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Your Greystones Week


Despite the fact that most Greystonians are in pyjamas, half-asleep and sipping  devilment by 8pm every night, it would still be fair to say that this is a town that never sleeps.

Something GG has learnt the hard way, having stupidly taken on the task of keeping you lazy, half-drunk, half-assed Greystonians informed of the daily goings-on just outside your doorstep.

With a healthy nocturnal life too, as the old saying goes, there’s something for everyone, from birdwatching to badminton, from the blues to Bach, from booze to Bible studies.

You can catch up with the Greystones week gone by here, and with the many, many Greystones Cancer Support activities right here.

There’s also Joe and his alpacas up just outside Newtownmountkennedy, and generally open all year round, or Lalli de Buitlear, and her Old Delgany Burial Ground walks & talks, available on request.

There are also fun and games at the Greystones Film Club, plus, live satellite links with the likes of The Met, The Bolshoi Ballet and The National Theatre at The Whale.

And don’t forget our front-page Events calendar, with a day-by-day, hour-by-hour guide to what’s going on around here.

Just, you know, get out there, and join hands with the living. Computer love – even in 3D – can never reach the heights, or the depths, of the real thing

Tuesday 22nd Jan

Launching today, the Bray One Act Drama festival will run at the Mermaid Arts Centre until the 26th, with tickets just €16, or €13 with concession. Curtains up each night at 7.30pm, and you can find out more – and book your tickets right here.

Laurence Reddin’s Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes at St Patrick’s Recreation Centre are this evening, running from 7.45pm to 8.45pm. You can also do Saturday mornings, from 8.45am to 9.45am.

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

You can choose from two doses of YOGA & MINDFULNESS with Angelika at St Patrick’s Church, from 6.45pm to 8.10pm for Establish or 8.15pm to 9.45pm for Continuation.

And kudos to SuperValu, who continue their autism shopping experience every Tuesday evening… 

Running throughout January and February, Chakra have introduced their new pre-theatre menu, where you can get award-winning Indian nosh for less. Boom!

In the evening, you can get your diddley-aye fix with the long-running Tuesday night TRAD SESSION in Dann’s. Noice

Wednesday 23rd Jan

Running from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Kilcoole Community Centre, Bray Area Partnership are offering free advice on finding and applying for jobs. Covering everything from JobsPlus to Back To Work schemes, this service is free, baby!

For the lads, there’s THE MEN’S SHED twice-weekly meeting at 10am (returning Friday, at the same time), along with the weekly CHILDREN’S STORYTIME at the Greystones Library, from 10.30am, whilst, starting back September 12th, ME & THE MOON have their kids art workshops in the Kilian Family Centre – from 3.30pm to 4.30pm for 4- to 7-year-olds and 4.30pm to 5.30pm for 8- to 12-year-olds.

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

Frances Browner is the brains behind a new Greystones writing group, SCRIOBH ARÍS, meeting at 7.30pm every Wednesday – bar the last of each month – in the Greystones Cancer Support HQ on La Touche Place.

Meeting outside The Horse & Hound in Delgany at 3pm, Michael Woods O’Rourke (and his freeloading twin brother) have put together a sturdy four-hour walk & talk history tour of the area that’s already getting rave reviews.

It’s just €10 for the full tour, and those clever people at de Horse are also taking bookings for a special after-trek nosh-up. Nice! You can book your tour by contacting Michael on woodsorm@tcd.ie, and book your well-deserved Horse dinner by emailing mary@horseandhounddelgany.com.

And don’t forget, you can always take a few slightly stoned Delgany history tours with the bould Shay Clear right here.

The beautiful Evan Furlong has her CHINESE STUDIES FOR CHILDREN running at NWETSS in Bray, from 4pm to 6pmwise move, given that, thanks to Trump, China will rule us all by 2025 – whilst for the older generation, the GREYSTONES ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION meets every Wednesday evening, at 8pm, in the Kilian Family Centre. Bring mixers. And a blanket.

Suitable for kids aged 7 upwards, CODERDOJO GREYSTONES offer free computer classes and workshops, tonight, 7.15pm in St Kevin’s. Given that it’s free, BOOKING is essential, baby.

For those into flexing their brains, the GREYSTONES BRIDGE CLUB meet every Wednesday evening down at their Victoria Road HQ, whilst the notorious GREYSTONES ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION play whist from 8pm over at Kilian House Family Centre.

For those keen to flex their muscles, Mark Crean’s FITTSTONES classes are on both Monday and Wednesday evenings, whilst there’s Yoga & Mindfulness with Angelika for Beginners at St Patrick’s Church from 8pm to 9.30pm.

Gotta love the long-running Wednesday night treat over at THE BEACH HOUSE, where Mike Morrissey is your sheriff for QUIZ & BINGO NIGHT! Just €2 a card, kids, and the fun kicks off at 10pm.

In the meantime, check out our video chat with young Mike, where we go deep to find out the secret of his quizmaster success and his pop superstar failure.

There’s also that BRAY GREYSTONES BADMINTON CLUB, meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm, and Sundays at 4pm.

Running throughout January and February, Chakra have introduced their new pre-theatre menu, where you can get award-winning Indian nosh for less. Boom!

And don’t forget, the HORSE & HOUND trad session – right by that cosy fire.

Thursday 24th Jan

Two chances to finally get your life together this evening. Sarah Ryan is giving a free talk at the library from 7pm to 8pm, whilst Janice Valentine presents Rocket Into 2019 over at The Whale, from 8pm. Boom!

Talking of which, the somewhat controversial School Of Philosphy & Economic Science are celebrating 50 years by offering their introductory course for just €10 – reduced from a whopping €140. Taking place at Luisne over in Kilcoole, at 7.30pm, the course runs for the next ten Thursdays.

There’s a Conversational French Group gathering every Thursday morning, 11am, at the Greystones Library, and you can be a part of it – once you have Intermediate French. Call John on 012875981 for further details.

Happening from 3pm to 5pm every first and third Thursday down at Shoreline, the Greystones Parkinson’s Social Club is a chance to hang out, having some tea & coffee, and a chat, whilst also getting support and advice. You can find out more by contacting Eva White on 012819578.

In the morning, Angelika is offering us all some YOGA & MINDFULNESS in Newcastle from 10.30am to 12am and at St Patrick’s from 8pm to 9pm, Lourda Scott is hosting PREGNANCY YOGA over in her groovy Kilcoole studio, and WICKLOW DEMENTIA SUPPORT gets underway at The Methodist Hall in Wicklow at 10.30am, whilst in the evening, over at Greystones Family Resource, their ADVENTURE YOUTH CLUB for boys and girls between 12 and 14 kicks off every Thursday at 5.30pm.

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

Lock of your grandads! The Delgany Guild of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association will be getting up to no good – and illegal speed knitting at St Patrick’s from 2pm today. You have been warned.

There’s also that BRAY GREYSTONES BADMINTON CLUB, meeting on Thursdays (and Wednesdays) at 8.30pm and Sundays at 4pm.

Running throughout January and February, Chakra have introduced their new pre-theatre menu, where you can get award-winning Indian nosh for less. Boom! 

Friday 25th Jan

Also, GREYSTONES ALZHEIMER FRIENDS take a trip down MEMORY LANE in St Patrick’s Parish Hall, from 11.30am to 1pm, all those hits from the ’50s and ’60s being blasted for a singalong, whilst over at THE WHALE, the box-office is open from 11am to noon – for those of you who like that one-Whale logo overlay theatre - Copyon-one experience when booking your CULTURAL KICKS

There’s also the twice-weekly MEN’S SHED (the other day being Wednesdays) down at the Scout’s Den behind the fire station.

On the foodie front, and the HORSE & HOUND have teamed up with chef PAUL SHARKEY for the brand new BELLEVUE BISTRO, open from Thursday to Sunday weekly. Plus, MANGO TREE have free Chicken Wings with every order of €40this month. 

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

On Fridays at Shoreline, from 7pm to 9pm, you can also sign up with the GREYSTONES SWIMMING CLUB, which, yowsa, was first founded in 1924. So, they should know what they’re doing by now.

Running throughout January and February, Chakra have introduced their new pre-theatre menu, where you can get award-winning Indian nosh for less. Boom!

For the night owls, there’s the Dirt Birds’ sold-out return to The Whale, Sue Collins and Sinead Culbert’s viral duos having already rocked the town last year. You can join the cancellation list for both Friday and Saturday– just on the off-chance.

Over in Dann’s, it’s the mighty Meakins, baby!

Saturday 26th Jan

The big one tonight is an evening with our very own Greystones Orchestra, playing the likes of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Motorhead at SoBe from 8pm. Special guests include violinist Colm O Braoin and flautist Michelle LeMay. You can email greystonesorch@gmail.com for further details.

For those with the morning munchies, Indian/Pakistani cuisine masters Daata on Hillside Road have introduced a different kind of breakfast, baby. Do it!

If your little one is keen to try rugby, then they should try Rugbytots, running every Saturday morning at Educate Together, and covering ages 2 to 5. Nice! Try! Running till January 5th, you can email rebecca@rugbytots.ie for further info.

In the morning, alongside THE WHALE box-office being open from 11am to noon in The Bear Paw Deli, there’s the weekly NEWCASTLE MARKET in the morning and the German Conversation Club at the library at 11am, along with YOGA FOR ADDITIONAL NEEDS CHILDREN at SoBe…

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

Running throughout January and February, Chakra have introduced their new pre-theatre menu, where you can get award-winning Indian nosh for less. Boom!

Making sure our joints are rockin’ on a Saturday night, The Chosen Few are at The Beach House. Boom!

Sunday 27th Jan

With GRAPE going Full Santa and St David’s Car Boot Sale in hibernation, you’ll have to get your regular car boot-style bargain fix at the ENNISKERRY CHURCH HALL CRAFT FAIR, from 10am to 6pm, but only if you feel like venturing beyond city limits.

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

There’s also the latest in The Whale’s satellite link-ups with the great and the really great – this time, the Met Opera’s production of Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur on Sunday at 4pm.

Along with the BIG SUNDAY BREAKFAST from 11am to 3pm at The Bear Paw – get TWO YUMMY BREAKFAST ROLLS for €10! – there’s the BALLYWALTRIM CAR BOOT SALE from 9am to 2pm in sunny Bray, whilst for the slightly older folk, there’s the weekly HAZY, LAZY AFTERNOON SESSION at The Hot Spot, kicking off at 4pm, from the end of September. Alternatively, there’s the BRAY GREYSTONES BADMINTON CLUB, meeting at BIFE at 4pm (and Thursdays, at 8pm), and for budding young thespians between 14 and 18, the MAKING WAVES YOUTH THEATRE every Sunday from 2.15pm to 4.15pm at Greystones Studios.

Worth noting too that COTTAGE FLOWERS are now open every Sunday, from 11am to 4pm, for those looking for a little love gesture. Or forgiveness.

There’s also Sherron’s 5RHYTHMS DANCE MEDITATION, getting your morning started in a trance down at Sobe from 11am to 1pm. Back September 9th, this one also bounces to an evening session every month, so, check with the lady herself right about here.

Running throughout January and February, Chakra have introduced their new pre-theatre menu, where you can get award-winning Indian nosh for less. Boom!

Rockin’ out for Sunday night, from 7pm to 9pm, Soundwave are at Lee’s of Kilcoole to give Monday morning a fright. Do it!

Also in the evening, if you’ve got the CURLERS OUT OF YOUR HAIR, there’s BINGO at the Little Flower Hall beside the Holy Redeemer in Bray, the marker-sniffing action kicking off at 8pm.

Monday 28th Jan

Running from 10am to 1pm, the Greystones Art Group‘s weekly get-together at SoBe is a chance to express yourself, baby. Whilst joining one of Ireland’s oldest art groups, this particular batch of art lovers having first come together way back in 1965. Be the holy!

Monday mornings, from 9am to noon, Me & The Moon are hosting PARENT & TODDLER art workshops, perfect for a little me time. For both parent and toddler.

For those kids who’d like to just SING, SING, SING, the Greystones Youth Choir will be harmony-rockin’ Shoreline at 4pm, from 4.15pm to 5.45pm, to perfect those harmonies. And have FUN! And all for just €20! weeks

Kicking off in Newtown from 7.45pm to 8.45pm, then Greystones Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, and Newcastle Thursdays, YOGA & MINDFULNESS WITH ANGELIKA is a grand way to start your week/new life.

Monday is also the day you can take a chance on the ÉIRE ÓG LOTTERY, or, if this language is still a little DOUBLE-DUTCH to you, take some FREE ENGLISH CLASSES over in Kilcoole.

For the young at heart, there are AQUA AEROBICS down at Shoreline from noon to 1pm. The cost is €4.50, and you can get in touch on greystones@shorelineleisure.ie.

You can also get yourself in shape with MARK CREAN and his FITTSTONES classes, happening every Monday and Wednesday. YOWSA!

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm...

Lock of your grandads! The notorious Wicklow Guild of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association will be getting up to no good – and illegal speed knitting – at St Patrick’s from 8pm tonight. You have been warned.

Running throughout January and February, Chakra have introduced their new pre-theatre menu, where you can get award-winning Indian nosh for less. Boom!

Ooh, and don’t forget, FREE TIN WHISTLE LESSONS every Monday evening in THE HARBOUR BAR, running from 7.30pm to 8pm for complete beginners, 8pm to 8.30pm for beginners, and 8.30pm to 9pm for intermediate. SWEET!

And if you still need another BINGO FIX after Sunday night’s outing, St Patrick’s Hall in Kilcoole is de place to be tonight, from 8pm. BONGO!

Lots of other goodies coming up too, of course, so, keep watching the skies, and reading the Guide. You can also check out The Whale and The Hot Spot, for a night on de town, baby… 

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