Nominations are currently being accepted for Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 so to get voting now go to the Chamber website or email us at


We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. As usual the ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards.

The awards will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

  • Best New Start Updancing

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

  • The Service Excellence Award

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • Ambassador for Tourism Award

For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area

  • The Employee of the Year Award

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

  • The Person of the Year Award

This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow


Congratulations to Gary Redmond on receiving top industry award

accountant-2Gary Redmond, who is a Senior Consultant at Big 4 Accountancy Firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young), was named Young Accountant of the year at prestigious Irish Accountancy Awards in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. Gary is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation jointly awarded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He was the recipient of the Young Achiever Award at the 2014 Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce Ball.


Jack & Jill Charity Boutique celebrates 1st Birthday

The Jack & Jill Charity Boutique in Arklow will be celebrating their 1st Birthday on Saturday 11th June. Come and join them on the day from 11 am for:jack & jill

  • Coffee morning 11 am – 2 pm
  • Love beauty salon instore
  • Angel card readings
  • Sports massage
  • Children’s entertainer
  • Adrian Dunne Pharmacy instore
  • 50% clothes sale
  • Raffle

And Special Guest “Queen Elsa” from Frozen will be popping in to say Hi to the kids.

Jack & Jill Charity Boutique 1st Birthday Raffle:

  • Hamper by Adrian Dunne Pharmacyraffle2
  • Hamper by Dunnes
  • €25 voucher by Bridgewater
  • €25 voucher by Bridgewater
  • Bottle of wine from The Breffni
  • Bottle of wine from The Old Ship
  • Bottle of Wine from The Ginmill
  • 2 Hampers by Emma O’Reilly
  • Newgrange candlestick set donated by customer
  • More to follow…


The Jack & Jill organisation would like to thank everyone for their support in their first year. Remember that every €16 raised provides one hour of homecare for sick children. The store accepts clothes, bric a brac, jewellery, shoes, books, DVD’s/CDs, handbags, toys and furniture.

For more information call 0402 91250.


Jack & Jill needs volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities now available for Summer Months in the Arklow Store. If you are over 16 and are able to give 4 or more hours a week then pop in for a Volunteer Form today. In return you will gain experience in retail sales, customer service, display merchandising to name a few and of course you will become part of The Jack and Jill Family….




2016 Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival

The dates of this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival are Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July (both dates inclusive).

“Arklow’s Got Talent”

Arklow Seabreeze Festival are looking at the idea of running an “Arklow’s Got Talent” where open auditions would be held for any type of act, group or individual. Open to all it is anticipated that they could have musicians, dancers, magicians, story startellers, comedians, choirs, rock bands, trad bands and so on. Auditions would take place towards end of June on one day and run similar to X Factor, where all would appear before a panel of adjudicators and the final selection would be announced shortly afterwards.

From all the acts that would enter, this would be narrowed down to 20 acts who would all get the opportunity to appear on stage at this year’s festival, thus showcasing the best of what Arklow has in talent.

If interested please let the Arklow Seabreeze Festival know as soon as possible, open to all ages and from Arklow and surrounding areas. All welcome.

Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess Night 

This year’s Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess Night will take place on Saturday 2nd July in the Arklow Bay Hotel, where the lucky girl will walk away with it a host of prizes. If you are interested in taking part please makes sure to pick up an entry from Tina at reception in The Arklow Bay Hotel. Places are limited, so hurry.


Swinging Pubs competition

Who will be Swinging Pubs Champion for 2016? This year’s Swinging Pubs competition will run from Monday 4th July – Thursday 14th July. Pubs interested in taking part please contact Donal Molloy or visit the Arklow Seabreeze Festival Facebook page. Once entry fee is paid you can select night you are interested, so first come first served.


Road Race

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A new addition to this year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival is an 8K and 4K Road Race which will take place on Sunday 17th July in conjunction with It will feature two courses to suit all types of runners and walkers. Both will start and finish on the Main Street, Arklow.

Soap Box Derby

Start getting your machines ready for our Soap Box Derby which takes place during the Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 2016 on Sunday 17th July , Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

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For more information and updates, visit Arklow Seabreeze Festival website or Facebook page.