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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September 2016 in the Arklow Bay Hotel

The Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15pm with dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

Tickets for this black tie event cost €60 each with a table of 10 for €500 and are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909 or email chamber@arklow.ie.

There was a wonderful response from the public to the awards this year.  We received several hundred nominations across the 7 awards and would like to thank all those who took the time to send one in.  A list of those shortlisted will be published as soon as we receive the names from the independent judges.

The awards recognises local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

Best New Start Up sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

For any business opened within the last 12 months

Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

Ambassador for Tourism Award sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area

The Employee of the Year Award Sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

The Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow

 

 AMA Musical Pub Quiz

Who is the most musical family in Arklow? Who are the most knowledgeable group of friends when it comes to music? You can find out at AMA’s first ever musical pub quiz on Thursday 18th August at 8 pm in Kennys of the Harbour. Everyone here loves quality entertainment & wants a venue for us all, so please come and support but there will only be a limited no of tables so book yours early to avoid disappointment.  For further information and updates visit the Arklow Music and Arts FaceBook page.

 

Friends of Philo

On Sunday 21st August from 8.30pm till 12.30am in Arklow Bay Hotel starts Friends of Philo Thin Lizzy Tribute night in aid of Arklow Lifeboat Station & the RNLI.

Tinn Lizzy from Norway will be featuring Sean O’Connor from The Lookalikes Dublin Snowblind from Germany.
Feel the Pinch from Arklow featuring Brian Meakin from Wicklow.

Tickets are €10 and will be on sale from first weekend in August at the Arklow Bay Hotel and Shavus Mens Barbers Main Street Arklow.

There will be also 40+ visitors from Norway and Germany supporting both bands.

PLEASE make all guests feel welcomed to our part of the world and please support this unique event.

 

 

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 Friday 16th September 2016 in the Arklow Bay Hotel

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 5th AUGUST 2016.

You can nominate on this website, by email chamber@arklow.ie, complete one of the Nomination Forms which have been distributed around the town or use the form published in the Wicklow People on Wednesday 13th July.

The awards will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

  • Best New Start Up sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

  • The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • Ambassador for Tourism Award sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area

  • The Employee of the Year Award Sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

  • The Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow

 

Wicklow County Council

Chomhairle Chontae Chill Mhantáin

ARKLOW MUNICIPAL DISTRICT

Arklow Flood Defence Scheme

The Avoca River (Arklow) Flood Defence Scheme is advancing to the formal Planning process.  Byrne Looby Consulting Engineers and Arup are working on the Environmental Impact Statement.

Marc Devereux, Senior Engineer with Wicklow County Council will be available in Arklow Municipal District offices on the following dates to allow members of the public drop in and enquire about the Scheme.

  • Monday 8th August 2016, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
  • Tuesday 9th August 2016, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Further public consultation is planned for October 2016, and the EIS application will be completed in early 2017.

 

The Arklow Water Supply Scheme – investing in the future

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Robert Mulhall takes a look at the key issues faced at the outset of the Arklow Water Supply Scheme and gives an overview of the different aspects of work that were required to develop this new public water supply

Eleven years after its initiation and following the investment of over €10.5 million, the Arklow Water Supply Scheme was finally completed in May of this year. This article examines the key issues faced at the outset of the Arklow Water Supply Scheme and gives an overview of the different aspects of work that were required to develop this new public water supply.

In the period 1998-2005, the population of Arklow increased significantly due to the amount of housing development that took place within the town. The old water-supply system had reached maximum capacity. This capacity issue was exacerbated by the fact that the old supply was totally dependent on surface water sources:

  • The Goldmines River, which is located in Woodenbridge (7km northwest of Arklow) and
  • The Impoundment Reservoir located at Ballyduff South (3km west of Arklow).

Click here to read full article.

 

Crazy Golf at Bridgewater Shopping Centre

Help the Bridgewater Shopping Centre celebrate the great sport of golf being added to the Rio 2016 Olympics! Mini crazy golf events will take place on Saturday 6th August from 1-5pm. Play and win – token prizes will be given out on the day. There will also be FREE face painting on the mall.

Crazy Golf

 

 

Afternoon Tea Event

Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney GAA Club are delighted to host an Afternoon Tea on Sunday 7th August from 2.30 pm to 7.00 pm to raise funds for the Arklow Community First Responders & AGB Club Development Fund. Entertainment is by Brian Lawlor.

In most cases the Community First Responders will be on the scene within 3-9 minutes. This early attendance could literally mean the difference between life and death for the casualty, especially when the casualty has suffered a Cardiac Arrest and requires immediate C.P.R. and Defibrillation.

The chances of survival following a cardiac arrest are considerably improved if there is a rapid, coordinated response to the emergency.

Arklow Community First Responders

Arklow Community First Responders officially launched on 14 February 2010 and operate 24/7/365 they have attended 500+ calls to individuals suffering Cardiac Emergencies such as Chest Pain, Stoke, Chocking, Collapses and Cardiac Arrest and have shown themselves to be vital asset to our community. They total of 13 qualified members with 3 more set to receive their training in early October.

Arklow Community First Responders receive no central funding and rely on the generosity of the members of our community to cover the costs of ongoing training, purchasing new medical equipment etc. The volunteer responders give their own time and attend calls at their own expense. They are always looking for new members to join, please find them on Facebook or contact John on 086 0764353.

Please encourage your family, friends and work colleagues to support this event.

Tickets are available from Ray Menton Flogas Lwr Main Street Arklow, Kinsella’s Shop Beech Rd Arklow, or you can pay on arrival. Adults €15.00 Children FOC.

For more information please contact Gillian or Sinead at agbcharityevent@gmail.com.

Afternoon Tea

 

GAA Sports Camp 2016

Summer Camp for boys and girls aged from 5 – 12 commences in Pearse’s Park next Monday 8th August. Cost is €40 per child and family price €30 for second. With lots of games, gifts and plenty of fun it promises to be great!! Registration forms now available, to book a place please contact 087 1374812. Registrations will also take place on the day from 9 am.

Sport Camp

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 Friday 16th September 2016 in the Arklow Bay Hotel

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 5th AUGUST 2016 BECAUSE OF GREAT RESPONSE.

You can nominate on this website, by email chamber@arklow.ie, complete one of the Nomination Forms which have been distributed around the town or use the form published in the Wicklow People on Wednesday 13th July.

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The awards will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

  • Best New Start Up sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • Ambassador for Tourism Award sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area

  • The Employee of the Year Award Sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

  • The Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow

 

Schedule – 2016 Maritime Festival Weekend

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Friday 29th July 

7.30 pm – Maritime Queen & King Selection. Princesses and Princes will meet at the Lifeboat Station to begin their parade around the town.  Later that evening in the Arklow Sailing Club the Maritime Festival Queen and King will be selected.

Saturday 30th July 

Fun On The Quay & Vikings

8.00 pm – Stunt Drive Ireland Exhibition

8.30 pm – Lifeboat Bingo in Arus LorcainMaritime Festival

 

ALL EVENTS from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Music on Stage with Local Artists
  • Lifeboat Shop Open
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Burger Stall and BBQ
  • Goldfish Stall
  • Brocklebank Museum Boat

 

Sunday 31st July 

10.00 am – 6.00 pm – East Coast Radio Roadshow

10.00 am – 2.00 pm – Tommy Greene

2.00 pm – 6.00 pm – Andy Clarke

12.00 pm – Arklow Pipe Band

1.30 pm – Blessing of the fleet

2.00 pm – Dog show

2.30 pm – 3.00 pm – Crash scene Emergency services display

 

ALL DAY FUN ON THE QUAY

 

  • Trophy Roadshow Display: World Cup, All Ireland’s McCarthy Cup, The Sam Maguire and The Premiership Cup
  • Reptile Zoo
  • Stitches Boat Rides Around The BayRace
  • Ironman / Aqua Man
  • Disney Characters
  • South East Archers
  • Music Stage: The Vault
  • Burgers Stall
  • A food area – Enjoy the treats!!
  • Numerous Stalls
  • Ukulele Players
  • Arklow Majorettes
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Brocklebank Museum Boat
  • Lifeboat Shop Open
  • Goldfish Stall

 

For more information and updates, visit Arklow Maritime Festival website or Facebook page.

 

Welcome to Arklow Maritime Museum

  • Open all year around (Excluding Christmas and New Year holidays)
  • Parties are welcome and visits can be arranged outside normal working hours
  • School visits can be organised to suit the needs of different age groups
  • Special discount prices are available for group bookings.

For further details or bookings please call 086 4460784.

Arklow Maritime Museum continues to improve its facilities by adding new exhibitions and displays. After thirty years since it was first opened, thanks to a dedicated group of Arklow people headed by the late Mark Synnott, they welcome visitors to the new site in the Bridgewater Centre.

Opening Hours:Maritime Museum

Tuesday: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm

Wednesday: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm

Thursday: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm

Friday: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm

Saturday: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm

Monday / Sunday: Open on request for groups and tours

 

Telephone: 086 446 0784

Email: maritimemuseumarklow@gmail.com

 

Sale of Shed ‘Stuff’

This Sunday 31st July during Arklow Maritime Festival Weekend there will be Sale of Shed ‘Stuff’ at The Brook, Arklow (just down from the Silver Band Hall, next to the Kingdom Hall). The sale will be from 11.30 am to 5.00 pm. Proceeds for the Marsh project & Arklow Lifeboat.

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A Night For Ray – Arklow

A fundraiser for The Bone Marrow For Leukeimia Trust in memory of Raymond Gaffney.

A Night For Ray returns in Raymond’s home town of Arklow Co.Wicklow featuring some of the best music the county has to offer. Playing on the night will be Brian Lawlor, Black Cheery and Feel The Pinch. This will be a night of serious craic for a great cause so let’s pack the place out.

Tickets are €10 and are on sale in Raymod Gaffney and Sons 18 Main Street or on the door on the night.

Friday 5th August at 8.30 pm in The Breffni Bar and The Holy Grail Restaurant.

A Night For Ray

 

 

Crazy Golf at Bridgewater Shopping Centre

Help the Bridgewater Shopping Centre celebrate the great sport of golf being added to the Rio 2016 Olympics! Mini crazy golf events will take place on Saturday 6th August from 1 pm – 5 pm. Play and win – token prizes will be given out on the day. There will also be FREE face painting on the mall.

Crazy Golf

 

 

AMA Musical Pub Quiz

AMAWho is the most musical family in Arklow? Who are the most knowledgeable group of friends when it comes to music? You can find out at AMA’s first ever musical pub quiz on Thursday 18th August at 8 pm in Kennys of the Harbour. Everyone here loves quality entertainment & wants a venue for us all, so please come and support but there will only be a limited no of tables so book yours early to avoid disappointment.

Click here for updates.

 

 

Glenart outdoors presents open air country and western night

This August don’t miss the outdoor country and western night with live acts from the well known “Legends of American Country Tribute Show” and many other supporting acts including John Hogan, Keelan, Ben Troy and Gary Gamble. Full bar available on the night and food available by The Barbecue Cowboys. Dust off those cowboy boots and hats and join them in the old courtyard of Glenart Estate for a night not to be missed.Glenart

Friday 26th August 8 pm – Midnight Glenart Estate, Arklow, Co.Wicklow

Click here for more information.

Glenart Outdoors,

Arklow, Co. Wicklow

(E): bookings@glenartoutdoors.com

(W): www.glenartoutdoors.com

 

 

 

 

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

arklowlogosmThis year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. As usual the ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

You can nominate on this website, by email chamber@arklow.ie or use the form published in the Wicklow People on Wednesday 13th July.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 5th AUGUST 2016

 The awards will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

  • Best New Start Up sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise CentreSponsors

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

  • The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • Ambassador for Tourism Award sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area

  • The Employee of the Year Award Sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

  • The Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.

 

 Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 15th – 17th July 2016

The annual Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival is an event that focuses on family entertainment and fun; it has something for all ages and is one of the most popular family festivals on the east coast.

This year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival begins tonight and continues until Sunday 17th July.  There have been a number of events leading up to the Festival Weekend; Arklow Seabreeze Princess and Mr. Seabreeze have been selected and  the final of the Best Swinging Pub 2016 took place last night.  The winners of this very popular competition were:  Best M.C. – Paul Burke representing the Bridge Hotel; Best Comedy/Novelty Act – Trish Kavanagh representing the Bridge Hotel; Best Male Performer: Robert Haney representing Sally O’Briens; Best Female Performer: Leah Penston representing Kennys at the Harbour Bar.  The Bridge Hotel was named the 2016 Best Overall Swinging Pub.

The Festival Weekend starts today with a Carnival which will run until Sunday. The fun continues tonight at 7.30pm with party games including a burger eating competition and music from Small Town Crisis.

There is lots of entertainment planned for Saturday including the Marching Band and Drum Corps Competition Saturday 16th July 2pm – 4.30pm in Arklow Celtic Football Club. 

On Sunday sees a new addition to this year’s festival – an 8K and 4K Road Race which will take place on Sunday 17th July in conjunction with gorun.ie. It will feature two courses to suit all types of runners and walkers. Both will start and finish on the Main Street, Arklow.  Registration is at the Courthouse from 12.30pm.  https://gorun.ie/site/index.php

The festival closes on Sunday night with a fireworks display at 11pm.

Arklow Seabreeze Festival

For the full programme of events over the weekend visit the Arklow Seabreeze Festival Facebook page and Arklow Seabreeze Festival website.

https://www.facebook.com/Arklow-Seabreeze-Festival-224167300956646/?fref=ts

http://www.arklowseabreezefestival.ie/news.php

 

The Pottery Shop

It was with great sadness we heard this week that The Arklow Pottery Shop is closing its doors at the end of the month.  The owners, Peter & Eileen Kinsella, have been in business on Lower Main Street since 17th July 1998, with Peter having previously managed the retail shop at Arklow Pottery for 14 years.  He is pictured below with Mr. Sano, Managing Director of Noritake.

Mr Sano Managing Director Noritake Group Visit to The Pottery Shop

Valentines Day DisplayThe Pottery Shop was noted for its wonderful window displays promoting whatever event or festival was on in the town.  Their efforts won them 1st prize on many occasions and this year were narrowly beaten to 2nd place by McMullans for the Best Musical Themed Window during the 2016 Music Festival.

On behalf of the members of Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, President Ann McGovern wishes Peter and Eileen the very best for the future and thanks them for their efforts in promoting retail business in Arklow.

 

 ASL Safety & Training Launch First Aid & Medical Supply Website

Chamber Member ASL Safety & Training has recently launched a sister company ASL FIRST AID & MEDICAL and is now live and taking orders.

Visit ASL First Aid & Medical on line and register for your free account.  They are Ireland’s leading online supplier of first aid and healthcare products and stock everything from basic first aid supplies right through to state of the art defibrillators.  They offer free delivery on all orders over €50 and can supply all first aid and medical supply needs for the home or business,  everything form a plaster to a full first aid kit for your house, van or workplace. They also offer a Full First Aid Kit replenishment service.

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Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce wishes Mark, Carmel and everyone at ASL FIRST AID & MEDICAL every success with their new venture.

 

 2016 Maritime Festival Weekend

This year’s Arklow Maritime Festival is bigger and better than ever. The event begins on Friday 29th at 7.30pm where the Princesses and Princes will meet at the Lifeboat Station to begin their parade around the town.  Later that evening in the Arklow Sailing Club the Maritime Festival Queen and King will be selected.

Arklow Maritime FestivalFriday 29th July : Maritime Queen & King Selection

 Saturday 30th July  :  Viking Homecoming; Viking BBQ; Stunt Drive Ireland; Music; Shop, Burgers + Tea & Coffee; Bouncy Castles; Bingo in Arus Lorcain @8.30PM – ALL EVENTS from 7.00p.m. to 9.00p.m.

 Sunday 31st July  :  ALL DAY FUN ON THE QUAY; Disney Characters Dance;Ironman; Reptile Zoo; Rally Crash Scene; Emergency Service Display; Visiting Ships – Brocklebank/Old Lifeboats; Blessing of the fleet @1.30PM; Bouncy Castle; Live Music; Dog show; Bubble Football; Archery; Goldfish; BBQ Food court; Burgers + Tea & Coffee; Wheel of Fortune; Doors open @9.00PM +€10 entry

For more information and updates, visit Arklow Maritime Festival website or Facebook page.

http://arklowmaritimefestival.com/events.php

 

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Nominations are currently being accepted for the awards. To vote for the business or person you think should receive an award vote now on this website, email us at chamber@arklow.ie or complete the nomination form and send to Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, Arklow Business Enterprise Centre, Kilbride Industrial Estate, Arklow.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 5th AUGUST 2016.

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The awards will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

Best New Start Up – For any business opened within the last 12 months

Best Established Business – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

The Service Excellence Award – To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

The Young Achiever Award – This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

Ambassador for Tourism Award – For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area

The Employee of the Year Award – Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

The Person of the Year Award – This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.

 

2016 Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival

Last Friday 2nd July saw the start of this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival with the crowning of the Seabreeze Princess.  The six contestants were Cassie Doyle (Sally O’Briens), Stacey Gannon (The Gallery), Asia Jordan (Arklow Bay Hotel), Lasma Kalnaja (Christys), Victoria Kendrick (Darcy McGees) and Megan Stokes (The Bay Health & Leisure Club).  The competition which was once again sponsored by the Bridgewater Shopping Centre was won by Asia Jordan.  Asia is an employee of the Arklow Bay Hotel who she represented in the competition and being crowned Festival Princess was a wonderful way for her to celebrate her 21st birthday.

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The gentlemen are well represented at the festival by Sean Hudson who was selected as Mr. Seabreeze in the Breffni on Saturday night.

Over the three days of the Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival there is something for everyone including the AGB Festival of Football in Pearse Park on Saturday, the Pipeband Competition and the Seabreeze Run on Sunday.

For full list of events visit the Arklow Seabreeze Festival facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Arklow-Seabreeze-Festival-224167300956646/?fref=ts

http://www.arklowseabreezefestival.ie/news.php

 

Bank of Ireland Networking Event 21st July 2016

Bank of Ireland in partnership with Enterprise Town are delighted to invite you to their Flash Networking event July 21st 2016

Venue:         Wicklow Brewery (Micky Finn’s pub) in Redcross, Wicklow

Date:            21st July 2016

Time:           6pm – 7.30pm

RSVP:          12th July 2016

RSVP to:     Ann McGovern, President Arklow Chamber of Commerce – annmcgovern@arklow.ie

James Mongon, BOI Business Advisor Arklow – james.mongon@boi.com or 07662 30624

Derek Tobin, BOI Branch Manager – derek.tobin@boi.com or 07662 30619

BOI

Overview of Event

The event will be just 1hr 30 mins.  The evening will include c.45 minutes for B2B connecting & networking.

A digital demo will also provide an update on current trends and industry insights across various social media platforms and how these can be utilised to benefit business.

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You will be joined by our guest speakers Ashley and Leigh Williams of the Wicklow Brewery who will be talking about their inspiring entrepreneurial journey story.

 

 

Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 Award Starting July 15th in Arklow

Arklow Business & Enterprise Centre, in association with New Links Training Solutions are pleased to offer the QQI Level 6 Award in Training & Development or “Train the trainer”.

This 6-day course will take place at the centre in Kilbride Industrial Estate every Friday for 6 weeks.

Train the Trainer ArklowThe course will enable participants to design and deliver professional training programmes to adults. It is an excellent way to use your own skills and experience to train other adults and expand your career.

Topics covered include classroom dynamics, the theory of adult learning, assessing training needs and strategically planning training programmes. The course will also give the learner the opportunity to practise delivering a professional training session

The Level 6 Award is accredited by QQI (formerly FETAC) and is the leading qualification in professional training. It involves two modules: Training Needs Identification & Design (6N3326), and Training Delivery & Evaluation (6N3326). These modules can also be taken individually.

The full Train the Trainer Award is currently on offer at a special price of €749.

Funding options are available.

For more information, call 051 385720 or email info@newlinkstraining.com

 

 

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Pride of Place Judges come to Arklow

pride_of_place_2016_600x300The IPB Pride of Place is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland.  The competition focus is about people coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities.

At the monthly Arklow Municipal District meeting, it was outlined that Wicklow County Council nominated Arklow, Rathdangan and Five Loaves in Bray for the Pride of Place Awards.  Judging took place on Thursday 30th June and throughout the day adjudicators were taken on a tour of the town by council officials to showcase all that Arklow has to offer.

Wicklow County Council Director of Services, Michael Nicholson, said that Arklow was chosen for nomination because of all the effort made to reinvigorate and build up the town in recent years.  He referred to the recent library and  civic office project, plans for a town design statement and pottery museum, the Kynoch Walk, theatre campaign by the Arklow Music & Arts group and in particular, the many community and voluntary groups which do so much good work throughout the year.

 

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

This year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel.  As usual the ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow.  Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

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The awards this year will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

  • Best New Start Up – For any business opened within the last 12 months
  • Best Established Business – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large
  • The Service Excellence Award – To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers
  • The Young Achiever Award – This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service
  • Ambassador for Tourism Award – For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area
  • The Employee of the Year Award – Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer
  • The Person of the Year Award – This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an      outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow.

 

To nominate those you think deserve to be recognised visit www.arklow.ie where nominations are currently being accepted.  Alternative you can email chamber@arklow.ie with names of your nominees and the reason you think they should win an award, please include your name and contact details.

 THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY 29th JULY 2016.

 

Chamber Member is Guest of Honour at RNLI Naming Ceremony

Former President of the Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, Jimmy Tyrrell, was recently given the honour by Lough Swilly RNLI of naming their new lifeboat.  The €2.4m life-saving vessel has already been on nineteen callouts since its arrival on the North-West Coast last year, it was officially named the ‘Derek Bullivant’ and is the first Shannon class RNLI lifeboat to go on service in Ireland. Jimmy has served with the RNLI for 46 years which makes him the charity’s longest serving lifeboat volunteer and has campaigned to have the RNLI name a class of lifeboat after an Irish river, in recognition of the service and dedication of Irish lifeboat volunteers.

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Jimmy said he has seen many changes in lifeboats during his time as a volunteer but added “the one thing that has not changed in the RNLI and that is its people.  The basic commitment of crews is the same.  Generations of them have put their lives on the lines and sometimes lost their lives trying to help those in peril on the seas”.

 

Arklow Springboard Family Centre

SpringboardArklow Springboard Family Support Service recently renewed its Gold Standard Health Quality Mark from the National Youth Council of Ireland.  Arklow Springboard first received this award in 2010 and is still the only family support service in Ireland to have this award.  This award is a standards framework developed by the National Youth Council of Ireland and aims to encourage best practice and a high standard in all aspects of health promotion.  Congratulations to Arklow Springboard manager, Martina Deasy and everyone involved in this important family support centre.

https://www.facebook.com/Arklow-Springboard-Family-Support-Service-196642200351478/

 

Co. Wicklow People of the Year Awards 2016

This is an opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes with your community and to acknowledge the great work done by volunteers.

The closing date for nominating your choice for a Person of the Year/Hall of Fame Award is Friday 22nd July. 

Your nominee can be:AMD logo

  • A carer
  • A committed volunteer
  • A good neighbour
  • A good Samaritan
  • A health worker
  • A local community group
  • A sports coach
  • A sportsperson
  • A Tourism Project – either commercial or community based, a new and innovative social enterprise, a sports club, an arts/music/culture group
  • A young person who has changed their life around and is now a role model for others
  • An inspirational older person
  • Someone who has overcome adversity

You can use the Nomination Form in the Wicklow People (29th June 2016) or by emailing mtuite@wicklowcoco.ie with the name of those you wish to nominate and the reason why you think they deserve to receive an award.

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Arklow Town Vision Public Meeting

You are invited to attend a talk by Simon Wall, Westport Town Architect who is helping us to develop our Town Vision for Arklow.  Simon will discuss Westport’s holistic approach to Town Planning and heritage over the past two decades.

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Simon Wall has been Town Architect to the Town of Westport Co Mayo for almost two decades; he is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team.

In recent decades, Westport has experienced its largest building programme since Georgian times, from Section 23 tax designation, through the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years to the present day, during this period the town has won many accolades including: three national Tidy Towns wins, and was in 2012 assessed by The Irish Times to be ‘The Best Place to Live in Ireland’.

The town is also one of 3 nationally designated pilot towns for the dep of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Historic Towns Initiative, pilot programme.

Westport has recently been designated a national ‘Smarter Travel’ demonstration town, through competition, by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, this entails a cycling infrastructural spend of €5 million over a five year period.

The Town is a pioneer in the development of urban and rural greenways, including the international award winning 45km Great Western Greenway linking the town to Achill Island.

We are sure that there are common points of interest between Arklow and Westport in relation to issues around living, working and attracting investment to a town in Ireland as we prepare a Town Plan for submission to Wicklow County Council later this year.

Date:                    Tuesday 31st May at 7.30 pm

Place:                   Arklow Bay Hotel

We look forward to meeting you at the event which we am sure will be very interesting.

 

Writers, Visionaries, Poets and Poignant Moments at 1916 Centenary Concert

2016 Centenary Concert“Stunning, amazing, best night ever in the church,” just some of the words people were saying as they exited the 1916 Centenary Concert in St. Mary and Peter’s Parish Church, Arklow on Friday night last. “Arklow Music and Arts Group are destined to get a Theatre and Performance space judging by this world class night of entertainment” were other sentiments expressed by the capacity crowd of just under 800 people who attended. The concert was streamed live to audiences throughout the world including Johannesburg, USA and many other countries who tuned in to hear this breath taking concert. Over 5000 people viewed this concert on the AMA page, such was it popularity since Friday night.

For more information click here.

 

Makeover Academy at Bridgewater

Bridgewater Shopping Centre invites you to join them from 6-8 pm on Friday 27th May for their first ever Makeover Academy evening! Local fashionista and blogger Luv Lisa will be hosting the event which will have lots of demos and tips on all things beauty. Learn more about tanning, hair, lashes and brows…basically, all things us ladies love.

You can also find some beauty related offers here including Boots or the brand new St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower so that you can “showerandglow” with Bridgewater!

DV8 is offering 10% discount for all the students. Bridgewater will have you looking great for summer, so call in and get glammed up.

Enter the Makeover Academy competition by simply liking and commenting on one of the posts on the Bridgewater Facebook page. One person will win a total of 7 amazing beauty prizes. Jump over to Bridgewater Facebook page to find out what they are and of course for your chance to win!

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Fair City’s “Clive” at Arklow Library

James Rowe, known for his portrayal of Clive Dunstan in Fair City, will perform one-hour reading at Arklow Library on Tuesday 24th May at 7 pm. James will read extracts from his autobiography “Careful What You Wish For…!” The short extracts include pieces named “Salad Days with Lettuce” and “The Pariah of Chelsea”. He will then follows with some popular selections of prose and verse and hear any observations from the audience. The event is free and all are welcome.

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Demonstration of Upcycling

Come and join in an exciting demonstration on how to give new life to everyday fabrics. Bring an old pillow case or T-shirt preferably made of cotton.

The demonstration will take place on Wednesday 25th May at Respond Community Building, Willow Grove, Inbhear Mor, Dublin Road, Arklow. Preference will be given to residents of Willow Grove and Inbhear Mor area.

Registration: 9.30 am

Demonstration starts: 10.30 am

To book a place or for more information, call 085 8006872.

Demonstration of Upcycling

 

Arklow Community First Responders Training

CFRArklow Community First Responders like all Responder groups around Wicklow are an essential back up to the Ambulance service when responding to people suffering from cardiac problems. Training takes place once a month, usually on a Wednesday evening. The area coordinator will be happy to take your details and contact you with further details. Anybody interested call John Summers 086 0764353 (area coordinator) or Bryan 087 9489709 (trainer).

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Two Cultures – One Place: Stand Up Comedy & Polish Folk

Let’s join PolskaÉire Festival in Arklow for this one special night at Christy’s Arklow where an Irish comedian Peadar de Burca and Polish folk bandTadirindum will perform. The event will take place on Saturday 21st May at 9 pm. Tickets just €5 and can be purchased in Christy’s Arklow, M&C Polski Sklep, Blueprint Print & Design Arklow, John Swan Diamond Studio Arklow and on the door before the event.

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Peadar de BurcaPeadar de Burca is from Galway but lives and works in Poland. He is an Irish actor, play writer and columnist writing for Polish Gazeta Wyborcza since March 2010. He leads the series “I love Silesia as much as Ireland”, which describes his own thoughts on the Polish customs and contain live comments on surrounding reality. He is also a regular contributor to Elle Poland. His wife is Polish and they live in Gliwice.

 

 

International Children’s Day

Polish – Irish Educational Association invites all to attend the International Children Day as part of PolskaÉire Festival organised jointly by Polish Embassy and Irish Government.
This year it is bigger, better and with our Irish partners: Port of Arklow Sea Scout Group, 9th Wicklow &Arklow Town Football Club!

International Children's Day

The event will take place at C.B.S. Arklow premises between 12 pm-2 pm on 22nd May and will include:

  • arts and crafts for kids;
  • physical activities for kids;
  • two bands (one from Aklow and one from Kraków providing live music);
  • face painting and bouncing castles;
  • a barbecue;
  • delicious food provided by the Polish bakery

Click the link below and see how it was a year ago!

https://www.facebook.com/pieaarklow/videos/1644496285821711/

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East Coast Fm Interview with Colm Kavanagh, Olivia Sheehy and Small Town Crisis

If you missed Colm Kavanagh’s interview on East Coast Radio & a live performance of 40pins, a task given to Small Town Crisis Empathy & Alicus Samicus by Yvonne Kenny who challenged them to write a song based on Joe Duffys book about the 40 Children killed in The 1916 Rising, have a listen to something special…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aX9wPBdNPI&feature=share

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Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert will take place at Sts. Mary and Peter’s Church on Friday 6th May at 19.16 pm. The Concert is organised by Arklow Music and Arts and all proceeds will go towards a performance space and theatre venue for the wealth of talent that exists in the town and surrounding areas. Tickets are €15 each and there is also an option to purchase two tickets for €35 and have your name in the programme.

Tickets will be on sale today (Friday 29th April) in Bridgewater from 12 – 2.30 pm and on Monday (2nd May) from 12 – 6 pm. 10 tickets are also available from John Swan.

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€10,000 search for Wicklow’s Brightest start-up launches

Reminder: the closing date for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 11th May. Any entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

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To celebrate the 21st anniversary year, Wicklow Enterprise Park is offering a major prize for one outstanding new business, currently operating in the County, and which opened in Wicklow within the last six years.  The competition is open to any individual or group, who have started an independent new business from scratch and is still in operation in Co. Wicklow (business start date no earlier than January 1st 2010).

The overall winner will receive a cheque for €5,000 from Wicklow Enterprise Park as well as a €5,000 advertising package with East Coast FM.

If you have any questions regarding entering this competition please email emeir@wicklowenterprise.ie or call 0404 66433 or visit the website.

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Traffic calming measures in Arklow

Wicklow County Council

Arklow Municipal District

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In accordance with Section 38 of the Roads Traffic Act 1994, as amended, Arklow Municipal District propose to  introduce the following traffic calming measures in Arklow Town:-

  • Make Bradshaw’s Lane one way – with entry from the Main Street.
  • Change the road markings on Dunne’s Lane to incorporate parking spaces and a loading bay. 

A map showing the proposed changes will be available for inspection at the Arklow Municipal District Offices commencing Monday 25th April 2016 up to and including Tuesday 7th June 2016 during normal office hours.

Submissions and observations in relation to the above proposals may be made in writing to the undersigned, on or before Tuesday 7th June 2016.

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Linda McDonald

District Administrator

Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.

lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie 

0402 42700

 

RNLI MayDay 2016

Every day is Mayday for RNLI volunteer crews. The moment the pagers beep, they drop everything to rescue total strangers. From 26 April–2 May 2016, it’s Mayday for you. RNLI is calling on all our supporters to help them continue saving lives by being a part of their annual, national fundraiser.

If you wish to donate, click here.

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Don’t Forget! On Sunday May 1st as part of the Yellow Welly weekend, Liz Birmingham/LJB Wellness has organised this event for the Arklow RNLI Lifeboat. Come & join the RNLI, walk or run!

LJB Wellness presents the “Arklow RNLI 5K & 10k Fun Walk & Run.
This is a chip and pined event!
Kicking off at 11.00am sharp
Walkers 5k €5 Under 18 €5
Runners 5k €10. 10k €15
Team Event x 4 5k €40 Under 18’s €20
Emergency Services Perpetual Cup for 1st Team from the Emergency Services
LJB Wellness Community Cup for 1st Local Club/Team
Online registration here, also registration on the day.

For more information call Liz at 087 2368698.

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Free Yoga Classes in Arklow

County Wicklow Partnership are organising a 6 weeks Course on Yoga and Relaxation in the Willow Grove Community Building, Inbhear Mor Park. The yoga excercises will be accessible to all abilities. Preference will be given to residents of Willow Grove and Inbhear Mor area. For more information and to book a place telephone or send a text to 085 8006872.

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Arklow Community Games 2016 Area Athletics competitions

The Arklow Community Games 2016 Area Athletics competitions will take place on the Arklow Athletic Track, North Beach on next Saturday 30th April at 3.30p.m.

Open to girls and boys over six and under the age specified on July 31st 2016

Entry fee is €5. Competitors please register your name, address, date of birth and home telephone number with Michael Kenny or Sadie O’Reilly from 3.15p.m.

  • Under  8 over  6  60m  80m  mixed relay,Gym Club
  • Under 10 over  8 100m 200m  mixed relay,
  • Under 12 over 10 100m 600m mixed relay,
  • Under 14 over 12 100m 800m mixed relay,
  • Under 16 over 14 100m 200m mixed relay,

Please note competitors may enter only one event plus relay.

Please note spikes are only permitted at under 14 and 16 years.

We extend an invitation to the members of St Benedicts Athletic Club to please come along and take part. School principals and teaching staff please encourage the pupils in your schools to participate.

For further information please contact area P.R.O. James O’Reilly at 0402-91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org or visit the website.

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New Arklow Library opens on 4th April

The Arklow library located on St. Mary’s Road since 1979 closed its doors last Friday for the final.  The new library on Arklow’s Main Street will be open to the public on Monday 4th April.  The new premises will include a dedicated IT, relaxation, study and reference areas, it will have a larger collection of ebooks, elanguage resources and emagazines.  It also has a community room which will be available for local groups.

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The opening hours at the new library are:

10am – 5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and

10am – 8.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

 

McMullans wins “Best Music Window Display”

20160314_151500_resized_1As part of this years festival Arklow Chamber of Commerce sponsor the “Best Music Window Display” to help promote the town during the festival.  McMullans Boutique won the inaugural perpetual trophy sponsored by Arklow Chamber of Commerce. – pictured are Liz Doyle and Deirdre Bentley receiving the trophy from Ann McGovern, President of Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce.

The 47th Arklow Music Festival was another very successful event again this year!    Arklow owes a debt of gratitude to the voluntary committee for their hard work including John Bonner, Eileen Clandillon, Rhoda O’Connor, Roisin O’Neill, Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell, Tony Fennell, Tommy Nolan, Bridget Greene, Marian O’Regan, Thomas Kelly and Jo Walker.

 

Celtic Challenge 2016

Arklow-Rowing-ClubMembers of Arklow Rowing Club held a fund raising event in Bridgewater Shopping Centre last weekend.  They challenged themselves to row 90 miles in two days to raise fund for the upcoming Celtic Challenge.  This event takes place every two years and crews from the rowing club will row from Arklow to Aberystwyth in Wales over the May Bank Holiday.  The Arklow Ladies’ Crew will be defending the title held by them since 2008.

Funding raising towards the cost of the race will continue with a Race Night being held on 1st April in the Old Ship.  You can contact any member of the rowing club if you wish to buy a horse, jockey, or sponsor a race or if you would like to have your name printed on the side of the boat you can do so by donating €5.

 

New Urban Vision for Arklow ….. developing a new Town plan for Arklow together.

Arklow – like much of rural Ireland – is suffering from neglect and dereliction, yet at the same time there are some rural towns thriving in the country. Towns that have transformed themselves have shown that it doesn’t happen by chance but comes from local people and their representatives collaborating in a new energetic approach to revitalising their town.  The Arklow Chamber today has asked all our Public Representatives to demand more on our behalf, and we here in the Chamber will work to support them in any way we can to deliver for everyone who cares so deeply about the future of Arklow.

A draft “Urban vision for Arklow” is available below and is being developed  for submission to the Wicklow County Council local town plans later this year.  Action is required on several fronts, including:

  • The Main Street and Lane-ways highlighting opportunities for existing local entrepreneurs and long established businesses to generate jobs.
  • Traffic management and infrastructure development  in the town communicating all works clearly and comprehensively to all stake-holders allowing businesses to plan for disruption and new opportunities.
  • Developing  the potential of Strongbow’s Castle known as the Ormonde Castle locally which lies in ruins near the courthouse – but which has significant tourism and job potential.
  • Promoting the value of our local woodland and green belt tourism potential, with walks, trails and cycling routes.  This has led to major economic benefits in towns like Westport, yet Arklow, a town bordered by significant woodland and forest trials, has had no significant proposals accepted to exploit this natural amenity. A similar situation exists with the potential of our river and our harbour.
  • For years we’ve all watched high street business open in Arklow and close again, as the town appears incapable of supporting viable businesses, we need a Town action plan to tackle this together.

Please let us know what you think – chamber@arklow.ie

Lets work together  on this!

Arklow – An Urban Vision for Future Growth