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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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….

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

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

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

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Arklow 1916 Centenary Concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Traffic calming measures in Arklow

Wicklow County Council

Arklow Municipal District

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

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

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

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

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Linda McDonald

District Administrator

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

lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie 

0402 42700

 

RNLI MayDay 2016

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

If you wish to donate, click here.

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

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

For more information call Liz at 087 2368698.

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Free Yoga Classes in Arklow

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

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Arklow Community Games 2016 Area Athletics competitions

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

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

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

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

Please note competitors may enter only one event plus relay.

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

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

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

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Laffins Barber shop is celebrating 10 years in business

Wednesday 6 April 2016 will mark one full decade since Laffins Barber Shop opened for business here in Arklow. Laffins Barber Shop would like to invite everyone to join them in raising a toast to ten incredible years! Everyone is invited to drop by anytime on 6 April 2016 to say hello and to celebrate the anniversary. There will be lots of gifts, vouchers and surprises on that special day.  The event starts at 8 am.

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New Kynoch book has been launched

Christopher Power has launched his new Kynoch Book on Thursday 31st March in Arus Lorcain in Arklow. Christopher book, Arklow’s Industrial Revolution – The Kynochs’ Munitions Works 1895 – 1920 is available in Arklow, Gorey and Wicklow. Kynochs factory – one of the largest industrial complexes in Ireland employed over 3,000 people – men and women and produced the explosive mixture Nitro Gliceryne.

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Arklow repair centres to join forces

Arklow’s two longest established repair centres Mobile Care & Arklow Computer Solutions (Smart Cartridge) are joining forces. After twelve years as colleagues in business, the two are going to be operating under the one roof, as of April 1st Mobile care will be operating out of Arklow Computer Solutions 29 upper main street Arklow, the store at the roundabout will be closed. All the current services will now be offered in both Arklow and Gorey at the Computer Solutions stores. You can now get all your Electronic, I.T and Telecommunications services & solutions taken care of in the one store.

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Quiz Night in aid of Arklow RNLI

The RNLI continue their fundraising and are holding a Quiz Night at The Old Ship on Friday 15th April at 8.30 pm. Please come and support them.

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 44 in Ireland. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.

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65 Roses Day

cfirelandAs part of Cystic Fibrosis National Awarness Week from 11th to 17th April, volunteers will be selling purple roses and other 65 Roses memorabilia in the Bridgewater Centre to raise funds for cystic fibrosis services. The hope is to raise €65,000 nationally to go towards patient support grants for transplant assessment, fertility treatment and counselling, as well as research and new healthcare facilities. For more information on the campaign, on Cystic Fibrosis Ireland or how to volunteer to help, please click here.

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All Ireland Band Championship

Arklow Shipping Silver Band is preparing to travel to Navan to take part in the All Ireland Band Championship on Sunday 3rd April. The championships will take place in the Solstice Arts Centre in the town. Arklow Shipping Silver Band will perform The Mermaid of Zennor by Philip Harper and James MacCafferty will be conducting the band for this competition.

 

Start Your Own Business Course

It’s a free, 3 day course, friendly, encouraging and motivational for young adults 18 – 24 years old.

Date:

Wednesday 13th April

Wednesday 20th April

Friday 22nd April

(Lunch provided)

Time: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm each day

Venue: Bridgewater Centre – Arklow

Course Content:

Applying for Grants and Loans

Marketing – Promoting your Business

Marketing – Targeting your Customers

Basic Business Skills

Preparing a Business Plan

To book your place contact:

Dympna Boffey

County Wicklow Partnership

Avoca River House, Bridgewater Centre

Arklow, Co. Wicklow

Tel. 0402 20955 / 085 8006874

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 lcairns@wicklowcoco.ie 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.

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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.

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For information on how to join visit Coder Dojo Arklow.

 

 

 

 

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Theatre in Arklow

Date: 22nd October 2015

Time: 8 pm

Place: Arklow Bay Hotel

Tickets: €10

maskArklow Chamber and Yvonne Kenny, the Chairperson of the Arklow Music & Arts (A.M.A.) is asking anyone who is serious about wanting a Theatre for Arklow to come out on Thursday 22nd October at 8pm to support the fabulous band – The Elders. This is the first big fundraising event for A.M.A. and tickets are only €10. Yvonne would like to thank Ian Byrne & the band for doing this event. You can get tickets in The Bay, Kustomkidz or Kavanaghs on Wexford Road. Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce will present a gift to The Elders on the night to show appreciation of their support for Arklow over many years. Local talent will include Fran Harper, The Penston Vocal Academy and Eimear Harper.

For further information please contact Yvonne on A.M.A. Facebook.

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General Arrangement  – Bridge Street/Main Street Junction

It is hoped that work will start on the Bridge Street/Main Street junction on the 29th October with a 6 week construction period, end date 11th December.  This will generally be a night time scheme as most works will require a STOP/ GO system to have one lane closed.  Hours permitted for this are 8pm to 6am.  Road closures will be permitted for resurfacing works and these will take place at night time 8pm to 6 am.  Diversions will be via M11 or via Avoca/Woodenbridge.  Any queries can be addressed to Margaret Hartnett at mhartnett@wicklowcoco.ie.

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Congratulations to Avoca Camogie Team and Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney on their recent wins

Congratulations to the Avoca ladies who won the Senior ‘B’ Camogie Final in a replay against Ballinacor last weekend.  They took home the Sarah Pearson Memorial Cup with a score of 4-04 to 2.06 and set the pace from the start with an explosive goal in the opening seconds of the match.  Special congratulations from her ABEC colleagues to LAURA CREAN (circled) who played a huge part in this win.

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Big congratulations also to Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney who won their first ever minor football championship last Sunday.  They beat Blessington 2-12 to 0-09.    Ray Mention of AGB said “These players came in at 6 and 7 years of age and have been working hard for 12 years towards this.”  Darragh Fitzgerald was named man of the match by the media personnel.  It is over 40 years since Arklow Geraldines won this title.

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Arklow Station shortlisted for National Award

Arklow Train Station has been shortlisted for this year’s Iarnród Éireann Best Station Awards 2015. The main criteria in considering the shortlist will include staff helpfulness, staff appearance, station appearance and customer information. Arklow Station won The Best Station Award in 2012 and we hope they will be successful this year.

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Community Sports Coaching Programme for Jobseekers

jobseekerWicklow Local Sports Partnership in conjunction with Kildare – Wicklow Education Training Board has secured funding through the Dormant Account fund to roll out a Community Coaching Initiative for jobseekers.

The Programme will run for 12 weeks beginning on the Monday 9th November 2015 and is open to anyone in receipt of unemployment payment. The closing date for application is Wednesday 28th October 2015.

For further information and application forms please contact Lisa or Aisling in the LSP office.

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Wicklow Local Sports Partnership

Wicklow Co. Co.County Buildings,

Wicklow Town  Co. Wicklow

Tel: 0404 20100 | Ext: 2335

E-Mail: LCairns@wicklowcoco.ie

 

Forge Muay Thai Arklow

Don’t miss the biggest night in the history of Forge Gym Muay Thai, 17th October 2015. A night packed full of amateur and pro fights. The most deadly and respectful martial art known to man so get yours tickets ASAP because they are selling fast. Tickets cost only 20€ and 10€ for juniors. Not a night to be missed.

For more information please click here.

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Ann McGovern – the new President of County Wicklow Chambers

Ann McGovern, the current President of Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed the new President of the County Wicklow Chambers of Commerce having succeeded Wicklow Town’s Josh McKenna. Ann was presented with the chain of office by Josh in the Grand Hotel on Monday night. She is involved in the tourism trade and already has big plans to introduce more business to County Wicklow during her six month term of office. Ann and the Chamber have also been heavily involved in the County Wicklow Economic Think – Tank. Look out for more news on her ideas!

Ann Mcgovern

 

Robert Mullan – a treasure trove of Wicklow images now available

Robert MullanRobert photographed news and sport in south Co Wicklow for both local and national newspapers in the 1980s and 90s. A while back he ‘unearthed’ some of the negatives from that period and has ‘digitalised’ over three hundred from the well over 400,000 images he owns. While there is a ‘Search’ box on the pages, it will not find everyone in every shot. After all this time, he won’t have records of names and other details of a lot of the shots. However, feel free to browse, you never know who or what you might come across! It is over 12 years since Robert decided to leave local photojournalism to explore other areas such as architectural photography. During this time, he has seen huge technological changes. Looking back, ‘turning digital’ brought him great personal satisfaction and helped to win many distinctions through his photography of the built environment, including:

Royal and SunAlliance/Irish Professional Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year 2001″
“Commercial Photographer of The Year 2003″
British Professional Photographers Association
“Overseas Architectural Photographer of the Year 2004″
Winner of the Craftsman Award, Irish Professional Photographers Association
Irish Professional Photographers Association “Best Reportage Wedding Portfolio Winner 2012″

For the Arklow in the 80s and 90s pictures please visit the website https://robertmullan.smugmug.com/Arklow and here you can find some of Robert’s current work https://robertmullan.smugmug.com/The-Built-Eviornment/

As these pictures are Robert’s copyright, the images are watermarked. If you wish to buy copies WITHOUT the watermark, either as a conventional print (i.e. a real photograph) or as a digital download please contact Robert on 0862605836, email robert@robertmullan.com or visit the website www.robertmullan.com

Robert Mullan photo

 

Denise Brennan

Denise is looking around at potential artists to create the art work of the sleeve for her new single ‘Two Lone Stars’. She’d love to give budding artists a chance at using their creative talents, all credit will be given on the insert of the new single. Please feel free to tag anyone you may know who might be interested in getting their work out there and recognised. Denise would love to support our local talent on this one! For more information please contact Denise on her Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/denise.brennan.946?fref=nf

Denise

 

Arklow Pottery and Noritake Reunion

Date: Saturday, 3rd October

Time: 8 pm

Place: The Arklow Bay Hotel

Tickets: €20

From: The Pottery Shop, Arklow

Arklow Pottery and Noritake Reunion will take place at The Arklow Bay Hotel on Saturday October 3rd.
Tickets cost €20.00 each for Hot Buffet and Music on the night by James Reid.
Noritake Company has donated the “Berries and Brambles” dinner service for 6 people and this set will be raffled on the night and the proceeds will go to a local charity. The set is valued at €800.00
Tickets available from The Pottery Shop Arklow.

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Dominican Voices

Date: Saturday, 3rd October 2015

Time: 3 pm

Place: Abbey Park, Arklow

Admission: Free

Dominican Voice Info2This is a unique commemoration of Heritage and History Celebrating 275 years of the Dominican foundation in Arklow. Everyone is most welcome to attend. This invite is especially extended to the inhabitants of the “Abbeylands” town land of Arklow which was originally the orchards and farmlands of the Dominican Monks.

As the event is taking place in October adverse weather may be a factor, if so, the commemoration will take place in St Mary’s and Peter’s Catholic Church nearby. Refreshments will be served in Arus Lorcain.

For more information please contact Pat Power on his mobile 086 1731215 or email powerpath@eicom.net or contact Arus Lorcain, Castle Park, Arklow on 0402 31716.

Dominican Voice Info

 

Arklow success as it hosts the Coastal Championship

Arklow welcomed over 150 visitors to the town over the weekend for the inaugural Irish Open Coastal Rowing Championships. The event ran very smoothly and saw 32 crews contest both single, doubles and team categories. All of the registered teams made it to the day of rowing including 12 from Arklow, Vartry Rowing Club, Bray and two Welsh crews: Towey Boat Club and Llanion Warriors. “There was lots of praise from the visiting crews and it was such a success” – remarked Charlie Dayman of Arklow Rowing Club.

Arklow Rowing Club

Arklow Rowing Club would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make this day so successful and run so smooth. The Club would specially thank to their Under 16 boys and Jeanne and Threaloch who got all boats off the beach and back to shore safely in the icy cold water.

For the results and more information please visit Arklow Rowing Club Facebook page or visit the website.

https://www.facebook.com/arklowrowingclub?fref=ts

http://www.arklowrowing.com/

 

€6 million in LEADER funding for Wicklow

Funding2In excess of €6 million is to be granted to organisations and groups across County Wicklow through the newly launched Programme 2016 – 2020. The public consultation process was officially launched at the Glendalough Hotel on Monday and it is hoped that as many interested parties as possible will engage with the process in order to apply for a portion of the funding. National consultation has identified emerging themes and trends for the new programme which include: Community facilities, Rural Youth, Environmental Projects, Tourism and Enterprise, Development, Broadband and Rural Towns.

For more information please visit the website.

http://www.wicklowpartnership.ie/

 

Burns Sisters Irish Tour Oct 2015

Date: Saturday 3rd October

Time: 8.30 pm

Place: Conary Community Hall, Avoca

Tickets : €12 / €10

From : Hendley’s Shop, Avoca, Post Office Avoca, Power Sounds, Arklow and Betty’s Shop, Conary

Burns Sisters

Siblings Annie and Marie Burns are due to embark on an Irish tour. Based in Itchaca, New York, The Burns Sisters are promoting their latest release, Looking Back – Our American Irish Souls, an examination of their own family history and the true Irish history of the famine and the great migration. Their paternal ancestors originated in Kildare while their mother’s people the McMahons, came from Co. Clare. They describe the record as a Celtic infused Americana project.

Annie Burns (Vocals), Marie Burns (Vocals, Mandolin) will be joined by Steve

Flaherty (Acoustic and Electric Guitars) and Kevin Maul (Dobro and Lap Steel).

Tour Dates:

Fri Oct 2nd. Hotspot Music Club, Greystones Co. Wicklow.

Sat Oct 3rd. Conary Community Hall, Avoca, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow.

Sun Oct 4th. The Rowan Tree Cafe Bar, Ennis, Co. Clare.

Mon Oct 5th. Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork

Tue Oct 6th. Clonmel Folk Club, The Main Gate, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Sat Oct 7th. Teach Cheoil, Kilrush, Co. Clare.

For more information call 087 233-4714 and click Burns Sisters.

 

Stunning video of County Wicklow from local company Skycam Ireland

skycam irelandWe love the examples of aerial videography and photography work that they produce in Ireland and around the world.  A great success story for County Wicklow! Check out these YouTube link to a video filmed and edited locally. Have a look at some the best film shot around Wicklow during 2014 in HD.  Feel free to share. If you want to use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, please email Viral Spiral: contact@viralspiralgroup.com

Contact Jaron  +353 (0)83 102 1126 for more information or visit www.SkycamIreland.com and https://www.facebook.com/Skycam-Ireland-575997309142272/timeline/

 

Artwork Auction in aid of SVP

artworkThe Lofties Art Group in Arklow are very pleased to announce the auction of their work at the Riverbank Café & Bistro, Bridgewater Centre on Tuesday 29th September at 6.30 pm. Proceeds from this event will go to the St Vincent de Paul in Arklow. The group of amateur artists have been painting for the past five years and hope that the public will also enjoy their work on this upcoming event. The auction will be conducted by Breda Bermingham of Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle in Arklow.

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Road Safety Authority Issues Warning over NDLS Text Messaging Scam

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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has yesterday 23 September 2015 become aware of fraudulent mobile phone text messages, purporting to come from the RSA’s National Driver Licence Service (NDLS), containing a link to a website seeking personal identity and banking details.

These text messages did not issue from the NDLS.

The NDLS never send unsolicited text messages asking for personal information.

The NDLS only sends a no-reply text message to customers confirming an appointment time at an NDLS centre.

Anyone who receives an unsolicited text message purporting to be from the NDLS seeking personal information and suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam should simply delete it.

Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent text messages should contact their bank or credit card company immediately.

The RSA has advised both the Gardai and the Competition & Consumer Protection Commission of this fraudulent activity.

For further information please contact:

  • RSA Communications Department 096-25008
  • Brian Farrell, Communications Manager 086-3881009

Screengrabs of the fraudulent text message can be seen on: http://www.rsa.ie/en/Utility/News/2015/Road-Safety-Authority-Issues-Warning-over-NDLS-Text-Messaging-Scam/

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LIFTING OF BOIL WATER NOTICE – AUGHRIM ANNACURRAGH PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY SCHEME 22/9/15

Following advice from the Health Services Executive, Irish Water and Wicklow County Council wish to notify customers that Irish Water is now in a position to remove the boil water notice from the Aughrim Annacurragh Public Water Supply with immediate effect.

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council acknowledge the patience, co-operation and assistance of all customers affected during the period of the boil notice and apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to householders and the business community.

Queries in relation to this notice may be directed to the Irish Water Customer Contact Centre on 1890 278 278.