New Cualann journal hailed ‘a tribute to people of Bray’
THE JOURNAL of the Bray Cualann Historical Society is now available after a very successful launch last week in Bray.
The guest editor of the Journal was Prof. Colum Kenny of Dublin City University, who has been living in Bray for 35 years.
He said that, ‘ The variety of articles and the number of Bray people who contributed to them or otherwise helped with this publication demonstrate just how vibrant Bray is.'
Colum was happy to include, for example, a history of Bray boxing that tells not just the story of Katie Taylor but also of people such as Al Morris who, he says, ‘ have worked for decades to provide boxing facilities for Bray youth’.
He added that the focus of history may be local, national or international, but its function is the same. ‘ When Bray resident Nicola Gray, for example, recounts her memories of attending St Paul's School, which is now demolished, she is helping us to understand not just the experience of school-children in Bray in the mid-twentieth century, but also giving us an insight into the nature of denominational education in the Republic of Ireland.'
‘Bray's Jim Lynch is owed special thanks as the journal's coordinator,' said Colum. ‘Jim has long wanted to celebrate Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh's close connection with Bray.'
By coincidence, Jim lives next door to the house in Old Court Terrace where Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh lived with his family after they moved from the Main Street.
The book, which Colum said is ‘a tribute to the people of Bray,' is available from bookshops around the town for €9.99.
At the launch of the Journal were Liam Ó’hAlmhain, Cllr. David Grant, cathaoirleach Bray Town Council; editor Colum Kenny; Cllr. Tom Fortune, cathaoirleach Wicklow County Council; Jim Lynch and Brian White.