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Issue No. 1158

21st May 2017

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Saturday 20th May 2017

Comhghairdeas to the boys & girls from Gael Scoil na Lochanna receiving their 1st Holy Communion in Blessington at 11am.

Sunday 21st May 2017

Cemetery Sunday Mass at 3pm in Burgage Cemetery, Blessington today

Monday 22nd May 2017 

Meeting of the 3 Parish Pastoral Councils has been postponed.

Tuesday 23rd 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 2.30pm

There will be no Adoration / Silent Prayer in Church of Our Lady tonight.

Don’t forget to come to out tonight to this Free Concert in Church of Our Lady, Blessington, by The Kansas State University Choir and Blessington Youth Theatre at 8pm Tickets are available from Parish Office or at the door.  Please come along for a very enjoyable evening. Donations to the Day Care Centre Blessington.

Wednesday  24th May 2017

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

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

Thursday 25th May 2017

Fr Kevin Lyon’s 60th Anniversary of Ordination: Mass will be celebrated at 8pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington with refreshments afterwards in the Coimín Centre. We warmly welcome Fr Kevin’s family and friends from near & far. Open Invitation to all, to join with Fr Kevin on this very special occasion.

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

Friday 26th May 2017

Dancing in Reid’s Lounge in aid of Blessington Men’s Shed. 9.30pm to 12.30am Music by Pat Costello

Saturday 27th May 2017

There is a Special Mass for Exam Students, their family and friends in Eadestown Church at 7.30pm. All welcome.


The Coimín Centre Blessington Church Gate & Street Collection next Weekend 27th & 28th May. Thank you for your continued support

Dates for your diary

The Blessington Home Enterprise Craft Fair

Sunday 28th May, 12 noon to 4 pm, St. Kevin's Hall.086 084 8398

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.

Mass Rock, Hollywood: Sunday 28th May the pilgrimage to the Mass Rock in Corragh, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow will leave Hollywood Car Park at 7am arriving at 8.30am approx. for Mass.  In the event of very bad weather Mass will be celebrated in St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood at 7.30am. All welcome to celebrate a great Christian penal time tradition.

St. Brigid’s National School, Manor Kilbride, will host our 12th annual Golf Classic on Friday 26th May at Blessington Lakes Golf Club.   Four ball with shotgun start at 2pm.  €160 per team.  Dinner and Presentation directly after golf in clubhouse.  Individual and corporate tee box sponsorship available. Please contact Ruth Priestley on 086 794 3850 for Info

Huge thank you to everybody who so generously bought Happy Heart pins and contributed to Irish Heart Foundation on Friday May 12th Also thanks to all our volunteers & sellers. The total amount raised was €3279.33

Due to the recent price increase for postage, it has been decide that we will no longer be posting out Monthly Rotas to Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Collectors and Adoration Group. If you would like to receive this by email in future please email the parish office with your details: If you don’t use email, rotas will also be available for collection from the Parish Office at the end of each month, the list will still appear in the Newsletter and it will also be on the Noticeboards in the Church porches. Please let us know your preference: 045 865 327

Church of Our Lady Blessington
we are looking for new
Readers of the Word and Collectors
for weekend Masses on a Rota basis.

We are also looking for
Volunteers for the

Parish Office Afternoon Shop.
If interested please call the
Parish Office 045 865 327

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 Educate Together National School are planning a fun day out for kids, families & friends at the magical Russborough House, incorporating a sponsored walk & Teddy Bear Picnic. It is a great chance to meet other parents & raise some funds for the school. Meeting at 11am in the Artisan’s Courtyard (in front of the ice cream parlour & cafe) to collect activity sheets & maps for the children to enjoy along the walk. The walk duration will be between 30 and 60 minutes (depending on the speed of little feet). Why not bring along a picnic to enjoy (and share with your Teddy!) at the end of our walk in the field beside the playground. Raffle tickets are available on the day & are also available from the PTA Committee at the School, with some lovely Teddy Bear inspired prizes. Please come and join us for this family friendly event. SUNDAY 21st MAY at11am

Happy Faces Playgroup based in the Blessington Further Education Centre is having an Open Day Thursday 25th from 12.15pm to 1.30pm

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.

Blessington FC are delighted to announce that they are running a FAI Summer Soccer School Camp this year from  4th to 18th August open to 6-14 year old boys & girls of all abilities. This is a great opportunity for your child to develop their football skills, whilst making friends and having fun in the process. Camps are available for both goalkeepers and outfield players. Entry fee €65 per child with special sibling discount of €10 per child if one or more siblings join the camp. An exclusive FAI Summer Soccer School kit, football, & backpack included for all children who enrol on our camp this year. Only a limited number of places are available so we urge people to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out. Booking & Info:

Looking to up skill or retrain in something new?  Come along to our Open Morning on Wednesday the 31st of May in the Further Education Centre Blessington from 10am to 12.30 to find out about our full and part time courses, ranging from Horticulture to Healthcare and lots more.

Community Clean Up:
Following a great success last year we have arranged this year’s Community Clean Up Morning for next Sunday 21st May, everybody is welcome and jobs will be allocated by our Tidy Towns Committee, meet at the Square at 8.30am and we finish by 11am.  We need as much help as possible, Tidy Towns judging will be commencing in June.  Let’s keep up the momentum we have generated in recent years, our marking has gone from 208 some five years ago to 265 last year, please come along!

Diary of Events Hillbilly Festival
Fri June 23rd
- Marquee and Dance with Breaking Bad. Cullens. Ballyknockan
Sat 24th June - Local Heritage display of events in locality circa 1938 Valleymount Community Hall. This will be followed by a drama production by Ballymore Drama Group. There will also be traditional music and song.
Sun 25th June - Hillbilly Tractor Run. New route to include Humphreystown, Johnstown, Wicklow Gap with return to Valleymount. This will be followed by a street parade in Valleymount.

More news & updates on the Parish Facebook Page

St Charles of Mount Argus Canonisation Anniversary To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the canonisation of St Charles of Mount Argus, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will celebrate Mass in the Church of St Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus, Dublin 6w on Pentecost Sunday, 4 June, at 11.00 am. All are welcome.

Grand Canal Walk for SVP: Vincent’s Staff will walk 150km along the Grand Canal from Ringsend in Dublin to Shannon in Co. Clare to raise money for SVP, from 19th May to 21st May. Please support us on

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

The Irish Cancer Society Church Gate Collection, held in Manor Kilbride last weekend, raised €211. Many thanks to all who donated.

LAKESHORE STRIDERS CELABREATING 10 YEARS with our 10k Trackathon challenge. Calling all Lakeshore Striders past & present members to raise funds for the club for a new Clubhouse and Equipment. Saturday 27th May from 11m at Blessington Community College. How many 1k laps can you do? 1 mile speed challenge. Are you the fastest man or woman in Blessington?? Entry € 10 with T-Shirt’s for the first 30 entrants. Followed by our 10th Anniversary party in Tulfarris TICKETS € 25 each, includes 3 course meal and DJ. Contact: Derek: 085 815 0381 Ciaran: 087 233 7212


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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