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Switching on the Christmas Tree lights schedule

Saturday, 28th November 2015

 

 

3:45 pm the entrance lane to the Main Street car park behind the bandstand will be closed, cars will still be able to leave.

4 pm people will start to arrive and the Choirs and Musicians will assemble together in the entrance lane. They will entertain everyone with some Christmas songs while waiting for Santa.

4:20 pm Santa is due to arrive and will greet all the boys & girls, big and small, while more Christmas songs are played and sung.

4:40 pm the winner of the Junior Art Competition will be drawn and brought up to switch on the Christmas Tree Lights.

Just before the switching on of the lights, we will aim for the 1000 voices of Arklow singing the 4 hymns together acappella. The 4 hymns are The First Noel, Joy To The World, Silent Night, Hark The Herald Angels Sing.

5 pm the lucky winner will switch on the Christmas Tree Lights which will signal the fireworks to start.

Afterwards more music and singing from the groups and choir and then it’s over and Christmas season has begun.

All are welcome to join us, if you are a group/musician or choir and want to take part, let us know so we make sure you are included in our plans and can get a shout out from the MC.

 

 

St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band will perform again this year

St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band, Arklow, will hold their annual collection again this year on Christmas Eve. The collection has become a bit of a tradition in the town at this stage having taken place on the same date now for over 25 years.

The band members will perform at Tesco at 2pm before making their way to Pettits on the Wexford Road where they will meet Santa and his crew at 3pm and then parade with Santa along Wexford Road, Main Street and finish on Lower Main Street.

Pipe Band

As usual transport for Santa on the day will be provided by Brendan Brady. During the evening members of the band will perform in all of the local pubs and make their collection as they proceed.

This is the only public collection that the band makes during the year and is a vital fundraiser for keeping the band going throughout the following year. The people of Arklow and surrounding areas have always been very generous towards this collection for the band and band members would like to extend their sincere thanks to all for their continued support.

 

 

St Mary’s College Christmas Fayre

St Mary’s College is once again proud to hold its Christmas Fair in their school concert hall on Sunday 6 December. Doors open at 11 a.m. Please buy some raffle tickets. Expect delicious cakes and bakes, crafts, a raffle, our school orchestra, books, CDs and audio, our Parents’ Council café and so much more. This year’s fair is in aid of local charities and the Nandri Indian Children’s project which our teacher Ms D. Buckley has been working with. Please spread the word.

St Mary's College

 

 

Buskers wanted for Arklow Christmas Festival

Live entertainment throughout Main Street will start on the first weekend of December, Saturday 5th. If you have a group and would like to perform for the Arklow Christmas Festival, register your interest here. THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE!

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Santa’s Workshop in The Arklow Bay Hotel

Santa is coming. Starting Saturday 5th December from 1pm – 7pm. €7.50 per child includes story time with Santa’s elves, visit with Santa and a present followed by yummy hot chocolate. No booking necessary.

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Opening dates are:

December

Sat 5th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 6th 1pm – 7pm
Fri 11th 3pm – 7pm
Sat 12th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 13th 1pm – 7pm
Fri 18th 3pm – 7pmsanta2
Sat 19th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 20th 1pm – 7pm
Mon 21st 1pm – 7pm
Tues 22nd 1pm – 7pm
Wed 23rd 1pm – 7pm
Thurs 24th 1pm – 3pm

 

 

Cruinniú – Carols by Candlelight

This year Cruinniú is hosting their concert ‘Carols by Candlelight’ in aid of Arklow Community Action Resource Centre. To concentrate on the needs of those people in the community who feel isolated, and vulnerable and in need of a space to go where nobody would judge them, the Centre moved to their centre at Crosscare almost four years ago with no funding and they are still going. Arklow Community Action Resource Centre would like to thank all the generous community and also Emer and all at Cruinniú. They will be there on the evening with bells on, and hope the whole community will support it.

Cruinniu

 

 

Fabulous Christmas album from theWilloughby Brothers

The Willoughby Brothers are delighted to let you all know that their Christmas album is now available to pre-order from their website. The Willoughby Brothers hope that they have captured some of the magic of Christmas with their selection of songs, and that you will make the album part of your Christmas Celebration this year. They are also very happy to announce their Christmas show at the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey on Sunday 20th December @ 8pm. If you’d like to be in with a chance to win 2 tickets please like and share. Tickets go on sale from hotel reception and from their website.

Note: All Cd’s pre-ordered from our website will be dispatched on the 1st December.

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Wicklow Wins Hurling Final

Congratulations to the Co. Wicklow hurlers who won the Under-21 ‘B’ Hurling Championship Final at Semple Stadium last Saturday.  This is a wonderful achievement for these young men who beat Meath with a score of 2-17 to 2.15.

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Local Enterprise Office – “The Companies Act 2014″

LEOThe LEO are having a free information seminar on “The Companies Act 2014″ in the The Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at 2.oopm – 4.30pm.

The Companies Act 2014 commenced on 1st June 2015.  It is the single biggest piece of legislation enacted in the history of the state.  The changes in the Companies Act impact directly on SME companies and their directors.  This seminar has been designed to assist through the transition to the Companies Act 2014.

To book you place visit  https://www.localenterprise.ie/Wicklow/Training-Events/Online-Bookings  

 

The End of an Era

The Sisters of Mercy have been in the town continuously since 1876 and have taught many generations of Arklow people.  Sr. Sior Cosgrave, who recently retired as Principal of St. Mary’s College, is moving to Dublin which means the relationship between the Sisters of Mercy and Arklow sadly comes to end.  To mark this there is a special mass of thanksgiving in Arklow Parish Church on Saturday September 26th at 6.30pm.

St. Mary's College

 

 Arklow to host first Coastal Rowing Championships

Arklow Rowing Club2The inaugural Irish Open Coastal Rowing Championship is being held this Sunday 20th Sept along South Beach in Arklow. The event is being hosted by ArklowRowing Club and will involve crews racing in FISA type coastal rowing boats around a 4km course. The Irish Open Coastal Rowing Championships will have crews and rowers from both Ireland and Wales taking part and will start with the Men’s Quads Heats at 10.30am on the Sunday 20th Sept and nine races will be run over the course of the day, concluding in the Men’s Singles Finals which are scheduled for approximately 4.00pm. The race card includes Men’s and Ladies Quads, Doubles and Singles racing over a 4km course along Arklow’s South Beach. While this event represents a wonderful opportunity for the Arklow Rowing Club who are also celebrating their 25th Anniversary, it also demonstrates the overall growth and awareness that rowing has within Ireland. Coastal rowing represents one of the easiest sports to access and participate in as it is only the hardest of weathers that would prevent a coastal rower from getting out on the water. The local Arklow community can testify to that.

All are welcome to attend. If you follow the link to the website or the Facebook page you will find all you need to know about the event, including the layout of the course. In the mean time Sunday’s race times are below:

10.30: Heat 1 Men’s Quads
10.35: Heat 1 Men’s Doubles
11.30: Heat 2 Men’s Quads
11.35: Heat 2 Men’s Doubles
12.30: Final Women’s Quads
12.40: Final Women’s Doubles
12.45: Final Women’s Singles
14.00: B Final Men’s Quads
14.10: B Final Men’s Doubles
15.00: A Final Men’s Quads
15.10: A Final Men’s Doubles
15.15: Final Men’s Singles
17.00: Medal Ceremony in Clubhouse

We look forward to seeing you all.

Arklow Rowing Club

 

 National Maritime Museum

The British national maritime museum have digitised their records for 1915. There are 1892 entries for Arklow as a birthplace. Some sailors were on multiple ships so its not 1892 different people. Its fascinating reading. 

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Public Alert:  Boil Water Notice – Aughrim / Annacurragh

boiling waterIrish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council wishes to advise that the Public Water Supply at Aughrim & Annacurragh has been placed on a Boil Water Notice until further notice.

It is recommended that all users fed from the Aughrim & Annacurragh Public Water Supply boil water before use for human consumption.

For further information please click here.

 

Arklow Library

Library 2Arklow Library is nearly ready. Final touches, books orders etc… will take few more months. In a meantime we would like you to have a peek inside.

From 2016 empty shelves will be packed, not only with English books but, thanks to Polish Embassy in Dublin and Wicklow County Library, there will be whole section of Polish books and English translations of Polish authors as well. Our association is thrilled to lead this project.

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(Polish Version below)

Biblioteka publiczna w Arklow już na ukończniu. Prace wykończeniowe, zamawianie książek itp… zajmą jeszcze parę miesięcy. W międzyczasie zapraszamy do obejrzenie kilku zdjęć ze środka.
Z nowym rokiem 2016 puste półki zostaną zapełnione nie tylko anglojęzycznymi książkami, ale dzięki Ambasadzie RP w Dublinie oraz Wicklow County Library powstanie duży dział książek polskojęzycznych oraz książek polskich autorów tłumaczonych na język angielski. Nasze Stowarzysznie z radością bierze udział w takim projekcie.

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Business information seminar – what supports are available for your business?

Monday, 21st September at 7pm in The Grand Hotel

Wicklow ChamberWicklow Town & District Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Co. Wicklow Chamber have organised with Simon Harris TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure to host a free information evening on business supports that may be available for your business.

There will be speakers and representatives from Enterprise Ireland, The Strategic Banking Corporation, the Local Enterprise Office, JobBridge, JobPlus, Wicklow County Council and other agencies yet to be confirmed.

This is a not to be missed opportunity to listen to and network with local and state agency supports that are available to help grow your business.

Minister of State Simon Harris TD in a statement said “I am delighted to assist the Co. Wicklow Chamber in facilitating this Business Information Seminar. I look forward to engaging with the local businesses in attendance, given that SMEs are the backbone of our economy. I wish to thank the Co. Wicklow Chamber for organising this event which will enable businesses to receive information on the supports and assistance available to them from local and state agencies”.

This is a free event and is open to all Chamber Members and Non-Members – all business owners and their Managers are welcome to attend

Co.Wicklow Chamber President Josh McKenna who undertook and drove this initiative said that “this is another demonstration of how the Chamber movement continues to support its members and the small and medium employers who provide so much employment in our County”.

To book your place, please contact Susana Costello on (0404) 66433 or by emailing susana@wicklowchamber.ie by Friday, 18th September 2015.

 

 

County Wicklow PartnershipWicklow LEADER 2016 – 2020 Local Action Group invite you to have your say on Wicklow’s Local Development Strategy.

Public Consultation Meetings which are being  held at the following venues:

  • 24th September at 8.00pm,    Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkenndy.
  • 29th September at 8.00pm,    Avon Ri, Blessington.
  • 1st October  at 8.00pm,           Lawless Hotel, Aughrim.
  • 6th October  at 8.00pm,           Grand Hotel, Wicklow Town.
  • 8th October  at 8.00pm,           Germaines, Baltinglass.

“To effect change in the county by supporting the social, cultural, economic and environmental well being of individuals, families, groups and communities”

For more information please click here.

Public Consultation Flyer Poster

 

Vault Shop Volunteers Wanted

If you are aged between 18 and 24 years of age, in receipt of a social welfare payment and looking for retail experience then maybe the Vault Shop is for you.
We are looking for volunteers to assist in the everyday running of this initiative and certified training will be provided. This will not affect participant’s social welfare payment.
This is a developmental opportunity, no experience is necessary. Duties will include: sales, customer service, merchandising and display, cash and till procedures.
If you are interested in volunteering please send us a message on Facebook page, email ewys@crosscare.ie or call us on 0402-39646 for further details.

Vault Shop

 

 

Darts evening

dartsThe Vault youth centre is running an over 18s darts evening every Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm. This is a fun evening for guys and gals who want to meet and socialise in a safe environment. Those attending can improve their dart – throwing skills and take a break with a cup of tea or juice. For more information please contact Margaret on 0402 39646.

 

 

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Are you interested in going to College in 2015?

Clermount College

Do you want to study for an IT Carlow  accredited programme on you doorstep.

The Wicklow County Campus, Clermount House, Rathnew is now Enrolling for September 2015 with  IT Carlow Validated Programmes at Masters, Degree, High Diploma and Certificate level.

The part time evening programmes are offered in the areas of Business & Accounting, Humanities, Computing & Science and Engineering.

It is worth noting that there are short Certificate programmes (from one night a week for 12 weeks in areas such as Web Design/ Online Marketing/ Organisational Psychology that may be very beneficial to businesses in the current marketplace.

Please  click on the link underneath to view all programmes being offered on a part-time evening basis in Rathnew.

www.itcarlow.ie/wicklow

If you would like more information and wish to contact a staff member , please call 0404 67125 or email Wicklow@itcarlow.ie and all your queries will be dealt with.

 

Closing Date for Katie Taylor Sports Bursary

Katie TaylorWicklow County Council has set up a sport scholarship in Katie Taylor’s name in recognition of her amazing sporting achievements.  The scholarship is intended for students who have excelled at their chosen sport and are undertaking an undergraduate degree course in any academic field.  A bursary of €1,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant.  For an application forms go to www.wicklow.ie .

The closing date is next Friday 4th September and no application will be accepted after 12 noon on this date. 

 

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Congratulations to Denis Nolan of CCÉ, Anne Devlin, Co.Wicklow  who took first place in the mouth organ senior competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015 in Sligo.

 

 

Sea Safety

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The Arklow RNLI sea safety team is offering free and impartial advice on safety aboard your board or ashore to anyone who requires it.  To book your place or for information please contact mark@aslsafety.com or call Mark om 086 8260439.  Mark’s company ASL Safety is a member of the Arklow Chamber.

 

 

Tour de Leinster

Tour de LeinsterThis is a 4 day, 600km charity cycle taking place on the 24th- 27th of September 2015.

The Tour will be a challenging and inspiring event for everyone involved with the route taking in all the counties of Leinster. All the funds raised by the cycle will benefit  Down Syndrome Ireland both at National level and across all our Leinster branches.  The cyclists will also have the honour of cycling with Sean Kelly during the tour. A legend in his own right, Sean Kelly won numerous titles and accolades in his career including the Paris-Nice seven times in a row, the Vuelta Espana, Paris Roubaix and was World number one six times.

For full information on route, registration, costs and sponsorship go to http://www.downsyndrome.ie/tour-de-leinster/cyclist-info/