heritage week

Arklow This Week

National Heritage Week 22-30 August 2015

 

St. SavioursSt Saviour’s Church – Open Afternoon Come and enjoy a self guided visit of one of Arklow’s most impressive buildings and celebrated stained glass windows

Dates: 25th August 14:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

Abercorn Masonic Hall This building will be especially opened for visitors

Venue: Abercorn Masonic Hall

Dates: 25th August 16:00 PM to 21:00 PM

 

 

Opening of Old Kilbride Graveyard Project View the impressive Howard Mausoleum ‘The pyramid of Kilbride’ and view the recent conservation works carried out in this historic graveyard.

Dates: 26th August 13:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

St. Bridget’s Church of Ireland  Kilbride Open Afternoon This building is being opened especially for visitors to enjoy for Heritage Week.

Dates: 26th August 14:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

Arklow Methodist Church This building is being opened especially for visitors to enjoy for Heritage Week.

Dates: 26th August 14:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

For further information on the above contact the organiser, Jennifer M.J. Kavanagh….

Email: jennifermjkavangh@gmail.com

Telephone: 085 8183392

 

 

Duck PondBat Walk around Duck Pond. The Bat Walk is an exciting experience where many species of bat come to life in front of your eyes. With the use of sound equipment you can see these tiny creatures which ordinarily you would miss.

Venue: Arklow Bay Hotel

Organiser: Arklow Coastcare

Email: cbateman@wicklowcoco.ie

Telephone: 0402 42700

Dates: 25th August 20:30 PM to 21:30 PM

 

 

Avoca Mines Guided Walk Guided walk over the greatest of all Irish mines where thousands of men, women and children worked above and below ground for over 300 years.

Venue: Avoca Mines, White Bridge, Tigroney, Avoca

Organiser: Nick Coy

Email: nickcoy@eircom.net

Telephone: 086 3706731

Dates: 23rd August 15:00 PM to 17:00 PM

 

 

Calary ChurchCalary and the Historic Darby Pulpit Free tour of a historic 180 year old church which contains the pulpit once used by John Nelson Darby, who was curate in the area and later became one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethren.

Venue: Calary Church

Organiser: Calary Church of Ireland

Email: derekneilson@eircom.net

Telephone: 01 2818118

Website: http://www.newcastleparish.org/

Dates: 22nd August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM , 23rd August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM , 29th August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM , 30th August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM

 

 

A self-guided walk along Macreddin Mile exploring Local Heritage and Wild Foods The BrookLodge Hotel has chosen to celebrate the historical importance of local hedgerows this Heritage Week as a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the residents of Macreddin Village.

Venue: BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village

Organiser: BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village

Email: info@brooklodge.com

Telephone: 0402 36444 12

Website: www.brooklodge.com

Dates: 22nd August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 23rd August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 24th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 25th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 26th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 27th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 28th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 29th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 30th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM

 

National Community Games Finals this weekend in Athlone

The following Arklow Gymnasts

Orlaith Holt, Jack Burke – Under 9,

Zara Fennell, Rory Curley – Under 11

Caitlin Curley – Under 13

Niamh Curley – Under 15

Will represent Arklow and County Wicklow at the 2015 National Community Games festival of artistic gymnastics which will take place at the Athlone Institute of Technology, County Westmeath on Saturday 22nd. August.

Best of luck and do Arklow proud.

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Arklow Pottery

Arklow & District Chamber have been awarded a grant by Wicklow Co. Council to complete a feasibility study on a Pottery and Heritage Centre for the town.  We have a great pottery history in Arklow and want to support local crafts and skills in our future plans.  In speaking to Peter Kinsella of the Pottery Shop there are a number of people who have supported Irene Sweeney in this project and we would like to thank them.  Keep an eye on the pottery exhibition in Bridgewater and email chamber@arklow.ie with any ideas you have on this initiative.

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Arklow Visual Art Gallery

Arklow Visual Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of art by Tom Lawler.  Tom is a Wicklow based artist who paints in acrylic and gouache.  The exhibition will run from Tuesday August 18th until Friday August 28th at the gallery which is located at 61-63 Main Street in Arklow.

The official opening night will be Friday August 21st from 6 – 8pm and everyone is welcome to come along.

 

A Night with the Stars

The Arklow Bay Hotel will play host to well-known performers on Tuesday August 18th.  Taking the stage will be Louise Morrissey, John Hogan, Paddy O’Brien, Frank McCaffrey, Trudi Lawler and Michael Collins.  Tickets cost €25 and are now on sale from the Arklow Bay reception or by calling 0402-26200.  Doors will open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm.

Arklow Community Games

Swimmer Freja Kavanagh will represent Arklow and County Wicklow at the National Community Games festival of swimming finals  in under 14 breaststroke. The finals will take place on Sunday 16th August at the Regional Sports Centre, Athlone, County Westmeath.

 

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Leaving Cert Students – Thinking of going to DCU?

My name is Kim Sweeney, I am 23 and I have been studying in DCU for the past four years. I started in DCU studying common entry science and in my second year chose to specialise into analytical science. Throughout my 4 years in DCU I have been involved greatly in student life and I have really made the most out of my time here.  I’v been a class rep, been chairperson of a society, volunteered in Africa and went on trips abroad to name just a few. Our campus is a thriving community built on student engagement within clubs, societies and student life and there really is something for everyone here. This year I was elected as the President of the students’ union in DCU.  This is a full time role where I represent over 12000 DCU students both locally on campus and nationally.

As DCU’s students’ union president I would like to wish all the leaving cert students the best of luck on Wednesday. College years truly have been the best years of my life so far and I am jealous of anyone starting in September. Don’t worry if you don’t get your number one on your CAO I truly believe that what’s for you won’t pass you, it has worked for me so stay positive no matter what. You made it through the leaving cert and that’s an achievement in itself so if plan A does not work there is 25 more letters in the alphabet!

For anyone hoping to come to DCU don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

supres@dcu.ie

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RNLI Arklow Maritime Festival

RNLI enjoyed a very successful Maritime Festival with almost 3.000 people showing up for this annual event. Members of Arklow Lifeboat would like to thank to all volunteers, and also a various sponsors!!
Most of all a big thanks to all for coming down and supporting the Arklow RNLI.
Thanks to LE CIARA and her Captain & XO, Hugh Searle, Irish Whale and Dolphin RV Celtic Mist, ArklowSailingClub and everybody else for helping to put Arklow Maritime Festival very firmly back on the calendar.

Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer At Arklow Lifeboat said “This is an important fundraising weekend for the lifeboat and there are plenty of things lined up for all the family. We are asking the community to lend their support as much as possible. We’ve got all the normal great attractions this year, with the navy and the Vikings on board, we’d like to see people down on the quay , thanks to our corporate sponsors, most of our events and attractions are free, but all donations are very welcome”.

Arklow Maritime Festival

For more information please visit:

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

http://arklowmaritimefestival.com/

 

A vessel rescued by Arklow RNLI and LE Ciara

Arklow RNLIArklow RNLI and the Irish Naval Boat, the LE Ciara, rescued four people and saved a boat from running aground during the height of the Maritime Festival. On Sunday the RNLI volunteers made their way through a very busy Arklow harbour heading down the Avoca River to locate the distressed vessel.

Following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said:
“This incident happened just in advance of a planned exercise involving our lifeboat and the local fire service and the Coastguard helicopter it shows the importance and need for multi-agency interactions during search and rescue operations, we look forward to future exercises involving the naval service and all of our local emergency services”.


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For more information please visit:

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

 

Joanna Murphy – a new CEO of ConnectIreland

Joanna Murphy, who was a guest speaker at 2015 Chamber Ball, takes the top job at ConnectIreland. Joanna has been a key member of ConnectIreland’s leadership team since 2013, holding the position of Chief Operating Officer. Recently Joanna has been appointed as the new CEO of ConnectIreland, the incentivised referral programme appointed by IDA Ireland to deliver the Government’s Succeed in Ireland Initiative. According to Terry Clune – a Chairman of ConnectIreland, Joanna has a strong track record, passion and enthusiasm for ConnectIreland that is second to none.

Joanna Murphy

For more information please visit:

http://blog.connectireland.com/?p=1507

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

 

House of Stories

Arklow House of Stories takes place on the last Friday of every month at John Joe’s at 8.30 p.m. All are welcome and dancing facilities are a new addition to the event.

 

The Cube

Arklow Geraldine Ballymoney GAA Club will be hosting “The Cube”, based on an ITV gameshow, on Friday 8th August in the Arklow Bay Hotel. There will be a prize of €1,000 for a first place so come and get involved. With many Arklow businesses, Associations, not to mention clubs, competing to beat the “Cube” it looks as if it will be a sell-out. Tickets (€10) can be had from any committee member and are on sale in the Arklow Bay Hotel and also at the GAA Office in Pearse’s Park.

For more information please contact Kerry on 087 3287881.

Arklow GAA

http://www.arklowgaa.com/

Maritime Festival

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What’s happening at the Maritime Festival this weekend?

Click here for a timetable of events!

 

McMullans’ summer sale now on

Fashions and trends may have changed over the years but McMullans’ vision and passion is evident every time you shop there… and right now there is a great half-price sale on selected items. The shop is ideally situated on Arklow’s Main Street with ample car parking available nearby. Check here for some ideas: www.mcmullansarklow.com

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Happy 25th Birthday to Pettitt’s  SuperValu Arklow!

Pettitt’s SuperValu, in the heart of Arklow want to thank all their customers for their support over the years. To celebrate why not visit the store for special discounts on a variety of products until 5th August.

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Denise Brennan on East Coast FM

Denise Brennan

Denise Brennan along with Yvonne Kenny, Tony Fennell and Ronan McCauley on East Coast FM’s morning show, promoting single and album Sailing in the Wind in aid of the Arklow Lifeboat.

http://www.denisebrennan.ie/

 

Congratulations to Team Ireland at the Special Olympics 2015

We are delighted at the success of our competitors and also all those who coach and support each person on the team. Thanks to the Arklow Vikings Special Olympics Club for all their encouragement and support.

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Keith Barry – “Out of Control”

Keith Barry will perform in Arklow Bay Hotel on 26th November 2015 at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost €30 and are available at: http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/18004E72A3391BF5?camefrom=AFF_IE_ENTERTAINMENT_IRELAND&brand=entertainment_ie

Keith Barry

 

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique2Arklow Store Grand Opening: Date for your Diary…Monday August 10th at 2.30pm in Arklow! With our very own Jonathan Irwin and Minister Simon Harris as a few of the guests, it will be a day definitely not to be missed. We will have music from the brilliant Luan Parle and Ronan McCauley and refreshments will be served throughout the day. Also on the day we will be holding a Giant Raffle with the help and generosity of our local businesses and Community, we will also draw the winning ticket for our Signed Ireland Soccer
Shirt and our Colouring Competition so pop in for your tickets and we look forward to celebrating with you all…Special Offers on the day also…

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique

For more information please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/jackandjill.charity.boutique?fref=ts

 

New Vault Shop is now open

A new premises has been opened just down the road beside a new library. Everybody welcome to drop in and spot a bargain. They are open from 10 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. Monday to Friday with Saturday openings coming soon.

Check out their website at: www.eastwicklowyouth.weebly.com

 

Arklow Walks

We are delighted at the success of the Arklow Kynoch Heritage Walk, which commences at the Bridgewater and continues along the North Quay towards the caravan park concluding near the Arklow Bay Hotel. Along the route of this walk are six information panels, which we hope to bring to life the story of this huge explosive factory and the role it played in the history and development of Arklow Town. The total distance is approx. 2 km. Check our website for further information on this Walk and others currently under development with Irish Trails.

Kynoch Walk

 

Request to all Arklow local bands and singers…

musicWe are putting a feature piece together for www.arklow.ie on local bands and singers which we will be publishing next week. Thanks to all who have been in touch with us so far and if you would like to be included send us your links, images, YouTube clips to Ann or Aneta at chamber@arklow.ie

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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

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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.

Library

 

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.

Information Leaflet

Pedestrian and Traffic Improvement Works