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Seabreeze Festival


The Arklow Festival 2017 will take place from Sunday, July 2nd to Sunday the 16th of July. This event is ongoing every summer for the last 30 years.  It success is a credit to all the committee members for planning a wonderful array of activities, competitions and live entertainment for all ages.

In recent years it has moved towards local talent and popular swinging pubs.

Swinging pubs competition is running every night up to Thursday July 13th.

For more information contact Colm Moules – Chairman 087 2886845

Tommy Annesley Vice Chairman 087 2508205 or email or visit Arklow Seabreeze Festival Website




Seabreeze Princess Competition


Ellen Doyle has been crowned the 2017 Seabreeze Princess. The selection took place at the Midway Bar & Lounge on main street . This event has been sponsored by Bridgewater Centre.

Ellen is 21 years and works in childcare in Dun Laoghaire. She is also a member of the Arklow Rugby club and enjoys car racing.

She beat off hard competition to take the prize fund over €1,000 including shopping centre vouchers, jewellery and beauty products.

Judges Paul Pritchard, Mary Woods and Elaine Cullen had a difficult job to select the winner.

They selected Ellen after a successful interview live on stage with MC Molloy.

Ellen will now have the honour of attending various festival events as the Seabreeze Princess wearing custom made tiara designed by local jeweller John Swan.

We wish her all the success in her future.

Arklow Garden Competition 








Arklow Tidy Towns launched their new garden competition. All areas are automatically included and judged.

Tidy Towns are asking everyone to nominate commendable front gardens they appreciate in Arklow.

Categories include small and large gardens and hanging baskets.

Contact Arklow Tidy Towns at 0402 24432

Forms are accessible from Arklow library

Judging takes place the 3rd week of July

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Arklow Seabreeze Festival


The 2017 Arklow Seabreeze Festival was launch last Thursday in the Bridge Hotel.  The festival starts on Sunday 2nd July with the selection of the “Festival Princess” in The Midway in the Main Street and continues until Sunday 16th July.  See programme below for list of events.



Arklow’s Flower Basket Scheme       


Flower BasketThe Flower Basket Scheme which was the initiative of the Arklow Town Team has been a great success with more than 170 basket supplied and fitted.  The aim of the scheme was to enhance the image of Arklow from the Wexford Road to Ferrybank.  Businesses on the outskirts got involved in the scheme by sponsoring baskets for unoccupied buildings and public areas of the town – these businesses include Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow Marine Services, ASL, Leon Recycling and Rondo Foods Ltd.  As part of the scheme Arklow Municipal District (AMD) has also installed 10 tiered planters around the town which has been planted up by AMD staff.

The Town Team would like to acknowledge the support given by Cappagh Nurseries who supplied the baskets; the AMD staff who erected the baskets; Arklow Tidy Towns and Arklow Jetting & Drain Maintenance who are looking after the baskets throughout the summer.

For more information on the scheme contact the Arklow Town Team via Arklow Municipal District at 0402 42700 or by email to Linda McDonald ( or Deirdre Bentley ( ).


Arklow Garden Competition


Arklow Tidy Towns launched their new garden competition. All areas are automatically included and judged. Tidy Towns are asking everyone to nominate commendable front gardens they appreciate in Arklow.

Tidy Towns Competition

Categories include small and large gardens and hanging baskets.

Contact Arklow Tidy Towns at 0402 24432.  Forms are accessible from Arklow library.

Judging takes place the 3rd week of July.



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Free Breakfast Event – “State Supports To Grow Your Business”

Arklow Chamber_Business Support Clinic


Arklow Seabreeze Festival 2017


We are still accepting applications for the Princess Competition, contact Tina O Sullivan  087 9093848  or Mary Burke 087 259504

Bridgewater Seabreeze Princess Competition

To keep up to date on whats happening


Support those who support the festival and have some fun along the way





Cathaoirleach for Arklow

Tommy-AnnelseyChamber Member, Cllr Tommy Annesley, has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District Council, taking over from outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Pat Kennedy

Clir. Annesley outlined what he would like to see happen in the town over the next year.

As Cathaoirleach he would like to finish projects that have been ongoing for a while, such as the rock armour on the South Beach and push for the groynes out into the sea to form a natural beach.  He intends pushing for funding from the Department.  An improvement for the business community is also on his agenda.  He hopes the valuation officer  to meet with the Chamber of Commerce and the public to explain how they reach a rateable valuation for properties.

The Arklow District Chamber of Commerce congratulate Councillor Annesley and wish him every success during his tenure.


The Arklow Pottery and Art Festival


gold coffe setThe Arklow Pottery and Art Festival, which is a two day event to celebrate the towns rich heritage, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 24th and 25th of June. This two day event will include a number of live demonstrations and exhibitions of Arklow Pottery production process and includes the pottery designer John Ffrench.

The Festival will be officially Arklow-Pottery-Logoopened on Saturday at 11 am and the exhibition of Arklow Pottery will be open to the public at that time. From 11.30 am Thomas Dunne, Chantal Fortune and Peter Kinsella will be on hand to date and value pieces of Arklow Pottery.  On Sunday from 11 am to 2pm there will be ceramic workshops and an open sale from 11 am to 4.30 pm.

For further information contact Arklow Pottery and Art Festival on facebook or Solace Studio Pottery.

Funding for Arklow Harbour


Under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMF) Operational Program Wicklow County Council have been successful in obtaining funding for three projects. The funding will support storage facilities for fishermen at Arklow Harbour; fisherman hoist upgrade and associated training and restoration of the lightship “ SKUA” lantern. A total investment of €253,750 will be provided for these projects including €76,125 from Wicklow County Council. The remaining €177,625 co-funded by the EU and the Exchequer.

Harbour Pic

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Breakfast Event

Arklow Chamber_Business Support Clinic

Arklow Chamber_Business Support Clinic









Rose of Tralee launched in Arklow


The search is on for the next Wicklow Rose in the county heat. This competition is launched on Friday.

The Arklow Bay Hotel played host to the event and have all ready saw a number of contestants signed up. The winning Rose will follow in the footsteps of Wicklow Rose Jane Harrison who did the country proud last year.

This year’s selection  event will take place on Sunday June 25th at The Arklow Bay Hotel where all the contestants will appear on stage fighting for there place. All entrants will be interviewed by a judging panel prior to the selection night.

The selected Rose will represent the Garden of Ireland County at the International Rose of Tralee Festival in August.

To enter simply email 

Or contact Lyn : 083 4631611    Pete : 087 8141272  Steve : 086 2505791



Clean – up day


Tidy Towns are asking shops, businesses, schools and residents to come out and clean, weed, paint and pick up litter anywhere and everywhere. Let’s make a difference by transforming your local area. Saturday June 17th is Arklow Community Clean up Day.

The aim is to make Arklow town beautiful and is also in preparation for the National Tidy Towns judging.

If you are organizing a clean-up contact Sandra Hall on 086 0274884 or email

Also see facebook Arklow Tidy Towns for information

Superhero run


 Superhero run 2017

A Superhero Wicklow 5k, 10k run/walk and half marathon will take place on Saturday June 17th  in aid of our Lady’s children’s hospital, Crumlin

Registration starts at the Beehive restaurant at 11 a.m. and the run starts at 1.00 p.m. Superhero dress-up optional.

Entries online is also available at   5k €12, 10k €17 and a half marathon €55 for a family.

All entry fees go up €2 on the day and €5 on the family rate. A sponsor card deal is also available; anyone who raises €30 can enter for free.

Sponsorship of €80 will guarantee a free family entry.

Everyone will get a medal on the day following by a band in the car park, face painting, puppet show and bouncy castle.

More information or sponsorship cards contact Wayne at 0862005652 or

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 Arklow Library is hosting an Exhibition 


hook lighthouseWe are hosting an exhibition of photography entitled Hook Peninsula Photography. This exhibition is a collection of ages by various photographers who were chosen from all the entries who entered the 2016 Hook Peninsula Photography Exhibition. From the entrants, images have been selected from the exhibition by an independent judge, with four category winners and one overall winner.

These stunning photographs show the Hook Peninsula as the jewel in the crown of the south East of Ireland.

Come and judge for yourself.  Exhibition till the end of the month.


Avonmore Musical Society Scholarships


Avonmore Musical Society were delighted to present scholarships to two young members of the society who took part in their recent production of “Oliver!”. The scholarships are to the AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) Youth Summer School in Thurles County Tipperary in the first week of July. The worthy recipients this year are Luke Andrew Feeney and Sinead Byrne. The scholarship is issued in memory of Pat Hayes, a member of the Arklow society who sadly passed away 11 years ago due to illness. Pat loved the Avonmore and was a treasured and very much loved member who appeared in many shows and was a committee member. The awards were presented on the night by Sean Hayes, brother of Pat with Chairman Rob Donnelly and AIMS President Colm Moules also present.

Avonmore musical logo

The two recipients were very popular winners and the week long residential course in Thurles is designed to encourage, promote and advance further development in musical and theatre performance. The course is run by the Association of Irish Musical Societies with Director Peter Kennedy and Musical Director Mary Rose McNally. As well as the two scholarship winners Avonmore have another 10 members attending. Former past participants of the AIMS Summer School are Amy and Leah Penston who just finished a West End Tour of Roddy Doyle’s “The Commitments” and Jonny Holden who is currently appearing in the BBC programme “Paula”.

About 20 members of Avonmore will attend the AIMS Awards in Killarney next week when they will be cheering on Siobhan Fawsitt who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Widow Corney in the recent production of “Oliver!” The AIMS Awards will be attended by over 1100 people at what is called the Irish equivalent of the Oscars. The awards will be presented by the President of AIMS Colm Moules who is also a member of Avonmore Musical Society.

New Members For The Arklow Tennis Club



This is an active club with tennis being played on the all-weather courts throughout the year.

New members are very welcome as we have a lot to offer with junior camps and coaching organised.

Sports Facilitator David Sheehan, also adult coaching available.

There are one night tournaments as well as team competitions.

Tennis on offer for all levels.

For new members the Tennis club is located on the Coolgrainey Road

Tennis Club Contact No is 0851708183