McDONALDS VEVAY ROAD BRAY – THE OLD TOWN HALL
When I operated from in Bray in the 1970s McDonalds had not yet arrived in Ireland. In 1979 I moved to Santa Clara in California and, for various reasons, my first meal in the USA was at McDonalds and I cannot tell you how disappointed I was. While in California I visited some really good restaurants but I was not impressed by the burger chains but as the restaurants that I liked were expensive the comparison might not be fair.
To the best of my knowledge McDonalds came to Dublin in 1987 having established their first UK restaurant in 1974.
In the 1880s Bray more or less consisted of one long street of houses at the head of which are two long streets – Vevay Road and Killarney Road. The Town Hall was built where the three streets meet.
The plaque at the entrance to the building, dedicated to the Brabazons who commissioned the construction of the hall, reads:
“This Town Hall and Market house was erected by Reginald Lord Brabazon, son of William 11th Earl of Meath and Mary Lady Brabazon only daughter of Thomas 11th Earl of Lauderdale in the year of our Lord 1882”