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 “PLANNING FOR BREXIT”

Brexit Invite

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!!!!!

 

 

 

AVONMORE MUSICAL SOCIETY

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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.

 

 

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Launch of the Arklow Lifeboat 2017 Calendar

arklow-rnli-calendarThe official launch of the 2017 Arklow Lifeboat calendar will take place at the RNLI table quiz in The Old Ship on tonight, 4th November 2016.  The calendar, which features original photographs taken by members of the Tommy Byrne Photographic Society, will be on sale in the Lifeboat Shop and local shops for €5.

 

 

 M11 Butterfly Sculpture

In 2016 Mike Johnson was commissioned by Wicklow County Council to create a work to be sited along the new M11 motorway.  Mr Johnson wanted a work that was instantly recognisable, considering that the audience would be travelling past the sculpture at speed.  He wanted a work that extended along the verge to prolong the view of it.  He chose butterflies because they offered the greatest opportunity to allow as many individuals as possible to make a contribution towards the design of the creature’s wings, their connection to the natural world and how that is open to interpretation and appreciation was another advantage.

butterflies-sculpture-1School children from Co. Wicklow worked with Mike Johnson in creating the butterfly sculpture which can be seen on M11 near Wicklow town.  Two schools in Arklow were involved in this project – St. Joseph’s National School and Carysfort National Schooland were recently presented with a model of the butterflies which they specifically did and also received a book made by Mike to document the process of making the sculprute.  A group of eight to ten children work on the project and Mr. Johnson spent about half a day with each group.  The pictures shown above is the work done by the children of Carysfort Nation School on the project.

 

Good News for Wicklow Partnership Group

There was great excitement in the Wicklow Partnership offices in Avoca River House this week when employees discovered they won a substantial amount in the Euromillions draw.  The 24 member syndicate collected the cheque for €156,002 during the week and will each get €6,500.  A spokesperson for the group said “It means a happy Christmas for us all”.

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 Arklow “Making A Difference” Video Well Received

 

The recently launched “Making A Difference” video which showcases Arklow’s business and tourism potential was very well received by the public.  The producers were delighted to learn that it has in excess of 10,000 views in the first week.  The 4 and a half minute long video was produced with funding from Arklow Municipal District Economic Development Funding and the County Wicklow Economic Think Tank.

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Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District said the video “showcases the very best that Arklow Municipal District has to offer, our infrastructure, our amenities and our people.  It shows that we are open for business.  We have all the necessary infrastructures needed to nurture economic development and incentivise job creation.  Our location is a commodity that many other districts and counties would love to possess.”

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

Christmas Parking Arrangements for Arklow Town 2016

 

wicklow-co-co_Free parking in Council owned car parks from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive. 

Free parking on the street will be restricted to two hours from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday  2nd January  2017 inclusive.

The Municipal District requests business owners and their staff to avail of parking in the car parks rather than parking on the street during this period.

The traffic wardens will be monitoring the traffic as normal and enforcing all other aspects of the parking bye laws in relation to illegal parking.

 

 

Civic Reception for Taekwon-Do Double Medal Winner

 

itf-logoCongratulations to local teenager, Oisin Byrne, on his recent success in the International Taekwon-Do World Championships which were held in the Summer.  Oisin won Gold in Welter Weight Sparring and Silver in Junior Male Patterns.  He was given a Civic Reception in the Arklow Municipal Offices to recognise and celebrate his achievements.

 

 

 

 

Fishery Talk for Womens Circle

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Arklow Community Women’s Circle will be hosting a historical talk by Jim Rees on Monday October 24th  Local historian Jim will speak at the groups weekly meeting which runs between 7-9 p.m. at the Bridge Christian Community premises on the Wexford Road, Arklow.  New members are welcome please contact Mary Whelan 087 9880894.

 

 

 

 

 

 THE ELDERS TO BRING LATEST TOUR TO ARKLOW

the-eldersWorld renowned musicians The Elders are about to make their 14th annual trip home to Ireland from their base in the USA.  On their Irish tour they will play in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Monday October 24th at 9pm. With special guests ‘The Moxie Strings’ where audiences are in for a real musical treat.  Tickets cost €10 and are available from Kustom Kids, The Harbour Bar, Paddy Kavanagh’s and the Arklow Bay Hotel.  All proceeds towards Nolan House, Rathdrum and Arklow Music and Arts.

 

 

 

 ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

Below is a map of Arklow Heritage Walks & Trails.  These walks involve continuous walking at a moderate pace and two of them are wheelchair accessible, the Kynoch’s Walk and the Town Walk.  This map is published by the Arklow Heritage/Nature Walks Development Co. Ltd in association with Arklow Municipal Council.

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

 

 

LOUISE IS APPOINTED PRINCIPAL OF GLENART

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board have appointed Louise Kearns as Principal of Glenart College.  She is joined by Brid Keely as Deputy Principal.  Both Louise and Brid are really looking forward to meeting prospective students and parents at the schools open evening on Wednesday October 26th.

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TIDY TOWNS START WORK ON NEW GARDENtidy-town

Arklow Tidy Towns has launched a new initiative to brighten up an unused corner of the town.  A new urban garden is under way at Castle park between Arus Lorcain and the Arklow Municipal District building and follows a successful report in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.  Anyone who wishes to volunteer is asked to contact Arklow Tidy Towns. (0402) 24432.

 

 

 

 

pink-partyPINK PARTY

Arklow Cancer Support are hosting our Annual Pink Party and Awareness Day on Friday October 21 from 11am to 1pm.  They are inviting all who have experienced Breast Cancer to come along to 8 St Marys Road with their families and friends.  The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and fundraising will not take place at any of these events.  All are welcome.


 

 

 

 

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ARKLOW & DISTRICT CHAMBER BALL AWARDS CEREMONY 2016

FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER IN THE ARKLOW BAY HOTEL

Chamber Ball 2016 

The Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 is on  Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Both members and  non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a  drinks reception at 7.15pm with dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards. 

Tickets for this black tie event are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909, email chamber@arklow.ie or look up Arklow Chamber page on FaceBook for more information.  Tickets cost €60 each with a table of 10 for €500 and are available now from the Chamber office.

Arklow Music & Arts musicians will be supporting the event and the evening will end with dancing with music provided by the The Brendan Kennedy Showband.

 

ARKLOW ENTERPRISE TOWNBOI Enterprise Town

Arklow Enterprise Town is taking place in St Marys College, Arklow on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October.  Enterprise Town is a FREE event and represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase local businesses, clubs & societies as well as our local schools to potential new customers or new members.  The official Enterprise Town launch will take place on Thursday 1st September in Arklow Library, Main Street, Arklow between 6.30pm – 7.30pm.  Please feel free to come along to the launch event for more information and refreshments on the night.

To be part of this initiative please contact your local Bank of Ireland branch, or email derek.tobin@boi.com to be added to the participants listing.  You do not have to be a customer of Bank of Ireland.

 

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK 2016

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World Suicide Prevention Week 2016 takes place between Monday, September 5th and Sunday, September 11th, with World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday, 10th September. #WSPD16 

Cycle Against Suicide is actively supporting this week through its initiative Light Up Orange. #LightUpOrange

Last year there was a huge response with many of Ireland’s iconic buildings, landmarks, historic castles and homes turning their lights orange to raise awareness of the message “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”. 

To date they have had a great response, but their goal to Light Up Ireland needs support from Co. Wicklow. Maybe you could light one of your buildings up orange to create awareness of World Suicide Prevention Week, or even just light the building up at 8pm on Saturday, 10th September.  

Contact Anne McGowan, Light Up Orange Co-Ordinator, by e-mail anne.mcgowan@cycleagainstsuicide.com or phone 087-2249204 if you can be a part of this years Light Up Orange.

 

PASSION IN CONCERT

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If you did not manage a trip abroad this Summer never fear not as Arklow Music and Arts Group (AMA) will transport you from the Café Music of Paris, to Granada in Spain and finish off with some great Italian Classics at our Passion in Concert, which takes in The Woodenbridge Hotel, Vale of Avoca,  Arklow, Co. Wicklow on Friday 9th September at 7.30pm. Tickets €15 each and available from Kavanaghs, Wexford Road, Arklow and The Woodenbridge Hotel.

Arklow Music and Arts present “Passion in Concert”  which is a must for all music lovers and features Tenor- Anthony Norton, Violin – Patrick Collins and Guitar – Drajen Derek with support acts Margaret Fitzgerald on Piano and Michael Steadman on Classical Guitar. You will not have to travel to Dublin to see this “must see show” while at the same time helping AMA obtain a music and arts performance space and theatre for the town of Arklow.

 

 

WOODENBRIDGE HOTEL FUNDRAISER IN AID OF ST JOHN WARD

The Woodenbridge Hotel hosting a fundraiser for the St johns Ward, which is the children’s cancer ward in Crumlin hospital, on the 23rd of September at 8pm.  This fundraiser is being run in the name of a little seven year old girl called Annie who is currently being treated on this ward.  Tickets are €35 per person and every cent raised at the function will go to the charity.  Tickets can be purchased at the hotel and tables can be reserved in advance.  The evening will include food, entertainment and lots more.   For full details of the event see poster below.

Woodenbridge Funraiser

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September in the Arklow Bay Hotel

 

The Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 is on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel.  As usual 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 7.15pm with dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards. The guest speaker this year is Minister Simon Harris T.D.

Chamber Ball 2016

Tickets for this black tie event are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909 or email chamber@arklow.ie.  Tickets cost €60 each with a table of 10 for €500.

 

WORLD RECORD BID

ELEPHANTS ORIGAMIAn attempt will be made in Arklow next week to break a Guinness World Record.  Arklow Library is delighted to announce an extremely exciting and unique upcoming event.  OrigamiUSA is partnering with Wildlife Conservation Society and its official attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for the largest display of origami elephants.  The goal is to bring attention to the 35,000 elephants that are killed each year for their Ivory.  The event will run on Monday August 29th from 2-4pm and Tuesday August 30th from 6-8pm and will operate on a casual drop-in basis.

 

RESCHEDULED TABLE QUIZ

Arklow Music and Arts group has rescheduled their  table quiz for Friday August 26th in the Harbour Bar, Lower Main Street at 9pm.  Teams to comprise four people and price per team is just €20.  All money raised will help in the provision of providing a Theatre and Performance space for the town of Arklow.

AMA Table Quiz

 

ARKLOW ENTERPRISE TOWN

Arklow Enterprise town is taking place in St Marys College, Arklow on Friday September 30th and Saturday October 1st 2016.
Enterprise Town is a free event and represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase local businesses, clubs and societies as well as local schools to potential new customers or new members.  The official Enterprise Town launch will take place on Thursday September 1st in Arklow Library, Main Street between 6.30 – 7.30pm please feel free to come along. For more information about the event please contact your local Bank of Ireland on 07662 30619 or e-mail Derek.tobin@boi.com.

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PASSION IN CONCERT

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If you did not manage a trip abroad this Summer never fear not as Arklow Music and Arts Group (AMA) will transport you
from the Café Music of Paris, to Granada in Spain and finish off with some great Italian Classics at our Passion in Concert, which takes in The Woodenbridge Hotel, Vale of Avoca,  Arklow, Co. Wicklow on Friday 9th September at 7.30pm. Tickets €15 each and available from Kavanaghs, Wexford Road, Arklow and The Woodenbridge Hotel.

Arklow Music and Arts present “Passion in Concert”  which is a must for all music lovers and features Tenor- Anthony Norton, Violin – Patrick Collins and Guitar – Drajen Derek with support acts Margaret Fitzgerald on Piano and Michael Steadman on Classical Guitar. You will not have to travel to Dublin to see this “must see show” while at the same time helping AMA obtain a music and arts performance space and theatre for the town of Arklow.

 

WOODENBRIDGE HOTEL FUNDRAISER IN AID OF ST JOHN WARD

The Woodenbridge Hotel hosting a fundraiser for the St johns Ward, which is the children’s cancer ward in Crumlin hospital, on the 23rd of September at 8pm.  This fundraiser is being run in the name of a little seven year old girl called Annie who is currently being treated on this ward.  Tickets are €35 per person and every cent raised at the function will go to the charity.  Tickets can be purchased at the hotel and tables can be reserved in advance.  The evening will include food, entertainment and lots more.   For full details of the event see poster below.

Woodenbridge Funraiser

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September in the Arklow Bay Hotel

The Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 is on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15pm with dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards. 

Tickets for this black tie event are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909 or email chamber@arklow.ie.  Tickets cost €60 each with a table of 10 for €500.

There was a great response from the public to the awards this year.  The Chamber office received several hundred nominations across the 7 awards and would like to thank all those who took the time to send in nominations.  Below is the list of those selected by the independent judging panel to be shortlisted.  The awards recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

 

Best New Start Up sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

For any business opened within the last 12 month

            Browns Hair Salon

            Orla’s Kitchen

 

Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

            Arklow Bay Hotel  

            E. Holt & Sons

            M.A. Healy & Sons Ltd

 

The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

            1st Choice Pharmacy Tesco

            Blueprint

            The Beauty Rooms

 

The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service.

            Leah Penston

            Kim Sweeney

            Stephen Considine (BPB Wear)

 

Ambassador for Tourism Award sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area

            Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee

            Bridgewater Centre

            The Rowing Club

 

The Employee of the Year Award sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers,

co-workers or an employer

            Caroline Forde (Its Fresh)

            Cathy Guerin (Arklow Business Enterprise Centre)

            Sharon Delaney (Elverys)

 

The Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow

            Ann Walker

            Michael Fitzgerald

            Yvonne Kenny

 

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Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors of the Business Awards 2016 and the Wicklow People who sponsored publicity for the event.

 

 

SITE WORK TO START AT WATER PLANT  Irish Water-001

Irish Water will commence site investigation work this week for the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant project.  The site investigation work will take approx 12 weeks to complete and assist in the design of the waste water treatment plant and the planning application.

 

NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK

National Heritage Week is taking place from August 20th-28th and Co Wicklow is set to be a hive of heritage activity.  Copies of the event guide can be picked up in the tourist offices, libraries and council offices and downloaded from Wicklow.ieheritage week

 

 MASSIVE SUPPORT FOR ‘NIGHT FOR RAY’A Night For Ray

A ‘Night for Ray’ in the Breffini was a huge success last week.  The evening saw some of Wicklow’s finest acts     take to stage to raise money for the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia trust.  The family extended thanks to          everyone who had helped out on the night.

 

TABLE QUIZ

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Arklow Music and Arts group will hold a table quiz with a difference on Friday August 19th in the    Harbour Bar, Lower Main Street at 8.30pm  Teams to comprise four people and price per team is just  €20.  All money raised will help in the provision of providing a Theatre and Performance space for the    town of Arklow

 

 

ARKLOW HARBOUR – NORTH QUAY RIVER WALL – REMEDIAL WORKS

Why is there a need to undertaken remedial works to the North Quay River wall?

The North Quay river wall is an old stone wall. There have been a number of improvement works undertaken on various section of the wall over the years. However, there is a 200 m section of the wall where the mortar bedding has been washed out.

This has resulted in small gaps in the wall between the individual stone blocks through which the retained material is being washed out. This has resulted in subsidence behind the wall as shown below.

 

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How are Wicklow County Council planning going to remediate this problem?

A cofounded project between Wicklow County Council (WCC) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) to undertake the following remedial works to repair the aforementioned issues:

  • Removal of vegetation from the wall – the root systems of the various different plants are enlarging the gaps in the wall and will exasperate the problem over time;
  • Application of a mortar layer to the North Quay river wall to seal the gaps in the wall;
  • Injection of grout behind the wall to fill any voids that may have arisen as a result of material washout and to strengthen the North Quay river wall; and
  • Backfilling of surface voids with aggregate material.

 

The work site stretches 200 m from the front of the Bridgewater shopping centre on the North Quay to the east to Arklow Shipping Limited. The works are scheduled to be undertaken in 8 weeks with the Contractor mobilising to the site on the 18th of August. Where possible works will be undertaken from a Pontoon on the river in order to minimise traffic disruption; however, some of the works will need to be undertaken under traffic management on North Quay. A lane closure and stop/go system will operate for up to 4 weeks of this project commencing on Monday the 29th of August.

 

 

FRIENDS OF PHILO

Friends of Philo

 On Sunday 21st August from 8.30pm till 12.30am the Arklow Bay Hotel hosts Friends of Philo Thin Lizzy  Tribute night in aid of Arklow Lifeboat Station & the RNLI.

Tinn Lizzy from Norway will be featuring Sean O’Connor from The Lookalikes Dublin Snowblind from Germany.

Feel the Pinch from Arklow featuring Brian Meakin from Wicklow.

Tickets are €10 and will be on sale from first weekend in August at the Arklow Bay Hotel and Shavus Mens Barbers Main Street Arklow.

There will be also 40+ visitors from Norway and Germany supporting both bands.

PLEASE make all guests feel welcomed to our part of the world and please support this unique event.

 

STARS IN THEIR EYES

The Arklow Bay Hotel will be the place to be on Saturday night as a number of local well known faces will take to the stage to perform as their favourite singer for the inaugural Stars in their Eyes event.  The event is taking place in aid of the St Joseph’s Templerainey, St Vincent de Paul Conference.

Tickets for the event are €12 and available from the contestants, at Arklow Bay Hotel or by calling (085) 1095423

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NEW PIANO SCHOOL

The Cullen School of music-notes-musical-notes-clip-art-free-music-note-clipartMusic is based in Arklow and primarily offers piano lessons to students    from the   age of three and upwards.  Students have the option to learn for fun or work towards    piano  exams if     they wish.  They also offer Wunderkeys music for preschoolers aged 3-5.  Wunderkeys is  perfect for the   active preschooler that is showing an interest in music.

For more information about any of our lessons please contact cullenmusicschool@gmail.com or visit       us on facebook at www.facebook.com/cullenschoolofmusic