Issue 1281 November 10th 2019

Saturday 9th November 2019

Confirmation Enrolment Mass for all children preparing for Confirmation at 6pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Sunday 10th November 2019

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

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 10am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington for all children receiving the sacrament this year.

Confirmation Enrolment Mass for St Joseph’s NS Valleymount at 11.15am in Valleymount Church.

Monday 11th November 2019

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

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

Blessington & District Forum meet at 8pm in St Mary’s Junior School. All Welcome

Neighbourhood Collection Envelopes for November are due. Envelopes may be left into the Parish Office or in collection bags at Mass.

Tuesday 12th November 2019

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 EXERCISE WITH THEA at 2pm. Regular meeting at 2.45pm in the Coimin Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 13th November 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

Bethany Bereavement Support group available for caring confidential support from 8pm to 9pm no appointment necessary.

Thursday 14th November 2019

Mass for 1st Communion & Confirmation classes in Lacken Church at 1.30pm

Coimin Management Meeting at 7pm in the Coimin Centre

Dr. Jessie Rogers discussion; “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew”, continues at 8pm in the Coimin Centre. All welcome.

St Vincent de Paul Local number 087 181 1579

Mass Intentions this Week

Frankie Keogh (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Frances Kehoe (Mths Mind) Nicola Sheehy Mths Mind) Michael Byrne (A)

Sunday 10am: Bill Moore (A) Tom O’Hagan (Jnr) Tom (Snr) & Judith O’Hagan & the deceased members of the O’Hagan Family

We also Remember the following:  Dickie Reid (1st A) Patricia Mahon (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Kathleen, Jim & Seamus Corry (A)

Wednesday: Nicola Sheehy (Mths Mind) Mary Feeney (A) Fr Matt Neylon (Rem)

Thursday: Louise Fleming (A) Spec Living Intention,

Friday: Marie O’Byrne (A) Tom Murphy (A)

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

Blessington Men’s Shed Variety Concert in the Tramway Theatre on Sat 16th Nov at 8pm. Special Guests: The RAMS & local singers / musicians. Tickets €10 from Hennessy’s & The Office Shop. Info, Kevin: 087 747 0461 or Pat 086 075 2072. Please Support

St. Vincent De Paul would like to offer our sincere gratitude for all the donations we receive throughout the year. If anyone wishes to donate, can you please drop it into the Parish Office marked for SVP. All donations dropped in here remain in Blessington & the surrounding areas & 100% of donations are distributed to those in need. Any donations left in the SVP Shop Blessington are sent to Dublin

HAVE YOUR SAY Blessington Town Team  invites you to attend a Public Consultation Workshop as part of the ‘Town Health Check’ for Blessington. Where? The Avon, Blessington, Co. Wicklow When? Tuesday, November 12th at 7.30pm. The Blessington Town Health Check is an opportunity to consider the vibrancy and vitality of your town. The current performance of the town is being measured and the future needs of residents and visitors in Blessington is being planned for. Businesses, residents and visitors with an interest in the future of the town are invited to participate in this public workshop. We look forward to seeing you! John Horan, Chairperson,  Blessington Town Team

Valleymount Christmas Fair Nov 23rd & 24th Valleymount Community Hall. Unwanted gifts/as good as new items wanted for Bric-a-Brac stall.

Baltinglass Hospital Annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 24th Nov in the hospital from 2pm. All donations of Cakes, Bottles, Bric-a-Brac & Toys (in good condition please) to Mary 087 293 4806 or Valerie 045 865 412

 The Annual Fun-Filled Festive Fair will be held in Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass on Sun Nov 24th in the school hall from 11am to 4pm. Seasonal Fare, Arts & Crafts, Cakes, Yule Logs, & Jewellery. Try your luck at the wheel of fortune or the monster raffle! Why not enjoy a mug of hot chocolate & listen to Christmas Carols while the children have their faces painted?  This market books out quickly each year, any interested stallholders can book by emailing or collecting a form from the school (regular stalls €20; large €30).

Beginners Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm to 9.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall

 Hollywood Senior Citizens Committee Mini Christmas Craft Fair has been cancelled they will hold a Table Quiz in Tutty’s Hollywood on Fri 7th Feb Quiz Master Pat O Neill

October winners in Valleymount Church Renovation fund draw: Angela & John Richardson, Mary & Matt Reid, Lizzie Brophy & Ivan Carroll, Kathy & Stephen Kavanagh, Rachel & Niall Jones. Each received €100.

Many thanks to all who gave donations of produce to the Harvest Mass of Thanksgiving in Lacken & to the children of Lacken NS for their participation in the celebration. Your support is much appreciated.

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.

Interested in a social cycle in the Blessington area?  Led by an experienced volunteer, Cycling Ireland/Axa Community Bike Rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, usually followed by coffee & chat.  New series added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Participants can join for FREE at

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

The Parish Book Club meets 4 times a year.  The books chosen for review are varied & are of spiritual & philosophical interest.  We notify the book under review here in the newsletter.  Our next meeting is on Thurs 21st Nov at 10am in The Parish Meeting Room.  The book is ‘Traveling Mercies’ by Anne Lamott.  New members are always welcome.  Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested & would like to go on the text reminder list.

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington, guests welcome, come along & bring a friend.

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wednesday from 2.15 to 4.15pm in Hollywood Centre New members welcome. The Club members will visit Newbridge Silverware to do their usual Christmas Shopping on Wed 4th December

Community Pool for West Wicklow are having a Christmas Party! Join us at Poulaphouca House & Falls on Saturday December 14th from 8pm for canapés, mulled wine, DJ, dancing & spot prizes! Tickets only €25, available from Charles Camping, The Office Shop & Blessington Tourist Office from Saturday November 9th or email us at

Blessington GAA Dog Night. Friday 15th November in Newbridge Greyhound Stadium. Sponsored by Dunnes Stores.


Buster Draw 1                Buster Draw 2

1st Prize €750                1st Prize €750

2nd Prize €400               2nd Prize €400

3rd Prize €300                3rd Prize €300

4th Prize €200                4th Prize €200

5 Prizes of €100 each

You can nominate a dog for €50 which entitles you to entry to the races on the night and also a prize of €100 if dog wins the race. Donations to Charities will be made from proceeds of the event. Tickets €10 entitles you to entry to The Dogs & entry into Buster Draws

First Race at 8pm

Tickets can be purchased from any member of the Executive or by contacting JP Morgan 087 238 8592, John Magee Snr: 086 871 7483  or

Breda Brophy 087 225 3892. Bus transfer details to be confirmed later

Blessington Comhaltas Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Accordion, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tune Classes, Guitar Lessons, Singing Classes, Ceili Band. Classes on Sundays from 5pm in St. Mary’s SNS Info Pat 086 075 2072 or Rebecca 087 228 2012

GROW Community Mental Health “West Wicklow” Support Group every Wed at 7.30pm in Camphill, Grangebeg, Dunlavin. Why not come along & learn more about positive mental health, wellbeing, recovery & how GROW may help you achieve this. New members are always welcome (free of charge).  Info: John 086 803 3126 or

Holy Land Pilgrimage 11 Day Pilgrimage to The Holy Land 12th to 22nd February 2020 cost €1,475 deposit €450 Spiritual Director Canon Paddy McGinn, There are still a small number of places left, further details contact Brenda Murray-Flynn on 041 686 3390 or Philip on 087 250 8043 or

Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless. Lakeshore Striders A.C Annual Charity Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless will take place on Saturday 23rd of November from 12pm to 3pm in the ‘Crying Room’ of Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Items requested by the centre include; new sleeping bags (available from Charles Camping at a reduced cost of €10 when you indicate it’s for this collection), toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc), nappies, baby food & formula. Please note the centre does not require clothing, shoes, duvets or similar items.

Cash donations also accepted on the day. For info email or Edel on 087 961 8337

December Events for your Diary

St Brigid’s National School Manor Kilbride Winter Fair Sun 1st Dec from 12noon to 4pm. If you are interested in having a stall at this event, please call 087 774 1432

Variety Concert on Sun 1st Dec in Church of Our Lady Blessington in aid of Blessington & District Day Care & the Coimin Centre. Featuring: The Roscommon Solstice Choir, Rachel Coyne & Lorraine Willoughby. Tickets €10 from Eventbrite, Parish Office, Hennessey’s Next Door, The Office Shop & the Credit Union. Info: 087 919 5991, 087 293 4806 or 087 245 0546.

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 Christmas Market in the Hippodrome, Russborough House on Dec 7th from 12noon to 4pm. Christmas Shopping, Visit Santa, enjoy a mince pie or two Any local Crafters, Artists, Bakers or Businesses interested in having a stall at the market please email at

Christmas Concert with ‘Celtic Brothers’ starring The Willoughby’s in Tynock Church at 8pm on Sun 8th Dec. Concert in aid of a Multi-Sensory Room for Baltinglass Hospital Tickets available from 087 266 8300 or email

West Wicklow Day-Care Committee will be putting up a Christmas Tree in the grounds of Baltinglass Hospital in celebration of the lives of our family & friends who are no longer with us, you can shine a light in their memory by sponsoring a light for €5 on the Christmas Tree. Please call Mary 087 293 4806 or Valerie 045 865 412 to sponsor a light. Christmas Tree lighting ceremony & Carol Service will take place on Sunday 8th December at 5pm

Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Thurs 12th Dec Hollywood Inn. Meal at 3.30pm Music/Song/Dance until 8pm. Invitations will be sent out first week December.

Annual Carol Service on Sunday 15th December in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Be a good person, but don’t waste your time trying to prove it…


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