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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Nominations are currently being accepted for the awards. To vote for the business or person you think should receive an award vote now on this website, email us at chamber@arklow.ie or complete the nomination form and send to Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, Arklow Business Enterprise Centre, Kilbride Industrial Estate, Arklow.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 5th AUGUST 2016.

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

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

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

The Service Excellence Award – To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

The Young Achiever Award – This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

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.

 

2016 Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival

Last Friday 2nd July saw the start of this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival with the crowning of the Seabreeze Princess.  The six contestants were Cassie Doyle (Sally O’Briens), Stacey Gannon (The Gallery), Asia Jordan (Arklow Bay Hotel), Lasma Kalnaja (Christys), Victoria Kendrick (Darcy McGees) and Megan Stokes (The Bay Health & Leisure Club).  The competition which was once again sponsored by the Bridgewater Shopping Centre was won by Asia Jordan.  Asia is an employee of the Arklow Bay Hotel who she represented in the competition and being crowned Festival Princess was a wonderful way for her to celebrate her 21st birthday.

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The gentlemen are well represented at the festival by Sean Hudson who was selected as Mr. Seabreeze in the Breffni on Saturday night.

Over the three days of the Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival there is something for everyone including the AGB Festival of Football in Pearse Park on Saturday, the Pipeband Competition and the Seabreeze Run on Sunday.

For full list of events visit the Arklow Seabreeze Festival facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Arklow-Seabreeze-Festival-224167300956646/?fref=ts

http://www.arklowseabreezefestival.ie/news.php

 

Bank of Ireland Networking Event 21st July 2016

Bank of Ireland in partnership with Enterprise Town are delighted to invite you to their Flash Networking event July 21st 2016

Venue:         Wicklow Brewery (Micky Finn’s pub) in Redcross, Wicklow

Date:            21st July 2016

Time:           6pm – 7.30pm

RSVP:          12th July 2016

RSVP to:     Ann McGovern, President Arklow Chamber of Commerce – annmcgovern@arklow.ie

James Mongon, BOI Business Advisor Arklow – james.mongon@boi.com or 07662 30624

Derek Tobin, BOI Branch Manager – derek.tobin@boi.com or 07662 30619

BOI

Overview of Event

The event will be just 1hr 30 mins.  The evening will include c.45 minutes for B2B connecting & networking.

A digital demo will also provide an update on current trends and industry insights across various social media platforms and how these can be utilised to benefit business.

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You will be joined by our guest speakers Ashley and Leigh Williams of the Wicklow Brewery who will be talking about their inspiring entrepreneurial journey story.

 

 

Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 Award Starting July 15th in Arklow

Arklow Business & Enterprise Centre, in association with New Links Training Solutions are pleased to offer the QQI Level 6 Award in Training & Development or “Train the trainer”.

This 6-day course will take place at the centre in Kilbride Industrial Estate every Friday for 6 weeks.

Train the Trainer ArklowThe course will enable participants to design and deliver professional training programmes to adults. It is an excellent way to use your own skills and experience to train other adults and expand your career.

Topics covered include classroom dynamics, the theory of adult learning, assessing training needs and strategically planning training programmes. The course will also give the learner the opportunity to practise delivering a professional training session

The Level 6 Award is accredited by QQI (formerly FETAC) and is the leading qualification in professional training. It involves two modules: Training Needs Identification & Design (6N3326), and Training Delivery & Evaluation (6N3326). These modules can also be taken individually.

The full Train the Trainer Award is currently on offer at a special price of €749.

Funding options are available.

For more information, call 051 385720 or email info@newlinkstraining.com

 

 

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Pride of Place Judges come to Arklow

pride_of_place_2016_600x300The IPB Pride of Place is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland.  The competition focus is about people coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities.

At the monthly Arklow Municipal District meeting, it was outlined that Wicklow County Council nominated Arklow, Rathdangan and Five Loaves in Bray for the Pride of Place Awards.  Judging took place on Thursday 30th June and throughout the day adjudicators were taken on a tour of the town by council officials to showcase all that Arklow has to offer.

Wicklow County Council Director of Services, Michael Nicholson, said that Arklow was chosen for nomination because of all the effort made to reinvigorate and build up the town in recent years.  He referred to the recent library and  civic office project, plans for a town design statement and pottery museum, the Kynoch Walk, theatre campaign by the Arklow Music & Arts group and in particular, the many community and voluntary groups which do so much good work throughout the year.

 

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

This year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel.  As usual 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 awards this year will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

  • Best New Start Up – For any business opened within the last 12 months
  • Best Established Business – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large
  • The Service Excellence Award – To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers
  • The Young Achiever Award – This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service
  • 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 nominate those you think deserve to be recognised visit www.arklow.ie where nominations are currently being accepted.  Alternative you can email chamber@arklow.ie with names of your nominees and the reason you think they should win an award, please include your name and contact details.

 THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 29th JULY 2016.

 

Chamber Member is Guest of Honour at RNLI Naming Ceremony

Former President of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, Jimmy Tyrrell, was recently given the honour by Lough Swilly RNLI of naming their new lifeboat.  The €2.4m life-saving vessel has already been on nineteen callouts since its arrival on the North-West Coast last year, it was officially named the ‘Derek Bullivant’ and is the first Shannon class RNLI lifeboat to go on service in Ireland. Jimmy has served with the RNLI for 46 years which makes him the charity’s longest serving lifeboat volunteer and has campaigned to have the RNLI name a class of lifeboat after an Irish river, in recognition of the service and dedication of Irish lifeboat volunteers.

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Jimmy said he has seen many changes in lifeboats during his time as a volunteer but added “the one thing that has not changed in the RNLI and that is its people.  The basic commitment of crews is the same.  Generations of them have put their lives on the lines and sometimes lost their lives trying to help those in peril on the seas”.

 

Arklow Springboard Family Centre

SpringboardArklow Springboard Family Support Service recently renewed its Gold Standard Health Quality Mark from the National Youth Council of Ireland.  Arklow Springboard first received this award in 2010 and is still the only family support service in Ireland to have this award.  This award is a standards framework developed by the National Youth Council of Ireland and aims to encourage best practice and a high standard in all aspects of health promotion.  Congratulations to Arklow Springboard manager, Martina Deasy and everyone involved in this important family support centre.

https://www.facebook.com/Arklow-Springboard-Family-Support-Service-196642200351478/

 

Co. Wicklow People of the Year Awards 2016

This is an opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes with your community and to acknowledge the great work done by volunteers.

The closing date for nominating your choice for a Person of the Year/Hall of Fame Award is Friday 22nd July. 

Your nominee can be:AMD logo

  • A carer
  • A committed volunteer
  • A good neighbour
  • A good Samaritan
  • A health worker
  • A local community group
  • A sports coach
  • A sportsperson
  • A Tourism Project – either commercial or community based, a new and innovative social enterprise, a sports club, an arts/music/culture group
  • A young person who has changed their life around and is now a role model for others
  • An inspirational older person
  • Someone who has overcome adversity

You can use the Nomination Form in the Wicklow People (29th June 2016) or by emailing mtuite@wicklowcoco.ie with the name of those you wish to nominate and the reason why you think they deserve to receive an award.

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Music in the Garden

Marie and Roy Dempsey welcome you to their annual Music in the Garden at Monument Lane on Sunday 26th June from 1 pm to 5 pm.

The entertainment will include:

  • Great music
  • Song and dance
  • Fun for all the Family
  • Face Painting
  • Balloons
  • Teas/Coffees/Refreshments
  • Prizes

Tickets: Adult €10, Child €5, Family €30

All proceeds are kindly being donated to provide a facility to keep all this talent in Arklow. Tickets are available from Roy & Marie, Kavanagh’s Wexford Road and the Pottery Shop, Lower Main Street.

 

Congratulations to Leah Penston on winning the Best Actress award at the AIMS musical theatre awards in Killarney!

Leah Penston from Avonmore Musical Society received the award for her performance in the role of Eva Peron in Evita. Evita also won third prize in the Best Overall Show category, while Chris Currid and Stephen Acton were nominated for Best Male Singer and Best Director respectively.

Leah Penston

 

Arklow Rock Parnells Field Day

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique would like to ask everyone to support them and The Arklow Rock Parnells with their Field Day on Sunday 26th June from 1 pm at Cemetery Road. There will be a Big Screen and Projector in their Family Friendly Fanzone Area for The Ireland V France Match and there will be plenty on the pitch to entertain everyone including a Jack and Jill Stall selling New Jewellery at Special Prices for the Day… Join them and support Two Great Causes!!! The admission is FREE.

Field Day

 

 

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Nominations are currently being accepted for Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 so to get voting now go to the Chamber website www.arklow.ie or email us at chamber@arklow.ie

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 29TH JULY 2016.

 

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. As usual 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.

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

  • Best New Start Up

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

  • The Service Excellence Award

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • 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

 

Pat Fitzgerald named as new Wicklow County Council Cathaoirleach

Arklow Councillor Pat Fitzgerald has been named as the new Cathaoirleach for Wicklow County Council. He was nominated along with Sinn Fein Councillor Michael O’Connor from Bray. Pat Fitzgerald won by 30 votes to 3 with 5 members abstaining 4 Councillors were not present, 3 of Michael O’Connor’s Sinn Fein party members abstained from voting. Outgoing Cathaoirleach John Ryan and County Manager presented Councillor Fitzgerald with the chain of office at a Council meeting on Monday.

Pat Fitzgerald

Source: Wicklownews.net

 

Water Outage – Arklow Town

Irish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council wish to advise residents of Arklow Town that water services will be shut off in parts of the Arklow Town North from 5 pm on Friday 24th June to 8 am Saturday 25th June, to carry out essential network improvements. For further information please contact Irish Water Customer Service on 1890 278 278.

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VaultFest 2016

East Wicklow Youth Services are hosting their annual VaultFest 2016 on Sunday 3rd July 2016 from 12 pm to 4 pm at the Bandstand Arklow Main Street. There will be Face Painting, Ju-Jitsu Martial Arts display, Drumming sessions, Pot-planting, Barbeque, Refreshments, Teenage bands and the Ukulele group with guest artists. The Vault Shop will be open on the Main Street. This year the festival is being run in conjunction with National Recreation Week 2016 which runs from Sunday 3rd to Friday 8th July and is promising to be bigger and better than ever this time around.

VaultFest 2016

 

 

 

Exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery

Three Arklow Artists – Mary Whelan, Declan O’Leary and Peter Murray are inviting all to their first exhibition at the Visual Arts Gallery from Monday 4th July to Saturday 11th July. The artist all participate in the monthly Bridgewater Craft Fair on the first Sunday of every month. They look forward to welcoming you on that day. Admission is FREE. Please support local artists.

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Kids Summer Dance Camps

Boys and girls will learn Dances to popular chart music, build confidence, help improve memory, & some Arts and crafts. There will be a small performance at the end of each camp for family and friends to come along and see the kid’s hard work.

AGE 7-13 YEARSSummer Dance Camp

  • 11th – 15th July (Mon-Fri)
  • 11 am – 2 pm
  • €70
  • (5 day camp)

AGE 3-6 years

  • 19th – 22nd July (Tue – Fri)
  • 11 am – 1 pm
  • €50
  • (4 day camp)

50% off Sibling Discount

RED DOOR FITNESS HALL

Call Laura: 086-3968673

Places are limited so make sure to Book!

 

 

Summer Pottery Making

Peir Leonard is bringing a bit of pottery making back to the town. Classes filling fast so drop Peir an email or text to book a place. Kids – Tuesday’s and Thursday afternoons and adults on Wednesday nights. All clay, glaze and firing included. For more information contact Peir on 087 9751680 or email peir@solace.ie

Summer Fun Pottery

 

QQI accredited payroll and VAT qualifications

The Irish Payroll Association runs QQI accredited payroll and VAT qualifications in locations nationwide. If you are interested call 01 4089100 or email ask@ipass.ie

Payroll training

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Nominations are currently being accepted for Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 so to get voting now go to the Chamber website www.arklow.ie or email us at chamber@arklow.ie

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 29TH JULY 2016.

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We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. As usual 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.

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

  • Best New Start Up

For any business opened within the last 12 monthstie bow

  • Best Established Business

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

  • The Service Excellence Award

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • 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

 

 

Music in the Garden

Marie and Roy Dempsey welcome you to their annual Music in the Garden at Monument Lane on Sunday 26th June from 1 pm to 5 pm.

The entertainment will include:Music in the Garden

  • Great music
  • Song and dance
  • Fun for all the Family
  • Face Painting
  • Balloons
  • Teas/Coffees/Refreshments
  • Prizes

Tickets: Adult €10, Child €5, Family €30

All proceeds are kindly being donated to provide a facility to keep all this talent in Arklow. Tickets are available from Roy & Marie, Kavanagh’s Wexford Road and the Pottery Shop, Lower Main Street.

 

Arklow Municipal District Facebook page

AMD logoA Facebook page has now been set up for Arklow Municipal District; the aim of this page is to promote the positive projects being undertaken by the Council throughout the District.

It will also be used for disseminating important notices to the public.

Contact details for the office are also on the page.

If you have a Facebook page it would be appreciated by AMD if you would like and share the Arklow Municipal District page in order that they can gather a large customer (fan) base.

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Information Evening for Part Time Courses

The open evening for IT Carlow in the Wicklow County Campus is taking place on Monday 20th June from 6 pm to 8 pm. Courses include: Postgraduate, PR & Media, Business, Engineering and Humanities. FREE Springboard courses also available.

For further information contact:Courses

Wicklow County Campus

Crermont House, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow

T: 0404 67125

E: wicklow@itcarlow.ie

 

 

2016 Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival

The dates of this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival are Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July (both dates inclusive).

Arklow Seabreeze Festival

“Arklow’s Got Talent”

Arklow Seabreeze Festival are looking at the idea of running an “Arklow’s Got Talent” where open auditions would be held for any type of act, group or individual. Open to all it is anticipated that they could have musicians, dancers, magicians, story tellers, comedians, choirs, rock bands, trad bands and so on. Auditions would take place towards end of June on one day and run similar to X Factor, where all would appear before a panel of adjudicators and the final selection would be announced shortly afterwards.

From all the acts that would enter, this would be narrowed down to 20 acts who would all get the opportunity to appear on stage at this year’s festival, thus showcasing the best of what Arklow has in talent.

If interested please let the Arklow Seabreeze Festival know as soon as possible, open to all ages and from Arklow and surrounding areas. All welcome.

Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess Night Arklow Seabreeze Festival2

This year’s Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess Night will take place on Saturday 2nd July in the Arklow Bay Hotel, where the lucky girl will walk away with it a host of prizes. If you are interested in taking part please makes sure to pick up an entry from Tina at reception in The Arklow Bay Hotel. Places are limited, so hurry.

Swinging Pubs competition

Who will be Swinging Pubs Champion for 2016? This year’s Swinging Pubs competition will run from Monday 4th July – Thursday 14th July. Pubs interested in taking part please contact Donal Molloy or visit the Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival Facebook page. Once entry fee is paid you can select night you are interested, so first come first served.

More details to follow.

Road Race

A new addition to this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival is an 8K and 4K Road Race which will take place on Sunday 17th July in conjunction with gorun.ie. It will feature two courses to suit all types of runners and walkers. Both will start and finish on the Main Street, Arklow.

Soap Box Derby

Start getting your machines ready for our Soap Box Derby which takes place during the Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 2016 on Sunday 17th July, Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

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

 

 

Beach Awareness 2016

As part of Wicklow County Council Blue Flag Beach Awareness/Education programme they have organised a scavenger & treasure hunt and other activities during July and August.

Some of the activities below have been funded by Wicklow County Council through the Local Agenda 21 Environment Partnership Grant.

Booking these events is essential. Please contact the Library for Booking.

Further information: Phone 1890 222 276

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Nominations are currently being accepted for Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 so to get voting now go to the Chamber website www.arklow.ie or email us at chamber@arklow.ie

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 29TH JULY 2016.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. As usual 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.

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

  • Best New Start Updancing

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

  • The Service Excellence Award

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • 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

 

Congratulations to Gary Redmond on receiving top industry award

accountant-2Gary Redmond, who is a Senior Consultant at Big 4 Accountancy Firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young), was named Young Accountant of the year at prestigious Irish Accountancy Awards in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. Gary is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation jointly awarded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He was the recipient of the Young Achiever Award at the 2014 Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce Ball.

 

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique celebrates 1st Birthday

The Jack & Jill Charity Boutique in Arklow will be celebrating their 1st Birthday on Saturday 11th June. Come and join them on the day from 11 am for:jack & jill

  • Coffee morning 11 am – 2 pm
  • Love beauty salon instore
  • Angel card readings
  • Sports massage
  • Children’s entertainer
  • Adrian Dunne Pharmacy instore
  • 50% clothes sale
  • Raffle

And Special Guest “Queen Elsa” from Frozen will be popping in to say Hi to the kids.

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique 1st Birthday Raffle:

  • Hamper by Adrian Dunne Pharmacyraffle2
  • Hamper by Dunnes
  • €25 voucher by Bridgewater
  • €25 voucher by Bridgewater
  • Bottle of wine from The Breffni
  • Bottle of wine from The Old Ship
  • Bottle of Wine from The Ginmill
  • 2 Hampers by Emma O’Reilly
  • Newgrange candlestick set donated by customer
  • More to follow…

 

The Jack & Jill organisation would like to thank everyone for their support in their first year. Remember that every €16 raised provides one hour of homecare for sick children. The store accepts clothes, bric a brac, jewellery, shoes, books, DVD’s/CDs, handbags, toys and furniture.

For more information call 0402 91250.

 

Jack & Jill needs volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities now available for Summer Months in the Arklow Store. If you are over 16 and are able to give 4 or more hours a week then pop in for a Volunteer Form today. In return you will gain experience in retail sales, customer service, display merchandising to name a few and of course you will become part of The Jack and Jill Family….

Jack-and-Jill

 

 

2016 Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival

The dates of this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival are Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July (both dates inclusive).

“Arklow’s Got Talent”

Arklow Seabreeze Festival are looking at the idea of running an “Arklow’s Got Talent” where open auditions would be held for any type of act, group or individual. Open to all it is anticipated that they could have musicians, dancers, magicians, story startellers, comedians, choirs, rock bands, trad bands and so on. Auditions would take place towards end of June on one day and run similar to X Factor, where all would appear before a panel of adjudicators and the final selection would be announced shortly afterwards.

From all the acts that would enter, this would be narrowed down to 20 acts who would all get the opportunity to appear on stage at this year’s festival, thus showcasing the best of what Arklow has in talent.

If interested please let the Arklow Seabreeze Festival know as soon as possible, open to all ages and from Arklow and surrounding areas. All welcome.

Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess Night 

This year’s Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess Night will take place on Saturday 2nd July in the Arklow Bay Hotel, where the lucky girl will walk away with it a host of prizes. If you are interested in taking part please makes sure to pick up an entry from Tina at reception in The Arklow Bay Hotel. Places are limited, so hurry.

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Swinging Pubs competition

Who will be Swinging Pubs Champion for 2016? This year’s Swinging Pubs competition will run from Monday 4th July – Thursday 14th July. Pubs interested in taking part please contact Donal Molloy or visit the Arklow Seabreeze Festival Facebook page. Once entry fee is paid you can select night you are interested, so first come first served.

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Road Race

go run

A new addition to this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival is an 8K and 4K Road Race which will take place on Sunday 17th July in conjunction with gorun.ie. It will feature two courses to suit all types of runners and walkers. Both will start and finish on the Main Street, Arklow.

Soap Box Derby

Start getting your machines ready for our Soap Box Derby which takes place during the Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 2016 on Sunday 17th July , Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

soap box derby

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

 

 

Arklow – the Best Place to Live in Ireland?

Press Release

Last week Arklow & District Chamber hosted a very popular public presentation by Simon Wall, Westport Town Architect in the Arklow Bay hotel.  As the Town Architect to the Town of Westport Co Mayo for almost two decades; Simon is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team. The idea for Arklow Chamber to host a talk on the Westport experience was sparked by a discussion between Gerard O’Brien of the Woodenbridge hotel and Minister Simon Harris and won immediate and universal support from members of Arklow Chamber and Arklow Municipal District.

Simon presented an inspirational talk on Westport’s holistic approach to Town Planning and heritage over the past two decades which was followed by a lively Q and A session hosted by Ann McGovern, President, and Arklow & District Chamber. The audience were keen to find out more and offer support for follow up meetings and engagements which will shortly be announced.

The evening’s large attendance included all AMD Councillors, many County Council Officials, local and nearby residents, sports clubs, Tidy Towns, Traders, Multi-national companies, Tourism officials, SMEs, Service suppliers and many volunteer groups throughout Arklow. It was great to welcome a local Wicklow Minister of State Andrew Doyle, TD who took a keen interest in the evening as well as Pat Casey, TD and Stephen Donnelly TD who all participated in the discussion during the evening. Brendan Martin, the County Librarian, was very proactive and promoted the use of the Meeting Rooms in our new state of the Art Library for the working group to book future meetings which is a marvellous new facility for the town.

In recent decades, Westport has experienced its largest building programme since Georgian times, from Section 23 tax designation, through the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years to the present day, during this period the town has won many accolades including: three national Tidy Towns wins, and was in 2012 assessed by The Irish Times to be ‘The Best Place to Live in Ireland’.

The town is also one of 3 nationally designated pilot towns for the department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Historic Towns Initiative, pilot programme.

Westport has recently been designated a national ‘Smarter Travel’ demonstration town, through competition, by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, this entails a cycling infrastructural spend of €5 million over a five year period.

The Town is a pioneer in the development of urban and rural greenways, including the international award winning 45km Great Western Greenway linking the town to Achill Island.

It was clear from the discussion on the night that the people of Arklow who have endured many building, flooding, traffic disruptions and general tail-backs inconvenience over recent years require more design thought from the Council and Planning Authorities and so the necessity to develop an architecturally driven “Town Design Statement” is compelling especially as we see the result for a town like Westport.  Such a document would inform future town planning decisions holistically for the long term development of the town, its heritage and amenities and ensure that Arklow with its rich industrial heritage becomes a very desirable place to spend time…in fact the best place to live in Ireland!

If you would like to help please contact Kay or Anetamat chamber@arklow.ie and we will let you know of the next steps involved to have your say.

Arklow This Week

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September 2016

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. As usual 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.

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

  • Best New Start Uptie

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

  • The Service Excellence Award

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • 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

Nomination forms will be available soon.

Press Release

Arklow – the Best Place to Live in Ireland?

Arklow

Last week Arklow & District Chamber hosted a very popular public presentation by Simon Wall, Westport Town Architect in the Arklow Bay hotel.  As the Town Architect to the Town of Westport Co Mayo for almost two decades; Simon is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team. The idea for Arklow Chamber to host a talk on the Westport experience was sparked by a discussion between Gerard O’Brien of the Woodenbridge hotel and Minister Simon Harris and won immediate and universal support from members of Arklow Chamber and Arklow Municipal District.

Click here to read more…

 

 

Wicklow County Council

Arklow Municipal District

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

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

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

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

 

Linda McDonald

District Administrator

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

lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie 

0402 42700

Map

 

 

Arklow Tidy Towns

flowersArklow Tidy Town committee have asked us to let you know that the Tidy Towns judge is expected to visit Arklow in June. They ask you to please make a special effort to ensure our town is presented the best way as possible.  They would like you to make sure that front and back entrances, back gates, front steps are clean and weed free.

At the moment Arklow is third out of twenty six entrants in the county, best large town and bronze medal winner.  They are aiming this year is to top 300 points and improve on last year’s achievements.

Arklow Tidy Town committee is very appreciative of the support of the Arklow & District Chamber, Arklow Municipal District, the businesses and townspeople of Arklow.

 

Arklow Library Community Room

Arklow Library has a community room available, free of charge, for non-profit organisations. Meetings would need to take place within library opening times – open till 8.30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Claire or Laura at Arklow library if they can be of help.

Opening Hours:

Monday 10am – 5pmLibrary

Tuesday 10am – 8.30pm

Wednesday 10am – 5pm

Thursday 10pm – 8.30pm

Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Contact Details:

Phone: 0402 39977

Email: CFullam@wicklowcoco.ie

The new Arklow library offers a wide range of facilities, apart from books, such as audio visual materials, free internet and Wi-Fi access, research and study space, relaxation space and facilities for special events and meetings.

Also included is a range of Polish books, made possible by a very kind financial contribution from the Polish embassy.

 

Wedding Showcase in the Arklow Bay Hotel

On Monday 6th June 2016 the Arklow Bay Hotel will be hosting a wedding showcase. Come and view their newly refurbished civil ceremony suite, the grounds which will be set for a civil ceremony and the beautiful Bay Suite ballroom.

The Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow’s finest wedding venue will be running the wedding showcase from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Arklow Bay Hotel

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

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

 

Book sale at Old Arklow Library

The Old Arklow Library will host a used book sale this Saturday 4th June from 9 am to 5 pm. Wicklow Library Service will be selling off a large selection of ex-library books and some great bargains will be up for grabs on the day. Further information is available from Library headquarters at 01 2866566.

Sale

 

Open Day in Arklow Further Education and Training Centre

Come and see the range of full time and part time programmes on offer in your local education and training centre on Tuesday 7th June 2016, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

What can arklow further education and training centre offer you?

  • Opportunity to Upskill and Retrain on a Range of Part time and Full time programmes
  • Complete components and /or Certificates at level 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications from QQI and/or the Department of Education and Skills
  • Subsidised Crèche places may be available
  • Build Self Confidence, Self Esteem, Have Fun, Enjoy Learning and Meet New People
  • Gain a Sense of Achievement and Broaden your Horizons

For more information, contact the centre on 0402 39680 or email: guidancearklow@kwetb.ie

KWTB Open Day

 

 

Jack & Jill Charity Shop celebrates 1st Birthday

The Jack & Jill Charity Shop in Arklow is celebrating its first birthday and plenty of celebrations are planned at the Main Street outlet. Everyone in the community is invited to come along on Saturday 11th June for a coffee morning followed by a day full of fun activities.

The Jack & Jill organisation would like to thank everyone for their support in their first year. Remember that every €16 raised provides one hour of homecare for sick children. The store accepts clothes, bric a brac, jewellery, shoes, books, DVD’s/CDs, handbags, toys and furniture.

For more information call 0402 91250.

Happy birthday

 

Jack & Jill needs volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities now available for Summer Months in the Arklow Store. If you are over 16 and are able to give 4 or more hours a week then pop in for a Volunteer Form today. In return you will gain experience in retail sales, customer service, display merchandising to name a few and of course you will become part of The Jack and Jill Family….

Arklow This Week

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September 2016

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We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. As usual 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 8.15 pm followed by the presentation of awards.

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

  • Best New Start Upbow tie

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

  • The Service Excellence Award

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • 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

Nomination forms will be available soon.

Arklow Town Vision Public Meeting

You are invited to attend a talk by Simon Wall, Westport Town Architect who is helping us to develop our Town Vision for Arklow.  Simon will discuss Westport’s holistic approach to Town Planning and heritage over the past two decades.

Poster

Simon Wall has been Town Architect to the Town of Westport Co Mayo for almost two decades; he is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team.

In recent decades, Westport has experienced its largest building programme since Georgian times, from Section 23 tax designation, through the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years to the present day, during this period the town has won many accolades including: three national Tidy Towns wins, and was in 2012 assessed by The Irish Times to be ‘The Best Place to Live in Ireland’.

The town is also one of 3 nationally designated pilot towns for the dep of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Historic Towns Initiative, pilot programme.

Westport has recently been designated a national ‘Smarter Travel’ demonstration town, through competition, by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, this entails a cycling infrastructural spend of €5 million over a five year period.

The Town is a pioneer in the development of urban and rural greenways, including the international award winning 45km Great Western Greenway linking the town to Achill Island.

We are sure that there are common points of interest between Arklow and Westport in relation to issues around living, working and attracting investment to a town in Ireland as we prepare a Town Plan for submission to Wicklow County Council later this year.

Date:                     Tuesday 31st May at 7.30 pm

Place:                    Arklow Bay Hotel

We look forward to meeting you at the event which we are sure will be very interesting.

Age Friendly Strategy for County Wicklow

As part of the preparation to develop an Age Friendly Strategy for County Wicklow there will be a number of consultation sessions held to get the views and opinions of older people around the county.

  • Are you over 55?Age
  • You can make County Wicklow a good place to grow old in.
  • Is your town/village a safe and sociable place to live in?
  • Do you have access to the health and public services that you need?
  • Do you have input into decisions about your locality?
  • They would like to hear your views on these and other important aspects of everyday life.

The next consultation session is on:

Date:   Monday 30th May

Time:   11am

Venue: Arklow Bay Hotel

Please go along, this is an opportunity to have your voice and your opinions heard and if you like, bring a friend. These consultations are FREE and for any further information on the upcoming consultations please contact your local Age Friendly County Co-ordinator.

Phone: 0404 20208

Email: GHickey@wicklowcoco.ie

Submissions on the development of a Wicklow Age Friendly Strategy can also be emailed to agefriendly@wicklowcoco.ie

Arklow Tech firm host Enterprise Resource Planning event

ABECLocal technology firm Profitsflow.com will host an ERP Information Day on Thursday 2nd June at its Arklow Business Enterprise Centre HQ. The local technology firm built on the success of its product range emerging cloud-based technologies to deliver on line data and real time information to remote sales people via mobile devices and the internet.

This FREE EVENT is designed to give companies considering the transition to enterprise resource planning for the first time and to explore our products in action in a group setting. On the day there will be coffee breaks and lunch (included).  This event is completely free and pre-registration is required, please log onto www.profitsflow.com/ERP or call 012449580 for further information.

ERP event

 

 

The most Musical Night of the Year 2016

The Penston Vocal Academy presents “The most Musical Night of the Year 2016”. Award winning students of The Penston Vocal Academy celebrate another musical year, displaying their work and vast and varied repertoire in this fantastic night of music making. Vocal excellence, advanced choral singing, superb solo and ensemble performances and pure love of music making are the order of the day for this extremely talented group of students. Tickets are €10 and a family ticket for 4 is €30. These can be purchased on the night, or from Kavanagh’s Wexford Road Arklow, or by calling 0868115682.

The event will take place on Friday 3rd June 2016 in Arklow Bay Hotel at 8 pm.

The Penston Vocal Academy

 

 

Arklow Lip Sync Battle

Arklow’s Best Lip Sync’ers battle it out for the title of “2016 Arklow Lip Sync Champion”. Great night of entertainment guaranteed. Admission is only €5. Spread the word and share this event with as many people as you can. The event will take place in Arklow Bay Hotel on Sunday 5th June at 8.30 pm.

For more information contact Oisin Molloy.

Lip Sync Battle

 

 

New business and Career Opportunities at South East Franchise Seminar

On June 16th from 6 pm to 9 pm Wexford Chamber is hosting a Franchising seminar in conjunction with the Irish Franchise Association. The seminar will take place in the Talbot Wexford with a number of experts on franchising in Ireland offering constructive advice and guidance in the area of franchising through a variety of case studies, exhibits, Q&A sessions and networking. This event will be highly beneficial to anyone interested in starting-up their first business or expanding an existing one. Currently there will be 10 exhibitors and speakers offering opportunities, advice and support.

According to recent research carried out between March and May 2015 by Ipsos MRBI for AIB and the Irish Franchise Irish FranchiseAssociation, the Irish franchise industry is now poised for strong growth over the coming years with over 28,000 people now working in the Irish franchise sector. The survey also notes that these employees are engaged in the operations of 2,975 different franchise units across a wide range of sectors ranging from retailing and food service right through to an interesting selection of business-to-business and business-to-consumer services.

Tom Shanahan, Executive Director of the Irish Franchise Association, will speak about franchising in Ireland followed by a number of franchise case studies from successful franchisors.  There will also be an opportunity to speak to various franchisors on a one to one basis at their stands.

Speaking about the event, Karl Fitzpatrick, President of Wexford Chamber, said “We are delighted to bring this event to Wexford as part of a concerted effort on behalf of Wexford County Council and Co Wexford Chambers to attract new business to the South East.  We look forward to welcoming the Irish Franchise Association and many of their Members to Wexford on the 16th June.”

Arklow This Week

Arklow Town Vision Public Meeting

You are invited to attend a talk by Simon Wall, Westport Town Architect who is helping us to develop our Town Vision for Arklow.  Simon will discuss Westport’s holistic approach to Town Planning and heritage over the past two decades.

Bridgewater2

Simon Wall has been Town Architect to the Town of Westport Co Mayo for almost two decades; he is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team.

In recent decades, Westport has experienced its largest building programme since Georgian times, from Section 23 tax designation, through the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years to the present day, during this period the town has won many accolades including: three national Tidy Towns wins, and was in 2012 assessed by The Irish Times to be ‘The Best Place to Live in Ireland’.

The town is also one of 3 nationally designated pilot towns for the dep of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Historic Towns Initiative, pilot programme.

Westport has recently been designated a national ‘Smarter Travel’ demonstration town, through competition, by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, this entails a cycling infrastructural spend of €5 million over a five year period.

The Town is a pioneer in the development of urban and rural greenways, including the international award winning 45km Great Western Greenway linking the town to Achill Island.

We are sure that there are common points of interest between Arklow and Westport in relation to issues around living, working and attracting investment to a town in Ireland as we prepare a Town Plan for submission to Wicklow County Council later this year.

Date:                    Tuesday 31st May at 7.30 pm

Place:                   Arklow Bay Hotel

We look forward to meeting you at the event which we am sure will be very interesting.

 

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

2016 Centenary Concert“Stunning, amazing, best night ever in the church,” just some of the words people were saying as they exited the 1916 Centenary Concert in St. Mary and Peter’s Parish Church, Arklow on Friday night last. “Arklow Music and Arts Group are destined to get a Theatre and Performance space judging by this world class night of entertainment” were other sentiments expressed by the capacity crowd of just under 800 people who attended. The concert was streamed live to audiences throughout the world including Johannesburg, USA and many other countries who tuned in to hear this breath taking concert. Over 5000 people viewed this concert on the AMA page, such was it popularity since Friday night.

For more information click here.

 

Makeover Academy at Bridgewater

Bridgewater Shopping Centre invites you to join them from 6-8 pm on Friday 27th May for their first ever Makeover Academy evening! Local fashionista and blogger Luv Lisa will be hosting the event which will have lots of demos and tips on all things beauty. Learn more about tanning, hair, lashes and brows…basically, all things us ladies love.

You can also find some beauty related offers here including Boots or the brand new St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower so that you can “showerandglow” with Bridgewater!

DV8 is offering 10% discount for all the students. Bridgewater will have you looking great for summer, so call in and get glammed up.

Enter the Makeover Academy competition by simply liking and commenting on one of the posts on the Bridgewater Facebook page. One person will win a total of 7 amazing beauty prizes. Jump over to Bridgewater Facebook page to find out what they are and of course for your chance to win!

Makeover Academy

 

Fair City’s “Clive” at Arklow Library

James Rowe, known for his portrayal of Clive Dunstan in Fair City, will perform one-hour reading at Arklow Library on Tuesday 24th May at 7 pm. James will read extracts from his autobiography “Careful What You Wish For…!” The short extracts include pieces named “Salad Days with Lettuce” and “The Pariah of Chelsea”. He will then follows with some popular selections of prose and verse and hear any observations from the audience. The event is free and all are welcome.

Library

 

Demonstration of Upcycling

Come and join in an exciting demonstration on how to give new life to everyday fabrics. Bring an old pillow case or T-shirt preferably made of cotton.

The demonstration will take place on Wednesday 25th May at Respond Community Building, Willow Grove, Inbhear Mor, Dublin Road, Arklow. Preference will be given to residents of Willow Grove and Inbhear Mor area.

Registration: 9.30 am

Demonstration starts: 10.30 am

To book a place or for more information, call 085 8006872.

Demonstration of Upcycling

 

Arklow Community First Responders Training

CFRArklow Community First Responders like all Responder groups around Wicklow are an essential back up to the Ambulance service when responding to people suffering from cardiac problems. Training takes place once a month, usually on a Wednesday evening. The area coordinator will be happy to take your details and contact you with further details. Anybody interested call John Summers 086 0764353 (area coordinator) or Bryan 087 9489709 (trainer).

Chain of Survival

 

Two Cultures – One Place: Stand Up Comedy & Polish Folk

Let’s join PolskaÉire Festival in Arklow for this one special night at Christy’s Arklow where an Irish comedian Peadar de Burca and Polish folk bandTadirindum will perform. The event will take place on Saturday 21st May at 9 pm. Tickets just €5 and can be purchased in Christy’s Arklow, M&C Polski Sklep, Blueprint Print & Design Arklow, John Swan Diamond Studio Arklow and on the door before the event.

Two Cultures

 

 

Peadar de BurcaPeadar de Burca is from Galway but lives and works in Poland. He is an Irish actor, play writer and columnist writing for Polish Gazeta Wyborcza since March 2010. He leads the series “I love Silesia as much as Ireland”, which describes his own thoughts on the Polish customs and contain live comments on surrounding reality. He is also a regular contributor to Elle Poland. His wife is Polish and they live in Gliwice.

 

 

International Children’s Day

Polish – Irish Educational Association invites all to attend the International Children Day as part of PolskaÉire Festival organised jointly by Polish Embassy and Irish Government.
This year it is bigger, better and with our Irish partners: Port of Arklow Sea Scout Group, 9th Wicklow &Arklow Town Football Club!

International Children's Day

The event will take place at C.B.S. Arklow premises between 12 pm-2 pm on 22nd May and will include:

  • arts and crafts for kids;
  • physical activities for kids;
  • two bands (one from Aklow and one from Kraków providing live music);
  • face painting and bouncing castles;
  • a barbecue;
  • delicious food provided by the Polish bakery

Click the link below and see how it was a year ago!

https://www.facebook.com/pieaarklow/videos/1644496285821711/

International Children's Day video-001

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PolskaÉire Festival 2016

The festival is only few days away so get ready! Watch this short video promoting the PolskaEire Festival 2016!

https://www.facebook.com/PLinIreland/videos/618768091622401/

PolskaEire Festival-001

For more information and full programme, click here.

International Children’s Day

Polish – Irish Educational Association invites all to attend the International Children Day as part of PolskaÉire Festival organised jointly by Polish Embassy and Irish Government.
This year it is bigger, better and with our Irish partners: Port of Arklow Sea Scout Group, 9th Wicklow &Arklow Town Football Club!

International Children's Day2

The event will take place at C.B.S. Arklow premises between 12 am-2 pm on 22 May and will include:

  • arts and crafts for kids
  • physical activities for kids
  • two bands (one from Aklow and one from Kraków providing live music)
  • face painting and bouncing castles
  • a barbecue
  • delicious food provided by the Polish bakery

Click the link below and see how it was a year ago!

https://www.facebook.com/pieaarklow/videos/1644496285821711/

International Children's Day video-001

Two Cultures – One Place: Stand Up Comedy & Polish Folk

Let’s join PolskaÉire Festival in Arklow for this one special night at Christy’s Arklow where an Irish comedian Peadar de Burca and Polish folk band Tadirindum will perform.
Tickets just €5 and can be purchased in Christy’s Arklow, M&C Polski Sklep, Blueprint Print & Design Arklow, John Swan Diamond Studio Arklow and on the door before the event.

Two Cultures


Peadar de BurcaPeadar de Burca is from Galway but lives and works in Poland. He is an Irish actor, play writer and columnist writing for Polish Gazeta Wyborcza since March 2010. He leads the series “I love Silesia as much as Ireland”, which describes his own thoughts on the Polish customs and contain live comments on surrounding reality. He is also a regular contributor to Elle Poland. His wife is Polish and they live in Gliwice.

 

 

Open Day in Arklow Further Education and Training Centre

Come and see the range of full time and part time programmes on offer in your local education and training centre:

  • Wednesday 18th May 2016, from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Tuesday 7th June 2016, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

What can arklow further education and training centre offer you?

  • Opportunity to Upskill and Retrain on a Range of Part time and Full time programmes
  • Complete components and /or Certificates at level 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications from QQI and/or the Department of Education and Skills
  • Subsidised Crèche places may be available
  • Build Self Confidence, Self Esteem, Have Fun, Enjoy Learning and Meet New People
  • Gain a Sense of Achievement and Broaden your Horizons

For more information, contact the centre on 0402 39680 or email: guidancearklow@kwetb.ie

KWTB Open Day

 

Congratulations to Fabian Doyle on winning a Sunflower Hero Award!

Chamber Member – Fabian Doyle has received an award for his outstanding contribution to Hospice care in Wicklow. Fabian has helped out at numerous Wicklow Hospice events with both his own time and the time and expertise of his company Soverign Security. The company provides a high-tech control room which remotely monitors the security and safety of people, organisations and lone worker activity countrywide.

sunflowers

 

Wicklow in Revolt

The new book on County Wicklow 1913-1923 is now available from James Charlton, Easons or direct from Jim Rees. It’s €25, but is 240 pages packed with info and photos. This will become more valuable with each passing year. There have only been 250 printed, a reprint will probably take place but to be on the safe side, get it now. A must anyone interested in the War of Independence and Wicklow’s surprisingly important role in it.

Wicklow in Revolt

 

Junior Eurovision Éire 2016

The search is on for the voice and the song to represent Ireland in Malta in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Last year Ireland entered the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time. After months of auditions, followed by 5 weeks of a televised selection process, 13 year old Aimee Banks from Moycullen, Co. Galway was chosen to sing for Ireland in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Now it’s time to find a new song and singer to fly the Irish flag in Malta this November.

The auditions are open to children who will be aged 9-14 on 20th November 2016. Applicants may be a solo singer or a group of maximum six children.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Junior Eurovision