A short distance south of Bray is Newcastle Aerodrome, an airfield for small private planes.[8]

A win would have edged the Candystripes ahead of second-placed Cork although both the Leesiders and Dundalk have three games in hand on Derry.

The grassroots for music through orchestras and bands is amazing in Bray. From orchestras and bands that are formally part of schools of music to the continuous flux of bands that form through serendipity.

Custer's Last Stand-up was filmed in Bray[21] and the town was also used to film Neil Jordan's film Byzantium, part of which was shot in the Bray Head Inn.[22]

Aaron McEneff edged Derry ahead from the penalty spot on 55 minutes but Connolly secured a point for Bray with a 70th-minute equaliser.

Spectators were treated to astonishing performances of aviation precision from world-class aerobatic display teams including none-other than the Daddy of them all – the Red Arrows; Italy’s flamboyant Frecce Tricolori; the dare-devil Breitling Wingwalkers (yes they walked on the plane wings mid-air!) and our very own, celebrated Irish Air Corps.

On 10 January 2014 it was announced that Alan Mathews would be the new manager with Barry O'Connor as his assistant. The club ended the season in tenth place, just a point above UCD, and entered the 2015 season as the fourth-longest surviving current Premier Division club.

Bray has its core music schools like the Bray School of Music[28] supported by the Everest Center[29]

Box Burger is the hottest new addition to Bray's buzzing seafront. Serving up fresh juicy burgers, hearty salads, tacos, nachos and wings alongside classic cocktails, milkshakes, hardshakes and craft beer, Box Burger delivers a great atmosphere and delicious food every time!

Jason Marks' clever pass set up Connolly to strike Bray ahead but Derry were on terms within 15 minutes as Patterson tapped home after McEneff's free-kick had come back off the woodwork.

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Bray is a popular base for walkers, ramblers and strollers. It is notable for its mile-long promenade which stretches from the harbour, with its colony of mute swans, to the base of Bray Head at the southern end – from where a well worn track leads to the summit. Also very popular with walkers is the 7 km (4.3 mi) Cliff Walk along Bray Head out to Greystones.

The 10 km Cliff Run from Bray to Greystones is an annual scenic round on the coast around Bray Head Mountain. This event is very popular for runners form around Ireland.[16]

In 2013, Bray were again in the relegation mix, and having finished second-last they played First Division promotion play-off winners Longford Town over two legs, winning 5–4 on aggregate, with goals from Jason Byrne (2), Gary Dempsey, Kieran "Marty" Waters and Kevin O'Connor.

In January 2010, Bray was named the "cleanest town in Ireland" in the 2009 Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey of 60 towns and cities.[10]

Dylan Connolly put Bray ahead on 17 minutes but Rory Patterson levelled on 32 with his 11th goal of the season.

Bray is host to the Bray Wheelers Cycling Club which trains regularly traveling through Wicklow County and surrounding counties.[32]

In the 2012 season, Bray finished tenth of 12 clubs in the Premier Division, five points above Dundalk, who had to survive a Promotion/Relegation battle against Waterford United to ensure their survival in the top flight.

Art is fluid creative activity that is energetic in Bray in many forms. Exhibitions and artists performances are regular occurrences.

The River Dargle which enters the sea at the north end of Bray rises from a source near Djouce, in the Wicklow Mountains. The Dargle runs down through the town straight to the Irish Sea via the harbour.

The following are former or current residents of the town:

Dance is increasing in popularity with more modern dance classes starting up in schools in Bray including Hip-Hop.

In March 2008, the Ultra group of Bray Wanderers fans "Na Fánaithe" was formed by five Supporters Club members. Unlike Ultra groups in Dublin such as "Briogáid Dearg", "SRFC Ultras", "Shed End Invincibles" and "Notorious Boo Boys", Na Fánaithe is a much smaller group, compared to the hundreds involved in those Ultra groups.

There are several attractions all year round including the walk along the Bray Promenade and feeding the swans as the harbour, the Cliff Walk from Bray around the Bray Head Mountain to Greystones village, the Sealife Aquarium,[11] Kilruddery House and Gardens.[12] For adventure for both young and old there is Squirrel’s Scramble for kids in Kilruddery Gardens and Bray Adventures for both sea and land adventures of all types.[13]


Music has strong traditions in Bray in the form of sessions in pubs like the Hibernian and in the more formal ways through the School of Music

Golf is a very popular sport with the residents and visitors to Bray. There are a number of golf clubs and pitch & putt course in and around Bray including Bray Golf Club.[35] and Old Conna Golf Club[36]

Derry remain third in the table, five points behind leaders Dundalk.

Killegar Stables offer a pony camp, guided treks and riding lessons for all ages. Killegar is also home to an award winning riding club.

Bray Jazz Festival takes place annually on the May bank holiday weekend. The festival includes performances by jazz and world music artists from Ireland and abroad.

The AirCoach has two stops to Bray to and from Dublin Airport.[7]

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The annual Bray Summerfest is an established tourist event, taking place over six weeks in July and August. The Summerfest features over 100 free entertainment events, including live music, markets, sporting entertainment, carnivals and family fun. Performers who have headlined include Mundy, Brian Kennedy, the Undertones, the Hothouse Flowers and Mary Black. In 2006, over 60,000 visitors attended the main festival weekend in mid-July.[citation needed]

There are number of choirs in Bray including, the Bray Community Choir, the Bray Choral Society, Bray Gospel Choir and the Bray Youth Choir.

Fishing in both the River Dargle and on the sea coastline is a very popular activity all year round. There are a number of clubs including Bray Head Fishing Club and Dargle Anglers Club.[34]

Bray lies along the M11 motorway corridor; an interchange at its northern side links with the M50 Dublin bypass.

Dundalk, after beating Wexford Youths 1-0 on Friday night, are four points clear at the top.

Derry have another away contest against fourth-placed Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday before a home game against Galway United next Friday.

Bray is home to League of Ireland semi-professional football club Bray Wanderers who play at the Carlisle Grounds. It also hosts schoolboy football club Saint Joseph's Boys A.F.C., Ardmore Rovers and Wolf Tone F.C.

Bray has a steadily growing population of permanent residents. It increases dramatically in the warmer seasons with tourists from Dublin and other countries to attend festivals, be by the sea and as part of trips to the Garden of Ireland, Wicklow, of which Bray is a gateway.

Hell & Back is a new adventure race that takes place up in Kilruddery Estates where thousands of people gather run the adventure races a couple of times a year.[15]