Monday 22 July 2019

Bray and district community noticeboard

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

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 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. Over the past 16 years he has amazed audiences abroad and has sold out prominent Irish venues such as Vicar Street and the Cork Opera House, with the regular attendance of Luke Kelly's family.

Chris released his own album of original material 'Voice Of the People' in 2011 and shortly afterwards performed with the Dubliners for two weeks on their German tour. Tickets are €20 and available at

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.


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.

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

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

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.


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

Tickets are €8.

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.

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.

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 concert

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.

For tickets go to

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.

Historical Society AGM

The AGM of Rathmichael Historical Society will take place on Wednesday, January 9, at 8 p.m., in Rathmichael National School.

The committee for the coming year will be elected.

The AGM will be followed by a talk by Richard Dolan on 'Rathmichael: Past, Present and Future.' Admission is €4.

Those wishing to join the Rathmichael Historical Society can do so at the AGM.

Film at Mermaid

The film 'Just to be Sure' will be screened at Mermaid Arts Centre on Monday, January 14, at 8 p.m.

Admission is €8.50 or €7 concession, available at

When Erwin (Francois Damiens), a bomb disposal expert in his mid-forties, accidentally discovers that his father is not his biological father his world is turned upside down.

As well as tracing his dad he has to juggle his daughters unplanned pregnancy and his aspiring relationship with the sparky local veterinarian Anna (Cecile De France), whom, it turns out may or may not be his sister.

With strong performances from all the cast this is a joyful tale with some moments that touch on the farcical and others that are genuinely touching. Director Carine Tardieu delivers a warm poignant human comedy about the challenges of being a parent and having one.

Comedy festival

Tommy Tiernan will headline this year's Bray Comedy Festival, which takes place from February 13 to February 17 at various venues including the Harbour Bar, the Porterhouse, and the Esplanade Hotel.

The five-day event kicks off on Wednesday, February 13, with the opening gala featuring Karl Spain; Bray Comedy Festival debutante - Kevin McGahern; John Colleary (Savage Eye); impressionist Al Foran and Après Match's Barry Murphy.

Other comics to perform include Edinburgh Comedians' Choice winner Paul Currie and sell-out success Tony Cantwell, as well as 'Giz a Laugh' creator Enya Martin.

There'll be Father Michael and Kathleen, Scott Carpurro, and loads for kids too.

Tickets are available at


A family mindfulness gathering will take place at Enniskerry Library on Saturday, January 12, at 11.30 a.m.

The session will taught by a certified youth mindfulness and kids yoga teacher. No experience is needed.

This is suitable for children aged three and older, supervised by an adult.

The event will include guided meditation, breath awareness, mindful activities and movements, all sprinkled with a bit of fun.

To book or for more information call 01 2864339.

All welcome.

Bray People