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Issue No. 1233

18th November 2018

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Saturday 17th November 2018

A Talk on the Holy Face of Jesus: history, promises, miracles & relevance for today, takes place in the Coimín Centre, at 4pm.Opportunity to venerate authentic Vatican approved relic of the Holy Face. Blessed oil from shrine of the Holy Face Tours France.

Monday 19th November 2018

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

Children’s Choir Rehearsal 3pm to 4pm Church of Our Lady. All Children Welcome

Information Night & Workshop for anyone interested in becoming a Cantor to lead congregational singing at Mass. From 7.30pm to 9pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Tuesday 20th November

Blessington U3A Monthly Talk: 'The Story of the Asgard', presented by Pat Murphy at 10:30am in the Education Centre, Blessington. All are welcome, €5 entry or €20 annually.

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

Active Retirement Association Thea’s Exercise at 2pm. Regular meeting at 2.45pm 

Eucharistic Adoration every Tuesday night from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church  New Rota available for collection from the Parish Office

Wednesday 21st November 2018

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

Christian Meditation at 11am in Brittas Mass Centre. All are welcome. “The most important journey in life is the journey inwards.  It is a journey we are all invited to make.  It takes us beyond words & images into silence.  The silence allows the restless mind to become still, & in the stillness we enter a new world. Our whole life changes. Our goal is to take God’s love to others in our everyday life”

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in, Blessington

Psalms for Everyday Living continues at
8pm in the Coimín Centre Blessington.

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Tramway Treasures Christmas Open Day. Come along & enjoy coffee & mince pies and a chat, from 10am to 5pm. Raffle in aid of KARE Blessington. All Welcome

West Wicklow Cancer Support - Join us for an evening of Music, relaxation & entertainment. This is an Movember / Prostate Cancer Awareness event from 7.30pm to 10pm in the Coimín Centre, Blessington, Light refreshments will be provided, all welcome and please bring a friend.


1st Communion Preparation Mass
Sat 24th November Lacken at 7.30pm
Sun 25th November Blessington at 10am Mass

Confirmation Enrolment Mass

Sat 24th November 6pm in Blessington for Gaelscoil na Lochanna, No1 School & BETNS

Psalms for Everyday Living
An invitation to take a series of fresh, informal glimpses into the engaging (& surprisingly relevant) world of the Psalms with
Bible Scholar & Communicator
Dr Kieran O’Mahony
Six consecutive Wednesdays
October 31st to December 5th
Coimin Centre Blessington at 8pm
Come on as many evenings as you can & be prepared to have your mind opened.
Highly recommended!!

Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless takes place Sat 24th Nov from 12pm to 3pm in the 'Crying Room' of the Church of Our Lady, Blessington in association with Lakeshore Striders A.C. Items requested by the centre include; new sleeping bags (available from Charles Camping at a reduced cost of €10 when you indicate it's for the collection), toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc), nappies, baby food & formula. Please note the Centre does NOT require clothing, shoes, duvets or similar items at this time. Cash donations also accepted on the day. Info:

West Wicklow Day Care Committee Christmas Tree in the grounds of Baltinglass Hospital celebrating the lives of our friends & family no longer with us. You can shine a light in their memory by sponsoring a light for €5 on the Christmas Tree. Please call 045 865 327 to sponsor a light. Christmas Tree Lighting & Carol Service is on Sun 9th Dec at 5pm.

Baltinglass Hospital Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held on Sun 25th Nov in the Hospital from 2pm. All donations of Cakes, Bottles, Bric-a-Brac & Toys (in good condition) to Mary 087 293 4806 or Valerie 045 865 412

THANK YOU to all who helped make the Vales Around Cloughlea Festival last weekend, a resounding success, to Rev Leonard Ruddock & the Church of Ireland team at St. John's Church Cloughlea; to Fr. Paraic McDermott at St. Brigid's Church Manor Kilbride & to Fr Richard Behan P.P. at Church of Our Lady Blessington & to Eamon Byrne. Thanks to Glen Heste, Pure Mile Group, Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee, a dedicated team of local helpers & the Community in general for their support.

Local Job Opportunity
St Kevin’s Community Centre are currently looking to recruit a Caretaker under the Community Employment (CE) Scheme.  19.5 hours a week
For Info contact Martin Cahill 045 891 348 or Email

Tai Chi Classes in aid of the Coimín Centre in High Definition Fitness Gym (under the Lemon Tree) every Tues at 3pm. Suitable for all ages & fitness levels, this is a gentle form of exercise at which everyone is welcome. Tai Chi improves coordination, balance, joint mobility & core strength. Participants are asked to make a €3 contribution each for the Coimín Centre. Thanks to Matt & Greg in HD Fitness who very kindly make the studio available free of charge.

Social Dancing in St Kevin’s Community Centre. Sunday 18th November at 7pm. Admission €7. Tea & Coffee Served. In aid of Blessington & District Senior Citizens.

Fundraising Event in aid of Blessington Rescue Boat in Cullen’s Pub Ballyknocken on Sat 24th Nov. Blackthorn playing live from 10pm til late. Raffle on the night

CRUTHÚ - WEST WICKLOW ART GROUP. We are delighted to announce that we will be bringing our 2018 Christmas Exhibition to Blessington Town Centre.  Thurs 29th Nov to Sun 9th Dec.   Beautiful locally produced art, craft & photography available to purchase in our Christmas Pop Up shop, located across from Dunnes Stores.  The exhibition will open from 12 noon each day.  Day to day opening arrangements can be confirmed on our website  Please visit us & be inspired.  Like us on Facebook & Instagram

Free Songs & Tunes Session Zellers of Lacken on Sun 25th Nov from 6pm to 9pm. ALL ages welcome for this community effort to regenerate lakeside acoustic sessions. Any song/tune/style; any ability level (or none!), listeners, singers & players. Big local support last time, come early for a seat :) More info.: Al or Fiona 087 229 5489; all ages

Annual Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre on Sunday 25th Nov in St Kevin's Community Centre, Blessington from 11am to 4pm in aid of St Mary's Church, Blessington. We have a great variety of stalls: Jewellery, Handknits, Home Baking, Handmade Cards, Christmas Cakes & Puddings, Christmas Wreaths etc. It will have all your shopping needs under one roof at great prices to suit all.  If anyone is interested in hiring a table for the day to sell their goods, please contact Sandra: 087 993 2639 or 045 865 225

The Ballymore Eustace Drama Group will present a night of Comedy in Valleymount Community Hall on Sat 1st Dec at 8pm. Adm €10. Raffle & refreshments on the night. Proceeds in aid of Church Renovation Fund.

An International Festival of Carols & Readings by Candlelight, Presented by Blessington Millennium Choir with Musical Director Yvonne O’Connor on Sat 8th Dec at 8pm in Church of The Immaculate Conception, Eadestown. In aid of Church Grounds at Rathmore. Tickets €10 including refreshments, are available from Blessington Parish Office, Hennessey’s Off-Licence, McGreal’s Pharmacy, The Book Shop & The Office Shop

Crooksling Nursing Home Very Important Meeting. Following on from Minister Harris visiting the site recently, our architect has now met with HSE & LDA senior officials. The plans will be presented on Tues 20th Nov 6pm in Brittas Mass Centre. We need everybody’s support.

Scoil Chonglais Christmas Craft Fair in Scoil Chonglais on Sun Nov 25th from 11am to 4pm. IF you would like to set up a stall (€20) & sell items at the fair call 059 648 1449. Payment for stalls must be made before Monday 19th November – places limited!

Social in Hollywood Centre on Sat 17th Nov in aid of Down Syndrome Kildare Branch serving West Wicklow. Music by Brian McDermott. Adm €10 Students €5 Inc Refreshments. Last Social until March. Thank you for your support for past number of months. Greatly appreciated.

Christmas Floral Display Evening. Demonstration on how to make a door wreath & table centrepiece by Enda from Enda’s Flower Shop on Tues Nov 20th at 7.30pm in Brittas Community Centre. Ticket €10. Accessories to make your own available to buy after the demonstration.

Volunteers Urgently Needed by Age Action to teach Older People to use Computers in Blessington Library! Classes are held on Thursday afternoons, from 2pm to 4pm, & run for 5 weeks. Basic computer skills & an interest in working with older people are needed but patience & a good sense of humour are just as important. Training will be provided. If you can help or for information, email or call 087 695 1053

Valleymount Christmas Fair will be on Sunday Dec 9th in Valleymount Hall, details shortly.

Pat Shortt - his new live show coming to the Tramway Theatre on Saturday 8th December. Tickets available from Hennessy’s Next Door or the Office Shop.

Blessington Community Walking Group meets every Mon & Thurs in the Coimin Centre at 7pm (€2 for tea/coffee on Mondays) All ages and fitness are welcome. Walks on Saturday from Primary Care Centre at 10am

Hollywood Senior Citizens Christmas Party Thurs 13th December in Hollywood Inn

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wed from 2.15pm to 4.15pm. New members always welcome.

The Kill Singers Present “Christmas and all that Jazz” on Sun Dec 2nd in St John’s Church, Kill in aid of Church Repair Fund. Mulled Wine & Mince Pie Reception at 7pm, Concert at 7.30pm. Tickets €15 available at the door

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED! 1 to 1 Training for Over 55’s. LEARN HOW TO: Search the Internet Send & receive emails. Shop & book flights. Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads. Courses run once a week for 5 weeks & ARE FREE OF CHARGE. Classes in Blessington Library. For Info & Booking 01 475 6989

Blessington GAA Club Night at the Dogs on Fri 30th Nov at Newbridge Greyhound Stadium sponsored by Dunne’s Stores.1st Race at 8pm €10 Adm inc entry into Buster Draws available from any member of the Executive or from J.P. Moran 087 238 8592; John Magee Snr, 086 871 7483 or Breda Brophy 087 225 3892. Bus available on the night, details later.

A Christmas Cracker in Association with Blessington Rescue Boats - The Outrageous, Dave Young in the Avon Ri, Blessington on Fri 7th Dec + DJ til late. Tickets €15pp or €39.95pp inc 2 course meal. Booking 045 900 670