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 “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: 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, 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, 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


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