Order of Malta Hall gets makeover
GOODWILL, generosity, and community spirit have brought the people of Bray together and brought life to a building close to dereliction in Little Bray.
The Order of Malta Hall, beside St. Peter’s School, has had a major makeover thanks to the generosity of a group of local tradesmen who gave up their time in the evenings and at weekends to renovate. it.
The builders hail from all over Bray, from the Vevay and Boghall as far as Little Bray and beyond with community activist Damien Meaney at the helm of the operation.
Damien managed to source all the materials as well as the labour free of charge in the Bray area, and the team has been working flat out to get the job done, even through the spell of very bad weather we’ve been having.
The only night that the conditions got in the way of work was Thursday, when the roads in the town were impassable from early evening.
The hall has been totally insulated, re-wired and plastered and even the community Gardaí will be rolling up their sleeves to help with the painting. Even the signage to go out at the front, carpets, and bits and pieces of furniture have been donated from within the community. ‘It’s hard work, but it’s nice to do something for Bray. There’s been a great team effort,’ said Damien, who has been involved with the Chernobyl project for seven years and has been on teams building in Belarus.
Partition walls have been put up to make meeting rooms and there is a kitchen facility as well as a bathroom and an electric heating system.
The rooms will continue to be used by the Order of Malta, of which Damien is a long-standing member, while other local groups will be encouraged to make use of the facility. ‘We will have another burst of work this week to get it done,’ said Damien, who is very proud of what has been achieved by everyone clubbing together. ‘When everyone gives up just a small piece of time and effort then it’s amazing what can be done,’ he said.
Refurbishing the Order of Malta Hall: Damien Meaney, Maurice Dodd, Gerard Dodd, Frank McGuinness and Philip Hanlon.