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COMMUNITY AWARDS SCHEME 2017

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As part of its commitment to supporting local community development, Wicklow County Council operates an annual Community Award Scheme. The fund for 2017 will be available as grant aid to successful community groups and local organisations wishing to undertake community projects in their area.  Please note the changes to the categories of funding available:

 

 

 

COMMUNITY GRANTS (Maximum grant €2,000).

For small projects and group running costs.

 

COMMUNITY PRIDE (Maximum Grant €10,000).

Groups or projects that make a significant impact and difference to the lives of the people in their communities under the following headings:

  • Age Friendly
  • Communities reaching out to new communities
  • Youth Projects
  • Community Enterprise

 

TOWN/VILLAGE ENHANCEMENT PLAN or HEALTH CHECKS (Maximum grant €10,000)

 

Application forms and guidelines are available from:-

The Office of Community,

Cultural & Social Development,

Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Wicklow.

Tel: 0404/20208, Email: mtuite@wicklowcoco.ie or on the Council’s website www.wicklow.ie

 

Completed application forms should be returned to the Office of Community, Cultural & Social Development not later than 12 noon on Thursday 30th March, 2017.  Late applications will not be considered. Email or fax applications cannot be accepted.

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Fine Gaels Andrew Doyle, has welcomed confirmation of €150,556 in funding for Wicklow under the 2016 REDZ

(Rural Economic Development Zones). 

 

 

Arklow has received €150,556 to develop a Heritage and Visitor activity centre based on the world renowned Arklow Pottery.   The funding is being made available by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD. The REDZ scheme aims to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands.   

Ann McGovern President Arklow Chamber expressed her thanks to Deirdre Whitfield and Michael Nicholson and Linda McDonald of Wicklow Co Council as well as Irene Sweeney for their support for this initiative to bring increased tourism and visitors back to Arklow’s main street.  Developing a cultural quarter around pottery, craft and food is central to the regeneration of such a beautiful historic town.

“This is the latest in a series of funding schemes which have been announced by the Government which aims to boost economic activity and improve living standards here in Wicklow and across rural Ireland. 

 “Under the 2016 REDZ scheme, just over €5.3 million is being approved to 41 projects nationwide, with €1.9 million going to projects in the North and Western Region, €1.3 million for projects in the Southern Region and €2.1 million for projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region.

 “The REDZ scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at a local level. This initiative encourages Local Authorities to work with local communities, business interests and other State bodies, to identify areas of greatest economic need which can make better use of their local assets to generate economic activity.

 “The REDZ programme is one of a number of schemes which will help to support regeneration in rural towns and villages. Funding has previously been provided to towns and villages across <county> under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Both schemes will work in a complementary way to ensure that all rural areas have strong economic and social centres, which support a higher quality of life for both town dwellers and those who live in the rural hinterlands.

 “Fine Gael in Government is committed to ensuring that people living and working in rural Ireland feel the benefits as the economy continues to recover. I would like to commend Minister Humphreys and her colleague Minister of State for Regional Development, Michael Ring TD, for the range of initiatives they have announced to date aimed at supporting rural communities.

 “Minister Humphreys will be publishing the first ever Action Plan for Rural Development in the coming weeks, which will be a cross government approach to supporting rural communities and stimulating regional development.”

 

 Arklow Christmas Festival

The first day of the Arklow Christmas Festival was a great success. There was a wonderful atmosphere with something for everyone to enjoy including a recital by the Inver Ladies Choir, Punch & Judy Show, the switching on of the Christmas Lights and finished with spectacular fireworks display.  The committee thanks those who came along to support the event and those who helped in any way.

2016-christmas-ballsTomorrow Saturday 3rd December

Christmas Sign-song (4.00pm – 4.30pm)

Santa arrival (4.30pm)

Pipe Band Recital (4.30pm – 5.00pm)

Friday 9th December – Tree lighting at the Library; Festive Carols and Story Telling.

Sunday 11th December – Christmas Craft Fair and Food Market; Arklow’s Live Crib; Christmas Jumper Competition; Majorettes Display; AMA Christmas Busking Competition and Mini Funfair.

Saturday 17th December – Festive Photography Prize Giving; Santa Dash; Golden Ticket Draw; Best Window Display Prize Giving; Arklow Panto Creation’s Aladdin Medley.

golden-ticket-2This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW which has a prize fund of over €2,000 and a FESTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION sponsored by Chamber Member, 1st Choice Pharmacy.

 

Look up Arklow Christmas Festival for more information.

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th December ….. Arklow Panto Creation’s ALADDIN

Christmas Parking

Free parking in Council owned car parks from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.   Free parking on the street will be restricted to two hours from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.

 

 Lions Christmas Food Appeal

LCI emblem_2C_287+7406The annual Lions Club food appeal got underway last weekend in Tescos.  Watch out for them in SuperValu from 8th to 10th December and in Dunnes on 16th/17th December.

swimmersThe annual St. Stephen’s Day charity swim will be held at South Beach or the Cove depending on the weather conditions starting at 12pm and sponsor cards are available from any Lions Club member.  Visit Arklow Lions Club Facebook page for more information.

 

Reindeer Run for Arklow RNLI

arklow-rnli-fundraisingreindeer-3Arklow RNLI will be one of the lifeboat stations to benefit from a festive reindeer run which will take place in Dublin’s Marley Park on Sunday, 4th December.  This event will raise much needed funds for the lifeboat crews in Arklow, Dun Laoghaire, Skerries and Howth.

Go to Arklow RNLI for more fundraising events.

 

Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney Club

agb-clubArklow Municipal District recently honoured the intermediate and minor teams from Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney Club who won their county championships this year.  Over 60 representatives from the AGB Club received a civic reception for their achievements and  both teams were presented with an engraved plaque to commemorate the occasion.  Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, Pat Kennedy, and Chairman of Wicklow County Council, Pat Fitzgerald, congratulated both teams and their backroom staff.  Jimmy Dunne who is Club Secretary of AGB Club said these victories were not just sporting achievement but have wide reaching benefits for business in Arklow and raised the morale of the town.

Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney.

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 Arklow “Making A Difference” Video Well Received

 

The recently launched “Making A Difference” video which showcases Arklow’s business and tourism potential was very well received by the public.  The producers were delighted to learn that it has in excess of 10,000 views in the first week.  The 4 and a half minute long video was produced with funding from Arklow Municipal District Economic Development Funding and the County Wicklow Economic Think Tank.

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Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District said the video “showcases the very best that Arklow Municipal District has to offer, our infrastructure, our amenities and our people.  It shows that we are open for business.  We have all the necessary infrastructures needed to nurture economic development and incentivise job creation.  Our location is a commodity that many other districts and counties would love to possess.”

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

Christmas Parking Arrangements for Arklow Town 2016

 

wicklow-co-co_Free parking in Council owned car parks from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive. 

Free parking on the street will be restricted to two hours from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday  2nd January  2017 inclusive.

The Municipal District requests business owners and their staff to avail of parking in the car parks rather than parking on the street during this period.

The traffic wardens will be monitoring the traffic as normal and enforcing all other aspects of the parking bye laws in relation to illegal parking.

 

 

Civic Reception for Taekwon-Do Double Medal Winner

 

itf-logoCongratulations to local teenager, Oisin Byrne, on his recent success in the International Taekwon-Do World Championships which were held in the Summer.  Oisin won Gold in Welter Weight Sparring and Silver in Junior Male Patterns.  He was given a Civic Reception in the Arklow Municipal Offices to recognise and celebrate his achievements.

 

 

 

 

Fishery Talk for Womens Circle

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Arklow Community Women’s Circle will be hosting a historical talk by Jim Rees on Monday October 24th  Local historian Jim will speak at the groups weekly meeting which runs between 7-9 p.m. at the Bridge Christian Community premises on the Wexford Road, Arklow.  New members are welcome please contact Mary Whelan 087 9880894.

 

 

 

 

 

 THE ELDERS TO BRING LATEST TOUR TO ARKLOW

the-eldersWorld renowned musicians The Elders are about to make their 14th annual trip home to Ireland from their base in the USA.  On their Irish tour they will play in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Monday October 24th at 9pm. With special guests ‘The Moxie Strings’ where audiences are in for a real musical treat.  Tickets cost €10 and are available from Kustom Kids, The Harbour Bar, Paddy Kavanagh’s and the Arklow Bay Hotel.  All proceeds towards Nolan House, Rathdrum and Arklow Music and Arts.

 

 

 

 ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

Below is a map of Arklow Heritage Walks & Trails.  These walks involve continuous walking at a moderate pace and two of them are wheelchair accessible, the Kynoch’s Walk and the Town Walk.  This map is published by the Arklow Heritage/Nature Walks Development Co. Ltd in association with Arklow Municipal Council.

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

 

 

LOUISE IS APPOINTED PRINCIPAL OF GLENART

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board have appointed Louise Kearns as Principal of Glenart College.  She is joined by Brid Keely as Deputy Principal.  Both Louise and Brid are really looking forward to meeting prospective students and parents at the schools open evening on Wednesday October 26th.

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TIDY TOWNS START WORK ON NEW GARDENtidy-town

Arklow Tidy Towns has launched a new initiative to brighten up an unused corner of the town.  A new urban garden is under way at Castle park between Arus Lorcain and the Arklow Municipal District building and follows a successful report in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.  Anyone who wishes to volunteer is asked to contact Arklow Tidy Towns. (0402) 24432.

 

 

 

 

pink-partyPINK PARTY

Arklow Cancer Support are hosting our Annual Pink Party and Awareness Day on Friday October 21 from 11am to 1pm.  They are inviting all who have experienced Breast Cancer to come along to 8 St Marys Road with their families and friends.  The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and fundraising will not take place at any of these events.  All are welcome.


 

 

 

 

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Arklow Enterprise Town is taking place today and tomorrow in St. Mary’s College Arklow 

Friday the 30th of September 5pm – 8pm) and Saturday the 1st of October 2016 (11am – 2pm)

The Enterprise Town initiative seeks to work with local businesses to plan and deliver a range of activities that will support and generate business in the area.

The initiative also involves the wider community and the schools to ensure everyone can get involved and be part of the positive experience that is an Enterprise Town.

As part of Enterprise Town there will be an exhibition space for local businesses to meet new customers and interact with other local businesses on the Friday.

Saturday is Community and Sports exhibition with schools, clubs, societies, associations etc., from the locality, displaying at the event with entertainment being provided by local talent.  See below for final schedule for the two days of the event.

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Congratulations to Arklow Tidy Towns

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Congratulations to Sandra Hall and her team for their success in the recent Tidy Towns completion – pictured is Sandra receiving the Diversity Award at the awards ceremony.

The results of the annual Tidy Towns competition were announced recently and Arklow Tidy Towns Groups had much to celebrate.  They won a Bronze category award and also received a SuperValu Diversity Award.  Sandra Hall is the co-ordinator of the group which was recognised for their efforts to include all their community, on an inter-generational and inter-cultural basis in the work they do around Arklow to enhance.  Sandra said it was wonderful to achieve 300 points and the Diversity Award recognised everyone involved in the Arklow Tidy Towns.

Arklow Chamber would also like to congratulate all of the other South Wicklow Tidy Towns groups who increased their score this including Avoca, Aughrim, Ballycoog, Coolboy and Tinahely and Shillelagh who re-entered the contest after many years and achieve an mark of 216 points.

 

 

Arklow Municipal District Grants

Arklow Municipal District recently awarded grants to local Arklow groups from their Festival & Economic Development Fund.wicklow-co-co_  These grants recognise the work done by volunteers for the town.  Councillor Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of AMD thanked fellow councillors for making available funding for these awards.  The following Arklow groups each received one of these grants.

Arklow Tidy Towns

Arklow Music Festival

Inbhear Mór Marchers

Arklow Music & Arts

Polish-Irish Educational Association

Arklow Seabreeze Committee

Arklow Christmas Festival Committee

Arklow LGBT

Arklow Maritime Festival

Grants were also awarded to Aughrim Tidy Towns; Avoca Tidy Towns & Community Courthouse; Rathdrum Tidy Towns and Parnell Christmas Festival.

 

 

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ARKLOW & DISTRICT CHAMBER BALL AWARDS CEREMONY 2016

FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER IN THE ARKLOW BAY HOTEL

 

 

The Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 is on  Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Both members and  non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a  drinks reception at 7.15pm with dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards. 

 

Tickets for this black tie event are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909, email chamber@arklow.ie or look up Arklow Chamber page on FaceBook for more information.  Tickets cost €60 each with a table of 10 for €500 and are available now from the Chamber office.

Arklow Music & Arts musicians will be supporting the event and the evening will end with dancing with music provided by the The Brendan Kennedy Showband.

 

 

First Choice Pharmacy

Arklow Chamber Member, First Choice Pharmacy have recently refurbished it’s pharmacy at Tesco (instore) Arklow. First Choice Pharmacy, part of the Duffy Pharmacy Group, have created a new, friendly and professional environment with excellence in healthcare, professional advice, and convenience. Their Logo “ Putting  You  First “ provided by their professionally trained staff gives emphasis on looking after all your customer needs and a fresh new approach to pharmacy.

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WEXFORDContinuing with their Refurbishment First Choice Pharmacy have expandedWEXFORD-STAFF their 2nd branch in Tesco ( instore) Wexford Town on the 25th. August last.  First Choice Pharmacy would like to thank the management of Tesco for their assistance and help to complete the project, the main contractor Precision Construction (Santry) for completing the project professionally and skilfully in the time scale and Premium  Retail Systems and Design for installing and designing the shop layout and fittings to the highest standards.

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILY FUN DAY IN ARKLOW LIBRARY

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Come join the fun at Arklow Library’s inaugural weekly Family Day on Saturday 10th September 10.30am – 12.pm.  Arklow Library will become an open house for youngsters for all ages, providing a story-time for toddles and arts & crafts for primary school children.  This event is free of charge and will be an ongoing weekly event.

 

ARKLOW ENTERPRISE TOWN

Arklow Enterprise Town is taking place in St Marys College, Arklow on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October.  BOI Enterprise TownEnterprise Town is a FREE event and represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase local businesses, clubs & societies as well as our local schools to potential new customers or new members.

To be part of this initiative please contact your local Bank of Ireland branch, or email derek.tobin@boi.com to be added to the participants listing.  You do not have to be a customer of Bank of Ireland.

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WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK 2016

 

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World Suicide Prevention Week 2016 takes place between Monday, September 5th and Sunday, September 11th, with World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday, 10th September. #WSPD16 

Cycle Against Suicide is actively supporting this week through its initiative Light Up Orange. #LightUpOrange

Last year there was a huge response with many of Ireland’s iconic buildings, landmarks, historic castles and homes turning their lights orange to raise awareness of the message “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”. 

To date they have had a great response, but their goal to Light Up Ireland needs support from Co. Wicklow. Maybe you could light one of your buildings up orange to create awareness of World Suicide Prevention Week, or even just light the building up at 8pm on Saturday, 10th September.  

Contact Anne McGowan, Light Up Orange Co-Ordinator, by e-mail anne.mcgowan@cycleagainstsuicide.com or phone 087-2249204 if you can be a part of this years Light Up Orange.

 

PASSION IN CONCERT

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If you did not manage a trip abroad this Summer never fear not as Arklow Music and Arts Group (AMA) will transport you from the Café Music of Paris, to Granada in Spain and finish off with some great Italian Classics at our Passion in Concert, which takes in The Woodenbridge Hotel, Vale of Avoca,  Arklow, Co. Wicklow on Friday 9th September at 7.30pm. Tickets €15 each and available from Kavanaghs, Wexford Road, Arklow and The Woodenbridge Hotel.

Arklow Music and Arts present “Passion in Concert”  which is a must for all music lovers and features Tenor- Anthony Norton, Violin – Patrick Collins and Guitar – Drajen Derek with support acts Margaret Fitzgerald on Piano and Michael Steadman on Classical Guitar. You will not have to travel to Dublin to see this “must see show” while at the same time helping AMA obtain a music and arts performance space and theatre for the town of Arklow.

 

WOODENBRIDGE HOTEL FUNDRAISER IN AID OF ST JOHN’S WARD

The Woodenbridge Hotel hosting a fundraiser for the St johns Ward, which is the children’s cancer ward in Crumlin hospital, on the 23rd of September at 8pm.  This fundraiser is being run in the name of a little seven year old girl called Annie who is currently being treated on this ward.  Tickets are €35 per person and every cent raised at the function will go to the charity.  Tickets can be purchased at the hotel and tables can be reserved in advance.  The evening will include food, entertainment and lots more.   For full details of the event see poster below.

Woodenbridge Funraiser

 

Wicklow Hospice foundation

Wicklow Hospice foundation is hosting a coffee morning in Arus Lorcain on the 17th of September 10-12:30 , please come along and support this very worthy cause. All donations of cakes, biscuits etc are very welcome, contact Sinead on 0402 91310 orsinead@wicklowhospice.ie

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 Friday 16th September 2016 in the Arklow Bay Hotel

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

You can nominate on this website, by email chamber@arklow.ie, complete one of the Nomination Forms which have been distributed around the town or use the form published in the Wicklow People on Wednesday 13th July.

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

  • Best New Start Up sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

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

  • The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

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 sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

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 Sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

  • The Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow

 

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Arklow Flood Defence Scheme

The Avoca River (Arklow) Flood Defence Scheme is advancing to the formal Planning process.  Byrne Looby Consulting Engineers and Arup are working on the Environmental Impact Statement.

Marc Devereux, Senior Engineer with Wicklow County Council will be available in Arklow Municipal District offices on the following dates to allow members of the public drop in and enquire about the Scheme.

  • Monday 8th August 2016, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
  • Tuesday 9th August 2016, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Further public consultation is planned for October 2016, and the EIS application will be completed in early 2017.

 

The Arklow Water Supply Scheme – investing in the future

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Robert Mulhall takes a look at the key issues faced at the outset of the Arklow Water Supply Scheme and gives an overview of the different aspects of work that were required to develop this new public water supply

Eleven years after its initiation and following the investment of over €10.5 million, the Arklow Water Supply Scheme was finally completed in May of this year. This article examines the key issues faced at the outset of the Arklow Water Supply Scheme and gives an overview of the different aspects of work that were required to develop this new public water supply.

In the period 1998-2005, the population of Arklow increased significantly due to the amount of housing development that took place within the town. The old water-supply system had reached maximum capacity. This capacity issue was exacerbated by the fact that the old supply was totally dependent on surface water sources:

  • The Goldmines River, which is located in Woodenbridge (7km northwest of Arklow) and
  • The Impoundment Reservoir located at Ballyduff South (3km west of Arklow).

Click here to read full article.

 

Crazy Golf at Bridgewater Shopping Centre

Help the Bridgewater Shopping Centre celebrate the great sport of golf being added to the Rio 2016 Olympics! Mini crazy golf events will take place on Saturday 6th August from 1-5pm. Play and win – token prizes will be given out on the day. There will also be FREE face painting on the mall.

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Afternoon Tea Event

Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney GAA Club are delighted to host an Afternoon Tea on Sunday 7th August from 2.30 pm to 7.00 pm to raise funds for the Arklow Community First Responders & AGB Club Development Fund. Entertainment is by Brian Lawlor.

In most cases the Community First Responders will be on the scene within 3-9 minutes. This early attendance could literally mean the difference between life and death for the casualty, especially when the casualty has suffered a Cardiac Arrest and requires immediate C.P.R. and Defibrillation.

The chances of survival following a cardiac arrest are considerably improved if there is a rapid, coordinated response to the emergency.

Arklow Community First Responders

Arklow Community First Responders officially launched on 14 February 2010 and operate 24/7/365 they have attended 500+ calls to individuals suffering Cardiac Emergencies such as Chest Pain, Stoke, Chocking, Collapses and Cardiac Arrest and have shown themselves to be vital asset to our community. They total of 13 qualified members with 3 more set to receive their training in early October.

Arklow Community First Responders receive no central funding and rely on the generosity of the members of our community to cover the costs of ongoing training, purchasing new medical equipment etc. The volunteer responders give their own time and attend calls at their own expense. They are always looking for new members to join, please find them on Facebook or contact John on 086 0764353.

Please encourage your family, friends and work colleagues to support this event.

Tickets are available from Ray Menton Flogas Lwr Main Street Arklow, Kinsella’s Shop Beech Rd Arklow, or you can pay on arrival. Adults €15.00 Children FOC.

For more information please contact Gillian or Sinead at agbcharityevent@gmail.com.

Afternoon Tea

 

GAA Sports Camp 2016

Summer Camp for boys and girls aged from 5 – 12 commences in Pearse’s Park next Monday 8th August. Cost is €40 per child and family price €30 for second. With lots of games, gifts and plenty of fun it promises to be great!! Registration forms now available, to book a place please contact 087 1374812. Registrations will also take place on the day from 9 am.

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 Friday 16th September 2016 in the Arklow Bay Hotel

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 5th AUGUST 2016 BECAUSE OF GREAT RESPONSE.

You can nominate on this website, by email chamber@arklow.ie, complete one of the Nomination Forms which have been distributed around the town or use the form published in the Wicklow People on Wednesday 13th July.

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

  • Best New Start Up sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

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

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

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 sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

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 Sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

  • The Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow

 

Schedule – 2016 Maritime Festival Weekend

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Friday 29th July 

7.30 pm – Maritime Queen & King Selection. Princesses and Princes will meet at the Lifeboat Station to begin their parade around the town.  Later that evening in the Arklow Sailing Club the Maritime Festival Queen and King will be selected.

Saturday 30th July 

Fun On The Quay & Vikings

8.00 pm – Stunt Drive Ireland Exhibition

8.30 pm – Lifeboat Bingo in Arus LorcainMaritime Festival

 

ALL EVENTS from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Music on Stage with Local Artists
  • Lifeboat Shop Open
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Burger Stall and BBQ
  • Goldfish Stall
  • Brocklebank Museum Boat

 

Sunday 31st July 

10.00 am – 6.00 pm – East Coast Radio Roadshow

10.00 am – 2.00 pm – Tommy Greene

2.00 pm – 6.00 pm – Andy Clarke

12.00 pm – Arklow Pipe Band

1.30 pm – Blessing of the fleet

2.00 pm – Dog show

2.30 pm – 3.00 pm – Crash scene Emergency services display

 

ALL DAY FUN ON THE QUAY

 

  • Trophy Roadshow Display: World Cup, All Ireland’s McCarthy Cup, The Sam Maguire and The Premiership Cup
  • Reptile Zoo
  • Stitches Boat Rides Around The BayRace
  • Ironman / Aqua Man
  • Disney Characters
  • South East Archers
  • Music Stage: The Vault
  • Burgers Stall
  • A food area – Enjoy the treats!!
  • Numerous Stalls
  • Ukulele Players
  • Arklow Majorettes
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Brocklebank Museum Boat
  • Lifeboat Shop Open
  • Goldfish Stall

 

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

 

Welcome to Arklow Maritime Museum

  • Open all year around (Excluding Christmas and New Year holidays)
  • Parties are welcome and visits can be arranged outside normal working hours
  • School visits can be organised to suit the needs of different age groups
  • Special discount prices are available for group bookings.

For further details or bookings please call 086 4460784.

Arklow Maritime Museum continues to improve its facilities by adding new exhibitions and displays. After thirty years since it was first opened, thanks to a dedicated group of Arklow people headed by the late Mark Synnott, they welcome visitors to the new site in the Bridgewater Centre.

Opening Hours:Maritime Museum

Tuesday: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm

Wednesday: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm

Thursday: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm

Friday: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm

Saturday: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm

Monday / Sunday: Open on request for groups and tours

 

Telephone: 086 446 0784

Email: maritimemuseumarklow@gmail.com

 

Sale of Shed ‘Stuff’

This Sunday 31st July during Arklow Maritime Festival Weekend there will be Sale of Shed ‘Stuff’ at The Brook, Arklow (just down from the Silver Band Hall, next to the Kingdom Hall). The sale will be from 11.30 am to 5.00 pm. Proceeds for the Marsh project & Arklow Lifeboat.

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A Night For Ray – Arklow

A fundraiser for The Bone Marrow For Leukeimia Trust in memory of Raymond Gaffney.

A Night For Ray returns in Raymond’s home town of Arklow Co.Wicklow featuring some of the best music the county has to offer. Playing on the night will be Brian Lawlor, Black Cheery and Feel The Pinch. This will be a night of serious craic for a great cause so let’s pack the place out.

Tickets are €10 and are on sale in Raymod Gaffney and Sons 18 Main Street or on the door on the night.

Friday 5th August at 8.30 pm in The Breffni Bar and The Holy Grail Restaurant.

A Night For Ray

 

 

Crazy Golf at Bridgewater Shopping Centre

Help the Bridgewater Shopping Centre celebrate the great sport of golf being added to the Rio 2016 Olympics! Mini crazy golf events will take place on Saturday 6th August from 1 pm – 5 pm. Play and win – token prizes will be given out on the day. There will also be FREE face painting on the mall.

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AMA Musical Pub Quiz

AMAWho is the most musical family in Arklow? Who are the most knowledgeable group of friends when it comes to music? You can find out at AMA’s first ever musical pub quiz on Thursday 18th August at 8 pm in Kennys of the Harbour. Everyone here loves quality entertainment & wants a venue for us all, so please come and support but there will only be a limited no of tables so book yours early to avoid disappointment.

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Glenart outdoors presents open air country and western night

This August don’t miss the outdoor country and western night with live acts from the well known “Legends of American Country Tribute Show” and many other supporting acts including John Hogan, Keelan, Ben Troy and Gary Gamble. Full bar available on the night and food available by The Barbecue Cowboys. Dust off those cowboy boots and hats and join them in the old courtyard of Glenart Estate for a night not to be missed.Glenart

Friday 26th August 8 pm – Midnight Glenart Estate, Arklow, Co.Wicklow

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Glenart Outdoors,

Arklow, Co. Wicklow

(E): bookings@glenartoutdoors.com

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Arklow This Week

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 Friday 16th September 2016 in the Arklow Bay Hotel

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

You can nominate on this website, by email chamber@arklow.ie, complete one of the Nomination Forms which have been distributed around the town or use the form published in the Wicklow People on Wednesday 13th July.

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

  • Best New Start Up sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

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

  • The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

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 sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

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 Sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

  • The Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow

 

Arklow Maritime Festival

This August bank holiday (July 29th to July 31st) we’re all down on the quayside and around town to continue the tradition of one of Irelands Longest Running Maritime Festivals.The Annual Festival has been rejuvenated over the last few years and is once again growing.

The big event is on Sunday with all kinds of family events down by the quayside. With displays of traditional Irish art, children’s entertainment, market stalls and exhibits by the lifeboats, emergency services and much more it will create a truly magical weekend for everyone.

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This year the festival finishes up at the Arklow Bay Hotel with a real highlight, The Spotlight Showband are back together for a special night in aid of Arklow Lifeboat, so see you at the Arklow Bay Hotel.

This event is held primarily as a fundraising event for Arklow Lifeboat, through generous sponsorship from local businesses they are able to provide a lot of the events for free, so please support the local businesses who support Arklow Lifeboat.

See you down at the Quay!!!

Click here to see the Maritime Festival Weekend Schedule.

Seabreeze Festival Magic

Arklow Seabreeze FestivalThis year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival surpassed all expectations bringing out huge crowds for the entire festival creating a magical experience, which ended on Sunday night with a spectacular Fire Works Display on the River Bank Arklow. People were high in their praise for the very small committee of eight people who put on a festival to be proud of, with so many visitors, tourists, families and friends travelling home for the event. Not one bed space was available throughout the entire town of Arklow and surrounding areas, with tourists from USA, Germany, Spain and other towns and villages supporting all of the events and activities in a packed programme….. (click here to read more)

 

Friends of Philo

On Sunday 21st August from 8.30pm till 12.30am in Arklow Bay Hotel starts Friends of Philo Thin Lizzy Tribute night in aid of Arklow Lifeboat Station & the RNLI.

Tinn Lizzy from Norway will be featuring Sean O’Connor from The Lookalikes Dublin Snowblind from Germany.
Feel the Pinch from Arklow featuring Brian Meakin from Wicklow.

Tickets are €10 and will be on sale from first weekend in August at the Arklow Bay Hotel and Shavus Mens Barbers Main Street Arklow.

There will be also 40+ visitors from Norway and Germany supporting both bands.

PLEASE make all guests feel welcomed to our part of the world and please support this unique event.

Friends of Philo

 

 

Wicklow County Council

Arklow Municipal District

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Bradshaw’s Lane

In accordance with Section 38 of the Roads Traffic Act 1994, as amended, Arklow Municipal District will introduce a one way traffic system on  Bradshaw’s Lane, with entry from the Main Street.

This change will come into effect from Wednesday 3rd August 2016.

 

 

Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert

The incredible Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert is coming to Omniplex Arklow on 23rd and 24th July. Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries. Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his world-famous 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André promises, and delivers, an unforgettable musical experience full of humor, fun and emotion for all ages.

Click here to purchase your ticket and click here to see the YouTube video.

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August Wedding Showcase

Arklow Bay Hotel will be hosting a wedding showcase on Monday 1st August 2016 from 2 pm to 5 pm. 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 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 Arklow Bay Hotel’s wedding team will be on hand to with all their expertise to answer any of your questions and help guide you on your way.

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Arklow Seabreeze Festival

Seabreeze Festival Magic

This year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival surpassed all expectations bringing out huge crowds for the entire festival creating a magical experience, which ended on Sunday night with a spectacular Fire Works Display on the River Bank Arklow. People were high in their praise for the very small committee of eight people who put on a festival to be proud of, with so many visitors, tourists, families and friends travelling home for the event. Not one bed space was available throughout the entire town of Arklow and surrounding areas, with tourists from USA, Germany, Spain and other towns and villages supporting all of the events and activities in a packed programme.

Under the Chairmanship of  Colm Moules,  he thanked everyone for their help and support for this year’s festival, especially the committee of Tina O Sullivan, Mary Burke, Tommy Annesley, Donal Molloy, Dicey O Reilly, Vinnie Byrne, Jim Hoey and all the volunteers who helped out over the weekend. “A Festival of this magnitude requires a lot of time, planning and execution, which started after last year’s event, and we pulled of a fantastic weekend of Fun, Laughter, Music and Entertainment” Colm said. “With a very small budget, limited resources and support for the local businesses we just about managed to cover the costs of this year’s festival”.  Each year it gets more and more difficult to add something new, raise the bar and give the town something special”.

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There were many highlights during the festival, with the Swinging Pubs competition attracting large numbers each night in the run up to the main part of the festival weekend. Participants were: Darcy Mc Gee’s, The Gin Mill, Kenny’s The Harbour Bar, The Breffini, Sally O Brien’s, The Gallery, Arklow Bay Hotel and the Bridge Hotel. Congratulations and thanks to everyone for taking part and for all their hard work in the run up to their shows each night. A lot of hard work ensured there was a very high standard each night.

The winners this year were:  Best M.C.  –  Paul Burke representing The Bridge Hotel, Best Comedy/Novelty Act –Trish Kavanagh with Hit the Dif and representing The Bridge Hotel, Best Male Performer: Robert Hanney, Best Female Performer –Leah Penston representing Kenny’s’ The Harbour Bar, with the title of Swinging Pubs Champions for 2016 going to the Bridge Hotel. Congratulations to the team of: Mary Kirwin, Rona Mc Cauley, Sophie Mc Gee, Patrick Hoey, Paul Burke, Geraldine Hamilton, Mary Graham, Kathryn Noone, Bernard Fox, Harry Kavanagh, Sean Fox and Fiona Redmond. This was their first win having took part in the Swinging Pubs competition for the past 17 years and their win brought much celebration to Jim and May.

Friday night 15th the kicked in real good style with the annual Carnival in the Car Park on Main street, providing a wonderful attraction to the festival as it does in many other leading festivals throughout the country and bringing much need footfall to the Main Street. The park attracted huge crowds for the Trade Winds annual Burger Eating Competition sponsored by Manu from Trade Wins, to whom we say a big thank you once again. Winner of the Children’s Burger eating competition was: Adam  Van Der Heijden from Arklow.  In the adults section the winners was: Sean Curtis, Arklow and runner up was Simon Hempenstall. Congratulations once again to everyone who took part. “Small Town Crisis” provided the large audience with a top class night of music. They recently released their EP “Darkheart” are an act making great waves in the music scene having recently secured a gig at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee, Co. Kerry in August. Well done guys and thanks for once again supporting this year’s festival.

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AGB Festival of Football took place on Saturday morning organised by Mick Healy with eight teams providing a great festival of football. Teams taking part were: Clonee, Kilanerin, Bunclody Half Way House, Ashford, Castletown, Naomh Eanna, Gorey, AGB, Arklow and An Tochar Roundwood. Thanks to all the teams for taking part and everyone for travelling to Pearse Park, Arklow for the day. Also on Saturday Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble organised their Summer Sounds Marching Band and Drum Corps Competition in Arklow as part of this year’s festival once again, featuring bands: Clondalkin Youth Band, Mullingar Town Band – Celtic Crusaders, Viking Drums Corps and their own group Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble. This took place in Arklow Celtic Football Club Grounds. Well done to Oisin and all the team on a wonderful day also.

Another feature of the festival this year was the Busking competition attracting a number of wonderful musicians and entertainers. Thank you all to all for coming out and creating a great atmosphere on the streets of Arklow throughout the afternoon on Saturday.  Winners were: 3rd Place – Siofra Ni Dhubhghaill, 2nd Love Triangle and the winners for 2016 were Tristan and Niall.  Well done to everyone.

The Dainty Bakery Baby Show is another feature of the Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival annually with another large number taking part.  Winners were:

0-1year olds  – 1st Mason Mordaunt, 2nd Kelly Collins and 3rd Theo Stiker Fagan

1-2 year olds – 1st Christopher Bracken, 2nd Millie Redmond and 3rd Evan Seeri

2-3 year olds – 1st Amelia Mordaunt 2nd Harper Kavanagh and 3rd Scott Kavanagh

Overall Winner was: Mason Mordaunt.

Many thanks to everyone who took part on the day and to the Dainty Bakery for their generous sponsorship once again this year.

There were many other events throughout the day and evening on Saturday including Water Melon Challenge, Waiter and Customer Race, Beat the Cube and party games. Rounding off a great day was a feast of wonderful music on the three stages. Top Stage featured “Seo Linn” who gave a wonderful night entertainment and featured a guest spot by local man Daniel Codd singing their hit for the 2016 Euro’s – “The Irish. Roar.” Congratulations and well done. Down on the Middle Stage: Amy and Leah Penston wowed their audiences with a spell binding performance of Rock and Soul, treating people of great night of hits. Bottom Stage featured another top act “The Wise Guys” featuring Bobby Byrne on Trumpet and Tony Byrne on Drums, what a show and what a night. All three stages captivated their audiences looking for more. Thank you so much to all of your for your support. It is great to feature such an amazing array of talent from Arklow and the local area.

Sunday saw another action packed day of entertainment early on in the day.  A new feature to the festival this year was a 4k and 8K Run organised by Jane Merrigan of GoRun.ie and Arklow Seabreeze. Whilst the numbers were small the atmosphere and fun was great, with some great times recorded by those who took part. Thanks to Jane and the team at gorun for all their hard work and to all those who helped out as stewards on the day, it was gratefully appreciated.

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With the streets closed from 1pm, the town was transformed into a Carnival of colour, with family entertainment, Artisan Food and Crafts, Wrestling, Pig Derby, Holy Grail Curry Eating Challenge, Car push and much more it proved a great afternoon for families, visitors and transformed the town into something very positive and uplifting with huge crowds turning out for the day and fantastic weather adding to the atmosphere. Ronald Mc Donald, make a trip to the town park for the Mc Donald’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic, sponsored by Mc Donald’s Arklow, thanks to Wosanta and the team at Mc Donald’s once again. They also provided balloon making and face painting and goodie bags for over 300 children. Thank you so much guys, something special.

Another feature of the Arklow Seabreeze Festival each year is the Pipe Band contest with a number of pipe bands travelling to Arklow for the occasion, which this year was sponsored by JB Refrigeration

Winners were as follows:

Grade 4B:  1st New Ross & District, 2nd Wicklow Pipe Band and 3rd Killeshin, Carlow

Grade 4A: 1st Gorey Pipe Band, 2nd St. Lawrence, Howth

Grade 3: 1st New Ross & District, 2nd St. Maur’s and 3rd St. Laurence, Howth

Open Grade:  1st New Ross & District, 2nd St. Maur’s

Thanks to Ray Finn and the team for all their help and support in organising this competition, which is one of the annual highlights of the Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival. All bands marched down the town following the final adjudication and provided some great much to the huge numbers who turned out.

The Holy Grail Curry eating competition was won by: David Mulrooney, while the winners of the Mini push were: Nicola, John and Hovana.  Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Overall it was one of the best Seabreeze Festival’s in many years many people remarked.  Closing this year festival on the three stages were:  Top Stage – “The Navvies”, who proved to be a huge hit with the huge number of people who turned out and featured a guest spot by Tommy Breen who gave a wonderful rendition of “The Lonesome Boatman”. Middle Stage featured – “Feel the Pinch”, who once again proved to be another wonderful addition to this year’s festival programme and were a real hit. On the bottom Stage – “After Hours” gave a wonderful Performance and went down really well with festival goers.

Thank you once again to all the bands who provided top class entertainment and for their continued support. We cannot get over the wealth of talent in Arklow and surrounding areas, Arklow should be really proud and should really be called “the Music capital of Ireland”.

Rounding of this year’s  Arklow Seabreeze Festival was the fireworks display on the River Bank, which was outstanding. It was lovely to look back at the bridge and see people lining up every square inch of space across the bridge, makes it really worthwhile, for festival organisers.

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Finally thank you to Arklow Municipal Council, Wicklow County Council, The Bridgewater Shopping Centre, all the pubs who supported the Swinging Pubs, Mc Donald’s, JB Refrigeration and all the local business for their support and sponsorship. To keep the festival alive for next year, we depend on your continued support and a big go raibh mile maith agaibh to all the volunteers and stewards who helped out over the weekend. Thank you to the all the press and photographers, and East Coast FM for their support also. Anyone who helped in any way who made this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival a huge hit, THANK YOU.

Watch our website www.arklowseabreezefestival.ie or visit our Face Book page arklowseabreezefestival for more information. If you have any pictures, videos or comments please let us know. Alternatively, if you would like to be involved in any way organising or supporting next year’s festival send an e-mail to: info@arklowseabreezefestival.ie

Further information available from:

Colm Moules

Chairman & PRO Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival 2016

Mobile: 087 2886845#

E: info@arklowseabreezefestival.ie

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Schedule – 2016 Arklow Maritime Festival Weekend

Friday 29th July 

7.30 pm – Maritime Queen & King Selection. Princesses and Princes will meet at the Lifeboat Station to begin their parade around the town.  Later that evening in the Arklow Sailing Club the Maritime Festival Queen and King will be selected.

 

Saturday 30th July 

Fun On The Quay & Vikings

8.00 pm – Stunt Drive Ireland Exhibition

8.30 pm – Lifeboat Bingo in Arus Lorcain

ALL EVENTS from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm:

  • Viking Landings and “Raid” by Arklow Sea Scouts
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Music on Stage with Local Artists
  • Lifeboat Shop Open
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Burger Stall and BBQ
  • Goldfish Stall
  • Brocklebank Museum Boat

 

Sunday 31st July 

10.00 am – 6.00 pm – East Coast Radio Roadshow

10.00 am – 2.00 pm – Tommy Greene

2.00 pm – 6.00 pm – Andy Clarke

12.00 pm – Arklow Pipe Band

1.30 pm – Blessing of the fleet

2.00 pm – Dog show

2.30 pm – 3.00 pm – Crash scene Emergency services display

ALL DAY FUN ON THE QUAY:

  • Trophy Roadshow Display: World Cup, All Ireland’s McCarthy Cup, The Sam Maguire and The Premiership Cup
  • Reptile Zoo
  • Stitches Boat Rides Around The Bay
  • Ironman / Aqua Man
  • Disney Characters
  • South East Archers
  • Music Stage: The Vault
  • Burgers Stall
  • A food area – Enjoy the treats!!
  • Numerous Stalls
  • Ukulele Players
  • Arklow Majorettes
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Brocklebank Museum Boat
  • Lifeboat Shop Open
  • Goldfish Stall

 

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

Maritime Festival Weekend