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Thursday 20 June 2019

Loreto Grange residents celebrate 30th anniversary

Sadie Carter, Celine Crawford, Chris Walsh, Grace Walsh, Nuala Sheehan, Bernard Iremonger, Jacinta Evans, Nigel Locke, Tom Walsh
Sadie Carter, Celine Crawford, Chris Walsh, Grace Walsh, Nuala Sheehan, Bernard Iremonger, Jacinta Evans, Nigel Locke, Tom Walsh

Residents of Loreto Grange held an anniversary party in Bray Sailing Club, 30 years after the first families began moving into the newly built estate on the Vevay Road.

The builders and all their machinery were still on site, and the roads were alternately covered in mud or dust.

The new families quickly bonded. The newly arrived children played football and cycled around the cement mixers and dumper trucks.

Finally, towards the end of the year the estate was close to completion.

The residents persuaded the builder to plant a tree in front of each house. These trees are now mature and offer a colourful display all year round.

The following spring the householders joined together to plant ornamental shrubs along the wall beside the hockey pitch

Those exciting days were recalled at the party, which was organised by long-time residents Philip O'Reilly and Kieran Driver. Many of the original occupants, and some new arrivals, celebrated the estate's 30th anniversary with a drink, songs, stories and a pizza. They also did a collection and donated the funds to the RNLI.

Bray People

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