From our ar­chives - April 1994

Bray People - - DOWN THE YEARS -

Putting Big Jack un­der pres­sure

BRAY: ‘ PUT ‘ EM un­der pres­sure’ might have been the main­stay of the man’s strat­egy as he led our na­tional soc­cer squad to world con­quer­ing heights.

Well the people of Bray em­ployed the same tac­tic when Jack Charl­ton came to town last week.

A crowd of 500 thronged the Main Street to see the ge­nial Ge­ordie on his guest visit, while close to 100 more crammed the lo­cal Tot­ter­dells store, to join with Big Jack in a cel­e­bra­tion to both launch their World Cup pro­mo­tions cam­paign, and cel­e­brate the 35th an­niver­sary of Tot­ter­dell’s Bray.

Not usu­ally lost for words, the Ir­ish soc­cer supremo ex­pressed his sur­prise at the scale of the lo­cal wel­come, and told the crowd that ‘you must all be on a day off, or some­thing.

‘I can never be­lieve the num­ber of people that come out just to see me… and I don’t re­ally know what to say.’

Beam­ing that broad smile that has made his one of the best known faces in Ire­land, J.C. (not to be mis­taken with the other one, al­though he adu­la­tion is sim­i­lar!) re­called how he had last been to Bray ‘around eight or nine months ago, be­fore we had qual­i­fied for the USA.’

Un­der­age drinkers tar­geted by gar­dai

WICK­LOW: ER­RANT pub­li­cans and un­der-age drinkers are be­ing tar­geted by Gar­daí in a ma­jor new clam­p­down on crime and van­dal­ism in Wick­low town.

Garda Su­per­in­ten­dent Austin McNally has launched a 'get tough' pol­icy in a bid to re­store law and or­der to Wick­low town's streets and pub­lic places, which are be­ing plagued by van­dal­ism and petty crime.

Drink has been iden­ti­fied as one of the ma­jor causes of van­dal­ism in the town and now gar- dai have re­solved to tackle this prob­lem at source. A sur­veil­lance oper­a­tion has al­ready re­sulted in the ini­ti­a­tion of one prose­cu­tion in re­la­tion to un­der­age drink­ing.

' The vast ma­jor­ity of pub­li­cans are not serv­ing un­der­age drinkers but un­for­tu­nately there is a very small num­ber of es­tab­lish­ments where I know they are sell­ing and it is some­thing I have clamped down on - and we will clamp down on a lot more in the com­ing months,' Supt. McNally promised.

He plans to stamp out open-air drink­ing par­ties in the town with the help of the new Pub­lic Or­der Act, which he says has strength­ened the hand of the gar­dai.

And he is also plan­ning a ma­jor cam­paign to raise young people's aware­ness about the an­ti­so­cial na­ture of van­dal­ism - and to make them re­alise that their par­ents are the ones pay­ing for it.

Spuce up for fi­nal of sheep-shear­ing

DONARD: THE VIL­LAGE of Donard is re­ceiv­ing a facelift in time for the forth­com­ing al­lIre­land sheep shear­ing cham­pi­onships which will at­tract up to 60,000 people to the west Wick­low vil­lage on May 29.

Work started last week on lay­ing mod­ern 'cob­ble-lock' pav­ing on light and dark shades of grey through­out the vil­lage and along the Hol­ly­wood Glen road as far as the catholic church.

The project is a joint one in­volv­ing Wick­low County Coun­cil, Wick­low Ru­ral En­ter­prises and Donard Tidy Towns As­so­ci­a­tion which has been plan­ning and fundrais­ing for the work for the last two years.

Leader funds have been made avail­able to meet half the £15,000 cost and Bless­ing­ton and District Credit Union has also given a sub­scrip­tion to­wards the work.

Wick­low County Coun­cil is lay­ing the pav­ing in the vil­lage it­self and the Tidy Towns As­so­ci­a­tion is fund­ing the work along the Hol­ly­wood Glen road. Lo­cal res­i­dent, Luke Grif­fin, has given part of his land to fa­cil­i­tate the work.

' We ex­pect there will be about three weeks' work in­volved al­to­gether,' said Tidy Towns spokesper­son Ma­jella Walsh. ' The at­trac­tive pav­ing will give the ap­pear­ance of Donard a great boost and it will all be ready in time for the sheep shear­ing cham­pi­onships.'

Play area promised for The Fish­ery

ARK­LOW: GOOD NEWS for an area known as The Fish­ery in Ark­low is that it now looks fairly cer­tain they are about to get their long sought play-area.

Town Hall of­fi­cials are presently ne­go­ti­at­ing a land swap with the own­ers of the re­quired piece of ground in the Tin­na­hask area and As­sis­tant Co. Man­ager Ed­die Breen said they hoped to have a mod­est amenity de­vel­op­ment in place by the end of the sum­mer.

Mr. Breen was re­spond­ing to two mo­tions from Cllrs. Tom Clandil­lon and De­nis Kinsella cal­ing for the pro­vi­sion ofa leisure and play area in the Tin­na­hask area as promised.

He said that this is­sue had come up two years ago and, then they looked at pro­vid­ing a play area the cost was quiet stag­ger­ing.

There were two prob­lems, the Coun­cil did not own the land and it did not have the money.

They were still ne­go­ti­at­ing the pur­chase of the land by do­ing a land swap and he was hope­ful that with the as­sis­tance of FAS they would be able to do mod­est amenity de­vel­op­ment be­fore the end of the sum­mer.

Top award for Qual­ity Ceram­ics

ARK­LOW: A COM­PANY that rose from the ashes of the re­ces­sion in the eight­ies re­ceived a ma­jor boost this week by win­ning the na­tion­ally ac­claimed Small Busi­ness of the Year award.

And for Qual­ity Ceram­ics on South Quay is yet an­other ma­jor ti­tle in a line of suc­cesses en­joyed by the com­pany since it it was restarted in 1998.

The ACC Bank spon­sored award was an­nounced only last night and the di­rec­tors of the firm had no idea up to then they had scooped the na­tional ti­tle.

Qual­ity Ceram­ics will re­ceive £5000 worth of of­fice equip­ment from ACC, £5000 worth of ad­ver­tis­ing from the Sun­day Busi­ness Post and a mar­ket­ing con­sul­tancy pack­age from the Ir­ish Trade Board.

Qual­ity Ceram­ics was es­tab­lished in Ark­low less than a year af­ter the clo­sure of Ar­mitage Shanks and now gives em­ploy­ment to more than 40 people af­ter an ini­tial work­force of 18 em­ploy­ees.

It was set up by Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Tom Byrne, Mar­ket­ing Man­ager John Byrne and Fi­nan­cial Di­rec­tor John O’Lough­lin who be­tween them had more than 40 years ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Shanks.

Methadone clinic move causes fury

BRAY: THE busi­ness com­mu­nity of Bray is up in arms this week, fol­low­ing the sur­prise re­lo­ca­tion of a methadone clinic to the Main Street.

The clinic was tem­po­rar­ily trans­ferred re­cently from the health cen­tre on Kil­lar­ney Road to a va­cant premises at Mar­ket Square, ad­ja­cent to McDon­alds on Bray’s Main Street.

How­ever, lo­cal shop own­ers and busi­ness people are fu­ri­ous that they were not con­sulted in ad­vance.

Lo­cal busi­ness­man Liam Hearns said businesses in the town were strug­gling al­ready with­out putting a methadone clinic next door.

‘The people who make these de­ci­sions are not liv­ing in the real world at all. I mean it’s lu­di­crous to si­t­u­ate a methadone clinic in an area where school kids will be,’ he said.

A spokesper­son for the East Coast Area Health Board con­firmed that a premises at Mar­ket Square had been leased for a pe­riod of 12 weeks.

This is to fa­cil­i­tate ren­o­va­tion works which were be­ing car­ried out at the ex­ist­ing clinic on Kil­lar­ney Road.

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