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 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: 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

“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, 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  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 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

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