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Around the Districts: Bray


Olivia, Sebastian, Banjamin and Jacob Claflin at the Martello Summer Sounds concert at Bray bandstand.

Olivia, Sebastian, Banjamin and Jacob Claflin at the Martello Summer Sounds concert at Bray bandstand.

Olivia, Sebastian, Banjamin and Jacob Claflin at the Martello Summer Sounds concert at Bray bandstand.



Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday the Fourth 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.

Irish Trefoil Guild – Guiding for Life: Calling all former leaders of the Irish Girl Guides in Bray and the surrounding area. There is now a Trefoil Guild in Bray. Contact Anne at braytrefoilguild@gmail.com.

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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.

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.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

A pilgrimage to Lourdes organised by Holy Redeemer Bray incorporating Greystones and Kilquade parishes will depart for five nights on September 7. For information Contact Mark Kinsella 087 2160740.

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.

Cemetery Sunday in Springfield Cemetery: The annual blessing of the graves in Springfield Cemetery, Bray, will take place on Sunday, July 17, at 3 p.m.

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.

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.

Syro Malabar Catholic Church

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

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 in Bray Library: 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 finalising its Heritage Week programme of 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 today (Wednesday) Cathy Scuffil will present ‘The Irish Civil War Part 2: From Béal na Bláth to Arms Dump’ at 6.30 p.m. in Ringsend Library. Booking required – email ringsendlibrary@dublincity.ie, call 01 222 8499, or via eventbrite.ie; tomorrow (Thursday) Cormac Moore will present ‘The Irish Civil War Part 1: From Treaty Talks to Fire at the Four Courts’ at 6.30 p.m. in Donaghmede Library, Dublin. Booking required – email donaghmedelibrary@dublincity.ie, call 01 222 8311; next Wednesday Cathy Scuffil will present ‘The Irish Civil War Part 2: From Béal na Bláth to Arms Dump’ at 6.30 p.m. in Walkinstown Library, Dublin. Booking required – email walkinstownlibrary@dublincity.ie or call 01 222 8890; as part of the Shankill Tidy Towns Community Walks 2022, at 7 p.m. Rob Goodbody will lead a walking tour ‘Shankill’s Railways’, Meet outside Shankill DART Station – please wear appropriate footwear and bring refreshments. Please note that participants take part at their risk.

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 ‘An Introduction to the Irish Civil War’ by John O’Donovan which does what this book claims to do – provide the reader with a clear and concise account of the cause, evolution, and conduct of the Civil War, which began with signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, only narrowly ratified in January 1922 after which events spiralled out of control till military action commenced at the end of June 1922 and lasted till May 1923 when hostilities ceased. This excellent book is divided into four sections the first covers the period December 1921 to June 1922 outlining how the unity of the War of Independence fractured with former comrades becoming bitter opponents and the events that led to the outbreak of hostilities. The second and third sections cover the principal Civil War events from June to December 1922 and January to May 1923 respectively when Republicans ‘dumped arms’ and ceased military activities against the Free State Government but never formally surrendered. The fourth section recalls the darker side of this conflict through the executions carried out which poisoned relations between Free Staters’ and Republicans, the ill-treatment of prisoners which added to the bitterness which lasted for many decades, in addition to reprisals and illegal killings for which no one was ever held to account. This book concludes with brief biographies of many of those mentioned in the text with information on their role in the Civil War.

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.