Around the districts: Bray
Bray: Drama Festival - The 43rd Bray One Act Drama Festival will be bringing a wonderful mix of comedy and drama to the stage from January 28 to February 1.
Performed by both newcomers and seasoned performers, these plays are sure to provide five nights of entertainment, with all proceeds going to charitable causes.
We are delighted to welcome Alan Haslett to the festival as our adjudicator, and of course, the loyal festival audience who support the Bray One Act Festival each year. If you wish to become a patron of the festival please contact Joan E Gregg, Glen Ridge, Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow.
Christ Church COI
Services of Worship for this Sunday - The First Sunday after the Epiphany - The baptism of Jesus: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion 2: 11 a.m. - Morning Prayer.
Bray Mothers' Union:. Next Monday our first meeting of 2020 the New Year will be our AGM at 8 p.m. in the PLC Our theme for 2020 is - Building hope and confidence.
Save the Date. - Sunday, March 29: Musical Delights at Tinakilly: Concert of singing and classical/traditional music from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Garden Pavilion at Tinakilly Country House. Price includes concert and a cream tea, Tickets €20 per person will be available from the parish office, Fleurtique, Florence Road, Bray, and the Travel Boutique, Main Street, Bray.
Holy Redeemer Parish
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.
Mass Timetable: Since yesterday (Tuesday) the church will be closed temporarily. Mass will be in the Little Flower Hall till further notice. Mass will be celebrated Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.; and Sunday at 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 Little Flower Hall; Miraculous Medal and Rosary: Monday to Friday at 7 p.m. in the Little Flower Hall; Lectio Divina Tuesday group: 11 a.m. in the Presbytery; Holy Face Devotions: Tuesday after the rosary in the Little Flower Hall (Prayer booklets available for new members); Prayer group with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Wednesday after the Rosary in the Little Flower Hall; The Nazarene Community Charismatic Prayer Group: Wednesday at 8 p.m.; Lectio Divina Thursday group: 8 p.m. in the Little Flower Hall; Silent Holy Hour: Friday in the Little Flower Hall at 11 a.m.
The Coffee Dock: Reopened yesterday (Tuesday) after 10 a.m. Mass.
2020 Parish Draw: €10 a month - a little over €2 a week by Standing Order. At the end of each month there will be a draw and one lucky person will win €1,000. The standing order is available at the back of the church and on our website holyredeemerbray.ie, click 2020 Parish Draw and then click Holy Redeemer's 2020 Draw Membership Form. The completed form must be returned to the parish office by 12-noon on February 28. This would make a wonderful gift for a loved one, family member or friend.
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. Please note that the cemetery gates will close at 6 p.m. each evening during the winter months.
Confirmation Preparation Mass: Will take place this Sunday at 11.30 a.m. We look forward to welcoming all the children and their parents/guardians.
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.
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
Church Clean up: We would like to thank all the volunteers who worked so hard with our cleaning team, to prepare our church for the Christmas festivities.
Great news from the Christmas Fair: Congratulations to all our parishioners who came along to our Christmas Fair, which valuable funds for the parish. Our sincerest thanks to our team of volunteers who helped before, during and after the fair.
QOP youth club
Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club will open after the holiday on Friday the 10th when the proposed programme of activities for the year will be put to the members for approval. New members and new leaders will be very welcome. Call Paul at 086 3516630 for information.
Bray Divers are looking forward to many planned dives during the year which will include ones local, around the coast, and abroad. Surveys and underwater clean-ups will continue throughout the year. Training courses will begin on Tuesdays during this month and each month till Easter. For details call Albert at 087 6756439.
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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 'It's Storytime' takes place every Monday, except Bank Holiday Mondays, at 10 a.m.
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.
On Saturday, January 17, the library will host a Mental Health Ireland 'Five Ways to Wellbeing Workshop' at 11 a.m. which is intended to help people care for their own mental health and well being and will define what mental health and well-being is; help participants understand how to look after the own well-being; help participants analyse how often they engage on a daily basis in the ways to look after their mental health; and help participants develop a plan to increase the time they spend looking after their mental health and well-being. Free but booking required - call Ballywaltrim Library at 01 2862600.
The Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for Bray and North will open its 2020 programme on Thursday, January 16, at 8 p.m. in the Royal Hotel, Bray, when the Society's AGM will take place and all members are requested to attend. There is a change to the post AGM presentation as due to the indisposition of Felix Larkin, his scheduled lecture on' The Dublin Opinion Magazine (1922-1958)' has been deferred to next April and instead James Scannell will give a presentation recalling 'The Great Northern Railway (Ireland), 1876 to 1958' and all are welcome to attend this lecture - admission €6.
In the meantime some events taking place which may be interest to members and supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society include society are tonight's (Wednesday) 8 p.m. AGM of the Rathmichael Historical Society in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, which will be followed by a talk recalling 'The Dubedat Scandal' by Richard Dolan - admission €5; tomorrow (Thursday) nights 8 p.m. lecture by Fergus D'Arcy will speak on 'Leopardstown Races, Opening Day, Origins and After' to the Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society in the Glenalbyn Sports Club, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. All welcome - contribution €3; the 8 p.m. lecture by Michael Barry on 'The Heritage and History of Ancient Syria' to the Mount Merrion Historical Society in the community centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin. All welcome - admission €4/Students €2; the 8.3 p.m. lecture by Brian White on 'The War of Independence and Civil War in Enniskerry' to the Enniskerry History Society in the Powercourt Arms Hotel, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. All welcome - admission €5; next Tuesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Shane Wilson on 'Townlands, Maps and Directories' to the Genealogical Society of Ireland in the Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire. All welcome - admission €5; the 8 p.m. lecture by Marc McMenamin on 'The Codebreaker' to the Kilmacanogue History Society in the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Co. Wicklow - admission €3, next Wednesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Rob Goodbody on 'Shankill, Co. Dublin' to the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. All welcome - entrance €3; and the 8 p.m. lecture by Dr Mary McAuliffe on 'Experiences and contributions of women during the War of Independence' to the Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society in the Holy Rosary Centre, Greystones - all welcome.
In the meantime members might like to catch up on their local history society reading with the annual journal of the Wicklow Historical Society Volume six - No.1, the 32nd issue of this annual journal which contains a fascinating array of articles covering such subjects as 'Life in Wicklow a Century Ago' compiled by John Finlay; 'My First Trip to the Seaside' recalled by John Alvey, who provides details of his father's WW2 career with the RAF. ; 'The Men will Talk to Me - Pat McCrea (Part 2)', compiled by Ben Fagan, continues is a continuation of Pat McCrea's recollections of the 1916-1922 period. Part one was published in the Society's 2018 journal; 'Good Citizenship' is an essay written by a young boy Thomas (Tom) Kilcoyne in his final year in National School, Wicklow, No one, whose daughter Irene Parsons brought it to the attention of John Finlay; 'The Men of Wicklow Parish in the Great War 1914-1918' provides biographies of those from the town who lost their lives in this conflict, compiled by John Goodman; 'The Wicklow Town Poisoning Case' by Stan J. O'Reilly recalls a unique 1874 poisoning which was decided on a legal technicality; 'Who's Who? Wicklow during the Troubles 1916-1923', compiled by John Finlay, contains brief biographies of those from the town who were involved in events between 1916 to 1923 relating to the national struggle while family history is covered with 'The Edwards Family of Oldcourt, Bray and Knockrobin, Wicklow' by Vincent O'Reilly while Folklore is covered by Stan J. O'Reilly in 'Wicklow and District in Antiquity and Folklore - Pre-Christian Wicklow and the coming of the Early Irish Saints (Part 1).Copies, €5 each, of this 132-page journal can be obtained from John Finlay at 0404 67887 or Stan J. O'Reilly at 0404 67494. Details of the Bray Cualann Historical Society's activities can be found on the Society's website.
On Wednesday, January 7, 1920, Richard Kavanagh, Back Street, Bray, was injured while loading stone into a railway wagon at the Bray Head sidings when he slipped between the edge of the platform and the wagon with a stone coming against him and injuring his ribs. Brought to Bray railway station, he was attended to Dr Raverty who, following an examination of the injuries, found at that they were not a serious as previous thought and had him brought home for further treatment.