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Ann Marie Griffin and Fr Kevin Lyon at the clebrations to mark Fr Kevin's 90th birthday.

Ann Marie Griffin and Fr Kevin Lyon at the clebrations to mark Fr Kevin's 90th birthday.

Members of Angela Brien School of Irish Dancing taking part in the Ninette de Valois Festival of Dance in the Tramway Theatre, Blessington.

Members of Angela Brien School of Irish Dancing taking part in the Ninette de Valois Festival of Dance in the Tramway Theatre, Blessington.

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Ann Marie Griffin and Fr Kevin Lyon at the clebrations to mark Fr Kevin's 90th birthday.

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Church’s 40th anniversary

The Church of Our Lady, Blessington was forty years old recently. My how the time has flown by. It is hard to believe it is forty years since it was opened.

The opening took place in June 1982 with a special mass. There was such a large attendance on the day a number of seats had to be placed outside to accommodate all who came along on that special day in the Parish. I remember being there on that opening day. The weather was dry and sunny and there was a great buzz around the place.

The new church replaced the old church which had been in use for a long number of years and was too small for the large crowds who attended Sunday masses and large funerals back then.

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There was no major celebration of the fortieth Anniversary. A spokesperson for the Parish said that they are waiting for the 50th in 2032 to have a big celebration.

Deaths

There were two recent deaths in Manor Kilbride.

John Burke died on June 12. His funeral service took place in Newlands Crematorium, Dublin and afterwards he was cremated. John was a keen golfer and was a member of local club Lisheen Springs.

Gerry Curran died on June 18. His remains were removed to St. Brigids Church, Manor Kilbride for his funeral mass and his burial took place afterwards in Manor Kilbride Cemetery.

Both men were well known in the Manor Kilbride and surrounding area and will be sadly missed by all who knew them. May they both rest in peace. Condolences to both families.

Hollywood Field Day

On Sunday July 10 the annual Hollywood Field Day will take place in the GAA Grounds in Hollywood. The Field day was first run way back in 1970 so this will be its 50th year but because of the Covid pandemic they missed out on the last two years.

There will lots for all the family to enjoy including hurling, football, art, dog show, lots of stalls, raffle, Wheel of Fortune, bowling and lots more. It promises to be a very enjoyable afternoon from 2pm- 6pm. Admission is only €2 for adults with kids free. Make sure to come along. Hopefully the weather will be pleasant as that will make it more enjoyable for everyone.

Childcare support clinics

Are you a childminder thinking of setting up or already set up and want to know options for registration etc? Are you a parent worried about options for childcare? Are you thinking of starting a Parent & Toddler Group?

Wicklow County Childcare Committee (WCCC) are facilitating support clinics for parents, childminders and providers, where you will have the opportunity to discuss any childcare related query you may have. The Clinics will be held on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 10.30- 12.30 in Blessington library. The next Clinic will be on Tuesday July 5.

To book a half hour slot Please email bernie@wccc.ie with your preferred time, date and contact details.

Library news

There is a reminder that Summer Stars reading challenge is kicked off last week is running until August 31 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. Summer Stars has been running for a number of years in Blessington Library during the summer months and is very popular with children in the area. Further enquiries from Blessington Library during opening hours tel.891740. Kids start reading to-day.

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 I1,22,24,29. This means there will be a brand new jackpot when the next draw takes place. It will be standing at €1300. Last week’s draw took place on Thursday June 23.

There is a weekly prizewinner who wins €25 and so far the Jackpot has only being won twice since it began a few years ago. The next Lotto Draw takes place this Thursday June 30. 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’.

Cemetery Mass

A final reminder about the Cemetery Mass which will be celebrated this coming Sunday July 3 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 the ceremonies.

Please note that the 6pm mass on Saturday in Lacken will not take place due to the Cemetery mass

Manor Kilbride Field Day

The annual Manor Kilbride Field Day will take place this coming Sunday July 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.

Cancer Support Group

West Wicklow Cancer Support invites you to join us at our June Drop in Evening on Thursday June 30 at 7.30pm The Coimin Centre Blessington

We will be holding a Summer Solstice Soundbath Meditation hosted by Gemma Deeney. The theme of our soundbath is to let go of what no longer serves us and invite in new light energy, abundance and new beginnings. In reflection of the summer Solstice energies, we will celebrate and bathe in the lighter playful sounds of koshi chimes, Tibetan singing bowls and other vibrational instruments while also allowing the sounds of the rattle, rain stick, and ocean drum cleanse and wash away what no longer serves us as we move through this crucible of transformation.

We are excited to share this unique journey with you. No charge, free to all, do bring a cushion, blanket and a friend. Contact us on 087 4346004 /westwicklow15@gmail.com for any enquiries.

First Friday

This coming Friday July 1 will be the first Friday of the month and on that day communion will be brought to parishioners who are housebound in the Parish. If you wish to avail of this service or knows someone who would like to avail please contact the Parish Office before Friday and give them the relevant details. Please note also that on that day masses will be celebrated for all those who are on the Altar List for the dead.

Confirmation

Boys and girls from Gaelscoil na Lochanna received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Tuesday June 21 in the Church of Our Lady, Blessington. I hope that everyone had a most enjoyable day. The weather was excellent on the day and the style was only mighty.

Golf Classic

This coming Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2 golfers will be out in force to support the Ciaran Jones Memorial Classic which will be teeing off at Tulfarris Golf Club just outside Blessington. Since the event began it has raised a lot of funds for a number of local charities.

Ciaran was a member of An Garda Siochana and was tragically killed near his home when there was a massive storm. He was trying to help others on that fatal night. Ciaran may be gone from us but he will never be forgotten. Golfers I hope that you all have a very enjoyable time at Tulfarris Golf Club.

ESB switch off

This coming Friday July 1 ESB Networks will be switching off the power to businesses and residents along Blessington’s Main Street much to the annoyance of all those affected especially the business sector from 9am – 5pm. It means that you will not be able to even make a cup of tea for yourself.

This is certainly an inconvenience for those affected especially the retail business community as most people nowadays do not pay cash for items. It is a lot handier to use a debit card instead but they will not be any good as the shops etc need electricity to work the payment machine. The hope is that the ESB will switch back on the power before 5pm. At least this is summertime I hate to think what it would be long on a cold winter day.

Square lights

At long last there is some good news on the new lights that were fitted in the Town Square before last Christmas. The delay in getting them working was with the ESB. A lot of residents may not have notice them on as with the long bright evenings it is not dark until at least 11pm.

The lights seem to come on at the same time as the Main Street lights. They should look great later in the year when the long nights come in and should blend in well with the lights on St. Mary’s Church of Ireland. Better late than never.

Concert postponed

Blessington Millennium Choir’s Concert which was due to take place in Crosschapel Church last Saturday night June 25 was postponed. The choir hope to have it at a later date at the same venue.


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