Issue 1324 September 20th 2020

The Annual Crosscare Collection will be taken up this weekend. As you will appreciate Crosscare need our support now more than ever before to help those most in need in our communities at this time of crisis. This collection will replace the Share Collection, there will also be prepaid envelopes available for donations as well as the option for donating on-line at

Mass Intentions this Week

John O’Hara (RD) UK

Saturday 6pm: Billy Hamilton (A) Tom & Mary Tivnan (A) Eithne Cranley (Bth Rem)

Sunday 10am: The Deceased Members of the Tully Family, Willian Doran (A)

We also remember: Dolores Taggart, Deceased Members of the Taggert & Travers Families, Rose Balfe, Charles Doran, John Cooke, Kitty Murphy, Ted & Sheila Balfe, Jim & May Lahiff, Teresa O’Sullivan

Monday: Mass offered for all the Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Billy Hamilton (A) Barry Kavanagh (RD) Tom, Phyllis, & Roger Farrell. Deceased members of Moran, Farrell, Kelly & Millar families.

Wednesday: Get Well Intentions, Get Well Mass

Thursday: Jimmy Gallagher (1st A) John O’Hara (RD)

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Family Acknowledgements

On this Philip Gallagher’s 1st Anniversary, the family would like to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Philip during his illness, and to those who visited and wished him well. We would like to thank those who sympathized, attended the wake and funeral, sent mass cards, letters and emails, all of which were a great support to the family. We were so grateful to all those that provided food and helped in any way. Thanks to Fr Noel Campbell, Tony and Regina Clarke ,Lorraine & Paul for the music in the church, and also to the guard of honour, Thanks to the Zeller family, Enda Carmody, Tony Byrne & Tony Burke. All donations received went to the  Palliative care Night Nurses team. A mass will be offered for your intentions. The Gallagher Family

Marie Whelan & Family would like to thank everyone for their help & kindness & for all the cards, flowers & food during the time of the loss of her husband, Michael Whelan of Blackdown, Kilteel.  A very special word of thanks to Fr Comer for his care and kindness to her & all the family. Many thanks to the staff of Tallaght Hospital who cared for Michael.  A Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Eucharistic Adoration & Rosary will take place every Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. If you are unable to come to the Church, you can join us via webcam on

Lacken Naíonra – NOW ENROLLING. Emphasis is on the holistic development of pre-school children through outdoor activity. ECCE and NCS approved. Enquiries  to or phone 045 865086

Lacken National School has places available in the Early Intervention Class. Enquiries to or phone 045 865086

Blessing of Schoolbags for Junior Infants / Senior Infants

Wednesday 23rd September St Joseph’s Church, Valleymount at 2pm

Thursday 24th September St Marys School & Gaelscoil na Lochanna  at 2pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Parents and Grandparents welcome

Blessing for the School Year in Lacken School at Friday 25th September

The Season of Creation runs from September 1st to October 4th During this time we are asked to reflect on our commitment to care for creation & to take practical steps to reduce waste & carbon emissions. The Encyclical “Laudatio Si” meaning “praised be to you” was released in May 2015. The document opens with the following words from Pope Francis which are:  “I wish to address every person living on this planet. I urgently appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet . We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing & its human roots concern & affect us all”

Dunlavin GAA & Western Gaels are running a Drive in Bingo  in Blessington Mart on 27th Sept at 2pm. €3000 in prizes. Gates open at 12 noon. Eircode W91 Y667

Searching for  Spanish-English conversation exchange to improve pronunciation. +34687446322


Health Related Fitness Course. Why not try something new this winter? This course will help you to: Develop an awareness of issues around health, fitness and physical activities. Make personal choices about food and physical activity. Understand stress and how to deal with it. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. This course will be run for one morning a week. Learn and have fun in a safe and friendly environment. All Covid-19 guidelines strictly adhered to. We also have courses available in Basic computers, English for speakers of other languages and Basic English. For further information on all the above please contact Annette at 086 846 2771 or 045 851 494.

Monthly Envelopes for September are now due, they may be dropped into the PDF Boxes in the Church. Many thanks to all who are making a special effort to return their envelopes, it is greatly appreciated.

Blessington Mini-Rugby returns outdoors for 4 and 5 year olds. Boys & girls welcome. K.O. 11:15am each Sat at St Kevin’s Hall

Blessington Mini-Rugby U10-U13 boys and girls restarts from 7pm to 8pm on GAA Astro

The Parish Office Opening Hours Monday to Friday from 9am to 12.30pm for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & Enquiries Email: Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm Please observe social distance, and use hand sanitiser when entering & leaving

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week €2800 sign up for €2 per week on parish website

Memory Walk Campaign – The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Support the Memory Walk Campaign –Let’s Walk together for Dementia services on September 20th in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. See the full details and registration at

Email us with your Community Group news:

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579


We are delighted to announce 3 positions coming up on our scheme, they are as follows:

Lacken Project Development Assistant CES 2138659

St. Kevin’s Administration Assistant CES 2138665

Blessington Soccer Club Caretaker CES 2138673

PLEASE NOTE you must be in receipt of Job Seeker’s Allowance. Excellent opportunity to get into or back into the workforce working 19.5 hrs a week whilst contributing to your local community. Community employment rates apply. Full training provided and support through personal progression plan. For full job description or any further information, please contact the Community Employment Office, Martin Cahill on 045 891348 or call in to us (across from Dunnes Stores).


Blessington Bookstore Christmas Pop-Up Shop  now relocated to Method Physio! Click and Collect, or Book to Browse available. Phone us on 083 848 6745 or visit Great books & great gift ideas for birthdays and Christmas for all ages. We are open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. Looking forward to seeing you!


Furnished 1 Bed Cottage with conservatory & stunning lake views for rent in Lacken. Enquiries to 087 660 2140


Castle Canine Cuts Dog Grooming Service. Clipping, Trimming, Shampooing for all Breeds. Nail and ear care included. Appointments Monday-Saturday. Contact Gillian on 087 764 1911 or find us on Facebook.


Talbot Chimneys Ltd. Family Run Business Since 1978, Insurance Claims Handled, Chimney Repairs / Reline / Rebuild, CCTv Surveys, Chimney Cleaning. Descaling of Soot & Tar Build Up. Fully Insured. No Call-Out Charge for OAPs on Mention of this Ad. Freephone 1800 406 700 Office 045 850 957


Part Time Bar Staff Required  experience preferable. Full Time Greenkeeper with Experience Required at Slade Valley Golf Club reply to


Gardening – For Autumn Tidying, Hedge Clipping, Lawn Care, Beds Overhauled, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714


ROBOTIC LAWNMOWERS now available locally. Free garden assessment. Installation service also available. Contact or call 086 834 4332 for more information


Want to do your own Garden or Building Project? Hire the machines, save time & labour mini diggers, dumpers & other equipment available. Contact Padraig. BALLYMORE TARMAC on 087 271 6749 or


Painter & Decorator Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431


Eagle Cleaning Solutions Chimney Cleaning, Exterior Power Washing, Window Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning and Repairs. Call for appointment: 087 247 4388. Email: Find us on Facebook


Active Appliance Repairs over 20 years’ experience repairing and servicing all brands of domestic and commercial appliances. For a fast, friendly and efficient service call us today on 086 393 7762 or 086 361 9082. Call out Charge €75


Paying too much to SKY or UPC? We install & Repair Free to Air and Saorview!! No more bills!! Call Billy: 086 868 0053


Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D. Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington. All areas serviced. Phone: Tony or Regina: 087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426


Happy Faces Pre School Blessington Situated in the Further Education Centre (old Tech)is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained within the childcare sector, child led & Montessori methods of learning & development, limited ECCE & part time places available for Sept 2020. Find us on Facebook or email us for more information


Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 – Standard Taxi €77 one way. Large 7-Seater €87 one way. Call Richard on 087 255 7993. Or email:


Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email


German Autoworks – Service Specialist. VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997


HEADSTONES – McEvoy Monumental Works, Blessington Headstones, Inscriptions, Renovations. Serving the people of Blessington for over 40 years. Call to our workshop at Millbank Blessington or phone: Mick 045 865 487 or 086 843 8832 or Gary 087 933 3487

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