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Our Town Our River – The story of the River Dargle Defence Scheme Exhibition

To mark the completion of the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme, Bray Municipal District and Tom Foley Management Ltd are hosting an exhibition about the history of the River Dargle and the story of the protection scheme.

The exhibition, which is free of charge, will be on display at the Bray Civic Offices from Monday, November 6th, 2017.

Mr Frank Curran, Chief Executive Wicklow County Council said: “I am delighted that the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme has been completed. This is a very important piece of infrastructure which aims to protect our town and its people. “

The flood defences aim to provide protection against a 1-in-100-year fluvial flood and 1-in-200-year tidal flood.

The scheme comprised a variety of flood defences, including construction of new sections of earth embankments, demolition and rebuilding of river walls with extensive stone facing, channel excavation, regrading and riverbank strengthening.

A range of landscape treatments in and adjacent to the river are to mitigate the impacts of the scheme on the local environment along the river corridor.

Along with the flood defences, there have been enhancement works that have transformed the local environment by new and improved landscaping and walkways at the People’s Park, Ravenswell Road and the Lower Dargle Road with the addition of The Boardwalk which complements and provides linkage between the People’s Park and the Fran O’Toole Bridge.



Wicklow County Council would like to extend sincere thanks to all the residents affected by the flood defence works for their co-operation and patience throughout the scheme.

The exhibition will show how the river was used throughout the years and how the flood defence scheme and peripheral works have significantly enhanced the river and its immediate environs.

New and old photographs along with some significant historical and key timelines will be also showcased at the exhibition which have been kindly provided by Brian White of the Bray Chualann Historical Society.

“We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition,” said Cllr Christopher Fox, Cathaoirleach, Bray Municipal District.

The exhibition will be open for two weeks from Monday to Friday, commencing on the 6th November. In order to facilitate schools opening times will be restricted to members of the public for the second week.

Opening hours for the public are as follows:  Monday, November 6th until Friday, November 10th from 9am to 5pm and Monday November 13th until Friday November 17thfrom 11am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 5 pm.

To book a school visit please email: