Writers, Visionaries, Poets and Poignant Moments at 1916 Centenary Concert

“Stunning, amazing, best night ever in the church,” just some of the words people were saying as they exited the 1916 Centenary Concert in St. Mary and Peter’s Parish Church, Arklow on Friday night last. “Arklow Music and Arts Group are destined to get a Theatre and Performance space judging by this world class night of entertainment” were other sentiments expressed by the capacity crowd of just under 800 people who attended. The concert was streamed live to audiences throughout the world including Johannesburg, USA and many other countries who tuned in to hear this breath taking concert. Over 5000 people viewed this concert on the AMA page, such was it popularity since Friday night.

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In what can be only described as amazing, over 200 participated in this event and gave audiences a night to savour and remember. Four of the 5 T.D’s were down to attend, but due to the proceedings in Leinster House on Friday afternoon, following the election of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, they were all recalled and were not in a position to attend. All sent their apologies and were disappointed, but sent their best wishes to the committee and participants for the night.

St. Mary’s College Orchestra reformed in 2010 at the request of Sr. Sior Cosgrove, under the direction of Ms. Christine Steel, got proceedings off to a fantastic start as they played to the audience on their entry to St. Mary and Peter’s Parish Church, closely followed by St. Colmcilles Pipe Band who marked a very significant milestone this year, 2016, as they reach the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the band. Under Pipe Major John Earls and Drum Sergeant John Martin, and had people gearing up for a super night of music and song.

MC was Mr. Jim Furlong, who did a wonderful job and kept the show flowing all night

A reflection and tribute, honouring the  sixteen executed leaders of the 1916 Rising then took place. Celtic Trinity members Avril O’Toole, Denise Brennan and Karen Mc Gillycuddy, raised the bar and gave a great rendition of “Grace”, “With or Without You”, “How Great thou Art” under the guidance of Musical Director Paul Barrett.

“Sing for Fun”, which was set up in 2015 by Mary Walsh, is a group of ladies from all walks of life who come together on a Monday night with the sole purpose and aim in mind and that is to “Sing for Fun”. Their programme featured a short cameo life in 1916 Ireland through Poetry and Song. Accompanying them were Rosarii Kinsella on Piano and Jimmy Myler on bodhran and their Musical Director Mary Walsh.

Robert Donnelly gave a recital of Padraig Pearse’s oration at the graveside during the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.

Small Town Crisis a five piece teenage pop/punk/rock band comprising of: Sean Fox (15yrs old)- Vocals and Guitar, Darragh Black (17 yrs old) – guitar and backing vocals, Darragh Gavin (17 yrs old) – Guitar, Cat Leibowitz (17 yrs old) – Bass and Jack Hanlon (15 yrs old) – Drums, and only 9 months in existence, performed their self-penned song entitled “40 Pins Fall Down” which remembers the 40 children who died during the 1916 rebellion. More than 370 civilians were killed by gunfire during Easter Week in 1916, forty of whom were children aged between two and sixteen years old. The children were from working class backgrounds and have not been remembered due to their social class. Along with Small Town Crisis, Empathy – a two piece Indie band made up by members Cat Leibowitz and Olivia Sheehy, and Sam Ali on keyboards performed this wonderful piece and was received very well by all those in attendance.

Sam Ali performed “Us against Ourselves” which he self-penned and was accompanied by Rachel Doyle and Christine Steel and was a real treat on the night. Jennifer and Lorraine Lee joined by Rachel Kealy, performed “A Stoirin Ban, “Anahorish” and accompanied by John Bonner on Keyboards, gave another exciting and wonderful performance.

Boru members – Tommy Breen and John Hogan performed “Ireland Unfree” and “The Foggy Dew.” Tommy and John were joined by Christine Steel and members of the St. Mary’s Orchestra performing their specially commissioned piece entitled “The Floral Lady”, which proved a huge hit before closing the first half of the programme with “Oro Se Do Bheatha Bhaile” and everyone in the church participating.

Part two of the programme saw Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble under the guidance of Musical Director, Oisin Molloy marched up the church and gave wonderful renditions of “Sean South from Garryowen”, “Mise Eire” and “The Minstrel Boy” wowing the audience with their musicianship.

Award winning brothers, John and Denis Nolan teamed up with Johnny Stafford and performed “The Shadow” and “My last Farewell” again showcasing the wonderful talent in Arklow and surrounding area.

Arklow Music and Arts (AMA) Young Performers, accompanied by Paul Barrett and under the guidance of Musical Director, Denise Brennan gave a rousing rendition of “Ireland’s Call”  brought everyone to a standing ovation. Katherine Brennan Kinsella performed “In Remembrance 1916” a musical tribute to those who were killed in 1916 followed by “The Centenary Jig”, another wonderful performance which was very well received.

Arklow Revival Gospel Choir under Musical Director, Geraldine Hamilton, thrilled audiences with “The Shepherd”, and “I wish I knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.” The choir mantra is “life is not measured the breaths we take but by the movements that take our breath away” and they did just that.

Naoimh Penston gave a wonderful rendition of “Mna na hEireann and was accompanied by Christine Steel and John Bonner. Joining Naoimh were daughters, Amy and Leah Penston, who gave a breath-taking performance of “Men of Erin”

Amy and Leah Penston went on then to perform “The Prayer” wowing audience with their performance and once again bring the audience to their feet.

The reading of the proclamation by Gabriel Brady, grand-nephew of Christopher Brady, who was responsible for the printing of the document in 1916 followed, to rapturous applause.

“You Raised Me Up” finished the night by Celtic Trinity, Naoimh, Leah and Amy Penston before “Amhran na bhFiann brought the night to a close.

With such a vast amount of talent on the night it proved to be something really special with all the artists giving freely of their time and talents, it showcased some of the wonderful talent that Arklow has become famous for both at home, nationally and internationally.

A special commemorative programme compiled by Colm Kavanagh, proved a huge hit with all those in attendance, who did an excellent job and was a labour of love, despite many sleepless nights. Footage on the screens the church, again done by Colm K, proved a huge hit and added to the overall success of the night.

Dave Bardon, exhibited some of this work depicting the signatories who lost their lives in 1916 and donated a custom made glass portrait which was won by Robert Donnelly.

AMA Chairperson Yvonne Kenny said that the committee “ have been working tirelessly on this concert, proceeds of which will go to a Performance Arts Space and Theatre for the town of Arklow and will house the many groups and organisations in the town and a place to call home”. “A big thank you to everyone who has helped, supported or contributed  financially in any way to this big task that lies ahead”. “Working together we can make this dream a reality and put Arklow on the map for the right reasons”. Throughout the year a number of events are being planned and if you would like to keep up to date with what is happening visit our Facebook page, “Arklow Music and Arts” like and share with your friends.

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Many thanks to everyone who helped out in any way to making this concert an outstanding success, to all the people of Arklow and surrounding areas for coming out and supporting, a big Go Raibh Mile Maith Agaibh Go Leir” To our sponsors, who took adverts in the programme and our patrons, a huge debt of gratitude to you all, thank you also the press and media for all the coverage.  If we have forgotten anyone, please accept our apologies. A big thank you to all the participants who gave freely of their time for this wonderful event and project.

Finally, thanks to Fr. Martin Cosgrove for allowing us to stage our 1916 Centenary Celebration Concert in Sts. Mary and Peter’s Church, proved to be a wonderful venue, until we are in a position to stage in our own theatre.

 

For Further Information contact:

Colm Moules

Mobile 0872886845

PRO Arklow Music and Arts

 

Arklow This Week

Welcome to a few new Arklow businesses and a fond goodbye to some old friends!

It’s great to see some new faces joining us in the town – congratulations to Mr Denis who has opened “Central Turk” on Abbey Lane celebrating great food and coffee joining our 14 coffee hotspots in town.  Also we welcome a new Asian restaurant to the Main Street – “The Holy Grail” so give local business your support.  If the good weather forecasted for this weekend is tempting you who not enjoy a walk in town… I’m sure Colm Kavanagh would love to offer you a cool ice cream cone while you are about town!

Meantime we wish Larry Byrne and David Lane, two wonderful contributors to our town, a wonderful retirement.  Thanks to you both from your many Arklow & District business colleagues.

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Polish-Irish Childrens Day 21 May next at Arklow CBS!

The Polish-Irish Educational Association invites all to attend the International Children Day it organises as part of PolskaÉire Festival in Arklow!

This year it is bigger, better and is assisted with Irish partners including The Port of Arklow Sea Scout Group and the 9th Wicklow & Arklow Town Football Club !

The event will take place at C.B.S. Arklow premises between 12am-2pm on 21 May and will include:

  • arts and crafts for kids;
  • physical activities for kids;
  • two bands (one from Aklow and one from Kraków providing live music);
  • face painting and bouncing castles;
  • a barbecue;
  • delicious food provided by the Polish bakery.

Come and support this great day for Arklow!

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1916 Public Collections Day – an opportunity to share your stories…

If you have an object, photograph, document, medals or family story relating to 1916 life in County Wicklow, you can register and come along to Wicklow County Council’s 1916 Public Collection Day. This special event will take place in County Buildings, Wicklow Town on Tuesday 17th May from 1 pm to 8 pm. All material will be digitally copied by experts, free of charge. A selection of the items photographed will form part of the County Wicklow 1916 Exhibition and will also appear on the Inspiring Ireland website. http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie/

If you are interested in participating in this event please fill in the pre-registration form to book your time slot. Copies of the registration form are available in all branch libraries, County Buildings or on the websites: www.wicklow.ie and www.wicklow1916.ie

For more information please contact Catherine Wright or Deirdre Burns in County Buildings at 0404 20100 or Ciara O’Brien in Bray Library at 01 2866566. E-mail queries and returned forms to wicklowheritage@wicklowcoco.ie

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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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Biz-Expo

ASL have over 20 years’ experience across the consultancy & training arena they are one of the longest established safety & training consultancies in operation in Ireland and have vast experience of working with all sizes of clients.  Contact ASL for all your training requirements.

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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 are available from:

  • McMullans – 0402 32356
  • Kavanagh’s, Wexford Road – 0402 39364
  • The Pottery Shop – 0402 91266
  • Kenny’s of The Harbour – 0402 31366

For more information and updates click here.

 

Arklow Music and Arts 1916 Centenary Concert Program is seeking advertisements urgently. Please support Arklow Music and Arts. Please email Colm Kavanagh at colmkavanagh@eircom.net with your advertisement or logo and contact Ann McGovern at annmcgovern@arklow.ie to organise your payment to Arklow Music and Arts. Don’t leave it too late before you book your tickets for this amazing musical event. Looking forward to seeing you there.

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Irish Water-001Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland has announced that it is progressing the surveys required to develop the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant (WwTP) Project. Irish Water is working in partnership with Wicklow County Council and Arup to deliver this project which will end the current practice of discharging untreated wastewater into the Avoca River.

The project represents an investment of over €30 million by Irish Water and will bring benefits to Arklow in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all.

Arklow is one of seven large towns identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having no wastewater treatment. This practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the Avoca River is no longer acceptable and Irish Water intends to fix this problem through a strategic approach to the provision of wastewater treatment. Irish Water is now preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with a view to submitting a planning application in early 2017.

Irish Water is committed to providing a new Wastewater Treatment Plant to the people of Arklow as a key priority. We would like to thank all of those who took part in the previous two phases of public consultation on this project.

Irish Water will continue to keep residents, businesses and the wider community informed as the project progresses. If you are interested in being informed about the project and involved in further consultation on this project, please email us at arklowtp@water.ie or visit our website at www.water.ie/arklowtp for more information.

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

WEPThis year Wicklow Enterprise Park celebrates 21 years supporting and growing business in Co. Wicklow.

To celebrate this landmark year, we are 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.

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

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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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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HSE National Lottery Grants

The HSE has been allocated National Lottery Funding for distribution to community based groups and voluntary organisations under the Respite Care Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Grant Scheme. Groups and organisations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services can apply for once off funding for suitable projects.

Completed Application Forms must be returned to the local Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO)

Closing Date for Applications – Friday May 27th 2016

For more information click here.

 

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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. Ticket are €15 each and there is also an option to purchase two tickets for €35 and have your name in the programme.Music and art

Tickets are available from:

  • McMullans – 0402 32356
  • Kavanagh’s, Wexford Road – 0402 39364
  • The Pottery Shop – 0402 91266
  • Kenny’s of The Harbour – 0402 31366

For more information and updates click here.

Arklow Music and Arts 1916 Commemoration Programme is seeking advertisements urgently. Please support Arklow Music and Arts. Please email Colm Kavanagh at colmkavanagh@eircom.net with your advertisement or logo and contact Ann McGovern at annmcgovern@arklow.ie to organise your payment to Arklow Music and Arts. Don’t leave it too late before you book your tickets for this amazing musical event. Looking forward to seeing you there.

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

1916 Commemoration Programme Advert Receipt

 

Arklow Coder Dojo

CoderDojoCoderDojo 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..

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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.

For more information contact CoderDojo at CoderDojoArklow@GMail.com or just come along any Saturday morning during term time to see for yourself what a great experience it is…

If you wish to be involved in supporting CoderDojo locally, click below for more information:

Arklow Coder Dojo

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May Bank Holiday Showcase in Arklow Bay Hotel

Wedding ringsOn Monday 2nd May 2016 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 2pm to 6pm.

The bridal suite with panoramic views of the Arklow Bay will also be on show for you to view and also the excellent offers will be available on the day for any weddings booked. Along with all of this the 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.

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

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1916 Public Collections Day – an opportunity to share your stories

If you have an object, photograph, document, medals or family story relating to 1916 life in County Wicklow, you can register and come along to Wicklow County Council’s 1916 Public Collection Day. This special event will take place in County Buildings, Wicklow Town on Tuesday 17th May from 1 pm to 8 pm. All material will be digitally copied by experts, free of charge. A selection of the items photographed will form part of the County Wicklow 1916 Exhibition and will also appear on the Inspiring Ireland website.

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If you are interested in participating in this event please fill in the pre-registration form to book your time slot. Copies of the registration form are available in all branch libraries, County Buildings or on the websites: www.wicklow.ie and www.wicklow1916.ie

For more information please contact Catherine Wright or Deirdre Burns in County Buildings at 0404 20100 or Ciara O’Brien in Bray Library at 01 2866566. E-mail queries and returned forms to wicklowheritage@wicklowcoco.ie

 

Wicklow Literature Mentorship Scheme 2016 – Words Ireland

drawing of hand with a feather pen in style of an engravingWords Ireland is a recently formed grouping of seven literature organisations, who are working collaboratively to provide coordinated professional development and resource services to the literature sector.

WORDS Ireland is offering two further mentorship opportunities to Wicklow writers who are seeking to engage with a mentor over a period of six months from May 2016. This scheme is open to writers in any fiction genre: young adult and children’s books, short stories, playwriting, screenwriting, novels or poetry. The mentorships will focus on manuscript development in the main, but may include other aspects in the professional development of the writer.Wicklow-Literature-Mentorship-Scheme

Application deadline:

Friday 24th April 2016 at 5pm.

For more information please click here.