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

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:

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

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 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 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.

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