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Arklow Town poor in attack against relegation threatened Greystones AFC

Arklow Town FC 15.03.24

Arklow Town FC: 1
Greystones AFC: 2

The odds were in The Town’s favour with Greystones AFC sitting bottom of the league before the match however Arklow were poor in front of goal.

Before kick-off a moment of silence was held in respect for the passing of Seamus Donegan. Donegan was a former chairman, director and manager for Arklow Town.
He was loved and respected by many and it was a very tragic loss for his mourning
family and friends.

Arklow Town sit 5th in the LSL Senior Division 1 following the defeat. Arklow have
now gone winless in their last six home matches. Despite chance after chance for Arklow they were unable to put the ball in the net until late in the game with a strike off the post from Jonathan Kelty. Jonathan Kelty previously played for Bray Wanderers making 8 appearances for them in the League of Ireland premier division in the 2012 season.

Greystones’ Karl Manahan was a regular in the LOI First division for Bray Wanderers
and Wexford FC before returning to Greystones. Manahan was solid in defence
keeping Arklow at bay.

An early header from Greystones’ Mark Gray saw them take the lead. Gray has
been a regular goal scorer for The Stones this season with 3 in their last 5 games.
Cormac Byrne slotted a tidy finish home for Greystones to put them two up before
the end of the first half.

Arklow’s attacking play was unpromising throughout the match. Despite brilliant
link-up play early in the match and great counter-attacking play throughout,
Arklow’s chances weren’t finished well. Two late strikes in the box went wide which
could’ve levelled the match for The Town.

Arklow’s Tom Murphy kept Arklow in the match late in the second half with superb
keeping however it wasn’t enough. The home advantage didn’t help Arklow despite Greystones winning just 2 out of 9 games away now. Arklow Town previously faced Greystones AFC earlier this season with a 0-2 win away from home.


Photo Credit: Arklow Town FC Facebook

Man charged with assault, threatening to kill and possession of knives following Arklow assault

Bray Courthouse 1

Karl O’Reilly has been before the courts this morning in Bray, Co. Wicklow in relation to an incident which occurred in Arklow earlier this week.

The 40 year old man was seen assaulting a distressed woman before pushing her into the back of a van in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 12th March. The assailant who has an address in Granard, Co. Longford is known to have a violent criminal record.

A short time after the incident, Gardai issued a Nationwide alert for the yellow van. The appeal for information also included a warning for the public not to approach the vehicle if seen. Following the incident in Arklow, the man had travelled to Mayo with the woman in the van.

The victim, a 31 year old woman who cannot be named to protect her identity was located and brought to safety when the van was apprehended in Co. Mayo later the same day. The defendant was charged with assault, false imprisonment, threats to kill and possession of knives.

O’Reilly is due before the courts again via videolink next Thursday, 21st March. In the meantime, he has been remanded in custody after bail was refused on grounds of flight risk.


The Ultimate Guide to St. Patrick’s Weekend in Arklow

19 Arches Bridges Lit up Green

With so many guides and lists circulating, we thought we’d add ours to the mix. We’ve tried to gather as many events as we can in one place to make it easy to plan your St. Patrick’s weekend 2024 in Arklow.

So whether you’re herding children through the parade, rounding up a motley crew for a night on the tiles or just looking to escape the parade madness, here’s the lowdown on what’s on and where.

The Main Event

Grand Marshals for Arklow’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 are the fabulous Breen Brothers of Atlantic Bro-ing fame. The parade kicks off at 2pm from Mr. Price, travelling over the Navvy Bridge, down Abbey Street to Lower Main Street and back up Main Street to The Parade Ground.

This year, a number of local groups have collaborated to create Arklow’s Inaugural Sensory Space to enjoy the parade from. There are both indoor and outdoor options available. To access these areas, you will need to have a Family Carers Card, Autism Card, Sunflower lanyard or JAM card.

In addition, a social story has been prepared to make your day as enjoyable as possible!

Download your Social Story here.

St. Patricks Day Arklow Sensory Area

Social Story St. Patricks Day Arklow Sensory Space
Social Story St. Patricks Day Arklow Sensory Space

Please note that Road Closures in Arklow Town will be in place from 1-3pm

If you’re in the market for attending more than one Parade locally then you could attempt a hat trick and catch parades in either Aughrim, Coolgreany or Rathdrum too!

St. Patrick himself (Donie Anderson) and his geese and sheepdogs who will be leading the Aughrim St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 alongside Grand Marshall Margaret Brady with kick off in Aughrim at 10.30am.

Coolgreany St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 commences at 12pm with Arklow Pipe Band leading Grand Marshall Angela Kelly up the Main Street

Rathdrum St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 gets going from 12pm from Avon Motors with a rumour that last years Harley riding Bikers will be riding again.


Pre Parade Eats

Emiliano from Kul Beans Kaffe will be open 10am – 3pm in the TJ. O’Mahony car park.

The Broken Chair are serving Breakfast from 9am – 1pm


Live Entertainment


Thursday 14th March

Arklow Roots Music – Informal session @ The Bridge Hotel from 8.30pm

Ragdoll @ The Gallery from 9.30pm

Friday 15th March

Decko @ The Gallery from 9.30pm

Saturday 16th March

Hup for Hospice

Cairde Le Cheile – Fundraiser for Wicklow Hospice, 1-2pm @ Bridgewater Shopping Centre

The Boathouse CCE – Fundraiser for Leinster Fleadh, from 3pm @ Bridgewater Shopping Centre

Alan Lawlor @ The Railway Tavern

Allison Saul @ The Brook House

Breakaway @ The Old Ship from 10pm

Karaoke with Tommy Breen @ The Corner House from 9pm

Tony Cunningham @ The Gallery from 9.30pm


Sunday 17th March

Back to Back @ The Old House from 7pm

Breakaway @ The Brook House

Can’t Remember @ The Railway Tavern

Decko Hughes @ The Corner House from 7pm

Tommy Breen with Irish Songs and Karaoke from 10pm

DJ Mythen @ The Gallery Beer Garden 8-11pm

Gary Owen @ The Gallery from 5.30pm

Peter Moore @ Christy’s from 8pm

Quest for Ted @ The Old Ship from 10pm


Monday 18th March

Tom Sawyer @ Christy’s from 6pm

Arklow Pipe Band, St. Patricks Day, Arklow
Arklow Pipe Band, St. Patricks Day, Arklow



Outside of Arklow’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024, there is still plenty to do!

Sunday 17th March

Arklow Duckpond Junior Parkrun takes off at 9.30am as usual. If it’s your first visit, you can sign up here. FREE Event

Bridgewater Shopping Centre are holding a family fun day from 12pm. FREE Event

Arklow Maritime Museum is open Every Day from 10am – 5pm.


Monday 18th March

Coral Leisure Centre have Inflatable Pool Fun sessions from 3-4pm and 4-5pm.

Why not take a visit to and see the Howard Mausoleum (Arklow Pyramid) if you haven’t already. FREE


If you know of an event taking place over the St. Patricks’s weekend that you would like to have included in our Ultimate Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in Arklow, please do let us know on our Facebook, Instagram or arklowtimes@gmail.com.

Have your say on Arklow Local Area Plan

As preparations get underway for the new Local Area Plan for Arklow, it’s vital that everyone gets a say in how they would like your town to look like in the future.

A public Information day will be held this Friday, 15th March from 10am-1pm and 4-9pm at Arklow Municipal District Offices.

If you would like to view the current Local area Plan for Arklow, you can do so here.

Arklow Municipal District (AMD)Offices are located behind Arklow Library. Paid Parking is available at the St. Mary’s Park Car Park adjacent to the library.

If you are not in a position to attend, submissions can also be made online or in writing.

Online Submissions can be made here.

Submissions may be made until 2nd April 2024.

If you have ever wondered how a Local Area Plan is produced, this explainer may help.

Making a Plan - Wicklow County Council
Courtesy of Wicklow County Council wicklow.ie


*Video clip courtesy of Wicklow County Council / Wicklow.ie

Children of Missing Wicklow woman appeal for information

Olivia Nolan Wicklow Town

Olivia Nolan has been found. After 4 days of searching, Olivias daughter Natasha took to social media to Thank everyone who assisted with the search.

Nicole and Natasha Nolan, daughters of Olivia Nolan from Rathnew are appealing for any information relating to the whereabouts of their mum, Olivia Nolan.

48 year old Olivia is 5″2 with a small build, with blue eyes and long blonde hair. She was wearing a navy blue ‘McKenzie’ tracksuit, black runners and a black puffer jacket with fur trim around the hood when last seen.

The last known sighting of Olivia was on Tuesday 12th March at 9.30am when she left to go for a walk.

Did you see Olivia at any time yesterday?

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Wicklow Garda Station on 0404 67107

Arrest made following Attempted Abduction of a Woman in Arklow

Garda Car

Gardai sent out an alert earlier today in relation to a Yellow Renault Traffic Van registration number 181-D-39433, last seen in Dublin City Centre. The public were asked not to approach the van if spotted but instead to alert the gardai.

Following further investigations, it transpires that the van in question was in fact involved in the attempted abduction of a woman in Arklow on Monday night, 11th March.

Investigations followed on foot of a report that  woman had been seen in the vicinity of the yellow van in a distressed state. The woman who was physically uninjured during the ordeal is currently being cared for and is receiving support from An Garda Siochana.

The man who is believed to be from Longford was finally apprehended in Co. Mayo earlier today. The suspect has previous convictions for violence. Garda are investigating the possibility of the attempted abduction being connected to human trafficking.

A Garda spokesperson has said today:

“An Garda Siochana has successfully located the vehicle in question in Co. Mayo, following information provided by a member of the public. An adult male has been arrested and is presently in custody at a Garda Station in the North Western Garda Region”.

“An Garda Siochana would like to Thank the public and media for their assistance” 

Tributes pour in for Charlie Bird as book of condolence opened

Charlie Bird and Tiger 2023

Shortly before 10am this morning, news broke that Charlie Bird had passed.

Devoted husband to Claire, Father to Orla and Nessa and his dear dog Tiger, Charlie is also mourned by his five grandchildren and three brothers along with his many friends and family.

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins had welcomed Charlie, Clair and Tiger to Áras an Uachtaráin in 2022 and had clearly been touched by Charlie’s work to extend the Hand of Friendship to so many.


Charlie Bird - Áras an Uachtaráin in June 2022
Charlie Bird visits Áras an Uachtaráin, June 2022
“It is hard to understate the impact which Charlie’s work to ‘Extend the Hand of Friendship’ has had on our country. His many initiatives, such as Climb with Charlie, raised incredible levels of funding for so many important causes and organisations. A contribution for all generations that will endure.
Even more than that, the dignity, strength, hope and inspiration with which Charlie carried the burden of his illness was remarkable. In a way that was truly extraordinary, Charlie redefined our collective perspective on the illness of Motor Neurone Disease and terminal illness more generally.”
“As President of Ireland, may I express my deepest condolences to Claire, to Charlie’s daughters Orla and Nessa, and to all his family, colleagues and many many friends.
Síocháin síoraí dá anam lách uasal.” The President continued.

Although he had made it very clear at the beginning of March that his health had taken a dramatic turn for the worse, it still came as a shock that Charlie had passed away. Reaching out to well wishers in one of his latest interviews, Charlie had asked them to look after his family when he is gone.

Wicklow County Council have opened an online book of condolence for Charlie Bird which will remain open until 31st March for people to convey their sympathies with Charlies family.

Charlie Bird Book of Condolence
Charlie Bird Online Book of Condolence opened

“On behalf of the elected members and staff of Wicklow County Council I wish to extend our sincere sympathies to the family of Charlie Bird and to acknowledge his courage and bravery in his fight against Motor Neurone Disease. Charlie brought honour to not only himself and his family but to the people of Wicklow. The thoughts and prayers of the community of County Wicklow are with Charlie’s wife, family and friends at this sad time.” – Emer O’Gorman, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council

A journalist who was not afraid to face up to the hard issues in his broadcasting days as Chief News Correspondent for RTE, Charlie didn’t flinch when faced with his own hard issues. Since his diagnosis in 2021, Charlie has used his platform to raise the profile of a number of Irish charities including Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Samaritans, Pieta and the Irish Cancer Society.

Charlie Bird with Tiger supporting Our Ladys Hospice
Charlie Bird with Tiger supporting Our Ladys Hospice

Tributes to Charlie can be seen across all media sources today. The Nations outpouring of love and respect for him making it very evident how they felt about him.

Taking to social media, Executive Director of Samaritans Ireland had this to say:  “Charlie Bird showed incredible strength and courage throughout his illness. He will be remembered forever as a leading light for charitable organisations across Ireland, including Samaritans, for which his passion was formidable.
“Following the success of Climb with Charlie, Charlie decided to raise awareness for several other organisations including Samaritans. He often said he chose Samaritans as he found himself in a dark place following his diagnoses with MND (Motor Neuron Disease) and he wanted people to know that support is available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Charlie will be remembered as a true legend. A man who gave so much to others, even as he himself was undertaking the fight of his life against the cruel disease that is Motor Neurone Disease.  Thank You Charlie for all that you did for so many until the very end. You could do no more.

The search for Missing Man Keith has been stood down

Keith Kinsella Headshot

Following the discovery of a body in the Bray area late on Thursday 14th March, the search for Keith has been stood down.

We offer our sincerest condolences to Keiths family and friends at this tragic time.

The family of Greystones man Keith Kinsella are concerned about him and have appealed to the public to contact them if they have seen Keith.

Keith who is in his mid thirties was last seen outside Duff’s Pub, Main Street, Bray on Sunday evening, 10th March at approximately 8pm.

Keith is of slim build, wears glasses and generally wears a cap.

If you have seen Keith or have any information on his whereabouts, you are asked to contact 089 232 6229.

Wicklow Naturally are on the look out for a new coordinator

Conroys Raspberries Wicklow - Wicklow Naturally Member

Wicklow Naturally, Wicklow’s one voice for Wicklow Food Producers, Food Creatives and Food Enthusiasts are growing their team.

They are offering a flexible role to the right person on the basis of a one year contract with a potential option to extend at the end of the first year.

Travel around County Wicklow and neighbouring counties is involved so a full, clean driving licence is required.

Wicklow Naturally is County Wicklow’s food and drink network established to champion the food and drink producers of County Wicklow and the retailers who support them. It was formed by a collaboration of local food and drink producers, Wicklow County Council, County Wicklow Partnership, the Local Enterprise Office and Wicklow Tourism. Wicklow Naturally was born out of the Wicklow Food and Beverage Strategy launched in April 2019.

Wicklow Naturally is now a vibrant, positive, sustainable, and environmentally conscious network that showcases the finest food and drink from County Wicklow. The Board is delighted to announce that we are looking for a Network Coordinator to build on the great work done to date and to support the ongoing needs of the network.

The key duties and responsibilities of the Coordinator may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Marketing and Communications
  • Member Engagement
  • Event Planning and Coordination
  • Identify Funding opportunities
  • Preparing reports for the board on monthly progress and plans for the next month

For full details, you can view the full job spec here


Wicklow Naturally Looking For New Coordinator

The Birds and the Teas - Wicklow Naturally Member
The Birds and the Teas – Wicklow Naturally Member

Arklow Library invites you to Celebrate World Book Day Today

Arklow Libray Crew Celebrating World Book Day 2023
Arklow Libray Crew Celebrating World Book Day 2023

In case you’ve missed the note or not looked at your schools App this week, here is your reminder that it’s World Book Day tomorrow!

Last year Arklow Library welcomed Pirates and Princesses, Superheroes, Wandas, Wallys and a whole host of interesting book characters.

This year they invite you for some fabulous fun and books galore between 3-6pm.

Come as your favourite character!

Today, Thursday, 7th March.

World Book Day 23 Characters at Arklow Library


Did you know that you can get in touch with a the World Book Day €1.50 books in braille, large print, and audio format from Vision Ireland at library@vi.ie

World Book Day support readers who are dyslexic by asking publishers to ensure the books are printed on off-white paper with a high opacity to ensure all our books are accessible to all.

World Book Day 24 Arklow Library
Join in the fun at World Book Day 2024 Arklow Library

Founded by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) on 23rd April 1995, the date was specifically selected as it is the same date that William Shakespeare died on along with a number of other notable authors around the world.

In Ireland and the UK, World Book Day is celebrated on the first Thursday of March and is run by the ‘World Book Day’ charity.