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Arklow Camera Club Photographic Exhibition

SnowdropsThe annual member’s exhibition of Arklow Camera Club continues until next Saturday 25th March in the Library (normal library opening times). Visit www.wicklow.ie/arklow for library opening  times.  This club is Arklow’s oldest photographic association, its emphasis is on fun and learning and not competition.  It is the perfect forum to learn the basics and experienced members are only too willing to help new members.  They meet at Marshland Leisure Centre just off the Dublin Road at least once a month while other meetings are held out in the field.

For further information on the club visit www.arklowcameraclub.ie.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Gray, Chairperson of Arklow Camera Club.

 

 AMA Springtime Fashion Extravaganza 

AMA Fashion ShowSpringtime Fashion Extravaganza presented by Arklow Music & Arts on Thursday 30th March at 7.30pm.  The fashion will be provided by McMullans, Floods Menswear, Ideal Schoolwear, M.A. Healy & Sons Ltd, Sean Gilligan Productions ‘Sparkle’ custumes and show hire, Theresa Bury Design, Fashion by Elle, St. Mary’s Junk Kouture, BPB, Kustomkidz, Laura Flemming Millinary and Dunnes Stores.  Also featured will be the “Arklow Gansey” which was made using a style of knitting unique to Arklow.  The MCs for the show will be Jim Furlong and Elaine Sweeney.

 

Aughrim Welcomes AMD Representatives

AMD logoArklow Municipal District members recently held their meeting in the community centre in Aughrim.  This was the first ever council meeting to take place in the village and fulfilled a previous agreement to occasionally meet outside their Arklow office.  Apart from the normal business of the meeting presentations were received from Aughrim Active Retirement Group, Aughrim Business Association, Aughrim Community Field Association and Bs Brid Kennedy Owens, Principal of Aughrim Sacred Heart National School.

Cathaoirleach Pat Kennedy opened the meeting and said “Having the meeting in Aughrim today creates a little bit of history as this is the first ever council meeting to be held in the village, so today we write a new chapter in what we do as public representatives”. 

 

St. Patricks Day success in Arklow

Arklow put its best foot forward on St. Patrick’s Day with a great turn out for the annual parade in the town from the community groups and businesses alike. The sea of colour, enthusiasm, smiling faces and sheer joy showed what a town can do when it pulls and works together, even the rain managed to stay away until the parade passed the reviewing stand at the Parade Ground. John Summer’s, Grand Marshall and representing Arklow First Responders, was a great choice also.    The Presentation to the winners of the awards will take place in The Bridge Hotel, Arklow on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm, everyone welcome. The winner of the Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display was Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers whose float is pictured below.

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Congratulations to all the winners:

Best Float – Arklow Vikings

Best Commercial Display – Arklow Bay Hotel

Best Non Commercial Display – Arklow Rowing Club

Best Marching Group – Arklow Pipe Band

Best Traditional Float – The Shamrocker & the Hippy Shakers

Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display – Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers

Most Entertaining Group – Studio  55

Most Topical – Roosters Motorcycle Club

Best Shop Window Display – Little Treasure Playgroup

Best Vintage Display – Murt Mulligan

Youth Award – The Baton Twirlers

Best Uniformed Group – Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble

Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee, who were running this year’s parade for the first would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the day so successful, taking over from Jimmy Russell, Peter Kearns and the late Denis Naughter who had been running the parade for over 21 years. Chairman of this year’s committee, Colm Moules, thanked them for the wonderful work they did over this period and all their hard work which did not go unnoticed. Both Peter and Jimmy were present to help the committee with their vast experience and knowledge, in getting the parade off to a very successful start again this year, many thanks for the support.

All the groups and organisations and businesses played a very important role in making the day such a success and to them the committee extend their thanks. The parade each year takes a lot of time and planning and the committee did a wonderful job on their maiden voyage, they were: Colm Moules, Tommy Annesley, Tina O Sullivan, Mary Burke, Jim Hoey, Sharon Whelan, Dicey O Reilly, Donal Molloy, and Vinny Byrne. A wonderful display of bunting and flags adorned the main street, thanks to all those who helped put them up.

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Arklow Music Festival

 

Music festival 1Congratulations to the Arklow Festival Committee for another very successful event. Part of this annual festival is the “Best Musical Window Display” which is sponsored by Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce. This year the trophy was won by Vincents in Upper Main Street for a wonderful display of musical paraphernalia.  Pictured are Alice Carey and May Molloy of Vincents with Ann McGovern who presented the trophy on behalf of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

 

st.patricks-dogThe parade starts today at 3.00pm sharp via Mellows Avenue, Navvy Hill, Abbey Street, Hudson’s Square and Main Street. Dispersal after the parade passes the platform at the Court House, Parade Ground, with groups going up St. Mary’s Road and Floats continuing up town.  Categories: Float, Marching Group, Traditional Group, Commercial Display, Non Commercial Display, Agri/Horticultural Display. All are welcome.

Please Note:

All Marching Groups to assemble on Mellow’s Avenue from 2.30pm on the day, Floats/Displays assemble on Yellow Lane from 2.5pm. Early arrival will facilitate organisation.

The following Cups and Shields will be awarded.  These awards are open to all participants and will be judged during the parade.

Best Float                                                              Chamber of Commerce Cup

Best Commercial Display                                  Bank of Ireland Shield

Best Non-Commercial Display                         Arklow Traders Association Cup

Best Marching Group                                         The AIB Shield

Best Traditional Group                                      The Denis Naughter Perpetual Cup

Most Entertaining Group                                  The Paddy Lynch Memorial Award

Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display         Ernest Sharp Memorial Cup

Most Topical                                                         Arklow Retail & Business Assoc. Shield.

Best Shop Window Display                              The Hickson Shield.

Best Vintage Display                                          The John Swan Cup

Youth Award                                                         Kitty Fisher Memorial Trophy

Best Uniformed Group                                       Elavon Perpetual Cup

 

Arklow Camera Club

 

SnowdropsThe annual member’s exhibition of Arklow Camera Club is currently on in the Library (normal library opening times) and is open to the public until 25th March. Visit www.wicklow.ie/arklow library for opening  times.

Thursdays on fun and learning and not competition.  It is the perfect forum to learn the basics and experienced members are only too willing to help new members.  They meet at Marshland Leisure Centre just off the Dublin Road at least once a month while other meetings are held out in the field.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Gray, Chairperson of Arklow Camera Club.

For further information on the club visit www.arklowcameraclub.ie.

 

 

 

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Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arklow

 

The countdown to this year’s parade has already and with just a week remaining, plans are at an advanced stage for this year’s parade in Arklow.  If you have not already expressed your interest to take part, it is not too late to pickup an entry form at either Its’ Fresh, Main Street (Tommy Annesley’s Shop) or The Bridge Hotel.  It is hoped to make this year’s parade bigger and better and ask everyone to come out, take part and support this wonderful event. 

Arklow Grand Marshal 1The new committee, pictured left with this year’s Grand Marshal are Colm Moules, Tommy Annesley, Tina O’Sullivan, Vinny Byrne, Donal Molloy, Mary Burke, Dicey Reilly, Sharon Whelan, Jim Hoey and Peter Kavanagh encourage everyone, both young and old to participate in the parade and make a special effort this year on Friday 17th March, 2017 to make it the best one ever.

 

(Photograph courtesy of Michael Kelly 087-1360208)

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade presents a great opportunity to showcase your business, club, society or group on possibly the busiest day of the year for Arklow. The audience will be made up of people from our own community, surrounding areas, tourists and visitors to Arklow so you’ll be showcasing to both potential and existing customers.  Businesses are asked to decorate shop windows for the weekend, with the Hickson Shield being awarded for Best Shop Window Display.

Please Note : All Marching Groups to assemble on Mellow’s Avenue from 2.30pm on the day, Floats/Displays assemble on Yellow Lane from 2.5pm. Early arrival will facilitate organisation.

Route of Parade

The parade will start at 3.00pm sharp via Mellows Avenue, Navvy Hill, Abbey Street, Hudson’s Square and Main Street. Dispersal after the parade passes the platform at the Court House, Parade  Ground, with groups going up St. Mary’s Road and Floats continuing up town.  Categories: Float, Marching Group, Traditional Group, Commercial Display, Non Commercial Display, Agri/Horticultural Display. All are welcome.

The following Cups and Shields will be awarded.  These awards are open to all participants and will be judged on the day.

  1. Best Float                                                                Chamber of Commerce Cup
  2. Best Commercial Display                                     Bank of Ireland Shield
  3. Best Non-Commercial Display                           Arklow Traders Association Cup
  4. Best Marching Group                                           The AIB Shield
  5. Best Traditional Group                                        The Denis Naughter Perpetual Cup
  6. Most Entertaining Group                                    The Paddy Lynch Memorial Award
  7. Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display           Ernest Sharp Memorial Cup
  8. Most Topical                                                           Arklow Retail & Business Assoc. Shield.
  9. Best Shop Window Display                                 The Hickson Shield.
  10. Best Vintage Display                                            The John Swan Cup
  11. Youth Award                                                          Kitty Fisher Memorial Trophy

 

 

Arklow’s Primary Care Centre

 

hseA Letter of Intent has been issued to the preferred provider for delivery of the Primary Care Centre in Arklow.  The design process of the building has commenced and planning application to be submitted later this year and planning approval obtained by the beginning of 2018.  Construction of the building is expected to start in 2018 and completion expected by end of 2019.

Services at the Primary Care Centre will include dental services, addition services, adult mental health services, Care Doc and diagnostics.

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Arklow Music Festival

 

The 48th Arklow Music Festival will start on Saturday the 4th of March 2017 and will run until Sunday the 12th of March.  This festival is a very important and significant event in Ireland’s cultural calendar.  Unique in its support for the performing arts at all ages, at local and national level.

Music and artThere are five main venues for the festival – the Arklow Bay Hotel, the Marlborough Hall, Arus Lorcain, St. Mary’s College and Arklow C.B.S.  This 9 day event provides a platform for performers in various activities of music and drama and is also a competitive festival where distinguished adjudicators are engaged to provide encouragement and to award prizes in each of the many categories.  Arklow Music Festival is not just a local event but draws competitors from many parts of the country and many former prize winners have progressed to a professional career at national and international level.  Visit Arklow Music Festival website for full information.

Last year almost 7,000 competitors took part in the various competitions for verse speaking choral verse, piano, strings, drama, action song, school and adult choirs and junior and adult singing.

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Mc MullansArklow & District Chamber of Commerce sponsored the trophy for the “Best Musical Window Display” which was won last year by McMullans – pictured left is last year’s winning window display.

 

 

John to lead St. Patrick’s Day Parade Arklow 2017

 

Arklow Grand Marshal 2John Somers, Co-ordinator and representing Arklow Community Responders has been announced as Grand Marshall for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arklow by members of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, in the Bridge Hotel, Arklow on Thursday night last.

Photograph of John Somers courtesy of Michael Kelly 087-1360208 / mkellyphoto@hotmail.com

This is John’s third year as Co-ordinator of this wonderful group who have a volunteer group of approximately 15-20 people, providing 24/7 service to the town of Arklow.

Since their establishment back in 2009 the group have received over 700 phone calls and helped come to the aid of many a person suffering from Cardiac and Respiratory Emergencies and help strengthen the “Chain of Survival”, providing essential back up to the ambulance service. In 2013 the group were the recipients of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award. A totally voluntary group, with no funding from the government, they rely totally on the local community for support and are always looking for new people to join the group, who can give up a few hours a week to go on call and willing to attend regular training sessions.

St. Patricks Day App FormTo enter a float in the parade completed application forms should be returned to:


Cllr Tommy Annesley, It’s Fresh Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Tel: 087 2508205

Or

Jim Hoey in The Bridge Hotel, Bridge Street, Arklow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

 

St. Patricks Day LogoThe new committee for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade would like to thank Peter Kearns and Jimmy Russell, who together with Denis Naughter (who sadly passed away in August 2015) for their Trojan work in ensuring Arklow had a parade to be proud of. Peter and Jimmy have decided to retire after serving over 21 years effortlessly organising St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arklow. This was a decision they did not take lightly, but having lost a very dear friend and colleague, they felt it was time to hand over the gauntlet to someone else.  

The committee, whose members include: Colm Moules, Tommy Annesley, Tina O Sullivan, Vinny Byrne, Donal Molloy, Mary Burke, Dicey Reilly, Sharon Whelan, Jim Hoey and Peter Kavanagh, recently announced their plans for the 2017 parade.  They would actively encourage everyone, both young and old to participate in the parade.  They ask you make a special effort this year on Friday 17th March, 2017.

The following Cups and Shields will be awarded.   These awards are open to all participants and will be judged on the day.

  1. Best Float   (Chamber of Commerce Cup)
  2. Best Commercial Display   (Bank of Ireland Shield)
  3. Best Non-Commercial Display   (Arklow Traders Association Cup)
  4. Best Marching Group   (The AIB Shield)
  5. Best Traditional Group   (The Denis Naughter Perpetual Cup)
  6. Most Entertaining Group   (The Paddy Lynch Memorial Award)
  7. Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display   (Ernest Sharp Memorial Cup)
  8. Most Topical   (Arklow Retail & Business Assoc. Shield)
  9. Best Shop Window Display   (The Hickson Shield)
  10. Best Vintage Display   (The John Swan Cup)
  11. Youth Award   (Kitty Fisher Memorial Trophy)
  12. Best Uniformed Group   (Elavon Perpetual Cup)

 

St. Patricks Day App FormClick on the Application Form on the right to print out a full size form and return it as soon as possible.  This form is of great assistance in the actual organisation of the parade.

Forms should be returned to:

Cllr Tommy Annesley, It’s Fresh Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Tel: 087 2508205

or 

Jim Hoey in The Bridge Hotel, Bridge Street, Arklow.

While there is no entry fee, it would be of great assistance if you could make a small donation to help defray costs.

 

 

 Arklow Music Festival 2017

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The 48th Arklow Music Festival will start on Saturday the 4th of March 2017, and will run until Sunday the 12th of March.  Visit Arklow Music Festival website for a full list of the competitions and a map of the venue locations around Arklow.

 

 

 

 Local Pupil Wins Wicklow County Spelling Bee

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Congratulations to 11 year old Brian O’Hara, a pupil of Avoca National School, who recently won the Wicklow County Spelling Bee.  The competition was held on Wednesday last in Carysford National School in Arklow and Brian beat 23 other spelling competitors to become the County Spelling Bee Winner.  He will now go forward to the Leinster Provincial Spelling Bee final.  Arklow & District Chamber wish Brian the best of luck for that competition and hopefully he will be the Eason All Ireland Spelling Bee Champion 2017 when the All-Ireland Final takes place in June.

 

 

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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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