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Dedicated group of volunteers keeping Bray's coast area clean


Deputy John Brady with members of Coastcare

Deputy John Brady with members of Coastcare

Deputy John Brady with members of Coastcare


Nine volunteers headed out last Saturday afternoon to work hard with the Bray Coastcare group.

Coastcare is a voluntary group helping to keep Bray's coast clean. They collect and recycle any litter on the cliff walk, on and around Bray Head and the surrounding areas.

The volunteers also planted 50 trees along pathways that over time had seen erosion and trees decimated by fire.

The other aspect of this month's action day was the painting of walls and lifeguard huts that were either left unpainted and dull looking or areas that were extremely unsightly due to mindless and offensive graffiti, especially along the promenade.

'On behalf of all at Bray Coastcare Group I would like to thank the many volunteers who came out on the day and played their part in enhancing and keeping Bray's coast as beautiful as we know it is,' said Seamus Connor, chairman of Bray Coastcare.

'It was also nice after 9 years running as a voluntary group to finally say we had a TD out with us volunteering in the form of John Brady TD,' said Seamus. 'John has been out volunteering with us before and it was nice to see him again this time accompanied by his young son.

'I would like to take this opportunity to ask all members of our town community to remain vigilant to vandals and to report any incidences of graffiti or littering to the gardai. Bray has improved dramatically in terms of its cleanliness and we would love to see it improve even more. I am reminded of the fact that within the space of a few years Bray went from being the "dirtiest town in Ireland" according to the IBAL (Irish Businesses Against Litter) annual report to the "Cleanest Town in Ireland". This is not simply down to voluntary groups but to the change in attitude among local people and tourists towards littering.