Issue 1266 July 28th 2019

Sunday 28th July 2019

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

Tuesday 30th 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 31st 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

Thursday 1st August 2019

Are you interested in allotments in Blessington? The next public meeting to discuss the provision of allotments in the Blessington area will be held at 7pm in Blessington Library. All welcome see: for any additional information.

Friday 2nd August 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

Saturday 6pm:

Josephine (Mama Jo) Horgan (Mths Mind) Alice Cummins (A)

Sunday 10am Laura McHugh (A)

Tom Buggle (A) Siobhan Warren (RD)

We also Remember the following:

Sadie Sargent (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Eddie Conroy (RD)

Margaret Ryall (RD) Living Intention

Wednesday: Mary Brady RD)

Seamus Fitzsimons (RD)

Thursday: Get Well Mass Int, Living Int.

Friday: We remember all those on the

1st Friday Altar List of the Dead

Local St Vincent de Paul – 087 181 1579

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.

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

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

“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”

Visit Cruthú Art Group when you visit the RHSI Garden Show this Sunday 28th July. Lots of lovely art and craft.  Have fun at the children’s art table.   Find out about an exciting Art Exhibition coming in 2020 – Revealing Wicklow – by Artists Erika Tyner and Anne Curran.  Cruthú Art Group is open on Fridays Saturday’s and Sunday’s throughout the summer – 12noon to 5pm.

Deirdre Keogh would like to thank everybody who sponsored her in the women’s mini marathon. a total of €5200 was raised for the Coimin Centre Blessington, the Diabetic Unit of Crumlin Children’s Hospital and other local charities.

Under 13’s Girls Soccer – Blessington AFC are looking for girls born in 2007/2008 to join a new team for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact David on 086 8574213

Under 16’s Soccer – Blessington AFC are looking for players born in 2004 to join a new team for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact John on 085 7122895

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.

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

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 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.

Social Dance in Hollywood Hall on Sat 27th June. Music by Tony Bird Band. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.00, Adm €10.

🎵 Sunday 28th JULY (+ every Last Sunday); Free SONGS & TUNES session set up by local music lovers; Zellers, Lacken – a welcoming venue; 6pm to 9 or later. 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 like it!

“Use what talents you possess – the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Campaign is a year old and we are having a PARTY! Come help us celebrate in the Hippodrome at Russborough House on August 17th from 1pm to 4pm. This is a FREE family event to thank the people of West Wicklow for your support. We’ll have face painting, music with East Coast FM, dancing, games with Wicklow Local Sports Partnership, water safety tips from Water Safety Ireland and of course cake!

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.

Volunteer with Age Action Ireland

as a Computer Tutor Now!

A Volunteer Recruitment Session will be held in Blessington Library on

Tuesday, August 13th from 3pm to 5pm

Age Action Ireland offers FREE one-to-one computer/technology classes for over 55s

We need friendly, patient and enthusiastic individuals to get involved as volunteer tutors for our over 55 learners who would like to learn how to use basic technology. Help us to fight against digital exclusion and frustration by teaching basic computers, smartphones, laptops, iPads, tablets etc. Class sizes are small, with one volunteer tutor for every learner, and will be held in Blessington Library once a week, for two hours. Classes are 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.

If you are unable to attend the Volunteer Recruitment Session above, but would like to help, please contact us: PHONE: 01 4756989 OR EMAIL:


West Wicklow Youthreach

Are you aged 15-20 and have you left school without a Junior or Leaving Cert?

Are you looking for a new challenge & a chance to gain a recognised qualification in

a positive & supportive environment?

If the answer is Yes…then West Wicklow Youthreach could be the opportunity for you.

West Wicklow Youthreach offers an education, training, & work experience programme at

QQI Level 3 (Junior Cert Equivalent) or

QQI Level 4 (Leaving Cert equivalent).

Our 2-year programmes are designed to meet each students’ personal & educational needs.

If you are interested, why not contact us to find out more! We are now recruiting for September 2019.

Call the centre at 086 815 9593 or 045 851 498 or drop into the Blessington Further Education & Training Centre & pick up an enquiry form. Alternatively, you can send an email to

Visit our Facebook page at West Wicklow Youthreach – Blessington & follow us on Twitter @WestWicklowYR For more information about this national programme visit

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


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


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


Courses in the Further Education and

Training Centre Blessington

We are currently enrolling for courses for our new term starting in September 2019

Full Time – Monday to Friday

QQI Level 5 Business Studies with Sage 50 Accounting

QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies

Part Time Courses

Looking to up-skill or learn something new?

We have part time courses available in the following:

eBusiness QQI Level 5

Tourism with Business QQI Level 5

Childcare QQI Level 5

Childcare QQI Level 6

Healthcare QQI Level

Horticulture QQI Level 4

Computer Science QQI Level 5

Office Skills QQI Level 4


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