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Arklow This Week

Cycle Against Suicide

Cycle Against Suicide“Cycle Against Suicide is coming to Arklow on Friday May 6th on the final leg of its 14 day journey around the island of Ireland to raise awareness of the considerable help and support available to anybody battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide and those bereaved by suicide.  There have been far too many families in the town directly affected by suicide and we want to get the message that it’s ok not to feel ok, and that it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.

On Friday 6th May, 300 cyclists and crew will stay overnight in Arklow (with thanks to St. Mary’s who are the host school for the leg) and we are appealing to residents of Arklow, Gorey & surrounding areas to offer a bed for the night in their home to host a cyclist or crew member.  We are also appealing for volunteers to help coordinate the cycle arrival and departure through the town and turn Arklow orange in support” – Aoife Ryan, Arklow & Gorey Homestay Coordinator.

Homestay

If you would like to provide Homestay accommodation when Cycle Against Suicide visits Gorey & Arklow, please email arklowcas@gmail.com  or homestays@cycleagainstsuicide.com The local Homestay Coordinator for home stays is Aoife Ryan, who can be contacted on 086 8113149.

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer with Cycle Against Suicide please e-mail volunteer@cycleagainstsuicide.com  For more information see www.cycleagainstsuicide.com   where you can also register for some, or all, of the 14 days of the Cycle Against Suicide 2016.

For more information click below:

CAS Arklow Homestay Press Release

Cycle Against Suicide

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Here is the final lineup. We will commence at 19:16pm outdoors with Dave Bardon 1916 exhibition & music by St Mary’s College Orchestra. Then at 7:40 people will take to their seats indoors & concert will commence at 745pm. Tickets will be on sale from Saturday in The Pottery Shop, Mc Mullans, Kavanagh’s Wexford Road & Kennys’s of the Harbour. Two of our Acts have written songs especially for the night. It promises to be a very special night.

Centenary Concert

 

Fundraising for Small Community Groups

The Carmichael Centre will run a half day workshop on Fundraising for small community groups on 26th April. This course is aimed at anyone involved in fundraising for small community-based organisations. This includes organisations with 10 staff or less and all-volunteer groups.

Content:

  • Sources of income
  • Persuasion and Influence
  • Engaging People
  • Being strategic with donors
  • Guiding Principles for Fundraising
  • Successful Campaigns Analysis
  • Key Elements of a successful fundraising campaign
  • Creative and Practical Examples
  • Implement a fundraising campaign
  • Funding Resources

Trainer

William CorlessWilliam Corless

Yellow Wood Managing Director, William Corless is a business and personal coach with over fifteen years’ experience of leading and empowering people. He combines hands on experience in operations management with qualifications in Business, Engineering, Coaching, NLP, Training and Psychometrics.

 

Fees: 

  • Carmichael Members: €50
  • Non-members: €60
  • Statutory/Corporate organisations: €70

For more information or to book a course please click here.

 

Spring/Summer Fashion Show at Bridgewater Shopping Centre!

fashionJoin the Bridgewater Shopping Centre on Saturday 30th April for one of its fashion shows, highlighting all the latest and upcoming trends from great high street retailers in Bridgewater. Fashion Shows will be running at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Make sure you come down early to get a good seat and watch in comfort as your favourite stores send their very best outfits up the catwalk! All are welcome and there is no charge to see the show.

Bridgewater

Community Shop needs your help

The team of the popular Sue Ryder Community Shop, situated in Arklow Recycle Centre, have been told that the unit requires a vast amount of work to bring it up to adequate health and safety standards. Jo Walker, manager of Sue Ryder Community Shop, would like to ask the community of Arklow to come together and try and help them out. If you would like to be a volunteer to help carry out some work and to save the shop, please call 085 8086197.

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Arklow Gymnastics Club

  • Arklow Gym ClubSwimming activity 2016 is open to girls and boys resident in the Arklow area and under the age specified on July 31st 2016.
  • Age groups over six and under 8,10, 12, 14 and 16 years.
  • Competitors must be able to swim at least one length of pool.
  • Closing date for entries is Friday 22nd April entry fee is five euro.
  • Competitors please register your name, address, date of birth, home telephone number, event and your €5 entry fee with James O’Reilly 17 Fernhill, Arklow, Co. Wicklow on or before Friday 22nd April.

If you need further information please phone 0402-91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org or visit the website.

New Urban Vision for Arklow ….. developing a new Town plan for Arklow together.

Arklow – like much of rural Ireland – is suffering from neglect and dereliction, yet at the same time there are some rural towns thriving in the country. Towns that have transformed themselves have shown that it doesn’t happen by chance but comes from local people and their representatives collaborating in a new energetic approach to revitalising their town.  The Arklow Chamber today has asked all our Public Representatives to demand more on our behalf, and we here in the Chamber will work to support them in any way we can to deliver for everyone who cares so deeply about the future of Arklow.

A draft “Urban vision for Arklow” is available below and is being developed  for submission to the Wicklow County Council local town plans later this year.  Action is required on several fronts, including:

  • The Main Street and Lane-ways highlighting opportunities for existing local entrepreneurs and long established businesses to generate jobs.
  • Traffic management and infrastructure development  in the town communicating all works clearly and comprehensively to all stake-holders allowing businesses to plan for disruption and new opportunities.
  • Developing  the potential of Strongbow’s Castle known as the Ormonde Castle locally which lies in ruins near the courthouse – but which has significant tourism and job potential.
  • Promoting the value of our local woodland and green belt tourism potential, with walks, trails and cycling routes.  This has led to major economic benefits in towns like Westport, yet Arklow, a town bordered by significant woodland and forest trials, has had no significant proposals accepted to exploit this natural amenity. A similar situation exists with the potential of our river and our harbour.
  • For years we’ve all watched high street business open in Arklow and close again, as the town appears incapable of supporting viable businesses, we need a Town action plan to tackle this together.

Please let us know what you think – chamber@arklow.ie

Lets work together  on this!

Arklow – An Urban Vision for Future Growth

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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/

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Arklow This Week

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.

Music Network

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.

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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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