Issue 1399 April 17th 2022

Mass intentions this week:

Kay Murphy (nee Shannon) (RD) Kilmalum

We also Remember:

Monday:  Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Patricia Hanlon (A), Tom O’Hara (A), John & Mary McGarrigle (A)

Wednesday: John Murphy (A), Eileen Murray (RD)

Thursday: Weddings Day Mass Intentions, Special Intentions

Friday: Special Intentions, Get Well Intentions


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: 12pm: 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: 12pm: 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

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 in Easter week

Every Blessing for Holy Week & Easter 2022 – Archdeacon Kevin Lyon, Fr Paraic McDermott, Fr Noel Campbell, Fr Micheál Comer Adm. Eadestown/Kilteel, Rev Deacon Gerry Malone, Áine Egan, Parish Pastoral Worker, Fr Richard Behan P.P. Blessington & Valleymount

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 Annual Blessing of the Graves Cemetery Mass at Burgage is scheduled for Sunday 15th May at 3pm.

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

PUBLIC MEETING IN THE TRAMWAY THEATRE – WEDNESDAY 27th APRIL 8PM – Are you interested in becoming a Leader / Committee Member with BYT? Are you a past member who would like to become a leader? Have you a child / children 8 years + who would like to become a member of BYT? (Waiting list in operation *you must attend the meeting for child to remain on or be added to the waiting list*) If so, please come along to The Tramway Theatre on 27th April at 8pm. BYT was established in 2009 & to date has performed many great shows, taken part in Community Events, but most importantly have instilled confidence & a love of Drama & Musicals in the young people of Blessington, in order to guarantee the future of BYT in Blessington we need your support. Many thanks. Any enquiries before the meeting, please text 087 465 0835

To select a young lady to go to the Wicklow Rose Event and possibly The Rose of Tralee International Festival. BLESSINGTON ROSE & ESCORT GALA EVENING on Sunday 1st May in Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort. Doors open 7.15pm & show starts at 8pm. Admission (by ticket only) €25. Tickets on sale at Hennessy’s Next Door and The Office Shop, Main Street, Blessington. Some tickets will be available at the door in Tulfarris on the night. For more details on entry at

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

Rathmore Graveyard Restoration a meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th April at 8pm at Rathmore Church to discuss the restoration work that has been carried out to date & make plans for future works. If you would like to volunteer, please call in to the graveyard. We’re there every Saturday 10am to 12pm or Info: Bernie Phibbs 087 9309460 – Nuala Wall 087 9481930 – Willie Gillespie 045 862116 – Brendan Boylan 087 6440799

Donard Social Dancing is returning on Saturday 21st May from 9pm to 12am. Music by Thomas Maguire & Fhiona Ennis. Admission €10

Blessington FETC Drop-In Information Morning – Tuesday 28th April 10am – 12 noon. Talk to us about our courses & see what we can offer you in 2022. Meet with Irene Hayden, our guidance counsellor. Info: 045-891099 or 086-8462771 or email

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.

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.

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

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


Following Recent Sales we require additional properties for approved buyers.  045 865 555

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.

Greetings from Spain. After two years, I will be coming to Blessington with students in July. DATES: 1st to 29th JULY. I am looking for host families in Blessington & surrounding areas. Students will attend Blessington Community College (Mon – Fri 9.30am to 5pm) I will be in Blessington during this time for any queries you may have. For more information, please contact Jenny Conway 089 4789839 Paloma:

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

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

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

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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