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Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. The guest speaker for this year’s awards is Sean Kelly MEP.

The ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

The Arklow & District Chamber awards will recognize local people & businesses and their achievements in the following 5 categories:

 Best New Start Up Award – For any business opened within the last 12 months.

Best Established Business Award – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large.

Ambassador for Tourism Award – For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area.

The Employee of the Year Award – Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer.

The Person of the Year Award – This award will recognize a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.


Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards nomination form is available on Page 6 of this weeks edition of the Wicklow People.

Forms are also available at the following:
– Arklow Library
– The Arklow Bay Hotel
– Arklow Post Office
– Bridgewater (public noticeboard)
– Supervalu.

These forms can be dropped into any of our postboxes located at:
Arklow Library
The Arklow Bay Hotel
Arklow Chamber office

Alternatively nominations can be submitted via the online link at

The closing date for acceptance of nominations is Friday 1st September 2017.

Tickets for this Black Tie event are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909 or you can email

 Tickets are €60 each with a table of 10 for €500. (Both members and non-members are welcome to attend)

Arklow Art Exhibition

An exhibition on new oil paintings will run at the Arklow Gallery on Main Street until Friday, September 15th.

Artist Helen was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England and moved to Ireland in 1980 with her husband and children.

Her interest in painting started after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989. Helen had no formal training, but working with water colours for a number of years she decided to turn them into oils.

Helen has brought her work to Dublin, Carlow and Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Her work is a private collection across Ireland, Britain, Italy, Japan, US and Canada. Her designs have been used for Christmas cards for both MS Society and Irish Wheelchair Association.

She has also presented one of her paintings to the former President Mary McAleese.

The official opening took place in Arklow last Tuesday.

Admission is free and all are welcome to call in and view the paintings.

Kats Disco Returns


The Arklow Bay Hotel are hosting the return of the legendary Kats disco, this Saturday, August 26th. With music from the 80s & 90s, it promises to be a great night.

Doors open at 9pm with entrance fee of €8.

All proceeds will be given to the Avonmore Musical Societies 2018 production of the Rock Musical Classic “Jesus Christ Superstar”. It will be staged in St Marys College from 3rd – 7th April, 2018.

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The popular weekly Farmers Market will take place this Saturday 26th August (10:30am – 1:00pm) in the local Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark.

A selection of home produce along with fresh vegetables & fruit will be on sale. New stall holders are always welcome.

For more information, please contact Gertie at 086 3981103.

 Bridgewater Craft Fair













The popular Bridgewater Craft fair takes place on the first Sunday of every month, with the next fair on September 3rd. An array of beautiful hand crafted products are available to buy from up to 20 stalls.

For further information, please contact Mary Whelan on 087 9880894.

Arklow Bay Hotel & Omniplex Cinema Deal


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Festival Fills Arklow Town


Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival exceeded all expectations bringing huge crowds for the entire festival  creating a magical experience . It drew to a close on Sunday night with a spectacular fireworks display on the Riverbank.

The level of visitors to the town was astonishing as there wasn’t a single room left in hotels and guest houses in the community.

There were many highlights which went down a storm including the Dainty Bakery Baby Show, Trade Winds Burger Contest and the AGB Festival of Football.

There was great praise for the small eight member committee under the chairperson of Colm Moules who pulled together an event to be proud of. The committee would like to thank the people who gave their time and money to help this year’s festival including the press and photographers, East Coast FM for their support, the emergency services, Order of Malta, and The Gardai.

Extend a special word of thanks to the generous sponsors whose support helped to make the 2017 Seabreeze Festival possible.

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Photographic Competition



Enterprise in Arklow Photography Competition (4)




Local Artists in Arklow Library


New collections of paintings by Arklow’s Ferndale Artist’s group now on exhibition at Arklow Library.

The exhibition features’ over 34 paintings and will run for the month of July.

The majority of the works has used acrylics while a small number are canvass. All the works are previously unseen.

The local art group of around 20 members stemmed from a class run by Arklow Further Education Centre. After the students finished their course they applied for funding to form a group which developed into Ferndale Artist  Group.

They have also exhibited there work at The Sunbeam House Arklow.

For more information please contact Elenor Byrne at 086 1584349

New Exhibits on show at Maritime Museum


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The Arklow Maritime Heritage has the latest and recent acquisition which is a set of signal flags donated by John Mahon of Oaklands, Arklow. John has donated over time several items from schooner, The Denbighshire Lass’. Along with the flags was a fid, a finely tapered wooden spike which was used for slicing ropes.

In recent weeks they have received a telegram sent by Captain Jack Kenny to his wife in 1940 after he had survived a submarine attack on the ship which had been sunk, but thankfuly there were no casualties on that occasion.

Another donation from Patrick O Neill  who is a native from Arklow. A baby’s cradle made from sail canvas. Wooden frame is being made so the cradle can be shown to its best advantage. It will be a star attraction to the museum.

Arklow Maritime Museum  is situated in the Bridgewater Centre and is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

For more information   Website  Arklow Maritime Heritage Museum    

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Free Breakfast Event – “State Supports To Grow Your Business”

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Arklow Seabreeze Festival 2017


We are still accepting applications for the Princess Competition, contact Tina O Sullivan  087 9093848  or Mary Burke 087 259504

Bridgewater Seabreeze Princess Competition

To keep up to date on whats happening


Support those who support the festival and have some fun along the way





Cathaoirleach for Arklow

Tommy-AnnelseyChamber Member, Cllr Tommy Annesley, has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District Council, taking over from outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Pat Kennedy

Clir. Annesley outlined what he would like to see happen in the town over the next year.

As Cathaoirleach he would like to finish projects that have been ongoing for a while, such as the rock armour on the South Beach and push for the groynes out into the sea to form a natural beach.  He intends pushing for funding from the Department.  An improvement for the business community is also on his agenda.  He hopes the valuation officer  to meet with the Chamber of Commerce and the public to explain how they reach a rateable valuation for properties.

The Arklow District Chamber of Commerce congratulate Councillor Annesley and wish him every success during his tenure.


The Arklow Pottery and Art Festival


gold coffe setThe Arklow Pottery and Art Festival, which is a two day event to celebrate the towns rich heritage, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 24th and 25th of June. This two day event will include a number of live demonstrations and exhibitions of Arklow Pottery production process and includes the pottery designer John Ffrench.

The Festival will be officially Arklow-Pottery-Logoopened on Saturday at 11 am and the exhibition of Arklow Pottery will be open to the public at that time. From 11.30 am Thomas Dunne, Chantal Fortune and Peter Kinsella will be on hand to date and value pieces of Arklow Pottery.  On Sunday from 11 am to 2pm there will be ceramic workshops and an open sale from 11 am to 4.30 pm.

For further information contact Arklow Pottery and Art Festival on facebook or Solace Studio Pottery.

Funding for Arklow Harbour


Under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMF) Operational Program Wicklow County Council have been successful in obtaining funding for three projects. The funding will support storage facilities for fishermen at Arklow Harbour; fisherman hoist upgrade and associated training and restoration of the lightship “ SKUA” lantern. A total investment of €253,750 will be provided for these projects including €76,125 from Wicklow County Council. The remaining €177,625 co-funded by the EU and the Exchequer.

Harbour Pic

Regional Enterprise Development Fund

Regional Enterprise Development Fund – Open for Applications

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister for State Pat Breen this week announced a €60 million competitive fund to support the Regional Action Plan for Jobs and the Action Plan for Rural Development. The fund will have four streams with varying investment levels and Enterprise Ireland is currently seeking applications under the four streams.


Major Change Projects – €2m up to €5m per project,

Regionally Significant Projects – €250,000 up to €2m per project,

Local & Community Enterprise Development Projects – €50,000 up to €250,000 per project

Industry Clusters– €50,000 up to €250,000 per project.


A maximum of up to 80% is available for projects, with the balance to be leveraged from the private, community or public sector. The Fund will support major new collaborative and innovative initiatives that can make a significant impact on enterprise development in the region/across regions or nationally to build the unique USP capabilities to grow the regions. This will be achieved by co-financing the development and implementation of collaborative and innovative projects that can sustain and add to employment at a national; regional, county and community level.

The overarching aim of this Fund is to drive enterprise development and job creation in each region throughout Ireland. Projects must be impactful, with the principal impact being jobs. A feasibility grant of up to €22,500 or 50% of eligible costs (whichever is the lesser) can be offered to help promoters develop projects for progression and consideration.

Details of the competitive process are available on Enterprise Ireland’s website here. The closing date for applications is 18th August 2017.


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Arklow Port’s Potential

arklow_town_logoThe recent arrival of a large cargo vessel to Arklow Port is seen as an encouraging sign that Arklow could once again be a thriving port.  The “Arklow Fortune” is the first ship of its size to enter the harbour in a decade.  This ship, owned by Arklow Shipping, was here for repair works at Arklow Marine Services.  The recent dredging of the harbour in recent years made the docking of this ship possible.


RNLI Welly Run

The Arklow RNLI Fundraising Committee held another successful Welly Run on Sunday 14th May.  The first team home winning the Emergency Services Challenge Cup was the Arklow Lifeboat Team 1 while the winning group in the LJB Wellness Challenge Cup was the Old Ship.

RNLI Mayday 2017

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and the Arklow RNLI Fundraising Branch is dedicated to supporting their volunteer lifeboat crew in Arklow Town.  To contact them visit their Facebook page.

Masquerade Drama Group 2017

18156843_1967709813459060_1144464478191024229_nThe Arklow based drama group, Masquerade, opened their new stage drama on Tuesday in the Pipe Band Hall in Castlepark.  This is the first time they have performed at this venue and have presented Bernard Farrell’s black comedy ‘I do not like thee Dr. Fell’ each night at 8pm.  Written in 1979 this is the first play by the Irish playwright and is considered his best, it pokes fun at the concept of therapy groups and centres around a group therapy session involving six people.  Tonight’s performance is the last chance to see Masquerade’s very entertaining production of this play.  For reservations, call Masquerade on 086 3259780.

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Arklow Town Team


wicklow-co-co_Following the launch of the promotional video “Arklow Municipal District – Making a Difference” last year a new Town Team was established in January 2017.  One of the objectives is to encourage more collaboration and co-operation between the business community and the Arklow Municipal District.

Five sub-committees have been form – Infrastructure & Public Relations; Marketing & Promotion; Business Development; Security & CCTV and Heritage.  These committees have identified achievable actions which will form the basis of an Action Plan for Arklow.  Members of the public are also invited to get involved by submitting ideas or projects they think will enhance the town to


Oliver! by the Avonmore Musical Society


Oliver!Oliver! opened last night to great reviews and will continue to run nightly in St. Mary’s College Hall until Saturday, 22nd April.  The show is directed by Stephen Acton, choreographed by Martina Lynch while the musical director is Naoimh Penston.  There are over 10 principal roles, plus a chorus comprising of 40 children and 30 adults making it one of the biggest casts the musical society has had.

Phone 086-8722010 for tickets.

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Brexit Invite

The Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce are excited to be sponsoring the first   of a series of networking events this year with an engaging & interactive session at the new Arklow Library.

The breakfast presentation, “Planning for Brexit”, is a topic hugely relevant to the local business community – whether you trade directly with the UK or not, it’s widely recognised that the resulting changes will impact how we do business both at home and in the emerging new Europe.  As well as gaining an insight into these changes, the session will also afford delegates an opportunity to network with local business people and to experience the excellent facilities at the new Arklow Library.

The success of this event, which will shape the networking agenda for the rest of the year, depends on your support.  Naturally
those of us at the Chamber Office will do our best to promote the event, but we also need you to spread the word to your business colleagues and contacts to encourage attendance and make the event a success.  Please feel free to forward the attached flyer to anyone you feel would benefit from this event.

We look forward to seeing you bright and early on the 5th April!




Canagh Le CheileCarysfort National School’s next fundraiser is an exciting and exceptionally talented one, St.Saviour’s Church Arklow are hosting “Canadh Le Cheile” Concert on Friday the 31st March at 7.30p.m.  Lots of Amazing Talent taking part to support Carysfort National School in Arklow featuring the wonderful talents of : Naoimh Penston,Cruinniu,The Walker Sisters,The Arklow Silver Band,Micheal Flood,Opera Serenade, The Arklow Gospel Choir and the Carysfort Childrens Choir…and the wonderful Rob Donnelly the Compere for the Evening.
Doors open at 7.30pm Friday 31st March 2017 in St. Saviour’s Church, Arklow. Guaranteed to be a Night not to be missed!!!!!






With just under 3 weeks to go. “Oliver” is shaping up to be a show not to be missed folks.     Online bookings 24 hours a day . The final night is heavily  booked so far and the other nights are starting to fill up so book your tickets early to avoid  disappointment. Phone bookings generally operate between 2pm and 4pm, It’s gonna be great 0868722010


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Arklow Camera Club Photographic Exhibition

SnowdropsThe annual member’s exhibition of Arklow Camera Club continues until next Saturday 25th March in the Library (normal library opening times). Visit for library opening  times.  This club is Arklow’s oldest photographic association, its emphasis is on fun and learning and not competition.  It is the perfect forum to learn the basics and experienced members are only too willing to help new members.  They meet at Marshland Leisure Centre just off the Dublin Road at least once a month while other meetings are held out in the field.

For further information on the club visit

Photograph courtesy of Tom Gray, Chairperson of Arklow Camera Club.


 AMA Springtime Fashion Extravaganza 

AMA Fashion ShowSpringtime Fashion Extravaganza presented by Arklow Music & Arts on Thursday 30th March at 7.30pm.  The fashion will be provided by McMullans, Floods Menswear, Ideal Schoolwear, M.A. Healy & Sons Ltd, Sean Gilligan Productions ‘Sparkle’ custumes and show hire, Theresa Bury Design, Fashion by Elle, St. Mary’s Junk Kouture, BPB, Kustomkidz, Laura Flemming Millinary and Dunnes Stores.  Also featured will be the “Arklow Gansey” which was made using a style of knitting unique to Arklow.  The MCs for the show will be Jim Furlong and Elaine Sweeney.


Aughrim Welcomes AMD Representatives

AMD logoArklow Municipal District members recently held their meeting in the community centre in Aughrim.  This was the first ever council meeting to take place in the village and fulfilled a previous agreement to occasionally meet outside their Arklow office.  Apart from the normal business of the meeting presentations were received from Aughrim Active Retirement Group, Aughrim Business Association, Aughrim Community Field Association and Bs Brid Kennedy Owens, Principal of Aughrim Sacred Heart National School.

Cathaoirleach Pat Kennedy opened the meeting and said “Having the meeting in Aughrim today creates a little bit of history as this is the first ever council meeting to be held in the village, so today we write a new chapter in what we do as public representatives”. 


St. Patricks Day success in Arklow

Arklow put its best foot forward on St. Patrick’s Day with a great turn out for the annual parade in the town from the community groups and businesses alike. The sea of colour, enthusiasm, smiling faces and sheer joy showed what a town can do when it pulls and works together, even the rain managed to stay away until the parade passed the reviewing stand at the Parade Ground. John Summer’s, Grand Marshall and representing Arklow First Responders, was a great choice also.    The Presentation to the winners of the awards will take place in The Bridge Hotel, Arklow on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm, everyone welcome. The winner of the Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display was Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers whose float is pictured below.

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Congratulations to all the winners:

Best Float – Arklow Vikings

Best Commercial Display – Arklow Bay Hotel

Best Non Commercial Display – Arklow Rowing Club

Best Marching Group – Arklow Pipe Band

Best Traditional Float – The Shamrocker & the Hippy Shakers

Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display – Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers

Most Entertaining Group – Studio  55

Most Topical – Roosters Motorcycle Club

Best Shop Window Display – Little Treasure Playgroup

Best Vintage Display – Murt Mulligan

Youth Award – The Baton Twirlers

Best Uniformed Group – Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble

Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee, who were running this year’s parade for the first would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the day so successful, taking over from Jimmy Russell, Peter Kearns and the late Denis Naughter who had been running the parade for over 21 years. Chairman of this year’s committee, Colm Moules, thanked them for the wonderful work they did over this period and all their hard work which did not go unnoticed. Both Peter and Jimmy were present to help the committee with their vast experience and knowledge, in getting the parade off to a very successful start again this year, many thanks for the support.

All the groups and organisations and businesses played a very important role in making the day such a success and to them the committee extend their thanks. The parade each year takes a lot of time and planning and the committee did a wonderful job on their maiden voyage, they were: Colm Moules, Tommy Annesley, Tina O Sullivan, Mary Burke, Jim Hoey, Sharon Whelan, Dicey O Reilly, Donal Molloy, and Vinny Byrne. A wonderful display of bunting and flags adorned the main street, thanks to all those who helped put them up.

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Arklow Music Festival


Music festival 1Congratulations to the Arklow Festival Committee for another very successful event. Part of this annual festival is the “Best Musical Window Display” which is sponsored by Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce. This year the trophy was won by Vincents in Upper Main Street for a wonderful display of musical paraphernalia.  Pictured are Alice Carey and May Molloy of Vincents with Ann McGovern who presented the trophy on behalf of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade


st.patricks-dogThe parade starts today at 3.00pm sharp via Mellows Avenue, Navvy Hill, Abbey Street, Hudson’s Square and Main Street. Dispersal after the parade passes the platform at the Court House, Parade Ground, with groups going up St. Mary’s Road and Floats continuing up town.  Categories: Float, Marching Group, Traditional Group, Commercial Display, Non Commercial Display, Agri/Horticultural Display. All are welcome.

Please Note:

All Marching Groups to assemble on Mellow’s Avenue from 2.30pm on the day, Floats/Displays assemble on Yellow Lane from 2.5pm. Early arrival will facilitate organisation.

The following Cups and Shields will be awarded.  These awards are open to all participants and will be judged during the parade.

Best Float                                                              Chamber of Commerce Cup

Best Commercial Display                                  Bank of Ireland Shield

Best Non-Commercial Display                         Arklow Traders Association Cup

Best Marching Group                                         The AIB Shield

Best Traditional Group                                      The Denis Naughter Perpetual Cup

Most Entertaining Group                                  The Paddy Lynch Memorial Award

Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display         Ernest Sharp Memorial Cup

Most Topical                                                         Arklow Retail & Business Assoc. Shield.

Best Shop Window Display                              The Hickson Shield.

Best Vintage Display                                          The John Swan Cup

Youth Award                                                         Kitty Fisher Memorial Trophy

Best Uniformed Group                                       Elavon Perpetual Cup


Arklow Camera Club


SnowdropsThe annual member’s exhibition of Arklow Camera Club is currently on in the Library (normal library opening times) and is open to the public until 25th March. Visit library for opening  times.

Thursdays on fun and learning and not competition.  It is the perfect forum to learn the basics and experienced members are only too willing to help new members.  They meet at Marshland Leisure Centre just off the Dublin Road at least once a month while other meetings are held out in the field.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Gray, Chairperson of Arklow Camera Club.

For further information on the club visit