Monday 17 June 2019

Greystones & District community news

Bray Choral Society - Bray Choral Society will host its summer concert on Saturday, May 18, at the Holy Redeemer at 8pm.

Tickets are €20 and available at The concert will be Mozart's Requiem, Hummel Mass in B flat, sung by Bray Choral Society with soprano Sarah Power, alto Gina Oberoi, tenor Andrew Gavin, bass John Molloy, and Degani Orchestra with leader Alan Smale. Frank Kelly is musical director.

Fáilte Isteach

Bray Area Partnership's Fáilte Isteach conversational English classes for people from new communities have started up again in Bray and Kilcoole.

A €3 donation towards costs is requested.

Classes take place through friendly small group conversations, facilitated by volunteer tutors - on Wednesday mornings in Kilcoole Community Centre, Wednesday evenings in St Peter's Parish Centre in Bray, and Thursday mornings in St Kilian's Community School in Bray. You must be living in Bray, Greystones, Kilcoole, Kilmacanogue and Delgany to take part.

Fáilte Isteach is part of a national Third Age Ireland initiative - the idea is that people volunteer their time to teach practical conversational English to people from other countries who live and work in their community.

Improving their English helps students to participate more fully in society, take part in further education and gain employment.

There are also regular talks from different services that provide supports in the local community.

To register contact Lorna Lafferty or Jennifer Jones at 01 286 8266.

Aware support group

Aware is hosting a mental health support and self-care group for anyone experiencing depression, bipolar disorder and mood-related conditions.

This is a free group and referrals are not required.

The group meets every Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. at the Villa Pacis Centre on the Putland Road in Bray.

Basketball drop-in

The KWETB Sports Promotion Unit Basketball Drop-In has recommenced in Ballywaltrim Community Centre.

These sessions take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday and are free of charge. They are open to boys and girls from fifth and sixth class up.

If a new member is joining, a parent/guardian is needed to sign a consent form.

Bray junior parkrun

The Bray Junior Parkrun continues to attract great numbers of young people every Sunday morning at 9.30 a.m. The weekly, timed 2km run takes place in the People's Park on the Lower Dargle Road and welcomes children aged from four to 14.

It costs nothing to take part but first-time participants must register online first and bring along a printed copy of their bar code.

For more information, visit

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 10.45 a.m. in the Parish Centre, Queen of Peace Church, Putland Road, Bray.

Contact Izabela at 086 8223680 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 CFR volunteers

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.

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.

Adult learning

Bray Adult Learning Centre is offering a number of part-time courses which may be of interest to anyone who would like to get back to education, brush up on basic skills or get ready to return to college.

Contact Bray Adult Learning Centre at 01 2761350 or

Air display dates set

Bray Air Display will be back on Saturday and Sunday, July 27, and 28.

Acts for the two-day event are yet to be announced.

This will be the 14th Bray Air Display, managed by Bray Summerfest with support from the Irish Aviation Authority and Wicklow County Council.

Show times will be announced later, with family fun starting each day at midday.

Whale watch at Bray Head

As part of Biodiversity Week, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will lead a whale watch event at Bray Head on Saturday, May 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

An IWDG representative will explain how to observe, identify and record marine mammals, sharks, and sea bird species from the headland while discussing the pressures they face.

This event is family friendly and open to all members of the public with an interest in marine mammals and biological recording.

Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars or spotting scopes as well as suitable clothing for the conditions.

They will meet at the Bray Head car park at 6 p.m.

Bingo Loco returns

Bingo Loco returns to Bray, with a show at the Royal Hotel on Saturday, May 25. As well as actual bingo, there will be rave rounds, lip sync battles and dance-offs.

Previous prizes have include trips to Vegas and Coachella, Instax cameras, crates of cans, a bathtub, and bags of rubbish.

Go to for tickets.

Jazz at the Harbour Bar

The Jazz Vocal Workshop presents five talented new singers upstairs in the Harbour Bar on Wednesday, May 222, at 8 p.m.

The evening is hosted by Mia Parsons, with accompaniment by the Charlie Moon Trio.

Admission is €10 on the door.

Vintage car show

Bray Vintage Car Club's seafront show will take place in Bray on Sunday, June 2, from midday till 4 p.m.

Donations will be collected on the day for Purple House Cancer Support.

Any cars participating must be on the seafront by midday and remain in place till 4 p.m.

Community fun day

Bray Head residents' association will hold a community fun day at St Andrew's National School on Saturday, June 15, at midday.

They day will include the opportunity to meet and greet neighbours old and new, as well as fun activities for children and adults.

Screening at Mermaid

The film 'Girl' will be screened at Mermaid Arts Centre on Monday, May 20, at 8 p.m.

Admission is €8 or €6.50 concession at 15-year-old Lara wants to become a ballerina. She auditions for a ballet school and when accepted, her family relocate to facilitate her attendance. Not only is Lara facing the rigours of ballet training and general adolescent turmoil, she is also dealing with the stress of other physical transitions… because Lara is a girl born in the body of a boy.

This directorial debut from Lukas Dhont is a moving and intense story of determination and understanding. Newcomer Victor Polster gives an astonishingly nuanced performance as Lara.

Bray People