St. Patricks Day

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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.

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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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Launch of the Arklow Lifeboat 2017 Calendar

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

 

 

 M11 Butterfly Sculpture

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

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

 

Good News for Wicklow Partnership Group

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

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Arklow Enterprise Town is taking place today and tomorrow in St. Mary’s College Arklow 

Friday the 30th of September 5pm – 8pm) and Saturday the 1st of October 2016 (11am – 2pm)

The Enterprise Town initiative seeks to work with local businesses to plan and deliver a range of activities that will support and generate business in the area.

The initiative also involves the wider community and the schools to ensure everyone can get involved and be part of the positive experience that is an Enterprise Town.

As part of Enterprise Town there will be an exhibition space for local businesses to meet new customers and interact with other local businesses on the Friday.

Saturday is Community and Sports exhibition with schools, clubs, societies, associations etc., from the locality, displaying at the event with entertainment being provided by local talent.  See below for final schedule for the two days of the event.

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Congratulations to Arklow Tidy Towns

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Congratulations to Sandra Hall and her team for their success in the recent Tidy Towns completion – pictured is Sandra receiving the Diversity Award at the awards ceremony.

The results of the annual Tidy Towns competition were announced recently and Arklow Tidy Towns Groups had much to celebrate.  They won a Bronze category award and also received a SuperValu Diversity Award.  Sandra Hall is the co-ordinator of the group which was recognised for their efforts to include all their community, on an inter-generational and inter-cultural basis in the work they do around Arklow to enhance.  Sandra said it was wonderful to achieve 300 points and the Diversity Award recognised everyone involved in the Arklow Tidy Towns.

Arklow Chamber would also like to congratulate all of the other South Wicklow Tidy Towns groups who increased their score this including Avoca, Aughrim, Ballycoog, Coolboy and Tinahely and Shillelagh who re-entered the contest after many years and achieve an mark of 216 points.

 

 

Arklow Municipal District Grants

Arklow Municipal District recently awarded grants to local Arklow groups from their Festival & Economic Development Fund.wicklow-co-co_  These grants recognise the work done by volunteers for the town.  Councillor Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of AMD thanked fellow councillors for making available funding for these awards.  The following Arklow groups each received one of these grants.

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Inbhear Mór Marchers

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Polish-Irish Educational Association

Arklow Seabreeze Committee

Arklow Christmas Festival Committee

Arklow LGBT

Arklow Maritime Festival

Grants were also awarded to Aughrim Tidy Towns; Avoca Tidy Towns & Community Courthouse; Rathdrum Tidy Towns and Parnell Christmas Festival.

 

 

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 ARKLOW & DISTRICT CHAMBER BALL AWARDS CEREMONY 2016

FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER IN THE ARKLOW BAY HOTEL

 

A great night of Arklow celebration was enjoyed by over 200 people at the Arklow & District Chamber Ball Business & Community Awards on Culture night last Friday in the beautiful ballroom of the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Ann McGovern, Chamber President welcomed all five TD’s for County Wicklow including both Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., the key note speaker and Minister of State, Andrew Doyle T.D., along with Pat Casey T.D., Stephen Donnelly T.D. and John Brady T.D.   Bryan Doyle, CO Wicklow County Council, attended with Pat Fitzgerald, Caothairleach of Wicklow Co Council and Caothairleach of Arklow Municipal District,  Pat Kennedy as well as Councillor Tommy Annesley and Councillor Sylvester Bourke.

Simon Harris paid a warm tribute to the Nominees and Award Winners at the South Wicklow Gala night of celebration acknowledging all who have contributed so positively to supporting business and community development for the future of South Wicklow and Arklow in particular.

He confirmed that following ongoing local representation, particularly from Arklow Chamber, the Government is fully committed to the necessary infrastructural needs of the area and confirmed that recent achievement s have included ring fenced funding for the Flood Relief scheme, the successful delivery of the new Arklow Library adding to  the quality of services on the main street, where work on a  Primary Health Care Centre is ongoing.  He confirmed that Arklow was well on track for future growth and business development which he is fully supportive of and, to the delight of our Arklow Music & Arts group, he confirmed that he would support the campaign by Arklow Music & Arts for a theatre in Arklow to support the wealth of talent in the area as well as bringing commercial life to the centre of the town.

He congratulated Ann McGovern, President of the Chamber, on the purchase by the Chamber of the old Printworks Abbey Lane for the development of a Heritage Centre in order to further tourism initiatives and Arklow town renewal.  He acknowledged the work of all on the Chamber Council in delivering support for the Business Community in South Wicklow during 2016.

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The photograph on the left is what we believe to be the first ever picture of all five Wicklow T.D’s.  Pictured are:

Pat Casey T.D.; John Brady T.D.; Colm Moules (Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee); Yvonne Kenny (AMA); Chamber President Ann McGovern; Minister Simon Harris T.D.; Minister Andrew Doyle T.D.; Stephen Donnelly T.D.

Arklow Youth Mental Health and AMA, the nominated causes during the event, will each receive a donation of €635 – thanks to everyone who donated on the night.

AWARD WINNERS

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

Winner : Ann Walker

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Best New Start-up Sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

Winner : Orla’s Kitchen

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Best Established Business Sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

Winner : M.A. Healy & Sons Ltd

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The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

Winner : Blueprint

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The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Winner : Kim Sweeney

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Ambassador for Tourism Award sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

Winner : Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee

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The Employee of the Year Award sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping Centre

Winner : Cathy Guerin (Arklow Business Enterprise Centre)

 

 

 

 

ARKLOW ENTERPRISE TOWN

Arklow Enterprise Town is taking place in St Marys College, Arklow on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October.  BOI Enterprise TownEnterprise Town is a FREE event and represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase local businesses, clubs & societies as well as our local schools to potential new customers or new members.

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

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WOODENBRIDGE HOTEL FUNDRAISER IN AID OF ST JOHN’S WARD

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

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FREE ENGLISH CLASSES

County Wicklow Partnership supports Failte Isteach Conversational English classes; Migrants with different levels of English are welcome to join the classes which will run regularly on a weekly basis.  Arklow classes starting Monday September 26th, 7-9pm in County Wicklow Partnership, Third Floor, Avoca River House, Bridgewater Centre, Arklow.

County Wicklow Partnership

 

 

 

 

 

SING FOR FUN

These weekly singalong sessions for females of all musical backgrounds and none, is recommencing on September 19th upstairs in Christy Lounge, Arklow.  Following a very enjoyable and successful year the word has spread and already numbers have grown for September.Singer

Chamber Ball 2016

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ARKLOW & DISTRICT CHAMBER BALL AWARDS CEREMONY 2016

FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER IN THE ARKLOW BAY HOTEL

Chamber Ball 2016 

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

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

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

 

ARKLOW ENTERPRISE TOWNBOI Enterprise Town

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

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

 

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

PASSION IN CONCERT

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

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

 

 

WOODENBRIDGE HOTEL FUNDRAISER IN AID OF ST JOHN WARD

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

Woodenbridge Funraiser