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Post Budget Breakfast Briefing

Minister of Finance Mr Michael Noonan is hosting Wicklow & East Carlow Fine Gael Post Budget Breakfast Briefing.

Tickets are €55 per person.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday 14th January
Venue: Druids Glen Resort Wicklow
Speaker: Minister for Finance Mr Michael Noonan
Time: 7:45 am – 9:30 am

Michael Noonan

1916 Centenary Concert

Arklow Music and Arts will host a concert which will celebrate music from 1916, and songs that have a particular resonance with that time. The audience will be encouraged to wear period costumes from the early 20th century. There will be an official programme for the concert and as well as a professional sound system on the night. The concert will be professionally recorded by Eugene Whelan.

Concert

A concert to celebrate The Centenary of 1916 and raise funds for A Performance Arts Centre for Arklow featuring the cream of local Talent will take place on 6th May, Sts. Mary and Peters Church Arklow at 8 pm.

For more information please click here.

 

Arklow Lifeboat Station Event

Dan’s Lifeboat Special Hurry To The Curry will take place on Friday 29th January at 8 pm in the Arklow Bay Hotel. If you want a good night out in January, this is always a great night and all proceeds go to the Volunteers at Arklow Lifeboat Station.

To buy a ticket please contact Michael Mordaunt on 086 3871500 or reception at the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Lifeboat event

 

 

Dancing Competition

studio 55Strictly Come Dancing Junior in association with Studio 55 is coming to Arklow. This is a fundraising event for students aged 18 and younger. Competitors will learn exciting dances such as the salsa, jive, quickstep, Cha Cha, waltz, Charleston and much more – leap into the spotlight and live like a star for the night!

They are currently looking for boys aged 18 and under to take on the challenge and to fundraise and represent their chosen group or club on the night. They will be partnered with a Studio 55 dancer – (auditions to be held).

All competitors will receive a sponsor card to fundraise with for their club.

Prizes on the night are as follows:
1st prize – €300
2nd prize – €200
3rd prize – €100.
Prize money will go to the winning club that was represented on the night.

If you know of any clubs or groups that would like to put someone forward please contact Martina Lynch on 0851227286.

 

Arklow Actors Training

actor trainingOne Day Drama Workshop with Arklow Actors Training will take place at the Lar Cullen Hall, Castlepark, Arklow on Sunday 24th January, from 11 am to 5 pm with a short lunchbreak (bring a packet lunch). Workshop fee is €50. No experience necessary, just bring comfy clothes and enthusiastic spirit!

For more information please visit their Facebook page and to book your place – contact Andrea on 086 1640646 or email andrushakelly@hotmail.com

Arklow Actors Training

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Third Weekend Live Entertainment Mile

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This weekend will be the first weekend of the Live Entertainment Mile, which is part of this year’s Arklow Christmas Festival. Below are listed some of the acts that will be performing on 19th and 20th December:

  • 4Scenebuskers
  • Áine, Érin and Siún Curran
  • Aoibhín Redmond
  • Arklow Ukulele Players
  • Empathy
  • Small Town Crisis

 

Timetable

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South Wicklow IDA / Enterprise Ireland presentation was a great success!

A dedicated South Wicklow IDA / Enterprise Ireland presentation took place at The Woodenbridge Hotel, on Thursday 10th December at 5.30pm. The speakers were: Andrew Doyle TD, Michael Brougham (Enterprise Ireland) and Sheelagh Daly (Local Enterprise Office).

Sheelagh Daly Andrew Doyle Ann McGovern and Michael Brougham

Sheelagh Daly, Andrew Doyle, Ann McGovern and Michael Brougham

Andrew speaking with Michael Brougham Director Eastern and Midlands Region_ Enterprise Ireland

Andrew Doyle speaking with Michael Brougham Director Eastern and Midlands Region – Enterprise Ireland

Press Release
Andrew Doyle
Wicklow/East Carlow

16th December 2015

Creating awareness of regional supports vital- Doyle

Regional investment strategy presents real opportunity for Arklow

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow Andrew Doyle has said that a focus on increasing investment in regional locations presents a real opportunity for Arklow and its environs to avail of new investment and employment supports aimed at productive projects in Ireland’s least economically developed areas.

“A target has been set and represents a key element of the IDA Ireland strategy over the next 5 years to increase investments in all regions outside of Dublin by 30-40% which is ambitious and extremely challenging and a range of measures are being implemented towards achieving this goal.”

“The IDA work to attract foreign direct investment to Ireland and are a key influencer in the development of the Irish economy and its reputation abroad. They presented today to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs Enterprise and Innovation on the findings of their 2014 Annual Report and also about their current activity.”

“At a specially convened meeting on the subject last week in the Woodenbridge Hotel hosted by Arklow Chamber of Commerce on the Regional Aid map was an excellent showcase event for businesses and investors to find out more about the opportunities available for areas included in Regional Aid in South Wicklow.”

“As a development agency Enterprise Ireland are ranked Number 3 globally for seed investment with 180,072 employed in Enterprise Ireland assisted companies at the end of 2014. It is estimated that 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Irish economy equating to 16% of workforce.”

“EU Regional aid guidelines adopted in 2014 allow each Member State to provide enhanced rates of State Aid to certain areas and in Ireland, this is implemented by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA.  Regional aid is provided under schemes for tourism grants, marine tourism urban and rural renewal and other tax-based development schemes.”

“With 15,012 new jobs created by IDA client companies, 2014 was a year in which we have seen recovery in the domestic economy. I urge all stakeholders, interest groups and the business community in south Wicklow to take learn more about what supports may be available to them through our development agencies.”

“It is vital to help facilitate the awareness of the supports on offer and central to our Action Plan for Jobs is supporting jobs growth here in Wicklow. I am very happy to work with all local interest groups that want to avail of these supports.”

“Lastly I would like to commend Dr Michael Brougham, Enterprise Ireland, Sheelagh Daly Head of Local Enterprise Office Wicklow and Connor Simpson IDA for their combined expertise”.

EI Regional Aid Guidelines:

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 1

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 2

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 3

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 4

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 5

EI Regional Aid Guidelines page 6



Congratulations to Hilary Sharpe on winning the Volunteer Ireland Social Work Award

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Hilary Sharpe who founded the Arklow Community Resource Centre joined a special ceremony in Dublin and collected the Volunteer Ireland Social Work Award. The centre runs many different activities from women’s and men’s clubs to providing clothes, food, showers for those who need. Hilary and a friend deliver food to local families four nights a week – sometimes 30 families a night.

 

Arklow Lion Club annual event

 

The annual Arklow Lion Club event will take place on the South Beach in Arklow on the morning of 26th December. The eventsnowman
was launched with the help of Arklow RNLI crew members and special thanks also have to go to Arklow Scouts. This year you can expect a giant magnum bottle of Prosecco for one lucky swimmer. Later on everyone can join Lions Club in the Old Ship for complimentary soup and sandwiches, where a draw will take place for the huge bottle. The Lion Club is looking for new participants of all ages to came along and enjoy the experience. All swimmers receive sponsorship cards and the proceeds benefit local charities, such as the local Lifeboat. Sponsor cards are available from: Lion President Joanne Byrne – 087 2533619, Gerard DeCourcy – 086 3360999, Imelda Riley – 087 2809171 and Bernie Tyrell 087 90794533.

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Christmas Concert

Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble will host their 2015 Christmas Concert on Sunday 20th Dec. The band has been working really hard on a great selection of music for this year’s concert. Hopefully everyone can give them lots of support. Tickets are now on sale.

Christmas Concert

 

 

2015 Arklow Santa Fun Run/Walk

Arklow’s 5th Santa dash fun run/walk will take place on Saturday 19th December, starting at 2 pm from St Saviour’s Church and down the usual route finishing back at the park Bandstand Main Street. Just turn up in your Santa Suit, Santa hat, Elf Suit or your mad Christmas Jumper. Let’s bring Arklow’s Main Street alive with Christmas Spirit Hope see you all there HO HO HOOOO and oh yea Santa will be there For Free. Please join in and let’s make this Bigger and Better every year.

Santa run

More information available here.

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Update on the Arklow Christmas Market taking place on Sunday 13th December 12-6 pm

treeDue to the bad weather forecast for the weekend, Arklow Christmas Festival Committee has taken the decision to move the Arklow Christmas Market to an indoor location. They are delighted to have the facilities of Aras Lorcain, Castlepark and are grateful to Fr. Martin and John Carley for the use of this wonderful facility.

Aras Lorcain will be bursting at the seams with wonderful small craft and food businesses with home baking, festive favourites, crafts, cards, jewellery, and a host of Christmas novelties. Most of these will make ideal gifts for family and friends with something to suit all pockets.

Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble will play outside and Carol singers will entertain inside making this a wonderful and magical day for everyone.

Let us all make this as amazing as possible.  There will be barriers in place to ensure safety of the public and these will go across the road in front of the new Arklow Municipal District Offices, the committee asks all stall holders to have their products etc. onsite anytime from 11am (when Aras Lorcain will be open) and to be set up and ready to roll by 12pm.

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Also shoppers will have the added bonus of street entertainment from the top of the town right down to the bottom and includes the Bridgewater Shopping Centre, so the whole town will be working together to make sure everyone gets that something special and keep business in the town of Arklow. Please support their endeavours.

Arklow Christmas Festival Committee thank everyone for their help, understanding and patience so far. Check out their Facebook page and website for more information.

 

Irish Water identifies preferred site for €30m Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant

On 9th December 2015 Irish Water announced that it has recommended the Old Wallboard Factory, North Quay, Ferrybank as the preferred site for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant in Arklow. This location has been recommended by Irish Water based on the public consultation processes and consultation with An Bord Pleanála, Wicklow County Council and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The proposed project, which is estimated to cost in the region of €30 million will include:

  • A new Wastewater Treatment Plant and pumping stations to treat wastewater for a population equivalent of 36,000.
  • A pipeline to bring untreated wastewater to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and to bring treated wastewater from the plant to the outfall.
  • An outfall pipe to safely discharge the treated wastewater to the Irish Sea or the Avoca River.

Irish Water will provide a quarterly update on the Arklow project during the period of the Environmental Impact Assessment on the project webpage in addition to updates to local media. Irish Water will continue to liaise and consult with all relevant project shareholders throughout this period.

Commenting on the announcement of the preferred site, Jerry Grant, Head of Asset Management at Irish Water said, ‘The selection of the preferred site for the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Old Wallboard Factory Site, North Quay, Ferrybank marks a key land mark in the delivery of a Wastewater Treatment Plant for Arklow. Irish Water is committed to ending the discharge of untreated wastewater in Arklow, along with the other 44 locations identified in the recent EPA Urban Wastewater Treatment Report. As outlined in the recent Irish Water Business Plan, the utility has earmarked almost €2 billion in improving wastewater quality and capacity up to 2021. Over €30 million of this is due to be spent in Arklow.’

 

Second Weekend Live Entertainment Mile

This weekend will be the second weekend of the Live Entertainment Mile, which is part of this year’s Arklow Christmas Festival. Below are listed the acts that will be performing on 12th and 13th December:

  • 4Scenesinging
  • Áine, Érin and Siún Curran
  • Aoibhín Redmond
  • Arklow Ukulele Players
  • Avonmore Musical Society
  • Fionn & Roisin Vigors
  • Interchurch Carol Singers
  • Leinster Baptist Christmas Choir
  • Arklow Pipe Band
  • Small Town Crisis
  • The Vault Music Programme

Timetable

 

Powers Souvenir & Gift Shop Customer Appreciation Day

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Powers Souvenir & Gift Shop are Celebrating “60 years” in Business on Main St. Arklow and are having a “Christmas Customer Appreciation Day”  on Saturday 12th December, from 10 am to 7.30 pm for all their customers.

 

Polish Carols Concert

Polish Carols Concert will take place on December 13th at 3pm in the church of Sts. Mary and Peters Arklow. Last year’s concert was wonderful and this year is sure to be as good. Concert is organised by Polish-Irish Educational Association.

Polish Carols Concert

Christmas Carols Concert – photo taken by Ewa Berchulska

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Christmas Themed Window Display Competition

We would like to invite you to enter this year Christmas Themed Window Display Competition.

The competition is open to all stores, shops, businesses and retail units with public window displays.

The secret judges will be around until 16th December and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded on 19th December.

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First Weekend Live Entertainment Mile Schedule

This weekend will be the first weekend of the Live Entertainment Mile, which is part of this year’s Arklow Christmas Festival. Below are listed some of the acts that will be performing on 5th and 6th December:

  • 4SceneBuskers 1
  • Áine, Érin and Siún Byrne
  • Aoibhín Redmond
  • Arklow Inver Ladies Choir
  • Avoca National School “Singing Souls”
  • Brie-Elle Green
  • Sing for Fun
  • Small Town Crisis

If you have a group and would like to busk, find out more here.

Schedule

 

“Home at Christmas” Competition

A new competition is open to anyone in a secondary school in Arklow & District. Prize €100 Gift Voucher for Bridgewater Shopping Centre.

Creative Christmas

The theme for the competition is “Home at Christmas” and to enter you must be a student in a secondary school in Arklow & District. Entries can be in any creative format: Song, Video, Artwork, Poem, Prose. Song and video are limited to 5min and written entries are limited to 2000 words. Closing date is 14th of December. Winner will be judged by public vote and a judging panel and will be announced on 19th of December. Voting will take place on our website from 15th of December to the 17th of December.

You must enter on Arklow Christmas Festival website.

 

Arklow Music and Arts Scene Christmas Competition

Below are the details of a Xmas Competition which will run until 28th December 2015, the winners will be drawn out at prize giving on 29th December. Early Bird Entries: All Entries entered from 1/12/15- 8/12/15 will be entered in to a draw for a Family set of Reserved Tickets (Four) to The Cruinniu concert on 10/12/15 at 8pm sponsored by The Kinsella Family.

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 Here is the list of categories and sponsors:

Aged 6 & Under: Three Free Lessons from Emma Cullen School of Music
Aged 7- 12: A new Ukulele sponsored by The Revival Gospel Choir Arklow
Aged 13-18: A €50 voucher for music lessons from Ronan Mc Cauley
Adults: A one off commissioned Portrait sponsored by Dave Bardon.
Family: Family Set of tickets to Dundrum Cinema sponsored by The Greene Family.
Craft Section: 10 free crochet lessons sponsored by Julie New of Kustomkidz
Artists under 16: Art Materials to the value of €25 sponsored by The Revival Gospel Choir Arklow
Artists over 16: €50 Voucher for Riverbank Café & Bistro, follow by an Art exhibition for all entrants in the Café on his French Themed night on Bastille day 14th July 2016.
Photography: One year’s free subscription to the Tommy Byrne Photographic Society
Original Composition: An Original Xmas Song/Poem or Short Story two free tickets to The Musical Evita running from 29th March 2016 – 2nd April 2016 sponsored by Avonmore Musical Society
Overseas: Denise Brennan Sailing with the Wind CD, Avril O Toole Irish Dreams CD & Celtic Trinity Xmas DVD sponsored by the lovely ladies from Celtic Trinity.
Group/Choir/Band: Guest Spot at the A.M.A Fundraising concert to celebrate the 1916 Centenary Concert.
Bonus Prizes: For the entry that most appeals to Michael Kelly of Wicklownews.net he will post that on his website which is currently getting 250,000 plus hits a week.

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For the entry that makes most effort in terms of drama & dressing for the occasion Masquerade will give two free tickets to their next production of The Break of Day.snowman

For the Most Favourite entry of the entire competition voted by highest numbers of votes from likes/sponsors & committee of AMA sponsored by Arklow Music Festival is two free passes to all events during Arklow Music Festival from 5th – 13th March 2016.

Proving everyone’s a winner in this group everyone who makes an effort & uploads an entry will receive a 10% discount in Mc Mullans Arklow sponsored by Deirdre Bentley.

For more information please click here.

 

Christmas Concert

Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble will host their 2015 Christmas Concert on Sunday 20th Dec. The band has been working really hard on a great selection of music for this year’s concert. Hopefully everyone can give them lots of support. Tickets are now on sale.

Christmas Concert

 

 

2015 Arklow Santa Fun Run/Walk

Arklow’s 5th Santa dash fun run/walk will take place on Saturday 19th December, starting at 2 pm from St Saviour’s Church and down the usual route finishing back at the park Bandstand Main Street. Just turn up in your Santa Suit, Santa hat, Elf Suit or your mad Christmas Jumper. Let’s bring Arklow’s Main Street alive with Christmas Spirit Hope see you all there HO HO HOOOO and oh yea Santa will be there For Free. Please join in and let’s make this Bigger and Better every year.

Santa run

More information available here.

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Switching on the Christmas Tree lights schedule

Saturday, 28th November 2015

 

 

3:45 pm the entrance lane to the Main Street car park behind the bandstand will be closed, cars will still be able to leave.

4 pm people will start to arrive and the Choirs and Musicians will assemble together in the entrance lane. They will entertain everyone with some Christmas songs while waiting for Santa.

4:20 pm Santa is due to arrive and will greet all the boys & girls, big and small, while more Christmas songs are played and sung.

4:40 pm the winner of the Junior Art Competition will be drawn and brought up to switch on the Christmas Tree Lights.

Just before the switching on of the lights, we will aim for the 1000 voices of Arklow singing the 4 hymns together acappella. The 4 hymns are The First Noel, Joy To The World, Silent Night, Hark The Herald Angels Sing.

5 pm the lucky winner will switch on the Christmas Tree Lights which will signal the fireworks to start.

Afterwards more music and singing from the groups and choir and then it’s over and Christmas season has begun.

All are welcome to join us, if you are a group/musician or choir and want to take part, let us know so we make sure you are included in our plans and can get a shout out from the MC.

 

 

St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band will perform again this year

St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band, Arklow, will hold their annual collection again this year on Christmas Eve. The collection has become a bit of a tradition in the town at this stage having taken place on the same date now for over 25 years.

The band members will perform at Tesco at 2pm before making their way to Pettits on the Wexford Road where they will meet Santa and his crew at 3pm and then parade with Santa along Wexford Road, Main Street and finish on Lower Main Street.

Pipe Band

As usual transport for Santa on the day will be provided by Brendan Brady. During the evening members of the band will perform in all of the local pubs and make their collection as they proceed.

This is the only public collection that the band makes during the year and is a vital fundraiser for keeping the band going throughout the following year. The people of Arklow and surrounding areas have always been very generous towards this collection for the band and band members would like to extend their sincere thanks to all for their continued support.

 

 

St Mary’s College Christmas Fayre

St Mary’s College is once again proud to hold its Christmas Fair in their school concert hall on Sunday 6 December. Doors open at 11 a.m. Please buy some raffle tickets. Expect delicious cakes and bakes, crafts, a raffle, our school orchestra, books, CDs and audio, our Parents’ Council café and so much more. This year’s fair is in aid of local charities and the Nandri Indian Children’s project which our teacher Ms D. Buckley has been working with. Please spread the word.

St Mary's College

 

 

Buskers wanted for Arklow Christmas Festival

Live entertainment throughout Main Street will start on the first weekend of December, Saturday 5th. If you have a group and would like to perform for the Arklow Christmas Festival, register your interest here. THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE!

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Santa’s Workshop in The Arklow Bay Hotel

Santa is coming. Starting Saturday 5th December from 1pm – 7pm. €7.50 per child includes story time with Santa’s elves, visit with Santa and a present followed by yummy hot chocolate. No booking necessary.

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Opening dates are:

December

Sat 5th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 6th 1pm – 7pm
Fri 11th 3pm – 7pm
Sat 12th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 13th 1pm – 7pm
Fri 18th 3pm – 7pmsanta2
Sat 19th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 20th 1pm – 7pm
Mon 21st 1pm – 7pm
Tues 22nd 1pm – 7pm
Wed 23rd 1pm – 7pm
Thurs 24th 1pm – 3pm

 

 

Cruinniú – Carols by Candlelight

This year Cruinniú is hosting their concert ‘Carols by Candlelight’ in aid of Arklow Community Action Resource Centre. To concentrate on the needs of those people in the community who feel isolated, and vulnerable and in need of a space to go where nobody would judge them, the Centre moved to their centre at Crosscare almost four years ago with no funding and they are still going. Arklow Community Action Resource Centre would like to thank all the generous community and also Emer and all at Cruinniú. They will be there on the evening with bells on, and hope the whole community will support it.

Cruinniu

 

 

Fabulous Christmas album from theWilloughby Brothers

The Willoughby Brothers are delighted to let you all know that their Christmas album is now available to pre-order from their website. The Willoughby Brothers hope that they have captured some of the magic of Christmas with their selection of songs, and that you will make the album part of your Christmas Celebration this year. They are also very happy to announce their Christmas show at the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey on Sunday 20th December @ 8pm. If you’d like to be in with a chance to win 2 tickets please like and share. Tickets go on sale from hotel reception and from their website.

Note: All Cd’s pre-ordered from our website will be dispatched on the 1st December.

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