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M11Arklow is open for business and leisure. A new stretch of motorway between Rathnew and Arklow has been opened on Monday 13th July by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe. The 16.5 kilometre route replaces one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country. National Roads Authority spokesperson Seán O’Neill says it should cut journey times by between 10 and 20 minutes.

Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Bryan Doyle, said, “the upgrading of this section of the N11 has been the number one objective of Wicklow County Council since the opening of the Rathnew /Ashford bypass in 2004.

“A total of eight dangerous bends including the notorious Balinameedsa bends which has been the scene of many bad accidents and fatalities will soon be a distant memory for the main road users of County Wicklow,” he added.

 

A new album “Sailing with the Wind” recorded by Arklow singer Denise Brennan will be available on iTunes in the coming days in aid of ARKLOW LIFEBOAT!!! Click the link below to view a very special video for the Title Track “Sailing with the Wind”, in honour of our Lifeboat Heroes!!!

https://youtu.be/1cjJlx-32vU

Arklow Lifeboat

 

A new art exhibition opened in Arklow on Monday 13th July and runs until 23 July. The latest show – “Musica” at Arklow Visual Arts Gallery presents a collection of new paintings by artists Ciaran Smyth, Jason Hayden and Conall Carney who used acrylic painting to explore their thoughts on music as a universal language.  Teachers Fiona O’Hara and Sylvia Nannig were also present for the launch.  Arklow Visual Arts Gallery, situated on Main Street is open to the public from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Avoca Painting School will be holding an outdoor painting workshop at the Meetings of the Waters and Glendalough Upper Lake with Facilitator Rod Coyne this Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and will include a painting demonstration and tuition for everything from beginners up to advanced painters. For more information please call 0402 35555, email info@avocapaintingschool.com or visit the website http://avocapaintingschool.com/book-outdoor-workshop.html

 

Arklow Seabreeze Festival starts today and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this fantastic event!

Seabreeze Festival 2015(2)

 

The volunteer crew of Arklow RNLI towed a local sailing yacht to safety last Thursday after the vessel suffered engine failure. Under the direction of Coxswain Ned Dillon, the RNLI crew of Michael Fitzgerald, Andrew Loughlin, Jimmy Myler and Leigh Downey secured a tow line to the local yacht and brought it and its two crew safely back to the harbour.

 

The marching band and drum corps Summer Sounds 2015 competition season begins in Arklow this Sunday, July 19. The first show will be hosted by the Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble. This competition is part of the “European Summer Music Games” which includes 15 competitions across Europe over four months and is the first of three Irish shows this summer. The show takes place in Arklow Celtic Football Club at 2 p.m. and the admission is €5 for Adults and €2 for children.

Sumer Sounds 2015

 

A small number of places still remain for September 2015 on the following Full Time Post Leaving Certificate Courses at Arklow Community College:

  • Beauty Therapy (2 Year – CIBTAC, ITEC & CIDESCO)
  • Childcare (1 Year – FETAC Level 5 & 6)
  • Office Administration (1 Year – FETAC Level 5)

For more information please call 0402 32149 or email arklowcc@eircom.net

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Official Opening of M11 between Arklow and Rathnew

Sean Quirke, Director of Roads at Wicklow County Council, announced at Monday’s council meeting that work on the N11 between Arklow and Rathnew will be completed this week and as a motorway order has already been signed by the Minister the new dual carriageway is set to be officially opened on Monday 13th July.  Work on this 16.5km of dual carriageway is months ahead of schedule, it will be called the M11, will have a 120kph speed limit and will reduce the travel times for commuters.

 

Woodenbridge Bakery

Chamber member, Gerard O’Brien of the Woodenbridge Hotel is very happy to announce the opening of a new deli and bakery at 64 Main Street, Arklow (opposite the Bank of Ireland).  The Woodenbridge Deli and Bakery opens for business today Friday 10th July 2015.  Speaking before the opening of the bakery Gerard said ……

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Arklow Waste Water Treatment Plant 

 

Please note that the deadline for submissions to Irish Water regarding the site location on North Quay is Friday 10th July and the email address is arklowtp@water.ie

Arklow This Week 3rd July

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Evening-near-DedhamRenowned Arklow artist Robert Harcus has been invited to exhibit in the Beffroi De Bruges International Exhibition in July 2015. Robert has launched a new website featuring a collection of his work at www.robertharcus.com

Robert became the first Irish artist to be made an Associate of the American Academy of Equine Art and in 2014 had the great honour to be elected a full member. Robert is the first and only Irish artist to gain this distinction.

 

AVONMORE Musical Society attended the AIMS awards ceremony en masse recently members and this year’s leading ladies were named as Runner Up in the “Spirit of Aims” award category. Jennifer Lee, Naoimh Penston and Denise Brennan, who played three witches in the recent production “The Witches of Eastwick”, were nominated in this section. This year there will be some changes in the production team. Naoimh Penston will take up the role of Musical Director, Martina Lynch will remain as Choreagrapher and Stephen Acton will join as a Director. The next production “Strictly Come Dancing” will take place on Saturday, August 29. Tickets can be purchased on the Avonmore website www.avonmoremusicalsociety.com

 

Jennifer Kavanagh is organizing the Maritime and Marine Heritage Walk, which will include historical tours and heritage walks:

  • Monday, 24th August – St Saviour’s Church will be open to the public from 2 pm to 4 pm.
  • Tuesday, 25th August – Abercorn Masonic Hall, which dates back to 1903, will be open from 4 pm to 9 pm. Later that evening an Bat Walk will take place from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The group will meet at the Arklow Bay Hotel.
  • Wednesday, 26th August – Old Kilbride Graveyard will be officially opened from 3 pm to 4 pm. The opening will be conducted by the Venerable Archdeacon of the Church of Ireland and Rev Minister of Methodist Church. On the same day Arklow Methodist Church will be opened to the public from 2 pm to 4 pm and St Bridget’s Church of Ireland, Kilbride will be open from 2 pm to 4 pm. Visitors will have a chance to see the Harry Clarke designed window dating back to 1834.

Further information is available from jennifermjkavanagh@gmail.com

 

Members of the Tommy Byrne Photographic Society in Arklow are available to take photos at upcoming charity events such as runs and fun days. For more information please contact any society member or visit www.tbps-arklow.com

 

Arklow Gym Club, that is based at Arklow Gymnastic Centre, Knockenrahan Industrial Estate, Yellow Lane, will run their annual summer Gymnastics camps in July and August. Cost is €60 per week and the camp runs from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.The camp is open for girls and boys from four years and upwards. For more information or to book a place please contact head coach Sara Kenny at 085 1615973, visit the website www.arklowgymclub.com or email kennysara@hotmail.com