Wednesday 22 May 2019

Around the districts: Bray, Shankill

Linda Egan and Teresa Byrne enjoying the Alzheimer’s Tea Day in the Martello in aid of Bray Alzheimer’s Café and St Joseph’s Shankill
Linda Egan and Teresa Byrne enjoying the Alzheimer’s Tea Day in the Martello in aid of Bray Alzheimer’s Café and St Joseph’s Shankill

Bray: Bray Churches Together - Just a reminder that our next meeting has been pushed back to Wednesday, May 29, in St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, time to be confirmed. Many thanks to everyone who came out for the Easter festivities - hope to see you all soon.

Christ Church COI

Services of Worship in Powerscourt for this Sunday - Easter 4: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion 2; 11 a.m. - Morning Prayer.

Cemetery Sunday

The annual Mass of remembrance in Shanganagh Cemetery, Dublin Road, Shankill, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Upcoming Fund Raising Events for the Refurbishment of church and Parish Centre: This Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.: Guided Tour of Holy Redeemer Church with local historian Brian White - Suggested Donation €5; Sunday, June 23, at 8 p.m.: Sarah Power, Soprano and the Gaudium Choir, conducted by Pat Carey, in a programme of songs, arias and choral music from five centuries in the church; Sunday, July 17, at midday: Holy Redeemer Parish Feast Day - Family Fun Day for all in the parish grounds. We look forward to seeing you there.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

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.).

Summer Project: Forms can be collected any morning from the Villa Pacis office, Mondays to Fridays or contact Anne at 087 7772127. For more details, see our parish website.

Kids Club: Our Lady Queen of Peace Family Mass Group, will be running a Kids Club every Wednesday from 2.45 p.m. till 3.30 p.m. starting on June 12 in preparation for family friendly Mass starting in September. Children of all ages are welcome.

First Holy Communion: We pray for the girls and boys who will be celebrating the sacrament of First Holy Communion in our church this Sunday and Sunday week at the 10.30 a.m.

Bugisi Mission Project: Once again, our Queen of Peace parish community have shown their great charity and love. Funds raised from the Easter and the sale of Christmas cards, Mass cards and sundry donations have been sent to our twin parish.

QoP youth club

Water sports sessions with the Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club are at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Members are advised to check their gear most of which has been lying up for almost a year while other activities were enjoyed. There are vacancies for new members, and for leaders especially canoe instructors, so if anyone has free time to join and to help just come alone any Tuesday and get involved.

Brownies water safety course

Twenty-four young Brownies participated in a water safety course in the Wicklow Aquanauts club premises in Greystones. It was great fun, and it was thoroughly enjoyed by the participants, their leaders, and by the organiser Ann McAvoy. Well done to all involved, and if any group would like to do something similar call Albert at 087 6756439.

Diving Club

Bray Divers welcome new member Matthew Conway, who is training with the club in advance of a planned holiday in the Caribbean where he hopes to do some scuba diving. Congratulations to Shane and to Krishna both of them recently enjoyed their first dives having completed all the appropriate training. Due to demand of a number of new applications to join the club another training course has been begun, and this will finish within the next three weeks.

Cualann Society

On Thursday, May 16, the May meeting of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for the Bray and North Wicklow Area, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Royal Hotel, Bray, when Mark Murphy and Brian White will speak on 'The people, Traders, and Businesses of Castle Street and Dublin Road, Bray' All welcome - admission €5.

Before this lecture takes place, this Saturday afternoon Brian White, chairman of the society, will lead a 3 p.m. guided public tour of the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Bray, to raise funds for the church and Parish Centre refurbishment. All welcome - suggested donation €5.

In the meantime some events taking place which may of interest to members of the Bray Cualann Historical Society are are today's (Wednesday) 1 p.m. lecture by Alyson Gavin on 'St John's Church, Sandymount: Protests and Defiance 'to the Balsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society in Pembroke Library, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin four. Admission free - booking required via 01 6689575 or email,; the 7 p.m. lecture by Rob Goodbody looking at 'Shankill 180 Years Ago' in Marlay House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.' Admission free but booking required via; the 7.45 p.m. lecture by Gerry Lovett on 'The RIC and the War of Independence' to the Knocklyon History Society in the Iona Centre, beside St Colmcille's Church, Knocklyon, Templeogue, Dublin 16. All welcome - admission charge; next Tuesday night's 7 p.m. lecture by John Dolan on 'Who said we are not Celts' to the Tallaght Historical Society in the County Library, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Admission free - all welcome; and the 8 p.m. lecture by Lar Joye on 'Port Collections: A History of Dublin Port and the 1906 - 1925 Name' to the Genealogical Society of Ireland in Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. All welcome - €3 donation.

The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council 'Spring into Heritage' programme of free guided tours of Seapoint Martello Tower, James Joyce Tower and Museum, the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (pre-booking required), The Oratory, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, Cabinteely House, Fernhill House and Gardens, Marlay House and Laurelmere Cottage, runs till Sunday, May 26, and includes a series of Wednesday evening lectures during May in Marlay House which must be pre-booked. Copies of the programme are available from the Dun Laoghaire Tourist Information Office, and DLR branch libraries or downloaded from

Further information on the Bray Cualann Historical Society programme available on the Society's website at


St James' COI, Crinken

Services of Worship for this Sunday - Easter 4: 11 a.m. - Morning Praise.

Rathmichael COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday - 4nd Sunday of Easter: 8;30 a.m. - Holy Communion; 11 a.m. - Parade Service of Uniformed Organisations followed by coffer in the Erck Hall; 7 p.m. - Holy Communion.

The Alpha/In-Between Club: The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 28, at 8 p.m. The book we are reading for the May meeting is 'Notes to Self' by Emilie Pine.

Easter Vestry: The Easter Vestry took place in April, chaired by the Rev'd Terry Lilburn, who is looking after Rathmichael Parish during the interregnum. After the business of the vestry was attended to, the following were elected to serve on the Select Vestry: Rector's Church Warden - Richard Marshall; Rector's Glebe Warden - Geoffrey Perrin; People's Church Warden - Paul Barron; People's Glebe Warden - Peter Williams. Members of the Select Vestry - Fiona Ashe, Lily Byrne, John Bolton, Sarah Campbell, Marian Conboy, Danielle Fletcher, Philip Grier, Peter Richardson, Dean Russell, Caroline Senior, David Simmons and Mark Thornburgh.

Safeguarding Trust: The Church of Ireland Safeguarding Trust has been put in place, and is adhered to by this parish. Volunteers, who have attended training between 2009 and 2015 are now requested to attend a re-training evening which we have organised to take place in the Erck Hall tomorrow (Thursday) at 8 p.m.

St Anne's Parish

Church Flowers (Altar Society): We are seeking volunteers to join the Altar Society, to arrange the flowers for the church throughout the year and for special occasions. If you would like to help, please talk to Ms Elaine Hogan in the Parish Centre.

Cemetery Sunday: Will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, in Shanganagh Cemetery.

Parish Pilgrimage to Knock - June 8: Bus: €20 - adult, €10 - child. Contact the Parish Centre to book a place. Full payment at time of booking. Payment non-refundable.

Shankill Library

Today (Wednesday) as part of Bealtaine, there will be a 'Felting Workshop' with Miriam Brady in the library from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at which participants will learn how to create a personalised felt picture with wool or silk - no experience need. Booking required. On Wednesday, May 15, as part of Bealtaine, John Carpenter will hold a workshop 'Introduction to Drawing' from 10.10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in which participants will receive an introduction to drawing faces, figures, and perspective. Booking required. To book a place on either course call 01 2827801 or email

Historical Society

The next event for members of the Rathmichael Historical Society, the local history society for Shankill, Ballybrack, and the surrounding area, is this Saturdays visit to Castledermot, Co. Kildare, led by Sharon Greene. Members only.

GAA Club notes

Gaelic4Boys free 'get to know us' four-week training sessions for boys born 2006 to 2008 concluded last Thursday in Stonebridge Road.

Our golf classic will be held in Delgany Golf Club on Friday, June 14, with a Shotgun start at 2 p.m. Some morning tee times are available. Team of four players costs €300 which includes a meal in Brady's followed by an evening of craic and music.

The juvenile academy is in action every Saturday at 10 a.m. in Stonebridge Road. Why not give it a try the coaches are ready and the equipment is waiting and ready to be used the cost is only €2 per child and there is no annual subscription.

Our Easter Camp was a great success with 80 boys and girls taking part and an Easter egg for everyone at the camp.

There was a full programme of games last Saturday and Sunday weekend with 15 matches being played from Friday evening through to Sunday evening. The adult men's team lost to Cabinteely in the championship.

In the 'Chase the Ace' draw on last Sunday week night in Brady's there was no jackpot winner - the €50 prize went to Olivia McFadden. Last week's jackpot was €2,400. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are available from club members or in the pub.

For details of our ladies adult football teams email or contact Steve at 087 6414123.

The men's adult football team contact Kevin Martin at 086 8449902. For more information on the club, contact, or call 086 6072746. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Shankill Business Group - general meeting

Everyone is invited to a general meeting of the Shankill Business Group which will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, in Brady's of Shankill.

The agenda includes new members; the future of Shankill Village; New Lights; and Community Events.

Bray People