last in Carysford National School in Arklow and Brian beat 23 other spelling competitors to become the County Spelling Bee Winner.  He will now go forward to the Leinster Provincial Spelling Bee final.  Arklow & District Chamber wish Brian the best of luck for that competition and hopefully he will be the Eason All Ireland Spelling Bee Champion 2017 when the All-Ireland Final takes place in June.