Past Talks & Gallery

Josephine Heffernan, click image to view the French film about the Bray American Army nurse and her lost bracelet (Video courtesy of Hélène Lam Trong)


Josephine Heffernan- Exhibition at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, County Wicklow (Nov 2018)


Click here to view the website of the Old Dublin Society


Bray, Ireland & Rimaucourt, France united in commemoration by a lost bracelet. Newspapers/Radio and TV tell the story.


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 here to view


Bray Harriers, Bray Town Hall, 1950. Kind thanks to Josephine Heffernan’s family for this image.


Our February talk, Felix Larkin delivered a very informative and most enjoyable presentation about “Two gentlemen of the Freeman: Thomas Sexton and William H.  Brayden” and their Bray links.









16th March 2017 – Guest speaker Dr Charles Hannon spoke about Roger Casement.

20th April 2017 – Guest speaker Tom Conlon spoke about Victorian Dun Laoghaire.

Thursday the 27th April,  at Bray Harbour (Low tide at 6.30 pm). A visit to Bray’s 6,800 year old Submerged Forest off the North Strand.  Speakers: Dr. Robin Edwards, T.C.D., & Dr. Jason Bolton, Archaeologist & Historian.

18th May   Guest Speaker Michael Lee spoke about his great grandfather Edward Lee, Drapery shop owner and member of Bray Council.

Edward Lee P.C. (drapery shop owner, Goldsmith Terrace, Bray) was first elected to Bray Urban Council in Jan 1900 and was Chairman in 1908. Edward was a successful business man and possessed a strong social conscience. He cared deeply about the welfare of his staff and fought hard for better housing of the working class and poor. He took the middle ground during the Dublin strikes and lockout; he tried to break the deadlock by offering suggestions of compromise between the employers and workers.

Michael Lee (great grandson of Edward Lee) with former staff of Lee’s Store. Photo taken at the Royal Hotel lecture, Bray, 18th May 2017 ( other images are Edward Lee & his Bray store on Goldsmith Terrace).


The BCHS celebrates it’s 40th Birthday this year 2017. Tonight we celebrated a special Birthday of Nancy Mahony (a founding member of the society).  Photos : May Harte presented a bouquet of flowers to Nancy, Mark Murphy (2017 committee member) Nancy and John Byrne, Nancy with Kaye Whittle Kehoe(founding members), Brian White introducing Michael Lee.


Bray’s Submerged forest visit, North Strand, 27 April 2017
A fantastic turnout of all ages to visit Bray’s Submerged Forest. Photo includes Dave Murphy & Brian White, Cualann Society.


Some of the visible traces of Bray’s Submerged Forest, North Strand, Bray.
Bray Library, c 1956 & 2017, a regular venue for BCHS talks


Committee members 1989-1991. Including 2017 committee members, Brian White, Nancy Mahony and Eva Sutton (President, seated front left).


Tom Conlon in front of a full house in the Royal Hotel. Victorian Dún Laoghaire: A Town Divided.


 Nancy Mahony, May Harte and Brian  White, Committee members of Cualann  Society.


The No. 6 journal was officially launched by Liam Ó hAlmhain, nephew of Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh on 8th Feb. 2011, while President Mary McAleese was guest of honour at the launch event in Bray Civic Offices





Copies of earlier journals can be found in the research room at Ballywaltrim Library, Boghall Road





The Little Book of Bray & Enniskerry, Brian White.


Brian White, Chairperson B.C.H.S. and Dr Charles Hannon after the talk about Roger Casement on 16th March 2017