Bray People - - Bray People -

CLARK GRISWALD has proven to be some­thing of an in­spi­ra­tion to plenty of Bray fam­i­lies who have put as much ef­fort in to dec­o­rat­ing the out­side of their homes as the in­side.

From Lit­tle Bray to the Boghall and ev­ery­where in be­tween, the town is lit­tered with amaz­ing dis­plays, some of which have been in­creased with ev­ery pass­ing year.

If Santa is not seen climb­ing up the walls, there is bound to be a gi­ant snow­man in the gar­den or a rein­deer some­where in front of a flash­ing neon sleigh!

‘We are very proud of him,’ said Su­san Cor­co­ran from Beach Road, who’s dad Mau­rice has been cre­at­ing a ver­i­ta­ble Santa’s grotto of lights for the last num­ber of years, keep­ing the spirit of Christ­mas lights alive as his chil­dren grow up.

Su­san and her sib­lings help him out as Mau­rice was di­ag­nosed with nar­colepsy over a year ago, a con­di­tion he and the fam­ily are learn­ing to cope with.

Mau­rice’s wife Pam takes on the task of do­ing the in­side of the house, and he does the ex­te­rior. They also have a dif­fer­ent theme for the porch ev­ery year. Last year it was toys, while this year it is a minia­ture vil­lage.

There is a sleigh on the roof of Mau­rice’s house, and more lights than the ESB would care to count! ‘Cars do slow down as they pass,’ said Su­san, who said that the whole process re­ally adds to the ex­cite­ment of Christ­mas for the whole fam­ily as well as friends and neigh­bours.

John Tobin is an­other lo­cal man who puts on quite a dis­play. The Tobin fam­ily lives on O’Byrne Road and John’s wife Jac­que­line is the driv­ing force be­hind the tra­di­tion. ‘We’re do­ing it about 10 years and add a lit­tle more each year,’ she said. ‘The grand­chil­dren ab­so­lutely love it.’

One thing is for sure, the elab­o­rate dis­plays of lights cer­tainly add a touch of fes­tive cheer to the town!

Jodi Whe­lan, Dy­lan Mur­ray, Kyle Hay­den, Pa­trick Michel, Dy­lan Terry out­side the Hay­dens house in Holly­brook.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT - Nathan and John Walsh out­side their house in Ard­more Park; Lidia and Pa­trick Co­jor­caru in Dar­gle Heights, Fasaroe; Neigh­bours, James and Billy Mo­ran at the fan­tas­tic dis­play at Boghall Cot­tages; Su­san and Mau­rice Cor­co­ran out­side Mau­rice’s home on Beech Road; Bil­lie and Jim McAu­ley at their dis­play at Putland Vil­las.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.