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Issue No. 1146

19th February 2017

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Saturday 18th February 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.

Diocesan Collection for ACCORD (Catholic Marriage Service) at all Masses this weekend.

Children’s Church: at 6pm Mass 

Do this in Memory Mass in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lacken at  7.30 pm.

Sunday 19th February 2017

Children’s Church: at 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Preparation Mass for Confirmation: “You Shall be my Witnesses” in Eadestown 11.30am  

Monday  20th February 2017

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

“You Shall be my Witnesses” Confirmation programme for St Mary’s School from 7.30pm to 9pm in the Coimín Centre.

Eadestown PPC Meeting at 8pm

Rathmore Hall AGM at 8pm in the Hall. All welcome and new members urgently required.

Hillbilly Tractor Run, meeting In Valleymount Community Hall Mon Feb 20th at 8.30pm to plan this year’s run, which will take place on the last weekend in June 2017.

Tuesday 21st February 2017

The new Legion of Mary branch would like to invite you to attend their meeting at 10.15am after morning Mass in the Coimín Centre. Why not consider something different to do this Lent? To give a helping hand to visit the lonely and housebound or other needs in the parish. Come and see. All are welcome.

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  22nd February 2017

St. Mary's Junior School invites all our Grandparents to a special mass at 9:30am followed by tea and coffee in our school GP Room. Looking forward to your visit.

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

The Rosary will be recited in Church of Our Lady for the intentions of our families: 7.30pm

Eadestown Children’s Choir rehearsal from 7pm to 8pm in The Church.

Thursday  23rd February 2017

Quiet Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday from 8pm to 9pm in Eadestown Church.

West Wicklow Cancer Support Group Meeting: 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.

Coimín Centre Management Meeting: 8pm

Friday  24th February 2017

Blessington Mens Shed Social Dancing in Reids Lounge tonight. Music by “The Blues.” Adm: €10 Proceeds of the raffle to West Wicklow Cancer Support Group.


Enrolments for St. Joseph's NS Valleymount for Sept from 3rd Feb. Call: 045 867 289, email: or drop in for enrolment form 9.15am & 1pm. If you wish to visit the school, please call the office to arrange

Blessington Educate Together National School Open Day on Wed 8th March 9.30am to 10.30am and from 7pm to 8pm. Come & meet the Children, Staff & Parents & let us show you around our School. Enrolments being accepted for all years: online form at or call the Office on 045-865281

Lost Car Keys (Honda Jazz) on Main St, near the Bookshop: Contact 087 279 4486

The Divine Mercy Conference 2017. Takes place in the Main Hall, RDS Ballsbridge, next weekend: Friday 24th Feb: Rosary, Mass, Holy Hour from 6.30pm to 9pm. Saturday 25th Feb: Conference from 9.30am to 8.45pm. Sunday 26th Feb: Conference from 10am-5pm DIVINE MERCY IN DEED, WORD & PRAYER. Speakers: Fr. Bernard McGuckian S.J., Fr. Michael Maher SM, Fr. Michael Fitzgerald, Fr. Killian Byrne & Robert Stackpole. Book online at Tickets available at main door Sat €30, Sunday €20, full weekend €35

Many thanks to all who supported table quiz on Sat Feb 11th in aid of Valleymount Church Renovation. A special thank you to Liz Cullen and Johnny Brophy and family for their generous sponsorship of raffle prizes

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are having a fundraising coffee morning on Thursday 2nd March from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Blessington Further Education Centre

Blessington Parish Office HALF PRICE SALE on all Greeting & Occasion Card while stocks last!! The office is open from 9am to 1pm & 3pm to 4pm from Monday to Friday.

Rathmore Badminton Club are having their annual table quiz in the Kilteel Inn on Friday 24th February at 8.30. Tables of 4 - €10 per person. All welcome.

Online Booking is now Open for our Celtic Camp at Community College on 17th -21st April,, this will run from 10am-3pm daily and is open to kids from 6-15yrs old, All coaches at this camp will come straight from the Celtic Academy, you can book online at or contact any Blessington Manager for more details. We look forward to seeing your children there.

Further Education and Training Centre Blessington Part-Time evening course starting 21st Feb in QQI Level 5 Accounting Manual & Computerised - using Sage 50. This course will run on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 9.30pm. For more information please contact Anne McGrath 045 891099 or 086 0412306 or email

Blessington Golf Society - We are looking for new members Ladies  & Gents. For further information and application forms please contact Martin Hennessy at Blessington Hardware: 045 865136

Cúidiú Blessington Breastfeeding Support Group meet every Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Coimín Centre. All welcome

Blessington Library Crafty Hookers knitting & crochet fans meet in the library on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 1pm.  Come along with your knitting or crochet project to work on while enjoying a chat. Refreshments served and members are happy to give tips and assistance to anyone who needs help with their project.

Blessington Millennium Choir, rehearsals on Tuesdays in KARE Centre, Relief Road, Blessington at 7.30pm. New Members Welcome!

Blath na hOige Montessori School in St Kevins Community Centre, Blessington are opening an extra classroom after Easter for all ECCE children. Application forms are now available. Closing date February 28th. An extra afternoon Montessori class from 12.30pm to 3.30pm is also starting soon, limited places available, for more information call Sheena Armstrong: 087 2299005 or email:

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

Fencing Club: Fencing classes on Fridays in St Kevin’s Hall from 5pm until 9pm. For Info: 0876764183

The Bowls Club meets every Thursday evening at 8pm in St Kevin’s Community Centre.

Blessington Mini-Rugby Under 5’s and 7’s at St Kevin’s Community Centre @ 11.00 am every Sat. All Welcome.

Gaa Club Registration night. Tuesday 28th Feb in the Club House for boys U7 to U17, football and hurling from 7.30pm-9pm. The girls registration will take place at the same time for U8-U16 or older

Teenage Film Club at Blessington Library: Blessington Library is pleased to announce that a teenage film club is being set up. Teenagers who are interested should enquire at the Library and should ensure their library membership is up to date. The plan is to show a film in the Library on Wednesday afternoons. For further information please call 045 891740 or email

Blessington Library now open at the following times:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm,Tuesday & Thursday 10am to 8.30pm. To see all the facilities, activities & events available. See

Sale: Resource Centre Ballymore Eustace (beside Church) Sat 25th Feb from 10am to 4pm and after 7pm Mass. Sale in aid of Little Way Cancer Care Clane. GREAT BARGAINS to be had!! Ladies Clothing New, Nearly New and Pre-Loved! Sizes 8 – 24. When they are gone, they are gone! Jewellery, Handbags, Hats & Scarves. Home Baking & Bric-a-Brac. Tea/Coffee served. An enjoyable time for everybody.

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

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

St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Blessington, meeting every Thursday at 7pm in the Education Centre.

Early Literacy Initiative for Babies & Toddlers at Blessington Library. ‘Baby Booktime’ for babies 0-18 months & ‘Toddler Time’ for children 18-36 months run on Friday mornings at 10am and at 11am respectively.



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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