Sunday 16 June 2019

Bray and district community noticeboard

Mary Fogarty

Classical music club: The January meeting of Shankill Classical Music Club will take place on Wednesday, January 9.

The meeting will be at Shankill Old Folks' Centre, Lower Road, Shankill.

Music will be played from CDs, starting at 7.45 p.m. There will be a 15 minute interval with the meeting finishing at 10 p.m.

Admission for visitors is €2. Go to shankillclassical.or or ring or text John at 087 2109175.

Luke Kelly tribute night

Chris Kavanagh's 'The Legend of Luke Kelly' will take place at Mermaid Arts Centre on Saturday, January 12, at 8 p.m.

Dublin singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh was raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old.

His performances capture the depth and passion of the great man he was so heavily influenced by. Tickets are €20 and available at


Bray Greystones badminton club welcome beginners, back to badminton players and juniors every Thursday night in BIFE, Novara Road, Bray, from 8 p.m. till 10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m.

For further information, contact Mary at 089 4132070.

Gingerbread Man on stage

Puppeteer Miriam Lambert presents 'The Gingerbread Man' at Mermaid Arts Centre, on Friday, January 4, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

In this rendition of the age-old tale Miriam Lambert, using herself as a humanette, bakes the gingerbread. The freshly baked biscuit runs, eluding the hungry grasp of everyone-until he meets a very clever fox.

Miriam Lambert has been at the heart of the Irish puppetry industry since her childhood, having grown up with the Lambert Puppet Theatre in Dublin.

Trained by her mentor and father, the late master puppeteer Eugene Lambert, she has played an integral part in the creation of many of the legendary puppet characters and performances in the renowned Lambert productions. Her unique and creative style of puppetry is a theatrical joy for both child and adult to behold.

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Alzheimer Café meet-up

The Alzheimer Café meets on the last Thursday of each month from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at their new venue, Sunbeam House Services, Cedar Industrial Estate, Killarney Road.

This is a voluntary joint initiative by St Columcille's Hospital and Community Health in South Dublin and Wicklow. It is free of charge. They welcome people with all types of dementia and their families or carers.

For more information call 01 2125179.

Mother and toddler group

A mother and toddler group meets weekly at Ballywaltrim Community Centre. The group meets each Wednesday from 9.15 a.m. till 10.15 a.m. For more information contact Ciara at 087 0961312. There is a fee of €2 and there will be tea and coffee available.


Bray Cardiac First Responders would welcome any new volunteers or anyone interested in learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

They meet on the first Thursday of every month in Sunbeam House at the Taylor Centre Vevay Road. Call 086 2658455.

Fáilte Isteach

Community project Fáilte Isteach is looking for volunteers.

The project is run by County Wicklow Partnerships and involves volunteers speaking with migrants and refugees, using everyday English language to help improve their English language skills.

Volunteers would need to have two hours per week to spare. To get involved, call County Wicklow Partnership at 0402 20955.

Young at heart dinners

Young at heart dinners take place each Friday at 12.30 p.m. at St Peter's Hall.

The event includes great food and a game of bingo. Dinners have ceased for the festive period and will start again at the end of January.

Historical Record

The Old Bray Society has published a special issue of the Bray Historical Record - 'First World War Special Issue'. The volume recalls those from County Wicklow, who took part in this conflict.

Over the counter copies are available from the Town Hall Bookshop on Florence Road as long as it remains open. The shop is due to close in the coming days.

GROW mental health group

GROW Community Mental Health Movement meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Parish Centre, Queen of Peace Church, Putland Road, Bray.

Contact Leo at 086 8033124 or visit

The Fureys

Legends of Irish music and song the Fureys will perform in Mermaid Arts Centre on Friday, January 11, at 8 p.m.

The Fureys are renowned for their hit songs 'I will love you', 'When you were sweet 16', 'The Green fields of France', 'The old man', 'Red rose café', 'From Clare to here', 'Her father didn't like me anyway', 'Leaving Nancy', and 'Steal away.

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The play 'Infinity' will be on in Mermaid Arts Centre on Thursday, January 31, at 11 a.m., for school audiences.

Tickets are €8.

A lone astronaut hurtles through the cosmos on a one-way mission to the edge of us. Traversing time and space, isolation and uncertainty, her quest to find hope will bring her to the brink of the abyss.

Winner of the 2018 Dublin Fringe Festival First Fortnight Award and Best Design Award, and nominated for the Best Performer Award, Infinity is an exploration of fact (science) fiction and the spaces in between.

Created in association with Corn Exchange Theatre Company and Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre. Supported by UCD through the UCD Dramsoc Company-in-Residence Award. Developed at Scene + Heard 2017. Developed at FRINGE LAB with the support of Dublin Fringe Festival.

Sister Act auditions

Audition dates have been announced for Bray Musical Society's forthcoming production of Sister Act. The open night and dance auditions will take place on Thursday, January 3, with singing and script auditions on Tuesday, January 8.

Auditions will be held in St Cronan's National School, Vevay Road, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., with Sunday rehearsals also, all at St Cronan's. There will be a €20 audition fee for non-members, which will be deducted from your membership fee. The show will be staged from Wednesday, April 10, to Saturday, April 13, at Mermaid Arts Centre.

Blanket knitting

A chunky blanket knitting workshop will take place at Killruddery on Saturday, January 26, from 2.30 p.m. till 5 p.m. During the workshop at the Killruddery Stable Studio, the Olannmor team will teach you to make one of these blankets yourself. Book at The cost is €80 to include materials, tea and coffee and nibbles.

First 100 years

The Irish Chamber Orchestra and guests present 'The First 100 Years' at Mermaid Arts Centre on Thursday, January 17, at 8 p.m.

Mary Coughlin, Theo Dorgan, Sonamus, Annette Cleary, Rachel Factor and Eamon Sweeney will join the orchestra for the performance.

Tickets are €18 or €16 concession.

In 1919 the first Dáil convened in Dublin and the first Democratic Programme for Government was devised. There have been changes in Irish society over the last century that would have been inconceivable to those first TDs. This very special concert will reflect on 100 years of the Irish Republic through poetry, music, and song - including a newly composed work by Fiachra Trench and featuring some of Ireland's finest artists.

This concert is curated by Eamon Sweeney, Music Network Artist in Residence 2018 an initiative of Music Network in partnership with Wicklow County Council Arts Office and Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre.

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15-minute parenting

Cuidiu North Wicklow host best selling author, psychotherapist and attachment specialist Joanna Fortune for the first of their parent to parent evening talks entitled 'Fifteen Minute Parenting - how to connect with your kids'. The event will take place at the Martello on Wednesday, January 30, at 8 p.m. Joanna will speak for 45 minutes leaving plenty of time for discussion and questions afterwards. There will also be tea or coffee.

Joanna is an accredited psychotherapist and author. She founded the Solamh Parent Child Relationship Clinic in 2010 where she works with families.

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