Issue 1254 5th May 2019

Annual Collection for Collection

for the support of Dublin Diocesan Students preparing for Ordination to the Priesthood will be held at all Masses next weekend 11th & 12th May, this will replace the Share Collection

Saturday 4th May 2019

Mary Byrne Live at The Avon from 9pm. Event in Aid of Blessington Day Care. €25

Sunday 5th May 2019

Want a fun, free family day out? Now in its 3rd year we are delighted to announce: Teddy Bears Picnic in collaboration with Russborough House & Gardens. Come along for a fabulous, fun packed day for all ages from 11.30 starting with a woodland walk. Bring your favourite teddy & picnic basket!

Monday 6th May 2019

Bank Holiday Mass at 11am in Blessington

Guided prayer, music and Benediction in Lacken Church from 8-9pm followed by refreshments afterwards. All are welcome

Tuesday 7th 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 8th 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

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

Thursday 9th May 2019

The Parish Book Club will meet at 10am in the Crying Room, Church of Our Lady. The book for discussion is “An Astonishing Secret” by Daniel O’Leary. Published 2017 by Columba Press. New Members welcome.

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls who will receive 1st Holy Communion next weekend 11th & 12th May Lacken Church at 11am on Saturday Valleymount Church at 11.15am on Sunday

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

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Burgage Cemetery Mass Sun 19th May at 3pm

The Big Hello Community Weekend

Saturday 4th May “A Wicklow Miscellany” of music, songs, poetry & prose.

Hosted by Blessington Comhaltas

from 7pm to 8.30pm in the Coimin Centre,

Sunday 5th May Blessington & District Day Care Centre Open Day in the Coimin Centre, from 10am to 1pm.

All welcome to come & enjoy a cup of tea or coffee & view our Day Care Facilities.

Sunday 5th May Intercultural Community Celebration with Tea, Chat & Sing Song in Manor Kilbride Community Hall

from 12 to 4pm all welcome.

Hosted by Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee & Glen Heste Pure Mile Group.

Sunday 5th May Lacken Community Centre Street Fest from 2pm to 4pm.

We would love you, your family & friends to be part of it. A fun afternoon.

These events are funded by Wicklow Local Community Development Committee

Blessington and District Forum are hosting a Meet the Candidates evening for the forthcoming Council elections in Tramway Theatre on Mon 13 May at 8pm, all welcome.

A night for Peadar Moran ESB Lake-Warden on his retirement in Mileys on 11th May at 8.30pm, Trad Musicians welcome, enquiries to Sean 086 108 5879

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 


Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm

Breandan O’Riordan (A) Noel Kavanagh (RD)

Sunday 10am

Maureen Wyse (RD) Gerry Dermody (RD)

We Remember the following:

Pat Kelly, Kevin, Mary & Geraldine Sheils, Josie Clark, Ita Jalili, Myra O’Sullivan,

Mary & Charlie Keogh, Anne Reid,

Jimmy Balfe

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday to Friday: Easter Mass Bouquet List

St Mary’s Junior School Board of Management gives huge thanks to Manor Kilbride Drama Society for their production of “Anyone Can Rob a Bank” in the Tramway Theatre in aid of the school building fund. A special thank you to St. Mary’s SNS & the Tramway Theatre for their help & support, to all who sponsored our raffle & to all who attended, bought tickets & made donations giving us a grand total of €2,700!! It was a wonderful event & enjoyed by all.

Lost – Ray Ban Sunglasses in soft green case, on Tues 23rd April, contact Annette: 086 820 8343

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

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

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. 

BYT BLESSINGTON YOUTH THEATRE – A number of Blessington Youth Theatre Leaders are retiring this year after 11 years with the group.   It is now time for parents, past members & all those who may be interested within the Community of Blessington & district, to volunteer & ensure the continuation of this vibrant, wonderful Community Youth Group.In this regard we invite those interested in continuing BYT to please attend an important meeting to discuss the future of Blessington Youth Theatre at the TRAMWAY THEATRE, BLESSINGTON, ON THURSDAY 16th MAY AT 8 PM.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE.

Naas Community College are holding their 1st 5k Colour Run on Sun 19th May at 2pm in Mondello Park. Runners/walkers of all abilities welcome as well as kids of all ages.  Register at or on the day

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 Drop in anytime to view unique locally produced art & crafts.

SAVE THE DATE – 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. Proudly sponsored by Kenny’s Supervalu Blessington & supported by the Wicklow Leader Programme.

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington on Sunday 12th May from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat: 086 075 2072 Please Support…Bigi Linn

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

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

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

West Wicklow Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the third edition of the West Wicklow Festival which takes place from 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 or by calling (01) 417 0000

Current CE Vacancy:

KARE Support staff (Vacancy number: CES-2109690)

in Blessington, Kare Centre

Duties will include:  Working with adults with support needs in KARE Centre. The person is subject to Garda vetting & it is expected the person is of good character & has a kind and caring nature.

No prior experience is required as full training will be provided in areas such as fire safety, people moving & manual handling, safeguarding, MAPA & there are many training opportunities available within KARE to gain a healthcare qualification (subject to DEASP approval).

To apply please check your eligibility with your Local Employment office.

Please bring this reference number for this role. If this is something you may be interested in please call Sandra Carroll on 087 066 8129 for further details.




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