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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September 2016

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We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th 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 8.15 pm followed by the presentation of awards.

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

  • Best New Start Upbow tie

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.

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 are sure will be very interesting.

Age Friendly Strategy for County Wicklow

As part of the preparation to develop an Age Friendly Strategy for County Wicklow there will be a number of consultation sessions held to get the views and opinions of older people around the county.

  • Are you over 55?Age
  • You can make County Wicklow a good place to grow old in.
  • Is your town/village a safe and sociable place to live in?
  • Do you have access to the health and public services that you need?
  • Do you have input into decisions about your locality?
  • They would like to hear your views on these and other important aspects of everyday life.

The next consultation session is on:

Date:   Monday 30th May

Time:   11am

Venue: Arklow Bay Hotel

Please go along, this is an opportunity to have your voice and your opinions heard and if you like, bring a friend. These consultations are FREE and for any further information on the upcoming consultations please contact your local Age Friendly County Co-ordinator.

Phone: 0404 20208

Email: GHickey@wicklowcoco.ie

Submissions on the development of a Wicklow Age Friendly Strategy can also be emailed to agefriendly@wicklowcoco.ie

Arklow Tech firm host Enterprise Resource Planning event

ABECLocal technology firm Profitsflow.com will host an ERP Information Day on Thursday 2nd June at its Arklow Business Enterprise Centre HQ. The local technology firm built on the success of its product range emerging cloud-based technologies to deliver on line data and real time information to remote sales people via mobile devices and the internet.

This FREE EVENT is designed to give companies considering the transition to enterprise resource planning for the first time and to explore our products in action in a group setting. On the day there will be coffee breaks and lunch (included).  This event is completely free and pre-registration is required, please log onto www.profitsflow.com/ERP or call 012449580 for further information.

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The most Musical Night of the Year 2016

The Penston Vocal Academy presents “The most Musical Night of the Year 2016”. Award winning students of The Penston Vocal Academy celebrate another musical year, displaying their work and vast and varied repertoire in this fantastic night of music making. Vocal excellence, advanced choral singing, superb solo and ensemble performances and pure love of music making are the order of the day for this extremely talented group of students. Tickets are €10 and a family ticket for 4 is €30. These can be purchased on the night, or from Kavanagh’s Wexford Road Arklow, or by calling 0868115682.

The event will take place on Friday 3rd June 2016 in Arklow Bay Hotel at 8 pm.

The Penston Vocal Academy

 

 

Arklow Lip Sync Battle

Arklow’s Best Lip Sync’ers battle it out for the title of “2016 Arklow Lip Sync Champion”. Great night of entertainment guaranteed. Admission is only €5. Spread the word and share this event with as many people as you can. The event will take place in Arklow Bay Hotel on Sunday 5th June at 8.30 pm.

For more information contact Oisin Molloy.

Lip Sync Battle

 

 

New business and Career Opportunities at South East Franchise Seminar

On June 16th from 6 pm to 9 pm Wexford Chamber is hosting a Franchising seminar in conjunction with the Irish Franchise Association. The seminar will take place in the Talbot Wexford with a number of experts on franchising in Ireland offering constructive advice and guidance in the area of franchising through a variety of case studies, exhibits, Q&A sessions and networking. This event will be highly beneficial to anyone interested in starting-up their first business or expanding an existing one. Currently there will be 10 exhibitors and speakers offering opportunities, advice and support.

According to recent research carried out between March and May 2015 by Ipsos MRBI for AIB and the Irish Franchise Irish FranchiseAssociation, the Irish franchise industry is now poised for strong growth over the coming years with over 28,000 people now working in the Irish franchise sector. The survey also notes that these employees are engaged in the operations of 2,975 different franchise units across a wide range of sectors ranging from retailing and food service right through to an interesting selection of business-to-business and business-to-consumer services.

Tom Shanahan, Executive Director of the Irish Franchise Association, will speak about franchising in Ireland followed by a number of franchise case studies from successful franchisors.  There will also be an opportunity to speak to various franchisors on a one to one basis at their stands.

Speaking about the event, Karl Fitzpatrick, President of Wexford Chamber, said “We are delighted to bring this event to Wexford as part of a concerted effort on behalf of Wexford County Council and Co Wexford Chambers to attract new business to the South East.  We look forward to welcoming the Irish Franchise Association and many of their Members to Wexford on the 16th June.”

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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).

Chain of Survival

 

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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PolskaÉire Festival 2016

The festival is only few days away so get ready! Watch this short video promoting the PolskaEire Festival 2016!

https://www.facebook.com/PLinIreland/videos/618768091622401/

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For more information and full programme, click here.

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!

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The event will take place at C.B.S. Arklow premises between 12 am-2 pm on 22 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/

International Children's Day video-001

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 band Tadirindum will perform.
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.

 

 

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:

  • Wednesday 18th May 2016, from 11 am to 3 pm
  • 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

KWTB Open Day

 

Congratulations to Fabian Doyle on winning a Sunflower Hero Award!

Chamber Member – Fabian Doyle has received an award for his outstanding contribution to Hospice care in Wicklow. Fabian has helped out at numerous Wicklow Hospice events with both his own time and the time and expertise of his company Soverign Security. The company provides a high-tech control room which remotely monitors the security and safety of people, organisations and lone worker activity countrywide.

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Wicklow in Revolt

The new book on County Wicklow 1913-1923 is now available from James Charlton, Easons or direct from Jim Rees. It’s €25, but is 240 pages packed with info and photos. This will become more valuable with each passing year. There have only been 250 printed, a reprint will probably take place but to be on the safe side, get it now. A must anyone interested in the War of Independence and Wicklow’s surprisingly important role in it.

Wicklow in Revolt

 

Junior Eurovision Éire 2016

The search is on for the voice and the song to represent Ireland in Malta in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Last year Ireland entered the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time. After months of auditions, followed by 5 weeks of a televised selection process, 13 year old Aimee Banks from Moycullen, Co. Galway was chosen to sing for Ireland in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Now it’s time to find a new song and singer to fly the Irish flag in Malta this November.

The auditions are open to children who will be aged 9-14 on 20th November 2016. Applicants may be a solo singer or a group of maximum six children.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Junior Eurovision

Interview

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East Coast Fm Interview with Colm Kavanagh, Olivia Sheehy and Small Town Crisis

If you missed Colm Kavanagh’s interview on East Coast Radio & a live performance of 40pins, a task given to Small Town Crisis Empathy & Alicus Samicus by Yvonne Kenny who challenged them to write a song based on Joe Duffys book about the 40 Children killed in The 1916 Rising, have a listen to something special…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aX9wPBdNPI&feature=share

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Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert will take place at Sts. Mary and Peter’s Church on Friday 6th May at 19.16 pm. The Concert is organised by Arklow Music and Arts and all proceeds will go towards a performance space and theatre venue for the wealth of talent that exists in the town and surrounding areas. Tickets are €15 each and there is also an option to purchase two tickets for €35 and have your name in the programme.

Tickets will be on sale today (Friday 29th April) in Bridgewater from 12 – 2.30 pm and on Monday (2nd May) from 12 – 6 pm. 10 tickets are also available from John Swan.

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€10,000 search for Wicklow’s Brightest start-up launches

Reminder: the closing date for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 11th May. Any entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

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To celebrate the 21st anniversary year, Wicklow Enterprise Park is offering a major prize for one outstanding new business, currently operating in the County, and which opened in Wicklow within the last six years.  The competition is open to any individual or group, who have started an independent new business from scratch and is still in operation in Co. Wicklow (business start date no earlier than January 1st 2010).

The overall winner will receive a cheque for €5,000 from Wicklow Enterprise Park as well as a €5,000 advertising package with East Coast FM.

If you have any questions regarding entering this competition please email emeir@wicklowenterprise.ie or call 0404 66433 or visit the website.

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Traffic calming measures in Arklow

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 propose 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 the undersigned, on or before Tuesday 7th June 2016.

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Linda McDonald

District Administrator

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

lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie 

0402 42700

 

RNLI MayDay 2016

Every day is Mayday for RNLI volunteer crews. The moment the pagers beep, they drop everything to rescue total strangers. From 26 April–2 May 2016, it’s Mayday for you. RNLI is calling on all our supporters to help them continue saving lives by being a part of their annual, national fundraiser.

If you wish to donate, click here.

RNLI

Don’t Forget! On Sunday May 1st as part of the Yellow Welly weekend, Liz Birmingham/LJB Wellness has organised this event for the Arklow RNLI Lifeboat. Come & join the RNLI, walk or run!

LJB Wellness presents the “Arklow RNLI 5K & 10k Fun Walk & Run.
This is a chip and pined event!
Kicking off at 11.00am sharp
Walkers 5k €5 Under 18 €5
Runners 5k €10. 10k €15
Team Event x 4 5k €40 Under 18’s €20
Emergency Services Perpetual Cup for 1st Team from the Emergency Services
LJB Wellness Community Cup for 1st Local Club/Team
Online registration here, also registration on the day.

For more information call Liz at 087 2368698.

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Free Yoga Classes in Arklow

County Wicklow Partnership are organising a 6 weeks Course on Yoga and Relaxation in the Willow Grove Community Building, Inbhear Mor Park. The yoga excercises will be accessible to all abilities. Preference will be given to residents of Willow Grove and Inbhear Mor area. For more information and to book a place telephone or send a text to 085 8006872.

Enlightenment in nature

 

Arklow Community Games 2016 Area Athletics competitions

The Arklow Community Games 2016 Area Athletics competitions will take place on the Arklow Athletic Track, North Beach on next Saturday 30th April at 3.30p.m.

Open to girls and boys over six and under the age specified on July 31st 2016

Entry fee is €5. Competitors please register your name, address, date of birth and home telephone number with Michael Kenny or Sadie O’Reilly from 3.15p.m.

  • Under  8 over  6  60m  80m  mixed relay,Gym Club
  • Under 10 over  8 100m 200m  mixed relay,
  • Under 12 over 10 100m 600m mixed relay,
  • Under 14 over 12 100m 800m mixed relay,
  • Under 16 over 14 100m 200m mixed relay,

Please note competitors may enter only one event plus relay.

Please note spikes are only permitted at under 14 and 16 years.

We extend an invitation to the members of St Benedicts Athletic Club to please come along and take part. School principals and teaching staff please encourage the pupils in your schools to participate.

For further information please contact area P.R.O. James O’Reilly at 0402-91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org or visit the website.

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Biz-Expo

ASL have over 20 years’ experience across the consultancy & training arena they are one of the longest established safety & training consultancies in operation in Ireland and have vast experience of working with all sizes of clients.  Contact ASL for all your training requirements.

ASL

 

 

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert will take place at Sts. Mary and Peter’s Church on Friday 6th May at 19.16 pm. The Concert is organised by Arklow Music and Arts and all proceeds will go towards a performance space and theatre venue for the wealth of talent that exists in the town and surrounding areas. Tickets are €15 each and there is also an option to purchase two tickets for €35 and have your name in the programme.

Tickets are available from:

  • McMullans – 0402 32356
  • Kavanagh’s, Wexford Road – 0402 39364
  • The Pottery Shop – 0402 91266
  • Kenny’s of The Harbour – 0402 31366

For more information and updates click here.

 

Arklow Music and Arts 1916 Centenary Concert Program is seeking advertisements urgently. Please support Arklow Music and Arts. Please email Colm Kavanagh at colmkavanagh@eircom.net with your advertisement or logo and contact Ann McGovern at annmcgovern@arklow.ie to organise your payment to Arklow Music and Arts. Don’t leave it too late before you book your tickets for this amazing musical event. Looking forward to seeing you there.

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Irish Water-001Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland has announced that it is progressing the surveys required to develop the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant (WwTP) Project. Irish Water is working in partnership with Wicklow County Council and Arup to deliver this project which will end the current practice of discharging untreated wastewater into the Avoca River.

The project represents an investment of over €30 million by Irish Water and will bring benefits to Arklow in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all.

Arklow is one of seven large towns identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having no wastewater treatment. This practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the Avoca River is no longer acceptable and Irish Water intends to fix this problem through a strategic approach to the provision of wastewater treatment. Irish Water is now preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with a view to submitting a planning application in early 2017.

Irish Water is committed to providing a new Wastewater Treatment Plant to the people of Arklow as a key priority. We would like to thank all of those who took part in the previous two phases of public consultation on this project.

Irish Water will continue to keep residents, businesses and the wider community informed as the project progresses. If you are interested in being informed about the project and involved in further consultation on this project, please email us at arklowtp@water.ie or visit our website at www.water.ie/arklowtp for more information.

drawing of hand with a feather pen in style of an engravingPlanning Roadmap – Arklow WwTP

 

 

€10,000 search for Wicklow’s Brightest start-up launches

WEPThis year Wicklow Enterprise Park celebrates 21 years supporting and growing business in Co. Wicklow.

To celebrate this landmark year, we are offering a major prize for one outstanding new business, currently operating in the County, and which opened in Wicklow within the last six years.  The competition is open to any individual or group, who have started an independent new business from scratch and is still in operation in Co. Wicklow (business start date no earlier than January 1st 2010).

The overall winner will receive a cheque for €5,000 from Wicklow Enterprise Park as well as a €5,000 advertising package with East Coast FM.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 11th May. Any entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

If you have any questions regarding entering this competition please email emeir@wicklowenterprise.ie or call 0404 66433 or visit the website.

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RNLI MayDay 2016

Every day is Mayday for RNLI volunteer crews. The moment the pagers beep, they drop everything to rescue total strangers. From 26 April–2 May 2016, it’s Mayday for you. RNLI is calling on all our supporters to help them continue saving lives by being a part of their annual, national fundraiser.

If you wish to donate, click here.

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HSE National Lottery Grants

The HSE has been allocated National Lottery Funding for distribution to community based groups and voluntary organisations under the Respite Care Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Grant Scheme. Groups and organisations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services can apply for once off funding for suitable projects.

Completed Application Forms must be returned to the local Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO)

Closing Date for Applications – Friday May 27th 2016

For more information click here.

 

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Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert will take place at Sts. Mary and Peter’s Church on Friday 6th May at 19.16 pm. The Concert is organised by Arklow Music and Arts and all proceeds will go towards a performance space and theatre venue for the wealth of talent that exists in the town and surrounding areas. Ticket are €15 each and there is also an option to purchase two tickets for €35 and have your name in the programme.Music and art

Tickets are available from:

  • McMullans – 0402 32356
  • Kavanagh’s, Wexford Road – 0402 39364
  • The Pottery Shop – 0402 91266
  • Kenny’s of The Harbour – 0402 31366

For more information and updates click here.

Arklow Music and Arts 1916 Commemoration Programme is seeking advertisements urgently. Please support Arklow Music and Arts. Please email Colm Kavanagh at colmkavanagh@eircom.net with your advertisement or logo and contact Ann McGovern at annmcgovern@arklow.ie to organise your payment to Arklow Music and Arts. Don’t leave it too late before you book your tickets for this amazing musical event. Looking forward to seeing you there.

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

 

Arklow Coder Dojo

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

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

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

Arklow CBS

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

For more information contact CoderDojo at CoderDojoArklow@GMail.com or just come along any Saturday morning during term time to see for yourself what a great experience it is…

If you wish to be involved in supporting CoderDojo locally, click below for more information:

Arklow Coder Dojo

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May Bank Holiday Showcase in Arklow Bay Hotel

Wedding ringsOn Monday 2nd May 2016 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 2pm to 6pm.

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

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

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1916 Public Collections Day – an opportunity to share your stories

If you have an object, photograph, document, medals or family story relating to 1916 life in County Wicklow, you can register and come along to Wicklow County Council’s 1916 Public Collection Day. This special event will take place in County Buildings, Wicklow Town on Tuesday 17th May from 1 pm to 8 pm. All material will be digitally copied by experts, free of charge. A selection of the items photographed will form part of the County Wicklow 1916 Exhibition and will also appear on the Inspiring Ireland website.

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If you are interested in participating in this event please fill in the pre-registration form to book your time slot. Copies of the registration form are available in all branch libraries, County Buildings or on the websites: www.wicklow.ie and www.wicklow1916.ie

For more information please contact Catherine Wright or Deirdre Burns in County Buildings at 0404 20100 or Ciara O’Brien in Bray Library at 01 2866566. E-mail queries and returned forms to wicklowheritage@wicklowcoco.ie

 

Wicklow Literature Mentorship Scheme 2016 – Words Ireland

drawing of hand with a feather pen in style of an engravingWords Ireland is a recently formed grouping of seven literature organisations, who are working collaboratively to provide coordinated professional development and resource services to the literature sector.

WORDS Ireland is offering two further mentorship opportunities to Wicklow writers who are seeking to engage with a mentor over a period of six months from May 2016. This scheme is open to writers in any fiction genre: young adult and children’s books, short stories, playwriting, screenwriting, novels or poetry. The mentorships will focus on manuscript development in the main, but may include other aspects in the professional development of the writer.Wicklow-Literature-Mentorship-Scheme

Application deadline:

Friday 24th April 2016 at 5pm.

For more information please click here.

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Cycle Against Suicide

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

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

Homestay

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

Volunteer

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

For more information click below:

CAS Arklow Homestay Press Release

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Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

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

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Fundraising for Small Community Groups

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

Content:

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

Trainer

William CorlessWilliam Corless

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

 

Fees: 

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

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

 

Spring/Summer Fashion Show at Bridgewater Shopping Centre!

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

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Community Shop needs your help

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

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Arklow Gymnastics Club

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

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

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Laffins Barber shop is celebrating 10 years in business

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

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New Kynoch book has been launched

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

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Arklow repair centres to join forces

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

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(Source: Wicklownews.net)

Quiz Night in aid of Arklow RNLI

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

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

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65 Roses Day

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

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All Ireland Band Championship

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

 

Start Your Own Business Course

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

Date:

Wednesday 13th April

Wednesday 20th April

Friday 22nd April

(Lunch provided)

Time: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm each day

Venue: Bridgewater Centre – Arklow

Course Content:

Applying for Grants and Loans

Marketing – Promoting your Business

Marketing – Targeting your Customers

Basic Business Skills

Preparing a Business Plan

To book your place contact:

Dympna Boffey

County Wicklow Partnership

Avoca River House, Bridgewater Centre

Arklow, Co. Wicklow

Tel. 0402 20955 / 085 8006874

County Wicklow Partnership

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Attention Arklow Traders

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

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Third generation of the Sweeney Family comes to the helm

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

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

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St. Patricks and Easter at Bridgewater Shopping Centre

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

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

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Library closing date

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

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Community Games Activities in the Arklow Area

Activities:Community Games

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

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

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

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

Closing date for entries is Friday 18th March.

Entry fee is €5.

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

“It is not the winning that is most important

It is the taking part”

“16 for 1916” Exhibition

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

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Arklow Music Festival 2016

downloadThis years Arklow Music Festival begins on Saturday 5th March and continues until Sunday 13th.  This festival  which has been held in March each year since 1970 is a very important and significant event in Ireland’s cultural calendar.  Unique in its support for the performing arts at all ages, at local and national level.  This year it celebrates its 46th anniversary.  Bridgewater Shopping Centre and Elavon Card Services are sponsors of the festival this year.

There are five main venues for the festival – the Arklow Bay Hotel, Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Marlborough Hall, Arus Lorcain and St. Mary’s College.  This 9 day event provides a platform for performers in various activities of music and drama and is also a competitive festival where distinguished adjudicators are engaged to provide encouragement and to award prizes in each of the many categories.  Arklow Music Festival is not just a local event but draws competitors from many parts of the country and many former prize winners have progressed to a professional career at national and international level.

Last year over 6,700 competitors took part in the various competitions for verse speaking choral verse, piano, strings, drama, action song, school and adult choirs and junior and adult singing.

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For more information and to download application forms and list of venues go to Arklow Music Festival website.

 

Daffodil Day 2016

Don’t forget Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society takes place on Friday 11th MarchIrish-cancer-societyDaffodil Day is the biggest and longest running fundraising day for the Irish Cancer Society, Ireland’s national cancer charity and every single euro collected makes a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Ireland.

On Daffodil Day thousands of volunteers around Ireland sell daffodil pins and flowers (on streets, in businesses, homes and shopping centres) to raise money for the Society’s free, nationwide services for those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland.

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If you are available to help on 11th March please ring 087-9967791 or 0402-39520.

Local Enterprise Week 2016

LocalEnterprise-374x200The Local Enterprise Office have organised the first ever Local Enterprise Week from Monday 7th – Friday 11th March 2016. Throughout the week there will be a host of events and information, focusing on the supports available to the local business community.

From Business Advice Clinics to seminars, the week will kick off with a full day of live tweeting with a Business Advisor who can be contacted at @LEOWicklow using the hashtag #localenterprise on Monday 7th March.  They have two great seminars – the “INTERNET OF THINGS” in the Parkview Hotel on Thursday 10th March and “TRADING ONLINE VOUCHERS” in the LEO premises in Rathnew on Friday 11th March. It is recommended booking your place early!

For the full schedule of events, go to the LEO Website.

 

St. Patrick’s Parade 2016

st-patricks-day1There is nothing like The Arklow St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Savour the atmosphere as everyone join in the fun with traditional music, colourful floats, dancing and craic. There will be a wide variety of floats and marching bands this year and fun for all the family while all are welcome.

This year Mary O’Brien – Director of Arklow Cancer Support Group – has been announced as the 2016 Arklow St Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal. As always, it takes place on March 17 and will set off from Yellow Lane and Knockenrahan. A number of cups and shields will be presented to winners in 12 categories including Best Float, Best Marching Group, Most Entertaining Group, Youth Award and Best Uniformed Group.

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Mothers Day, Sunday March 6th

Mother’s Day in Ireland this year falls on Sunday, March 6th 2016. If you are looking for great Mothers Day gifts for the Mother who deserves only the best, why not to visit the Pottery Shop Arklow. You can also treat your Mum this Mother’s day with the help of Next! Check out some of the beautiful gifts in store or gift cards loaded to the value of your choosing at the Bridgewater SC Next.

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