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New Arklow Library opens on 4th April

The Arklow library located on St. Mary’s Road since 1979 closed its doors last Friday for the final.  The new library on Arklow’s Main Street will be open to the public on Monday 4th April.  The new premises will include a dedicated IT, relaxation, study and reference areas, it will have a larger collection of ebooks, elanguage resources and emagazines.  It also has a community room which will be available for local groups.

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The opening hours at the new library are:

10am – 5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and

10am – 8.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

 

McMullans wins “Best Music Window Display”

20160314_151500_resized_1As part of this years festival Arklow Chamber of Commerce sponsor the “Best Music Window Display” to help promote the town during the festival.  McMullans Boutique won the inaugural perpetual trophy sponsored by Arklow Chamber of Commerce. – pictured are Liz Doyle and Deirdre Bentley receiving the trophy from Ann McGovern, President of Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce.

The 47th Arklow Music Festival was another very successful event again this year!    Arklow owes a debt of gratitude to the voluntary committee for their hard work including John Bonner, Eileen Clandillon, Rhoda O’Connor, Roisin O’Neill, Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell, Tony Fennell, Tommy Nolan, Bridget Greene, Marian O’Regan, Thomas Kelly and Jo Walker.

 

Celtic Challenge 2016

Arklow-Rowing-ClubMembers of Arklow Rowing Club held a fund raising event in Bridgewater Shopping Centre last weekend.  They challenged themselves to row 90 miles in two days to raise fund for the upcoming Celtic Challenge.  This event takes place every two years and crews from the rowing club will row from Arklow to Aberystwyth in Wales over the May Bank Holiday.  The Arklow Ladies’ Crew will be defending the title held by them since 2008.

Funding raising towards the cost of the race will continue with a Race Night being held on 1st April in the Old Ship.  You can contact any member of the rowing club if you wish to buy a horse, jockey, or sponsor a race or if you would like to have your name printed on the side of the boat you can do so by donating €5.

 

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2016 Arklow Music Festival

Arklow Music Window Display Winner 2016

The 47th Arklow Music Festival was another very successful event again this year!   Congratulations to all the participants who performed so well with the help of their teachers and parents.  Arklow owes a debt of gratitude to the voluntary committee for their hard work including John Bonner, Eileen Clandillon, Rhoda O’Connor, Roisin O’Neill, Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell, Tony Fennell, Tommy Nolan, Bridget Greene, Marian O’Regan, Thomas Kelly and Jo Walker.

Well done to McMullans Boutique who won the inaugural perpetual trophy sponsored by Arklow Chamber of Commerce for Best Musical Window Display. Pictured are Liz Doyle and Deirdre Bentley of McMullans and Ann McGovern.  It was a close run thing as Peter and Eileen Kinsella in The Pottery Shop tied with the judges so it was given to the public vote on Facebook.  We look forward to a wonderful competition again next year.

 

2016 St Patrick’s Day Parade

Congratulations to Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell and all those involved in this years parade – they even provided a lovely sunny afternoon for the participants.  It was a wonderful, colourful and well organised event with local businesses and sports clubs well represented.  The 12 prize winning categories included the Best Float, Best Marching, Group, Most Entertaining Group, Best Uniformed Group.  P. Boland Ltd, this year celebrating 200 years in business, had a very striking float.

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Mary O’Brien, Director of Arklow Cancer Support Group, was the Grand Marshal.  Mary was given the honour because of the great work she and her volunteers do to support those who have been diagnosed with cancer.

 

Avonmore Musical Society – Performance of Evita

The Avonmore Musical Society is putting on an amateur production of Evita in St. Mary’s College Hall from Tuesday, 29th March to Saturday 2nd April.  The performance is by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd originally directed by Harold Prince with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.

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This production of Evita is directed by Stephen Acton, musically directed by Naoimh Penston and choreographed by Martina Lynch.  The ticket booth is open each Saturday and Sunday at the Bridgewater Shopping Centre and booking can also be made by contacting the booking office at 086-8722010.

 

Easter Musical Theatre Camp at Studio 55:

A 5,6,7,8 and all that jazz…

Come along and join us for a 3 day intensive musical theatre training in dance, singing and acting. Students will learn exciting songs and dances from stage and screen and from Broadway and the Westend – the lion king, Annie, frozen, mamma Mia, grease, shrek, Matilda, singin in the rain and Oliver to name a few.

The course will be led by:

Martina Lynch

Martina Lynch – (Dance) – Trained at MDDC, Liverpool. Aims nominated twice for Best Choreographer in the country, Arklow Chamber of commerce winner of best small business and most recently nominated as one of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.

 

Chris CurridChris Currid (Acting) – He is just back from a six month contract singing for Raglan Road, Disney, Orlando. Aims nominated for Best Singer and Best Actor in Ireland. Appeared on Utv’s search for Jesus Christ Superstar.

 

Leah PenstonLeah Penston – (Singing) – Leah is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting and has also trained with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Leah made her West End debut featuring in the English National Opera’s production of “Sweeney Todd” in the London Coliseum in April 2015.

 

The camp will run from Wednesday the 30th of March – Friday the 1st of April for students aged 7-16. The camp will be at 10.30am – 2pm daily. The cost is €40 for Studio 55 members or €50 for non members.

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To book, text 0851227286.

 

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Attention Arklow Traders

AnnAnn McGovern, President of Arklow Chamber of Commerce purchased the Prize for Best Musical Window Display to encourage all The Local Traders to support Arklow Music Festival. Wouldn’t it be great to see every shop window in Arklow welcoming the 6,700 plus entrants to this year’s Arklow Music Festival by decorating their shop windows with a musical theme for the week? Just follow Deirdre Bentley at McMullans, Peter Kinsella at the Pottery Shop, An Scoil Bheag, Colm Kavanagh at Kavanagh’s Wexford Road, Curiosity Shop on Upper Main Street, Jack and Jill Charity Shop or Vincent De Paul. The winner will have the honour of being the first to have its name engraved on this beautiful cup which will be presented this Sunday 13th March at the Prizegiving Concert. Come on let’s show our neighbouring towns that Arklow too can pull together & sing from the same Hymn Sheet.

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Third generation of the Sweeney Family comes to the helm

IreneCurrent proprietors Pat and Irene Sweeney have recently handed over the reins to their son JJ who follows in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents. JJ is a qualified motor mechanic and also holds qualifications in windscreen chip repair, business and computing and is a trained motor diagnostics technician. Formerly known as the Windscreen, Tyre and Exhaust Centre meets all motoring requirements including fuel servicing, tyres, windscreen repair, NCT checks, beam settings, tyre alignment, and car washing and valeting. The family have been a well-known part of the business community for over 40 years and has always been proud to provide jobs locally. Pat and Irene will continue to run the Hackney and Minibus side of their business.

Pat and Irene wish to thank all their loyal customers for their support over the years and are proud to leave them in the capable hands of JJ and his team. JJ wishes to invite the public to visit Sweeney’s Garage on Saturday 12th March from 2 pm to 4 pm for a welcome event and the chance to see some dream cars.

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St. Patricks and Easter at Bridgewater Shopping Centre

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner on Thursday 17th March. The Bridgewater is celebrating by soaking up the culture, and from 12-3pm there will be free face painting for all the kids. Call in and take advantage of the free parking all day. Also, you can now enter St. Patrick’s Facebook competition where someone will win a Bridgewater Gift Card worth €50. Click here to enter.

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Then, celebrate the next big event with Bridgewater! On Monday 28th March from 2-5pm, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt going on within the Centre and you could get your picture taken with Alice and the Easter Bunny.

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Library closing date

Arklow Library in St Mary’s Road is closing its doors to the public on Wednesday 16th March at 8.30 pm and will be opening on Main Street on Monday 4th April. There will be no public library in Arklow through the school Easter Holidays.

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Community Games Activities in the Arklow Area

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  • Solo recitation, solo dance, solo music, solo singing.
  • Group dance, group music, group singing, group drama.

Please note competitors may enter only one activity in their own age group.

Age groups are over eight and under 12 and 16 years. The competition is open to girls and boys resident in the Arklow area and under the age specified on July 31st 2016.

Competitors please register your name, address, date of birth, home telephone number, activity of your choice and five euro entry fee with James O’Reilly 17 Fernhill, Arklow, County Wicklow on or before Friday 18th March. Please note competitors will be notified by phone of dates for area and county finals.

Closing date for entries is Friday 18th March.

Entry fee is €5.

For further information regarding rules and criteria for above activities please visit national community games website, phone 0402 91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org

“It is not the winning that is most important

It is the taking part”

“16 for 1916” Exhibition

Artist David Bardon is back in the Arklow Art Gallery with a new exhibition of his work. “16 for 1916” series celebrates major figures from the Easter Rising and subsequent War of Independence. Portraits include the seven executed signatories of the Proclamation, Michael Collins, Eamonn de Valera and others. The exhibition which will run for three weeks will be launched in the Arklow Visual Art Gallery from 7 – 9 pm on Monday 14th March.

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Arklow Music Festival 2016

downloadThis years Arklow Music Festival begins on Saturday 5th March and continues until Sunday 13th.  This festival  which has been held in March each year since 1970 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.  This year it celebrates its 46th anniversary.  Bridgewater Shopping Centre and Elavon Card Services are sponsors of the festival this year.

There are five main venues for the festival – the Arklow Bay Hotel, Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Marlborough Hall, Arus Lorcain and St. Mary’s College.  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.

Last year over 6,700 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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For more information and to download application forms and list of venues go to Arklow Music Festival website.

 

Daffodil Day 2016

Don’t forget Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society takes place on Friday 11th MarchIrish-cancer-societyDaffodil Day is the biggest and longest running fundraising day for the Irish Cancer Society, Ireland’s national cancer charity and every single euro collected makes a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Ireland.

On Daffodil Day thousands of volunteers around Ireland sell daffodil pins and flowers (on streets, in businesses, homes and shopping centres) to raise money for the Society’s free, nationwide services for those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland.

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If you are available to help on 11th March please ring 087-9967791 or 0402-39520.

Local Enterprise Week 2016

LocalEnterprise-374x200The Local Enterprise Office have organised the first ever Local Enterprise Week from Monday 7th – Friday 11th March 2016. Throughout the week there will be a host of events and information, focusing on the supports available to the local business community.

From Business Advice Clinics to seminars, the week will kick off with a full day of live tweeting with a Business Advisor who can be contacted at @LEOWicklow using the hashtag #localenterprise on Monday 7th March.  They have two great seminars – the “INTERNET OF THINGS” in the Parkview Hotel on Thursday 10th March and “TRADING ONLINE VOUCHERS” in the LEO premises in Rathnew on Friday 11th March. It is recommended booking your place early!

For the full schedule of events, go to the LEO Website.

 

St. Patrick’s Parade 2016

st-patricks-day1There is nothing like The Arklow St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Savour the atmosphere as everyone join in the fun with traditional music, colourful floats, dancing and craic. There will be a wide variety of floats and marching bands this year and fun for all the family while all are welcome.

This year Mary O’Brien – Director of Arklow Cancer Support Group – has been announced as the 2016 Arklow St Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal. As always, it takes place on March 17 and will set off from Yellow Lane and Knockenrahan. A number of cups and shields will be presented to winners in 12 categories including Best Float, Best Marching Group, Most Entertaining Group, Youth Award and Best Uniformed Group.

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Mothers Day, Sunday March 6th

Mother’s Day in Ireland this year falls on Sunday, March 6th 2016. If you are looking for great Mothers Day gifts for the Mother who deserves only the best, why not to visit the Pottery Shop Arklow. You can also treat your Mum this Mother’s day with the help of Next! Check out some of the beautiful gifts in store or gift cards loaded to the value of your choosing at the Bridgewater SC Next.

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Jobs Initiative for Mid EastDJEI-logo

 

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation recently launched the “Mid East Action Plan for Jobs” to oversee the implementation of this very important initiative, it is aimed at the supporting the creation of extra jobs in the Mid East.

There are 163 actions contained in this plan with responsibilities and timeframes set out for each of these actions.  The Department are setting up an Implementation Committee which will be chaired by Eamonn Sinnott, General Manager, Intel Ireland and the role of this committee is to engage and report on actions in the Mid East Action Plan for Jobs.  It is intended that Progress Reports will be published on 6-monthly basis for the Mid East Plan and for the 8 Action Plans published to date.

Download PDF “Guidelines for Monitoring Regional Action Plans” and “Summary Table of Actions”.

 

Small Grant Scheme for Sports Clubs and Groups

 

Sport EquipmentThe Small Grant Scheme is aimed at the purchase of equipment, training costs or other initiatives to increase participation and membership in the club.  It is a once off grant for 2016 (max. of €500 per club).

Please note the closing date for applications is 24th February 2016.  If you require an application form please e-mail Lisa at lcairns@wicklowcoco.ie or visit the “Small Grant Scheme” website.

 

1916 Drama Comes to Arklow Stage

 

Arklow Drama Group “Masquerade” has been performing “The Break of Day”, a new play by Conal O’Sheil.  The show is part of the Wicklow 1916 Commemorations and is on at The Breffni which.  The performance has been getting wonderful reviews since its opening night but sadly its last performance is tonight Friday 19th February at 8pm.

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Masquerade is always looking for new performers, contact them on Facebook for more information.

 

 Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle Celebrates

 

Sherry Fitzgerald Myles DoyleMandies Kinsella of Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle secured 2nd place in the Administrator of the Year Awards.  There were 67 participating franchised offices represented at the recent Sherry Fitzgerald Countrywide Conference held recently in the Killashee Hotel in Naas.  Arklow & District Chamber are delighted to congratulate Mandie on her achievement especially as Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle is one of our Chamber members.

 

Coder Dojo Arklow

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like-minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.

Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self-led learning,  with an emphasis on showing how coding is a force for change in the world.

Up and running in Arklow for nearly 2 years now, CoderDojo Arklow hold weekly sessions where a growing number of kids, aged from 7 to 17 get their first taste of how to use technology to create websites, design animations and games, and using technology like the Raspberry PI get their first introduction to the exciting world of electronics..

The sessions are facilitated by Arklow CBS, and are run by a team of volunteers, both technical and non-technical, who aim to provide a safe, fun, interactive and creative environment and to encourage young people while they build complementary skills of creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, team work and leadership.

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For information on how to join visit Coder Dojo Arklow.

 

 

 

 

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Vote for Emma to win Doodle 4 Google

Girl DrawingCongratulations to Emma Seckington, aged 9, who has made it to the finals of the 2016 Doodle 4 Google.  Voting opened on Sunday 7th February and closes on Sunday 14th February so please log on to www.google.ie/doodle4google/vote and select Emma’s entry in the Group 2 section.  She has themed her entry on Irish wildlife so please vote for her and help get her to the doodle onto the Google homepage.  The prize giving ceremony will take place on 7th March and the winning doodle will appear on Google on 28th March.

 

GoRun.ie Health and Fitness Seminar

GoRun.ie are holding a Health and Fitness  Seminar in the Arklow Bay Hotel and Leisure Centre on Wednesday 17th February 2016  at 7.00pm sharp.  See flyer below  or visit the www.gorun.ie or full information.

What does GoRun.ie do??

GoRun.ie is an online race event calendar and facilitator.  They launched back in November 2015 and are getting great feedback in relation to how the service is much needed from a runners point of view.  They have roughly between 7,000-8,000 page loads each week with 2,500 users each week logging onto their website. The point of the Seminar is to promote health and Fitness in Wicklow with experts in their field.

Download the GoRun Flyer

 

Safely Insured Seminar

ASL Safety & Training Ltd are having a half day seminar in The Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow on Thursday 10th March, 2016 from 9.30am – 12.30pm.  This is a very interesting seminar  on providing a safe place of work and adequate Insurance cover.  The increased knowledge on how to provide a safe place of work coupled with a better understanding of commercial insurance is a powerful tool to have and can save you a lot of money when it comes to claims and renewing your premiums.

This seminar can be booked online or if you require further information please contact me Colm Moules – 083 4678332.

 http://1001bookings.com/asl/training/public_view_course/745

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BOOK NOW ONLINE: www.aslsafety.com/training

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Arklow Music & Arts Scene Awards

ArtsParticipants in Christmas competition gathered in Kennys of the Harbour for the presentation of awards.  Competitors of all ages were represented but the award for “Best in Show” went to the very talented Olivia Sheehy & Cat Leibowitx of Empathy.  Congratulations to them and special congratulations to the those in the Arklow Music & Arts Scene who did wonderful work in 2015 to highlight what Arklow has to offer in music and creative arts. This hardworking  group goal is to secure a performing arts centre for the community.

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GOOD NEWS FOR JOBS IN ARKLOW

New to Arklow : Glen Fuel Services Ltd

Glen Fuel Services is celebrating the opening of their new Arklow Depot located in Croghan Industrial Estate.  Established in 1986 this is a second generation family run business that has built a strong reputation for providing excellent customer care through reliable, professional and friendly service.  They promise to deliver ENERGY FOR EVERYTHING!

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Check out the value on offer now at www.glenfuels.ie or simply call the Glen Fuel Services Arklow team on 1850 911931. Support a new Arklow business that is here to serve the local community…we wish all in Glen Fuels the very best of luck!

 

And EXPANDING IN ARKLOW…….

Gaines Europe Ltd announces further development!  

GainesGaines Europe has a history that can be traced as far back as 1928 when the then founder of Gaines Pet Food Company, Clarence Gaines, declared and introduced to market the concept of “100 percent complete and balanced nutrition” in his dog food.

Since then there has been a number of significant turning points, the first of which, in 1943, saw General Foods purchase the successful pet food business that Clarence Gaines had developed. The Gaines name and proud tradition of manufacturing quality products extended to Europe when, in 1995, Gaines Europe Limited was established.  Gaines Europe was acquired by Rondo Food in 2011, which is one of the leading private label pet snacks and treat manufacturers in Europe.   In 2013, Gaines’ manufacturing facility was relocated to a new site in Arklow where they have just announced further development in Arklow thanks to the hard work of factory staff and the ambition of their effective management team who have made enormous improvements to the company’s growth and development establishing a strong presence in Europe, North America and Australia.

Well done to all those involved including Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities in Arklow, good news all round!

 

COLM IS THE NEW AIMS PRESIDENT

AIMSCongratulation to Colm Moules who has just been elected as National President of the Association of Irish Musical Societies.  In the past he has served as national PRO for AIMSs and in his role as President will travel all over Ireland attending competitions.  Colm is a long servicing member of Arklow’s Avonmore Musical Society and will take part in their 2016 Evita show from 29th March to 2nd April.  He is employed in ASL Safety & Training in the Arklow Business Enterprise Centre.

 

HAVE YOU GOT SOMETHING HAPPENING IN YOUR BUSINESS?

 Tell us at chamber@arklow.ie  so that we can promote it to our 2,000 weekly visitors – make 2016 work for you!

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First Choice Pharmacy, Tesco in Arklow

Why not take up this challenge? Sign up TODAY

First Choice Pharmacy is very excited to be participating in the Operation Transformation 2016 campaign, the Million Pound Challenge. Their pharmacists and staff will be providing advice on healthy eating tips, booklets and weigh-ins in the private consultation room. They look forward to seeing you soon.

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The Met Live in HD: Turandot

turandotComing to Arklow Omniplex on Sat 30th January @ 6.00pm. Tickets available now. Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody. The unenviable task of completing the opera’s final scene upon Puccini’s sudden death was left to the composer Franco Alfano. Conductor Arturo Toscanini oversaw Alfano’s contribution and led the world premiere. Nina Stemme takes on the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand, opposite Marco Berti as Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Anita Hartig and Leah Crocetto share the role of Liù, the faithful slave girl. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

For tickets and participating theaters click here.

To see the Turandot Trailer please click here.

 

Valentines Dinner & Divas

Come along to the Valentines gig Saturday 13th of Feb at The Wicklow Brewery, Redcross for a fabulous four course meal and a gem of a musical night! Denise Brennan along with four of Irelands top musicians look forward to bringing you on this musical journey of Divas Through The Ages, old and new. Tickets on the door. Dinner reservations are separate, call 0404 41661.

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Laura’s DanceFitness Arklow

child-kid-danceWould you like your kids to be a little more active? Do your kids have too much energy they need to burn off? Come and join Laura’s DancFitness every Wednesday.

  • 3-6yr JUMPING BEANS @3.15pm
  • 7+ yrs KIDZ CREW @4-5pm

These are fun filled Dance Fitness classes, the kids don’t even realise they are exercising.

They are drop in classes & with no experience needed!

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€6 PAYG
50% off sibling discount

 

Triple Points 29th – 31st January

Hitting the shops this weekend? You won’t want to miss the amazing Triple Points event at Boots where you can collect 12 Boots Advantage Card Points per €1 when you spend €40 or more in all Boots stores nationwide Friday 29th – Sunday 31st January! In a single transaction. Normal Advantage Card rules apply. See in store for details.

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Winter Flu Vaccination

It’s still not too late to pop in and see your local Boots pharmacist about your winter flu vaccination. Let’s help you stay healthy during the cold months. Subject to Pharmacist availability. Please check in store for eligibility for a free vaccine and to arrange your consultation.

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GOOD NEWS FOR JOBS IN ARKLOW


NEW TO ARKLOW:   GLENFUELS

GlenfuelsGlen Fuel Services is celebrating the opening of their new Arklow Depot located in Croghan Industrial Estate.  Established in 1986 this is a second generation family run business that has built a strong reputation for providing excellent customer care through reliable, professional and friendly service.  They promise to deliver ENERGY FOR EVERYTHING!

Check out the value on offer now at www.glenfuels.ie or simply call the Glen Fuel Services Arklow team on 1850 911931. Support a new Arklow business that is here to serve the local community…we wish all in Glen Fuels the very best of luck!

 

And EXPANDING IN ARKLOW – Gaines announces further development! 

gainesGaines Europe has a history that can be traced as far back as 1928 when the then founder of Gaines Pet Food Company, Clarence Gaines, declared and introduced to market the concept of “100 percent complete and balanced nutrition” in his dog food.

Since then there has been a number of significant turning points, the first of which, in 1943, saw General Foods purchase the successful pet food business that Clarence Gaines had developed. The Gaines name and proud tradition of manufacturing quality products extended to Europe when, in 1995, Gaines Europe Limited was established.  Gaines Europe was acquired by Rondo Food in 2011, which is one of the leading private label pet snacks and treat manufacturers in Europe.   In 2013, Gaines’ manufacturing facility was relocated to a new site in Arklow where they have just announced further development in Arklow thanks to the hard work of factory staff and the ambition of their effective management team who have made enormous improvements to the company’s growth and development establishing a strong presence in Europe, North America and Australia.

Well done to all those involved including Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities in Arklow, good news all round!

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Wicklow Craft Needs Your Support…

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Good luck to http://www.wicklowbrewery.ie/beer.html based in Avoca who are taking part in the Altech Craft Brews and Food fair at the Convention Centre exhibition which attracts almost 10,000 visitors.  If you have a craft business and would like to feature on www.arklow.ie please let us know as we focus on promoting our top quality local producers!

 

 

First Responders

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Arklow Community First Responders are looking for new volunteers to provide care and treatment to people experiencing Cardiac Emergencies. The full training will be provided so no medical experience is needed. Applicants must be over 18, have own transport, be available to attend monthly training sessions and also be available to commit some time to a weekly roster system. For more details please contact arklowcfr@yahoo.com or visit their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Arklow-Community-First-Responders-186740671355733/?fref=ts

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Community Games

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Would you the parents, guardians, club leaders, adults over eighteen years be interested in becoming an Arklow Community Games volunteer coach/manager for 2016? If yes please contact area P.R.O. James O’Reilly at 0402 91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org. The activities include art, athletics, swimming, model making, table quiz, chess, cycling on grass, talent.

 

 

Inver Ladies Choir

Inver Ladies choir are currently recruiting new members for their successful Ladies Choir. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday night from 8 pm to 9.30 pm, followed by a cuppa, in the Royal Hotel. If you are interested please send a message to Jenny Farrell or Inver Ladies Choir.

https://www.facebook.com/InverLadiesChoir?pnref=story

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Arklow Lifeboat Hurry to the Curry

This years “Hurry to the Curry” fundraiser for the Arklow RNLI takes place on Friday 29th January in the Arklow Bay Hotel.  Tickets are €20 and are available from the Arklow Bay Hotel, the Lifeboat Station; the Fundraising Committee can be contacted by emailing arklow@rnli.org, by phoning 0402-32850 or Michael on 086-3871500.

RNLI-Saving Lives

The committee invites you to come along and enjoy the culinary masterpieces prepared by Ann and her volunteers.  This year the Arklow RNLI celebrates 190 years of saving lives – the fundraising team and the lifeboat crew give their time and could not function without your support.

 

New McElheron Council Chamber – Arklow Municipal District Office

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Cllr John Ryan, Cllr Sylvester Bourke and CEO Bryan Doyle paid special recognition to the McElheron family at the official opening of the “McElheron Chamber” in the new offices of Arklow Municipal District Office of Wicklow County Council last Wednesday 20th January.

Joe McElheron spoke of times past, remembering all those who were part of Arklow’s rich heritage and acknowledged the family’s appreciation of this honour.  His father John Edward McElheron served on Arklow Urban District Council from 1942 to 1977 and his mother May McElheron was co-opted to the Council in 1977 until 1977.  Vincent, his brother, served on Arklow Urban Council and Arklow Town Council from 1985 until 2014.  They area all fondly remembered for their dedicated service to the people of Arklow town over so many years.

 

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Congratulations to Aoibhin Redmond on winning a Garda Youth Award!

Aoibhin RedmondYoung people across County Wicklow were awarded for their achievements within the community at a special ceremony on Saturday 9th January 2016 in The Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy. Eighteen winners of Wicklow Garda Youth Awards received their glass trophies and were nominated by family members, group leaders, teachers and others. The awards were allocated to people who did voluntary or charity work in the community, displayed bravery, or overcome difficulties in their lives.

Aoibhín Redmond is a singer/songwriter/musician from Arklow. Her principal Máire Mic Mhuiris Awardnominated Aoibhin for a Garda Youth Award due to her charity work: firstly with GOAL -recording an original song along with a fundraiser in Bridgewater Shopping Centre with an online fundraiser and sending the funds earned to GOAL for struggling Syrian families. Aoibhin also got together with the Arklow Community Action Resource Centre and organised a charity concert for Arklow’s homeless. These events along with other achievements earned her the Independent Garda Youth Award which was presented to Aoibhin by singer/songwriter Luan Parle.

Aoibhin said that the award ceremony was buzzing full on brilliant young people and MC’d by Declan Meehan from East Coast FM. It was a great night for all involved.

Aoibhin

 

 

Arklow Ukulele Players

2016 brings a whole load of new possibilities. The Arklow Ukulele Players are moving to The Breffini, Arklow (formerly Murphy’s). It’s a new location but the same great night of good fun, good music and good people. All levels of ukulele player are welcome. The main session starts at 7:30pm but beginners can come along at 7pm to get some extra help if they need it.

For more information please contact Ronan McCauley on 086 6017262.

Arklow Ukulele Players

 

 

Sing For Fun

Sing For Fun recommencing Sally O’Brien’s Arklow on Monday 25th January 2016 at 8:00. As usual, new members are always welcome. If you are looking for something new and fun to do well now is the time to start. No singing experience required and no auditions. Also: for the Men. Sing For Fun – The Men is commencing on Wednesday 27th January. Again, no auditions, and you do not require previous singing experience.

Sing For Fun

 

 

Trading Online Seminar

It’s your chance to find out how to use your online presence to increase sales at this hugely popular seminar. You may also qualify for a grant of up to €2,500 under the Trading Online Voucher scheme. This is free seminar and will take place at Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew from 9 am to 1 pm on Tuesday 19th January 2016. To book your place please click here.

TRAINING COURSE OUTLINE

Local Enterprise Office

Accessing a Business Loan workshop

Aimed at helping business to access finance this half day workshop will be piloted on a monthly basis – last Tuesday of every month in 2016.money_tree

The workshop will cover the following:

  • Information on types and sources of loan finance
  • Information on how loan applications are assessed
  • How to write a business plan for a loan application
  • Common reasons for refusal and appeals mechanisms

 

First two workshops:

Tuesday 26th January 2016

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Place: Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew

Time: 9 am – 1 pm

Cost: Free of charge to attend

To book your place please click here.