LET’S MAKE ARKLOW BLOOM FOR 2017

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ARKLOW TOWN TEAM

ARKLOW  BLOOMS FOR 2017 – FLOWER BASKET SCHEME

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Hanging Basket 1To enhance and improve the image of Arklow’s Main Street (Wexford Road to Lower Main Street) the Town Team proposes to introduce a Flower Basket Scheme for businesses in the Town. Research has shown that this type of scheme can bring many social and environmental benefits to a town. This project is being supported by Arklow Municipal District (AMD).

Businesses located out of the Main Town area might consider sponsoring a basket which could be erected on one of the unused buildings in the town.

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Let’s make Arklow Bloom for 2017

For a contribution of €35 per basket participants in the scheme will receive the following:

  • A fully planted 16” flower basket (with plant food and water crystals)
  • Wall Bracket mounted on building by AMD staff
  • Watering of baskets during the period June to September 5 times per week x 16 weeks, (3 times by a contractor engaged by AMD and 2 times by Arklow Tidy Towns). However, businesses are requested to supplement watering too.

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Hanging BasketsIf your business is interested in participating in the Flower Basket Scheme download the form and return it together with payment for the number of baskets required  to Arklow Town Team c/o Linda McDonald, Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.  Your details may also be emailed to lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie .  Cheques should be made payable to Arklow Town Team.  If you require any further details on the scheme please contact Deirdre Bentley at 086 8108627 or by email at dbentley@live.ie .

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

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Is your pumpkin ready? Click here for some ideas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUVNHh2hkGU

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CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL PLANS  

Big plans are under way for Christmas in Arklow and the local Christmas Festival Committee has been hard at work to make the magic happen.  The 2016 festival will be bigger and better with new Christmas lights due to be erected on the Bridge and St Marys Park.  Events will run each weekend between November 26 and December 17.  Anyone who wishes to participate and support the festival can contact Linda Mc Donald at lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie.  Below is letter from the Festival Committee on events and the introduction of the Golden Ticket draw.

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 PARANOIA Halloween Event

This year Glenart Outdoors are proud to bring you their brand new Halloween event “Paranoia” That will scare you like never before and promises to test all your boundaries of bravery."Glenart Outdoors Halloween Event - PARANOIA"

Built from the ground up to be a unique experience unlike any other in Ireland. All events are set in a real forest at night with real actors, real buildings and real fear.

This years event promises to test all boundaries of your bravery.

Journey through your worst nightmare and enter the Halloween scares for a heart pumping adrenaline filled experience…

Walk through the scariest Halloween experience of your life, where you will come face to face with your worst nightmare, journey through endless corridors, rooms of terror and forests of darkness.

Glenart Castle Halloween Event Information

Venue:-   Glenart Castle, Vale Road, Arklow

Classification :-   Halloween Tour /  Adults Only

Family Fun Tip:- They are not running a family Event this year, just the scariest Halloween experience for the Mums and dads

Dates:-  Saturday 22nd & Wednesday 26th to Monday 31st October 2016

Times:- Starts from 7.00 pm – 11.00 pm with Tours  running every 20 mins

halloween-train-online-bookingThe whole spooky experience will last approx one hour.

Admission: –

  • €15.00 per person
  • €1.50 booking fee per transaction applies

 

Booking Online:- You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the Glenart Castle at Halloween ticket sales.

 

 

Arklow “Making A Difference” Video Well Received

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

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

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

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

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

 

TIDY DOWNS START WORK ON NEW GARDEN

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

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STRICTLY COME DANCING FOR WICKLOW HOSPICE

The Wicklow Hospice is hosting a three-night Stictly in the Arklow Bay.  The first night is the 5th of November, the second night is the 26th of November with the Grand final on 3rd of December.  Tickets cost €10 for each night and are available in the Arklow Bay, from any of the dancers, from the Wicklow Hospice Arklow Office 0402 91310 and from Avondale Sports Shop, Main Street, Rathdrum.

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GET CRAFTY AT THE LIBRARYcraft fair

Arklow Library is excited to announce the upcoming mid-term arts and crafts sessions on Thursday November 3rd.  Children aged 6-10 are invited to come along and put their creative caps on to produce crafty masterpieces at the Arklow Library building on main street.  The activities will start at 2.30pm with a second session starting at 3.30pm.  To book your place please call the library at 0402 39977 or email arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

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 Arklow “Making A Difference” Video Well Received

 

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

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

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

Christmas Parking Arrangements for Arklow Town 2016

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Civic Reception for Taekwon-Do Double Medal Winner

 

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

 

 

 

 

Fishery Talk for Womens Circle

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

 

 

 

 

 

 THE ELDERS TO BRING LATEST TOUR TO ARKLOW

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

 

 

 

 ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

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

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

 

 

LOUISE IS APPOINTED PRINCIPAL OF GLENART

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

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TIDY TOWNS START WORK ON NEW GARDENtidy-town

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

 

 

 

 

pink-partyPINK PARTY

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


 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations to Arklow Tidy Towns

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

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

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

 

 

Arklow Municipal District Grants

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

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Arklow Music Festival

Inbhear Mór Marchers

Arklow Music & Arts

Polish-Irish Educational Association

Arklow Seabreeze Committee

Arklow Christmas Festival Committee

Arklow LGBT

Arklow Maritime Festival

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

 

 

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September 2016

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

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

  • Best New Start Uptie

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business

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

  • The Service Excellence Award

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award

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

  • Ambassador for Tourism Award

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

  • The Employee of the Year Award

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

  • The Person of the Year Award

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

Nomination forms will be available soon.

Press Release

Arklow – the Best Place to Live in Ireland?

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

Click here to read more…

 

 

Wicklow County Council

Arklow Municipal District

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

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

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

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

 

Linda McDonald

District Administrator

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

lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie 

0402 42700

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Arklow Tidy Towns

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

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

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

 

Arklow Library Community Room

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

Opening Hours:

Monday 10am – 5pmLibrary

Tuesday 10am – 8.30pm

Wednesday 10am – 5pm

Thursday 10pm – 8.30pm

Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Contact Details:

Phone: 0402 39977

Email: CFullam@wicklowcoco.ie

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

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

 

Wedding Showcase in the Arklow Bay Hotel

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

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

Arklow Bay Hotel

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

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

 

Book sale at Old Arklow Library

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

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Open Day in Arklow Further Education and Training Centre

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

What can arklow further education and training centre offer you?

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

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

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Jack & Jill Charity Shop celebrates 1st Birthday

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

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

For more information call 0402 91250.

Happy birthday

 

Jack & Jill needs volunteers

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

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Arklow Town Vision Public Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date:                    Tuesday 31st May at 7.30 pm

Place:                   Arklow Bay Hotel

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

 

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

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

For more information click here.

 

Makeover Academy at Bridgewater

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

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

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

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

Makeover Academy

 

Fair City’s “Clive” at Arklow Library

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

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Demonstration of Upcycling

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

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

Registration: 9.30 am

Demonstration starts: 10.30 am

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

Demonstration of Upcycling

 

Arklow Community First Responders Training

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

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

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

Two Cultures

 

 

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

 

 

International Children’s Day

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

International Children's Day

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

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

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

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

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Funding of €56 thousand announced for Rural Development in Arklow & District

REDZWell done to the Arklow REDZ group (ARG) for achieving funding of €56,000 for rural economic development in Arklow as part of the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zone). This is great news and will help bring a new economic focus to support the local communities around Arklow.

The project aims to create jobs and develop economic and social renewal initiatives for Arklow Town and district. The application will support regeneration in Arklow – following the M11 Arklow/Rathnew upgrade works, and Arklow’s inclusion in the Regional Aid Map. “It’s great to work with such committed people – thanks to all who helped to get this application through – email chamber@arklow.ie if you want to get involved” said Arklow & District Chamber President, Ann McGovern.

Arklow Town will be the hub of the REDZ zone and will built a new relationship between Arklow town and its hinterland, including Aughrim, Rathdrum and Avoca. The project will be implemented by Arklow REDZ Group (ARG) and a key action will be the employment of a Development Manager who will be employed by Arklow Chamber of Commerce to deliver on the proposed action plan.

It is hoped that if this pilot scheme is a success, a call for proposals for a more extensive REDZ initiative under the LEADER elements of the RDP.  Further briefings are taking place on the 6th October at 8pm in the Grand Hotel, Wicklow and in Germaines in Baltinglass on 8th October at 8pm.

This REDZ funding comes after the recent announcement of the €30 million Village and Town Renewal Scheme, which will run over 6 years and help to support towns and villages across the country.

 

WW1 Memorial Park

WW1-2The WW1 Memorial Park at Woodenbridge has been nominated for an Irish Landscaping Institute Award. This is decided by public vote and this is the only place in Wicklow nominated so we are asking you to support it. To vote simply open the link below and click on the “green thumb” under the picture of the park, you can learn more about the design by clicking on the picture.  Voting is open until October 14th 2015 and the winner will be announced at the ILI Landscape Awards Prize-giving ceremony on October 15th at the Irish Architectural Archive.

http://www.irishlandscapeinstitute.com/awards/

The Woodenbridge World War 1 Memorial Park is located on the southern bank of the Aughrim river at Woodenbridge, directly across from Woodenbridge Hotel.  The memorial park was constructed by the Woodenbridge Village Development Association with the support of County Wicklow World War 1 Memorial Committee. It was opened on the 18th September 2014.

The memorial was constructed along the river bank in a tranquil setting. It consists of fifteen vertical granite slabs designed in three circles.

1,192 names of people who were natives of Wicklow or lived in Wicklow, who died directly or indirectly as a result of World War 1 are listed on the monument.

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Woodenbridge was selected as the site because it was the location where John Redmond MP made his famous speech on 20th September 1914 urging Irish volunteers to join the Great War. John Redmond was an MP from 1881 until his death in 1918. He was leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 until 1918.

 

Get your head around rounding – begins 28th October

Rounding is rolling out on 28th October to reduce the use of 1c and 2c coins. This means less coins handling, lower bank charges and less hassle for your business.

The change will be rounded up or down to the nearest five cent on cash transactions:

  • If it ends in 1 and 2 – round to 0
  • If it ends in 3 and 4 – round to 5
  • If it ends in 6 and 7 – round to 5
  • If it ends in 8 and 9 – round to 10

Rounding is only applied on change given on the final till amount, not on individual prices.

The donation of 1c and 2c coins will greatly benefit Irish charities such as “Change for Charity” and “Make-a-Wish Ireland”. If you would like to collect donations for “Change for Charity”, please contact 086 8898190 or info@changeforcharity.ie You can contact “Make-a-Wish Ireland” on 01 2052007 or info@makeawish.ie

Rounding

For more information please ring the Central Bank’s Public Contacts Helpline on 1890 777 777, email rounding@centralbank.ie or visit the website www.betterallround.ie

 

Arklow Tidy Towns Results 2015

Congratulations to Sandra Hall, Sandra Duffy and the Arklow Tidy Towns committee on achieving 3rd place in the county. This is what Sandra Duffy had to say about this achievement…

 Arklow Tidy Towns2“This year we jumped 7 points to achieve a mark of 298…3rd in the county out of 26 entries. Our litter and tidiness mark beat the winner Letterkenny by 3 points. Other categories will have to be worked on. WE were awarded a bronze medal & commended in the adjudicators report. Our thanks to all the residents, volunteers, schools and businesses who came out to clean. The CE Scheme & Gateway Council Scheme are to be credited with the cleanliness acknowledged by the judge. An area that was complimented was the abundance of wildlife features in the town but no identification information boards highlighting these. If anyone like to sponsor information boards on the river walk or the beach or graveyards please let us know. Another category we could increase points in is sustainable waste and resource management. If any of the Chamber Members are recycling waste, or becoming paperless or switching to LED lighting or saving water etc. or doing any environmentally enhancing activity would you contact the Chamber Office so we can include it in next year’s submission. Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped achieve this fantastic result…”

Arklow Tidy Towns

 

Congratulations to Kajsa Kinsella

Kajsa Kinsella-001Arklow woman Kajsa Kinsella is celebrating the launch of her second design and craft book and will be doing a book signing in Eason, Arklow on Saturday, 14th November between 1 pm and 3 pm. Both her books “Nordicana” and “Sew Scandinavian” will be on sale in store as from next week and if the customer wants their already bought copy signed, then they are very welcome to bring it along on the day for a signature and a chat! The book is a step by step guide to sewing your own craft items in the Scandinavian Style.

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For more information please contact Kajsa on her Facebook page or visit the website or open the PDF file below:

Media Pack-KajsaKinsella Pdf

Well done Jessica Wall from Arklow School of Taekwondo!

 

Taekwondo3Jessica Wall, who is a member of Arklow School of Taekwondo, did herself and her club proud recently in a national competition in Wexford at the IITF Irish Cup.

The young athlete, who holds the current rank of red tip, entered into both patterns and sparring. After impressing adjudicators, Jessica took home a second place trophy for patterns as well as a first place gold medal for sparring. She was supported by her family on the day, as well as Master Henry O’Neill (senior instructor) and John Hackett (assistant instructor).

The Arklow School of Taekwondo is located at The Marlborough Hall, St Mary’s Road and is taking in new beginners from age five years upwards.

 

Arklow Positive Ageing Week

Brendan Joyce, former Chairperson of Arklow Friendship Association launched Arklow Positive Ageing Week 2015. It will run from 27th September to 14th October. See programme of events below.

Age Action Week

Arklow Carer Receives Award

Congratulations to Susan Dunne who was given a commendation award in Bluebird Carer’s i-Care awards held this week. 1,500 carers across the country were asked to provide their personal stories as to why they chose a career in care. Each person had to enter a video, poem or story. The high profile presentation was hosted by George Hook and filmed by Irish TV so it can be broadcast on Sky later in the month.

Bluebird Care

 

Blessings for CO – ED Schools

educationA new departure in primary education in Arklow was celebrated on Friday with a blessing ceremony at two local schools. St Michael and Peter’s Junior school and St John’s National School welcomed local clergy members and Bishop Raymond Field to their respective buildings at Castlepark and Coolgreany Road. There were a number of speeches given on the day which included an address from Anthony Byrne who chaired the committee tasked with implementing the changes. Fr Cosgrove paid tribute to all those involved in ensuring a smooth transition.

 

Short Story Award for Eleanor

An Arklow woman – Eleanor O’Reilly who began writing while on maternity leave three years ago has won the prestigious Francis McManus Short Story Competition 2015. During this period Eleanor has won an impressive awards including: the Trevor/Bowen International Short Story Award 2013 and the Writing4Autism 2014. She was also shortlisted for the James Plunkett Literary Award 2013 and the Fish Short Story Award 2014. Eleanor is currently studying for a Master’s in Creative Writing and is half way through her first novel, as part of the Master’s Programme. ‘Stoppin’ the Silence’ will be broadcast on RTE Radio1 at 11.10 p.m. on Monday, 5th October.

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Arklow This Week

Interruption to Water Supply in Arklow Town on Thursday 10th September

Irish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council wish to advise residents of Arklow Town, in particular around the areas of Lamberton, The Kish, Emoclew Road, Knockenrahen and Ballynattin that water will be shut off in parts of the town from 9am until 7pm on Thursday 10th September.

This shut off is necessary as ESB Networks are undertaking Quality of Supply improvements in the area.

For further information please contact Irish Water Customer Services on 1800 278 278.

 

Arklow Further Education and Training Centre

Fernhill Plaza Wexford Road Arklow

0402 39680

Fernhil PlazaWe have some places available on our courses starting in September.

Leaving Certificate for adults, this is a two year course that includes Maths, English, history Economics, Biology, Art and Computers. Students on this course can progress onto Third Level education or onto PLC course or into employment.

Certificate in Community Care QQI Level 5 5M2786. This is a year long course for adults who wish to work in Nursing homes or as home helps. The modules include Human Growth and development, Care provision and practice, Care of the older person, Safety and Health at Work, Communications, Equality and disability, Work experience Word processing and Occupational First Aid.

Certificate in Business QQI Level 6 6M4985. This course is suitable for adults who have good computer skills or who have completed a Level 5 course. The modules include Business Management, Communications, Word processing, Spreadsheets, Web authoring, Database, Personal and professional development.

Art portfolio preparation Course. This is a part time course designed to support and guide those who want to refresh their artistic skills and begin pursuing a career in Art and Design.

If you are interested in any of these courses please contact Maria or Melissa on 0402 23455 or 0402 39680 or by email at vtosarklow@eircom.net

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Local Community Restore Old Kilbride Cemetery

As part of Heritage Week Minister Simon Harris officially opened Old Kilbride Cemetery in Arklow.  He congratulated local volunteers who undertook this restoration project.  This cemetery is unique in that is features a pyramid tomb, commissioned in the late 1700s by Ralph Howard, the first Viscount of Wicklow.  In his speech Minister Harris said it is important, especially during Heritage Week that we take stock of the heritage sites within our communities.

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Tourism Potential of Avoca Mines

Avoca MinesOn Wednesday 26th August Minister Simon Harris brought together a number of stake holders, including the Avoca Heritage Committee, Failte Ireland, Wicklow County Tourism and the County Wicklow Heritage Officer, to discuss the tourism potential of the mines at Avoca.  He stated he is keen that Failte Irelands newest tourism initiative, ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ will feature an element of Ireland’s industrial heritage and would like to ensure that Avoca Mines is included as it is a unique insight into the industrial past of Wicklow.  The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has committed to a €3 million investment in public health and safety works on the site over the period 2014 – 2016.  As each area of the mine undergoes work, public access will then be enabled.

 

Tidy Towns

Members of Arklow Tidy Towns have been invited to the televised Tidy Towns award ceremony at The Helix for the first time since it was founded 40 years ago. The group was delighted to get confirmation of the invitation and looks forward to attending on September 28 where the awards winners will be announced.

 

Avonmore Musical Society

Avonmore Musical Society held their main and very popular fundraiser “Strictly Come Dancing” last Saturday night in the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Chairman Rob Donnelly would like to thank all the couples who danced and everyone who came for helping make the night such a wonderful success. With over 750 audience members present plus 20 couples dancing representing various groups and charities the hotel was packed to capacity and the atmosphere was electric.

The 20 couples performed their individual dances and the Avonmore girls also performed a dance to “Buenos Aries” to advertise Avonmore’s next Musical Production “Evita” which will be staged from Tues 29th March to Saturday 2nd April 2016. The main winners on the night were Gerry Brauders & Eimear Harper who won on behalf of “Caveman”.

Avonmore

For more information please visit:

http://www.wicklownews.net/2015/08/gerry-and-eimear-win-avonmore-strictly/

http://www.avonmoremusicalsociety.com/

 

Duck Pond shortlisted for national Chambers award

duck pond2Arklow Duck Pond has been shortlisted for a national Chambers Ireland award. The local amenity which was entered by Arklow Municipal District under Wicklow County Council and it was confirmed in recent days that the area is a finalist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards. Now in their twelfth year, the awards recognise and celebrate the work carried out in communities by local authorities. Over the past six years a vast amount of work has been completed to transform the Duck Pond to a safe and social area for everyone to enjoy day and night. Congratulations to everyone involved from Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce !!!

 

Tom Lawler’s solo art exhibition at the Visual Art Gallery in Arklow

Wicklow artist Tom Lawler shared his most recently produced works with the community of Arklow over the past couple of weeks at the latest exhibition to take place at the Local Arklow Visual Art Gallery. The gallery was delighted to host the show, which included Tom’s acrylic and gouache work. Tom spent the past year producing this large body of work which was well received by the public and at the gallery. His paintings are vibrant abstractions inspired by a library of artistic books.

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Innovations Theatre School

Innovaions Theatre SchoolIf you want your child to build confidence, learn new skills and make friends – come on upcoming open day on Wednesday September 9th. Innovations Theatre School provides all of this for children aged 5-18 in their weekly classes in Arklow. The open day will be at their regular venue of The Centre, Wexford Road, Arklow from 5pm to 7 pm, where new students will be able to try out a full two – hour session of dance, singing and acting alongside the regular classes. There will also be a short informal audition for entry into the school. Classes take place at that time every week from September to May. Fees are €170 for 10 weeks, with 30 weeks through the year. To book a place on the open day or for more information please contact 087 1364219 or 086 3442916. You can also check out the Innovations Theatre School Website http://www.innovations.ie/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/InnovationsTheatreSchool/info?tab=page_info.

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Huff of Arklow

Arklow This Week

The Huff of Arklow, the famous one-of-a-kind yacht which was built over 60 years ago and revolutionised yacht design, last week returned home to dock in Arklow for the first time since its restoration. The Huff of Arklow was built in the yard of Jack Tyrrell in Arklow in 1951 and it was recently welcomed back to these waters by his son Jimmy Tyrrell, a local maritime legend in his own right as the Arklow RNLI’s longest ever serving operations volunteer.

 

maritime_slide_10The gathering of the fleet- RNLI Arklow Maritime Festival takes place each year in Arklow, down on south quay and around town, fantastic line up of events for all the family this year and its mostly free!! So come on down to Arklow town!!

Arklow Maritime Festival- July 31st to August 2nd 2015, has a long history here in Arklow, this year again the event will make the August bank Holiday weekend one to remember………so come on down to ARKLOW town!! There will be a special gathering event or two planned, for more information please email mark@communityevents.ie or visit the website http://www.arklowmaritimefestival.com/

Maritime Weekend

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Wicklow County Council are seeking your input to new pedestrian and traffic management at Bridge Street/South Quay/Main Street/ Lower Main Street Junctions. For more details click here.

 

Arklow Municipal District staff are to move into their new offices on Main Street in Arklow. Cllr Pat Fitzgerald outlined that work is almost complete on the new council premises and that staff from the current offices at the Bridgewater Centre will soon be relocated. Cllr Fitzgerald confirmed that the library staff from St Mary’s Road will not be making a move into their new workplace yet due to staffing levels and works to furnish the interior of the building.

Library

 

A fundraising car boot sale takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church, Templerainey in aid of the church. For more information please call 0402 32249.

 

The next concert from Arklow Roots Music will feature Eilidh Patterson, a gifted singer – songwriter from Derry. Samples of her music are available at www.eilidhpatterson.com

She will play the upper room at the Harbour Bar, Lower Main Street, Arklow on Tuesday, 28th July at 8.30 p.m. Ticket cost is €10 and €8 conc. Playing support will be local singer – songwriter Brendan O’Regan who organises the Arklow Roots Gigs.

Eilidh Patterson

 

Patricia Kelly, a member of the Kelly Family, will perform in October 6th at 7 p.m. in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Tickets costs €20 for adults and €15 for children (aged 6 to 16, free entry for those under 6) and are available from the hotel or by calling 086 3598854 or 086 4013473.

 

Summer Season is well under way for Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers. Everyone is welcome to take part in Tidy Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the courthouse. Come along and help make a difference. Please bring gloves.

 

Woodenbridge Development Association will host a public meeting in the Woodenbridge Hotel on Sunday, 26th July at 7 p.m. to get feedback on plans to develop a walking and cycle route between Woodenbridge and Ballycoog.

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