Issue 1384 December 12th 2021

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT 12th December 2021. The coming of Jesus is joyful news for all his people. Our hope at Christmas is to be bearers of his joy.

Mass intentions this week: Daniel (Ted) Conlon (RD) Blessington & Glencullen, Mario Mowlds (RD) Burgage Manor & Late of Kilmacud, Ken Linney (RD) Ascot, UK

Saturday 6pm Mass: Rita Hamilton (Months Mind), Mary Dempsey (RD), Denis Brereton (A)

Sunday 10am: Josie Byrne (A), Cathal Gallagher (A), Mary & Bill Smith (A)

We remember the following: Joe & Eileen Boyle, John, Ettie & Marie O’Donovan

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Marion Fallon (RD), Josie Flynn (RD)

Wednesday: Carmel Corkery (RD), Margaret Moore (RD)

Thursday: Nan Cullen (RD), Kevin Donnolly (RD)

Friday: Stephen Masterson (RD), Rose O’Hare (RD)

Saturday 11th December: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm in Lacken.

Sunday 12th December: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Annual Church Collection will be held this weekend, Sat 10th & Sun 11th December, to raise funds for those who are struggling to manage this Christmas.

Blessington Parish 3rd Annual CHRISTMAS CRIB EXHIBITION in the Coimín Centre Blessington on Saturday 18th December from 12 Noon to after 6pm Mass and on Sunday December 19th from after 10am to 5pm. Over 100 exhibits of “Cribs from around the World” Some beautiful new additions to the display this year.

Advent Daily Reflections  – Inviting all parishioners to join us in Prayer during the Advent Season on the Parish Pastoral website

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn on 9th December 5, 14, 16, 29. Winner of €25 was Ann Murphy. Next week’s jackpot is €1750.

The Community Pool for West Wicklow are delighted to return to Russborough House & Park with our Outdoor Christmas Market from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday December 11thWe will have over 30 stalls from local artists, crafters & artisans located in the Hippodrome & East Courtyard selling everything from handmade soaps & Christmas Stockings to hand painted bonbons! It’s the ideal place to find that perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas. Our friends from Swim Ireland will be joining us this year too so make sure to give them a warm West Wicklow Welcome! Grab some lunch from the Love Food Catering hanging BBQ, pick up your Christmas Tree from the Blessington Lakes Garden Centre Stall & enjoy some Christmas Classics performed by the Blessington Community Choir! Don’t forget to visit Santa in the Hippodrome. Please note that this is a cash only event & there are no ATM facilities on site. Admission to the Outdoor Christmas Market is free but all donations are welcome to support our campaign for a pool for West Wicklow.This is an outdoor event so we advise all guests to dress appropriately for the weather & request that all Covid 19 guidelines are adhered to. There is a charge of €3 to park at Russborough House & Park. We hope to see you all there!

St. Mary’s Schools Parents Association are offering scenic Christmas cards with beautiful cover photos taken by two staff members of the Junior School. The cards are €6 for a pack of 10 cards, with 5 cards of each style. Available now to purchase through the Parish Office, the Tourist Office and from both schools. Many thanks for your support.

GOAL MILE: CHRISTMAS DAY @ 12:30pm.The annual GOAL MILE will take place at the track in Blessington Community College. Walk it, run it, all are welcome. So, come along and help raise funds for GOAL and work up an appetite!”

We are delighted to announce details of this year’s Christmas Fair. Blessington Tourist Office Christmas Fair 1st to 23rd December, Opening hours Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am to 4pm. Loads of new stock all by Local Artists with 10% of everything sold going to Pieta. Ending Suicide. Beginning Hope. We will also be selling raffle tickets for wonderful prizes. Drop by from the 1st of December & Support Pieta & Local Artists while also picking up some unique Christmas Gifts.

Donard December 18th Social Dance has now been cancelleddue to government announcements

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

Crosscare Food Services This Christmas we really need your help forhundreds of families who struggle to get nourishing food. We work with families to help them out of food poverty & crisis situations. We help with budgeting, healthy eating, housing & welfare to support families in the long term. We provide urgent support through our Foodbanks & Community Cafés. This year, as we cannot hold our parish food appeal,we are asking for your financial support to help ushelp them.Please donate if you can at or Call 01 836 0011

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

Lacken-Kilbride GAA Christmas Raffle at 1pm on Sunday 12th December. Santa arriving at 12.30pm! Great prizes to be won – funds raised from the raffle are going toward the purchase of temporary dressing rooms for next year, which is costing the Club €3,500 so try your best to support a great cause – you can purchase online here:…/ChristmasRaffleTemporaryDressi…  Tickets can also be bought on the day, or from any Committee Member or email to arrange bank transfer, PayPal or Revolut:

Courses Starting at the Further Education & Training Centre Blessington. We are now recruiting for courses starting in January 2022 If you are interested in up-skilling or learning something new, we have the course for you! Full time courses in the following: Bookkeeping & Payroll Level 6 – Back to Work Level 4 – Part time courses in the following: Childcare Level 5 & 6 (2 evenings a week) – Healthcare Level 5 (2 evenings a week) – E Business Level 5 (2 mornings a week) – Business with Tourism Level 5 (2 mornings a week) – Office Skills Level 4 (2 mornings a week) – Horticulture (2 mornings a week) For more information on any of the above please contact us or 086 806 1569 or 086 850 3833

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


Lacken National School is looking for a Bus Escort 5 days a week, 2 hours 20 min per day. Please send your application to  by 13th December.

Embankment Plastics Ltd – Vacancies. General Operators 15 – 18 hrs per week. Flexible hours. Permanent positions. Please email cv to  or call 045 858090

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

NutriQuick is Expanding and is now looking for General Operatives to join their team: You will be working on a food production line and carrying out processing and packing duties as required.Previous experience in the food industry is an advantage but not essential. The rate of pay is €11.00 per hour. For further information please email nqhr@nutriquick.ieNutriQuick Ltd is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Blessington Roofing and Guttering. All Roof Repairs Slate Tiles Chimneys Guttering Fully Insured Free Quotations 24/7 Emergency call-out. 25 Year Guaranteed Roof Installation and Roof Repairs. Call Today for a free no-obligation quote. 087 379 4038

BLESSINGTON LAKES GARDEN CENTRE – Christmas Trees now in Sizes from 2ft to 14ft all non-shed. Living Christmas Trees in Pots. Open every day 9am to 5pm – 045 865 403 or 087 931 9111

Gift Vouchers Available for Professional Car Valeting Service. Get Christmas sorted stress free. Contact Mick’s Mobile Auto Cleaning on 086 371 2328or see our Facebook page.

Interior Designs by Elizabeth – Creative, Unique, Personal Please phone: 086 088 1806. Email:

CHRISTMAS TREES Direct from FARM Only €30 to €39 each. Opposite entrance to Slade Valley Golf Club, Brittas (1 mile off the N81 Blessington Road Brittas or 2 miles off the N7 Saggart) EirCode: D24 TEP6. Phone 087 925 0064

Chair Yoga Breathing, Movement & Relaxation. 10.45am every Tuesday in the Coimin Centre, Phone Patricia: 086 071 7384

Blessington Airport Taxi: Standard Taxi €83 – One Way. Large Seven-Seater €93 – One Way. Minimum Charge €30 for other Taxi Journeys. Call Richard: 087 255 7993

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.

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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