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Arklow Positive Ageing Week

 

A packed calendar of events is scheduled for Positive Ageing Week 2017. This year’s celebration will run from Saturday 30th September to Sunday October 15th, with events taking place throughout Arklow.

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

 

Arklow Enterprise Town

The Arklow Enterprise town event is taking place in Glenart College, Coolgreaney Road, Arklow this Saturday, October 7th from 11am until 3pm.  Enterprise Town is a free event and represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase local businesses, clubs and societies as well as local schools to potential new customers or new members.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the event check out their Facebook page or please contact your local Bank of Ireland on 07662 30619 or e-mail Derek.tobin@boi.com.

 

 

 

Dinner & Movie Deal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition

 An exhibition showcasing the work of talented Wicklow Artists takes place in Arklow Visual Arts Gallery from September 26th – October 13th with the opening night on Tuesday 26th 6pm – 8pm.

 

Market

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

New stall holders are always welcome.

For Further information please contact Gertie at 086 6031510.

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Arklow Enterprise Town

The Arklow Enterprise town event is taking place in Glenart College, Coolgreaney Road, Arklow on Saturday, October 7th from 11am until 3pm.  Enterprise Town is a free event and represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase local businesses, clubs and societies as well as local schools to potential new customers or new members.

Demand to participate in Arklow Enterprise Town is high and, since the launch, over 60 local organisations have registered to take part. The event is completely free for both exhibitors and attendees. For attendees, there will be lots of entertainment for all ages, kids’ activities, spot prizes and special guests.

For more information about the event check out their Facebook page or please contact your local Bank of Ireland on 07662 30619 or e-mail Derek.tobin@boi.com.

Cultural Night 2017 in Arklow – Friday 22nd September

Solace Studio Pottery & Place Studio (FREE) will be hosting a joint open night from 7pm – 10pm this Friday the 22nd, in the Meehans Levins building at Condrens Lane, Arklow.

An exhibition will be displayed of ceramic wall art, jewellery, fine art and print making, woodcraft & metalcraft all of which have been created by local artists & craftspeople.

Arklow Library (FREE)

Arklow Library will switch on Cultural Night 2017 with a packed programme of events this Friday 2nnd September

  • Arklow Library will be hosting a workshop at 3pm & 4pm, which will be led by Robbie from Bodhran Buzz. The workshop will enable people of all ages from 7+ to learn the basics of how to play a Bohdran.

The workshop is sponsored by Music Generation Wicklow. Booking is essential. Please contact 0402 39977 or email arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie.

  • In addition Arklow Library will also be hosting another event from 6pm – 6.45pm where local author Anthony Cannon whose first novel Boom Townwill read extracts. The book is based on the remarkable true story of the Kynoch factory, when the unfortunate disaster of 21st of September struck.

Advance booking is advised 0402 39977or email arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

  • The second author Lisa Harding who wrote “Harvesting”which is the story of two girls Sammy and Nico, one from Dublin and the other from Moldova, whose lives collide in this treacherous world.

Lisa will talk about how she came to research and write the book and will read extracts.

Advance booking is advised 0402 39977or email arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

  • Women of the World an Arklow based intercultural group will be displaying their wonderful quilt in the Community Room in Arklow Library. Here the women will talk about inspirational stories that inspired the quilt.

Cancer Support Opening

The official opening in tandem with the first anniversary of the new Arklow Cancer Support Group offices on St Marys Road will take place on Saturday September 23rd.

All are very welcome to attend the event which will run from 11am – 3pm. The official ribbon cutting will be done by special guest Claire Darmody from News Talk.

 

 

A Night for Ray

From 8.30pm this Friday 22nd September, Christies Bar will host a night of music in memory of popular local man Raymond Gaffney.

Music will include” Those Lazy Babies”,” Black Cherry” & Brian Lawlor along with other guests, promising a great night of music & entertainment.

Tickets cost €10 and are available from Raymond Gaffney & Sons estate agents, Christy’s and also available at the door.

 Dinner & Movie Deal

 

 

 Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing the work of talented Wicklow Artists takes place in Arklow Visual Arts Gallery from September 26th – October 13th with the opening night on Tuesday 26th 6pm – 8pm.

Market

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

New stall holders are always welcome.

For Further information please contact Gertie at 086 6031510

 

 

 

 

 

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Seabreeze Festival

 

The Arklow Festival 2017 will take place from Sunday, July 2nd to Sunday the 16th of July. This event is ongoing every summer for the last 30 years.  It success is a credit to all the committee members for planning a wonderful array of activities, competitions and live entertainment for all ages.

In recent years it has moved towards local talent and popular swinging pubs.

Swinging pubs competition is running every night up to Thursday July 13th.

For more information contact Colm Moules – Chairman 087 2886845

Tommy Annesley Vice Chairman 087 2508205 or email info@arklowseabreezefestival.ie or visit Arklow Seabreeze Festival Website

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Seabreeze Princess Competition

 

Ellen Doyle has been crowned the 2017 Seabreeze Princess. The selection took place at the Midway Bar & Lounge on main street . This event has been sponsored by Bridgewater Centre.

Ellen is 21 years and works in childcare in Dun Laoghaire. She is also a member of the Arklow Rugby club and enjoys car racing.

She beat off hard competition to take the prize fund over €1,000 including shopping centre vouchers, jewellery and beauty products.

Judges Paul Pritchard, Mary Woods and Elaine Cullen had a difficult job to select the winner.

They selected Ellen after a successful interview live on stage with MC Molloy.

Ellen will now have the honour of attending various festival events as the Seabreeze Princess wearing custom made tiara designed by local jeweller John Swan.

We wish her all the success in her future.

Arklow Garden Competition 

 

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Arklow Tidy Towns launched their new garden competition. All areas are automatically included and judged.

Tidy Towns are asking everyone to nominate commendable front gardens they appreciate in Arklow.

Categories include small and large gardens and hanging baskets.

Contact Arklow Tidy Towns at 0402 24432

Forms are accessible from Arklow library

Judging takes place the 3rd week of July

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Arklow Seabreeze Festival

 

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

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Arklow’s Flower Basket Scheme       

 

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

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

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

 

Arklow Garden Competition

 

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

Tidy Towns Competition

Categories include small and large gardens and hanging baskets.

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

Judging takes place the 3rd week of July.

 

 

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Free Breakfast Event – “State Supports To Grow Your Business”

Arklow Chamber_Business Support Clinic

 

Arklow Seabreeze Festival 2017

 

We are still accepting applications for the Princess Competition, contact Tina O Sullivan  087 9093848  or Mary Burke 087 259504

Bridgewater Seabreeze Princess Competition

To keep up to date on whats happening

visit:  www.arklowseabreezefestival.ie

Support those who support the festival and have some fun along the way

 

 

 

 

Cathaoirleach for Arklow

Tommy-AnnelseyChamber Member, Cllr Tommy Annesley, has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District Council, taking over from outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Pat Kennedy

Clir. Annesley outlined what he would like to see happen in the town over the next year.

As Cathaoirleach he would like to finish projects that have been ongoing for a while, such as the rock armour on the South Beach and push for the groynes out into the sea to form a natural beach.  He intends pushing for funding from the Department.  An improvement for the business community is also on his agenda.  He hopes the valuation officer  to meet with the Chamber of Commerce and the public to explain how they reach a rateable valuation for properties.

The Arklow District Chamber of Commerce congratulate Councillor Annesley and wish him every success during his tenure.

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The Arklow Pottery and Art Festival

 

gold coffe setThe Arklow Pottery and Art Festival, which is a two day event to celebrate the towns rich heritage, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 24th and 25th of June. This two day event will include a number of live demonstrations and exhibitions of Arklow Pottery production process and includes the pottery designer John Ffrench.

The Festival will be officially Arklow-Pottery-Logoopened on Saturday at 11 am and the exhibition of Arklow Pottery will be open to the public at that time. From 11.30 am Thomas Dunne, Chantal Fortune and Peter Kinsella will be on hand to date and value pieces of Arklow Pottery.  On Sunday from 11 am to 2pm there will be ceramic workshops and an open sale from 11 am to 4.30 pm.

For further information contact Arklow Pottery and Art Festival on facebook or Solace Studio Pottery.

Funding for Arklow Harbour

 

Under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMF) Operational Program Wicklow County Council have been successful in obtaining funding for three projects. The funding will support storage facilities for fishermen at Arklow Harbour; fisherman hoist upgrade and associated training and restoration of the lightship “ SKUA” lantern. A total investment of €253,750 will be provided for these projects including €76,125 from Wicklow County Council. The remaining €177,625 co-funded by the EU and the Exchequer.

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Breakfast Event

Arklow Chamber_Business Support Clinic

Arklow Chamber_Business Support Clinic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose of Tralee launched in Arklow

 

The search is on for the next Wicklow Rose in the county heat. This competition is launched on Friday.

The Arklow Bay Hotel played host to the event and have all ready saw a number of contestants signed up. The winning Rose will follow in the footsteps of Wicklow Rose Jane Harrison who did the country proud last year.

This year’s selection  event will take place on Sunday June 25th at The Arklow Bay Hotel where all the contestants will appear on stage fighting for there place. All entrants will be interviewed by a judging panel prior to the selection night.

The selected Rose will represent the Garden of Ireland County at the International Rose of Tralee Festival in August.

To enter simply email wicklowroseoftralee@gmail.com 

Or contact Lyn : 083 4631611    Pete : 087 8141272  Steve : 086 2505791

 

TIDY TOWNS

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Tidy Towns are asking shops, businesses, schools and residents to come out and clean, weed, paint and pick up litter anywhere and everywhere. Let’s make a difference by transforming your local area. Saturday June 17th is Arklow Community Clean up Day.

The aim is to make Arklow town beautiful and is also in preparation for the National Tidy Towns judging.

If you are organizing a clean-up contact Sandra Hall on 086 0274884 or email arklowtt@live.com

Also see facebook Arklow Tidy Towns for information

Superhero run

 

 Superhero run 2017

A Superhero Wicklow 5k, 10k run/walk and half marathon will take place on Saturday June 17th  in aid of our Lady’s children’s hospital, Crumlin

Registration starts at the Beehive restaurant at 11 a.m. and the run starts at 1.00 p.m. Superhero dress-up optional.

Entries online is also available at popupraces.ie   5k €12, 10k €17 and a half marathon €55 for a family.

All entry fees go up €2 on the day and €5 on the family rate. A sponsor card deal is also available; anyone who raises €30 can enter for free.

Sponsorship of €80 will guarantee a free family entry.

Everyone will get a medal on the day following by a band in the car park, face painting, puppet show and bouncy castle.

More information or sponsorship cards contact Wayne at 0862005652 or waynedriscol@gmail.com

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 Arklow Library is hosting an Exhibition 

 

hook lighthouseWe are hosting an exhibition of photography entitled Hook Peninsula Photography. This exhibition is a collection of ages by various photographers who were chosen from all the entries who entered the 2016 Hook Peninsula Photography Exhibition. From the entrants, images have been selected from the exhibition by an independent judge, with four category winners and one overall winner.

These stunning photographs show the Hook Peninsula as the jewel in the crown of the south East of Ireland.

Come and judge for yourself.  Exhibition till the end of the month.

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Avonmore Musical Society Scholarships

 

Avonmore Musical Society were delighted to present scholarships to two young members of the society who took part in their recent production of “Oliver!”. The scholarships are to the AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) Youth Summer School in Thurles County Tipperary in the first week of July. The worthy recipients this year are Luke Andrew Feeney and Sinead Byrne. The scholarship is issued in memory of Pat Hayes, a member of the Arklow society who sadly passed away 11 years ago due to illness. Pat loved the Avonmore and was a treasured and very much loved member who appeared in many shows and was a committee member. The awards were presented on the night by Sean Hayes, brother of Pat with Chairman Rob Donnelly and AIMS President Colm Moules also present.

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The two recipients were very popular winners and the week long residential course in Thurles is designed to encourage, promote and advance further development in musical and theatre performance. The course is run by the Association of Irish Musical Societies with Director Peter Kennedy and Musical Director Mary Rose McNally. As well as the two scholarship winners Avonmore have another 10 members attending. Former past participants of the AIMS Summer School are Amy and Leah Penston who just finished a West End Tour of Roddy Doyle’s “The Commitments” and Jonny Holden who is currently appearing in the BBC programme “Paula”.

About 20 members of Avonmore will attend the AIMS Awards in Killarney next week when they will be cheering on Siobhan Fawsitt who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Widow Corney in the recent production of “Oliver!” The AIMS Awards will be attended by over 1100 people at what is called the Irish equivalent of the Oscars. The awards will be presented by the President of AIMS Colm Moules who is also a member of Avonmore Musical Society.

New Members For The Arklow Tennis Club

 

Tennis

This is an active club with tennis being played on the all-weather courts throughout the year.

New members are very welcome as we have a lot to offer with junior camps and coaching organised.

Sports Facilitator David Sheehan, also adult coaching available.

There are one night tournaments as well as team competitions.

Tennis on offer for all levels.

For new members the Tennis club is located on the Coolgrainey Road

Tennis Club Contact No is 0851708183

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TIDY TOWNS

Garden Competition

The competition is being launched this week. Everyone is invited to nominate any wonderful garden in Arklow.

Tidy Towns has asked could everyone clear their own gardens, fences and walls before the event.

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For More Information Contact:  

Sandra Hall  0860274884

Facebook Page Arklow Tidy Towns

Anniversary Fun Day

Arklow Geraldine Ballymoney to celebrate the first year anniversary of its fabulous new Clubhouse at Shelton, Beech Road. Hosting a barbecue and family fun day on Sunday June 4th. East Coast Radio will broadcast from the club on the day and there will be interviews with some supporting stars.

Arklow GeraldinesBarbeque begins at 2pm. Music from Paddy Mallen from 4pm until 6pm.

Family games and face painting.

Entry Fee €5 per adult and children under 10 are free.    All Welcome

 

 

Co Wicklow Street Feast

 

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Street Feast on Sunday the 11th of June ,  Arklow is one of the 53 areas in Wicklow registered so far has got involved in street feasts.

This is a fantastic event to encourage young and old to take part, and invites individuals to host lunches on their streets or in their local park or gardens.

Last week Street Feast was awarded the County Wicklow Community Pride award for 2017.

wicklow-co-co_It is expected that over 5000 people will take part in the event which is supported by the Wicklow County Council.

Everyone is encouraged to bring something whether it is to share food, somewhere to sit, music and entertainment etc.

Street Feast are calling on people to come together at 12 noon on Sunday to enjoy good company , a bite to eat and some fun.

Please visit www.streetfeast.ie  for more information

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Arklow Port’s Potential

arklow_town_logoThe recent arrival of a large cargo vessel to Arklow Port is seen as an encouraging sign that Arklow could once again be a thriving port.  The “Arklow Fortune” is the first ship of its size to enter the harbour in a decade.  This ship, owned by Arklow Shipping, was here for repair works at Arklow Marine Services.  The recent dredging of the harbour in recent years made the docking of this ship possible.

 

RNLI Welly Run

The Arklow RNLI Fundraising Committee held another successful Welly Run on Sunday 14th May.  The first team home winning the Emergency Services Challenge Cup was the Arklow Lifeboat Team 1 while the winning group in the LJB Wellness Challenge Cup was the Old Ship.

RNLI Mayday 2017

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and the Arklow RNLI Fundraising Branch is dedicated to supporting their volunteer lifeboat crew in Arklow Town.  To contact them visit their Facebook page.

Masquerade Drama Group 2017

18156843_1967709813459060_1144464478191024229_nThe Arklow based drama group, Masquerade, opened their new stage drama on Tuesday in the Pipe Band Hall in Castlepark.  This is the first time they have performed at this venue and have presented Bernard Farrell’s black comedy ‘I do not like thee Dr. Fell’ each night at 8pm.  Written in 1979 this is the first play by the Irish playwright and is considered his best, it pokes fun at the concept of therapy groups and centres around a group therapy session involving six people.  Tonight’s performance is the last chance to see Masquerade’s very entertaining production of this play.  For reservations, call Masquerade on 086 3259780.

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ARKLOW  BLOOMS FOR 2017 – FLOWER BASKET SCHEME

 

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

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

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

LET’S MAKE ARKLOW BLOOM FOR 2017

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

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

 

Musical Rental Scheme

 

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

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 Arklow Train Station

 

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