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 “PLANNING FOR BREXIT”

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

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

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

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

 

 

“CANADH LE CHEILE”

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

 

 

 

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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Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arklow

 

The countdown to this year’s parade has already and with just a week remaining, plans are at an advanced stage for this year’s parade in Arklow.  If you have not already expressed your interest to take part, it is not too late to pickup an entry form at either Its’ Fresh, Main Street (Tommy Annesley’s Shop) or The Bridge Hotel.  It is hoped to make this year’s parade bigger and better and ask everyone to come out, take part and support this wonderful event. 

Arklow Grand Marshal 1The new committee, pictured left with this year’s Grand Marshal are Colm Moules, Tommy Annesley, Tina O’Sullivan, Vinny Byrne, Donal Molloy, Mary Burke, Dicey Reilly, Sharon Whelan, Jim Hoey and Peter Kavanagh encourage everyone, both young and old to participate in the parade and make a special effort this year on Friday 17th March, 2017 to make it the best one ever.

 

(Photograph courtesy of Michael Kelly 087-1360208)

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade presents a great opportunity to showcase your business, club, society or group on possibly the busiest day of the year for Arklow. The audience will be made up of people from our own community, surrounding areas, tourists and visitors to Arklow so you’ll be showcasing to both potential and existing customers.  Businesses are asked to decorate shop windows for the weekend, with the Hickson Shield being awarded for Best Shop Window Display.

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.

Route of Parade

The parade will start 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.

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

 

 

Arklow’s Primary Care Centre

 

hseA Letter of Intent has been issued to the preferred provider for delivery of the Primary Care Centre in Arklow.  The design process of the building has commenced and planning application to be submitted later this year and planning approval obtained by the beginning of 2018.  Construction of the building is expected to start in 2018 and completion expected by end of 2019.

Services at the Primary Care Centre will include dental services, addition services, adult mental health services, Care Doc and diagnostics.

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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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New Chamber President

portriat-phots-002At the AGM of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce on 7th December Donal Murray was elected as the new Chamber President.  In his acceptance speech Mr. Murray thanked the outgoing President, Ann McGovern, for the work she had done during her term of office and outlined his plans for his Chamber Presidency.  The success of the Chamber in Arklow depends on having a strong diverse member base.  Mr. Murray plans to focus on meeting the business community with the objective of increasing membership in 2017.

 

 

Arklow Christmas Festival

The Festival continues this weekend with the Christmas Market and Craft Fair in the Main Street on Sunday.  Stalls cost €20 but there are a limited number of free stalls available for recognised charities and transition year mini companies.

xmasSunday 11th December

Christmas Craft Fair 12pm – 6pm

Majorette Display, Main Street 1pm – 2pm

Arklow Live Crib

Christmas Jumper Competition 12pm – 4.30pm (Registration in McMullans)

AMA Busking Competition 12pm – 6pm (judging from 2pm – 4pm)

Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble 4pm – 5pm

Prize giving of Christmas Jumper and Busking Competitions 5pm – 5.15pm

Mini Funfair

Saturday 17th December – Festive Photography Prize Giving; Santa Dash; Golden Ticket Draw; Best Window Display Prize Giving; Arklow Panto Creation’s Aladdin Medley.

golden-ticket-2This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW which has a prize fund of over €2,000 and a FESTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION sponsored by Chamber Member, 1st Choice Pharmacy.

 

Look up Arklow Christmas Festival Facebook for full information on all events planned.

 

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th December ….. Arklow Panto Creation’s ALADDIN

Christmas Parking

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.

 

 

Achievements of John Tyrrell & Sons Boatyard Recognised

On Friday last, 2nd December, an information board was officially unveiled on South Quay opposite Anchor Mews which is built on the site of John Tyrrell & Sons Boatyard.  The board which is the result of work by Arklow Tidy Towns and Arklow Maritime Museum was unveiled by the founder’s great grandson, Jimmy Tyrrell and Billy Murray.   The unveiling was attended by members of the Tyrrell family and employees of the yard.  Jimmy is a current member and former president of the Arklow Chamber.

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marine_historyThe yard was opened in 1864 and was internationally recognised for building innovative vessels such as the Ovoca, the first motorised fishing boat in Ireland and the hybrid schooners JT&S and the Invermore.  Two of their more well-known achievements were the building of the Gypsy Moth III which won the first trans-Atlantic single-handed boat race and the Asgard II the magnificent national sail training vessel which was lost a few years ago and is sadly missed.

 

 

190 Years of Arklow Lifeboat

S.S. Mary & Peter’s Church recently welcomed all those involved with the RNLI in Arklow and the wider community to celebrate 190 years of the RNLI in ArklowParish priest, Fr. Martin Cosgrave was the chief celebrant and Michael Fitzgerald of Arklow RNLI gave the main address.  All the volunteers currently serving were present.  The congregation reflected on the Arklow lifeboat history and the crews who have carried out countless rescues over the 190 years.

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Fine Gaels Andrew Doyle, has welcomed confirmation of €150,556 in funding for Wicklow under the 2016 REDZ

(Rural Economic Development Zones). 

 

 

Arklow has received €150,556 to develop a Heritage and Visitor activity centre based on the world renowned Arklow Pottery.   The funding is being made available by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD. The REDZ scheme aims to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands.   

Ann McGovern President Arklow Chamber expressed her thanks to Deirdre Whitfield and Michael Nicholson and Linda McDonald of Wicklow Co Council as well as Irene Sweeney for their support for this initiative to bring increased tourism and visitors back to Arklow’s main street.  Developing a cultural quarter around pottery, craft and food is central to the regeneration of such a beautiful historic town.

“This is the latest in a series of funding schemes which have been announced by the Government which aims to boost economic activity and improve living standards here in Wicklow and across rural Ireland. 

 “Under the 2016 REDZ scheme, just over €5.3 million is being approved to 41 projects nationwide, with €1.9 million going to projects in the North and Western Region, €1.3 million for projects in the Southern Region and €2.1 million for projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region.

 “The REDZ scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at a local level. This initiative encourages Local Authorities to work with local communities, business interests and other State bodies, to identify areas of greatest economic need which can make better use of their local assets to generate economic activity.

 “The REDZ programme is one of a number of schemes which will help to support regeneration in rural towns and villages. Funding has previously been provided to towns and villages across <county> under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Both schemes will work in a complementary way to ensure that all rural areas have strong economic and social centres, which support a higher quality of life for both town dwellers and those who live in the rural hinterlands.

 “Fine Gael in Government is committed to ensuring that people living and working in rural Ireland feel the benefits as the economy continues to recover. I would like to commend Minister Humphreys and her colleague Minister of State for Regional Development, Michael Ring TD, for the range of initiatives they have announced to date aimed at supporting rural communities.

 “Minister Humphreys will be publishing the first ever Action Plan for Rural Development in the coming weeks, which will be a cross government approach to supporting rural communities and stimulating regional development.”

 

 Arklow Christmas Festival

The first day of the Arklow Christmas Festival was a great success. There was a wonderful atmosphere with something for everyone to enjoy including a recital by the Inver Ladies Choir, Punch & Judy Show, the switching on of the Christmas Lights and finished with spectacular fireworks display.  The committee thanks those who came along to support the event and those who helped in any way.

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Christmas Sign-song (4.00pm – 4.30pm)

Santa arrival (4.30pm)

Pipe Band Recital (4.30pm – 5.00pm)

Friday 9th December – Tree lighting at the Library; Festive Carols and Story Telling.

Sunday 11th December – Christmas Craft Fair and Food Market; Arklow’s Live Crib; Christmas Jumper Competition; Majorettes Display; AMA Christmas Busking Competition and Mini Funfair.

Saturday 17th December – Festive Photography Prize Giving; Santa Dash; Golden Ticket Draw; Best Window Display Prize Giving; Arklow Panto Creation’s Aladdin Medley.

golden-ticket-2This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW which has a prize fund of over €2,000 and a FESTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION sponsored by Chamber Member, 1st Choice Pharmacy.

 

Look up Arklow Christmas Festival for more information.

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th December ….. Arklow Panto Creation’s ALADDIN

Christmas Parking

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.

 

 Lions Christmas Food Appeal

LCI emblem_2C_287+7406The annual Lions Club food appeal got underway last weekend in Tescos.  Watch out for them in SuperValu from 8th to 10th December and in Dunnes on 16th/17th December.

swimmersThe annual St. Stephen’s Day charity swim will be held at South Beach or the Cove depending on the weather conditions starting at 12pm and sponsor cards are available from any Lions Club member.  Visit Arklow Lions Club Facebook page for more information.

 

Reindeer Run for Arklow RNLI

arklow-rnli-fundraisingreindeer-3Arklow RNLI will be one of the lifeboat stations to benefit from a festive reindeer run which will take place in Dublin’s Marley Park on Sunday, 4th December.  This event will raise much needed funds for the lifeboat crews in Arklow, Dun Laoghaire, Skerries and Howth.

Go to Arklow RNLI for more fundraising events.

 

Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney Club

agb-clubArklow Municipal District recently honoured the intermediate and minor teams from Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney Club who won their county championships this year.  Over 60 representatives from the AGB Club received a civic reception for their achievements and  both teams were presented with an engraved plaque to commemorate the occasion.  Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, Pat Kennedy, and Chairman of Wicklow County Council, Pat Fitzgerald, congratulated both teams and their backroom staff.  Jimmy Dunne who is Club Secretary of AGB Club said these victories were not just sporting achievement but have wide reaching benefits for business in Arklow and raised the morale of the town.

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Arus Lorcain Christmas Market & Craft Fair

christmas-4The sixth annual Christmas Market & Craft Fair will take place in Arus Lorcain from 10am to 5pm on Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th November.  The fair will have more than 40 stalls selling unit hand-crafted gifts and Christmas novelties.  Santa will be there at 12.30pm to officially open the fair which is a wonderful family event.

 

 

Arklow Christmas Festival

christmas-1The Festival Committee has been working together since May to make the 2016 Festival bigger and better.  They have something planned for every weekend until 17th December.  Christmas lights will be switched on 26th November followed by a mini funfair in the carpark and a fireworks display.  Saturday 3rd December sees the arrival of Santa and a performance by the Arklow Pipe Band.  The Christmas Craft Fair and Food Market will be held on 17th December.

Visit Arklow Christmas Festival facebook for full information on all events planned.

This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW – the prize value of this draw is over €1,000.  The draw for this will take place on Saturday 17th December.

There will be 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.

 

 

Arklow Vikings Special Olympics

arklow-vikings1-150x150Arklow Vikings Special Olympics are looking for an enthusiastic person to coach the men’s basketball team this season.  Training is on Friday evenings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the Coral Leisure centre.  Anyone interested can contact the club by writing via their Facebook page or by texting or phoning 086-2175501.

Members of the club’s swimming team recently won a total of 16 medals at the gala hosted by Gorey Special Olympics Club.  Congratulations to Cormac and Darragh Sheridan, Thomas Duffy, Dan Mulhall, Cathy Macken, Adam and Thomas who are trained by Gemma Bracken.

 

 

 

 

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Santa’s Arrival at Bridgewater

We are excited to announce that Santa will be arriving at the centre on Sunday 20th November at 12 noon! Come along to see Santa arrive in style on the RNLI boat and then into the centre to meet and greet all the children. Visiting Santa is FREE and if you enter our Facebook competition you could be the first person to meet Santa! There will be lots of fun on the mall. Don’t miss out – make sure you bring all the family.

 

 

 

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Special Customer Evening

The Bridgewater Shopping Centre special customer evening is back! It’s an evening especially for customers, with carol singing, mince pies, hot chocolate, lots of fantastic DISCOUNTS on the night and spot PRIZES. Pop along on Thursday 24th November between 6-9pm.
 

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This competition is open to all businesses in the town from Templerainey to the Wexford Road, so whether you are a shop, hotel, hairdressers, restaurant, office or a café,  if you decorate your window for Christmas you are in the competition and have an opportunity to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.

The windows will be independently judged and the winners announced on Saturday 17th December 2016. 

Dressing windows for Christmas really helps to create a wonderful atmosphere in the town.

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The Local Enterprise Office Wicklow (LEO Wicklow) are running an ‘Accessing Finance for Your Small/Medium Business’ half-day Workshop on Tuesday 29th November.  If you haven’t yet attended one of these Workshops you are strongly encouraged to do so.  The cost is only €10 (includes tea/coffee & pastry).  The Workshop runs from 9.30am – 1.30pm in the beautiful Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew, Co Wicklow.

The November Workshop is being delivered by Niall Glynn, business consultant, loan application specialist and expert on the MicrofinanceIreland (MFI) loan scheme.  Even if you do not intend to make a funding application (loan, grant or private investment) soon, you will benefit hugely from the clarity of seeing how to structure your business plan for investment.

For full details and the Workshop Outline go to this link where you can also BOOK & PAY:

https://www.localenterprise.ie/Wicklow/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Accessing-Finance-for-Your-Business-29-11-16.html

This Workshop is fantastic value and the best thing you can do for your business before 2016 draws to a close!

We hope to see you on Tuesday 29th November!  The LEO Wicklow Team

 

 

 

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Arklow Christmas Festival

The Festival Committee has been working together since May to make the 2016 Festival bigger and better.  New Christmas lighting for the Bridge and St. Mary’s Park will be erected this year.  There will be free parking in the town from 2nd December up to and including 2nd January 2017.  The aim is to increase footfall, create a Christmas atmosphere and give the retailers from the Wexford Road to Lower Main Street, Ferrybank and Bridgewater an additional boost during the pre-Christmas period.

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Events will run each weekend between 26th November and the 17th December and will include switching on of the Christmas tree lights, fireworks display, Punch & Judy Show, arrival of Santa, Pipe Bank recital a live crib, Christmas jumper competition, best window display, Christmas craft fair & artisan food market, children’s art competition and much more.

This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW – the prize value of this draw is over €1,000.

 

Launch of the Arklow Lifeboat 2017 Calendar

arklow-rnli-calendarThe official launch of the 2017 Arklow Lifeboat calendar took place at The Old Ship on Friday 4th November.  This year Arklow Lifeboat team up with members of the Tommy Byrne Photographic Society, who have produced stunning pictures of the river, beach and harbour areas.  The calendar includes information on highlights and fundraising events during 2017 – starting with “Hurry to the Curry” on Friday 27th January.  The calendar is on sale now priced €5 and is available from the Arklow Lifeboat Shop, Kavanaghs (Wexford Road), Mobile Care & Computer Solutions, Power’s Souvenirs, Paul Doyle’s Newsagents, Its Fresh, Beat the Record, Asgard Lodge Nursing Home, Kustom Kidz and Burke’s (Lower Main Street.  Visit their facebook Arklow RNLI for further information.

 

Santa Coming to Bridgewater

Arklow’s RNLI crew are making sure Santa arrives safely at Bridgewater on Sunday 20th November.  Santa will be there to meet and greet children at noon and the centre is running a facebook competition to select the child who will be first to meet the man in red.

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For more information visit www.bridgewatercentre.ie or follow the centre’s facebook page.

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Arklow This Week

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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