Tuesday 16 July 2019

Bray and District Community Notices

Air display dates set - Bray Air Display will be back on Saturday and Sunday, July 27, and 28, with acts including the Blades and the Royal Jordanian Falcons.

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.

Fun Dayz pre-school

Bray Area Partnership's community pre-school Fun Dayz is currently enrolling for morning sessions starting in September 2019 for children aged from two years and eight months to five years.

The service is located on Quinsboro Road. Parents can apply for a subsidised place or a free pre-school year, and an additional optional 30 minutes per day if required.

Investing in staff expertise is a priority for Fun Dayz, and additional specialist training attended by staff has included Hanen Learning Language and Loving it; Infant Mental Health; Strategies to Support Relationships and Positive Behaviours in Early Years; LINC Inclusion in the Early Years; and As I am Autism Training for Childcare Professionals.

Fun Dayz also offers additional supports to parents such as free parenting courses.

To arrange a drop-in to see the centre, call 01 2765940.

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


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.

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.

Badminton players

Bray-Greystones badminton club welcomes beginners, back to badminton players and juniors every Thursday night in BIFE, Novara Road, Bray from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon from 4 p.m. until 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. to 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.

Seafront exhibition

The work of talented locals will again be brightening up the bandstand this summer as the Seafront Art and Photography Exhibition is set to return.

After last year's success, Bray Tourism is inviting artists and photographers to submit an application of interest to display their work on three dates at the Bray bandstand.

This will be a free event for participants and visitors. This year's exhibitions will all be on Sundays and will take place on June 23, July 14 and August 25 from midday until 3 p.m.

Anyone interested in showing their work should visit and submit their application.

Aware support group

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

This is a free group and referrals are not required.

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

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 that 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 email

David O'Doherty

Comedian David O'Doherty returnes to Mermaid Arts Centre on Friday, June 21, with 'You Have to Laugh'.

The brand-new show is made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. As seen on BBCs 'Live at the Apollo' and Channel 4's '8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown'.

Tickets cost €18 or €16 concession and are on sale from the box office at 01 2724030 at

Community reaches out

Community Reaches Out will present an evening of music and comedy for mental health awareness at Mermaid Arts Centre on Friday, June 28, at 7.30 p.m.

Musician Robbie Doyle will perform, as well as musician Danny Tobin and friends, in addition to comedian Adam Burke and some special surprise guests.

Tickets are €20 at

Soccer summer camp

Ardmore Rovers FC will hold a summer camp at St Kilian's sports complex from Monday, July 29, to Friday, August 2.

A fee of €85 per child will include a Nike training kit, consisting of a jersey, shorts and socks. To register, call 086 6047857.


Registration is open for Purple House's 'CLIMB' programme for children whose parents have a cancer diagnosis. Sessions start on Saturday, September 14.

To sign up, call 01 2866966.

Creativity Club

The Creativity Club will meet upstairs in the Harbour Bar on Wednesday, June 26, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

There will be guest speakers included on the evening from 8 p.m. Both speakers are involved in two different creative disciplines and they're going to give very short, very casual talks about the creative process, influences and how or if inspiration can cross over between music and visual work.

Éna Brennan is both professional graphic designer and performer under the name Dowry. She will give a short talk on process and inspiration, and will then lead a fun workshop of games to get creative juices flowing.

Stevie Appleby is a painter, illustrator and poet who will speak about his creative process.

Otherwise, all visual artists, quiet creatives and hobby doodlers are welcome to attend.

There will be some materials, including biros and colouring pencils.

Lakers grand re-launch

The grand re-launch of Lakers will take place at their new premises, the Old Schoolhouse, Florence Road on Wednesday, June 26, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event is a chance for Lakers to celebrate their new home, to showcase their activities, celebrate members and show their gratitude to the local community for their continued support since the terrible fire last October.

Visitors will see the new kitchen, garden, art room and more. There will also be refreshments, entertainment and surprises.

Bray People