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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.

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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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We all in Arklow & District Chamber sympathise with the people of France and support the families and friends of those murdered and injured, as they enjoyed living and working in the beautiful city of Paris. A book of condolences has been opened in the Arklow Munical District office for anyone who wishes to express their sympathy with us.

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Arklow Municipal District (AMD) Wins 2015 Excellence in Local Government Award

Duck PondCongratulations to AMD who the Parks & Recreation section for the “Arklow Duck Pond, Nature Walk & Leisure Area” at the 12th annual Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.  These awards are held to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work being carried out by local authorities all over Ireland.

AMD together with many community groups has worked to improve this area for locals and tourists.  The Duck Pond measures 1km in circumference and is ideal for those interested in wildlife, leisurely walks or keeping fit.  The area provides a diverse mix of amenities such as walks, Howard’s Way, Sli na Slainte, seafront walk, crazy golf, outdoor gyms, skateboard park, playground & running track.  The Seaview Garden is a very attractive sensory garden planted and maintained by volunteers from local services.

 

Live Street Entertainment

SingerThanks to Small Town Crisis, Aoibhín Redmond, Inver Ladies Choir, Áine, Érin & Siún Byrne, Avoca National Schools “Singing Souls”, Sing for Fun, The Vault Music Programme, Inbhear Mor Performance Emsemble/Marchers, Arklow Pipe Band, Arklow Ukulele Players and Avonmore Musical Society who have signed up for the Entertainment Mile at Christmas Festival. We have 10 spots available if anybody else wants to join them, just fill in the Performer Application on the website here. If you are running an event or are part of a committee that is running an event, please fill out the Christmas Event Form.

 

Improvement works to Bridge Street Junction

It is now envisaged that these works will commence on Monday  23rd November with an end date of the 19th January 2016.  For the Christmas period 11th December 2015 to the 4th January 2016 the contractor will need to have all traffic management removed from the site. All the underground work will be carried out before the Christmas period and the overground (footpaths and surfacing) after the Christmas period. This project will consist of night time work only.

The Members did ask about the possibility of either:

  • Instructing the contractor to suspend works on the 4th December 2015  as opposed to the 11th December 2015 for the Christmas period.

or

  • Delaying  the start date of the works  until 4th January 2016 .

However, neither option is possible as there may be entitlement for additional costs to the contractor if we instructed either change.

WCC  appreciate the concerns raised and  have been trying to schedule these works to avoid the summer tourist season, water services works and to avoid disruption to traffic in the daytime  so hopefully the members and the public will be able to bear with us during the construction of this scheme.

Any queries can be forward to Margaret at mhartnett@wicklowcoco.ie

Click below to see a PDF version.

Arklow Bridge Street _Main Street General Arrangement

Invitation to all South Wicklow businesses – Regional Aid Supports

We invite all Businesses in South Wicklow to attend a briefing from the IDA and Enterprise Ireland on the specific Regional Aid support packages are available to your businesses today.

Place: The Woodenbridge Hotel

Time: 5.30 pm

Date: 10th December 2015

Speakers: VP ICT Division IDA Connor Simpson and Enterprise Ireland Michael Brougham

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NDRC : Making Ventures Happen – LaunchPad seeking entrepreneurs in the digital space

€30,000 in pre-seed investment for startups who win place on the 12 week programme


Business People SilueteFriday 13th November. 
 NDRC announced today that it is inviting applications for investment and participation in its next NDRC LaunchPad programme, which begins in January 2016. Regarded as one of Europe’s premier accelerator programmes, NDRC is seeking ambitious entrepreneurs with digital ideas and products that have the potential to scale globally. Those selected to take part in the 12 week programme will receive up to €30,000 in pre seed investment plus the expert development and commercial support from the NDRC team. An Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 2nd December in NDRC on Crane Street, Dublin 8 at 6pm for prospective candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the NDRC team, other portfolio companies and find out more about the programme and the application process.

For more information please look to the press release.

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Christmas Gifts from The Pottery Shop

The Pottery Shop2Visit The Pottery Shop on the Lower Main Street, Arklow to see the fantastic selection of Christmas gifts and decorations. At The Pottery shop you can also find a large range of quality giftware such as Genesis Bronze, Galway Crystal, Noritake tableware to mention just a few.  They also stock Newbridge Silverware jewellery and cutlery.

Their Halloween window “witches and ghosts” was a huge success so look out for their ‘Santa and the night before Christmas’ holographic display starting in December. For more information what Peter and Eileen have to offer go to The Pottery Shop Facebook page.

The Pottery Shop

 

 

Santa is coming to Bridgewater this Sunday

banbury-santaBRIDGEWATER Shopping Centre in Arklow will welcome a very special on Sunday 22nd November at 12 Noon as Santa Claus will travel from the North Pole to Ireland to visit the South East’s favourite Shopping Centre. It is absolutely FREE.

Bridgewater would also like to welcome everyone to come for a night of carol singing, mince pies, hot chocolate, fantastic discounts and spot prizes on Thursday 26th November, from 6 pm to 9 pm. PLUS €250 WORTH OF GIFT CARDS ARE UP FOR GRABS!

A Mery Gathering

The Shopping Centre has also recently launched their new Gift Card, which can be purchased at the Customer Service desk or Eason. Why not buy a Gift Card as a Christmas present, it can be spent in any store in the Centre and can be can be used a little (or a lot) at any time. Stock up on all your Christmas essentials here at Bridgewater from gifts to gadgets and you won’t be disappointed with the great range they have.

For more information please visit Bridgewater Shopping Centre website or Facebook page.

 

Arklow Rowing Club 25th Anniversary Party

Arklow Rowing Club is having its 25th Anniversary celebrations in Arklow Sailing Club at 8pm on November 28th 2015. Food, Music, and a Good Night guaranteed as they celebrate 25 years, and will also be for capping off a successful season for the club in all categories. All are welcome and tickets are only €5 and available from committee members, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone.

Arklow Rowing Club

For more information please visit club’s website or Facebook page.

 

Arklow Visual Art Gallery

arklow visual artsArklow Visual Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of new work by local artist Fionnuala Hough in the gallery 61-63 main street Arklow, from Monday 16th until Friday 30th November.
The Exhibition titled “The Flood and the Rapture” will be open to the member of the public. The opening night is Monday 16th November from 7-9 pm, light refreshments will be served on the night. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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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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Pat Sweeney Hackney and Minibus Service ArklowSweeneys

Sweeney’s are providing a Hackney and Minibus service in Arklow/Wicklow for over 40 years now.  Their business caters for all occasions including airport/Ferry trips and hospitals appointments.  Corporate events are their Speciality.

Pat and Irene would now like to announce the arrival of their New 152 Wheelchair accessible vehicle. Wheelchair users can travel with their family or friends with comfort and dignity in the latest design vehicle.

For more information please call 0402 32461 or 087 2673007 or contact Sweeney’s Garage Taxi Hire Facebook page.

 

Calendar launched!! Get yours now!!

Arklow RNLI Fundraising Branch launched their calendar in the Lifeboat station, 190 years of saving lives at sea. 1826 –2016. Now on sale for only 5 euro in the following shops (as well as Christmas cards):

  • Lifeboat Shop.RNLI Arklow Fundraising Branch
  • Kavanaghs Wexford Road.
  • It’s Fresh Main St.
  • Beat the Recs Main St.
  • Kustomkids Lr Main St.
  • The Pottery Shop Lr Main St.
  • Burkes Supermarket Lr Main St.
  • Asgard Nursing Home Ltd.

Please support Arklow Lifeboat!

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Arklow Community Action Resource Centre asks you to fill a shoebox for Christmas

Would you like to make up a shoebox or bag for a homeless person, an elderly person, a child or a pet this Christmas? Due to the volume of enquiries again this year for this, the Arklow Community Action Resource Centre will be accepting shoeboxes or gift bags right up to December 18th. These will be distributed throughout the community, include a card in the box if you wish, no cash please to be included. The Resource Centre would like to thank you for your contribution towards making somebodies Christmas a happier one.

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The centre is located at the former nuns houses, now known as Crosscare Centre , off Collins Street, second house as you go through the black gates. The boxes can be dropped off on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am – 1pm and 7pm – 9.30pm. Fridays from 10am – 12.30pm or call 040233837 and they can be collected from wherever suits.

 

Polish – Irish Educational Association Ltd

Your_Vote_Counts_BadgeSupport Polish community in Arklow! Give a vote for Polish Weekend School ‘KLEKS’ in “Better Together Campaign”!
To vote please click here.

The Association supports smooth inclusion of Polish community into local Irish community and helps to preserve the Polish language, culture and traditions among young members of the Polish community living in the Republic of Ireland. The Association is running Polish Weekend School ‘KLEKS’ in Arklow, which attracts children of the local Polish community members from both Arklow and Gorey. The Association also organises number of local social events (e.g. Polish Christmas Carols Concert, International Children Day).

For more information please visit PIEA’s Facebook page.

PIEA

 

 Avonmore Musical Society – Children’s auditions for Evita

auditionAvonmore Musical Society would like to announce that they are holding children’s auditions for Evita on Sunday 29th November from 7:00pm-9:30pm. Rehearsals will then continue every Tuesday & Thursday from 7:30pm to 10:00pm and every Sunday from 7:00pm to 9:30pm until the break for Christmas in mid-December.

Avonmore Musical Society is looking to fill the following roles;

– Young Girl aged between 8-12 years; she must be a strong singer. Ideally angelic looking to play a young Eva Peron.

-Six additional boys/girls aged between 8-12 years for roles in the children’s chorus.

Rehearsals will commence the last  week in November. Everyone 16 years or over (or in transition year) are welcome to take part in the chorus. No audition necessary for chorus.

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Please email the secretary Jo on sheehy.jo@gmail.com for an audition pack. Further information is also available on the website.

Evita

 

 Arklow Rowing Club

Arklow Rowing Club would like to wish the best of luck to Eamonn Kavanagh in the World Rowing Coastal Championships 2015 in Lima, Peru this week. Eamonn and Peter set off on their trip across the Atlantic early this morning (choosing air travel on this occasion…).
Eamonn is due out in the Men’s Masters singles on Wednesday and Men’s Open singles on Friday and Saturday, with Peter acting as Club Coach for the event. To see all updates please click here.

Arklow Rowing Club

 Avoca Camogie

Avoca CamogieAvoca Camogie club will hold their presentation night on the 21st November in Fitzgerald’s in Avoca, starting around 9pm. Avoca Camogie would like to welcome all to join them on the night celebrating their great year. Avoca Camogie would also like to invite the camogie players from the past. You all know who you are to join this year’s winners in the celebrations so if any of you are free please come along & join in the fun Cathy Forde and Pauline Burke. If you have any detail for the girls in the pictures can you let a member of the club know please. For more information please visit Avoca Camogie Facebook page.

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National Opera House

Niamh PenstonThe Sing Out Loud 250 children are conducted by the wonderful Arklow’s own Naoimh Penston in the National Opera House and she will be performing too! The host for the evening is Tony Carty. Sing Out Loud also has a great front line with special guests performing throughout the concert to both the children on stage and the audience. Extreme Rhythm will be performing in Sing Out Loud this year. This is Sing Out Loud’s third annual concert in the National Opera House and we look forward to entertaining everyone once again this year. Great night out for all the family! For bookings please click here or you can call 053 912 2144.

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The Cullen School of Music

Competition time!

Want to win 3 free lessons? Simply Like the Facebook page then share the picture below and you will be put into a draw for 3 free lessons in piano, tin whistle, piano accordion or wunderkeys, piano for preschoolers! Competition will run until November 25th.

The Cullen School of Music

 

Mobile Care Arklow

To celebrate their 12th birthday Mobile Care Arklow is giving away an Xbox 360, just like and share the photo below on their Facebook page to be in with a chance to win. The draw will take place on their 12th birthday, December 1st.  GOOD LUCK everyone, get liking & sharing!

Mobile Care Arklow

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arklow Christmas Festival

Coming Soon!!!

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Arklow Christmas Festival2Arklow Christmas Festival will be packed full of events for the Christmas Season. Every weekend in December, Arklows streets will be filled with live entertainment. Expect to see buskers and choirs, acting and puppets and much more.

This year for the first time, Arklow will be holding a Christmas market. The market will take place on Sunday 13th of December. Its exact location in Arklow has yet to be confirmed.

If you are interested in:

  • taking a stall for the Arklow Christmas Market on Sunday 13th of December, or
  • adding you or your group to perform for the Arklow Christmas Festival, or
  • planning a Christmas event that you would like included in the festival…

 

Just fill out the form on the website to put in a request.

 

Live Entertainment Mile

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.

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The fantastic Carysfort Christmas Craft Fair returns this year

This event will take place on Saturday 5th December 2015, Carysfort National School, from 11 am to 4 pm. Come and see a wide selection of wonderful stalls from handmade wooden/leather crafts, home decor, art skincare, pottery, fashion, artisan food, toys, kids crafts, drinks, cakes and much more. The entry is free!

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Music for Arklow’s Homeless

Music for homeless2Youth of Arklow are organising a performance in association with The Arklow Community Action Resource Centre to raise funds and awareness of Arklow’s Homeless. The event will take place on December 11th in Aras Lorchan! Doors open at 7:00!

So far, Aoibhín, Small Town Crisis, Daniel Bury, Shannon Owens, Saoirse Hughes, Eve Commerford, Vault Music Programme, Connie Tobin, 4scene, Seán O’Keeffe, Colleen Coughlan, Caitlin Kavanagh and Trident have confirmed their performance!

This is a great idea for this time of year and full credit should go to Aoibhín Redmond for organising it.

Music for Homeless

 

 

Polish Carols Concert

Polish Carols ConcertAnother event has been added to the calendar. Polish Carols Concert will take place on December 13th at 3pm in the church of Sts. Mary and Peters Arklow.

Last years concert was wonderful and this year is sure to be as good.

Concert is organised by Polish-Irish Educational Association.

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Have your event included!

If you are running an event for Christmas or are part of a committee that is running an event, please fill out the form on the website or contact through Facebook page. You can run commercial or community event but the only requirements are that they are based in Arklow & District and that they are festively themed.

The entry on the calendar will include any links to websites and social media as well as a detailed description including photos and videos of previous years if you have them available.

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Christmas Craft Fair

arklow visual artsArklow Visual Arts Gallery will be hosting its Annual Christmas Craft Fair for December 2015. The opening night will be Friday 4th December from 7 – 9 pm. James Rowe aka Clive Dunstan of Fair City fame will officially launch the fair on Friday 4. Tables will be available to rent for the duration of the fair. To book a table please contact the Gallery staff at 0402 32732 or email arklowvisualarts@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween is Here!

halloween-spiderFor a scary Halloween experience visit Glenart Castle which is located on Vale Road, Arklow.

GlenartOutdoors is an outdoor events company operating from the Glenart Castle grounds in Arklow Co Wicklow. Running since 2013 they specialize in bringing you fun themed events set against the backdrop of Glenart Castle grounds and surrounding woodland.

Their main event each year is the Halloween Ghost Train ride through the forest which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Adults Halloween Ghost Train

If you think last year was scary, think again! Brace yourself for the most terrifying experience of your life as the train brings you into your darkest nightmare, in a forest filled with creatures that will make your skin crawl. Walk into the haunted darkness if you dare!

Family Halloween Ghost Train

Take the Family on a train ride deep into the heart of the haunted forest of Glenart. Beware of the Zombies, they run faster than you think! Keep your eyes peeled for the insane wood cutter and join the witches in a spell to help you home safely.

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Is your pumpkin ready? Click here for some ideas!

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Christmas Dinner at The Loaves & Fishes Cafe

The Loaves & Fishes Cafe is delighted to invite you all for dinner on Christmas day. They will have a great time with lots of festive fun, a free home cooked Christmas dinner, music and some christmassy surprises. Everyone is welcome. They don’t ask questions, they’ll just be glad of the company. Please share and tell others, The Loaves & Fishes Cafe wants everyone to know they are there. Nobody should be on their own on Christmas day. If you’re coming, call 0877756736 for details and for more information please visit cafe’s Facebook page.
1pm in The Centre, 1A Wexford Road.

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TBPS Photography Exhibition 

Moments in time2The TBPS are launching their Photographic Exhibition “Moments in Time” in the Arklow Visual Arts (Sunbeam House Services Building) on the main street in Arklow, on Monday November 2nd 7-9pm. Free Admission. Guest Speaker Podge Kelly, FIPF – EFIAP – LSWPP Donations/Door Prize, Raffle in aid of Arklow RNLI. The exhibition will run from the 2nd of November to the 13th of November. All Welcome.

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For more information please visit Tommy Byrne Photographic Society Facebook page or the website.

 

Dell staff raise funds for St Joseph’s

Funds were presented to the ASD Unit at St Joseph’s NS, Templerainey last week following a number of fundraising events organised by Dell Computers where Niall Byrne – a parent of one of the pupils works. In excess of €1700 was raised and presented to the school last Friday. Principal Mary Dalton accepted the donation from Colm Green of Dell and the event was also attended by Niall, his daughter Freya, her fellow students and staff at the ASD Unit.

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Arklow indoor market/carboot

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 10.30 am – 6 pm

Place: The Pigeon Club Hall, Castlepark, Arklow

There will be fairy doors, slate with lovely pics on and cute sayings, customised xmas plates and cups, toys books games household items, baby items and clothes, jewellery, ladies clothes, gift baskets made up and more.
EVERYONE WELCOME

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For more details or to book a spot please contact Tammy O’Brien through the Facebook page.