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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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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.

Tidy Towns Competition

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”

Arklow Chamber_Business Support Clinic


Arklow Seabreeze Festival 2017


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

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Support those who support the festival and have some fun along the way





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.

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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.

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Hanging Basket 1To enhance and improve the image of Arklow’s Main Street (Wexford Road to Lower Main Street) the Town Team proposes to introduce 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. This project is being supported by Arklow Municipal District (AMD).

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.


Let’s make Arklow Bloom for 2017

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.


Hanging BasketsIf your business is interested in participating in the Flower Basket Scheme download the form and return it together with payment for the number of baskets required  to Arklow Town Team c/o Linda McDonald, Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.  Your details may 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 .

Baskets will be delivered by the first week in June and collected at the end of September for reuse in 2018.

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RNLI Mayday 2017

RNLI Mayday 2017 1This May, the RNLI are asking for help kit out their courageous volunteer lifeboat crew. Sign up for a fundraising pack and help provide them with the equipment they need to save lives at sea.  They depend on their kit to help them save lives – and to bring them home safely.  Their target for 2017 is €835,650 and any money raised over and above this amount will go towards funding the RNLI lifesaving work around Ireland and the U.K.  Click on the boot to get your fundraising pack.


Arklow Seabreeze Festival


Seabreeze LetterArklow Seabreeze Festival has been running for over 30 years and is currently one of the biggest community based Festivals on the East Coast. In addition to providing free entertainment & fun activities for the people of Arklow, it is a major boost to tourism and retail in our town. The festival is also a platform for local talent and brings up to 20,000 people onto the Main Street of Arklow over its duration in July each year. This year’s Festival runs from Sun 2nd July – Sun 16th July.

They totally rely totally on the generosity of the local community to run the festival which costs in the region of €25K annually, therefore they are looking for 2017. There is a number of sponsorship opportunities available which might be of interest to a local company, ranging from small donations, to being named and advertised as the main sponsor of a particular event.  See letter from Colm Moules, Chairman of Arklow Seabreeze Festival 2017.

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2017 Celtic Challenge

In 2016 the biennial Celtic Challenge race from Arklow to Arberystwyth was postponed due to unsuitable weather conditions.  It has been rescheduled and will take place over the May bank holiday and the weather conditions are looking good for this year…

Arklow Rowing Club2Celtic Challenge 2Arklow Rowing Club traditionally takes part in the Celtic Challenge which is the world’s longest rowing race but due to other competitions and commitments will not be there this year.  However Co. Wicklow will be well represented by Vartry Rowing Club.

The teams will have a full briefing meeting at Arklow Sailing Club on Friday and are hoping to launch from the South Beach on Saturday at 2pm and 4pm accompanied by the support boats that will travel with them.  It usually takes the teams up to 24 hours to complete the 90 nautical mile distance.


RNLI-Lifeboats_rdax_75RNLI Quiz Night


A quiz night in aid of the Arklow RNLI takes place in the Old Ship tonight, Friday 28th April, at 8.30pm.  It costs €20 per table to take part and any  support is greatly appreciated by the Arklow RNLI Fundraising Branch.

Arklow RNLI Fundraising Branch raise funds through various fundraising activities to train and kit the volunteer crew and help maintain the local RNLI Lifeboat ‘RNLB Ger Tigchelaar’.  See flyers below for other RNLI fundraising events during May 2017.

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