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Around the Districts: Bray


Sophie Murray in action on the obstacle course at the Coláiste Ráithín Sports Day.

Sophie Murray in action on the obstacle course at the Coláiste Ráithín Sports Day.

Sophie Murray in action on the obstacle course at the Coláiste Ráithín Sports Day.



Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday the Second Sunday after Trinity: 11 a.m. – Service of Morning Prayer. In-Church Services are subject to social distancing guidelines. Services are also available to view live or watch a recording later at: churchservices.tv/christchurchbray. Service sheets available to view or download from our website christchurchbray.ie. Keep an eye on the parish website for updates on services and Covid-19 related restrictions.

Parish Fête: Our Parish Fête, the principal fundraising activity for the parish, returns this Saturday and takes place in the church grounds from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and will be a great family fun filled day out. Volunteers are needed to assist before, during, and after this event so if you can help please contact the parish office as soon as possible.

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Requests from Stall Holders include Books, who are looking for books in good condition which can be dropped off to the church for the fête – please contact Tracey in the parish office to arrange this. If you have any questions, please contact this stall holder at 087 2550537; the bottle stall would really appreciate donations of bottled goods for this stall. These do not need to have alcohol and can be toiletries, soft drinks, cordials etc. Unfortunately, we cannot accept electrical items or baby goods (Car Seats, Buggies etc). Church Opening Pre-Fête Goods Drop Off: The church will be open from 7 p.m. 9 p.m. tonight (Wednesday), tomorrow (Thursday), and Friday. For any Fête queries, please contact the parish office ph. 2862968.

Parish Life Centre Bookings: The PLC is available again for day and evening bookings. Please contact Tracey in the parish office at 01 286 2968.

Parish office: The parish office can be contacted at 01 286 2968 or info@christchurchbray.ie between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Contact Holy Redeemer Parish: Call 01 2868413. Website: holyredeemerbray.ie; Email office@holyredeemerbray.ie.

Parish office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. If you need to contact us email office@holyredeemer.ie.

Mass Times: 10 a.m. – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday No Mass on Tuesday. Sunday Masses: 6 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday and on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. and 12Noon. To book a Mass please call into the sacristy before or after our Masses.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes: A Pilgrimage to Lourdes organised by Holy Redeemer Bray incorporating Greystones & Kilquade parishes will depart for 5 nights on September 7. For information Contact Mark Kinsella 087 2160740.

Mass Cards: Mass Cards may be purchased from the parish office during its opening hours.

Baptism: Registration for baptism can be made online via the parish website holyredeemerbray.ie. Please choose a Second or a Fourth Saturday of the month in 2022.

St Peter’s Parish

To Book a Mass: To book a Mass, please contact Sharon in the parish office at 01 282 9467 or email stpeterslittlebray1@gmail.com.

Parish office: parish office opening hours are – Monday: 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.; Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The parish office can be contacted by calling 01 282 4967 or by email stpeterslittlebray1@gmail.com.

St Peter’s Church Mass Times: Sunday – 9.30 a.m. (Irish Mass) and 11.30 a.m.; Holy Days of Obligation – 11 a.m.; First Friday of the month – 11 a.m. All Masses continue to be streamed online at churchservices.tv/braystpeters.

Mass Update: Sunday Mass is broadcast on the parish website at 9.30 a.m. (Irish) and 11.30 a.m. (English) – Google Chrome required.

Car park Hours: These are 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., Monday to Friday, for parish business and at the weekends during church ceremonies. The cemetery is accessible via Laneway for Pedestrians.

St Peter’s Cemetery: There is strictly No Dumping in any area of the cemetery and we request visitors to the cemetery to take any form of rubbish home with them to keep the cemetery tidy. We appreciate your co-operation

St Fergal’s Parish

Mass Times: Mass times are 9.30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Saturday: 7.30 p.m. Vigil Mass; Sundays: 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. In the interest of safety please use the hand sanitizers on entering and exiting the church and use your facemask at all times. We would appreciate your co-operation during this time as we endeavour to keep everyone safe. Thank you so much for your co-operation – Fr Jimmy McPartland, co-PP.

Baptism: Baptisms take place on the first and third Saturday of each month at 12Noon. In the interests of safety, there will only be two babies Baptised on each day, and the number of attendees is limited to parents, Godparents, and grandparents only. No older siblings or small children are allowed to attend due to current restrictions.

Bookings can be made through the parish office Only. No telephone or email bookings will be accepted. Four week’s notice before the Preparation meeting is required preparation meetings are cancelled at the moment. Please call into the parish office four weeks in advance of the baptism with a copy of the Child’s Birth Certificate (Essential Requirement).

Confessions: Heard on request after Masses.

Marriage: All couples must give notice to the priest or parish secretary at least three months prior to the date of marriage.

Our Queen of Peace Parish annual pilgrimage to Lourdes: Departing on Tuesday, September 6, for six nights staying in Hotel La Solitude price €849. Further information contact the parish office on 2745497.

Facebook page for the Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area: Check out ‘Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area’ for all the news and information of our Pastoral Area.

Syro Malabar Catholic Church

Mass every Sunday in St Fergal’s Church, Ballywaltrim, at 2.30 p.m.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

Parish Website: queenofpeace.ie.

Mass Bookings: Anyone, who wishes to book a Mass can do so by contacting the parish secretary via email at: secretary@queenofpeace.ie, or call 2745497.

Mass: Weekday Masses are celebrated at 10.30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Weekend Masses are at 6.30 p.m. on Saturdays and 10.30 a.m. and midday on Sundays.

Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Departing on Tuesday, September 6, for six nights staying in Hotel La Solitude price €849. Further information contact the parish office on 2745497.

Facebook page: Please visit and like our Facebook page: Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area.

QOP youth club

The Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club based on the Seafront is experiencing a great number of members turning up each Tuesday for the water sports sessions. These sessions include various sports including kayaking. There is urgent need for more kayak instructors. If available for a couple of hours each week call 2860837 for more details.

Diving club

Bray Divers Sub-aqua club members have returned from a very enjoyable weekend of diving at St John’s Point in County Donegal. Divers were Brendan, Cormac, John, Ann, Max, Jack, and Albert. Dives ranged from five metres down to 25 meters deep in the clean clear water.

Dive sites included the Lighthouse, Turquoise Bay, and off the Harbour. Main observations were ling, fan coral, stickle backs, dogfish, wrasse, flatfish, and the sea grass in the area was noted and photographed. To join the club call Albert at 087 6756439, and you will be a diver in a few days.

Bray Library

Opening hours Monday to Saturday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with late opening on Tuesday and Thursday to 8.30 p.m. The library can be contacted at 01 2862600 or email braylib@wicklowcoco.ie. Online services including e-books, audio-books, digital magazines and newspapers and e-learning are available via the library website.

Re-Reading the Classics: Let David Butler take you through the classics and see them in a new light in Bray Library at 10.30 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month email braylib@wicklowcococ.ie for further information.

Ballywaltrim Library

Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The library can be contacted at 01 2723205 or by email at: ballywatrimlibrary@wicklowcococ.ie. Online services including e-books, audio-books, digital magazines and newspapers and e-learning are available via the library website. Borrowers can renew their books online at any time.

‘Storytime for All in Ballywaltrim Library’ has resumed on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. The next meeting of the Book Club will take place on Wednesday, July 6, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bray Cualann Historical Society.

The Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history for Bray and North Wicklow, is currently working on its Heritage Week programme events for August which will be devoted to ‘On the Banks of the Dargle’ walks at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 15, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, during which participants, who take part at their own risk, will explore the history of the Dargle River, the Peoples Park and the Lower Dargle Road, starting at Bray Bridge and finishing at the Dargle Tavern. Items covered in the walk and talk will include Bray Commons, the floods, Enclosure Act of 1867, Bray Corn Mill, Artisans Dwellings and the Cripples Home. After August Heritage Week, monthly meetings of the society will resume in September when Harry Bradshaw will give a talk about ‘Bill Stapleton and the Irish Recording Company’ on Thursday, September 15, Venue for this talk will be Bray Coptic Church which formerly was Silverpine Studios operated by Bill Stapleton.

The society has now opened a list for those who wish to attend this September lecture in Bray Coptic Church due to a limit on the number who can attend contact the society at 087 2309185 or via brayhistory@gmail.com to reserve a place.

In the meantime members and supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society are asked to note the following events taking place in the week ahead tomorrow (Thursday) Dr Mary Muldowney will present ‘The Irish Civil War Part 1: From Treaty Talks to Fire at the Four Courts’ at 6.30 p.m. in Dublin Central Library, Ilac Centre, Dublin one booking required – email centrallibrary@dublincity.ie, call 01 222 8300, or via eventbrite.ie; next Monday evening Cathy Scuffil will present ‘The Irish Civil War Part 1: From Treaty Talks to Fire at the Four Courts’ in Ringend Library, Ringsend booking required – email ringsendlibrary@dublincity.ie, call 01 222 8499, or via eventbrite.ie; next Tuesday morning Aughrim Street Parish Centre, Dublin, will host a ‘Collection of Your Tenement’ by 14 Henrietta Street, from 10 a.m. to midday all welcome. Dr Mary Muldowney, Dublin City Council Historian-in-Residence for Dublin Central, is working on a new history of the Dublin Cattle Market. If you worked in or around the Cattle Market, or have relatives who did, and are willing to be interviewed, please send your name and contact details to mmuldwny@gmail.com with the subject ‘Cattle Market’ in the message line, so an interview can be arranged.

The attention of members and supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society is drawn to ‘Tales from the Fraud Squad’ by Willie McGee takes the reader on a journey from Willie McGee’s childhood in Mayo to the mean streets of Dublin as a fresh-faced officer in the late seventies, before rising through the ranks to become Head of the Garda Fraud Squad. McGee recounts extraordinary stories of elaborate forgeries, outrageous insurance scams and intricate crimes as well as explaining the ingenious manner in which officers amassed evidence and brought perpetrators to court. The former Superintendent writes fluidly and incisively, and tells his story with an open-hearted charm and warmth. In over 30 years on the Force, McGee encountered all manner of crime, serious, cynical and, occasionally, almost comedic. McGee was at the centre of dozens of cases, from the nationally perilous case of the State being threatened with the release of Foot and Mouth, to the Nigerian con-man who ingested a $56 million dollar bank draft to destroy evidence, to the fraudster who actually forged Garda pay checks and there was even one perpetrator who went as far as impersonating Willie to gain free entry and refreshments at the Galway Races. Whether dealing with a common criminal or former Taoiseach Charles Haughey under the spotlight of a tribunal, McGee was unwavering in his quest for the truth. His work won national and international recognition, regularly working with the US Secret Service and other American federal agencies. After leaving the police force, he went on to lead the first specific fraud investigative unit for a national insurance company. As McGee succinctly puts it, ‘money is never free and those who were caught paid a severe price for thinking that it was’. Equally well known for his heroics on the football field, Mayoman Willie ‘Four Goal’ McGee introduces a host of colourful characters the con artists and tricksters he encountered in the line of duty and paints a vivid picture of the murky underworld of Ireland in the 1980s and ‘90’s. The book’s closing chapters also touch on the author’s near fatal stroke, remarkable recovery and his subsequent advocacy for the Irish Heart Foundation, who will benefit from the book’s sales.

Bray Camera Club

Bray Camera Club welcomes everyone over 18 years of age with an interest in photography whether you use a phone camera or a high-end digital SLR Until such a time as meetings can be reconvened in the Mermaid Arts Centre, the club will continue to meet online on Monday evenings. If you wish to sample some meetings with a view to joining or you would like more information about the club, please email info@braycameraclub.ie.