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Post Budget Breakfast Briefing

Minister of Finance Mr Michael Noonan is hosting Wicklow & East Carlow Fine Gael Post Budget Breakfast Briefing.

Tickets are €55 per person.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday 14th January
Venue: Druids Glen Resort Wicklow
Speaker: Minister for Finance Mr Michael Noonan
Time: 7:45 am – 9:30 am

Michael Noonan

1916 Centenary Concert

Arklow Music and Arts will host a concert which will celebrate music from 1916, and songs that have a particular resonance with that time. The audience will be encouraged to wear period costumes from the early 20th century. There will be an official programme for the concert and as well as a professional sound system on the night. The concert will be professionally recorded by Eugene Whelan.

Concert

A concert to celebrate The Centenary of 1916 and raise funds for A Performance Arts Centre for Arklow featuring the cream of local Talent will take place on 6th May, Sts. Mary and Peters Church Arklow at 8 pm.

For more information please click here.

 

Arklow Lifeboat Station Event

Dan’s Lifeboat Special Hurry To The Curry will take place on Friday 29th January at 8 pm in the Arklow Bay Hotel. If you want a good night out in January, this is always a great night and all proceeds go to the Volunteers at Arklow Lifeboat Station.

To buy a ticket please contact Michael Mordaunt on 086 3871500 or reception at the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Lifeboat event

 

 

Dancing Competition

studio 55Strictly Come Dancing Junior in association with Studio 55 is coming to Arklow. This is a fundraising event for students aged 18 and younger. Competitors will learn exciting dances such as the salsa, jive, quickstep, Cha Cha, waltz, Charleston and much more – leap into the spotlight and live like a star for the night!

They are currently looking for boys aged 18 and under to take on the challenge and to fundraise and represent their chosen group or club on the night. They will be partnered with a Studio 55 dancer – (auditions to be held).

All competitors will receive a sponsor card to fundraise with for their club.

Prizes on the night are as follows:
1st prize – €300
2nd prize – €200
3rd prize – €100.
Prize money will go to the winning club that was represented on the night.

If you know of any clubs or groups that would like to put someone forward please contact Martina Lynch on 0851227286.

 

Arklow Actors Training

actor trainingOne Day Drama Workshop with Arklow Actors Training will take place at the Lar Cullen Hall, Castlepark, Arklow on Sunday 24th January, from 11 am to 5 pm with a short lunchbreak (bring a packet lunch). Workshop fee is €50. No experience necessary, just bring comfy clothes and enthusiastic spirit!

For more information please visit their Facebook page and to book your place – contact Andrea on 086 1640646 or email andrushakelly@hotmail.com

Arklow Actors Training

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Third Weekend Live Entertainment Mile

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This weekend will be the first weekend of the Live Entertainment Mile, which is part of this year’s Arklow Christmas Festival. Below are listed some of the acts that will be performing on 19th and 20th December:

  • 4Scenebuskers
  • Áine, Érin and Siún Curran
  • Aoibhín Redmond
  • Arklow Ukulele Players
  • Empathy
  • Small Town Crisis

 

Timetable

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South Wicklow IDA / Enterprise Ireland presentation was a great success!

A dedicated South Wicklow IDA / Enterprise Ireland presentation took place at The Woodenbridge Hotel, on Thursday 10th December at 5.30pm. The speakers were: Andrew Doyle TD, Michael Brougham (Enterprise Ireland) and Sheelagh Daly (Local Enterprise Office).

Sheelagh Daly Andrew Doyle Ann McGovern and Michael Brougham

Sheelagh Daly, Andrew Doyle, Ann McGovern and Michael Brougham

Andrew speaking with Michael Brougham Director Eastern and Midlands Region_ Enterprise Ireland

Andrew Doyle speaking with Michael Brougham Director Eastern and Midlands Region – Enterprise Ireland

Press Release
Andrew Doyle
Wicklow/East Carlow

16th December 2015

Creating awareness of regional supports vital- Doyle

Regional investment strategy presents real opportunity for Arklow

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow Andrew Doyle has said that a focus on increasing investment in regional locations presents a real opportunity for Arklow and its environs to avail of new investment and employment supports aimed at productive projects in Ireland’s least economically developed areas.

“A target has been set and represents a key element of the IDA Ireland strategy over the next 5 years to increase investments in all regions outside of Dublin by 30-40% which is ambitious and extremely challenging and a range of measures are being implemented towards achieving this goal.”

“The IDA work to attract foreign direct investment to Ireland and are a key influencer in the development of the Irish economy and its reputation abroad. They presented today to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs Enterprise and Innovation on the findings of their 2014 Annual Report and also about their current activity.”

“At a specially convened meeting on the subject last week in the Woodenbridge Hotel hosted by Arklow Chamber of Commerce on the Regional Aid map was an excellent showcase event for businesses and investors to find out more about the opportunities available for areas included in Regional Aid in South Wicklow.”

“As a development agency Enterprise Ireland are ranked Number 3 globally for seed investment with 180,072 employed in Enterprise Ireland assisted companies at the end of 2014. It is estimated that 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Irish economy equating to 16% of workforce.”

“EU Regional aid guidelines adopted in 2014 allow each Member State to provide enhanced rates of State Aid to certain areas and in Ireland, this is implemented by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA.  Regional aid is provided under schemes for tourism grants, marine tourism urban and rural renewal and other tax-based development schemes.”

“With 15,012 new jobs created by IDA client companies, 2014 was a year in which we have seen recovery in the domestic economy. I urge all stakeholders, interest groups and the business community in south Wicklow to take learn more about what supports may be available to them through our development agencies.”

“It is vital to help facilitate the awareness of the supports on offer and central to our Action Plan for Jobs is supporting jobs growth here in Wicklow. I am very happy to work with all local interest groups that want to avail of these supports.”

“Lastly I would like to commend Dr Michael Brougham, Enterprise Ireland, Sheelagh Daly Head of Local Enterprise Office Wicklow and Connor Simpson IDA for their combined expertise”.

EI Regional Aid Guidelines:

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 1

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 2

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 3

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 4

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 5

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 6



Congratulations to Hilary Sharpe on winning the Volunteer Ireland Social Work Award

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Hilary Sharpe who founded the Arklow Community Resource Centre joined a special ceremony in Dublin and collected the Volunteer Ireland Social Work Award. The centre runs many different activities from women’s and men’s clubs to providing clothes, food, showers for those who need. Hilary and a friend deliver food to local families four nights a week – sometimes 30 families a night.

 

Arklow Lion Club annual event

 

The annual Arklow Lion Club event will take place on the South Beach in Arklow on the morning of 26th December. The eventsnowman
was launched with the help of Arklow RNLI crew members and special thanks also have to go to Arklow Scouts. This year you can expect a giant magnum bottle of Prosecco for one lucky swimmer. Later on everyone can join Lions Club in the Old Ship for complimentary soup and sandwiches, where a draw will take place for the huge bottle. The Lion Club is looking for new participants of all ages to came along and enjoy the experience. All swimmers receive sponsorship cards and the proceeds benefit local charities, such as the local Lifeboat. Sponsor cards are available from: Lion President Joanne Byrne – 087 2533619, Gerard DeCourcy – 086 3360999, Imelda Riley – 087 2809171 and Bernie Tyrell 087 90794533.

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Christmas Concert

Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble will host their 2015 Christmas Concert on Sunday 20th Dec. The band has been working really hard on a great selection of music for this year’s concert. Hopefully everyone can give them lots of support. Tickets are now on sale.

Christmas Concert

 

 

2015 Arklow Santa Fun Run/Walk

Arklow’s 5th Santa dash fun run/walk will take place on Saturday 19th December, starting at 2 pm from St Saviour’s Church and down the usual route finishing back at the park Bandstand Main Street. Just turn up in your Santa Suit, Santa hat, Elf Suit or your mad Christmas Jumper. Let’s bring Arklow’s Main Street alive with Christmas Spirit Hope see you all there HO HO HOOOO and oh yea Santa will be there For Free. Please join in and let’s make this Bigger and Better every year.

Santa run

More information available here.

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Update on the Arklow Christmas Market taking place on Sunday 13th December 12-6 pm

treeDue to the bad weather forecast for the weekend, Arklow Christmas Festival Committee has taken the decision to move the Arklow Christmas Market to an indoor location. They are delighted to have the facilities of Aras Lorcain, Castlepark and are grateful to Fr. Martin and John Carley for the use of this wonderful facility.

Aras Lorcain will be bursting at the seams with wonderful small craft and food businesses with home baking, festive favourites, crafts, cards, jewellery, and a host of Christmas novelties. Most of these will make ideal gifts for family and friends with something to suit all pockets.

Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble will play outside and Carol singers will entertain inside making this a wonderful and magical day for everyone.

Let us all make this as amazing as possible.  There will be barriers in place to ensure safety of the public and these will go across the road in front of the new Arklow Municipal District Offices, the committee asks all stall holders to have their products etc. onsite anytime from 11am (when Aras Lorcain will be open) and to be set up and ready to roll by 12pm.

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Also shoppers will have the added bonus of street entertainment from the top of the town right down to the bottom and includes the Bridgewater Shopping Centre, so the whole town will be working together to make sure everyone gets that something special and keep business in the town of Arklow. Please support their endeavours.

Arklow Christmas Festival Committee thank everyone for their help, understanding and patience so far. Check out their Facebook page and website for more information.

 

Irish Water identifies preferred site for €30m Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant

On 9th December 2015 Irish Water announced that it has recommended the Old Wallboard Factory, North Quay, Ferrybank as the preferred site for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant in Arklow. This location has been recommended by Irish Water based on the public consultation processes and consultation with An Bord Pleanála, Wicklow County Council and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The proposed project, which is estimated to cost in the region of €30 million will include:

  • A new Wastewater Treatment Plant and pumping stations to treat wastewater for a population equivalent of 36,000.
  • A pipeline to bring untreated wastewater to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and to bring treated wastewater from the plant to the outfall.
  • An outfall pipe to safely discharge the treated wastewater to the Irish Sea or the Avoca River.

Irish Water will provide a quarterly update on the Arklow project during the period of the Environmental Impact Assessment on the project webpage in addition to updates to local media. Irish Water will continue to liaise and consult with all relevant project shareholders throughout this period.

Commenting on the announcement of the preferred site, Jerry Grant, Head of Asset Management at Irish Water said, ‘The selection of the preferred site for the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Old Wallboard Factory Site, North Quay, Ferrybank marks a key land mark in the delivery of a Wastewater Treatment Plant for Arklow. Irish Water is committed to ending the discharge of untreated wastewater in Arklow, along with the other 44 locations identified in the recent EPA Urban Wastewater Treatment Report. As outlined in the recent Irish Water Business Plan, the utility has earmarked almost €2 billion in improving wastewater quality and capacity up to 2021. Over €30 million of this is due to be spent in Arklow.’

 

Second Weekend Live Entertainment Mile

This weekend will be the second weekend of the Live Entertainment Mile, which is part of this year’s Arklow Christmas Festival. Below are listed the acts that will be performing on 12th and 13th December:

  • 4Scenesinging
  • Áine, Érin and Siún Curran
  • Aoibhín Redmond
  • Arklow Ukulele Players
  • Avonmore Musical Society
  • Fionn & Roisin Vigors
  • Interchurch Carol Singers
  • Leinster Baptist Christmas Choir
  • Arklow Pipe Band
  • Small Town Crisis
  • The Vault Music Programme

Timetable

 

Powers Souvenir & Gift Shop Customer Appreciation Day

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Powers Souvenir & Gift Shop are Celebrating “60 years” in Business on Main St. Arklow and are having a “Christmas Customer Appreciation Day”  on Saturday 12th December, from 10 am to 7.30 pm for all their customers.

 

Polish Carols Concert

Polish Carols Concert will take place on December 13th at 3pm in the church of Sts. Mary and Peters Arklow. Last year’s concert was wonderful and this year is sure to be as good. Concert is organised by Polish-Irish Educational Association.

Polish Carols Concert

Christmas Carols Concert – photo taken by Ewa Berchulska

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Christmas Themed Window Display Competition

We would like to invite you to enter this year Christmas Themed Window Display Competition.

The competition is open to all stores, shops, businesses and retail units with public window displays.

The secret judges will be around until 16th December and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded on 19th December.

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First Weekend Live Entertainment Mile Schedule

This weekend will be the first weekend of the Live Entertainment Mile, which is part of this year’s Arklow Christmas Festival. Below are listed some of the acts that will be performing on 5th and 6th December:

  • 4SceneBuskers 1
  • Áine, Érin and Siún Byrne
  • Aoibhín Redmond
  • Arklow Inver Ladies Choir
  • Avoca National School “Singing Souls”
  • Brie-Elle Green
  • Sing for Fun
  • Small Town Crisis

If you have a group and would like to busk, find out more here.

Schedule

 

“Home at Christmas” Competition

A new competition is open to anyone in a secondary school in Arklow & District. Prize €100 Gift Voucher for Bridgewater Shopping Centre.

Creative Christmas

The theme for the competition is “Home at Christmas” and to enter you must be a student in a secondary school in Arklow & District. Entries can be in any creative format: Song, Video, Artwork, Poem, Prose. Song and video are limited to 5min and written entries are limited to 2000 words. Closing date is 14th of December. Winner will be judged by public vote and a judging panel and will be announced on 19th of December. Voting will take place on our website from 15th of December to the 17th of December.

You must enter on Arklow Christmas Festival website.

 

Arklow Music and Arts Scene Christmas Competition

Below are the details of a Xmas Competition which will run until 28th December 2015, the winners will be drawn out at prize giving on 29th December. Early Bird Entries: All Entries entered from 1/12/15- 8/12/15 will be entered in to a draw for a Family set of Reserved Tickets (Four) to The Cruinniu concert on 10/12/15 at 8pm sponsored by The Kinsella Family.

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 Here is the list of categories and sponsors:

Aged 6 & Under: Three Free Lessons from Emma Cullen School of Music
Aged 7- 12: A new Ukulele sponsored by The Revival Gospel Choir Arklow
Aged 13-18: A €50 voucher for music lessons from Ronan Mc Cauley
Adults: A one off commissioned Portrait sponsored by Dave Bardon.
Family: Family Set of tickets to Dundrum Cinema sponsored by The Greene Family.
Craft Section: 10 free crochet lessons sponsored by Julie New of Kustomkidz
Artists under 16: Art Materials to the value of €25 sponsored by The Revival Gospel Choir Arklow
Artists over 16: €50 Voucher for Riverbank Café & Bistro, follow by an Art exhibition for all entrants in the Café on his French Themed night on Bastille day 14th July 2016.
Photography: One year’s free subscription to the Tommy Byrne Photographic Society
Original Composition: An Original Xmas Song/Poem or Short Story two free tickets to The Musical Evita running from 29th March 2016 – 2nd April 2016 sponsored by Avonmore Musical Society
Overseas: Denise Brennan Sailing with the Wind CD, Avril O Toole Irish Dreams CD & Celtic Trinity Xmas DVD sponsored by the lovely ladies from Celtic Trinity.
Group/Choir/Band: Guest Spot at the A.M.A Fundraising concert to celebrate the 1916 Centenary Concert.
Bonus Prizes: For the entry that most appeals to Michael Kelly of Wicklownews.net he will post that on his website which is currently getting 250,000 plus hits a week.

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For the entry that makes most effort in terms of drama & dressing for the occasion Masquerade will give two free tickets to their next production of The Break of Day.snowman

For the Most Favourite entry of the entire competition voted by highest numbers of votes from likes/sponsors & committee of AMA sponsored by Arklow Music Festival is two free passes to all events during Arklow Music Festival from 5th – 13th March 2016.

Proving everyone’s a winner in this group everyone who makes an effort & uploads an entry will receive a 10% discount in Mc Mullans Arklow sponsored by Deirdre Bentley.

For more information please click here.

 

Christmas Concert

Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble will host their 2015 Christmas Concert on Sunday 20th Dec. The band has been working really hard on a great selection of music for this year’s concert. Hopefully everyone can give them lots of support. Tickets are now on sale.

Christmas Concert

 

 

2015 Arklow Santa Fun Run/Walk

Arklow’s 5th Santa dash fun run/walk will take place on Saturday 19th December, starting at 2 pm from St Saviour’s Church and down the usual route finishing back at the park Bandstand Main Street. Just turn up in your Santa Suit, Santa hat, Elf Suit or your mad Christmas Jumper. Let’s bring Arklow’s Main Street alive with Christmas Spirit Hope see you all there HO HO HOOOO and oh yea Santa will be there For Free. Please join in and let’s make this Bigger and Better every year.

Santa run

More information available here.

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Switching on the Christmas Tree lights schedule

Saturday, 28th November 2015

 

 

3:45 pm the entrance lane to the Main Street car park behind the bandstand will be closed, cars will still be able to leave.

4 pm people will start to arrive and the Choirs and Musicians will assemble together in the entrance lane. They will entertain everyone with some Christmas songs while waiting for Santa.

4:20 pm Santa is due to arrive and will greet all the boys & girls, big and small, while more Christmas songs are played and sung.

4:40 pm the winner of the Junior Art Competition will be drawn and brought up to switch on the Christmas Tree Lights.

Just before the switching on of the lights, we will aim for the 1000 voices of Arklow singing the 4 hymns together acappella. The 4 hymns are The First Noel, Joy To The World, Silent Night, Hark The Herald Angels Sing.

5 pm the lucky winner will switch on the Christmas Tree Lights which will signal the fireworks to start.

Afterwards more music and singing from the groups and choir and then it’s over and Christmas season has begun.

All are welcome to join us, if you are a group/musician or choir and want to take part, let us know so we make sure you are included in our plans and can get a shout out from the MC.

 

 

St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band will perform again this year

St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band, Arklow, will hold their annual collection again this year on Christmas Eve. The collection has become a bit of a tradition in the town at this stage having taken place on the same date now for over 25 years.

The band members will perform at Tesco at 2pm before making their way to Pettits on the Wexford Road where they will meet Santa and his crew at 3pm and then parade with Santa along Wexford Road, Main Street and finish on Lower Main Street.

Pipe Band

As usual transport for Santa on the day will be provided by Brendan Brady. During the evening members of the band will perform in all of the local pubs and make their collection as they proceed.

This is the only public collection that the band makes during the year and is a vital fundraiser for keeping the band going throughout the following year. The people of Arklow and surrounding areas have always been very generous towards this collection for the band and band members would like to extend their sincere thanks to all for their continued support.

 

 

St Mary’s College Christmas Fayre

St Mary’s College is once again proud to hold its Christmas Fair in their school concert hall on Sunday 6 December. Doors open at 11 a.m. Please buy some raffle tickets. Expect delicious cakes and bakes, crafts, a raffle, our school orchestra, books, CDs and audio, our Parents’ Council café and so much more. This year’s fair is in aid of local charities and the Nandri Indian Children’s project which our teacher Ms D. Buckley has been working with. Please spread the word.

St Mary's College

 

 

Buskers wanted for Arklow Christmas Festival

Live entertainment throughout Main Street will start on the first weekend of December, Saturday 5th. If you have a group and would like to perform for the Arklow Christmas Festival, register your interest here. THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE!

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Santa’s Workshop in The Arklow Bay Hotel

Santa is coming. Starting Saturday 5th December from 1pm – 7pm. €7.50 per child includes story time with Santa’s elves, visit with Santa and a present followed by yummy hot chocolate. No booking necessary.

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Opening dates are:

December

Sat 5th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 6th 1pm – 7pm
Fri 11th 3pm – 7pm
Sat 12th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 13th 1pm – 7pm
Fri 18th 3pm – 7pmsanta2
Sat 19th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 20th 1pm – 7pm
Mon 21st 1pm – 7pm
Tues 22nd 1pm – 7pm
Wed 23rd 1pm – 7pm
Thurs 24th 1pm – 3pm

 

 

Cruinniú – Carols by Candlelight

This year Cruinniú is hosting their concert ‘Carols by Candlelight’ in aid of Arklow Community Action Resource Centre. To concentrate on the needs of those people in the community who feel isolated, and vulnerable and in need of a space to go where nobody would judge them, the Centre moved to their centre at Crosscare almost four years ago with no funding and they are still going. Arklow Community Action Resource Centre would like to thank all the generous community and also Emer and all at Cruinniú. They will be there on the evening with bells on, and hope the whole community will support it.

Cruinniu

 

 

Fabulous Christmas album from theWilloughby Brothers

The Willoughby Brothers are delighted to let you all know that their Christmas album is now available to pre-order from their website. The Willoughby Brothers hope that they have captured some of the magic of Christmas with their selection of songs, and that you will make the album part of your Christmas Celebration this year. They are also very happy to announce their Christmas show at the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey on Sunday 20th December @ 8pm. If you’d like to be in with a chance to win 2 tickets please like and share. Tickets go on sale from hotel reception and from their website.

Note: All Cd’s pre-ordered from our website will be dispatched on the 1st December.

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We all in Arklow & District Chamber sympathise with the people of France and support the families and friends of those murdered and injured, as they enjoyed living and working in the beautiful city of Paris. A book of condolences has been opened in the Arklow Munical District office for anyone who wishes to express their sympathy with us.

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Arklow Municipal District (AMD) Wins 2015 Excellence in Local Government Award

Duck PondCongratulations to AMD who the Parks & Recreation section for the “Arklow Duck Pond, Nature Walk & Leisure Area” at the 12th annual Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.  These awards are held to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work being carried out by local authorities all over Ireland.

AMD together with many community groups has worked to improve this area for locals and tourists.  The Duck Pond measures 1km in circumference and is ideal for those interested in wildlife, leisurely walks or keeping fit.  The area provides a diverse mix of amenities such as walks, Howard’s Way, Sli na Slainte, seafront walk, crazy golf, outdoor gyms, skateboard park, playground & running track.  The Seaview Garden is a very attractive sensory garden planted and maintained by volunteers from local services.

 

Live Street Entertainment

SingerThanks to Small Town Crisis, Aoibhín Redmond, Inver Ladies Choir, Áine, Érin & Siún Byrne, Avoca National Schools “Singing Souls”, Sing for Fun, The Vault Music Programme, Inbhear Mor Performance Emsemble/Marchers, Arklow Pipe Band, Arklow Ukulele Players and Avonmore Musical Society who have signed up for the Entertainment Mile at Christmas Festival. We have 10 spots available if anybody else wants to join them, just fill in the Performer Application on the website here. If you are running an event or are part of a committee that is running an event, please fill out the Christmas Event Form.

 

Improvement works to Bridge Street Junction

It is now envisaged that these works will commence on Monday  23rd November with an end date of the 19th January 2016.  For the Christmas period 11th December 2015 to the 4th January 2016 the contractor will need to have all traffic management removed from the site. All the underground work will be carried out before the Christmas period and the overground (footpaths and surfacing) after the Christmas period. This project will consist of night time work only.

The Members did ask about the possibility of either:

  • Instructing the contractor to suspend works on the 4th December 2015  as opposed to the 11th December 2015 for the Christmas period.

or

  • Delaying  the start date of the works  until 4th January 2016 .

However, neither option is possible as there may be entitlement for additional costs to the contractor if we instructed either change.

WCC  appreciate the concerns raised and  have been trying to schedule these works to avoid the summer tourist season, water services works and to avoid disruption to traffic in the daytime  so hopefully the members and the public will be able to bear with us during the construction of this scheme.

Any queries can be forward to Margaret at mhartnett@wicklowcoco.ie

Click below to see a PDF version.

Arklow Bridge Street _Main Street General Arrangement

Invitation to all South Wicklow businesses – Regional Aid Supports

We invite all Businesses in South Wicklow to attend a briefing from the IDA and Enterprise Ireland on the specific Regional Aid support packages are available to your businesses today.

Place: The Woodenbridge Hotel

Time: 5.30 pm

Date: 10th December 2015

Speakers: VP ICT Division IDA Connor Simpson and Enterprise Ireland Michael Brougham

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NDRC : Making Ventures Happen – LaunchPad seeking entrepreneurs in the digital space

€30,000 in pre-seed investment for startups who win place on the 12 week programme


Business People SilueteFriday 13th November. 
 NDRC announced today that it is inviting applications for investment and participation in its next NDRC LaunchPad programme, which begins in January 2016. Regarded as one of Europe’s premier accelerator programmes, NDRC is seeking ambitious entrepreneurs with digital ideas and products that have the potential to scale globally. Those selected to take part in the 12 week programme will receive up to €30,000 in pre seed investment plus the expert development and commercial support from the NDRC team. An Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 2nd December in NDRC on Crane Street, Dublin 8 at 6pm for prospective candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the NDRC team, other portfolio companies and find out more about the programme and the application process.

For more information please look to the press release.

NDRC

 

Christmas Gifts from The Pottery Shop

The Pottery Shop2Visit The Pottery Shop on the Lower Main Street, Arklow to see the fantastic selection of Christmas gifts and decorations. At The Pottery shop you can also find a large range of quality giftware such as Genesis Bronze, Galway Crystal, Noritake tableware to mention just a few.  They also stock Newbridge Silverware jewellery and cutlery.

Their Halloween window “witches and ghosts” was a huge success so look out for their ‘Santa and the night before Christmas’ holographic display starting in December. For more information what Peter and Eileen have to offer go to The Pottery Shop Facebook page.

The Pottery Shop

 

 

Santa is coming to Bridgewater this Sunday

banbury-santaBRIDGEWATER Shopping Centre in Arklow will welcome a very special on Sunday 22nd November at 12 Noon as Santa Claus will travel from the North Pole to Ireland to visit the South East’s favourite Shopping Centre. It is absolutely FREE.

Bridgewater would also like to welcome everyone to come for a night of carol singing, mince pies, hot chocolate, fantastic discounts and spot prizes on Thursday 26th November, from 6 pm to 9 pm. PLUS €250 WORTH OF GIFT CARDS ARE UP FOR GRABS!

A Mery Gathering

The Shopping Centre has also recently launched their new Gift Card, which can be purchased at the Customer Service desk or Eason. Why not buy a Gift Card as a Christmas present, it can be spent in any store in the Centre and can be can be used a little (or a lot) at any time. Stock up on all your Christmas essentials here at Bridgewater from gifts to gadgets and you won’t be disappointed with the great range they have.

For more information please visit Bridgewater Shopping Centre website or Facebook page.

 

Arklow Rowing Club 25th Anniversary Party

Arklow Rowing Club is having its 25th Anniversary celebrations in Arklow Sailing Club at 8pm on November 28th 2015. Food, Music, and a Good Night guaranteed as they celebrate 25 years, and will also be for capping off a successful season for the club in all categories. All are welcome and tickets are only €5 and available from committee members, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone.

Arklow Rowing Club

For more information please visit club’s website or Facebook page.

 

Arklow Visual Art Gallery

arklow visual artsArklow Visual Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of new work by local artist Fionnuala Hough in the gallery 61-63 main street Arklow, from Monday 16th until Friday 30th November.
The Exhibition titled “The Flood and the Rapture” will be open to the member of the public. The opening night is Monday 16th November from 7-9 pm, light refreshments will be served on the night. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Buskers wanted for Arklow Christmas Festival

Live entertainment throughout Main Street will start on the first weekend of December, Saturday 5th. If you have a group and would like to perform for the Arklow Christmas Festival, register your interest here. THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE!

Close-up of young woman playing guitar

 

Pat Sweeney Hackney and Minibus Service ArklowSweeneys

Sweeney’s are providing a Hackney and Minibus service in Arklow/Wicklow for over 40 years now.  Their business caters for all occasions including airport/Ferry trips and hospitals appointments.  Corporate events are their Speciality.

Pat and Irene would now like to announce the arrival of their New 152 Wheelchair accessible vehicle. Wheelchair users can travel with their family or friends with comfort and dignity in the latest design vehicle.

For more information please call 0402 32461 or 087 2673007 or contact Sweeney’s Garage Taxi Hire Facebook page.

 

Calendar launched!! Get yours now!!

Arklow RNLI Fundraising Branch launched their calendar in the Lifeboat station, 190 years of saving lives at sea. 1826 –2016. Now on sale for only 5 euro in the following shops (as well as Christmas cards):

  • Lifeboat Shop.RNLI Arklow Fundraising Branch
  • Kavanaghs Wexford Road.
  • It’s Fresh Main St.
  • Beat the Recs Main St.
  • Kustomkids Lr Main St.
  • The Pottery Shop Lr Main St.
  • Burkes Supermarket Lr Main St.
  • Asgard Nursing Home Ltd.

Please support Arklow Lifeboat!

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Arklow Community Action Resource Centre asks you to fill a shoebox for Christmas

Would you like to make up a shoebox or bag for a homeless person, an elderly person, a child or a pet this Christmas? Due to the volume of enquiries again this year for this, the Arklow Community Action Resource Centre will be accepting shoeboxes or gift bags right up to December 18th. These will be distributed throughout the community, include a card in the box if you wish, no cash please to be included. The Resource Centre would like to thank you for your contribution towards making somebodies Christmas a happier one.

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The centre is located at the former nuns houses, now known as Crosscare Centre , off Collins Street, second house as you go through the black gates. The boxes can be dropped off on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am – 1pm and 7pm – 9.30pm. Fridays from 10am – 12.30pm or call 040233837 and they can be collected from wherever suits.

 

Polish – Irish Educational Association Ltd

Your_Vote_Counts_BadgeSupport Polish community in Arklow! Give a vote for Polish Weekend School ‘KLEKS’ in “Better Together Campaign”!
To vote please click here.

The Association supports smooth inclusion of Polish community into local Irish community and helps to preserve the Polish language, culture and traditions among young members of the Polish community living in the Republic of Ireland. The Association is running Polish Weekend School ‘KLEKS’ in Arklow, which attracts children of the local Polish community members from both Arklow and Gorey. The Association also organises number of local social events (e.g. Polish Christmas Carols Concert, International Children Day).

For more information please visit PIEA’s Facebook page.

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 Avonmore Musical Society – Children’s auditions for Evita

auditionAvonmore Musical Society would like to announce that they are holding children’s auditions for Evita on Sunday 29th November from 7:00pm-9:30pm. Rehearsals will then continue every Tuesday & Thursday from 7:30pm to 10:00pm and every Sunday from 7:00pm to 9:30pm until the break for Christmas in mid-December.

Avonmore Musical Society is looking to fill the following roles;

– Young Girl aged between 8-12 years; she must be a strong singer. Ideally angelic looking to play a young Eva Peron.

-Six additional boys/girls aged between 8-12 years for roles in the children’s chorus.

Rehearsals will commence the last  week in November. Everyone 16 years or over (or in transition year) are welcome to take part in the chorus. No audition necessary for chorus.

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Please email the secretary Jo on sheehy.jo@gmail.com for an audition pack. Further information is also available on the website.

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 Arklow Rowing Club

Arklow Rowing Club would like to wish the best of luck to Eamonn Kavanagh in the World Rowing Coastal Championships 2015 in Lima, Peru this week. Eamonn and Peter set off on their trip across the Atlantic early this morning (choosing air travel on this occasion…).
Eamonn is due out in the Men’s Masters singles on Wednesday and Men’s Open singles on Friday and Saturday, with Peter acting as Club Coach for the event. To see all updates please click here.

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 Avoca Camogie

Avoca CamogieAvoca Camogie club will hold their presentation night on the 21st November in Fitzgerald’s in Avoca, starting around 9pm. Avoca Camogie would like to welcome all to join them on the night celebrating their great year. Avoca Camogie would also like to invite the camogie players from the past. You all know who you are to join this year’s winners in the celebrations so if any of you are free please come along & join in the fun Cathy Forde and Pauline Burke. If you have any detail for the girls in the pictures can you let a member of the club know please. For more information please visit Avoca Camogie Facebook page.

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National Opera House

Niamh PenstonThe Sing Out Loud 250 children are conducted by the wonderful Arklow’s own Naoimh Penston in the National Opera House and she will be performing too! The host for the evening is Tony Carty. Sing Out Loud also has a great front line with special guests performing throughout the concert to both the children on stage and the audience. Extreme Rhythm will be performing in Sing Out Loud this year. This is Sing Out Loud’s third annual concert in the National Opera House and we look forward to entertaining everyone once again this year. Great night out for all the family! For bookings please click here or you can call 053 912 2144.

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The Cullen School of Music

Competition time!

Want to win 3 free lessons? Simply Like the Facebook page then share the picture below and you will be put into a draw for 3 free lessons in piano, tin whistle, piano accordion or wunderkeys, piano for preschoolers! Competition will run until November 25th.

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Mobile Care Arklow

To celebrate their 12th birthday Mobile Care Arklow is giving away an Xbox 360, just like and share the photo below on their Facebook page to be in with a chance to win. The draw will take place on their 12th birthday, December 1st.  GOOD LUCK everyone, get liking & sharing!

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Arklow Christmas Festival

Coming Soon!!!

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Arklow Christmas Festival2Arklow Christmas Festival will be packed full of events for the Christmas Season. Every weekend in December, Arklows streets will be filled with live entertainment. Expect to see buskers and choirs, acting and puppets and much more.

This year for the first time, Arklow will be holding a Christmas market. The market will take place on Sunday 13th of December. Its exact location in Arklow has yet to be confirmed.

If you are interested in:

  • taking a stall for the Arklow Christmas Market on Sunday 13th of December, or
  • adding you or your group to perform for the Arklow Christmas Festival, or
  • planning a Christmas event that you would like included in the festival…

 

Just fill out the form on the website to put in a request.

 

Live Entertainment Mile

Live entertainment throughout Main Street will start on the first weekend of December, Saturday 5th. If you have a group and would like to perform for the Arklow Christmas Festival, register your interest here.

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The fantastic Carysfort Christmas Craft Fair returns this year

This event will take place on Saturday 5th December 2015, Carysfort National School, from 11 am to 4 pm. Come and see a wide selection of wonderful stalls from handmade wooden/leather crafts, home decor, art skincare, pottery, fashion, artisan food, toys, kids crafts, drinks, cakes and much more. The entry is free!

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Music for Arklow’s Homeless

Music for homeless2Youth of Arklow are organising a performance in association with The Arklow Community Action Resource Centre to raise funds and awareness of Arklow’s Homeless. The event will take place on December 11th in Aras Lorchan! Doors open at 7:00!

So far, Aoibhín, Small Town Crisis, Daniel Bury, Shannon Owens, Saoirse Hughes, Eve Commerford, Vault Music Programme, Connie Tobin, 4scene, Seán O’Keeffe, Colleen Coughlan, Caitlin Kavanagh and Trident have confirmed their performance!

This is a great idea for this time of year and full credit should go to Aoibhín Redmond for organising it.

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Polish Carols Concert

Polish Carols ConcertAnother event has been added to the calendar. Polish Carols Concert will take place on December 13th at 3pm in the church of Sts. Mary and Peters Arklow.

Last years concert was wonderful and this year is sure to be as good.

Concert is organised by Polish-Irish Educational Association.

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Have your event included!

If you are running an event for Christmas or are part of a committee that is running an event, please fill out the form on the website or contact through Facebook page. You can run commercial or community event but the only requirements are that they are based in Arklow & District and that they are festively themed.

The entry on the calendar will include any links to websites and social media as well as a detailed description including photos and videos of previous years if you have them available.

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Christmas Craft Fair

arklow visual artsArklow Visual Arts Gallery will be hosting its Annual Christmas Craft Fair for December 2015. The opening night will be Friday 4th December from 7 – 9 pm. James Rowe aka Clive Dunstan of Fair City fame will officially launch the fair on Friday 4. Tables will be available to rent for the duration of the fair. To book a table please contact the Gallery staff at 0402 32732 or email arklowvisualarts@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween is Here!

halloween-spiderFor a scary Halloween experience visit Glenart Castle which is located on Vale Road, Arklow.

GlenartOutdoors is an outdoor events company operating from the Glenart Castle grounds in Arklow Co Wicklow. Running since 2013 they specialize in bringing you fun themed events set against the backdrop of Glenart Castle grounds and surrounding woodland.

Their main event each year is the Halloween Ghost Train ride through the forest which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Adults Halloween Ghost Train

If you think last year was scary, think again! Brace yourself for the most terrifying experience of your life as the train brings you into your darkest nightmare, in a forest filled with creatures that will make your skin crawl. Walk into the haunted darkness if you dare!

Family Halloween Ghost Train

Take the Family on a train ride deep into the heart of the haunted forest of Glenart. Beware of the Zombies, they run faster than you think! Keep your eyes peeled for the insane wood cutter and join the witches in a spell to help you home safely.

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Is your pumpkin ready? Click here for some ideas!

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Christmas Dinner at The Loaves & Fishes Cafe

The Loaves & Fishes Cafe is delighted to invite you all for dinner on Christmas day. They will have a great time with lots of festive fun, a free home cooked Christmas dinner, music and some christmassy surprises. Everyone is welcome. They don’t ask questions, they’ll just be glad of the company. Please share and tell others, The Loaves & Fishes Cafe wants everyone to know they are there. Nobody should be on their own on Christmas day. If you’re coming, call 0877756736 for details and for more information please visit cafe’s Facebook page.
1pm in The Centre, 1A Wexford Road.

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TBPS Photography Exhibition 

Moments in time2The TBPS are launching their Photographic Exhibition “Moments in Time” in the Arklow Visual Arts (Sunbeam House Services Building) on the main street in Arklow, on Monday November 2nd 7-9pm. Free Admission. Guest Speaker Podge Kelly, FIPF – EFIAP – LSWPP Donations/Door Prize, Raffle in aid of Arklow RNLI. The exhibition will run from the 2nd of November to the 13th of November. All Welcome.

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For more information please visit Tommy Byrne Photographic Society Facebook page or the website.

 

Dell staff raise funds for St Joseph’s

Funds were presented to the ASD Unit at St Joseph’s NS, Templerainey last week following a number of fundraising events organised by Dell Computers where Niall Byrne – a parent of one of the pupils works. In excess of €1700 was raised and presented to the school last Friday. Principal Mary Dalton accepted the donation from Colm Green of Dell and the event was also attended by Niall, his daughter Freya, her fellow students and staff at the ASD Unit.

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Arklow indoor market/carboot

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 10.30 am – 6 pm

Place: The Pigeon Club Hall, Castlepark, Arklow

There will be fairy doors, slate with lovely pics on and cute sayings, customised xmas plates and cups, toys books games household items, baby items and clothes, jewellery, ladies clothes, gift baskets made up and more.
EVERYONE WELCOME

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For more details or to book a spot please contact Tammy O’Brien through the Facebook page.

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Woodenbridge World War 1 Memorial Park

At the prize-giving ceremony on October 15th at the Irish Architectural Archive it was announced that the Woodenbridge World War 1 Memorial Park was the winner of the Irish Landscaping Institute Award. Those involved in the design and construction of this park thanks everyone who voted and helped them secure this prestigious design award.

“Dedicated to the memory of the fallen Heroes from County Wicklow” – this wonderful park is located on the southern bank of the Aughrim River at Woodenbridge, directly across from Woodenbridge Hotel.  The memorial park was constructed by the Woodenbridge Village Development Association with the support of County Wicklow World War 1 Memorial Committee.  It was opened on the 18th September 2014.

The memorial was constructed along the river bank in a tranquil setting.  It consists of fifteen vertical granite slabs designed in three circles.  1,192 names of people who were natives of Wicklow or lived in Wicklow, who died directly or indirectly as a result of World War 1 are listed on the monument.

Woodenbridge was selected as the site because it was the location where John Redmond MP made his famous speech on 20th September 1914 urging Irish volunteers to join the Great War.  John Redmond was an MP from 1881 until his death in 1918. He was leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 until 1918.

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McMullans Annual Customer Party

McMullansCome and join McMullans Annual Customer Party next Thursday 29th October, from 10 am to 9 pm, up at the shop. There will be the usual raffle, prizes and special offers but this year McMullans will have a special guest Brendan Courtney who will speak about his and Sonya Lennons new venture Frockadviser. It is an app for independent boutiques and everyone interested in fashion. Mc Mullans are very happy to be featured on Frockadviser and to be part of this exciting new venture.

McMullans is a local business established 87 years ago, embracing the changing face of fashion through their website, Facebook page and now Frockadviser.

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Are you unemployed and eligible for Community Employment C.E.?

St Mary & Peters Community Employment Scheme currently have a vacancy for a General Operative / Hospitality in the Parish Centre (Árus Lorcáin)

Participants on Community Employment are encouraged to avail of the training opportunities available.  Funding is available for same.

To find out more please contact the Supervisor at the Parish Office on 0402-31716

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Congratulations to Donal Power who won top photography award

An Arklow photographer won the “An Taisce – love your coast” Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 Award. The award is considered the biggest wildlife photography competition in the country following shortlisting earlier this year. It was his spectacular shot of a seagull plucking a starfish out of the sea that caught the judges’ attention. The originality of an individual image without any enhancement is what appeals to Donal about this competition. To see the winning photograph and more of Donal’s wildlife photography please visit his Facebook page.

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FREE photo with Dra-cool-a and spooktacular fun this Halloween at Bridgewater

pumpkinThis month at Bridgewater there will be lots of Halloween fun in store for all the family. On bank holiday Monday 26th October you can get a FREE photo taken with Dracula from 1-5pm, then on Saturday 31st October from 1-5pm the kids can enjoy Face Painting, Trick or Treating and take part in our Costume Competition to win prizes on the mall all FREE of charge for our customers!

There are a range of fantastic costumes for all ages this October in the stores, as well as Trick or Treat and party essentials to make this your best ever Halloween!  Check out the spooktacular selection at Argos, Eurogiant, Dunnes Stores, Claire’s, Next and TK Maxx.

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BANK HOLIDAY: MON 26TH
1PM – 5PM
COME & HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH
DRACULA FOR FREE

HALLOWEEN: SAT 31ST
1PM – 5PM
FACE PAINTING | TRICK OR TREAT |
COSTUME COMPETITON

WIN YOUR CLASS A PRIZE WITH BEST
COSTUME! WITH LOADS OF SPOT PRIZES
THROUGH THE DAY.
• JUDGING ALL AFTERNOON,
PRIZE GIVING AT 4PM
• TRICK OR TREATING AROUND
THE CENTRE FROM 2PM

Get your head around rounding – begins 28th October

RoundingDon’t forget the rounding is rolling out next Wednesday 28th October to reduce the use of 1c and 2c coins. This means less coins handling, lower bank charges and less hassle for your business.

The change will be rounded up or down to the nearest five cent on cash transactions:

  • If it ends in 1 and 2 – round to 0
  • If it ends in 3 and 4 – round to 5
  • If it ends in 6 and 7 – round to 5
  • If it ends in 8 and 9 – round to 10

For more information please click here.

Wicklow Garda youth awards

Date: Saturday, 9th January 2016

Place: The Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy

Wicklow GardaWicklow Gardaí are proud to announce their first ever Wicklow Garda youth awards! Gardaí in Co. Wicklow are looking for nominations for young people aged between 14 and 21 years. They will be awarding prizes to young people who either individually or in a group contributed to their communities or society in general. They will also have special achievement awards for young people who have overcome great difficulties in their lives.

Rules of the competition
– awards are confined to those young people who have reached between 14 and 21 years of age.
– permanent residence of the young person must be in County Wicklow.
– any member of the public including Gardai may nominate anyone whom they feel deserves an award.
– forms must be signed by a nominator/ co-nominator.

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For more information or to request application forms please send a pm to their Facebook page or an email to Emma.j.skinner@garda.ie