Issue 1329 October 25th 2020

Mass Intentions this Week

Olive Keenan (RD) Desmond Burke (RD) Mary Dermody (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Kit Hanlon (A) Bridie Keogh (A) Winnie Hayes (A) Ronnie Egan (A) Liam Ryan (RD)

Sunday 10am: Sr. Catherine Whelan (A) Sr. Margaret Whelan (A) Jack Kelly (A) Patrick Eustace (A) Philip & Mary Creighton (A) Anne O’Reilly (A) Paddy Wolf

We also remember: Mick & Peggy Richardson, Ena Keenan Anne & Seamus Kelly, Maria Chamney Rachel Murphy, Martin Kelly, James Hayden

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

Tuesday: Pamela Moorehead (A) Patricia Farren (RD)

Wednesday: Jack Kelly (A) Sr. Catherine Whelan (A) Sr. Margaret Whelan (A)

Thursday: Birthday Mass, Thinking of you Mass

Friday: 60th Wedding Anniversary (Gene & Fintan Gilheany)

Daily Mass via Webcam at 9.30am Monday to Friday please join us in prayer:

Saturday 24th October 2020 – Mass at 6.00pm via webcam on

Sunday 25th October2020 – Sunday Mass at 10am via webcam on

Bank Holiday Monday 26th October  – Mass at 11am via webcam

Wednesday 28th October – Prayers to Our Lady for the month of October. from 11am -12 noon from Church of Our Lady, Blessington, via webcam only

Blessington Parish Office will remain closed to the public during the current restrictions. Please call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Mass Cards, Candles etc Christmas Mass Bouquets & Christmas Gifts are all available by email or telephone for collection. Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 235 0835 from 9am to 5pm. Email:

Join with Fr. Richard and Fr. Joe,  in evening prayer via Zoom on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7.30pm. Log on to and click on the Zoom button. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact us at

Church Collections donations can be made to the 1st & 2nd collections via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website The 1st collection goes to towards the support of the parish The 2nd collection goes to the Diocese. There are also envelopes available in the Church for these donations. All the SHRINE MONEY & donations in the black PDF BOXES on the wall of the church remain in the parish. During this time, you can also make donations via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Burgage Cemetery – Due to the current Covid 19 Guidelines, the Burgage Cemetery AGM will not proceed at this time.

Blessington Lights up for Christmas 2020 – Your Community needs your help!! We are looking for each household to make a small donation to ensure we can light up our Christmas Tree and Streetlights this December. We need to raise €4,500. Nobody wants to drive down the Main Street in Darkness this December. We need plenty of Christmas cheer. Come on Blessington Community, dig deep!! Donation Buckets in McGreals, The Credit Union and Wonkas, alternatively, please donate via

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at

Volunteer Drivers Irish Cancer Society – Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments. Drivers with a free weekday availability and who can commit to driving twice a month. Please email Gail at or call 01 2310 566 for an application form. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus we are seeking drivers under the age of 70 years.

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website:

Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items now on sale. Email: Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm, Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm, Call or email for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, Baptisms, Weddings & General Enquiries. All items can be collected………

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week €3075 sign up for €2 per week on parish website Weekly Winner of weekly prize of €25 is Treasa Hennessy

Community Pool for West Wicklow is looking for the most Spooktacular Halloween House in West Wicklow! Email pictures of your decorated house  & we will share them on our social media pages. Don’t forget to colour in our Halloween logo and pop it in your window too! You can pick up a copy of our Halloween logo from Blessington Tourist Office or print it out from our Facebook page! Prizes for the most Spooktacular Halloween Houses!

Cruthú Art Group has now concluded its exhibition at Russborough for 2020. Thank you to everybody who visited us over the Summer. We are delighted to share an ongoing display of art and craft in the Blessington Tourist Office.  Do drop in and have a look.  You may also see some of our art on the Cruthú Art Facebook page. If you wish to enquire about any piece that you see on Facebook, please email   Any art available for purchase may be viewed at Blessington Tourist Office by request.

PARISH WEBCAM If anyone has problems accessing the webcam at the moment, we changed to a new provider last week so if you access though a saved ‘shortcut’ you will need to click the refresh button  and/or by going back to the website an clicking on the camera link again or a direct link to camera below or

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

Blessington Mini-Rugby on Tuesdays U7, U8 and U9 boys & girls from 6pm to 7pm U10 to U13 7pm to 8pm on GAA Astro

Rugby at Russborough for all ages from 10am to 12 noon each Saturday




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

Caretaker Cleaner, Manor Kilbride Hall, – CES 2159038 – Closing Date: 26th October

Parish Secretary, Hollywood – CES 2161942 – Closing Date: 1st November

Caretaker, Blessington GAA – CES 2162183 – Closing 19th November

PLEASE Note you must be in receipt of Job Seekers 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 into us (across from Dunnes Stores)


Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262


Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714


McGreal’s Hearing Centre – Our Clinical Audiologist & Rehabilitation Specialist, Justine Rae, is based at our Main Street Pharmacy in Blessington. To book a hearing test phone 1890 92 92 59 or visit


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


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


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


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


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


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:


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


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


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


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

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