Issue 1283 November 24th 2019

Saturday 23rd November 2019

Valleymount Christmas Fair from 10am to 5pm in Valleymount Hall

Lakeshore Striders A.C Annual Charity Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless from 12pm to 3pm in the ‘Crying Room’ of Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Items requested include; new sleeping bags (available from Charles Camping at a reduced cost of €10), toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc), nappies, baby food & formula. Please note they do not require clothing, shoes, duvets or similar items. Cash donations also accepted. Email or call Edel on 087 961 8337

Sunday 24th November 2019

Valleymount Christmas Fair from 10am to 5pm in Valleymount Hall

Baltinglass Hospital Annual Christmas Bazaar in the hospital from 2pm.

Christmas Craft Fair in St Kevin’s Hall from 11am to 2pm

Monday 25th 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.

Tuesday 26th 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 27th 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

Thursday 28th November 2019

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Drop in Meeting, “Has your life been touched by Cancer” An evening of relaxation & Christmas Crafts at 7.30pm, Coimín Centre, Blessington. No charge, all welcome & bring a friend.

Mass Intentions this Week

Michelle Pender (RD) Marie Sheridan (nee Byrne) RD)

Saturday 6pm:

Liz McGinnity (A) Dan Murphy (A) Agnes Twyford (A)

Sunday 10am:

Bridie Coughlan (A) Michael Lennon (A) Kay Lennon (Rem)

We also Remember the following:

Brendan & Aoife Cummins, Chrissie Cummins, Noel Cummins, Edith McInerney (A) Alicia Hamilton, Hugh & Billy Hamilton (A) Teresa Flanagan (A) Nora Shirran (A) Vera Donovan (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Birthday Rem, Birthday Rem

Wednesday: Amby Miley (A) Mary Donegan (A)

Thursday: Dan Murphy (A) Frankie Keogh (RD)

Friday: Margaret Hyland (RD) Michelle Pender (RD)

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

Children’s Church on Sunday 1st December.

Blessington Lights Up Christmas 2019 on Sat Nov 30th 1pm to 3:45pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, followed by ‘The Big Switch On’ @ The Square at 4:30pm & Presentation by Reservoir Cogs. Free Santa! Craft, Gift & Food Fair, Hot Chocolate. Music by Rockabilly Rebels & Sinead O Brien. Drop off point for annual shoebox appeal. Macari Special offers on the day. If you are a local vendor & would like to take a stall at our fair, call Carmel on 085 118 0182 stalls cost €10 all proceeds to the Christmas lights fund.

Variety Concert on Sun 1st December in Church of Our Lady Blessington in aid of Blessington & District Day Care and the Coimín Centre.

Featuring: The Roscommon Solstice Choir, Rachel Coyne &  Lorraine Willoughby. Tickets €10 on sale after Mass this weekend or from the Parish Office & the usual outlets.

Cruthú West Wicklow Art Group will hold their Christmas Exhibition in Blessington Tourist Office.  The exhibition opening event will be on Friday 29th November from 7pm to 8pm. The exhibition will open from 11am to 6pm daily until Sunday 15th December.  Late opening Friday until 8pm.  There will be plenty of original locally produced Art, Craft, Photography on display, all available to buy.   Find a perfect Christmas gift, or simply drop in to enjoy the art & be inspired.  Like us on Facebook and Instagram or visit

Blessington Allotments – Would you be interested in allotments in Blessington? Our group is continuing to campaign for the provision of allotments in the Blessington area. If you are interested and to get involved, contact Dónal at

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

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Committee would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all of the boys & girls who took part in our West Wicklow Non-Uniform School Day last week. Over 50 schools from across West Wicklow took part. Thank you to all of the teachers, principals, parents & children for their continued support.

The Community Pool for West Wicklow is having a Christmas Party! Sat 14th Dec from 8pm at Poulaphouca House & Falls. Tickets €25 & available from Charles Camping, The Office Shop & Blessington Tourist Office or online at

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. Wheel of Fortune & monster raffle!

Would you like to be in with the chance of winning up to €1500 and having a really entertaining night as well? Ballymore Eustace GAA Club are holding ‘The Chaser’ fundraising night in Tulfarris Hotel on Friday 29th November at 8pm based on the well-known TV Quiz show ‘The Chase’ followed by a disco (after the event, for the adults). The Chaser event is a family event & a family ticket (€50) admits four adults or two adults & three children. Single tickets are €20. All tickets must be pre purchased before the show. For further information or tickets, please contact Fiona Breslin 087 995 6085

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Volunteers – Have you got some free time & would like to volunteer with us? We are a Cancer Support Group catering for the West Wicklow area for the past 5 years & we provide support & information to people & families affected by cancer.  We are looking for a Volunteer Bookkeeper to look after our day to day books. If this suits you, we would like to hear from you.  Volunteers will be fully supported by our caring & confidential team. Contact us on 087 4346004/ or on Facebook

“TRY it out! Mini-Rugby for Tots for ‘under 5 (2015)’ and Under 6 (2014) in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington every Saturday at 10:15am for ‘boys & girls’

 ‘Rugby Practice at Russborough for U7s (2013) to U12s (2008) boys & girls this Sat 23rd Nov at 10:30am”

 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

Lacken Community Centre Calendar 2020 on sale now from Supervalu, Blessington Bookstore, The Office Shop, Blessington Tourist Office, West Wicklow House, Flowers by Enda, Zellers Lacken & Cullens Bar Ballyknocken

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

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

December Events for your Diary

St Brigid’s National School, Manor Kilbride, Winter Fair in the school on Sunday 1st Dec from 12pm & 4pm.  All welcome – Arts & Crafts Stalls, Books, Toys, Clothes & Cake Stalls & Refreshments. Fun Fair Games & activities for young & old. Festive decorations & Christmas Trees on sale. Bring your pre-loved “Good as New” items to our school for recycling at the Fair on Sat 16th Nov between 10am & 11am or Sun 24th Nov between 12pm & 1pm. 

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

Bealin’s Bar Golf Society Christmas Party & Prize Presentation in Bealin’s Lounge on Friday 6th December with a monster raffle on the night. Music by Sean Reddy

Join us at Russborough House on Saturday December 7th from 12pm to 4pm for a Christmas Market in aid of the Community Pool for West Wicklow. We’ll have live music, face painting, over 30 stalls with local crafts, baking and Christmas gifts and Santa will be there too!

Tramway Theatre Proudly Presents – Connor McKeon “Swing into Christmas” on Saturday 7th December. Let the good times roll. A glitzy & glamorous night of high energy big-band swing including the best loved Christmas Classics. Tickets €25 (including mulled wine & mince pie reception) available from Hennessy’s Next Door & The Office Shop.

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 2pm

Hollywood 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 at 5pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Valleymount & Lacken Parish Concert St Joseph’s National School PresentThe Nativity’ according to The Gospel of St Luke. Concert featuring St John’s Gospel Choir, Ballinteer, Dublin & Blessington Folk Group in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount on Sunday 15th December at 7pm. Tickets €10 each or 2 for €15, available from St Joseph’s School or Valleymount Church (after Sunday Mass) and from Blessington Parish Office.


Courses in the Further Education & Training Centre Blessington

We are currently enrolling for courses for our new term starting in January 2020

Full Time Courses – Monday to Friday

QQI Level 5 Business Studies with Sage 50 Accounting

QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies

Part Time Courses (Day and Evening)

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 5

Computer Science QQI Level 5

Office Skills QQI Level 4

For further information please contact Anne McGrath or Karen Townsend on 086 850 3833 or

St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

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