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COMMUNITY AWARDS SCHEME 2017

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As part of its commitment to supporting local community development, Wicklow County Council operates an annual Community Award Scheme. The fund for 2017 will be available as grant aid to successful community groups and local organisations wishing to undertake community projects in their area.  Please note the changes to the categories of funding available:

 

 

 

COMMUNITY GRANTS (Maximum grant €2,000).

For small projects and group running costs.

 

COMMUNITY PRIDE (Maximum Grant €10,000).

Groups or projects that make a significant impact and difference to the lives of the people in their communities under the following headings:

  • Age Friendly
  • Communities reaching out to new communities
  • Youth Projects
  • Community Enterprise

 

TOWN/VILLAGE ENHANCEMENT PLAN or HEALTH CHECKS (Maximum grant €10,000)

 

Application forms and guidelines are available from:-

The Office of Community,

Cultural & Social Development,

Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Wicklow.

Tel: 0404/20208, Email: mtuite@wicklowcoco.ie or on the Council’s website www.wicklow.ie

 

Completed application forms should be returned to the Office of Community, Cultural & Social Development not later than 12 noon on Thursday 30th March, 2017.  Late applications will not be considered. Email or fax applications cannot be accepted.

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New Chamber President

portriat-phots-002At the AGM of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce on 7th December Donal Murray was elected as the new Chamber President.  In his acceptance speech Mr. Murray thanked the outgoing President, Ann McGovern, for the work she had done during her term of office and outlined his plans for his Chamber Presidency.  The success of the Chamber in Arklow depends on having a strong diverse member base.  Mr. Murray plans to focus on meeting the business community with the objective of increasing membership in 2017.

 

 

Arklow Christmas Festival

The Festival continues this weekend with the Christmas Market and Craft Fair in the Main Street on Sunday.  Stalls cost €20 but there are a limited number of free stalls available for recognised charities and transition year mini companies.

xmasSunday 11th December

Christmas Craft Fair 12pm – 6pm

Majorette Display, Main Street 1pm – 2pm

Arklow Live Crib

Christmas Jumper Competition 12pm – 4.30pm (Registration in McMullans)

AMA Busking Competition 12pm – 6pm (judging from 2pm – 4pm)

Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble 4pm – 5pm

Prize giving of Christmas Jumper and Busking Competitions 5pm – 5.15pm

Mini Funfair

Saturday 17th December – Festive Photography Prize Giving; Santa Dash; Golden Ticket Draw; Best Window Display Prize Giving; Arklow Panto Creation’s Aladdin Medley.

golden-ticket-2This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW which has a prize fund of over €2,000 and a FESTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION sponsored by Chamber Member, 1st Choice Pharmacy.

 

Look up Arklow Christmas Festival Facebook for full information on all events planned.

 

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th December ….. Arklow Panto Creation’s ALADDIN

Christmas Parking

Free parking in Council owned car parks from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.   Free parking on the street will be restricted to two hours from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.

 

 

Achievements of John Tyrrell & Sons Boatyard Recognised

On Friday last, 2nd December, an information board was officially unveiled on South Quay opposite Anchor Mews which is built on the site of John Tyrrell & Sons Boatyard.  The board which is the result of work by Arklow Tidy Towns and Arklow Maritime Museum was unveiled by the founder’s great grandson, Jimmy Tyrrell and Billy Murray.   The unveiling was attended by members of the Tyrrell family and employees of the yard.  Jimmy is a current member and former president of the Arklow Chamber.

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marine_historyThe yard was opened in 1864 and was internationally recognised for building innovative vessels such as the Ovoca, the first motorised fishing boat in Ireland and the hybrid schooners JT&S and the Invermore.  Two of their more well-known achievements were the building of the Gypsy Moth III which won the first trans-Atlantic single-handed boat race and the Asgard II the magnificent national sail training vessel which was lost a few years ago and is sadly missed.

 

 

190 Years of Arklow Lifeboat

S.S. Mary & Peter’s Church recently welcomed all those involved with the RNLI in Arklow and the wider community to celebrate 190 years of the RNLI in ArklowParish priest, Fr. Martin Cosgrave was the chief celebrant and Michael Fitzgerald of Arklow RNLI gave the main address.  All the volunteers currently serving were present.  The congregation reflected on the Arklow lifeboat history and the crews who have carried out countless rescues over the 190 years.

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Fine Gaels Andrew Doyle, has welcomed confirmation of €150,556 in funding for Wicklow under the 2016 REDZ

(Rural Economic Development Zones). 

 

 

Arklow has received €150,556 to develop a Heritage and Visitor activity centre based on the world renowned Arklow Pottery.   The funding is being made available by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD. The REDZ scheme aims to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands.   

Ann McGovern President Arklow Chamber expressed her thanks to Deirdre Whitfield and Michael Nicholson and Linda McDonald of Wicklow Co Council as well as Irene Sweeney for their support for this initiative to bring increased tourism and visitors back to Arklow’s main street.  Developing a cultural quarter around pottery, craft and food is central to the regeneration of such a beautiful historic town.

“This is the latest in a series of funding schemes which have been announced by the Government which aims to boost economic activity and improve living standards here in Wicklow and across rural Ireland. 

 “Under the 2016 REDZ scheme, just over €5.3 million is being approved to 41 projects nationwide, with €1.9 million going to projects in the North and Western Region, €1.3 million for projects in the Southern Region and €2.1 million for projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region.

 “The REDZ scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at a local level. This initiative encourages Local Authorities to work with local communities, business interests and other State bodies, to identify areas of greatest economic need which can make better use of their local assets to generate economic activity.

 “The REDZ programme is one of a number of schemes which will help to support regeneration in rural towns and villages. Funding has previously been provided to towns and villages across <county> under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Both schemes will work in a complementary way to ensure that all rural areas have strong economic and social centres, which support a higher quality of life for both town dwellers and those who live in the rural hinterlands.

 “Fine Gael in Government is committed to ensuring that people living and working in rural Ireland feel the benefits as the economy continues to recover. I would like to commend Minister Humphreys and her colleague Minister of State for Regional Development, Michael Ring TD, for the range of initiatives they have announced to date aimed at supporting rural communities.

 “Minister Humphreys will be publishing the first ever Action Plan for Rural Development in the coming weeks, which will be a cross government approach to supporting rural communities and stimulating regional development.”

 

 Arklow Christmas Festival

The first day of the Arklow Christmas Festival was a great success. There was a wonderful atmosphere with something for everyone to enjoy including a recital by the Inver Ladies Choir, Punch & Judy Show, the switching on of the Christmas Lights and finished with spectacular fireworks display.  The committee thanks those who came along to support the event and those who helped in any way.

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Christmas Sign-song (4.00pm – 4.30pm)

Santa arrival (4.30pm)

Pipe Band Recital (4.30pm – 5.00pm)

Friday 9th December – Tree lighting at the Library; Festive Carols and Story Telling.

Sunday 11th December – Christmas Craft Fair and Food Market; Arklow’s Live Crib; Christmas Jumper Competition; Majorettes Display; AMA Christmas Busking Competition and Mini Funfair.

Saturday 17th December – Festive Photography Prize Giving; Santa Dash; Golden Ticket Draw; Best Window Display Prize Giving; Arklow Panto Creation’s Aladdin Medley.

golden-ticket-2This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW which has a prize fund of over €2,000 and a FESTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION sponsored by Chamber Member, 1st Choice Pharmacy.

 

Look up Arklow Christmas Festival for more information.

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th December ….. Arklow Panto Creation’s ALADDIN

Christmas Parking

Free parking in Council owned car parks from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.   Free parking on the street will be restricted to two hours from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.

 

 Lions Christmas Food Appeal

LCI emblem_2C_287+7406The annual Lions Club food appeal got underway last weekend in Tescos.  Watch out for them in SuperValu from 8th to 10th December and in Dunnes on 16th/17th December.

swimmersThe annual St. Stephen’s Day charity swim will be held at South Beach or the Cove depending on the weather conditions starting at 12pm and sponsor cards are available from any Lions Club member.  Visit Arklow Lions Club Facebook page for more information.

 

Reindeer Run for Arklow RNLI

arklow-rnli-fundraisingreindeer-3Arklow RNLI will be one of the lifeboat stations to benefit from a festive reindeer run which will take place in Dublin’s Marley Park on Sunday, 4th December.  This event will raise much needed funds for the lifeboat crews in Arklow, Dun Laoghaire, Skerries and Howth.

Go to Arklow RNLI for more fundraising events.

 

Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney Club

agb-clubArklow Municipal District recently honoured the intermediate and minor teams from Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney Club who won their county championships this year.  Over 60 representatives from the AGB Club received a civic reception for their achievements and  both teams were presented with an engraved plaque to commemorate the occasion.  Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, Pat Kennedy, and Chairman of Wicklow County Council, Pat Fitzgerald, congratulated both teams and their backroom staff.  Jimmy Dunne who is Club Secretary of AGB Club said these victories were not just sporting achievement but have wide reaching benefits for business in Arklow and raised the morale of the town.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Is your pumpkin ready? Click here for some ideas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUVNHh2hkGU

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CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL PLANS  

Big plans are under way for Christmas in Arklow and the local Christmas Festival Committee has been hard at work to make the magic happen.  The 2016 festival will be bigger and better with new Christmas lights due to be erected on the Bridge and St Marys Park.  Events will run each weekend between November 26 and December 17.  Anyone who wishes to participate and support the festival can contact Linda Mc Donald at lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie.  Below is letter from the Festival Committee on events and the introduction of the Golden Ticket draw.

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 PARANOIA Halloween Event

This year Glenart Outdoors are proud to bring you their brand new Halloween event “Paranoia” That will scare you like never before and promises to test all your boundaries of bravery."Glenart Outdoors Halloween Event - PARANOIA"

Built from the ground up to be a unique experience unlike any other in Ireland. All events are set in a real forest at night with real actors, real buildings and real fear.

This years event promises to test all boundaries of your bravery.

Journey through your worst nightmare and enter the Halloween scares for a heart pumping adrenaline filled experience…

Walk through the scariest Halloween experience of your life, where you will come face to face with your worst nightmare, journey through endless corridors, rooms of terror and forests of darkness.

Glenart Castle Halloween Event Information

Venue:-   Glenart Castle, Vale Road, Arklow

Classification :-   Halloween Tour /  Adults Only

Family Fun Tip:- They are not running a family Event this year, just the scariest Halloween experience for the Mums and dads

Dates:-  Saturday 22nd & Wednesday 26th to Monday 31st October 2016

Times:- Starts from 7.00 pm – 11.00 pm with Tours  running every 20 mins

halloween-train-online-bookingThe whole spooky experience will last approx one hour.

Admission: –

  • €15.00 per person
  • €1.50 booking fee per transaction applies

 

Booking Online:- You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the Glenart Castle at Halloween ticket sales.

 

 

Arklow “Making A Difference” Video Well Received

The recently launched “Making A Difference” video which showcases Arklow’s business and tourism potential was very well received by the public.  The producers were delighted to learn that it has in excess of 10,000 views in the first week.  The 4 and a half minute long video was produced with funding from Arklow Municipal District Economic Development Funding and the County Wicklow Economic Think Tank.

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Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District said the video “showcases the very best that Arklow Municipal District has to offer, our infrastructure, our amenities and our people.  It shows that we are open for business.  We have all the necessary infrastructures needed to nurture economic development and incentivise job creation.  Our location is a commodity that many other districts and counties would love to possess.”

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

Below is a map of Arklow Heritage Walks & Trails.  These walks involve continuous walking at a moderate pace and two of them are wheelchair accessible, the Kynoch’s Walk and the Town Walk.  This map is published by the Arklow Heritage/Nature Walks Development Co. Ltd in association with Arklow Municipal Council.

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

 

TIDY DOWNS START WORK ON NEW GARDEN

Arklow Tidy Towns has launched a new initiative to brighten up an unused corner of the town.  A new urban garden is under way at Castle park between Arus Lorcain and the Arklow Municipal District building and follows a successful report in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.  Anyone who wishes to volunteer is asked to contact Arklow Tidy Towns. (0402) 24432.

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STRICTLY COME DANCING FOR WICKLOW HOSPICE

The Wicklow Hospice is hosting a three-night Stictly in the Arklow Bay.  The first night is the 5th of November, the second night is the 26th of November with the Grand final on 3rd of December.  Tickets cost €10 for each night and are available in the Arklow Bay, from any of the dancers, from the Wicklow Hospice Arklow Office 0402 91310 and from Avondale Sports Shop, Main Street, Rathdrum.

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GET CRAFTY AT THE LIBRARYcraft fair

Arklow Library is excited to announce the upcoming mid-term arts and crafts sessions on Thursday November 3rd.  Children aged 6-10 are invited to come along and put their creative caps on to produce crafty masterpieces at the Arklow Library building on main street.  The activities will start at 2.30pm with a second session starting at 3.30pm.  To book your place please call the library at 0402 39977 or email arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

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 Arklow “Making A Difference” Video Well Received

 

The recently launched “Making A Difference” video which showcases Arklow’s business and tourism potential was very well received by the public.  The producers were delighted to learn that it has in excess of 10,000 views in the first week.  The 4 and a half minute long video was produced with funding from Arklow Municipal District Economic Development Funding and the County Wicklow Economic Think Tank.

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Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District said the video “showcases the very best that Arklow Municipal District has to offer, our infrastructure, our amenities and our people.  It shows that we are open for business.  We have all the necessary infrastructures needed to nurture economic development and incentivise job creation.  Our location is a commodity that many other districts and counties would love to possess.”

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

Christmas Parking Arrangements for Arklow Town 2016

 

wicklow-co-co_Free parking in Council owned car parks from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive. 

Free parking on the street will be restricted to two hours from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday  2nd January  2017 inclusive.

The Municipal District requests business owners and their staff to avail of parking in the car parks rather than parking on the street during this period.

The traffic wardens will be monitoring the traffic as normal and enforcing all other aspects of the parking bye laws in relation to illegal parking.

 

 

Civic Reception for Taekwon-Do Double Medal Winner

 

itf-logoCongratulations to local teenager, Oisin Byrne, on his recent success in the International Taekwon-Do World Championships which were held in the Summer.  Oisin won Gold in Welter Weight Sparring and Silver in Junior Male Patterns.  He was given a Civic Reception in the Arklow Municipal Offices to recognise and celebrate his achievements.

 

 

 

 

Fishery Talk for Womens Circle

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Arklow Community Women’s Circle will be hosting a historical talk by Jim Rees on Monday October 24th  Local historian Jim will speak at the groups weekly meeting which runs between 7-9 p.m. at the Bridge Christian Community premises on the Wexford Road, Arklow.  New members are welcome please contact Mary Whelan 087 9880894.

 

 

 

 

 

 THE ELDERS TO BRING LATEST TOUR TO ARKLOW

the-eldersWorld renowned musicians The Elders are about to make their 14th annual trip home to Ireland from their base in the USA.  On their Irish tour they will play in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Monday October 24th at 9pm. With special guests ‘The Moxie Strings’ where audiences are in for a real musical treat.  Tickets cost €10 and are available from Kustom Kids, The Harbour Bar, Paddy Kavanagh’s and the Arklow Bay Hotel.  All proceeds towards Nolan House, Rathdrum and Arklow Music and Arts.

 

 

 

 ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

Below is a map of Arklow Heritage Walks & Trails.  These walks involve continuous walking at a moderate pace and two of them are wheelchair accessible, the Kynoch’s Walk and the Town Walk.  This map is published by the Arklow Heritage/Nature Walks Development Co. Ltd in association with Arklow Municipal Council.

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

 

 

LOUISE IS APPOINTED PRINCIPAL OF GLENART

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board have appointed Louise Kearns as Principal of Glenart College.  She is joined by Brid Keely as Deputy Principal.  Both Louise and Brid are really looking forward to meeting prospective students and parents at the schools open evening on Wednesday October 26th.

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Arklow Tidy Towns has launched a new initiative to brighten up an unused corner of the town.  A new urban garden is under way at Castle park between Arus Lorcain and the Arklow Municipal District building and follows a successful report in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.  Anyone who wishes to volunteer is asked to contact Arklow Tidy Towns. (0402) 24432.

 

 

 

 

pink-partyPINK PARTY

Arklow Cancer Support are hosting our Annual Pink Party and Awareness Day on Friday October 21 from 11am to 1pm.  They are inviting all who have experienced Breast Cancer to come along to 8 St Marys Road with their families and friends.  The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and fundraising will not take place at any of these events.  All are welcome.


 

 

 

 

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 NEW VIDEO TO PROMOTE ARKLOW

Arklows attractiveness as a centre for business and tourism is highlighted in a new video launched last week by Wicklow County Council.  The video covers the Arklow Municipal District and features contributions from local representatives, business figures and others as well as aerial shots of the locality. The purpose of the “Arklow Municipal District – Making a Difference” project is to highlight the District as a business location and a tourist destination.

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

ARKLOW CHAMBER RAISES €1,270 FOR LOCAL GROUPS

20161014_122937_resizedAt the Chamber Ball on 16th September €1,270 was raised in the charity raffle.  Arklow Mental Health Group and Arklow Music & Arts will each receive a cheque for €635.  Pictured is Chamber President, Ann McGovern, presenting a cheque to Barbara Duffy, HSE Senior Clinical Psychologist.

The 7th annual Arklow Youth Mental Health Week was officially opened on Monday 10th October and the theme this year is “The Importance of Good Relationships for Positive Mental Health”.  Arklow Music & Arts group are fundraising to establish a Music & Arts Venue for Arklow.

 

 AGB SCOOP INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

It was down to the wire and Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney scooped the football win of their dreams in the closing seconds of their Intermediate Football Championships final against Ballinacor.  The final minutes of Sundays match had supporters on the edge of their seats as Ballinacor went two points up after a penalty.  Cal Kelly was the hero of the day when during the final play he lashed the ball into the back of the net sparking scenes of pandemonium and joy on the Arklow side.

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 THE ELDERS TO BRING LATEST TOUR TO ARKLOW

the-eldersWorld renowned musicians The Elders are about to make their 14th annual trip home to Ireland from their base in the USA.  On their Irish tour they will play in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Monday October 24th at 9pm. With special guests ‘The Moxie Strings’ where audiences are in for a real musical treat.  Tickets cost €10 and are available from Kustom Kids, The Harbour Bar, Paddy Kavanagh’s and the Arklow Bay Hotel.  All proceeds towards Nolan House, Rathdrum and Arklow Music and Arts.

 

 

GREENSHINE TO PERFORM IN ARKLOW 

greenshineThe popular Cork folk group Greenshine will play a concert at the Breffini on Main Street in Arklow on Wednesday 19th October at 8. 30pm.  They have been praised widely by the likes of Christy Moore and Sharon Shannon.  Playing support on the night will be local singer-song writer Gabby Brady who also has a new album on release.

 

 

 ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

Below is a map of Arklow Heritage Walks & Trails.  These walks involve continuous walking at a moderate pace and two of them are wheelchair accessible, the Kynoch’s Walk and the Town Walk.  This map is published by the Arklow Heritage/Nature Walks Development Co. Ltd in association with Arklow Municipal Council.

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

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Arklow Enterprise Town is taking place today and tomorrow in St. Mary’s College Arklow 

Friday the 30th of September 5pm – 8pm) and Saturday the 1st of October 2016 (11am – 2pm)

The Enterprise Town initiative seeks to work with local businesses to plan and deliver a range of activities that will support and generate business in the area.

The initiative also involves the wider community and the schools to ensure everyone can get involved and be part of the positive experience that is an Enterprise Town.

As part of Enterprise Town there will be an exhibition space for local businesses to meet new customers and interact with other local businesses on the Friday.

Saturday is Community and Sports exhibition with schools, clubs, societies, associations etc., from the locality, displaying at the event with entertainment being provided by local talent.  See below for final schedule for the two days of the event.

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Congratulations to Arklow Tidy Towns

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Congratulations to Sandra Hall and her team for their success in the recent Tidy Towns completion – pictured is Sandra receiving the Diversity Award at the awards ceremony.

The results of the annual Tidy Towns competition were announced recently and Arklow Tidy Towns Groups had much to celebrate.  They won a Bronze category award and also received a SuperValu Diversity Award.  Sandra Hall is the co-ordinator of the group which was recognised for their efforts to include all their community, on an inter-generational and inter-cultural basis in the work they do around Arklow to enhance.  Sandra said it was wonderful to achieve 300 points and the Diversity Award recognised everyone involved in the Arklow Tidy Towns.

Arklow Chamber would also like to congratulate all of the other South Wicklow Tidy Towns groups who increased their score this including Avoca, Aughrim, Ballycoog, Coolboy and Tinahely and Shillelagh who re-entered the contest after many years and achieve an mark of 216 points.

 

 

Arklow Municipal District Grants

Arklow Municipal District recently awarded grants to local Arklow groups from their Festival & Economic Development Fund.wicklow-co-co_  These grants recognise the work done by volunteers for the town.  Councillor Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of AMD thanked fellow councillors for making available funding for these awards.  The following Arklow groups each received one of these grants.

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Arklow Music Festival

Inbhear Mór Marchers

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Polish-Irish Educational Association

Arklow Seabreeze Committee

Arklow Christmas Festival Committee

Arklow LGBT

Arklow Maritime Festival

Grants were also awarded to Aughrim Tidy Towns; Avoca Tidy Towns & Community Courthouse; Rathdrum Tidy Towns and Parnell Christmas Festival.

 

 

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 ARKLOW & DISTRICT CHAMBER BALL AWARDS CEREMONY 2016

FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER IN THE ARKLOW BAY HOTEL

 

A great night of Arklow celebration was enjoyed by over 200 people at the Arklow & District Chamber Ball Business & Community Awards on Culture night last Friday in the beautiful ballroom of the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Ann McGovern, Chamber President welcomed all five TD’s for County Wicklow including both Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., the key note speaker and Minister of State, Andrew Doyle T.D., along with Pat Casey T.D., Stephen Donnelly T.D. and John Brady T.D.   Bryan Doyle, CO Wicklow County Council, attended with Pat Fitzgerald, Caothairleach of Wicklow Co Council and Caothairleach of Arklow Municipal District,  Pat Kennedy as well as Councillor Tommy Annesley and Councillor Sylvester Bourke.

Simon Harris paid a warm tribute to the Nominees and Award Winners at the South Wicklow Gala night of celebration acknowledging all who have contributed so positively to supporting business and community development for the future of South Wicklow and Arklow in particular.

He confirmed that following ongoing local representation, particularly from Arklow Chamber, the Government is fully committed to the necessary infrastructural needs of the area and confirmed that recent achievement s have included ring fenced funding for the Flood Relief scheme, the successful delivery of the new Arklow Library adding to  the quality of services on the main street, where work on a  Primary Health Care Centre is ongoing.  He confirmed that Arklow was well on track for future growth and business development which he is fully supportive of and, to the delight of our Arklow Music & Arts group, he confirmed that he would support the campaign by Arklow Music & Arts for a theatre in Arklow to support the wealth of talent in the area as well as bringing commercial life to the centre of the town.

He congratulated Ann McGovern, President of the Chamber, on the purchase by the Chamber of the old Printworks Abbey Lane for the development of a Heritage Centre in order to further tourism initiatives and Arklow town renewal.  He acknowledged the work of all on the Chamber Council in delivering support for the Business Community in South Wicklow during 2016.

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The photograph on the left is what we believe to be the first ever picture of all five Wicklow T.D’s.  Pictured are:

Pat Casey T.D.; John Brady T.D.; Colm Moules (Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee); Yvonne Kenny (AMA); Chamber President Ann McGovern; Minister Simon Harris T.D.; Minister Andrew Doyle T.D.; Stephen Donnelly T.D.

Arklow Youth Mental Health and AMA, the nominated causes during the event, will each receive a donation of €635 – thanks to everyone who donated on the night.

AWARD WINNERS

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The Person of the Year Award sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

Winner : Ann Walker

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Best New Start-up Sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

Winner : Orla’s Kitchen

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Best Established Business Sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

Winner : M.A. Healy & Sons Ltd

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The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

Winner : Blueprint

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The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Winner : Kim Sweeney

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Ambassador for Tourism Award sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

Winner : Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee

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The Employee of the Year Award sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping Centre

Winner : Cathy Guerin (Arklow Business Enterprise Centre)

 

 

 

 

ARKLOW ENTERPRISE TOWN

Arklow Enterprise Town is taking place in St Marys College, Arklow on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October.  BOI Enterprise TownEnterprise Town is a FREE event and represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase local businesses, clubs & societies as well as our local schools to potential new customers or new members.

To be part of this initiative please contact your local Bank of Ireland branch, or email derek.tobin@boi.com to be added to the participants listing.  You do not have to be a customer of Bank of Ireland.

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WOODENBRIDGE HOTEL FUNDRAISER IN AID OF ST JOHN’S WARD

The Woodenbridge Hotel hosting a fundraiser for the St johns Ward, which is the children’s cancer ward in Crumlin hospital, on the 23rd of September at 8pm.  This fundraiser is being run in the name of a little seven year old girl called Annie who is currently being treated on this ward.  Tickets are €35 per person and every cent raised at the function will go to the charity.  Tickets can be purchased at the hotel and tables can be reserved in advance.  The evening will include food, entertainment and lots more.   For full details of the event see poster below.

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FREE ENGLISH CLASSES

County Wicklow Partnership supports Failte Isteach Conversational English classes; Migrants with different levels of English are welcome to join the classes which will run regularly on a weekly basis.  Arklow classes starting Monday September 26th, 7-9pm in County Wicklow Partnership, Third Floor, Avoca River House, Bridgewater Centre, Arklow.

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SING FOR FUN

These weekly singalong sessions for females of all musical backgrounds and none, is recommencing on September 19th upstairs in Christy Lounge, Arklow.  Following a very enjoyable and successful year the word has spread and already numbers have grown for September.Singer

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 Friday 16th September 2016 in the Arklow Bay Hotel

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 5th AUGUST 2016.

You can nominate on this website, by email chamber@arklow.ie, complete one of the Nomination Forms which have been distributed around the town or use the form published in the Wicklow People on Wednesday 13th July.

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The awards will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

  • Best New Start Up sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

  • The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • Ambassador for Tourism Award sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

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 Sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

  • The Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow

 

Arklow Maritime Festival

This August bank holiday (July 29th to July 31st) we’re all down on the quayside and around town to continue the tradition of one of Irelands Longest Running Maritime Festivals.The Annual Festival has been rejuvenated over the last few years and is once again growing.

The big event is on Sunday with all kinds of family events down by the quayside. With displays of traditional Irish art, children’s entertainment, market stalls and exhibits by the lifeboats, emergency services and much more it will create a truly magical weekend for everyone.

Maritime Festival Weekend

This year the festival finishes up at the Arklow Bay Hotel with a real highlight, The Spotlight Showband are back together for a special night in aid of Arklow Lifeboat, so see you at the Arklow Bay Hotel.

This event is held primarily as a fundraising event for Arklow Lifeboat, through generous sponsorship from local businesses they are able to provide a lot of the events for free, so please support the local businesses who support Arklow Lifeboat.

See you down at the Quay!!!

Click here to see the Maritime Festival Weekend Schedule.

Seabreeze Festival Magic

Arklow Seabreeze FestivalThis year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival surpassed all expectations bringing out huge crowds for the entire festival creating a magical experience, which ended on Sunday night with a spectacular Fire Works Display on the River Bank Arklow. People were high in their praise for the very small committee of eight people who put on a festival to be proud of, with so many visitors, tourists, families and friends travelling home for the event. Not one bed space was available throughout the entire town of Arklow and surrounding areas, with tourists from USA, Germany, Spain and other towns and villages supporting all of the events and activities in a packed programme….. (click here to read more)

 

Friends of Philo

On Sunday 21st August from 8.30pm till 12.30am in Arklow Bay Hotel starts Friends of Philo Thin Lizzy Tribute night in aid of Arklow Lifeboat Station & the RNLI.

Tinn Lizzy from Norway will be featuring Sean O’Connor from The Lookalikes Dublin Snowblind from Germany.
Feel the Pinch from Arklow featuring Brian Meakin from Wicklow.

Tickets are €10 and will be on sale from first weekend in August at the Arklow Bay Hotel and Shavus Mens Barbers Main Street Arklow.

There will be also 40+ visitors from Norway and Germany supporting both bands.

PLEASE make all guests feel welcomed to our part of the world and please support this unique event.

Friends of Philo

 

 

Wicklow County Council

Arklow Municipal District

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Bradshaw’s Lane

In accordance with Section 38 of the Roads Traffic Act 1994, as amended, Arklow Municipal District will introduce a one way traffic system on  Bradshaw’s Lane, with entry from the Main Street.

This change will come into effect from Wednesday 3rd August 2016.

 

 

Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert

The incredible Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert is coming to Omniplex Arklow on 23rd and 24th July. Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries. Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his world-famous 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André promises, and delivers, an unforgettable musical experience full of humor, fun and emotion for all ages.

Click here to purchase your ticket and click here to see the YouTube video.

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August Wedding Showcase

Arklow Bay Hotel will be hosting a wedding showcase on Monday 1st August 2016 from 2 pm to 5 pm. Come and view their newly refurbished civil ceremony suite, the grounds which will be set for a civil ceremony and the beautiful Bay Suite ballroom.

The bridal suite with panoramic views of the Arklow Bay will also be on show for you to view, the hotel will also have excellent offers available on the day for any weddings booked. Along with all of this the Arklow Bay Hotel’s wedding team will be on hand to with all their expertise to answer any of your questions and help guide you on your way.

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Pride of Place Judges come to Arklow

pride_of_place_2016_600x300The IPB Pride of Place is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland.  The competition focus is about people coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities.

At the monthly Arklow Municipal District meeting, it was outlined that Wicklow County Council nominated Arklow, Rathdangan and Five Loaves in Bray for the Pride of Place Awards.  Judging took place on Thursday 30th June and throughout the day adjudicators were taken on a tour of the town by council officials to showcase all that Arklow has to offer.

Wicklow County Council Director of Services, Michael Nicholson, said that Arklow was chosen for nomination because of all the effort made to reinvigorate and build up the town in recent years.  He referred to the recent library and  civic office project, plans for a town design statement and pottery museum, the Kynoch Walk, theatre campaign by the Arklow Music & Arts group and in particular, the many community and voluntary groups which do so much good work throughout the year.

 

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

This year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel.  As usual 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.

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The awards this year will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

  • Best New Start Up – For any business opened within the last 12 months
  • Best Established Business – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large
  • The Service Excellence Award – To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers
  • The Young Achiever Award – This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service
  • 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 recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an      outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.

 

To nominate those you think deserve to be recognised visit www.arklow.ie where nominations are currently being accepted.  Alternative you can email chamber@arklow.ie with names of your nominees and the reason you think they should win an award, please include your name and contact details.

 THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 29th JULY 2016.

 

Chamber Member is Guest of Honour at RNLI Naming Ceremony

Former President of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, Jimmy Tyrrell, was recently given the honour by Lough Swilly RNLI of naming their new lifeboat.  The €2.4m life-saving vessel has already been on nineteen callouts since its arrival on the North-West Coast last year, it was officially named the ‘Derek Bullivant’ and is the first Shannon class RNLI lifeboat to go on service in Ireland. Jimmy has served with the RNLI for 46 years which makes him the charity’s longest serving lifeboat volunteer and has campaigned to have the RNLI name a class of lifeboat after an Irish river, in recognition of the service and dedication of Irish lifeboat volunteers.

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Jimmy said he has seen many changes in lifeboats during his time as a volunteer but added “the one thing that has not changed in the RNLI and that is its people.  The basic commitment of crews is the same.  Generations of them have put their lives on the lines and sometimes lost their lives trying to help those in peril on the seas”.

 

Arklow Springboard Family Centre

SpringboardArklow Springboard Family Support Service recently renewed its Gold Standard Health Quality Mark from the National Youth Council of Ireland.  Arklow Springboard first received this award in 2010 and is still the only family support service in Ireland to have this award.  This award is a standards framework developed by the National Youth Council of Ireland and aims to encourage best practice and a high standard in all aspects of health promotion.  Congratulations to Arklow Springboard manager, Martina Deasy and everyone involved in this important family support centre.

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Co. Wicklow People of the Year Awards 2016

This is an opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes with your community and to acknowledge the great work done by volunteers.

The closing date for nominating your choice for a Person of the Year/Hall of Fame Award is Friday 22nd July. 

Your nominee can be:AMD logo

  • A carer
  • A committed volunteer
  • A good neighbour
  • A good Samaritan
  • A health worker
  • A local community group
  • A sports coach
  • A sportsperson
  • A Tourism Project – either commercial or community based, a new and innovative social enterprise, a sports club, an arts/music/culture group
  • A young person who has changed their life around and is now a role model for others
  • An inspirational older person
  • Someone who has overcome adversity

You can use the Nomination Form in the Wicklow People (29th June 2016) or by emailing mtuite@wicklowcoco.ie with the name of those you wish to nominate and the reason why you think they deserve to receive an award.