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Around the Districts: Bray


Brian Beckett and Dermot Nolan in action at the 28th Bray Rapidplay Chess Tournament in Greystones Bridge Centre.

Brian Beckett and Dermot Nolan in action at the 28th Bray Rapidplay Chess Tournament in Greystones Bridge Centre.

Brian Beckett and Dermot Nolan in action at the 28th Bray Rapidplay Chess Tournament in Greystones Bridge Centre.



Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity: 11 a.m. A service of the Word. Services are In-Church and also available to view live or watch a recording later at: churchservices.tv/christchurchbray.

Recycled Teenagers: Meet at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, in the Parish Life Centre.

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Parish Life Centre Bookings: The PLC is available 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.

Connect Online.: Our most active communication tools currently are our Website christchurchbray.ie which contains information on our live streamed worship services, weekly Blogs, events and news, and our Facebook page @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.

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.

Update for all Masses: Check the RTÉ schedule for broadcast Mass times. Mass is also broadcast through EWTN, Radio Maria, channel which can be found in Saorview and Channel 210.

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.

Tommy Fleming in Concert: This concert takes place in the church at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets are €32.50 each and are available online at tommyfleming.com or by calling 087 2448520 doors open at 7.15 p.m. No Support Unreserved Seating.

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 a strict policy of No Dumping allowed in any area of the cemetery with visitors to the cemetery requested to take all forms of their rubbish home with them in order 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.

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.

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

QOP youth club

The Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club is preparing to apply for the good governance certification. Hopefully this will be finalised in the New Year. All members will be involved. If any person who has been in the club at any time during the past forty-three years has proposals for the club they are very welcome to contact Albert at 087 6756439.

Diving club

At Bray Divers annual general meeting the following officers were elected: secretary Max Keating, treasurer Cormac O’Carroll, Diving and training officer Albert Kerr, procurement officer John Keating, committee Dave Kerr and Jeff Behan. The chairperson’s job will be by rotation of the committee and the club officers.

Diving is organised every weekend, and training courses are ongoing. Six new trainees will be recruited before the year ends. For information call 01 2860837.

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’ takes place on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m.

Bray Cualann Historical Society.

Monthly in-person meetings of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for Bray and North Wicklow, held its September monthly meeting in the Coptic Church, Bray as a special tribute to Bill Stapelton (1921-1983) who ran Silverpine Studio that occupied the site of the Coptic Church. Before the meeting commenced the members of the society, the Stapelton family for what was an emotional evening for them, and invited guests were kindly given a guided tour of the church and given a background of the Orthodox Community in Ireland since 1994. The Bray Cualann Historical Society would like to thank the Coptic Community in Bray for their kind generosity and for facilitating the holding of the meeting in their church.

Guest speaker for the meeting was Harry Bradshaw, who gave an illustrated talk ‘Bill Stapleton and the Irish Recording Company’ covering his life with inserts of music recorded at the studios run by him in Dublin and Bray, his early military career and later establishing a company that made tv advertisements, processed 35mm and 16mm film, provided editing and sound recording, and recorded the voices of Peter Sellers, Richard Bruton, Liz Taylor, Burl Ives, Richard Harris, Roger Whittaker, Joe Dolan, Eileen Reed, and all the Irish showbands, and the jingles for the sponsored programmes that were played on RTÉ radio and television. Tony Keeling of the Graduate Showband played a glowing tribute to him and his work, as did Brian Harris and Bill’s sound recordist, Paddy Gibbons. One of the slides shown by Harry had the words of president John F Kennedy ‘What we need in Ireland are men who can dream of things that never were and say ‘Why not.’ This summed up the life of Bill Stapelton, an extremely gifted and talented theoretical and practical engineer, considered by all present at the lecture as a man who had a vision for radio and television ahead of his time and who also gave considerable assistance to the Bray Camera Club in its early years with his time and expertise.

The next meeting of the Bray Cualann Historical Society will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, in the Royal Hotel, Bray, when Dr Seamas Ó Maitiú will present his lecture on ‘Mapping Rathmines for the Irish Historical Towns Atlas’ all are welcome. Those wishing to join the Bray Cualann Historical Society can do so at this meeting.

In the meantime some taking place in the week ahead which may be of interest to members are – this Saturday there is a free guided Wicklow Heritage Trail walk in Wicklow Town at 11 a.m. meet outside the Wicklow Tourist Office, Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow Town all are welcome; next Wednesday morning the Genealogical Society of Ireland will host its ‘September Open Morning Meeting’ on Zoom at 11 a.m.; next Wednesday night Thomas Burke will present ‘Sarah Cecilia Harrison, Dublin’s First Female councillor’ to the Old Dublin Society at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room, Dublin City Library and Archive, 144 Pearse Street, Dublin two. All welcome, admission is free and no booking required.

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.

Comhaltas Bhré

Comhaltas Bhré offers classes in traditional Irish music to beginner and more experienced young people – applications now open.

Join Comhaltas Bhré this September to begin (or continue) your traditional Irish Music Journey. Small in-person group classes are available in tin whistle, concertina, uilleann pipes, harp, flute, fiddle, bodhrán and banjo (subject to numbers) and begin on Thursday, September 29, in Greystones.

Children must be at least seven years old to begin tin whistle or concertina classes with Comhaltas while older children and young people may prefer to begin with one of our other instruments such as concertina, bodhrán, flute, or pipes, particularly if they have already begun o play music or have any of these instruments at home.

Comhaltas Bhré does not have instruments available to borrow, but highly recommend Wicklow Libraries Instrument Loan programme. To find out more information and to register your wish to begin classes, go to bcce.ie as soon as possible as spaces are filling up quickly.

As part of Culture Night which takes place this Friday night, a Bray Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Culture Night Family Trad Session Finbees will take place from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. in Finbees Coffee House, Strand Road, Bray. This will be an inclusive Family Trad Session led by multi-instrumentalist Elena Ní Chéadaigh-Hayes. Suitable for all levels and listeners alike. All are welcome.

BIFE open days

In-person open days will take place today (Wednesday) and on Wednesday, September 28, at Bray Institute for Further Education between 4 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. on these days.