Issue 1267 August 4th 2019

“TOUCH” Supporting Vulnerable children in “Our World”  are holding a Church Gate Collection next weekend 10th and 11th August at all Masses All the money raised will go towards the building of a new hospital for children with mental health problems in Kathmandu, Nepal. Please Support.

Monday 5th August 2019

Bank Holiday Mass at 11am in Blessington

Guided Prayer, Benediction & Music at 8pm in Lacken Church. All are welcome.

Tuesday 6th August 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 7th August 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

Mass Intentions this Week

Margaret Higgin (RD) Maureen Kenny (RD)

Saturday 6pm: John McNamara (Mths Mind) and his parents Joseph & Josephine McNamara (A) Peter Cummins (A), Charlie & Molly Keogh (A)

Sunday 10am: Edward Conroy (Mths Mind) Marie Clegg (Mths Mind)

We also Remember the following:

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Teresa Dunne (RD)

Wednesday: Frank O’Neill (1st A) Maureen Kenny (RD)

Thursday: Get Well, Get Well

Friday: Thanksgiving Mass, Birthday Rem

Local St Vincent de Paul  087 181 1579

Newsletter Advertising Rates For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Final cut-off for receiving adverts is Wednesday 10am You can email the copy to and pay in the Parish Office or by bank transfer. Office open from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday and from 3pm to 4pm Monday to Thursday (subject to availability of volunteers)

Many thanks to Deirdre Keogh for her very generous donation to the Coimin Centre Blessington, from her fundraising for the Women’s Mini-Marathon recently. It is greatly appreciated and will be put to very good use in the running of the Coimin Centre.

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 Meditation 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”

Lough Derg: Final dates for this summer’s pilgrimages to Lough Derg takes place from the  9 – 11 August (season ends on 15 august) – direct from Dublin cost is €115 pensioners and students €105.  To book please phone: 086 3853027 or 01 4941171.

View photos of recent events in Valleymount parish at Email your Community Group News to

The winners of the July Draw in aid of Valleymount Church Renovation fund are Ita & Jim Hill, Jenny & Glen Cullen, Fr Richard Behan, Ann Mc Donald, Fiona Shannon. Each received €100

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys Sun 25th August at 12 noon.

Interest in a social cycle in Blessington?  Cycling Ireland community rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, led by an experienced cyclist, followed by a coffee and chat.  Register for free at

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.

Do you enjoy movement? We are looking for people interested in taking part in a community dance project as part of the Ninette de Valois festival. No dance experience required. All ages (8-80 and beyond!), genders, shapes and sizes are welcome. Email Ruth if you are interested

View photos of recent events in Valleymount parish at

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 11th August from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

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!

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

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

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.


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Tell a joke or a funny story … whatever it takes…

You’ve brightened someone’s day for just a minute, and in doing so have brightened your own!!





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