Monday 23 September 2019

Around the districts: Enniskerry, Bray

Maria Hogan with Caroline Cook at the family fun day in Shoreline Bray.
Maria Hogan with Caroline Cook at the family fun day in Shoreline Bray.

Enniskerry: Powerscourt/Kilbride. Services of Worship in Powerscourt for this Sunday - Trinity 12: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One (Said); 11.30 a.m. - Family Service.

Services of Worship in Kilbride for this Sunday - Trinity 12: 10 a.m. - Family Service.

This Saturdays Rathmichael Parish and School Fête: Takes place from midday to 4 p.m. in the grounds of Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill. All welcome - always a great fun filled family day out.

St Mary's Church

New Website: The parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has its own website. Please check out '' for the latest information about our parish.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Kilmacanogue - First Wednesday of each month in St Mochonog's Church, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Enniskerry - After 10.15 a.m. Mass each Friday morning in St Mary's Church.

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima: Come to the Church of Laurence O'Toole, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow, to honour Our Lady. Ceremonies are held on the 13th of each month to October from midday to 4.30 p.m. Bus Enquiries to 01 281 8119; all other inquiries to 01 280 6677.

Celebrating 160 years of St Mary's Church: This September will be a very special occasion for St Mary's Church, Enniskerry as it celebrates 160 years. Plans for this occasion are well under way with a number of events planned including a history talk by Michael Seery on Friday the 20th entitled 'Fr Thomas O'Dwyer and the building of his church at Enniskerry', a Flower Festival and a special Family Mass to be held on Sunday, September 22.

Legion of Mary - Kilmacanogue Presidium: Meet at 11.30 a.m. every Tuesday in the sacristy of St Mochonog's. New members are most welcome. Group recite the Rosary on the first Saturday of each month at midday at the Grotto in the church grounds. Click on the link to view website.

History Society

Meetings of the Enniskerry History Society, which meets under the guidance of its president John Callan, are scheduled to resume on Thursday, October 10, at 8.30 p.m. in the Powerscourt Arms Hotel.In the meantime events two events taking place today (Wednesday) are - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. the Genealogical Society of Ireland Research Centre, An Daonchartlann, located in the grounds of Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin, will be open to the public while at 1 p.m. there is a free guided Public Tour in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin two. All welcome - admission free. Further information about the Enniskerry History Society is available from John Callan at 01 2867853.

Enniskerry Library

Opening hours for the library on Church Road, Enniskerry, are - Tuesday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. New members to the library are always very welcome. Please phone 01 2864339 for further information or to renew books.

Craft Fair

A Craft Fair takes place in the Parochial Hall, Enniskerry on Sundays from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday, August 12/13,1944 two Dublin scouts, D Byrne, Violet Terrace, Terenure, and J Edmunds, Riverside Grove, Kimmage, after climbing the 200 foot high Powerscourt waterfall cliff found that they were unable to progress further or descend so remained on a cliff ledge for several hours till their plight was noticed.

Once alerted, Mr PC Scott, warden at the Baden Powell Camp, Powerscourt, assisted by Mr W.L Lee, demesne head gardener, with a number of other helpers, brought the boys to safety using ropes with Mr Scott descending by rope to the cliff ledge where the boys were.


Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday - Trinity 12: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion 2; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion two.

Confirmation 2020: An early 'call-out' to any members of the parish who are in secondary school (or older) who would like to be confirmed in Spring 2020 to contact the Rector before the end of September. Classes will begin in October.

Irish Trefoil Guild - Guiding for Life: Calling all former leaders of the Irish Girl Guides in Bray and its surrounding areas. There is now a Trefoil Guild in Bray. Contact Anne at

Rathmichael Parish and School Fête: Takes place from midday to 4 p.m. in the grounds of Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill. A great fun filled family event.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Contact Holy Redeemer Parish: Call 01 2868413. Website: Email

Refurbishment of Holy Redeemer Church and Parish Centre: Thanks to all of you who have already contributed to this worthwhile project. If you haven't done so yet please remember to return your donations/pledge form to the parish office or to the sacristy. All contributions, large or small, will be greatly appreciated.

Prayer Opportunity: Holy Rosary Group - Monday to Saturday after 10 a.m. Mass led by Antoinette Farrell in the Main Church; Miraculous Medal and Rosary - Monday to Friday at 7 p.m. in the Main Church; Lectio Divina Tuesday group recommences mid September; Holy Face Devotions - Tuesday after the rosary in the Main Church (Prayer booklets available for new members); Prayer group with Exposition - Wednesday after the Rosary in the Side Chapel; The Nazarine Community Charismatic Prayer Group - Wednesday in the Little Flower Hall at 8 p.m.; Silent Holy Hour - Friday in the Side Chapel 11 a.m. to midday.

10.30 a.m. Side Chapel Children's Mass: Resumes this Sunday after the summer break. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Youth Centre Volunteer: A volunteer is required for Holy Redeemer Youth Centre on a Wednesday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please forward your C. V. to Holy Redeemer parish office, Herbert Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Radio Maria Ireland: Has invited a team from our parish to take part in a quiz on general knowledge related to our Catholic Faith. Please contact or phone 089 4672000 for further information.

Holy Rosary during September: The Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday to Friday in the church, beside Our Lady's Banner.

Tesco Community Charity Tokens (Blue Tokens): The Holy Redeemer Refurbishment Fund has been allocated a Community Fund Collection Tube in Tesco Store, Vevay Road, Bray, and on Tesco Express, Quinboro Road, Bray, for eight weeks from Monday, August 19. We would appreciate your support by donating your blue token towards our worthwhile cause. Thank You.

Songs for the Harvest: A concert in aid of Refurbishment Fund will take place on Sunday, September 29, from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. in the Well, Main Street, Bray. Tickets €10 on sale after all Masses. For further details please see our notice board.

The Coffee Dock: Re-opened last Monday after the 10 a.m. Mass.

St Peter's Parish

Hall Bookings and To Book a Mass: To book a room in the Parish Hall or a Mass, please contact Sharon in the parish office at 01 282 9467. Mass cards available at the parish office.

St Peter's Cemetery, Little Bray: It is requested that visitors help to keep the cemetery tidy by bringing any rubbish home with them. There is strictly 'No Dumping' in force in any area of the cemetery. Your co-operation is appreciated.

Age Action for all older people: Age Action runs beginners courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified. All courses are free of charge. Classes are held in venues throughout Wicklow. To book a course call 01 475 6989.

Wicklow Dementia Support Group: Meets in St Peter's Parish Hall every Monday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 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 4286928.

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

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.

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

Villa Pacis Room Booking: Call 01 2760045 or

Website: Please visit our Parish Website:

Hospitality: Our Hospitality Teams are taking a well earned break from September Sunday, September 1, to Sunday, September 22, tea and Coffees will resume on Sunday, September 29, with Team A. If you would like to join one of the teams we would love to have you on board. It is a commitment of one Sunday a month, for approximately one hour after the 10.30 a.m. Mass. Please contact Anne at 087 7772127 for further information. Have a look at the Rota on the Notice Board at the back of our church.

Kids Club: Our Lady Queen of Peace Family Mass Group meet every Wednesday from 2.45 p.m. till 3.30 p.m. in the Villa Pacis in preparation for family friendly Mass starting in September. Children of all ages are welcome for gospel stories, arts and crafts, prayers and hymns.

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

QOP youth club

leaders in the Queen of Peace Adventure Club include Albert, Paul, Marty, Mike, Stephen, Elaine, and Emer. All are unpaid volunteers who give their time freely to the club. At the end of September Marty will be taking a well deserved one year break. During this time she will relax, and recharge her batteries before returning with even more energy and vigour. Martina is the third longest serving committee member and leader in the club, and her drive and enthusiasm will be missed while she is away. There is no waiting list and new members are welcome. Call Paul at 086 3516630, and let the adventure begin.

Diving club

Congratulations to Shane O'Carroll, who has attained the One Star diver certificate. He was tested by Dave Kerr and he passed the test with the greatest of ease. Next is the training to acquire the Two Star qualification which will probably be before Easter next year. Shane is a very active member of Wicklow Aquanauts. For information about this Greystones Harbour based diving club call Albert at 087 6756439, and you could start enjoying the sport at home and away immediately.

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.

'It's Storytime' takes place every Monday, except Bank Holiday Mondays, at 10 a.m. Summer Stars at Bray Library takes place at 2.30 p.m. this Saturday with an End of summer show featuring the fabulous Reuben the Entertainer. All ages welcome - no booking required.

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. Join us for story time every Saturday at 11.30 a.m.

Cualann Society

Monthly indoor lectures of the Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for the Bray and North Wicklow Area, will resume at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, in the Royal Hotel, Bray, when James Scannell will speak on 'The 1867 Bray Head Derailment' to the Bray Cualann Historical Society in the Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow. All welcome - admission €5.

In the meantime two lecture which may be of interest to members supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society next Tuesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Gerard White about 'Researching WW1 military and naval records of Irish soldiers and sailors' to the Genealogical Society of Ireland in Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire.

All welcome - contribution €3; and next Wednesday night's 6 p.m. lecture by Pádraig Yeates revealing 'Unequal treatment of IRA widows reflected the social hierarchy of the Free State' to the Old Dublin Society in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 - 144 Pearse Street, Dublin two. All welcome - admission free.

Further information on the Bray Cualann Historical Society Heritage Week and autumn programme available from the Society's website at

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In August 1919 the Duke of Connaught Hospital, now St Patrick's National School, which catered for amputees and limbless soldiers was officially closed with the remaining patients under the charge of Capt. De Burgh Daly being transferred on Thursday, August 9, were transferred to the Orthopaedic Hospital, Blackrock.

The nurses who accompanied the patients to Bray Railway Station received three hearty cheers from the men as the train steamed out of the station. It was also announced Miss Ethel Hackett, Matron of the Princess Auxiliary Hospital, formerly the International Hotel and now Bray Bowl, had been awarded the Royal Red Cross (First Class).

Purple House

Autumn programmes now open for registration are - Cancer Thriving and Surviving Programme: 6-Week self-management programme starts on Tuesday, September 17, at 6.30 p.m.

CLIMB Programme: 6-Week course for children, who have a parent with a Cancer diagnosis starts Saturday, September 14;

Strides for Life: 16-week Walking Programme for Cancer survivors starts on Friday, September 6, at 9.30 a.m.;

Go for Life: Weekly Physical Activity Programme for over-50s starts on Friday, September 6, at 11 a.m.;

Creative Writing: With Author Tanya Farrelly starts on Thursday, September 12, at 5 p.m.

All events take place in Purple House, Bray - to book a course place cal 2866966.

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