2008 THE YEAR IN PIC­TURES

Bray People - - 2008 Review -

DAWN­ING OF THE DAY – Al­ler­gan em­ploy­ees, fear­ful for the fu­ture of 350 jobs, meet in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel in Jan­uary. The plant is ex­pected to close by June, 2009.

HOT ROD - Ark­low Fire Bri­gade on a train­ing ex­er­cise with their new CAFS ap­pli­ance. A nor­mal two-car fire could use 800 litres of wa­ter and take up to fif­teen min­utes to ex­tin­guish. With CAFS 52 litres of foam were used and the fire was put out in a mat­ter of sec­onds.

HAL­LOWE’EN HOR­ROR - Vet Tommy Hef­fer­nan cares for Sparkles the cat af­ter its ear was cru­elly blown off by a banger in Ark­low dur­ing Hal­lowe’en. Sadly, be­cause of the mas­sive in­juries sus­tained, the cat was put down in De­cem­ber.

AIR­LIFT – The fuse­lage of the Piper Chero­kee light air­craft that crashed on Church Moun­tain, Co Wick­low, killing the four oc­cu­pants, is lifted from the site by Army Air Corps he­li­copter.

CAUGHT IN A GAP – Lo­cal res­i­dents come to the res­cue of stranded tourist in the Lug­gala, Glen­cree and Laragh ar­eas of the Sally Gap in the Wick­low Moun­tains. A num­ber of tour buses were stranded with their pas­sen­gers when they were caught in a bliz­zard in Novem­ber.

CAUGHT ON CAM­ERA – CCTV cap­tures dis­turb­ing im­ages as a Cen­tra em­ployee in Ti­na­hely is held at knife-point dur­ing a vi­cious armed rob­bery. INSET - One of the raiders with a knife in his hand.

YES MAN - Min­is­ter of State for Euro­pean Af­fairs Dick Roche looks on in the Wick­low Count cen­tre dur­ing the Lis­bon Treaty vote.

LIT­TLE BUG - VW Bee­tle and clas­sic car col­lec­tor Des Bur­ton in Aughrim.

SNAKE IN THE GRASS - A man re­turned home to find this snake on his mother’s door step, un­sure what to do he called on his next door neigh­bour and Bray secondary school teacher Paul Mur­phy. The Snake is be­lieved to be a Milk snake from the Amer­i­can con­ti­nent and has yet to be claimed.

MADAME BUT­TER­FLY - Pen­sioner Mau­reen O’Reilly with her new tat­too, which she got to raise funds for her grand nephew, who suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries when he was elec­tro­cuted while play­ing with friends.

WET WED­DING - Peter Moore and Hazel Lawlor were de­ter­mined not to let the flood­ing at the Meet­ing of the Wa­ters ruin their wed­ding day.

FE­BRU­ARY MADE ME SHIVER - Winds and waves bat­ter the coast­line.

WAIT­ING... An el­derly lady waits anx­iously for the tides and floods to ar­rive in Ark­low.

CLOSE CALL - The driver of this Opel Vec­tra, in­volved in a two-car col­li­sion on the R747, in­spects the dam­age af­ter a crash bar­rier en­tered the driver’s door and went all the way into the boot of his car.

HEAVY BUR­DEN - Pil­grims from Bray make the an­nual Good Fri­day walk from the Sa­cred Heart Church to the top of Bray Head.

SPRUCE UP - Nes­tled in the Wick­low Hills, the monas­tic site of St. Kevin’s is given a clean up and over­haul in­clud­ing a thor­ough ‘weed­ing ‘of the round tower.

WALK­ING THE DOG - John Sher­wood brings his dog Tiny 2 for a walk through the streets of Ark­low.

A driver climbs from his jeep as Webb’s river out­side Ark­low bursts its banks in Au­gust.

JACK FROST - Frosty fields around Aughrim in late Novem­ber.

SHIP­PING NEWS - Ship­wright Peter Byrne and fit­ter Jimmy Brauders with a piece of the orig­i­nal rail of the As­gard II on the slip­way in Ark­low where the ship was built and launched in 1981 by Char­lie Haughey.

MOLLY DEAR - John Tim­mins and Molly en­joy a brief mo­ment of fine weather.

POLES APART - The ESB work on a so­lu­tion to re­mov­ing poles from the mid­dle of the Gael Cho­laiste na Mara af­ter high-pro­file me­dia cov­er­age.

WHAT A RE­SULT - Sean Harty col­lects his Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate re­sults.

LEFT HOLD­ING THE BABY - A Garda en­sures the safety of a baby and hands the child back to its mother at Castlepark car park in Ark­low where Trav­ellers had il­le­gally set up camp.

MAK­ING HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES - Tom Kin­sella and his grand­daugh­ter Han­nah Tay­lor make hay the old-fash­ioned way at Bal­ly­duff.

LOCKED OUT - A Group 4 em­ployee waits pa­tiently af­ter be­ing locked out of his se­cu­rity van due to ‘tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties’ in the vil­lage of Cool­gre­any.

ON YER BIKE - The Tour of Ire­land passes the Yel­low Bridge in Aughrim.

THE LAST OF THE IR­ISH ROVER - The re­mains of Dubliner Ron­nie Drew in the Holy Rosary Church, Grey­stones. INSET - Shane McGowan at­tends the fu­neral.

LET IT SNOW - Caro­line Smith looks at the Oc­to­ber snow fall in Rath­dan­gan.

A Shil­le­lagh player lies in pain af­ter break­ing his leg dur­ing a GAA match. The am­bu­lance ser­vice came in for se­vere crit­i­cism af­ter it took al­most an hour for them to reach the pitch.

SURF­ING BRIT­TAS BAY - Com­peti­tors in the Nip­per Board race dur­ing the Na­tional Surf Life­sav­ing Cham­pi­onships in Brit­tas Bay.

SHIP TO SHORE – David Kealy with Jack and Pa­trick O’Neill, wav­ing good­bye to the lifeboat as it leaves its sta­tion to re­turn to port af­ter the An­nual Lions Club Char­ity Swim.

JUMP­ING THROUGH HOOPS - St. Michael’s GNS teach­ers He­lena Dempsey, Kath­leen O’Neill, Nicole Lin­ton and Sadie Bid­dulph in train­ing for a para­chute jump.

BUSY AS BEES – A swarm of honey bees lay claim to a flower bed in a do­mes­tic res­i­dence in Cher­ry­field.

MAY DAY - Mil­lie Law­ton be­hind the wheel of a Ford Model T Van at the Wick­low Vin­tage Club’s May Bank Hol­i­day Char­ity Rally.

WRECK­ING BALL – Linda Ga­han and her five-year-old daugh­ter Chloe wait for their house to be de­mol­ished. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties failed to grant re­ten­tion af­ter find­ing out that a num­ber of houses had been built without per­mis­sion.

Two peo­ple are pulled from the wa­ter at Kilmichael point by the RNLI af­ter their speed boat sank in Septem­ber.

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