Issue 1429 November 2022

Mass intentions this week

Recently Deceased: Laticya Justayan (RD) Philippines

Saturday 6pm: Larry, Mary & Mathew Lennon (Birthday Rem), Michael & Mary Ann Norton (Rem), Agnes Twyford (A), Michelle Pender (A), Winnie Hayes (A), Rory Hayden (A), Kathleen Hayden (A)

Sunday 10am: Eileen Vines (A), Bridie Coughlin (A), Tony Kavanagh (A), Rita Jameson (A), Nelly Carroll (A), Jim Brophy (A)

We also Remember: Edith McEnerney, Nora Shirran, Billy Sargent, Elizabeth Coogan

Monday: Mass offered for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Agnes Twyford (A), Sheila Melia (A), Fintan Gilheany (RD)

Wednesday: Elizabeth Coogan (A) Carolyn Cuffe (RD)

Thursday: Blessington Deceased Mass List

Friday: Francis Galvin (A), Cissie McEvoy (RD)

Saturday 19th November: Mass times: Blessington: 6pm, Lacken: 7.30pm Confessions: After 6pm Mass in Blessington

Sunday 20th November: Mass Times: Blessington: 10am, Manor Kilbride: 11am, Valleymount: 10.00am, Crosschapel: 11.30am.

Tuesday 22nd November: Rosary & Holy Hour 10 to 11am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Burgage Cemetery Committee AGM Will take place on Monday 28th November in the Coimin Centre, Blessington at 7.30pm. All Welcome

Bethany Bereavement Support offers a safe, free, confidential supportive listening service to those who are suffering loss. The organisation are seeking expressions of interest for their new training course which will be held early in 2023. If you or someone you know might be interested in training, please forward contact details & name of parish (with their permission) to Andrea Hayes 087 418 4292 or email Places are limited. Further details following registration.

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. 17th November: 12, 13, 18, 25. €25 Winner: Caroline Daly. Next Jackpot is €2,050

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.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal – Many thanks to everyone who helped in this appeal! We collected 74 Shoe Boxes filled with beautiful gifts to bring joy & excitement to the children who will receive them!

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolment applications for 2023/2024 school year. Enrolment applications also being accepted for the 2023/2024. Early Intervention Class. Please email   or contact the school office on 045 865 086.

Make the most of your Smartphone. Join us at the Blessington. Further Education Centre for a 4-week course, 21st November to 12th December 1:30pm to 3:30pm. For more information, Call 045 851 494 or email:

Social Dancing in Donard Saturday 19th November. Music by Thomas Maguire & Fhiona Ennis. Dancing 9pm to 12. Adm €10. Refreshments served.

Variety Concert  in aid of Blessington Men’s Shed, in the Tramway Theatre on Saturday 26th Nov at 8pm. Music by the R.A.M.S. Tickets, €10 – available from any Shed Member & at the door on night of concert.

Blessington Car Boot Sale St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 27th November: 7am to 4pm Tea/Coffee. Indoor & Outdoor Spaces. Free Parking. Toilets. Tables €10. Bargains Galore! Info: Pat Conlan: 086 075 2072

The Blessington History Society Exhibition on the Dublin & Blessington Steam Tram, the Exhibition will launch on Tuesday 22nd November at 7pm in Blessington Library & will run until Saturday 26th November. The exhibition will include a power point presentation on the origins & history of DBST combined with a photographic exhibition of original documents & photos of the steam trams.

West Wicklow Cancer Support welcomes you to our November Drop-in Evening. The group will be creating a Christmas table craft hosted by Una of Cruthu Art. Come & Join us Thursday 24th November, Coimin Centre Blessington at 7.30pm. This promise to be a fun & festive evening channelling our inner artist, with tea & mince pies for afters! No charge, spaces available, just come along in the evening. Contact us on 087 434 6004 with any enquiries.

Tús Job Opportunity in Blessington County Wicklow Partnership’s Tús Programme has a work placement opportunity in Blessington Educate Together National School Position available: Caretaker Gain valuable work experience while contributing to your community at the same time. The placement will be for 1 year & participants will be required to work for 19½ hours per week & are free to take up other employment outside of their 19½ hours. To qualify, you must be fully unemployed for 12 months. Tús payment is at the full rate of Jobseekers Allowance plus €22.50 top-up. For more information or to apply contact Neil Doyle on 087 640 9273 or

Valleymount Parent & Baby/Toddler Playgroup meets every Thursday during school term from 10.15am to12 in Valleymount Hall. New parents welcome. Pop in for a cuppa & a chat.

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

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


West Wicklow House is thrilled to announce the opening of ‘San Patrizio’ our new Italian trattoria, on Thursday 24th November.  Serving authentic homemade Italian dishes Thursday to Sunday. Call for reservations 045 865 214.

Massage Therapist – Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, Lakeshore Wellness. WatsApp: 087 792 6332 @blessomassage

*NEW* Yoga Classes in St. Joseph’s Hall – Thursday 7:30pm. Suitable for Beginners. €12 per Class (drop-ins) €50 for 5 Consecutive weeks Essential to book class in advance. Please contact me if you are interested in morning classes. Nancy Hickey – 087 639 1676. Qualified Yoga Instructor

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

ACCOMMODATION WANTED in walking distance of Blessington Town.

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

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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