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Arus Lorcain Christmas Market & Craft Fair

christmas-4The sixth annual Christmas Market & Craft Fair will take place in Arus Lorcain from 10am to 5pm on Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th November.  The fair will have more than 40 stalls selling unit hand-crafted gifts and Christmas novelties.  Santa will be there at 12.30pm to officially open the fair which is a wonderful family event.

 

 

Arklow Christmas Festival

christmas-1The Festival Committee has been working together since May to make the 2016 Festival bigger and better.  They have something planned for every weekend until 17th December.  Christmas lights will be switched on 26th November followed by a mini funfair in the carpark and a fireworks display.  Saturday 3rd December sees the arrival of Santa and a performance by the Arklow Pipe Band.  The Christmas Craft Fair and Food Market will be held on 17th December.

Visit Arklow Christmas Festival facebook for full information on all events planned.

This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW – the prize value of this draw is over €1,000.  The draw for this will take place on Saturday 17th December.

There will be free parking in Council owned car parks from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.   Free parking on the street will be restricted to two hours from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.

 

 

Arklow Vikings Special Olympics

arklow-vikings1-150x150Arklow Vikings Special Olympics are looking for an enthusiastic person to coach the men’s basketball team this season.  Training is on Friday evenings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the Coral Leisure centre.  Anyone interested can contact the club by writing via their Facebook page or by texting or phoning 086-2175501.

Members of the club’s swimming team recently won a total of 16 medals at the gala hosted by Gorey Special Olympics Club.  Congratulations to Cormac and Darragh Sheridan, Thomas Duffy, Dan Mulhall, Cathy Macken, Adam and Thomas who are trained by Gemma Bracken.

 

 

 

 

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Santa’s Arrival at Bridgewater

We are excited to announce that Santa will be arriving at the centre on Sunday 20th November at 12 noon! Come along to see Santa arrive in style on the RNLI boat and then into the centre to meet and greet all the children. Visiting Santa is FREE and if you enter our Facebook competition you could be the first person to meet Santa! There will be lots of fun on the mall. Don’t miss out – make sure you bring all the family.

 

 

 

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Special Customer Evening

The Bridgewater Shopping Centre special customer evening is back! It’s an evening especially for customers, with carol singing, mince pies, hot chocolate, lots of fantastic DISCOUNTS on the night and spot PRIZES. Pop along on Thursday 24th November between 6-9pm.
 

Best Christmas Window Display Competitionchristmas-window

This competition is open to all businesses in the town from Templerainey to the Wexford Road, so whether you are a shop, hotel, hairdressers, restaurant, office or a café,  if you decorate your window for Christmas you are in the competition and have an opportunity to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.

The windows will be independently judged and the winners announced on Saturday 17th December 2016. 

Dressing windows for Christmas really helps to create a wonderful atmosphere in the town.

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The Local Enterprise Office Wicklow (LEO Wicklow) are running an ‘Accessing Finance for Your Small/Medium Business’ half-day Workshop on Tuesday 29th November.  If you haven’t yet attended one of these Workshops you are strongly encouraged to do so.  The cost is only €10 (includes tea/coffee & pastry).  The Workshop runs from 9.30am – 1.30pm in the beautiful Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew, Co Wicklow.

The November Workshop is being delivered by Niall Glynn, business consultant, loan application specialist and expert on the MicrofinanceIreland (MFI) loan scheme.  Even if you do not intend to make a funding application (loan, grant or private investment) soon, you will benefit hugely from the clarity of seeing how to structure your business plan for investment.

For full details and the Workshop Outline go to this link where you can also BOOK & PAY:

https://www.localenterprise.ie/Wicklow/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Accessing-Finance-for-Your-Business-29-11-16.html

This Workshop is fantastic value and the best thing you can do for your business before 2016 draws to a close!

We hope to see you on Tuesday 29th November!  The LEO Wicklow Team

 

 

 

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Arklow Christmas Festival

The Festival Committee has been working together since May to make the 2016 Festival bigger and better.  New Christmas lighting for the Bridge and St. Mary’s Park will be erected this year.  There will be free parking in the town from 2nd December up to and including 2nd January 2017.  The aim is to increase footfall, create a Christmas atmosphere and give the retailers from the Wexford Road to Lower Main Street, Ferrybank and Bridgewater an additional boost during the pre-Christmas period.

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Events will run each weekend between 26th November and the 17th December and will include switching on of the Christmas tree lights, fireworks display, Punch & Judy Show, arrival of Santa, Pipe Bank recital a live crib, Christmas jumper competition, best window display, Christmas craft fair & artisan food market, children’s art competition and much more.

This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW – the prize value of this draw is over €1,000.

 

Launch of the Arklow Lifeboat 2017 Calendar

arklow-rnli-calendarThe official launch of the 2017 Arklow Lifeboat calendar took place at The Old Ship on Friday 4th November.  This year Arklow Lifeboat team up with members of the Tommy Byrne Photographic Society, who have produced stunning pictures of the river, beach and harbour areas.  The calendar includes information on highlights and fundraising events during 2017 – starting with “Hurry to the Curry” on Friday 27th January.  The calendar is on sale now priced €5 and is available from the Arklow Lifeboat Shop, Kavanaghs (Wexford Road), Mobile Care & Computer Solutions, Power’s Souvenirs, Paul Doyle’s Newsagents, Its Fresh, Beat the Record, Asgard Lodge Nursing Home, Kustom Kidz and Burke’s (Lower Main Street.  Visit their facebook Arklow RNLI for further information.

 

Santa Coming to Bridgewater

Arklow’s RNLI crew are making sure Santa arrives safely at Bridgewater on Sunday 20th November.  Santa will be there to meet and greet children at noon and the centre is running a facebook competition to select the child who will be first to meet the man in red.

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For more information visit www.bridgewatercentre.ie or follow the centre’s facebook page.

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Launch of the Arklow Lifeboat 2017 Calendar

arklow-rnli-calendarThe official launch of the 2017 Arklow Lifeboat calendar will take place at the RNLI table quiz in The Old Ship on tonight, 4th November 2016.  The calendar, which features original photographs taken by members of the Tommy Byrne Photographic Society, will be on sale in the Lifeboat Shop and local shops for €5.

 

 

 M11 Butterfly Sculpture

In 2016 Mike Johnson was commissioned by Wicklow County Council to create a work to be sited along the new M11 motorway.  Mr Johnson wanted a work that was instantly recognisable, considering that the audience would be travelling past the sculpture at speed.  He wanted a work that extended along the verge to prolong the view of it.  He chose butterflies because they offered the greatest opportunity to allow as many individuals as possible to make a contribution towards the design of the creature’s wings, their connection to the natural world and how that is open to interpretation and appreciation was another advantage.

butterflies-sculpture-1School children from Co. Wicklow worked with Mike Johnson in creating the butterfly sculpture which can be seen on M11 near Wicklow town.  Two schools in Arklow were involved in this project – St. Joseph’s National School and Carysfort National Schooland were recently presented with a model of the butterflies which they specifically did and also received a book made by Mike to document the process of making the sculprute.  A group of eight to ten children work on the project and Mr. Johnson spent about half a day with each group.  The pictures shown above is the work done by the children of Carysfort Nation School on the project.

 

Good News for Wicklow Partnership Group

There was great excitement in the Wicklow Partnership offices in Avoca River House this week when employees discovered they won a substantial amount in the Euromillions draw.  The 24 member syndicate collected the cheque for €156,002 during the week and will each get €6,500.  A spokesperson for the group said “It means a happy Christmas for us all”.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Is your pumpkin ready? Click here for some ideas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUVNHh2hkGU

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CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL PLANS  

Big plans are under way for Christmas in Arklow and the local Christmas Festival Committee has been hard at work to make the magic happen.  The 2016 festival will be bigger and better with new Christmas lights due to be erected on the Bridge and St Marys Park.  Events will run each weekend between November 26 and December 17.  Anyone who wishes to participate and support the festival can contact Linda Mc Donald at lmcdonal@wicklowcoco.ie.  Below is letter from the Festival Committee on events and the introduction of the Golden Ticket draw.

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 PARANOIA Halloween Event

This year Glenart Outdoors are proud to bring you their brand new Halloween event “Paranoia” That will scare you like never before and promises to test all your boundaries of bravery."Glenart Outdoors Halloween Event - PARANOIA"

Built from the ground up to be a unique experience unlike any other in Ireland. All events are set in a real forest at night with real actors, real buildings and real fear.

This years event promises to test all boundaries of your bravery.

Journey through your worst nightmare and enter the Halloween scares for a heart pumping adrenaline filled experience…

Walk through the scariest Halloween experience of your life, where you will come face to face with your worst nightmare, journey through endless corridors, rooms of terror and forests of darkness.

Glenart Castle Halloween Event Information

Venue:-   Glenart Castle, Vale Road, Arklow

Classification :-   Halloween Tour /  Adults Only

Family Fun Tip:- They are not running a family Event this year, just the scariest Halloween experience for the Mums and dads

Dates:-  Saturday 22nd & Wednesday 26th to Monday 31st October 2016

Times:- Starts from 7.00 pm – 11.00 pm with Tours  running every 20 mins

halloween-train-online-bookingThe whole spooky experience will last approx one hour.

Admission: –

  • €15.00 per person
  • €1.50 booking fee per transaction applies

 

Booking Online:- You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the Glenart Castle at Halloween ticket sales.

 

 

Arklow “Making A Difference” Video Well Received

The recently launched “Making A Difference” video which showcases Arklow’s business and tourism potential was very well received by the public.  The producers were delighted to learn that it has in excess of 10,000 views in the first week.  The 4 and a half minute long video was produced with funding from Arklow Municipal District Economic Development Funding and the County Wicklow Economic Think Tank.

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Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District said the video “showcases the very best that Arklow Municipal District has to offer, our infrastructure, our amenities and our people.  It shows that we are open for business.  We have all the necessary infrastructures needed to nurture economic development and incentivise job creation.  Our location is a commodity that many other districts and counties would love to possess.”

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

Below is a map of Arklow Heritage Walks & Trails.  These walks involve continuous walking at a moderate pace and two of them are wheelchair accessible, the Kynoch’s Walk and the Town Walk.  This map is published by the Arklow Heritage/Nature Walks Development Co. Ltd in association with Arklow Municipal Council.

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

 

TIDY DOWNS START WORK ON NEW GARDEN

Arklow Tidy Towns has launched a new initiative to brighten up an unused corner of the town.  A new urban garden is under way at Castle park between Arus Lorcain and the Arklow Municipal District building and follows a successful report in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.  Anyone who wishes to volunteer is asked to contact Arklow Tidy Towns. (0402) 24432.

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STRICTLY COME DANCING FOR WICKLOW HOSPICE

The Wicklow Hospice is hosting a three-night Stictly in the Arklow Bay.  The first night is the 5th of November, the second night is the 26th of November with the Grand final on 3rd of December.  Tickets cost €10 for each night and are available in the Arklow Bay, from any of the dancers, from the Wicklow Hospice Arklow Office 0402 91310 and from Avondale Sports Shop, Main Street, Rathdrum.

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GET CRAFTY AT THE LIBRARYcraft fair

Arklow Library is excited to announce the upcoming mid-term arts and crafts sessions on Thursday November 3rd.  Children aged 6-10 are invited to come along and put their creative caps on to produce crafty masterpieces at the Arklow Library building on main street.  The activities will start at 2.30pm with a second session starting at 3.30pm.  To book your place please call the library at 0402 39977 or email arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

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 Arklow “Making A Difference” Video Well Received

 

The recently launched “Making A Difference” video which showcases Arklow’s business and tourism potential was very well received by the public.  The producers were delighted to learn that it has in excess of 10,000 views in the first week.  The 4 and a half minute long video was produced with funding from Arklow Municipal District Economic Development Funding and the County Wicklow Economic Think Tank.

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Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District said the video “showcases the very best that Arklow Municipal District has to offer, our infrastructure, our amenities and our people.  It shows that we are open for business.  We have all the necessary infrastructures needed to nurture economic development and incentivise job creation.  Our location is a commodity that many other districts and counties would love to possess.”

Visit Wicklow County Council website to view video.

 

 

Christmas Parking Arrangements for Arklow Town 2016

 

wicklow-co-co_Free parking in Council owned car parks from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive. 

Free parking on the street will be restricted to two hours from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday  2nd January  2017 inclusive.

The Municipal District requests business owners and their staff to avail of parking in the car parks rather than parking on the street during this period.

The traffic wardens will be monitoring the traffic as normal and enforcing all other aspects of the parking bye laws in relation to illegal parking.

 

 

Civic Reception for Taekwon-Do Double Medal Winner

 

itf-logoCongratulations to local teenager, Oisin Byrne, on his recent success in the International Taekwon-Do World Championships which were held in the Summer.  Oisin won Gold in Welter Weight Sparring and Silver in Junior Male Patterns.  He was given a Civic Reception in the Arklow Municipal Offices to recognise and celebrate his achievements.

 

 

 

 

Fishery Talk for Womens Circle

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Arklow Community Women’s Circle will be hosting a historical talk by Jim Rees on Monday October 24th  Local historian Jim will speak at the groups weekly meeting which runs between 7-9 p.m. at the Bridge Christian Community premises on the Wexford Road, Arklow.  New members are welcome please contact Mary Whelan 087 9880894.

 

 

 

 

 

 THE ELDERS TO BRING LATEST TOUR TO ARKLOW

the-eldersWorld renowned musicians The Elders are about to make their 14th annual trip home to Ireland from their base in the USA.  On their Irish tour they will play in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Monday October 24th at 9pm. With special guests ‘The Moxie Strings’ where audiences are in for a real musical treat.  Tickets cost €10 and are available from Kustom Kids, The Harbour Bar, Paddy Kavanagh’s and the Arklow Bay Hotel.  All proceeds towards Nolan House, Rathdrum and Arklow Music and Arts.

 

 

 

 ARKLOW HERITAGE WALKS AND TRAILS

Below is a map of Arklow Heritage Walks & Trails.  These walks involve continuous walking at a moderate pace and two of them are wheelchair accessible, the Kynoch’s Walk and the Town Walk.  This map is published by the Arklow Heritage/Nature Walks Development Co. Ltd in association with Arklow Municipal Council.

arklow-walksKynoch’s Walk (Sky Blue)

Town Walk (Pink)

Glenart Walk (Green)

Love Lane Walk (Orange)

South Beach Walk (Red)

The Monument (White)

 

 

 

 

LOUISE IS APPOINTED PRINCIPAL OF GLENART

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board have appointed Louise Kearns as Principal of Glenart College.  She is joined by Brid Keely as Deputy Principal.  Both Louise and Brid are really looking forward to meeting prospective students and parents at the schools open evening on Wednesday October 26th.

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TIDY TOWNS START WORK ON NEW GARDENtidy-town

Arklow Tidy Towns has launched a new initiative to brighten up an unused corner of the town.  A new urban garden is under way at Castle park between Arus Lorcain and the Arklow Municipal District building and follows a successful report in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.  Anyone who wishes to volunteer is asked to contact Arklow Tidy Towns. (0402) 24432.

 

 

 

 

pink-partyPINK PARTY

Arklow Cancer Support are hosting our Annual Pink Party and Awareness Day on Friday October 21 from 11am to 1pm.  They are inviting all who have experienced Breast Cancer to come along to 8 St Marys Road with their families and friends.  The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and fundraising will not take place at any of these events.  All are welcome.