Halloween Kids Treasure Hunt October 25th – 31st

Halloween Kids Treasure Hunt October 25th – 31st

Spooky Season is here and to celebrate we have a fantastic Halloween Kids Treasure Hunt taking place here in Wicklow Town.

Why not keep the kids amused over the mid-term break and get their steps in by taking part in this fun activity and maybe even win an amazing prize?

The Treasure Hunt will take place between 25th – 31st October and can be completed at your own pace. All you have to do is gather the answers that can be found in Wicklow Town and send your completed entry to info@wicklowchamber.ie be in with a chance to win.

1st prize : €50 Shop Local Voucher. This voucher can be used in a wide number of shops in Wicklow Town including Toymaster, Bridge Street Books and The Shoe Box and Supervalu.
2nd prize : €40 The Shoe Box Voucher
3rd prize : €20 Bridge Street Books Voucher

Entry forms and full instructions can be found here https://docs.google.com/…/1eFz60Bczf-o4n8vf-l…/edit
Good luck everyone and Happy Halloween

Member Spotlight – Pat’s Pizza Kitchen

Member Spotlight – Pat’s Pizza Kitchen

Welcome to our new look Member’s Spotlight. Every week we will select one of our members and highlight their business and tell you a little something about them.

This week we will be taking a look at Pat’s Pizza Kitchen.

Founded in the summer of 2020, Pat’s Pizza Kitchen is an Aughrim based gourmet mobile pizza eatery.

Pat and Debbie serve authentic Italian pizza whilst also using the finest local produce, with a 24 hour dough fermentation process, topped with the finest cheeses and yes! – pineapple on the pizza (if desired). All cooked in a specialised 500 degree oven to ensure a crispy rich base and a cooking time of 90 seconds. The menu is varied to suit all tastes and they can cater for everyone from vegetarian to spicy pizza fans and of course meat lovers. Fresh salads, dips, sweet treats and drinks are also available. Catering services for larger events are also available – please see website for details.

Professional Chef and Artisan Pizza Specialist Pat Lalor has over 30 years of experience in the food and hospitality industry and Debbie Gartland is a marketing and events manager with over 25 years’ experience.
During the 2020 lockdowns Pat utilised Facebook Live to teach online cooking classes for free and helped to entertain and inform the local community all in his friendly witty style.

For more information or to order a pizza for yourself please go to https://www.patspizzakitchen.ie

Follow Pat’s Pizza Kitchen on social media
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/patchefic
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/patspizzakitchen/
Twitter https://twitter.com/pats_pizza2020?lang=en

Member Spotlight – King’s Gala

Member Spotlight – King’s Gala

Welcome to our first new look Member’s Spotlight. Every week we will select one of our members and highlight their business and tell you a little something about them.

First up is King’s Gala who have recently celebrated one year in business here in Wicklow Town.

King’s Gala opened their doors just over one year ago and what a year it’s been! Through ups and downs, trials and tribulations, restrictions and regulations – King’s Gala, like all of Wicklow Town’s fine businesses, weathered the storm and keep the lights on and the doors open. Open 24/7 we might add. King’s Gala never closes. So if you really need a pint of milk at 4am then look no further.

Marie, Siobhan and Elizabeth and all of the team always go the extra mile and the store looks amazing. With a mouthwatering hot and cold deli including pizzas, filled rolls and southern fried chicken, a wide range of healthy fresh salads, the award winning Country Kitchen Bakery – not to mention the gorgeous coffee. King’s Gala also have high speed diesel pumps, fuel cards, DCI & Truck Pump and Car Wash facilities.

Once again Congratulations on your first year and here’s to many many more

Follow King’s Gala on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/galawicklow or check out their website at https://thekinggroup.ie/

Wicklow Chamber launches new website

Wicklow Chamber launches new website

The Wicklow Town and District Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

With a fast and stylish new look, this easy to navigate website hopes to provide news updates, articles of interest, a full member directory, a calendar of upcoming events, training information and an informative look at the history of the Wicklow Chamber including a list of past presidents all in a very user friendly fashion.

We are also delighted to be selling Wicklow Town Vouchers directly from our website. These vouchers are a fantastic initiative designed to promote local commerce and business and also making an excellent gift idea.

As we get off the ground we hope to publish a Member’s Spotlight every week or so highlighting a member with photos and promotion of their business.

We also have 3 integrated social media channels connected to our website so promotional and resharing opportunities are available.

We want to say a big Thank you to In Good Company for building this website and the hard work and dedication to perfecting it. We would be happy to hear any of your suggestions or comments. You can email us at info@wicklowchamber.ie with your thoughts.

We really hope you enjoy our new website

Wicklow Town and District Chamber

€173,000 Boost for County Wicklow

€173,000 Boost for County Wicklow

Sport and physical activity in County Wicklow have received a welcome boost with €173,000 being allocated to Wicklow Sports and Recreation Partnership through the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The allocation is part of a total investment package of €7.3m in Dormant Accounts Funding announced by Sport Ireland for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures countrywide.

Sport Ireland’s investment aims to engage with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.

Included in the allocation to Wicklow Sports and Recreation Partnership is Hub Funding for Coral Leisure Arklow €40,000, Sport Ireland Innovation for Sports Inclusion: €100,000, Sports Inclusion Disability Programme Capital Supports: €10,000, Volunteer Training & Education Programme: €15,000 and Youth Leadership: €8,000.

Denise O’Shea, Co-ordinator of Wicklow Sports and Recreation Partnership, said: “As we know dormant Account Funding is vital to the growth of community and social inclusion through sport in disadvantaged areas around the county. This is going to have a huge impact on people’s wellbeing especially at times like this.”

Speaking about the new round of Dormant Accounts Funding, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, said: “A key priority for Government is the targeting of resources at programmes that seek to address inequalities in sports participation, in particular socio-economic disadvantage. Similarly, we are keen to ensure that interventions are in place to boost participation levels among people with disabilities. The range of measures funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund is helping to make sport and physical activity more inclusive and accessible for many people right across Ireland.”

Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, added: “The positive impact of sport and physical activity on our physical and mental wellbeing cannot be overstated. The current pandemic has confirmed the critical importance of sport to Irish society and the uplift it provides to people’s spirits. While keeping us fit, regular physical activity is an excellent social outlet for many. The investment package announced today will have a positive impact on the health of the nation, and support the growth of community and social cohesion through sport.”

Among the successful Dormant Accounts Fund projects announced are thirteen new Innovation projects.

Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, commented: “Sport Ireland is delighted with the significant investment of €990,000 in Innovation for Sports Inclusion. These creative Innovation projects have the potential to create solutions to the problems that exist in sports participation. The announcement of thirteen innovation projects is very welcomed, stimulating collaboration within and beyond the sports sector.”

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, commented: “The increase in Dormant Accounts Funding will enable Sport Ireland, supported by National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of communities throughout Ireland. Key to the work of Sport Ireland is the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to partake in sport and physical activity, no matter what their circumstances.”

As with previous funding announced, the investment is closely aligned with the National Sports Policy and the National Physical Activity Plan.  A particular emphasis is placed on implementing programmes to promote physical activity, making sport and physical activity accessible to people with a disability and the development of programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.

Wicklow Gaol wins Trip Advisor Award

Wicklow Gaol wins Trip Advisor Award

Wicklow’s Historic Gaol has won a prestigious 2020 Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice – Best of the Best award.

Every year, Trip Advisor – the online travel site – assess all the reviews, ratings, and saves that travellers share from across the globe and use that information to spotlight the very best.

The results are used for the Travellers’ Choice, Best of the Best awards.   Wicklow Gaol is now rated in the top 10 per cent of attractions worldwide. 

Prior to this Wicklow’s Historic Gaol had received five  consecutive Certificate Excellence awards from Trip Advisor.

“This is global validation for Wicklow Historic Gaol as Tourist Attraction”, said Emeir O’Connell, the Gaol’s Manager, who added: “It is hugely significant when so much of tourism is driven by social media and influencers.  It is especially welcome this year as all businesses are particularly challenged and we want people to know we are open for business.”

She said to receive such an award was a massive boost for the team involved stating:   “The success of Wicklow’s Historic Gaol is due to the hard work, commitment and personal service provided by all those who welcome and mind the customers and those that provide background support – it’s a team effort all the way’’.

Describing  this as a “wonderful win” for the Gaol, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Kennedy, added:  “Growing our thematic experiences is one of the cornerstones of Wicklow’s Tourism strategy as this  capitalises on the rich  heritage of County Wicklow and aligns us with Ireland’s Ancient East.  This is recognised by Failte Ireland, through their investment in Wicklow’s Historic Gaol which one of Wicklow’s top attractions.”

Chairman of Wicklow Enterprise Park, Mr Blaise Treacy, stated: “The Wicklow Gaol reopened its doors to visitors on the 29th of June this year following closure due to COVID-19 restrictions which is hugely important to support business in the locality, ‘shop local’ campaigns and the work of the Town re-opening committee”.  He acknowledged the support of the Board of WEP;  Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Frank Curran, Elected Members and all of the staff involved.

The Gaol has operated as a Tourist attraction for the last 20 years and is now a key attraction in Ireland’s Ancient East welcoming over 40,000 visitors a year.   It also provides valuable local employment, including in the very popular Jailer’s Rest café.

It has been the recipient of two Failte Ireland grants in the last six years, the most recent of which allowed the business develop Ireland’s premier Virtual Reality Experience, the  “Gates of Hell”.  The customer demand for the Experience has surpassed all expectations. 

The Gaol has been under the management of the Wicklow Enterprise Park since 2010 and has been supported also by Wicklow County Council.

Wicklow Passport launched

Wicklow Passport launched

A Wicklow Passport aimed at encouraging locals and visitors to explore the Garden County has been introduced by Wicklow Tourism Alliance.

Passport holders can collect various Wicklow Stamps and discover the activities, attractions, and hospitality on offer across the county.

Loosely based on the ‘Camino Passport’ in Spain, the Wicklow Passport is a series of stamps that can only be collected at the respective towns or villages represented on each stamp.  For example, you can only get the Shillelagh stamps at stamping locations around Shillelagh.

The Wicklow Passport can be stamped through a network of participating businesses within each area which include:  Arklow, Ashford, Aughrim, Avoca, Baltinglass, Blessington, Bray, Dunlavin, Enniskerry, Glendalough, Greystones, Hollywood, Rathdrum, Roundwood, Shillelagh, Tinahely and Wicklow Town. 

We are building our network of stamping locations across the County and particularly welcome attractions, activity providers, shops or any business involved in tourism at this very challenging time”, according to Fred Verdier of Wicklow Tourism Alliance, who added: “We feel that the Wicklow Passport project has the potential to help in the recovery of the local tourism industry. Any business wishing to get involved can contact us at info@visitwicklow.ie”. 

Praising the project, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Kennedy, commented:  “This is an excellent concept initiated by Fred Verdier of the Wicklow Tourism Alliance .  Even for those of us who have an in-depth knowledge of Wicklow, there is always somewhere different to explore. It brings a whole new appreciation of the beauty of County Wicklow, the range of things to see and do and the high-quality accommodation, food and drink on offer.”

Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council, and Chair of Wicklow Tourism Alliance added:  “This offers fun for all the family, It is a great way to spend weekends or the mid-term break”.

The Wicklow Passport can be purchased for €2 online at http://visitwicklow.ie/passport.  Or can be collected free-of-charge from participating stamping locations,  or through the Wicklow Libraries at Bray, Greystones, Arklow and Blessington.  The list of stamping locations is available at http://visitwicklow.ie/passport by clicking on each icon.

Anyone can become a Wicklow Ambassador by collecting 15 or more Wicklow Stamps and claim their Ambassador Certificate by sending in a photo of the stamped passport via the online form .  And passport holders can use it to enjoy offers, discounts and deals at participating Wicklow businesses.