Issue 1375 October 10th 2021

Mass intentions this week: Michael Gilheaney (RD) Omagh, Muriel Hamilton (RD) Threecastles, Denis Keogh (RD) Blessington

Saturday 6pm Mass: Patrick & Elizabeth Kelly (A), Sr Mary Angel Kelly (A), Sr Mary Benignus Kelly (A), Paddy Nolan (A)

Sunday 10am: Betty Tyrrell (A) Cissy & Odie Flanagan (A) Rosanna Wright (A)

We remember the following: John Kavanagh (A), Christy Mooney (A), Michael & Thomas Fitzpatrick (A)

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Brian Redmond (RD), Cathy Doyle (RD)

Wednesday: Mary Walsh (A), Caroline Nevin (RD) Rosanna Wright (A), Michael & Thomas Fitzpatrick (A)

Thursday: Dave Clarke (A) Paul Woods (RD)

Friday: Living Int Mass, Get Well Mass

Comhghairdeas le gach buachaill agus cailíni: Congratulations to the Boys & Girls from Gaelscoil na Lochanna who received Confirmation last Saturday in Blessington, we were delighted to welcome Fr Paddy Boyle as Celebrant.

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls from St Mary’s Senior School who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend.

Saturday 9th October: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 10th October: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel

Tuesday 12th October: 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

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn 7th October: 1, 13, 20, 26. Weekly winner of €25 was Fr Richard Behan. Next week’s jackpot is €1250

October Monthly Envelopes 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.

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.

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

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

St Joseph’s National School Valleymount are now accepting enrolment applications for the 2022/2023 school year. Forms available from the school office call 045 867289 or email   Closing date for receipt of applications is October 22nd 2021

Gaelscoil na Lochanna is now accepting places for the 2022-2023 the school year. You don’t need Irish to send your child to the Gaelscoil! Tá an FÓGRA BLIANTIÚL MAIDIR LE LIGEAN ISTEACH fógraithe anois ar mar aon le foirm iontrála agus eolas faoi Oíche Oscailte Fhíorúil. (3ú Samhain, 7:30) Spriocdháta dona hiarratais ná 24ú Samhain agus cuirfear tuistí ar an eolas ar an 1ú Nollaig. Beidh ar thuistí/chaomhnóirí an áit a chinntiú roimh/ar an 21ú Eanáir 2022. Tá 60 spás sna Naíonáin ar fáil (más chuí). The ANNUAL ADMISSIONS NOTICE.with enrolment forms is now available to view on the school website Applications for spaces are due before/on the 24th November 2021 & parents will be notified on the 1st December. Parents/Guardians will then need to confirm their acceptance of the place on/ before 21st January 2022.There are 60 spaces available in Junior Infants. For those considering the Gaelscoil there will be a Virtual Open Night on 3rd November to give everyone a chance to see how it all works in a Gaelscoil. The Gaelscoil will be hosting a series of Community Talks throughout the year around the topics of Special Education in the Gaelscoil. (Dyslexia, Autism, Visual Impairment, Down syndrome & Using Lámh, Maths, Homework, Reading strategies in the Gaelscoil). These talks will be open to everyone. For all enquiries please contact (school secretary) or phone 045 900 525, 087 938 8651.

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!

Blessington Outdoor Car Boot Sale – St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 24th October from 7am to 4pm (Des Redmond Charities) Free Car Parking. Toilets. Tables €10. Bigi Linn. Bargains Galore! Info: 086 075 2072. Covid Regulations in Operation!

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


Happy Days School of Performing Arts! Saturday Classes in St Joseph’s Hall Blessington! Established in Blessington for over 27years. Classes in: Speech and Drama, Dancing, Musical Theatre & Singing! + Optional Exams, Feis & Casting Agency for Film, TV, etc. Build confidence and communication skills in a fun filled atmosphere! For further information visit or call / text 087 679 5470

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

FOR SALE – Solid Pine Desk 5’ X 2’ €100 curved top, 3 drawers & pull-out keyboard shelf – 087 235 0835 (Text me for a photo)

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.

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.

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

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. –

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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