Newsletter 16th June 2024 Issue 1505

Mass intentions in Blessington

Micheal Dunne…RD Blessington & London

Saturday: Mick Curran…A, Pat & Maureen Carroll…1st A, Paddy Howlin…A, Vera Byrne…Birthday Rem, Billy Ball…Rem, Paddy Byrne…A, Mary Brady…. A, Christopher Brady Jnr…A

Sunday: Jimmy Keogh…A    , Molly Dempsey…RD

At Masses This Weekend, We Remember the Following Kevin Lyons 92nd Birthday Remembrance, Kathleen Kelly…A, Gerard O Hanlon…3rd A, Gus Hearne…A, James Nolan…A

Monday: Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Martin Sherry …RD, Eamonn Walsh…RD

Wednesday: Peter Nolan…A, Mary Parke…A

Thursday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Friday: Sean Dunne…Rd, Mary Fulton…Rd

Rosary & Holy Hour  on Every Tuesday  7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre, Every Wed 2.45pm to 4.30pm. For children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366

Minister of Eucharist June 2024 Church of Our Lady Blessington SAT 6PM: Ann Hanlon, Frank Hanlon & Geraldine McMulkin SUNDAY 10AM: Kay Clarke & Aisling Molloy

Annual Blessing of the Graves  Will take place in Hollywood on Saturday 15th June at 6pm

The Annual Blessing of the Graves & Cemetery Mass will take place in Manor Kilbride Cemetery on Sunday 30th June 2024 at 2pm

Cemetery Sunday will take place in Templeboden Cemetery Lacken on Sun July 7th at 3pm

Women’s Breakfast Blessington & Valleymount Parishes For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matt 18:20. Our next Women’s Breakfast will be in Coimin Centre Sat June 15th 2024, from 9.30 to 11am. This is a great opportunity for women to get together to have a relaxing chat along with a delicious breakfast and hear a short testimony from one woman about her faith journey.  A small donation would be appreciated to cover costs.

The next date for the clean up and weeding  of the church grounds in Blessington is Sat June 22nd 11 to 12 noon.

Congratulations to the boys and girls from 6th class who will celebrate their graduation mass on Thursday 20th June at 11am in Lacken church

Pilgrimage to Knock A pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sun July 14th. The bus will depart at 7.30 am from Blessington church carpark. The pilgrimage will include a walk through the new Creation garden adjacent to the Museum. Anointing of the sick will be at 2.30pm followed by mass in the Basilica at 3pm to mark St Theresa’s International Day. Early booking essential as places are limited. Cost between 20/30 euro depending on numbers

Baltyboys Cemetery Notice We are hoping to have a workday on Saturday 22nd June from 10am. We are looking for volunteers to help with grass cutting and weeding. As there is a very large area, and only one person to maintain it, it is impossible to keep on top of the growth. We’d love some help on the day, so if you can spare an hour, please come along, and bring gloves and tools. All help would be greatly appreciated

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 6th Jun: 6,10,12,24. €25 Winner: Olga Halpenny Next Jackpot €1,700

Prayer before exam Father, Be with me as I take this exam. Keep my mind alert and my memory sharp. Calm my nerves and help me concentrate. I know that you walk with me, Guiding my path and inspiring my heart. I pray that I would feel you with me, And that your friendship would soften the pressure I fee. I pray that I would pass this exam and go on to new things with you. Thank you for your peace and your love in my life. Thank you for your kindness and care for me. Amen.

A Summer Prayer Long warm days… The pace of life slows… A time for picnics and rest in the shade… Lord, help me to rest awhile in the cooling shade of your presence. Slow down my restless heart and fill me with gentle compassion for all your people. Amen.

Popes’ intention for June For migrants fleeing their homes We pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys full of danger and violence, find welcome and new opportunities in the countries that receive them.

Fathers day

Happy fathers day to all father, grandfathers and god-fathers!  Enjoy! “god our father, we give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old. We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; may they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice. We pray for our own fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; may they know that the god of compassion walks with them in their sorrow. We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice. We remember fathers, grandfather, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen” Thought for the week Someone somewhere is depending on you to do what God has called you to do.

Care of the earth BE GENTLE WITH THE EARTH

Thought for the week Be the reason someone smiles today

AWARE SUPPORT & SELF CARE GROUPS If you or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, consider using Aware’s phone-in and Zoom support and self-care groups, support line or support mail. For more information, visit

Accord Prayer for Marriage & Family Life God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love. Give to us the gift of respect, empathy and understanding. Bless and strengthen our love for each other. Help us to appreciate the value of family life and to live in harmony with all whom we come in contact with. Encourage us, we pray, to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with the Lord. Praise be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT The Irish Hospice Foundation provides a free Bereavement Support Line. This National Freephone Service is available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, by calling 1800 807077. Visit for more information.

Sacred Heart Novena This Novena is for the nine days leading to the Feast of the Sacred Heart, which falls this year on 7th June. Maybe you will pray it alone, with family or friends or as part of a Parish Group. Wherever and however you walk these days, know that his heart is there for you.

Novena Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, your heart was moved with love for those who came for help in their need. You healed the sick, you fed the hungry, you forgave sinners, you cried over Jerusalem. Above all, you showed to those who were prepared to listen the way to true life, for you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Lord, your heart is all moved today by your people and their many needs. Open my heart to hear your word, to accept your love and to respond to your call. In particular, I beg you to grant me the favour I ask during this Novena (make your request silently), provided that it will contribute to my own eternal good and to the building up of your kingdom of love, peace and justice here on earth. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

ALZHEIMER CAFÉ NAAS The Alzheimer Café evening takes place on the last Wednesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm in the Convent Tea Rooms at McAuley Place, Sallins Road, Naas (Beside Parish Church). Those living with a dementia, families, carers and professionals with an interest in the area are all welcome to attend. Each month a different speaker will give a perspective on Alzheimer disease and an open discussion takes place with questions and answers.

West Wicklow Cancer Support are a charity based in Blessington who run weekly and monthly support services for people whose lives have been impacted by Cancer. We are currently seeking volunteers to expand our group. Did you know that National Volunteering Week took place from 20th – 26th of May, a week to celebrate the incredible people who give their time and resources to help and support their communities. We would be lost with the dedication of these valued individuals which enable us to run and develop our services. If you would like to get involved, expand your horizons, meet new people and give back to your community contact us at 087 4346004 /

Blessington Community Employment Vacancies These are developmental opportunities, no experience necessary. St Kevin’s, Cemetery, Hollywood Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 20/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317015. Secretary, St Kevin’s  Community Centre. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to admin, answering calls,  And secretarial work. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317031. Caretaker, Hollywood Community Centre. Duties to include but not restricted to preparing hall for meetings and events, cleaning, light maintenance, and painting. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317081 Caretaker, St. Johns Cemetery, Ballymore. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 16/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317525 Please contact us on 085-2523563 or Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for these positions. * CE Rates Apply.

Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

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

Social Dancing. Enjoy an evening of dancing to the Wicklow Man In Donard Community Hall Saturday 15th June 9pm -12pm All Welcome

Manor Kilbride Field Day 16th of June 2PM to 5PMVenue: Kilbride GAA Pitch & Playground (W91 A37V) The Usual Field Day Events: Pet Show, Pony Rides, Cake Sale, Games, BBQ, Arts and Crafts, and more All proceeds raised go towards the ongoing Club House Construction.

Blessington Library – Events County Wicklow Heritage Plan 2024-2028 Public Consultation 13th June 4-7 pm Take the survey here: Adult writing group Thursday 13th May 7 pm All welcome Cruinniú na nÓg Luke’s Deadly Dinosaurs Saturday 15th June 3 pm Booking required Call 045 891740 or

Baby Mini Lop Rabbits Ready to leave mam from 13th July Please message 0861946692 if interested

Blessington Car boot Sunday 23rd June. opening from, Free Carparking, Toilets. Indoor/Outdoor facilities. Stalls 10 euro, tables supplied if required. Bigi Linn. Bargains Galore. Info. Pat Conlan   0860752072

For Sale Sturdy flatbottomed adult canoe for sale. Good buoyancy, 2 new paddles. €250. phone 087 797 3650

Ninette De Valois Festival of Dance Tramway Theatre Blessington Sat 15th June Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm Tickets €12 each or 4 for €40

Reek Sunday 2024 July 28 2024, in Ireland Croagh Patrick, also known as the Reek,  in Ireland. Reek Sunday is celebrated on July 28, 2024. Reek Sunday (or Garland Sunday) is an annually pilgrimage in Ireland. On the last Sunday in July, pilgrims climb Ireland’s “holiest mountain”, Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig) in County Mayo, traditionally in their bare feet. The pilgrimage has been held yearly for about 1,500 years.  It is held in honour of Saint Patrick who, according to tradition, spent 40 days fasting on the mountain in the year 441, following Jesus and Moses.

Trócaire 1973-2024 Trócaire is the Development Agency of the Irish Catholic Church which celebrates its 51th anniversary this year. We pray for God’s blessing on the work of Trócaire. We pray that all people may continue to work together for the respect of our shared human dignity. We thank God for the partners and generous supporters who have enabled Trocaire to continue their work for over fifty-one years, empowering communities to work together for a just world. We pray for peace and may that peace be mine and yours, and with all people experiencing crises in our world. Amen.

At Blessington Self-Storage we make storing your goods simple,  cost effective and convenient. All our units are 20ft x8ft – Open 7 days a week.  Visit our website or call 085 196 1659 us for more information.

Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort Spa Now Open. Booking online contact us directly 045 867633

Gardening For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Pruning, etc Phone Mark 085-1337714 (Greenleaf Garden Care)

Catriona Byrne & Co Solicitors BESIDE AIB – OVER 20 YEARS ESTABLISHED FOR ALL YOUR LEGAL NEEDS 3 Mill Bank, Blessington County Wicklow Tel: 045 857 537

Septic Tanks Emptied & Digger Hire Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 – 083 037 4750      License no: NWCPO-21-12619-01

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail:

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, Attic Conversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

GF Services Tile Cleaning Upholstery Cleaning Carpet Cleaning 0899889861

The Avon has a number of functions rooms available to hire for your next special occasion. Email us at and we can send on our 2024 brochure Mark Hyland Solicitors Main Street, Blessington Phone number: 045-851149 Email:

Painter & Decorator Interior & Exterior Call Damien 085 826 0431

HEADSTONES McEvoy Monumental Works Blessington. Headstones, Inscriptions, Renovations. Serving the people of Blessington for over 40 years. Call to our workshop at Millbank Blessington Call: Mick 045 865 487 – 086 843 8832 or Gary 087 933 3487

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

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

Eagle Cleaning Solutions Chimney Cleaning, Exterior Power Washing, Window Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning & Repairs. Find us on Facebook! Call for appointment: 087 247 4388.

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel – Call 087 286 3997

JK Jamie Kershaw —Plant & Agri — Our services – Plant hire, Agri Services, Land Drainage, Land reclamation, Tractor Hire, Site clearance, Bulk excavation, Driveways, Mulchers, Tree Shears, Roch Breakers, Tree Surgery, Concrete Works, Demolition. We provide the choice of ECO Friendly fuels and oils in out Machinery Contact 087463 2228

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