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Pictured at Blessington Fencing Club's invitational event against Ravenwood Fencing Club from Dublin in St Kevin's Hall were winners of the beginners epee class Hugo, Laila and Hannah pictured with club coach Doug Hazel and club captain John Kehoe.

Pictured at Blessington Fencing Club's invitational event against Ravenwood Fencing Club from Dublin in St Kevin's Hall were winners of the beginners epee class Hugo, Laila and Hannah pictured with club coach Doug Hazel and club captain John Kehoe.

Finn, Franek and Noah who won the junior foil class at Blessington Fencing Club's invitational event against Ravenwood Fencing Club in St Kevin's Hall.

Finn, Franek and Noah who won the junior foil class at Blessington Fencing Club's invitational event against Ravenwood Fencing Club in St Kevin's Hall.

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Pictured at Blessington Fencing Club's invitational event against Ravenwood Fencing Club from Dublin in St Kevin's Hall were winners of the beginners epee class Hugo, Laila and Hannah pictured with club coach Doug Hazel and club captain John Kehoe.

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Fencing Club

One of Blessington ‘s youngest clubs has been on the go for around ten years and it is growing in popularity. It is called Blessington Fencing Club and its home is St. Kevin’s Community Centre.

They invited the Ravenwood Fencing Club from Dublin to a family day held at St Kevins. Lee Douglas told me that both clubs entered teams of 3 in various age categories. Our wonderful parents all brought cakes, sandwiches etc and served tea & coffee to our visitors. It was a truly joyous occasion to see three of our 11 year old fencers, Mia, Cassie and Ana running the beginners foil class.

To see so many of our fencers who maybe would not like to compete but were happy to be part of a team. Three of our younger teenage fencers offered to fence foil & epee. Such dedication from Emma, Noah H and Oliver.

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Some of our older more experienced teenagers also fenced in the U16 and open epee class. We are so proud of our family of fencers at Blessington Fencing Club. The club received the Youth ranking Lists and Blessington Fencing Club has 15 fencers ranked in the top 11.

Fr. Kevin Lyon 90 years young

Last Thursday June 16 Fr. Kevin Lyon was 90 years young and we would like to wish him a belated Happy Birthday. What a truly amazing man is Fr. Kevin is. He is a brilliant photographer and if you have not come across any of his photos check them out. He is also a fluent Irish speaker and has had a number of books published as gaeilge.

He came to Blessington as Parish Priest way back in 1994 and continued in that roll until 2006 when Fr. Tim Murphy took over as PP with Fr. Kevin becoming Curate a roll he has held ever since in the Parish. Just after arriving in the Parish he started the Blessington Newsletter which is still going strong many years later. He continued as the Editor of the Newsletter until 2004 when he passed the baton over to the then Secretary Ann Creighton. He has been a Priest for just over sixty-five years and has spent most of that time in Wicklow Parishes.

Last Thursday night June 16 in the Church of Our Lady Blessington a very special mass took place to celebrate Fr. Kevin’s 90th Birthday. Chief Celebrant was former Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Diocese Eamonn Walsh who used to reside at the Embankment for many years and was a regular visitor to the Blessington Parish. After the mass light refreshments were served in the Coimin Centre beside the church for all those who attended the mass. It was a great opportunity for all to wish Fr. Kevin a very happy birthday.

Library news

The Summer Stars reading challenge is kicking off this week and running until 31st August in Blessington Library. All children who sign-up receive a free library bag and reading card to track their reading progress.At the end of the summer there’s an award ceremony, certificate and medal for all participants.

There are lots of events planned too. The Summer Stars has been running for a number of years and is very popular with children. Further enquiries from Blessington Library during opening hours tel.891740. Kids start reading to-day.

Baby Loves Music concert

There will be a unique concert for babies under 12 months old led by Eamon Sweeney coming your way. Book Now Date & Time Thursday 23rd June 2022 10.30am, 11.45am & 2pm Venue will be Russborough House near Blessington. Ticket Info is as follows. Tickets €12 which includes 1 child and I parent.

Artists performing include Eamon Sweeney (guitars, Voice); Anna Newell (accordion, voice Kate Hearne (recorder, cello, voice); Tim Doyle (whistle, violin, uilleann pipes, concertina, voice). Please note there will be a safe place to leave your buggy. This will be close to where the concert will be.

This event is being organised by West Wicklow Chamber Music who had a very successful Festival of music in May in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland and Russborough House.

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 this time there was no winner of the Jackpot in the very latest draw. The winning numbers drawn in the draw were I,10,17,30. This means there will be a brand new jackpot when the next draw takes place. It will be standing at €1,275. Last week’s draw took place on Thursday June 16. There is a weekly prizewinner who wins €25 and so far the Jackpot has only being won twice. The next Lotto Draw takes place this Thursday June 23. Those who might wish to enter the Lotto Draw can do so. Contact the Parish Office for all the details. Remember the good old saying ‘if you are not in you cannot win’.

Millennium Choir concert

Blessington Millennium Choir who are still going strong after all those years will be putting on a concert this Saturday June 25 starting at 7.30pm. They promise you an Evening of Irish Melodies and Songs from 70’s. The Concert will take place at Crosschapel Church. Tickets priced at €10 can be purchased from the Parish Office or from a member of the Choir and please note that children U/16 will be free. It promises to be an evening not to be missed so make to get your ticket in plenty of time.

Car boot sale

The next monthly car boot sale takes place at St. Kevin’s Community Centre Blessington this Sunday June 26 and with the restrictions removed the organisers are able to allow stalls inside as well as outdoor which is great news for stallholders.

The hope is that the weather will be good on the day and as usual there will be lots of bargains for sale so why not drop along on the day and check them out. Those attending the car boot sale are advised to use the car park at St. Kevins where there are plenty of spaces available.

The car boot sale will be open until around 3pm. Further details if you wish to book a stall can be got from Pat Conlon Tel. 086 0752072.

Soccer AGM

There is a final reminder from Blessington Soccer Club. The club would like to remind all its members that the AGM will take place in the Coimin Centre next Monday June 28 at 8pm. Please come along and have your say in your club’s future.

Nominations for positions on the committee closed last Monday June 13. Members will hear a review of the past year. New members are always welcome to come along on the night.

GAA lotto draw

Blessington GAA Club held their very latest lotto draw last Tuesday night June 14with a new Jackpot which was standing at €2400. Not only was there no jackpot winner but only three punters managed to match even three numbers. That means there will be a new Jackpot when the next Lotto Draw takes place on Tuesday June 28. The next Jackpot will be €2,600. The winning numbers drawn in the latest Lotto Draw were 7,11,16,28. Tickets priced at only €2 are already on sale at the usual local outlets and all support will be much appreciated by the club. Remember the old saying’ if you are not in you cannot win.

Rugby stars

Congrats to Jimmy O’Brien and Tadgh Beirne from Eadestown on being selected for the Ireland rugby squad which will be heading to New Zealand later this month to take on the mighty All Blacks who no doubt will be looking for revenge after Ireland defeated them in Dublin last Autumn.

It is great to see two of our neighbours doing well in a very tough sport. Tadgh is a regular on the Ireland team but this is the first time for Jimmy to get the Ireland call up and it is well deserved as he has outstanding for Leinster this year. Ireland will play a total of five matches including three tests in New Zealand and Jimmy is a certainty to make his Ireland debut.

The fact that he can play in a few different positions in the backs is a plus. Make sure to keep a watch out to see how the lads get on. All Ireland’s matches in New Zealand will be televised live on Sky Sports. Best of luck lads. Come on you boys in green.

Cemetery masses

A cemetery mass will be celebrated in Manor Kilbride Graveyard this coming Sunday at 2pm and on the following Sunday July 3 mass will be celebrated in Templeboden Cemetery Lacken at 3pm. Parishioners are asked to notify relatives and friends living outside the area in plenty of time in case they may wish to come along. All are most welcome to attend.

Manor Kilbride Field Day

The annual Manor Kilbride Field Day will take place on Sunday 3 commencing at 3pm in the GAA Grounds. There will be the usual Field Day attractions including Pet Show, Pony Rides, Cake Sale, Games, BBQ and much more. There will also be a sponsored run or walk around Manor Kilbride at 12.30pm.

All proceeds raised will go towards the new Community Playground and Walking Track in Manor Kilbride. It promises to be an event not to be missed so make sure to pop along on the day.

Confirmation

Congratulations to the boys and girls from Valleymount National School who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Saturday in Valleymount Church. I hope that you all had a most enjoyable day.

Jim on TV

Over the past six weeks there has been a wonderful documentary programme on RTE 1 television. It finished last Sunday night but if you missed it you can still get the programme on the RTE Player on the internet. One of the programme had about the flooding of all the homes way back in the 1930’s by the ESB while another had an interview with local Sailor Jim Schofield who sailed the Atlantic Ocean solo last year. Make sure to check it out.


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