Sunday 8 December 2019

Around the districts: Bray

Bray: Classics by Candlelight - Classics by Candlelight returns for its tenth year this Sunday at 7pm in Christ Church, Church Road, Bray.

An hour of wonderful music for string quartet will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies, which are included in the price of the ticket. (Alcohol-free hot punch means that drivers need not miss out) The musicians all play with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are available from the Travel Boutique on Main Street in Bray, Fleurtique, Florence Road, Bray, or from the Christ Church parish office.

Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday - Advent Sunday: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion Two; 7 p.m. - Classics by Candlelight.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Confirmation Mass: We welcome all children who are preparing for their Confirmation to this Sundays 6 p.m. Mass.

Holy Redeemer Parish Christmas Timetable 2019: Taizé Evening: Wednesday, December 8, at 8 p.m.; Carol Service: Sunday, December 15, at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve - Tuesday, December 24: Reconciliation Service at midday; Masses are at 10 a.m., 6 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. Please note that the Christmas Eve 6 p.m. Mass has a special emphasis on families with young children. Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25, Masses: 10.30 a.m. and midday. No Evening Mass. Christmas Week Masses and to the beginning of January 2020: Thursday, December 26: 11 a.m., Friday, December 28, and Saturday, December 28: 10 a.m.; Sunday, December 29: 10.30 p.m.,midday and 6 p.m. Monday, December 30, to Saturday, January 4, 2020: 10 a.m.; Sunday, January 5: 10.30 p.m., midday and 6 p.m. (Vigil Mass); Monday, January 6: 10 a.m. and midday (feast of the Epiphany). From January 7 the church will close temporarily. Mass will continue in the Little Flower Hall from Tuesday, January 7, to Friday, January 10, at 10 a.m.

International Youth Conference: Inviting all young people (aged 16+) to come and experience - this four-day special event. Conference starts on Friday, December 27, at 2 p.m. and ends on Monday, December 30, at 4 p.m. Please see notice board for further details.

St Peter's Parish

St Peter's Cemetery, Little Bray: 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.

St Anne's Parish Maintenance Fund Christmas Fair: The St Anne's Parish Christmas Fair will be held this Sunday in St Anne's Resource Centre, Dublin Road, Shankill, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of stalls and monster raffle with some great prizes to be won. Admission free.

November Altar List of the Dead: Envelopes are available at the back of the church. All those listed will be remembered at Masses on the feast of All Saints, All Souls and the first Friday of each month. Please return envelopes to the sacristy or the parish office.

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 Fergal's Parish

Christmas Raffle - Great Prizes to be Won: First Prize - 32' Panasonic Smart TV; second prize - Old Conna Golf Club Green Fees x four Ball plus Breakfast (Courtesy of Brian); third prize - Limited td Edition Giclée Print by Peter Growney; fourth prize - Christmas Hamper; fifth prize - Dinner for two (€100 Voucher) at Restaurant 1909 - Dalkey; sixth prize - six Bottles of Wine; and many more prizes. Tickets are on sale in the church from last weekend and in the parish office. €1 per ticket, or book of six for €5. The draw will take place in the church after the Christmas Carol Concert on Saturday, December 21.

Parish Christmas Cards: Packs of assorted Parish Christmas Cards are available to purchase in the church and in the parish office. €4 for six cards. Those, who receive the cards will be remembered in the Christmas Masses being offered in the parish.

St Fergal's Parish Christmas Art Competition 2019: St Fergal's Parish invites Primary School Children to enter the 2019 Christmas Art Competition in the form of paintings, drawings, or illustrations of well-known Christmas Carols. Prizes of art materials and the chance to be included in the 2020 Parish Christmas Cards can be yours. Entry forms are available from the tables at the back of the church. Closing Date: Art work must be delivered to St Fergal's parish office before 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, Voices of Bray Community Choir: Will sing in St Fergal's Church on Sunday, December 8, at 7.30 p.m. Proceeds in aid of our local St Clare's Conference of the society of St Vincent de Paul. Admission €10. Tickets available from the parish office and after all Masses.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

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.

Confirmation Preparation Mass: Takes place this Saturday at 6.30 p.m.

Hospitality: Tea and coffee will be served in the Villa Pacis after this Sundays 10.30 a.m. Mass.

First Friday Divine Mercy: Takes place at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, Christmas Fair: Takes place on Sunday, December 8, If you have any new or unwanted gifts that you would like to donate. Please drop them into Villa Pacis.

QOP youth club

Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club welcomes new junior leaders Niambh, Amy, and Sophie. All are daughters of leaders and club supporters, and they have come up through the ranks of the membership bringing their knowledge, and extra youthful energy and enthusiasm that will ensure the club continuity in delivering the yearly programme of interesting and exciting events. Next club items include swimming, and a night walk from Bray to Greystones.

Diving Club

Divers Ruth, Shane, Ann, Albert, David, Jack, and Jeff are just returned from a diving trip in Lanzarote where deep dives were organised in the clear waters with visibility of over 30 metres. It was noticed that the seahorses which were new to the area about six years ago have increased in numbers and locations. The reason could be that they have been introduced into the area by man, accidently arrived by storm, or moved there due to global warming. Whatever the reason for their arrival they add a new and interesting creature which is a joy to observe.

Bray Library

Forthcoming events in the library include this Saturdays 60-minute talk at 11 a.m. by Ilona Madden on how to 'Have a Merry Healthy Christmas' - admission free but booking required; next Tuesdays 7 p.m. talk by Aoife Munn on 'Propagation and Tree Planting' - admission free but booking required; the Saturday, December 7, 11 a.m. talk by Declan Murphy on 'Amazing Birds; facts and figures' - admission free, booking required and the 2 p.m. 'Christmas Storytime and arts and Crafts' for those aged five and over - admission free but booking required; the Friday, December 13, 11.30 a.m. talk by James Scannell, Bray Cualann Historical Society, recalling 'Christmas 1919 in Bray, Co. Wicklow' - admission free - no booking required; and the Saturday, December 14, 'Wreath Making Demonstration' with Aoife Munn, at which participants will learn how to make beautiful Scandinavian style wreaths from everyday plants that are all around us. Participants will take their wreaths home - admission free but booking required.

Cualann Society

It was with great regret and sadness that the Bray Cualann Historical Society learned of the recent death of Rev DA Levistone Cooney, immediate past president of the Old Dublin Society, whose funeral service was held last Wednesday morning in Dun Laoghaire Methodist Church, and who on a previous occasion gave members a fascinating lecture on the history of Methodism in Bray in Bray Methodist Church.

The Bray Cualann Historical Society extends its deepest sympathy to the relatives of the late Rev Levistone Cooney on their sad loss.

Dr Rachel Moss, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, was the guest speaker for last Thursday night's November monthly meeting of the Bray Historical Society, the local history society for the Bray and North Wicklow Area, at which she spoke on 'Fassaroe and related Crosses' at 8 p.m. in the Royal Hotel, Bray, Co. Wicklow. €5.

In the meantime some other events taking place taking place which may be of interested to members and supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society are tonight's tonight's (Wednesday) 6 p.m. lecture by Peadar Curran on 'Mary Mulligan, neighbour to Countess Markievicz' to the Old Dublin Society in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 - 144 Pearse Street, Dublin two. All welcome - admission free. This lecture will be followed by the AGM and all members are requested to attend; tomorrow (Thursday) night's 7.30 p.m. lecture by Jim Lacey recalling 'The Ashtown Ambush - The attempt on the life of Lord French' to the Eblana Forum in the Dún Laoghaire Club, three Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Admission free - voluntary donation. Reserve a place via; and Declan Warde's 8 p.m. lecture 'Children need help and I am going to help them: Dr Ella Webb, 1877-1946' to the Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society in Rathmines Town Hall, Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin six. Admission €3 - Swan Centre car park Evening Rate, €3 (Total) from 5 p.m. to Midnight; next Monday night's 7 p.m. talk by Duncan Sheppard on 'The Life and Times of Justice Daniel Colohan, 1865-1946' in the dlr Lexicon Studio Theatre, Level 1, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Free - all welcome; next Tuesday night's 7 p.m. talk by Rob Goodbody covering 'The Building of Bullock Harbour in the dlr Lexicon, Lexicon Lab, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Free - all welcome, and the 8 p.m. lecture by Dr Breda Cunningham on 'The Irish Pub - A social and Cultural History' to the Kilmacanogue History Society in the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Co. Wicklow. All welcome - admission €3. While the Bray Cualann Historical Society does not hold a December lecture in the Royal Hotel, the society will give two seasonal lectures in Bray libraries - on Thursday, December 5, James Scannell will recall 'Christmas 1944 in Bray, Co. Wicklow' at 11.30 a.m. in Ballywaltrim Library, Boghall Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow - all welcome, admission free while on Friday, December 13, James will recall' Christmas 1919 in Bray, Co. Wicklow' at 11.30 a.m. in Bray Library, Eglinton Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow - all welcome, admission free.

Bray 125

In early October 1904 it was announced that the September Meath Industrial School Fête, located in what is now St Patrick's National School, was so successful that about £120 was collected for the funds so greatly needed for the school.

Purple House Christmas Sale

The Purple House Cancer Support Christmas Sale takes place in the Council Chamber of Bray Town Hall tomorrow (Thursday) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. New men's, women's and Children's clothes, Handbags, shoes, jewellery, bric and brac, freshly baked cakes. Donation at door €2.

Christmas Candlelight Service

The Purple House Cancer Support Christmas Candlelight Service and Party takes place on Friday, December 6, in Christ Church, Church Road, Bray at 7 p.m. The ecumenical candlelight service will include representatives from all local churches.

'The Great Insurance Rip Off'

A Public Meeting takes place tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30 p.m. in the Royal Hotel, Bray, to discuss 'The Great Insurance Rip Off'.

Bray People