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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Ann McGovern – the new President of County Wicklow Chambers

Ann McGovern, the current President of Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed the new President of the County Wicklow Chambers of Commerce having succeeded Wicklow Town’s Josh McKenna. Ann was presented with the chain of office by Josh in the Grand Hotel on Monday night. She is involved in the tourism trade and already has big plans to introduce more business to County Wicklow during her six month term of office. Ann and the Chamber have also been heavily involved in the County Wicklow Economic Think – Tank. Look out for more news on her ideas!

Ann Mcgovern

 

Robert Mullan – a treasure trove of Wicklow images now available

Robert MullanRobert photographed news and sport in south Co Wicklow for both local and national newspapers in the 1980s and 90s. A while back he ‘unearthed’ some of the negatives from that period and has ‘digitalised’ over three hundred from the well over 400,000 images he owns. While there is a ‘Search’ box on the pages, it will not find everyone in every shot. After all this time, he won’t have records of names and other details of a lot of the shots. However, feel free to browse, you never know who or what you might come across! It is over 12 years since Robert decided to leave local photojournalism to explore other areas such as architectural photography. During this time, he has seen huge technological changes. Looking back, ‘turning digital’ brought him great personal satisfaction and helped to win many distinctions through his photography of the built environment, including:

Royal and SunAlliance/Irish Professional Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year 2001”
“Commercial Photographer of The Year 2003”
British Professional Photographers Association
“Overseas Architectural Photographer of the Year 2004”
Winner of the Craftsman Award, Irish Professional Photographers Association
Irish Professional Photographers Association “Best Reportage Wedding Portfolio Winner 2012”

For the Arklow in the 80s and 90s pictures please visit the website https://robertmullan.smugmug.com/Arklow and here you can find some of Robert’s current work https://robertmullan.smugmug.com/The-Built-Eviornment/

As these pictures are Robert’s copyright, the images are watermarked. If you wish to buy copies WITHOUT the watermark, either as a conventional print (i.e. a real photograph) or as a digital download please contact Robert on 0862605836, email robert@robertmullan.com or visit the website www.robertmullan.com

Robert Mullan photo

 

Denise Brennan

Denise is looking around at potential artists to create the art work of the sleeve for her new single ‘Two Lone Stars’. She’d love to give budding artists a chance at using their creative talents, all credit will be given on the insert of the new single. Please feel free to tag anyone you may know who might be interested in getting their work out there and recognised. Denise would love to support our local talent on this one! For more information please contact Denise on her Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/denise.brennan.946?fref=nf

Denise

 

Arklow Pottery and Noritake Reunion

Date: Saturday, 3rd October

Time: 8 pm

Place: The Arklow Bay Hotel

Tickets: €20

From: The Pottery Shop, Arklow

Arklow Pottery and Noritake Reunion will take place at The Arklow Bay Hotel on Saturday October 3rd.
Tickets cost €20.00 each for Hot Buffet and Music on the night by James Reid.
Noritake Company has donated the “Berries and Brambles” dinner service for 6 people and this set will be raffled on the night and the proceeds will go to a local charity. The set is valued at €800.00
Tickets available from The Pottery Shop Arklow.

Noritake

 

Dominican Voices

Date: Saturday, 3rd October 2015

Time: 3 pm

Place: Abbey Park, Arklow

Admission: Free

Dominican Voice Info2This is a unique commemoration of Heritage and History Celebrating 275 years of the Dominican foundation in Arklow. Everyone is most welcome to attend. This invite is especially extended to the inhabitants of the “Abbeylands” town land of Arklow which was originally the orchards and farmlands of the Dominican Monks.

As the event is taking place in October adverse weather may be a factor, if so, the commemoration will take place in St Mary’s and Peter’s Catholic Church nearby. Refreshments will be served in Arus Lorcain.

For more information please contact Pat Power on his mobile 086 1731215 or email powerpath@eicom.net or contact Arus Lorcain, Castle Park, Arklow on 0402 31716.

Dominican Voice Info

 

Arklow success as it hosts the Coastal Championship

Arklow welcomed over 150 visitors to the town over the weekend for the inaugural Irish Open Coastal Rowing Championships. The event ran very smoothly and saw 32 crews contest both single, doubles and team categories. All of the registered teams made it to the day of rowing including 12 from Arklow, Vartry Rowing Club, Bray and two Welsh crews: Towey Boat Club and Llanion Warriors. “There was lots of praise from the visiting crews and it was such a success” – remarked Charlie Dayman of Arklow Rowing Club.

Arklow Rowing Club

Arklow Rowing Club would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make this day so successful and run so smooth. The Club would specially thank to their Under 16 boys and Jeanne and Threaloch who got all boats off the beach and back to shore safely in the icy cold water.

For the results and more information please visit Arklow Rowing Club Facebook page or visit the website.

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

http://www.arklowrowing.com/

 

€6 million in LEADER funding for Wicklow

Funding2In excess of €6 million is to be granted to organisations and groups across County Wicklow through the newly launched Programme 2016 – 2020. The public consultation process was officially launched at the Glendalough Hotel on Monday and it is hoped that as many interested parties as possible will engage with the process in order to apply for a portion of the funding. National consultation has identified emerging themes and trends for the new programme which include: Community facilities, Rural Youth, Environmental Projects, Tourism and Enterprise, Development, Broadband and Rural Towns.

For more information please visit the website.

http://www.wicklowpartnership.ie/

 

Burns Sisters Irish Tour Oct 2015

Date: Saturday 3rd October

Time: 8.30 pm

Place: Conary Community Hall, Avoca

Tickets : €12 / €10

From : Hendley’s Shop, Avoca, Post Office Avoca, Power Sounds, Arklow and Betty’s Shop, Conary

Burns Sisters

Siblings Annie and Marie Burns are due to embark on an Irish tour. Based in Itchaca, New York, The Burns Sisters are promoting their latest release, Looking Back – Our American Irish Souls, an examination of their own family history and the true Irish history of the famine and the great migration. Their paternal ancestors originated in Kildare while their mother’s people the McMahons, came from Co. Clare. They describe the record as a Celtic infused Americana project.

Annie Burns (Vocals), Marie Burns (Vocals, Mandolin) will be joined by Steve

Flaherty (Acoustic and Electric Guitars) and Kevin Maul (Dobro and Lap Steel).

Tour Dates:

Fri Oct 2nd. Hotspot Music Club, Greystones Co. Wicklow.

Sat Oct 3rd. Conary Community Hall, Avoca, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow.

Sun Oct 4th. The Rowan Tree Cafe Bar, Ennis, Co. Clare.

Mon Oct 5th. Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork

Tue Oct 6th. Clonmel Folk Club, The Main Gate, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Sat Oct 7th. Teach Cheoil, Kilrush, Co. Clare.

For more information call 087 233-4714 and click Burns Sisters.

 

Stunning video of County Wicklow from local company Skycam Ireland

skycam irelandWe love the examples of aerial videography and photography work that they produce in Ireland and around the world.  A great success story for County Wicklow! Check out these YouTube link to a video filmed and edited locally. Have a look at some the best film shot around Wicklow during 2014 in HD.  Feel free to share. If you want to use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, please email Viral Spiral: contact@viralspiralgroup.com

Contact Jaron  +353 (0)83 102 1126 for more information or visit www.SkycamIreland.com and https://www.facebook.com/Skycam-Ireland-575997309142272/timeline/

 

Artwork Auction in aid of SVP

artworkThe Lofties Art Group in Arklow are very pleased to announce the auction of their work at the Riverbank Café & Bistro, Bridgewater Centre on Tuesday 29th September at 6.30 pm. Proceeds from this event will go to the St Vincent de Paul in Arklow. The group of amateur artists have been painting for the past five years and hope that the public will also enjoy their work on this upcoming event. The auction will be conducted by Breda Bermingham of Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle in Arklow.

Road Safety Authority Issues Warning over NDLS Text Messaging Scam

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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has yesterday 23 September 2015 become aware of fraudulent mobile phone text messages, purporting to come from the RSA’s National Driver Licence Service (NDLS), containing a link to a website seeking personal identity and banking details.

These text messages did not issue from the NDLS.

The NDLS never send unsolicited text messages asking for personal information.

The NDLS only sends a no-reply text message to customers confirming an appointment time at an NDLS centre.

Anyone who receives an unsolicited text message purporting to be from the NDLS seeking personal information and suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam should simply delete it.

Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent text messages should contact their bank or credit card company immediately.

The RSA has advised both the Gardai and the Competition & Consumer Protection Commission of this fraudulent activity.

For further information please contact:

  • RSA Communications Department 096-25008
  • Brian Farrell, Communications Manager 086-3881009

Screengrabs of the fraudulent text message can be seen on: http://www.rsa.ie/en/Utility/News/2015/Road-Safety-Authority-Issues-Warning-over-NDLS-Text-Messaging-Scam/

LIFTING OF BOIL WATER NOTICE – AUGHRIM ANNACURRAGH PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY SCHEME 22/9/15

Following advice from the Health Services Executive, Irish Water and Wicklow County Council wish to notify customers that Irish Water is now in a position to remove the boil water notice from the Aughrim Annacurragh Public Water Supply with immediate effect.

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council acknowledge the patience, co-operation and assistance of all customers affected during the period of the boil notice and apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to householders and the business community.

Queries in relation to this notice may be directed to the Irish Water Customer Contact Centre on 1890 278 278.

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Wicklow Wins Hurling Final

Congratulations to the Co. Wicklow hurlers who won the Under-21 ‘B’ Hurling Championship Final at Semple Stadium last Saturday.  This is a wonderful achievement for these young men who beat Meath with a score of 2-17 to 2.15.

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Local Enterprise Office – “The Companies Act 2014”

LEOThe LEO are having a free information seminar on “The Companies Act 2014” in the The Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at 2.oopm – 4.30pm.

The Companies Act 2014 commenced on 1st June 2015.  It is the single biggest piece of legislation enacted in the history of the state.  The changes in the Companies Act impact directly on SME companies and their directors.  This seminar has been designed to assist through the transition to the Companies Act 2014.

To book you place visit  https://www.localenterprise.ie/Wicklow/Training-Events/Online-Bookings  

 

The End of an Era

The Sisters of Mercy have been in the town continuously since 1876 and have taught many generations of Arklow people.  Sr. Sior Cosgrave, who recently retired as Principal of St. Mary’s College, is moving to Dublin which means the relationship between the Sisters of Mercy and Arklow sadly comes to end.  To mark this there is a special mass of thanksgiving in Arklow Parish Church on Saturday September 26th at 6.30pm.

St. Mary's College

 

 Arklow to host first Coastal Rowing Championships

Arklow Rowing Club2The inaugural Irish Open Coastal Rowing Championship is being held this Sunday 20th Sept along South Beach in Arklow. The event is being hosted by ArklowRowing Club and will involve crews racing in FISA type coastal rowing boats around a 4km course. The Irish Open Coastal Rowing Championships will have crews and rowers from both Ireland and Wales taking part and will start with the Men’s Quads Heats at 10.30am on the Sunday 20th Sept and nine races will be run over the course of the day, concluding in the Men’s Singles Finals which are scheduled for approximately 4.00pm. The race card includes Men’s and Ladies Quads, Doubles and Singles racing over a 4km course along Arklow’s South Beach. While this event represents a wonderful opportunity for the Arklow Rowing Club who are also celebrating their 25th Anniversary, it also demonstrates the overall growth and awareness that rowing has within Ireland. Coastal rowing represents one of the easiest sports to access and participate in as it is only the hardest of weathers that would prevent a coastal rower from getting out on the water. The local Arklow community can testify to that.

All are welcome to attend. If you follow the link to the website or the Facebook page you will find all you need to know about the event, including the layout of the course. In the mean time Sunday’s race times are below:

10.30: Heat 1 Men’s Quads
10.35: Heat 1 Men’s Doubles
11.30: Heat 2 Men’s Quads
11.35: Heat 2 Men’s Doubles
12.30: Final Women’s Quads
12.40: Final Women’s Doubles
12.45: Final Women’s Singles
14.00: B Final Men’s Quads
14.10: B Final Men’s Doubles
15.00: A Final Men’s Quads
15.10: A Final Men’s Doubles
15.15: Final Men’s Singles
17.00: Medal Ceremony in Clubhouse

We look forward to seeing you all.

Arklow Rowing Club

 

 National Maritime Museum

The British national maritime museum have digitised their records for 1915. There are 1892 entries for Arklow as a birthplace. Some sailors were on multiple ships so its not 1892 different people. Its fascinating reading. 

Museum

 

Public Alert:  Boil Water Notice – Aughrim / Annacurragh

boiling waterIrish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council wishes to advise that the Public Water Supply at Aughrim & Annacurragh has been placed on a Boil Water Notice until further notice.

It is recommended that all users fed from the Aughrim & Annacurragh Public Water Supply boil water before use for human consumption.

For further information please click here.

 

Arklow Library

Library 2Arklow Library is nearly ready. Final touches, books orders etc… will take few more months. In a meantime we would like you to have a peek inside.

From 2016 empty shelves will be packed, not only with English books but, thanks to Polish Embassy in Dublin and Wicklow County Library, there will be whole section of Polish books and English translations of Polish authors as well. Our association is thrilled to lead this project.

Library

(Polish Version below)

Biblioteka publiczna w Arklow już na ukończniu. Prace wykończeniowe, zamawianie książek itp… zajmą jeszcze parę miesięcy. W międzyczasie zapraszamy do obejrzenie kilku zdjęć ze środka.
Z nowym rokiem 2016 puste półki zostaną zapełnione nie tylko anglojęzycznymi książkami, ale dzięki Ambasadzie RP w Dublinie oraz Wicklow County Library powstanie duży dział książek polskojęzycznych oraz książek polskich autorów tłumaczonych na język angielski. Nasze Stowarzysznie z radością bierze udział w takim projekcie.

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Business information seminar – what supports are available for your business?

Monday, 21st September at 7pm in The Grand Hotel

Wicklow ChamberWicklow Town & District Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Co. Wicklow Chamber have organised with Simon Harris TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure to host a free information evening on business supports that may be available for your business.

There will be speakers and representatives from Enterprise Ireland, The Strategic Banking Corporation, the Local Enterprise Office, JobBridge, JobPlus, Wicklow County Council and other agencies yet to be confirmed.

This is a not to be missed opportunity to listen to and network with local and state agency supports that are available to help grow your business.

Minister of State Simon Harris TD in a statement said “I am delighted to assist the Co. Wicklow Chamber in facilitating this Business Information Seminar. I look forward to engaging with the local businesses in attendance, given that SMEs are the backbone of our economy. I wish to thank the Co. Wicklow Chamber for organising this event which will enable businesses to receive information on the supports and assistance available to them from local and state agencies”.

This is a free event and is open to all Chamber Members and Non-Members – all business owners and their Managers are welcome to attend

Co.Wicklow Chamber President Josh McKenna who undertook and drove this initiative said that “this is another demonstration of how the Chamber movement continues to support its members and the small and medium employers who provide so much employment in our County”.

To book your place, please contact Susana Costello on (0404) 66433 or by emailing susana@wicklowchamber.ie by Friday, 18th September 2015.

 

 

County Wicklow PartnershipWicklow LEADER 2016 – 2020 Local Action Group invite you to have your say on Wicklow’s Local Development Strategy.

Public Consultation Meetings which are being  held at the following venues:

  • 24th September at 8.00pm,    Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkenndy.
  • 29th September at 8.00pm,    Avon Ri, Blessington.
  • 1st October  at 8.00pm,           Lawless Hotel, Aughrim.
  • 6th October  at 8.00pm,           Grand Hotel, Wicklow Town.
  • 8th October  at 8.00pm,           Germaines, Baltinglass.

“To effect change in the county by supporting the social, cultural, economic and environmental well being of individuals, families, groups and communities”

For more information please click here.

Public Consultation Flyer Poster

 

Vault Shop Volunteers Wanted

If you are aged between 18 and 24 years of age, in receipt of a social welfare payment and looking for retail experience then maybe the Vault Shop is for you.
We are looking for volunteers to assist in the everyday running of this initiative and certified training will be provided. This will not affect participant’s social welfare payment.
This is a developmental opportunity, no experience is necessary. Duties will include: sales, customer service, merchandising and display, cash and till procedures.
If you are interested in volunteering please send us a message on Facebook page, email ewys@crosscare.ie or call us on 0402-39646 for further details.

Vault Shop

 

 

Darts evening

dartsThe Vault youth centre is running an over 18s darts evening every Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm. This is a fun evening for guys and gals who want to meet and socialise in a safe environment. Those attending can improve their dart – throwing skills and take a break with a cup of tea or juice. For more information please contact Margaret on 0402 39646.

 

 

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Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 (Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2015)

Attendance is free of charge

Wicklow's Heritage Building Show 2015Gledalough will become a one-stop destination for owners in need of accurate, impartial and free advice on caring and repairing their old buildings. The Irish Georgian Society, in partnership with Wicklow County Council and the Office of Public Works, are mounting an exhibition in the grounds of the OPW’s Glendalough Visitor Centre from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.  Throughout the weekend over two-dozen craftspeople will demonstrate key traditional skills needed for the conservation of old buildings, including sash window repairs; use of lime-based mortars; decorative plasterwork; ironwork; slate roofing; thatching; mud and earth construction; stained glass and fanlight conservation; stone carving; dry stonewall construction; and clock restoration to name a few.

For more information and a timetable please click here.

Glendalough

Sunrise in Glendalough – picture taken by Speirview Ireland. To see more pictures and videos please visit the Speirview website. 

Wicklow Culture Night – Friday 18th September 2015

On Friday 18 September, Wicklow County Council invites you to take part in the annual National Culture Night programme as part of the cultural celebrations taking place throughout the country on the night.  Now in its 10th year, this nationwide celebration which began in Dublin has expanded to the entire country, with many exciting events taking place in communities all over Ireland.  Wicklow is no exception, with over thirty exciting events lined up around the county, with something for everybody young to old, active to easy-going and all those in between.

For more information and a timetable please click here.

September… special book offer from Kavanagh’s Wexford Road

Kavanagh's Wexford RoadBuy any paperback in KAVANAGH’S WEXFORD ROAD throughout the month of September and get FIVE tickets for our next MAGAZINE MADNESS MONTHLY DRAW – which will be held in-store on October 1. To date, we have given back more than €3,500.00 since starting our MAGAZINE MADNESS DRAW! Money that goes BACK into our LOCAL ECONOMY after it is SPENT in our LOCAL ECONOMY! Keep the wheel oiled – SHOP LOCAL!

 

 

Music in the Garden

The event will take place on Sunday 13th September from 1 pm to 5 pm in Roy/Marie Dempseys Monument Lane in aid of Arklow Marsh Project and St. Joseph’s Church Templerainey.

Music Featuring: Opera Serenade, Margaret Fitzgerald, Niamh O’Connor, Mary Graham, Denise Brennan, John Joe Brauders, Pat Brennan, Michael Flood, Set Dancing demonstration and Special Guest Appearance by THE TEMPLEMICHAEL CEILI BAND.

Music in the Garden-finalists

Finalist from Fleadh Ceoil Sligo 2015

Other activities include “House of Stories” bingo, jaunting car/pony rides, face painting, bric-a-brac sale, auction, various craft stalls, display of the Arklow Ganzey and a unique Pottery Making Demonstration.

Refreshments will be available and admission costs €5 (gate prize.)

Coral Leisure Centre Arklow

COMPETITION TIME!!! To be in with a chance to win 1 Months pool/gym membership all you have to do is LIKE and SHARE and TAG a friend. Winner will be announced 13th September!!! GO……!!!

Coral leisure

 

R.L.S.S National Pool Lifeguard Qualification Course will be ran from October 27th till November 1st
Coral leisure3Time : 9.30am till 4.30pm Daily
Cost: €250.00 per candidate,
All candidates must be 16 years and over
Deposit of €50.00 is required to hold your place
All Fees must be paid by October 12th
If you are interested in doing the course
Contact Nicola Walker R.L.S.S Trainer Assessor on 086 0629988

Halloween Camp

Taking bookings NOW!!!Pay a deposit of €20 and pay the rest on the day limited spaces available.

Date: Tuesday 27th October – Friday 30th October

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

  • 10 am – 2 pm daily for children aged 4+
  • An Action packed week for only €45
  • Swimming everyday
  • 4 Days Pool Inflatable
  • 2 Day Bouncy Castle
  • Lots of Spooky Arts & Crafts
  • Fancy Dress Party
  • Pumpkin Carving and a Halloween Party

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Studio 55 Dance Academy

Chamber of Commerce Award Winner for “Best Small Business 2013”

Aims Nominated for “Best Choreographer in Ireland” 2010 & 2011

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Register now to join us for our exciting production of “The Wicked Wizard of Oz”. Pay per term and pay weekly options available – 50% sibling discounts.

Classes available for:

Children 3+, Teens & Adults in:

Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Zumba Fitness, Piloxing, Body Conditioning, Ballroom & Latin American.

Wedding Dance Lessons available by request.

For more information please contact Martina on 085 1227286 or visit her Facebook profile.

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Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre2MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES BEGINNING IN ARKLOW TOMORROW FOR KIDZ AND TEENZ!! Taught by professional, qualified teachers, our classes will be bursting with Dancing, Singing, Acting, Creativity and Performance. Book in now!!!!! Call Kerry on 085 1417398!!

For more information please  visit Kerry Smith’s Facebook profile.

 

Musical Theatre

 

 

If The Elders

This is for anyone yet to see The Elders Band Live, a little clip of them playing in the States this weekend. The lads are going to be playing The Arklow Bay Hotel on Thursday 22nd October at 8pm. Tickets on sale soon.

Ballroom and Latin with Laura

No partner Needed, No experience required, just a passion to learn Ballroom & Latin Dance.
Kids, Partner and Solo.

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Adult Classes

  • Bokwa Dance Fitness, Levels 1-3 (expert level 1)
  • Bokwa Tone & Core…………
  • Ballroom & Latin (Couples & Solo classes.)
  • Social Adult Dance Classes
  • Wedding and Group Dances Classes
  • Hen Parties

Childrens Classes

  • Jumping Beans (3-6 years)
  • Ballroom & Latin Competitive Dance (3 years +)
  • Juvenile Ballroom & Latin Formation Dancing (Teens)
  • Bokwa Kidz Crew (7 years+)
  • Private Kids Ballroom & Latin Lessons for Competitions

Prices 

Jumping Beans BOKWA Classes €6.00, Pay as you go

Ballroom & Latin Classes €7.00, Pay as you go

*****SPECIAL OFFERS***** 

  • Siblings get 50% OFF discount for the second child.
  • Do a Bokwa/Jumping Beans class and a Ballroom & Latin class and receive the cheapest one 50% OFF (which means you get 2 classes for €10 a week).
  • Must begin the classes in September 2015.

For more information please contact Laura on 086-3968673, email laurabokwa@hotmail.com, visit Laura’s website or Facebook page.

 

Music under the Mountains 2015

For all you trad fans, Music under The Mountains Festival is on again this month 18-20 September in Hollywood Co. Wicklow. Looks like a good place to stop if you’re out for a drive.

Music under the Mountains 2015

 

Sound investment in instruments as €210,000 announced for Music Capital Scheme 2015

instrumentsOn 2nd September 2015 Music Network welcomed the announcement by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, confirming capital funds of €210,000 for the Music Capital Scheme 2015.

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional musicians.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD said:

“In Ireland, we are lucky to possess a wealth of musical talent.  For this talent to continue to progress and flourish it is vital that our musicians are supported and provided with the opportunities to improve their performing ability.  Over the past five years, the funding provided by my Department for the Music Capital Scheme has enabled Music Network to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments to a wide range of talented individuals and groups, including choirs, orchestras, youth bands and traditional music groups. I am delighted therefore to announce capital funding of €210,000 for the Music Capital Scheme in 2015.”

For more information please visit Music Network Website.

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Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the FGaeltacht with students from St Agnes CCMA at the announcement of the Music Capital Scheme 2015.

Arklow This Week

Interruption to Water Supply in Arklow Town on Thursday 10th September

Irish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council wish to advise residents of Arklow Town, in particular around the areas of Lamberton, The Kish, Emoclew Road, Knockenrahen and Ballynattin that water will be shut off in parts of the town from 9am until 7pm on Thursday 10th September.

This shut off is necessary as ESB Networks are undertaking Quality of Supply improvements in the area.

For further information please contact Irish Water Customer Services on 1800 278 278.

 

Arklow Further Education and Training Centre

Fernhill Plaza Wexford Road Arklow

0402 39680

Fernhil PlazaWe have some places available on our courses starting in September.

Leaving Certificate for adults, this is a two year course that includes Maths, English, history Economics, Biology, Art and Computers. Students on this course can progress onto Third Level education or onto PLC course or into employment.

Certificate in Community Care QQI Level 5 5M2786. This is a year long course for adults who wish to work in Nursing homes or as home helps. The modules include Human Growth and development, Care provision and practice, Care of the older person, Safety and Health at Work, Communications, Equality and disability, Work experience Word processing and Occupational First Aid.

Certificate in Business QQI Level 6 6M4985. This course is suitable for adults who have good computer skills or who have completed a Level 5 course. The modules include Business Management, Communications, Word processing, Spreadsheets, Web authoring, Database, Personal and professional development.

Art portfolio preparation Course. This is a part time course designed to support and guide those who want to refresh their artistic skills and begin pursuing a career in Art and Design.

If you are interested in any of these courses please contact Maria or Melissa on 0402 23455 or 0402 39680 or by email at vtosarklow@eircom.net

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Local Community Restore Old Kilbride Cemetery

As part of Heritage Week Minister Simon Harris officially opened Old Kilbride Cemetery in Arklow.  He congratulated local volunteers who undertook this restoration project.  This cemetery is unique in that is features a pyramid tomb, commissioned in the late 1700s by Ralph Howard, the first Viscount of Wicklow.  In his speech Minister Harris said it is important, especially during Heritage Week that we take stock of the heritage sites within our communities.

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Tourism Potential of Avoca Mines

Avoca MinesOn Wednesday 26th August Minister Simon Harris brought together a number of stake holders, including the Avoca Heritage Committee, Failte Ireland, Wicklow County Tourism and the County Wicklow Heritage Officer, to discuss the tourism potential of the mines at Avoca.  He stated he is keen that Failte Irelands newest tourism initiative, ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ will feature an element of Ireland’s industrial heritage and would like to ensure that Avoca Mines is included as it is a unique insight into the industrial past of Wicklow.  The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has committed to a €3 million investment in public health and safety works on the site over the period 2014 – 2016.  As each area of the mine undergoes work, public access will then be enabled.

 

Tidy Towns

Members of Arklow Tidy Towns have been invited to the televised Tidy Towns award ceremony at The Helix for the first time since it was founded 40 years ago. The group was delighted to get confirmation of the invitation and looks forward to attending on September 28 where the awards winners will be announced.

 

Avonmore Musical Society

Avonmore Musical Society held their main and very popular fundraiser “Strictly Come Dancing” last Saturday night in the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Chairman Rob Donnelly would like to thank all the couples who danced and everyone who came for helping make the night such a wonderful success. With over 750 audience members present plus 20 couples dancing representing various groups and charities the hotel was packed to capacity and the atmosphere was electric.

The 20 couples performed their individual dances and the Avonmore girls also performed a dance to “Buenos Aries” to advertise Avonmore’s next Musical Production “Evita” which will be staged from Tues 29th March to Saturday 2nd April 2016. The main winners on the night were Gerry Brauders & Eimear Harper who won on behalf of “Caveman”.

Avonmore

For more information please visit:

http://www.wicklownews.net/2015/08/gerry-and-eimear-win-avonmore-strictly/

http://www.avonmoremusicalsociety.com/

 

Duck Pond shortlisted for national Chambers award

duck pond2Arklow Duck Pond has been shortlisted for a national Chambers Ireland award. The local amenity which was entered by Arklow Municipal District under Wicklow County Council and it was confirmed in recent days that the area is a finalist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards. Now in their twelfth year, the awards recognise and celebrate the work carried out in communities by local authorities. Over the past six years a vast amount of work has been completed to transform the Duck Pond to a safe and social area for everyone to enjoy day and night. Congratulations to everyone involved from Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce !!!

 

Tom Lawler’s solo art exhibition at the Visual Art Gallery in Arklow

Wicklow artist Tom Lawler shared his most recently produced works with the community of Arklow over the past couple of weeks at the latest exhibition to take place at the Local Arklow Visual Art Gallery. The gallery was delighted to host the show, which included Tom’s acrylic and gouache work. Tom spent the past year producing this large body of work which was well received by the public and at the gallery. His paintings are vibrant abstractions inspired by a library of artistic books.

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Innovations Theatre School

Innovaions Theatre SchoolIf you want your child to build confidence, learn new skills and make friends – come on upcoming open day on Wednesday September 9th. Innovations Theatre School provides all of this for children aged 5-18 in their weekly classes in Arklow. The open day will be at their regular venue of The Centre, Wexford Road, Arklow from 5pm to 7 pm, where new students will be able to try out a full two – hour session of dance, singing and acting alongside the regular classes. There will also be a short informal audition for entry into the school. Classes take place at that time every week from September to May. Fees are €170 for 10 weeks, with 30 weeks through the year. To book a place on the open day or for more information please contact 087 1364219 or 086 3442916. You can also check out the Innovations Theatre School Website http://www.innovations.ie/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/InnovationsTheatreSchool/info?tab=page_info.

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Arklow This Week

Are you interested in going to College in 2015?

Clermount College

Do you want to study for an IT Carlow  accredited programme on you doorstep.

The Wicklow County Campus, Clermount House, Rathnew is now Enrolling for September 2015 with  IT Carlow Validated Programmes at Masters, Degree, High Diploma and Certificate level.

The part time evening programmes are offered in the areas of Business & Accounting, Humanities, Computing & Science and Engineering.

It is worth noting that there are short Certificate programmes (from one night a week for 12 weeks in areas such as Web Design/ Online Marketing/ Organisational Psychology that may be very beneficial to businesses in the current marketplace.

Please  click on the link underneath to view all programmes being offered on a part-time evening basis in Rathnew.

www.itcarlow.ie/wicklow

If you would like more information and wish to contact a staff member , please call 0404 67125 or email Wicklow@itcarlow.ie and all your queries will be dealt with.

 

Closing Date for Katie Taylor Sports Bursary

Katie TaylorWicklow County Council has set up a sport scholarship in Katie Taylor’s name in recognition of her amazing sporting achievements.  The scholarship is intended for students who have excelled at their chosen sport and are undertaking an undergraduate degree course in any academic field.  A bursary of €1,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant.  For an application forms go to www.wicklow.ie .

The closing date is next Friday 4th September and no application will be accepted after 12 noon on this date. 

 

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Congratulations to Denis Nolan of CCÉ, Anne Devlin, Co.Wicklow  who took first place in the mouth organ senior competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015 in Sligo.

 

 

Sea Safety

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The Arklow RNLI sea safety team is offering free and impartial advice on safety aboard your board or ashore to anyone who requires it.  To book your place or for information please contact mark@aslsafety.com or call Mark om 086 8260439.  Mark’s company ASL Safety is a member of the Arklow Chamber.

 

 

Tour de Leinster

Tour de LeinsterThis is a 4 day, 600km charity cycle taking place on the 24th- 27th of September 2015.

The Tour will be a challenging and inspiring event for everyone involved with the route taking in all the counties of Leinster. All the funds raised by the cycle will benefit  Down Syndrome Ireland both at National level and across all our Leinster branches.  The cyclists will also have the honour of cycling with Sean Kelly during the tour. A legend in his own right, Sean Kelly won numerous titles and accolades in his career including the Paris-Nice seven times in a row, the Vuelta Espana, Paris Roubaix and was World number one six times.

For full information on route, registration, costs and sponsorship go to http://www.downsyndrome.ie/tour-de-leinster/cyclist-info/

Arklow This Week

National Heritage Week 22-30 August 2015

 

St. SavioursSt Saviour’s Church – Open Afternoon Come and enjoy a self guided visit of one of Arklow’s most impressive buildings and celebrated stained glass windows

Dates: 25th August 14:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

Abercorn Masonic Hall This building will be especially opened for visitors

Venue: Abercorn Masonic Hall

Dates: 25th August 16:00 PM to 21:00 PM

 

 

Opening of Old Kilbride Graveyard Project View the impressive Howard Mausoleum ‘The pyramid of Kilbride’ and view the recent conservation works carried out in this historic graveyard.

Dates: 26th August 13:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

St. Bridget’s Church of Ireland  Kilbride Open Afternoon This building is being opened especially for visitors to enjoy for Heritage Week.

Dates: 26th August 14:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

Arklow Methodist Church This building is being opened especially for visitors to enjoy for Heritage Week.

Dates: 26th August 14:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

For further information on the above contact the organiser, Jennifer M.J. Kavanagh….

Email: jennifermjkavangh@gmail.com

Telephone: 085 8183392

 

 

Duck PondBat Walk around Duck Pond. The Bat Walk is an exciting experience where many species of bat come to life in front of your eyes. With the use of sound equipment you can see these tiny creatures which ordinarily you would miss.

Venue: Arklow Bay Hotel

Organiser: Arklow Coastcare

Email: cbateman@wicklowcoco.ie

Telephone: 0402 42700

Dates: 25th August 20:30 PM to 21:30 PM

 

 

Avoca Mines Guided Walk Guided walk over the greatest of all Irish mines where thousands of men, women and children worked above and below ground for over 300 years.

Venue: Avoca Mines, White Bridge, Tigroney, Avoca

Organiser: Nick Coy

Email: nickcoy@eircom.net

Telephone: 086 3706731

Dates: 23rd August 15:00 PM to 17:00 PM

 

 

Calary ChurchCalary and the Historic Darby Pulpit Free tour of a historic 180 year old church which contains the pulpit once used by John Nelson Darby, who was curate in the area and later became one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethren.

Venue: Calary Church

Organiser: Calary Church of Ireland

Email: derekneilson@eircom.net

Telephone: 01 2818118

Website: http://www.newcastleparish.org/

Dates: 22nd August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM , 23rd August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM , 29th August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM , 30th August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM

 

 

A self-guided walk along Macreddin Mile exploring Local Heritage and Wild Foods The BrookLodge Hotel has chosen to celebrate the historical importance of local hedgerows this Heritage Week as a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the residents of Macreddin Village.

Venue: BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village

Organiser: BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village

Email: info@brooklodge.com

Telephone: 0402 36444 12

Website: www.brooklodge.com

Dates: 22nd August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 23rd August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 24th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 25th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 26th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 27th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 28th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 29th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 30th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM

 

National Community Games Finals this weekend in Athlone

The following Arklow Gymnasts

Orlaith Holt, Jack Burke – Under 9,

Zara Fennell, Rory Curley – Under 11

Caitlin Curley – Under 13

Niamh Curley – Under 15

Will represent Arklow and County Wicklow at the 2015 National Community Games festival of artistic gymnastics which will take place at the Athlone Institute of Technology, County Westmeath on Saturday 22nd. August.

Best of luck and do Arklow proud.

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”.


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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/