Issue 1380 14th November 2021

Mass intentions this week: Christopher Enright (RD) Blessington, Siobhan McStay (nee Darker) (RD) Blessington

Saturday 6pm Mass: Eugene Keogh (A), Eugene Kelly (A), Special Int for Thomas Clifford

Sunday 10am: Raymond McGreal (A), Patricia Mahon (A)

We remember the following: Kathleen Hayden (A), Rory Hayden (A), Betty, Jim & Michael McDonnell

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Special Living Intention, Stephen Sloan (RD), Mary Plunkett (RD)

Wednesday: John Harris (RD), Josephine Flynn (RD)

Thursday: Sp Intentions, Sp Intentions

Friday: Get Well Intentions, Get Well Intentions

Saturday 13th November: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm in Lacken.

Sunday 14th November: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount in the Stables behind Valleymount Parochial House after 11.15am Mass. Proceeds to the renovation fund of Valleymount & Lacken Churches. Your Support is much appreciated

Tuesday 16th November: Holy Hour & Rosary offered for the intentions of our families from 7pm to 8pm in, Blessington

Friday 19th November – Bethany Bereavement Support will be available from 10am to 11am in the Coimin Centre, Blessington to offer confidential support. No appointment necessary. All welcome

November List of the Dead. Envelopes available in the Church. Masses offered on the 1st Friday of every month throughout the year

Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless Saturday 27th November – Lakeshore Striders A.C. Annual Charity Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless will run for its sixth year and take place on Saturday the 27th of November at the back entrance to Super Valu, Blessington from 12pm to 3pm. Items requested by the centre include toiletries: shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc, nappies, baby wipes, baby food and formula, hats, socks, gloves, scarves as well as canned foods such as beans, peas, fruit etc. Please note all items must be new & unopened.  Cash donations also accepted on the day.  For further information please email  or call Edel on 087 961 8337

 “West Wicklow Cancer Support” Weekly Mediation with Gemma Deeney continues on Wednesdays at 11.15am in the Primary Care Centre Blessington. Call: 087 4346004 or email: to book a place as numbers are restricted. All Covid health & Safety measures are in place. Do bring your own blanket & pillow. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn on 11th Nov 5, 17, 21, 26: Weekly winner of €25 was John Paul Moran Next week’s jackpot is €1525

Santa Returns as Blessington <<LIGHTS UP>> Christmas 2021. Despite the challenges of the past nearly-two years, Blessington & District Forum continues to provide festive cheer in Blessington with the town’s regular Christmas Lights & Tree.nThis year’s great news is that Santa will be arriving on Saturday 27th  November  at 12:30pm in the Square, Blessington to meet all the boys & girls and he will turn on the lights at 5.30pm. As the Forum’s usual fundraising was hit by COVID-19, we are looking for donations to keep the lights twinkling in Blessington over Christmas. As always, our Blessington Lights Up Christmas (BLUC) Committee is hard at work, but it is a huge task & every donation counts. Last year’s €3,965 GoFundMe total was the main source of Blessington’s lighting up funds for 2020. The Forum & BLUC hope do as well or better with this year’s GoFundMe project, which can be found at See our Facebook page for updates

The committee of Blessington Men’s Shed are pleased to announce that, from Monday 15th November, the shed will be open two days a week, Monday and Tuesday from 11am to 1pm Hope to see you all there!! New members most welcome.

Parent & Toddler Group Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington. Covid Cert Required

New weekly events running in Blessington Library. Spaces are limited so please book to avoid disappointment. TUMMY TIME: Thursdays – 11.30am. For babies who haven’t started to crawl yet. Babies can play beneath the beautiful light projections of Tovertafel. TODDLER TIME: Fridays – 11.30am Song, movement and rhymes for toddlers. Suitable for children aged 1 – 3-year-olds.nCHILDREN’S STORY-TIME: Sat 11.30am. Join us for some tall tales and fun stories. Suitable for children aged 3 – 6-year-olds

Community Pool for West Wicklow are delighted to be returning to Russborough House with our Outdoor Christmas Market on Saturday December 11th Soak up the festive atmosphere in the Hippodrome and East Courtyard while doing your Christmas Shopping & supporting local artists, crafters & businesses. Santa will be joining us on the day, we hope you will too!

Lacken-Kilbride GAA Night @ The Races Saturday 13th November from 9.30pm in Zeller’s Pub ~ Lacken. Buy your horse for €20 (buy as many as you like!!) today online or in person from any committee member. You don’t have to in Zellers on the night, buy a horse in advance and you’re in the mix!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND GOOD LUCK! Contact: 086 311 3443 with any queries.

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

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.

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolment applications for the 2022/2023 school year. Please email  or contact the school office on 045 865086.

Donard Glen Community Talent Show – For One Night Only!! Don’t Miss it!! Saturday 20th November. All Proceeds in aid of Donard Community Hall & Baltinglass Hospital. Tickets €5 at the door. For more details call Edward 087 877 7580

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride is now accepting enrolments for the next school year, 2022 – 2023. To enrol your child, please call Charlotte in our school office on, 01 458 2550 or find the enrolment documents on our school website We hope to hold our Open Evening in February, which will give prospective parents & parents of children already attending, a chance to have a look around our lovely school.

Lacken National School is looking for qualified SNAs to substitute in Lacken School. Please send you application to  by 15th November

Lacken & Valleymount – November Mass of Remembrance: Saturday 7th November at 7.30pm in Lacken Church on Sunday 8th November at 11.15am in Valleymount Church. During this Mass we will remember all our loved ones who have died during 2020 and 2021

Blessington FC is delighted to see the rapid growth in Girls Soccer. We now have 3 all girls teams that train weekly & play in the DDSL & MGL leagues. We have spaces in our Soccer Academy for Girls born 2014, 2015 & 2016. Our Academy runs on Saturday afternoons @3pm in the GAA Astro pitches. If you’re interested in signing your girls up you can contact our Academy Director Tony by email to

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


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Thompson Painting. Professional Decorating Services. Call Daniel on 085 741 1974

Blessington Airport Taxi: Standard Taxi €83 – One Way. Large Seven-Seater €93 – One Way. Minimum Charge €30 for other Taxi Journeys

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.

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

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

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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