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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.


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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Arklow Camera Club Photographic Exhibition

SnowdropsThe annual member’s exhibition of Arklow Camera Club continues until next Saturday 25th March in the Library (normal library opening times). Visit www.wicklow.ie/arklow for library opening  times.  This club is Arklow’s oldest photographic association, its emphasis is on fun and learning and not competition.  It is the perfect forum to learn the basics and experienced members are only too willing to help new members.  They meet at Marshland Leisure Centre just off the Dublin Road at least once a month while other meetings are held out in the field.

For further information on the club visit www.arklowcameraclub.ie.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Gray, Chairperson of Arklow Camera Club.


 AMA Springtime Fashion Extravaganza 

AMA Fashion ShowSpringtime Fashion Extravaganza presented by Arklow Music & Arts on Thursday 30th March at 7.30pm.  The fashion will be provided by McMullans, Floods Menswear, Ideal Schoolwear, M.A. Healy & Sons Ltd, Sean Gilligan Productions ‘Sparkle’ custumes and show hire, Theresa Bury Design, Fashion by Elle, St. Mary’s Junk Kouture, BPB, Kustomkidz, Laura Flemming Millinary and Dunnes Stores.  Also featured will be the “Arklow Gansey” which was made using a style of knitting unique to Arklow.  The MCs for the show will be Jim Furlong and Elaine Sweeney.


Aughrim Welcomes AMD Representatives

AMD logoArklow Municipal District members recently held their meeting in the community centre in Aughrim.  This was the first ever council meeting to take place in the village and fulfilled a previous agreement to occasionally meet outside their Arklow office.  Apart from the normal business of the meeting presentations were received from Aughrim Active Retirement Group, Aughrim Business Association, Aughrim Community Field Association and Bs Brid Kennedy Owens, Principal of Aughrim Sacred Heart National School.

Cathaoirleach Pat Kennedy opened the meeting and said “Having the meeting in Aughrim today creates a little bit of history as this is the first ever council meeting to be held in the village, so today we write a new chapter in what we do as public representatives”. 


St. Patricks Day success in Arklow

Arklow put its best foot forward on St. Patrick’s Day with a great turn out for the annual parade in the town from the community groups and businesses alike. The sea of colour, enthusiasm, smiling faces and sheer joy showed what a town can do when it pulls and works together, even the rain managed to stay away until the parade passed the reviewing stand at the Parade Ground. John Summer’s, Grand Marshall and representing Arklow First Responders, was a great choice also.    The Presentation to the winners of the awards will take place in The Bridge Hotel, Arklow on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm, everyone welcome. The winner of the Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display was Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers whose float is pictured below.

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Congratulations to all the winners:

Best Float – Arklow Vikings

Best Commercial Display – Arklow Bay Hotel

Best Non Commercial Display – Arklow Rowing Club

Best Marching Group – Arklow Pipe Band

Best Traditional Float – The Shamrocker & the Hippy Shakers

Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display – Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers

Most Entertaining Group – Studio  55

Most Topical – Roosters Motorcycle Club

Best Shop Window Display – Little Treasure Playgroup

Best Vintage Display – Murt Mulligan

Youth Award – The Baton Twirlers

Best Uniformed Group – Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble

Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee, who were running this year’s parade for the first would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the day so successful, taking over from Jimmy Russell, Peter Kearns and the late Denis Naughter who had been running the parade for over 21 years. Chairman of this year’s committee, Colm Moules, thanked them for the wonderful work they did over this period and all their hard work which did not go unnoticed. Both Peter and Jimmy were present to help the committee with their vast experience and knowledge, in getting the parade off to a very successful start again this year, many thanks for the support.

All the groups and organisations and businesses played a very important role in making the day such a success and to them the committee extend their thanks. The parade each year takes a lot of time and planning and the committee did a wonderful job on their maiden voyage, they were: Colm Moules, Tommy Annesley, Tina O Sullivan, Mary Burke, Jim Hoey, Sharon Whelan, Dicey O Reilly, Donal Molloy, and Vinny Byrne. A wonderful display of bunting and flags adorned the main street, thanks to all those who helped put them up.

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Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arklow


The countdown to this year’s parade has already and with just a week remaining, plans are at an advanced stage for this year’s parade in Arklow.  If you have not already expressed your interest to take part, it is not too late to pickup an entry form at either Its’ Fresh, Main Street (Tommy Annesley’s Shop) or The Bridge Hotel.  It is hoped to make this year’s parade bigger and better and ask everyone to come out, take part and support this wonderful event. 

Arklow Grand Marshal 1The new committee, pictured left with this year’s Grand Marshal are Colm Moules, Tommy Annesley, Tina O’Sullivan, Vinny Byrne, Donal Molloy, Mary Burke, Dicey Reilly, Sharon Whelan, Jim Hoey and Peter Kavanagh encourage everyone, both young and old to participate in the parade and make a special effort this year on Friday 17th March, 2017 to make it the best one ever.


(Photograph courtesy of Michael Kelly 087-1360208)

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade presents a great opportunity to showcase your business, club, society or group on possibly the busiest day of the year for Arklow. The audience will be made up of people from our own community, surrounding areas, tourists and visitors to Arklow so you’ll be showcasing to both potential and existing customers.  Businesses are asked to decorate shop windows for the weekend, with the Hickson Shield being awarded for Best Shop Window Display.

Please Note : All Marching Groups to assemble on Mellow’s Avenue from 2.30pm on the day, Floats/Displays assemble on Yellow Lane from 2.5pm. Early arrival will facilitate organisation.

Route of Parade

The parade will start at 3.00pm sharp via Mellows Avenue, Navvy Hill, Abbey Street, Hudson’s Square and Main Street. Dispersal after the parade passes the platform at the Court House, Parade  Ground, with groups going up St. Mary’s Road and Floats continuing up town.  Categories: Float, Marching Group, Traditional Group, Commercial Display, Non Commercial Display, Agri/Horticultural Display. All are welcome.

The following Cups and Shields will be awarded.  These awards are open to all participants and will be judged on the day.

  1. Best Float                                                                Chamber of Commerce Cup
  2. Best Commercial Display                                     Bank of Ireland Shield
  3. Best Non-Commercial Display                           Arklow Traders Association Cup
  4. Best Marching Group                                           The AIB Shield
  5. Best Traditional Group                                        The Denis Naughter Perpetual Cup
  6. Most Entertaining Group                                    The Paddy Lynch Memorial Award
  7. Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display           Ernest Sharp Memorial Cup
  8. Most Topical                                                           Arklow Retail & Business Assoc. Shield.
  9. Best Shop Window Display                                 The Hickson Shield.
  10. Best Vintage Display                                            The John Swan Cup
  11. Youth Award                                                          Kitty Fisher Memorial Trophy



Arklow’s Primary Care Centre


hseA Letter of Intent has been issued to the preferred provider for delivery of the Primary Care Centre in Arklow.  The design process of the building has commenced and planning application to be submitted later this year and planning approval obtained by the beginning of 2018.  Construction of the building is expected to start in 2018 and completion expected by end of 2019.

Services at the Primary Care Centre will include dental services, addition services, adult mental health services, Care Doc and diagnostics.


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St. Patrick’s Day Parade


St. Patricks Day LogoThe new committee for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade would like to thank Peter Kearns and Jimmy Russell, who together with Denis Naughter (who sadly passed away in August 2015) for their Trojan work in ensuring Arklow had a parade to be proud of. Peter and Jimmy have decided to retire after serving over 21 years effortlessly organising St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arklow. This was a decision they did not take lightly, but having lost a very dear friend and colleague, they felt it was time to hand over the gauntlet to someone else.  

The committee, whose members include: Colm Moules, Tommy Annesley, Tina O Sullivan, Vinny Byrne, Donal Molloy, Mary Burke, Dicey Reilly, Sharon Whelan, Jim Hoey and Peter Kavanagh, recently announced their plans for the 2017 parade.  They would actively encourage everyone, both young and old to participate in the parade.  They ask you make a special effort this year on Friday 17th March, 2017.

The following Cups and Shields will be awarded.   These awards are open to all participants and will be judged on the day.

  1. Best Float   (Chamber of Commerce Cup)
  2. Best Commercial Display   (Bank of Ireland Shield)
  3. Best Non-Commercial Display   (Arklow Traders Association Cup)
  4. Best Marching Group   (The AIB Shield)
  5. Best Traditional Group   (The Denis Naughter Perpetual Cup)
  6. Most Entertaining Group   (The Paddy Lynch Memorial Award)
  7. Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display   (Ernest Sharp Memorial Cup)
  8. Most Topical   (Arklow Retail & Business Assoc. Shield)
  9. Best Shop Window Display   (The Hickson Shield)
  10. Best Vintage Display   (The John Swan Cup)
  11. Youth Award   (Kitty Fisher Memorial Trophy)
  12. Best Uniformed Group   (Elavon Perpetual Cup)


St. Patricks Day App FormClick on the Application Form on the right to print out a full size form and return it as soon as possible.  This form is of great assistance in the actual organisation of the parade.

Forms should be returned to:

Cllr Tommy Annesley, It’s Fresh Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Tel: 087 2508205


Jim Hoey in The Bridge Hotel, Bridge Street, Arklow.

While there is no entry fee, it would be of great assistance if you could make a small donation to help defray costs.



 Arklow Music Festival 2017



The 48th Arklow Music Festival will start on Saturday the 4th of March 2017, and will run until Sunday the 12th of March.  Visit Arklow Music Festival website for a full list of the competitions and a map of the venue locations around Arklow.




 Local Pupil Wins Wicklow County Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee Logo

Congratulations to 11 year old Brian O’Hara, a pupil of Avoca National School, who recently won the Wicklow County Spelling Bee.  The competition was held on Wednesday last in Carysford National School in Arklow and Brian beat 23 other spelling competitors to become the County Spelling Bee Winner.  He will now go forward to the Leinster Provincial Spelling Bee final.  Arklow & District Chamber wish Brian the best of luck for that competition and hopefully he will be the Eason All Ireland Spelling Bee Champion 2017 when the All-Ireland Final takes place in June.




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




COMMUNITY GRANTS (Maximum grant €2,000).

For small projects and group running costs.


COMMUNITY PRIDE (Maximum Grant €10,000).

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

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




Application forms and guidelines are available from:-

The Office of Community,

Cultural & Social Development,

Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Wicklow.

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


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


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New Chamber President

portriat-phots-002At the AGM of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce on 7th December Donal Murray was elected as the new Chamber President.  In his acceptance speech Mr. Murray thanked the outgoing President, Ann McGovern, for the work she had done during her term of office and outlined his plans for his Chamber Presidency.  The success of the Chamber in Arklow depends on having a strong diverse member base.  Mr. Murray plans to focus on meeting the business community with the objective of increasing membership in 2017.



Arklow Christmas Festival

The Festival continues this weekend with the Christmas Market and Craft Fair in the Main Street on Sunday.  Stalls cost €20 but there are a limited number of free stalls available for recognised charities and transition year mini companies.

xmasSunday 11th December

Christmas Craft Fair 12pm – 6pm

Majorette Display, Main Street 1pm – 2pm

Arklow Live Crib

Christmas Jumper Competition 12pm – 4.30pm (Registration in McMullans)

AMA Busking Competition 12pm – 6pm (judging from 2pm – 4pm)

Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble 4pm – 5pm

Prize giving of Christmas Jumper and Busking Competitions 5pm – 5.15pm

Mini Funfair

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

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


Look up Arklow Christmas Festival Facebook for full information on all events planned.


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

Christmas Parking

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



Achievements of John Tyrrell & Sons Boatyard Recognised

On Friday last, 2nd December, an information board was officially unveiled on South Quay opposite Anchor Mews which is built on the site of John Tyrrell & Sons Boatyard.  The board which is the result of work by Arklow Tidy Towns and Arklow Maritime Museum was unveiled by the founder’s great grandson, Jimmy Tyrrell and Billy Murray.   The unveiling was attended by members of the Tyrrell family and employees of the yard.  Jimmy is a current member and former president of the Arklow Chamber.



marine_historyThe yard was opened in 1864 and was internationally recognised for building innovative vessels such as the Ovoca, the first motorised fishing boat in Ireland and the hybrid schooners JT&S and the Invermore.  Two of their more well-known achievements were the building of the Gypsy Moth III which won the first trans-Atlantic single-handed boat race and the Asgard II the magnificent national sail training vessel which was lost a few years ago and is sadly missed.



190 Years of Arklow Lifeboat

S.S. Mary & Peter’s Church recently welcomed all those involved with the RNLI in Arklow and the wider community to celebrate 190 years of the RNLI in ArklowParish priest, Fr. Martin Cosgrave was the chief celebrant and Michael Fitzgerald of Arklow RNLI gave the main address.  All the volunteers currently serving were present.  The congregation reflected on the Arklow lifeboat history and the crews who have carried out countless rescues over the 190 years.






Arklows attractiveness as a centre for business and tourism is highlighted in a new video launched last week by Wicklow County Council.  The video covers the Arklow Municipal District and features contributions from local representatives, business figures and others as well as aerial shots of the locality. The purpose of the “Arklow Municipal District – Making a Difference” project is to highlight the District as a business location and a tourist destination.

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.




20161014_122937_resizedAt the Chamber Ball on 16th September €1,270 was raised in the charity raffle.  Arklow Mental Health Group and Arklow Music & Arts will each receive a cheque for €635.  Pictured is Chamber President, Ann McGovern, presenting a cheque to Barbara Duffy, HSE Senior Clinical Psychologist.

The 7th annual Arklow Youth Mental Health Week was officially opened on Monday 10th October and the theme this year is “The Importance of Good Relationships for Positive Mental Health”.  Arklow Music & Arts group are fundraising to establish a Music & Arts Venue for Arklow.



It was down to the wire and Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney scooped the football win of their dreams in the closing seconds of their Intermediate Football Championships final against Ballinacor.  The final minutes of Sundays match had supporters on the edge of their seats as Ballinacor went two points up after a penalty.  Cal Kelly was the hero of the day when during the final play he lashed the ball into the back of the net sparking scenes of pandemonium and joy on the Arklow side.





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.




greenshineThe popular Cork folk group Greenshine will play a concert at the Breffini on Main Street in Arklow on Wednesday 19th October at 8. 30pm.  They have been praised widely by the likes of Christy Moore and Sharon Shannon.  Playing support on the night will be local singer-song writer Gabby Brady who also has a new album on release.




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)






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)







Your Local Enterprise Office LEO is searching for Irelands best young entrepreneurs.

If you are aged between 18-35 and either have a business idea or have already started a business, enter #IBYE today for your chance to win a share of the €50,000 county investement fund.



1. Best Business Idea

2. Best Start up Business

3. Best Established Business



Entering is simple and free.  Apply online today at www.ibye.ie or www.localenterprise.ie.

The closing date to enter is Friday, October 14th 2016.







Chamber Member, Blueprint, who recently won the Service Excellence Award at the Chamber Ball on 16th September are currently running a Facebook competition for a €500 printing voucher which can used for business, club, charity, school.  To enter visit their Facebook page and Like & Comment on their competition post.  When their facebook reaches 2016 likes a winner will be selected at random





Arklows history is being kept in the hearts and minds of the community as local woman Mary Whelan opened the 2016 The Way We Were exhibition.  It features the local schools, the pottery, the harbour and various music groups and clubs.  The Way We Were runs until Friday October 14 and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am – 5pm at 29 Main Street across from Christys.







The Arklow Parish Harvest Festival takes place at St Marys & Peters Church on Sunday October 9th at 3pm.  harvest-festival

This ecumenical service is open to people of all religious traditions and none.










The opening ceremony will take place on Monday 10th at 11am in the Arklow Bay Hotel and feature a number of guest speakers and presentations from all secondary schools and Youthreach as well as a talk from the newly formed youth mental health subgroup in association with the coutrywide BeWell programme.