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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

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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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Jobs Initiative for Mid EastDJEI-logo

 

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

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

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

 

Small Grant Scheme for Sports Clubs and Groups

 

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

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

 

1916 Drama Comes to Arklow Stage

 

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

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

 

 Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle Celebrates

 

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

 

Coder Dojo Arklow

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

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

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

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

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For information on how to join visit Coder Dojo Arklow.

 

 

 

 

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GOOD NEWS FOR JOBS IN ARKLOW

New to Arklow : Glen Fuel Services Ltd

Glen Fuel Services is celebrating the opening of their new Arklow Depot located in Croghan Industrial Estate.  Established in 1986 this is a second generation family run business that has built a strong reputation for providing excellent customer care through reliable, professional and friendly service.  They promise to deliver ENERGY FOR EVERYTHING!

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Check out the value on offer now at www.glenfuels.ie or simply call the Glen Fuel Services Arklow team on 1850 911931. Support a new Arklow business that is here to serve the local community…we wish all in Glen Fuels the very best of luck!

 

And EXPANDING IN ARKLOW…….

Gaines Europe Ltd announces further development!  

GainesGaines Europe has a history that can be traced as far back as 1928 when the then founder of Gaines Pet Food Company, Clarence Gaines, declared and introduced to market the concept of “100 percent complete and balanced nutrition” in his dog food.

Since then there has been a number of significant turning points, the first of which, in 1943, saw General Foods purchase the successful pet food business that Clarence Gaines had developed. The Gaines name and proud tradition of manufacturing quality products extended to Europe when, in 1995, Gaines Europe Limited was established.  Gaines Europe was acquired by Rondo Food in 2011, which is one of the leading private label pet snacks and treat manufacturers in Europe.   In 2013, Gaines’ manufacturing facility was relocated to a new site in Arklow where they have just announced further development in Arklow thanks to the hard work of factory staff and the ambition of their effective management team who have made enormous improvements to the company’s growth and development establishing a strong presence in Europe, North America and Australia.

Well done to all those involved including Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities in Arklow, good news all round!

 

COLM IS THE NEW AIMS PRESIDENT

AIMSCongratulation to Colm Moules who has just been elected as National President of the Association of Irish Musical Societies.  In the past he has served as national PRO for AIMSs and in his role as President will travel all over Ireland attending competitions.  Colm is a long servicing member of Arklow’s Avonmore Musical Society and will take part in their 2016 Evita show from 29th March to 2nd April.  He is employed in ASL Safety & Training in the Arklow Business Enterprise Centre.

 

HAVE YOU GOT SOMETHING HAPPENING IN YOUR BUSINESS?

 Tell us at chamber@arklow.ie  so that we can promote it to our 2,000 weekly visitors – make 2016 work for you!

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First Choice Pharmacy

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First Choice Pharmacy, Tesco in Arklow

Why not take up this challenge? Sign up TODAY

First Choice Pharmacy is very excited to be participating in the Operation Transformation 2016 campaign, the Million Pound Challenge. Their pharmacists and staff will be providing advice on healthy eating tips, booklets and weigh-ins in the private consultation room. They look forward to seeing you soon.

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The Met Live in HD: Turandot

turandotComing to Arklow Omniplex on Sat 30th January @ 6.00pm. Tickets available now. Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody. The unenviable task of completing the opera’s final scene upon Puccini’s sudden death was left to the composer Franco Alfano. Conductor Arturo Toscanini oversaw Alfano’s contribution and led the world premiere. Nina Stemme takes on the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand, opposite Marco Berti as Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Anita Hartig and Leah Crocetto share the role of Liù, the faithful slave girl. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

For tickets and participating theaters click here.

To see the Turandot Trailer please click here.

 

Valentines Dinner & Divas

Come along to the Valentines gig Saturday 13th of Feb at The Wicklow Brewery, Redcross for a fabulous four course meal and a gem of a musical night! Denise Brennan along with four of Irelands top musicians look forward to bringing you on this musical journey of Divas Through The Ages, old and new. Tickets on the door. Dinner reservations are separate, call 0404 41661.

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Laura’s DanceFitness Arklow

child-kid-danceWould you like your kids to be a little more active? Do your kids have too much energy they need to burn off? Come and join Laura’s DancFitness every Wednesday.

  • 3-6yr JUMPING BEANS @3.15pm
  • 7+ yrs KIDZ CREW @4-5pm

These are fun filled Dance Fitness classes, the kids don’t even realise they are exercising.

They are drop in classes & with no experience needed!

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€6 PAYG
50% off sibling discount

 

Triple Points 29th – 31st January

Hitting the shops this weekend? You won’t want to miss the amazing Triple Points event at Boots where you can collect 12 Boots Advantage Card Points per €1 when you spend €40 or more in all Boots stores nationwide Friday 29th – Sunday 31st January! In a single transaction. Normal Advantage Card rules apply. See in store for details.

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Winter Flu Vaccination

It’s still not too late to pop in and see your local Boots pharmacist about your winter flu vaccination. Let’s help you stay healthy during the cold months. Subject to Pharmacist availability. Please check in store for eligibility for a free vaccine and to arrange your consultation.

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GOOD NEWS FOR JOBS IN ARKLOW


NEW TO ARKLOW:   GLENFUELS

GlenfuelsGlen Fuel Services is celebrating the opening of their new Arklow Depot located in Croghan Industrial Estate.  Established in 1986 this is a second generation family run business that has built a strong reputation for providing excellent customer care through reliable, professional and friendly service.  They promise to deliver ENERGY FOR EVERYTHING!

Check out the value on offer now at www.glenfuels.ie or simply call the Glen Fuel Services Arklow team on 1850 911931. Support a new Arklow business that is here to serve the local community…we wish all in Glen Fuels the very best of luck!

 

And EXPANDING IN ARKLOW – Gaines announces further development! 

gainesGaines Europe has a history that can be traced as far back as 1928 when the then founder of Gaines Pet Food Company, Clarence Gaines, declared and introduced to market the concept of “100 percent complete and balanced nutrition” in his dog food.

Since then there has been a number of significant turning points, the first of which, in 1943, saw General Foods purchase the successful pet food business that Clarence Gaines had developed. The Gaines name and proud tradition of manufacturing quality products extended to Europe when, in 1995, Gaines Europe Limited was established.  Gaines Europe was acquired by Rondo Food in 2011, which is one of the leading private label pet snacks and treat manufacturers in Europe.   In 2013, Gaines’ manufacturing facility was relocated to a new site in Arklow where they have just announced further development in Arklow thanks to the hard work of factory staff and the ambition of their effective management team who have made enormous improvements to the company’s growth and development establishing a strong presence in Europe, North America and Australia.

Well done to all those involved including Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities in Arklow, good news all round!

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Congratulations to Aoibhin Redmond on winning a Garda Youth Award!

Aoibhin RedmondYoung people across County Wicklow were awarded for their achievements within the community at a special ceremony on Saturday 9th January 2016 in The Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy. Eighteen winners of Wicklow Garda Youth Awards received their glass trophies and were nominated by family members, group leaders, teachers and others. The awards were allocated to people who did voluntary or charity work in the community, displayed bravery, or overcome difficulties in their lives.

Aoibhín Redmond is a singer/songwriter/musician from Arklow. Her principal Máire Mic Mhuiris Awardnominated Aoibhin for a Garda Youth Award due to her charity work: firstly with GOAL -recording an original song along with a fundraiser in Bridgewater Shopping Centre with an online fundraiser and sending the funds earned to GOAL for struggling Syrian families. Aoibhin also got together with the Arklow Community Action Resource Centre and organised a charity concert for Arklow’s homeless. These events along with other achievements earned her the Independent Garda Youth Award which was presented to Aoibhin by singer/songwriter Luan Parle.

Aoibhin said that the award ceremony was buzzing full on brilliant young people and MC’d by Declan Meehan from East Coast FM. It was a great night for all involved.

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Arklow Ukulele Players

2016 brings a whole load of new possibilities. The Arklow Ukulele Players are moving to The Breffini, Arklow (formerly Murphy’s). It’s a new location but the same great night of good fun, good music and good people. All levels of ukulele player are welcome. The main session starts at 7:30pm but beginners can come along at 7pm to get some extra help if they need it.

For more information please contact Ronan McCauley on 086 6017262.

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Sing For Fun

Sing For Fun recommencing Sally O’Brien’s Arklow on Monday 25th January 2016 at 8:00. As usual, new members are always welcome. If you are looking for something new and fun to do well now is the time to start. No singing experience required and no auditions. Also: for the Men. Sing For Fun – The Men is commencing on Wednesday 27th January. Again, no auditions, and you do not require previous singing experience.

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Trading Online Seminar

It’s your chance to find out how to use your online presence to increase sales at this hugely popular seminar. You may also qualify for a grant of up to €2,500 under the Trading Online Voucher scheme. This is free seminar and will take place at Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew from 9 am to 1 pm on Tuesday 19th January 2016. To book your place please click here.

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Accessing a Business Loan workshop

Aimed at helping business to access finance this half day workshop will be piloted on a monthly basis – last Tuesday of every month in 2016.money_tree

The workshop will cover the following:

  • Information on types and sources of loan finance
  • Information on how loan applications are assessed
  • How to write a business plan for a loan application
  • Common reasons for refusal and appeals mechanisms

 

First two workshops:

Tuesday 26th January 2016

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Place: Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew

Time: 9 am – 1 pm

Cost: Free of charge to attend

To book your place please click here.

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Woodenbridge World War 1 Memorial Park

At the prize-giving ceremony on October 15th at the Irish Architectural Archive it was announced that the Woodenbridge World War 1 Memorial Park was the winner of the Irish Landscaping Institute Award. Those involved in the design and construction of this park thanks everyone who voted and helped them secure this prestigious design award.

“Dedicated to the memory of the fallen Heroes from County Wicklow” – this wonderful park is located on the southern bank of the Aughrim River at Woodenbridge, directly across from Woodenbridge Hotel.  The memorial park was constructed by the Woodenbridge Village Development Association with the support of County Wicklow World War 1 Memorial Committee.  It was opened on the 18th September 2014.

The memorial was constructed along the river bank in a tranquil setting.  It consists of fifteen vertical granite slabs designed in three circles.  1,192 names of people who were natives of Wicklow or lived in Wicklow, who died directly or indirectly as a result of World War 1 are listed on the monument.

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

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McMullans Annual Customer Party

McMullansCome and join McMullans Annual Customer Party next Thursday 29th October, from 10 am to 9 pm, up at the shop. There will be the usual raffle, prizes and special offers but this year McMullans will have a special guest Brendan Courtney who will speak about his and Sonya Lennons new venture Frockadviser. It is an app for independent boutiques and everyone interested in fashion. Mc Mullans are very happy to be featured on Frockadviser and to be part of this exciting new venture.

McMullans is a local business established 87 years ago, embracing the changing face of fashion through their website, Facebook page and now Frockadviser.

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Are you unemployed and eligible for Community Employment C.E.?

St Mary & Peters Community Employment Scheme currently have a vacancy for a General Operative / Hospitality in the Parish Centre (Árus Lorcáin)

Participants on Community Employment are encouraged to avail of the training opportunities available.  Funding is available for same.

To find out more please contact the Supervisor at the Parish Office on 0402-31716

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Congratulations to Donal Power who won top photography award

An Arklow photographer won the “An Taisce – love your coast” Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 Award. The award is considered the biggest wildlife photography competition in the country following shortlisting earlier this year. It was his spectacular shot of a seagull plucking a starfish out of the sea that caught the judges’ attention. The originality of an individual image without any enhancement is what appeals to Donal about this competition. To see the winning photograph and more of Donal’s wildlife photography please visit his Facebook page.

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FREE photo with Dra-cool-a and spooktacular fun this Halloween at Bridgewater

pumpkinThis month at Bridgewater there will be lots of Halloween fun in store for all the family. On bank holiday Monday 26th October you can get a FREE photo taken with Dracula from 1-5pm, then on Saturday 31st October from 1-5pm the kids can enjoy Face Painting, Trick or Treating and take part in our Costume Competition to win prizes on the mall all FREE of charge for our customers!

There are a range of fantastic costumes for all ages this October in the stores, as well as Trick or Treat and party essentials to make this your best ever Halloween!  Check out the spooktacular selection at Argos, Eurogiant, Dunnes Stores, Claire’s, Next and TK Maxx.

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BANK HOLIDAY: MON 26TH
1PM – 5PM
COME & HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH
DRACULA FOR FREE

HALLOWEEN: SAT 31ST
1PM – 5PM
FACE PAINTING | TRICK OR TREAT |
COSTUME COMPETITON

WIN YOUR CLASS A PRIZE WITH BEST
COSTUME! WITH LOADS OF SPOT PRIZES
THROUGH THE DAY.
• JUDGING ALL AFTERNOON,
PRIZE GIVING AT 4PM
• TRICK OR TREATING AROUND
THE CENTRE FROM 2PM

Get your head around rounding – begins 28th October

RoundingDon’t forget the rounding is rolling out next Wednesday 28th October to reduce the use of 1c and 2c coins. This means less coins handling, lower bank charges and less hassle for your business.

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

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

For more information please click here.

Wicklow Garda youth awards

Date: Saturday, 9th January 2016

Place: The Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy

Wicklow GardaWicklow Gardaí are proud to announce their first ever Wicklow Garda youth awards! Gardaí in Co. Wicklow are looking for nominations for young people aged between 14 and 21 years. They will be awarding prizes to young people who either individually or in a group contributed to their communities or society in general. They will also have special achievement awards for young people who have overcome great difficulties in their lives.

Rules of the competition
– awards are confined to those young people who have reached between 14 and 21 years of age.
– permanent residence of the young person must be in County Wicklow.
– any member of the public including Gardai may nominate anyone whom they feel deserves an award.
– forms must be signed by a nominator/ co-nominator.

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For more information or to request application forms please send a pm to their Facebook page or an email to Emma.j.skinner@garda.ie

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Arklow This Week

Arklow Christmas Festival

Arklow Christmas Festival2Arklow Christmas Festival will be packed full of events for the Christmas Season. Starting with the switching on of the Lights and ending with the carol service in St Mary & Peters, we will be supporting and promoting all types of fun family events.

Every weekend in December, Arklows streets will be filled with live entertainment. Expect to see buskers and choirs, acting and puppets and much more.christmas-sweets-001

This year for the first time, Arklow will be holding a Christmas market. The market will take place on Sunday 13th of December. Its exact location in Arklow has yet to be confirmed.

If you are interested in:

  • taking a stall for the Arklow Christmas Market on Sunday 13th of December, or
  • adding you or your group to perform for the Arklow Christmas Festival, or
  • planning a Christmas event that you would like included in the festival…

just fill out the form on the website to put in a request.

WW1 Memorial Park

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

 

Arklow RNLI Fundarising Branch

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Arklow RNLI Fundarising Branch will be launching their 2016 calendar soon .The theme next year will celebrate 190 years of saving lives at sea…1826–2016.
ONLY 5 EURO each.

 

Arklow RNLI – The Rescuers

Lifeboat

Photograph by Mark Corcoran

https://www.facebook.com/arklowrnlifundraising

Arklow Vikings

Arklow VikingsNew members and volunteers are always welcome at Arklow Vikings Special Olympics Club. The Club is also looking for an enthusiastic basketball trainer to coach the men’s team this season. Garda vetting can be organised and training is Friday evenings from 7.30 pm till 8.30 pm in the Coral Leisure Centre. For more information please call 086 2175501 or visit the Club’s Facebook page.

Gala concert for Loaves and Fishes

Date: Thursday 15th October 2015

Time: 8 pm

Place: The Arklow Bay Hotel

Tickets: €10

From: The Arklow Bay Hotel, The Blue Café, Kavanagh’s of Wexford Road or 087 7756738

Loaves & FishesArklow community service The Loaves and Fishes Café is celebrating its first anniversary with a gala concert on Thursday 15th October at the Arklow Bay Hotel. The Loaves & Fishes Cafe operates every Tuesday afternoon from 4.30 to 6.30 at The Centre, 1A Wexford Road and serves a free home cooked meal to anyone who wants it, no questions. Featuring a wealth of local performers, including: Revival Gospel Choir, Small Town Crisis, Terry Cantwell, St Mary’s College, Mo Chroí, Cobra Gymnastics, Laura’s Dance Fitness, Majorettes Militare, Breda O’Connor School of Dance, Innovations Theatre School, Bernard Fox and more, all hosted by our own Rhoda Doyle Yeomans!

For more information please call 087 7756738 or visit the Facebook page.

 

Arklow Roots Music

Date: Wednesday, 14th October 2015

Place: The Breffni, Main Street

Time: 8 pm

Tickets: €12/€10 (on sale soon)

Krista DetorArklow Roots Music back in action with concert by Krista Detor, a brilliant singer-songwriter from Indiana USA. She has a new CD out for the tour … ‘Barely’ is her 6th album. She has played with renowned bassist Victor Wooten and shared stages with Loudon Wainright and Suzanne Vega among others. It’s at The Breffni Main St, 8 pm on Wed 14 Oct … a night not to be missed. Tickets on sale soon €12/€10

For more information please contact Brendan O’Regan on his Facebook page.

 

Well done Ross Lawless!

Congratulations to Ross Lawless of CALT Dynamics in Arklow who won an investment of €10,000 for New Best Idea.

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Three young businessmen (Ross Lawless, Michael Carney and James Keogh) have won a total investment of €50,000 through the Local Enterprise Office Wicklow as part of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition. The competition is aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 30 and the Wicklow awards ceremony was held at Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew. Bryan Doyle, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, addressed the awards ceremony and said the local authority would make every effort to support businesses in the county.

For more information please visit CALT Dynamics website.

 

Arklow Rock Parnell GAA Club

A benefit night for Luke Corr (son of former Rocks player John) takes place in clubhouse on 23rd October. Luke underwent a serious operation in London recently so if you can attend or even buy a ticket it would be much appreciated by the Corr family.

For more information please visit the Club’s Facebook page.

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