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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 or complete the nomination form and send to Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, Arklow Business Enterprise Centre, Kilbride Industrial Estate, Arklow.


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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.


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.


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 –

James Mongon, BOI Business Advisor Arklow – or 07662 30624

Derek Tobin, BOI Branch Manager – or 07662 30619


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.



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



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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 where nominations are currently being accepted.  Alternative you can email with names of your nominees and the reason you think they should win an award, please include your name and contact details.



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.


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.


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 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.


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.



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!

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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…


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.


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 or call 0404 66433 or visit the website.




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. 

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.


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.


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 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 –

Lets work together  on this!

Arklow – An Urban Vision for Future Growth

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2016 Arklow Music Festival

Arklow Music Window Display Winner 2016

The 47th Arklow Music Festival was another very successful event again this year!   Congratulations to all the participants who performed so well with the help of their teachers and parents.  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.

Well done to McMullans Boutique who won the inaugural perpetual trophy sponsored by Arklow Chamber of Commerce for Best Musical Window Display. Pictured are Liz Doyle and Deirdre Bentley of McMullans and Ann McGovern.  It was a close run thing as Peter and Eileen Kinsella in The Pottery Shop tied with the judges so it was given to the public vote on Facebook.  We look forward to a wonderful competition again next year.


2016 St Patrick’s Day Parade

Congratulations to Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell and all those involved in this years parade – they even provided a lovely sunny afternoon for the participants.  It was a wonderful, colourful and well organised event with local businesses and sports clubs well represented.  The 12 prize winning categories included the Best Float, Best Marching, Group, Most Entertaining Group, Best Uniformed Group.  P. Boland Ltd, this year celebrating 200 years in business, had a very striking float.


Mary O’Brien, Director of Arklow Cancer Support Group, was the Grand Marshal.  Mary was given the honour because of the great work she and her volunteers do to support those who have been diagnosed with cancer.


Avonmore Musical Society – Performance of Evita

The Avonmore Musical Society is putting on an amateur production of Evita in St. Mary’s College Hall from Tuesday, 29th March to Saturday 2nd April.  The performance is by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd originally directed by Harold Prince with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.

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This production of Evita is directed by Stephen Acton, musically directed by Naoimh Penston and choreographed by Martina Lynch.  The ticket booth is open each Saturday and Sunday at the Bridgewater Shopping Centre and booking can also be made by contacting the booking office at 086-8722010.


Easter Musical Theatre Camp at Studio 55:

A 5,6,7,8 and all that jazz…

Come along and join us for a 3 day intensive musical theatre training in dance, singing and acting. Students will learn exciting songs and dances from stage and screen and from Broadway and the Westend – the lion king, Annie, frozen, mamma Mia, grease, shrek, Matilda, singin in the rain and Oliver to name a few.

The course will be led by:

Martina Lynch

Martina Lynch – (Dance) – Trained at MDDC, Liverpool. Aims nominated twice for Best Choreographer in the country, Arklow Chamber of commerce winner of best small business and most recently nominated as one of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.


Chris CurridChris Currid (Acting) – He is just back from a six month contract singing for Raglan Road, Disney, Orlando. Aims nominated for Best Singer and Best Actor in Ireland. Appeared on Utv’s search for Jesus Christ Superstar.


Leah PenstonLeah Penston – (Singing) – Leah is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting and has also trained with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Leah made her West End debut featuring in the English National Opera’s production of “Sweeney Todd” in the London Coliseum in April 2015.


The camp will run from Wednesday the 30th of March – Friday the 1st of April for students aged 7-16. The camp will be at 10.30am – 2pm daily. The cost is €40 for Studio 55 members or €50 for non members.

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To book, text 0851227286.


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Arklow Music Festival 2016

downloadThis years Arklow Music Festival begins on Saturday 5th March and continues until Sunday 13th.  This festival  which has been held in March each year since 1970 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.  This year it celebrates its 46th anniversary.  Bridgewater Shopping Centre and Elavon Card Services are sponsors of the festival this year.

There are five main venues for the festival – the Arklow Bay Hotel, Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Marlborough Hall, Arus Lorcain and St. Mary’s College.  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.

Last year over 6,700 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.


For more information and to download application forms and list of venues go to Arklow Music Festival website.


Daffodil Day 2016

Don’t forget Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society takes place on Friday 11th MarchIrish-cancer-societyDaffodil Day is the biggest and longest running fundraising day for the Irish Cancer Society, Ireland’s national cancer charity and every single euro collected makes a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Ireland.

On Daffodil Day thousands of volunteers around Ireland sell daffodil pins and flowers (on streets, in businesses, homes and shopping centres) to raise money for the Society’s free, nationwide services for those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland.


If you are available to help on 11th March please ring 087-9967791 or 0402-39520.

Local Enterprise Week 2016

LocalEnterprise-374x200The Local Enterprise Office have organised the first ever Local Enterprise Week from Monday 7th – Friday 11th March 2016. Throughout the week there will be a host of events and information, focusing on the supports available to the local business community.

From Business Advice Clinics to seminars, the week will kick off with a full day of live tweeting with a Business Advisor who can be contacted at @LEOWicklow using the hashtag #localenterprise on Monday 7th March.  They have two great seminars – the “INTERNET OF THINGS” in the Parkview Hotel on Thursday 10th March and “TRADING ONLINE VOUCHERS” in the LEO premises in Rathnew on Friday 11th March. It is recommended booking your place early!

For the full schedule of events, go to the LEO Website.


St. Patrick’s Parade 2016

st-patricks-day1There is nothing like The Arklow St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Savour the atmosphere as everyone join in the fun with traditional music, colourful floats, dancing and craic. There will be a wide variety of floats and marching bands this year and fun for all the family while all are welcome.

This year Mary O’Brien – Director of Arklow Cancer Support Group – has been announced as the 2016 Arklow St Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal. As always, it takes place on March 17 and will set off from Yellow Lane and Knockenrahan. A number of cups and shields will be presented to winners in 12 categories including Best Float, Best Marching Group, Most Entertaining Group, Youth Award and Best Uniformed Group.



Mothers Day, Sunday March 6th

Mother’s Day in Ireland this year falls on Sunday, March 6th 2016. If you are looking for great Mothers Day gifts for the Mother who deserves only the best, why not to visit the Pottery Shop Arklow. You can also treat your Mum this Mother’s day with the help of Next! Check out some of the beautiful gifts in store or gift cards loaded to the value of your choosing at the Bridgewater SC Next.

Pottery Shop


Arklow This Week

Jobs Initiative for Mid EastDJEI-logo


The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation recently launched the “Mid East Action Plan for Jobs” to oversee the implementation of this very important initiative, it is aimed at the supporting the creation of extra jobs in the Mid East.

There are 163 actions contained in this plan with responsibilities and timeframes set out for each of these actions.  The Department are setting up an Implementation Committee which will be chaired by Eamonn Sinnott, General Manager, Intel Ireland and the role of this committee is to engage and report on actions in the Mid East Action Plan for Jobs.  It is intended that Progress Reports will be published on 6-monthly basis for the Mid East Plan and for the 8 Action Plans published to date.

Download PDF “Guidelines for Monitoring Regional Action Plans” and “Summary Table of Actions”.


Small Grant Scheme for Sports Clubs and Groups


Sport EquipmentThe Small Grant Scheme is aimed at the purchase of equipment, training costs or other initiatives to increase participation and membership in the club.  It is a once off grant for 2016 (max. of €500 per club).

Please note the closing date for applications is 24th February 2016.  If you require an application form please e-mail Lisa at or visit the “Small Grant Scheme” website.


1916 Drama Comes to Arklow Stage


Arklow Drama Group “Masquerade” has been performing “The Break of Day”, a new play by Conal O’Sheil.  The show is part of the Wicklow 1916 Commemorations and is on at The Breffni which.  The performance has been getting wonderful reviews since its opening night but sadly its last performance is tonight Friday 19th February at 8pm.


Masquerade is always looking for new performers, contact them on Facebook for more information.


 Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle Celebrates


Sherry Fitzgerald Myles DoyleMandies Kinsella of Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle secured 2nd place in the Administrator of the Year Awards.  There were 67 participating franchised offices represented at the recent Sherry Fitzgerald Countrywide Conference held recently in the Killashee Hotel in Naas.  Arklow & District Chamber are delighted to congratulate Mandie on her achievement especially as Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle is one of our Chamber members.


Coder Dojo Arklow

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like-minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.

Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self-led learning,  with an emphasis on showing how coding is a force for change in the world.

Up and running in Arklow for nearly 2 years now, CoderDojo Arklow hold weekly sessions where a growing number of kids, aged from 7 to 17 get their first taste of how to use technology to create websites, design animations and games, and using technology like the Raspberry PI get their first introduction to the exciting world of electronics..

The sessions are facilitated by Arklow CBS, and are run by a team of volunteers, both technical and non-technical, who aim to provide a safe, fun, interactive and creative environment and to encourage young people while they build complementary skills of creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, team work and leadership.

CoderDojo Poster

For information on how to join visit Coder Dojo Arklow.





Arklow This Week

Third Weekend Live Entertainment Mile


This weekend will be the first weekend of the Live Entertainment Mile, which is part of this year’s Arklow Christmas Festival. Below are listed some of the acts that will be performing on 19th and 20th December:

  • 4Scenebuskers
  • Áine, Érin and Siún Curran
  • Aoibhín Redmond
  • Arklow Ukulele Players
  • Empathy
  • Small Town Crisis





South Wicklow IDA / Enterprise Ireland presentation was a great success!

A dedicated South Wicklow IDA / Enterprise Ireland presentation took place at The Woodenbridge Hotel, on Thursday 10th December at 5.30pm. The speakers were: Andrew Doyle TD, Michael Brougham (Enterprise Ireland) and Sheelagh Daly (Local Enterprise Office).

Sheelagh Daly Andrew Doyle Ann McGovern and Michael Brougham

Sheelagh Daly, Andrew Doyle, Ann McGovern and Michael Brougham

Andrew speaking with Michael Brougham Director Eastern and Midlands Region_ Enterprise Ireland

Andrew Doyle speaking with Michael Brougham Director Eastern and Midlands Region – Enterprise Ireland

Press Release
Andrew Doyle
Wicklow/East Carlow

16th December 2015

Creating awareness of regional supports vital- Doyle

Regional investment strategy presents real opportunity for Arklow

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow Andrew Doyle has said that a focus on increasing investment in regional locations presents a real opportunity for Arklow and its environs to avail of new investment and employment supports aimed at productive projects in Ireland’s least economically developed areas.

“A target has been set and represents a key element of the IDA Ireland strategy over the next 5 years to increase investments in all regions outside of Dublin by 30-40% which is ambitious and extremely challenging and a range of measures are being implemented towards achieving this goal.”

“The IDA work to attract foreign direct investment to Ireland and are a key influencer in the development of the Irish economy and its reputation abroad. They presented today to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs Enterprise and Innovation on the findings of their 2014 Annual Report and also about their current activity.”

“At a specially convened meeting on the subject last week in the Woodenbridge Hotel hosted by Arklow Chamber of Commerce on the Regional Aid map was an excellent showcase event for businesses and investors to find out more about the opportunities available for areas included in Regional Aid in South Wicklow.”

“As a development agency Enterprise Ireland are ranked Number 3 globally for seed investment with 180,072 employed in Enterprise Ireland assisted companies at the end of 2014. It is estimated that 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Irish economy equating to 16% of workforce.”

“EU Regional aid guidelines adopted in 2014 allow each Member State to provide enhanced rates of State Aid to certain areas and in Ireland, this is implemented by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA.  Regional aid is provided under schemes for tourism grants, marine tourism urban and rural renewal and other tax-based development schemes.”

“With 15,012 new jobs created by IDA client companies, 2014 was a year in which we have seen recovery in the domestic economy. I urge all stakeholders, interest groups and the business community in south Wicklow to take learn more about what supports may be available to them through our development agencies.”

“It is vital to help facilitate the awareness of the supports on offer and central to our Action Plan for Jobs is supporting jobs growth here in Wicklow. I am very happy to work with all local interest groups that want to avail of these supports.”

“Lastly I would like to commend Dr Michael Brougham, Enterprise Ireland, Sheelagh Daly Head of Local Enterprise Office Wicklow and Connor Simpson IDA for their combined expertise”.

EI Regional Aid Guidelines:

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 1

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 2

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 3

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 4

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 5

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 6

Congratulations to Hilary Sharpe on winning the Volunteer Ireland Social Work Award

Christmas Decoration

Hilary Sharpe who founded the Arklow Community Resource Centre joined a special ceremony in Dublin and collected the Volunteer Ireland Social Work Award. The centre runs many different activities from women’s and men’s clubs to providing clothes, food, showers for those who need. Hilary and a friend deliver food to local families four nights a week – sometimes 30 families a night.


Arklow Lion Club annual event


The annual Arklow Lion Club event will take place on the South Beach in Arklow on the morning of 26th December. The eventsnowman
was launched with the help of Arklow RNLI crew members and special thanks also have to go to Arklow Scouts. This year you can expect a giant magnum bottle of Prosecco for one lucky swimmer. Later on everyone can join Lions Club in the Old Ship for complimentary soup and sandwiches, where a draw will take place for the huge bottle. The Lion Club is looking for new participants of all ages to came along and enjoy the experience. All swimmers receive sponsorship cards and the proceeds benefit local charities, such as the local Lifeboat. Sponsor cards are available from: Lion President Joanne Byrne – 087 2533619, Gerard DeCourcy – 086 3360999, Imelda Riley – 087 2809171 and Bernie Tyrell 087 90794533.




Christmas Concert

Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble will host their 2015 Christmas Concert on Sunday 20th Dec. The band has been working really hard on a great selection of music for this year’s concert. Hopefully everyone can give them lots of support. Tickets are now on sale.

Christmas Concert



2015 Arklow Santa Fun Run/Walk

Arklow’s 5th Santa dash fun run/walk will take place on Saturday 19th December, starting at 2 pm from St Saviour’s Church and down the usual route finishing back at the park Bandstand Main Street. Just turn up in your Santa Suit, Santa hat, Elf Suit or your mad Christmas Jumper. Let’s bring Arklow’s Main Street alive with Christmas Spirit Hope see you all there HO HO HOOOO and oh yea Santa will be there For Free. Please join in and let’s make this Bigger and Better every year.

Santa run

More information available here.