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Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 (Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2015)

Attendance is free of charge

Wicklow's Heritage Building Show 2015Gledalough will become a one-stop destination for owners in need of accurate, impartial and free advice on caring and repairing their old buildings. The Irish Georgian Society, in partnership with Wicklow County Council and the Office of Public Works, are mounting an exhibition in the grounds of the OPW’s Glendalough Visitor Centre from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.  Throughout the weekend over two-dozen craftspeople will demonstrate key traditional skills needed for the conservation of old buildings, including sash window repairs; use of lime-based mortars; decorative plasterwork; ironwork; slate roofing; thatching; mud and earth construction; stained glass and fanlight conservation; stone carving; dry stonewall construction; and clock restoration to name a few.

For more information and a timetable please click here.

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Sunrise in Glendalough – picture taken by Speirview Ireland. To see more pictures and videos please visit the Speirview website. 

Wicklow Culture Night – Friday 18th September 2015

On Friday 18 September, Wicklow County Council invites you to take part in the annual National Culture Night programme as part of the cultural celebrations taking place throughout the country on the night.  Now in its 10th year, this nationwide celebration which began in Dublin has expanded to the entire country, with many exciting events taking place in communities all over Ireland.  Wicklow is no exception, with over thirty exciting events lined up around the county, with something for everybody young to old, active to easy-going and all those in between.

For more information and a timetable please click here.

September… special book offer from Kavanagh’s Wexford Road

Kavanagh's Wexford RoadBuy any paperback in KAVANAGH’S WEXFORD ROAD throughout the month of September and get FIVE tickets for our next MAGAZINE MADNESS MONTHLY DRAW – which will be held in-store on October 1. To date, we have given back more than €3,500.00 since starting our MAGAZINE MADNESS DRAW! Money that goes BACK into our LOCAL ECONOMY after it is SPENT in our LOCAL ECONOMY! Keep the wheel oiled – SHOP LOCAL!

 

 

Music in the Garden

The event will take place on Sunday 13th September from 1 pm to 5 pm in Roy/Marie Dempseys Monument Lane in aid of Arklow Marsh Project and St. Joseph’s Church Templerainey.

Music Featuring: Opera Serenade, Margaret Fitzgerald, Niamh O’Connor, Mary Graham, Denise Brennan, John Joe Brauders, Pat Brennan, Michael Flood, Set Dancing demonstration and Special Guest Appearance by THE TEMPLEMICHAEL CEILI BAND.

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Finalist from Fleadh Ceoil Sligo 2015

Other activities include “House of Stories” bingo, jaunting car/pony rides, face painting, bric-a-brac sale, auction, various craft stalls, display of the Arklow Ganzey and a unique Pottery Making Demonstration.

Refreshments will be available and admission costs €5 (gate prize.)

Coral Leisure Centre Arklow

COMPETITION TIME!!! To be in with a chance to win 1 Months pool/gym membership all you have to do is LIKE and SHARE and TAG a friend. Winner will be announced 13th September!!! GO……!!!

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R.L.S.S National Pool Lifeguard Qualification Course will be ran from October 27th till November 1st
Coral leisure3Time : 9.30am till 4.30pm Daily
Cost: €250.00 per candidate,
All candidates must be 16 years and over
Deposit of €50.00 is required to hold your place
All Fees must be paid by October 12th
If you are interested in doing the course
Contact Nicola Walker R.L.S.S Trainer Assessor on 086 0629988

Halloween Camp

Taking bookings NOW!!!Pay a deposit of €20 and pay the rest on the day limited spaces available.

Date: Tuesday 27th October – Friday 30th October

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

  • 10 am – 2 pm daily for children aged 4+
  • An Action packed week for only €45
  • Swimming everyday
  • 4 Days Pool Inflatable
  • 2 Day Bouncy Castle
  • Lots of Spooky Arts & Crafts
  • Fancy Dress Party
  • Pumpkin Carving and a Halloween Party

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Studio 55 Dance Academy

Chamber of Commerce Award Winner for “Best Small Business 2013”

Aims Nominated for “Best Choreographer in Ireland” 2010 & 2011

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Register now to join us for our exciting production of “The Wicked Wizard of Oz”. Pay per term and pay weekly options available – 50% sibling discounts.

Classes available for:

Children 3+, Teens & Adults in:

Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Zumba Fitness, Piloxing, Body Conditioning, Ballroom & Latin American.

Wedding Dance Lessons available by request.

For more information please contact Martina on 085 1227286 or visit her Facebook profile.

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Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre2MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES BEGINNING IN ARKLOW TOMORROW FOR KIDZ AND TEENZ!! Taught by professional, qualified teachers, our classes will be bursting with Dancing, Singing, Acting, Creativity and Performance. Book in now!!!!! Call Kerry on 085 1417398!!

For more information please  visit Kerry Smith’s Facebook profile.

 

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If The Elders

This is for anyone yet to see The Elders Band Live, a little clip of them playing in the States this weekend. The lads are going to be playing The Arklow Bay Hotel on Thursday 22nd October at 8pm. Tickets on sale soon.

Ballroom and Latin with Laura

No partner Needed, No experience required, just a passion to learn Ballroom & Latin Dance.
Kids, Partner and Solo.

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Adult Classes

  • Bokwa Dance Fitness, Levels 1-3 (expert level 1)
  • Bokwa Tone & Core…………
  • Ballroom & Latin (Couples & Solo classes.)
  • Social Adult Dance Classes
  • Wedding and Group Dances Classes
  • Hen Parties

Childrens Classes

  • Jumping Beans (3-6 years)
  • Ballroom & Latin Competitive Dance (3 years +)
  • Juvenile Ballroom & Latin Formation Dancing (Teens)
  • Bokwa Kidz Crew (7 years+)
  • Private Kids Ballroom & Latin Lessons for Competitions

Prices 

Jumping Beans BOKWA Classes €6.00, Pay as you go

Ballroom & Latin Classes €7.00, Pay as you go

*****SPECIAL OFFERS***** 

  • Siblings get 50% OFF discount for the second child.
  • Do a Bokwa/Jumping Beans class and a Ballroom & Latin class and receive the cheapest one 50% OFF (which means you get 2 classes for €10 a week).
  • Must begin the classes in September 2015.

For more information please contact Laura on 086-3968673, email laurabokwa@hotmail.com, visit Laura’s website or Facebook page.

 

Music under the Mountains 2015

For all you trad fans, Music under The Mountains Festival is on again this month 18-20 September in Hollywood Co. Wicklow. Looks like a good place to stop if you’re out for a drive.

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Sound investment in instruments as €210,000 announced for Music Capital Scheme 2015

instrumentsOn 2nd September 2015 Music Network welcomed the announcement by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, confirming capital funds of €210,000 for the Music Capital Scheme 2015.

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional musicians.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD said:

“In Ireland, we are lucky to possess a wealth of musical talent.  For this talent to continue to progress and flourish it is vital that our musicians are supported and provided with the opportunities to improve their performing ability.  Over the past five years, the funding provided by my Department for the Music Capital Scheme has enabled Music Network to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments to a wide range of talented individuals and groups, including choirs, orchestras, youth bands and traditional music groups. I am delighted therefore to announce capital funding of €210,000 for the Music Capital Scheme in 2015.”

For more information please visit Music Network Website.

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Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the FGaeltacht with students from St Agnes CCMA at the announcement of the Music Capital Scheme 2015.

Arklow This Week

Interruption to Water Supply in Arklow Town on Thursday 10th September

Irish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council wish to advise residents of Arklow Town, in particular around the areas of Lamberton, The Kish, Emoclew Road, Knockenrahen and Ballynattin that water will be shut off in parts of the town from 9am until 7pm on Thursday 10th September.

This shut off is necessary as ESB Networks are undertaking Quality of Supply improvements in the area.

For further information please contact Irish Water Customer Services on 1800 278 278.

 

Arklow Further Education and Training Centre

Fernhill Plaza Wexford Road Arklow

0402 39680

Fernhil PlazaWe have some places available on our courses starting in September.

Leaving Certificate for adults, this is a two year course that includes Maths, English, history Economics, Biology, Art and Computers. Students on this course can progress onto Third Level education or onto PLC course or into employment.

Certificate in Community Care QQI Level 5 5M2786. This is a year long course for adults who wish to work in Nursing homes or as home helps. The modules include Human Growth and development, Care provision and practice, Care of the older person, Safety and Health at Work, Communications, Equality and disability, Work experience Word processing and Occupational First Aid.

Certificate in Business QQI Level 6 6M4985. This course is suitable for adults who have good computer skills or who have completed a Level 5 course. The modules include Business Management, Communications, Word processing, Spreadsheets, Web authoring, Database, Personal and professional development.

Art portfolio preparation Course. This is a part time course designed to support and guide those who want to refresh their artistic skills and begin pursuing a career in Art and Design.

If you are interested in any of these courses please contact Maria or Melissa on 0402 23455 or 0402 39680 or by email at vtosarklow@eircom.net

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Local Community Restore Old Kilbride Cemetery

As part of Heritage Week Minister Simon Harris officially opened Old Kilbride Cemetery in Arklow.  He congratulated local volunteers who undertook this restoration project.  This cemetery is unique in that is features a pyramid tomb, commissioned in the late 1700s by Ralph Howard, the first Viscount of Wicklow.  In his speech Minister Harris said it is important, especially during Heritage Week that we take stock of the heritage sites within our communities.

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Tourism Potential of Avoca Mines

Avoca MinesOn Wednesday 26th August Minister Simon Harris brought together a number of stake holders, including the Avoca Heritage Committee, Failte Ireland, Wicklow County Tourism and the County Wicklow Heritage Officer, to discuss the tourism potential of the mines at Avoca.  He stated he is keen that Failte Irelands newest tourism initiative, ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ will feature an element of Ireland’s industrial heritage and would like to ensure that Avoca Mines is included as it is a unique insight into the industrial past of Wicklow.  The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has committed to a €3 million investment in public health and safety works on the site over the period 2014 – 2016.  As each area of the mine undergoes work, public access will then be enabled.

 

Tidy Towns

Members of Arklow Tidy Towns have been invited to the televised Tidy Towns award ceremony at The Helix for the first time since it was founded 40 years ago. The group was delighted to get confirmation of the invitation and looks forward to attending on September 28 where the awards winners will be announced.

 

Avonmore Musical Society

Avonmore Musical Society held their main and very popular fundraiser “Strictly Come Dancing” last Saturday night in the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Chairman Rob Donnelly would like to thank all the couples who danced and everyone who came for helping make the night such a wonderful success. With over 750 audience members present plus 20 couples dancing representing various groups and charities the hotel was packed to capacity and the atmosphere was electric.

The 20 couples performed their individual dances and the Avonmore girls also performed a dance to “Buenos Aries” to advertise Avonmore’s next Musical Production “Evita” which will be staged from Tues 29th March to Saturday 2nd April 2016. The main winners on the night were Gerry Brauders & Eimear Harper who won on behalf of “Caveman”.

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For more information please visit:

http://www.wicklownews.net/2015/08/gerry-and-eimear-win-avonmore-strictly/

http://www.avonmoremusicalsociety.com/

 

Duck Pond shortlisted for national Chambers award

duck pond2Arklow Duck Pond has been shortlisted for a national Chambers Ireland award. The local amenity which was entered by Arklow Municipal District under Wicklow County Council and it was confirmed in recent days that the area is a finalist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards. Now in their twelfth year, the awards recognise and celebrate the work carried out in communities by local authorities. Over the past six years a vast amount of work has been completed to transform the Duck Pond to a safe and social area for everyone to enjoy day and night. Congratulations to everyone involved from Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce !!!

 

Tom Lawler’s solo art exhibition at the Visual Art Gallery in Arklow

Wicklow artist Tom Lawler shared his most recently produced works with the community of Arklow over the past couple of weeks at the latest exhibition to take place at the Local Arklow Visual Art Gallery. The gallery was delighted to host the show, which included Tom’s acrylic and gouache work. Tom spent the past year producing this large body of work which was well received by the public and at the gallery. His paintings are vibrant abstractions inspired by a library of artistic books.

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Innovations Theatre School

Innovaions Theatre SchoolIf you want your child to build confidence, learn new skills and make friends – come on upcoming open day on Wednesday September 9th. Innovations Theatre School provides all of this for children aged 5-18 in their weekly classes in Arklow. The open day will be at their regular venue of The Centre, Wexford Road, Arklow from 5pm to 7 pm, where new students will be able to try out a full two – hour session of dance, singing and acting alongside the regular classes. There will also be a short informal audition for entry into the school. Classes take place at that time every week from September to May. Fees are €170 for 10 weeks, with 30 weeks through the year. To book a place on the open day or for more information please contact 087 1364219 or 086 3442916. You can also check out the Innovations Theatre School Website http://www.innovations.ie/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/InnovationsTheatreSchool/info?tab=page_info.

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Arklow This Week

Are you interested in going to College in 2015?

Clermount College

Do you want to study for an IT Carlow  accredited programme on you doorstep.

The Wicklow County Campus, Clermount House, Rathnew is now Enrolling for September 2015 with  IT Carlow Validated Programmes at Masters, Degree, High Diploma and Certificate level.

The part time evening programmes are offered in the areas of Business & Accounting, Humanities, Computing & Science and Engineering.

It is worth noting that there are short Certificate programmes (from one night a week for 12 weeks in areas such as Web Design/ Online Marketing/ Organisational Psychology that may be very beneficial to businesses in the current marketplace.

Please  click on the link underneath to view all programmes being offered on a part-time evening basis in Rathnew.

www.itcarlow.ie/wicklow

If you would like more information and wish to contact a staff member , please call 0404 67125 or email Wicklow@itcarlow.ie and all your queries will be dealt with.

 

Closing Date for Katie Taylor Sports Bursary

Katie TaylorWicklow County Council has set up a sport scholarship in Katie Taylor’s name in recognition of her amazing sporting achievements.  The scholarship is intended for students who have excelled at their chosen sport and are undertaking an undergraduate degree course in any academic field.  A bursary of €1,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant.  For an application forms go to www.wicklow.ie .

The closing date is next Friday 4th September and no application will be accepted after 12 noon on this date. 

 

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Congratulations to Denis Nolan of CCÉ, Anne Devlin, Co.Wicklow  who took first place in the mouth organ senior competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015 in Sligo.

 

 

Sea Safety

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The Arklow RNLI sea safety team is offering free and impartial advice on safety aboard your board or ashore to anyone who requires it.  To book your place or for information please contact mark@aslsafety.com or call Mark om 086 8260439.  Mark’s company ASL Safety is a member of the Arklow Chamber.

 

 

Tour de Leinster

Tour de LeinsterThis is a 4 day, 600km charity cycle taking place on the 24th- 27th of September 2015.

The Tour will be a challenging and inspiring event for everyone involved with the route taking in all the counties of Leinster. All the funds raised by the cycle will benefit  Down Syndrome Ireland both at National level and across all our Leinster branches.  The cyclists will also have the honour of cycling with Sean Kelly during the tour. A legend in his own right, Sean Kelly won numerous titles and accolades in his career including the Paris-Nice seven times in a row, the Vuelta Espana, Paris Roubaix and was World number one six times.

For full information on route, registration, costs and sponsorship go to http://www.downsyndrome.ie/tour-de-leinster/cyclist-info/

Arklow This Week

National Heritage Week 22-30 August 2015

 

St. SavioursSt Saviour’s Church – Open Afternoon Come and enjoy a self guided visit of one of Arklow’s most impressive buildings and celebrated stained glass windows

Dates: 25th August 14:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

Abercorn Masonic Hall This building will be especially opened for visitors

Venue: Abercorn Masonic Hall

Dates: 25th August 16:00 PM to 21:00 PM

 

 

Opening of Old Kilbride Graveyard Project View the impressive Howard Mausoleum ‘The pyramid of Kilbride’ and view the recent conservation works carried out in this historic graveyard.

Dates: 26th August 13:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

St. Bridget’s Church of Ireland  Kilbride Open Afternoon This building is being opened especially for visitors to enjoy for Heritage Week.

Dates: 26th August 14:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

Arklow Methodist Church This building is being opened especially for visitors to enjoy for Heritage Week.

Dates: 26th August 14:00 PM to 16:00 PM

 

For further information on the above contact the organiser, Jennifer M.J. Kavanagh….

Email: jennifermjkavangh@gmail.com

Telephone: 085 8183392

 

 

Duck PondBat Walk around Duck Pond. The Bat Walk is an exciting experience where many species of bat come to life in front of your eyes. With the use of sound equipment you can see these tiny creatures which ordinarily you would miss.

Venue: Arklow Bay Hotel

Organiser: Arklow Coastcare

Email: cbateman@wicklowcoco.ie

Telephone: 0402 42700

Dates: 25th August 20:30 PM to 21:30 PM

 

 

Avoca Mines Guided Walk Guided walk over the greatest of all Irish mines where thousands of men, women and children worked above and below ground for over 300 years.

Venue: Avoca Mines, White Bridge, Tigroney, Avoca

Organiser: Nick Coy

Email: nickcoy@eircom.net

Telephone: 086 3706731

Dates: 23rd August 15:00 PM to 17:00 PM

 

 

Calary ChurchCalary and the Historic Darby Pulpit Free tour of a historic 180 year old church which contains the pulpit once used by John Nelson Darby, who was curate in the area and later became one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethren.

Venue: Calary Church

Organiser: Calary Church of Ireland

Email: derekneilson@eircom.net

Telephone: 01 2818118

Website: http://www.newcastleparish.org/

Dates: 22nd August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM , 23rd August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM , 29th August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM , 30th August 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM

 

 

A self-guided walk along Macreddin Mile exploring Local Heritage and Wild Foods The BrookLodge Hotel has chosen to celebrate the historical importance of local hedgerows this Heritage Week as a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the residents of Macreddin Village.

Venue: BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village

Organiser: BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village

Email: info@brooklodge.com

Telephone: 0402 36444 12

Website: www.brooklodge.com

Dates: 22nd August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 23rd August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 24th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 25th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 26th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 27th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 28th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 29th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM , 30th August 9:00 AM to 21:00 PM

 

National Community Games Finals this weekend in Athlone

The following Arklow Gymnasts

Orlaith Holt, Jack Burke – Under 9,

Zara Fennell, Rory Curley – Under 11

Caitlin Curley – Under 13

Niamh Curley – Under 15

Will represent Arklow and County Wicklow at the 2015 National Community Games festival of artistic gymnastics which will take place at the Athlone Institute of Technology, County Westmeath on Saturday 22nd. August.

Best of luck and do Arklow proud.

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Arklow Pottery

Arklow & District Chamber have been awarded a grant by Wicklow Co. Council to complete a feasibility study on a Pottery and Heritage Centre for the town.  We have a great pottery history in Arklow and want to support local crafts and skills in our future plans.  In speaking to Peter Kinsella of the Pottery Shop there are a number of people who have supported Irene Sweeney in this project and we would like to thank them.  Keep an eye on the pottery exhibition in Bridgewater and email chamber@arklow.ie with any ideas you have on this initiative.

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Arklow Visual Art Gallery

Arklow Visual Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of art by Tom Lawler.  Tom is a Wicklow based artist who paints in acrylic and gouache.  The exhibition will run from Tuesday August 18th until Friday August 28th at the gallery which is located at 61-63 Main Street in Arklow.

The official opening night will be Friday August 21st from 6 – 8pm and everyone is welcome to come along.

 

A Night with the Stars

The Arklow Bay Hotel will play host to well-known performers on Tuesday August 18th.  Taking the stage will be Louise Morrissey, John Hogan, Paddy O’Brien, Frank McCaffrey, Trudi Lawler and Michael Collins.  Tickets cost €25 and are now on sale from the Arklow Bay reception or by calling 0402-26200.  Doors will open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm.

Arklow Community Games

Swimmer Freja Kavanagh will represent Arklow and County Wicklow at the National Community Games festival of swimming finals  in under 14 breaststroke. The finals will take place on Sunday 16th August at the Regional Sports Centre, Athlone, County Westmeath.