Arklow This Week 30th November 2018

 Arklow Christmas Festival 2018

Preparations for the 2018 Christmas Festival are well underway by the Committee.  The aim of the festival is to increase footfall, create a Christmas atmosphere, and to give the retailers from the Wexford Road to Lower Main Street, Ferrybank and Bridgewater an additional boost during the pre -Christmas period.

Events will be held on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December and will include the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, fireworks display, Punch & Judy Show, arrival of Santa, Pipe Band recital, Christmas jumper competition, best business window display, Christmas park market, children’s art competition and many more….. There will also be free parking in the town during the period 1st December up to and including 1st January 2019.

The GOLDEN TICKET DRAW will return again this year and retailers/businesses are invited to participate whereby the winner from each shop/business will be entered into a draw with a prize value of over €2,000 kindly sponsored by local businesses.

Should you have any queries please contact Deirdre Bentley at dbentley@live.ie or myself at lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie  or any member of the Christmas Festival Committee.

 

                 

 

Christmas Festival

The Arklow Christmas Festival market takes place on Saturday 8th December.  Anyone who wishes to feature a stall should contact cbateman@wicklowcoco.ie as soon as possible.

This year’s Arklow Christmas Festival runs on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December.

Visual Arts

The Arklow Visual Arts will host its Christmas members Art exhibition which opens on Tuesday 4th December from 7-9p.m.

Over 30 artists will be exhibiting their work in paintings and crafts in driftwood and a few surprises are in store.  All items are for sale just in time for Christmas and you will be supporting your community.  All are welcome to visit we will remain open from Tuesday 4th December until Friday 21st.  Opening times are Monday to Thursday 9-5pm and Friday 9-4pm.  For enquiries contact 089 4248376 or arklowvisualarts@hotmail.com

Bridgewater Shopping Centre

Visit Santa every Saturday and Sunday between 1pm and 5pm. Plus, every Saturday and Sunday from 1st – 16th December we will be hosting a kids disco on the mall, with lots of fun to enjoy with glow in the dark face painting, DJ on mall playing Christmas music and dancing on our light up dance floor between 1pm and 3pm.

Don’t miss Christmas Wish Jars on the mall, simply write down your wish, pop it in the jar and one child’s wish will be granted each week until Christmas!

Craft Fair

The Arklow Craft Fair takes place in the Bridgewater Shopping Centre from midday to 6p.m. on the first Sunday of every month.  Stalls will display an array of arts, crafts and giftware all of which have been created by local crafts people and artists.

 

Christmas Party Nights at the Arklow Bay Hotel

Our Christmas Party Night Packages are for Sale
Contact Eimear for any bookings & enquiries
Tel: 0402 26200
email: reservations@arklowbay.com

 

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Revenue PAYE Changes

The Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce are delighted to invite you to the following FREE Breakfast Event which will focus on “Revenue PAYE Changes 2019”.

From the 1st of January 2019, all payroll systems will need to be processed in real time, where employers will be required to calculate and report their employees pay and deductions as they are being paid. This PAYE improvement aims to make it easier for employers to pay the correct amount of income tax, PRSI, USC & local property tax and send these figures directly through to Revenue. As an employer it is important to ensure that records are up to date, and that all existing payroll obligations are met.

Mr. Eric Hendy, Managing Partner of local Accountancy firm R Hendy & Co (Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors, Personal Insolvency Practitioners) will deliver essential information and provide expert advice on this important topic.

The morning event promises to be very interesting and informative & we look forward to seeing you all bright & early (Tea/Coffee & a light breakfast will be provided).

Please contact the Chamber office at chamber@arklow.ie or 0402 26909 to confirm your attendance.

Arklow Christmas Festival 2018

Preparations for the 2018 Christmas Festival are well underway by the Committee.  The aim of the festival is to increase footfall, create a Christmas atmosphere, and to give the retailers from the Wexford Road to Lower Main Street, Ferrybank and Bridgewater an additional boost during the pre -Christmas period.

Events will be held on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December and will include the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, fireworks display, Punch & Judy Show, arrival of Santa, Pipe Band recital, Christmas jumper competition, best business window display, Christmas park market, children’s art competition and many more….. There will also be free parking in the town during the period 1st December up to and including 1st January 2019.

The GOLDEN TICKET DRAW will return again this year and retailers/businesses are invited to participate whereby the winner from each shop/business will be entered into a draw with a prize value of over €2,000 kindly sponsored by local businesses.

Should you have any queries please contact Deirdre Bentley at dbentley@live.ie or myself at lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie  or any member of the Christmas Festival Committee.

   

Christmas Festival

The Arklow Christmas Festival market takes place on Saturday 8th December.  Anyone who wishes to feature a stall should contact cbateman@wicklowcoco.ie as soon as possible.

This year’s Arklow Christmas Festival runs on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December.

Christmas Craft Fair

The annual Christmas Craft Fair in aid of Mother Kevin Mission takes place at Árus Lorcáin on November 24th and 25th.  Bookings are now being taken for stalls at the event which will feature good quality crafts, gifts and cards.  For information call 086 0724060.

Bridgewater Shopping Centre

We’re lighting up Bridgewater for Christmas on November 29th!

From 4-8PM, join us as we switch the lights on throughout Bridgewater to instil the festive cheer!

Our customer appreciation evening is also happening at Bridgewater on the same evening. With store-wide discounts, free hot chocolates and late night shopping, it promises to be an exciting and fun-filled evening.

Bigger, Brighter, Bridgewater!

Craft Fair

The Arklow Craft Fair takes place in the Bridgewater Shopping Centre from midday to 6p.m. on the first Sunday of every month.  Stalls will display an array of arts, crafts and giftware all of which have been created by local crafts people and artists.

 Christmas Party Nights at the Arklow Bay Hotel

Our Christmas Party Night Packages are for Sale
Contact Eimear for any bookings & enquiries
Tel: 0402 26200
email: reservations@arklowbay.com

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CHAIN OF OFFICE FOR COUNCILLOR MIRIAM

We would like to Congratulate Councillor Miriam Murphy on her recent election as Town Cathaoirlach of Arklow Municipal District.

 

 

BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

The annual Blessing of the Graves in St Gabriel’s cemetery takes place Friday July 6th at 7pm.

This is a highlight in the communitys summer religious diary and may people have been hard at work preparing their family graves for the occasion.

 

 

 

 

WOODBRIDGE FASHION SHOW

 

ARKLOW VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION

The current Nine Fine Artist exhibition at the Arklow Visual Arts Gallery has been extended due to popular demand.  The exhibition of works of nine local artist’s from within the Arklow area launched on May 22, and such as the response locally that it is to continue for another week.

The exhibition represents a move on the gallery’s part, towards encouraging local artist who have not exhibited work for a time to do so.  For more information drop in during opening hours Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm at 61/63 Main Street, Arklow

 

 

 

 5k for €5000

Registration can be completed via popupraces.ie or on the day form 8am at no 8 St Marys Road. The cost is 15 per adult and €5 per child. The first 150 people to register will receive a free T-Shirt.

ARKLOW SEABREEZE FESTIVAL

The Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival takes place this year from Sunday 1st July right up to the main part of the Festival which this year runs from Friday 20th July – Sunday 22nd July. We are currently looking for contestants to take part in the Bridgwater Seabreeze Princess competition which will take place on Sunday 1st July. Prizes valued of up to €1000 from The Bridgewater Shopping Centre this year.

Entries are currently being accepted by the committee and all participants must be over 18 years of age by 1st July to be eligible. The Bridgewater S.C. have once come on board to sponsor this competition and a specially commissioned Tiara hand made by John Swan jewelers will go to this year’s winner.

Entry forms are available from Festival Chairperson, Tina O’ Sullivan 087 9093848 or Mary Burke, Secretary 087 9259504 or indeed any committee member.

 

BRIDGEWATER CRAFT FAIR

The Arklow Craft Fair takes place in the Bridgewater Shopping Centre from 12 noon to 6pm on the first Sunday of every month.

Stalls will display an array of arts, crafts & giftware all of which have been created by local craftspeople and artists.T&Cs apply.

BLACK TIE BALL

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of Arklow Town Football Club. To celebrate, the club will host a Black-Tie Ball in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Saturday June 23rd. Tickets are €25 each and available to purchase through the Arklow Bay Hotel and the Football Club.

 

 

 

DINNER & MOVIE DEAL

Book Dinner & a Movie Package with the Arklow Bay Hotel for a two or three course meal followed by a movie of your choice in the Omniplex Cinema, Bridgewater Shopping Centre Arklow:

2 Courses & Cinema Ticket – €22.00 per person (Sun – Fri) 3 Courses & Movie Ticket – €26.00 per person (Sun – Fri)

 STORY TIME

 Starbucks have teamed up with Eason’s to provide children with a free story time every Saturday at 11am. From now until the end of the year, bring children to the Starbucks kids’ corner for them to enjoy the story of the week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spook-Tacular Halloween in Arklow Events

 

For further information and details on other events check out the Facebook page “Arklow Municipal District – Wicklow County Council”.

Stars in their Eyes – Arklow Bay Hotel

Arklow Panto Creations will host a jam packed junior show of talented children in the Arklow Bay Hotel from 5pm on Saturday 28th October. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased from Arklow Building Supplies at €7 per ticket or €15 if also attending the adult show.

 

Later in the evening, Stars In Their Eyes for the adults will be hosted from 9pm. Tickets are €10.

 

 

Church Service for Kynoch

A special church service will take place on Sunday November 5th at 3.00pm at the Methodist Church on Ferrybank as part of the Arklow Kynoch Factory Centenary Commemoration 1917 – 2017.

All are welcome, with a special invitation to all relatives and descendants of the Kynoch employees.

 

Photography Exhibition

Brian McIIvenny, a Co Wicklow photographer will present his latest exhibition “Monolith” for the month of November at Arklow Library.

This exhibition will officially be launched by author & Sunday Independent journalist Declan Lynch on Thursday November 2nd from 6pm.

 

 

Dinner & Movie Deal

 

Story Time

Starbucks have teamed up with Eason’s to provide children with a free story time every Saturday at 11am. From now until the end of the year, bring children to the Starbucks kids’ corner for them to enjoy the story of the week!

 

 

 Market

  The Arklow weekly Farmers market takes place in the Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark, Arklow every Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Home baked goods as well as a selection fruit and vegetables will be on sale.

New stall holders are always welcome.

For Further information please contact Gertie at 086 6031510.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arklow Positive Ageing Week

Positive Ageing Week 2017 is now coming to an end after a busy couple of days. This year’s celebrations have been a huge success and the last few events are taking place throughout Arklow, ending on Sunday October 15th.

For further information on the remaining events organized by Arklow Positive Ageing, contact Maria Neary on 086 081 7534 or email arklowpositiveageing@yahoo.com

Information Evening for Businesses

 

 Dinner & Movie Deal

 

Story Time

Starbucks have teamed up with Eason’s to provide children with a free story time every Saturday at 11am. From now until the end of the year, bring children to the Starbucks kids’ corner for them to enjoy the story of the week!

 

 

 

 

Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing the work of talented Wicklow Artists are on display in Arklow Visual Arts Gallery and is continuing until October 13th.

In addition, on Tuesday October 17th at 6pm, an Abstract Word Exhibition will display paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces – all of which are a representation of the personality of each artist! This exhibition will run until Friday October 27th.

 

 

Wild Food Workshop

There will be a wild food workshop in aid of RNLI and Arklow Sea Scouts on Sunday October 22nd, from midday at the Arklow Sea Scouts Centre, Dock Road Arklow.

This workshop will involve learning how to identify useful & edible wild plant for practical and medical uses. In addition, participants will be treated to a light wild food lunch & refreshments.

The workshop will be hosted by Arklow native, Barry Reid.

 

Market

 The Arklow weekly Farmers market takes place in the Pigeon Racing Hall, Castlepark, Arklow every Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Home baked goods as well as a selection fruit and vegetables will be on sale.

New stall holders are always welcome.

For Further information please contact Gertie at 086 6031510.

 

 

 

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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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Arklow Seabreeze Festival

 

The 2017 Arklow Seabreeze Festival was launch last Thursday in the Bridge Hotel.  The festival starts on Sunday 2nd July with the selection of the “Festival Princess” in The Midway in the Main Street and continues until Sunday 16th July.  See programme below for list of events.

Programme

 

Arklow’s Flower Basket Scheme       

 

Flower BasketThe Flower Basket Scheme which was the initiative of the Arklow Town Team has been a great success with more than 170 basket supplied and fitted.  The aim of the scheme was to enhance the image of Arklow from the Wexford Road to Ferrybank.  Businesses on the outskirts got involved in the scheme by sponsoring baskets for unoccupied buildings and public areas of the town – these businesses include Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow Marine Services, ASL, Leon Recycling and Rondo Foods Ltd.  As part of the scheme Arklow Municipal District (AMD) has also installed 10 tiered planters around the town which has been planted up by AMD staff.

The Town Team would like to acknowledge the support given by Cappagh Nurseries who supplied the baskets; the AMD staff who erected the baskets; Arklow Tidy Towns and Arklow Jetting & Drain Maintenance who are looking after the baskets throughout the summer.

For more information on the scheme contact the Arklow Town Team via Arklow Municipal District at 0402 42700 or by email to Linda McDonald (lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie) or Deirdre Bentley (debentley@live.ie ).

 

Arklow Garden Competition

 

Arklow Tidy Towns launched their new garden competition. All areas are automatically included and judged. Tidy Towns are asking everyone to nominate commendable front gardens they appreciate in Arklow.

Tidy Towns Competition

Categories include small and large gardens and hanging baskets.

Contact Arklow Tidy Towns at 0402 24432.  Forms are accessible from Arklow library.

Judging takes place the 3rd week of July.

 

 

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ARKLOW  BLOOMS FOR 2017 – FLOWER BASKET SCHEME

 

Hanging BasketsArklow Town Team support by the Arklow Municipal District (AMD) has introduced a Flower Basket Scheme for businesses in the Town.  Research has shown that this type of scheme can bring many social and environmental benefits to a town.  At the May meeting of AMD it was agreed that €2,500 would be provided for three tier flower baskets for Arklow town centre.

For a contribution of €35 per basket participants in the scheme will receive the following:-

  • A fully planted 16” flower basket (with plant food and water crystals)
  • Wall Bracket mounted on building by AMD staff
  • Watering of baskets during the period June to September 5 times per week x 16 weeks, (3 times by a contractor engaged by AMD and 2 times by Arklow Tidy Towns). However, businesses are requested to supplement watering too.
LET’S MAKE ARKLOW BLOOM FOR 2017

LET’S MAKE ARKLOW BLOOM FOR 2017

Businesses located out of the Main Town area might consider sponsoring a basket which could be erected on one of the unused buildings in the town.

Baskets will be delivered by the first week in June and collected at the end of September for reuse in 2018.  If your business is interested in contributing to making Arklow boom for 2017 please complete your details on the flyer above, indicating the number of baskets required and payment enclosed.  Return to Arklow Town Team C/O Linda McDonald, Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.  Your details can also be emailed to lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie  Cheques should be made payable to Arklow Town Team.  If you require any further details on the scheme please contact Deirdre Bentley at 086 8108627 or by email at dbentley@live.ie .

 

Musical Rental Scheme

 

A musical rental scheme was launched on 8th May.  The scheme is collaboration between Wicklow County Council and Music Generation Wicklow and its aim is to encourage young people to try out an instrument before purchasing one of their own. Musical instruments will be available for rent by families and community groups from the Arklow LibraryMusic Generation Wicklow is a local partnership between Wicklow County Council, Music Generation Ireland and the Kildare & Wicklow Education & Training Board.  In 2015 the elected members of Wicklow County Council made funding available for a scheme to encourage young people to participate in instrumental learning and several young students from Music Generation Wicklow performed at the launch.or more information on the scheme visit Arklow Library or Music Generation Wicklow websites.

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 Arklow Train Station

 

Arklow-Train-Station2Congratulations to the staff of Arklow Train Station on been highly commended in the Commuter Station Category at the 2017 Iarnród Eireann Best Station Awards.  Arklow Station manager, Dave Murphy, and station staff member, Eugene Breen, recently collected the Award Certificate in Inchicore. Voting was conducted through an online poll and voting at stations and commuters were asked to rate their station on Customer Information; Station Appearance and Staff Helpfulness and Arklow Station scored highly in all categories.

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ARKLOW TOWN TEAM

ARKLOW  BLOOMS FOR 2017 – FLOWER BASKET SCHEME

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Hanging Basket 1To enhance and improve the image of Arklow’s Main Street (Wexford Road to Lower Main Street) the Town Team proposes to introduce a Flower Basket Scheme for businesses in the Town. Research has shown that this type of scheme can bring many social and environmental benefits to a town. This project is being supported by Arklow Municipal District (AMD).

Businesses located out of the Main Town area might consider sponsoring a basket which could be erected on one of the unused buildings in the town.

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Let’s make Arklow Bloom for 2017

For a contribution of €35 per basket participants in the scheme will receive the following:

  • A fully planted 16” flower basket (with plant food and water crystals)
  • Wall Bracket mounted on building by AMD staff
  • Watering of baskets during the period June to September 5 times per week x 16 weeks, (3 times by a contractor engaged by AMD and 2 times by Arklow Tidy Towns). However, businesses are requested to supplement watering too.

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Hanging BasketsIf your business is interested in participating in the Flower Basket Scheme download the form and return it together with payment for the number of baskets required  to Arklow Town Team c/o Linda McDonald, Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.  Your details may also be emailed to lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie .  Cheques should be made payable to Arklow Town Team.  If you require any further details on the scheme please contact Deirdre Bentley at 086 8108627 or by email at dbentley@live.ie .

Baskets will be delivered by the first week in June and collected at the end of September for reuse in 2018.

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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 lmcdonald@wicklowcoco.ie.

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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.