Bray devoted much of his life to the advancement of the culture and language of Ireland. As a young man he was a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. He was a life-long republican who dedicated himself to the cause of Irish freedom. He was interned at the Curragh Camp in Cill Daragh after some stops at Mountjoy, Arbour Hill, Sligo and Longford. Bray was at Mountjoy during a hunger strike and ensuing riot. He served a total of 5 years, from the age of 23 until he was 28.
For many years, Bray was a professor of Irish language, history and culture at Sullivan County Community College and Orange County Community College. He was a recipient of the Irish American of the Year of Orange County.
Bray was the co-founder, vice president and president of the Wild Geese Social Club of Washington Heights, N.Y. He was a member of the Carpenters? Union Local 608. He was a long-time member of the Elks Club of Liberty. He was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bray belonged to many Irish organizations, including: the Limerickmen?s Association, Cumann an F