Issue 1251 7th April 2019

Saturday 6th April 2019

Russborough Parkrun is Back on Saturday 6th April at 9.30am (arrive 9.20am) Free weekly timed run/walk. Free to Register, Free to Participate. Open to EVERYONE. Parkrun is NOT a race!!! Don’t forget to print / bring your Barcode.

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 7.30pm in Lacken


Sunday 7th April 2019

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 10am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington


Monday 8th April 2019

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

Children’s Choir 1st Rehearsal from 3pm to 3.45pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Is alcohol causing problems for you or someone you know? There is a solution, open public AA meeting in St Joseph’s Hall from 8pm to 9.30pm with speakers from AA and Al-Anon, all welcome.

Blessington & District Forum meet at 8pm in St Mary’s Junior School. All Welcome

Neighbourhood Collection Envelopes for April are due, we would appreciate it collectors could drop the envelopes into the Parish Office


Tuesday 9th April 2019

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 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.


Wednesday 10th April 2019

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

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

Bethany Bereavement Support group available for caring confidential support from 8pm to 9pm no appointment necessary.


Thursday 11th April 2019

Congratulations to the Girls & Boys from Gaelscoil na Lochanna, Blessington who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in Church of Our Lady, Blessington today. We welcome Fr Laurence Collins O.P., Adm, St Dominic’s, Tallaght as celebrant and also the parents’ family and friends.

Blessington History Society will host a talk in the Coimin Centre at 8pm. Ger McCarthy will speak on the topic of ‘The Eustace Estate in Kildare’. All welcome. Non-Members €5


Friday 12th April 2019

West Wicklow Cancer Support will be taking part in the 11th Annual East Coast FM Wicklow Wide Coffee Morning please join us in the Coimín Centre.  from 10am to 12. The event raises money for vital Cancer Support services right around the county.  Donations for raffle prizes also welcome.  Please join us in the Coimín Centre for our Coffee Morning


Saturday 13th April 2019

Sacrament of the Sick & Healing Mass on Saturday 13th April at 12 noon in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. There will be tea & coffee served in the Coimin Centre after Mass.

Spring Clean-up of Manor Kilbride area Meeting at Manor Kilbride Hall at 1pm. Please bring gloves and plastic bags. Phone Ann Connolly 087 410 0264


Mass Intentions this Week

Joan Devlin (RD)

Saturday 6pm:

Marian & Jim O’Toole (A) Noeleen Duff (A)

Josephine & Harry Denby (A)

Ann McNamara (A) Martin Farrell (A)

Sunday 10am

Kathleen McEvoy (A) Meta O’Reilly) (A)

Patrick Mahon (A)

We also remember the following

Thomas McEvoy, Lionel & Erna Maxwell, Annie McSorley, Patsy McEvoy,

Kathleen McEvoy, Rose Hastings (A), Julia John & Seán Carroll (A), Teddy Shirran (Rem)

Ted & Sheila Balfe (A),

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Special Int. Special Int.

Wednesday: Get Well, Get Well

Thursday: William Buckley (RD)

Maureen Doyle (RD)

Friday: Fintan Byrne (A) Gerry McIntyre (RD)


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 let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327


Church Door Collection in aid of Epilepsy Ireland in Manor Kilbride on Sun 7th April.


Annual Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 26th May. Leaving the Square Blessington (outside the Downshire Hotel) at 8am Sharp. For further details contact Mary on 087 6061 729


Mary Byrne Live at The Avon on Sat 4th May from 9pm. Charity Event in Aid of Blessington Day Care. Tickets €25 available from Parish Office, The Avon & Texaco Garage.


Exciting news from The Blessington Bookstore!

We are pleased to announce that

Author Anne Griffin

will be visiting with us at the store from 2pm on Saturday 6th April to sign copies of her debut novel

“When All is Said”

This extraordinary, Irish novel is receiving exceptional reviews so join us in welcoming her to Blessington.


Cycle Against Suicide” is coming to Blessington this May Bank Holiday Monday at Midday to spread their message “its ok not to feel ok and its absolutely ok to ask for help”. We are looking to get the community on the streets along with as many sports/community groups & businesses to come out & show your support. There will be music & talks taking place at the Main Square. If your group or business feel they can help out on the day please contact We are also looking for 10 or 15 old bikes to paint, & decorate the town with, please let us know if you have one to donate.


Carboot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) 14th April from 7am to 4pm in St. Kevin’s Community Centre. €10 per table. Free Parking. Free Tea & Coffee. Bigi Linn. Please Support. Info: Contact Pat Conlan on 086 075 2072


Valleymount Theatre Company are looking for members for their June play ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which will be staged during Valleymount Art & Heritage weekend June 21st. For further details contact Valleymount Theatre Company’s Facebook page.



The Parish Office now stocking Confirmation and Communion Cards and Gifts. Open Mon to Fri, 9am to1pm Mon to Thurs 3pm to 4pm


IN AID OF PIETA HOUSE – Blessington’s Darkness into Light 11th May. To register for Blessington’s FIRST Darkness into Light go to or contact Greg at


Blessington ‘Tots’ mini-rugby for boys & girls is at St Kevin’s Community Centre 11am outdoors each Saturday


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


Anam Cara Wicklow is holding its monthly Parent Evening on Monday 15th April at 7:20pm in the Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.


Blessington Mini-Rugby for Under 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11’s boys & girls rugby practice resumes at Russborough Hse at 10am on Sat & at Blessington GAA Astro on Tues at 7pm. and Facebook.

Blessington Bingo every Wed 8.15pm in Avon (Avon Ri) Excellent prizes – 10 games with minimum amounts: €20 per line €40 double line €80 full house plus jackpot/bonus games (starting at €1000) Raffles with extra prizes! Don’t miss it – get those Wednesday night in the diary! Blessington Travel Shuttle bus will pick as follows:

7.30pm Oak Drive/Woodleigh

7.35pm Downshire Park

7.40pm Deerpark/Glending

7.50pm Beechdale/Westpark

7.55pm Community Ed.Centre (Old Tech)

€2 per person return. Please note the shuttle bus is on a trial basis & subject to change/demand. Info: Jess 086 860 2822, Catherine 087 122 4019


Upcoming events in Blessington Library


Talk with Siobhan Berry (

Blessington Library Thursday 11th April at 8pm.

Siobhan Berry is Ireland’s top weaning and feeding expert and the founder of Mummy Cooks.

Join her for hints and tips on weaning and feeding together with delicious and easy recipes designed to be family friendly. All welcome.

Free Event and part of the ‘Way With Words Festival’


Talk with Dr. Ciara Kelly,

author Arnold T. Fanning and playwright Marina Carr

in Blessington Library 8pm Friday 5th April.

This event features Dr. Ciara Kelly in conversation with Arnold Fanning and Marina Carr.

Topics up for discussion will include –

suicide, addiction and family trauma.

Free admission and all welcome,

Call the Library at 891 740 to book your place.


Travel Talk with Manchán Magan

Saturday 6th April at 8pm

Very interesting talk in the library

He will be talking about his travels & experiences in Africa. All welcome to this free event.


Currabinny Cooks

James Kavanagh and William Murray

at Blessington Library on Fri 12th April 8pm.

This lively couple will entertain the public in the Library on Friday evening the 12th April.

Having recently appeared at the prestigious Mountains to Sea Festival in Dun Laoghaire,

this popular pair are bound to be entertaining.

Free event and all welcome.


Éanna Ní Lamhna and Martin King,

Blessington Library Sat 13th at 8pm.

Well known author and wildlife expert Éanna along with Weatherman Martin King will talk about all things wild and lots more in Blessington on Saturday evening –

Éanna will also chat about her top 5 favourite reads.

Join them for this free public event at 8 o’clock in the library. All welcome.


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