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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Pride of Place Judges come to Arklow

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

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

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

 

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Chamber Member is Guest of Honour at RNLI Naming Ceremony

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

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

 

Arklow Springboard Family Centre

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

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Co. Wicklow People of the Year Awards 2016

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

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

Your nominee can be:AMD logo

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

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

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Music in the Garden

Marie and Roy Dempsey welcome you to their annual Music in the Garden at Monument Lane on Sunday 26th June from 1 pm to 5 pm.

The entertainment will include:

  • Great music
  • Song and dance
  • Fun for all the Family
  • Face Painting
  • Balloons
  • Teas/Coffees/Refreshments
  • Prizes

Tickets: Adult €10, Child €5, Family €30

All proceeds are kindly being donated to provide a facility to keep all this talent in Arklow. Tickets are available from Roy & Marie, Kavanagh’s Wexford Road and the Pottery Shop, Lower Main Street.

 

Congratulations to Leah Penston on winning the Best Actress award at the AIMS musical theatre awards in Killarney!

Leah Penston from Avonmore Musical Society received the award for her performance in the role of Eva Peron in Evita. Evita also won third prize in the Best Overall Show category, while Chris Currid and Stephen Acton were nominated for Best Male Singer and Best Director respectively.

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Arklow Rock Parnells Field Day

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique would like to ask everyone to support them and The Arklow Rock Parnells with their Field Day on Sunday 26th June from 1 pm at Cemetery Road. There will be a Big Screen and Projector in their Family Friendly Fanzone Area for The Ireland V France Match and there will be plenty on the pitch to entertain everyone including a Jack and Jill Stall selling New Jewellery at Special Prices for the Day… Join them and support Two Great Causes!!! The admission is FREE.

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Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Nominations are currently being accepted for Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 so to get voting now go to the Chamber website www.arklow.ie or email us at chamber@arklow.ie

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

 

We are delighted to announce that 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.

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

 

Pat Fitzgerald named as new Wicklow County Council Cathaoirleach

Arklow Councillor Pat Fitzgerald has been named as the new Cathaoirleach for Wicklow County Council. He was nominated along with Sinn Fein Councillor Michael O’Connor from Bray. Pat Fitzgerald won by 30 votes to 3 with 5 members abstaining 4 Councillors were not present, 3 of Michael O’Connor’s Sinn Fein party members abstained from voting. Outgoing Cathaoirleach John Ryan and County Manager presented Councillor Fitzgerald with the chain of office at a Council meeting on Monday.

Pat Fitzgerald

Source: Wicklownews.net

 

Water Outage – Arklow Town

Irish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council wish to advise residents of Arklow Town that water services will be shut off in parts of the Arklow Town North from 5 pm on Friday 24th June to 8 am Saturday 25th June, to carry out essential network improvements. For further information please contact Irish Water Customer Service on 1890 278 278.

water outage

 

 

VaultFest 2016

East Wicklow Youth Services are hosting their annual VaultFest 2016 on Sunday 3rd July 2016 from 12 pm to 4 pm at the Bandstand Arklow Main Street. There will be Face Painting, Ju-Jitsu Martial Arts display, Drumming sessions, Pot-planting, Barbeque, Refreshments, Teenage bands and the Ukulele group with guest artists. The Vault Shop will be open on the Main Street. This year the festival is being run in conjunction with National Recreation Week 2016 which runs from Sunday 3rd to Friday 8th July and is promising to be bigger and better than ever this time around.

VaultFest 2016

 

 

 

Exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery

Three Arklow Artists – Mary Whelan, Declan O’Leary and Peter Murray are inviting all to their first exhibition at the Visual Arts Gallery from Monday 4th July to Saturday 11th July. The artist all participate in the monthly Bridgewater Craft Fair on the first Sunday of every month. They look forward to welcoming you on that day. Admission is FREE. Please support local artists.

Artists

Kids Summer Dance Camps

Boys and girls will learn Dances to popular chart music, build confidence, help improve memory, & some Arts and crafts. There will be a small performance at the end of each camp for family and friends to come along and see the kid’s hard work.

AGE 7-13 YEARSSummer Dance Camp

  • 11th – 15th July (Mon-Fri)
  • 11 am – 2 pm
  • €70
  • (5 day camp)

AGE 3-6 years

  • 19th – 22nd July (Tue – Fri)
  • 11 am – 1 pm
  • €50
  • (4 day camp)

50% off Sibling Discount

RED DOOR FITNESS HALL

Call Laura: 086-3968673

Places are limited so make sure to Book!

 

 

Summer Pottery Making

Peir Leonard is bringing a bit of pottery making back to the town. Classes filling fast so drop Peir an email or text to book a place. Kids – Tuesday’s and Thursday afternoons and adults on Wednesday nights. All clay, glaze and firing included. For more information contact Peir on 087 9751680 or email peir@solace.ie

Summer Fun Pottery

 

QQI accredited payroll and VAT qualifications

The Irish Payroll Association runs QQI accredited payroll and VAT qualifications in locations nationwide. If you are interested call 01 4089100 or email ask@ipass.ie

Payroll training

Wicklow People press release

Arklow This Week

Nominations are currently being accepted for Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 so to get voting now go to the Chamber website www.arklow.ie or email us at chamber@arklow.ie

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

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We are delighted to announce that 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.

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 monthstie bow

  • 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

 

 

Music in the Garden

Marie and Roy Dempsey welcome you to their annual Music in the Garden at Monument Lane on Sunday 26th June from 1 pm to 5 pm.

The entertainment will include:Music in the Garden

  • Great music
  • Song and dance
  • Fun for all the Family
  • Face Painting
  • Balloons
  • Teas/Coffees/Refreshments
  • Prizes

Tickets: Adult €10, Child €5, Family €30

All proceeds are kindly being donated to provide a facility to keep all this talent in Arklow. Tickets are available from Roy & Marie, Kavanagh’s Wexford Road and the Pottery Shop, Lower Main Street.

 

Arklow Municipal District Facebook page

AMD logoA Facebook page has now been set up for Arklow Municipal District; the aim of this page is to promote the positive projects being undertaken by the Council throughout the District.

It will also be used for disseminating important notices to the public.

Contact details for the office are also on the page.

If you have a Facebook page it would be appreciated by AMD if you would like and share the Arklow Municipal District page in order that they can gather a large customer (fan) base.

AMD

 

 

Information Evening for Part Time Courses

The open evening for IT Carlow in the Wicklow County Campus is taking place on Monday 20th June from 6 pm to 8 pm. Courses include: Postgraduate, PR & Media, Business, Engineering and Humanities. FREE Springboard courses also available.

For further information contact:Courses

Wicklow County Campus

Crermont House, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow

T: 0404 67125

E: wicklow@itcarlow.ie

 

 

2016 Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival

The dates of this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival are Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July (both dates inclusive).

Arklow Seabreeze Festival

“Arklow’s Got Talent”

Arklow Seabreeze Festival are looking at the idea of running an “Arklow’s Got Talent” where open auditions would be held for any type of act, group or individual. Open to all it is anticipated that they could have musicians, dancers, magicians, story tellers, comedians, choirs, rock bands, trad bands and so on. Auditions would take place towards end of June on one day and run similar to X Factor, where all would appear before a panel of adjudicators and the final selection would be announced shortly afterwards.

From all the acts that would enter, this would be narrowed down to 20 acts who would all get the opportunity to appear on stage at this year’s festival, thus showcasing the best of what Arklow has in talent.

If interested please let the Arklow Seabreeze Festival know as soon as possible, open to all ages and from Arklow and surrounding areas. All welcome.

Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess Night Arklow Seabreeze Festival2

This year’s Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess Night will take place on Saturday 2nd July in the Arklow Bay Hotel, where the lucky girl will walk away with it a host of prizes. If you are interested in taking part please makes sure to pick up an entry from Tina at reception in The Arklow Bay Hotel. Places are limited, so hurry.

Swinging Pubs competition

Who will be Swinging Pubs Champion for 2016? This year’s Swinging Pubs competition will run from Monday 4th July – Thursday 14th July. Pubs interested in taking part please contact Donal Molloy or visit the Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival Facebook page. Once entry fee is paid you can select night you are interested, so first come first served.

More details to follow.

Road Race

A new addition to this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival is an 8K and 4K Road Race which will take place on Sunday 17th July in conjunction with gorun.ie. It will feature two courses to suit all types of runners and walkers. Both will start and finish on the Main Street, Arklow.

Soap Box Derby

Start getting your machines ready for our Soap Box Derby which takes place during the Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 2016 on Sunday 17th July, Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

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

 

 

Beach Awareness 2016

As part of Wicklow County Council Blue Flag Beach Awareness/Education programme they have organised a scavenger & treasure hunt and other activities during July and August.

Some of the activities below have been funded by Wicklow County Council through the Local Agenda 21 Environment Partnership Grant.

Booking these events is essential. Please contact the Library for Booking.

Further information: Phone 1890 222 276

Beach Awareness2016

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Arklow This Week

Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September 2016

We are delighted to announce that 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.

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

  • Best New Start Uptie

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

Nomination forms will be available soon.

Press Release

Arklow – the Best Place to Live in Ireland?

Arklow

Last week Arklow & District Chamber hosted a very popular public presentation by Simon Wall, Westport Town Architect in the Arklow Bay hotel.  As the Town Architect to the Town of Westport Co Mayo for almost two decades; Simon is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team. The idea for Arklow Chamber to host a talk on the Westport experience was sparked by a discussion between Gerard O’Brien of the Woodenbridge hotel and Minister Simon Harris and won immediate and universal support from members of Arklow Chamber and Arklow Municipal District.

Click here to read more…

 

 

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 proposes 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 Linda McDonald, on or before Tuesday 7th June 2016.

 

Linda McDonald

District Administrator

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

lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie 

0402 42700

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Arklow Tidy Towns

flowersArklow Tidy Town committee have asked us to let you know that the Tidy Towns judge is expected to visit Arklow in June. They ask you to please make a special effort to ensure our town is presented the best way as possible.  They would like you to make sure that front and back entrances, back gates, front steps are clean and weed free.

At the moment Arklow is third out of twenty six entrants in the county, best large town and bronze medal winner.  They are aiming this year is to top 300 points and improve on last year’s achievements.

Arklow Tidy Town committee is very appreciative of the support of the Arklow & District Chamber, Arklow Municipal District, the businesses and townspeople of Arklow.

 

Arklow Library Community Room

Arklow Library has a community room available, free of charge, for non-profit organisations. Meetings would need to take place within library opening times – open till 8.30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Claire or Laura at Arklow library if they can be of help.

Opening Hours:

Monday 10am – 5pmLibrary

Tuesday 10am – 8.30pm

Wednesday 10am – 5pm

Thursday 10pm – 8.30pm

Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Contact Details:

Phone: 0402 39977

Email: CFullam@wicklowcoco.ie

The new Arklow library offers a wide range of facilities, apart from books, such as audio visual materials, free internet and Wi-Fi access, research and study space, relaxation space and facilities for special events and meetings.

Also included is a range of Polish books, made possible by a very kind financial contribution from the Polish embassy.

 

Wedding Showcase in the Arklow Bay Hotel

On Monday 6th June 2016 the Arklow Bay Hotel will be hosting a wedding showcase. 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 Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow’s finest wedding venue will be running the wedding showcase from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Arklow Bay Hotel

The hotel’s 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 wedding team will be on hand to with all their expertise to answer any of your questions and help guide you on your way.

For more information please contact Orla – Wedding Co-Ordinator weddings@arklowbay.com

 

Book sale at Old Arklow Library

The Old Arklow Library will host a used book sale this Saturday 4th June from 9 am to 5 pm. Wicklow Library Service will be selling off a large selection of ex-library books and some great bargains will be up for grabs on the day. Further information is available from Library headquarters at 01 2866566.

Sale

 

Open Day in Arklow Further Education and Training Centre

Come and see the range of full time and part time programmes on offer in your local education and training centre on Tuesday 7th June 2016, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

What can arklow further education and training centre offer you?

  • Opportunity to Upskill and Retrain on a Range of Part time and Full time programmes
  • Complete components and /or Certificates at level 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications from QQI and/or the Department of Education and Skills
  • Subsidised Crèche places may be available
  • Build Self Confidence, Self Esteem, Have Fun, Enjoy Learning and Meet New People
  • Gain a Sense of Achievement and Broaden your Horizons

For more information, contact the centre on 0402 39680 or email: guidancearklow@kwetb.ie

KWTB Open Day

 

 

Jack & Jill Charity Shop celebrates 1st Birthday

The Jack & Jill Charity Shop in Arklow is celebrating its first birthday and plenty of celebrations are planned at the Main Street outlet. Everyone in the community is invited to come along on Saturday 11th June for a coffee morning followed by a day full of fun activities.

The Jack & Jill organisation would like to thank everyone for their support in their first year. Remember that every €16 raised provides one hour of homecare for sick children. The store accepts clothes, bric a brac, jewellery, shoes, books, DVD’s/CDs, handbags, toys and furniture.

For more information call 0402 91250.

Happy birthday

 

Jack & Jill needs volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities now available for Summer Months in the Arklow Store. If you are over 16 and are able to give 4 or more hours a week then pop in for a Volunteer Form today. In return you will gain experience in retail sales, customer service, display merchandising to name a few and of course you will become part of The Jack and Jill Family….