August is usually a busy month. It didn’t have a trip to Edinburgh as usual, but it did have a trip to Manchester to see United take on Leeds, and of course, get some Street Art pictures.

The week before that, I headed to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Fola Esch in the Euro Conference League. The less said about that the better.

Towards the end of the month, I took in another trip, this time to County Wicklow, getting pictures of the Bray To Greystones Walk, Bray Head, Bray Harbour and of Street Art in Dun Laoghaire.

On the final Saturday of the month, I was back in Irish League watching mode, seeing Linfield take on Crusaders at Windsor Park on the opening day of the season.

Linfield v Fola Esch

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Leeds United

Manchester United v Leeds United Photo Album

Bray To Greystones Walk

Bray To Greystones Walk Photo Album

Bray Head

Bray Head

Bray Head Photo Album

Bray Harbour

Bray Harbour Photo Album

Dun Laoghaire Street Art

Dun Laoghaire Street Art Photo Album

Linfield v Crusaders


It really is impossible to take a bad photo of Bray Harbour on a sunny day.

After walking up Bray Head, then having a relax in my hotel room, next up for me on Tuesday lunchtime was a stroll along Bray Harbour.

I got straight to work, getting snaps of the Harbour, with Bray Head in the background, as well as plenty of yachts and swans.

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I could have taken the DART, but that would have been no fun.

Having dumped my bag at my hotel in Bray before I could check in, I had a bit of time to kill.

So, I decided to walk from Bray to Greystones. I’d done part of it twice before. When I say part of it, only a small part. Like literally, a wee bit at the start.

As I walked from Bray Promenade to the starting point, I made sure I was stocked up with the essentials. A bottle of water for hydration and a bar of chocolate for energy. That’s my reasoning and i’m sticking to it.

Walking at the start, I noticed there were a lot of benches. My advice is to make the most of it as there aren’t many other opportunities for a sit down after the point.

DART Passengers get the opportunity to take in some spectacular views on this route, but those DARTs give those on foot the opportunity for spectacular photos as there are great positions to take aerial photos of passing trains.

Of course, when I reached those points, there were no trains passing, and I wasn’t in the mood for waiting, so on I went.

Just like Cavehill and Cregagh Glen, Bray To Greystones is a route that takes a battering when there is rain, which I presume there had been in the days preceding my visit (there was in Belfast on those days) meaning there was still some muck and puddles about even though it was roasting.

At the early stage of the walk, there is a mural identifying all the wildlife there is on the trail, if you wish to keep an eye out.

It is a very narrow path, so it is best to avoid peak times. Travelling on a Monday morning, I did just that.

As with any walking journey, I usually just go for an hour and see where it takes me. This path felt never ending, an hour and a half seeing me arrive in Greystones Harbour.

A brief walk around Greystones Harbour and a bit of lunch, I then jumped on the DART to head back to Bray.

Well, I was hardly going to walk it back, my feet were aching.

That is probably a sign of a good walk, which this definitely was.

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The theme of this trip was third time lucky.

I should have been going to Bray in late June 2020, but it got cancelled (It was my hotel that cancelled on me) because of you know what.

But why Bray? Well, I wanted to base myself there to try and blag a ticket for a European Championship game, as it is on the same DART route as Lansdowne Road. Well, they were hardly going to stage it at Carlisle Grounds, as much as i’ve enjoyed the matches i’ve been to there.

If you’re going to a football match in Dublin, why not get a hotel in Dublin? Well, I had a quick look at the draw, as it was a Last 16 game I was hoping to see, and noticed that it could have been England v Germany (Which it turned out to be) so I thought I might take evasive action just in case.

I’ll just let the English, Germans and Gardai have a three way Royal Rumble while I enjoy myself by the seaside.

As you now know, Euro 2020 was put back a year, meaning i’d be going for no reason, but I just kept the booking to give me something to look forward to. I knew I would end up making the most of my free cancellation but I wanted to leave it as late as possible. The hotel ended up cancelling on me because Leo shut all the hotels.

With the announcement of a new calendar for Euro 2021 in June 2020, I was straight online to book a hotel in Bray in anticipation to try and blag a ticket for a Euro 2021 game at Lansdowne Road. A whole year to wait.

By the time June 2021 came along, circumstances had changed.

First of all, Dublin had lost hosting rights to Euro 2021, meaning the football match I wanted to try and blag a ticket for would be held at Wembley instead of Lansdowne Road.

Despite that, I still wanted to go to Bray, because, I hadn’t been away anywhere since early 2020 because of you know what.

However, I was now facing algorithm based difficulties.

You see, I booked my Covid Vaccination as soon as I was eligible. I didn’t need to be bribed with tickets for concerts or Belfast Giants. When I did, they gave me my second date at the same time. It didn’t matter if it suited me or not.

I made a request to move it but I had no response. The deadline for free cancellation was approaching, so I had to cancel it and move it from late June to late August.

Even though I wasn’t going to Bray, I kept my Annual Leave booked, having a staycation, going to North Down Coastal Path on the Monday and Blackhead Path on the Tuesday. Wednesday was Injection Day, so I kept that free just in case.

Both the Monday and Tuesday were absolutely roasting. As much as I enjoyed my visits to North Down and East Antrim, i’d rather have been in Bray.

Especially with the weather being so much. I had a nagging feeling for two months that I was going to be punished with torrential rain for moving my plans. You know how these things work.

Whatever way the weather ended up, I was just glad to get away somewhere. As it turned out, it was three days of sunshine. Result.

The last eighteen months haven’t taught me, but just confirmed, that other people are thick as shit and are not to be trusted. With this in mind, I booked myself on the 6.50am Enterprise to Dublin and then 9pm home to avoid the busier trains. There was barely anyone on it.

When I arrived in Dublin, I headed to a Vintage/Retro Shop i’d previously visited across the street from Connolly Station called Under The Bridge. Funnily enough, because it’s under a bridge, and nothing to do with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

To my frustration, it was closed, it’s opening hours being 12pm to 6pm. That walk would be my only footsteps in Dublin outside of Connolly Station.

It was my intention to avoid Dublin on this trip. I’ll venture back some day, just not now. I mean, they are World Champions in Standing In The Footpath For No Reason Whatsoever. Annoying at the best of times, even more in this climate.

Frustrated with my start to the trip, I ventured back into Connolly Station to head for my destination, my luck picking up when the next train to Bray was an Inter City (Bound for Rosslare) rather than the DART. A lot more comfortable.

Having been to Bray before, I know my way about, so it was easy to find my hotel from Bray Train Station, being slightly distracted when I walked past an Ice Cream Vendor, making a purchase. Well, it was Ice Cream Weather.

You will never be stuck for ice cream in Bray. It felt like every second building was an Ice Cream Shop.

Eventually, I arrived at my hotel, The Martello, which I like to pretend is named in tribute to Marti Pellow.

Too early to check in, I left my bags in Reception, and headed towards the Bray To Greystones Walk to occupy my time.

In keeping with the theme of Third Time Lucky, i’d walked a wee bit of the start of it to get some photos of Bray when I was over for a concert in 2014.

Then, in July 2019, I was having a long weekend in Dublin, I snuck to Bray on the Friday for a football match, and walked a wee bit more, getting some photos.

I stated that I would do the full walk when I returned. I had planned that would be in 2020 rather than 2021.

The walk felt long and never ending, close to an hour and a half. That time not helped by the amount of stopping to take photos.

There’s a separate blog covering that.

The reward was spectacular when I reached Greystones, having a nice walk along Greystones Harbour before some lunch.

After lunch, I was on the DART back to Bray to check in.

Well, I was hardly going to walk it back. My feet were aching.

The DART between Bray and Greystones is renowned for it’s views, and it did not disappoint. Ironically, i’d been mostly frustrated by the lack of trains when trying to photograph a train while walking the first leg. If that makes sense.

Checked in, I went for a walk through Bray Town Centre to have a nosey before heading for a bite to eat.

The plan for Monday night was to walk along Bray Promenade and get some sunset photos.

Those plans would be shelved.by the fact it was foggy.

The fog would continue through to the following morning, when I walked up Bray Head. Due to this, the photos when I reached the top weren’t as good as I hoped for.

It was easier going up and down, very slippy and rocky, having to be careful and take my time.

I guess i’ll have to come back again some time and walk it with better visibility so I can get better photos.

On the Tuesday, my Dad headed down, so I met up with him after lunch, getting the DART to Greystones, taking in Greystones Town Centre, which I didn’t get a chance to do on the Monday and Greystone Harbour.

My original plan on Tuesday was to visit Great Sugar Loaf.

Looking online, it was hard to find clear information on how to get there, which is why I went to Bray Head instead, as it was a lot easier to find. I guess i’ll just have to do that on a later visit.

Bray Head should have been my Wednesday morning adventure, but having done it the day before, I used the free time to stroll along Bray Harbour before getting the DART to Dun Laoghaire.

My reason for going to Dun Laoghaire was to check out the Street Art that had appeared in recent months (There’s a separate blog for that) but I went for a walk through the town before a spot of lunch.

I really enjoyed going through the town, with the palm trees and architecture made it look Mediterranean (the sunshine might have helped and/or impeded my judgement) as if I was in Spain or Italy.

As I stared out the window of the DART going to and from Bray, I was struck by how many stops on the way were right beside a beach. You were spoilt for choice when it came to Coastal Walks.

Given my close proximity to Dublin, it would have been tempting to make a visit. However, with all these activities and walks on offer, there was no need to.

I do enjoy visiting Dublin, but i’ll give it a miss until the R Number drops. It’s a bit, how you say, busy.

Looking ahead, and a bit ahead, Dublin will be hosting the 2024 UEFA Cup Final.

I’ll be planning to go, but instead of staying in Dublin, I might base myself in Bray.

In 2022, the July Holidays will be on a Tuesday and a Wednesday.

My plans are to go away somewhere, either Sunday-Wednesday or Monday-Wednesday.

At the moment, i’m thinking of going to Waterford on those dates but Bray has now come into contention.

After all, I do have unfinished business. That being, walk up Bray Head and get some photos that aren’t dominated by fog, and to find Great Sugar Loaf and walk up it.

In short, I loved Bray, and recommend a visit. I’ll definitely be back some time, I just don’t know when.


July 2019 took a while to get going. It took ten days to have a photo adventure, then I couldn’t stop.

July 10th marked the start of the 2019-2020 football season, seeing Linfield take on Rosenborg in the European Cup.

The following day, I headed to Dublin for a short break, getting loads of Street Art photos, and seeing two football matches – St Patrick’s Athletic v IFK Norrkoping and Bray Wanderers v Limerick.

While I was in Bray, I made a start on Bray Head. I’ll be back in 2020 to finish it.

The following weekend, I headed to Wilgar Park to see Linfield continue their pre-season preparation against Dundela.

Linfield v Rosenborg

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art Photo Album

St Patrick’s Athletic v IFK Norrkoping

St Patrick’s Athletic v IFK Norrkoping Photo Album

Bray Head

Bray Head Photo Album

Bray Wanderers v Limerick

Bray Wanderers v Limerick Photo Album

Dundela v Linfield


I started something, but I didn’t quite finish it.

I spent a weekend in Bray in 2014, but it was only on my last day that I noticed Bray Head, so I went to the start of it and got a view of Bray and County Wicklow.

I always had it in my head that i’d come back, so five years later, I did.

Enjoying an extended break in Dublin, I decided to make Bray part of my trip, especially with Bray Wanderers being at home.

Arriving just before 5pm, I set aside time to walk 20 minutes upwards to see how far I get. It’s not a particularly demanding route, but there are spectacular views of Bray, Wicklow and the Bray-Greystones DART.

Naturally, the trains went past when I was in a crap shooting position.

There are even seats and picnic benches on the route if you fancy a sit down.

By the time i’d arrived there, i’d already covered 30,000 steps that day walking around Dublin, so it wasn’t ideal preparation.

I wasn’t too far off the top. I really now wish i’d headed over earlier to have had that extra time.

Lesson learnt, if I am going to walk it, do it first thing in the morning.

As mentioned in my previous football blogs, I’ve applied for tickets to a couple of Euro 2020 games in Dublin.

Even if i’m unsuccessful, i’ll travel down for a game.

My plan is not to stay in Dublin, but to stay in Bray, as Lansdowne Road is on the Dublin-Bray DART route.

Naturally, i’ll use a day I wake up in Bray to walk it first thing in the morning before my legs and feet are already aching.

I managed to get some photos, but the weather was dull. Hopefully, it will be better when I arrive next year.

You can read more about Bray Head (and there’s a video) here.

That’s put me in the mood to try and walk as much of Arthur’s Seat when i’m in Edinburgh (I know I say that every year) and Cave Hill.

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Paloma Faith headlined the Saturday night of Groove Festival at Killruddery in Bray.

The set list was heavily based on her current album “A Perfect Contradiction”, ignoring a lot of her biggest hits prior to this year.

Paloma Faith doesn’t stand still on stage, even climbing onto a piano at one point. The crowd loved it, especially this year’s hit singles “Can’t Rely On You’ and “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”

Faith entertained the crowd with anecdotes between songs, addressing being caught out lying about her age by joking about it, as well as trying to entertain the crowd by putting on a local accent.

The biggest laugh was reserved for her telling when an RTE journalist addressed her as “So …… Imelda” before then singing the praises of Imelda May.

Disappointingly, some of her biggest his such as “Thirty Minute Love Affair”. “Upside Down” and “New York” weren’t performed, but there were some covers, the best of which was her version of “Teardrops” by Womack and Womack before ending with the lead single from her current album “Can’t Rely On You”

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See Also

Paloma Faith Live At Ulster Hall 2013

Paloma Faith Live At Ulster Hall 2013 Photo Album


This was my 4th time seeing James, in a 4th different country, having previously seen them in Sheffield, Glasgow and Belfast.

You know what to expect by now, but you still turn up expecting the unexpected, because that’s what James live shows are like.

The event itself was Groove Festival, on the grounds of Killruddery Estate in Bray, in it’s 2nd year having launched in 2013.

There was plenty of activities on offer while waiting for the music to come on such as zorbing, and a rocket display.

I arrived at 5pm(ish) and was greeted by a dance band called King Kong Company doing a version of the Doctor Who theme, complete with kids in a field dancing to it.

The support act that came on before James was Cathy Davey. I’d never heard of her before, but she was rather good.

As the crowd waited for James, the rain started lashing. James are a band worth getting soaked for.

Eventually, they came on, no grand entry. Tim Booth, wearing a coat, which soon disappeared a couple of songs in.

The setlist was dominated by new material, focusing on their current album La Petite Mort. On the songs i’ve heard so far, it’s rather good, with recent single Moving On set to become a fan favourite.

While James were mid song, I heard a voice beside me screaming “Daddy” – turn out it was guitarist Saul Davies daughter. A fan let her piggyback on her to get a better view. He did a double take when seeing his daughter being piggybacked by a stranger (In case you’re wondering, her mum was with her all the time)

There wasn’t many of their classic hits on the setlist, only Sometimes.

As they finished Moving On, they had a change of plan. The original plan of Laid was changed as in Tim Booth’s words, it didn’t feel right, so they played Sit Down instead, with a piano led version, before jumping in to the version we all know and love.

Just when it looked like a James gig without Tim Booth jumping into the crowd, that was rectified during Sit Down. The crowd at the front, as ever, loved it.

It wasn’t as good as my previous James concerts, but it was still an enjoyable evening.

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See Also

James Live At Belsonic 2013

James Live At Belsonic 2013

James Live At SECC 2013

James Live At SECC Photo Album

James Live In Sheffield 2010

James Live In Sheffield Photo Album


Was Dublin bound last Friday, a stop-off before my final destination of Bray.

I usually visit Dublin once a year. It’s not a deliberate policy I have, I usually head down for an event. The event in question was a concert, Groove, taking place in Bray.

As Bray is only 40 minutes away by DART, I thought i’d go to Dublin, head to Bray, go to the concert, then spend another day in Dublin before getting my train back.

I got the train down to Dublin at 8am. As my check-in time at Bray wasn’t until 2pm, it gave me about 4 hours to explore Dublin.

Friday was spent just wandering around Dublin. Stumbled into an area called Smithfield, beside the Jameson Distillery where I managed to get some Street Art photos. For the rest of the morning, I was walking around the city centre, checking out independent stores, walking around Grafton Street and nearby areas.

So, I then headed to Bray on the DART, the station being a street away from my hotel. My arrival, was greeted by rain. Nice start.

I headed to my hotel at the seafront and checked in. It was very comfortable, in fact, too comfortable, as I sat in front of the TV watching the World Cup, I found it hard to get up.

Eventually, I did get up and out for a bite to eat, to head to the Carlisle Grounds to watch Bray Wanderers take on Drogheda United.

There were no games in Dublin on the Friday night, so this match won by default. Always good to visit new grounds.

Back to the hotel, and some more World Cup, before some sleep ahead of a busy day.

Saturday morning, the weather was better. In fact, the sun was shining. So, off I went to explore Bray.

It was a standard seaside town where the weather can dictate your viewpoint. Arriving in the rain wasn’t a good impression, but having a stroll in the sunshine on Saturday morning was nice.

Town centre had the usual shops you see in a town centre anywhere. If you are to visit Bray, a day should suffice.

The best thing to do, if the weather is nice, is to walk along the seafront on to Bray. Some spectacular views that are worth all that walking for.

After a bit of lunch, I headed back to the hotel room to get ready to head to Killruddery for the concert, headlined by James and Paloma Faith.

I got a shuttle bus from the DART station for the ten minute journey to the venue for the concert. It was a well run festival with plenty of activities to do while waiting for the acts to come on.

The concert was headlined by Paloma Faith and James. I was primarily there for James, but I also like Paloma Faith. It was a nice dry day and looking good, until just after 7pm then the heavens opened.

Having gambled and not taken a raincoat (it was roasting when I left the hotel), I was drenched. I was close to heading back to the hotel to watch the World Cup after James.

Thankfully, I stayed for Paloma Faith, and it was worth it.

After the gig, there were shuttle buses already stationed outside the venue, meaning getting back to the hotel was hassle free.

Holland and Costa Rica were considerate enough to go to extra-time and penalties, so I sat in my room watching that after the gig.

Sunday morning, my Bray adventure was over, I headed back to Dublin to spend some time in the city. Again, I went for a walk around the city, heading to Temple Bar (I didn’t get a chance to go there on the Friday)

I also took the opportunity to get some Street Art photos that I didn’t get on Friday. It was disappointing to see one of the walls which had some fantastic pieces on it last year, was now blank, and that some other pieces i’d seen last year were painted over slightly.

Like in Bray the day before, the weather fluctuated between sunshine and rain at regular intervals. Thankfully, for the last few hours of my visit, it was dry.

It was a good way to leave on. If the only complaint you have is the weather, it probably wasn’t that bad a trip.

See Also :

Dublin 2013

Dublin 2010