Mar 26

St Patricks Festival Bray Award Winners

Bray’s annual St. Patrick’s Festival commenced with the arrival of Bird’s Euroshow Funfair on Friday 13th March. Everyone’s favourite thrilling rides returned to the seafront once again. There was something for thrill-seekers and daredevils alike, along with some tamer rides catering for smaller children. Saturday afternoon’s Big Funday Out proved to be a success again this year with dancers from Berry Dance Academy showcasing their amazing Irish Dancing reels and jigs and face painters were also on hand to give the kids a patriotic make over. Fantastic day out with fun for all the family.

The sun was shining on Sunday morning which attracted over a hundred children down to The Boathouse Céilí Breakfast on the seafront. Again dancers from Berry Dance Academy gave a helping hand to teach the youngster’s a jig or two, after a morning of jumping around and kicking their legs in the air they were treated to a juice and breakfast roll compliments of The Boathouse. Sunday evening;s Fireworks Display had a huge turnout with the spectacular display lighting up the skies over Bray Harbour. Monday was also eventful with new event Bray Head Walk booking out the week before. Walkers were provided with a tour guide and treated to beautiful views of Bray. The Strand Hotel hosted a Ceol agus Craic event on Monday evening with Beef and Guinness Stew and Traditional Irish Music making it a wonderful Irish experience.

Tens of thousands descended on Bray for the Parade on Monday which kicked off at 3pm. Over 50 groups participated this year making it one of the largest to date. There were a large number of bands and dance troupes ensuring the crowd was well entertained. Artastic and Signal Arts Centre brightened up the parade with their colourful costumes while onlookers were dazzled with music and dance groups such as the Tallaght Festival Band and Rachel Fisher Hip Hop.

The winning participants were judged by our panel and were last night presented with a special award, the winners were as follows: Best Overall went to Berry Irish Dance Acadamy, Best Marching/Uniform went to Tallaght Festival Band, Best Community went to Bray First Responders, Best Art & Entertainment went to Bray Musical Society, Best Sports went to Bray Emmet’s GAA and Best Open went to Rachel Fisher Hip Hop.

The St. Patrick’s Day Art Competition was also a huge success and the winners were as follows:

Category 1, Junior and Senior Infants went to Cian Rushe from Senior Infants in St. Gerard’s Junior School, Category 2, 1st and 2nd Class went to Lauren Guerin from 1st Class in St. Fergal’s Junior School, Category 3, 3rd and 4th Class went to Conor Balmine from 4th Class in St. Gerard’s Junior School, Category 4, 5th and 6th Class went to Harry Dunne from 6th Class in St. Gerard’s Junior School. Best Overall winner also went to Harry Dunne from 6th Class in St. Gerard’s Junior School.

“The Festival is growing every year, we had some really great events on over the weekend and everyone in the town seemed to really enjoy them. We were very lucky with the great weather which attracted record numbers to all of our events. The parade was our largest to date and had more floats, colour and music than ever before. As a committee we worked tirelessly to ensure the people of Bray had a great St. Patrick’s weekend.” – Mick Glynn, Chairman, St. Patrick’s Festival Committee.

Bray’s St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly brought to you by Bray & District Chamber of Commerce,

Municipal District of Bray and Bird’s Euroshow Funfair.

Feb 19

St Patricks Festival Bray

The annual St Patrick’s Festival Bray is brought to you by Bray & District Chamber, the Municipal District of Bray and a very hard working team of volunteers who give up their time to bring a St Patricks Festival to Bray every year.

This year Birds Carnival is back by popular demand and will run from Friday 13th – Tuesday 17th March on the strand. Also back by demand is the family fun day on Saturday where children can get up close to snakes and even hold them if they dare! watch some Irish dancing and lots of entertainment all taking place at the Civic Centre on Bray Main Street. The fireworks this year will be on Sunday night  from the Harbour (same event as last year). With Ceili Breakfast’s and lots of Ceol agus Crack planned over the weekend, thousands will line the streets for the annual St Patricks Parade which will set off from the Town Hall at 3pm on Tues 17th, head down the main street, onto Quinnsboro Road, Seymour Road and onto the strand, finishing between Ocean Bar and O’Driscolls. Promising to be one to remember there is lots to do in Bray over the St Patricks weekend! Look out for the brochures packed with dates times and information around the town.

Feb 19

Bray Chamber President’s Dinner a ‘Superb Success’

Bray Chamber’s President’s Dinner was yet another superb success for the local organisation with almost 200 guests turning out at the Glenview Hotel last Friday (6 February) for the annual glamourous and high profile event.

Chamber President and State Solicitor for County Wicklow Rory Benville welcomed distinguished guest speakers Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, along with the French Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Jean-Pierre Thebault, to this year’s event. Also in attendance was Minister of State at the Departments of Finance, PER & Taoiseach, Simon Harris TD, as well as An Cathaoileach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Christopher Fox. Others special guests included An Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District, Cllr John Brady, as well as deputies Anne Ferris, Andrew Doyle and Billy Timmins, along with Chief Superintendent of An Garda Siochana Tom Conway and Superintendent Pat Ward.

Addressing the audience of business representatives from across Bray and North Wicklow, Minister Fitzgerald paid tribute to the continued commitment of the local business community through the recent years towards maintaining investment in new jobs and in sustaining existing employment. She said this commitment is now being reflected in a return to growth for the business sector both locally and nationally which in turn is resulting in an increasing opportunity for new job creation.

His Excellency Jean-Pierre Thebault thanked those in attendance on behalf of everyone in France for the solidarity shown to the French people and to the French ideals of free speech and thought. He praised the enduring connections between Ireland and France and invited the business family of Bray and North Wicklow to strengthen and deepen its bonds with their business partners in France for the mutual benefit of both communities.

Commenting after event, Chamber President Rory Benville said:

“I was truly honoured to welcome such high profile guests and my friends in the wider business community to this year’s Bray Chamber President’s Dinner. The event was yet another superb success for everyone involved in the Chamber, and most importantly a really enjoyable night with such outstanding and thought provoking keynote speeches from our distinguished guests, Minister Fitzgerald and Ambassador Thebault, as well as from our very own Wicklow Minister, Simon Harris. We have been fortunate this year as in so many other years to be joined by many eminent speakers, both national and international, which reflects well on how highly regarded our town and indeed our Chamber is.

“I am particularly pleased that we hosted this year’s President’s Dinner at The Glenview Hotel. A long-standing supporter of Bray Chamber, it was fitting that we would host the event in The Glenview as it celebrates 100 years of continual business this year.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the organisers of this year’s event – in particular Katrina Farrelly Cooke, Paul Prendergast and Kathy O’Toole – for all their efforts in producing such a memorable and enjoyable occasion for everyone.”

Following the dinner guests relaxed with an evening of networking – as you would expect from all those associated with Bray Chamber – as well as entertainment and dancing. Proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the President’s Annual Charity Appeal which this year is supporting The Simon Community among others.


Feb 01

St Patrick’s Festival Bray Highlights Fireworks and a Big Funday Out

St Patrick’s Festival Bray highlights ‘Fireworks’ and a ‘Big Funday Out’

Bray Chamber of Commerce organisers of this year’s St. Patricks Festival have announced the programme of details that include a fireworks display on Sunday 15th March from 7.30pm at the Harbour on Bray Strand.

“The voluntary planning Committee have put in a huge amount of effort in and are looking forward to the Festival. They are a record number of entries in this years’ parade which will add to the atmosphere of St. Patricks Day. All these groups have put in a great deal of effort into their entries and are really looking forward to showing what they have to offer the community in an entertaining way”, commented Chair of the Committee Mick Glynn.

The parade starting at the Town Hall at 3pm is one of the largest on the east coast and organisers are expecting 20,000 people to line the route. Other activities on the day include a Pre Parade party on the Main Street (1pm), and the spring funfair on the beach, which will keep the family entertained.

The ‘Big Funday Out’ is taking place on Saturday the 14th March at the Civic Plaza from 1pm to 3pm Entertainment for all the family will include live music, Irish dancers, stilt walkers, face painters, snakes and storytelling.

“We hope everyone visiting Bray has a great time during the Festival. A huge amount of planning and logistics have gone into the fireworks display.

The entire festival will run from Friday 13th to Tuesday 17th March. Other events include the 5 day funfair, ceili breakfasts and family parties and all details and events are listed on


Please contact Kathy O’Toole on (01) 282 8248 or email:

Jan 29

Bray Chamber Presidents Dinner SOLD OUT

The Annual Bray Chamber Presidents Dinner will take place next Friday 6th February in the Glenview Hotel. Starting with a drinks reception at 7.15pm and dinner at 8pm sharp, President Rory Benville has confirmed that the black tie event is now sold out. Businesses who are unable to attend the event can still have a presence there on the night by advertising on the Large screens. Please email Kathy in the Chamber office at for more details. “The Annual Presidents Dinner is one of the highlights in the Bray Business Community and Bray & District Chamber Calendar of Events. We look forward to a great night of socialising and networking”.

Jan 01

St Patricks Festival Bray Parade Entry Terms & Conditions 2015


Terms and conditions will be enforced. All Terms and Conditions will run in conjunction with the Event Management Plan and Health & Safety requirements.

1.     The Bray Chamber of Commerce St. Patricks Festival Committee reserves the following rights:

1.1  To refuse any application if, in the opinion of the Organisers, the entry is not suitable for participation.

1.2  To refuse any applications from any Political Party or organisation.

1.3  To refuse any applications from any Government or Moral protest organisations.

1.4  To refuse any commercial applications that the Festival Committee feels does not satisfy the artistic, cultural or entertainment value required for the Parade.

1.5  No responsibility can be accepted by the Festival Committee for any loss or damage caused to exhibits or their personnel, or to members of the general public, Parade marshals, or the occupants of the viewing stands, arising from any cause whatsoever connected with the Parade.

1.6  Participation in the Parade is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Committee. Photographs and description of purposed participant’s entry may be requested.

1.7  To postpone, abandon or alter the route of the Parade if, in the opinion of the Organisers, such action is advisable in the common interest and no action will lie against the Organisers in respect of any loss incurred by any entrant on foot of such decision.

1.8  All commercial filming of the Parade and exterior Festival events require a licence from Bray Chamber of Commerce. Application forms are available from the Bray Chamber.

1.9  To retain all legal and image rights of participants and title to use, throughout the world of any photograph, video or film in connection with the Parade for use on TV, pay TV, theatrical or non theatrical release, or any other type of exhibition or exploitation including future Festival promotional material.

2.     All participants in the Parade must be prepared to observe the following rules:

2.1  That all application forms must be completed by over 18s and have insurance details, returned to Bray Chamber of Commerce by the dates in application forms and or any other dates communicated.

2.2  The Parade is not to be used in any way as a vehicle for a means of protest. Any entry incorporating a protest will not be eligible, and the Organisers will be the final arbiters in deciding the matter. If, on the day of the Parade, any entry should take the form of a protest group without prior permission, the Organisers reserve the right to have that entry forcibly removed from the Parade and will accept no responsibility for consequent loss, damage or injury incurred by the entrant(s).

2.3  It is the responsibility of each entry to nominate a representative who will attend the PARTICIPANTS MEETING at the Bray Chamber of Commerce and liaise with the Parade Production Team to ensure the smooth continuous flow of the Parade. Each group leader must act on the advice given by the Parade Production Team and communicate to their entire group.

2.4  That all entries and music are in good taste and otherwise arranged so as not to cause harm or give offence to spectators or other participants in the Parade.

2.5  Distributing flyers and promotional material along the parade route is not allowed.

2.6  All entries must make themselves available to attend the prize giving ceremony in the Town Hall if they are winners of any of the categories. All parade participants must follow instructions from the Parade officials who will be clearly identified,

The decisions of the Festival Committee are final and without appeal.

The Chairperson, St. Patrick’s Festival Committee.

Dec 19

Giant Snowman and Snow globe in Bray this weekend

As part of the final shopping weekend before Christmas, Ireland’s largest snowman will be coming to visit Bray tomorrow, sat 20th, from 12pm – 5pm at the Civic Plaza on Bray Main Street. With lots for the children to see, there will also be a LIVE CRIB at the civic plaza (that will be there on Sat and Sun 12pm-5m). Santa and his elves will be at the Town Hall again this weekend on Sat and Sun from 12pm-5pm. Don’t forget to look out for the Giant Snow Globe at the town hall too. And remember to shop local, with the wonderful array of shops in Bray you will always pick up that unique gift for that special person.

Dec 09

Bray & District Chamber of Commerce President’s Dinner Date announced

We are delighted to announce our Presidents Dinner will take place on Friday 6th February in the Glenview Hotel.  This year is our fellow members, The Glenview Hotel Centenary year so we are thrilled to be having our Presidents Dinner there to mark the occasion.  More details to follow shortly, but in the meantime if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01 2828248 or email

Dec 02

River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme Update

The River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme is one of the key capital investment projects by Wicklow County Council and the Office of Public Works (OPW) with an investment of €40 million and over the next two years will see the completion of this vital Flood Defence Scheme.


Works on site have been ongoing since 2012. The main contractor was SIAC construction Ltd. They were on site for two years before the company went into examinership. The contract was terminated by agreement following conciliation resulting in the construction of the works effectively being suspended since November 2013.

Works that have been completed already will have a significant beneficial affect in alleviating flood risk in the interim period.

So what’s happened since then?

Wicklow County Council is now continuing the construction with Tom Foley Management Ltd taking on the role of Construction Management Service Provider and back in July 2014, works recommenced on the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme.

Simon Harris, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) today (28th November 2014) said, “I am delighted that this very important scheme has recommenced. This is a vital project for Bray and it’s local residents. I welcome Bray Municipal District’s commitment to ensuring that the community are kept well informed of the schemes progress, it’s changes and improvements as they occur. My office, the Office of Public Works, continues to work closely with Wicklow County Council on all aspects of this project and I will endeavour to ensure that this project is completed in full and on time”.

To date a number of works have been completed or are ongoing. These include:

Repairs and bank stabilisation at Silverbridge.

Emergency Works at La Vallee.

Construction work on the flood defence bund west of the County Brook stream is continuing and further flooding problems at the County Brook will be addressed as part of the River Dargle scheme.

  • A substantial part of the Peoples Park re-opened to the      public on 5th November.
  • De-vegetation of the south bank of the river (RHB) is      ongoing at the Maltings.
  • Enabling works at Seapoint Court and Maltings.
  • Masonry wall construction at Ravenswell Road.
  • A temporary bridge at People’s Park, to allow      construction traffic across the river without impacting on the riverbed.

On going works that will continue into early 2015 include:

  • Flood defence works at Seapoint Court and      Ravenswell.
  • La Vallee landscaping due to start in early 2015.
  • Flood defence works at Coburg.

Marc Devereux, Senior Engineer at Wicklow County Council said, “I am very pleased that phase 2 of the scheme has already started. The main objective of this scheme is to protect our town and it’s people. I would like to acknowledge the support and input from the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has been invaluable. Throughout this project the Municipal District of Bray, Wicklow County Council and the Office of Public Works (OPW) aim to keep the town and particularly residents living near the Dargle River, fully informed of the schemes progress at every stage”.


We will increase our communication output, driving awareness while making sure that these updates are easily accessible including:

  • Issuing a quarterly newsletter by post and online.
  • Having a dedicated page on, which will be      updated regularly with the schemes latest news, answering your questions      and scheme photographs.
  • Social media engagement on Facebook, Twitter and You      Tube.

“We particularly welcome your comments or questions and as a team we look forward to answering them,” concluded Marc Devereux.


Notes to Editor:

The Flood Defence Scheme involves the widening and deepening of the river channel and the construction of walls and embankments along a 3.3km stretch from Silverbridge at the N11 to the Harbour Bridge at Bray Harbour.

The River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme is required to protect both property, but more importantly, potential loss of lives in Little Bray. The combination of the low lying nature of Little Bray vis a vis the River Dargle, the large number of single storey houses, and the presence of a large proportion of elderly people living in these houses, makes this a high risk area.

Major structural works include widening the channel downstream of Bray Bridge along the golf course just before the DART Bridge, installation of a culvert on the north side of Bray Bridge creating, in effect, an “extra arch” in the bridge to allow for a greater volume of water. River Bank stabilisation works in areas from Bray Bridge upstream past the peoples’ park and bed widening and adaptation works in the Slang area.

A range of landscape treatments in and adjacent to the river is proposed to mitigate the impacts of the scheme on the local environment along the river corridor.

When fully implemented, the Flood Defence Scheme will greatly reduce the risk of flooding in the town of Bray and thus improve public safety and protect public and private property.

The scheme is estimated to cost in the region of €40 million. The Office of Public Works (OPW) is providing funding for the scheme.

As of November 2014 it is estimated that around 35% of the overall flood protection scheme has been completed so far.

Follow @bray_ie for the latest update.



Nov 20

Christmas in Bray 2014

Christmas in Bray 2014

Christmas in Bray 2014

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