2016 Centenary Concert

Writers, Visionaries, Poets and Poignant Moments at 1916 Centenary Concert

“Stunning, amazing, best night ever in the church,” just some of the words people were saying as they exited the 1916 Centenary Concert in St. Mary and Peter’s Parish Church, Arklow on Friday night last. “Arklow Music and Arts Group are destined to get a Theatre and Performance space judging by this world class night of entertainment” were other sentiments expressed by the capacity crowd of just under 800 people who attended. The concert was streamed live to audiences throughout the world including Johannesburg, USA and many other countries who tuned in to hear this breath taking concert. Over 5000 people viewed this concert on the AMA page, such was it popularity since Friday night.

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In what can be only described as amazing, over 200 participated in this event and gave audiences a night to savour and remember. Four of the 5 T.D’s were down to attend, but due to the proceedings in Leinster House on Friday afternoon, following the election of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, they were all recalled and were not in a position to attend. All sent their apologies and were disappointed, but sent their best wishes to the committee and participants for the night.

St. Mary’s College Orchestra reformed in 2010 at the request of Sr. Sior Cosgrove, under the direction of Ms. Christine Steel, got proceedings off to a fantastic start as they played to the audience on their entry to St. Mary and Peter’s Parish Church, closely followed by St. Colmcilles Pipe Band who marked a very significant milestone this year, 2016, as they reach the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the band. Under Pipe Major John Earls and Drum Sergeant John Martin, and had people gearing up for a super night of music and song.

MC was Mr. Jim Furlong, who did a wonderful job and kept the show flowing all night

A reflection and tribute, honouring the  sixteen executed leaders of the 1916 Rising then took place. Celtic Trinity members Avril O’Toole, Denise Brennan and Karen Mc Gillycuddy, raised the bar and gave a great rendition of “Grace”, “With or Without You”, “How Great thou Art” under the guidance of Musical Director Paul Barrett.

“Sing for Fun”, which was set up in 2015 by Mary Walsh, is a group of ladies from all walks of life who come together on a Monday night with the sole purpose and aim in mind and that is to “Sing for Fun”. Their programme featured a short cameo life in 1916 Ireland through Poetry and Song. Accompanying them were Rosarii Kinsella on Piano and Jimmy Myler on bodhran and their Musical Director Mary Walsh.

Robert Donnelly gave a recital of Padraig Pearse’s oration at the graveside during the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.

Small Town Crisis a five piece teenage pop/punk/rock band comprising of: Sean Fox (15yrs old)- Vocals and Guitar, Darragh Black (17 yrs old) – guitar and backing vocals, Darragh Gavin (17 yrs old) – Guitar, Cat Leibowitz (17 yrs old) – Bass and Jack Hanlon (15 yrs old) – Drums, and only 9 months in existence, performed their self-penned song entitled “40 Pins Fall Down” which remembers the 40 children who died during the 1916 rebellion. More than 370 civilians were killed by gunfire during Easter Week in 1916, forty of whom were children aged between two and sixteen years old. The children were from working class backgrounds and have not been remembered due to their social class. Along with Small Town Crisis, Empathy – a two piece Indie band made up by members Cat Leibowitz and Olivia Sheehy, and Sam Ali on keyboards performed this wonderful piece and was received very well by all those in attendance.

Sam Ali performed “Us against Ourselves” which he self-penned and was accompanied by Rachel Doyle and Christine Steel and was a real treat on the night. Jennifer and Lorraine Lee joined by Rachel Kealy, performed “A Stoirin Ban, “Anahorish” and accompanied by John Bonner on Keyboards, gave another exciting and wonderful performance.

Boru members – Tommy Breen and John Hogan performed “Ireland Unfree” and “The Foggy Dew.” Tommy and John were joined by Christine Steel and members of the St. Mary’s Orchestra performing their specially commissioned piece entitled “The Floral Lady”, which proved a huge hit before closing the first half of the programme with “Oro Se Do Bheatha Bhaile” and everyone in the church participating.

Part two of the programme saw Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble under the guidance of Musical Director, Oisin Molloy marched up the church and gave wonderful renditions of “Sean South from Garryowen”, “Mise Eire” and “The Minstrel Boy” wowing the audience with their musicianship.

Award winning brothers, John and Denis Nolan teamed up with Johnny Stafford and performed “The Shadow” and “My last Farewell” again showcasing the wonderful talent in Arklow and surrounding area.

Arklow Music and Arts (AMA) Young Performers, accompanied by Paul Barrett and under the guidance of Musical Director, Denise Brennan gave a rousing rendition of “Ireland’s Call”  brought everyone to a standing ovation. Katherine Brennan Kinsella performed “In Remembrance 1916” a musical tribute to those who were killed in 1916 followed by “The Centenary Jig”, another wonderful performance which was very well received.

Arklow Revival Gospel Choir under Musical Director, Geraldine Hamilton, thrilled audiences with “The Shepherd”, and “I wish I knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.” The choir mantra is “life is not measured the breaths we take but by the movements that take our breath away” and they did just that.

Naoimh Penston gave a wonderful rendition of “Mna na hEireann and was accompanied by Christine Steel and John Bonner. Joining Naoimh were daughters, Amy and Leah Penston, who gave a breath-taking performance of “Men of Erin”

Amy and Leah Penston went on then to perform “The Prayer” wowing audience with their performance and once again bring the audience to their feet.

The reading of the proclamation by Gabriel Brady, grand-nephew of Christopher Brady, who was responsible for the printing of the document in 1916 followed, to rapturous applause.

“You Raised Me Up” finished the night by Celtic Trinity, Naoimh, Leah and Amy Penston before “Amhran na bhFiann brought the night to a close.

With such a vast amount of talent on the night it proved to be something really special with all the artists giving freely of their time and talents, it showcased some of the wonderful talent that Arklow has become famous for both at home, nationally and internationally.

A special commemorative programme compiled by Colm Kavanagh, proved a huge hit with all those in attendance, who did an excellent job and was a labour of love, despite many sleepless nights. Footage on the screens the church, again done by Colm K, proved a huge hit and added to the overall success of the night.

Dave Bardon, exhibited some of this work depicting the signatories who lost their lives in 1916 and donated a custom made glass portrait which was won by Robert Donnelly.

AMA Chairperson Yvonne Kenny said that the committee “ have been working tirelessly on this concert, proceeds of which will go to a Performance Arts Space and Theatre for the town of Arklow and will house the many groups and organisations in the town and a place to call home”. “A big thank you to everyone who has helped, supported or contributed  financially in any way to this big task that lies ahead”. “Working together we can make this dream a reality and put Arklow on the map for the right reasons”. Throughout the year a number of events are being planned and if you would like to keep up to date with what is happening visit our Facebook page, “Arklow Music and Arts” like and share with your friends.

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Many thanks to everyone who helped out in any way to making this concert an outstanding success, to all the people of Arklow and surrounding areas for coming out and supporting, a big Go Raibh Mile Maith Agaibh Go Leir” To our sponsors, who took adverts in the programme and our patrons, a huge debt of gratitude to you all, thank you also the press and media for all the coverage.  If we have forgotten anyone, please accept our apologies. A big thank you to all the participants who gave freely of their time for this wonderful event and project.

Finally, thanks to Fr. Martin Cosgrove for allowing us to stage our 1916 Centenary Celebration Concert in Sts. Mary and Peter’s Church, proved to be a wonderful venue, until we are in a position to stage in our own theatre.

 

For Further Information contact:

Colm Moules

Mobile 0872886845

PRO Arklow Music and Arts

 

Interview

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East Coast Fm Interview with Colm Kavanagh, Olivia Sheehy and Small Town Crisis

If you missed Colm Kavanagh’s interview on East Coast Radio & a live performance of 40pins, a task given to Small Town Crisis Empathy & Alicus Samicus by Yvonne Kenny who challenged them to write a song based on Joe Duffys book about the 40 Children killed in The 1916 Rising, have a listen to something special…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aX9wPBdNPI&feature=share

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Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert will take place at Sts. Mary and Peter’s Church on Friday 6th May at 19.16 pm. The Concert is organised by Arklow Music and Arts and all proceeds will go towards a performance space and theatre venue for the wealth of talent that exists in the town and surrounding areas. Tickets are €15 each and there is also an option to purchase two tickets for €35 and have your name in the programme.

Tickets will be on sale today (Friday 29th April) in Bridgewater from 12 – 2.30 pm and on Monday (2nd May) from 12 – 6 pm. 10 tickets are also available from John Swan.

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€10,000 search for Wicklow’s Brightest start-up launches

Reminder: the closing date for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 11th May. Any entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

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To celebrate the 21st anniversary year, Wicklow Enterprise Park is offering a major prize for one outstanding new business, currently operating in the County, and which opened in Wicklow within the last six years.  The competition is open to any individual or group, who have started an independent new business from scratch and is still in operation in Co. Wicklow (business start date no earlier than January 1st 2010).

The overall winner will receive a cheque for €5,000 from Wicklow Enterprise Park as well as a €5,000 advertising package with East Coast FM.

If you have any questions regarding entering this competition please email emeir@wicklowenterprise.ie or call 0404 66433 or visit the website.

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Traffic calming measures in Arklow

Wicklow County Council

Arklow Municipal District

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In accordance with Section 38 of the Roads Traffic Act 1994, as amended, Arklow Municipal District propose to  introduce the following traffic calming measures in Arklow Town:-

  • Make Bradshaw’s Lane one way – with entry from the Main Street.
  • Change the road markings on Dunne’s Lane to incorporate parking spaces and a loading bay. 

A map showing the proposed changes will be available for inspection at the Arklow Municipal District Offices commencing Monday 25th April 2016 up to and including Tuesday 7th June 2016 during normal office hours.

Submissions and observations in relation to the above proposals may be made in writing to the undersigned, on or before Tuesday 7th June 2016.

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Linda McDonald

District Administrator

Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.

lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie 

0402 42700

 

RNLI MayDay 2016

Every day is Mayday for RNLI volunteer crews. The moment the pagers beep, they drop everything to rescue total strangers. From 26 April–2 May 2016, it’s Mayday for you. RNLI is calling on all our supporters to help them continue saving lives by being a part of their annual, national fundraiser.

If you wish to donate, click here.

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Don’t Forget! On Sunday May 1st as part of the Yellow Welly weekend, Liz Birmingham/LJB Wellness has organised this event for the Arklow RNLI Lifeboat. Come & join the RNLI, walk or run!

LJB Wellness presents the “Arklow RNLI 5K & 10k Fun Walk & Run.
This is a chip and pined event!
Kicking off at 11.00am sharp
Walkers 5k €5 Under 18 €5
Runners 5k €10. 10k €15
Team Event x 4 5k €40 Under 18’s €20
Emergency Services Perpetual Cup for 1st Team from the Emergency Services
LJB Wellness Community Cup for 1st Local Club/Team
Online registration here, also registration on the day.

For more information call Liz at 087 2368698.

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Free Yoga Classes in Arklow

County Wicklow Partnership are organising a 6 weeks Course on Yoga and Relaxation in the Willow Grove Community Building, Inbhear Mor Park. The yoga excercises will be accessible to all abilities. Preference will be given to residents of Willow Grove and Inbhear Mor area. For more information and to book a place telephone or send a text to 085 8006872.

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Arklow Community Games 2016 Area Athletics competitions

The Arklow Community Games 2016 Area Athletics competitions will take place on the Arklow Athletic Track, North Beach on next Saturday 30th April at 3.30p.m.

Open to girls and boys over six and under the age specified on July 31st 2016

Entry fee is €5. Competitors please register your name, address, date of birth and home telephone number with Michael Kenny or Sadie O’Reilly from 3.15p.m.

  • Under  8 over  6  60m  80m  mixed relay,Gym Club
  • Under 10 over  8 100m 200m  mixed relay,
  • Under 12 over 10 100m 600m mixed relay,
  • Under 14 over 12 100m 800m mixed relay,
  • Under 16 over 14 100m 200m mixed relay,

Please note competitors may enter only one event plus relay.

Please note spikes are only permitted at under 14 and 16 years.

We extend an invitation to the members of St Benedicts Athletic Club to please come along and take part. School principals and teaching staff please encourage the pupils in your schools to participate.

For further information please contact area P.R.O. James O’Reilly at 0402-91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org or visit the website.

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Biz-Expo

ASL have over 20 years’ experience across the consultancy & training arena they are one of the longest established safety & training consultancies in operation in Ireland and have vast experience of working with all sizes of clients.  Contact ASL for all your training requirements.

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Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert will take place at Sts. Mary and Peter’s Church on Friday 6th May at 19.16 pm. The Concert is organised by Arklow Music and Arts and all proceeds will go towards a performance space and theatre venue for the wealth of talent that exists in the town and surrounding areas. Tickets are €15 each and there is also an option to purchase two tickets for €35 and have your name in the programme.

Tickets are available from:

  • McMullans – 0402 32356
  • Kavanagh’s, Wexford Road – 0402 39364
  • The Pottery Shop – 0402 91266
  • Kenny’s of The Harbour – 0402 31366

For more information and updates click here.

 

Arklow Music and Arts 1916 Centenary Concert Program is seeking advertisements urgently. Please support Arklow Music and Arts. Please email Colm Kavanagh at colmkavanagh@eircom.net with your advertisement or logo and contact Ann McGovern at annmcgovern@arklow.ie to organise your payment to Arklow Music and Arts. Don’t leave it too late before you book your tickets for this amazing musical event. Looking forward to seeing you there.

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Irish Water-001Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland has announced that it is progressing the surveys required to develop the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant (WwTP) Project. Irish Water is working in partnership with Wicklow County Council and Arup to deliver this project which will end the current practice of discharging untreated wastewater into the Avoca River.

The project represents an investment of over €30 million by Irish Water and will bring benefits to Arklow in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all.

Arklow is one of seven large towns identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having no wastewater treatment. This practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the Avoca River is no longer acceptable and Irish Water intends to fix this problem through a strategic approach to the provision of wastewater treatment. Irish Water is now preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with a view to submitting a planning application in early 2017.

Irish Water is committed to providing a new Wastewater Treatment Plant to the people of Arklow as a key priority. We would like to thank all of those who took part in the previous two phases of public consultation on this project.

Irish Water will continue to keep residents, businesses and the wider community informed as the project progresses. If you are interested in being informed about the project and involved in further consultation on this project, please email us at arklowtp@water.ie or visit our website at www.water.ie/arklowtp for more information.

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€10,000 search for Wicklow’s Brightest start-up launches

WEPThis year Wicklow Enterprise Park celebrates 21 years supporting and growing business in Co. Wicklow.

To celebrate this landmark year, we are offering a major prize for one outstanding new business, currently operating in the County, and which opened in Wicklow within the last six years.  The competition is open to any individual or group, who have started an independent new business from scratch and is still in operation in Co. Wicklow (business start date no earlier than January 1st 2010).

The overall winner will receive a cheque for €5,000 from Wicklow Enterprise Park as well as a €5,000 advertising package with East Coast FM.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 11th May. Any entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

If you have any questions regarding entering this competition please email emeir@wicklowenterprise.ie or call 0404 66433 or visit the website.

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RNLI MayDay 2016

Every day is Mayday for RNLI volunteer crews. The moment the pagers beep, they drop everything to rescue total strangers. From 26 April–2 May 2016, it’s Mayday for you. RNLI is calling on all our supporters to help them continue saving lives by being a part of their annual, national fundraiser.

If you wish to donate, click here.

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HSE National Lottery Grants

The HSE has been allocated National Lottery Funding for distribution to community based groups and voluntary organisations under the Respite Care Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Grant Scheme. Groups and organisations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services can apply for once off funding for suitable projects.

Completed Application Forms must be returned to the local Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO)

Closing Date for Applications – Friday May 27th 2016

For more information click here.

 

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Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert will take place at Sts. Mary and Peter’s Church on Friday 6th May at 19.16 pm. The Concert is organised by Arklow Music and Arts and all proceeds will go towards a performance space and theatre venue for the wealth of talent that exists in the town and surrounding areas. Ticket are €15 each and there is also an option to purchase two tickets for €35 and have your name in the programme.Music and art

Tickets are available from:

  • McMullans – 0402 32356
  • Kavanagh’s, Wexford Road – 0402 39364
  • The Pottery Shop – 0402 91266
  • Kenny’s of The Harbour – 0402 31366

For more information and updates click here.

Arklow Music and Arts 1916 Commemoration Programme is seeking advertisements urgently. Please support Arklow Music and Arts. Please email Colm Kavanagh at colmkavanagh@eircom.net with your advertisement or logo and contact Ann McGovern at annmcgovern@arklow.ie to organise your payment to Arklow Music and Arts. Don’t leave it too late before you book your tickets for this amazing musical event. Looking forward to seeing you there.

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

 

Arklow Coder Dojo

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

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

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

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

For more information contact CoderDojo at CoderDojoArklow@GMail.com or just come along any Saturday morning during term time to see for yourself what a great experience it is…

If you wish to be involved in supporting CoderDojo locally, click below for more information:

Arklow Coder Dojo

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May Bank Holiday Showcase in Arklow Bay Hotel

Wedding ringsOn Monday 2nd May 2016 Arklow Bay Hotel will be hosting a wedding showcase. Come and view their newly refurbished civil ceremony suite, the grounds which will be set for a civil ceremony and the beautiful Bay Suite ballroom. The Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow’s finest wedding venue will be running the wedding showcase from 2pm to 6pm.

The bridal suite with panoramic views of the Arklow Bay will also be on show for you to view and also the excellent offers will be available on the day for any weddings booked. Along with all of this the hotel’s wedding team will be on hand to with all their expertise to answer any of your questions and help guide you on your way.

For more information please contact Orla our Wedding Co-Ordinator weddings@arklowbay.com

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1916 Public Collections Day – an opportunity to share your stories

If you have an object, photograph, document, medals or family story relating to 1916 life in County Wicklow, you can register and come along to Wicklow County Council’s 1916 Public Collection Day. This special event will take place in County Buildings, Wicklow Town on Tuesday 17th May from 1 pm to 8 pm. All material will be digitally copied by experts, free of charge. A selection of the items photographed will form part of the County Wicklow 1916 Exhibition and will also appear on the Inspiring Ireland website.

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If you are interested in participating in this event please fill in the pre-registration form to book your time slot. Copies of the registration form are available in all branch libraries, County Buildings or on the websites: www.wicklow.ie and www.wicklow1916.ie

For more information please contact Catherine Wright or Deirdre Burns in County Buildings at 0404 20100 or Ciara O’Brien in Bray Library at 01 2866566. E-mail queries and returned forms to wicklowheritage@wicklowcoco.ie

 

Wicklow Literature Mentorship Scheme 2016 – Words Ireland

drawing of hand with a feather pen in style of an engravingWords Ireland is a recently formed grouping of seven literature organisations, who are working collaboratively to provide coordinated professional development and resource services to the literature sector.

WORDS Ireland is offering two further mentorship opportunities to Wicklow writers who are seeking to engage with a mentor over a period of six months from May 2016. This scheme is open to writers in any fiction genre: young adult and children’s books, short stories, playwriting, screenwriting, novels or poetry. The mentorships will focus on manuscript development in the main, but may include other aspects in the professional development of the writer.Wicklow-Literature-Mentorship-Scheme

Application deadline:

Friday 24th April 2016 at 5pm.

For more information please click here.

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Cycle Against Suicide

Cycle Against Suicide“Cycle Against Suicide is coming to Arklow on Friday May 6th on the final leg of its 14 day journey around the island of Ireland to raise awareness of the considerable help and support available to anybody battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide and those bereaved by suicide.  There have been far too many families in the town directly affected by suicide and we want to get the message that it’s ok not to feel ok, and that it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.

On Friday 6th May, 300 cyclists and crew will stay overnight in Arklow (with thanks to St. Mary’s who are the host school for the leg) and we are appealing to residents of Arklow, Gorey & surrounding areas to offer a bed for the night in their home to host a cyclist or crew member.  We are also appealing for volunteers to help coordinate the cycle arrival and departure through the town and turn Arklow orange in support” – Aoife Ryan, Arklow & Gorey Homestay Coordinator.

Homestay

If you would like to provide Homestay accommodation when Cycle Against Suicide visits Gorey & Arklow, please email arklowcas@gmail.com  or homestays@cycleagainstsuicide.com The local Homestay Coordinator for home stays is Aoife Ryan, who can be contacted on 086 8113149.

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer with Cycle Against Suicide please e-mail volunteer@cycleagainstsuicide.com  For more information see www.cycleagainstsuicide.com   where you can also register for some, or all, of the 14 days of the Cycle Against Suicide 2016.

For more information click below:

CAS Arklow Homestay Press Release

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Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Here is the final lineup. We will commence at 19:16pm outdoors with Dave Bardon 1916 exhibition & music by St Mary’s College Orchestra. Then at 7:40 people will take to their seats indoors & concert will commence at 745pm. Tickets will be on sale from Saturday in The Pottery Shop, Mc Mullans, Kavanagh’s Wexford Road & Kennys’s of the Harbour. Two of our Acts have written songs especially for the night. It promises to be a very special night.

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Fundraising for Small Community Groups

The Carmichael Centre will run a half day workshop on Fundraising for small community groups on 26th April. This course is aimed at anyone involved in fundraising for small community-based organisations. This includes organisations with 10 staff or less and all-volunteer groups.

Content:

  • Sources of income
  • Persuasion and Influence
  • Engaging People
  • Being strategic with donors
  • Guiding Principles for Fundraising
  • Successful Campaigns Analysis
  • Key Elements of a successful fundraising campaign
  • Creative and Practical Examples
  • Implement a fundraising campaign
  • Funding Resources

Trainer

William CorlessWilliam Corless

Yellow Wood Managing Director, William Corless is a business and personal coach with over fifteen years’ experience of leading and empowering people. He combines hands on experience in operations management with qualifications in Business, Engineering, Coaching, NLP, Training and Psychometrics.

 

Fees: 

  • Carmichael Members: €50
  • Non-members: €60
  • Statutory/Corporate organisations: €70

For more information or to book a course please click here.

 

Spring/Summer Fashion Show at Bridgewater Shopping Centre!

fashionJoin the Bridgewater Shopping Centre on Saturday 30th April for one of its fashion shows, highlighting all the latest and upcoming trends from great high street retailers in Bridgewater. Fashion Shows will be running at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Make sure you come down early to get a good seat and watch in comfort as your favourite stores send their very best outfits up the catwalk! All are welcome and there is no charge to see the show.

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Community Shop needs your help

The team of the popular Sue Ryder Community Shop, situated in Arklow Recycle Centre, have been told that the unit requires a vast amount of work to bring it up to adequate health and safety standards. Jo Walker, manager of Sue Ryder Community Shop, would like to ask the community of Arklow to come together and try and help them out. If you would like to be a volunteer to help carry out some work and to save the shop, please call 085 8086197.

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Arklow Gymnastics Club

  • Arklow Gym ClubSwimming activity 2016 is open to girls and boys resident in the Arklow area and under the age specified on July 31st 2016.
  • Age groups over six and under 8,10, 12, 14 and 16 years.
  • Competitors must be able to swim at least one length of pool.
  • Closing date for entries is Friday 22nd April entry fee is five euro.
  • Competitors please register your name, address, date of birth, home telephone number, event and your €5 entry fee with James O’Reilly 17 Fernhill, Arklow, Co. Wicklow on or before Friday 22nd April.

If you need further information please phone 0402-91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org or visit the website.

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Laffins Barber shop is celebrating 10 years in business

Wednesday 6 April 2016 will mark one full decade since Laffins Barber Shop opened for business here in Arklow. Laffins Barber Shop would like to invite everyone to join them in raising a toast to ten incredible years! Everyone is invited to drop by anytime on 6 April 2016 to say hello and to celebrate the anniversary. There will be lots of gifts, vouchers and surprises on that special day.  The event starts at 8 am.

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New Kynoch book has been launched

Christopher Power has launched his new Kynoch Book on Thursday 31st March in Arus Lorcain in Arklow. Christopher book, Arklow’s Industrial Revolution – The Kynochs’ Munitions Works 1895 – 1920 is available in Arklow, Gorey and Wicklow. Kynochs factory – one of the largest industrial complexes in Ireland employed over 3,000 people – men and women and produced the explosive mixture Nitro Gliceryne.

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Arklow repair centres to join forces

Arklow’s two longest established repair centres Mobile Care & Arklow Computer Solutions (Smart Cartridge) are joining forces. After twelve years as colleagues in business, the two are going to be operating under the one roof, as of April 1st Mobile care will be operating out of Arklow Computer Solutions 29 upper main street Arklow, the store at the roundabout will be closed. All the current services will now be offered in both Arklow and Gorey at the Computer Solutions stores. You can now get all your Electronic, I.T and Telecommunications services & solutions taken care of in the one store.

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(Source: Wicklownews.net)

Quiz Night in aid of Arklow RNLI

The RNLI continue their fundraising and are holding a Quiz Night at The Old Ship on Friday 15th April at 8.30 pm. Please come and support them.

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 44 in Ireland. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.

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65 Roses Day

cfirelandAs part of Cystic Fibrosis National Awarness Week from 11th to 17th April, volunteers will be selling purple roses and other 65 Roses memorabilia in the Bridgewater Centre to raise funds for cystic fibrosis services. The hope is to raise €65,000 nationally to go towards patient support grants for transplant assessment, fertility treatment and counselling, as well as research and new healthcare facilities. For more information on the campaign, on Cystic Fibrosis Ireland or how to volunteer to help, please click here.

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All Ireland Band Championship

Arklow Shipping Silver Band is preparing to travel to Navan to take part in the All Ireland Band Championship on Sunday 3rd April. The championships will take place in the Solstice Arts Centre in the town. Arklow Shipping Silver Band will perform The Mermaid of Zennor by Philip Harper and James MacCafferty will be conducting the band for this competition.

 

Start Your Own Business Course

It’s a free, 3 day course, friendly, encouraging and motivational for young adults 18 – 24 years old.

Date:

Wednesday 13th April

Wednesday 20th April

Friday 22nd April

(Lunch provided)

Time: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm each day

Venue: Bridgewater Centre – Arklow

Course Content:

Applying for Grants and Loans

Marketing – Promoting your Business

Marketing – Targeting your Customers

Basic Business Skills

Preparing a Business Plan

To book your place contact:

Dympna Boffey

County Wicklow Partnership

Avoca River House, Bridgewater Centre

Arklow, Co. Wicklow

Tel. 0402 20955 / 085 8006874

County Wicklow Partnership

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Happy Easter!

Easter is a very special time of year,  
Filled with laughter, joy and lots of good cheer.
Friends and family gather from near and far away
To share the warmth of the season, on this special day. 

May this Easter bring you all together

For a great celebration

And your heart is full of every good feeling

A Happy Easter can bring!

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New Urban Vision for Arklow ….. developing a new Town plan for Arklow together.

Arklow – like much of rural Ireland – is suffering from neglect and dereliction, yet at the same time there are some rural towns thriving in the country. Towns that have transformed themselves have shown that it doesn’t happen by chance but comes from local people and their representatives collaborating in a new energetic approach to revitalising their town.  The Arklow Chamber today has asked all our Public Representatives to demand more on our behalf, and we here in the Chamber will work to support them in any way we can to deliver for everyone who cares so deeply about the future of Arklow.

A draft “Urban vision for Arklow” is available below and is being developed  for submission to the Wicklow County Council local town plans later this year.  Action is required on several fronts, including:

  • The Main Street and Lane-ways highlighting opportunities for existing local entrepreneurs and long established businesses to generate jobs.
  • Traffic management and infrastructure development  in the town communicating all works clearly and comprehensively to all stake-holders allowing businesses to plan for disruption and new opportunities.
  • Developing  the potential of Strongbow’s Castle known as the Ormonde Castle locally which lies in ruins near the courthouse – but which has significant tourism and job potential.
  • Promoting the value of our local woodland and green belt tourism potential, with walks, trails and cycling routes.  This has led to major economic benefits in towns like Westport, yet Arklow, a town bordered by significant woodland and forest trials, has had no significant proposals accepted to exploit this natural amenity. A similar situation exists with the potential of our river and our harbour.
  • For years we’ve all watched high street business open in Arklow and close again, as the town appears incapable of supporting viable businesses, we need a Town action plan to tackle this together.

Please let us know what you think – chamber@arklow.ie

Lets work together  on this!

Arklow – An Urban Vision for Future Growth

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Arklow This Week

2016 Arklow Music Festival

Arklow Music Window Display Winner 2016

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

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

 

2016 St Patrick’s Day Parade

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

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

 

Avonmore Musical Society – Performance of Evita

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

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

 

Easter Musical Theatre Camp at Studio 55:

A 5,6,7,8 and all that jazz…

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

The course will be led by:

Martina Lynch

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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To book, text 0851227286.

 

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Arklow This Week

Attention Arklow Traders

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

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Third generation of the Sweeney Family comes to the helm

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

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

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St. Patricks and Easter at Bridgewater Shopping Centre

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

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

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Library closing date

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

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Community Games Activities in the Arklow Area

Activities:Community Games

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

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

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

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

Closing date for entries is Friday 18th March.

Entry fee is €5.

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

“It is not the winning that is most important

It is the taking part”

“16 for 1916” Exhibition

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

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