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Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that this years Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. The ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

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The Arklow & District Chamber awards will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following 5 categories:

 Best New Start Up Award – For any business opened within the last 12 months.

Best Established Business Award – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large.

Ambassador for Tourism Award – For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area.

The Employee of the Year Award – Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer.

The Person of the Year Award – This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.

To avail of nomination forms please email or alternatively nominations can be submitted via the online link at

The closing date for acceptance of nominations is Friday 25th August 2017.


Enterprise in Arklow Photography Competition

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The closing date for entries of the “Enterprise in Arklow” Photographic Competition has been extended until Friday the 18th August 2017.

2017 RNLI Maritime Festival Weekend

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The annual Arklow Maritime Festival weekend is bigger and better than ever. The event runs this August Bank Holiday from the 4th to  the 6th and is continuing to grow every year. The festival is an important RNLI fundraiser and assists in the running of this crucial voluntary organisation.

The festival gets underway on Friday 4th August from 7pm where the Maritime Festival Princesses will meet at the Lifeboat station to meet and greet. This will be followed by a parade around the town and back to Arklow Sailing Club to select the Maritime Queen for 2017.

On Saturday & Sunday, there will be fun packed schedule that will include live music, Viking BBQ, bouncy castle, boat trips, along with a vast array of fun activities, attractions, family entertainment & events all down by the quayside.

An assortment of visiting vessels will be in attendance over the weekend, including Mersey Maritime Museums Vintage TugBoat, Irish navel Vessel Le Orla, Informars Fleet of Survey Vessels Viking Longship along with vintage lifeboats.

Many local groups will be participating in the festival, Arklow Majorettes, Arklow Sea Scouts, Arklow Pipe Band, Arklow Rowing Club, Arklow Uklele Players and many more.

For more information and updates, visit Arklow Maritime Festival website or Facebook page.

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Bridgewater Craft Fair


The next Bridgewater Craft fair takes place this Sunday 6th August in the Arklow Bridgwater Shopping Centre. This fair takes place on the first Sunday of every month. Beautiful hand crafted products are available to buy from up to 20 stalls.

For further information, please contact Mary Whelan at 087 9880894.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

The  popular weekly Farmers Market will take place this Saturday 5th August (10:30am – 1.00pm) in the local Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark. A selection of home produce along with fresh vegetables & fruit will be on sale. New stall holders are always welcome.

For more information contact Gertie at 086 3981103.

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Festival Fills Arklow Town


Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival exceeded all expectations bringing huge crowds for the entire festival  creating a magical experience . It drew to a close on Sunday night with a spectacular fireworks display on the Riverbank.

The level of visitors to the town was astonishing as there wasn’t a single room left in hotels and guest houses in the community.

There were many highlights which went down a storm including the Dainty Bakery Baby Show, Trade Winds Burger Contest and the AGB Festival of Football.

There was great praise for the small eight member committee under the chairperson of Colm Moules who pulled together an event to be proud of. The committee would like to thank the people who gave their time and money to help this year’s festival including the press and photographers, East Coast FM for their support, the emergency services, Order of Malta, and The Gardai.

Extend a special word of thanks to the generous sponsors whose support helped to make the 2017 Seabreeze Festival possible.

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Local Artists in Arklow Library


New collections of paintings by Arklow’s Ferndale Artist’s group now on exhibition at Arklow Library.

The exhibition features’ over 34 paintings and will run for the month of July.

The majority of the works has used acrylics while a small number are canvass. All the works are previously unseen.

The local art group of around 20 members stemmed from a class run by Arklow Further Education Centre. After the students finished their course they applied for funding to form a group which developed into Ferndale Artist  Group.

They have also exhibited there work at The Sunbeam House Arklow.

For more information please contact Elenor Byrne at 086 1584349

New Exhibits on show at Maritime Museum


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The Arklow Maritime Heritage has the latest and recent acquisition which is a set of signal flags donated by John Mahon of Oaklands, Arklow. John has donated over time several items from schooner, The Denbighshire Lass’. Along with the flags was a fid, a finely tapered wooden spike which was used for slicing ropes.

In recent weeks they have received a telegram sent by Captain Jack Kenny to his wife in 1940 after he had survived a submarine attack on the ship which had been sunk, but thankfuly there were no casualties on that occasion.

Another donation from Patrick O Neill  who is a native from Arklow. A baby’s cradle made from sail canvas. Wooden frame is being made so the cradle can be shown to its best advantage. It will be a star attraction to the museum.

Arklow Maritime Museum  is situated in the Bridgewater Centre and is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

For more information   Website  Arklow Maritime Heritage Museum    

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Arklow Bay Hotel Wedding Venue


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The Arklow Bay Hotel is one of the most exquisite and exclusive wedding venues Wicklow can offer. It offers an idyllic setting for your wedding day.

The beautiful Bay Suite ballroom is the ideal setting hosting from 80 to 380 people. They also cater for smaller intimate affairs, civil ceremonies and outdoor events. It offers a stylish and intimate venue with very friendly staff awaiting your arrival to cater for all your needs.

Your wedding day is the most important and memorable day of your life and at the Arklow Bay Hotel Co. Wicklow, from the moment you step onto the red carpet you will have the best experience that you will treasure forever.

The Arklow Bay offers your own wedding co-ordinator guiding you through every detail of your big day from romantic settings, flowers and exquisite grounds.

For more information call 0402 26200 or


Arklow Seabreeze Festival


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The 2017 Arklow Seabreeze Festival reaches its final weekend, with events taking place from Friday, July 14th right through till  Sunday, July 16th.

This fun free event is the highlight in the town’s social calendar and offers something for young and old.

This weekend will bring live street performances from Bare Bones, Wise Guys, Gravity, Glen Art, Small Town Crisis, The Kilkennys and Ray Dolan. Also upcoming music artist can also enter for a busking competition.

The usual carnival will run each night and there will be array of on street fun and games as well as the fireworks display to bring the festivities to a close on Sunday evening.

For a full listings of all the events, visit the Seabreeze Festival 2017 Facebook page.

Local Artists in Arklow Library


New collections of paintings by Arklow’s Ferndale Artist’s Group now on exhibition at Arklow Library.

The exhibition features’ over 34 paintings and will run for the month of July.

The majority of the works has used acrylics while a small number are canvass. All the works are previously unseen.

The local art group of around 20 members stemmed from a class run by Arklow Further Education Centre. After the students finished their course they applied for funding to form a group which developed into Ferndale Artist  Group.

They have also exhibited there work at The Sunbeam House Arklow.

For more information please contact Elenor Byrne at 086 1584349


Farmers Market


The Weekly Arklow Farmers Market resumes in the Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark, Arklow on Saturday, July 22nd from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

A selection of home baked goods as well as fresh fruit and vegetables will be on sale.

New stall holders are always welcome.


For further information please contact Gertie at 086 39881103


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Arklow Seabreeze Festival


The 2017 Arklow Seabreeze Festival was launch last Thursday in the Bridge Hotel.  The festival starts on Sunday 2nd July with the selection of the “Festival Princess” in The Midway in the Main Street and continues until Sunday 16th July.  See programme below for list of events.



Arklow’s Flower Basket Scheme       


Flower BasketThe Flower Basket Scheme which was the initiative of the Arklow Town Team has been a great success with more than 170 basket supplied and fitted.  The aim of the scheme was to enhance the image of Arklow from the Wexford Road to Ferrybank.  Businesses on the outskirts got involved in the scheme by sponsoring baskets for unoccupied buildings and public areas of the town – these businesses include Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow Marine Services, ASL, Leon Recycling and Rondo Foods Ltd.  As part of the scheme Arklow Municipal District (AMD) has also installed 10 tiered planters around the town which has been planted up by AMD staff.

The Town Team would like to acknowledge the support given by Cappagh Nurseries who supplied the baskets; the AMD staff who erected the baskets; Arklow Tidy Towns and Arklow Jetting & Drain Maintenance who are looking after the baskets throughout the summer.

For more information on the scheme contact the Arklow Town Team via Arklow Municipal District at 0402 42700 or by email to Linda McDonald ( or Deirdre Bentley ( ).


Arklow Garden Competition


Arklow Tidy Towns launched their new garden competition. All areas are automatically included and judged. Tidy Towns are asking everyone to nominate commendable front gardens they appreciate in Arklow.

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Categories include small and large gardens and hanging baskets.

Contact Arklow Tidy Towns at 0402 24432.  Forms are accessible from Arklow library.

Judging takes place the 3rd week of July.



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Free Breakfast Event – “State Supports To Grow Your Business”

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Arklow Seabreeze Festival 2017


We are still accepting applications for the Princess Competition, contact Tina O Sullivan  087 9093848  or Mary Burke 087 259504

Bridgewater Seabreeze Princess Competition

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Cathaoirleach for Arklow

Tommy-AnnelseyChamber Member, Cllr Tommy Annesley, has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District Council, taking over from outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Pat Kennedy

Clir. Annesley outlined what he would like to see happen in the town over the next year.

As Cathaoirleach he would like to finish projects that have been ongoing for a while, such as the rock armour on the South Beach and push for the groynes out into the sea to form a natural beach.  He intends pushing for funding from the Department.  An improvement for the business community is also on his agenda.  He hopes the valuation officer  to meet with the Chamber of Commerce and the public to explain how they reach a rateable valuation for properties.

The Arklow District Chamber of Commerce congratulate Councillor Annesley and wish him every success during his tenure.


The Arklow Pottery and Art Festival


gold coffe setThe Arklow Pottery and Art Festival, which is a two day event to celebrate the towns rich heritage, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 24th and 25th of June. This two day event will include a number of live demonstrations and exhibitions of Arklow Pottery production process and includes the pottery designer John Ffrench.

The Festival will be officially Arklow-Pottery-Logoopened on Saturday at 11 am and the exhibition of Arklow Pottery will be open to the public at that time. From 11.30 am Thomas Dunne, Chantal Fortune and Peter Kinsella will be on hand to date and value pieces of Arklow Pottery.  On Sunday from 11 am to 2pm there will be ceramic workshops and an open sale from 11 am to 4.30 pm.

For further information contact Arklow Pottery and Art Festival on facebook or Solace Studio Pottery.

Funding for Arklow Harbour


Under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMF) Operational Program Wicklow County Council have been successful in obtaining funding for three projects. The funding will support storage facilities for fishermen at Arklow Harbour; fisherman hoist upgrade and associated training and restoration of the lightship “ SKUA” lantern. A total investment of €253,750 will be provided for these projects including €76,125 from Wicklow County Council. The remaining €177,625 co-funded by the EU and the Exchequer.

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 Arklow Library is hosting an Exhibition 


hook lighthouseWe are hosting an exhibition of photography entitled Hook Peninsula Photography. This exhibition is a collection of ages by various photographers who were chosen from all the entries who entered the 2016 Hook Peninsula Photography Exhibition. From the entrants, images have been selected from the exhibition by an independent judge, with four category winners and one overall winner.

These stunning photographs show the Hook Peninsula as the jewel in the crown of the south East of Ireland.

Come and judge for yourself.  Exhibition till the end of the month.


Avonmore Musical Society Scholarships


Avonmore Musical Society were delighted to present scholarships to two young members of the society who took part in their recent production of “Oliver!”. The scholarships are to the AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) Youth Summer School in Thurles County Tipperary in the first week of July. The worthy recipients this year are Luke Andrew Feeney and Sinead Byrne. The scholarship is issued in memory of Pat Hayes, a member of the Arklow society who sadly passed away 11 years ago due to illness. Pat loved the Avonmore and was a treasured and very much loved member who appeared in many shows and was a committee member. The awards were presented on the night by Sean Hayes, brother of Pat with Chairman Rob Donnelly and AIMS President Colm Moules also present.

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The two recipients were very popular winners and the week long residential course in Thurles is designed to encourage, promote and advance further development in musical and theatre performance. The course is run by the Association of Irish Musical Societies with Director Peter Kennedy and Musical Director Mary Rose McNally. As well as the two scholarship winners Avonmore have another 10 members attending. Former past participants of the AIMS Summer School are Amy and Leah Penston who just finished a West End Tour of Roddy Doyle’s “The Commitments” and Jonny Holden who is currently appearing in the BBC programme “Paula”.

About 20 members of Avonmore will attend the AIMS Awards in Killarney next week when they will be cheering on Siobhan Fawsitt who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Widow Corney in the recent production of “Oliver!” The AIMS Awards will be attended by over 1100 people at what is called the Irish equivalent of the Oscars. The awards will be presented by the President of AIMS Colm Moules who is also a member of Avonmore Musical Society.

New Members For The Arklow Tennis Club



This is an active club with tennis being played on the all-weather courts throughout the year.

New members are very welcome as we have a lot to offer with junior camps and coaching organised.

Sports Facilitator David Sheehan, also adult coaching available.

There are one night tournaments as well as team competitions.

Tennis on offer for all levels.

For new members the Tennis club is located on the Coolgrainey Road

Tennis Club Contact No is 0851708183

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Garden Competition

The competition is being launched this week. Everyone is invited to nominate any wonderful garden in Arklow.

Tidy Towns has asked could everyone clear their own gardens, fences and walls before the event.


For More Information Contact:  

Sandra Hall  0860274884

Facebook Page Arklow Tidy Towns

Anniversary Fun Day

Arklow Geraldine Ballymoney to celebrate the first year anniversary of its fabulous new Clubhouse at Shelton, Beech Road. Hosting a barbecue and family fun day on Sunday June 4th. East Coast Radio will broadcast from the club on the day and there will be interviews with some supporting stars.

Arklow GeraldinesBarbeque begins at 2pm. Music from Paddy Mallen from 4pm until 6pm.

Family games and face painting.

Entry Fee €5 per adult and children under 10 are free.    All Welcome



Co Wicklow Street Feast



Street Feast on Sunday the 11th of June ,  Arklow is one of the 53 areas in Wicklow registered so far has got involved in street feasts.

This is a fantastic event to encourage young and old to take part, and invites individuals to host lunches on their streets or in their local park or gardens.

Last week Street Feast was awarded the County Wicklow Community Pride award for 2017.

wicklow-co-co_It is expected that over 5000 people will take part in the event which is supported by the Wicklow County Council.

Everyone is encouraged to bring something whether it is to share food, somewhere to sit, music and entertainment etc.

Street Feast are calling on people to come together at 12 noon on Sunday to enjoy good company , a bite to eat and some fun.

Please visit  for more information

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Arklow Port’s Potential

arklow_town_logoThe recent arrival of a large cargo vessel to Arklow Port is seen as an encouraging sign that Arklow could once again be a thriving port.  The “Arklow Fortune” is the first ship of its size to enter the harbour in a decade.  This ship, owned by Arklow Shipping, was here for repair works at Arklow Marine Services.  The recent dredging of the harbour in recent years made the docking of this ship possible.


RNLI Welly Run

The Arklow RNLI Fundraising Committee held another successful Welly Run on Sunday 14th May.  The first team home winning the Emergency Services Challenge Cup was the Arklow Lifeboat Team 1 while the winning group in the LJB Wellness Challenge Cup was the Old Ship.

RNLI Mayday 2017

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and the Arklow RNLI Fundraising Branch is dedicated to supporting their volunteer lifeboat crew in Arklow Town.  To contact them visit their Facebook page.

Masquerade Drama Group 2017

18156843_1967709813459060_1144464478191024229_nThe Arklow based drama group, Masquerade, opened their new stage drama on Tuesday in the Pipe Band Hall in Castlepark.  This is the first time they have performed at this venue and have presented Bernard Farrell’s black comedy ‘I do not like thee Dr. Fell’ each night at 8pm.  Written in 1979 this is the first play by the Irish playwright and is considered his best, it pokes fun at the concept of therapy groups and centres around a group therapy session involving six people.  Tonight’s performance is the last chance to see Masquerade’s very entertaining production of this play.  For reservations, call Masquerade on 086 3259780.

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Hanging BasketsArklow Town Team support by the Arklow Municipal District (AMD) has introduced a Flower Basket Scheme for businesses in the Town.  Research has shown that this type of scheme can bring many social and environmental benefits to a town.  At the May meeting of AMD it was agreed that €2,500 would be provided for three tier flower baskets for Arklow town centre.

For a contribution of €35 per basket participants in the scheme will receive the following:-

  • A fully planted 16” flower basket (with plant food and water crystals)
  • Wall Bracket mounted on building by AMD staff
  • Watering of baskets during the period June to September 5 times per week x 16 weeks, (3 times by a contractor engaged by AMD and 2 times by Arklow Tidy Towns). However, businesses are requested to supplement watering too.


Businesses located out of the Main Town area might consider sponsoring a basket which could be erected on one of the unused buildings in the town.

Baskets will be delivered by the first week in June and collected at the end of September for reuse in 2018.  If your business is interested in contributing to making Arklow boom for 2017 please complete your details on the flyer above, indicating the number of baskets required and payment enclosed.  Return to Arklow Town Team C/O Linda McDonald, Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.  Your details can also be emailed to  Cheques should be made payable to Arklow Town Team.  If you require any further details on the scheme please contact Deirdre Bentley at 086 8108627 or by email at .


Musical Rental Scheme


A musical rental scheme was launched on 8th May.  The scheme is collaboration between Wicklow County Council and Music Generation Wicklow and its aim is to encourage young people to try out an instrument before purchasing one of their own. Musical instruments will be available for rent by families and community groups from the Arklow LibraryMusic Generation Wicklow is a local partnership between Wicklow County Council, Music Generation Ireland and the Kildare & Wicklow Education & Training Board.  In 2015 the elected members of Wicklow County Council made funding available for a scheme to encourage young people to participate in instrumental learning and several young students from Music Generation Wicklow performed at the launch.or more information on the scheme visit Arklow Library or Music Generation Wicklow websites.



 Arklow Train Station


Arklow-Train-Station2Congratulations to the staff of Arklow Train Station on been highly commended in the Commuter Station Category at the 2017 Iarnród Eireann Best Station Awards.  Arklow Station manager, Dave Murphy, and station staff member, Eugene Breen, recently collected the Award Certificate in Inchicore. Voting was conducted through an online poll and voting at stations and commuters were asked to rate their station on Customer Information; Station Appearance and Staff Helpfulness and Arklow Station scored highly in all categories.