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Mia Cullen, Joshua Cullen and Catherine Cullen enjoying a drink in Cullen's Lakeview Lounge, Ballyknocken.

Mia Cullen, Joshua Cullen and Catherine Cullen enjoying a drink in Cullen's Lakeview Lounge, Ballyknocken.

Anna and Finn McGloin out and about in Blessington.

Anna and Finn McGloin out and about in Blessington.

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Mia Cullen, Joshua Cullen and Catherine Cullen enjoying a drink in Cullen's Lakeview Lounge, Ballyknocken.

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Late Maurice O’Sullivan RIP

There were a number of recent deaths in the Blessington area and one of these was Maurice O’Sullivan, Glenview Court who passed away after being ill for some time.

Maurice came to Blessington many years ago as a member of An Garda Siochana and continued to live in the town after he retired. He came from Kerry and was an avid follower of GAA and not surprisingly he followed his native Kingdom through thick and thin.

He did a lot of charity work for St. De Paul in the Blessington area over a number of years. He was a lovely gentleman and was always available for a friendly chat.

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His remains were removed to the Church of Our Lady Blessington for his funeral mass and his burial took place afterwards in Burgage Cemetery. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

O’Leary Development

Way back in 2002 the O’Leary Development Representative Group was informed that three Planning Applications had been lodged with Wicklow County Council. This was in connection with the O’Leary land which is just off where the Town Square is to-day. Application 1 was supposed to have the following a Creche and a Café in the area outside the Town Centre.

This development was also to have four Tennis Courts, Amenity Park with paths and a Bowling Green. Only the Creche and Residential Dwellings were built in that particular application. In Application 2 the following were never built a Hotel with a Leisure Centre and 25m Swimming Pool, Nursing Home, another Creche and Playing Pitches.

All of the above would have made a great difference to Blessington had they been built twenty years ago. A lot of people were badly let down as they were promised a lot but we all know that promises are there to be broken. The Developer in question went into NAMA and that was one of the reasons these things never came to pass however he was well able to build all the houses, apartments and shop units. It must have been very disappointing for the Representative Group who put a lot of work into this project.

Memories of times past

Way back in the 1950’s/1960’s there was a Cinema in Blessington which was called ‘Gobbetts’ and it was situated on the Manor Kilbride Road just outside the town. It was very popular with the locals and those living in the surrounding area.

Films were shown there on Sunday afternoons which was always referred to as the ‘Matinee’, Sunday night and Wednesday night. Remember not many locals had a TV as this was before RTE came on air so going to the pictures was the popular thing to do back then. Westerns, War and musicals were the ones we all loved to see.

We enjoyed musicals which included Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oklahoma and West Side Story, Westerns had John Wayne in them while the War Films usually had the Americans taking on the Japanese or the British fighting the Germans. Pearl Harbour had many of us in tears. I can also recall watching Rock around the Clock with Bill Haley and Elvis Presley in Jail House Rock.

There were great times back then and ones that that you will never forget. No doubt older residents have some great stories to tell about going to the pictures in the good old days. Do you remember Jem will I never forget’.

Grant

For many years many local groups, clubs and organizations were complaining that Blessington never seemed to get any grants or other funding. Well things have changed big time over the past few months.

Last week Minister Simon Harris who is also one of our Wicklow TD’s announced that Blessington is to receive a €40, 000 grant which is to be used to update the paths from the Town Centre to Deerpark. This news will be especially welcome by residents of Deerpark. The work is expected to be carried out later in the year.

Parish lotto

The parish lotto draw which raises much needed funds for both St. Mary’s National School’s and also Blessington Parish takes place every Thursday and once again there was no winner of the Jackpot in the very latest draw.. The winning numbers drawn in the draw were 1,12,23,26 . This means there will be a brand new jackpot when the next draw takes place. It will be standing at €875. Last week’s draw took place on Thursday January 27. There is a weekly prizewinner who wins €25. Remember if you are not in you cannot win.

All support of the Lotto Draw will be much appreciated in these very difficult times that we are living in. I am sure that the jackpot would come in very handy at this time of year. So why not give it a go. The next Parish Lotto Draw will take place this Thursday February 3. By the way people can still take part in the Lotto Draw. You can contact the Parish Office Monday to Friday tel. 865327 for the relevant details or log onto the Parish Website and click the link. Why not make it a new year resolution.

Deaths

Sadly we had a number of deaths in the parish over the past few weeks.

Tony Swift who lived at Carrig just outside Blessington passed away. His funeral mass took place in Manor Kibride Church and his burial took place afterwards in Burgage Cemetery Blessington.

Eileen Doyle, Ballyknockan, Blessington was creamated in Wicklow Town, Josephine Murphy who came from Tinode, Blessington had her funeral service in Mt. Jerome Dublin and she was buried in Shanganagh Cemetery Dubli.

Marion Redmond, Carrig Glen died suddenly in Tallaght Hospital. Her remains were removed to Ballymore Eustace Church and she was cremated in Mt. Jerome cemetery Dublin.

All will be sadly missed by those who knew them.

History AGM

Blessington History would like to remind you all out there about their AGM which will be taking place on Thursday February 17 at 8pm in the Coimin Centre Blessington. All are most welcome to attend. New members are always very welcome. Those of you who have an interested in the history of the area why not drop along on the night.

Street markings

Last week a subcontractor working on behalf of Wicklow County Council did a lot of road-marking in the town. They repainted a number of the yellow boxes and the wheelchair parking spaces. This was badly needed however they were unable to do some of the marking as motorists had parked illegally in some of the spaces. The subcontractor hopes to do all the parking boxes in the town at a later date. The reason for not doing them at this time was that the street was too dirty and would need to be cleaned. Let’s hope that motorists will obey the yellow boxes and the wheelchair ones as up to now there has been a lot of illegal parking around the town. Time will tell.

Church news

This Wednesday February 2 is Candlemas Day and on that day Parishioners can bring candles along to the 9.30am Mass to be blessed. The following day Thursday February 3 the Blessing of throats will take place after 9.30am Mass. All are most welcome to come along. Finally this Friday February 4 will be the first Friday of the month and on that day Masses will offered up for those people who are on the November Altar List of the Dead.

Weekly Meditation

West Wicklow Cancer Support Weekly Meditation with Gemma Deeney for people who are touched by Cancer continues on Wednesday’s in Blessington Primary Care Centre. If you would like to reserve a place you can telephone 087 434 6004 or email westwicklow15@gmail.com. All Covid health and safety measures will be in place. Do bring your own blanket and pillow. There is no charge. All are most welcome.

Ar An Sliabh

This is a reminder to all of you out there to make sure and tune into BBC 2 TV next Monday night February 7 for a programme called ‘Ar an Sliabh’. Our neighbours Hollywood will be featured and you will see a lot of familiar faces. This particular programme was shown on RTE last year and it is well worth watching. It is as gaeilge but it is subtitled which is great for non gaeilge speakers. The programme time will be broadcast at 10pm. Hollywood was also on the very first in a series of six programmes which was broadcast earlier in January.

Car boot sales

The first car boot sale of the year will take place on Sunday February 27 at St. Kevin’s Community Blessington and there will one each month on the last Sunday which is usually the fourth Sunday of the month. There will be indoor and outdoor stalls.


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