Or­der of Malta Hall gets makeover

Bray People - - News -

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.

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