Enterprise judges in town visit
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.