Arklow This Week

M11Arklow is open for business and leisure. A new stretch of motorway between Rathnew and Arklow has been opened on Monday 13th July by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe. The 16.5 kilometre route replaces one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country. National Roads Authority spokesperson Seán O’Neill says it should cut journey times by between 10 and 20 minutes.

Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Bryan Doyle, said, “the upgrading of this section of the N11 has been the number one objective of Wicklow County Council since the opening of the Rathnew /Ashford bypass in 2004.

“A total of eight dangerous bends including the notorious Balinameedsa bends which has been the scene of many bad accidents and fatalities will soon be a distant memory for the main road users of County Wicklow,” he added.

 

A new album “Sailing with the Wind” recorded by Arklow singer Denise Brennan will be available on iTunes in the coming days in aid of ARKLOW LIFEBOAT!!! Click the link below to view a very special video for the Title Track “Sailing with the Wind”, in honour of our Lifeboat Heroes!!!

https://youtu.be/1cjJlx-32vU

Arklow Lifeboat

 

A new art exhibition opened in Arklow on Monday 13th July and runs until 23 July. The latest show – “Musica” at Arklow Visual Arts Gallery presents a collection of new paintings by artists Ciaran Smyth, Jason Hayden and Conall Carney who used acrylic painting to explore their thoughts on music as a universal language.  Teachers Fiona O’Hara and Sylvia Nannig were also present for the launch.  Arklow Visual Arts Gallery, situated on Main Street is open to the public from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Avoca Painting School will be holding an outdoor painting workshop at the Meetings of the Waters and Glendalough Upper Lake with Facilitator Rod Coyne this Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and will include a painting demonstration and tuition for everything from beginners up to advanced painters. For more information please call 0402 35555, email info@avocapaintingschool.com or visit the website http://avocapaintingschool.com/book-outdoor-workshop.html

 

Arklow Seabreeze Festival starts today and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this fantastic event!

Seabreeze Festival 2015(2)

 

The volunteer crew of Arklow RNLI towed a local sailing yacht to safety last Thursday after the vessel suffered engine failure. Under the direction of Coxswain Ned Dillon, the RNLI crew of Michael Fitzgerald, Andrew Loughlin, Jimmy Myler and Leigh Downey secured a tow line to the local yacht and brought it and its two crew safely back to the harbour.

 

The marching band and drum corps Summer Sounds 2015 competition season begins in Arklow this Sunday, July 19. The first show will be hosted by the Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble. This competition is part of the “European Summer Music Games” which includes 15 competitions across Europe over four months and is the first of three Irish shows this summer. The show takes place in Arklow Celtic Football Club at 2 p.m. and the admission is €5 for Adults and €2 for children.

Sumer Sounds 2015

 

A small number of places still remain for September 2015 on the following Full Time Post Leaving Certificate Courses at Arklow Community College:

  • Beauty Therapy (2 Year – CIBTAC, ITEC & CIDESCO)
  • Childcare (1 Year – FETAC Level 5 & 6)
  • Office Administration (1 Year – FETAC Level 5)

For more information please call 0402 32149 or email arklowcc@eircom.net

Arklow This Week

RNLI Image

 

Remember quiz night in aid of Arklow RNLI at The Old Ship on Friday 3rd July at 8.30pm.  €20 per table of 4.

 

Arklow Municipal District would like to invite business owners and interested parties to a meeting to discuss ideas on the development of a Christmas Festival for Arklow Town i.e. Ongoing cost of Christmas Lights; Christmas Parking Incentives;     Sponsorship of a Festival; Christmas Market; Carol Service, etc.  The meeting will take place on Monday 6th July at 6.30pm in the Arklow Municipal District Offices, Avoca River House, North Quay, Arklow.  Written suggestions can also be forwarded to Linda McDonald, District Administrator, Arklow Municipal District, Avoca River House, North Quay, Arklow, Co. Wicklow or via e-mail lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie by Monday 6th July 2015.

 

Kirsten Einarsdottir from Iceland visited Arklow on Monday 22nd June.  She was in Co. Wicklow with a group of journalists as part of a fact-finding mission, visiting various places in the county and saw first-hand what is on offer to visitors.  Kirsten can be contacted at kristin@irlandsferdir.com .

 

On Thursday evening the Seabreeze Festival launched this year’s event in Murphy’s Bar on the Main Street.  The launch included the new festival website and the 2015 programme.  It was an opportunity to meet some of this year’s Bridgewater Seabreeze Princess Competition.

 

Congratulations to members of the Arklow Rowing Club.  A crew from Arklow won the Sportsman’s Trophy for their efforts in the Isle of Scilly event  while the Junior Men’s Crew won the Cork Ocean to City event.

 

There were great celebrations in St. Joseph’s National School on Thursday for the official raising of the Active Schools Flag. Well done to pupils, teachers, parents and outside agencies all worked together to achieve this goal.