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 info@braychamber.ie 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”.

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 info@braychamber.ie.

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 www.bray.ie, 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

Nov 14


We are busy planning a great Christmas in Bray campaign for 2014. For all the details of when we are switching on our Bray Christmas Lights and when the big man himself is arriving to the town, please check out www.christmasinbray.com.

Nov 12

Save the Date – Cloud Workshop

Free Cloud awareness seminar/workshop with Alpha CC coming up on January 15th.

Please save the date!

Oct 31

Launch of Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

Chambers Ireland has today (31/10/14) welcomed the launch of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) and highlighted the positive impact it will have on the domestic economy.

Speaking this morning, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive, Chambers Ireland said “The SBCI will be a welcome addition to the funding landscape for Irish SMEs, particularly those businesses that are focused on the domestic market. The flexibility of payment terms and lower cost of capital will facilitate the expansion of small businesses that are experiencing growth due to improved market conditions. The Government must invest in a communications plan to raise awareness of this and other initiatives.”

“There is clearly a growth in confidence and activity under way in the economy. This initiative, combined with the recent banking stress test results, demonstrates that credit is becoming increasingly available and should encourage all businesses in need of credit to proactively engage with their banks to seek funding,” he concluded.


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Oct 28

Crime Control Presentation – Tuesday 4th November

The Town Centre Committee have organised a Crime Control Presentation on Tuesday 4th November at 10.30am in Chamber House.  The presentation will be given by Christy O’ Rourke of Crime Control Bray.

This will be about Crime Control, Security Procedures and safety in the workplace.  This is a FREE event, if you would like to attend, please contact the Chamber on 01 2828248 or email info@braychamber.ie.

Oct 23

Bray Retailers enjoy presentation from Maddock’s

On Tuesday 21st October, Janet Maddock gave a great insight into the best way for retailers and local businesses to present their shop windows. A local retailer herself, Janet gave pointers on Christmas displays and presentations to enhance and encourage customers to come into shops. Retailers in attendance were delighted with the Free demonstration and we look forward to seeing the great results this Christmas time in Bray.

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