Issue 1372 September 19th 2021

Mass intentions this week: Mary O’Leary (RD) Cork

Saturday 6pm Mass: Eileen & Kevin Sinclair (Months Mind), Tom & Mary Tivnan (A), Billy Hamilton (A), William Doran (A) Eileen Kelly (A), John & Helena Kelly (A)

Sunday 10am: Thomas Fitzharris (3rd A), Paddy Menton (A), Thanksgiving Mass Intentions

We remember the following: Mary Smith (20th A)

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Rita Curran (RD) Pat Farrell (RD)

Wednesday: Jenny Johnson (RD), Michael McGinnity (RD)

Thursday: Mass offered for all the Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Friday: Sean Brady (RD), Hughie Reilly (RD)

The Annual collection for Crosscare the Social Support Agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin will be taken up at all Masses this weekend 18th & 19th September. It will replace the Share Collection. This collection is vital for Crosscare Services to the Homeless, Youth, Migrants & Refugees. Crosscare helps people when they need it most, through foodbank & cafes, food parcels etc Donation Envelopes also available in the Church porches

Saturday 18th September: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 19th September: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel

Tuesday 21st 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

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls from St Mary’s NS receiving their 1st Holy Communion  this weekend in Blessington. We wish them every blessing.

The Season of Creation is marked throughout the Christian world from 1st Sept to 4th Oct, (The Feast of St Francis of Assisi.) During this time, we are asked to celebrate the beauty of creation & protect our common home through prayer, reflection & action. On Monday 4th October there will be a Prayer Service in Church of Our Lady at 7.30pm on Care of the Earth & sustainable living. All are welcome.

Halfway to St Patricks Day Festival, Blessington. Sunday 19th September at 1pm. Parade, Market Stalls, Traditional Music, & Ballads. Pat Power Muppet Show. Many thanks to all our sponsor: SuperValu, Hennessy’s, Hudson Brothers, McGreals, Lakeside Window Systems.

“Ceiliuradh” Culture Night. St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood Friday 17th September. Blessington Comhaltas celebrate Comhaltas 70th Birthday with a Special Concert. Many thanks Rev. Leonard for the use of the Church Mile buiochas, daoibh go leir. Info: Pat Conlan: 086 075 2072.

Blessington Outdoor Car Boot Sale. St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 26th September from 7am to 4pm. (Des Redmond Charities) Free Car Parking. Toilets. Tables €10. Bigi Linn.Bargains Galore!

* Footballers Wanted! * Blessington AFC are looking for Children born in 2008 or 2009 to join their exciting Under 14 Squad. All levels welcome. Please contact or 083 870 1926

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn 16th September: 7, 9, 10, 23. Weekly winner of €25 was Michelle Lenehen. Next week’s jackpot is €1075.

Blessington Football Academy is now taking in new members. Our academy runs on Saturday afternoons at 3pm on our pitches in Crosschapel. The Academy caters for children born in 2014,2015, and 2016. If interested in signing your child up please email our Academy Director Tony Bridger at

FitLine is Age & Opportunity’s volunteer telephone support line designed to help those over the age of 50 who want to feel a bit fitter & healthier, but perhaps don’t have the motivation, confidence or information on where or how to take that first step. The service is completely free. We’re encouraging people to free phone 1800 303 545 & learn more. After you’ve made that first call, a FitLine mentor will arrange a time to ring you every two weeks until you’re happy with your progress. FitLine mentors are volunteers who understand the challenges of getting active. They’ll give you information, advice & gentle encouragement to get moving, along with updates on what is happening in your local community. As we move into the colder months it is important to keep active in any way we can. FitLine mentors are able to offer guidance for each individual’s needs. For those who are working it’s important to make time for yourself to exercise & calls are planned to suit your busy schedule. To find out more free phone I800 303 545 or email   You can also visit our website at

Wicklow County Childcare Committee (WCCC) are facilitating support clinics for parents, childminders & providers, where you will have the opportunity to discuss any childcare related query you may have. The Clinics will be held on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 10.30am to 12.30pm in Blessington Library. Are you a childminder thinking of setting up or already set up & want to know options for registration etc? You can discuss in confidence any query you might have. Are you a parent worried about options for childcare? We can help you navigate your choices.Are you thinking of starting a Parent & Toddler Group? To book a 30 min slot email: with your preferred date, time & contact details.

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

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Committee will be taking part in this year’s Virtual VHi Women’s Mini Marathon on Sunday September 19thThree 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

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

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 – Hollywood Village, Co. Wicklow. Inside & outside seating. Covid precautions throughout. Open Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. Wood Fired Pizzas. Friday & Saturday 5pm to 8.30pm. Contact 045 863 097

NutriQuick is expanding and looking for enthusiastic Supervisors, Maintenance & General Operatives to join the team. General Operatives – Work on a food production line. Carry out processing and packing duties as required. Previous experience in the food industry, an advantage. Production Supervisor – Working in our production monitoring CCP’s such as cooling, packing etc Batching & Documenting, Monitoring food safety documentation. Level 3 Food Safety Management required. Maintenance Person – Part-Time – Preferred experience in construction/engineering. For more information contact 085 143 7227 or email

Part Time Cleaning Operative Required – Kippure Estate are looking for a part time cleaning operative to assist the Head of Housekeeping. This position is on a temporary call-in casual basis. The applicant will need to be self-motivated and confident with working on their own initiative whilst working in a team environment. They will need to have a flexible work attitude. This position requires some evening and weekend work based on events, projects, and cleaning requirements. If you are interested in applying, please send your cv and details to

Blessington Counselling & PsychotherapyMandy Downes – Counsellor & Psychotherapist in-person & online service. +353 (0) 85 134 9813. –

The Healer’s Dance Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre. Autumn Events: Sunday 19th September – Mythical Ireland Meditation/Breathwork W/S 10am – 12pm €25. Sunday 26th September – Shamanic W/S 10am – 3pm €50. Tues 28th September – IET Energy Therapy Clinic. Tues 5th October – Meditation/Mindfulness 6 week class €15 per week 10am and 7.30pm. Fri 8th October – Kinesiology Clinic. Fri 15th October – Red Tent Women’s Circle 7pm – 9pm €15. Contact Margot Ussher @ 087 236 2955 or

We are currently seeking to recruit a Tourist Office Information Officer  under the Scheme. This is a development opportunity, no experience necessary. Accredited training will be provided to support your career. Duties include marketing, customer service, sales, research, administration, event organising & liaising with stakeholders. Job ref: CES-2193277  closing date 20th October 2021. Please contact us on 085 252 3563 or email Please note you must be in receipt of a Social welfare payment for 12 months

Qualified Accountant Required, At least 2 years Practice experience. Friendly office with Flexible hours. Attractive terms to the right candidate. Please contact 087 – 8558 729

“Very nice self-contained private office to let at Aran Centre. €130 + VAT per week all-in. Tel. 087 817 5227.”

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

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

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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