Issue 1374 October 3rd 2021

Mass intentions this week:

Saturday 6pm Mass: Christy Brady (A), Joan Duffler (A), Tom & Margaret Clogher (A)

Sunday 10am: Ann Lindfield (Months Mind), Fr Gerry Foley (Months Mind), Jimmy Keogh (Birthday Rem)

We remember the following: Michael Tully Jnr

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Foncie Murray (RD), Kevin O’Donohoe (RD)

Wednesday: Special Living Intenetion, Get Well Mass Intentions

Thursday: Get Well Mass Intentions, Get Well Mass Intentions

Friday: Michael Tully Jnr (A), Jim O’Neill (RD)

Saturday 2nd October: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 3rd October: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel

Monday 4th October: Prayer Service in Church of Our Lady at 7.30pm on Care of the Earth & sustainable living. All welcome

Tuesday 5th October: Holy Hour & Rosary offered for the intentions of our families from 7pm to 8pm in, Blessington

Thursday 6th October: Holy Hour and Benediction with Deacon Gerry 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

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

The Country Market will be held in Valleymount Community Hall this Sunday 26th September from 10am to 3pm. Apologies that the Market had to be postponed last week due to Holy Communions

2021 Private Members Draw In aid of Valleymount & Lacken Churches. September Winners: Mary Fisher, Marie & Pat Mahon,  Frances & Billy Kavanagh, Fiona & Tom Guing, Catherine & Sean Miley

The Vintage Roadshow will be in the Coimín Centre on Friday 8th October from 10.30am to 4pm. Join them & their expert team for incredible free valuations & top offers. Have a look around the house for all those things you’ve neglected, ignored or just want to convert into cash. The Vintage Roadshow gives you the opportunity to bring your items along to a live roadshow. They would love to see you on the day & help you turn unwanted items into cash – check out what you can bring along to be valued

Thank you to all who came out in support of Irish Cancer Night Nursing Service which took place in Lacken on 6th September. Your support is much appreciated.

St Mary’s Junior School ANNUAL ADMISSION NOTICE in respect of 2022/2023 school year. A copy of the school’s Admission Policy & the Application Form for Admission for the 2022/2023 is available to download at: by emailing or writing to: St Mary’s Junior School, Main St. Blessington, Co. Wicklow. W91 YN0P. The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants Applications accepted for admission on 01/10/2021. Closing date for applications for admission on 22/11/2021. Applicants will be notified of the decision on their application on 13/12/2021. Applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission by 31/01/2022 *Failure to accept an offer within the prescribed period above may result in the offer being withdrawn. *Note: the school will consider & issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy. Number of places being made available in 2022/2023 in Junior Infants is 75

Blessington Educate Together are now accepting enrolments for the next school year 2022-2023.  Enrolment forms can be downloaded from our website or contact the school office on 045 865 281 or email

Furniture Sale of items donated to Blessington Men’s Shed over the last 18 months in the Men’s Shed, on Saturday 9th October at 10am. All money raised goes towards the upkeep of our shed. Chairs, tables, bedside lockers & much more. See you there.

Cruthú Art Group would like to thank all our supporters and those who visited our gallery at Russborough over the past 11 years.  Our gallery at Russborough is now closed.  We have loved sharing our art with you & look forward to continuing our artistic presence in the community going forward. You may still see some of our work at Blessington Tourist Office or find us on Facebook & Instagram.  Contact us at

Blessington Library. From Monday 22nd Sept, study spaces & PCs available in Blessington Library. Daily newspapers are also available to read. You can book your study space by emailing us at  or on 045 891 740.

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn 30th September: 2, 25, 27, 28. Weekly winner of €25 was Helen Teague. Next week’s jackpot is €1200.

Rugby at Russborough for age groups U6, U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, boys & girls! Tuesday 7pm to 8pm & Saturday 11am to 12:30. All Welcome to Blessington Mini-Rugby!

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn 23rd September: 10, 14, 16, 19. Weekly winner of €25 was Aoifanna Phibbs. Next week’s jackpot is €1150.

* 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

Blessington Library. From Monday 22nd September, study spaces and PCs are reopening in Blessington Library. Daily newspapers are also available to read. You can book your study space by emailing us at  or on 045 891 740.

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

Lacken-Kilbride GAA Community Family Cycle including FREE BBQ & Medals for all participants Sunday 3rd October at 12.30pm from the New Pitch in Kilbride (BBQ from 1.30PM) Cycle Grades/Age Groups: 7 to 11, 12 to 15, 16+ and Family with tots Prizes for Top Three in Each Group. Registration link can be sent via email, please email: or see Club Facebook page. 

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.

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


Eat Your Way to Better Health. Qualified Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach now taking clients. On-line consultations available. Call Garech on 087 9943519. Visit  for more info.

FOR SALE – Pine Bookcases 6’ X 4’ €40 and 6’ X 3’ €30. Antique Pine 6’ X 4’6’ €50. Solid Pine Desk 5’ X 2’ €100 curved top, 3 drawers & pull-out keyboard shelf. 087 235 0835

Lacken National School is looking for a Bus Escort for one day a week on Wednesdays. Those interested need to apply to the Chairperson of the BOM of Lacken School on or before 17th October.Please include references with CV. Applications can be sent by post or email

Childminder wanted for 3 children aged 10, 4 and 2.8 years, preferably in their home, flexible hours an option.  Please contact Julie on 087 2180103

Septic Tanks Emptied and Digger Hire. Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 / 083 037 4750 license no. NWCPO-21-12619-01


NIALL KEARNS BUILDING & ROOFING. Extensions, Renovations, Sun Rooms, Attic Conversions etc. ROOF REPAIR SPECIALISTS New Roofs, Slating, Tiling, Lead Valleys, Ridge Pointing etc. Call Niall 086 274 6969

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. Open 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.

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

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

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

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

Parents Plus Special Needs Programme. A practical evidence-based course for parents of adolescents (11 to 16 years) with an intellectual disability or other special needs diagnosis. This is a free programme & will be run in Blessington Library on Wednesdays from 10am to 12noon. Starting November 3rd & will finish on December 15th. Facilitators will meet parents individually on October 20th to discuss the programme & explore individual goals. If you would like further information or to enrol on the programme, please contact: Bridie Clancy: Parenting Support Officer, Tusla Child & Family Agency: 086 380 7917 Email:

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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