Issue 1430 November 27th 2022

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – Advent is a reminder that our life on earth is a preparation for the life of eternity in heaven, and that we wait for the coming of Christ to take us home.

Mass intentions this week in Blessington

Recently Deceased: Mick Mills (RD) Carrig Glen & Late of Donard, Robbie John Roche (RD) USA & Late of Lacken

Saturday 6pm: Dan Murphy (A), Sorcha (Ni Kyne) Carroll (A), Robert O’Hara (A), Liz McGinnity (A)

Sunday 10am: Rosaleen Elliot (A), Stephen Masterson (1st A), Elizabeth Dunne (A), Michael Lennon (A)

We also Remember:

Monday: Mass offered for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Margaret Corkery (A), Edmund Balfe (RD)

Wednesday: Camillus Balfe (A), Kevin Lillis (RD)

Thursday: Sean Corr (Birthday Rem), Maura Murphy (A)

Friday: 1st Friday, Masses offered for all on the November List of the Dead.

Saturday 26th November: Mass times: Blessington: 6pm, Lacken: 7.30pm. Confessions: After 6pm Mass in Blessington

Sunday 27th November: Mass Times: Blessington: 10am, Manor Kilbride: 11am, Valleymount: 10.00am, Crosschapel: 11.30am.

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

Tuesday 29th November: Rosary & Holy Hour 10 to 11am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Friday 2nd December: 1st Friday, Masses offered for all on the November List of the Dead. Padre Pio Blessing after 9.30am Mass in Blessington

The Square in Blessington will be closed to all traffic on Saturday from 9am to 8pm to facilitate the Blessington Lights Up Christmas event along with the arrival of the Santa truck. We are asking motorists not to park overnight on Friday in the parking bays on the square as we will need to remove your vehicle on Saturday morning. There are ample spaces in Dunne’s and the council car park. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday. Blessington and District Forum

Christmas Community Service Prayers and Carols. Saturday 17th December at 4pm at Church of Our Lady moving in procession  to St Mary’s Church for Carols. Refreshments afterwards in St Kevin’s Community Hall

Christmas Reconciliation Service: Monday 19th December at 7:30pm Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Crib Exhibition will be on display beforehand in the Coimin Centre

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.

Let There Be Christmas Blessington Millennium Choir invites you to join them in singing Christmas songs and carols to celebrate the festive season in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Sunday December 11th at 4pm. Tickets €10 (Children under 12 free) (Includes fruit punch and mince pies) Tickets available from choir members & The Parish Office or call: 087 2343 1499 By kind permission of Fr Richard Behan P.P. Proceeds to Coimin Centre 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. Info: Pat Conlan: 086 075 2072

Community Pool for West Wicklow would like to thank everyone who has visited the Pop-Up Pool since it arrived in Blessington! The pool is only here for another 4 weekends so make sure to book in for a swim before it’s gone! This weekend’s Public Swim Slots are Friday Nov 25th 6pm to 7pm – Saturday Nov 26th 9am to 3pm – Sunday Nov 27th 9am to 12pm & 2pm to 4pm. Adults €7.50 Children €3.50. Book online at

CROSSCARE Christmas Food Poverty Appeal. This Christmas, Crosscare are asking for help for the Food Poverty Service, where they support families who find it hard to provide nutritious food. Sadly, almost 800 families and individuals, including 1,000 children, have needed help from the Service this year & demand is likely to increase in the coming months. Crosscare ensures they have a good supply of food while at the same time looking at all the issues that may have brought them into food poverty. If you can, you can donate online at or call 01 8360011 or send a cheque or postal order to Crosscare Christmas Appeal, 2 Saint Mary’s Place North, Dublin D07 Y768. Envelopes will also be available in all Churches

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. 24th November: 4, 9, 16, 19 – €25 Winner: Rose-Marie Nugent. Next Jackpot is €2,075

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.

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.

Valleymount Parent & Baby/Toddler Playgroup meets every Friday during school term from 9.30am to12 in Valleymount Hall. New parents most welcome. Pop in for a cuppa & a chat.

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.

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

“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

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


Jones Power Tools Ltd. Baltinglass. Supply Sales and Services. Stihl Chainsaws/Blowers/Power Washers and many more. Great Ideas for Christmas for the woman or man in your life! Fleetwood Paint mixed to your favourite colours. Contact 059 64 81033 or Philip 087 663 8788

West Wicklow House ‘San Patrizio’ our new Italian trattoria.  Serving authentic homemade Italian dishes Thursday to Sunday. Call for reservations 045 865 214.

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.

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

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

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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