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Issue No. 1192

21st January 2018

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Saturday 20th January 2018

All children who received 1st Communion last year in Blessington, & their families, are invited to 6pm Mass in Church of Our Lady.

BMDS Panto “Beauty and the Beast” tickets available from The Office Shop & Next Door Show dates are 18th to 21st January!

Sunday 21st January 2018

BMDS Panto “Beauty and the Beast” tickets available from The Office Shop & Next Door Show dates are 18th to 21st January!

Monday 22nd January 2018

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

Walks from Coimín Centre every Mon at 7pm, all fitness levels welcome. (Meet 6.45pm) Enjoy tea/coffee for a donation of €2.

Tuesday 23rdJanuary 2018

Adoration / Silent Prayer in Church of Our Lady, Blessington after 9.30am Mass until 11am

Lacken School Service of Light for Confirmation Class at 11.30am

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 meet in the Coimín Centre at 2.30pm

Wednesday 24th January 2018

Christian Meditation Group 11am in Mass Centre, Brittas. Info: Brenda 086 155 2941.

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

The Rosary at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Church of Our Lady

Thursday 25th January 2018

West Wicklow Cancer Support: - Drop-in meeting at 7.30pm in the Coimin Centre, Blessington. Una Gill will lead the meeting and will focus on flowers which are inspirational. All are welcome and feel free to bring a friend.

Friday 26th January 2018

Blessington Men’s Shed New Dance Venue Sarsfield Club House Newbridge from 9.30pm to 12 midnight Adm: €10 Music by The Blues Please note: New Start Time 9.30pm


The Coimín Management Committee invites applications for position of Part-time Caretaker (20-25 hours/ week)
Please send your CV & Letter of Application to
The Coimín Management Committee
C/O Blessington Parish Office,
Coimín Centre, Main Street,
Blessington, Co Wicklow,
before Friday 26th January 2018
Further details available by contacting Parish Office 045 865327 or email

If your Neighbourhood Collection Monthly Envelopes are not currently being collected we would be grateful if you could please drop them into the Parish Office or into one of the Collection Bags during Mass.

Readers and Ministers of the Eucharist are needed for Crosschapel. All interested parties please call or text Laura Butler on 0876211688 with your name. Our first meeting will be held on the 18th of February 2018 at 10.45am in Crosschapel.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service mobile unit will be at Blessington Community College on Wednesday 31st Jan from 5pm to 8.30pm

St. Mary's JNS is celebrating Grand Parents Day on Wed 31st January -  Mass at 9:30am in Church of Our Lady. All grandparents welcome for tea/coffee in school G.P. Room after Mass.

St Brigid's N.S. are now accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September 2018.  Please call the school: 01 458 2550 for an enrolment form. St Brigid's will also be having an open evening for all prospective students and their families on Wednesday 7th February 2018.  The school will be open from 6.30pm till 7.30pm. All the staff look forward to seeing you there.

Blessington Educate Together National School; We are now Enrolling for September 2018. Email us at: or Call us at: 045 865 281

A Christmas draw in aid of Blessington & District Senior Citizens, held in Hennessey’s pub, raised €2700. Huge thank you to all our sponsors and all who supported the draw. Happy New Year to all.

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for September 2018. Lacken NS also has a pre-school which facilitates the ECCE scheme. On Fri 2nd March we will be hosting our annual open day/science exhibition from 10am to 1 pm & from 6pm to 8pm. Families, friends and people from the wider community are more than welcome to attend. For further information, check out our website or call us on 045 865 086.

 Goal Mile: Thanks to everyone who braved the awful weather on Christmas Day. €600 was raised for charity. Well done!

Gaelscoil Na Lochanna- 10 mbliain ag fás Open/Enrolment night for Sept 2018 is on 18th January 7:30pm in Gaelscoil - Enrolment period lasts from 18th Jan 2018 to 7th Feb 2018. PPS & birth cert required., Info: 087 938 8651.  Fáilte

Pop Up Gaeltacht Baile Coimín is scheduled to take place in Mileys on Friday, January 26th. We'll be meeting at 8pm for some caint, craic agus cúpla pionta

iPad Classes in Blessington Library - A free  iPad course for beginners commences in Blessington Library on Monday 12th February for  5 Mondays. This is the ideal course for anyone who needs to find out how to make best use of their new iPad or for someone who is thinking of buying one. Drop in to the library to register for this course or call 045 891 740.

Blessington AFC are looking for players born in 2005 to join one of our U13 teams for the coming season. The team will play in the SDFL, season commences next month. If you are interested, please contact John Hardy: 085 712 2895 for further details. Blessington AFC - Together Everyone Achieves More”

Spanish/English Language Exchange - Would you like to practice your Spanish or improve your English? Come along to the Library on Mondays at 11.30am and speak to each other using both languages. Suitable for all ages & this is a free activity open to all. Info: 045 891 740

Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Whistle, Flute, Singing, Beginner & Intermediate Fiddle Tunes Class & Guitar on Sundays from 5pm at St. Marys Senior NS Tramway Theatre. Thanks to Gerry Browne, Principal, for his support & encouragement. For more info: Pat: 086 075 2072 – Rachel: 087 625 1752 – Rebecca: 087 228 2012.

What to do in a Medical Emergency - Emergencies Happen – Would you know what to do? As part of the ‘Healthy Ireland at your Library’ initiative you are invited to come along to a talk in Blessington Library on Tuesday 30th January at 7pm and John O’Reilly who has years of experience with Mountain Rescue and Irish Red Cross as well as being a qualified EMT  will provide valuable information on what to do in a medical emergency.

If your Neighbourhood Collection Monthly Envelopes are not currently being collected we would be grateful if you could please drop them into the Parish Office or into one of the Collection Bags during Mass.

Blessington GAA Social Night Friday 26th January in Avon Ri at 8.30pm. A night with a difference with top class hypnotist & entertainer The Wedding Hypnotist Jason O'Callaghan, DJ and late bar! Excellent night in store with our Annual Adult Teams (Men & Ladies) Awards including the New Mick Curran Hall of Fame award. Before the football season gets back in full swing we look forward to the social get together of club members, coaches, families friends and the community who have been so supportive to us. All welcome.

General health and wellbeing - Our local Pharmacist Kilian McGreal will give a ‘Healthy Ireland at your Library’ talk in Blessington Library at  10am on Monday 29th January.  Topics such as physical activity and healthy eating and how these contribute to your general well-being will be discussed as well as the various community activities and incentives accessible to the people of Blessington.  Kilian will also answer questions you may have about medications, supplements, exercise, diet etc. This talk is suitable for all ages and all welcome.

Blessington Mini-Rugby U7’s, U8’s is at Russborough House at 10:30 am every Saturday. Come join the fun!

Blessington Mini Rugby for Tots at St Kevin’s Community Centre @ 11am every Sat. All Welcome

Blessington AFC are looking for players born in 2003 to join one of our U15 teams for the coming season. The team will play in the SDFL, season commences next month. If you are interested in playing football with like-minded players, please contact Stephen Bethel, 086 791 5291, for further details. Blessington AFC - Together Everyone Achieves More

New Service for Jobseekers in Blessington
South Dublin County Partnership is delighted to announce that we now offer an  Outreach Local Employment Service in the Blessington Area every Friday. 
This free service offers a range of supports for people who are looking to get (back) into the world of work:

One to one careers and employment guidance
Development of a tailored CV
Career path planning
Access to training courses
Work placement opportunities
Educational guidance
Job Club Programme to help you with your job search
Referral to a range of other services, such as enterprise training, lifelong learning supports, Community Employment Schemes Tús etc.

Based in  The Adult Basic Education Service West Wicklow, Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) this new Service will initially be open every  Friday  from 9am to 4.30pm.
Call: 0871743257 or you can contact our
Tallaght Office at: 01-4623590


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. 

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 noon 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.  

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.

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

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

The Mens Shed - to meet old friends and  make new friends. Get involved in social activities and projects. Mens Shed offers a new interest in life. For details, call Sean 086 250 8230

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:

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.

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!  

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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