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Issue No. 1163

25th June 2017

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Saturday 24th June 2017

Valleymount/Lacken PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MASS TIMES to facilitate the Hillbilly Tractor Run. Mass will be in Valleymount Church at 7pm

Sunday 25th June 2017

Valleymount/Lacken PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MASS TIMES to facilitate the Hillbilly Tractor Run. Mass will be in Lacken Church at 11am

Tuesday 27th June 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

Adoration / Silent Prayer in Church of Our Lady from 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Wednesday  28th June 2017

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

Christian Meditation every Wednesday, in the Children's Room, Church of Our Lady, Blessington at 11am. Christian Meditation is the prayer of silence where we go beyond words, thoughts, images into the presence of God within. All are welcome.

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

Thursday 29th June 2017

West Wicklow Cancer Support Drop-in meeting at 7.30pm in the Coimin Centre, Blessington. Our guest speaker this month is Geraldine McGinley. She is a Counsellor/Life Coach and will talk to us about “Well Being”. All are welcome and feel free to bring a friend.

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

Friday 30th June 2017

The Parish Afternoon Office will not open on Fridays during the Summer months.

Dancing in Reid’s Lounge in aid of Blessington Mens Shed. 9.30pm to 12.30am. Music by Glen Flynn


The Hillbilly Festival takes place this weekend
Friday June 23rd at 9pm

Music, Dance and Marquee in Cullens Ballyknockan. Music by Breaking Bad.Adm €10
Saturday June 24th at 7pm
Mass of Remembrance to commemorate the Flooding of the Valley in Valleymount Church. Celebrant Fr Richard Behan.
Saturday June 24th 8pm
Historical display of maps, photographs and essays from the 1938 Folklore Collection. A talk will be given by local archaeologist Liz Gardiner. This will be followed by traditional music with local musicians.

Sunday June 25th
10.30am Registration of Tractors.
12.30pm Tractor Run
12.30pm Assembly in Valleymount for all local groups taking part in the parade
1.30pm Street Parade. Vintage Cars & Tractors follow the parade.
An afternoon of fun, games and sports will be held in the field behind the school. There will also be hot food served with demonstrations on bread /butter making and Threshing of Corn. Stallholders are invited to display their crafts/ foods. Cost of stall €15. For more details contact: Marie: 087 875 5061. Raffle and Monster Auction will also take place.  All donations for auction can be collected, contact Mick: 087 296 4476 to arrange.
Donations of Bric a Brac can be left at the stables behind the Parochial House on Sat June 24th. Proceeds towards Valleymount Church Renovation Fund & Valleymount GAA

Ciarán Jones Memorial Charity Golf & Social Day 2017
The 6th annual Ciarán Jones Memorial Charity Golf and Social fundraising event is taking place in Tullfarris Golf Club on Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24thth. The prizes will be awarded at a social night on July 8th in The Avon Ri Hotel Blessington at 8.30pm. This year’s charities are "Aoibheann’s Pink Tie" a not for profit

Cemetery Sunday Mass in Templeboden on Sunday 2nd July at 3pm

 Happy Faces Pre-school has limited spaces remaining for September. Info 087 765 8420

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MASS TIMES to facilitate the Hillbilly Tractor Run. Mass will be in Valleymount Church at 7pm on Sat June 24th. Lacken Church at 11am on Sunday June 25th

The local Saint Vincent de Paul can be contacted on: 087 1811579

Blessington Christmas Light Fund – Bag packing in Dunnes Stores on Friday 23rd and Sat 24th June. Anyone who would like to help with an hour of their time please TEXT Aine: 087 293 5374

Friends of Adrian Melia Cancer Benefit Night “A Question of Sport” benefit night for well-known sports photographer Adrian Melia will take place in Killashee House Hotel, Thurs 29th June at 8pm. There will be a host of sports personalities on the night, including Dr Cian O’Neill, Glen Ryan, Michael Carruth, Eric Donovan, Aisling Holton, Aoife Trant, Johnny Murtagh, Willie McCreery & many more. Speeches, Q & A panel, Pat Fallon Illusionist, Auction. A full night of entertainment. Tickets €30/€50  Further info from David Clinton 086 2643012

Meditation on Stillness for Teenagers Tues 27th June. Further Education Centre from 6pm to 7pm. For more info: Contact Margaret 087 967 4570 Cost: Donation

Music Generation Wicklow is delighted to run our 5th Traditional Music Summer Camp in Blessington from 26th  June – 1st July. Each year it gets bigger and better so early booking is advised (limited places available). Along with our Trad Summer School this year we have added Uilleann Pipes & a Masterclass with the renowned Goitse If you know of a child that would be interested in taking part in any of the activities contact: / 086 0450375 / 045 851499

The annual address to the Friends Historical Committee, titled Baltyboys Quaker community - 1678 to 1820s, will be given by John Hussey on 30th June. The venue is Friends Historical Library, Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 at 8 pm followed by tea/coffee and a chat. The venue will be open from 7.30pm with a display of documents relating to the Quaker community of Baltyboys. All are most welcome to attend & admission is free. For directions to the venue see

QQI Level 5 Courses St Kevin’s Community College is currently enrolling students for 2 QQI Level 5 courses beginning September 2017 – Business & IT Administration and Medical & Office Administration. Both one year courses will run for four mornings and three afternoons per week. Young and mature students are welcome to apply. Part-time learners will be facilitated. For further information, contact St Kevin’s Community College at 045-406000 or

The Irish College in Rome Summer Pilgrimage Programme is offering a course for parishioners from 18th to 23rd September in preparation for the World Meeting of Families, due to take place next year. The course will provide participants with an opportunity to experience Rome, deepen their theological awareness of the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World” and enjoy a time of guided reflection and prayer together.  Cost of course is €700 deposit of €300 is required.   To book phone: 00 39 06 772 631 or email:   see

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

Do you want to train for FREE?
Do you want to retain your benefits?
Do you want to train in a professional care setting?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, then call for information now as we are recruiting for our Sept 2017  Community Support Worker Programme in association with KARE and KWETB Info: Nicola Murray 087 4111247 or Pauline Hayes 087 6732156

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

Autumn Holy Land Pilgrimages.
A unique opportunity to visit the Holy Land staying in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Tiberias, visiting all of the sacred places associated with the life of our Lord.  MAP Travel have pilgrimages throughout the year and have a small number of places left on 13th  Sept and 11th Oct, each accompanied by a Spiritual Director. Full details MAP Travel (01) 8783111 or



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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