newsletter 29th October Issue 1476

Mass intentions in Blessington: Patrick (Patsy) Kelly…RD Brittas

Saturday: Mick Farrington…MM, James & Patricia Hughes…A, Philip & Mary Creighton…A, Anne O Reilly…A

Sunday:  Jack Kelly…A, Trevor Geoghegan…RD

We also Remember: Sr Catherine Whelan…Rem Sr Margaret Whelan…RemBrigid Pender…A

Monday:  Mass offered for the sick.

Tuesday: Intention Mass, Marian Murphy…RD

Wednesday: Anna O Connell…A, Edward Walshe…A

Thursday: Birthday Mass, Get Well Intention

Friday: 1st Friday of the month, Mass offered for all on the November List of the Dead

Friday 3rd is the First Friday of the month and we will have the blessing with the relic of Padre Pio after mass.

November Altar List of the dead envelopes are on the table at the back of the church. Please fill them in if you wish to have their name included. Mass is offered once a month for all names included.

Wednesday 1st Nov – Feast of All Saints Holy Day Mass Times Church of Our Lady Blessington: Vigil Mass 7.30pm Holy Day Mass 10am. St. Joseph’s Church Valleymount: Mass 10am

Share Appeal Sunday takes place on the weekend of November 11/12, highlighting the important work that is funded by the weekly collection.

Minister of Eucharist, November 2023, Church of Our Lady Blessington. SAT 6PM: Geraldine McCulkin, Mary McCormack & Mary Fenton

SUNDAY 10AM: Brendan Mahon, George Richardson & Kay Clarke

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre every Wed From 2.45pm to 4.30pmFor children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366or Call the office on 045365327

I would like to thank you all for your continued support in these challenging times, it is greatly appreciated. Since the closure of Ulster Bank in the town, our standing orders have dropped off significantly. We now have a new Neighbourhood Collection account with AIB if you would like to renew your Standing Order or set up a new one, the account details are:

IBAN   IE10 AIBK 9332 3642 2314 05           BIC      AIBKIE2D

Donations can also be made through the Neighbourhood Collection envelopes which are available from the parish office ,Once again, may I thank all who support the parish through your donations and thank you for your generosity. With every blessing, Fr Richard

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 19th October:3,5,8,23. €25 Winner: Fiona Donald. Next Jackpot €3,650

The annual mass of Harvest Thanksgiving will be held on sat Oct 28th where there will be a blessing for our farming community. Donations of home baking, fruit, veg, jam etc. can be left in front of the altar and will be sold after mass.

CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL Looking forward to sharing the kindness of our community and give a child a great Christmas You can take part in the usual way. The envelopes are at the back of the church. Fill the shoebox and drop back to Parish Centre by Friday 11th November Alternatively, you can drop 25euro into the parish office and the parish team will fill the box for you or fill one virtually. More information

November Reflection. Seasons of Our Lives God our Creator, In the springtime of our lives, You give us the enthusiasm and daring of youth. In the summer of our lives, You encourage us to reach our full potential. In the autumn of our lives, You walk beside us as we reflect on years gone by. In the winter of our lives, You enfold us in your love, which will never let us go. when the seasons of our love are past, You clothe us with resurrection bodies, which will live forever. Amen

Sunday 29th October 2023 Songs & Tunes Session, Zellers of Lacken, 6 to 9pm.  All listeners, singers, players very welcome. Any song/tune/style; any ability level. all ages.
Just for fun! Bring a friend Info.: Fiona 083-8127317

The next music session, in the Men’s Shed will be Monday the 6th of Nov, starting at 8 o clock. Great music and spot prizes on the night

Candlelight walk around grounds of Russborough House. Our walk this year is on Saturday 4th November at 6pm. We’ll have over 1200 tealights lighting the walkway so why not gather your friends and family and come join us for what is always a magical night. It’s €5 per person with discount for families. All in aid of St Mary’s Church and The Irish Cancer Society. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Boo for Barretstown  is a family friendly, fun-filled, fancy-dress walk around the gorgeous woodlands of Russborough House on Sunday, 29th October, featuring goodie bags, birds of prey show, Kildare Sports Partnership course and a performance from Newbridge Gospel Choir. Promises to be a fun-filled day for all the family. Tickets on Eventbrite. More information about Barretstown here:

The Avon and the Blessington St Patrick’s day Parade Committee would like to invite you along to our Halloween event. The event will take place at The Avon on Sunday 29th October from 12-4pm. The Spooky Spectacle will feature FREE face painting, treasure hunts, a guided fancy dress charity walk along the greenway, a spooky story telling corner and a charity raffle. Everyone that donates will receive a raffle ticket with great chances to win fantastic prizes donated by local businesses. All donations will be given to St Patrick’s day parade committee. Walker’s cafe will be open from 9am and The Avon Food Court will be open from 12pm.

“YOU DON’T NEED IRISH TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO THE GAELSCOIL! Gaelscoil na Lochanna is accepting places for the school year 2024-2025 from October 2nd. The enrolment window is open between October and the November 24th. We will notify parents before Christmas of the places. The ANNUAL ADMISSIONS NOTICE is now available to view on the school website, along with enrolment forms. For those considering the Gaelscoil over the next few years we will host an Open/ Enrolment Evening on WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25th, 7:30pm to give everyone a chance to see how it all works in a Gaelscoil. Fáilte gach duine!!!! Follow us on Instagram #gsnalochanna You don’t need Irish to send your child to the Gaelscoil!

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

Happy Faces Pre-school St Marys JNS Contact 0877658420 Email: ECCE places available

Ігрова група Valleymount Parent & Baby/toddler працює щочетверга протягом шкільного семестру з 09.30 до 12.00 у Valleymount Hall.  Щиро вітаються нові батьки.  Заходьте випити чашечку чаю та побалакати Valleymount Parent & Baby/Toddler Playgroup meets every Thursday during school term from 9.30am to 12 in Valleymount Hall. New parents most welcome. Pop in for a cuppa & a chat.

Tuesday Rural Bus Service to Naas & Newbridge. Your support is needed to keep this service open. This is ideal as a “shopping bus”. Adult return journey €3.50 & €1 for students. (a free service for many qualifying adults) Departs Blessington Bus Shelter at 10am via Naas to Newbridge (Whitewater Shopping Centre) Departs Whitewater at 1.45pm. Further info: Jane Auld 087 266 0616 or Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

Blessington Bridge Club meets every Monday 18th September at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

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:

Looking to upskill or do a new course? Blessington Further Education and Training Centre are now enrolling for Part Time courses in September:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Database Methods
  • Early Leaning & Care
  • Stage 1 – Childcare
  • Care Skills & Care
  • of the Older Person
  • Horticulture Science
  • Word Processing
  • Tourism
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Business Administration
  • Social Studies
  • & many more… All courses are QQI certified in either Level 4 or 5 Contact: 045 891 099 – 086 850 3833 – 086 806 1569 or email

Blessington Library Upcoming events Púca in the Machine 2023: Launch of new artistic research about Poulaphuca Reservoir at Blessington Library. The exhibition is taking place on Thursday, October 26th from 4pm, with talks beginning at 6pm. There are three artists involved: local writer Robert Barrett, visual artist Saidhbhín Gibson and multimedia artist Margaret O’Brien with Shane Finan coordinating. They will each be presenting their work relating to the Poulaphuca reservoir.

Halloween Storytime coming up on Tuesday, 31st October at 11am with Seosamh Ó Maolalaí. All are welcome for some spooky stories, but the stories will be most suitable for 8-year-olds and under. We can be contacted for bookings at


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

Help Wanted for outdoor work Call 087 291 9620

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

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

Lady Available for cleaning. Blessington area & surrounds. Weekends only. 089 9471410

Yogi Pair Kids Yoga A new term starts in Fight fit Dojo on  November 9th for 6 weeks. Contact Sue 0851370986 or Ger 0862152079

Ashling Frames are delighted to now offer a full photo printing service in Blessington, including passport photos, in partnership with Fujifilm, in addition to our custom and standard framing. or follow us on Instagram

Blessington Taxi Phone Greg 087 2626 393

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

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:

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, Regina or Gordon: 087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426 / 087 249 5411

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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