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Around the Districts: Bray


Dermot McElroy, Malcolm Hill, Jerry McCarthy and John Carney at the Bray Men's Shed barbecue.

Dermot McElroy, Malcolm Hill, Jerry McCarthy and John Carney at the Bray Men's Shed barbecue.

Dermot McElroy, Malcolm Hill, Jerry McCarthy and John Carney at the Bray Men's Shed barbecue.



Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday the Eight Sunday after Trinity: 11 a.m. – Service of Morning Prayer. Services are In-Church and also available to view live or watch a recording later at: churchservices.tv/christchurchbray.

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 to the sacristy before or after our Masses.

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

Pilgrimage to Lourdes by Holy Redeemer Parish Bray incorporating Greystones and Kilquade Parishes: With Spiritual Director Fr Gerard Tyrell departs on September 7 for five nights – €789 per person sharing includes Free Group Travel Insurance (Up to 79 years); direct return flights from Dublin to Lourdes; return airport transfers in Lourdes; five nights’ accommodation in the Hotel Agena; full board: breakfast, lunch and dinner each day; full religious programme including Mass at the Grotto; Anointing of the sick, Torchlight Procession, Blessed Sacrament Procession and International Mass. Further information available from Mark Kinsella at 087 2160740 or email markkinsella.fd@gmail.com.

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 all forms of rubbish home with them to keep the cemetery tidy. Your co-operation is appreciated.

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.

Youth 2000 summer Festival: Join over 1000 young people aged between 16 and 35 this August at the Youth 2000 summer festival. The festival takes place in Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare, from Thursday, August 11, to Sunday, August 14. For more information and to book your place please go to youth2000.ie.

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

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.

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 People’s 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 coming week this Saturday the Medal Society of Ireland will hold a ‘Medals, Militaria and Collectibles Fair’ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Knox Memorial Hall, Monkstown Village, Co. Dublin all are welcome; at 11 a.m. there is a free guided Wicklow Heritage Trail walk in Wicklow Town meet outside the Wicklow Tourist Office, Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow Town all are welcome, while next Tuesday night the Genealogical Society of Ireland will host ‘The Irish in the 1921 Census of England and Wales’ by Brian Donovan at 8 p.m. on Zoom – members only.

The attention of members and supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society ‘Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society June 2022’ in which more articles featured in this issue include ‘Howth to Beragh via Mountain Stage – Childhood memories in a Railway family’ by John Curran, who recalls his holiday memories as a small boy in a number of railway locations both north and south and is destined to invoke childhood members for many of the members of the Irish Railway Record Society and readers; ‘Observations and Comments’ relates to articles which were published in Journals 207 (February (2022) and 205 (2021); ‘Publications’ looks at ‘Connecting a Nation – The story of Telecommunications in Ireland’ by Deryck Fry including a look at the close relationship between telecoms and the railway networks from the Dalkey Atmospheric Railway to the fibre-optic era; ‘Writing on Irish Railways 2021’ compiled by Tom Wall and Alan O’Rourke highlights articles on Irish railways published in a variety of publications, excluding articles published in the journal of the Irish Railway Record; ‘Obituaries’ recalls the passing of Aidan McDonnell, Harry McCarthy, Derek Young, and Seán Heneghan; while ‘Irish Railways News’ contains a round-up of all the latest happening on the island, supported with an excellent array of colour photographs. The outside back cover shows ex GNR (I) T2 Class 40402T locomotive No. Three crossing the twin-arched bridge on the Clontarf Road at Fairview, Co. Dublin, with the 17.50 evening suburban train from Amien’s Street, Dublin, to Howth in 1961. Details about the Irish Railway Record Society, its objects and activities, are available from the Society’s website: irrs.ie. Membership details are available on the Society’s website; by email from membership@irrs.ie; or by post from membership secretary, Irish Railway Record Society, 48 Chalfont Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin K36 CX83. (please enclose an SAE).

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.