Bray Ac­tive Re­tire­ment cel­e­brates its 30 years

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOGARTY

BRAY Ac­tive Re­tire­ment As­so­ci­a­tion cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary re­cently at the Lit­tle Flower Hall.

The party took place on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, on the very date the or­gan­i­sa­tion was founded three decades pre­vi­ously.

Up to 100 guests at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion, which in­cluded tea or cof­fee and sand­wiches, as well as mu­sic and danc­ing and cake to mark the happy oc­ca­sion.

For­mer pres­i­dents Pat Ralph and An­gela Troy as well as long­est mem­ber Bill McIn­er­ney were present. They ad­dressed the crowd, re­gal­ing them with mem­o­ries of the club and its foun­da­tions.

Guests heard that BARA had started as a very small and hum­ble group be­fore grow­ing to an as­so­ci­a­tion of more than 100 mem­bers.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has a wide va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, which they hope cov­ers all tastes, ages and abil­i­ties. Mem­ber­ship is open to those over 50 years of age. They do ev­ery­thing from French con­ver­sa­tion and bridge, to tai chi, line danc­ing, and they have three walk­ing groups. Some mem­bers en­joy cre­ative writ­ing and art, and oth­ers to come for cof­fee to the monthly meet­ing on the first Fri­day of each month.

Those meet­ings al­ways take place in the Lit­tle Flower Hall, be­hind the Holy Redeemer, from 10.30 a.m., and in­cludes a speaker when­ever pos­si­ble.

There is a ‘men’s shed’ type branch of the as­so­ci­a­tion, called An Bóthan, for the male mem­bers, with ac­tiv­i­ties there in­clud­ing ex­er­cises, wood­work, in­ter­est­ing talks, and more.

Chair­woman of BARA He­len Man­gan said that the an­niver­sary party was very en­joy­able. She also spoke about the ben­e­fits of mem­ber­ship of an ac­tive re­tire­ment as­so­ci­a­tion, not least the friend­ships to be made, as well as the op­por­tu­nity to re­main ac­tive. ‘When you re­tire there can be that gap of some­thing to do, and com­pany,’ said He­len.

PHO­TOS BY BAR­BARA FLYNN

Glo­ria Marsh, Ger­tie O’Neill, Phyl­lis Evans, Sylvia Keogh, He­len Man­gan, Frances Collins, Cather­ine Mullen and Anne Bri­er­ton cut the cake to cel­e­brate 30 years of Bray Ac­tive Re­tire­ment.

Phil Dowl­ing, Eileen Gra­ham, An­gela Troy and Theresa McIn­er­ney.

Frank Byrne and Jim Flynn.

Ron­nie Walsh and Brenda Webb.

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