A Real Thing for the future — 20 Comments

  1. A fine post! I love the photo. You hit the nail on the head about the need for enterprise – vibrant, small scale, local enterprise. Lots of them.

  2. There needs to be a big surge in confidence for people to see taking individual risks as a worthwhile enterprise – something that is not being inspired by the drip-drip of bad news from the financial institutions and by the less than transparent dealings with the religious institutions.

  3. I checked the noticeboard in the Bray Head car park last night – it says the chair lift ran successfully until the 1970s. There must be lots of holiday snaps where it features.

  4. It was set up in 1950 by Eamonn Quinn father of Feargal Quinn of Superquinn. I believe it shut down in 1970 when the troubles in the north started and tourism from the UK started to slow/stop.

  5. I recall biking past the base of the chair lift in the summer of 1972. It was out of service. I visited it again in I think the early 1990s. Bases remained. Up at the Eagles Nest: derelict electric boxes, toilet, parts of old chairs, top most cable support–badly rusted. I have a photo of myself (age 5) and my mother on a chair coming up to the top. Photo taken July, 1960. Happy childhood memories.

  6. Incidentally, the photo of the Coca-cola deliveryman is probably staged. The photo of my mother and me was taken as we ascended and the photo depicts our chair pointing towards Dublin, not Bray Head! The deliveryman is actually on a descending chair–no doubt taken so that he would be facing the camera.

  7. Thanks for the information. A friend’s aunt had the cafe at the Eagle’s Nest. I think the chair lift was taken out of service after an accident.

  8. Enjoyed your article. Picture is iconic. The ‘enterprising’ family were the Quinns who ran it from 1950 to 1970 accident free – young Fergal went into the supermarket business afterwards- i.e Superquinn.

    There is always hope and as we speak there are young Irish entrepeneurs in the waiting – the circle will turn.

    Michael Doorley

  9. Hallo, I’m 75 and remember the chairlift well.

    A pity there was no wee tram from the lower terminus to Bray railway station. That was my first charlift.

    Much later I discovered chairlits with my skis in Bavaria, Ausria, Switzerland and France. I can’t see why it could not be restored in Bray Head – it would be a great tourist attraction!

    In addition, you could build a funicular or rack-railway up to the top of Kippure, where you could build a super-disco.

    I’m sure that would be a great hit with the Dublin Yuppie-set!!!

    JD Germany

  10. I was born in 1965 and remember going up bray head on this cable chair.being asking friends for years do they remember these chairs but nobody does. Great seeing some pictures even just to prove a point lol. Linda remember being brought into a cafe for tea up there. If I remember right it was a yellow cable car. Great memories, must see can I dig out old photo graphs.

  11. There are some really good photos on Google images including some John Hinde postcards. Fingers crossed that one day someone will restore the chair-lift & café.

  12. I wish to confirm comment above .the chap with the bottles is on the down line,i should know as i was involved in the building of thr ropeway.

  13. I wonder if people who travelled on it would have been believed if they had told people in England, or other places, that there was a cable car in an Irish seaside town

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