Issue 1419 September 11th 2022

Mass intentions this week:

Philomena Dawson (RD) Kill, Co Kildare

Saturday 6pm: Seamus Keogan (Months Mind), David O’Sullivan (RD)

Sunday 10am: Mary Ryan (A), Ann Doyle (A), Frank Sexton (A), Eileen Cox (A)

We also Remember

Monday: Mass offered for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Colm & Nuala O’Donnell (A), Winifred Galvin (RD)

Wednesday: Intentions Mass, Birthday Mass

Thursday: Birthday Mass, Birthday Mass

Friday: Jimmy O’Neill (RD), Patrick Morris (RD)

This week……….

Saturday 10th September: Blessington: 6pm, Lacken: 7.30pm

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

Tuesday 13th September: Holy Hour & Adoration 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady.

New School Year Blessings:

ST JOSEPH’S NS: Tuesday 13th September in Valleymount Church. Blessing of School Bags for Junior Infants at 12 noon. New School Year Blessing for all Classes at 2.30pm

LACKEN NS: Wednesday 14th September in Lacken Church. Blessing of School Bags for Junior Infants at 11.45am. New School Year Blessing for all Classes at 2.30pm

All BLESSINGTON SCHOOLS: Thursday 15th September in Parish Church. Blessing of School Bags for Junior Infants at 12.15pm. New School Year Blessing for all Classes at 2.30pm

The Annual Crosscare Appeal will take place at all Masses next weekend, 17th & 18th September

We would appreciate the support of a few new volunteers to help with RED and BLUE Bags. for 6pm & 10am Mass, please let one of the priests know or call the parish office as we will be setting up a monthly rota.

The Season of Creation September 1st to October 4th (Feast of St Francis of Assisi). This ecumenical season invites Christians to pray with & for creation’ reflect on what is happening to our world & discern how best to act in their own lives & in their parish communities.

St Marys Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn on 8th September: 15, 18, 20, 30. €25 Winner: Caroline Gibson. Next Jackpot is €1725

Valleymount & Lacken Private Members Draw. The results of the August draw held on Sun 4th September, Bernie Fitzpatrick, Christy Miley, Mary & Sean Brennan, Ann Farrington (Scruff), Ann Farrington

CHILDREN’S SLIDE. Suitable for 5-8 years. FREE TO TAKE AWAY 086 165 6339

Our Knitting Group ‘Crafty Hookers’ are back in full swing for the autumn/winter. Every Wednesday 11.30am at Blessington Library. New members very welcome. Do call in and visit.

Anam Cara South Dublin is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Monday 12th September at 7:15pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

 Social Dancing in Donard Community Hall (W91YW57) Saturday 17th September from 9pm to 12 midnight. Music by Michelle Murphy. Admission €10

Kilbride GAA Family Cycle in Manor Kilbride on 18th September at 12.30pm REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FREE BBQ & medals for all cyclists.  All welcome. For more details:

HOSPICE COFFEE MORNING. A coffee morning in aid of the hospice will be held in Rathmore Hall on Thursday 22nd September from 10am to 2pm. All monies raised goes to St. Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh.

The Tramway Theatre Committee Are holding their AGM on Tuesday 20th September at 8pm in the Tramway Theatre. This meeting is open to the public & we would like to invite anyone who has an interest in the theatre whether it be as part of the committee or as a casual volunteer to please come along, we would also ask that any group that uses the theatre to please send a representative along on the night.

Free Parenting Programme Tusla, Child & Family Agency will host a Parents Plus Parenting Programme for parents of Primary School Children in Blessington Library. The programme will run over 8 Wednesdays 10am to 12 noon from Wednesday 5th October. For further information & to book a place please contact: Bridie Clancy: 086 380 7917 Email:

West Wicklow Cancer Support. Our group hosts a weekly Mindful soundbath Meditation with Gemma Deeney on Wednesdays at 11.15am in the Primary Care Centre Blessington. No cost, open to all. Do bring your own cushion, blanket & a friend. If your life has been impacted by cancer through a diagnosis, a family member, friend or carer we are here for you. Contact us on 087 4346004 or

Further Education & Training Centre Blessington Courses starting September 2022. Office Skills, EBusiness, Tourism, Childcare, Healthcare, Horticulture, Employment Skills, SNA Learn new skills or brush up on old skills. Please contact Irene Hayden 086 806 1569 or Karen Townsend 086 850 3833 for more details. Are you interested in Art, Gardening, Computers, or IT?  Morning & evening classes are starting in mid-September. For more information, please drop into the Centre or call 045 891 909.

FUEL STAMPS are a great way to help budget for your fuel costs. Start saving now towards your fuel bills during the winter months.  The Stay Warm Saving Scheme is an easy payment option plan which enables households to budget for their central heating oil & or solid fuel by saving €5 Stay Warm Saving Stamps on the savings card & using the stamps to pay (in full or part payment) for fuel supplies. The Scheme is open to all households in the Blessington area and full details are available on the card. This initiative is in association with the Department of Communications Energy & Natural Resources. The €5 Stay Warm Saving Stamps & Savings Card are only available from Hennessy’s Hardware and SVP Shop. 

Blessington Chess Club Improve your memory & Concentration. Learn Chess. Blessington Academy Starting Summer 2022,  For All Ages & Levels. Info Email:

Hazardous Waste Collection Sat 10th Sept 2.30pm – 5pm Rampere Recycling Centre Baltinglass, W91PK06 HOUSEHOLD WASTE ONLY

KARE Community Employment Programme Support Workers required for 19.5 hours per week. KARE, BLESSINGTON, Co. Wicklow. 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. Please contact your local DEASP/Intreo office to check your eligibility. Informal enquiries to Elaine 045 448 700. Give me a call!! Or email me at

MAC’S FISH – Hi folks, unfortunately due to maintenance we won’t be in Blessington for the next two weeks. We will be back open with lots of fresh fish on 22nd of September. As its coming into the colder months, we will have some fresh Chowder mix & of course, some lovely, marinated monkfish to keep us warm throughout the autumn & winter months. We will be in Blessington every Thursday from 9.30 until 2pm from the 22nd Sept right up until December 22nd. Then we will be closed for the Christmas holidays. Many thanks Mac’s Fish.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


Very Nice Self-Contained

Private Office to let at Aran Centre from 1st September 2022. €115 per week all-in. Tel. 087 817 5227.

Blesso Raynor Massage – Deep Tissue/Sport massage. WatsApp: 087 792 6332. @blessomassage

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

New BRÍ Coffee & Health Bar Located at High Definition Fitness (Across From Aldi). Open Mon – Fri 6am-12pm & 5pm-9pm Sat/Sun 10am-2pm. For Drive Thru, Sit In & Take Away Coffees/Treats & Smoothies.

Guitar Lessons Private Tuition. Contact Greg: 086 275 2005

BRYKO – Shop / Yard Assistant Required Full time Position, Manual Lifting Ability Essential Please Drop in your CV to Emilia or email to

General Operative Required for Ryanstone Stoneworks, Blessington Industrial Estate. Full time, 39 hours per week. Experience desirable but not necessary as full training provided. Please email C.V. to

Siel Bleu Ireland Exercise Classes for older adults starting in September, every Thursday in St. Kevin’s Hall  at 10am, €10 per class or €70 for 10 classes, all welcome.

Chair Yoga in the Coimin Centre Blessington, Recommencing on Tuesday 13th September from 10:45am to 11:45am All welcome. Call Patricia: 086 071 7384

MANOR KILBRIDE MUSIC SCHOOL re-opens Monday 6th September.Introducing Flute Expert Lina Andonovska. Lessons with Lina will suit beginners and improvers from age 8 upwards. Flutes available for hire. Also ideal for experienced or ‘return to flute’ players who wish to improve their skills. Lessons also available in all wind and brass instruments, piano and drums. Visit website Contact Maria 087 965 6257 or e-mail

Community Employment Job: Building Caretaker: Hollywood Community Centre. Job Ref: 2235257. This is a developmental opportunity, no experience necessary. Duties will include, but not limited to: Light maintenance, Admin duties, Cleaning. Painting, assisting with general operations of the centre & this could include keyholding, setting up rooms for meetings etc. Adhere to health and safety. Flexible hours required due to the nature of the role to include after hours. Report to reception & or assigned committee member. Please contact us on 085 252 3563 or Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for this position. *

Community Employment Job: Building Caretaker: St Kevin’s Community Centre. Job Reference: 2235231. This is a developmental opportunity, no experience necessary.  Duties will include, but not limited to: General light maintenance. Some cleaning duties. Painting. Assisting in general operations of the centre to include keyholding, setting up rooms for meetings etc. Adhere to health and safety. Hall duties. Please contact us on 085 252 3563 or Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for this position. *

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 Email:

Paying too much for SKY or Virgin Media? We Install or Repair Free to Air and Saorview! No more Bills! Call Billy 086 868 0053

Local Builder Available – All services under one roof, Windows & Doors, Plumbing, Tiling, Roofing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry, Insulation. All levels of construction services available. Fully registered. Call Paul 086 309 1829

U – STORE – IT – HOLLYWOOD – Convenient Storage Units to Rent. Individual Lockups. CCTV on All Units. 15 X 10 and 25 X 15. Suitable for Furniture etc Call: 087 356 7601

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

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Strimming, etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714 (Greenleaf Garden Care)

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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