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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September 2016

We are delighted to announce that 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.

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

  • Best New Start Uptie

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

Nomination forms will be available soon.

Press Release

Arklow – the Best Place to Live in Ireland?

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Last week Arklow & District Chamber hosted a very popular public presentation by Simon Wall, Westport Town Architect in the Arklow Bay hotel.  As the Town Architect to the Town of Westport Co Mayo for almost two decades; Simon is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team. The idea for Arklow Chamber to host a talk on the Westport experience was sparked by a discussion between Gerard O’Brien of the Woodenbridge hotel and Minister Simon Harris and won immediate and universal support from members of Arklow Chamber and Arklow Municipal District.

Click here to read more…

 

 

Wicklow County Council

Arklow Municipal District

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In accordance with Section 38 of the Roads Traffic Act 1994, as amended, Arklow Municipal District proposes to introduce the following traffic calming measures in Arklow Town:

  • Make Bradshaw’s Lane one way – with entry from the Main Street.
  • Change the road markings on Dunne’s Lane to incorporate parking spaces and a loading bay. 

A map showing the proposed changes will be available for inspection at the Arklow Municipal District Offices commencing Monday 25th April 2016 up to and including Tuesday 7th June 2016 during normal office hours.

Submissions and observations in relation to the above proposals may be made in writing to Linda McDonald, on or before Tuesday 7th June 2016.

 

Linda McDonald

District Administrator

Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie 

0402 42700

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Arklow Tidy Towns

flowersArklow Tidy Town committee have asked us to let you know that the Tidy Towns judge is expected to visit Arklow in June. They ask you to please make a special effort to ensure our town is presented the best way as possible.  They would like you to make sure that front and back entrances, back gates, front steps are clean and weed free.

At the moment Arklow is third out of twenty six entrants in the county, best large town and bronze medal winner.  They are aiming this year is to top 300 points and improve on last year’s achievements.

Arklow Tidy Town committee is very appreciative of the support of the Arklow & District Chamber, Arklow Municipal District, the businesses and townspeople of Arklow.

 

Arklow Library Community Room

Arklow Library has a community room available, free of charge, for non-profit organisations. Meetings would need to take place within library opening times – open till 8.30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Claire or Laura at Arklow library if they can be of help.

Opening Hours:

Monday 10am – 5pmLibrary

Tuesday 10am – 8.30pm

Wednesday 10am – 5pm

Thursday 10pm – 8.30pm

Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Contact Details:

Phone: 0402 39977

Email: CFullam@wicklowcoco.ie

The new Arklow library offers a wide range of facilities, apart from books, such as audio visual materials, free internet and Wi-Fi access, research and study space, relaxation space and facilities for special events and meetings.

Also included is a range of Polish books, made possible by a very kind financial contribution from the Polish embassy.

 

Wedding Showcase in the Arklow Bay Hotel

On Monday 6th June 2016 the Arklow Bay Hotel will be hosting a wedding showcase. 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 Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow’s finest wedding venue will be running the wedding showcase from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Arklow Bay Hotel

The hotel’s 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 wedding team will be on hand to with all their expertise to answer any of your questions and help guide you on your way.

For more information please contact Orla – Wedding Co-Ordinator weddings@arklowbay.com

 

Book sale at Old Arklow Library

The Old Arklow Library will host a used book sale this Saturday 4th June from 9 am to 5 pm. Wicklow Library Service will be selling off a large selection of ex-library books and some great bargains will be up for grabs on the day. Further information is available from Library headquarters at 01 2866566.

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Open Day in Arklow Further Education and Training Centre

Come and see the range of full time and part time programmes on offer in your local education and training centre on Tuesday 7th June 2016, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

What can arklow further education and training centre offer you?

  • Opportunity to Upskill and Retrain on a Range of Part time and Full time programmes
  • Complete components and /or Certificates at level 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications from QQI and/or the Department of Education and Skills
  • Subsidised Crèche places may be available
  • Build Self Confidence, Self Esteem, Have Fun, Enjoy Learning and Meet New People
  • Gain a Sense of Achievement and Broaden your Horizons

For more information, contact the centre on 0402 39680 or email: guidancearklow@kwetb.ie

KWTB Open Day

 

 

Jack & Jill Charity Shop celebrates 1st Birthday

The Jack & Jill Charity Shop in Arklow is celebrating its first birthday and plenty of celebrations are planned at the Main Street outlet. Everyone in the community is invited to come along on Saturday 11th June for a coffee morning followed by a day full of fun activities.

The Jack & Jill organisation would like to thank everyone for their support in their first year. Remember that every €16 raised provides one hour of homecare for sick children. The store accepts clothes, bric a brac, jewellery, shoes, books, DVD’s/CDs, handbags, toys and furniture.

For more information call 0402 91250.

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Jack & Jill needs volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities now available for Summer Months in the Arklow Store. If you are over 16 and are able to give 4 or more hours a week then pop in for a Volunteer Form today. In return you will gain experience in retail sales, customer service, display merchandising to name a few and of course you will become part of The Jack and Jill Family….

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East Coast Fm Interview with Colm Kavanagh, Olivia Sheehy and Small Town Crisis

If you missed Colm Kavanagh’s interview on East Coast Radio & a live performance of 40pins, a task given to Small Town Crisis Empathy & Alicus Samicus by Yvonne Kenny who challenged them to write a song based on Joe Duffys book about the 40 Children killed in The 1916 Rising, have a listen to something special…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aX9wPBdNPI&feature=share

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Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert will take place at Sts. Mary and Peter’s Church on Friday 6th May at 19.16 pm. The Concert is organised by Arklow Music and Arts and all proceeds will go towards a performance space and theatre venue for the wealth of talent that exists in the town and surrounding areas. Tickets are €15 each and there is also an option to purchase two tickets for €35 and have your name in the programme.

Tickets will be on sale today (Friday 29th April) in Bridgewater from 12 – 2.30 pm and on Monday (2nd May) from 12 – 6 pm. 10 tickets are also available from John Swan.

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€10,000 search for Wicklow’s Brightest start-up launches

Reminder: the closing date for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 11th May. Any entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

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To celebrate the 21st anniversary year, Wicklow Enterprise Park is offering a major prize for one outstanding new business, currently operating in the County, and which opened in Wicklow within the last six years.  The competition is open to any individual or group, who have started an independent new business from scratch and is still in operation in Co. Wicklow (business start date no earlier than January 1st 2010).

The overall winner will receive a cheque for €5,000 from Wicklow Enterprise Park as well as a €5,000 advertising package with East Coast FM.

If you have any questions regarding entering this competition please email emeir@wicklowenterprise.ie or call 0404 66433 or visit the website.

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Traffic calming measures in Arklow

Wicklow County Council

Arklow Municipal District

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In accordance with Section 38 of the Roads Traffic Act 1994, as amended, Arklow Municipal District propose to  introduce the following traffic calming measures in Arklow Town:-

  • Make Bradshaw’s Lane one way – with entry from the Main Street.
  • Change the road markings on Dunne’s Lane to incorporate parking spaces and a loading bay. 

A map showing the proposed changes will be available for inspection at the Arklow Municipal District Offices commencing Monday 25th April 2016 up to and including Tuesday 7th June 2016 during normal office hours.

Submissions and observations in relation to the above proposals may be made in writing to the undersigned, on or before Tuesday 7th June 2016.

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Linda McDonald

District Administrator

Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.

lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie 

0402 42700

 

RNLI MayDay 2016

Every day is Mayday for RNLI volunteer crews. The moment the pagers beep, they drop everything to rescue total strangers. From 26 April–2 May 2016, it’s Mayday for you. RNLI is calling on all our supporters to help them continue saving lives by being a part of their annual, national fundraiser.

If you wish to donate, click here.

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Don’t Forget! On Sunday May 1st as part of the Yellow Welly weekend, Liz Birmingham/LJB Wellness has organised this event for the Arklow RNLI Lifeboat. Come & join the RNLI, walk or run!

LJB Wellness presents the “Arklow RNLI 5K & 10k Fun Walk & Run.
This is a chip and pined event!
Kicking off at 11.00am sharp
Walkers 5k €5 Under 18 €5
Runners 5k €10. 10k €15
Team Event x 4 5k €40 Under 18’s €20
Emergency Services Perpetual Cup for 1st Team from the Emergency Services
LJB Wellness Community Cup for 1st Local Club/Team
Online registration here, also registration on the day.

For more information call Liz at 087 2368698.

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Free Yoga Classes in Arklow

County Wicklow Partnership are organising a 6 weeks Course on Yoga and Relaxation in the Willow Grove Community Building, Inbhear Mor Park. The yoga excercises will be accessible to all abilities. Preference will be given to residents of Willow Grove and Inbhear Mor area. For more information and to book a place telephone or send a text to 085 8006872.

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Arklow Community Games 2016 Area Athletics competitions

The Arklow Community Games 2016 Area Athletics competitions will take place on the Arklow Athletic Track, North Beach on next Saturday 30th April at 3.30p.m.

Open to girls and boys over six and under the age specified on July 31st 2016

Entry fee is €5. Competitors please register your name, address, date of birth and home telephone number with Michael Kenny or Sadie O’Reilly from 3.15p.m.

  • Under  8 over  6  60m  80m  mixed relay,Gym Club
  • Under 10 over  8 100m 200m  mixed relay,
  • Under 12 over 10 100m 600m mixed relay,
  • Under 14 over 12 100m 800m mixed relay,
  • Under 16 over 14 100m 200m mixed relay,

Please note competitors may enter only one event plus relay.

Please note spikes are only permitted at under 14 and 16 years.

We extend an invitation to the members of St Benedicts Athletic Club to please come along and take part. School principals and teaching staff please encourage the pupils in your schools to participate.

For further information please contact area P.R.O. James O’Reilly at 0402-91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org or visit the website.

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New Arklow Library opens on 4th April

The Arklow library located on St. Mary’s Road since 1979 closed its doors last Friday for the final.  The new library on Arklow’s Main Street will be open to the public on Monday 4th April.  The new premises will include a dedicated IT, relaxation, study and reference areas, it will have a larger collection of ebooks, elanguage resources and emagazines.  It also has a community room which will be available for local groups.

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The opening hours at the new library are:

10am – 5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and

10am – 8.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

 

McMullans wins “Best Music Window Display”

20160314_151500_resized_1As part of this years festival Arklow Chamber of Commerce sponsor the “Best Music Window Display” to help promote the town during the festival.  McMullans Boutique won the inaugural perpetual trophy sponsored by Arklow Chamber of Commerce. – pictured are Liz Doyle and Deirdre Bentley receiving the trophy from Ann McGovern, President of Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce.

The 47th Arklow Music Festival was another very successful event again this year!    Arklow owes a debt of gratitude to the voluntary committee for their hard work including John Bonner, Eileen Clandillon, Rhoda O’Connor, Roisin O’Neill, Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell, Tony Fennell, Tommy Nolan, Bridget Greene, Marian O’Regan, Thomas Kelly and Jo Walker.

 

Celtic Challenge 2016

Arklow-Rowing-ClubMembers of Arklow Rowing Club held a fund raising event in Bridgewater Shopping Centre last weekend.  They challenged themselves to row 90 miles in two days to raise fund for the upcoming Celtic Challenge.  This event takes place every two years and crews from the rowing club will row from Arklow to Aberystwyth in Wales over the May Bank Holiday.  The Arklow Ladies’ Crew will be defending the title held by them since 2008.

Funding raising towards the cost of the race will continue with a Race Night being held on 1st April in the Old Ship.  You can contact any member of the rowing club if you wish to buy a horse, jockey, or sponsor a race or if you would like to have your name printed on the side of the boat you can do so by donating €5.

 

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Wicklow Craft Needs Your Support…

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Good luck to http://www.wicklowbrewery.ie/beer.html based in Avoca who are taking part in the Altech Craft Brews and Food fair at the Convention Centre exhibition which attracts almost 10,000 visitors.  If you have a craft business and would like to feature on www.arklow.ie please let us know as we focus on promoting our top quality local producers!

 

 

First Responders

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Arklow Community First Responders are looking for new volunteers to provide care and treatment to people experiencing Cardiac Emergencies. The full training will be provided so no medical experience is needed. Applicants must be over 18, have own transport, be available to attend monthly training sessions and also be available to commit some time to a weekly roster system. For more details please contact arklowcfr@yahoo.com or visit their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Arklow-Community-First-Responders-186740671355733/?fref=ts

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Community Games

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Would you the parents, guardians, club leaders, adults over eighteen years be interested in becoming an Arklow Community Games volunteer coach/manager for 2016? If yes please contact area P.R.O. James O’Reilly at 0402 91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org. The activities include art, athletics, swimming, model making, table quiz, chess, cycling on grass, talent.

 

 

Inver Ladies Choir

Inver Ladies choir are currently recruiting new members for their successful Ladies Choir. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday night from 8 pm to 9.30 pm, followed by a cuppa, in the Royal Hotel. If you are interested please send a message to Jenny Farrell or Inver Ladies Choir.

https://www.facebook.com/InverLadiesChoir?pnref=story

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Arklow Lifeboat Hurry to the Curry

This years “Hurry to the Curry” fundraiser for the Arklow RNLI takes place on Friday 29th January in the Arklow Bay Hotel.  Tickets are €20 and are available from the Arklow Bay Hotel, the Lifeboat Station; the Fundraising Committee can be contacted by emailing arklow@rnli.org, by phoning 0402-32850 or Michael on 086-3871500.

RNLI-Saving Lives

The committee invites you to come along and enjoy the culinary masterpieces prepared by Ann and her volunteers.  This year the Arklow RNLI celebrates 190 years of saving lives – the fundraising team and the lifeboat crew give their time and could not function without your support.

 

New McElheron Council Chamber – Arklow Municipal District Office

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Cllr John Ryan, Cllr Sylvester Bourke and CEO Bryan Doyle paid special recognition to the McElheron family at the official opening of the “McElheron Chamber” in the new offices of Arklow Municipal District Office of Wicklow County Council last Wednesday 20th January.

Joe McElheron spoke of times past, remembering all those who were part of Arklow’s rich heritage and acknowledged the family’s appreciation of this honour.  His father John Edward McElheron served on Arklow Urban District Council from 1942 to 1977 and his mother May McElheron was co-opted to the Council in 1977 until 1977.  Vincent, his brother, served on Arklow Urban Council and Arklow Town Council from 1985 until 2014.  They area all fondly remembered for their dedicated service to the people of Arklow town over so many years.

 

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Theatre in Arklow

Date: 22nd October 2015

Time: 8 pm

Place: Arklow Bay Hotel

Tickets: €10

maskArklow Chamber and Yvonne Kenny, the Chairperson of the Arklow Music & Arts (A.M.A.) is asking anyone who is serious about wanting a Theatre for Arklow to come out on Thursday 22nd October at 8pm to support the fabulous band – The Elders. This is the first big fundraising event for A.M.A. and tickets are only €10. Yvonne would like to thank Ian Byrne & the band for doing this event. You can get tickets in The Bay, Kustomkidz or Kavanaghs on Wexford Road. Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce will present a gift to The Elders on the night to show appreciation of their support for Arklow over many years. Local talent will include Fran Harper, The Penston Vocal Academy and Eimear Harper.

For further information please contact Yvonne on A.M.A. Facebook.

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General Arrangement  – Bridge Street/Main Street Junction

It is hoped that work will start on the Bridge Street/Main Street junction on the 29th October with a 6 week construction period, end date 11th December.  This will generally be a night time scheme as most works will require a STOP/ GO system to have one lane closed.  Hours permitted for this are 8pm to 6am.  Road closures will be permitted for resurfacing works and these will take place at night time 8pm to 6 am.  Diversions will be via M11 or via Avoca/Woodenbridge.  Any queries can be addressed to Margaret Hartnett at mhartnett@wicklowcoco.ie.

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Congratulations to Avoca Camogie Team and Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney on their recent wins

Congratulations to the Avoca ladies who won the Senior ‘B’ Camogie Final in a replay against Ballinacor last weekend.  They took home the Sarah Pearson Memorial Cup with a score of 4-04 to 2.06 and set the pace from the start with an explosive goal in the opening seconds of the match.  Special congratulations from her ABEC colleagues to LAURA CREAN (circled) who played a huge part in this win.

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Big congratulations also to Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney who won their first ever minor football championship last Sunday.  They beat Blessington 2-12 to 0-09.    Ray Mention of AGB said “These players came in at 6 and 7 years of age and have been working hard for 12 years towards this.”  Darragh Fitzgerald was named man of the match by the media personnel.  It is over 40 years since Arklow Geraldines won this title.

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Arklow Station shortlisted for National Award

Arklow Train Station has been shortlisted for this year’s Iarnród Éireann Best Station Awards 2015. The main criteria in considering the shortlist will include staff helpfulness, staff appearance, station appearance and customer information. Arklow Station won The Best Station Award in 2012 and we hope they will be successful this year.

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Community Sports Coaching Programme for Jobseekers

jobseekerWicklow Local Sports Partnership in conjunction with Kildare – Wicklow Education Training Board has secured funding through the Dormant Account fund to roll out a Community Coaching Initiative for jobseekers.

The Programme will run for 12 weeks beginning on the Monday 9th November 2015 and is open to anyone in receipt of unemployment payment. The closing date for application is Wednesday 28th October 2015.

For further information and application forms please contact Lisa or Aisling in the LSP office.

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Wicklow Local Sports Partnership

Wicklow Co. Co.County Buildings,

Wicklow Town  Co. Wicklow

Tel: 0404 20100 | Ext: 2335

E-Mail: LCairns@wicklowcoco.ie

 

Forge Muay Thai Arklow

Don’t miss the biggest night in the history of Forge Gym Muay Thai, 17th October 2015. A night packed full of amateur and pro fights. The most deadly and respectful martial art known to man so get yours tickets ASAP because they are selling fast. Tickets cost only 20€ and 10€ for juniors. Not a night to be missed.

For more information please click here.

Forge Muay Thai

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Wicklow Wins Hurling Final

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

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Local Enterprise Office – “The Companies Act 2014”

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

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

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

 

The End of an Era

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

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 Arklow to host first Coastal Rowing Championships

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you all.

Arklow Rowing Club

 

 National Maritime Museum

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

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Public Alert:  Boil Water Notice – Aughrim / Annacurragh

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

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

For further information please click here.

 

Arklow Library

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

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

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(Polish Version below)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

For more information please click here.

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Vault Shop Volunteers Wanted

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

Vault Shop

 

 

Darts evening

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

 

 

Arklow This Week

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

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

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

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

 

Arklow Further Education and Training Centre

Fernhill Plaza Wexford Road Arklow

0402 39680

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local Community Restore Old Kilbride Cemetery

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

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Tourism Potential of Avoca Mines

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

 

Tidy Towns

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

 

Avonmore Musical Society

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

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

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

Avonmore

For more information please visit:

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

http://www.avonmoremusicalsociety.com/

 

Duck Pond shortlisted for national Chambers award

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

 

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

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

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Innovations Theatre School

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

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Arklow This Week

The Huff of Arklow, the famous one-of-a-kind yacht which was built over 60 years ago and revolutionised yacht design, last week returned home to dock in Arklow for the first time since its restoration. The Huff of Arklow was built in the yard of Jack Tyrrell in Arklow in 1951 and it was recently welcomed back to these waters by his son Jimmy Tyrrell, a local maritime legend in his own right as the Arklow RNLI’s longest ever serving operations volunteer.

 

maritime_slide_10The gathering of the fleet- RNLI Arklow Maritime Festival takes place each year in Arklow, down on south quay and around town, fantastic line up of events for all the family this year and its mostly free!! So come on down to Arklow town!!

Arklow Maritime Festival- July 31st to August 2nd 2015, has a long history here in Arklow, this year again the event will make the August bank Holiday weekend one to remember………so come on down to ARKLOW town!! There will be a special gathering event or two planned, for more information please email mark@communityevents.ie or visit the website http://www.arklowmaritimefestival.com/

Maritime Weekend

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Wicklow County Council are seeking your input to new pedestrian and traffic management at Bridge Street/South Quay/Main Street/ Lower Main Street Junctions. For more details click here.

 

Arklow Municipal District staff are to move into their new offices on Main Street in Arklow. Cllr Pat Fitzgerald outlined that work is almost complete on the new council premises and that staff from the current offices at the Bridgewater Centre will soon be relocated. Cllr Fitzgerald confirmed that the library staff from St Mary’s Road will not be making a move into their new workplace yet due to staffing levels and works to furnish the interior of the building.

Library

 

A fundraising car boot sale takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church, Templerainey in aid of the church. For more information please call 0402 32249.

 

The next concert from Arklow Roots Music will feature Eilidh Patterson, a gifted singer – songwriter from Derry. Samples of her music are available at www.eilidhpatterson.com

She will play the upper room at the Harbour Bar, Lower Main Street, Arklow on Tuesday, 28th July at 8.30 p.m. Ticket cost is €10 and €8 conc. Playing support will be local singer – songwriter Brendan O’Regan who organises the Arklow Roots Gigs.

Eilidh Patterson

 

Patricia Kelly, a member of the Kelly Family, will perform in October 6th at 7 p.m. in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Tickets costs €20 for adults and €15 for children (aged 6 to 16, free entry for those under 6) and are available from the hotel or by calling 086 3598854 or 086 4013473.

 

Summer Season is well under way for Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers. Everyone is welcome to take part in Tidy Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the courthouse. Come along and help make a difference. Please bring gloves.

 

Woodenbridge Development Association will host a public meeting in the Woodenbridge Hotel on Sunday, 26th July at 7 p.m. to get feedback on plans to develop a walking and cycle route between Woodenbridge and Ballycoog.

New pedestrian and traffic management proposals for Arklow

Wicklow County Council are seeking your input to new pedestrian and traffic management at Bridge Street/South Quay/Main Street/ Lower Main Street Junctions.

The Council are seeking submissions and observations on the proposed development in writing to :  Transportation and Roads Infrastructure, Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Station Road Wicklow Town on or before 12 noon on Wednesday 19th August 2015.

Information Leaflet

Pedestrian and Traffic Improvement Works

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