Monday 16 September 2019

Around the districts: Bray

Leanne O’Connor cheering on the Novice ladies at the Bray Rowing Club Regatta
Leanne O’Connor cheering on the Novice ladies at the Bray Rowing Club Regatta

Bray: Cualann Society - Monthly indoor lectures of the Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for the Bray and North Wicklow Area, will resume in September in the Royal Hotel, Bray, when the autumn programme will commence, details of which will announced shortly.

Two events which may be of interest to members and supporters of the society are tonight's (Wednesday) 7 p.m. lecture by Rob Goodbody, as part of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council summer of Heritage, looking at 'Cherrywood through the Ages' in Marlay House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin. Admission free but pre-booking required via; and next Tuesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Charles Callan looking at 'Kingstown Municipal Housing 1904 - 1922' to the Genealogical Society of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire - all welcome, admission €3.

Details of the Society's August Heritage Week programme of walks and talks are as follows - Brian White will lead a 'Guided walking tour of Seapoint Road and Quinsboro Road, Bray' at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, This tour will be repeated at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, Meet outside the Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow. All welcome - admission free. Participants take part in these walks at their own risk. James Scannell will present 'August 17 to August 25, 1944, in Bray' at 11.30 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, in Ballywaltrim Library, Boghall Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow. All welcome - admission free; and 'August 17 to August 25, 1919' at 11.30 a.m. on Friday, August 23, in Bray Library, Eglinton Road, Bray. All welcome - admission free.

Members and supporters are also asked to note that Spring/summer issue of the Dublin Historical Society, journal of the Old Dublin Society, features as the front cover an oil painting purporting to be 'Passengers boarding a train probably at Westland Row Station. Dublin' and relates to one of the articles in this issue.

Articles featured in this issue include - 'In Around the Town', Dr Séamas Ó Maitiú reflects on various events that have taken place in the city including the return of the Liffey Ferry and the demolition of the Tivoli in Francis Street; Seán Magee in 'Grand Jury and other records of St Thomas's Parish, Dublin City' provides a picture of this body of men who did their best for the wretched of their area within the limits of their resources; Bríd Nolan in 'Newtown on the Strand - an elusive townland' traces the evolution, peoples, houses and history of this part of south Dublin which became submerged into modern day Blackrock; the Ballinteer Local History Group in 'The Round House Stackstown, Co. Dublin - A query' seek information on this building, in particular the design and use of this cottage, which now lies in ruins above Stackstown Golf Club; In 'The Medlar's Gotcha. - The story of Dublin family', Pól Ó Duibhir writes about PJ Medlar (1885-1849), undertaken, alderman and city councillor, and his family, whose origins are in Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny, with the emphasis of that part of the family which settled in Dublin.

Ireland's first railway, The Dublin and Kingstown Railway, has been the subject of numerous books but in 'The Dublin and Kingstown Railway: History, art and Reality' Kurt Kullmann provides new insights into this railway and some masterful insights and comments on some of the illustrations published when the line opened in 1834; Medical matters are covered in 'St Ultan's Hospital, Charlemont Street - Background and Achievement' by Margaret Bradley, who provides a fascinating history of this Dublin infant's hospital, established in 1919 which closed in 1984 when its services were transferred to the National Children's Hospital in Harcourt Street, Dublin, which in 1998 was absorbed into Tallaght Hospital; Irish Whiskey distilling is currently enjoying a remarkable resurgence and in 'The Roe Family and Roe's Distillery' Seán J Murphy tells the story of what was Dublin's largest producer of whiskey till closure in the 1920s and currently the Roe brand of whiskey has been re-launched by Diageo. The issue of homelessness is not a modern issue and in the middle of the 19th century it was a major one in Dublin and Ireland. If modern Dublin owes a huge debt to Fr Peter McVerry and his co-workers for providing a night shelter for those without a roof over the heads, then it owes a huge debt to his 19th predecessor Fr James Spatt, whose work has been largely overlooked but now recalled by Fergus A. D'Arcy in 'From Weavers to Waifs - From Tenter House to Asylum: The Cork Street Night Refuge for Homeless Women and children, 1818 - 2001.' In 'Countess Markievicz, a cottage in Sandyford and her neighbour Mary Mulligan', Peader Curran provides an insight into this retreat used by the Countess to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Over the counter copies of this journal can be obtained from Book Upstairs, Westmoreland Street, Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street, or directly from the Old Dublin Society through or by email Further information on the Bray Cualann Historical Society Heritage Week and autumn programme available from the Society's website at

Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday - Trinity 8: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion 2; 11 a.m. - Morning Prayer.

Irish Trefoil Guild - Guiding for Life: Calling all former leaders of the Irish Girl Guides in Bray and its surrounding areas. There is now a Trefoil Guild in Bray. Contact Anne at

Holy Redeemer Parish

Contact Holy Redeemer Parish: Call 01 2868413. Website: Email

Refurbishment of Holy Redeemer Church and Parish Centre: Thanks to all of you who have already contributed to this worthwhile project. If you haven't done so yet please remember to return your donations/pledge form to the parish office or to the sacristy. All contributions, large or small, will be greatly appreciated.

Evening Mass: Please note that there will be no Monday to Saturday evening Mass for the month of August. Masses on Sunday are at 9 a.m. - Irish language Mass; 10.30 a.m., midday, and 6 p.m.

Prayer Opportunity: Holy Rosary Group - Monday to Saturday after 10 a.m. Mass led by Antoinette Farrell in the Main Church; Miraculous Medal and Rosary - Monday to Friday a 7 p.m. at 7 p.m. in the Main Church; Lectio Divina Tuesday group recommences mid September; Holy Face Devotions - Tuesday after the rosary in the Main Church (Prayer booklets available for new members); Prayer group with Exposition - Wednesday after the Rosary in the Side Chapel; The Nazarine Community Charismatic Prayer Group - Wednesday in the Little Flower Hall at 8 p.m.; Silent Holy Hour - Friday in the Side Chapel 11 a.m. to midday.

Holy Rosary during August: The Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday to Friday in the church, beside Our Lady's Banner.

Child Protection Officers: There are two designated Child Protection Officers here in Holy Redeemer Parish. These are Eamonn Burgess and Niamh Grist. If you need to speak with one of them you will find their numbers in the church Porch or by calling in to the sacristy after Mass.

Parish Pastoral Council: The Holy Redeemer Parish Pastoral Council is made up of 11 parishioners. Their names and contact details are available through the parish office or through the sacristy.

St Peter's Parish

Hall Bookings and To Book a Mass: To book a room in the Parish Hall or a Mass, please contact Sharon in the parish office at 01 282 9467. Mass cards available at the parish office.

Young at Heart Dinners: These have now ceased.

St Peter's Little Bray Cemetery: It is requested that visitors help to keep the cemetery tidy by bringing any rubbish home with them. There is strictly 'No Dumping' in force in any area of the cemetery. Your co-operation is appreciated.

Wicklow Dementia Support Group: Meets in St Peter's Parish Hall every Monday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday Club is a social club for people with memory loss and their family carers. Support activities, fun and outings. For more information contact 089 4286928.

St Vincent de Paul Society: Anybody looking for assistance from the SVP must do so by ringing SVP Dublin at 01 8550022.

St Fergal's Parish

Novena to St Anthony: On Tuesday Mornings, during the 9.30 a.m. Mass.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: On Friday Mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Thursday, August 15: This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass Times are Vigil Mass at 7 p.m. (Wednesday the 14th) and on Thursday at at 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

Facebook page. for the Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area: Check out 'Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area' for all the news and information of our Pastoral Area.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

Villa Pacis Room Booking: Call 01 2760045 or

Website: Please visit our Parish Website:

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes - September 3 to September 9: six Nights - Full Board in the Hotel Solitude, Fully Inclusive Price €809 - Single room available at a supplement of €36 per night. Bookings are now being taken in the Villa Pacis (weekdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Kids Club: Our Lady Queen of Peace Family Mass Group meet every Wednesday from 2.45 p.m. till 3.30 p.m. in the Villa Pacis in preparation for family friendly Mass starting in September. Children of all ages are welcome for gospel stories, arts and crafts, prayers and hymns.

Our Facebook page: Please visit and like our Facebook page: Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area.

Bray Library

Bray Library opening hours are - Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday - 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Borrowers are reminded that books can be renewed by phone - call 01 2862600. Family Time takes at 10 a.m. every Saturday in August with stories and crafts suitable for children aged five and up - no booking required. 'It's Storytime' takes place every Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Ballywaltrim Library

Branch opening hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays - the library is closed on Mondays and Fridays. Borrowers are reminded that books can be renewed by phone - call 01 2723205. Join us for story time every Saturday at 11.30 a.m.

Bray 100

At the end of July 1919, Bray Urban District Council Town Clerk John McCaull, wrote to Mr John Coghlan, General Manager of the Dublin and South Eastern Railway, stating that owning to restrictions in travel and increased fares, the Bray Amusements Committee was unable to provide entertainment as in previous years and asked if the company would carry bands to Bray free of charge and provide reduced fares to the public on band evenings. Mr Coghlan replied that he had discussed the matter with the Railway Executive Committee and regretted that the request could not be granted.

Bray People