Apr 12

Search for Endeavour Hero’s Launched

Bray & District Chamber LogoThe search has been launched by Bray & District Chamber for the 2014 Bray Chamber Endeavour Awards heroes. The 2014 Endeavour Awards, presented by Bray Chamber and kindly sponsored by the Royal Hotel & Merrill Leisure Club, reward the Community, Commercial and Civic Heroes who have made outstanding contributions to Bray over the past 12 months.


  • Who were your Bray Heroes of 2013?
  • Awards recognise and reward outstanding contribution made by
  • Community, Commercial and Civic Heroes over last 12 months
  • Nominations close Monday 28th April 2014
  • Gala Awards ceremony at Royal Hotel on Friday 16th May 2014 Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Bray Chamber urges members to take advantage of BTC’s Main Street Shopfront Grants

Bray Town Council LogoBray Town Council invites applications for grants, funded by Bray Town Council for improved shopfronts.

Applications should be submitted by 2nd May 2014.

Works will have to be carried out within 4 months.

The scheme will apply to all existing independent retailers situated on Main Street from Bray Bridge to the Town Hall Area.

It is proposed that a 50% grant will be awarded for works less than €6,000 and 40% for works exceeding that amount and over up to a maximum grant of €7,500.00

Grants will  be decided on the basis of:

  • The quality of submission

  • The impact on the immediate area of the street

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Mar 25

Bray Town Council Sports Grant Scheme

bray-town-councilAt this years Bray Town Council Budget meeting €80,000 was allocated to a local sports grant for small to medium sized clubs.

Bray Town Council are  inviting applications from Sports Clubs/Groups in the Bray area for Equipment and Training (Once Off) Grants.

Applications must be on the correct application form, and must adhere to the terms and conditions laid out.  For further information and an application pack please see www.braytowncouncil.ie or email tclerk@braytc.ie.  Applications must be with the undersigned no later than 4pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014


Mar 20

Ten’s of thousands descend onBray to celebrate the 10th annual St. Patrick’s Festival

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Friday evening saw the opening of Bray’s 10th annual St. Patrick’s Festival with a spectacular Fireworks Display over the famous Harbour Walls. It was a chilly evening but that did not stop the masses of spectators arriving to view the beautiful display. According to some people on St. Patrick’s Facebook page, they could even see the Fireworks from Howth! The Funfair also opened on Friday evening just in time for the Fireworks.  Everyone’s favourite spine tingling rides returned to the seafront once again.  The daredevils were out in force all weekend testing their bravery on all the rides.

Monsieur Guesto the Escapoligist entertained the local children on Saturday afternoon with his fantastic fire breathing and juggling skills while dancers from Berry Dance Academy danced showcased their amazing Irish Dancing reels and jigs, face painters were also on hand to give the kids a patriotic make over.  Screams and laughter filled the air as the bravest boy’s and girl’s held some giant real live slithery snakes!!! Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 10

St. Patrick’s Festival and Fireworks Display Launched!!


St. PatricksFireworks Launch PicOur annual St. Patrick’s Festival was officially launched at Bray Harbour on Friday last. Festival committee members along with their family and friends gathered to highlight the famous Harbour Walls that will play host to the opening of this year’s festival. A fantastic Fireworks Display will mark the beginning of the festival on Friday 14th March at 7.30pm.

“We wanted to do something spectacular to highlight our tenth anniversary. We feel the Harbour is a perfect location to set off the Fireworks, it has plenty of room for spectators, and the colourful fireworks will look fantastic reflecting off the sea below.” – Mick Glynn, Festival Committee Chairman

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Mar 05

St. Patrick’s Festival launch The Wicklow Times Window Display Competition

LogoLast Friday saw the official launch of The Wicklow Times Window Display Competition. As part of The St. Patrick’s Festival, we have themed up with the Wicklow Times to create a competition for all the local businesses in Bray. Every window dressed up over the St. Patrick’s Festival weekend will be judged by a panel and the lucky winner will receive a FREE feature in The Wicklow Times.

Rory Benville, Bray Chamber President commented “This is a great idea to brighten up the town over the festival period. We are delighted to be working with The Wicklow Times on this competition and I am sure that local business owners will put a lot of effort in to win this fantastic prize”

We are encouraging all the businesses along the main street and side streets to dress their window’s to the theme of St. Patrick, we hope that shop owners will get creative and invent some eye catching displays for all the shoppers” – Mick Glynn, Chairman, St. Patrick’s Festival Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Work to Start on Esplanade Playground

Bray & District Chamber LogoContracts have been signed for work to start on the new playground at the seafront. It will be located south of the Bandstand opposite the Esplanade. Work will start shortly and is due to be completed towards the end of April or early May this year.

The playground will be designed around the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and will include 17 pieces of equipment, including swings, a slide,an octopus seesaw, hopscotch, multi spinner carousel, a multi climber and much more. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

Bray Chamber Host’s Bank Seminar for SME’s

Gavid Grant, Paul Prendergast, Jacki Hanlon (AIB Bray Branch Manager), Jonathan Hovender (AIB Relationship Manager) and Rory Benville (Bray Chamber President)

Gavid Grant, Paul Prendergast, Jacki Hanlon (AIB Bray Branch Manager), Jonathan Hovender (AIB Relationship Manager) and Rory Benville (Bray Chamber President)

Bray and District Chamber held their first ever Bank Seminar last Thursday morning in Chamber House. Representatives from Bank of Ireland and AIB were invited to make presentations to Bray Chamber members. Representatives from AIB and BOI gave presentations of sample loans that were both sanctioned and refused and the reason for the end decision, this was to help business owners understand the credit approval system.

Paul Prendergast, Bray Chamber Executive Member, explained his reason for organising the seminar, “I noticed a massive increase in business owners complaining about being refused finance or that their overdraft facilities had been taken away or decreased. As I am in the Financial Services industry myself I decided to investigate this further. Together with the Chamber we sent out questionnaires to our members and the results where so overwhelming that I decided to invite the local banks to make this presentation today” Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 14

Rates Relief Needed for Flood Damaged Businesses

Chambers IrelandChambers Ireland has called on the Government to follow suit with the UK Government and offer rates relief to those businesses affected by flood and storm damage.

Speaking this morning, Seán Murphy, Chambers Ireland Deputy Chief Executive, said “Significant numbers of businesses around the country have suffered severe damage due to the recent weather conditions. They need all of the support that the Government can give them to help them get back on their feet and start trading normally again as soon as possible. This includes offering relief on commercial rates. Asking businesses to pay rates, essentially a property tax for business, on a property that is damaged or in need of repair is unjust.” Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 13

Winner of The Christmas in Bray Shop N’ Stroll Competition

Winner of Christmas in Bray Shop and Stroll CompCongratulations to Caitriona Hiney who won The Christmas in Bray Shop N’ Stroll Competition, Caitriona was delivered a beautiful hamper full of goodies and vouchers to spend in the local businesses. We hope you enjoy it Catriona.

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