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Michael Doorley and Ollie Mahony with Sarah Finnegan (President Bray Chamber), who presented Ollie with a 2022 Endeavour Award.

Michael Doorley and Ollie Mahony with Sarah Finnegan (President Bray Chamber), who presented Ollie with a 2022 Endeavour Award.

Showing off the advertisement for that famous concert atop Bray Head at the 'Eagle's Nest Ballroom' on June 29, 1962.

Showing off the advertisement for that famous concert atop Bray Head at the 'Eagle's Nest Ballroom' on June 29, 1962.

Ollie Mahony.

Ollie Mahony.

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Michael Doorley and Ollie Mahony with Sarah Finnegan (President Bray Chamber), who presented Ollie with a 2022 Endeavour Award.

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Popular Bray barber Ollie Mahony was stealthily handed Bray & District Chamber of Commerce’s first Endeavour Award of 2022 last Wednesday at an event marking the anniversary of a concert he organised atop Bray head.

On June 29, 1962 a group of local men led by Ollie hosted an event to fundraise their ambitions to get their local soccer team “Bray Celtic FC” entered into the Dublin league. 60 years later Michael Doorley wrote a story about that night and organised a reception in Finnbees on Bray Seafront to mark its anniversary.

The event was well-attended by a mix of people who were involved with the original event or had associations with the chairlift attraction since, as well as representatives from local historical societies and the Bray & District Chamber of Commerce.

With entertainment by Celtic Grace, Tom Dalton MC’d the evening and welcomed everybody to the celebration.

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Michael Doorley’s interesting piece “Waltzing up Bray Head“ inspired the event and Ollie provided a varied showcase of the archives of the time including photos of the organisers, the tickets and an array of other photos and memorabilia.

Sarah Finnegan, President of the Bray Chamber noted to the crowd that the event was a great representation of the best of Bray. “This evening celebrates how tourism, history and community continues to be so important in Bray as well as being a long awaited return to in-person events and live music,” she said.

Bray Chamber then seized the opportunity to present Ollie with the first Endeavour Award of 2022 with his “Special Recognition - 65 years of trading” . Sarah added: “Ollie has been operating his barber shop Hygiene Barbers since 1957 and so it was an ideal opportunity to not only mark this unique business success, but to also thank Ollie for all he does in the community.

"From organising that event for his football club in the 1960s to still being an integral part of Bray Chamber and helping out at this year’s St Patrick’s Fest. We are all very grateful for what he does.”


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