Arklow This Week

Ann McGovern – the new President of County Wicklow Chambers

Ann McGovern, the current President of Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed the new President of the County Wicklow Chambers of Commerce having succeeded Wicklow Town’s Josh McKenna. Ann was presented with the chain of office by Josh in the Grand Hotel on Monday night. She is involved in the tourism trade and already has big plans to introduce more business to County Wicklow during her six month term of office. Ann and the Chamber have also been heavily involved in the County Wicklow Economic Think – Tank. Look out for more news on her ideas!

Ann Mcgovern

 

Robert Mullan – a treasure trove of Wicklow images now available

Robert MullanRobert photographed news and sport in south Co Wicklow for both local and national newspapers in the 1980s and 90s. A while back he ‘unearthed’ some of the negatives from that period and has ‘digitalised’ over three hundred from the well over 400,000 images he owns. While there is a ‘Search’ box on the pages, it will not find everyone in every shot. After all this time, he won’t have records of names and other details of a lot of the shots. However, feel free to browse, you never know who or what you might come across! It is over 12 years since Robert decided to leave local photojournalism to explore other areas such as architectural photography. During this time, he has seen huge technological changes. Looking back, ‘turning digital’ brought him great personal satisfaction and helped to win many distinctions through his photography of the built environment, including:

Royal and SunAlliance/Irish Professional Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year 2001”
“Commercial Photographer of The Year 2003”
British Professional Photographers Association
“Overseas Architectural Photographer of the Year 2004”
Winner of the Craftsman Award, Irish Professional Photographers Association
Irish Professional Photographers Association “Best Reportage Wedding Portfolio Winner 2012”

For the Arklow in the 80s and 90s pictures please visit the website https://robertmullan.smugmug.com/Arklow and here you can find some of Robert’s current work https://robertmullan.smugmug.com/The-Built-Eviornment/

As these pictures are Robert’s copyright, the images are watermarked. If you wish to buy copies WITHOUT the watermark, either as a conventional print (i.e. a real photograph) or as a digital download please contact Robert on 0862605836, email robert@robertmullan.com or visit the website www.robertmullan.com

Robert Mullan photo

 

Denise Brennan

Denise is looking around at potential artists to create the art work of the sleeve for her new single ‘Two Lone Stars’. She’d love to give budding artists a chance at using their creative talents, all credit will be given on the insert of the new single. Please feel free to tag anyone you may know who might be interested in getting their work out there and recognised. Denise would love to support our local talent on this one! For more information please contact Denise on her Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/denise.brennan.946?fref=nf

Denise

 

Arklow Pottery and Noritake Reunion

Date: Saturday, 3rd October

Time: 8 pm

Place: The Arklow Bay Hotel

Tickets: €20

From: The Pottery Shop, Arklow

Arklow Pottery and Noritake Reunion will take place at The Arklow Bay Hotel on Saturday October 3rd.
Tickets cost €20.00 each for Hot Buffet and Music on the night by James Reid.
Noritake Company has donated the “Berries and Brambles” dinner service for 6 people and this set will be raffled on the night and the proceeds will go to a local charity. The set is valued at €800.00
Tickets available from The Pottery Shop Arklow.

Noritake

 

Dominican Voices

Date: Saturday, 3rd October 2015

Time: 3 pm

Place: Abbey Park, Arklow

Admission: Free

Dominican Voice Info2This is a unique commemoration of Heritage and History Celebrating 275 years of the Dominican foundation in Arklow. Everyone is most welcome to attend. This invite is especially extended to the inhabitants of the “Abbeylands” town land of Arklow which was originally the orchards and farmlands of the Dominican Monks.

As the event is taking place in October adverse weather may be a factor, if so, the commemoration will take place in St Mary’s and Peter’s Catholic Church nearby. Refreshments will be served in Arus Lorcain.

For more information please contact Pat Power on his mobile 086 1731215 or email powerpath@eicom.net or contact Arus Lorcain, Castle Park, Arklow on 0402 31716.

Dominican Voice Info

 

Arklow success as it hosts the Coastal Championship

Arklow welcomed over 150 visitors to the town over the weekend for the inaugural Irish Open Coastal Rowing Championships. The event ran very smoothly and saw 32 crews contest both single, doubles and team categories. All of the registered teams made it to the day of rowing including 12 from Arklow, Vartry Rowing Club, Bray and two Welsh crews: Towey Boat Club and Llanion Warriors. “There was lots of praise from the visiting crews and it was such a success” – remarked Charlie Dayman of Arklow Rowing Club.

Arklow Rowing Club

Arklow Rowing Club would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make this day so successful and run so smooth. The Club would specially thank to their Under 16 boys and Jeanne and Threaloch who got all boats off the beach and back to shore safely in the icy cold water.

For the results and more information please visit Arklow Rowing Club Facebook page or visit the website.

https://www.facebook.com/arklowrowingclub?fref=ts

http://www.arklowrowing.com/

 

€6 million in LEADER funding for Wicklow

Funding2In excess of €6 million is to be granted to organisations and groups across County Wicklow through the newly launched Programme 2016 – 2020. The public consultation process was officially launched at the Glendalough Hotel on Monday and it is hoped that as many interested parties as possible will engage with the process in order to apply for a portion of the funding. National consultation has identified emerging themes and trends for the new programme which include: Community facilities, Rural Youth, Environmental Projects, Tourism and Enterprise, Development, Broadband and Rural Towns.

For more information please visit the website.

http://www.wicklowpartnership.ie/

 

Burns Sisters Irish Tour Oct 2015

Date: Saturday 3rd October

Time: 8.30 pm

Place: Conary Community Hall, Avoca

Tickets : €12 / €10

From : Hendley’s Shop, Avoca, Post Office Avoca, Power Sounds, Arklow and Betty’s Shop, Conary

Burns Sisters

Siblings Annie and Marie Burns are due to embark on an Irish tour. Based in Itchaca, New York, The Burns Sisters are promoting their latest release, Looking Back – Our American Irish Souls, an examination of their own family history and the true Irish history of the famine and the great migration. Their paternal ancestors originated in Kildare while their mother’s people the McMahons, came from Co. Clare. They describe the record as a Celtic infused Americana project.

Annie Burns (Vocals), Marie Burns (Vocals, Mandolin) will be joined by Steve

Flaherty (Acoustic and Electric Guitars) and Kevin Maul (Dobro and Lap Steel).

Tour Dates:

Fri Oct 2nd. Hotspot Music Club, Greystones Co. Wicklow.

Sat Oct 3rd. Conary Community Hall, Avoca, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow.

Sun Oct 4th. The Rowan Tree Cafe Bar, Ennis, Co. Clare.

Mon Oct 5th. Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork

Tue Oct 6th. Clonmel Folk Club, The Main Gate, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Sat Oct 7th. Teach Cheoil, Kilrush, Co. Clare.

For more information call 087 233-4714 and click Burns Sisters.

 

Stunning video of County Wicklow from local company Skycam Ireland

skycam irelandWe love the examples of aerial videography and photography work that they produce in Ireland and around the world.  A great success story for County Wicklow! Check out these YouTube link to a video filmed and edited locally. Have a look at some the best film shot around Wicklow during 2014 in HD.  Feel free to share. If you want to use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, please email Viral Spiral: contact@viralspiralgroup.com

Contact Jaron  +353 (0)83 102 1126 for more information or visit www.SkycamIreland.com and https://www.facebook.com/Skycam-Ireland-575997309142272/timeline/

 

Artwork Auction in aid of SVP

artworkThe Lofties Art Group in Arklow are very pleased to announce the auction of their work at the Riverbank Café & Bistro, Bridgewater Centre on Tuesday 29th September at 6.30 pm. Proceeds from this event will go to the St Vincent de Paul in Arklow. The group of amateur artists have been painting for the past five years and hope that the public will also enjoy their work on this upcoming event. The auction will be conducted by Breda Bermingham of Sherry Fitzgerald Myles Doyle in Arklow.

Road Safety Authority Issues Warning over NDLS Text Messaging Scam

rsa-logo

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has yesterday 23 September 2015 become aware of fraudulent mobile phone text messages, purporting to come from the RSA’s National Driver Licence Service (NDLS), containing a link to a website seeking personal identity and banking details.

These text messages did not issue from the NDLS.

The NDLS never send unsolicited text messages asking for personal information.

The NDLS only sends a no-reply text message to customers confirming an appointment time at an NDLS centre.

Anyone who receives an unsolicited text message purporting to be from the NDLS seeking personal information and suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam should simply delete it.

Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent text messages should contact their bank or credit card company immediately.

The RSA has advised both the Gardai and the Competition & Consumer Protection Commission of this fraudulent activity.

For further information please contact:

  • RSA Communications Department 096-25008
  • Brian Farrell, Communications Manager 086-3881009

Screengrabs of the fraudulent text message can be seen on: http://www.rsa.ie/en/Utility/News/2015/Road-Safety-Authority-Issues-Warning-over-NDLS-Text-Messaging-Scam/

LIFTING OF BOIL WATER NOTICE – AUGHRIM ANNACURRAGH PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY SCHEME 22/9/15

Following advice from the Health Services Executive, Irish Water and Wicklow County Council wish to notify customers that Irish Water is now in a position to remove the boil water notice from the Aughrim Annacurragh Public Water Supply with immediate effect.

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council acknowledge the patience, co-operation and assistance of all customers affected during the period of the boil notice and apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to householders and the business community.

Queries in relation to this notice may be directed to the Irish Water Customer Contact Centre on 1890 278 278.

Arklow This Week

Wicklow Wins Hurling Final

Congratulations to the Co. Wicklow hurlers who won the Under-21 ‘B’ Hurling Championship Final at Semple Stadium last Saturday.  This is a wonderful achievement for these young men who beat Meath with a score of 2-17 to 2.15.

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Local Enterprise Office – “The Companies Act 2014”

LEOThe LEO are having a free information seminar on “The Companies Act 2014” in the The Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at 2.oopm – 4.30pm.

The Companies Act 2014 commenced on 1st June 2015.  It is the single biggest piece of legislation enacted in the history of the state.  The changes in the Companies Act impact directly on SME companies and their directors.  This seminar has been designed to assist through the transition to the Companies Act 2014.

To book you place visit  https://www.localenterprise.ie/Wicklow/Training-Events/Online-Bookings  

 

The End of an Era

The Sisters of Mercy have been in the town continuously since 1876 and have taught many generations of Arklow people.  Sr. Sior Cosgrave, who recently retired as Principal of St. Mary’s College, is moving to Dublin which means the relationship between the Sisters of Mercy and Arklow sadly comes to end.  To mark this there is a special mass of thanksgiving in Arklow Parish Church on Saturday September 26th at 6.30pm.

St. Mary's College

 

 Arklow to host first Coastal Rowing Championships

Arklow Rowing Club2The inaugural Irish Open Coastal Rowing Championship is being held this Sunday 20th Sept along South Beach in Arklow. The event is being hosted by ArklowRowing Club and will involve crews racing in FISA type coastal rowing boats around a 4km course. The Irish Open Coastal Rowing Championships will have crews and rowers from both Ireland and Wales taking part and will start with the Men’s Quads Heats at 10.30am on the Sunday 20th Sept and nine races will be run over the course of the day, concluding in the Men’s Singles Finals which are scheduled for approximately 4.00pm. The race card includes Men’s and Ladies Quads, Doubles and Singles racing over a 4km course along Arklow’s South Beach. While this event represents a wonderful opportunity for the Arklow Rowing Club who are also celebrating their 25th Anniversary, it also demonstrates the overall growth and awareness that rowing has within Ireland. Coastal rowing represents one of the easiest sports to access and participate in as it is only the hardest of weathers that would prevent a coastal rower from getting out on the water. The local Arklow community can testify to that.

All are welcome to attend. If you follow the link to the website or the Facebook page you will find all you need to know about the event, including the layout of the course. In the mean time Sunday’s race times are below:

10.30: Heat 1 Men’s Quads
10.35: Heat 1 Men’s Doubles
11.30: Heat 2 Men’s Quads
11.35: Heat 2 Men’s Doubles
12.30: Final Women’s Quads
12.40: Final Women’s Doubles
12.45: Final Women’s Singles
14.00: B Final Men’s Quads
14.10: B Final Men’s Doubles
15.00: A Final Men’s Quads
15.10: A Final Men’s Doubles
15.15: Final Men’s Singles
17.00: Medal Ceremony in Clubhouse

We look forward to seeing you all.

Arklow Rowing Club

 

 National Maritime Museum

The British national maritime museum have digitised their records for 1915. There are 1892 entries for Arklow as a birthplace. Some sailors were on multiple ships so its not 1892 different people. Its fascinating reading. 

Museum

 

Public Alert:  Boil Water Notice – Aughrim / Annacurragh

boiling waterIrish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council wishes to advise that the Public Water Supply at Aughrim & Annacurragh has been placed on a Boil Water Notice until further notice.

It is recommended that all users fed from the Aughrim & Annacurragh Public Water Supply boil water before use for human consumption.

For further information please click here.

 

Arklow Library

Library 2Arklow Library is nearly ready. Final touches, books orders etc… will take few more months. In a meantime we would like you to have a peek inside.

From 2016 empty shelves will be packed, not only with English books but, thanks to Polish Embassy in Dublin and Wicklow County Library, there will be whole section of Polish books and English translations of Polish authors as well. Our association is thrilled to lead this project.

Library

(Polish Version below)

Biblioteka publiczna w Arklow już na ukończniu. Prace wykończeniowe, zamawianie książek itp… zajmą jeszcze parę miesięcy. W międzyczasie zapraszamy do obejrzenie kilku zdjęć ze środka.
Z nowym rokiem 2016 puste półki zostaną zapełnione nie tylko anglojęzycznymi książkami, ale dzięki Ambasadzie RP w Dublinie oraz Wicklow County Library powstanie duży dział książek polskojęzycznych oraz książek polskich autorów tłumaczonych na język angielski. Nasze Stowarzysznie z radością bierze udział w takim projekcie.

Library 3

 

 

Business information seminar – what supports are available for your business?

Monday, 21st September at 7pm in The Grand Hotel

Wicklow ChamberWicklow Town & District Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Co. Wicklow Chamber have organised with Simon Harris TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure to host a free information evening on business supports that may be available for your business.

There will be speakers and representatives from Enterprise Ireland, The Strategic Banking Corporation, the Local Enterprise Office, JobBridge, JobPlus, Wicklow County Council and other agencies yet to be confirmed.

This is a not to be missed opportunity to listen to and network with local and state agency supports that are available to help grow your business.

Minister of State Simon Harris TD in a statement said “I am delighted to assist the Co. Wicklow Chamber in facilitating this Business Information Seminar. I look forward to engaging with the local businesses in attendance, given that SMEs are the backbone of our economy. I wish to thank the Co. Wicklow Chamber for organising this event which will enable businesses to receive information on the supports and assistance available to them from local and state agencies”.

This is a free event and is open to all Chamber Members and Non-Members – all business owners and their Managers are welcome to attend

Co.Wicklow Chamber President Josh McKenna who undertook and drove this initiative said that “this is another demonstration of how the Chamber movement continues to support its members and the small and medium employers who provide so much employment in our County”.

To book your place, please contact Susana Costello on (0404) 66433 or by emailing susana@wicklowchamber.ie by Friday, 18th September 2015.

 

 

County Wicklow PartnershipWicklow LEADER 2016 – 2020 Local Action Group invite you to have your say on Wicklow’s Local Development Strategy.

Public Consultation Meetings which are being  held at the following venues:

  • 24th September at 8.00pm,    Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkenndy.
  • 29th September at 8.00pm,    Avon Ri, Blessington.
  • 1st October  at 8.00pm,           Lawless Hotel, Aughrim.
  • 6th October  at 8.00pm,           Grand Hotel, Wicklow Town.
  • 8th October  at 8.00pm,           Germaines, Baltinglass.

“To effect change in the county by supporting the social, cultural, economic and environmental well being of individuals, families, groups and communities”

For more information please click here.

Public Consultation Flyer Poster

 

Vault Shop Volunteers Wanted

If you are aged between 18 and 24 years of age, in receipt of a social welfare payment and looking for retail experience then maybe the Vault Shop is for you.
We are looking for volunteers to assist in the everyday running of this initiative and certified training will be provided. This will not affect participant’s social welfare payment.
This is a developmental opportunity, no experience is necessary. Duties will include: sales, customer service, merchandising and display, cash and till procedures.
If you are interested in volunteering please send us a message on Facebook page, email ewys@crosscare.ie or call us on 0402-39646 for further details.

Vault Shop

 

 

Darts evening

dartsThe Vault youth centre is running an over 18s darts evening every Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm. This is a fun evening for guys and gals who want to meet and socialise in a safe environment. Those attending can improve their dart – throwing skills and take a break with a cup of tea or juice. For more information please contact Margaret on 0402 39646.

 

 

Public Alert: Boil Water Notice – Aughrim / Annacurragh

Public Alert:

 Boil Water Notice

Aughrim/Annacurragh

Public Water Supply

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council

Date: 15th September 2015

Boil Notice Aughrim Annacurragh Water Supply

boil-water-noticeIrish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council wishes to advise that the Public Water Supply at Aughrim & Annacurragh has been placed on a Boil Water Notice until further notice.

It is recommended that all users fed from the Aughrim & Annacurragh Public Water Supply boil water before use for human consumption.

For further information please contact Irish Water Customer Services on 1890 278 278.

On the advice of the Health Service Executive and as a precautionary measure pending further investigation, a boil water notice is being issued to all users on the Aughrim & Annacurragh Public Water Supply Scheme. Accordingly, in the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users fed from the Aughrim / Annacurragh Public Water Supply boil water before use.

 

Water must be boiled for:

  • Drinking
  • Drinks made with water
  • Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
  • Brushing of teeth
  • Making of ice

 

  • Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling.
  • Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil and allow cooling. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink.
  • Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink.
  • Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water.
  • Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.
  • Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads).
  • Prepare infant feeds with tap water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been reboiled several times. If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled. If you are using bottled water for preparing baby food, be aware that some natural mineral water may have high sodium content. The legal limit for sodium in drinking water is 200mg per litre. Check the label on the bottled water to make sure the sodium or `Na’ is not greater than 200mg per litre. If it is, then it is advisable to use a different type of bottled water. If no other water is available, then use this water for as short a time as possible. It is important to keep babies hydrated.
  • Anyone suffering from diarrhoea for more than two days should contact their general practitioner. They should continue to drink plenty of boiled or bottled water.

 

Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children. 

How long before the boil water notice can be lifted?

We do not know at present, but Irish Water and Wicklow County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting the Boil Water Notice as soon as practicable.

How will we keep you informed?

  • Leaflet drops to Commercial & Community Premises
  • Website: www.water.ie & www.wicklow.ie
  • Irish Water Customer Contact Centre: 1890 278 278
  • Radio News Bulletins on East Coast Radio

Remember to boil water as advised until further notice

 

Regional Operations Manager                                             Director of Services

East and Midland Region                                                         Water & Environmental Services

Irish Water                                                                              Wicklow County Council