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  • Aspects of Wicklow


Roads in Bray were untarred in the past and made of earth and rough stones.

In this poor state, they quickly changed to mucky slush in the rain.

Constant horse traffic made the situation worse, as manure mixed with the mud, so that the wheels of the vehicles going up and down Main Street splashed pedestrians.


The railway line that came to Bray in 1854 was extended to Wicklow the following year.

The line was laid below Bray Head along the cliffs.

The world famous engineer, Brunel, designed the tunnelling to run through the rock along the cliff edge. Some abandoned tunnels can still be seen.

These were built to replace the originals because of the natural erosion of the coastline.

Before the railway, Bray was just a simple fishing village. This shows how transport can transform areas and the people's lives who live there.

As a result of the railway, Bray quickly developed into a seaside resort. Gradually, fine houses were built and it became known as the Brighton of Ireland, a resort mainly for the middle classes and the wealthy.

Boating and Fishing

Bray is the longest established seaside resort in the country, so it has long been a popular location for boating and fishing. Pier fishing for pollack and conger is popular there.

Bray also has a thriving Sailing Club that is over 100 years old. It facilitates both cruisers and dinghies and has a full program of racing.

Fishing in Bray is popular as a leisure activity.

There are various clubs in Bray dedicated to fishing. They include the Bray Head Fishing and Social Club and the Bray Outcasts.

The Bray Sea Anglers is one of the oldest sea angling clubs in Ireland.