Brabazon 400-year anniversary will not be marked by council
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.