Brabazon 400-year an­niver­sary will not be marked by coun­cil

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MEM­BERS of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal District said that they will not for­mally ac­knowl­edge the 400-year an­niver­sary of the grant­ing of lands to Wil­liam Brabazon.

Cllr Brendan Thorn­hill said that he had been in contact with Brian White from Bray Cualann His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety who ex­plained that the lands were granted in 1608, and Brabazon be­came Baron Ardee in July 1616, and won­dered if a letter could be writ­ten.

Cllr Joe Be­han said that he would not sup­port it. ‘ That would be com­mem­o­rat­ing the hand­ing over of Ir­ish land to the aris­toc­racy. While Lord Meath and his suc­ces­sors have been ac­tive providers in the com­mu­nity, if you stand back and look at North Wick­low you see the amount of land which is part of the Kill­rud­dery es­tate on the edge of the town. I’d like to look in to how that es­tate could con­trib­ute more of the open ar­eas avail­able to our chil­dren and our town.’

Cllr Michael O’Con­nor said that he could see where Cllr Thorn­hill was com­ing from in a his­toric point of view. ‘But we can’t cel­e­brate par­a­sitic land­lords who came here from a for­eign coun­try and stole lands from Ir­ish peo­ple,’ he said.

Cllr Brendan Thorn­hill.

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