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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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   Love is in the air at Bridgewater!

  Get your loved ones the perfect gift at Bridgewater Shopping    Centre. From jewellery, perfume and chocolates to the latest  beauty and fashion products, we’ve got you covered. Not sure  what to buy your loved one? Why not treat them to a  Bridgewater gift card to spend in any of our stores. Plus,  we’re giving away chocolate treats to over 1,000 shoppers on  Saturday February 11th from 12-2pm. Don’t miss out!  #LoveShoppingLoveBridgewater

 

 

 

 

 

2017 ARKLOW MUSIC FESTIVAL

 

Thousands of competitors are expected to visit the town during the 48th annual festival which runs from Saturday March 4th to Sunday March 12th.  The competition wouldn’t be possible without the expertise of the adjudicators and this year an impressive panel will assess the many performances.  The events will now take place at Arklow CBS on the Coolgreaney Road and not the Bridgewater centre.  For further information on this year’s festival call the festival office on 0402 32732

 

 

 

JOIN THE WEEKLY WALK TO WELLNESS IN ARKLOW

 

Walk to Wellness weekly event was launched recently to the delight of both seasoned fitness fanatics and beginners who want to get some exercise in a friendly and fun environment.  The walkers meet at Arklow Cancer Support office at 8 St Marys Road every Monday evening and set off at 7.30pm

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MASQUERADE BALL  

Image result for sea scouts irelandA fabulous night will take place at the Arklow Bay Hotel on Saturday February 11th as a masquerade ball takes place in aid of Avoca Scouts.  Tickets cost €45 and include prosecco on arrival and a three course meal plus an amazing night to remember.  Tickets are available from the Arklow Bay Hotel.

 

 

 

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Mandie Kinsella of Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle in Arklow has won the Sherry Fitzgerald Administrator of the Year award 2016.  Mandie received the award at the company’s annual conference recently.  The theme of this year’s event was ‘Exceptional
Service, Exceptional Results’.

Arklow Chamber would like to congratulate Mandie on her achievement.

 

 

 

 

SPORTS CAPITAL GRANTS

Image result for sports grants Ireland 2017€30 million is now available to develop sports infrastructure around the county.  Wicklow clubs and organisations looking to apply should register now at www.sportscaptialprogramme.ie  online applications will be accepted from the 23rd January to 24th February 2017.

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ESTABLISHMENT OF A TOWN TEAM FOR ARKLOW

A new Town Team for Arklow has been established. This follows on from the launch of the promotional video- Arklow Municipal District – Making a Difference last October.

One of the primary objectives of the Town Team initiative will be to encourage more collaboration, communication and co-operation between the local authority and the business community.

Part of the Town Team process will involve developing a draft Action Plan for Arklow and ensuring unity of message and strategy for the town – in essence one voice from one team for the town.

The Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, Cllr Pat Kennedy, along with officials identified a number of people to be part of this team which comprises individuals with broad sector experience across many disciplines.

The first meeting of the Town Team was held on Tuesday, 17th January 2017.

 

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JOIN THE WEEKLY WALK TO WELLNESS IN ARKLOW

Walk to Wellness weekly event was launched recently to the delight of both seasoned fitness fanatics and beginners who want to get some exercise in a friendly and fun environment.  The walkers meet at Arklow Cancer Support office at 8 St Marys Road every Monday evening and set off at 7.30pm

 

RESTART A HEART EVENTArklow Community First Responders

Arklow Community First Responders will host ‘Restart a Heart’ a public access defibrillator information evening in Arus Lorcain from 8pm to 9.30pm on Monday 6th  February.

 

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A fabulous night will take place at the Arklow Bay Hotel on Saturday February 11th as a masquerade ball takes place in aid of Avoca Scouts.  Tickets cost €45 and include prosecco on arrival and a three course meal plus an amazing night to remember.  Tickets are available from the Arklow Bay Hotel.

 

SPORTS CAPITAL GRANTS

Image result for sports grants Ireland 2017€30 million is now available to develop sports infrastructure around the county.  Wicklow clubs and organisations looking to apply should register now at www.sportscaptialprogramme.ie  online applications will be accepted from the 23rd January to 24th February 2017.

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FIRST ARKLOW ROUNDABOUT SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT SIGNED

 

The first agreement for the Roundabout Sponsorship Scheme was signed recently by the Marketing manager at Bridgewater Shopping Centre.  Bridgewater Shopping Centre are delighted to sponsor the Bridgewater Roundabout and to give something back to Arklow Town.

 

Irish-cancer-societyJOIN TH WEEKLY WALK TO WELLNESS IN ARKLOW

Walk to Wellness weekly event was launched recently to the delight of both seasoned fitness fanatics and beginners who want to get some exercise in a friendly and fun environment.  The walkers meet at Arklow Cancer Support office at 8 St Marys Road every Monday evening and set off at 7.30pm

 

RESTART A HEART EVENTArklow Community First Responders

 

Arklow Community First Responders will host ‘Restart a Heart’ a public access defibrillator information evening in Arus Lorcain from 8pm to 9.30pm on Monday 6th  February.

 

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A fabulous night will take place at the Arklow Bay Hotel on Saturday February 11th as a masquerade ball takes place in aid of Avoca Scouts.  Tickets cost €45 and include prosecco on arrival and a three course meal plus an amazing night to remember.  Tickets are available from the Arklow Bay Hotel.

 

SPORTS CAPITAL GRANTS

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CONGRADULATIONS TO LOCAL STUDENT

Emer Dillion from Arklow was recently presented with an academic scholarship to study at Dublin City University.  Emer a former student at St Mary’s College is studying Physical Education with Biology.  The €1000 scholarships were awarded to students who received 550 points or more in their Leaving certificate.

 

 

 

 

SOCCER FANS TO PLAY MATCH FOR ARKLOW CANCER SUPPORTIrish-cancer-society

On Sunday January 15th Liverpool and Manchester United fans will join forces in Arklow to play a charity football match in aid of Arklow Cancer Support Group.  The match kicks off at 1pm in Arklow Town FC followed by the lives game from Old Trafford between the two teams on the big screen in the Arklow Rocks Gaa Club.

 

 

 

SPORTS CAPITAL GRANTS

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Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce

wishes you all a

Very Happy and Successful Business Year 

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 RNLI 2017 CALENDAR

 

arklow-rnli-calendarSupport Arklow RNLI by buying the 2017 Arklow Lifeboat calendar which is available in the Arklow Lifeboat Shop and local shops and costs €5.

The calendar features original photographs taken by members of the Tommy Byrne Photographic Society.

 

 

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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.

 

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r-delaney Olympic Gold Medal winner Ronnie Delaney was  honoured by his home town of Arklow last  Wednesday when a Civic Reception was held in his  honour.

Dr Delaney (81) was born in Arklow and achieved world fame when he won Gold for Ireland in the  1956 Melborne Olympics in the 1500 metres and was one of the first ‘Four Minute’ Milers in Compton,  California the same year.  Arklow Municipal District hosted last weeks event to mark Dr Delaney’s  achievements with a Civic Reception on the 60th anniversary of his Melbourne victory.

Dr Delaney’s presence in the town was greatly recieved and the guest of honour recieved a standing ovation on arrival.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Community is being invited to remember their loves ones and to support Wicklow Hospice through the Wicklow Hospice Remembrance Tree at the Bridgewater Centre.  Fr Michael Murtagh and Rev Nigel Sherwood blessed the tree when it was erected and there was a beautiful performance by Avondale Voices.  All are welcome to stop by and place a while ribbon on the tree in memory of a loved one.

 

 

 

 

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Arklow Chamber of Commerce takes the opportunity to wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year

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Saturday 17th December 

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

This 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.

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

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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.

 

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SATURDAY 17TH 4PM

This year’s Santa dash fun run/walk will begin at St Saviours Church and finish at the bandstand on Main Street where there will be music and entertainment.  This is a free event and participants should just turn up in their Santa Suit or Christmas jumpers

 

 

 

 

CRUINNIU

Arklow was well represented at the Leinster House tree lighting ceremony recently as Cruinniu choir was invited to sing at the occasion.  Cruinniu members had a fantastic time at this special festive event where they had the privilege of singing a medley of carols in the grounds of Leinster House for the duration of the tree lighting ceremony.  This was followed by a reception where the choir received excellent feedback on their performance.

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ARKLOW SHIPPING SILVER BAND

Image may contain: 11 people, people smiling, suit On Saturday December 17th they will be playing a selection of  many favourite Christmas tunes when they give a recital in the  Bridgewater Shopping Centre from 2pm.  On Sunday 18th they  will be performing at the Annual Carol Service in St Marys and  Peters Church starting at 4pm and they will finish off the day with  a carol service in the Arklow Methodist Church at 7.30pm

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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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