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ARKLOW  BLOOMS FOR 2017 – FLOWER BASKET SCHEME

 

Hanging BasketsArklow Town Team support by the Arklow Municipal District (AMD) has introduced a Flower Basket Scheme for businesses in the Town.  Research has shown that this type of scheme can bring many social and environmental benefits to a town.  At the May meeting of AMD it was agreed that €2,500 would be provided for three tier flower baskets for Arklow town centre.

For a contribution of €35 per basket participants in the scheme will receive the following:-

  • A fully planted 16” flower basket (with plant food and water crystals)
  • Wall Bracket mounted on building by AMD staff
  • Watering of baskets during the period June to September 5 times per week x 16 weeks, (3 times by a contractor engaged by AMD and 2 times by Arklow Tidy Towns). However, businesses are requested to supplement watering too.
LET’S MAKE ARKLOW BLOOM FOR 2017

LET’S MAKE ARKLOW BLOOM FOR 2017

Businesses located out of the Main Town area might consider sponsoring a basket which could be erected on one of the unused buildings in the town.

Baskets will be delivered by the first week in June and collected at the end of September for reuse in 2018.  If your business is interested in contributing to making Arklow boom for 2017 please complete your details on the flyer above, indicating the number of baskets required and payment enclosed.  Return to Arklow Town Team C/O Linda McDonald, Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.  Your details can also be emailed to lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie  Cheques should be made payable to Arklow Town Team.  If you require any further details on the scheme please contact Deirdre Bentley at 086 8108627 or by email at dbentley@live.ie .

 

Musical Rental Scheme

 

A musical rental scheme was launched on 8th May.  The scheme is collaboration between Wicklow County Council and Music Generation Wicklow and its aim is to encourage young people to try out an instrument before purchasing one of their own. Musical instruments will be available for rent by families and community groups from the Arklow LibraryMusic Generation Wicklow is a local partnership between Wicklow County Council, Music Generation Ireland and the Kildare & Wicklow Education & Training Board.  In 2015 the elected members of Wicklow County Council made funding available for a scheme to encourage young people to participate in instrumental learning and several young students from Music Generation Wicklow performed at the launch.or more information on the scheme visit Arklow Library or Music Generation Wicklow websites.

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 Arklow Train Station

 

Arklow-Train-Station2Congratulations to the staff of Arklow Train Station on been highly commended in the Commuter Station Category at the 2017 Iarnród Eireann Best Station Awards.  Arklow Station manager, Dave Murphy, and station staff member, Eugene Breen, recently collected the Award Certificate in Inchicore. Voting was conducted through an online poll and voting at stations and commuters were asked to rate their station on Customer Information; Station Appearance and Staff Helpfulness and Arklow Station scored highly in all categories.

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ARKLOW  BLOOMS FOR 2017 – FLOWER BASKET SCHEME

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Hanging Basket 1To enhance and improve the image of Arklow’s Main Street (Wexford Road to Lower Main Street) the Town Team proposes to introduce a Flower Basket Scheme for businesses in the Town. Research has shown that this type of scheme can bring many social and environmental benefits to a town. This project is being supported by Arklow Municipal District (AMD).

Businesses located out of the Main Town area might consider sponsoring a basket which could be erected on one of the unused buildings in the town.

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Let’s make Arklow Bloom for 2017

For a contribution of €35 per basket participants in the scheme will receive the following:

  • A fully planted 16” flower basket (with plant food and water crystals)
  • Wall Bracket mounted on building by AMD staff
  • Watering of baskets during the period June to September 5 times per week x 16 weeks, (3 times by a contractor engaged by AMD and 2 times by Arklow Tidy Towns). However, businesses are requested to supplement watering too.

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Hanging BasketsIf your business is interested in participating in the Flower Basket Scheme download the form and return it together with payment for the number of baskets required  to Arklow Town Team c/o Linda McDonald, Arklow Municipal District, Castle Park, Arklow. Co. Wicklow.  Your details may also be emailed to lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie .  Cheques should be made payable to Arklow Town Team.  If you require any further details on the scheme please contact Deirdre Bentley at 086 8108627 or by email at dbentley@live.ie .

Baskets will be delivered by the first week in June and collected at the end of September for reuse in 2018.

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Arklow Town Team

 

wicklow-co-co_Following the launch of the promotional video “Arklow Municipal District – Making a Difference” last year a new Town Team was established in January 2017.  One of the objectives is to encourage more collaboration and co-operation between the business community and the Arklow Municipal District.

Five sub-committees have been form – Infrastructure & Public Relations; Marketing & Promotion; Business Development; Security & CCTV and Heritage.  These committees have identified achievable actions which will form the basis of an Action Plan for Arklow.  Members of the public are also invited to get involved by submitting ideas or projects they think will enhance the town to lmcdonald@wicklowcoco.ie.

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Oliver! by the Avonmore Musical Society

 

Oliver!Oliver! opened last night to great reviews and will continue to run nightly in St. Mary’s College Hall until Saturday, 22nd April.  The show is directed by Stephen Acton, choreographed by Martina Lynch while the musical director is Naoimh Penston.  There are over 10 principal roles, plus a chorus comprising of 40 children and 30 adults making it one of the biggest casts the musical society has had.

Phone 086-8722010 for tickets.

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Arklow Camera Club Photographic Exhibition

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

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

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

 

 AMA Springtime Fashion Extravaganza 

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

 

Aughrim Welcomes AMD Representatives

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

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

 

St. Patricks Day success in Arklow

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

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Congratulations to all the winners:

Best Float – Arklow Vikings

Best Commercial Display – Arklow Bay Hotel

Best Non Commercial Display – Arklow Rowing Club

Best Marching Group – Arklow Pipe Band

Best Traditional Float – The Shamrocker & the Hippy Shakers

Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display – Arklow Tidy Towns Volunteers

Most Entertaining Group – Studio  55

Most Topical – Roosters Motorcycle Club

Best Shop Window Display – Little Treasure Playgroup

Best Vintage Display – Murt Mulligan

Youth Award – The Baton Twirlers

Best Uniformed Group – Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble

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

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

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COMMUNITY AWARDS SCHEME 2017

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As part of its commitment to supporting local community development, Wicklow County Council operates an annual Community Award Scheme. The fund for 2017 will be available as grant aid to successful community groups and local organisations wishing to undertake community projects in their area.  Please note the changes to the categories of funding available:

 

 

 

COMMUNITY GRANTS (Maximum grant €2,000).

For small projects and group running costs.

 

COMMUNITY PRIDE (Maximum Grant €10,000).

Groups or projects that make a significant impact and difference to the lives of the people in their communities under the following headings:

  • Age Friendly
  • Communities reaching out to new communities
  • Youth Projects
  • Community Enterprise

 

TOWN/VILLAGE ENHANCEMENT PLAN or HEALTH CHECKS (Maximum grant €10,000)

 

Application forms and guidelines are available from:-

The Office of Community,

Cultural & Social Development,

Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Wicklow.

Tel: 0404/20208, Email: mtuite@wicklowcoco.ie or on the Council’s website www.wicklow.ie

 

Completed application forms should be returned to the Office of Community, Cultural & Social Development not later than 12 noon on Thursday 30th March, 2017.  Late applications will not be considered. Email or fax applications cannot be accepted.

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Fine Gaels Andrew Doyle, has welcomed confirmation of €150,556 in funding for Wicklow under the 2016 REDZ

(Rural Economic Development Zones). 

 

 

Arklow has received €150,556 to develop a Heritage and Visitor activity centre based on the world renowned Arklow Pottery.   The funding is being made available by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD. The REDZ scheme aims to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands.   

Ann McGovern President Arklow Chamber expressed her thanks to Deirdre Whitfield and Michael Nicholson and Linda McDonald of Wicklow Co Council as well as Irene Sweeney for their support for this initiative to bring increased tourism and visitors back to Arklow’s main street.  Developing a cultural quarter around pottery, craft and food is central to the regeneration of such a beautiful historic town.

“This is the latest in a series of funding schemes which have been announced by the Government which aims to boost economic activity and improve living standards here in Wicklow and across rural Ireland. 

 “Under the 2016 REDZ scheme, just over €5.3 million is being approved to 41 projects nationwide, with €1.9 million going to projects in the North and Western Region, €1.3 million for projects in the Southern Region and €2.1 million for projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region.

 “The REDZ scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at a local level. This initiative encourages Local Authorities to work with local communities, business interests and other State bodies, to identify areas of greatest economic need which can make better use of their local assets to generate economic activity.

 “The REDZ programme is one of a number of schemes which will help to support regeneration in rural towns and villages. Funding has previously been provided to towns and villages across <county> under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Both schemes will work in a complementary way to ensure that all rural areas have strong economic and social centres, which support a higher quality of life for both town dwellers and those who live in the rural hinterlands.

 “Fine Gael in Government is committed to ensuring that people living and working in rural Ireland feel the benefits as the economy continues to recover. I would like to commend Minister Humphreys and her colleague Minister of State for Regional Development, Michael Ring TD, for the range of initiatives they have announced to date aimed at supporting rural communities.

 “Minister Humphreys will be publishing the first ever Action Plan for Rural Development in the coming weeks, which will be a cross government approach to supporting rural communities and stimulating regional development.”

 

 Arklow Christmas Festival

The first day of the Arklow Christmas Festival was a great success. There was a wonderful atmosphere with something for everyone to enjoy including a recital by the Inver Ladies Choir, Punch & Judy Show, the switching on of the Christmas Lights and finished with spectacular fireworks display.  The committee thanks those who came along to support the event and those who helped in any way.

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Christmas Sign-song (4.00pm – 4.30pm)

Santa arrival (4.30pm)

Pipe Band Recital (4.30pm – 5.00pm)

Friday 9th December – Tree lighting at the Library; Festive Carols and Story Telling.

Sunday 11th December – Christmas Craft Fair and Food Market; Arklow’s Live Crib; Christmas Jumper Competition; Majorettes Display; AMA Christmas Busking Competition and Mini Funfair.

Saturday 17th December – Festive Photography Prize Giving; Santa Dash; Golden Ticket Draw; Best Window Display Prize Giving; Arklow Panto Creation’s Aladdin Medley.

golden-ticket-2This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW which has a prize fund of over €2,000 and a FESTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION sponsored by Chamber Member, 1st Choice Pharmacy.

 

Look up Arklow Christmas Festival for more information.

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th December ….. Arklow Panto Creation’s ALADDIN

Christmas Parking

Free parking in Council owned car parks from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.   Free parking on the street will be restricted to two hours from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.

 

 Lions Christmas Food Appeal

LCI emblem_2C_287+7406The annual Lions Club food appeal got underway last weekend in Tescos.  Watch out for them in SuperValu from 8th to 10th December and in Dunnes on 16th/17th December.

swimmersThe annual St. Stephen’s Day charity swim will be held at South Beach or the Cove depending on the weather conditions starting at 12pm and sponsor cards are available from any Lions Club member.  Visit Arklow Lions Club Facebook page for more information.

 

Reindeer Run for Arklow RNLI

arklow-rnli-fundraisingreindeer-3Arklow RNLI will be one of the lifeboat stations to benefit from a festive reindeer run which will take place in Dublin’s Marley Park on Sunday, 4th December.  This event will raise much needed funds for the lifeboat crews in Arklow, Dun Laoghaire, Skerries and Howth.

Go to Arklow RNLI for more fundraising events.

 

Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney Club

agb-clubArklow Municipal District recently honoured the intermediate and minor teams from Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney Club who won their county championships this year.  Over 60 representatives from the AGB Club received a civic reception for their achievements and  both teams were presented with an engraved plaque to commemorate the occasion.  Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, Pat Kennedy, and Chairman of Wicklow County Council, Pat Fitzgerald, congratulated both teams and their backroom staff.  Jimmy Dunne who is Club Secretary of AGB Club said these victories were not just sporting achievement but have wide reaching benefits for business in Arklow and raised the morale of the town.

Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Is your pumpkin ready? Click here for some ideas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUVNHh2hkGU

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CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL PLANS  

Big plans are under way for Christmas in Arklow and the local Christmas Festival Committee has been hard at work to make the magic happen.  The 2016 festival will be bigger and better with new Christmas lights due to be erected on the Bridge and St Marys Park.  Events will run each weekend between November 26 and December 17.  Anyone who wishes to participate and support the festival can contact Linda Mc Donald at lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie.  Below is letter from the Festival Committee on events and the introduction of the Golden Ticket draw.

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 PARANOIA Halloween Event

This year Glenart Outdoors are proud to bring you their brand new Halloween event “Paranoia” That will scare you like never before and promises to test all your boundaries of bravery."Glenart Outdoors Halloween Event - PARANOIA"

Built from the ground up to be a unique experience unlike any other in Ireland. All events are set in a real forest at night with real actors, real buildings and real fear.

This years event promises to test all boundaries of your bravery.

Journey through your worst nightmare and enter the Halloween scares for a heart pumping adrenaline filled experience…

Walk through the scariest Halloween experience of your life, where you will come face to face with your worst nightmare, journey through endless corridors, rooms of terror and forests of darkness.

Glenart Castle Halloween Event Information

Venue:-   Glenart Castle, Vale Road, Arklow

Classification :-   Halloween Tour /  Adults Only

Family Fun Tip:- They are not running a family Event this year, just the scariest Halloween experience for the Mums and dads

Dates:-  Saturday 22nd & Wednesday 26th to Monday 31st October 2016

Times:- Starts from 7.00 pm – 11.00 pm with Tours  running every 20 mins

halloween-train-online-bookingThe whole spooky experience will last approx one hour.

Admission: –

  • €15.00 per person
  • €1.50 booking fee per transaction applies

 

Booking Online:- You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the Glenart Castle at Halloween ticket sales.

 

 

Arklow “Making A Difference” Video Well Received

The recently launched “Making A Difference” video which showcases Arklow’s business and tourism potential was very well received by the public.  The producers were delighted to learn that it has in excess of 10,000 views in the first week.  The 4 and a half minute long video was produced with funding from Arklow Municipal District Economic Development Funding and the County Wicklow Economic Think Tank.

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Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District said the video “showcases the very best that Arklow Municipal District has to offer, our infrastructure, our amenities and our people.  It shows that we are open for business.  We have all the necessary infrastructures needed to nurture economic development and incentivise job creation.  Our location is a commodity that many other districts and counties would love to possess.”

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

Below is a map of Arklow Heritage Walks & Trails.  These walks involve continuous walking at a moderate pace and two of them are wheelchair accessible, the Kynoch’s Walk and the Town Walk.  This map is published by the Arklow Heritage/Nature Walks Development Co. Ltd in association with Arklow Municipal Council.

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

 

TIDY DOWNS START WORK ON NEW GARDEN

Arklow Tidy Towns has launched a new initiative to brighten up an unused corner of the town.  A new urban garden is under way at Castle park between Arus Lorcain and the Arklow Municipal District building and follows a successful report in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.  Anyone who wishes to volunteer is asked to contact Arklow Tidy Towns. (0402) 24432.

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STRICTLY COME DANCING FOR WICKLOW HOSPICE

The Wicklow Hospice is hosting a three-night Stictly in the Arklow Bay.  The first night is the 5th of November, the second night is the 26th of November with the Grand final on 3rd of December.  Tickets cost €10 for each night and are available in the Arklow Bay, from any of the dancers, from the Wicklow Hospice Arklow Office 0402 91310 and from Avondale Sports Shop, Main Street, Rathdrum.

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GET CRAFTY AT THE LIBRARYcraft fair

Arklow Library is excited to announce the upcoming mid-term arts and crafts sessions on Thursday November 3rd.  Children aged 6-10 are invited to come along and put their creative caps on to produce crafty masterpieces at the Arklow Library building on main street.  The activities will start at 2.30pm with a second session starting at 3.30pm.  To book your place please call the library at 0402 39977 or email arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

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 NEW VIDEO TO PROMOTE ARKLOW

Arklows attractiveness as a centre for business and tourism is highlighted in a new video launched last week by Wicklow County Council.  The video covers the Arklow Municipal District and features contributions from local representatives, business figures and others as well as aerial shots of the locality. The purpose of the “Arklow Municipal District – Making a Difference” project is to highlight the District as a business location and a tourist destination.

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

ARKLOW CHAMBER RAISES €1,270 FOR LOCAL GROUPS

20161014_122937_resizedAt the Chamber Ball on 16th September €1,270 was raised in the charity raffle.  Arklow Mental Health Group and Arklow Music & Arts will each receive a cheque for €635.  Pictured is Chamber President, Ann McGovern, presenting a cheque to Barbara Duffy, HSE Senior Clinical Psychologist.

The 7th annual Arklow Youth Mental Health Week was officially opened on Monday 10th October and the theme this year is “The Importance of Good Relationships for Positive Mental Health”.  Arklow Music & Arts group are fundraising to establish a Music & Arts Venue for Arklow.

 

 AGB SCOOP INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

It was down to the wire and Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney scooped the football win of their dreams in the closing seconds of their Intermediate Football Championships final against Ballinacor.  The final minutes of Sundays match had supporters on the edge of their seats as Ballinacor went two points up after a penalty.  Cal Kelly was the hero of the day when during the final play he lashed the ball into the back of the net sparking scenes of pandemonium and joy on the Arklow side.

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 THE ELDERS TO BRING LATEST TOUR TO ARKLOW

the-eldersWorld renowned musicians The Elders are about to make their 14th annual trip home to Ireland from their base in the USA.  On their Irish tour they will play in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Monday October 24th at 9pm. With special guests ‘The Moxie Strings’ where audiences are in for a real musical treat.  Tickets cost €10 and are available from Kustom Kids, The Harbour Bar, Paddy Kavanagh’s and the Arklow Bay Hotel.  All proceeds towards Nolan House, Rathdrum and Arklow Music and Arts.

 

 

GREENSHINE TO PERFORM IN ARKLOW 

greenshineThe popular Cork folk group Greenshine will play a concert at the Breffini on Main Street in Arklow on Wednesday 19th October at 8. 30pm.  They have been praised widely by the likes of Christy Moore and Sharon Shannon.  Playing support on the night will be local singer-song writer Gabby Brady who also has a new album on release.

 

 

 ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

Below is a map of Arklow Heritage Walks & Trails.  These walks involve continuous walking at a moderate pace and two of them are wheelchair accessible, the Kynoch’s Walk and the Town Walk.  This map is published by the Arklow Heritage/Nature Walks Development Co. Ltd in association with Arklow Municipal Council.

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

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Arklow Enterprise Town is taking place today and tomorrow in St. Mary’s College Arklow 

Friday the 30th of September 5pm – 8pm) and Saturday the 1st of October 2016 (11am – 2pm)

The Enterprise Town initiative seeks to work with local businesses to plan and deliver a range of activities that will support and generate business in the area.

The initiative also involves the wider community and the schools to ensure everyone can get involved and be part of the positive experience that is an Enterprise Town.

As part of Enterprise Town there will be an exhibition space for local businesses to meet new customers and interact with other local businesses on the Friday.

Saturday is Community and Sports exhibition with schools, clubs, societies, associations etc., from the locality, displaying at the event with entertainment being provided by local talent.  See below for final schedule for the two days of the event.

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Congratulations to Arklow Tidy Towns

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Congratulations to Sandra Hall and her team for their success in the recent Tidy Towns completion – pictured is Sandra receiving the Diversity Award at the awards ceremony.

The results of the annual Tidy Towns competition were announced recently and Arklow Tidy Towns Groups had much to celebrate.  They won a Bronze category award and also received a SuperValu Diversity Award.  Sandra Hall is the co-ordinator of the group which was recognised for their efforts to include all their community, on an inter-generational and inter-cultural basis in the work they do around Arklow to enhance.  Sandra said it was wonderful to achieve 300 points and the Diversity Award recognised everyone involved in the Arklow Tidy Towns.

Arklow Chamber would also like to congratulate all of the other South Wicklow Tidy Towns groups who increased their score this including Avoca, Aughrim, Ballycoog, Coolboy and Tinahely and Shillelagh who re-entered the contest after many years and achieve an mark of 216 points.

 

 

Arklow Municipal District Grants

Arklow Municipal District recently awarded grants to local Arklow groups from their Festival & Economic Development Fund.wicklow-co-co_  These grants recognise the work done by volunteers for the town.  Councillor Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of AMD thanked fellow councillors for making available funding for these awards.  The following Arklow groups each received one of these grants.

Arklow Tidy Towns

Arklow Music Festival

Inbhear Mór Marchers

Arklow Music & Arts

Polish-Irish Educational Association

Arklow Seabreeze Committee

Arklow Christmas Festival Committee

Arklow LGBT

Arklow Maritime Festival

Grants were also awarded to Aughrim Tidy Towns; Avoca Tidy Towns & Community Courthouse; Rathdrum Tidy Towns and Parnell Christmas Festival.

 

 

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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.

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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

  • 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 Maritime Festival

This August bank holiday (July 29th to July 31st) we’re all down on the quayside and around town to continue the tradition of one of Irelands Longest Running Maritime Festivals.The Annual Festival has been rejuvenated over the last few years and is once again growing.

The big event is on Sunday with all kinds of family events down by the quayside. With displays of traditional Irish art, children’s entertainment, market stalls and exhibits by the lifeboats, emergency services and much more it will create a truly magical weekend for everyone.

Maritime Festival Weekend

This year the festival finishes up at the Arklow Bay Hotel with a real highlight, The Spotlight Showband are back together for a special night in aid of Arklow Lifeboat, so see you at the Arklow Bay Hotel.

This event is held primarily as a fundraising event for Arklow Lifeboat, through generous sponsorship from local businesses they are able to provide a lot of the events for free, so please support the local businesses who support Arklow Lifeboat.

See you down at the Quay!!!

Click here to see the Maritime Festival Weekend Schedule.

Seabreeze Festival Magic

Arklow Seabreeze FestivalThis year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival surpassed all expectations bringing out huge crowds for the entire festival creating a magical experience, which ended on Sunday night with a spectacular Fire Works Display on the River Bank Arklow. People were high in their praise for the very small committee of eight people who put on a festival to be proud of, with so many visitors, tourists, families and friends travelling home for the event. Not one bed space was available throughout the entire town of Arklow and surrounding areas, with tourists from USA, Germany, Spain and other towns and villages supporting all of the events and activities in a packed programme….. (click here to read more)

 

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.

Friends of Philo

 

 

Wicklow County Council

Arklow Municipal District

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Bradshaw’s Lane

In accordance with Section 38 of the Roads Traffic Act 1994, as amended, Arklow Municipal District will introduce a one way traffic system on  Bradshaw’s Lane, with entry from the Main Street.

This change will come into effect from Wednesday 3rd August 2016.

 

 

Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert

The incredible Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert is coming to Omniplex Arklow on 23rd and 24th July. Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries. Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his world-famous 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André promises, and delivers, an unforgettable musical experience full of humor, fun and emotion for all ages.

Click here to purchase your ticket and click here to see the YouTube video.

Concert

 

 

August Wedding Showcase

Arklow Bay Hotel will be hosting a wedding showcase on Monday 1st August 2016 from 2 pm to 5 pm. Come and view their newly refurbished civil ceremony suite, the grounds which will be set for a civil ceremony and the beautiful Bay Suite ballroom.

The bridal suite with panoramic views of the Arklow Bay will also be on show for you to view, the hotel will also have excellent offers available on the day for any weddings booked. Along with all of this the Arklow Bay Hotel’s wedding team will be on hand to with all their expertise to answer any of your questions and help guide you on your way.

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