Issue 1277 October 13th 2019

Photo Exhibition of the work of Colman Doyle in Valleymount Hall Fri 11th Oct at 8pm & Sat 12th/Sun 13th Oct from 12noon to 5pm.

Saturday 12th October 2019

Sacrament of the Sick & Healing Mass at 12 noon in Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Tea & coffee served in the Coimín Centre

Sunday 13th October 2019

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Tea & Coffee, Free Car Park,

Monday 14th October 2019

Holy Hour in Crosschapel every Monday after 10am Mass (ex-Bank Holidays)

Eucharistic Adoration every Monday after 9.30am Mass until 12 Noon in the Crying Room, Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Blessington Children’s Choir practice 2:45pm to 3.30pm in the Church.

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Blessington U3A welcome Denis Keogh to present a talk based on the workings of the universe: “It’s Your Wonderful Universe” at 10:30am in The Education Centre, Blessington

All welcome, €5pp or €20 for full membership

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment

Blessington & District Active Retired meet at 2.30pm in the Coimin Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Blessington Community College Open Night for all incoming first years in 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. All Welcome

Wednesday 16th October 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

Blessington Parish Folk Group rehearsal every Wednesday at 8pm in the Church.

Thursday 17th October 2019

Meeting for Parents of Confirmation children in Valleymount & Lacken schools will take place at 8pm in Valleymount Church

West Wicklow Cancer Support Invite you to a Breast Cancer Awareness event “In conversation with RTE’s Evelyn O’Rourke & special guests” at 7.30pm in The Avon Blessington.  Free event open to all, Bus available for collect & return €2 each. Bus booking no: 086 434 6004 or 087 977 4241.

Blessington History Society will host a talk given by Dr Patrick Callan on ‘The History of Glasnevin Cemetery’ at 8pm in Coimín Centre. New Members welcome Non-Members €5

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: James Byrne (A) John & Bridie Richardson (A) Paddy Nolan (A) Ann Smyth (A) Annie Fennell (A) Margaret Murphy (A)

Sunday 10am: Rosanna Wright (A) Betty Tyrrell (A)

We also Remember the following:  Michael & Thomas Fitzpatrick (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Special Int, Cecil Smiley (RD) Canon Maurice O’Moore (RD)

Wednesday: Birthday Rem, Rosanna Wright (A)

Thursday: Margaret Murphy (A) Sean Tighe (RD)

Friday: Jim Sargent (RD) Doreena Kavanagh (RD)

The family of the late Mary (Marie) Brady of Glashina, Russborough wish to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy & gestures of kindness shown to us following our sad loss.   We offer our heartfelt thanks to those who attended the funeral home, funeral Mass & burial & to those who travelled long distances, those who sent Mass cards & messages of condolences or contributed to the charity donation.  We would like to thank Dr. Joyce, the community nurses & Deacon Gerry Malone who attended to her.  A special thank you to Fr. Noel Campbell, the Eucharistic Ministers & singer Lorraine for the lovely Mass they provided.   Sincere thanks also to Regina & Tony Clarke for their kindness & professionalism. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Mission Sunday collection at all Masses next weekend 19th & 20th Oct. replacing Share

Children’s Church on Sun Oct 20th at 10 am Mass in Blessington

Blessington Interfaith Visit to Bolton Abbey, Sat 19th Oct. You may like to spend a day of reflection, relaxation & prayer in the peaceful surroundings of the Cistercian monastery in Bolton Abbey, Moone, Co. Kildare. As places are limited, early booking is advisable. The cost is €30 per person. Coffee & tea will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Info: Joan Griffith 087 970 4832; Grainne Glancy 087 125 3190; Anton Trant 086 3389553; Gerry Curran 087 2841009.

Mass of Remembrance for all our parishioners who died during the past year, will be held on Friday 1st November at 8pm. If you have a relative or friend who has died outside our parish & would like their name called out on the night, call to parish office with details.

Mass of Harvest Thanksgiving & Blessing on Saturday October 26th at 7.30pm in Lacken. Donations of home-baking, fruit, veg & jam, welcome. All donated produce will be sold after Mass with proceeds going towards the maintenance & improvements of the church grounds. There will be a special blessing for our farming community & for all who work in the parish. Deacon Gerry will be calling to homes  in the Lacken area to ‘Bless the Stock’ during the week of 21st to 26th October.

Cub Scout Blessington. Is your child aged 9-11years, if they are interested in joining scouts & you would like to become a scout leader (free training provided) please contact me for more details.

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wednesday from 2.15 to 4.15pm in Hollywood Centre New members welcome.


Join us for this special celebration of Family Life & Faith from 15th to 23rd October in Holy Family Church, Rathcoole. Sessions 7pm to 8pm each evening

Novena to Saints Therese, Louis & Zelie Martin with visits of their relics.

Talks by 12 lay people & 2 priests on Faith, Loss, Addiction, Vocation, Health & Healing.

October Rosary 6.30pm before each session.

Come for just 1 night or stay for all 9…

Reconciliation Service Monday 21st October

9 Hours of Adoration in the presence of the relics on Wednesday 23rd from 10am to 7pm

Final Mass (with Relics) on Wednesday 23rd for all the intentions of the Novena.

Refreshments in Rathcoole Community Centre after each session. All welcome!

This unique event is not to be missed. For more info call Fr. Colin 01 401 1753

December Dates for your Diary

Hollywood Senior Citizens Committee are holding a Mini Christmas Fair on weekend 30th November & 1st December after all Masses. Crafts & Christmas Fayre.

Variety Concert on Sun 1st December in Church of Our Lady Blessington

As part of Russborough’s Oscar Wilde Christmas join us on for ‘An Evening with Oscar Wilde’ on Dec 6th at 7pm. Compiled & performed by Richard Lynch, share Wilde’s sparkling humour & wit, tinged with a certain pity & sadness.  Tickets €15. Booking 045 865 239 or

Community Pool for West Wicklow are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Christmas Market in the Hippodrome at Russborough House on Dec 7th from 12pm to 4pm. Come & do some Christmas shopping, visit Santa, enjoy a mince pie or two all while supporting the campaign for a pool for West Wicklow. Any local Crafters, Artists, Bakers or Businesses interested in having a stall at the market please email at

Valleymount Christmas Concert on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount

Condolences to the family & many friends of the late Cecil Smiley in Hollywood. Cecil was part of The Hollywood Community for over 40 years. We are eternally grateful for his dedication to St. Kevin’s Church, opening & locking the Church, cleaning the brassware etc…Cecil was a true gentleman…may his gentle soul be at peace. Amen

Blessington & District Credit Union Ltd. Supporting CUPS AGAINST BREAST CANCER. Coffee Morning on Wednesday 16th October in Blessington Credit Union from 10am to 1pm. Please come along & support this wonderful cause. Tea, coffee, cake & lots of chat & laughs. Everybody welcome.

CAD = Community Against Drugs. This is a very important meeting for Parents, Guardians, Mentors. If you “Care be There” Hollywood Centre on 16th Oct at 7.30pm. Speaker Bernie McDonnell, MSc Chairperson CAD

Anam Cara supporting bereaved parents, are holding a Parent Support Event on 14th Oct at 7:20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght. Free event open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

The Cruthú Art Group ANNUAL TABLE QUIZ will take place Fri 18th Oct at 8pm in Hennessy’s Lounge.  €10 per player.  Max 5 per team.  Always a fun night.  All welcome

Eadestown Church Choir presents “Songs for Saplings” featuring Patrick Hyland, (tenor) Aisling McCarthy (soprano) & The Ballymore Eustace Concert Band in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Eadestown on Saturday 19th October 8pm. Tickets €20 available from Barker & Jones & The Moat Theatre, Naas, The Office Shop Blessington or from choir members 

Come & Celebrate our Cultural Heritage


Sunday 20th October in Manor Kilbride Hall from 12 noon to 2.30pm

Local history lecture by June Blake

Old time music by members of Mór Ceól & members of Kilbride & Lakeside Music

Tea, chat & songs & Raffle. All welcome.  Admission free

Hosted by Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee & Glen Heste Pure Mile Group

The Proceeds of €350 from the Hollywood Social Dances is being donated to LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. Grateful thanks Nicholas & Susan Kelly for organising this.

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

Mini-Rugby for Tots for Under 5 (2013) & Under 6 (2014) in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington every Saturday at 10:15am for boys & girls’

Rugby at Russborough for U7s (2013) to U12s (2008) boys & girls this Sat 5th Oct at 11:30

BLESSINGTON MILLENNIUM CHOIR – In 1999, an interfaith discussion led by Fr Tim Murphy & Rev Nigel Dunne concluded that the foundation of an ecumenical choir would be one appropriate way to celebrate the Christian Millennium in our parishes.  Blessington Millennium Choir was born, under the musical direction of Yvonne O’Connor with accompanist Ruarc Gahan.

On Sunday 8th December 2019, the choir proudly celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a major concert in St Mary’s Church in Blessington. It will be a concert of famous & favourite pieces which have brought joy to choir members & audiences over the past twenty years. Tickets (€10 adults, €5 children) will be available from The Parish Office from 1st November.

In addition to this concert, Harry Meyer has compiled a book of photographs, programmes & interviews tracing the history of the choir since its foundation.  Supporters of the choir & former members may be interested in having a copy of this book. It runs to approximately 100 pages, in colour, & will cost €40.  It would make an ideal Christmas Present!  If you would like to reserve a copy, please contact a member of the choir or leave a note in the Parish office for Harry’s attention. Thank you for all your support down the years!

Team Aoibheann Blessington, would like to thank everyone for all the support given to our Aoibheann’s Pink Tie Coffee Morning, with your help & generosity we raised a massive €8097, we are blessed to be part of such a wonderful caring community. Check out APT on Facebook https//

Are you interest in becoming a volunteer with the Blessington Community First Responder Unit?

We will be running an induction session shortly. During this course we will run a full CPR/AED training session & have a Q & A session where you will be given the opportunity to ask what exactly is involved & expected of our volunteers. Successful/suitable candidates will be offered one of the limited places on a full days CFR training session to be held late in the year. Candidates must be:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and in good health
  • Live within 5km of the centre of Blessington
  • Have own transport & able to provide letter from insurance company confirming that their policy

covers your activities as a CFR

  • Willing to complete all online courses required by the National Ambulance Service including but not limited to Children First & Critical Incident Stress Mgt
  • Willing to provide cover on a rostered basis including weekends & nights
  • Be willing to be Garda vetted
  • Willing to attend monthly training sessions (Min 10 per year)
  • Complete & comply with all required National Ambulance Service policies
  • Complete all required BCFRU paperwork

PM us on Facebook your e-mail address & contact number if you want to attend the introduction day alternatively text 087 278 5924. Places will be limited so register early.

Carer’s Information Workshop

Do you care for an adult in your life & need a little guidance or advice? Come to our information day in Blessington

The objective of the day is to provide people who are caring for someone with useful information. Some of the topics include:

  • Fair Deal, entitlements & supports, future planning
  • Opening your lives to professionals such as social workers, nurses, psychologists, OT’s & physiotherapists & navigating this new system
  • Managing your own self-care & coping with stress. Enjoy an on-site mindfulness session with the team.
  • Provide a space for people to chat about certain aspects of caring & ask questions in a safe & confidential environment.

The Primary care team & experts from relevant organisations will be present to discuss certain topics. Thursday November 28th

Venue: Blessington Primary Care Centre (note change of venue, from previously advertised)

To express interest in attending please contact: Joan 045 446 356, Fiona 059 863 3551 or Kate 045 446 353

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