Issue 1427 November 6th 2022

Mass intentions this week

Mary Flanagan (nee Ward) (RD) Finglas

Saturday 6pm: Eugene Keogh (A), Chris Enright (1st A), Eugene Keogh (A), Michael Byrne (A), Margaret Byrne (Rem), Frankie Keogh

Sunday 10am: Christy Miley (A), Maurice Mahon (RD)

We also Remember:

Monday: Mass offered for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Peggy Mulvaney (RD), David Magee (RD)

Wednesday: Get Well Intentions, Special Living Intentions

Thursday: Winifred Keating (RD), Geraldine Campbell (RD)

Friday: Jimmy & Patty Hughes (A), Patricia Mahon (A)

Saturday 5th November: Mass times: Blessington: 6pm, Lacken: 7.30pm

Confessions: After 6pm Mass in Blessington

Sunday 6th November: Mass Times: Blessington: 10am, Manor Kilbride: 11am, Valleymount: 10.00am, Crosschapel: 11.30am.

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th Remembrance Ceremonies at the weekend Masses in Lacken & Valleymount. Candles will be lit in memory of all our deceased family members & friends.

Tuesday 8th November Rosary & Holy Hour 10 to 11am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Valleymount & Lacken Private Members Draw – Winners for recent draw held on Sunday 30th October: Bridie & James McDonnell, Sharon & Mick Nolan, Sylvia & Liam Kavanagh, Mary & Seamus Kavanagh, Marie & Johnny Brophy

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers: 3rd November: 1, 4, 7, 14 – €25 Winner: Jean Roche. Next Jackpot is €2,000

In November We Remember – On our Parish Sacramental Website, we have a link to submit prayer requests for our relatives & friends who have died Prayers offered during Evening Prayer

November List of the Dead. Envelopes are now available in all the Churches and can be returned to the Parish Office or in the collection boxes/bags during the month of November. Masses will be offered on the 1st Friday of every month throughout the year.

Community Pool for West new term swim lessons at the Swim Ireland Pop-Up Pool in Blessington on sale. Swim lessons for all ages (children & adults) and levels will run from the week starting November 7th till the week finishing December 16th. For details & booking visit:  Book online through Swim Ireland

West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival Winter Weekend 11th to 13th November. Last’s year’s inaugural Winter Weekend of chamber music was such a success that our friends in the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival have decided it’s here to stay! There are four wonderful concerts to enjoy in Russborough’s stunning Salon over the weekend & booking is now open. Choose from concerts featuring leading Irish & international artists include Róisín Walters (violin), Paul Grennan (cello), Fiachra Garvey (piano), Tai Murray (violin), Silke Avenhaus (piano), Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano) & Simon Lepper (piano). Tickets can be purchased directly from

Six-week Christmas Themed Gardening Course: Fridays 9:30am to 12 noon 11th November to 16th December Blessington Further Education Centre. Further Information: 045 851 494 or 086 846 2771

Origins Foster Care are urgently looking for foster carers in the Blessington area. For Information call or text 087 052 9749 one of our team will get back to you

 “You Don’t Need Irish to Send Your Child to The Gaelscoil!” Gaelscoil na Lochanna is accepting places for the school year 2023-2024 from now up to 21st December. Parents will be notified of places on 13th January & will have to 27th January to accept the place. There are 31 places available. Tá an fógra bliantiúl maidir le ligean isteach fógraithe anois ar  mar aon le foirm iontrála. Spriocdháta dona hiarratais ná 21ú Nollaig agus cuirfear tuistí ar an eolas ar an 13ú Eanáir. Beidh ar thuistí/chaomhnóirí an áit a chinntiú roimh/ar an 27ú Eanáir 2023.Tá 31 spás sna Naíonáin ar fáil (más chuí). View the Annual Admissions Notice & access enrolment forms on the school website “Gaelscoil na Lochanna will have an Open Night on  7th December at 7:30pm  in the Gaelscoil for any parents interested  in joining the Gaelscoil”. Follow us on Instagram #gsnalochanna

Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless Saturday 19th November – Lakeshore Striders A.C annual charity collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless will run for its 7th year & will take place on Saturday 19th November at the entrance foyer to SuperValu Blessington (back entrance at carpark) from 12pm to 3pm. Items in high demand by the centre include nappies, baby formula, baby food, toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc), hats, socks, gloves, scarves as well as long life foods such as canned items. Please note: all items must be new & unopened & food must be in date.  Cash donations also accepted on the day.  For further information call Edel on 087 961 8337 or please email

Anam Cara South Dublin, support for bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Monday 14th November at 7:15pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght. This event is free & 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.

Are you a Bridge Player? If so, you are welcome to join Blessington Bridge Club. Resuming on Monday 17th October & subsequent Mondays other than Holiday Mondays  at the KARE Centre which is located off the Blessington By-Pass. Ample car parking. Play begins at 7.30pm

Parent & Toddler Group in St Kevin’s Hall every Tuesday & Wednesday from 10am to12pm €4 per family per day

Blessington Bowls Club – Thursday at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

The Blessington Fencing Club Spaces available in the 8-11yrs Beginners Class in St Kevin’s Hall – Fridays 5pm. Only comfortable clothing & runners are needed. Pop in & watch or participate in a free trial lesson. We have a great mixed group of children. Some children don’t enjoy traditional team sports or battle in some way. Every child can be taught to fence. Adult Beginner Classes  starting on Tuesday evenings. Give us a call if you would like to try. Call Lee: 087 676 4183

West Wicklow Cancer Support Our group hosts a weekly Mindful soundbath Meditation with Gemma Deeney on Wednesdays at 11am 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. Call: 087 4346004 or

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


Wellness Festival, 20th November From 11am to 6pm, Lake Shore Village, Blessington, presented by Lake Shore Wellness Centre, in collaboration with The Avon & Rise Nordic Spa. Full schedule of experiential talks & workshops – meditations, drumming, sound baths, wellness talks, cacao, breathwork & movement.  Mini Treatments, Outdoors Hot Tubs, Sauna and a Holistic Market also available. Tickets are just €30, book on

Catering Services for all occasions in your home or the venue of your choice. Weddings, Communions, all family or corporate occasions. 045 865 214

HAVE YOU A ROOM TO RENT? Quiet single professional male seeks room to rent. In the village if possible. Please text 087 239 0308 for further details.

IRISH GRINDS for 1st / 2nd and 3rd years. Fun!! Progress guaranteed. Phone Carmel: 086 248 4695.

ACCOMMODATION WANTED in walking distance of Blessington Town.

New Bri Coffee & Health Bar Located at High Definition Fitness (Across From Aldi) Open Monday to Friday 6am to 3pm –  Saturday & Sunday 10am to 2pm. Open for Drive Thru, Sit In & Take Away Coffees / Treats & Smoothies.

Glenmore Kennels & Cattery – Glenmore, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. W91 EC89. 087 276 1106 – 086 241 7497 – 045 865 559. Open all year round. Heated Kennels. Special diets catered for.

SeeThru Solution – Your Local Trustworthy Cleaning Service for Windows, Gutters, Fascia, Pressure Washing, Softwash, Carpet & Upholstery. Call Greg: 085 858 1850

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

Guitar Lessons Private Tuition. Contact Greg: 086 275 2005

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

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

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 10am

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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