Issue 1398 April 10th 2022

Mass intentions this week

Linda Hand (RD) Dublin

Saturday 6pm: Dr PK Joyce (Month’s Mind), Eileen Clifton (A), Fintan Byrne (A), Michael & Julia Tyrrell (A), Joseph Nugent (A)

Sunday 10am: Maria Corrales (RD), Breda Ryan (RD)

We also Remember: Patrick & Brian Crickley, Gerry Valelly, Charlie Egan, Bridie Hughes, Olive Leigh

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Peter Hudson (RD), Special Living Intention

Wednesday: Jodie Moore (RD), Margaret Lynch (RD)

Saturday 9th April: Blessington: 6pm, Lacken: 7.30pm

Sunday 10th April: Blessington: 10am, Manor Kilbride: 11am, Valleymount: 11.15am, Crosschapel: 11.30am,

Monday 11th April: Penitential Service at 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Tuesday 12th April: Holy Hour and Adoration for PEACE in UKRAINE from 7pm to 8pm. All welcome to join & spend some quiet time with the Lord.

The family of the late Dr PK Joyce would like to thank everyone most sincerely for their kind expression of sympathy on the passing of our father. We are especially grateful for the outpouring of tributes made about him in so many ways including on & the Blessington Blog. It was so comforting to hear of the esteem with which he was held in the community. Thank you to all who attended the wake & funeral Mass and sent Mass cards. Thank you to Fr. Behan & to the parish for the funeral Mass, to Lorraine Willoughby for the beautiful music and to Tony, Regina & Gordon of Clarke’s for their kindness. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude.

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers Drawn on 7th April: 2, 9, 17, 27 – Weekly €25 Winner – Brona Tracey. Next Jackpot is €850.

The Archdiocese of Dublin Pilgrimage to Knock led by Archbishop Dermot Farrell, on Saturday April 23rd. For further Information, email:


Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Crosschapel: 5.00pm – Blessington: 7.30pm – Manor Kilbride: 7.30pm – Eadestown: 7.30 pm

Good Friday – Blessington: 12 noon: Children’s Stations of the Cross – 3pm: Passion Ceremony – 7.30pm: Prayer around the Cross. Crosschapel – 3pm: Stations of the Cross followed by Confessions. Manor Kilbride: 3pm Stations of the Cross – 7.30pm Liturgy of the Passion. Eadestown: 12.00 noon: Children’s Stations of the Cross – 3.00 pm: Passion Ceremony
Kilteel: 7.30 pm Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday: Blessington: 8pm Easter Vigil Mass. Crosschapel- 12 noon Confessions – 8pm Easter Vigil. Manor Kilbride: 7.30pm Vigil Mass. Eadestown: Confessions 11.00 – 12.30 — Easter Vigil: 9.00pm

Holy Saturday Confessions: Eadestown: 11.00am – 12.30pm – Crosschapel: 12.00pm to 1.00pm – Blessington: 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Easter Sunday Mass times as normal in all Churches

Easter Week Mass times: Monday to Friday: 10am Mass in Blessington and in Crosschapel. There will be no daily Mass in Manor Kilbride during Easter week.

Blessington Library are thrilled to announce that Fighting Words are coming over the Easter break! On Wednesday 20th April, there will be two creative writing workshops:  7- to 9-year-olds at 10.30am & 10- to 12-year-olds at 1pm. Contact us to reserve a place: 045 891 740 or

Blessington Outdoor Car Boot Sale Returns to St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 24th April from 7am to 4pm Tea/Coffee. Free Parking. Toilets. Tables €10. Bargains Galore! Info Pat Conlan: 086 075 2072

Fencing Classes for adult beginners every Tuesday from 8.15pm to 9.15pm in St Kevin’s Hall. Would you like to try a different sport in a friendly & fun environment? You don’t have to be fit or sporty. Come and give it a free trial. Call 087 676 4183

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30 pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street, Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along & bring a friend.

The Community Pool for West Wicklow AGM will take place online on Thursday April 14th at 7pm. If you are interested in attending or would like further details, please email us at Thank you for your support.

VACANCIES – KARE Community Employment Programme – Support Workers required for 19.5 hours per week. BALTINGLASS, TINAHELY, BLESSINGTON. No experience necessary. Accredited training will be provided. Funded by DSP Applicants must be over 21 & in receipt of a qualifying Irish social welfare payment for one year or more. A genuine interest in working with adults with intellectual disabilities, to work as part of a team & the motivation to study are required. Please contact your local DEASP/Intreo office to check your eligibility. Informal enquiries to Elaine 045 448 700.

West Wicklow Cancer Support would like to thank all of those involved in our East Coast FM “Step up for Cancer Walk” on Friday 1st April  This fundraising event is raising vital funds for The Wicklow Hospice & Cancer Support Centres in Wicklow. Thank you to East Coast FM, the local community, those who walked with us, volunteers, all those who donated on the morning and en-route. To the other community groups & St Marys National School who came to wave us off!  Your ongoing support is invaluable to us.  Contact us on 087 4346004 or by email  if you would like to find out more about our group or might be interested in volunteering with us.

Blessington Men’s Shed is now open every Monday & Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm.The kettle is always on!! New members most welcome.

Good dry Kindling for sale in the Men’s Shed. Contact John Flynn: 087 297 7678. All money raised goes to the Men’s Shed

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Weekly Meditation with Gemma Deeney for people touched by Cancer, continues Wednesdays 11.15am in the Primary Care Centre Blessington. Please Contact us on 087 434 6004 or   if you would like to reserve a place.  Do bring your own blanket & pillow. No charge. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”

Your 6-Week Journey to Living Well. Join KWETB’s free programme to support you in being kind to yourself and others. The course covers: Emotional well being Nutrition: healthy meals & eating on a budget. Digital: using the apps on your smartphone. Physical: gentle introduction to daily exercise. Financial: manage your money better. This is the course for you if you would like to learn about the various aspects of wellbeing; physical, emotional & nutritional, finishing with a fun social activity. The course will take place in a relaxed & informal environment in the Blessington Further Education & Training Centre – you will learn skills & strategies to build positive habits for well-being. This 6-week course will support you to be the BEST you in these difficult times. The course will run from 10th May for 6 weeks, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Phone 086 846 2771 or email for more information & enrolment

SPECIAL CELEBRATION IN RATHCOOLE – The Parish grouping of Saggart, Rathcoole, Newcastle & Brittas extend an invitation for all to join with us at a special celebration at our Palm Sunday Vigil Mass on Saturday 9th April at 6pm, in Holy Family Rathcoole Parish Church, where we will mark the installation of a series of paintings, representing

‘The Stations of The Cross’

by Polish Irish artist Ula Retzlaff O’Carroll. Full details in the attached poster

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

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!

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


Flower Arranging Classes commencing on Tuesday 26th April Mornings & Afternoons for 5 weeks in the Band Hall Ballymore Eustace. Contact Christine Hughes 087 686 4620

For Sale 3-Seater Sofa Bed, €200, 087 297 7678

Part-time Cleaner Required for Professional Office in Blessington, once a month. Contact 045 851 980

Ustoreit@hollywood Convenient Storage Units to Rent – Individual Lock-Ups – CCTV on All Units – 15 X 10 and 25 X 15 – Suitable for Furniture etc – Call: 087 356 7601

For Sale: Stanley Cara Non-Boiler. Insert Stove. Price £500. O.N.O. Phone 087 611 4997

Trainee/Part Qualified Accountant opportunity available in expanding local accountancy practice. Please call 087 7821159 for further details.

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

Quality Affordable Garden Care – Experienced Horticulturist. Over 10 years’ Experience in soft landscaping & garden maintenance. Free Quotations  Email:  Phone: 086 052 2222

Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior. Phone: Damien 085 826 0431

Jones Power Tools Ltd – Sales Service and Repairs. Specialises in Stihl and Honda. Stockists of Fleetwood Paint. Contact:- Phone:- 059 6481033

Bathroom Upgrades, Plumbing & Heating, Showers, Roofing, Windows, & Doors. Internal & External Insulation. Call Paul 086 309 1829.

SEETHRU Solution – Your local trustworthy cleaning service for: Windows, Gutters, Fascia, Pressure Washing, Softwash, Carpet & Upholstery. Greg: 085 858 1850

Paragon Bathrooms. Full Bathroom Renovations. Showroom Open, Main Street, Blessington. Call Aiden 085 137 8770

Gardening –  For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Strimming, etc  Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

BLESSINGTON Airport Taxi Plus, Hospital and City Run’s, Standard Taxi €87 one way, Large 7- Seater €97 one way. All other Runs prices on the meter. Call Richard: 087 255 7993

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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