Issue 1368 August 22nd 2021

Mass intentions this week: Noel O’Hanlon (RD) Nurney, Myles Wilson (RD) Blessington, Eileen Sinclair (RD) Blessington, Catherine Monaghan (RD) Middlesex UK, (Daughter of Maisie Nolan Monaghan & Niece of Pete & Goo Nolan) Angela Cashin (RD) Clondalkin

Saturday 6pm Mass: Michael, Mary, Liam & Tommy Dunne (A), Maureen Dunne (A), Larry, Mary & Matthew Lennon, Michael & Ann-Mary Norton (Rem), William (Teddy) Shirran (A), Deceased Members of Shirran & Carroll Families.

Sunday 10am: Brian Kane (Month’s Mind), John Nolan (A), John Browne (A)

We remember the following: Joe Cranley (A)

Monday:  Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Laurence & Gertrude Keogh (A), Rosie Mills (RD)

Wednesday: Malcolm Eaton (RD), Joe Regan (RD)

Thursday: Mass will be offered for all those on the Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Friday: Siobhan O’Riordan (RD), Philomena Mooney (RD)

We pray this week for all those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. We also remember in our prayers the people of Afghanistan

Saturday 21st August: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 22nd August: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel

Tuesday 24th August: Holy Hour & Rosary offered for the intentions of our families from 7pm to 8pm in, Blessington

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington, 10am Crosschapel

Please Support all our Priests by contributing to the Summer Dues. Envelopes are now available in our Churches. You can take one as you visit the Church during the summer months & return to the Parish Office or to the collection boxes in the Church.

PLEASE BOOK A TICKET for 6pm Mass on Saturday & 10am Mass on Sunday and collect from the Parish Office 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday. Ph: 045 865 327

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn for on 19th August: 5, 10, 26, 28. Weekly winner of €25 was Karen Bolger. Next week’s jackpot is €875. If you’re not in, you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or

Bric-a-Brac Sale of New & Almost New Items in the Stables behind Valleymount Parochial House on Sun Aug 22nd after 11.15am Mass. Proceeds to the renovation fund of Valleymount & Lacken Churches. Your Support is much appreciated.

Blessington Library and Miss Pink invite parents & children alike to sing along to classic songs, old & new & to discover what sparkling musical adventure awaits! Friday, 27 August at 11am. Sing-a-Long with Miss Pink (Outdoor Event) Booking Required. Email us at or call 045 891 740.

Blessington FC Under 16’s are looking for a Goalkeeper with a little bit of experience. Must be born in 2006. Goalkeeper training will be provided, and you get the chance to join an exciting team and a great bunch of lads. Please reply to Tony: 087 610 6096

Community Pool for West Wicklow would like to remind you that the deadline for the Wicklow County Development Plan. Public Consultation Period is Mon August 30th 5pm. For details on how to make a submission, including a step-by-step video, visit our website or email us at

Blessington AFC are looking for new players born in 2008 for their under 14 teams. Training twice weekly and playing Dublin District Schoolboy League (DDSL) matches on Saturdays. Please contact 083 870 1926

West Wicklow Cancer Support are a community group who provide support & information to people affected by cancer in a safe & caring environment.  We are constantly striving to develop the services we offer & expand our volunteer group. If you have an interest in volunteering with us, we are looking for caring & committed individuals who can communicate with people of all ages & are interested in making a difference in your community. You could benefit in meeting new people, undertaking new challenges, developing your career & gaining a sense of achievement that you are making a real difference. If you think this person could be you give us a call or meet us for a cuppa.  We are a friendly inclusive group & would welcome your interest. Contact us on or 087 4346004

Lakeshore Striders: Our website is updated and OPEN FOR ENTRIES. We are gearing up for a great event on11th September and hope to see as many locals as possible on the day. At present the entries are capped to 200 but if public health guidelines allow this may be increased so get your entry in fast to ensure your slot.

Cruthú Art Gallery at Russborough will be open Saturdays/Sundays/Bank Holidays throughout the summer from 12 noon – 4pm. Our members have been very creative over the last 12 months, and we are looking forward to exhibiting exciting new art pieces that will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember to mind the social distancing rules. or contact us at Also check out the Cruthú Art display at Blessington Tourist Office.

COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE  for older people. ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

Thank you to all parishioners who have donated through our online donation facility so far. You can donate by simply visiting and click on the Donate button.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


Hollywood Preschool are looking for One Level 5 and One Level 6 early years practitioners. Contact Barbara 083 337 6499.

Experienced Childminder Wanted in Valleymount, in my home for 2 boys: 4 year-old & 1 year-old. Two days a Week, Tuesday & Wednesday 7am to 1pm. One boy attends local play-school & will need dropping off & picking up daily. Immediate start. Please Call: 087 760 7536

Ruth Shine School of Dance – Celebrating our 15-year anniversary! Why not join our creative, intelligent, confident & hardworking dance family?We offer classes in ballet, contemporary, modern & acro for both children and adults in our purpose-built studios, Dancetrax Studios. Check out our Facebook & Instagram pages to stay updated or visit Ph: 086-4062618 Email: ‘Make Your Soul Shine’

Back to School Blues Let nature help balance your emotions, build resilience and confidence. Call Anna Nagle 087 227 3925 for a BACH FLOWER ESSENCE consultation, and remedy mixed especially for you to assist in times of change and uncertainty.

Experienced, reliable full-time childminder wanted in Brittas preferably in our own home, but open to childminders home. Our son attends local play-school & will need picking up daily. Our daughter is 1yr & 8 months. Please Call: 087 911 8251

Childminder Needed for two girls aged 9 and 11. Needed just for two hours a day Monday to Friday, to pick up from school (St Mary’s),  bring home & stay with them until 4:30. If interested please call: 086 052 2222

Hollywood Café are recruiting now! We are looking for waiting staff, full time, weekdays, with only occasional weekend days. If you have front of house waiting experience, energy, great customer service skills and want to work in a friendly and vibrant environment, email your cv to Experience is a definite advantage, as are barista skills, but training will be given to the right applicant.

Hennessy’s Hardware has a vacancy for Driver/Yard Operative. Must be over 25 years with a full clean licence. Please email CV to  or call Martin on 0879846867

West Wicklow House is looking for a kitchen porter, weekly hours 35-40. Includes weekends. Please contact or drop in with CV

Part-time Cleaner wanted for Lacken National School, also, Bus Escort required one day a week on Wednesdays.Those interested need to apply to the Chairperson of the BOM of Lacken School on or before 10th September.  Please include relevant qualifications with CV. Applications can be sent by post or email

Person Required for House Cleaning and possibly some Cooking. Phone: 087 356 7601

Blessington and District Community Employment Scheme. Applicants must be in receipt of a social welfare payment to qualify. Hollywood Parish Secretary. Job Ref: 2187580. Closing Date: 26/08/21.

Ustoreit@hollywood: Convenient Storage Units to Rent. Individual Lock-Ups. CCTV on All Units. 15 X 10 and 25 X 15. Suitable for Furniture, Vintage Cars or Motor Bikes etc Call: 087 356 7601

Mick’s Mobile Auto Cleaning. New venture by a local man in the Blessington area, providing mobile car wash and wax; mini-valet and full valet. Follow on Facebook or call 086 3712328 for rates and appointments.

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Strimming, 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

New Courses at the Further Education and Training Centre Blessington. We are now recruiting for courses starting in September. 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 & in receipt of a social welfare payment for at least 6 months. Level 6 in Payroll and Bookkeeping, full time (Day course) Horticulture Level 5 – Mondays Part time courses in the following: Childcare Level 5 & 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 Level 4 (2 mornings a week), For more info 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

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Church of Our Lady, Blessington – Mass Times: Saturday 6.00pm.  Sunday 10.00am

Weekdays: Monday to Friday 9.30am – Fr. Richard Behan PP. Tel: 045 865327

Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel – Mass Times: Sundays 11.30am

Weekdays: Monday to Saturday 10.00am – Archdeacon Kevin Lyon. Tel: 045 865215

St. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride – Mass Times: Sundays 11.00am

Weekdays: Monday to Friday 9am – Fr. Paraic McDermott C.S. Sp., Tel: 01 4582154

St. Joseph’s Church, Valleymount – Mass Times: Sunday 11.15am.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Lacken – Mass Time: Saturdays 7.30pm

Parish Office: 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday Tel: 045 865 327

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