Mary Hickey revealed as the “2018 Person of the Year”

The Arklow Chamber President Mr. Donal Murray is delighted to reveal that the 2018 “Person of the Year Award” will be presented to well known Arklow athlete and hero, Mary Nolan Hickey.

On January 1st this year, Mary set about on her breath taking “Lap of the Map”challenge to fundraise for the RNLI, by running anti-clockwise around the entire coast of Ireland.

By the time she arrived back in Arklow on the 14th of April, Mary at the age of 65 had completed over 1509 miles, the equivalent of 57 marathons, in 104 days. In total Mary raised a staggering €72,000.

This award kindly sponsored by Servier Ireland Industries, is in recognition of Mary, who through her amazing achievement, has made an outstanding contribution to the town and is a wonderful Ambassador for Arklow. Mary will be presented with this exceptional award at the Chamber Ball & Awards event on Friday the 14th September in the Arklow Bay Hotel.

To date, there has been a great response from the public in relation to nominations for the other 4 award categories. Nominations can be submitted via and will be accepted until Friday 24th August. A shortlist of these nominations will be revealed over the coming days. 

The Arklow & District Chamber Ball is a highlight of the business event calendar and this year it promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in Arklow and the surrounding area.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend.

Tickets are priced at €60pp or a table of 10 at €550. Anyone who would like to purchase tickets should contact the Chamber office on 0402 26909 or email

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