Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards 2017

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We are delighted to announce that this years Arklow & District Chamber Ball & Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th of September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. 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.

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The Arklow & District Chamber awards will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following 5 categories:

Best New Start Up Award – For any business opened within the last 12 months.

Best Established Business Award – For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large.

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.

Nomination forms are currently available online at  or you can email

The closing date for acceptance of nominations is Friday 25th August 2017.

“Enterprise in Arklow” Photography Competition


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The closing date for entries of the “Enterprise in Arklow” Photographic Competition has been extended until Friday the 18th August 2017.

2017 RNLI Maritime Festival Weekend

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The annual Arklow RNLI Maritime Festival is bigger and better than ever. The event runs over the August Bank Holiday weekend,  and is guaranteed to have something to suit everyone.

The festival gets underway on Friday 4th August from 7pm where the Maritime Festival Princesses will meet at the Lifeboat station to meet and greet. This will be followed by a parade around the town and back to Arklow Sailing Club to select the Maritime Queen for 2017.

On Saturday & Sunday, there will be live music, Viking BBQ, boat trips, a huge variety of fun activities, attractions, family entertainment & events all down by the quayside.

An assortment of visiting vessels will be in attendance over the weekend, including Mersey Maritime Museums Vintage TugBoat, Irish navel Vessel Le Orla, Informars Fleet of Survey Vessels Viking Longship along with vintage lifeboats.

Many local groups will be participating in the festival, Arklow Majorettes, Arklow Sea Scouts, Arklow Pipe Band, Arklow Rowing Club, Arklow Uklele Players and many more.

A fundraising table quiz in aid of the RNLI Maritime Festival will be held in The Old Ship on Friday 28th July from 8.30pm. Admission is €20 per table. 

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

Arklow Wheelchair Association donation to Bravery Blankets



 Last Week, members of the Arklow branch of the Irish Wheel Association (IWA) contributed a number of Bravery Blankets to St Johns Ward in Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Dublin.

These blankets were crafted by users of the facility along with members of staff of the Arklow IWA. They were presented to local Arklow woman, Deirdre Bentley whose son Ben was himself a cancer patient in St John’s ward.

Deirdre then forwards the Bravery Blankets to a central location in Longford, at which point they are washed, disinfected and delivered to St. Johns Ward in Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Bravery Blanky is a nationwide non-profit organisation that provides crocheted or knitted blankets to children within the country that have been diagnosed with different types of cancer.

For further information, check the Bravery Blanky Facebook page.

Leinster Rugby Team Open Training Session


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Members of the public are invited to come along to watch the Leinster Rugby Team train  at Arklow Rugby Club at 12.15pm on Tuesday August 1st. Entry is free.

All supporters are urged to arrive in good time!

Bridgewater  Craft Fair



The Bridgewater Craft fair takes place on the first Sunday of every month, with the next fair on the August 6th. An array of beautiful hand crafted products are available to buy from up to 20 stalls.

For further information, please contact Mary Whelan on 087 9880894.