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Arklow This Week 16th November 2018

Revenue PAYE Changes

The Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce are delighted to invite you to the following FREE Breakfast Event which will focus on “Revenue PAYE Changes 2019”.

From the 1st of January 2019, all payroll systems will need to be processed in real time, where employers will be required to calculate and report their employees pay and deductions as they are being paid. This PAYE improvement aims to make it easier for employers to pay the correct amount of income tax, PRSI, USC & local property tax and send these figures directly through to Revenue. As an employer it is important to ensure that records are up to date, and that all existing payroll obligations are met.

Mr. Eric Hendy, Managing Partner of local Accountancy firm R Hendy & Co (Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors, Personal Insolvency Practitioners) will deliver essential information and provide expert advice on this important topic.

The morning event promises to be very interesting and informative & we look forward to seeing you all bright & early (Tea/Coffee & a light breakfast will be provided).

Please contact the Chamber office at chamber@arklow.ie or 0402 26909 to confirm your attendance.

Craft Fair

The Arklow Craft Fair takes place in the Bridgewater Shopping Centre from midday to 6p.m. on the first Sunday of every month.  Stalls will display an array of arts, crafts and giftware all of which have been created by local crafts people and artists.

Santa arrives at Bridgewater

This year Santa’s giving those reindeer a rest and arriving by boat into Bridgewater Shopping centre.  Join him in a parade from the harbour at 11.30 am with the arrival in the centre at noon for FREE fun and festivities, balloon modelling & face painting, your favourite festive characters and dancing to Christmas DJ’s.

Christmas BEGINS this Sunday 18th November at Bridgewater….

Santa’s Grotto Opening Hours: 

Sunday 18th November – 12pm-5pm

Saturday 24th November until Sunday 23rd December – 1pm-5pm

Annual Fair

The annual Christmas Craft Fair in aid of Mother Kevin Mission takes place at Árus Lorcáin on November 24th and 25th.  Bookings are now being taken for stalls at the event which will feature good quality crafts, gifts and cards.  Tea will be served throughout and there will also be a special visit from Santa Claus.  For information call 086 0724060.

Christmas Fair

The Arklow Christmas Festival market takes place on Saturday 8th December.  Anyone who wishes to feature a stall should contact cbateman@wicklowcoco.ie as soon as possible.

This year’s Arklow Christmas Festival runs on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December.

Arklow Christmas Festival 2018

Preparations for the 2018 Christmas Festival are well underway by the Committee.  The aim of the festival is to increase footfall, create a Christmas atmosphere, and to give the retailers from the Wexford Road to Lower Main Street, Ferrybank and Bridgewater an additional boost during the pre -Christmas period.

Events will be held on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December and will include the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, fireworks display, Punch & Judy Show, arrival of Santa, Pipe Band recital, Christmas jumper competition, best business window display, Christmas park market, children’s art competition and many more….. There will also be free parking in the town during the period 1st December up to and including 1st January 2019.

The GOLDEN TICKET DRAW will return again this year and retailers/businesses are invited to participate whereby the winner from each shop/business will be entered into a draw with a prize value of over €2,000 kindly sponsored by local businesses.

Should you have any queries please contact Deirdre Bentley at dbentley@live.ie or myself at lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie  or any member of the Christmas Festival Committee.

Arklow Bay “Taste Wicklow at its best”

Taste Wicklow at its best…..come be our guest!
6.45 pm – 23rd November €45 per person
Drinks Reception – Wine Pairing – 7 Course Evening Meal

Created by our sous chef Aine supporting local
Enjoy live music in our Ferrybank Lounge once your meal is complete.

Book now on 0402 26200 with Eimear or email reservations@arklowbay.com.

 

 

Arklow This Week 9th November 2018

The Elders “Fare thee Well” Irish Tour 2018

World renowned  musicians “The Elders” make their 16th annual trip home to Ireland from their base in Kansas City, USA for their “True” Irish Tour, from 30th October – 12th November inclusive. The band will travel around Ireland, taking the following venues: “The Abbey” in Donegal, “Monroe’s” in Galway, “The Great Southern Hotel”, Killarney, “Shortt’s” in Waterford, “Johnnie Foxe’s” in Glencullen and The Arklow Bay Hotel, with a record number of over 300 of their fans this year from across the USA.

On their Irish tour they will play in the Arklow Bay Hotel, on Friday 9th November at 8.00pm, doors open at 7.30pm, with special guests: Denise Brennan with John Nolan, Breda O’Connor School of Irish Dancing, Cairde Le Cheile Traditional Group where audiences are in for a real musical treat and will be a night you will not want to miss. Tickets are available from: Arklow Bay Hotel Reception, Plain & Pearl, Lower Main Street, The Harbour Bar, Lower Main Street, Kavanagh’s Newsagents, Wexford Road, or any committee member of AMA (Arklow Music & Arts Group). Tickets €10 in advance or €12 on the night and all proceeds from the night will go towards The Lavender Ward, Nolan House, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow and Arklow Music & Arts’ campaign to secure the provision of a Music and Arts Centre for Arklow.

Avonmore M.S. Announce auditions for “9 to 5”

Avonmore Musical are delighted and excited to be staging the Dolly Parton Musical “9 to 5”  for their 40th Anniversary production in 2019. The show will run from 23rd – 27th April, 2019 and promises to be a great fun filled show with a very witty script and great music, book is by Patricia Resnick and Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton.

This amateur production is  presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  Based on the 1980 smash hit film in which Dolly Parton starred, this highly acclaimed  Broadway musical was nominated for no less than four Tony Awards. Some of the hits from the show include “Hart to Hart”,  “Let Love Grow”, “Get out and stay out” and of course “9 to 5” and much more.

Auditions will take place on Sunday 11th November at 12pm in St. Mary’s College, Arklow. Anyone interested in auditioning, packs are now available. Please e-mail Avonmore M.S. Secretary, Karen Kavanagh on Kavanagh.karen@gmail.com quoting ‘Avonmore 9-5 Auditions’ and she will get back to you with the list of characters, audition pieces and times.

The Production team for this year’s production is: Director – Stephen Acton, Musical Director: Naoimh Penston, Choreographer: Martina Lynch and Vocal Director: Amy Penston

Looking forward to seeing many new faces and many of our friends down the years to join us for the wonderfully uplifting show and a celebration of 40 years of Avonmore Musical Society.

Members of Avonmore M.S. will be joining Topline Bolands, who are sponsors of this year’s show on Thursday night 8th November (this Thursday), to celebrate the launch of their Christmas Shop, sing some Christmas Carols and get you all into the Christmas Cheer. All members  (young and not so young) are asked to meet at 7.15pm in Boland’s. Carols will start at 7.30pm until 8.30pm. If you are available please let any member of the committee know so we can get an idea of numbers.

Annual Fair

The annual Christmas Craft Fair in aid of Mother Kevin Mission takes place at Árus Lorcáin on November 24th and 25th.  Bookings are now being taken for stalls at the event which will feature good quality crafts, gifts and cards.  Tea will be served throughout and there will also be a special visit from Santa Claus.  For information call 086 0724060.

Christmas Fair

The Arklow Christmas Festival market takes place on Saturday 8th December.  Anyone who wishes to feature a stall should contact cbateman@wicklowcoco.ie as soon as possible.

This year’s Arklow Christmas Festival runs on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December.

Arklow Christmas Festival 2018

Preparations for the 2018 Christmas Festival are well underway by the Committee.  The aim of the festival is to increase footfall, create a Christmas atmosphere, and to give the retailers from the Wexford Road to Lower Main Street, Ferrybank and Bridgewater an additional boost during the pre -Christmas period.

Events will be held on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December and will include the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, fireworks display, Punch & Judy Show, arrival of Santa, Pipe Band recital, Christmas jumper competition, best business window display, Christmas park market, children’s art competition and many more….. There will also be free parking in the town during the period 1st December up to and including 1st January 2019.

The GOLDEN TICKET DRAW will return again this year and retailers/businesses are invited to participate whereby the winner from each shop/business will be entered into a draw with a prize value of over €2,000 kindly sponsored by local businesses.

Should you have any queries please contact Deirdre Bentley at dbentley@live.ie or myself at lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie  or any member of the Christmas Festival Committee.

 

 

Arklow This Week 26th October 2018

Arklow Halloween Festival Parade

This year it is hoped to make the Halloween night festivities (Wednesday, 31st October) EVEN BETTER by having a larger street parade, staged event and firework display!

People of all ages are encouraged to take part in the festivities on the night and to get into the Halloween spirit – no pun intended! – and wear some kind of fancy dress.

Entry is now open for larger organisations such as local community, sports groups and schools to enter fancy dress groups into the street parade. Business owners are encouraged to decorate their premises as the fantastic displays in the shop windows and the free-standing sculptures around town really contribute to the holiday atmosphere.

Arklow Municipal District is running a competition for the most original and exciting displays as a way of recognising people’s efforts, community spirit and creativity.

If any community or sports groups are interested in getting involved in the parade, or for businesses to register their window displays, please email to ArklowMD@wicklowcoco.ie or phone 0402 42700.

A full programme of festival events has been released and is now available through the Libraries, Arklow MD office. It can be also viewed here and on facebook @ArklowMD or via the link below.

https://www.wicklow.ie/…/spook-tacular-halloween-in-arklow-…

 

 

Freak Show Circus comes to Arklow in aid of Temple Street

The Arklow Bay Hotel will be hosting their second annual fancy dress party on Sunday 28th October at 9 p.m. in aid of ‘Trick or Treat’ for Temple Street.

After the success of last year’s party, the Arklow Bay have made this an annual event and would like to keep the tradition going as it is for such a worthy charity.

There will also be traditional Halloween Party Games as well as prizes for Best Dressed Individual and Best Dressed Group/Duo.

This October Bank Holiday Sunday adults only event will be packed with entertainment by local band Black Cherry and a DJ James Reid playing till late where you can dance or scare the night away.

Tickets are €12 available at hotel reception.  Doors will open at 9 p.m. and prizes to be announced shortly for the Fancy Dress Competition.

 

 

  

Halloween Event at Victorian Tea Times

Miss Havisham’s High Society Halloween Tea combines the ghoulish and the gracious, with spooky spine tingling tales set amidst the splendid surroundings of an authentic Victorian drawing room.

Created by well-known businesswoman, Audrey Whelan, Victorian Tea Times is a charming warm and unmissable experience where guests can enjoy delicious afternoon teas, served by parlour maids in costume and all presided over by a Victorian Matriarch!

For our upcoming Miss Havisham Halloween Tea we will be creating a rich, moody and dramatic evening with fabulous stories, food and cocktails and I would urge people to book as places are filling fast. It’s going to be scary …for all the right reasons!

Miss Havisham’s High Society Halloween Tea takes place on Friday 26th October at 7.30 pm. €45 per person.

 

 

 

 

Arklow Christmas Festival 2018

Preparations for the 2018 Christmas Festival are well underway by the Committee.  The aim of the festival is to increase footfall, create a Christmas atmosphere, and to give the retailers from the Wexford Road to Lower Main Street, Ferrybank and Bridgewater an additional boost during the pre -Christmas period.

Events will be held on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December and will include the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, fireworks display, Punch & Judy Show, arrival of Santa, Pipe Band recital, Christmas jumper competition, best business window display, Christmas park market, children’s art competition and many more….. There will also be free parking in the town during the period 1st December up to and including 1st January 2019.

The GOLDEN TICKET DRAW will return again this year and retailers/businesses are invited to participate whereby the winner from each shop/business will be entered into a draw with a prize value of over €2,000 kindly sponsored by local businesses.

Should you have any queries please contact Deirdre Bentley at dbentley@live.ie or myself at lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie  or any member of the Christmas Festival Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arklow This Week 19th October 2018

Energy Efficiency for Your Business 

The Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce are delighted to invite you to the following FREE Breakfast Event which will focus on “Energy Efficiency for Your Business”.  With growing concerns surrounding global warming and the ever increasing demand for energy, learning how to use energy efficiently will have a number of benefits for your business.

The Breakfast event will be delivered by Glen Fuel Services, in conjunction with Glenergy & Pinergy who will provide excellent advice on how your business can adapt a better approach to energy management and save your business money.

We look forward to seeing you bright and early at 7.45am on Thursday 25th of October for what promises to be a very interesting and informative morning.

Please contact the Chamber office at chamber@arklow.ie or 0402 26909 to confirm your attendance.

 

 

Arklow RFC Club Day – 21st October 2018

We are hosting this event for our club members and local community supporters to show our appreciation for all the support you have given us so far throughout this year and previous years.

Arklow senior men will take on Athy, a league rival, at home at 3pm. We invite you to come to the club from 1.30pm for fun and festivities.

There will be a presentation of the new Adidas Gear that has been sponsored by our generous first team sponsors before kick-off and will hopefully be christened with a dominant win over Athy.

Shane Byrne will also be presenting a few of his many international rugby jerseys to the club which will be proudly hung on our walls to inspire future generations of Arklow rugby players on what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.

To ensure everyone can enjoy the day’s celebrations a bus has been organised which will leave from the back of Christy’s at 1pm and will return to Christy’s after Shane Byrne’s  presentation. One of our Jersey sponsors Martin Lynch has agreed to only charge €5 for the return trip.

To keep the kids entertained, weather permitting a bouncy castle will be set up for their entertainment. We are expecting a very good crowd and that this will be the first of many celebrations the club will have over the coming season.

If you can, please RSVP – secretaryarklowrfc@gmail.com so we can get an idea of the numbers expected out, that would be greatly appreciated.

 

Arklow Halloween Festival Parade

This year it is hoped to make the Halloween night festivities (Wednesday, 31st October) EVEN BETTER by having a larger street parade, staged event and firework display!

People of all ages are encouraged to take part in the festivities on the night and to get into the Halloween spirit – no pun intended! – and wear some kind of fancy dress.

Entry is now open for larger organisations such as local community, sports groups and schools to enter fancy dress groups into the street parade.

Business owners are encouraged to decorate their premises as the fantastic displays in the shop windows and the free-standing sculptures around town really contribute to the holiday atmosphere.

Arklow Municipal District is running a competition for the most original and exciting displays as a way of recognising people’s efforts, community spirit and creativity.

If any community or sports groups are interested in getting involved in the parade, or for businesses to register their window displays, please email to ArklowMD@wicklowcoco.ie or phone 0402 42700.

A full programme of festival events has been released and is now available through the Libraries, Arklow MD office. It can be also viewed here and on facebook @ArklowMD or via the link below.

https://www.wicklow.ie/…/spook-tacular-halloween-in-arklow-…

 

Arklow Christmas Festival 2018

Preparations for the 2018 Christmas Festival are well underway by the Committee.  The aim of the festival is to increase footfall, create a Christmas atmosphere, and to give the retailers from the Wexford Road to Lower Main Street, Ferrybank and Bridgewater an additional boost during the pre -Christmas period.

Events will be held on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December and will include the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, fireworks display, Punch & Judy Show, arrival of Santa, Pipe Band recital, Christmas jumper competition, best business window display, Christmas park market, children’s art competition and many more….. There will also be free parking in the town during the period 1st December up to and including 1st January 2019.

The GOLDEN TICKET DRAW will return again this year and retailers/businesses are invited to participate whereby the winner from each shop/business will be entered into a draw with a prize value of over €2,000 kindly sponsored by local businesses.

Should you have any queries please contact Deirdre Bentley at dbentley@live.ie or myself at lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie  or any member of the Christmas Festival Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arklow This Week 12th October 2018

Cancer Support Group art class in new exhibition

The Arklow Cancer Support art class will showcase their latest work at an exhibition at Arklow Visual Arts Gallery.  The exhibition opens on Monday 8th October at 8 p.m. and runs for two weeks.

This is Arklow Cancer Support Art Classes third art exhibition.  In 2010, Arklow Cancer Support set up an art group for clients and relatives of people going through and bereaved from cancer. The art class takes place on Monday mornings at 10.30 a.m. under the instruction of Bernie Fitzgerald.  Anyone who would like to join the group should contact the office at 0402 23590.

Lip Sync Legends

Arklow United Football Club will present Lip Sync Legends at the Arklow Bay Hotel on Saturday 13th October.  Participants are now sought to perform as their musical idol on the night in aid of the club.  Doors open at 7p.m. and the show starts at 8p.m.  For information, contact 086 1633253.

 

 

Charity Fashion Show

To mark 90 years in business, McMullan’s Arklow is hosting a charity fashion show in aid of Arklow Community Action Resource Centre on Friday 19th October in Árus Lorcáin.  Tickets cost €12 and include a cheese and wine reception. The show will feature fashion from McMullan’s, John Flood, Fayebella, B Couture Bridal and Ralph O’Connell’s. This promises to be a great night of fun, fashion and food.  All are welcome to attend to help celebrate this milestone.

 

 

 

Arklow Halloween Festival Parade

Plans for the second Arklow Halloween Festival are underway. Arklow Municipal District has begun work on the event following the huge success of the inaugural festival. This year it is hoped to make the Halloween night festivities (Wednesday, 31st October) even better by having a larger street parade, staged event and firework display. Entry is now open for expressions of interest from larger organizations such as local community, sports groups and schools to enter fancy dress groups into the street parade.

Business owners are encouraged to decorate their premises as the fantastic displays in the shop windows and the free-standing sculptures around town really contribute to the holiday atmosphere. The Arklow Municipal District are running a competition for the most original and exciting displays as a way of recognizing people’s efforts, community spirit and creativity. For more information, please email ArklowMD@wicklowcoco.ie or phone 0402 42700. (A full program of festival events will be released in early October.

 

 

  

The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018

The 2018 Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards is now in its third year. The competition promotes enterprise by bringing business and community groups together, in towns and villages across Ireland, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area. Arklow was nominated for the competition in the population category greater than 10,000. This was a fantastic opportunity for the Arklow Town Team to highlight recent and forthcoming initiatives for enterprise within the town.

During the visit to Arklow on the 25th of September, three judges met with representatives from the business and community sectors of the town and received a presentation highlighting the positive attributes of the area. Winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony taking place at The Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny on November 28, 2018.