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What’s happening this Arklow Maritime Festival Weekend:

Saturday 1st August

3.00 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Viking   Boat Races down the Quay

From 6.00 p.m. – Evening  BBQ & Feel the Pinch playing in the Sailing Club

7.00 p.m. – Ard Glass Viking Ship from the series “The Vikings” down the Quays

8.30 p.m. – Bingo in Arus Lorcain

7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.ALL EVENTS:

  • Viking Landing + Viking Village
  • Music with Bernard and Sean Fox
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Shop, Burgers + Tea & Coffee
  • Bouncy Castles

 

Sunday 2nd August

10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. – East Coast Radio Roadshow

10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. – Tommy Greene

12.00 a.m. – Arklow Pipe Band

1.15 p.m. – George Higgs Brass Quartet on the dock “afloat”

1.30 p.m. – Blessing of the fleet

2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. – Andy Clarke

2.00 p.m. – Dog show

2.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. – Crash scene Emercency services display

2.30 p.m. –  3.00 p.m. – Air & Sea Rescue Display on the Quay

From 4.00 p.m. – Evening BBQ & Arklow Shipping Silver Band playing in the Sailing Club

ALL DAY FUN ON THE QUAY

  • Disney Characters Dance
  • Ironman
  • Ard Glass Viking ship family rides
  • 35FT Climbing Wall
  • Bubble Football
  • Reptile Zoo
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Music from The Vault
  • Pony Rides
  • South East Archers
  • Maritime Train Express
  • Model Boats
  • Stalls & Face Painting
  • Burgers + Tea & Coffee
  • Vintage Vehicles
  • Stitches Boat Rides around the bay
  • Spotlights Showband in The Arklow Bay Hotel @10.00PM till late
    Doors open @9.00 p.m. + €10 entry

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For more information please visit:

http://arklowmaritimefestival.com/

https://www.facebook.com/GatheringoftheFleetArklowMaritimeFest?fref=ts

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CarePlus Pharmacy Open Day

CarePlus Pharmacy

CarePlus Pharmacy2FRIDAY 31st JULY – SAVE THE DATE!! Ferrybank Pharmacy in Arklow is now Ferrybank CarePlus Pharmacy!! To celebrate, John and the team will be having their big Grand Opening on Friday 31st of July. Come and join them on the day as they celebrate in style!

The Official Opening Day starts at 1 p.m. There will be cutting the ribbon, face painting and balloon man for all the kiddies. Pop over to see a new pharmacy with tea, coffee & cupcakes and there will be a free draw for everyone who comes plus plenty of special offers, prizes and discounts up to 25% on the day.

Ferrybank Pharmacy Arklow is located beside Bridgewater shopping centre.
All staff are friendly and very helpful, so if you have any queries and would like some help, please don’t hesitate to call in for advice.

Their highly trained staff offer the best expert advice. CarePlus stocks a superior range of products in beauty, toiletries, and personal care, not to mention an unrivalled selection of specialist skincare products. Pop into one of our stores today and experience the CarePlus treatment!

For more information please visit:

http://www.careplus.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ferrybank-CarePlus-Pharmacy/429654060441187?sk=timeline

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Ship model made by Watt Mooty

2015 Arklow Maritime Festival

2015 Arklow Maritime Festival Weekend

RNLI Arklow Maritime FestivalThis year Arklow Maritime Festival is bigger and better than ever. There will be visiting vintage lifeboats + vessels including the “Celtic Mist” formerly Charles Haughey’s private yacht, now the Irish Whale & Dolphin Groups Flagship!! There are 2 Viking Longships who will be arriving on Friday evening, they have featured in the History Channels “Vikings” series.

All of the local groups are taking part in the festival, such as Arklow Pipe band, Arklow Majorettes, Arklow Sea Scouts, Arklow Rowing Club and many more.

Family entertainment forms, as always an important part of the festival and the younger fans will enjoy the many family-oriented events as well as the Disney Characters and their disco that will be down at quayside from 1pm.

Music has become a large part of the Maritime Festival and this year is no different. There will be lots of local young talent at “The Vault” stage; Denise Brennan will be performing her new single “Sailing with the Wind” Live on the quayside.

Meanwhile the volunteer organising committee has done a great job of securing some tried and tested attractions as well as some new ones. This event is primarily a fundraising event for the Lifeboat station, despite this most of the attractions are FREE, the RNLI would like to thank to the generosity and sponsorship of all local businesses.

Celtic Mist

For more information please visit:

http://arklowmaritimefestival.com/

https://www.facebook.com/GatheringoftheFleetArklowMaritimeFest

 

Denise Brennan

Denise BrennanDenise’s Album is on iTunes! “Sailing With the Wind” is a Celtic album with well-known songs and some self-penned songs thrown in for good measure. Vincent is on there as well as Both Sides Now, the duet of If You Were to fall sung with Michael Flood and many more. Please download as all proceeds are going to The Arklow Lifeboat!!!!

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/sailing-with-the-wind/id1020150661

 

Vikings

It’s nearly here and they really are coming!! Fancy yourself aboard a real Viking Ship as seen in VIKINGS, for just €50.00 per team of ten persons you can take part in the Viking Boat race on this Saturday 1st August from 5pm at Arklow Harbour!!
Calling all emergency services and our flank stations, companies and members of the public!!! Great fun to be had in Arklow this weekend!!

Vikings

 

Afloat – A Water Borne Brass Performance in Arklow

George HiggsComposer George Higgs, Arklow Rowing Club and brass sextet The Blown Identity present a river borne musical performance on August 2, 2015 at 1 pm at Arklow Harbour, near the Arklow Life Boat Station on South Quay.

A community arts project between composer George Higgs, Arklow Rowing Club and The Blown Identity (Arklow based brass sextet) involving a brass performance moving along the Avoca Estuary in Arklow during the Maritime Festival 2015.

Composer George Higgs has been working with Arklow Rowing Club and local brass sextet The Blown Identity (directed by Paul Barrett) over 10 months to develop a half-hour ‘musical conversation’ to be performed from boats moving along the Avoca through Arklow during the Maritime Festival on August 2, 2015.

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The musicians with instruments and the rowers with oars will move along the river in 2 large boats communicating musically with each other and the geography of the river; the aim being to give a voice to the relationship of the community with the river that will be heard both at a local and national level.

The performance of the composition will begin at the Bridge at noon on August 2, 2015, upstream from the town, and slowly move down the river to culminate at the Docks near the South Quay for a full performance at 1:15 pm.

This project is supported by the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme managed by CREATE- the national development agency for collaborative arts.

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For more information please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/arklowafloat/info?tab=page_info

http://www.georgehiggs.com/

 

Spotlights Showband

The hottest tickets in town have you got yours yet? A piece of Arklow’s showband history THE SPOTELIGHTS are reuniting for one night in aid of the Arklow lifeboat. So come along this Sunday night August 2nd to the Arklow Bay Hotel. Take a trip down memory lane back to the dance hall days of The Centre and The Ormonde hall. Yes, these boys have played them all. A fantastic night guaranteed for everyone Tickets are just €10 or pay on the door but be warned they are selling fast. Lifeboat volunteers saving lives at sea.

Spotlights Showband

 

For more information please contact:

  • Michael – 086 3871500
  • Margaret – 086 1962806
  • Arklow Bay Hotel
Huff of Arklow

Arklow This Week

The Huff of Arklow, the famous one-of-a-kind yacht which was built over 60 years ago and revolutionised yacht design, last week returned home to dock in Arklow for the first time since its restoration. The Huff of Arklow was built in the yard of Jack Tyrrell in Arklow in 1951 and it was recently welcomed back to these waters by his son Jimmy Tyrrell, a local maritime legend in his own right as the Arklow RNLI’s longest ever serving operations volunteer.

 

maritime_slide_10The gathering of the fleet- RNLI Arklow Maritime Festival takes place each year in Arklow, down on south quay and around town, fantastic line up of events for all the family this year and its mostly free!! So come on down to Arklow town!!

Arklow Maritime Festival- July 31st to August 2nd 2015, has a long history here in Arklow, this year again the event will make the August bank Holiday weekend one to remember………so come on down to ARKLOW town!! There will be a special gathering event or two planned, for more information please email mark@communityevents.ie or visit the website http://www.arklowmaritimefestival.com/

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Wicklow County Council are seeking your input to new pedestrian and traffic management at Bridge Street/South Quay/Main Street/ Lower Main Street Junctions. For more details click here.

 

Arklow Municipal District staff are to move into their new offices on Main Street in Arklow. Cllr Pat Fitzgerald outlined that work is almost complete on the new council premises and that staff from the current offices at the Bridgewater Centre will soon be relocated. Cllr Fitzgerald confirmed that the library staff from St Mary’s Road will not be making a move into their new workplace yet due to staffing levels and works to furnish the interior of the building.

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A fundraising car boot sale takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church, Templerainey in aid of the church. For more information please call 0402 32249.

 

The next concert from Arklow Roots Music will feature Eilidh Patterson, a gifted singer – songwriter from Derry. Samples of her music are available at www.eilidhpatterson.com

She will play the upper room at the Harbour Bar, Lower Main Street, Arklow on Tuesday, 28th July at 8.30 p.m. Ticket cost is €10 and €8 conc. Playing support will be local singer – songwriter Brendan O’Regan who organises the Arklow Roots Gigs.

Eilidh Patterson

 

Patricia Kelly, a member of the Kelly Family, will perform in October 6th at 7 p.m. in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Tickets costs €20 for adults and €15 for children (aged 6 to 16, free entry for those under 6) and are available from the hotel or by calling 086 3598854 or 086 4013473.

 

Summer Season is well under way for Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers. Everyone is welcome to take part in Tidy Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the courthouse. Come along and help make a difference. Please bring gloves.

 

Woodenbridge Development Association will host a public meeting in the Woodenbridge Hotel on Sunday, 26th July at 7 p.m. to get feedback on plans to develop a walking and cycle route between Woodenbridge and Ballycoog.

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New pedestrian and traffic management proposals for Arklow

Wicklow County Council are seeking your input to new pedestrian and traffic management at Bridge Street/South Quay/Main Street/ Lower Main Street Junctions.

The Council are seeking submissions and observations on the proposed development in writing to :  Transportation and Roads Infrastructure, Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Station Road Wicklow Town on or before 12 noon on Wednesday 19th August 2015.

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Pedestrian and Traffic Improvement Works

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Have you a news item or event happening that you would like to feature on arklow.ie? Let us know at chamber@arklow.ie so that we can feature it.

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Arklow This Week

M11Arklow is open for business and leisure. A new stretch of motorway between Rathnew and Arklow has been opened on Monday 13th July by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe. The 16.5 kilometre route replaces one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country. National Roads Authority spokesperson Seán O’Neill says it should cut journey times by between 10 and 20 minutes.

Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Bryan Doyle, said, “the upgrading of this section of the N11 has been the number one objective of Wicklow County Council since the opening of the Rathnew /Ashford bypass in 2004.

“A total of eight dangerous bends including the notorious Balinameedsa bends which has been the scene of many bad accidents and fatalities will soon be a distant memory for the main road users of County Wicklow,” he added.

 

A new album “Sailing with the Wind” recorded by Arklow singer Denise Brennan will be available on iTunes in the coming days in aid of ARKLOW LIFEBOAT!!! Click the link below to view a very special video for the Title Track “Sailing with the Wind”, in honour of our Lifeboat Heroes!!!

https://youtu.be/1cjJlx-32vU

Arklow Lifeboat

 

A new art exhibition opened in Arklow on Monday 13th July and runs until 23 July. The latest show – “Musica” at Arklow Visual Arts Gallery presents a collection of new paintings by artists Ciaran Smyth, Jason Hayden and Conall Carney who used acrylic painting to explore their thoughts on music as a universal language.  Teachers Fiona O’Hara and Sylvia Nannig were also present for the launch.  Arklow Visual Arts Gallery, situated on Main Street is open to the public from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Avoca Painting School will be holding an outdoor painting workshop at the Meetings of the Waters and Glendalough Upper Lake with Facilitator Rod Coyne this Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and will include a painting demonstration and tuition for everything from beginners up to advanced painters. For more information please call 0402 35555, email info@avocapaintingschool.com or visit the website http://avocapaintingschool.com/book-outdoor-workshop.html

 

Arklow Seabreeze Festival starts today and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this fantastic event!

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The volunteer crew of Arklow RNLI towed a local sailing yacht to safety last Thursday after the vessel suffered engine failure. Under the direction of Coxswain Ned Dillon, the RNLI crew of Michael Fitzgerald, Andrew Loughlin, Jimmy Myler and Leigh Downey secured a tow line to the local yacht and brought it and its two crew safely back to the harbour.

 

The marching band and drum corps Summer Sounds 2015 competition season begins in Arklow this Sunday, July 19. The first show will be hosted by the Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble. This competition is part of the “European Summer Music Games” which includes 15 competitions across Europe over four months and is the first of three Irish shows this summer. The show takes place in Arklow Celtic Football Club at 2 p.m. and the admission is €5 for Adults and €2 for children.

Sumer Sounds 2015

 

A small number of places still remain for September 2015 on the following Full Time Post Leaving Certificate Courses at Arklow Community College:

  • Beauty Therapy (2 Year – CIBTAC, ITEC & CIDESCO)
  • Childcare (1 Year – FETAC Level 5 & 6)
  • Office Administration (1 Year – FETAC Level 5)

For more information please call 0402 32149 or email arklowcc@eircom.net

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Official Opening of M11 between Arklow and Rathnew

Sean Quirke, Director of Roads at Wicklow County Council, announced at Monday’s council meeting that work on the N11 between Arklow and Rathnew will be completed this week and as a motorway order has already been signed by the Minister the new dual carriageway is set to be officially opened on Monday 13th July.  Work on this 16.5km of dual carriageway is months ahead of schedule, it will be called the M11, will have a 120kph speed limit and will reduce the travel times for commuters.

 

Woodenbridge Bakery

Chamber member, Gerard O’Brien of the Woodenbridge Hotel is very happy to announce the opening of a new deli and bakery at 64 Main Street, Arklow (opposite the Bank of Ireland).  The Woodenbridge Deli and Bakery opens for business today Friday 10th July 2015.  Speaking before the opening of the bakery Gerard said ……

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Arklow Waste Water Treatment Plant 

 

Please note that the deadline for submissions to Irish Water regarding the site location on North Quay is Friday 10th July and the email address is arklowtp@water.ie

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Evening-near-DedhamRenowned Arklow artist Robert Harcus has been invited to exhibit in the Beffroi De Bruges International Exhibition in July 2015. Robert has launched a new website featuring a collection of his work at www.robertharcus.com

Robert became the first Irish artist to be made an Associate of the American Academy of Equine Art and in 2014 had the great honour to be elected a full member. Robert is the first and only Irish artist to gain this distinction.

 

AVONMORE Musical Society attended the AIMS awards ceremony en masse recently members and this year’s leading ladies were named as Runner Up in the “Spirit of Aims” award category. Jennifer Lee, Naoimh Penston and Denise Brennan, who played three witches in the recent production “The Witches of Eastwick”, were nominated in this section. This year there will be some changes in the production team. Naoimh Penston will take up the role of Musical Director, Martina Lynch will remain as Choreagrapher and Stephen Acton will join as a Director. The next production “Strictly Come Dancing” will take place on Saturday, August 29. Tickets can be purchased on the Avonmore website www.avonmoremusicalsociety.com

 

Jennifer Kavanagh is organizing the Maritime and Marine Heritage Walk, which will include historical tours and heritage walks:

  • Monday, 24th August – St Saviour’s Church will be open to the public from 2 pm to 4 pm.
  • Tuesday, 25th August – Abercorn Masonic Hall, which dates back to 1903, will be open from 4 pm to 9 pm. Later that evening an Bat Walk will take place from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The group will meet at the Arklow Bay Hotel.
  • Wednesday, 26th August – Old Kilbride Graveyard will be officially opened from 3 pm to 4 pm. The opening will be conducted by the Venerable Archdeacon of the Church of Ireland and Rev Minister of Methodist Church. On the same day Arklow Methodist Church will be opened to the public from 2 pm to 4 pm and St Bridget’s Church of Ireland, Kilbride will be open from 2 pm to 4 pm. Visitors will have a chance to see the Harry Clarke designed window dating back to 1834.

Further information is available from jennifermjkavanagh@gmail.com

 

Members of the Tommy Byrne Photographic Society in Arklow are available to take photos at upcoming charity events such as runs and fun days. For more information please contact any society member or visit www.tbps-arklow.com

 

Arklow Gym Club, that is based at Arklow Gymnastic Centre, Knockenrahan Industrial Estate, Yellow Lane, will run their annual summer Gymnastics camps in July and August. Cost is €60 per week and the camp runs from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.The camp is open for girls and boys from four years and upwards. For more information or to book a place please contact head coach Sara Kenny at 085 1615973, visit the website www.arklowgymclub.com or email kennysara@hotmail.com