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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.

Crazy Golf

 

 

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.

Click here for updates.

 

 

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

Click here for more information.

Glenart Outdoors,

Arklow, Co. Wicklow

(E): bookings@glenartoutdoors.com

(W): www.glenartoutdoors.com

 

 

 

 

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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.

arrow- to the right2016 Nomination Form (A4)arrow- to the left

 

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.

Maritime Festival Weekend

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.

Bay Hotel

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.

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

arklowlogosmThis 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.

You can nominate on this website, by email chamber@arklow.ie or use the form published in the Wicklow People on Wednesday 13th July.

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

 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 CentreSponsors

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 Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 15th – 17th July 2016

The annual Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival is an event that focuses on family entertainment and fun; it has something for all ages and is one of the most popular family festivals on the east coast.

This year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival begins tonight and continues until Sunday 17th July.  There have been a number of events leading up to the Festival Weekend; Arklow Seabreeze Princess and Mr. Seabreeze have been selected and  the final of the Best Swinging Pub 2016 took place last night.  The winners of this very popular competition were:  Best M.C. – Paul Burke representing the Bridge Hotel; Best Comedy/Novelty Act – Trish Kavanagh representing the Bridge Hotel; Best Male Performer: Robert Haney representing Sally O’Briens; Best Female Performer: Leah Penston representing Kennys at the Harbour Bar.  The Bridge Hotel was named the 2016 Best Overall Swinging Pub.

The Festival Weekend starts today with a Carnival which will run until Sunday. The fun continues tonight at 7.30pm with party games including a burger eating competition and music from Small Town Crisis.

There is lots of entertainment planned for Saturday including the Marching Band and Drum Corps Competition Saturday 16th July 2pm – 4.30pm in Arklow Celtic Football Club. 

On Sunday sees a new addition to this year’s festival – 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.  Registration is at the Courthouse from 12.30pm.  https://gorun.ie/site/index.php

The festival closes on Sunday night with a fireworks display at 11pm.

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For the full programme of events over the weekend visit the Arklow Seabreeze Festival Facebook page and Arklow Seabreeze Festival website.

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

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

 

The Pottery Shop

It was with great sadness we heard this week that The Arklow Pottery Shop is closing its doors at the end of the month.  The owners, Peter & Eileen Kinsella, have been in business on Lower Main Street since 17th July 1998, with Peter having previously managed the retail shop at Arklow Pottery for 14 years.  He is pictured below with Mr. Sano, Managing Director of Noritake.

Mr Sano Managing Director Noritake Group Visit to The Pottery Shop

Valentines Day DisplayThe Pottery Shop was noted for its wonderful window displays promoting whatever event or festival was on in the town.  Their efforts won them 1st prize on many occasions and this year were narrowly beaten to 2nd place by McMullans for the Best Musical Themed Window during the 2016 Music Festival.

On behalf of the members of Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, President Ann McGovern wishes Peter and Eileen the very best for the future and thanks them for their efforts in promoting retail business in Arklow.

 

 ASL Safety & Training Launch First Aid & Medical Supply Website

Chamber Member ASL Safety & Training has recently launched a sister company ASL FIRST AID & MEDICAL and is now live and taking orders.

Visit ASL First Aid & Medical on line and register for your free account.  They are Ireland’s leading online supplier of first aid and healthcare products and stock everything from basic first aid supplies right through to state of the art defibrillators.  They offer free delivery on all orders over €50 and can supply all first aid and medical supply needs for the home or business,  everything form a plaster to a full first aid kit for your house, van or workplace. They also offer a Full First Aid Kit replenishment service.

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Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce wishes Mark, Carmel and everyone at ASL FIRST AID & MEDICAL every success with their new venture.

 

 2016 Maritime Festival Weekend

This year’s Arklow Maritime Festival is bigger and better than ever. The event begins on Friday 29th at 7.30pm where the 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.

Arklow Maritime FestivalFriday 29th July : Maritime Queen & King Selection

 Saturday 30th July  :  Viking Homecoming; Viking BBQ; Stunt Drive Ireland; Music; Shop, Burgers + Tea & Coffee; Bouncy Castles; Bingo in Arus Lorcain @8.30PM – ALL EVENTS from 7.00p.m. to 9.00p.m.

 Sunday 31st July  :  ALL DAY FUN ON THE QUAY; Disney Characters Dance;Ironman; Reptile Zoo; Rally Crash Scene; Emergency Service Display; Visiting Ships – Brocklebank/Old Lifeboats; Blessing of the fleet @1.30PM; Bouncy Castle; Live Music; Dog show; Bubble Football; Archery; Goldfish; BBQ Food court; Burgers + Tea & Coffee; Wheel of Fortune; Doors open @9.00PM +€10 entry

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

http://arklowmaritimefestival.com/events.php

 

Music in the Garden

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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.

Artists

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.

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….

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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

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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.

 

 

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Cycle Against Suicide

Cycle Against Suicide“Cycle Against Suicide is coming to Arklow on Friday May 6th on the final leg of its 14 day journey around the island of Ireland to raise awareness of the considerable help and support available to anybody battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide and those bereaved by suicide.  There have been far too many families in the town directly affected by suicide and we want to get the message that it’s ok not to feel ok, and that it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.

On Friday 6th May, 300 cyclists and crew will stay overnight in Arklow (with thanks to St. Mary’s who are the host school for the leg) and we are appealing to residents of Arklow, Gorey & surrounding areas to offer a bed for the night in their home to host a cyclist or crew member.  We are also appealing for volunteers to help coordinate the cycle arrival and departure through the town and turn Arklow orange in support” – Aoife Ryan, Arklow & Gorey Homestay Coordinator.

Homestay

If you would like to provide Homestay accommodation when Cycle Against Suicide visits Gorey & Arklow, please email arklowcas@gmail.com  or homestays@cycleagainstsuicide.com The local Homestay Coordinator for home stays is Aoife Ryan, who can be contacted on 086 8113149.

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer with Cycle Against Suicide please e-mail volunteer@cycleagainstsuicide.com  For more information see www.cycleagainstsuicide.com   where you can also register for some, or all, of the 14 days of the Cycle Against Suicide 2016.

For more information click below:

CAS Arklow Homestay Press Release

Cycle Against Suicide

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Here is the final lineup. We will commence at 19:16pm outdoors with Dave Bardon 1916 exhibition & music by St Mary’s College Orchestra. Then at 7:40 people will take to their seats indoors & concert will commence at 745pm. Tickets will be on sale from Saturday in The Pottery Shop, Mc Mullans, Kavanagh’s Wexford Road & Kennys’s of the Harbour. Two of our Acts have written songs especially for the night. It promises to be a very special night.

Centenary Concert

 

Fundraising for Small Community Groups

The Carmichael Centre will run a half day workshop on Fundraising for small community groups on 26th April. This course is aimed at anyone involved in fundraising for small community-based organisations. This includes organisations with 10 staff or less and all-volunteer groups.

Content:

  • Sources of income
  • Persuasion and Influence
  • Engaging People
  • Being strategic with donors
  • Guiding Principles for Fundraising
  • Successful Campaigns Analysis
  • Key Elements of a successful fundraising campaign
  • Creative and Practical Examples
  • Implement a fundraising campaign
  • Funding Resources

Trainer

William CorlessWilliam Corless

Yellow Wood Managing Director, William Corless is a business and personal coach with over fifteen years’ experience of leading and empowering people. He combines hands on experience in operations management with qualifications in Business, Engineering, Coaching, NLP, Training and Psychometrics.

 

Fees: 

  • Carmichael Members: €50
  • Non-members: €60
  • Statutory/Corporate organisations: €70

For more information or to book a course please click here.

 

Spring/Summer Fashion Show at Bridgewater Shopping Centre!

fashionJoin the Bridgewater Shopping Centre on Saturday 30th April for one of its fashion shows, highlighting all the latest and upcoming trends from great high street retailers in Bridgewater. Fashion Shows will be running at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Make sure you come down early to get a good seat and watch in comfort as your favourite stores send their very best outfits up the catwalk! All are welcome and there is no charge to see the show.

Bridgewater

Community Shop needs your help

The team of the popular Sue Ryder Community Shop, situated in Arklow Recycle Centre, have been told that the unit requires a vast amount of work to bring it up to adequate health and safety standards. Jo Walker, manager of Sue Ryder Community Shop, would like to ask the community of Arklow to come together and try and help them out. If you would like to be a volunteer to help carry out some work and to save the shop, please call 085 8086197.

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Arklow Gymnastics Club

  • Arklow Gym ClubSwimming activity 2016 is open to girls and boys resident in the Arklow area and under the age specified on July 31st 2016.
  • Age groups over six and under 8,10, 12, 14 and 16 years.
  • Competitors must be able to swim at least one length of pool.
  • Closing date for entries is Friday 22nd April entry fee is five euro.
  • Competitors please register your name, address, date of birth, home telephone number, event and your €5 entry fee with James O’Reilly 17 Fernhill, Arklow, Co. Wicklow on or before Friday 22nd April.

If you need further information please phone 0402-91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org or visit the website.

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Laffins Barber shop is celebrating 10 years in business

Wednesday 6 April 2016 will mark one full decade since Laffins Barber Shop opened for business here in Arklow. Laffins Barber Shop would like to invite everyone to join them in raising a toast to ten incredible years! Everyone is invited to drop by anytime on 6 April 2016 to say hello and to celebrate the anniversary. There will be lots of gifts, vouchers and surprises on that special day.  The event starts at 8 am.

Laffins Barber

 

New Kynoch book has been launched

Christopher Power has launched his new Kynoch Book on Thursday 31st March in Arus Lorcain in Arklow. Christopher book, Arklow’s Industrial Revolution – The Kynochs’ Munitions Works 1895 – 1920 is available in Arklow, Gorey and Wicklow. Kynochs factory – one of the largest industrial complexes in Ireland employed over 3,000 people – men and women and produced the explosive mixture Nitro Gliceryne.

Kynoch

 

Arklow repair centres to join forces

Arklow’s two longest established repair centres Mobile Care & Arklow Computer Solutions (Smart Cartridge) are joining forces. After twelve years as colleagues in business, the two are going to be operating under the one roof, as of April 1st Mobile care will be operating out of Arklow Computer Solutions 29 upper main street Arklow, the store at the roundabout will be closed. All the current services will now be offered in both Arklow and Gorey at the Computer Solutions stores. You can now get all your Electronic, I.T and Telecommunications services & solutions taken care of in the one store.

Paul Fennell - Neil Harris

(Source: Wicklownews.net)

Quiz Night in aid of Arklow RNLI

The RNLI continue their fundraising and are holding a Quiz Night at The Old Ship on Friday 15th April at 8.30 pm. Please come and support them.

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 44 in Ireland. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.

RNLI

 

65 Roses Day

cfirelandAs part of Cystic Fibrosis National Awarness Week from 11th to 17th April, volunteers will be selling purple roses and other 65 Roses memorabilia in the Bridgewater Centre to raise funds for cystic fibrosis services. The hope is to raise €65,000 nationally to go towards patient support grants for transplant assessment, fertility treatment and counselling, as well as research and new healthcare facilities. For more information on the campaign, on Cystic Fibrosis Ireland or how to volunteer to help, please click here.

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All Ireland Band Championship

Arklow Shipping Silver Band is preparing to travel to Navan to take part in the All Ireland Band Championship on Sunday 3rd April. The championships will take place in the Solstice Arts Centre in the town. Arklow Shipping Silver Band will perform The Mermaid of Zennor by Philip Harper and James MacCafferty will be conducting the band for this competition.

 

Start Your Own Business Course

It’s a free, 3 day course, friendly, encouraging and motivational for young adults 18 – 24 years old.

Date:

Wednesday 13th April

Wednesday 20th April

Friday 22nd April

(Lunch provided)

Time: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm each day

Venue: Bridgewater Centre – Arklow

Course Content:

Applying for Grants and Loans

Marketing – Promoting your Business

Marketing – Targeting your Customers

Basic Business Skills

Preparing a Business Plan

To book your place contact:

Dympna Boffey

County Wicklow Partnership

Avoca River House, Bridgewater Centre

Arklow, Co. Wicklow

Tel. 0402 20955 / 085 8006874

County Wicklow Partnership

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Attention Arklow Traders

AnnAnn McGovern, President of Arklow Chamber of Commerce purchased the Prize for Best Musical Window Display to encourage all The Local Traders to support Arklow Music Festival. Wouldn’t it be great to see every shop window in Arklow welcoming the 6,700 plus entrants to this year’s Arklow Music Festival by decorating their shop windows with a musical theme for the week? Just follow Deirdre Bentley at McMullans, Peter Kinsella at the Pottery Shop, An Scoil Bheag, Colm Kavanagh at Kavanagh’s Wexford Road, Curiosity Shop on Upper Main Street, Jack and Jill Charity Shop or Vincent De Paul. The winner will have the honour of being the first to have its name engraved on this beautiful cup which will be presented this Sunday 13th March at the Prizegiving Concert. Come on let’s show our neighbouring towns that Arklow too can pull together & sing from the same Hymn Sheet.

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Third generation of the Sweeney Family comes to the helm

IreneCurrent proprietors Pat and Irene Sweeney have recently handed over the reins to their son JJ who follows in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents. JJ is a qualified motor mechanic and also holds qualifications in windscreen chip repair, business and computing and is a trained motor diagnostics technician. Formerly known as the Windscreen, Tyre and Exhaust Centre meets all motoring requirements including fuel servicing, tyres, windscreen repair, NCT checks, beam settings, tyre alignment, and car washing and valeting. The family have been a well-known part of the business community for over 40 years and has always been proud to provide jobs locally. Pat and Irene will continue to run the Hackney and Minibus side of their business.

Pat and Irene wish to thank all their loyal customers for their support over the years and are proud to leave them in the capable hands of JJ and his team. JJ wishes to invite the public to visit Sweeney’s Garage on Saturday 12th March from 2 pm to 4 pm for a welcome event and the chance to see some dream cars.

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St. Patricks and Easter at Bridgewater Shopping Centre

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner on Thursday 17th March. The Bridgewater is celebrating by soaking up the culture, and from 12-3pm there will be free face painting for all the kids. Call in and take advantage of the free parking all day. Also, you can now enter St. Patrick’s Facebook competition where someone will win a Bridgewater Gift Card worth €50. Click here to enter.

Bridgewater

Then, celebrate the next big event with Bridgewater! On Monday 28th March from 2-5pm, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt going on within the Centre and you could get your picture taken with Alice and the Easter Bunny.

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Library closing date

Arklow Library in St Mary’s Road is closing its doors to the public on Wednesday 16th March at 8.30 pm and will be opening on Main Street on Monday 4th April. There will be no public library in Arklow through the school Easter Holidays.

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Community Games Activities in the Arklow Area

Activities:Community Games

  • Solo recitation, solo dance, solo music, solo singing.
  • Group dance, group music, group singing, group drama.

Please note competitors may enter only one activity in their own age group.

Age groups are over eight and under 12 and 16 years. The competition is open to girls and boys resident in the Arklow area and under the age specified on July 31st 2016.

Competitors please register your name, address, date of birth, home telephone number, activity of your choice and five euro entry fee with James O’Reilly 17 Fernhill, Arklow, County Wicklow on or before Friday 18th March. Please note competitors will be notified by phone of dates for area and county finals.

Closing date for entries is Friday 18th March.

Entry fee is €5.

For further information regarding rules and criteria for above activities please visit national community games website, phone 0402 91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org

“It is not the winning that is most important

It is the taking part”

“16 for 1916” Exhibition

Artist David Bardon is back in the Arklow Art Gallery with a new exhibition of his work. “16 for 1916” series celebrates major figures from the Easter Rising and subsequent War of Independence. Portraits include the seven executed signatories of the Proclamation, Michael Collins, Eamonn de Valera and others. The exhibition which will run for three weeks will be launched in the Arklow Visual Art Gallery from 7 – 9 pm on Monday 14th March.

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