Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

arklowlogosmThis 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.

You can nominate on this website, by email or use the form published in the Wicklow People on Wednesday 13th July.


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

  • Best New Start Up sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise CentreSponsors

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

  • The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

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 sponsored by Arklow Bay Hotel

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 Sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

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

  • The Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd

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


 Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 15th – 17th July 2016

The annual Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival is an event that focuses on family entertainment and fun; it has something for all ages and is one of the most popular family festivals on the east coast.

This year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival begins tonight and continues until Sunday 17th July.  There have been a number of events leading up to the Festival Weekend; Arklow Seabreeze Princess and Mr. Seabreeze have been selected and  the final of the Best Swinging Pub 2016 took place last night.  The winners of this very popular competition were:  Best M.C. – Paul Burke representing the Bridge Hotel; Best Comedy/Novelty Act – Trish Kavanagh representing the Bridge Hotel; Best Male Performer: Robert Haney representing Sally O’Briens; Best Female Performer: Leah Penston representing Kennys at the Harbour Bar.  The Bridge Hotel was named the 2016 Best Overall Swinging Pub.

The Festival Weekend starts today with a Carnival which will run until Sunday. The fun continues tonight at 7.30pm with party games including a burger eating competition and music from Small Town Crisis.

There is lots of entertainment planned for Saturday including the Marching Band and Drum Corps Competition Saturday 16th July 2pm – 4.30pm in Arklow Celtic Football Club. 

On Sunday sees a new addition to this year’s festival – 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.  Registration is at the Courthouse from 12.30pm.

The festival closes on Sunday night with a fireworks display at 11pm.

Arklow Seabreeze Festival

For the full programme of events over the weekend visit the Arklow Seabreeze Festival Facebook page and Arklow Seabreeze Festival website.


The Pottery Shop

It was with great sadness we heard this week that The Arklow Pottery Shop is closing its doors at the end of the month.  The owners, Peter & Eileen Kinsella, have been in business on Lower Main Street since 17th July 1998, with Peter having previously managed the retail shop at Arklow Pottery for 14 years.  He is pictured below with Mr. Sano, Managing Director of Noritake.

Mr Sano Managing Director Noritake Group Visit to The Pottery Shop

Valentines Day DisplayThe Pottery Shop was noted for its wonderful window displays promoting whatever event or festival was on in the town.  Their efforts won them 1st prize on many occasions and this year were narrowly beaten to 2nd place by McMullans for the Best Musical Themed Window during the 2016 Music Festival.

On behalf of the members of Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce, President Ann McGovern wishes Peter and Eileen the very best for the future and thanks them for their efforts in promoting retail business in Arklow.


 ASL Safety & Training Launch First Aid & Medical Supply Website

Chamber Member ASL Safety & Training has recently launched a sister company ASL FIRST AID & MEDICAL and is now live and taking orders.

Visit ASL First Aid & Medical on line and register for your free account.  They are Ireland’s leading online supplier of first aid and healthcare products and stock everything from basic first aid supplies right through to state of the art defibrillators.  They offer free delivery on all orders over €50 and can supply all first aid and medical supply needs for the home or business,  everything form a plaster to a full first aid kit for your house, van or workplace. They also offer a Full First Aid Kit replenishment service.


Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce wishes Mark, Carmel and everyone at ASL FIRST AID & MEDICAL every success with their new venture.


 2016 Maritime Festival Weekend

This year’s Arklow Maritime Festival is bigger and better than ever. The event begins on Friday 29th at 7.30pm where the Princesses and Princes will meet at the Lifeboat Station to begin their parade around the town.  Later that evening in the Arklow Sailing Club the Maritime Festival Queen and King will be selected.

Arklow Maritime FestivalFriday 29th July : Maritime Queen & King Selection

 Saturday 30th July  :  Viking Homecoming; Viking BBQ; Stunt Drive Ireland; Music; Shop, Burgers + Tea & Coffee; Bouncy Castles; Bingo in Arus Lorcain @8.30PM – ALL EVENTS from 7.00p.m. to 9.00p.m.

 Sunday 31st July  :  ALL DAY FUN ON THE QUAY; Disney Characters Dance;Ironman; Reptile Zoo; Rally Crash Scene; Emergency Service Display; Visiting Ships – Brocklebank/Old Lifeboats; Blessing of the fleet @1.30PM; Bouncy Castle; Live Music; Dog show; Bubble Football; Archery; Goldfish; BBQ Food court; Burgers + Tea & Coffee; Wheel of Fortune; Doors open @9.00PM +€10 entry

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