Issue 1355 May 16th 2021

Mass Intentions this week

Teresa O’Brien, (RD) Inchicore, Bridie Curran (RD) Kilculen, James Rooney (RD) Manor Kilbride

 Saturday 6pm: James McHugh (10th A), Peter O’Keefe (A), Amelia Lily Philips (Rem), Billy Ball (A), Ned Walsh (A), Rosemary Walsh & John Walsh (Rem)

Sunday 10am: James (Jesse) Clarke (A), Maureen Jewitt (1st A), Jane & Jim Flynn (A), John Kelly (A)

We remember the following: Robert Hennessy (1oth A), Sharon O’Brien (A), Philip Quigley, Mary & Kathleen Curtin, Kathleen O’Connell, Jimmy Devoy (A), Patrick & Gretta Reidy

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Philip Quigley (A) Lucy Keogh (A), Special Living Intention

Wednesday: James O’Brien, Sharon O’Brien (A) Special Living Intention

Thursday: Andrew Byrne (RD) Rose Black (RD)

Friday: Seamus Meade (RD) Zelda Boyle (RD)

LACKEN Saturday 15th May 7.30pm – Michael Balfe (3rd A)

VALLEYMOUNT Sunday 16th May 11.15am – Maura Jewitt (1st A), Larry Cullen (A)

Kieran Stynes (Kilteel/Blessington/Nurney) 1st Anniversary 13th May 2021

 A kind and caring husband

Loved more than words can say

An amazing Dad and Grandad

Missed every single day

A good friend to all who knew him

Remember all the happy times

Whistling, singing, enjoying life

Remember Kieran Stynes

Sadly missed by his loving family & friends. We would like to thank everyone for their kindness & support over the last 12 months. Maria Stynes & family

Saturday 15th May: 6pm Mass

Sunday 16th May: Mass at 10am

Burgage Cemetery Mass 2021 – In accordance with Government guidelines on public gatherings, the Annual Cemetery Mass at Burgage cannot take place in the cemetery. A Memorial Remembrance Mass will be held on 16th May at 3pm in Church of our Lady, Blessington, via Webcam only

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington10am Crosschapel

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES. Due to the continued restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 1pm Mon to Fri 045 865 327

All Masses & Services are still available via Webcam

Monthly Envelopes for the Month of May can be dropped into the Parish Office, Post Box in Church or to the collection boxes at Mass. Many thanks to all contributors for your continued support. Contact the Parish Office if you would like to begin a monthly donation

TROCAIRE BOXES – If your Trocaire Box is still sitting on the windowsill at home, we would be most grateful if you could drop it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

Blessington Community First Responders AGM will take place on Thursday 20th May at 8pm (via zoom link) For Link details & further information please email Simon:

Blessington Library is open for browsing and borrowing. Opening hours for May:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 8.30pm We look forward to seeing you! 045 891 740

Hennessey’s of Blessington – This year, 2021 Hennessey’s celebrate 100 years of business in Blessington.  To commemorate this special year, we have a museum in our Hardware Store with artifacts and photographs of local people, old family photos, unusual items of interest etc. We will be open on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. If you would like to visit our museum, we will allocate a time slot. Please TEXT 087 674 1286 to book a time. Remember to wear a mask. Looking forward to welcoming you all.

Blessington Union of Parishes are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €4775 – Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on May 13th  Gemma Grant – Numbers drawn: 8, 10, 13, 16 – If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to Thanks to all for the support!

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed. 1 bag for €3 and 4 bags for €10. Information & collection: John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised will go towards the upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.

Gaelscoil na Lochanna (established 15 years) is now accepting enrolments for the new school year. Our children learn to speak Irish quickly and learn everything through Irish. A Brand new school building is on the way. We are launching a New “Aistear” Infant play room in September. Parents do not need Irish to start children in school., All enquiries to 045 900 525, or 087 938 8651 or via website. Fáilte

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for the next school year: 2021 – 2022. To enrol your child, please call Charlotte in our school office 01 458 2550 or find the enrolment documents on our school website

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention Classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30 pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from or please contact the school office on 045 865 086 or

RUGBY IS BACK – Mini-rugby for U5 (2016) and U6 (2015) boys and girls at St Kevin’s Community Centre @ 11:15am each Saturday. Rugby at Russborough – Mini-rugby for U7 to U13 boys and girls at Russborough at 11:30 each Saturday. New members welcome.

Support for PARISH FINANCES – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount / Lacken

Monthly / Weekly Envelopes: Contact Jean in the Parish Office if you would like to make a monthly/weekly envelope contribution or if you would like to re-join if you used to contribute.

Online: Donations / Contributions can be made  via the “Donate” button on the parish website (options available for all our Churches.)

 Bank Standing Order: If you would like to set up a monthly standing order through your bank, please contact Jean in the Parish Office

Parish Development Fund (PDF): Donations through the black PDF boxes in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

Shrines: The donations to shrines remains in the parish.

The West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival from 20th May to 14th June. This year the festival is online with performances coming from all over Europe! All of the concerts are free online but we are asking for donations to support the charity, please book your free tickets at Full Programme of Performances:

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 / or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

New Courses at the Further Education and Training Centre Blessington. We are now recruiting for courses starting in September 2021. If you are interested in up-skilling or learning something new we have the course for you! New ** Back to work course ** – 3 days a week – must be over the age of 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment for at least 6 months. Part time courses in the following:

  • Childcare Level 5 and 6 (2 evenings a week)
  • Healthcare Level 5 (2 evenings a week)
  • E Business Level 5 (2 mornings a week)
  • Business with Tourism Level 5 (2 mornings a week)
  • Office Skills Level 4 (2 mornings a week)
  • Horticulture (2 mornings a week)

For more information on any of the above please contact us or 086 806 1569 or 086 850 3833. Looking forward to welcoming you all in September 2021

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

Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) In preparation for Ireland’s five-year Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland leading to a National Synodal Assembly, the ACI is arranging a series of online discussions, led by personalities who are already thoughtful about ‘walking together’ towards a co-responsible church. The first of these will take place on Thursday 20th May at 8pm.(via zoom) Speaker: David Timbs, Catholics for Renewal Australia. Registration not necessary. Meeting ID: 858 7277 9921 Passcode: 916970 

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


Looking forward to the long summer days? Remember Jones Power Tools for Sales and Services for all your garden machines. Talk to our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Always happy to help. Contact:- Phone : – 059 64 81033

4 Large Bedrooms With Ensuite to rent short or long term kitchen living room wash room dryer. Good parking over looking blessington lake’s. Rooms 450 per month. Contact 0892765072

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

Family Looking For Accommodation To Rent in Blessington area for 1 adult & 3 children for the month of June, coming to Blessington for the 3rd time visiting friends & learning English. One large room or two smaller rooms with possibility to cook, Contact Magda via WhatsApp:+48 608 742 758 or e-mail:

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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

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

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

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

HOME SHARING – Give A Little Time – Make A Big Difference Have you the time to offer breaks to an adult or child with an intellectual disability in your home for mid-week and weekend overnight breaks? You don’t need a qualification, just energy, commitment and the desire to support a person with a disability in your community. Information and support are provided, and you will be paid an allowance. If you are interested in hosting, please contact: Jennifer Alfa Ogbaje, Social Worker, KARE. Email; 045 480 200 / 087 720 6779 or 045 448700

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