Issue 1371 September 5th 2021

23rd Sunday-Ordinary Time: The signs that Jesus is present and that we are his true witnesses is that we attend to our sick, console those who are in despair, befriend the friendless; work for social justice, we must not be mute through fear or self – protection. We must do all things well.

Mass intentions this week:

Saturday 6pm Mass: Eugene Fennell (2nd A) Sean Dowling (A) Tom, Phyllis & Rodger Farrell (A), Deceased Members of the Farrell, Kelly, Miller & Moran Families

Sunday 10am: Damien Barrett (Mth’s Mind) Charlie Geoghegan (A), Mary Aylward (A), Michael Mahon (1st A) Knocknadruce & Australia

We remember the following: Fr Brian O’Toole, Hazel Mitchell, Ann Dalton, Nicola Sheehy, Larry Halpin, Margaret O’Toole, Caroline Nevin

Monday:  Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Carol Byrne (RD), Tommy Brennan (RD)

Wednesday: Rose McCabe (RD), Jacqueline Murtagh (A)

Thursday: Birthday Rem, Birthday Remembrance, Get Well Mass Intentions

Friday: John Kinsella (RD), Breda Morrin (RD)

Saturday 4th September:  6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 5th September: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel

Tuesday 7th September: 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

2021 Private Members Draw In aid of Valleymount & Lacken Churches August Winners: Mags & Mattie Brown, Sheila & Pat Geoghegan, John Balfe (Lodge Lane), Ann Farrington, Sheila & Anthony Geoghegan

Blessington & District Day Care want to thank the Hennessy family for organising the recent climb of Sorrel Hill as part of ‘Hennessy 100’.  The route, refreshments & transport were extremely well organised.  The amount of money collected was beyond all expectations and for this we are very grateful to the Hennessy families.

Community Pool for West Wicklow would like to say a very big THANK YOU to everyone who made a submission to the Wicklow County Development Plan in support of the development of a Pool for West Wicklow. We were delighted that three National Governing Bodies, Swim Ireland, Water Safety Ireland & Canoeing Ireland made submissions in favour of the pool & called on Wicklow Co Co to make the pool for West Wicklow a priority! For the latest campaign news

CRUTHÚ ART GROUP 15th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS & END OF SEASON SALE. Cruthú Art Group is celebrating its 15th birthday.  To mark the occasion,  we are offering 15% off all art & craft in our Russborough gallery, & in our display in Blessington Tourist Office.  This will be Cruthú’s last season in Russborough, please visit us on Saturdays & Sundays 11am-5pm during September before we finalise our exhibition in our home of 11 years. Thank you to everybody who has supported Cruthú over the years at Russborough.  We look forward to sharing our work with you going forward.  Keep an eye on our Facebook & Instagram for news. Contact us at

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn for on 26th August: 4, 11, 18, 28. Weekly winner of €25 was Lisa Kavanagh. Next week’s jackpot is €925.

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Committee will be taking part in this year’s Virtual VHi Women’s Mini Marathon on Sunday September 19th. Three of the committee will be walking 10km around the Russborough House Parklands dressed as PENGUINS!!!! Please support our committee by sponsoring them through GoFundMe or visit our website

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

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

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.

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 Café Are Recruiting Now! Full-time Commis Chef with a creative flair & passion for food. Our ideal candidate will: Be enthusiastic & energetic. Have previous experience working in a professional kitchen. Possess a good working knowledge of HACCP. Be able to work well under pressure, thrive in a busy environment and be eager to learn, take responsibility and work well within a team. Have good communication and interpersonal skills. Have own transport. A keen interest in baking an advantage. Email your CV to We are also 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.

Job Vacancy – R&H have vacancies for full and part-time general operatives. Please email your CV to Tom for further information.

Structural CAD Technician & General Operatives required for local precast concrete company. Immediate start. Please contact John Irvin with CV on   or 087 2679875.

Office Worker Required with typing skills in Blessington, full or part-time. Contact 087 231 0082.

Semi Permanent Make Up – Natural Enhancement  Eye Brows – New Technique, Hombre, Hair Stroke, Eye Liner, Lips, 10 Years Fully Qualified. Call Pam on 085 754 7214

Blessington Lakes Golf Club are currently seeking applications for the role of: Golf Course Maintenance Operative. Initially, the role will be 20 hours per week to include the following duties: Assisting with all green keeping duties, as directed by Head Greenkeeper. Pin changes, putting out tee markers etc. Maintenance of external areas of clubhouse, e.g. carpark, veranda & grounds.

  • Emptying of bins and cleaning air compressor area.
  • Maintenance of Golf Club Buggies.
  • Cross selling of products on the course (e.g. water stall on hot days)
  • Covering the clubhouse out of hours.
  • Various winter projects as directed by Head Greenkeeper.
  • More Summer, less Winter hours may be applicable.
  • Other duties as may be directed by the golf club committee.

Requirements for the role: Gardening/horticultural background desired but not essential. Good knowledge of machinery is essential. A good knowledge of golf is desirable. Email Applications to: closing date Tuesday 14th September

Student Seeking Lift from Blessington to Maynooth College weekdays. Willing to share petrol etc. Please call Ray 087 250 3244.

Cleaner Wanted for Lacken National School. Those interested please apply to the Chairperson of the BOM of Lacken School on or before 10th September.  Please include relevant qualifications with your CV. Applications can be sent by post or email:

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.

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

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

COURSES IN YOUR LOCAL EDUCATION & TRAINING BOARD THIS AUTUMN Blessington Further Education & Training Centre. Why not try something new this autumn? We have a range of courses available for you as life begins to return to normal: Basic and improver computer skills. Introduction to art, Help with reading, writing, spelling & maths, English for speakers of other languages Gardening – C.V. preparation. Get the most from your smart phone. Our courses are free of charge & open to those who never fully completed their formal education. Classes run during the day & at night. A great way to learn, meet others & have fun in a safe & friendly environment. All Covid-19 guidelines strictly adhered to. For further information on all the above please give us a call:  Annette at 086 846 2771  or Caroline at 045 851 494.

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327


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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