Saturday 20 July 2019

Around the districts: Bray

Action from the pantomime ‘Snow White & Babes in the Wood’ in Coral Leisure Centre, Arklow: Ciara Spellman (left) as Red’s Mother and Holly Prestage as Little Red Riding Hood
Action from the pantomime ‘Snow White & Babes in the Wood’ in Coral Leisure Centre, Arklow: Ciara Spellman (left) as Red’s Mother and Holly Prestage as Little Red Riding Hood

Bray: Diving club - Wicklow Aquanauts (Bray Divers) have the newest custom built premises in the country. All the trainers are unpaid volunteers who aim to promote water sports, and certification has worldwide recognition.

A dive holiday to Lanzarote is planned for next month and there is just enough time to join now and to be eligible to come along. Details from Albert at 087 6756439, and your adventure could begin right away.

Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday - Epiphany 2: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion Two.

Confirmation Classes: As our Confirmation Service is on Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m., we are planning to re-start our classes at 12.15 p.m. each Sunday listed as follows - Classes will be held this Sunday and on Sundays, January 27; February 3, 10th ; March 3, 10th, 24th, 31st, and April 7.

Camera Club: Meets next Monday night at 8 p.m. in the PLC.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Prayer Opportunities: Holy Rosary Group - Monday after 10 a.m. Mass led by Antoinette Farrell in the Main Church; Miraculous Medal and Rosary - Monday after 7 p.m. Mass in the side chapel;

Lectio Divina Group - Tuesday in the Presbytery from 11 a.m. to midday; The Nazarine Community Charismatic Prayer Group - Wednesday in the Little Flower Hall at 8 p.m.; Silent Holy Hour in the Side Chapel - Friday from 11 a.m. to midday.

Evening Mass: There will be a 7 p.m. Evening Mass today (Wednesday), tomorrow (Thursday) and on Friday.

Refurbishment of Holy Redeemer Church and Parish Centre: As announced recently plans are being prepared to refurbish our church and Parish Centre during this year subject to raising the required funds. You are invited to pick up our special pamphlet on the way out of Mass today, if you haven't received one already. All contributions, large or small, will be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all of you who have already contributed to this worthwhile project.

If you haven't done so yet you can return your donations/pledge form to the parish office or drop it into the sacristy at your convenience. Where your contribution exceeds €250 in any one year a refund of tax paid can be claimed by the parish from Revenue under the Charitable Donations Scheme. The parish office will make the necessary arrangements to make this claim.

St Peter's Parish

Show Some Heart - National Bag Pack on February 14 in Dunnes Stores: Please show some heart this Valentine's Day and join our team for the Irish Heart Foundation's Dunnes Stores bag pack. A few hours of your time can help save lives. Register to take part today by contacting Laura at 01 6685001 or email

Young at Heart Dinners: These have now ceased and will recommence in the end of this January/early February subject to weather. Date to be confirmed/announced.

Used Stamp Collection: Please drop in any of your used stamps into the parish office. They are a great source of income for the missions. Thank you to all who have left their used stamps into the parish office to date.

St Vincent de Paul Society: Anybody looking for assistance from the SVP please do so by ringing SVP Dublin at 01 8550022.

Wicklow Dementia Support Group: Meets in St Peter's Parish Hall every Monday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The Monday Club is a social club for people with memory loss and their family carers. Support activities, fun and outings. For more information contact 089 428692.

St Fergal's Parish

Novena to St Anthony: On Tuesday Mornings, during the 9.30 a.m. Mass.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: On Friday Mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Family Offering Boxes 2019: For those who have no collector, the boxes are now available for collection from the table at the back of the church. Thank you.

Purple House - Cancer Support: Extend their most grateful thanks to all those who contributed to their recent church gate collection. Thank you for your generosity.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

Christmas Stamps: If you have any used stamp, please leave them into the Villa Pacis during office hours. Please leave at least a quarter - inch around each stamp. Thank you.

Divine Mercy Mass: The next Divine Mercy Mass will take place in our church on Friday, February 1, at 8 p.m. All are welcome.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration: As you know we are always looking for new adorers and would be very grateful for help during the night hours from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. and 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. and 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. Please contact the sacristy at 01 2723865.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Bethany Bereavement Support Group: We meet in the Villa Pacis on the second Tuesday of the month between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. and also on the first Friday of every month after 10.30 a.m. Mass for those affected by grief.

Hospitality: The hospitality team this Sunday is Team A.

Christmas Day Collection: The response to the Christmas Day special collection in aid of our twin parish Bugisi in Tanzania was fantastic. The generosity of our Parish Community continues to amaze. Every cent of the money contributed is already in the Sisters a/c in Shinyanga and she sends the heartfelt gratitude of all the parish.

QOP youth club

Committee and leaders of the Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club enjoyed a meal together after which they sat and agreed a proposed programme for the year. It included the usual monthly night walks, hill walks, football, and pool swim, as well as hostelling, quizzes, along with summer sea sports. In addition Mike added about 50 extra events which include life skills and trips. Albert added wood art and alabaster moulding, and all this brings the club events to around 175 items to be put to the members for ratification.

Bray Library

Bray Library opening hours are - Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday - 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Borrowers are reminded that books can be renewed by phone - call 01 2862600.

'Rereading the Classics' will take place in the library on the last Monday of every month from 11 a.m. to midday How well do you know the classics. Do you know your 'Crime and Punishment' from your 'Pride and Prejudice'? What can a budding writer learn from the great writers? and was Mark Twain right when he defined a classic book as 'something that everybody wants read and nobody wants to read'?

Throughout 2019 the great works of authors as varied as Jane Austen and James Joyce, Dickens and Dostoevsky, the Brontës and Crason McCullers will be discussed. Sessions will be chaired by award-winner writer and creative writing tutor David Butler, whose most recent novel, 'City of Dis' published by New Island, was shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year, 2015. Booking required - call 01 2862600 to reserve a place.

Ballywaltrim Library

Branch opening hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays - the library is closed on Mondays and Fridays. Borrowers are reminded that books can be renewed by phone - call 01 2723205.

Cualann Society

Tomorrow night (Thursday) 2019 meetings of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for Bray and North Wicklow will resume at 8 p.m. in the Royal Hotel, Bray when the AGM of the society will take place at which the reports of the outgoing committee will be placed before the meeting for review, discussion, and adoption, a committee for 2019 elected, and any others relevant items discussed.

The AGM will be followed by a talk by James Scannell recalling 'The Closure of the Harcourt, Street, Dublin - Bray line, December 31, 1958' to mark the 60th anniversary of the line's closure which will cover the history of the line, the background to the line's closure and the operation of the last train driven by Bray driver Ed. Wheeler.

All members are requested to attend the AGM - admission for visitors to the talk - €5.

In the meantime three events which may be of interest to members and supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society are tonight's (Wednesday) 8 p.m. lecture by Bryan McMahon on 'The First Balloon Crossing of the Irish Sea: Richard Crosbie and Windham Sadler' to the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. All welcome - entrance €3; next Tuesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Professor Elizabeth Shotton on 'The Building of Bullock Harbour' in Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Admission free but booking required via

Dublin City Public Libraries will hold the 22nd annual Sir John T Gilbert Commemorative Lecture - 'as taken out of his mouth in Dublin: Autobiography and Life Writing in Early Modern Ireland' by Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan, NUI Galway, chaired by councillor Dermot Lacey, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin two. Come early to ensure a place.

Further information from 01 674 4999 or email or

The Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown County Council 'winter of Heritage' programme of free tours and talks takes place from Monday, January 21, to Sunday, March 3, with free tours of the James Joyce Tower and Museum, Cabinteely House, National Maritime Museum of Ireland (pre-booking required), The Oratory, Dún Laoghaire, and Marlay House. Free talks, which must be pre-booked via, will take place in Marlay House on Wednesdays January 30, February 6, February 13 and February 20.

Further information on the Bray Cualann Historical Society programme available on the Society's website:

Drama Festival

Bray One Act Drama Festival 2019 will be bringing a wonderful mix of comedy and drama to the stage. Performed by both newcomers and seasoned performers, these plays are sure to provide five nights of entertainment, with all proceeds going to charitable causes. We are delighted to welcome Chrissie Poulter back to the festival as our adjudicator, and of course, the loyal festival audience who support the Bray One Act Festival each year.

The dates of the festival are Tuesday, January 22, to Saturday, January 26, If you like to become a patron of the festival please contact Joan Gregg, Glen Ridge, Kilmacanogue, County Wicklow, or Jenny Lynch at -

BIFE Careers open day

This Friday the Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE) will hold a Careers open day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Online Enrolment Applications for 2019-2020 now open.

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