En­ter­prise judges in town visit

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

ARK­LOW pulled out all the stops as the judg­ing panel for the Bank of Ire­land’s National En­ter­pris­ing Town Awards com­pe­ti­tion ar­rived in town last week.

Ark­low was nom­i­nated in the pop­u­la­tion cat­e­gory greater than 7,001, and lo­cals were keen to high­light re­cent and forth­com­ing ini­tia­tives for en­ter­prise in the town.

The judges – Tom Dowl­ing (Chair­per­son), John Fitzger­ald and Kate O’Don­nell – were wel­comed to the of­fice of the Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict by Cllr Tommy An­nes­ley, Cathaoir­leach of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict; Frank Cur­ran, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Wick­low County Coun­cil; Donal Mur­ray, Pres­i­dent of Ark­low Cham­ber; Michael Geaney, and mem­bers of the Town Team.

To high­light all that is good about Ark­low, Cllr An­nes­ley, Donal Mur­ray and Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor Linda McDon­ald made pre­sen­ta­tions high­light­ing the co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the lo­cal author­ity, com­mu­nity, vol­un­tary groups and the busi­ness sec­tor in Ark­low.

The pre­sen­ta­tions con­cluded with a screen­ing of the pro­mo­tional video, ‘Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence’, which was launched last year and brought to­gether a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity, busi­ness, hos­pi­tal­ity and lo­cal author­ity in­ter­ests to pro­mote Ark­low.

Fol­low­ing af­ter­noon tea, the judges were brought on an tour of Ark­low and vis­ited the sites for the new sew­er­age treat­ment plant and pri­mary health care cen­tre.

The judges con­cluded their tour with a walk through the new li­brary, viewed the Ge­orge Camp­bell RHA Ex­hi­bi­tion in the gallery and were amazed to hear that over 2,000 peo­ple visit the li­brary each week.

The judges com­mented on how well Ark­low town was look­ing with its newly resur­faced Main Street and com­pli­mented the Tidy Towns As­so­ci­a­tion on their re­cent achieve­ment in the national Tidy Towns Awards.

The re­sults of the com­pe­ti­tion will be an­nounced on Novem­ber 15.

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