Issue 1265 July 21st 2019

Monday 22nd July 2019

Blessington Parish – OPEN INVITATION

We invite you to a gathering in the Coimín Centre at 8pm. The Parish Finance Committee will give a short presentation of 2018 Accounts.

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

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

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Organist Judit Máté & Baritone Gyula Nagy will give a free recital in Church of Our Lady Blessington on at 11am, all welcome

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 Church

Christian Meditation Group in the Mass Centre in Brittas is taking a break until September, Many thanks to all who have been attending.

Mass Intentions this Week

Claire Osborne Murphy

Saturday 6pm: Ellen O’Halloran (A)

Stella Carrigan (RD)

Sunday 10am Alan Clarke (A)

Mary Creighton (A)

We also Remember the following:

John & Mary-Ann Gallagher,

David McEvoy (1st A) Theresa Doyle (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Get Well, Get Well

Wednesday: Michael Kennedy (RD) John McNamara (RD)

Thursday: Mairead Hudson (RD)

Skaidrite Valdgeima (RD)

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Blessington Parish Finance Committee would like to thank all who are supporting the Parish Neighbourhood Collection & the Parish Development Fund Boxes (PDF boxes) in Church of Our Lady. The money raised through the Neighbourhood Collection & the PDF boxes stays in the parish so, by your contributions you are supporting your local parish & we are most grateful. If you have ANNUAL Envelopes & MONTHLY Envelopes that have not been collected, please drop them into the Parish Office or into one of the collection bags at Mass on Sunday.

“West Wicklow Cancer Support, Blessington & District Forum’s Community Group of the Year 2019” Weekly Mediation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney continues Wednesdays 11.30am at the Primary Care Centre Blessington. Contact us on 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com should you wish to book a place or just come along and do bring a friend. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”

Are you interested in allotments in Blessington? The next public meeting to discuss the provision of allotments in the Blessington area will be held on Thursday 1st Aug 7pm, in Blessington Library. All welcome see: blessingtonallotments@gmail.com for any additional information.

Valleymount Country Market. Sun 28th July from 10am to 3pm.

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys Sun 25th Aug at 12 noon.

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

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

Local St Vincent de Paul – 087 181 1579

Thank you to all who supported “A Beautiful Celebration of Music” Charity Concert in the Moat Theatre, Naas, proudly supporting Make A Wish & Irish Cancer Society. A total of €3577 was raised on the night. A wonderful evening was had by all.

West Wicklow Cancer Support – There will be no last Thursday of the month Drop in meeting in July or August. Information services are available each Wednesday in the Primary Care Centre Blessington 10.30am – 12.30pm. Info 087 434 6004 westwicklow15@gmail.com

“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it”

Abbey Mass & Family Festival: Wicklow Parish will host their annual outdoor Mass in the Abbey Grounds in Wicklow Town on Sunday 21st July at 11.30am followed by refreshments. The Family Fun Festival will begin at 1.00pm & finish in the evening time around 6.00pm. Bring along a family picnic or enjoy the food stalls on the day as well as free activities for every family member to enjoy such as; scavenger hunt, face-painting, garden games, hip-hop dancers, line/set dancing and live music along with local artists.  It’s going to be great – see you there!

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Hollywood Friendship Club are taking a well-earned break for a few weeks.

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

Blessington AFC have a number of spaces on our squads for new players born in 2007 to join our teams for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact Lar on 086 701 4949

Volunteer Tutors needed to help at Computer Classes for over 55s in Blessington Age Action is running basic computer classes for older people, in Blessington Library, and we need volunteer tutors to assist our older learners, on a one-to-one basis. Class sizes are small, with one volunteer tutor for every learner. Classes are held in the library once a week, for two hours, usually in the afternoon, over a five-week course. Next classes are due to start in September. Basic computer skills and an interest in working with older people are needed, but patience, and a good sense of humour, are just as important! Training will be provided. For more information, please email gsvolunteer@ageaction.ie or phone 01 4756989.

You don’t need a reason to help people….

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 293

The Old Bog Road. An evening of music, song, tales. Valleymount Community Hall. Fri 19th July at 8pm. Adm €10. Raffle & refreshments on the night.

Dinner and Dance in Hollywood Centre on Sat 20th July, 3-Course Meal served at 8pm. Dancing from 9.30pm. Music by The Wicklow Man. Adm €20. A great night is assured. “It’s a great start for The Fair”. You will be most Pre-50’s Dress Code if you wish but dress attire is your own choice. Come along & enjoy a fab night.The Launch of The Hollywood Fair Book will take place on the night .

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Lough Derg 3-Day Pilgrimages 9th to 11th August (dep 8am from Parnell Square, Dublin) €115 per adult €105 per student & pensioner. Info & booking Miriam (St Oliver Plunkett) after 6pm 086 385 3027 or 01 4941171

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15pm in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Information: Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Hollywood Senior Citizens had their Annual Outing last Wednesday to Rathfarnham Castle with Lunch at Castle Restaurant & Dinner in Hollywood Inn. A great day was had by all & the food was scrumptious!

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

Computers for the Terrified! 1 to 1 training for over 55’s Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by? Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!) LEARN HOW TO: Search the Internet Send & Receive Emails. Shop and Book Flights. Use your own device or use computers available at some venues Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE Classes will be held in Blessington Library For more information about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer phone (01) 475 6989

Life is too short…

Laugh when you can,

apologise when you should and let go of what you can’t change

Issue 1264 July 14th 2019

Sunday 14th July 2019

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

Monday 15th July 2019

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

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

Tuesday 16th July 2019

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

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 17th July 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 Church

Christian Meditation Group meet in the Mass Centre in Brittas from 11am. All welcome

 

Mass Intentions this Week

Marie Clegg (RD) Edward Conroy (RD)

Margaret Ryall (RD) Rosalie Andrews (RD)

Saturday 6pm:

Mary Brady (Mths Mind)

Tom O’Sullivan (A) John Kennedy (A)

Sean Corr (A) Kevin McGinnity (A)

Nancy Keogh (A) Teresa Ball (A)

Sunday 10am

Catherine Jones (A) Kay Lennon(A)

We also Remember the following:

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Ann Mellin (A) William Schule Curtis

Mary Brady RD) Danny Murphy (RD)

Breda Williams (A)

Wednesday: Peter O’Donovan (RD)

Helen Hayes (RD)

Thursday: Jo Horgan (RD)

William Sheridan (RD)

Friday: Get Well Int. Birthday Int.

Blessington Parish OPEN INVITATION We invite you to a gathering in the Coimín Centre on  Monday 22nd July at 8pm  The Parish Finance Committee will give a short presentation of 2018 Accounts.

Many Thanks to all who helped with the preparations for the Annual Cemetery Mass in Templeboden, Lacken on Sun 7th July and to all who arranged the sound system, cleared the grounds, helped with the liturgy. Many thanks to Lacken Community Centre for providing the refreshments after the Mass. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Blessington Parish Finance Committee would like to thank all who are supporting the Parish Neighbourhood Collection & the Parish Development Fund Boxes (PDF boxes) in Church of Our Lady. The money raised through the Neighbourhood Collection & the PDF boxes stays in the parish so, by your contributions you are supporting your local parish & we are most grateful. If you have ANNUAL Envelopes & MONTHLY Envelopes that have not been collected, please drop them into the Parish Office or into one of the collection bags at Mass on Sunday.

Valleymount Country Market. Sun 28th July from 10am to 3pm.

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys Sun 25th Aug at 12 noon. Please inform family, neighbours & friends.

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

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

Thank you to all who participated in and supported The Eamonn Murray Memorial Walk. Your contributions helped raise €3,000 for St. Brigid’s Hospice & EIST Cancer Support Services. Due to much positive feedback on the day we aim to make this fundraiser an annual event.

Some people make you laugh a little louder, smile a little brighter & live a little better. Try to be one of those people.

Local St Vincent de Paul – 087 181 1579

OPEN DAY Sunday 14th July at 1pm. Come to our OPEN DAY at Kildare Animal Foundation, South Green Road, Kildare Town to celebrate 25 years of caring for sick & injured animals. Something for all the family; Plants, Antiques, Face-painting, Bottle stall, Kiddies games, Barbeque, Crafts & much more. FREE ADMISSION (NO dogs allowed as we have plenty of animals on site to be seen) A lovely day out in the midst of our beautiful rescue animals.

Are you interested in allotments in Blessington? The next public meeting to discuss the provision of allotments in the Blessington area will be held on Thursday 1st August, 7pm, in Blessington Library. All welcome. Please contact blessingtonallotments@gmail.com for any additional information.

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 2938.

Abbey Mass & Family Festival: Wicklow Parish will host their annual outdoor Mass in the Abbey Grounds in Wicklow Town on Sunday 21st July at 11.30am followed by refreshments. The Family Fun Festival will begin at 1.00pm & finish in the evening time around 6.00pm.    Bring along a family picnic or enjoy the food stalls on the day as well as free activities for every family member to enjoy such as; scavenger hunt, face-painting, garden games, hip-hop dancers, line/set dancing and live music along with local artists.  It’s going to be great – look forward to seeing you there.

Blessington GAA Club Golf Classic on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner & plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book now to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 239 6157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 226 2286, John Williamson 086 825 6556

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

Blessington AFC have a number of spaces on our squads for new players born in 2007 to join our teams for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact Lar on 086 701 4949

Richard Cowley’s Garden Open Day in aid of Cara Girls Rescue Centre, Kenya on Saturday 13th July from 11am to 4pm in Horsepasstown, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare W 91 C2P3. €5 entry to include tea/coffee and cake.

All Roads lead to Hollywood for the 49th Annual Sports Day on Sunday 14th July in the G AA Field. Juvenile Match 12 noon. Athletic Events from Tiny Tots to Veterans. Mile Race (for our fit enthusiasts) Dog Show (all dogs 🐕 on leash) Bottle Stall, Home Produce, White Elephant, Wheel o Fortune, Feed the Clowns 🤡 Pillow Fight, Clock Golf and many more side shows. Refreshments available on Field throughout the Afternoon. See you there!!

Dinner and Dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July, 3 Course Meal served at 8pm. Dancing from 9.30pm. Music by The Wicklow Man. Admission €20. A great night is assured. “It’s a great start for The Fair”.

The Old Bog Road. An evening of music, song, tales. Valleymount Community Hall. Fri 19th July at 8pm. Adm €10. Raffle & refreshments on the night.

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Lough Derg 3-Day Pilgrimages 9th to 11th August (dep 8am from Parnell Square, Dublin)

€115 per adult €105 per student & pensioner. Info & booking Miriam (St Oliver Plunkett) after 6pm

086 385 3027 or 01 4941171

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15pm in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Information: Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

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

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

People will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,

but they will never forget

how you made them feel……

 

 

Issue 1263 July 7th 2019

Community Games Church Gate Collection at all Masses this weekend 6th & 7th July

Saturday 6th July 2019

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no evening Mass in Lacken Church on Saturday 6th July due to Cemetery Sunday Templeboden at 3pm. on Sunday 7th July

Sunday 7th July 2019

Cemetery Sunday Templeboden at 3pm.

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no evening Mass in Lacken Church on Saturday 6th July

Monday 8th July 2019

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

Tuesday 9th July 2019

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

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 10th July 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 Church

Christian Meditation Group meet in the Mass Centre in Brittas from 11am. All welcome

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

Mass Intentions this Week

Michael Kennedy (RD) Skaidrite Valdgeima (RD) John McNamara (RD)

Saturday 6pm John Geoghegan (A) Peter O’Donovan (RD)

Sunday 10am Tom Canning, Sheila Vaughan (RD)

We also Remember the following:

James Reid (A) Ray O’Donnell (A) Elizabeth (Lil) Clarke, Tony Doyle, James Reid, John Curran (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: John & Nora Mora, David Cranny (A)

Wednesday: Special Int, Special Int

Thursday: Mary Corbett (RD)

Paddy Dowling (RD)

Friday: Birthday Int, Special Int

Blessington Parish OPEN INVITATION We invite you to a gathering in the Coimín Centre on Monday 22nd July at 8pm The Parish Finance Committee will give a short presentation of 2018 Accounts.

Blessington Parish Finance Committee would like to thank all who are supporting the Parish Neighbourhood Collection & the Parish Development Fund Boxes (PDF boxes) in Church of Our Lady. The money raised through the Neighbourhood Collection & the PDF boxes stays in the parish so, by your contributions you are supporting your local parish & we are most grateful. If you have ANNUAL Envelopes & MONTHLY Envelopes that have not been collected, please drop them into the Parish Office or into one of the collection bags at Mass on Sunday.

June Winners of the draw in aid of Valleymount Church Renovation fund: Angela & John Richardson, Margaret & Mattie Brown, Sadie & Seamus Miley, Rose Zeller, Maura & Brendan Hughes. Each received €100.

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

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

Cemetery Sunday Baltyboys Sunday 25th August at 12 noon. There will be no 11.15 Mass in Valleymount

Are you interested in allotments in Blessington? The next public meeting to discuss the provision of allotments in the Blessington area will be held on Thursday 1st August, 7pm, in Blessington Library. All welcome. Please contact blessingtonallotments@gmail.com for any additional information.

Valleymount Heritage Weekend. A special word of thanks to all who helped to make the Heritage weekend a memorable event in the life of our parish. To all who volunteered their time to renovate the stage in preparation for the wonderful production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, to those who directed & took part in the play & to all who supported & bought lines for the raffle. Your goodwill & generosity is much appreciated.

OPEN DAY Sunday 14th July at 1pm. Come to our OPEN DAY at Kildare Animal Foundation, South Green Road, Kildare Town to celebrate 25 years of caring for sick & injured animals. Something for all the family; Plants, Antiques, Face-painting, Bottle stall, Kiddies games, Barbeque, Crafts & much more. FREE ADMISSION (NO dogs allowed as we have plenty of animals on site to be seen) A lovely day out in the midst of our beautiful rescue animals.

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 2938.

Blessington GAA Club Golf Classic on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner & plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book now to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 239 6157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 226 2286, John Williamson 086 825 6556

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

Richard Cowley’s Garden Open Day in aid of Cara Girls Rescue Centre, Kenya on Saturday 13th July from 11am to 4pm in Horsepasstown, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare W 91 C2P3. €5 entry to include tea/coffee and cake.

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Hollywood Annual Sports Day on Sunday 14th July in GAA Field, Athletic Events, Dog Show, Side Shows, Produce Stall, Raffle, Fun & Games for all. Refreshments served. More details nearer the date.

Blessington AFC have a number of spaces on our squads for new players born in 2007 to join our teams for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested please contact Lar on 086 701 4949

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 14th July from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

Holiday Camp with Blessington Fencing Club from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 9am to 1pm. Cost is €100 for Club members and €120 for non-members. Call to book 087 676 4183

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

Date For your Diary – Supper/Dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July. Food Served at 8pm. Dancing until Midnight, music by THE WICKLOW MAN.  Adm €20. This is the Senior Citizens/ Friendship Clubs contribution to The Fair. Great night assured

Lough Derg 3-Day Pilgrimages

5th to 7th July (dep 8am from Parnell Square, Dublin)

9th to 11th August (dep 8am from Parnell Square, Dublin)

€115 per adult €105 per student & pensioner.

Info & booking Miriam (St Oliver Plunkett) after 6pm

086 385 3027 or 01 4941171

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15pm in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Information: Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Local St Vincent de Paul – 087 181 1579

 

Take my hand O Blessed Mother

Hold me firmly lest I fall.

I am nervous when I’m walking

And on thee I humbly call.

Guide me over every crossing

Watch me when I’m on the stairs,

Let me know that you’re here beside me.

Listen to my fervent prayer.

Bring me to my destination safely every single day.

Help me with each undertaking as the hours pass away.

And when evening falls upon us and I fear to be alone,

Take my hand O Blessed Mother

Once again O lead me home. AMEN.

 

Issue 1262 June 30th 2019

Peter’s Pence Collection

for the Pope’s Charities will take place at all Masses this weekendThis will replace the Share Collection

Community Games Church Gate Collection at all Masses next Weekend 6th & 7th July

Sunday 30th 2019

Children’s Church at 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady for children aged 5 to 10 years.

►Valleymount Country Market from 10am in Valleymount Hall

Monday 1st July 2019

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

Guided Prayer, Benediction & Music at 8pm in Lacken Church. All are welcome.

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

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

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 3rd July 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 Church

Christian Meditation Group meet in the Mass Centre in Brittas from 11am. All welcome

Friday 5th July 2019

Bethany Bereavement Support Group are available in the Coimín Centre Blessington for caring confidential support from 10am to 11am

1st Friday of the Month. The Masses will be offered for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. The priests will visit the sick & housebound. If you would like a visit please contact the Parish Office, 045 865 327

1st Friday Mass in Manor Kilbride at 9am.

1st Friday Mass in Valleymount at 11.15am

Coffee Morning in Lacken Community Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Padre Pio Mass at 8pm in Blessington.

Sunday 7th July 2019

Cemetery Sunday Templeboden at 3pm.

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no evening Mass in Lacken Church on Saturday 6th July

 

Mass Intentions this Week

Jo Horgan (RD)

Saturday 6pm Vincent Bohan (A) Kay McGrath (1st A) Fiona Ashe (A) Clodagh & Sean Ashe (A)

Sunday 10am Mary O’Donnell (A) Jim Breen (A)

We also Remember the following:

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Jenny Tabel (RD)

Wednesday: Get Well, Get Well

Thursday: Eileen McGovern, Daphne Burke (RD)

Friday: 1st Friday Altar List of the Dead

Memory Garden Valleymount. On Sunday 23rd June, Bishop Eamonn Walsh blessed the Memory Garden in Valleymount after the 11.15 Mass.

The garden is dedicated to the memory of all those who were displaced or affected by the creation of the Poulaphouca Reservoir. I would like to thank Bishop Eamonn for his encouraging and supportive homily & also to all those who participated in the ceremony.

Special thanks to Kevin Byrne and his family along with many members of the community who created the garden and donated materials, time and energy to make it possible. If you would like to contribute a donation towards the expense of creating the garden, please leave it in an envelope for the sacristan in Valleymount Church.

With every blessing. Fr Richard

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

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

Blessington Parish OPEN INVITATION We invite you to a gathering in the Coimín Centre on Monday 22nd July at 8pm  The Parish Finance Committee will give a short presentation of 2018 Accounts.

The Community Pool for West Wicklow AGM will be on Tuesday July 2nd at 7pm in Blessington Library. We will be electing a fundraising subcommittee on the night as well as giving an update on how the campaign has been going and discussing what’s planned next. Everyone is welcome and it’s a great way to get involved in the campaign to get a Pool for West Wicklow! For more information email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

38th Annual Knockadoon Music & Liturgy Course is now open for booking! A place for choirs & young people to experience a week of music, faith and community from 11th to the 17th August! More info available on Facebook, Instragram & Twitter @KnockadoonML or www.knockadoonml.com

Sunday 30th MAY 2019 (+ every Last Sunday); SONGS & TUNES session, set up by local music lovers; Zellers, Lacken – a welcoming venue; 6pm to 9 or later. Free and just for fun – a friendly, inclusive gathering. Everyone invited. LISTENERS especially. All ages. ANY song or acoustic tune or self-accompaniment. Pop in and check it out?  Join in IF you feel the urge

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 2938.

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15 in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Blessington GAA Club Golf Classic on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner & plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book now to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 239 6157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 226 2286, John Williamson 086 825 6556

Tai Chi Classes (in aid of the Coimin Centre) every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm in HD Fitness (under the Lemon Tree). Suitable for all ages & levels of fitness, this is a gentle form of exercise which improves coordination, balance, joint mobility & core strength. We ask participants to make a €3 contribution for the Centre.

Blessington Triathlon Sun 30th June. Over 400 competitors will enjoy swimming, cycling & running around Poulaphouca Reservoir & the Blessington area in this triathlon, now in its 5th year. A mixed field of all ages & levels of experience will complete the 1,500m swim in the reservoir, cycle 40km around a loop to Hollywood & complete a 10km road run. This race is organised by Belpark Triathlon Club & Blessington Sailing Club & supports members of both clubs, as well as the chosen charity partner Down Syndrome Ireland. Find out more at www.blessingtontri.ie. Race starts at 9.40am.

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Hollywood Annual Sports Day on Sunday 14th July in GAA Field, Athletic Events, Dog Show, Side Shows, Produce Stall, Raffle, Fun & Games for all. Refreshments served. More details nearer the date.

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 14th July from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

Holiday Camp with Blessington Fencing Club from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 9am to 1pm. Cost is €100 for Club members and €120 for non-members. Call to book 087 676 4183

Summer Bridge at Blessington Lakes Golf Club, Baltyboys, Valleymount at 7.30pm sharp. All Welcome

Date For your Diary – Supper/Dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July. Food Served at 8pm. Dancing until Midnight, music by THE WICKLOW MAN.  Adm €20. This is the Senior Citizens/ Friendship Clubs contribution to The Fair. Great night assured

Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take this moment and make it perfect

Issue 1261 23rd June 2019

Annual Church Gate Collection for St Mary’s Junior & Senior Schools will take place at all Masses this weekend.

Peter’s Pence Collection for the Pope’s Charities will take place at all Masses next weekend 29th 30th June. This will replace the Share Collection

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Bishop Eamonn Walsh will celebrate 11.15am Mass in St. Joseph’s Church Valleymount & will bless the new Memory Garden after Mass.

All children who received 1st Communion this year are invited to 10am Mass in Blessington, dressed in Communion clothes for the final Mass in the Communion Programme.

Monday 24th June 2019

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

Tuesday 25th June 2019

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

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 26th June 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 Church

Christian Meditation Group meet in the Mass Centre in Brittas from 11am. All welcome

Thursday 27th June 2019

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Drop in Meeting, “Have you been Touched by Cancer? Take Time for You” An evening of Craft & Creativity followed by meditation & some light refreshments, Thursday 27th June 7.30pm, Coimin Centre, Blessington. All welcome, no charge, feel free to bring a friend. 087 434 6004 westwicklow15@gmail.com

Friday 28th June 2019

Dancing in Aid of the Men’s Shed continues in Valleymount on Friday the 28th June. Dancing 9.30pm to 12. Music by Tony Byrd. Admission €10. Spot prizes on the night

Mass Intentions this Week

Noel Cruise (RD) Danny Murphy (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Mairead Hudson (Mths Mind) John & Sarah Magee (A) Daragh Rowan (A)

Kevin Shiels (A)

Sunday 10am: Liam Farrell (A)

Ann Fitzgerald (RD)

We also Remember the following:

Tim Murphy (A) Rachel Murphy (A)

Kathleen (Kitty) Kelly (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Sp Intentions, Sp Intentions

Wednesday: Margaret Byrne (RD)

Ann Weafer (RD)

Thursday: Get Well, Get Well

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

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

Cemetery Sunday Templeboden Sun 7th July at 3pm. Please inform family & friends.

Sunday 30th June – Children’s Church at 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady for children aged 5 to 10 years.

Valleymount Art & Heritage Weekend

June 21st – 8pm in Valleymount Hall Valleymount Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s Comedy  ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ appropriately on ‘Midsummers Night’!

June 22nd – 8pm in Valleymount Hall Heritage Exhibition ‘The History of The Parish’ followed by a talk on the history of the parish.

June 23rdBishop Eamonn Walsh will celebrate 11.15am Mass in St. Joseph’s Church Valleymount.This will be followed by a Blessing of THE MEMORY GARDEN at the front of The Parochial House.The garden is to commemorate the memory of the families who were displaced & affected by the flooding of the Valley 1939 / 1940 Heritage Exhibition & Tea Rooms until 3pm

The Community Pool for West Wicklow AGM will be on Tuesday July 2nd at 7pm in Blessington Library. We will be electing a fundraising subcommittee on the night as well as giving an update on how the campaign has been going and discussing what’s planned next. Everyone is welcome and it’s a great way to get involved in the campaign to get a Pool for West Wicklow! For more information email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

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

Tai Chi Classes (in aid of the Coimin Centre) every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm in HD Fitness (under the Lemon Tree). Suitable for all ages & levels of fitness, this is a gentle form of exercise which improves coordination, balance, joint mobility & core strength. We ask participants to make a €3 contribution for the Centre.

Lugnaquilla – Eamonn Murray Memorial Charity Walk on Sun 23rd June at 2pm Leaving from Fenton’s Bar at 2pm. Donations on the day please for St Brigid’s Hospice.

A Beautiful Celebration of Music featuring emerging classical artists on Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm in the Moat Theatre Naas 045 883 030. Tickets €10. Proudly supporting “Make a Wish” and “The Irish Cancer Society”

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

 Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15 in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Blessington GAA Club Golf Classic on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner & plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book now to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 239 6157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 226 2286, John Williamson 086 825 6556

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

 West Wicklow Cancer Support Essential Oils Mediation hosted by Gemma Deeney of Yogagym. 6-week session commencing Wed 19th June 11.30am to 12.30pm in Primary Care Centre Blessington. No charge, all welcome, please bring a friend. 087 434 6004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”, come & join us

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. We are having a relaunch next Tuesday 25th June at 7.30pm. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something new & meeting some new people, please come along & try it out.

Hollywood Annual Sports Day on Sunday 14th July in GAA Field, Athletic Events, Dog Show, Side Shows, Produce Stall, Raffle, Fun & Games for all. Refreshments served. More details nearer the date.

Holiday Camp with Blessington Fencing Club from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 9am to 1pm. Cost is €100 for Club members and €120 for non-members. Call to book 087 676 4183

Summer Bridge at Blessington Lakes Golf Club, Baltyboys, Valleymount at 7.30pm sharp. All Welcome

Date For your Diary – Supper/Dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July. Food Served at 8pm. Dancing until Midnight, music by THE WICKLOW MAN.  Adm €20. This is the Senior Citizens/ Friendship Clubs contribution to The Fair. Great night assured

Cruthú Art Group has now reopened at Russborough for the Summer Season from 11am to 5pm on weekends & Bank Holidays.  We will also open Fridays & selected days later in Summer.  If you have any enquiries about our work, please email cruthuart@gmail.com Drop in anytime to view unique locally produced art & crafts. www.cruthu.ie

Blessington Library Summer Stars Reading Adventure for children during the summer from 15th of June to the end of August. Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to all children. We are very happy to work with teachers and families to encourage children to continue reading and also to participate in our range of storytelling and other fun activities during the summer. Each child is invited to register for the adventure at the library. All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress, and there will be rewards and incentives along the way. At the end of the adventure, all children who participate are invited to attend the Grand Finale. Children and families will also have access to fun reading activities on the Summer Stars website, www.summerstars.ie The site has lots of online activities as well as a range of animated ebooks. You will find a children’s books discussion board and interviews with well-known people about their favourite books. There are also helpful tips for reading and recommended titles by age group for children to read. The books can then be borrowed from the library service, and it’s all free.

Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have

 

 

 

Issue 1260 June 16th 2019

Annual Church Gate Collection
for St Mary’s Junior & Senior Schools
will take place at all Masses next weekend.

Sunday 16th June 2019
►Children’s Church at 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady for children aged 5 to 10 years. Helpers needed for Children’s Church. 1 hour every fortnight. Info: Nuala 085 1221561
►Eadestown Cemetery Mass at 12 noon. Blessing of the graves from at 11.30. No Mass in Eadestown Church, Mass in Kilteel at 10am
►Manor Kilbride Graveyard Mass at 2pm

Monday 17th June 2019
►Holy Hour in Crosschapel every Monday after 10am Mass. (ex Bank Holidays)

Tuesday 18th June 2019
►Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment
►Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 19th June 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 Church
►Christian Meditation Group meet in the Mass Centre in Brittas from 11am. All welcome

The Family of the late Mick Fleming, Logstown, Valleymount, would like to express our sincere thanks to the relatives, friends & neighbours who offered sympathy & support during our recent sad loss. Thank you to everyone who visited Mick during his stay in hospital, to all who attended Mick’s funeral, sent Mass cards & messages of condolences. Thanks to Fr. Behan for the funeral Mass, to Lorraine & Paul for the beautiful music, to Lena & Gordan of Clarke’s for their kindness. A special thanks to the Miley family for the use of their field at Baltyboys Cemetery. A mass will be offered for your Intentions.

Mass Intentions this Week
Bernie Lyons (RD)
Saturday 6pm: Paddy Byrne (A)
Frank Clarke (RD)
Sunday 10am: Jimmy Keogh (A)
Patrick Byrne (A)
We also Remember the following:
Peter Nolan Jnr, Gus Hearne, Patrick Kearns, Margaret Glennon, James Nolan
Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick
Tuesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem), Thanksgiving Mass
Wednesday: Peter Nolan Jnr (A)
Special Living Intentions
Thursday: John & Sarah Magee (A)
Daragh Rowan (A)
Friday: Margaret Glennon (A)
Teresa Murphy (A)

Valleymount Art & Heritage Weekend June 21st – 8pm in Valleymount Hall Valleymount Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s Comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ appropriately on ‘Midsummers Night’!                                                                                                           June 22nd – 8pm in Valleymount Hall Heritage Exhibition ‘The History of The Parish’ followe by a talk on the history of the parish.                                                                                                                     June 23rdBishop Eamonn Walsh will celebrate 11.15am Mass in St. Joseph’s Church Valleymount. This will be followed by a Blessing of THE MEMORY GARDEN at the front of The Parochial House. The garden is to commemorate the memory of the families who were displaced & affected by the flooding of the Valley 1939 / 1940 Heritage Exhibition & Tea Rooms until 3pm

West Wicklow Cancer Support Essential Oils Mediation hosted by Gemma Deeney of Yogagym. 6-week session commencing Wed 19th June 11.30am to 12.30pm in Primary Care Centre Blessington. No charge, all welcome, please bring a friend. 087 434 6004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”, come and join us.

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

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

Cemetery Sunday Templeboden Sun 7th July at 3pm. Please inform family & friends.

3 Beautiful Kittens looking for a good home. 6 weeks oldCall 087 2977678 or 045 265333

Men’s Health Week 10th to 16th June Mind Our Men (M.O.M) Blessington are hosting a tailored 12-week fitness / activity programme for males of all ages and capabilities. This is a free programme that you can follow on your own with weekly plans emailed to you. If you can make a little time to try this then please take that time. Email: mindourmen2019@gmail.com to sign up.  Men’s Health Matters. Make the Time….Take the Time

Hollywood Centre Social Night on Sat 15th June, dancing from 9pm to Midnight. Music by “Done & Dusted” Adm €10.  Students €5 Refreshments served

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

Tai Chi Classes (in aid of the Coimin Centre) every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm in HD Fitness (under the Lemon Tree). Suitable for all ages & levels of fitness, this is a gentle form of exercise which improves coordination, balance, joint mobility & core strength. We ask participants to make a €3 contribution for the Centre.

Lugnaquilla – Eamonn Murray Memorial Charity Walk on Sun 23rd June at 2pm Leaving from Fenton’s Bar at 2pm. Donations on the day please for St Brigid’s Hospice.

A Beautiful Celebration of Music featuring emerging classical artists on Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm in the Moat Theatre Naas 045 883 030. Tickets €10. Proudly supporting “Make a Wish” and “The Irish Cancer Society”

 Paul Carroll will undertake the Lug Challenge, a 53km walk covering 17 peaks this weekend, to raise funds for the renovation of the Lacken Community Centre (old school). Donations can be made through gofundme or through sponsorship cards available in Zellars Lacken or John Cremin Butchers Blessington

Poula Poetry & Blessington Library are delighted to announce the winners of our local school’s poetry competition. We had a magnificent response, there was such a wealth of brilliant poems submitted it was very difficult to choose “winners”. Thank you to EVERYONE who sent in work, to their teachers & schools for encouraging & facilitating the young poets to write so well. All the poems will be on display in the library. Highly commended were Abi Hasson of Lacken NS, Hannah Reilly of Lacken NS, Sophia Gray of Blessington No. 1 School, & Katy May of Gaelscoil na Lochanna. Overall winner: Mercy Biala of Blessington No. 1 School for her poem ‘Russborough’s Complaints’.

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

RAGGED COMPANY playing live Sat 15th June from 9pm in Marquee Avon Blessington. Adm €10 at the door, in aid of Blessington Day Care Centre. A night not to be missed!! Bring your dancing shoes, it’s going to be a late night!

FETE & BARBEQUE in St John the Baptist Church Cloughleagh on Sat 15th June from 12 noon to 4pm. Gourmet Barbeque & Crepes, Cakes, Plants, Books, Crafts, Raffle, Kid’s Corner, Face Painting. Adm €5 (incl tea) Children Free. Come & Join the Fun in this beautiful location & enjoy lovely food, homemade goodies & excellent stalls. Donations most welcome

Congratulations and well done to our wonderful superhero, 5 year old Calum Martin Flynn, on his award from Blessington & District Forum as “Person of the year 2019”. We, your family & friends are so proud of you & love you so much. We know you will be an inspiration for all young people into the future. Well done also to the other nominees.

West Wicklow Cancer Support “Blessington & District Forum’s Community Group of the Year 2019” we are absolutely delighted to have won this accolade & would like to thank everyone for voting for us. To the Coimín Centre, the Primary Care Centre & all the volunteers who have helped us along the way, your ongoing support is hugely appreciated. Local community support means we can keep developing our services, mindful that our service users find some value in visiting us. Thank you so much!!

Blessington Library Summer Stars Reading Adventure for children during the summer from 15th of June to the end of August. Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to all children. We are very happy to work with teachers and families to encourage children to continue reading and also to participate in our range of storytelling and other fun activities during the summer. Each child is invited to register for the adventure at the library. All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress, and there will be rewards and incentives along the way. At the end of the adventure, all children who participate are invited to attend the Grand Finale. Children and families will also have access to fun reading activities on the Summer Stars website, www.summerstars.ie The site has lots of online activities as well as a range of animated ebooks. You will find a children’s books discussion board and interviews with well-known people about their favourite books. There are also helpful tips for reading and recommended titles by age group for children to read. The books can then be borrowed from the library service, and it’s all free.

Summer Bridge at Blessington Lakes Golf Club, Baltyboys, Valleymount at 7.30pm sharp. All Welcome

Date For your Diary – Supper/Dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July. Food Served at 8pm. Dancing until Midnight, music by THE WICKLOW MAN.  Adm €20. This is the Senior Citizens/ Friendship Clubs contribution to The Fair. Great night assured

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday  at 8.15 in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Blessington GAA Club is pleased to announce a Golf Classic as one of the big 2019 fundraisers, taking place on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner & plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book early to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 239 6157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 226 2286, Lenny Gilligan 085 804 1731, John Williamson 086 825 6556

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605 alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec

 

Issue 1259 June 9th 2019

St. Vincent De Paul Annual Church Gate Collection  this weekend 8th & 9th June in all Churches. Many thanks for your continued support.

Saturday 8th June 2019

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

Sunday 9th June 2019

Children’s Church at 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady for children aged 5 to 10 years. Helpers needed for Children’s Church. 1 hour every fortnight. Info: Nuala 085 1221561

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee.

Monday 10th June 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday 11th June 2019

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

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Active Retirement Association at 2.30pm

Wednesday 12th June 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 Church

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

Thursday 13th June 2019

Coimin Management Meeting 7pm

Blessington PPC Meeting 8pm

Sunday 16th June 2019

Manor Kilbride Graveyard Mass at 3pm

Bishop Eamonn Walsh will celebrate 11.15am Mass in St. Joseph’s Church Valleymount Sun 23rd June. This will be followed by a Blessing of THE MEMORY GARDEN at the front of The Parochial House. The garden is to commemorate the memory of the families who were displaced & affected by the flooding of the Valley 1939/1940

The family of the late Thomas Miley would like to thank everyone most sincerely for their kind expression of sympathy on the passing of Tom. Thank you to relatives, neighbours & friends who called to the house & so many of you brought food words cannot express how grateful we are. Thank you to all who attended Tom’s Funeral Mass & sent cards. Special thanks to Fr. Richard Behan, Deacon Gerry Malone, Jerry McEvoy, Tracey, Shane & Caroline for their beautiful Singing. Thank you to Tony & Regina Clarke & the Staff & Management of Tulfarris Hotel. A Mass will be offered for your Intentions. Thomas’ Months Mind Mass will be Sunday 9th June at 11.15am in Valleymount Church.

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Martin Burke (A) Martin, Theresa & John O’Hara (A) Dick Byrne (A) Thomas Miley (Month’s Mind) Mick Curran (A)

Sunday 10am

John Crickley (A), Tom Cullen (A)

We also Remember the following:

Des Kennedy, Christopher Brady,

Kathleen Balfe (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: James Patton (RD)

Paddy Barry (RD)

Wednesday: Special Living Int, Birthday Rem

Thursday: Eucharistic Service

Friday: Des Kennedy (A), Thomas Miley (RD)

 

Hearing Aid Found in Aldi car park on Saturday Afternoon, 1st June 2019. Please contact the Parish Office on 045 865 327.

Lost/Missing female white/cream Cockapoo in Lacken. Missing since Monday 3rd June, answers to the name; Flo. Please call Siobhan 086 814 0870

 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

ECUMENICAL BIBLE WEEK  Coimín Centre Blessington

 “Always Be Ready to give an answer…… for the Hope that you Possess” (1 Peter 3:15)

Monday 10th June 7.30pm to 9pm

Beatitudes: A Way of Life, a Way of Looking Speaker Seán Goan

Tuesday 11th June 7.30pm to 9pm

Accounting for the Hope that is in us Speaker Nick Park

Wednesday 12th June 7.30pm to 9pm

Luke’s Teaching on Prayer & the Lord’s Prayer Speaker: Kieran O’Mahony

Further Info from Blessington Parish Office – 045 865 327

Men’s Health Week 10th to 16th June Mind Our Men (M.O.M) Blessington are hosting a tailored 12-week fitness / activity programme for males of all ages and capabilities. This is a free programme that you can follow on your own with weekly plans emailed to you. If you can make a little time to try this then please take that time. Email : mindourmen2019@gmail.com to sign up.  Men’s Health Matters. Make the Time….Take the Time

Hollywood Centre Social Night on Sat 15th June, dancing from 9pm to Midnight. Music by “Done & Dusted” Adm €10.  Students €5 Refreshments served

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

Lakeside Heritage Weekend 21st to 23rd June Valleymount Community Hall. Diary of Events to follow. Monster Raffle in aid of St Joseph’s Church & Community Hall. Cards available from Marie Mc Donald.

Tai Chi Classes (in aid of the Coimin Centre) every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm in HD Fitness (under the Lemon Tree). Suitable for all ages & levels of fitness, this is a gentle form of exercise which improves coordination, balance, joint mobility & core strength. We ask participants to make a €3 contribution for the Centre.

Lugnaquilla – Eamonn Murray Memorial Charity Walk on Sun 23rd June at 2pm Leaving from Fenton’s Bar at 2pm. Donations on the day please for St Brigid’s Hospice.

Councillor Gerry O’Neill. I sincerely thank the people of Blessington, Kilbride, Lacken & Valleymount for their huge support & endorsement in the recent Local Election’s.  The volume of support went beyond all expectations & I am honoured to be elected to represent the people in Wicklow County Council for another five-year term.

Blessington Community Awards 2019 The Avon, Blessington Friday 7th June at 7:30pm

Free Admission – Finger Food & Entertainment. Celebrity MC

THE NOMINEES

Young Person of the Year

Kevin Russell, Philip Byrne,

Sheila Naughton.

Carer of the Year

Breda O’Brien, Brid Murphy, Maggie Ryan, Maria Bohan.

Community Group of the Year

Blessington AFC,

Blessington Men’s Shed,

Blessington Tidy Towns,

Blessington Youth Theatre,

Citizens Information Centre,

Community Pool for West Wicklow,

West Wicklow Cancer Support Group.

Person of the Year 

Callum Martin-Flynn, Catherine Behan, Paul Tyrrell, Siobhan Flockton

Summer Bridge at Blessington Lakes Golf Club, Baltyboys, Valleymount. Starting Wed 12th June at 7.30pm sharp. All Bridge Players Welcome

Michael Dwyers Hurlers Finn Behan, Brian Richardson & Thomas Walshe along with their parents Thank you most sincerely for supporting their recent table quiz, amount raised was €1100. Good luck to the boys & Michael Dwyers who travel to Cork on Friday 7th June to take part in the All-Ireland Féile 2019. Go n-éirí on bóthar leat.

FETE & BARBEQUE in St John the Baptist Church Cloughleagh on Sat 15th June from 12 noon to 4pm. Gourmet Barbeque & Crepes, Cakes, Plants, Books, Crafts, Raffle, Kid’s Corner, Face Painting. Adm €5 (incl tea) Children Free. Come & Join the Fun in this beautiful location & enjoy lovely food, homemade goodies & excellent stalls. Donations most welcome

RAGGED COMPANY playing live Sat 15th June from 9pm in Marquee Avon Blessington. Adm €10 at the door, in aid of Blessington Day Care Centre. A night not to be missed!! Bring your dancing shoes, it’s going to be a late night!

Date For your Diary – Supper/Dance in Conjunction with Hollywood Fair (Ballroom Of Romance) in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July. Food Served at 8pm. Dancing until Midnight, music by THE WICKLOW MAN.  Adm €20. This is the Senior Citizens/ Friendship Clubs contribution to The Fair. Great night assured!!!

A Beautiful Celebration of Music featuring emerging classical artists on Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm in the Moat Theatre Naas 045 883 030. Tickets €10. Proudly supporting “Make a Wish” and “The Irish Cancer Society”

Cruthú Art Group has now reopened at Russborough for the Summer Season from 11am to 5pm on weekends & Bank Holidays.  We will also open Fridays & selected days later in Summer.  If you have any enquiries about our work, please email cruthuart@gmail.com Drop in anytime to view unique locally produced art & crafts. www.cruthu.ie

Blessington GAA Club is pleased to announce a Golf Classic as one of the big 2019 fundraisers, taking place on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner & plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book early to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 239 6157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 226 2286, Lenny Gilligan 085 804 1731, John Williamson 086 825 6556

April Winners of Valleymount Church Renovation Fund Draw: John Holmes, Nellie Reid, Austin Breslin, Peter & Marie McDonald, Mary & Seamus Kavanagh.

May Winners: Frances Byrne, John Holmes, Alice Stone, Joe Miley Senior, Mairead & Seamus Graham. €100 each

 

 

 

Issue 1258 June 2nd 2019

St. Vincent De Paul Annual Church Gate Collection  next weekend 8th & 9th June in all Churches. Many thanks for your continued support.

Monday 3rd June 2019

Bank Holiday Mass at 11am in Blessington

Animal Farm Family Fun Day from 2pm to 5pm in St Kevin’s Community Centre. Fun for all the family. Meet the animals, Novelty Dog Show (enter on the day) FREE Pony Rides. Bric-a-Brac, Fresh Produce Stall and many more. €10 per Family includes Tea/Coffee.

Guided Prayer, Benediction & Music at 8pm in Lacken Church. All are welcome.

Tuesday 4th June 2019

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

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 5th June 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 Church

Friday 7th June 2019

Bethany Bereavement Support Group are available in the Coimín Centre Blessington for caring confidential support from 10am to 11am

1st Friday of the Month. The Masses will be offered for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. The priests will visit the sick & housebound. If you would like a visit please contact the Parish Office, 045 865 327

1st Friday Mass in Manor Kilbride at 9am.

1st Friday Mass in Valleymount at 11.15am

Coffee Morning in Lacken Community Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Padre Pio Mass at 8pm in Blessington.

Mass Intentions this Week

Mairead Hudson (RD)

Saturday 6pm:

 Bill Garry (A) John, Ann & Liam Craul (A)

Sunday 10am

Bridie Murphy (A) Christine Foley (RD)

We also Remember the following:

Desmond Kenny (1st A) Jim Toomey (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Special Intention, Special Intention

Wednesday: Desmond Kenny (1st A)

Lorraine Chute RD)

Thursday: Theresa Harbourne (RD)

Tom Miley (RD)

Friday:  1st Friday Altar List of the Dead

Manor Kilbride Graveyard Sunday 16th June (Please note our new & permanent date)

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

Helpers needed to help supervise children during Children’s Church.  Only 1 hour every fortnight. Please contact Nuala 085 122 161 if you may be available to help out on occasion.

Two Children’s Church dates remaining before summer break – June 9th and 30th at 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady Blessington for children aged 5 to 10 years

Official Announcement – Opening of Blessington Tourist Office Blessing and District CE Ltd are delighted to announce the opening of the Blessington Tourist Office located at Unit 7 Blessington Town Centre (across from Dunnes) on Friday 31st May at 4pm. This has been a huge community effort to get our new location and office up and running in time for the busy holiday season. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Blessington Community Awards 2019

The Avon, Blessington

Friday 7th June at 7:30pm

Free Admission

Finger Food & Entertainment

Celebrity MC

Shortlisted Nominees (in alphabetical order)

Young Person of the Year

Kevin Russell, Philip Byrne,

Sheila Naughton.

Carer of the Year

Breda O’Brien, Brid Murphy, Maggie Ryan, Maria Bohan.

Community Group of the Year

Blessington AFC,

Blessington Men’s Shed,

Blessington Tidy Towns,

Blessington Youth Theatre,

Citizens Information Centre,

Community Pool for West Wicklow,

West Wicklow Cancer Support Group.

Person of the Year

Callum Martin-Flynn, Catherine Behan, Paul Tyrrell, Siobhan Flockton

 

The Cancer Society Collection which took place in Manor Kilbride recently, raised €305. Many thanks to all who donated.

ECUMENICAL BIBLE WEEK Coimín Centre Blessington “Always Be Ready to give an answer…… for the Hope that you Possess” (1 Peter 3:15)

 Monday 10th June 7.30pm to 9pm Beatitudes: A Way of Life, a Way of Looking – Speaker Seán Goan

Tuesday 11th June 7.30pm to 9pm Accounting for the Hope that is in us – Speaker Nick Park

Wednesday 12th June 7.30pm to 9pm Luke’s Teaching on Prayer & the Lord’s Prayer – Speaker: Kieran O’Mahony

www.bibleweek.ie facebook.com/bibleweek Further Info from Blessington Parish Office – 045 865 327

Blessington History Society Summer Outing on Thursday 6th June. We will visit the Mansion House, The Royal Irish automobile Club and The Little Museum. The cost of €35 will include lunch. Meeting at the Downshire Monument, Blessington at 10.15am. To book, contact Tom at 045 891 261 or 086 874 6831 Non-Members Welcome

The 2019 Poetry Bus Tour … on Sat June 8th the Poetry Bus will depart Blessington Library at 10am with PoulaPoets & guest musician aboard for another magical mystery tour of poetic proportions, stopping at various top-secret locations around West Wicklow for readings & songs & chat & lunch (not provided), before returning to the library at 4pm for a cuppa. Bring your favourite poems for the open mic. Tickets (€5) available from Blessington library. Book now blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie or call (045) 891 740

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15 in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Tai Chi Classes (in aid of the Coimin Centre) every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm in HD Fitness (under the Lemon Tree). Suitable for all ages & levels of fitness, this is a gentle form of exercise which improves coordination, balance, joint mobility & core strength. We ask participants to make a €3 contribution for the Centre.

Lugnaquilla – Eamonn Murray Memorial Charity Walk on Sunday 23rd June at 2pm Leaving from Fenton’s Bar at 2pm. Donations on the day please for St Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh

The Coimín Greenway 5k. Register now to secure your place in the Coimín Greenway 5k on Sun 16th June. Race is chip timed with cash prizes, there’ll be bespoke medals for all race participants. www.popupraces.ie/race/blessington-5k-family-fun-day/ Proudly sponsored by Kenny’s Supervalu Blessington & supported by Wicklow Leader Programme.

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605 alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie Find us on Facebook.

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

There is a new domestic violence outreach service in West Wicklow provided by Saoirse Women’s refuge in Tallaght. We can offer confidential appointments providing support to women suffering from domestic violence in the community, including Court Accompaniment. The drop in clinics take place every Monday 9:30am-11:30am Blessington Library, every Wednesday afternoon 2:30pm-4:30pm Seomra Imaal Hall Dunlavin and every Friday 9:30-11:30am The equestrian/The Lawlor centre Baltinglass. Call 085 271 0378 for an Appointment.

Date For your Diary – Supper/Dance (Ballroom Of Romance) in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July. Food Served at 8pm. Dancing until Midnight, music by THE WICKLOW MAN.  Adm €20. Great night assured!!!

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

A Beautiful Celebration of Music featuring emerging classical artists on Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm in the Moat Theatre Naas 045 883 030. Tickets €10. Proudly supporting “Make a Wish” and “The Irish Cancer Society”

Cruthú Art Group has now reopened at Russborough for the Summer Season from 11am to 5pm on weekends & Bank Holidays.  We will also open Fridays & selected days later in Summer.  If you have any enquiries about our work, please email cruthuart@gmail.com Drop in anytime to view unique locally produced art & crafts. www.cruthu.ie

FETE & BARBEQUE in St John the Baptist Church Cloughleagh on Sat 15th June from 12 noon to 4pm. Gourmet Barbeque & Crepes, Cakes, Plants, Books, Crafts, Raffle, Kid’s Corner, Face Painting. Adm €5 (incl tea) Children Free. Come & Join the Fun in this beautiful location & enjoy lovely food, homemade goodies & excellent stalls. Donations most welcome

Blessington GAA Club is pleased to announce a Golf Classic as one of the big 2019 fundraisers, taking place on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner & plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book early to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 239 6157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 226 2286, Lenny Gilligan 085 804 1731, John Williamson 086 825 6556

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 9th June from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee.

Anam Cara South Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Monday 10th June at 7:20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght. Please note there are no Events in July or August. Please contact us on info@anamcara.ie or 085 288 8888.

 

Issue 1257 26th May 2019

Blessington GAA U14’s

Church Gate Collection this weekend

Saturday 25th May 2019

Comhghairdeas le gach buachaill agus cailín i nGaelscoil na Lochanna Congratulations to the Boys & Girls who will receive 1st Holy Communion today in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Sunday 26th May 2019

Annual Pilgrimage to Knock leaving the Square Blessington (outside the Downshire Hotel) at 8am Sharp. Info, Mary: 087 6061 729

Blessington Tidy Towns and Forum Annual Community Clean Up. Meet at 8.45am outside Credit Union.  We are hoping volunteers will come out in force as we make a big effort to prepare for the annual Tidy Towns judging.  Please text Michael Sargent if you can help 086 244 3640 or email michael@gsw.ie

Hollywood Mass Rock pilgrimage will start in the Church car park at 7am proceeding to the Mass Rock where Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Eamonn Walsh upon arrival at Corragh at 9am (approx) All are welcome.

Country Market from 10am to 3pm Valleymount Community Hall.

Monday 27th May 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

Tuesday 28th May 2019

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

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 29th May 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 Church

Thursday 30th May 2019

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Drop in Meeting. “Have you been touched by Cancer, Self-care & making time for you” An evening of meditation, stillness & mindfulness into everyday living so as to achieve greater peace of mind & freedom. Hosted by artist & therapist Margot Ussher on Thursday 30th May at 7.30pm in the Coimin Centre, Blessington. No charge, all are welcome & do feel free to bring a friend. Contact 087 434 6004 or email: westwicklow15@gmail.com

Friday 31st May 2019

Blessington Men’s Shed monthly fundraising dance in the Avon Hotel on Friday 31st May. Music by Brian Mc Dermott. Admission €10. Dancing 9.30pm to 12. Spot prizes on the night

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Barney Kavanagh (RD) Larry Smith (2nd A)

Sunday 10am: Molly & Tom Hamilton (A) Nick Dunne (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Eucharistic Service

Wednesday: Mass Bouquet, Mass Bouquet

Thursday: Birthday Rem, Get Well Int

Friday: Paul Lynch (RD) Noel Eustace (RD)

The family of the late Maisie Miley, Baltyboys, would like to thank everyone most sincerely for their kind expression of sympathy on the passing of our mother. Thank you to relatives, neighbours & friends who called to the house & to so many of you laden with cakes & sandwiches; words cannot express how grateful we are. Thank you to all who attended the funeral Mass and sent Mass cards, many thanks to Valleymount GAA for their guard of honour and traffic management. A special thank you to Fr Behan for his many visits. Thank you to Lorraine and Richie Willoughby and to Harry Farrington for their beautiful singing. Thank you to Tony & Regina Clarke and to the staff & management of Tulfarris Hotel. A Mass will be offered for your intentions.

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

Manor Kilbride Graveyard Sunday 16th June (Please note our new & permanent date)

Sum of Money found on Tues 21st May (Near Deerpark Close) Contact 087 959 8409

Daffodil Day 2019: with your help we raised €9,109. Thank you so much from Julieann Byrne, Caroline Byrne & Christine Hughes. Looking forward to your help next year.

Helpers needed to help supervise children during Children’s Church.  Only 1 hour every fortnight. Please contact Nuala 085 122 161 if you may be available to help out on occasion.

 Two Children’s Church dates remaining before summer break – June 9th and 30th at 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady Blessington for children aged 5 to 10 years

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15 in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Tai Chi Classes (in aid of the Coimin Centre) every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm in HD Fitness (under the Lemon Tree). Suitable for all ages & levels of fitness, this is a gentle form of exercise which improves coordination, balance, joint mobility & core strength. We ask participants to make a €3 contribution for the Centre.

Lugnaquilla – Eamonn Murray Memorial Charity Walk on Sunday 23rd June at 2pm Leaving from Fenton’s Bar at 2pm. Donations on the day please for St Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh

The Coimín Greenway 5k. Register now to secure your place in the Coimín Greenway 5k on Sun 16th June. Race is chip timed with cash prizes, there’ll be bespoke medals for all race participants. www.popupraces.ie/race/blessington-5k-family-fun-day/ Proudly sponsored by Kenny’s Supervalu Blessington & supported by Wicklow Leader Programme.

There is a new domestic violence outreach service in West Wicklow provided by Saoirse Women’s refuge in Tallaght. We can offer confidential appointments providing support to women suffering from domestic violence in the community, including Court Accompaniment. The drop in clinics take place every Monday 9:30am-11:30am Blessington Library, every Wednesday afternoon 2:30pm-4:30pm Seomra Imaal Hall Dunlavin and every Friday 9:30-11:30am The equestrian/The Lawlor centre Baltinglass. Call 085 271 0378 for an Appointment.

Sunday 26th May (+ every Last Sunday) SONGS & TUNES session, set up by local music lovers in Zellers, Lacken – a welcoming venue; 6pm to 9 or later. Free and just for fun – a friendly, inclusive gathering. Everyone invited – LISTENERS especially. All ages.  ANY song or acoustic tune or self-accompaniment. Pop in and check it out?  Join in IF you feel the urge!

Date For your Diary: Supper/Dance (Ballroom Of Romance) in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July. Food Served at 8pm. Dancing until Midnight, music by THE WICKLOW MAN.  Adm €20. Great night assured!!!

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

Cruthú Art Group has now reopened at Russborough for the Summer Season from 11am to 5pm on weekends & Bank Holidays.  We will also open Fridays & selected days later in Summer.  If you have any enquiries about our work, please email cruthuart@gmail.com Drop in anytime to view unique locally produced art & crafts. www.cruthu.ie

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

A Beautiful Celebration of Music featuring emerging classical artists on Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm in the Moat Theatre Naas 045 883 030. Tickets €10. Proudly supporting “Make a Wish” and “The Irish Cancer Society”

The 2019 Poetry Bus Tour … On Saturday June 8th the Poetry Bus will depart Blessington Library at 10am with PoulaPoets & guest musician aboard for another magical mystery tour of poetic proportions, stopping at various top-secret locations around West Wicklow for readings & songs & chat & lunch (not provided), before returning to the library at 4pm for a cuppa. Bring your favourite poems for the open mic. Tickets (€5) available from Blessington library. Book now blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie or by phone on (045) 891 740

 

ECUMENICAL BIBLE WEEK Coimín Centre Blessington

“Always Be Ready to give an answer…… for the Hope that you Possess” (1 Peter 3:15)

Monday 10th June 7.30pm to 9pm

Beatitudes: A Way of Life, a Way of Looking – Speaker: Seán Goan

Tuesday 11th June 7.30pm to 9pm

Accounting for the Hope that is in us – Speaker: Nick Park

Wednesday 12th June 7.30pm to 9pm

Luke’s Teaching on Prayer & the Lord’s Prayer – Speaker: Kieran O’Mahony

www.bibleweek.ie facebook.com/bibleweek Further Info from Blessington Parish Office 045 865 327

 

Animal Farm Family Fun Day – Monday 3rd June from 2pm to 5pm. St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington. Fun for all the family. Meet the animals, Novelty Dog Show (enter on the day) FREE Pony Rides. Fresh Produce Refreshments. €10 per Family includes Tea/Coffee. The animal farm event is an important fundraiser for St. Mary’s Church. The team organising the event would be grateful for donations of any items that could be sold on a Bric-a-Brac Stall (nearly new items in good condition) items for the lucky dip and donations of cakes, tray bakes, jams, chutneys, plants etc for the Fresh Produce Stall. These items could be dropped to the hall during the morning of June 3rd where they will be gratefully received in aid of St Mary’s Parish, Blessington.

 

St John the Baptist Church Cloughleagh Saturday 15th June from 12 noon to 4pm

FETE & BARBEQUE – Gourmet Barbeque & Crepes, Cakes, Plants, Books, Crafts, Raffle, Kid’s Corner, Face Painting. Admission €5 including tea. Children Free. Come & Join the Fun in this beautiful location & enjoy lovely food, homemade goodies & excellent stalls. Contributions for the stalls will be gratefully received

 

Know the true value of time; seize and enjoy every minute.

Issue 1256 19th May 2019

Ministry Sunday Collection at all Masses this weekend This new annual collection will replace the Share Collection & will be devoted to support the building up of new forms of lay ministry in our parishes.

Mass Intentions this Week

Jim Patton (RD)

Saturday 6pm:

 Francis Vallely (Mths Mind)

Mary Valelly (A) Phil Foster (A)

Sunday 10am:

John Kelly (A) Paddy Giles (RD)

Mary Ryan (Birthday Rem)

We also Remember the following:

Frank Kenny (A) James Kenny (A)

Joe Kavanagh (A) Christopher Cartwright (A) Joseph Burke (A) Lucy Keogh (A)

Andy & May Metcalfe (A) Michael Clarke (A)

James McHugh, Peter O’Keefe, Clare Nolan, Phillip Quigley (A) Charles & Catherine Doran

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Andy & May Metcalfe (A) Get Well Intentions, Get Well Intentions

Wed: Mick Fleming (RD) Maisie Miley (RD)

Thurs: Frank Kenny (A) James Kenny (A)

Friday: Mass for all on Blessington List for Deceased

Saturday 18th May 2019

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls in St Mary’s JS receiving 1st Holy Communion in Church of Our Lady Blessington at 11am and all those in St Brigid’s NS Manor Kilbride who will receive at 11am Mass in Manor Kilbride.

Sunday 19th May 2019

Children’s Church at 10am Mass for children aged 6 to 9 years.

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls from No 1School & Blessington Educate Together NS who will receive 1st Holy Communion in Church of Our Lady, Blessington today.

Burgage Cemetery Mass  at 3pm.

Monday 20th May 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

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Blessington U3A are proud to present their May talk by Stella Mew on “William B Yates” on Tuesday 21st May at 10:30am at The Education Centre, Baltinglass Road. All welcome, €5 entry for non-members

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

Blessington Active Retired meet at 2.30pm in the Coimin Centre

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 22nd May 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 Church

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

The Rathfarnham Parish Bethany Bereavement Support Group An Evening to Remember Your Departed Loved One & A Talk (By Moira Staines) on Coping with Loss The Parish  Pastoral Centre Willbrook Road Rathfarnham On  Thursday 30th May at 8pm.

Happiness is not having what you want, it is appreciating what you have

Comhghairdeas le gach buachaill agus cailín i nGaelscoil na Lochanna Congratulations to the Boys & Girls who will receive 1st Holy Communion next Saturday 26th  May in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Hollywood Mass Rock is on the 26th of May, the pilgrimage will start in the Church car park at 7.00am & will proceed from here to the Mass Rock where the Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Eamonn Walsh upon arrival at Corragh at 9am (approx) All are welcome.

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

Manor Kilbride Graveyard Sunday 16th June (Please note our new & permanent date)

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

Blessington Tidy Towns and Forum have organised our annual Community Clean Up for Sunday 26th May meeting at 8.45am outside Credit Union.  We are hoping volunteers will come out in force as we make a  big effort to prepare for the annual Tidy Towns judging.  It would greatly help organising of the event if you could mention your interest in advance to Michael Sargent by text 086 244 3640 or by email michael@gsw.ie or by dropping a note to Corner House, Main Street.

West Wicklow Festival takes place this weekend 15th to 19th May Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2019 West Wicklow Festival boasts an incredible line-up of musicians & artists from all over the world with concerts being held at Russborough House and St. Mary’s Church, Blessington. Having doubled in size last year, the Festival has once again expanded its programme & this year will feature 15 incredible artists over 5 days. You can book tickets in person from Russborough House, McGreal’s Pharmacy or the National Concert Hall, Dublin. You can also book online at www.westwicklowfestival.com or by calling (01) 417 0000

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15 in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Tai Chi Classes (in aid of the Coimin Centre) every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm in HD Fitness (under the Lemon Tree). Suitable for all ages & levels of fitness, this is a gentle form of exercise which improves coordination, balance, joint mobility & core strength. We ask participants to make a €3 contribution for the Centre.

Lugnaquilla – Eamonn Murray Memorial Charity Walk on Sunday 23rd June at 2pm Leaving from Fenton’s Bar at 2pm. Donations on the day please for St Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh

Cruthú Art Group has now reopened at Russborough for the Summer Season from 11am to 5pm on weekends & Bank Holidays.  We will also open Fridays & selected days later in Summer.  If you have any enquiries about our work, please email cruthuart@gmail.com Drop in anytime to view unique locally produced art & crafts. www.cruthu.ie

The Coimín Greenway 5k. Register now to secure your place in the Coimín Greenway 5k on Sun 16th June. Race is chip timed with cash prizes, there’ll be bespoke medals for all race participants. www.popupraces.ie/race/blessington-5k-family-fun-day/ Proudly sponsored by Kenny’s Supervalu Blessington & supported by Wicklow Leader Programme.

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

Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course is now open for booking! A place for choirs & young people to experience a week of music, friendship & community from the 11th to 17th August! More info available on our Facebook, Instragram,  Twitter@KnockadoonML websitewww.knockadoonml.com

The Rathfarnham Parish Bethany Bereavement Support Group: An Evening to Remember Your Departed Loved One and A Talk  (By Moira Staines) on Coping with Loss in The Parish  Pastoral Centre Willbrook Road Rathfarnham On  Thursday 30th May at 8pm.

The Blessington Girl Guide Unit is being revived & we would love to get some people involved. This is for girls from the age of 10 to 14. They will meet at 7.30pm on a Monday night in St Kevin’s Hall. There is a meeting to have a chat with interested people on the 20th  May at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s. Please contact Ceara at errdo@irishgirlguides.ie or 089 468 9275

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

Hollywood Walking Trails have a Meeting in Hollywood Centre on 20th May 8pm everyone welcome. 58 people walked the “first trail” last Tuesday evening. Further details will follow when “The Trails” are sorted.

Date For your Diary – Supper/Dance (Ballroom Of Romance) in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July. Food Served at 8pm. Dancing until Midnight, music by THE WICKLOW MAN.  Adm €20. Great night assured!!!

Sunday 26th May (+ every Last Sunday) SONGS & TUNES session, set up by local music lovers in Zellers, Lacken – a welcoming venue; 6pm to 9 or later. Free and just for fun – a friendly, inclusive gathering. Everyone invited – LISTENERS especially. All ages.  ANY song or acoustic tune or self-accompaniment. Pop in and check it out?  Join in IF you feel the urge!

PoulaPoetry would like to thank everyone who came to the library on Poetry Day Ireland recently, especially those local young poets who read for us, including Poppy, Alannah, Patrick, Liam, Katie, Lilyana, Finn, Isabella, James and Abi. We all really enjoyed and were very impressed hearing you read your poems with such aplomb. Thanks also to Saoirse & Donagh for playing a few tunes for us. We would also like to thank all the parents and schools who facilitated the performers with lifts and encouragement.

Pathways: Exploring Faith as an Adult:  Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road. Late September to May (7.00– 9.30pm). Application now open for September 2019.  Early application advised. Contact  Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie or go to: www.evangelisation.ie