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Attention Arklow Traders

AnnAnn McGovern, President of Arklow Chamber of Commerce purchased the Prize for Best Musical Window Display to encourage all The Local Traders to support Arklow Music Festival. Wouldn’t it be great to see every shop window in Arklow welcoming the 6,700 plus entrants to this year’s Arklow Music Festival by decorating their shop windows with a musical theme for the week? Just follow Deirdre Bentley at McMullans, Peter Kinsella at the Pottery Shop, An Scoil Bheag, Colm Kavanagh at Kavanagh’s Wexford Road, Curiosity Shop on Upper Main Street, Jack and Jill Charity Shop or Vincent De Paul. The winner will have the honour of being the first to have its name engraved on this beautiful cup which will be presented this Sunday 13th March at the Prizegiving Concert. Come on let’s show our neighbouring towns that Arklow too can pull together & sing from the same Hymn Sheet.

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Third generation of the Sweeney Family comes to the helm

IreneCurrent proprietors Pat and Irene Sweeney have recently handed over the reins to their son JJ who follows in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents. JJ is a qualified motor mechanic and also holds qualifications in windscreen chip repair, business and computing and is a trained motor diagnostics technician. Formerly known as the Windscreen, Tyre and Exhaust Centre meets all motoring requirements including fuel servicing, tyres, windscreen repair, NCT checks, beam settings, tyre alignment, and car washing and valeting. The family have been a well-known part of the business community for over 40 years and has always been proud to provide jobs locally. Pat and Irene will continue to run the Hackney and Minibus side of their business.

Pat and Irene wish to thank all their loyal customers for their support over the years and are proud to leave them in the capable hands of JJ and his team. JJ wishes to invite the public to visit Sweeney’s Garage on Saturday 12th March from 2 pm to 4 pm for a welcome event and the chance to see some dream cars.

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St. Patricks and Easter at Bridgewater Shopping Centre

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner on Thursday 17th March. The Bridgewater is celebrating by soaking up the culture, and from 12-3pm there will be free face painting for all the kids. Call in and take advantage of the free parking all day. Also, you can now enter St. Patrick’s Facebook competition where someone will win a Bridgewater Gift Card worth €50. Click here to enter.

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Then, celebrate the next big event with Bridgewater! On Monday 28th March from 2-5pm, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt going on within the Centre and you could get your picture taken with Alice and the Easter Bunny.

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Library closing date

Arklow Library in St Mary’s Road is closing its doors to the public on Wednesday 16th March at 8.30 pm and will be opening on Main Street on Monday 4th April. There will be no public library in Arklow through the school Easter Holidays.

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Community Games Activities in the Arklow Area

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  • Solo recitation, solo dance, solo music, solo singing.
  • Group dance, group music, group singing, group drama.

Please note competitors may enter only one activity in their own age group.

Age groups are over eight and under 12 and 16 years. The competition is open to girls and boys resident in the Arklow area and under the age specified on July 31st 2016.

Competitors please register your name, address, date of birth, home telephone number, activity of your choice and five euro entry fee with James O’Reilly 17 Fernhill, Arklow, County Wicklow on or before Friday 18th March. Please note competitors will be notified by phone of dates for area and county finals.

Closing date for entries is Friday 18th March.

Entry fee is €5.

For further information regarding rules and criteria for above activities please visit national community games website, phone 0402 91085 or email pro@arklowcg.org

“It is not the winning that is most important

It is the taking part”

“16 for 1916” Exhibition

Artist David Bardon is back in the Arklow Art Gallery with a new exhibition of his work. “16 for 1916” series celebrates major figures from the Easter Rising and subsequent War of Independence. Portraits include the seven executed signatories of the Proclamation, Michael Collins, Eamonn de Valera and others. The exhibition which will run for three weeks will be launched in the Arklow Visual Art Gallery from 7 – 9 pm on Monday 14th March.

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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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Vote for Emma to win Doodle 4 Google

Girl DrawingCongratulations to Emma Seckington, aged 9, who has made it to the finals of the 2016 Doodle 4 Google.  Voting opened on Sunday 7th February and closes on Sunday 14th February so please log on to www.google.ie/doodle4google/vote and select Emma’s entry in the Group 2 section.  She has themed her entry on Irish wildlife so please vote for her and help get her to the doodle onto the Google homepage.  The prize giving ceremony will take place on 7th March and the winning doodle will appear on Google on 28th March.

 

GoRun.ie Health and Fitness Seminar

GoRun.ie are holding a Health and Fitness  Seminar in the Arklow Bay Hotel and Leisure Centre on Wednesday 17th February 2016  at 7.00pm sharp.  See flyer below  or visit the www.gorun.ie or full information.

What does GoRun.ie do??

GoRun.ie is an online race event calendar and facilitator.  They launched back in November 2015 and are getting great feedback in relation to how the service is much needed from a runners point of view.  They have roughly between 7,000-8,000 page loads each week with 2,500 users each week logging onto their website. The point of the Seminar is to promote health and Fitness in Wicklow with experts in their field.

Download the GoRun Flyer

 

Safely Insured Seminar

ASL Safety & Training Ltd are having a half day seminar in The Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow on Thursday 10th March, 2016 from 9.30am – 12.30pm.  This is a very interesting seminar  on providing a safe place of work and adequate Insurance cover.  The increased knowledge on how to provide a safe place of work coupled with a better understanding of commercial insurance is a powerful tool to have and can save you a lot of money when it comes to claims and renewing your premiums.

This seminar can be booked online or if you require further information please contact me Colm Moules – 083 4678332.

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Arklow Music & Arts Scene Awards

ArtsParticipants in Christmas competition gathered in Kennys of the Harbour for the presentation of awards.  Competitors of all ages were represented but the award for “Best in Show” went to the very talented Olivia Sheehy & Cat Leibowitx of Empathy.  Congratulations to them and special congratulations to the those in the Arklow Music & Arts Scene who did wonderful work in 2015 to highlight what Arklow has to offer in music and creative arts. This hardworking  group goal is to secure a performing arts centre for the community.

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GOOD NEWS FOR JOBS IN ARKLOW

New to Arklow : Glen Fuel Services Ltd

Glen Fuel Services is celebrating the opening of their new Arklow Depot located in Croghan Industrial Estate.  Established in 1986 this is a second generation family run business that has built a strong reputation for providing excellent customer care through reliable, professional and friendly service.  They promise to deliver ENERGY FOR EVERYTHING!

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Check out the value on offer now at www.glenfuels.ie or simply call the Glen Fuel Services Arklow team on 1850 911931. Support a new Arklow business that is here to serve the local community…we wish all in Glen Fuels the very best of luck!

 

And EXPANDING IN ARKLOW…….

Gaines Europe Ltd announces further development!  

GainesGaines Europe has a history that can be traced as far back as 1928 when the then founder of Gaines Pet Food Company, Clarence Gaines, declared and introduced to market the concept of “100 percent complete and balanced nutrition” in his dog food.

Since then there has been a number of significant turning points, the first of which, in 1943, saw General Foods purchase the successful pet food business that Clarence Gaines had developed. The Gaines name and proud tradition of manufacturing quality products extended to Europe when, in 1995, Gaines Europe Limited was established.  Gaines Europe was acquired by Rondo Food in 2011, which is one of the leading private label pet snacks and treat manufacturers in Europe.   In 2013, Gaines’ manufacturing facility was relocated to a new site in Arklow where they have just announced further development in Arklow thanks to the hard work of factory staff and the ambition of their effective management team who have made enormous improvements to the company’s growth and development establishing a strong presence in Europe, North America and Australia.

Well done to all those involved including Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities in Arklow, good news all round!

 

COLM IS THE NEW AIMS PRESIDENT

AIMSCongratulation to Colm Moules who has just been elected as National President of the Association of Irish Musical Societies.  In the past he has served as national PRO for AIMSs and in his role as President will travel all over Ireland attending competitions.  Colm is a long servicing member of Arklow’s Avonmore Musical Society and will take part in their 2016 Evita show from 29th March to 2nd April.  He is employed in ASL Safety & Training in the Arklow Business Enterprise Centre.

 

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