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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.

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

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

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

 

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. As usual the ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

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

  • Best New Start Up

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business

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

  • The Service Excellence Award

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award

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

  • Ambassador for Tourism Award

For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area

  • The Employee of the Year Award

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

  • The Person of the Year Award

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

 

Pat Fitzgerald named as new Wicklow County Council Cathaoirleach

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

Pat Fitzgerald

Source: Wicklownews.net

 

Water Outage – Arklow Town

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

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VaultFest 2016

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

VaultFest 2016

 

 

 

Exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery

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

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Kids Summer Dance Camps

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

AGE 7-13 YEARSSummer Dance Camp

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

AGE 3-6 years

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

50% off Sibling Discount

RED DOOR FITNESS HALL

Call Laura: 086-3968673

Places are limited so make sure to Book!

 

 

Summer Pottery Making

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

Summer Fun Pottery

 

QQI accredited payroll and VAT qualifications

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

Payroll training

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

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

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:

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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

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  • 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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The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation recently launched the “Mid East Action Plan for Jobs” to oversee the implementation of this very important initiative, it is aimed at the supporting the creation of extra jobs in the Mid East.

There are 163 actions contained in this plan with responsibilities and timeframes set out for each of these actions.  The Department are setting up an Implementation Committee which will be chaired by Eamonn Sinnott, General Manager, Intel Ireland and the role of this committee is to engage and report on actions in the Mid East Action Plan for Jobs.  It is intended that Progress Reports will be published on 6-monthly basis for the Mid East Plan and for the 8 Action Plans published to date.

Download PDF “Guidelines for Monitoring Regional Action Plans” and “Summary Table of Actions”.

 

Small Grant Scheme for Sports Clubs and Groups

 

Sport EquipmentThe Small Grant Scheme is aimed at the purchase of equipment, training costs or other initiatives to increase participation and membership in the club.  It is a once off grant for 2016 (max. of €500 per club).

Please note the closing date for applications is 24th February 2016.  If you require an application form please e-mail Lisa at lcairns@wicklowcoco.ie or visit the “Small Grant Scheme” website.

 

1916 Drama Comes to Arklow Stage

 

Arklow Drama Group “Masquerade” has been performing “The Break of Day”, a new play by Conal O’Sheil.  The show is part of the Wicklow 1916 Commemorations and is on at The Breffni which.  The performance has been getting wonderful reviews since its opening night but sadly its last performance is tonight Friday 19th February at 8pm.

Masquerade

Masquerade is always looking for new performers, contact them on Facebook for more information.

 

 Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle Celebrates

 

Sherry Fitzgerald Myles DoyleMandies Kinsella of Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle secured 2nd place in the Administrator of the Year Awards.  There were 67 participating franchised offices represented at the recent Sherry Fitzgerald Countrywide Conference held recently in the Killashee Hotel in Naas.  Arklow & District Chamber are delighted to congratulate Mandie on her achievement especially as Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle is one of our Chamber members.

 

Coder Dojo Arklow

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like-minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.

Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self-led learning,  with an emphasis on showing how coding is a force for change in the world.

Up and running in Arklow for nearly 2 years now, CoderDojo Arklow hold weekly sessions where a growing number of kids, aged from 7 to 17 get their first taste of how to use technology to create websites, design animations and games, and using technology like the Raspberry PI get their first introduction to the exciting world of electronics..

The sessions are facilitated by Arklow CBS, and are run by a team of volunteers, both technical and non-technical, who aim to provide a safe, fun, interactive and creative environment and to encourage young people while they build complementary skills of creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, team work and leadership.

CoderDojo Poster

For information on how to join visit Coder Dojo Arklow.

 

 

 

 

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Vote for Emma to win Doodle 4 Google

Girl DrawingCongratulations to Emma Seckington, aged 9, who has made it to the finals of the 2016 Doodle 4 Google.  Voting opened on Sunday 7th February and closes on Sunday 14th February so please log on to www.google.ie/doodle4google/vote and select Emma’s entry in the Group 2 section.  She has themed her entry on Irish wildlife so please vote for her and help get her to the doodle onto the Google homepage.  The prize giving ceremony will take place on 7th March and the winning doodle will appear on Google on 28th March.

 

GoRun.ie Health and Fitness Seminar

GoRun.ie are holding a Health and Fitness  Seminar in the Arklow Bay Hotel and Leisure Centre on Wednesday 17th February 2016  at 7.00pm sharp.  See flyer below  or visit the www.gorun.ie or full information.

What does GoRun.ie do??

GoRun.ie is an online race event calendar and facilitator.  They launched back in November 2015 and are getting great feedback in relation to how the service is much needed from a runners point of view.  They have roughly between 7,000-8,000 page loads each week with 2,500 users each week logging onto their website. The point of the Seminar is to promote health and Fitness in Wicklow with experts in their field.

Download the GoRun Flyer

 

Safely Insured Seminar

ASL Safety & Training Ltd are having a half day seminar in The Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow on Thursday 10th March, 2016 from 9.30am – 12.30pm.  This is a very interesting seminar  on providing a safe place of work and adequate Insurance cover.  The increased knowledge on how to provide a safe place of work coupled with a better understanding of commercial insurance is a powerful tool to have and can save you a lot of money when it comes to claims and renewing your premiums.

This seminar can be booked online or if you require further information please contact me Colm Moules – 083 4678332.

 http://1001bookings.com/asl/training/public_view_course/745

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BOOK NOW ONLINE: www.aslsafety.com/training

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Arklow Music & Arts Scene Awards

ArtsParticipants in Christmas competition gathered in Kennys of the Harbour for the presentation of awards.  Competitors of all ages were represented but the award for “Best in Show” went to the very talented Olivia Sheehy & Cat Leibowitx of Empathy.  Congratulations to them and special congratulations to the those in the Arklow Music & Arts Scene who did wonderful work in 2015 to highlight what Arklow has to offer in music and creative arts. This hardworking  group goal is to secure a performing arts centre for the community.

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We all in Arklow & District Chamber sympathise with the people of France and support the families and friends of those murdered and injured, as they enjoyed living and working in the beautiful city of Paris. A book of condolences has been opened in the Arklow Munical District office for anyone who wishes to express their sympathy with us.

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Arklow Municipal District (AMD) Wins 2015 Excellence in Local Government Award

Duck PondCongratulations to AMD who the Parks & Recreation section for the “Arklow Duck Pond, Nature Walk & Leisure Area” at the 12th annual Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.  These awards are held to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work being carried out by local authorities all over Ireland.

AMD together with many community groups has worked to improve this area for locals and tourists.  The Duck Pond measures 1km in circumference and is ideal for those interested in wildlife, leisurely walks or keeping fit.  The area provides a diverse mix of amenities such as walks, Howard’s Way, Sli na Slainte, seafront walk, crazy golf, outdoor gyms, skateboard park, playground & running track.  The Seaview Garden is a very attractive sensory garden planted and maintained by volunteers from local services.

 

Live Street Entertainment

SingerThanks to Small Town Crisis, Aoibhín Redmond, Inver Ladies Choir, Áine, Érin & Siún Byrne, Avoca National Schools “Singing Souls”, Sing for Fun, The Vault Music Programme, Inbhear Mor Performance Emsemble/Marchers, Arklow Pipe Band, Arklow Ukulele Players and Avonmore Musical Society who have signed up for the Entertainment Mile at Christmas Festival. We have 10 spots available if anybody else wants to join them, just fill in the Performer Application on the website here. If you are running an event or are part of a committee that is running an event, please fill out the Christmas Event Form.

 

Improvement works to Bridge Street Junction

It is now envisaged that these works will commence on Monday  23rd November with an end date of the 19th January 2016.  For the Christmas period 11th December 2015 to the 4th January 2016 the contractor will need to have all traffic management removed from the site. All the underground work will be carried out before the Christmas period and the overground (footpaths and surfacing) after the Christmas period. This project will consist of night time work only.

The Members did ask about the possibility of either:

  • Instructing the contractor to suspend works on the 4th December 2015  as opposed to the 11th December 2015 for the Christmas period.

or

  • Delaying  the start date of the works  until 4th January 2016 .

However, neither option is possible as there may be entitlement for additional costs to the contractor if we instructed either change.

WCC  appreciate the concerns raised and  have been trying to schedule these works to avoid the summer tourist season, water services works and to avoid disruption to traffic in the daytime  so hopefully the members and the public will be able to bear with us during the construction of this scheme.

Any queries can be forward to Margaret at mhartnett@wicklowcoco.ie

Click below to see a PDF version.

Arklow Bridge Street _Main Street General Arrangement

Invitation to all South Wicklow businesses – Regional Aid Supports

We invite all Businesses in South Wicklow to attend a briefing from the IDA and Enterprise Ireland on the specific Regional Aid support packages are available to your businesses today.

Place: The Woodenbridge Hotel

Time: 5.30 pm

Date: 10th December 2015

Speakers: VP ICT Division IDA Connor Simpson and Enterprise Ireland Michael Brougham

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NDRC : Making Ventures Happen – LaunchPad seeking entrepreneurs in the digital space

€30,000 in pre-seed investment for startups who win place on the 12 week programme


Business People SilueteFriday 13th November. 
 NDRC announced today that it is inviting applications for investment and participation in its next NDRC LaunchPad programme, which begins in January 2016. Regarded as one of Europe’s premier accelerator programmes, NDRC is seeking ambitious entrepreneurs with digital ideas and products that have the potential to scale globally. Those selected to take part in the 12 week programme will receive up to €30,000 in pre seed investment plus the expert development and commercial support from the NDRC team. An Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 2nd December in NDRC on Crane Street, Dublin 8 at 6pm for prospective candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the NDRC team, other portfolio companies and find out more about the programme and the application process.

For more information please look to the press release.

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Christmas Gifts from The Pottery Shop

The Pottery Shop2Visit The Pottery Shop on the Lower Main Street, Arklow to see the fantastic selection of Christmas gifts and decorations. At The Pottery shop you can also find a large range of quality giftware such as Genesis Bronze, Galway Crystal, Noritake tableware to mention just a few.  They also stock Newbridge Silverware jewellery and cutlery.

Their Halloween window “witches and ghosts” was a huge success so look out for their ‘Santa and the night before Christmas’ holographic display starting in December. For more information what Peter and Eileen have to offer go to The Pottery Shop Facebook page.

The Pottery Shop

 

 

Santa is coming to Bridgewater this Sunday

banbury-santaBRIDGEWATER Shopping Centre in Arklow will welcome a very special on Sunday 22nd November at 12 Noon as Santa Claus will travel from the North Pole to Ireland to visit the South East’s favourite Shopping Centre. It is absolutely FREE.

Bridgewater would also like to welcome everyone to come for a night of carol singing, mince pies, hot chocolate, fantastic discounts and spot prizes on Thursday 26th November, from 6 pm to 9 pm. PLUS €250 WORTH OF GIFT CARDS ARE UP FOR GRABS!

A Mery Gathering

The Shopping Centre has also recently launched their new Gift Card, which can be purchased at the Customer Service desk or Eason. Why not buy a Gift Card as a Christmas present, it can be spent in any store in the Centre and can be can be used a little (or a lot) at any time. Stock up on all your Christmas essentials here at Bridgewater from gifts to gadgets and you won’t be disappointed with the great range they have.

For more information please visit Bridgewater Shopping Centre website or Facebook page.

 

Arklow Rowing Club 25th Anniversary Party

Arklow Rowing Club is having its 25th Anniversary celebrations in Arklow Sailing Club at 8pm on November 28th 2015. Food, Music, and a Good Night guaranteed as they celebrate 25 years, and will also be for capping off a successful season for the club in all categories. All are welcome and tickets are only €5 and available from committee members, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone.

Arklow Rowing Club

For more information please visit club’s website or Facebook page.

 

Arklow Visual Art Gallery

arklow visual artsArklow Visual Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of new work by local artist Fionnuala Hough in the gallery 61-63 main street Arklow, from Monday 16th until Friday 30th November.
The Exhibition titled “The Flood and the Rapture” will be open to the member of the public. The opening night is Monday 16th November from 7-9 pm, light refreshments will be served on the night. Admission is free and all are welcome.