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Kynoch’s  Explosion remembered

 

 

 

 

 

On September 21st, 1917, Arklow was rocked by an explosion at the local Kynoch’s ammunition factory, in which 27 men lost their lives.

This year, the 100th anniversary of the tragic event will be remembered by Arklow Music and Arts Group (AMA) at a special centenary concert. The group plans to turn the clock back to 1917 and the music those men had listened to will be played again  on Thursday, September 21st  and Peters Church, Arklow, at 7.30 p.m. A number of commissioned pieces of poetry, song, music and dance will also be performed on the night.

A wealth of talent from Arklow and surrounding areas, inc. St Marys Orchestra, Karla Tracey and Frances Ryan School of Dance to name but a few all of whom have given their time freely to support AMA in their campaign to provide a theatre and performance space for the Arklow area.

Special thanks on the evening will include Kitty Brennan, Michael Fitzgerald, Pat Power, Jim Rees and MC Jim Furlong.

Tickets are on sale at www.gr8events.ie but can also be purchased at the following outlets: Mc Mullans, Kennys of the harbour, Kavanaghs and Kustom Kids. Tickets are priced at €15.00 each or groups of 10 or more can avail of a special price of €12.00 if booked at the same time.

Anyone interested in advertising in the program should contact a committee member or visit the AMA Facebook page.

Arklow Trade Rising

 

This is great news for the Community as there are four new businesses placed in Arklow taking over vacant retail units.

Very recently Wok Star Asian street food and The Sewing corner opened their doors on the main street while Prezzomolino Italian restaurant launched beside the bank of Ireland at the other end of the street.

Also the former Extra-Vision store unit on the Wexford road has been transformed into a branch of Life Pharmacy, owned by pharmacist Laura Armstrong and is set to open its doors in the near future.

Following a difficult few years, it appears that entrepreneurs are now willing to put their faith in the town.

We wish them all the success in the future.

Huge Interest in Enterprise Town 

 

The Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town is coming back to Arklow and  is set to be bigger than ever as a new venue at Glenart College has been secured.

The event, which takes place on Saturday, October the 7th, was launched at the Arklow Library last Thursday where the new supports were extended to all registered exhibitors. These include a pre-event business networking session.

The Enterprise Town exhibitors last year made lots of local connections with other organisations and gained significant business as a result. This year they plan to help foster the networking by bringing exhibitors together in advance of the event to facilitate and maximise the potential among local businesses.

Demand to participate in Arklow Town is high and since the launch last Thursday, over 60 local organisations have registered to take part.

This event is free for everyone with lots of entertainment for all ages, spot prizes and special guest.

Schools, Clubs and businesses interested in taking part can register by emailing derek.tobin@boi.com or calling the Bank of Ireland Arklow

For more details follow the Arklow Enterprise Town facebook page.

The business Networking event, for registered exhibitors, will take place on Tuesday, September 26th from 6-7 p.m. at Bank of Ireland, Arklow.

Market

 

The Arklow weekly Farmers market takes place in the Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark, Arklow every Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Home baked goods as well as a selection fruit and vegetables will be on sale.

New stall holders are always welcome.

For Further information please contact Gertie at 086 6031510

 

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Chamber Ball 2017

 

This year’s Arklow and District Chamber Ball and business Chamber Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th, in the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend.

A drinks reception upon arrival at 7.15 p.m. with dinner served for 8.15 p.m. followed by the presentation awards.

This will be a great evening to recognise local people, businesses and their achievements.

The categories are: Best Established Business Award, Best New Start up Award, Ambassador for Tourism Award, The Person of the Year Award and The Employee of the Year Award.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there and thank you for all your support.

 

Bridgewater Craft Fair

 

The popular Bridgewater Craft fair takes place on the first Sunday of every month, with the next fair on September 3rd. An array of beautiful hand crafted products are available to buy from up to 20 stalls.

For further information, please contact Mary Whelan on 087 9880894.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arklow Bay Hotel & Omniplex Cinema Deal

 

 

 

Arklow Art Exhibition

 

An Exhibition on new oil paintings will run at the Arklow Gallery on Main Street until Friday, September 15th.

Artist Helen was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England and moved to Ireland in 1980 with her husband and children.

Her interest in painting started after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989. Helen had no formal training, but working with water colours for a number of years she decided to turn them into oils.

Helen has brought her work to Dublin, Carlow and Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Her work is a private collection across Ireland, Britain, Italy, Japan, US and Canada. Her designs have been used for Christmas cards for both MS Society and Irish Wheelchair Association.

She has also presented one of her paintings to the former President Mary McAleese.

Admission is free and all are welcome to call in and view the paintings.

 

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. The guest speaker for this year’s awards is Sean Kelly MEP.

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 Arklow & District Chamber awards will recognize local people & businesses and their achievements in the following 5 categories:

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

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

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 recognize a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.

***NOMINATIONS CAN BE COMPLETED BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ***

Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards nomination form is available on Page 6 of this weeks edition of the Wicklow People.

Forms are also available at the following:
– Arklow Library
– The Arklow Bay Hotel
– BOI
– AIB
– Arklow Post Office
– Bridgewater (public noticeboard)
– Supervalu.

These forms can be dropped into any of our postboxes located at:
Arklow Library
The Arklow Bay Hotel
Arklow Chamber office

Alternatively nominations can be submitted via the online link at http://arklow.ie/arklow-district-chamber-awards-nomination/

The closing date for acceptance of nominations is Friday 1st September 2017.

Tickets for this Black Tie event are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909 or you can email chamber@arklow.ie

 Tickets are €60 each with a table of 10 for €500. (Both members and non-members are welcome to attend)

Arklow Art Exhibition

An exhibition on new oil paintings will run at the Arklow Gallery on Main Street until Friday, September 15th.

Artist Helen was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England and moved to Ireland in 1980 with her husband and children.

Her interest in painting started after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989. Helen had no formal training, but working with water colours for a number of years she decided to turn them into oils.

Helen has brought her work to Dublin, Carlow and Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Her work is a private collection across Ireland, Britain, Italy, Japan, US and Canada. Her designs have been used for Christmas cards for both MS Society and Irish Wheelchair Association.

She has also presented one of her paintings to the former President Mary McAleese.

The official opening took place in Arklow last Tuesday.

Admission is free and all are welcome to call in and view the paintings.

Kats Disco Returns

 

The Arklow Bay Hotel are hosting the return of the legendary Kats disco, this Saturday, August 26th. With music from the 80s & 90s, it promises to be a great night.

Doors open at 9pm with entrance fee of €8.

All proceeds will be given to the Avonmore Musical Societies 2018 production of the Rock Musical Classic “Jesus Christ Superstar”. It will be staged in St Marys College from 3rd – 7th April, 2018.

 Farmers Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The popular weekly Farmers Market will take place this Saturday 26th August (10:30am – 1:00pm) in the local Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark.

A selection of home produce along with fresh vegetables & fruit will be on sale. New stall holders are always welcome.

For more information, please contact Gertie at 086 3981103.

 Bridgewater Craft Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The popular Bridgewater Craft fair takes place on the first Sunday of every month, with the next fair on September 3rd. An array of beautiful hand crafted products are available to buy from up to 20 stalls.

For further information, please contact Mary Whelan on 087 9880894.

Arklow Bay Hotel & Omniplex Cinema Deal

 

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Festival Fills Arklow Town

 

Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival exceeded all expectations bringing huge crowds for the entire festival  creating a magical experience . It drew to a close on Sunday night with a spectacular fireworks display on the Riverbank.

The level of visitors to the town was astonishing as there wasn’t a single room left in hotels and guest houses in the community.

There were many highlights which went down a storm including the Dainty Bakery Baby Show, Trade Winds Burger Contest and the AGB Festival of Football.

There was great praise for the small eight member committee under the chairperson of Colm Moules who pulled together an event to be proud of. The committee would like to thank the people who gave their time and money to help this year’s festival including the press and photographers, East Coast FM for their support, the emergency services, Order of Malta, and The Gardai.

Extend a special word of thanks to the generous sponsors whose support helped to make the 2017 Seabreeze Festival possible.

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Photographic Competition

 

 

Enterprise in Arklow Photography Competition (4)

 

 

 

Local Artists in Arklow Library

 

New collections of paintings by Arklow’s Ferndale Artist’s group now on exhibition at Arklow Library.

The exhibition features’ over 34 paintings and will run for the month of July.

The majority of the works has used acrylics while a small number are canvass. All the works are previously unseen.

The local art group of around 20 members stemmed from a class run by Arklow Further Education Centre. After the students finished their course they applied for funding to form a group which developed into Ferndale Artist  Group.

They have also exhibited there work at The Sunbeam House Arklow.

For more information please contact Elenor Byrne at 086 1584349

New Exhibits on show at Maritime Museum

 

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The Arklow Maritime Heritage has the latest and recent acquisition which is a set of signal flags donated by John Mahon of Oaklands, Arklow. John has donated over time several items from schooner, The Denbighshire Lass’. Along with the flags was a fid, a finely tapered wooden spike which was used for slicing ropes.

In recent weeks they have received a telegram sent by Captain Jack Kenny to his wife in 1940 after he had survived a submarine attack on the ship which had been sunk, but thankfuly there were no casualties on that occasion.

Another donation from Patrick O Neill  who is a native from Arklow. A baby’s cradle made from sail canvas. Wooden frame is being made so the cradle can be shown to its best advantage. It will be a star attraction to the museum.

Arklow Maritime Museum  is situated in the Bridgewater Centre and is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

For more information   Website  Arklow Maritime Heritage Museum    

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Free Breakfast Event – “State Supports To Grow Your Business”

Arklow Chamber_Business Support Clinic

 

Arklow Seabreeze Festival 2017

 

We are still accepting applications for the Princess Competition, contact Tina O Sullivan  087 9093848  or Mary Burke 087 259504

Bridgewater Seabreeze Princess Competition

To keep up to date on whats happening

visit:  www.arklowseabreezefestival.ie

Support those who support the festival and have some fun along the way

 

 

 

 

Cathaoirleach for Arklow

Tommy-AnnelseyChamber Member, Cllr Tommy Annesley, has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District Council, taking over from outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Pat Kennedy

Clir. Annesley outlined what he would like to see happen in the town over the next year.

As Cathaoirleach he would like to finish projects that have been ongoing for a while, such as the rock armour on the South Beach and push for the groynes out into the sea to form a natural beach.  He intends pushing for funding from the Department.  An improvement for the business community is also on his agenda.  He hopes the valuation officer  to meet with the Chamber of Commerce and the public to explain how they reach a rateable valuation for properties.

The Arklow District Chamber of Commerce congratulate Councillor Annesley and wish him every success during his tenure.

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The Arklow Pottery and Art Festival

 

gold coffe setThe Arklow Pottery and Art Festival, which is a two day event to celebrate the towns rich heritage, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 24th and 25th of June. This two day event will include a number of live demonstrations and exhibitions of Arklow Pottery production process and includes the pottery designer John Ffrench.

The Festival will be officially Arklow-Pottery-Logoopened on Saturday at 11 am and the exhibition of Arklow Pottery will be open to the public at that time. From 11.30 am Thomas Dunne, Chantal Fortune and Peter Kinsella will be on hand to date and value pieces of Arklow Pottery.  On Sunday from 11 am to 2pm there will be ceramic workshops and an open sale from 11 am to 4.30 pm.

For further information contact Arklow Pottery and Art Festival on facebook or Solace Studio Pottery.

Funding for Arklow Harbour

 

Under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMF) Operational Program Wicklow County Council have been successful in obtaining funding for three projects. The funding will support storage facilities for fishermen at Arklow Harbour; fisherman hoist upgrade and associated training and restoration of the lightship “ SKUA” lantern. A total investment of €253,750 will be provided for these projects including €76,125 from Wicklow County Council. The remaining €177,625 co-funded by the EU and the Exchequer.

Harbour Pic

Regional Enterprise Development Fund

Regional Enterprise Development Fund – Open for Applications

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister for State Pat Breen this week announced a €60 million competitive fund to support the Regional Action Plan for Jobs and the Action Plan for Rural Development. The fund will have four streams with varying investment levels and Enterprise Ireland is currently seeking applications under the four streams.

 

Major Change Projects – €2m up to €5m per project,

Regionally Significant Projects – €250,000 up to €2m per project,

Local & Community Enterprise Development Projects – €50,000 up to €250,000 per project

Industry Clusters– €50,000 up to €250,000 per project.

 

A maximum of up to 80% is available for projects, with the balance to be leveraged from the private, community or public sector. The Fund will support major new collaborative and innovative initiatives that can make a significant impact on enterprise development in the region/across regions or nationally to build the unique USP capabilities to grow the regions. This will be achieved by co-financing the development and implementation of collaborative and innovative projects that can sustain and add to employment at a national; regional, county and community level.

The overarching aim of this Fund is to drive enterprise development and job creation in each region throughout Ireland. Projects must be impactful, with the principal impact being jobs. A feasibility grant of up to €22,500 or 50% of eligible costs (whichever is the lesser) can be offered to help promoters develop projects for progression and consideration.

Details of the competitive process are available on Enterprise Ireland’s website here. The closing date for applications is 18th August 2017.

 

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Arklow Port’s Potential

arklow_town_logoThe recent arrival of a large cargo vessel to Arklow Port is seen as an encouraging sign that Arklow could once again be a thriving port.  The “Arklow Fortune” is the first ship of its size to enter the harbour in a decade.  This ship, owned by Arklow Shipping, was here for repair works at Arklow Marine Services.  The recent dredging of the harbour in recent years made the docking of this ship possible.

 

RNLI Welly Run

The Arklow RNLI Fundraising Committee held another successful Welly Run on Sunday 14th May.  The first team home winning the Emergency Services Challenge Cup was the Arklow Lifeboat Team 1 while the winning group in the LJB Wellness Challenge Cup was the Old Ship.

RNLI Mayday 2017

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and the Arklow RNLI Fundraising Branch is dedicated to supporting their volunteer lifeboat crew in Arklow Town.  To contact them visit their Facebook page.

Masquerade Drama Group 2017

18156843_1967709813459060_1144464478191024229_nThe Arklow based drama group, Masquerade, opened their new stage drama on Tuesday in the Pipe Band Hall in Castlepark.  This is the first time they have performed at this venue and have presented Bernard Farrell’s black comedy ‘I do not like thee Dr. Fell’ each night at 8pm.  Written in 1979 this is the first play by the Irish playwright and is considered his best, it pokes fun at the concept of therapy groups and centres around a group therapy session involving six people.  Tonight’s performance is the last chance to see Masquerade’s very entertaining production of this play.  For reservations, call Masquerade on 086 3259780.

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Arklow Town Team

 

wicklow-co-co_Following the launch of the promotional video “Arklow Municipal District – Making a Difference” last year a new Town Team was established in January 2017.  One of the objectives is to encourage more collaboration and co-operation between the business community and the Arklow Municipal District.

Five sub-committees have been form – Infrastructure & Public Relations; Marketing & Promotion; Business Development; Security & CCTV and Heritage.  These committees have identified achievable actions which will form the basis of an Action Plan for Arklow.  Members of the public are also invited to get involved by submitting ideas or projects they think will enhance the town to lmcdonald@wicklowcoco.ie.

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Oliver! by the Avonmore Musical Society

 

Oliver!Oliver! opened last night to great reviews and will continue to run nightly in St. Mary’s College Hall until Saturday, 22nd April.  The show is directed by Stephen Acton, choreographed by Martina Lynch while the musical director is Naoimh Penston.  There are over 10 principal roles, plus a chorus comprising of 40 children and 30 adults making it one of the biggest casts the musical society has had.

Phone 086-8722010 for tickets.

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 “PLANNING FOR BREXIT”

Brexit Invite

The Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce are excited to be sponsoring the first   of a series of networking events this year with an engaging & interactive session at the new Arklow Library.

The breakfast presentation, “Planning for Brexit”, is a topic hugely relevant to the local business community – whether you trade directly with the UK or not, it’s widely recognised that the resulting changes will impact how we do business both at home and in the emerging new Europe.  As well as gaining an insight into these changes, the session will also afford delegates an opportunity to network with local business people and to experience the excellent facilities at the new Arklow Library.

The success of this event, which will shape the networking agenda for the rest of the year, depends on your support.  Naturally
those of us at the Chamber Office will do our best to promote the event, but we also need you to spread the word to your business colleagues and contacts to encourage attendance and make the event a success.  Please feel free to forward the attached flyer to anyone you feel would benefit from this event.

We look forward to seeing you bright and early on the 5th April!

 

 

“CANADH LE CHEILE”

Canagh Le CheileCarysfort National School’s next fundraiser is an exciting and exceptionally talented one, St.Saviour’s Church Arklow are hosting “Canadh Le Cheile” Concert on Friday the 31st March at 7.30p.m.  Lots of Amazing Talent taking part to support Carysfort National School in Arklow featuring the wonderful talents of : Naoimh Penston,Cruinniu,The Walker Sisters,The Arklow Silver Band,Micheal Flood,Opera Serenade, The Arklow Gospel Choir and the Carysfort Childrens Choir…and the wonderful Rob Donnelly the Compere for the Evening.
Doors open at 7.30pm Friday 31st March 2017 in St. Saviour’s Church, Arklow. Guaranteed to be a Night not to be missed!!!!!

 

 

 

AVONMORE MUSICAL SOCIETY

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With just under 3 weeks to go. “Oliver” is shaping up to be a show not to be missed folks.     Online bookings 24 hours a day www.gr8events.ie/avonmore . The final night is heavily  booked so far and the other nights are starting to fill up so book your tickets early to avoid  disappointment. Phone bookings generally operate between 2pm and 4pm, It’s gonna be great 0868722010