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Issue No. 1155

30th April 2017

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Saturday 29th April 2017

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 6pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Sunday 30th April 2017

Do This in Memory 1st Communion Mass 11.30am in Eadestown

St Padre Pio’s Glove will be at Malone’s home in Shindella, Rathangan, Co Kildare from 11.30am to 5.30pm Items of St Pio available on the day! For Info: Call Betty 045 525 094

Monday 1st May 2017

Bank Holiday Monday: Mass at 11am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of month by appointment

Blessington & District Active Retirement Group meeting in the Coimín Centre at 2pm

Adoration / Silent Prayer in Church of Our Lady from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. All are welcome

Wednesday  3rd May 2017

The Citizens Information Centre is open in Blessington Library today 10am to 12.30pm.

Community Cafe Coffee Morning in Rathmore Hall from 10am to 12 noon. A great way to meet the neighbours. Everyone welcome

The Rosary will be recited at 7pm for the intentions of our families in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Hillbilly Tractor Run planning meeting in Valleymount Hall at 8.30. Volunteers urgently needed to help with field and sports activities, also for managing the car parking for the tractor run. If you can help out in any way come along to this important meeting.

Thursday 4th May 2017

Quiet Holy Hour of Prayer 8pm to 9pm in Eadestown Church

Coimín Management Meeting at 8pm in the Coimín Centre

Friday 5th May 2017

Bethany Bereavement Support Group are available in the Coimín Centre Blessington for caring confidential support from 10am to 11am

Lacken Community Centre Coffee Morning from 10.30am to12.30pm. Please Support.

1st Friday of the Month. The Masses will be offered for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. The priests of the parish will visit the sick and the housebound. If you would like a priest to call, please contact the Parish Office, 045 865 327 for Blessington or Fr Micheal for Eadestown/Kilteel

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10am to 6pm in Eadestown Church

Padre Pio Mass at 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington – PADRE PIO MITTEN will be present during this Mass.

1st Friday Mass in Valleymount at 8pm. Confessions 7.30 pm.


Annual Collection for the support of Dublin Diocesan Students preparing for Ordination will take place at all Masses next weekend, 6th & 7th May, it will replace the Share Collection

Children’s Church next weekend

Church of Our Lady, Blessington
6pm Mass on Saturday 6th May &

10am Mass on Sunday 7th May for children aged 5 to 11

Dates for your diary
Cemetery Sunday
on May 21st at 3pm in Burgage Cemetery, Blessington
Free Concert in St Mary's Church, Blessington by the Kansas State University Choir & Blessington Youth Theatre on 23rd May
Annual Pilgrimage to Knock on 28th May,leaving the Square in Blessington at 8am, €25 per person. Contact Mary 089 427 6504
Hillbilly Tractor Run & Festival will be held on weekend of June 23rd to 25th.
 '' Watch out!! For Important News about your very own Tramway Community Theatre, coming up in next week's newsletter keep Wed 10th May @ 8pm free in your diary…...!''

Friday May 12th is Happy Hearts Day. The Blessington Community First Responder unit will be selling Heart Pins on Friday May 12th on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation. If you can spare an hour to help & sell pins at one of our four locations please call Simon: 087-2785924

Blessington selected as Bank of Ireland ‘Enterprise Town 2017. Bank of Ireland are very excited to host the ‘Enterprise Town’ initiative on 6th May in Blessington Community College & are delighted to see the great level of support from the local communities for the initiative & are calling on businesses and community groups in Blessington to get involved. All those interested in taking part register by email Anne O’Sullivan, Manager Baltinglass at anne_m.o’ or call to Baltinglass branch and speak to staff.

There will be a Cake Sale at the Blessington Enterprise Town Event in the Community College on Saturday 6th May in aid of the Blessington & District Day Care.  Please come along & bring or buy a cake on the day.  Cakes can also be dropped into the COIMIN Centre before 1pm on Friday 5th May

The Annual Flag Days for the West Wicklow Day Care Centre will be held this weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated

Blessington FC Annual RACE NIGHT takes place this year on Friday May 5th at 9pm in The Lakes, Blessington. This is the Club's final fundraiser of the season, and we appeal to all team managers, coaches and parents for their full support. We are asking each team's management to sell just 16 HORSES AT €10 each. This is a great night’s entertainment and we would hope to see all our managers, coaches, parents and friends on the night.

Barren Rock Productions proudly present 'Face the Short Kick Out' written and performed by Richard Lynch in Tramway Theatre Blessington on Sat May 6th at 8pm. Tickets €15 Cons € 12 at Hennessey’s Next Door, The Office Shop and Blessington Parish Office.

Rith na Lochanna - Couch to 5K training: Weekly Monday meets until Rith na Lochanna 5K on Sunday 7th May.  Meet outside High Definition @ 7pm - Get all the tips from Greg. Plan can be downloaded from Please wear a Hi-Viz vest/jacket. Spread the word!! - Tar, bí in lúith agus bíodh lá spraoiúil agaibh!

Blessington Tidy Towns. Volunteers Needed. Regularly/ Occasionally. Sundays 9am to 10.30am and Thursday 7pm to 9pm. Meet in the Square. Please help keep our community clean. Email

Walks from Coimín Centre every Mon at 7pm, 4km, all fitness levels welcome. (Meet 6.45pm) Enjoy tea/coffee after Mon night walk for small donation fee of €2. Sat 5.2km walks 10am from Primary Care Centre at McGreals

Barbecue & Craft Market in Fogarty’s Garden Pavilion Ballymore Eustace on Saturday 29th April from 10am to 4pm, Hamper Raffle on the day, proceeds towards the Tidy Towns, all  welcome. Also opening our new services in the Hub: Medical Booth - Doctor on line - Chiropodist - Hearing Tests and Dermatologist all at Fogarty’s Ballymore Eustace, the Mayor of Kildare will Cut the Ribbon at 1pm

The Pieta House DARKNESS INTO LIGHT WALK will take place on Sat 6th May. Beginning in darkness at 4.15am & as dawn is breaking we walk into the light. As well as being a symbolic event DARKNESS INTO LIGHT raises funds for Pieta House. A ‘Blessington’ Team has been registered to take part in the Baltinglass DARKNESS INTO LIGHT WALK.  If you would like to join the team, register at & choose Baltinglass.  A bus will travel from Blessington for the event. To book a place on the bus (for a small fee) text your name to 087 249 2058.

Donoughmore and Donard Amateur Drama Society by kind permission of the Drama League of Ireland presents Cupid Wore Skirts - A Three Act Comedy by Sam Cree  Thur 4th, Fri 5th, Sat 6th, Sat 13th and Sun 14th May at 8pm in Donoughmore Hall, Glen of Imaal. Admission by ticket only: Tickets €10 For Bookings Ph: 087 358 8583 Donations from the proceeds will be given to Saint Brigid's Hospice Kildare, Meals on Wheels Dunlavin, Donard and Donoughmore National Schools

The Inaugural West Wicklow Festival will take place from 19th to 21st May at the iconic Russborough House. The internationally renowned artists from home & abroad will include Quatuor Zaide, Ducasse trio, Rachel Kelly (mezzo-soprano) and Fiachra Garvey (piano - Ballyknockan). See: Tickets via the website or National Concert Hall Box Office 01 4170000 This promises to be a truly wonderful musical celebration in one of Ireland's most beautiful houses. Limited availability so book early to avoid disappointment!

Blessington GAA Academy meets every Saturday from 10am to 11.15am for boys & girls aged 4 to 6 yrs. The purpose of the Academy is for children to have fun and to introduce them to the basic skills of GAA. New members are welcome throughout the year. The Club has many teams for boys & girls from U7’s to U18’s. If you are interested in your child attending, please check out (under Juvenile Section & Ladies Section) for contact details for all managers.

Blessington GAA Club is collecting good quality second hand clothing suitable for re-use. Please fill as many black bin bags as you can – the more we collect, the more our club receives. Contact: John Magee Snr 086 871 7483 or Breda Brophy 087 225 3892. Thanks for your Support.



The Sacrament of the Sick – Healing Mass is offered on the 2nd Saturday of every 2nd month in Church of Our Lady, Blessington, unless otherwise announced.
February / April / June / August / October / December

The 9.30am Mass in Church of Our Lady, Blessington every Monday morning is offered for the sick and those in hospital. A Prayer Card is available free of charge at the Parish Office. 

The Parish Finance Committee would like to thank all who are supporting the Parish Neighbourhood Collection & the Parish Development Fund Boxes inside the doors of the Church of Our Lady. The money raised through the Neighbourhood Collection and these boxes stays in the parish so by your contributions you are supporting your local parish and we are most grateful.

Thinking of Advertising in the Parish Newsletter?
Small Adverts 50c per word If you wish to have your advert included on the Parish Website Commercial Section, €2 extra for the small ad.

Gluten Free Hosts are available on the Altar in Church of Our Lady, Blessington for Coeliacs who would like to receive the Blessed Sacrament.

Parish Meeting Room Facilities
The Coimin Centre opened its doors on 19th March 2015. It houses the Parish Office and Day Care facility for the elderly. We also have rooms to rent by day/evening for local groups and organisations. This is a modern, attractive and convenient venue and offers the possibility of a wide variety of meetings, gatherings and events.
You may also be interested in rooms to rent in a more traditional setting. St. Josephs Hall, Blessington has been at the heart of Blessington social and community life for almost 70 years, and today continues to be a thriving hub of activity for users of all ages. The Hall has been extensively refurbished in recent times and is in excellent condition throughout.
Both venues are serviced by Caretakers who are available to facilitate access to the venues, and to assist with particular user requirements.
All groups or organisations using the Coimin Centre and St. Josephs Hall must provide an up-to-date copy of their Insurance Cover.
Rates and availability can be checked by contacting the Parish Office 045 865327 or email:

Please Note: Blessington Parish Pastoral Council wish to advise that anyone requesting to hold collections outside the Church can only do so with Garda permission and no distribution of leaflets/Literature can take place on Church Grounds without prior permission.

Baptisms in Church of Our Lady, Blessington take place on the 1st Sunday of every month at 12.15pm and the 2nd Saturday of every month at 4.30pm. All bookings must be made through the Parish Office 045 865327. The Parish Baptism Team, Fiona & Karen, host a Baptism Preparation Meeting for parents each month in the Meeting Room of Church of Our Lady. All parents who wish to have a baby baptised are requested to attend the Preparation Meeting.  

Thanks to all who are taking the Newsletter on holidays with them!!
Keep the photos coming in, we are having fun seeing how many places we can get a photo of the Newsletter from.

St Vincent de Paul – Blessington. Any donations intended for the local conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul should be sent to, or left in the Parish Office, c/o SVP Blessington Conference. All donations received will be acknowledged and receipted by the local conference.

Don’t forget the importance of disabled parking bays around the town. Please think before you park and take a space a little further on and allow a disabled person the ease and ability to park and shop like anyone else. The message is simple, think before you park! There is a slogan in France which reads, "If you take my space then please take my disability too".

Please Note: Bookings for St. Josephs Hall are to be made at Blessington Parish Office. Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1pm. Tel: 045 865327

Check out St. Kevins Hall website - Details on what is going on and how to book the hall for activities or meetings. Log on to

Valleymount/Lacken Parish: website

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group
is a voluntary parish based ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving. The name Bethany recalls the visit of Jesus to Mary and Martha on the death of their brother Lazarus. Although grieving is a natural process which can be helped by the sympathy and understanding of friends, sometimes one may need support to work through it in a positive way. Friends don’t always know how to help; they may be embarrassed by one’s grief; they may even avoid meeting one in the mistaken belief that a meeting may increase distress. It is quite normal to feel anger, guilt, fear and depression as well as the awful pain of loss. These feelings need to be expressed rather than repressed, to be talked out, cried out and put in some sort of perspective. It helps the healing process to talk with a trained listener and confront the very strong feelings associated with grief. Many Bethany members have themselves been bereaved. They are trained to listen with understanding. They accept those suffering loss as they are, and support them through the grieving process. Members of the Parish Bethany Group are available in the Parish Centre (rear of Parish Office) on the 1st Friday of each month from 10.00am to 11.00am and on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8.00pm to 9.00pm. This is a free, confidential service.

The Archdiocese of Dublin Child Safeguarding & Protection Service information
Diocesan Designated Liaison Person:
Mr. Andrew Fagan, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3. Tel: 01 8360314 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm)
Deputy Liaison Person: Ms. Julie McCullough, Tel: 01 8360314 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm).
Local Area Tusla Office: 045 907891
Local Garda Station: 045 857620
Parish Safeguarding Representatives are: Sean Feely & Fidelma Hogan and they can be contacted through the Parish Office 045 865327

Blessington Greenway is a new 'hidden gem' right on Dublin's doorstep. It links the historic town of Blessington with the Palladian mansion of Russborough House. It is virtually all 'off-road' and covers 6.5kms along the shores and through the forests adjacent to Blessington Lakes - ideal for a leisurely stroll or cycle. Plans are being prepared for the addition of a complete loop right around the lakes for a total of more than 40kms. Take a look at this video clip for a flavour of what's available and the potential that exists to create a major national and international tourism attraction in West Wicklow!
Tulfarris members actively supported a Greenway Golf Fundraising Classic a few months ago and now you can see the project that the funds are being spent on by clicking on the link below. If you like what you see could I ask you to 'share' the video with your friends through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and so on. We are keen to let as many people as possible see what is there already and to keep up the momentum to complete the bigger project. So please enjoy and share.

Ladies is your husband retired or unemployed?
Is he under your feet and about the house all day?
If so, why not send him to the Mens Shed where he will probably meet old friends and will certainly make new friends. He will enjoy himself, get involved in social activities and projects. Mens Shed offers a new interest in life, send him along to see for himself.

Blessington Mens Shed has a few newly renovated and polished items of furniture for sale. See them all on our website: or call to the Mens Shed - Unit 2, Blessington Industrial Estate, Tropersfield, Burgage Road, Blessington. OPEN: Monday to Thursday. Very reasonable prices and great quality. For details, call Sean 086 250 8230

Two very informative Facebook pages to check out:

Blessington Scouts - Are you looking to get involved in your local community?
Or are you someone who loves the outdoors and enjoys working with young adults? Blessington Scouts need Adult Leaders for the Scout Section (11-15 yr olds). A typical meeting is mainly lead by the youth members so no skills are necessary. For further information call Derek Brophy on 087 773 1581 Email: or Malcolm Beresford on 087 2993419, Email:

Blessington Scout Group need LEADERS for the Scout Section. If you are interested, please email: and someone will be in touch. Thank you

Blessington Scouts Cubs Section Is your child between 9 and 11 years? Would you like them to join the Cub section of Blessington Scouts? If so please contact me at

Blessington Cubs Section are looking for Male & Female Leaders. If you are interested, please contact

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY – Attention all patients undergoing Chemotherapy Treatment Is transport a problem for you, either getting to or from your appointments? If so, contact any member of staff on the ward or the Oncology Social Worker or phone 01 231 0522.

Do you have a Smoke Alarm in your home? Have you checked it recently? Please ensure that you have a working Smoke Alarm and check on elderly neighbours to make sure they have one. Michael Doyle, B. & D. Forum.

Please be advised that the Blessington Motor Tax Office is only open on Tuesdays and the hours of opening are 9.00am - 12.30pm and 2.00pm - 3.30pm. Driving Licence applications are no longer accepted in Blessington Motor Tax Office, please forward all applications to Driving Licence Section, Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Wicklow.

Sensational Kids Child Development & Learning Centre is a charity that provides subsidised speech & language therapy and occupational therapy for children of all abilities. Reading tuition, psychological assessments, orthoscopics and craniosacral therapy also available. The centre is based in Kildare Town and is open Monday – Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
Visit for more info. Email Phone 045 520 900 for appointments

VINCENTs Shop, Blessington - Supporting the work of St. Vincent de Paul - New Extended Opening Hours we are now open from 10.00am to 5.30pm each day (Monday to Saturday) BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! Are you available to volunteer between 3.30pm and 5.30pm? Duties to include: Customer Service, Sorting, Hanging and Tagging of Clothes. If you can help, please ask in shop or call Jane on 01 819 8413.

Blessington AFC website: check it out today!

Blessington Voluntary Cardiac Response Unit regrets that we cannot be contacted directly in an emergency. If you suspect that someone is in respiratory or cardiac distress do not delay as minutes do count in an emergency situation. Remember call 999/112 and they will contact us.At present our response time to a 999 call is approx 5 minutes but we are having great difficulty in some areas where estates or streets have no name signs or houses have no numbers. When you ring 999 the Ambulance Service ask us to respond to your emergency call. The person on duty will reach your area in a matter of minutes so please watch out for us. We will be driving our own cars and will be wearing a highly visible Ambulance Jacket. If someone could be at your door or gate waiting for us, it would save considerable time when time really counts. Please help us to help you!  

Citizen CPR. Every year in Ireland almost 5000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest. From the moment of collapse, the chance of survival decreases by 7-10% per minute when CPR is not being performed. Hesitation costs lives. Citizen CPR is a nationwide campaign to promote public awareness of what to do should you witness the sudden collapse of an adult. For more information visit

Some helpful support numbers
Aware Helpline 1890 303 302 E-mail;
Samaritans Helpline 116 123 or E-mail
Pieta House (Daytime Hours) 01 6010000
1Life Helpline 1800 247 100
HSE information line 1850 24 4850 (24hour)
Console (Bereaved) 1800 201 890
Teenline 1800 833 634 available 7 days from 8pm to 11pm and Wednesdays 4pm to 11pm.
ISPCC Childline 1800 666 666 / Text talk to 50101

ALONE – Helping older people in need.
If you need help contact us on 01 679 1032. Supportive Housing, Befriending, Community Response, Campaigning. Full details of our services on
St Vincent de Paul – Blessington.
Any donations intended for the local conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul should be sent to, or left in the Parish Office, c/o SVP Blessington Conference. All donations received will be acknowledged and receipted by the local conference


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