Welcome to the official website of The Bray Cualann Historical Society

The story of a Bray woman, Josephine Heffernan was broadcast to a huge audience in France on 7th of Jan 2018. The Bray Cualann Historical Society are proud to have assisted in the research of this fantastic documentary, the story of  a bracelet lost in France during WW1 and returned to Josephine Heffernan’s family in Bray 100 years later (click on image above to view the documentary)


Talks for 2018 (Talks to be confirmed, further details to be posted soon)

Feb 26th(Monday) –  Brian White will deliver the talk at 8 p.m. in the De La Salle Pastoral Centre, Wicklow town (entrance is opposite the church on the roundabout side). Brian will tell the story of the Bray nurse Josephine Heffernan (featured on this website).

March 15th  – Glendalough through the eye of a camera, an illustrated talk by Joan Kavanagh (Royal Hotel, 8pm). 

March 18th (Sunday) St Patrick’s festival walking tour, Theme Shamrock, Serpents and events in Bray during the month of March.  Book a place on the walk (limited to 20 persons), visit the St Patrick’s festival website.

March 23th – Friday at 11.30 a.m.  ‘Easter 1918 in Bray’ by Jim Scannell in Bray Library, Eglinton Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow. All welcome – admission free.

April 10th- Brian White will tell the story of the Bray nurse Josephine Heffernan (featured on this website). Roundwood Parish Centre at 8pm.

April 19th – Rev William Doyle(Woodbine Willie)  (Royal Hotel, 8pm). 


May 17th – Printed in Bray. The history of the printing industry in Bray & County Wicklow (Royal Hotel, 8pm). 

August 18-26th – Heritage Week, “A Victorian Bray Walk”,  including Sidmonton Square/French School

September 20th– Watson’s Nurseries, a talk by Bernardine Ruddy (Royal Hotel, 8pm). 

September 27th – (ThursdayJoseph EA Connell jnr will deliver a talk entitled ” Michael Collins and Guerrilla Warfare in the War of Independence”. Royal Hotel Bray at 8pm

October 18th– RMS Leinster & the last days of the War, Jim Scannell  (Royal Hotel, 8pm). 

November 22nd– 400 years of the Brabazons in Bray  (Royal Hotel, 8pm). 

Our monthly talks take place in the Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray at 8pm
Admission €5, members free.

For more information contact: Brian White (Chairperson BCHS)


e-mail; brayhistory@gmail.com

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