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Arklow This Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WW1 Memorial Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Get your head around rounding – begins 28th October

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

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

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

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

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

Rounding

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

 

Arklow Tidy Towns Results 2015

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

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

Arklow Tidy Towns

 

Congratulations to Kajsa Kinsella

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

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

Media Pack-KajsaKinsella Pdf

Well done Jessica Wall from Arklow School of Taekwondo!

 

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

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

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

 

Arklow Positive Ageing Week

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

Age Action Week

Arklow Carer Receives Award

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

Bluebird Care

 

Blessings for CO – ED Schools

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

 

Short Story Award for Eleanor

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

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RNLI Arklow Maritime Festival

RNLI enjoyed a very successful Maritime Festival with almost 3.000 people showing up for this annual event. Members of Arklow Lifeboat would like to thank to all volunteers, and also a various sponsors!!
Most of all a big thanks to all for coming down and supporting the Arklow RNLI.
Thanks to LE CIARA and her Captain & XO, Hugh Searle, Irish Whale and Dolphin RV Celtic Mist, ArklowSailingClub and everybody else for helping to put Arklow Maritime Festival very firmly back on the calendar.

Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer At Arklow Lifeboat said “This is an important fundraising weekend for the lifeboat and there are plenty of things lined up for all the family. We are asking the community to lend their support as much as possible. We’ve got all the normal great attractions this year, with the navy and the Vikings on board, we’d like to see people down on the quay , thanks to our corporate sponsors, most of our events and attractions are free, but all donations are very welcome”.

Arklow Maritime Festival

For more information please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/GatheringoftheFleetArklowMaritimeFest?fref=ts

http://arklowmaritimefestival.com/

 

A vessel rescued by Arklow RNLI and LE Ciara

Arklow RNLIArklow RNLI and the Irish Naval Boat, the LE Ciara, rescued four people and saved a boat from running aground during the height of the Maritime Festival. On Sunday the RNLI volunteers made their way through a very busy Arklow harbour heading down the Avoca River to locate the distressed vessel.

Following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said:
“This incident happened just in advance of a planned exercise involving our lifeboat and the local fire service and the Coastguard helicopter it shows the importance and need for multi-agency interactions during search and rescue operations, we look forward to future exercises involving the naval service and all of our local emergency services”.


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For more information please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/GatheringoftheFleetArklowMaritimeFest?fref=ts

 

Joanna Murphy – a new CEO of ConnectIreland

Joanna Murphy, who was a guest speaker at 2015 Chamber Ball, takes the top job at ConnectIreland. Joanna has been a key member of ConnectIreland’s leadership team since 2013, holding the position of Chief Operating Officer. Recently Joanna has been appointed as the new CEO of ConnectIreland, the incentivised referral programme appointed by IDA Ireland to deliver the Government’s Succeed in Ireland Initiative. According to Terry Clune – a Chairman of ConnectIreland, Joanna has a strong track record, passion and enthusiasm for ConnectIreland that is second to none.

Joanna Murphy

For more information please visit:

http://blog.connectireland.com/?p=1507

https://www.facebook.com/ConnectIrelandCom?fref=ts

 

House of Stories

Arklow House of Stories takes place on the last Friday of every month at John Joe’s at 8.30 p.m. All are welcome and dancing facilities are a new addition to the event.

 

The Cube

Arklow Geraldine Ballymoney GAA Club will be hosting “The Cube”, based on an ITV gameshow, on Friday 8th August in the Arklow Bay Hotel. There will be a prize of €1,000 for a first place so come and get involved. With many Arklow businesses, Associations, not to mention clubs, competing to beat the “Cube” it looks as if it will be a sell-out. Tickets (€10) can be had from any committee member and are on sale in the Arklow Bay Hotel and also at the GAA Office in Pearse’s Park.

For more information please contact Kerry on 087 3287881.

Arklow GAA

http://www.arklowgaa.com/

Maritime Festival

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What’s happening at the Maritime Festival this weekend?

Click here for a timetable of events!

 

McMullans’ summer sale now on

Fashions and trends may have changed over the years but McMullans’ vision and passion is evident every time you shop there… and right now there is a great half-price sale on selected items. The shop is ideally situated on Arklow’s Main Street with ample car parking available nearby. Check here for some ideas: www.mcmullansarklow.com

 McMullans

Happy 25th Birthday to Pettitt’s  SuperValu Arklow!

Pettitt’s SuperValu, in the heart of Arklow want to thank all their customers for their support over the years. To celebrate why not visit the store for special discounts on a variety of products until 5th August.

Pettitt's

 

Denise Brennan on East Coast FM

Denise Brennan

Denise Brennan along with Yvonne Kenny, Tony Fennell and Ronan McCauley on East Coast FM’s morning show, promoting single and album Sailing in the Wind in aid of the Arklow Lifeboat.

http://www.denisebrennan.ie/

 

Congratulations to Team Ireland at the Special Olympics 2015

We are delighted at the success of our competitors and also all those who coach and support each person on the team. Thanks to the Arklow Vikings Special Olympics Club for all their encouragement and support.

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Keith Barry – “Out of Control”

Keith Barry will perform in Arklow Bay Hotel on 26th November 2015 at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost €30 and are available at: http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/18004E72A3391BF5?camefrom=AFF_IE_ENTERTAINMENT_IRELAND&brand=entertainment_ie

Keith Barry

 

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique2Arklow Store Grand Opening: Date for your Diary…Monday August 10th at 2.30pm in Arklow! With our very own Jonathan Irwin and Minister Simon Harris as a few of the guests, it will be a day definitely not to be missed. We will have music from the brilliant Luan Parle and Ronan McCauley and refreshments will be served throughout the day. Also on the day we will be holding a Giant Raffle with the help and generosity of our local businesses and Community, we will also draw the winning ticket for our Signed Ireland Soccer
Shirt and our Colouring Competition so pop in for your tickets and we look forward to celebrating with you all…Special Offers on the day also…

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique

For more information please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/jackandjill.charity.boutique?fref=ts

 

New Vault Shop is now open

A new premises has been opened just down the road beside a new library. Everybody welcome to drop in and spot a bargain. They are open from 10 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. Monday to Friday with Saturday openings coming soon.

Check out their website at: www.eastwicklowyouth.weebly.com

 

Arklow Walks

We are delighted at the success of the Arklow Kynoch Heritage Walk, which commences at the Bridgewater and continues along the North Quay towards the caravan park concluding near the Arklow Bay Hotel. Along the route of this walk are six information panels, which we hope to bring to life the story of this huge explosive factory and the role it played in the history and development of Arklow Town. The total distance is approx. 2 km. Check our website for further information on this Walk and others currently under development with Irish Trails.

Kynoch Walk

 

Request to all Arklow local bands and singers…

musicWe are putting a feature piece together for www.arklow.ie on local bands and singers which we will be publishing next week. Thanks to all who have been in touch with us so far and if you would like to be included send us your links, images, YouTube clips to Ann or Aneta at chamber@arklow.ie

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CarePlus Pharmacy Open Day

CarePlus Pharmacy

CarePlus Pharmacy2FRIDAY 31st JULY – SAVE THE DATE!! Ferrybank Pharmacy in Arklow is now Ferrybank CarePlus Pharmacy!! To celebrate, John and the team will be having their big Grand Opening on Friday 31st of July. Come and join them on the day as they celebrate in style!

The Official Opening Day starts at 1 p.m. There will be cutting the ribbon, face painting and balloon man for all the kiddies. Pop over to see a new pharmacy with tea, coffee & cupcakes and there will be a free draw for everyone who comes plus plenty of special offers, prizes and discounts up to 25% on the day.

Ferrybank Pharmacy Arklow is located beside Bridgewater shopping centre.
All staff are friendly and very helpful, so if you have any queries and would like some help, please don’t hesitate to call in for advice.

Their highly trained staff offer the best expert advice. CarePlus stocks a superior range of products in beauty, toiletries, and personal care, not to mention an unrivalled selection of specialist skincare products. Pop into one of our stores today and experience the CarePlus treatment!

For more information please visit:

http://www.careplus.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ferrybank-CarePlus-Pharmacy/429654060441187?sk=timeline

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Festivals or events

Request for Arklow Events…

Have you a news item or event happening that you would like to feature on arklow.ie? Let us know at chamber@arklow.ie so that we can feature it.

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M11Arklow is open for business and leisure. A new stretch of motorway between Rathnew and Arklow has been opened on Monday 13th July by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe. The 16.5 kilometre route replaces one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country. National Roads Authority spokesperson Seán O’Neill says it should cut journey times by between 10 and 20 minutes.

Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Bryan Doyle, said, “the upgrading of this section of the N11 has been the number one objective of Wicklow County Council since the opening of the Rathnew /Ashford bypass in 2004.

“A total of eight dangerous bends including the notorious Balinameedsa bends which has been the scene of many bad accidents and fatalities will soon be a distant memory for the main road users of County Wicklow,” he added.

 

A new album “Sailing with the Wind” recorded by Arklow singer Denise Brennan will be available on iTunes in the coming days in aid of ARKLOW LIFEBOAT!!! Click the link below to view a very special video for the Title Track “Sailing with the Wind”, in honour of our Lifeboat Heroes!!!

https://youtu.be/1cjJlx-32vU

Arklow Lifeboat

 

A new art exhibition opened in Arklow on Monday 13th July and runs until 23 July. The latest show – “Musica” at Arklow Visual Arts Gallery presents a collection of new paintings by artists Ciaran Smyth, Jason Hayden and Conall Carney who used acrylic painting to explore their thoughts on music as a universal language.  Teachers Fiona O’Hara and Sylvia Nannig were also present for the launch.  Arklow Visual Arts Gallery, situated on Main Street is open to the public from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Avoca Painting School will be holding an outdoor painting workshop at the Meetings of the Waters and Glendalough Upper Lake with Facilitator Rod Coyne this Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and will include a painting demonstration and tuition for everything from beginners up to advanced painters. For more information please call 0402 35555, email info@avocapaintingschool.com or visit the website http://avocapaintingschool.com/book-outdoor-workshop.html

 

Arklow Seabreeze Festival starts today and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this fantastic event!

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The volunteer crew of Arklow RNLI towed a local sailing yacht to safety last Thursday after the vessel suffered engine failure. Under the direction of Coxswain Ned Dillon, the RNLI crew of Michael Fitzgerald, Andrew Loughlin, Jimmy Myler and Leigh Downey secured a tow line to the local yacht and brought it and its two crew safely back to the harbour.

 

The marching band and drum corps Summer Sounds 2015 competition season begins in Arklow this Sunday, July 19. The first show will be hosted by the Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble. This competition is part of the “European Summer Music Games” which includes 15 competitions across Europe over four months and is the first of three Irish shows this summer. The show takes place in Arklow Celtic Football Club at 2 p.m. and the admission is €5 for Adults and €2 for children.

Sumer Sounds 2015

 

A small number of places still remain for September 2015 on the following Full Time Post Leaving Certificate Courses at Arklow Community College:

  • Beauty Therapy (2 Year – CIBTAC, ITEC & CIDESCO)
  • Childcare (1 Year – FETAC Level 5 & 6)
  • Office Administration (1 Year – FETAC Level 5)

For more information please call 0402 32149 or email arklowcc@eircom.net