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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Arklow This Week 5th October 2018

Positive Ageing

Plans are coming together for Arklow Positive Ageing Week 2018 with an array of exciting events scheduled to take place.  This year’s event runs from Friday 28th September to Monday 15th October and the official launch takes place in Arklow Library.  The launch will get under way at 2 p.m. and will set the tone for a  wonderful schedule with events for all tastes.

Bridgewater Style Event

Weekend AM fashion presenter Judy Gilroy will make a special appearance at Bridgewater Shopping Centre on Saturday 6th October from 2-4 p.m.

Judy will be showcasing the must have looks for Autumn/Winter and eliminating all your wardrobe worries.  The fashion will be showcased by models and there will be a Q&A session. Refreshments will be served and a €50 Bridgewater Centre voucher is up for grabs.

Silver & Gold Concert

The Arklow Shipping Silver Band is celebrating 50 years this year, and to mark this special milestone, is hosting a night of music and memories.

The ‘Silver & Gold’ event takes place on Saturday 6th October at 7 p.m. in St Saviour’s Church, Arklow and will feature the band joined by Festival Brass, Cruinniú, Naoimh Penston, John Bonner and Derek Broadbent and Master of Ceremonies Paul Sharkey.

Admission is €10 and tickets are available from the band or Cruinniú members, or at the door.

Cancer Support Group 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arklow This Week 28th September 2018

Arklow Centre hosting social media course

Arklow Business Enterprise Centre will host a one-day course on designing a social media campaign for beginners.  Local Enterprise Wicklow is behind the course, which takes place on Wednesday 10th October from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants need to have a personal Facebook and Twitter account set up before attending this course, and to be familiar with both applications.  This training day is about setting up a social media presence for a business, not for personal use.

This one day course is aimed at people, owner managers or key staff, who may not have taken their business online and are interested in exploring the potential of social media as a brand building and marketing mechanism for their business.

On completion of this programme, participants will have the knowledge to decide what social media platforms are suited to their business needs and the skill to take their business onto Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.  This course will demonstrate the basics of setting up social media accounts for business.

The cost of the course is €60 and the trainer is Michael Keogh of The Entrepreneurs Academy.

 

 

 

Positive Ageing Week

Plans are coming together for Arklow Positive Ageing Week 2018 with an array of exciting events scheduled to take place.  This year’s event runs from Friday 28th September to Monday 15th October and the official launch takes place in Arklow Library.  The launch will get under way at 2 p.m. and will set the tone for a wonderful schedule with events for all tastes.

 

 

 

 

Autumn Art Exhibition

Arklow Visual Arts Gallery is holding its first Autumn Art exhibition.  The exhibition opens on Tuesday evening, September 18th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will run until Friday, September 28th.

Seven local artists are participating in the show featuring paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media and wood creations.  The artists are Mary Mitchell, Helen Hiney, David Owens, Tony Byrne, Michael Sheehan, Masie Dillon and Patrick Power.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Style Edit with Judy Gilroy

Fresh from presenting our Fabulous Fashion Feature on weekend AM Judy Gilroy will join us at Bridgewater Shopping Centre on Saturday 6th October from 2-4 PM.

Judy will be showcasing the must have looks for Autumn/Winter and eliminating all your wardrobe worries. Judy will be joined by her lovely models and will be available for a Q&A session.

We look forward to seeing you on mall for refreshments and nibbles and a chance to win a €50 Bridgewater gift card!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver & Gold

The Arklow Shipping Silver Band is celebrating 50 years this year, and to mark this special milestone, is hosting a night of music and memories.

The ‘Silver & Gold’ event takes place on Saturday 6th October at 7 p.m. in St Saviour’s Church, Arklow and will feature the band joined by Festival Brass, Cruinniú, Naoimh Penston, John Bonner and Derek Broadbent and Master of Ceremonies Paul Sharkey.

Admission is €10 and tickets are available from the band or Cruinniú members, or at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Arklow This Week 21st September 2018

Arklow & District Chamber Awards

The Arklow Chamber of Commerce President Mr Donal Murray was delighted to welcome over 230 people to the Chamber Ball & Business Awards event in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Friday the 14th September. The event was a huge success and celebrated the accomplishments of many local businesses in Arklow.

Many Thanks to the sponsors of the awards, ASL Safety TrainingThe Arklow Bay HotelGlen Fuel Services LtdHarmony Timber Solutions &  Servier Ireland Industries Ltd.
In addition The Arklow Chamber President would like to extend his thanks to Bank of Ireland & The Wicklow People who very kindly supported the event.

A warm welcome was given to the guest speaker Mr Bobby Kerr who delivered an inspiring and motivational speech. Many Congratulations to all nominees that were shortlisted and to the winners of each of the award categories.

The winners of the 2018 Business Awards are as:

Rising Star Award Winner: FayeBella

Best Business for Customer Service Award Winner: Armstrong Life Pharmacy

Community Award Winner: Arklow Town Team

The Employee of the Year Award: Cormac Funge of The Arklow Bay Hotel

The 2018 Person of the Year Award : Mary Nolan Hickey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Art Exhibition

Arklow Visual Arts Gallery is holding its first Autumn Art exhibition.  The exhibition opens on Tuesday evening, September 18th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will run until Friday, September 28th.

Seven local artists are participating in the show featuring paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media and wood creations.  The artists are Mary Mitchell, Helen Hiney, David Owens, Tony Byrne, Michael Sheehan, Masie Dillon and Patrick Power.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Ageing Week

The official launch of Arklow Positive Ageing Week takes place on Friday 28th September at 2 p.m. at Arklow Library.

Positive Ageing Week is a national celebration of the contribution that older people have made and continue to make in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arklow centre hosting social media course

Arklow Business Enterprise Centre will host a one-day course on designing a social media campaign for beginners.  Local Enterprise Wicklow is behind the course, which takes place on Wednesday 10th October from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants need to have a personal Facebook and Twitter account set up before attending this course, and to be familiar with both applications.  This training day is about setting up a social media presence for a business, not for personal use.

This one day course is aimed at people, owner managers or key staff, who may not have taken their business online and are interested in exploring the potential of social media as a brand building and marketing mechanism for their business.

On completion of this programme, participants will have the knowledge to decide what social media platforms are suited to their business needs and the skill to take their business onto Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.  This course will demonstrate the basics of setting up social media accounts for business.

The cost of the course is €60 and the trainer is Michael Keogh of The Entrepreneurs Academy.