Newsletter 9th June 2024 Issue 1504

Mass intentions in Blessington

Saturday: Kay Fennell… MM, Kathleen Balfe …A , Tom Cullen…A, John Crickley…A, Pat & Maureen Carroll…1st A

Sunday: Des Kennedy…A, Intentions of the Patterson Family, Maura Byrne…MM

At Masses This Weekend, We Remember the Following: Frank Nolan… Rd, Margeret Killian…Rd, Nora Skeehan…Rd, Alice Ryall…90th Birthday Rem

Monday: Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Get Well Mass, Mary Callans…Rd

Wednesday: Paul O Driscoll…Rd, Patrick Gleeson…Rd

Thursday: Henry Norton…Rd, Des O Connor…Rd

Friday: Chris Higgins…Rd, Birthday Rem Mass


Rosary & Holy Hour  on Every Tuesday  7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre, Every Wed 2.45pm to 4.30pm. For children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366

Minister of Eucharist June 2024 Church of Our Lady Blessington SAT 6PM: Ann Hanlon, Frank Hanlon & Geraldine McMulkin SUNDAY 10AM: Kay Clarke & Aisling Molloy

Annual Blessing of the Graves  Will take place in Hollywood on Saturday 15th June at 6pm

The Annual Blessing of the Graves & Cemetery Mass will take place in Manor Kilbride Cemetery on Sunday 30th June 2024 at 2pm

Cemetery Sunday will take place in Templeboden Cemetery Lacken on Sun July 7th at 3pm

Many thanks to all who helped  with the weeding of the border area in Blessington Church grounds last Saturday. Next date for clean-up Sat June 8th 11 to 12pm. Don’t forget to bring gloves and a garden tool!

The Parish team would like to thank everybody involved in making Sundays Corpus Christi event such a great community day. We were blessed with the weather again this year. Thanks again. Fr. Richard

Women’s Breakfast Blessington & Valleymount Parishes For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matt 18:20 Our next Women’s Breakfast will be in Coimin Centre Sat June 15th 2024, from 9.30 to 11am. This is a great opportunity for women to get together to have a relaxing chat along with a delicious breakfast and hear a short testimony from one woman about her faith journey. A small donation would be appreciated to cover costs.

Prayer before exam Father, Be with me as I take this exam. Keep my mind alert and my memory sharp. Calm my nerves and help me concentrate. I know that you walk with me, Guiding my path and inspiring my heart. I pray that I would feel you with me, And that your friendship would soften the pressure I fee. I pray that I would pass this exam and go on to new things with you. Thank you for your peace and your love in my life. Thank you for your kindness and care for me. Amen.

A Summer Prayer Long warm days… The pace of life slows… A time for picnics and rest in the shade… Lord, help me to rest awhile in the cooling shade of your presence. Slow down my restless heart and fill me with gentle compassion for all your people. Amen.

Popes’ intention for June For migrants fleeing their homes We pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys full of danger and violence, find welcome and new opportunities in the countries that receive them.

Anam Cara South Dublin the organisation that supports bereaved parents,  is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Monday 10th June at 7:15pm in the Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght. 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

WHAT IS CARBON FOOTPRINT?  Calculating carbon footprint is a way of measuring the mark an event, organization, person, or product leaves on the environment. You do this by examining how much carbon each action releases, and quantifying it in terms of carbon dioxide equivalent. As the world nears the climate change tipping point, learning how to reduce carbon footprint is becoming increasingly important on both a personal and collective level. While we each strive to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint, the planet is getting hotter, its storms more severe, its animals and agriculture more endangered, calling humanity’s future survival into question.The negative effects of climate change are becoming more pronounced every year. We’ve already seen record-breaking floods, devastating hurricanes, and brutally intense heat waves that drain the water supply and change insect life cycles.The impacts of climate change are pretty obvious.

Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers on 30th May 2,17,20,25. €25 Winner: Valerie Hamilton. Next Jackpot €1,650

Care of the earth Plant a tree. Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change.

Thought for the week God acts in humility, in silence, in the little things

AWARE SUPPORT & SELF CARE GROUPS If you or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, consider using Aware’s phone-in and Zoom support and self-care groups, support line or support mail. For more information, visit

Accord Prayer for Marriage & Family Life God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love. Give to us the gift of respect, empathy and understanding. Bless and strengthen our love for each other. Help us to appreciate the value of family life and to live in harmony with all whom we come in contact with. Encourage us, we pray, to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with the Lord. Praise be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT The Irish Hospice Foundation provides a free Bereavement Support Line. This National Freephone Service is available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, by calling 1800 807077. Visit for more information.

Sacred Heart Novena This Novena is for the nine days leading to the Feast of the Sacred Heart, which falls this year on 7th June. Maybe you will pray it alone, with family or friends or as part of a Parish Group. Wherever and however you walk these days, know that his heart is there for you.

Novena Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, your heart was moved with love for those who came for help in their need. You healed the sick, you fed the hungry, you forgave sinners, you cried over Jerusalem. Above all, you showed to those who were prepared to listen the way to true life, for you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Lord, your heart is all moved today by your people and their many needs. Open my heart to hear your word, to accept your love and to respond to your call. In particular, I beg you to grant me the favour I ask during this Novena (make your request silently), provided that it will contribute to my own eternal good and to the building up of your kingdom of love, peace and justice here on earth. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

ALZHEIMER CAFÉ NAAS The Alzheimer Café evening takes place on the last Wednesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm in the Convent Tea Rooms at McAuley Place, Sallins Road, Naas (Beside Parish Church). Those living with a dementia, families, carers and professionals with an interest in the area are all welcome to attend. Each month a different speaker will give a perspective on Alzheimer disease and an open discussion takes place with questions and answers.

West Wicklow Cancer Support are a charity based in Blessington who run weekly and monthly support services for people whose lives have been impacted by Cancer. We are currently seeking volunteers to expand our group. Did you know that National Volunteering Week took place from 20th – 26th of May, a week to celebrate the incredible people who give their time and resources to help and support their communities. We would be lost with the dedication of these valued individuals which enable us to run and develop our services. If you would like to get involved, expand your horizons, meet new people and give back to your community contact us at 087 4346004 /

Kind reliable lady available to offer companionship to you or your loved one in your own home Available Monday to Friday Phone 0862668681 for further details

Blessington Community Employment Vacancies These are developmental opportunities, no experience necessary. St Kevin’s, Cemetery, Hollywood Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 20/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317015. Secretary, St Kevin’s  Community Centre. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to admin, answering calls,  And secretarial work. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317031. Caretaker, Hollywood Community Centre. Duties to include but not restricted to preparing hall for meetings and events, cleaning, light maintenance, and painting. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317081 Caretaker, St. Johns Cemetery, Ballymore. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 16/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317525 Please contact us on 085-2523563 or Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for these positions. * CE Rates Apply.

CHOICE    CHANCE    CHANGE – Blessington Further Education and Training Centre 045 891099 We at Blessington Further Education and Training Centre are here to help you on your learning journey from 16 years onwards.  We offer part time and full-time courses using a flexible learning approach.  Most courses are daytime, but some are evening/night-time.   We offer noncertified courses which can be short courses.  We also offer longer term courses which offer QQI certification.    This could be your stepping stone to further education opportunities. Our courses are free to participants. Drop into the Centre or phone 045 891099 or email We currently have the following courses starting in September 2024: Youthreach: West Wicklow Youthreach is an education programme for early school leavers aged 16-21. We offer QQI level 3 and 4 certifications, junior and leaving cert equivalent, and personal development programmes in a welcoming and supportive environment. Our programme is 2 years full time with a range of exciting course modules to capture all interests in areas such as Health & Fitness, Short Order Cooking, Science, Art & Design, Sustainable Education, and Technology.  We also provide valuable practical and skills-based workshops and training which complement our academic offerings such as First Aid Response (FAR) and Manual Handling. Learners are supported to complete work experience, hone their individual strengths, and start planning their future path to the world of work or higher education. Part Time Courses: ELC Stage 2 – Monday and Wednesday nights 6.30 to 9.30 Painting Level 5 – Mondays 9.30 to 11.30 SNA Level 5 – Tuesdays 9.30 to 12.30 Spreadsheet Methods Level 5 – Monday and Wednesdays 9.30 to 12.30 Spreadsheet Methods Level 4 – Mondays 9.30 to 12.30 Business Administration Level 5 – Mondays and Wednesdays 9.30 to 12.30. IT/Computer classes – beginner and more advanced. Develop/improve your English Reading and Writing Skills. Maths – working on number skills, CV Preparation /Interview Skills Study skills to support your return to education, Gardening QQI level 3, Hair dressing – blow drying, Art for beginners.

 Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

Social Dancing. Enjoy an evening of dancing to the Wicklow Man In Donard Community Hall Saturday 15th June 9pm -12pm All Welcome

Manor Kilbride Field Day 16th of June 2PM to 5PM. Venue: Kilbride GAA Pitch & Playground (W91 A37V) The Usual Field Day Events: Pet Show, Pony Rides, Cake Sale, Games, BBQ, Arts and Crafts, and more All proceeds raised go towards the ongoing Club House Construction.

Blessington Library – Events County Wicklow Heritage Plan 2024-2028 Public Consultation 13th June 4-7 pm Take the survey here: Adult writing group Thursday 13th May 7 pm All welcome Cruinniú na nÓg Luke’s Deadly Dinosaurs Saturday 15th June 3 pm Booking required Call 045 891740 or

At Blessington Self-Storage we make storing your goods simple,  cost effective and convenient. All our units are 20ft x8ft – Open 7 days a week.  Visit our website or call 085 196 1659 us for more information.

Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort Spa Now Open. Booking online contact us directly 045 867633

Gardening For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Pruning, etc Phone Mark 085-1337714 (Greenleaf Garden Care)

Catriona Byrne & Co Solicitors BESIDE AIB – OVER 20 YEARS ESTABLISHED FOR ALL YOUR LEGAL NEEDS 3 Mill Bank, Blessington County Wicklow Tel: 045 857 537

Septic Tanks Emptied & Digger Hire Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 – 083 037 4750      License no: NWCPO-21-12619-01

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail:

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, Attic Conversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

GF Services Tile Cleaning Upholstery Cleaning Carpet Cleaning 0899889861

The Avon has a number of functions rooms available to hire for your next special occasion. Email us at and we can send on our 2024 brochure Mark Hyland Solicitors Main Street, Blessington Phone number: 045-851149 Email:

Painter & Decorator Interior & Exterior Call Damien 085 826 0431

HEADSTONES McEvoy Monumental Works Blessington. Headstones, Inscriptions, Renovations. Serving the people of Blessington for over 40 years. Call to our workshop at Millbank Blessington Call: Mick 045 865 487 – 086 843 8832 or Gary 087 933 3487

Local Builder Available All services under one roof, Windows & Doors, Plumbing, Tiling, Roofing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry, Insulation. All levels of construction services available. Fully registered. Call Paul: 086 309 1829

Paying too much for SKY or Virgin Media? We Install or Repair Free to Air & Saorview! No more Bills! Call Billy 086 868 0053

Eagle Cleaning Solutions Chimney Cleaning, Exterior Power Washing, Window Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning & Repairs. Find us on Facebook! Call for appointment: 087 247 4388.

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel – Call 087 286 3997

JK Jamie Kershaw —Plant & Agri — Our services – Plant hire, Agri Services, Land Drainage, Land reclamation, Tractor Hire, Site clearance, Bulk excavation, Driveways, Mulchers, Tree Shears, Roch Breakers, Tree Surgery, Concrete Works, Demolition. We provide the choice of ECO Friendly fuels and oils in out Machinery Contact 087463 2228






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