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Laffins Barber shop is celebrating 10 years in business

Wednesday 6 April 2016 will mark one full decade since Laffins Barber Shop opened for business here in Arklow. Laffins Barber Shop would like to invite everyone to join them in raising a toast to ten incredible years! Everyone is invited to drop by anytime on 6 April 2016 to say hello and to celebrate the anniversary. There will be lots of gifts, vouchers and surprises on that special day.  The event starts at 8 am.

Laffins Barber

 

New Kynoch book has been launched

Christopher Power has launched his new Kynoch Book on Thursday 31st March in Arus Lorcain in Arklow. Christopher book, Arklow’s Industrial Revolution – The Kynochs’ Munitions Works 1895 – 1920 is available in Arklow, Gorey and Wicklow. Kynochs factory – one of the largest industrial complexes in Ireland employed over 3,000 people – men and women and produced the explosive mixture Nitro Gliceryne.

Kynoch

 

Arklow repair centres to join forces

Arklow’s two longest established repair centres Mobile Care & Arklow Computer Solutions (Smart Cartridge) are joining forces. After twelve years as colleagues in business, the two are going to be operating under the one roof, as of April 1st Mobile care will be operating out of Arklow Computer Solutions 29 upper main street Arklow, the store at the roundabout will be closed. All the current services will now be offered in both Arklow and Gorey at the Computer Solutions stores. You can now get all your Electronic, I.T and Telecommunications services & solutions taken care of in the one store.

Paul Fennell - Neil Harris

(Source: Wicklownews.net)

Quiz Night in aid of Arklow RNLI

The RNLI continue their fundraising and are holding a Quiz Night at The Old Ship on Friday 15th April at 8.30 pm. Please come and support them.

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 44 in Ireland. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.

RNLI

 

65 Roses Day

cfirelandAs part of Cystic Fibrosis National Awarness Week from 11th to 17th April, volunteers will be selling purple roses and other 65 Roses memorabilia in the Bridgewater Centre to raise funds for cystic fibrosis services. The hope is to raise €65,000 nationally to go towards patient support grants for transplant assessment, fertility treatment and counselling, as well as research and new healthcare facilities. For more information on the campaign, on Cystic Fibrosis Ireland or how to volunteer to help, please click here.

purple roses

 

 

All Ireland Band Championship

Arklow Shipping Silver Band is preparing to travel to Navan to take part in the All Ireland Band Championship on Sunday 3rd April. The championships will take place in the Solstice Arts Centre in the town. Arklow Shipping Silver Band will perform The Mermaid of Zennor by Philip Harper and James MacCafferty will be conducting the band for this competition.

 

Start Your Own Business Course

It’s a free, 3 day course, friendly, encouraging and motivational for young adults 18 – 24 years old.

Date:

Wednesday 13th April

Wednesday 20th April

Friday 22nd April

(Lunch provided)

Time: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm each day

Venue: Bridgewater Centre – Arklow

Course Content:

Applying for Grants and Loans

Marketing – Promoting your Business

Marketing – Targeting your Customers

Basic Business Skills

Preparing a Business Plan

To book your place contact:

Dympna Boffey

County Wicklow Partnership

Avoca River House, Bridgewater Centre

Arklow, Co. Wicklow

Tel. 0402 20955 / 085 8006874

County Wicklow Partnership

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New Arklow Library opens on 4th April

The Arklow library located on St. Mary’s Road since 1979 closed its doors last Friday for the final.  The new library on Arklow’s Main Street will be open to the public on Monday 4th April.  The new premises will include a dedicated IT, relaxation, study and reference areas, it will have a larger collection of ebooks, elanguage resources and emagazines.  It also has a community room which will be available for local groups.

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The opening hours at the new library are:

10am – 5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and

10am – 8.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

 

McMullans wins “Best Music Window Display”

20160314_151500_resized_1As part of this years festival Arklow Chamber of Commerce sponsor the “Best Music Window Display” to help promote the town during the festival.  McMullans Boutique won the inaugural perpetual trophy sponsored by Arklow Chamber of Commerce. – pictured are Liz Doyle and Deirdre Bentley receiving the trophy from Ann McGovern, President of Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce.

The 47th Arklow Music Festival was another very successful event again this year!    Arklow owes a debt of gratitude to the voluntary committee for their hard work including John Bonner, Eileen Clandillon, Rhoda O’Connor, Roisin O’Neill, Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell, Tony Fennell, Tommy Nolan, Bridget Greene, Marian O’Regan, Thomas Kelly and Jo Walker.

 

Celtic Challenge 2016

Arklow-Rowing-ClubMembers of Arklow Rowing Club held a fund raising event in Bridgewater Shopping Centre last weekend.  They challenged themselves to row 90 miles in two days to raise fund for the upcoming Celtic Challenge.  This event takes place every two years and crews from the rowing club will row from Arklow to Aberystwyth in Wales over the May Bank Holiday.  The Arklow Ladies’ Crew will be defending the title held by them since 2008.

Funding raising towards the cost of the race will continue with a Race Night being held on 1st April in the Old Ship.  You can contact any member of the rowing club if you wish to buy a horse, jockey, or sponsor a race or if you would like to have your name printed on the side of the boat you can do so by donating €5.

 

Happy Easter!

Easter is a very special time of year,  
Filled with laughter, joy and lots of good cheer.
Friends and family gather from near and far away
To share the warmth of the season, on this special day. 

May this Easter bring you all together

For a great celebration

And your heart is full of every good feeling

A Happy Easter can bring!

easter-basket

 

New Urban Vision for Arklow ….. developing a new Town plan for Arklow together.

Arklow – like much of rural Ireland – is suffering from neglect and dereliction, yet at the same time there are some rural towns thriving in the country. Towns that have transformed themselves have shown that it doesn’t happen by chance but comes from local people and their representatives collaborating in a new energetic approach to revitalising their town.  The Arklow Chamber today has asked all our Public Representatives to demand more on our behalf, and we here in the Chamber will work to support them in any way we can to deliver for everyone who cares so deeply about the future of Arklow.

A draft “Urban vision for Arklow” is available below and is being developed  for submission to the Wicklow County Council local town plans later this year.  Action is required on several fronts, including:

  • The Main Street and Lane-ways highlighting opportunities for existing local entrepreneurs and long established businesses to generate jobs.
  • Traffic management and infrastructure development  in the town communicating all works clearly and comprehensively to all stake-holders allowing businesses to plan for disruption and new opportunities.
  • Developing  the potential of Strongbow’s Castle known as the Ormonde Castle locally which lies in ruins near the courthouse – but which has significant tourism and job potential.
  • Promoting the value of our local woodland and green belt tourism potential, with walks, trails and cycling routes.  This has led to major economic benefits in towns like Westport, yet Arklow, a town bordered by significant woodland and forest trials, has had no significant proposals accepted to exploit this natural amenity. A similar situation exists with the potential of our river and our harbour.
  • For years we’ve all watched high street business open in Arklow and close again, as the town appears incapable of supporting viable businesses, we need a Town action plan to tackle this together.

Please let us know what you think – chamber@arklow.ie

Lets work together  on this!

Arklow – An Urban Vision for Future Growth

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2016 Arklow Music Festival

Arklow Music Window Display Winner 2016

The 47th Arklow Music Festival was another very successful event again this year!   Congratulations to all the participants who performed so well with the help of their teachers and parents.  Arklow owes a debt of gratitude to the voluntary committee for their hard work including John Bonner, Eileen Clandillon, Rhoda O’Connor, Roisin O’Neill, Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell, Tony Fennell, Tommy Nolan, Bridget Greene, Marian O’Regan, Thomas Kelly and Jo Walker.

Well done to McMullans Boutique who won the inaugural perpetual trophy sponsored by Arklow Chamber of Commerce for Best Musical Window Display. Pictured are Liz Doyle and Deirdre Bentley of McMullans and Ann McGovern.  It was a close run thing as Peter and Eileen Kinsella in The Pottery Shop tied with the judges so it was given to the public vote on Facebook.  We look forward to a wonderful competition again next year.

 

2016 St Patrick’s Day Parade

Congratulations to Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell and all those involved in this years parade – they even provided a lovely sunny afternoon for the participants.  It was a wonderful, colourful and well organised event with local businesses and sports clubs well represented.  The 12 prize winning categories included the Best Float, Best Marching, Group, Most Entertaining Group, Best Uniformed Group.  P. Boland Ltd, this year celebrating 200 years in business, had a very striking float.

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Mary O’Brien, Director of Arklow Cancer Support Group, was the Grand Marshal.  Mary was given the honour because of the great work she and her volunteers do to support those who have been diagnosed with cancer.

 

Avonmore Musical Society – Performance of Evita

The Avonmore Musical Society is putting on an amateur production of Evita in St. Mary’s College Hall from Tuesday, 29th March to Saturday 2nd April.  The performance is by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd originally directed by Harold Prince with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.

Avonmore Evita 2

This production of Evita is directed by Stephen Acton, musically directed by Naoimh Penston and choreographed by Martina Lynch.  The ticket booth is open each Saturday and Sunday at the Bridgewater Shopping Centre and booking can also be made by contacting the booking office at 086-8722010.

 

Easter Musical Theatre Camp at Studio 55:

A 5,6,7,8 and all that jazz…

Come along and join us for a 3 day intensive musical theatre training in dance, singing and acting. Students will learn exciting songs and dances from stage and screen and from Broadway and the Westend – the lion king, Annie, frozen, mamma Mia, grease, shrek, Matilda, singin in the rain and Oliver to name a few.

The course will be led by:

Martina Lynch

Martina Lynch – (Dance) – Trained at MDDC, Liverpool. Aims nominated twice for Best Choreographer in the country, Arklow Chamber of commerce winner of best small business and most recently nominated as one of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.

 

Chris CurridChris Currid (Acting) – He is just back from a six month contract singing for Raglan Road, Disney, Orlando. Aims nominated for Best Singer and Best Actor in Ireland. Appeared on Utv’s search for Jesus Christ Superstar.

 

Leah PenstonLeah Penston – (Singing) – Leah is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting and has also trained with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Leah made her West End debut featuring in the English National Opera’s production of “Sweeney Todd” in the London Coliseum in April 2015.

 

The camp will run from Wednesday the 30th of March – Friday the 1st of April for students aged 7-16. The camp will be at 10.30am – 2pm daily. The cost is €40 for Studio 55 members or €50 for non members.

studio 55

To book, text 0851227286.