BRAY HEAD – JULY 2019

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 – LIVE AT KILLRUDDERY (GROOVE FESTIVAL) 5.7.2014

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

JAMES – LIVE AT KILLRUDDERY (GROOVE FESTIVAL) 5.7.2014

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

DUBLIN/BRAY

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