Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September in the Arklow Bay Hotel

The Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016 is on Friday 16th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15pm with dinner served at 8.15pm followed by the presentation of awards. 

Tickets for this black tie event are available from the Chamber Office at 0402-26909 or email  Tickets cost €60 each with a table of 10 for €500.

There was a great response from the public to the awards this year.  The Chamber office received several hundred nominations across the 7 awards and would like to thank all those who took the time to send in nominations.  Below is the list of those selected by the independent judging panel to be shortlisted.  The awards 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 month

            Browns Hair Salon

            Orla’s Kitchen


Best Established Business sponsored by Arklow Business Enterprise Centre

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

            Arklow Bay Hotel  

            E. Holt & Sons

            M.A. Healy & Sons Ltd


The Service Excellence Award sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

            1st Choice Pharmacy Tesco


            The Beauty Rooms


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.

            Leah Penston

            Kim Sweeney

            Stephen Considine (BPB Wear)


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

            Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee

            Bridgewater Centre

            The Rowing Club


The Employee of the Year Award sponsored by Bridgewater Shopping

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers,

co-workers or an employer

            Caroline Forde (Its Fresh)

            Cathy Guerin (Arklow Business Enterprise Centre)

            Sharon Delaney (Elverys)


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

            Ann Walker

            Michael Fitzgerald

            Yvonne Kenny


Sponsors Grouped Logos

Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors of the Business Awards 2016 and the Wicklow People who sponsored publicity for the event.




Irish Water will commence site investigation work this week for the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant project.  The site investigation work will take approx 12 weeks to complete and assist in the design of the waste water treatment plant and the planning application.



National Heritage Week is taking place from August 20th-28th and Co Wicklow is set to be a hive of heritage activity.  Copies of the event guide can be picked up in the tourist offices, libraries and council offices and downloaded from Wicklow.ieheritage week



A ‘Night for Ray’ in the Breffini was a huge success last week.  The evening saw some of Wicklow’s finest acts     take to stage to raise money for the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia trust.  The family extended thanks to          everyone who had helped out on the night.



arklow visual arts

Arklow Music and Arts group will hold a table quiz with a difference on Friday August 19th in the    Harbour Bar, Lower Main Street at 8.30pm  Teams to comprise four people and price per team is just  €20.  All money raised will help in the provision of providing a Theatre and Performance space for the    town of Arklow




Why is there a need to undertaken remedial works to the North Quay River wall?

The North Quay river wall is an old stone wall. There have been a number of improvement works undertaken on various section of the wall over the years. However, there is a 200 m section of the wall where the mortar bedding has been washed out.

This has resulted in small gaps in the wall between the individual stone blocks through which the retained material is being washed out. This has resulted in subsidence behind the wall as shown below.


remedial work

How are Wicklow County Council planning going to remediate this problem?

A cofounded project between Wicklow County Council (WCC) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) to undertake the following remedial works to repair the aforementioned issues:

  • Removal of vegetation from the wall – the root systems of the various different plants are enlarging the gaps in the wall and will exasperate the problem over time;
  • Application of a mortar layer to the North Quay river wall to seal the gaps in the wall;
  • Injection of grout behind the wall to fill any voids that may have arisen as a result of material washout and to strengthen the North Quay river wall; and
  • Backfilling of surface voids with aggregate material.


The work site stretches 200 m from the front of the Bridgewater shopping centre on the North Quay to the east to Arklow Shipping Limited. The works are scheduled to be undertaken in 8 weeks with the Contractor mobilising to the site on the 18th of August. Where possible works will be undertaken from a Pontoon on the river in order to minimise traffic disruption; however, some of the works will need to be undertaken under traffic management on North Quay. A lane closure and stop/go system will operate for up to 4 weeks of this project commencing on Monday the 29th of August.




Friends of Philo

 On Sunday 21st August from 8.30pm till 12.30am the Arklow Bay Hotel hosts Friends of Philo Thin Lizzy  Tribute night in aid of Arklow Lifeboat Station & the RNLI.

Tinn Lizzy from Norway will be featuring Sean O’Connor from The Lookalikes Dublin Snowblind from Germany.

Feel the Pinch from Arklow featuring Brian Meakin from Wicklow.

Tickets are €10 and will be on sale from first weekend in August at the Arklow Bay Hotel and Shavus Mens Barbers Main Street Arklow.

There will be also 40+ visitors from Norway and Germany supporting both bands.

PLEASE make all guests feel welcomed to our part of the world and please support this unique event.



The Arklow Bay Hotel will be the place to be on Saturday night as a number of local well known faces will take to the stage to perform as their favourite singer for the inaugural Stars in their Eyes event.  The event is taking place in aid of the St Joseph’s Templerainey, St Vincent de Paul Conference.

Tickets for the event are €12 and available from the contestants, at Arklow Bay Hotel or by calling (085) 1095423





The Cullen School of music-notes-musical-notes-clip-art-free-music-note-clipartMusic is based in Arklow and primarily offers piano lessons to students    from the   age of three and upwards.  Students have the option to learn for fun or work towards    piano  exams if     they wish.  They also offer Wunderkeys music for preschoolers aged 3-5.  Wunderkeys is  perfect for the   active preschooler that is showing an interest in music.

For more information about any of our lessons please contact or visit       us on facebook at