Issue 1337 December 20th 2020

CHRISTMAS MASSES in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Due to the restriction on numbers allowed to gather indoors, access to the Christmas Masses in Blessington is by TICKET ONLY. We are sorry to say that you will have be turned away if you don’t have a ticket.  There are no tickets left for any of the Christmas Masses.

Tickets are available now from the Parish Office for Masses on 26th & 27th December 2nd & 3rd January

Mass Intentions this Week:

Pearl Tipper (RD) Tallaght, Michael Behan (RD) Blessington, Kate Riordan (RD) Drimnagh, Maeve Conlan (RD) Kildare Town

Saturday 6pm: Christy, Kathleen & Goo Nolan (Rem) Jimmy, Maisie & May Nolan (Rem) Mary & Tom Tivnan (Rem) Eddie Conroy (Rem) Jimmy O’Leary (1st A)

Sunday 10am: Maisie Monaghan (Rem) Pete Nolan (Rem) Derek Larkin (1st A) Bridget Norton (Rem) Kathleen Smith (A) Sheila Zeller (Rem)

We also remember: Peg & Paddy Eustace, Margaret Roche, Karen McEvoy, Jim, Joan & Eilish Bird, Deceased Mem of the Kelly Family, Deceased Mem of the Higgins Family, Deceased Mem of the Halligan Family, Ned, Rosemary, & John Walsh, Thomas & Ann Eustace, Thomas & Susan Eustace, Dec Mem of Tipper & Mahon Families, Simon, Rebecca & Maisie Hopkins, Charles & Catherine Doran, Dec Mem of Harkin & O’Connor Fam, Dec Mem of Hayes & Bell Families, Claire Twyford, Gemma Hanlon, Gerry Foley, Jimmy Heeney, Betty Heeney, Mick & Julia Tyrrell, Eileen Clifton, Joe Nugent

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

Tuesday: Francis Sheridan (A) Margaret Roche (A) Claire Twyford (A)

Wednesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Ken Geoghegan (RD) Regina Duffy (1st A)

4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT 20th December 2020. Mary accepted the life of God into her womb through the power of the Holy Spirit thus bringing God’s salvation into the world. Let us open our hearts to welcoming Jesus

Blessington Parish 2nd Annual CHRISTMAS CRIB EXHIBITION in the Coimín Centre Blessington. December 19th 11am to 6pm, December 20th 11am to 5pm. Over 100 exhibits of “Cribs from around the World” Some beautiful new additions this year.

►Saturday 19th December: Mass at 6pm

►Sunday 20th December: Mass at 10am

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Wednesday

All Masses & Services still available via Webcam

Blessington Parish Office will close for Christmas on Wednesday 23rd December at 1pm

You may still call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Email: Office: 045 865 327.Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items on sale.

St Vincent de Paul local number : 087 181 1579

Donations can be left in the Parish Office

St Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto This week’s Jackpot is €3375!! That would cover the Christmas shopping! If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to

The Blessington Interfaith Group is organising the next event, hopefully sometime around Easter, if circumstances permit. We will be in touch regarding the details. In the meantime, if anyone is interested in meeting on line we would like to hear from you. Call us on any of the numbers below.  Many thanks to all who have supported us over the years & we wish you & your families every blessing for Christmas & the New Year. Anton Trant: 086 3389553 – Grania Glancy: 087 125 3190 – Joan Griffith: 087 9704832 – Gerry Curran: 087 284 1009

Comhghairdeas le gach buachaill agus cailín i nGaelscoil na Lochanna! Congratulations to the Boys & Girls who received 1st Holy Communion last Sunday 13th December in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Blessington Library is Open. Our usual opening hours apply: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am to 5pm Tuesday & Thursday: 10am to 8.30pm The library is open for browsing and borrowing only. Study spaces & computers are not available.

Gaelscoil na Lochanna- Oíche Oscailte agus Chlárúcháin, 14ú Eanáir 2021 Our Open/Enrolment night for places in school for next Sept is on 14th January 7:30pm by Zoom Webinar. Webinar will be open from 7pm. Please see our website to click and join the Zoom, Enrolment period lasts from 14th Jan to 3th Feb, 2021. We have a new website for parents FAQ about joining a Gaelscoil: 087 938 8651 for any enquiries.  Fáilte!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Winners of the final Valleymount Private Members Draw this year

€1000 winners:  May Nolan, Tony & Regina Clarke,  Jenny & Glen Cullen,  Kathleen Clarke, Johnny O’Reilly

€ 500 winners: Alice Stones, Catherine O’Mahony, Seamus McDonald, John Holmes, Jane Broe

€ 200 winners: Rose Zeller, Paddy Broe, Anne & Jimmy Flynn, Fiona & Tom Guing, Ann & Martin O’Connor

€ 100 winners Patricia & Frank Donnelly, Fr Richard Behan, Scruff Farrington, John Balfe Lodge Lane, Don & Mary O’Sullivan, Jacinta Shannon, Marie & Peter McDonald, Lilian & Chris Pocock, Mary & Jack Paton, Alice & Peter Byrne

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

The Blessington and District Forum would like to thank the communities of Blessington and Lakeside for their continued support this year. The generosity shown in both the Switching on of the Christmas Lights and the Toy Appeal has been phenomenal. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a Healthy and Safe 2021.

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed – €3 for 1 Bag. €10 for 3 Bags. For collection information phone: John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised for upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.”

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

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES THIS CHRISTMAS: follow our New Instagram page BLESSINGTON BUSINESS WOMEN.  A page set up for women in business & also other local  businesses in Blessington & surrounding areas to network, connect & support one another. Find out more about all the amazing small businesses we have in our fantastic village from highly talented nail salons, beauty salons, hair salons, make-up artists, eyelash specialists & holistic therapists, our local cafe & health shop. Or introduce yourself to some of the top fitness specialists, nutritionists, dance & yoga studios, photographers & nutritionists. We even have our very own Doula! Take the hassle & stress out of Christmas Shopping this year and help to support our community by treating someone special to a Gift Voucher for some wonderful pampering or buying a gift from one of our many talented businesses.

Senior Line If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, consider phoning Senior Line.  A National Confidential Service for Older People. Open every day from 10am -10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen & support.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91

Crosscare Appeal for Support this Christmas as their normal food collections have been cancelled. Crosscare is appealing to people to support them online this Advent as they will be unable to hold their annual Parish Food Collection for those most in need. Every December, Crosscare collected thousands of Euros worth of non-perishable foods to restock their foodbanks and support their community cafés. This year, due to Covid 19 restrictions Crosscare will not be able to launch a food collection in the Diocese of Dublin as usual. However, in order to ensure they have adequate supplies, they are asking people to support them by making a donation online to make sure families struggling to cope can have food on the table this Christmas. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appealed to priests and parishes to encourage those parishioners who would ordinarily have supported food drives and the unwanted gifts appeal to go on line and make a donation

Courses in the Further Education & Training Centre Blessington We are currently enrolling for courses for our new term starting in January 2021

Part Time Courses (Day and Evening) Looking to up-skill or learn something new whilst gaining a QQI qualification? Our part time courses are two days a week and are either day or evening. We have part time courses available in the following starting this January: eBusiness  (Day course) Tourism with Business (Day course) Healthcare  (Evening course) Employment Skills  (Day course) Horticulture (Day course) Office Skills  (Day course) For further information please contact Anne McGrath or Karen Townsend on 086 850 3833 or 045 891 099 or

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579


LORCAN CLARKE Christmas Trees. Outside Blessington Community College from 1st December to 24th December, 085 121 9449

Furniture for Sale ERCOL Solid Mahogony –  2 Display corner units, Free standing units-bookshelves, display unit, glass cabinet. Excellent condition. Phone: 086 160 9293

CHRISTMAS TREES – Direct from FARM Only €30 to €39 each, Opposite entrance to Slade Valley Golg Club, Brittas. (1 mile off the N81 Blessington Road Brittas or 2 miles off the N7 Saggart) EirCode: D24 TEP6. Phone 087 925 0064

Repair Required to Sennheiser HD 200 (rh) Headphone. Please contact MC 087 279 1325

LEINSTER SENIOR COLLEGE, NEWBRIDGE. Christmas Revision Courses On-line for Leaving Certs. from Mon 28th Dec to Sat 2nd January Excellent Teachers – Excellent Results Book online: or telephone: 045 487 811

Martin Craul & Co, Statutory Auditors, Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors, NOW AT: Block One, Unit 1F, Blessington Business Park, (near Fire Station). 045 891 505/045 891 507 W91 XT1 087 279 1325 (Martin); Box 1 in lobby, letterbox 2 Millbank still in order.

Beautiful, Outdoor Family Photography. By the lake or in the woods. Just in time for Christmas. €120 for full digital package,mRing Jim on 087 6799008Instagram jimschofieldphotography

GasHome – Boiler Servicing and Repairs – RGI Registered. Phone Stephen 087 9060 894

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

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

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

COVID-19 Support Lines for Older People ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Blessington Parish Office Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards & other gift items now on sale. Carol: 045 865 327 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 9am to 5pm.

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