Local Notes: Lotto draw
Blessington GAA Club held their very latest Lotto Draw on Tuesday June 18 with another brand new jackpot which was standing at €11, 800. Once again the top prize was not won and only three lucky punters managed to match even three numbers. They each received €100. The winning numbers drawn on the night were 8, 14, 16 and 22. Tickets priced at only €2 are already on sale at the usual local outlets or from a committee member for the club's next Lotto Draw which will have another new jackpot which will be standing at €12, 000. The draw will take place on Tuesday July 2. The club urge members and supporters to purchase tickets and also ask them to encourage friends and relatives to do the same. The recent sales have been excellent and the club really appreciate it. This is the club's main fundraiser during the year and a lot of time and effort is put into making it a success. Remember if you get the numbers right on the night you will be winning the jackpot which no doubt would come in very handy at this time of the year with the holidays just around the corner.
Library lion reading
A Library Lion Reading Initiative will be taking place at Blessington Library.
Devour a book or six this summer commencing from July 2 to August 31. Unleash your inner roar and get reading great books this summer. Sign up & collect your card at the library. This will be suitable for preschool and primary school children. OnTuesday evenings during July children are invited to come along to themed story hours in the library from 7-8pm kicking off with a Fancy Nancy Soiree on Tuesday July 2 suitable for girls aged 5-7 yrs. So come along in your best finery for an evening of fun and fairy cakes. Tuesday July9 the Library will host a pyjama storytime suitable for boys and girls and this time come along in your pyjamas please and you may bring your favourite teddy or cuddly creature for company. Light refreshments will be provided along with some stories. Following that on Tuesday July 16 is Mad Hatter Night suitable for boys and girls aged 3-8yrs. You can dress any way you like or if you wish as your favourite character from a story. The Library will be creating hats and reading hat stories. Then onTuesday night July 23 Beauty and the Beast is the theme of choice. So just come along and join in the fun. Dressing up is encouraged.
Hot Shots Basketball Camp which has been taking place in Blessington for a number of years is coming your way. The date will be Monday July 29- Friday August 2 and the venue once again will be Blessington Community College. The cost per child will be €60. It is always a fun event with many children coming back each year. For bookings and further information you can contact the coaches Neville tel. 087 2742002 or Pat tel. 086 120096 or drop into Charles Camping Blessington.
A Fundraising Raffle and Benefit Night for Shane Delaney a young local lad who was seriously injured in Australia will be taking place in Bealin's Bar Blessington this Friday night June 28 commencing at 9pm. Music on the night will be provided by Declan Daly. There will be some surprise guests on the night. So please make a special effort to get along and support this most worthy cause. Shane is one of our own and deserves your support. By the way he recently returned home from Australia.
The death took place last week of Catherine (Cathy) Tyrrell Rockypool Villas Blessington in Baltinglass Hospital. Her remains were removed to the Church of Our Lady Blessington last Saturday morning June 22 for requiem mass. Her burial took place immediately afterwards in Burgage Cemetery. There was a large attendance at her funeral which was very fitting as Cathy had lived in Blessington for a long number of years and was well known in the Blessington and surrounding area.
Pitch and putt
Poulaphouca pitch & putt club held one of their major competitions of the season recently. The competition was the Strokeplay and there was a good turnout of members for this must sought after title. The overall winner was Larry Walsh Manor Kilbride with the other prize-winners being Mairead O'Toole Ballymore Eustace, Charlie Byrne Naas and Andy Ward Naas. The presentation of prizes was held immediately afterwards in the clubhouse where some refreshments were served to all who took place. Next up for members will be the Annual Matchplay which will tee off this week with the opening round commencing this Wednesday and the final due to take place on Saturday. There is a reminder to members that the Wednesday night Scramble continues each week with the tee off time 7pm.
Come on Wicklow!
For Wicklow GAA Fans all roads will lead this Sunday North of the Border to Aughrim for the first round of the qualifiers. It will be a repeat of a qualifier in 2011 which saw Wicklow draw in Armagh after extra time but lose out in the replay at Aughrim. Like two years ago Wicklow will go into the match very much the outsiders but it will take a super performance if we are to come out on top. Armagh were very poor when they lost out to Cavan in the Ulster Championship but in their own backyard they will be very hard to beat. So best of luck to the Wicklow team. Give it your best shot lads and maybe we might get the rub of the green this time around.
Time to party for hillbilly weekend
The Hillbilly Tractor Run and Festival is on this Sunday. The tractors, cars, machinery and anything else that will be going around the Lakes will gather between 8 am and 11.30 am on Theo Clarke's farm in Lacken. The Field Day and viewing starts at noon with a kiddies' area to rival Disneyland, stalls, demonstrations, food and loads more besides. The Run gets under way at 12.45 pm and arrives in Blessington to join up with one of the biggest parades ever at 2 pm led off by the Garda Mounted Unit and Hillbilly Festival Queen Marguerite Ryan. After the parade why not bring the kids to Lacken for more amusement. There will be lots of music over the weekend, SOS and Feedback will be in Cullens Ballyknockan on Friday and Saturday night, Gerry McEvoy and Breaking Bad will be in Blessington Town Square, SOS will be in Murphys Blessington and as a special treat for those at the Field Day Bat Kinane and The Whole Hog Band. Whatever way you do it beg, steal or borrow make sure to get your hands on the CD produced by Bat Kinane for the Hillbilly Festival "Music of the Mountains" featuring bands from the Bandfest, bands from the past and very special songs from Sean Kelly of Ballynastockan and Ray McEvoy of Carrigacurra and Bat wants all the proceeds to go to the charities via the Hillbilly group. In Cullen's Lakev iew Lounge on Sunday at around 6 pm the ever popular Upload will set the ball rolling and they will be followed by Ciaran Duffy and After Dark. An absolutely fun filled day all that needs to be offered up is the united prayers of the Lakeside community for a fine day. More information about the Festival is available from Ben D'Alton at 0879403049 or on the Hillbilly Run Facebook page.
All roads will lead to Murphy's Bar Blessington on Friday July 5 for a Fundraising Event in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Taking to the stage on the night will be Derek Warfield &the young Wolfe Tones. Tickets will cost only €10 and all support will be much appreciated by the local organisers for this most worthy cause. The event commences at 9pm.
Blessington & District Senior Citizens Summer Outing will be taking place on Sunday July 7. This is open to every citizen in the Blessington, Manor Kilbride, Lacken, Ballyknocakan and Valleymount who is aged sixty-five years and older.If you don't usually get an invitation and would like to come along please contact Aisling tel. 045 865127.
There is another reminder about Cemetery Sunday which is taking place in Templeboden Cemetery Lacken on Sunday July 28 with the ceremonies commencing with mass at 3pm. After mass the blessing of all the graves will take place. Parishioners are asked to notify relatives and friends living outside the area in plenty of time in case they may wish to attend the ceremonies.
The Blessington Under 14 team are heading to Feile Doire 2013 to represent Wicklow in Division 3 this Friday 28 June.
The host club is St Joseph's in Craigbane and also in Blessington's group are St Broughan's (Offaly), Banagher (Derry) and Craigbane (Derry).
The first game against the hosts will take place on Friday, June 28 and the team will take part in the parade in Derry City that evening at 7 pm.
On Saturday, June 29 Blessington play St Broughan's and Banagher in Banagher who were our host club in 2010.
Should they progress the quarters and semi final will take place in Craigbane on Saturday afternoon.
The finals will be held in Celtic Park on Sunday, June 30.