The Medieval Bray Project recently invited members of the community of Bray to put forward a photograph depicting an aspect of Bray’s heritage with the objective of creating a postcard under the theme of Daoine agus Áit (People and Place) part of the Connecting our Communities Heritage Postcard Project and showcased during Heritage Week 2021.
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Background to the project
The image portrays an aspect of what we think makes Bray’s heritage unique and how it connects the community. Iconic photographs of Bray have been posted to Bray.ie, Bray Open Forum and other Bray Groups have hit a chord with large sections of the Bray community we have chosen one of these. Two of Bray’s annual main events are the St. Patrick’s day parade and the Airshow. The Medieval Bray Project has chosen a brightly coloured and uplifting scene from a St. Patrick’s day parade not too long ago, reminding us of when we could celebrate together and giving us hope that our strong, active and diverse community can and will celebrate together again.
The postcard is one of a collection produced by members of the Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN) which The Medieval Bray Project joined in 2019, which is an initiative of the National Museum of Ireland and Wicklow Heritage Office that supports community groups in collecting, preserving and sharing their local history and heritage online.
Representatives of The Medieval Bray Project and members of two other groups from Bray attended workshops with other iCAN Heritage Communities throughout Ireland and it was through that process one photograph was selected for the Postcard.
The Bray Postcard
Two other photographs of finalists are shown here, one taken by local wildlife specialist Justin Ivory, depicting some dolphins playing in Dalkey Bay and another showing a Bray group called Sanctuary Runners, having fun after a run which is held each Saturday outside the Esplanade Hotel at 09.30 am. If you’re interested in joining please register online with Bray Sanctuary Runners.
The postcard is A5 in size (which is half A4). It will be distributed to community groups, libraries, arts groups, nursing homes and other outlets. Queries to Mary at +353872104844.
A big thanks to the Medieval Bray Project team who coordinated the project.
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