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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, 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!

RedDoor Fitness
€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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Local Enterprise Office

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.

Awards

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 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.

CALT Dynamics

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.

Arklow Rock Parnells

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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.

All my books-Collage

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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Arklow This Week

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”.


LE Ciara2

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/

Arklow This Week

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.

Olympic rings

 

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