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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.

 

 

 

GOOD JOB, MANDIESherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle

 

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

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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

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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