A new addition in 2016 to the Seabreeze festival is the "Seabreeze Festival Run" a family fun 4k run walk or stroll, or for those looking for more of a challenge there is an 8k route. Both routes start and finish on Arklow main street, these races are taking place on Sunday 17th July at 1.00pm and everybody will be back in time for all the on street fun and frolics. Our facebook event page is currently running a competition to win an entry into either of the distance, check out our event page
You can book online either at GoRun.ie
Winner of the Seabreeze Princess Competition for 2016 held last night in the Arklow Bay Hotel is 21 yr old Asia Jordan who was representing the Arklow Bay Hotel. Congratulations Asia and all the girls who took part. Thanks to the Bridgewater Shopping Centre who once again came on board as the Main Sponsors
The AGM of Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 2015 will take place on Tuesday 24th November, at 8.30pm in the Arklow Bay Hotel.
Following another very successful this year, it is hoped that many new faces will be interested in helping out in some way for the 2016 Festival, if that is the case we would love to see you at our agm. Alternatively, let any of our committee members know if you are interested.
Many thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make it a success. A big thank you to all this year’s sponsors, without whom it could not have taken place and also to all those who volunteered their services in the lead up to and including the weekend of the Festival, it was greatly appreciated.
Please let us have your ideas, as this is always done a shoe string of a budget and need your help and support. Already we are excited and working on next year’s Festival.
Check out our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Arklow-Seabreeze-Festival-224167300956646/ for more information or our website www.arklowseabreezefestival.ie.
Arklow celebrated in true Festival style at the weekend as the Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 2015, pulled off another stunning weekend of music, song, dancing and free entertainment for all the people of the town and surrounding area.
A much welcome tourism boost to the traders of the town and locality, the emphasis was on fun and family entertainment, with many visitors to the town for the weekend and on holidays extending their stay to take in the wonderful things to do and see in Arklow and the locality. The positive vibe one got is a testimony to the huge amount of work the committee of Arklow Seabreeze Music& Arts Festival did during the year, all on a voluntary basis and on a very small limited budget.
Thank you to so many people for their help and support over the weekend and in the run up to the main part of the Festival, where the curtain raiser, the selection of the Bridgewater Seabreeze Princess on Sunday 5th July, saw Katie Doran, representing The Arklow Bay Hotel win the coveted title. Sincere thanks to the Bridgewater Shopping Centre for once again coming on as the main sponsor of this competition with John Swan Diamond Jewellers, providing the specially made Tiera for the winning Princess. Katie was a wonderful ambassador throughout the lead up to and including the weekend where she attended all the Swinging Pubs nights and officiated at all the events over the weekend.
Mr. Seabreeze, was won by Craig Doyle and this took place on Monday 6th July in Sally O’Brien’s. Well done and thanks for all your support over the weekend also Craig.
The annual Swinging Pubs competition 2015, saw a new winner declared as “Swinging Pubs” champions for 2015 with their show “Kenny’s got Talent”, namely Kenny’s of The Gallery, who opened their doors to the public recently. Results of the Swinging Pubs competition were:
Best Novelty/Comedy Act – The Breffini – “Men can Multi-Task”
Best Male Performer: The Gin Mill – Michael Flood
Best Female Performer: The Bridge Hotel – Trish Kavanagh
Best MC: The Bridge Hotel – Paul Burke
Best Overall Pub and Swinging Pubs winners 2015 – Kenny’s of The Gallery.
Congratulations to everyone who took part this year: Sally O’Brien’s, Christie’s, The Breffini, Kenny’s of The Gallery, The Gin Mill, The Arklow Bay Hotel and The Bridge Hotel. This year the standard of entertainment was particularly high, giving them a headache deciding on the eventual winners. A huge amount of work was put in by each of the pubs, and thank you to everyone who came out to support their local, which was crucial for its success.
Friday night 17th July saw another great night of free fun and entertainment for all the family with Beat The Cube proving once again to be a great success and hit with the large crowd who turned out in The Park, Main Street. The Burger eating competition sponsored by Trade Winds once again, proved a battle ground the contestants in the adult section with reigning champion, Jamie Keddy from Newtown, being narrowly beat by this year’s champ, Michael Sweeney and Garreth Kenny coming in a very strong third place. Meanwhile in the Junior section, Nathan Flynn was declared winner. Live music in The Park was provided by “Small Town Crisis” proving a great end to festivities for the night. Meanwhile the Carnival on throughout the weekend gave it a great festival feeling.
On Saturday 18th another packed jammed day of activities were the order of the day. Busking on the Main Street during the day brought a great buzz to the town, with a lot of talent on display. Winners were: Oisin & Niamh Redmond, while Anna & Megan Kenny were runners up. The Byrne Sisters – Tin Whistle, Fiddle & singing and “The Foxes” were joint third place. Well done to everyone who took part, great up and coming talent to watch out for.
AGB organised a Feast of Football in Pearse Park on Saturday morning, with teams travelling from Wicklow, Wexford and Carlow respectively in the under 10 girls. Many thanks to all the teams for travelling and to Mick Healy AGB for organising.
The Dainty Bakery Baby show was not short on beauties over the weekend and resulted in the following winners:
0-1yrs: 1st Sean, 2nd Mia Byrne, 3rd Evan
1-2yrs: 1st Danica, 2nd Amelia and 3rd Ruby
2-3yrs: 1st Evie, 2nd Freya and 3rd Emily
Overall Winner: Millie
Many thanks to Mary Burke, Sally Cullen and Donal Molloy for organising and running so effortlessly.
Arklow Youth Centre “The Vaults” Music Showcase gave a wonderful afternoon of music and song from their music programme in association with EWYS and Crosscare at the Bandstand in the Park, Main Street, where Arkadia, Empathy, Lisa Hamilton, Niamh McBride and friends showed off some of their wonderful talent together with D’uke Box Ukele Group hosted by Ronan McCauley also gave a top class performance. Arklow Seabreze Festival were delighted to showcase this talent and organised by Tommy Breen, a big thank you guys.
Monkey business saw another event sponsored by It’s Fresh – The Banana Eating competition (one of your daily 5 fruits) where in the Children’s section was won by: Patrick O’Donnell and in the Adult Section: Andrew O’Reilly capture the title.
Once the street was closed at 6pm it was the turn of Arklow Music & Arts Scene on the Top Stage, where the Prize giving and Prize winners showcase took place. This was Arklow Music & Arts Scene American Themed competition ran on facebook by Yvonne Kenny, and was a huge hit. This was the 4th competition ran and the most successful to date, receiving entries from all ages and abilities from as far away as NY and Florida, totalling 14 sections including artwork and receiving in excess of 120 entries. Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to Yvonne for organising. Denise Brennan, sang "Sailing with the Wind" which will be available on iTunes in the coming days in aid of ARKLOW LIFEBOAT. Make sure to check out, as well as one of the numbers from her new Album, due to be released shortly. Congats Denise.
Further street entertainment included, Waiters Obstacle Course and Wheelbarrow Race and a great performance from Inbhear Mor Marchers on the main street before music from the three stages took place. Top Stage was The Navvies, Middle Stage, Black Cherry and Lower Stage Sweet Alibi, all of whom really got the large crowds going and sending them into a real party mode. Luckily the rain stayed away and just managed to catch the end of the gigs. Well done everyone great music from all three stages.
Sunday 19th July saw the streets closed from 1pm with Artisan Food & Crafts on the street, McDonald’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic, kindly sponsored by Mc Donald’s Arklow and saw Ronald Mc Donald make a special visit to Arklow for the Festival, proving a huge hit with the childen and parents alike with goodie bags, face painting and balloon making also. Fantastic afternoon’s entertainment, and organised by Mary Burke, Sally Cullen and DJ Donal Molloy.
The Pipe Band Competition sponsored by Arklow Motor Factors, (Tommy Hyland) is always eagerly looked forward to and this weekend proved no exception. Top class bands from around the country provided spell binging performances with the results as follows
1st: New Ross & District
2nd : Arklow Pipe Band
Best Drums: New Ross & District
1st: Gorey Pipe Band
2nd: St. Lawerence, Howth
Best Drums: St. Lawerence, Howth
1st: New Ross and District
2nd: Killeshin, Carlow
3rd: De Le Salle Wicklow
Best Drums: New Ross & District
1st: New Ross & District
Best Drums: New Ross & District
Many thanks to all the bands for taking part and Ray Finn for organising and once again to the sponsors.
The Marching Bands competition, part of the IMBS,and the first of the 2015 IMBA Season, took place at Arklow Celtic Football Club on Coolgreaney Road with over 350 musicians and dancers, organised by Oisin Molloy and his committee, with bands from: Tallaght Youth Band Cadettes, Clondalkin Youth Band, Celtic Crusaders, Mullingar, Vikings Drum Corps, Dublin, Clonmel Blue Hawks, Tipperary and Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble. Winners were: Mullingar Town Band- Celtic Crusaders in the Premier Class and Tallaght Youth Band Cadets winning the Junior section, well done to all the teams and everyone involved in preparing the bands for competitions.
Other features of the Day were: WWF Wrestling, The Caveman Challenge, sponsored by Forge Gym and was won by Stephen Tracey, The Rock. Congratulations to Stephen. The Pig Derby went ahead and proved a very popular feature of the festival also. Ice Cream eating completion and the Pipe Bands Parade down the street following the results was also a great spectacle.
A new addition to this year’s programme was a Soap Box Derby, with prizes for the Race Winner, who was from Baltinglass and local Orla Annesley winning 2nd prize. An event which which attracted huge crowds and will feature as part of next year’s programme of events.
Finishing off an action packed on the three stages were: Top Stage Mariachi San Patricio sponsored by Cairde le Cheile and a huge hit with their Mexican music, Middle Stage: The Moore Brothers and Lower Stage: local band China White.
The Fireworks display finished off the weekend with a Bang on the River Walk and once again was hailed as an outstanding success by everyone.
Many thanks to Arklow Municipal, Wicklow County Council for their generous help and support and we would like to thanks the people who gave of their time and money, when they did not have to. Finally, thanks to everyone who made the Festival happened including the hardworking committee of Arklow Seabreeze Festival 2015, under the Chairman of Colm Moules.
The order of Malta were also on hand throughout the weekend and we thank them for all their help and ensuring everyone had a safe and enjoyable weekend. All the press and media for their coverage and support.
The Arklow Seabreeze Festival Pig Derby has been running for many years now and has proved to be one of the most popular events of the entire Festival annually.
It is a series of short ‘races’, five in total, where the pigs are brought in under the supervision and care of the farmer who reared the pigs.
The welfare of the pigs is of the utmost concern and importance to us, and we feel that this will hold up under rigorous scrutiny. We take a very proactive approach to this ensuring that the animals have plenty of food and water, a pig handler is also present to ensure no harm or cruelty is inflicted on any of his pigs.
On very sunny and warm days we have even applied sun tan cream on the pigs to ensure they do not get sun stroke as their skin is very sensitive, as I am sure do all the other festival pig race organisers around the country including: Watergrasshill, Co. Cork, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, Belmullet, Co. Sligo, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Killaloe, Co. Clare, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick and Cahir, Co. Tipperary, to name but a few.
Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for the overwhelming support we have received this week for the Pig Race and indeed the Festival as a whole.
Arklow Seabreeze Festival Committee
"50 Shades of Entertainment" the title of the Gin Mill show last night in this year's Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 2015, Swinging Pubs competition.
Defending their title, The Gin Mill did not dissapoint and put on a great show featuring: Stephen Doyle, Reveonna Brauders, Josh Fortune, Caroline Daniel's, Michael Flood, Noelle Herandez, Philly Loughlin, Lynda Fortune and Kelly Fisher and M.C. Oisin Molloy and a host of other people behind the scenes.
This group had the place rocking, congratulations to Antoinette and all the team from The Gin Mill last night on a great performance.
Please continue to like and share our page with your friends. Tonight sees Kenny's " The Gallery" take to the stage. Show gets underway at 10pm sharp, so get there early.
Last night (Sunday) 12th July saw The Breffni (formerly Murphy's) take to the stage in this year's Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival, Swinging Pubs competition.
The spies from other licensed premises were out and about to see the competition, which is really hottening up after two great nights, Thursday night in Sally O'Brien's and Friday night in Christie's.
Well done to both on a great show. Congrats to Gerry and the team, with huge crowds out, there was barely standing room https://www.facebook.com/TheBreffni?fref=ts
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With a theme of Old Ireland and great trad throughout the night, Christie's gave a great account of themselves in this year's Swinging Pubs competition, as part of Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival on Friday night. Congratulations and well done to John and all the team. Make sure to come out and support all the wonderful local talent in the town of Arklow and it is free!
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SMALL TOWN CRISIS will be playing in the Band Stand on Friday night as part of this year's Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 2015. A great young band please support, giving local talent an opportunity to showcase their wonderful talent.
Bubbly 19 year old Katie Doran, from Avoca, Co. Wicklow captured the title of Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess competition 2015 at the Arklow Bay Hotel last night, with Leona O’Brien, Arklow Majorettes coming in runner up position. Katie’s mam, Mary was there to see her daughter crowned Princess and thanked Arklow Seabreeze Festival committee for all their hard work and for organising the event. A socialite, Katie, also enjoys reading books, plays sport and is a big Harry Potter Fan.
A total of ten girls took part in this year’s selection which included: Cathy Costello, representing “The Dressing Room” Gorey, Leona O’Brien, Arklow Majorettes, Chloe Hurley, Darcy McGees, Jessica O’Brien, The Old Ship, Sophia McGee, The Bridge Hotel, Tracey Teelan, Murphy’s, Katie Doran, The Arklow Bay Hotel, Aoife Clarke, The Bay Beauty Rooms, Shannen Walker, Sally O’Brien’s, Nadine Gaule, The Gin Mill.
With a prize fund in excess of €1000, the Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow, were the main sponsors of the event once again. A specially commissioned perpetual Tiara handcrafted by John Swan of John Swan Diamond Studio’s, formed part of the prize fund, Eddie Rockets and GCG cinema generously offed a cinema meal deal also as part of the overall fund. Next and New Look kindly given some fashionable accessories, Costa gave a gift card and Hickey’s done up wonderful hampers full of goodies, also for the lucky winners.
Katie will also receive a €350 Bridgewater Shopping Centre Voucher and the runner up received €150 Bridgewater Shopping Centre Vouchers. All ten girls were outstanding and a great night was had by all.
A big thank you to Benita’s and Define for doing all the hairs for the girls on the day, Mirror Mirror Beauty- Sharon Kenny, for supplying make up, Sally Cullen, for making all the sashes including the winning Princess, Mary Burke for organising and Tina O’Sullivan and Bay Hotel for the use of premises on the night. Donal Molloy did MC on the night and did a wonderful job, with Dicey O’Reilly helping out on Sound and Lighting.
Tracey Cullen, part of the management team at the Bridgewater S.C. expressed her thanks and appreciation to everyone for making it such a wonderful night and how delighted they were to once again come on board as sponsors. Finally a big thank you to the adjudicators: Gillian Byrne, Stephen Acton and Megan Swart, Wicklow’s representative in the Rose of Tralee competition this year.
Check out our website; www.arklowseabreezefestival.ie , Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arklow-Seabreeze-Festival/224167300956646 and Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArklowFestival for full and up to date information on this year’s Festival. Make sure to like and share our page with your family and friends at home and abroad.
A reminder that the annual Swinging Pubs competition runs from Thurs 9th July – Thurs 16th July, make sure to check out the amazing talent that exists in Arklow and support your local pubs. Shows each night commence at 10pm. The line-up is as follows: Thursday 9th July – Sally O’Brien’s, Friday 10th July, Christy’s, Sunday 12th July, Murphy’s, Monday 13th July, The Gin Mill, Tues 14th Kenny’s of The Gallery (formerly Butlers), Wed 15th July, Arklow Bay Hotel, Thurs 16th July, The Bridge Hotel.
This year’s Festival takes place from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July (both dates inclusive).
Looking forward to seeing you at some or all of our events.
Murphy’s, Main Street, Arklow was the scene for the official launch of Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 2015 on Thursday night last, which takes place from Monday 6th July to Sunday 19th July (inclusive). An exciting programme of activities was announced by Chairman, Colm Moules, together with the launch of the new festival website. www.arklowseabreezefestival.ie, and twitter feed and Facebook page. Special thank you to Peter Kavanagh and Aidan, in Cleveritsystems.ie, based in Arklow Enterprise Centre, for designing the new website, which looks amazing. So do not forget to tell your family and friends to visit the site and our Facebook page for updates of all that is happening throughout the Festival.
Cllr. Pat Kennedy, Vice- Chairman of Arklow Municipal District, spoke of the importance of the Festival to the town of Arklow, “the fantastic work the committee do each year to provide a fun filled free family event, and all of whom volunteer their time providing huge tourism potential to the area at a time of high unemployment.” Pat also asked everyone to come out and support the festival” and said “the members of Arklow Municipal District were delighted to be able to support this year’s Festival”
A number of contestants in the Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess competition were also present, where the Bridgewater Shopping Centre, are main sponsors, to whom the committee are very grateful to once again for their support. The Princess competition will take place on Sunday 5th July at 8pm in the Arklow Bay Hotel. A specially commissioned Tiara designed by John Swan Diamond Jewellers will adorn the head of the newly crowned Princess together with vouchers We are delighted that Bridgewater Shopping Centre are the main sponsors of this event again with a total prize fund in excess of €1000. Eddie Rockets and GCG cinema have generously offered a cinema meal deal as a prize. Also Next and New Look have both kindly given some fashionable accessories. Costa have also given us a gift card and Hickeys have generously done up hampers for prizes. The lucky girl will also win €350 Bridgewater Shopping Centre Voucher and there are prizes for the runner up too including €150 Bridgewater Shopping Centre Vouchers.
Colm Moules, Chairman of Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival, thanked everyone for their continued support of the festival and highlighted a number of new events taking place this year including Arklow Youth Centre “The Vaults” Musical Showcase, Arklow Music & Arts Scene showcase and awards presentation, the Caveman Challenge, Soap Box Derby and a great line up of bands for the main weekend – Friday 17th July – Sunday 19th July, finishing with the Festival Fireworks Display on Sunday 19th July. He also thanked all the committee members for all the hard work put in over the past year, the support of Wicklow County Council, Arklow Chamber of Commerce and all the sponsors of this year’s events and activities.
The emphasis is again on Family Fun and free entertainment and Colm stressed the point” we need everyone to come out and support our festival and to tell all our family, friends both at home and outside the country” to come to Arklow for the Festival and “take a short break, enjoy the many wonderful places and things to do in Arklow and “The Garden County” of Ireland. There is so much talent in Arklow, come out and enjoy the opportunities the Festival is giving to our young people”.
Ann Mc Govern, President of Arklow Chamber of Commerce, was delighted to be associated with the wonderful work the festival do and the huge logistical task it takes to organise a festival of this size annually and that “if we all work together anything is possible”.
A fantastic line up of shows around the town will take part in the Swinging Pubs competition which takes place from Wed 8th July to Thursday 16th, as pubs battle it out for the title “Best Swinging Pub 2015”, come out and support your local pub, further details on our Website and Facebook pages.
Thanks also to Murphy’s, Main Street, for hosting the launch and Donal Molloy, Le Chef for providing the finger food, local councillors – Miriam Murphy, Tommy Annesley, Pat Fitzgerald, Mary McDonald and Pat Kennedy for their support and help.
Other events as part of the programme include: AGB Festival of Football on Saturday 18th July in Pearse Park, Vale Road, Arklow from 10am, Marching Band & Drum Corps Competition at Arklow Celtic Football Club, Coolgreaney Road on Sunday 19th July from 2pm – 4.30pm, street on Sat 18th July performance by Inbhear Mor Marchers on Saturday 19th July at 7.30pm.
If you are interested in having a stand as part of the Artisan Food & Craft Fair during the Festival, where you would like to showcase your wonderful talents, contact 0872886845 for further details.
Further information available from Colm Moules 0872886845
Arklow Seabreeze Music & Arts Festival 2015, will hold the official launch of this year's Festival programme and Website on Thursday 25th June (this Thursday) at 8.30pm in Murphy's, Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Meet our sponsors, volunteers and committee members. It is also an opportunity to meet some of the contestants in the Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess competition, which will take place on Sunday 5th July in the Arklow Bay Hotel. All are welcome.
Are you taking part in the Soap Box Derby at Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival on Sunday 19th July @ 7.30pm? If you are, it's essential that you read the guidelines posted on our facebook page before you enter. See the guidelines here - Soapbox Guidelines
Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival 2015, will take place from Friday 17th July - Sunday 19th July, with something to suit all the family. Over the years the Festival has changed to be more family orientated, this year being no exception. There will be lots of free fun and entertainment on the streets over the weekend. Currently the programme is being finalised, so make sure to keep an eye on this page.
Last year's winner of the Bridgewater Seabreeze Festival Princess competition was Beth Murphy, will you be this year's winner??? Get your entry forms as soon as possible. It is that time of the year when we get ready to select our Festival Princess for 2015. Arklow Seabreeze Festival currently looking for applicants....
Looking to take part in one of the new events we have this year, a soap box derby? The purpose of the event is to have fun, but the safety of everyone involved and spectators/supporters is paramount throughout the day, and accordingly the organisers reserve the right to amend these rules....
This is amazing, a huge thank you to Yvette O'Beirne, for capturing a wonderful weekend of fun at Arklow Seabreeze Festival 2014. A whole new dimension and what the festival is striving to achieve, working together and families out enjoying themselves, leaving all the doom and gloom behind for one weekend.
Mariachi San Patricio will be performing on the Top Stage on Sunday 19th July, fantastic Mexican music and we are planning to make it a Mexican village, with Mexican, Food and crafts and dancers. Please let us know if you wish to have a stall at this event also. Giving this year's Festival an international flavour.
Check them out here..