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Fiadh Cooney, Annabelle Robbens and Sesnna Cooney who were taking part in the 1,000,000 steps challenge at Russborough House.

Fiadh Cooney, Annabelle Robbens and Sesnna Cooney who were taking part in the 1,000,000 steps challenge at Russborough House.

Pupils of Gaelscoil na Lochanna providing musical entertainment during the visit of Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD to the school.

Pupils of Gaelscoil na Lochanna providing musical entertainment during the visit of Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD to the school.

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Fiadh Cooney, Annabelle Robbens and Sesnna Cooney who were taking part in the 1,000,000 steps challenge at Russborough House.

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The late Alex McDonnell RIP

The sudden death took place recently of Alex McDonnell, Carrig Glen, Blessington. It was a great shock to the whole community when we heard of Alex’s untimely death.

He was one of life’s gentlemen always ready for a chat whenever we crossed paths. He was well known in Blessington having being a barman in the town for over forty years and knew how to serve a good pint of Guinness. He was a great Man Utd fan for a long number of years and followed them through both the good and bad times.

His remains were removed to the Church of Our Lady, Blessington last Friday morning for his funeral mass and his burial took place afterwards in Burgage Cemetery. There was a large attendance at his funeral which was very fitting as he was well known in the Blessington and surrounding area and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. A famous Luke Kelly song rang out as his coffin was taken from the church. May he rest in peace.

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Condolences to his wife Peggy, sons Gerard and Robbie and all his nearest and dearest. Alex you may be gone from us but you will never be forgotten.

Irish Civil War in Blessington

Last week was the 100th anniversary of beginning of the Irish Civil War which was in 1922. During the Civil War Blessington Bridge was blown up by the IRA and both Ballyward and Burgage Bridges were also extensively damaged. Blessington Bridge was repaired with wood poles making it accessible to the town of Blessington. In the period July -August 1922 two Free State soldiers were killed by the IRA in and around Blessington coinciding with the occupation of the town by the IRA and its subsequent takeover by the National Army. Two hundred were reported to be captured between Blessington, Brittas and Ballymore Eustace.

No women were killed in Wicklow during the conflict although several were injured including Ellen Dowling an employee of the Dublin and Blessington Steam Tramway Company who received a gunshot wound to her arm when a bullet pierced the corrugated wall of the office where she worked during the gun battle at Brittas which is only 8km from Blessington up the N81. One hundred years on the historians are still talking about the Battle of Blessingtonin 1922.

Hollywood Field Day this Sunday

This is a final reminder about the annual Hollywood Field Day which will take place this coming Sunday 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. You are sure to have a ball. Hopefully the Irish weather will be pleasant as that will make it more enjoyable for everyone who attends.

Kaleidoscope Festival

The Kaleidoscope Family Festival has come and gone for another year. It took place at Russborough House from Friday to Sunday June 24-26. The general reaction by all who attended was that it was most enjoyable and well organised.

The weather was ok on the Friday and Saturday but Sunday it was very wet and windy but this did not seem to affect the enjoyment of all who were there. Families came from all over the country with many staying in caravans while others camped for the three days.

Kaleidoscope was held for the first time in 2019 at the same venue but due to Covid it had to be postponed in 2020 and 2021. This year it certainly came back with a bang and plans are already in place to have it again next year. I’m told that it is going to be even bigger and better than this year. Many locals attended the festival and they were able to come back home each night rather than stay around at the venue.

Russborough House is an ideal place to have such a festival with plenty of space for parking, caravans, campavans, festival goers and tents. Roll on next 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 this time there was no winner of the Jackpot in the very latest draw. The winning numbers drawn in the draw were 2,9,10,21.

This means there will be a brand new jackpot when the next draw takes place. It will be standing at €1325. Last week’s draw took place on Thursday June 30. 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 July 7. 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’.

ESB switch off

Last Friday July 1 ESB Networks switched 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 7pm-3am. They were to switch the power off from 9am – 5pm but they had to change their plans after a lot of complaints especially from businesses.

It meant that you were not able to even make a cup of tea for yourself.

This was 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 or credit card instead but these cards could not be used as the shops, pubs, restaurants etc need electricity to work the payment machines.

At least it is summertime. I hate to think what it would be like on a cold winter night.

It seems crazy that this particular work could not be done on an earlier part of the week eg Monday or Tuesday instead of one of the busiest nights of the week in the town for businesses.

GAA lotto draw

Blessington GAA Club held their very latest Lotto Draw last Tuesday night June 28 with a new Jackpot which was standing at €2,600. There was no jackpot winner and four punters managed to match three numbers. They each won €75. That means there will be a new Jackpot when the next Lotto Draw takes place on Tuesday July 12.

The next Jackpot will be €2,800. The winning numbers drawn in the latest Lotto Draw were 8,11,20,21. 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’. You could be lucky.

Louise scores double for Ireland

Blessington’s Louise Quinn scored two cracking goals for the Republic of Ireland women’s team who played Georgia away last Monday week. The Republic came out on top 9-0. In the home tie the Republic won 11-0 which was a new Irish record. The latest win moves the team into second place behind Sweden in the World Cup qualifying group.

The next match for the Republic will be at home in Tallaght Stadium in September against Finland who lie third in the group. This will be a must not lose match for the women. A win in that match will qualify the team for a play-off tie which if won would send the team into the World Cup Finals for the first time ever. Come on you girls in green.

Circus comes to town

Last week the famous Fossett’s Circus came to Blessington and put on three shows one on the Tuesday and two on the Wednesday. They are on the go for over 150 years. Their shows were well supported by the locals and from what I heard the Circus put on a very enjoyable show which lasted around two hours.

For many golden oldies the circus would have brought back many happy childhood memories. Duffy’s and Fossett’s were annual visitors to the town usually for one day only and used to set up their tent in the field where St Mary’s Junior National School and the Catholic Church are to-day. Back in the good old days everyone in the local area went to the circus and we had a very enjoyable time. You must remember there was no RTE tv back then so it was somewhere to go for entertainment. Those were the good old days.

Parish draw

The June monthly draw took place last week in the draw for Lacken and Valleymount Churches. The following people won €100 each: Mary and John Fisher, Martina and Ger Traynor, Noeleen Miley, Pat Fitzpatrick snr and Farrington twins. Congrats to you all.

Congrats Jimmy

Congrats to Eadestown’s Jimmy O’Brien on making his Ireland Rugby debut last Wednesday against the famous Maoiri All Blacks in New Zealand. This was Ireland’s opening match on their New Zealand tour. Sadly for Jimmy it was a losing debut as the team lost 32-17. There is no doubt that there will be better times ahead for Jimmy.

Robberies

Just a little warning to our local tradesmen. A number of vans have been broken into over the past few weeks with a lot of tools taken at a great expense to the owners. Tradesmen have a habit of leaving their tools in their vans overnight rather than take them indoors. Maybe you should think about bringing them indoors in the future. Just be careful out there. The Gardai are looking for information on the robbers so if anyone has any info could they pass it on to them asap.


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