It is not possible to say how old Arklow is. Evidence of human activity in this area goes back thousands of years, and much of that activity has been recorded in books and journals. For anyone who wants to know more about Arklow’s story the problem is where to begin. This book gives a comprehensive overview of how Arklow became the town we know today. It is written specifically for the general reader, but includes extensive source notes for anyone who would like to dig that bit deeper.