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Issue No. 1151

26th March 2017

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Saturday 25th March 2017

on Sat from 12 to 12.30pm & after 6pm Mass in Church of Our Lady.

Confessions in Crosschapel after 10am Mass, Monday to Saturday.

Sunday 26th March 2017 

Coffee Morning & Cake Sale in aid of the Alzheimer's Society in the Coimín Centre, Blessington from 10:30am to 12:30pm, please join us for a cup of tea or coffee after Mass.

Monday  27th March 2017

Holy Hour in Crosschapel after 10am Mass every Monday (ex Bank Holiday) 

Rathmore Hall AGM will take place at 8pm

Tuesday 28th March 2017

The Legion of Mary meet at 10.15am in the Coimín Centre, Blessington.

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

Blessington & District Active Retirement Group meeting will take place at 2.30pm.

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

Wednesday  29th March

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

First Confessions for Lacken NS at 11.30am

The Rosary will be recited at 7.15pm during Lent in Church of Our Lady, Blessington, for the intentions of our families

Reflections on Scripture every Wed for Lent at 7.30pm in Manor Kilbride Parochial House. All Welcome

Blessington Interfaith Meeting from 8pm to 9:30pm in St Kevin's Hall. Admission is free, light refreshments, all welcome. Discussion document available from: Blessington Parish Office: 045 865327 Joan Griffith 087 9704832, Grania Glancy 087 125 3190 or Gerry Curran: 087 2841009

Thursday 30th March 2017

Lacken National School
is hosting an Open Day/Art Exhibition of Children's Art from 1 pm to 3pm & 5pm to 7pm. All welcome.

Confirmation Service of Light at 7.30 in Kilteel Church. Refreshments  in Kilteel Hall.

Coimín Centre Management Committee meeting at 8pm in the Coimin Centre.

West Wicklow Cancer Support Group meeting is at 7.30pm in the Coimín Centre, Blessington. A safe place to talk and be supported during a cancer journey. All are welcome and feel free to bring a friend.

Friday  31st March 2017

Confessions in St. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride, every Friday before 9am Mass

Congratulations to the Girls & Boys from St Mary’s and No 1 School who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in Church of Our Lady, Blessington at 11am, we welcome Bishop Eamonn Walsh, their parents & families


Church Gate Collection for Blessington Day Care Centre at all Masses next weekend 1st & 2nd April Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018. Planning for this great national and international celebration of faith is well underway. Hosting this important event requires an enormous amount of planning and funding. In this regard a second national collection will be held on the weekend of 1st & 2nd April 2017. Your support for this collection would be greatly appreciated.

Eadestown Field Day Auction will take place on Sun 2nd April 2pm Kilteel Hall.

Children’s Church next weekend in Church of Our Lady, Blessington- 1st April - 6pm Mass and 2nd April - 10am Mass for children aged 5 to 11.

Vincent’s Shop, Blessington 28th MarchStep into Spring”, Find New Fashion for Less!

Lacken School is currently enrolling for September 2017. Lacken also has pre-school, afterschool care and homework club facilities. Please contact the school by phone 045865086 or email

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements.

A Taize Lenten Vigil in Eadestown Church will take place on Wednesday 5th April from 9pm to10 pm. Meditation, quiet prayer & music.

Join Blessington Parish for two talks by Dr Brian Houlihan, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Assoc. Clinical Professor UCD.
‘Recognising and Managing Mental Health Difficulties in Childhood and Adolescence’
Talk 1
– Monday 3rd April.  Topics include - Anxiety / Depression, ADHD, Autism – 7.30pm
Talk 2 – Monday 24th April.  Topics include - Eating Disorders, Psychosis, OCD / Tic Disorders – 7.30pm
Subject matter of both evenings is related- although attendance on either single night also encouraged. Admission Free – No Booking Required – All Welcome. Church of Our Lady, Coimín Centre, Blessington.

Blessington Musical and Dramatic Society present two one act plays: ‘The Marriage Plan’ and ‘The Last Panto in Blessington’ on Friday 31st Mar at 7.30pm in Blessington No. 1 School, Adm: €10. This is a fundraising event and social evening for the school.

Volunteers Wanted to provide a contact service during winter months to keep in touch with neighbours or elderly persons who live alone, who may be lonely & need a chat or access to services. Telephone skills necessary, 2 hours daily: 10am -12pm or 7pm-9pm.  Please register your interest: Damien: 087 176 8601

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

Kilcullen Drama Group presents "The Plough and the Stars", by Sean O'Casey from Wed 29th March to Thurs 6th April. Bookings:  Berney's Chemist 045 481497

Poulaphouca Pitch & Putt Club new membership now available, ladies, gents, juveniles & families all  welcome. Call John 087 244 3346 or Stephen 087 415 5535

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 hi-viz vest/jacket. Spread the word!! - Tar, bí in lúith agus bíodh lá spraoiúil agaibh!

Great Bargains in our CLEARANCE SALE in1st Communion, New Baby & Christening Cards Blessington Parish Office, SALE ending shortly!! All Greeting and Occasion Cards must go!! Office open from 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 4pm Monday to Friday

Mediation on Stillness for young people aged 11 to 18 in The Further Education Centre Blessington on Tues 28th March Cost: Donation - Contact Margaret 087 967 4570

Blessington GAA U15 Team - are looking for new players (born 2002) to join our panel for this coming season.  If interested please contact Paul on 0879309538

ALTAR SERVERS: Church of Our Lady Blessington. We are inviting boys and girls in 4th 5th or 6th Class to volunteer for this important ministry in Church. Information leaflets & Application forms available in the Parish Office.

Congratulations to all of the Lakeshore Striders Couch to 5K group who completed their first 5K over the weekend it’s great to see all your hard work paid off. 

“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF” - B.Y.T. proudly present their production of this great classic in the Tramway Theatre on Fri 7th April at 8pm, Sat 8th April at 3pm & 8pm and Sun 9th April at 6pm, Tickets on Sale at Hennessys Next Door & the Office Shop, Blessington. Adults €10 & children €8. Info: 087 8551055. We look forward to seeing you there!

Knock Pilgrimage to New York A special pilgrimage to New York from Knock will take place from 8th to 14th May. Flying directly from Ireland West Airport to JFK, the pilgrimage offers a chance to be part of a memorable and historic trip. Itinerary includes a Requiem Mass on Saturday 13th at Old St. Patrick Cathedral for the re-internment of the remains of John Curry, the youngest of the Knock witnesses, which will be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Dolan. If you would like to find out more or make an enquiry, please contact the tour operators Joe Walsh Tours on 01 241 0800 or email

Many thanks to everybody who supported the Cake Sale in Valleymount Community Hall in aid of parish funds thanks also to the local businesses for their generous contributions towards the raffle. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Vincent’s Shop, Blessington require Volunteer’s. Why not come and join in this incredible experience

Participants Needed for Study of Working Memory in People Aged 55+ I would like to invite you to take part in a study investigating brain activity associated with working memory. Participants will be asked to attend a 30 minute interview in Trinity College Dublin to take a short survey and memory test. Everyone who completes this interview will receive €20 with the possibility of receiving a further €60 if you are invited back for a second, 2-hour testing session. This second session this will involve completing some simple tasks on a computer screen while brain activity is measured. We want people with all levels of working memory, so whether you have a photographic memory or you are quite forgetful, we would like to hear from you. Participants must: Be 55 or older: Have no personal or family history of epilepsy or unexplained fainting, of neurological/psychiatric illness, of migraine, of substance abuse/alcoholism, have no sensitivity to flickering light. If you are interested, please email Kevin Walsh ( or telephone (01) 896 8405



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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