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Malachi, Deirdre, Tara, Oonagh and Donal McCormack enjoying Kaleidoscope at Russborough House.

Malachi, Deirdre, Tara, Oonagh and Donal McCormack enjoying Kaleidoscope at Russborough House.

James Breen, Karen Nicholls and Seamus Breen at Kaleidoscope at Russborough House.

James Breen, Karen Nicholls and Seamus Breen at Kaleidoscope at Russborough House.

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Malachi, Deirdre, Tara, Oonagh and Donal McCormack enjoying Kaleidoscope at Russborough House.

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AGM

Blessington FC held their AGM recently in the Coimin Centre Blessington and there was a good turnout of members.

The outgoing committee would like to express their thanks to all who attended on the night. The following people were elected to the new committee.

President – Eugene Tyrrell

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Chair – Alan Moore

Vice-chairperson – JP King

Hon Club secretary – Eoin O’Connor

Juvenile secretary – Alan O’Donnell

Hon treasurer – Ken Lynch

Vice-treasurer – Lar McGrath

Registrar – Edwina Hardy

Academy Director – Tony Bridger

Child Welfare Officer – Jill Moore

Designated Liaison Person – Alan Moore

PRO – Adam Cullen

Senior Rep – Gary Mahon

Junior Reps – Joe McGarry

Draken Wasswa

Hugh Magee

After over 25 years, the club’s outgoing secretary Vincent Balfe and underage secretary Lillie Balfe have decided to hang up their boots and have a well-deserved break and enjoy being spectators watching their son and grandsons playing for the club. They have both given so much to the club and its members and the new committee would like to express their upmost thanks to them both for everything they have done for the club over a long number of years. Without volunteers they could not run the club.

The soccer leagues are on summer break now but they will still have plenty of football in Crosschapel at their summer camps in July and August. Booking details can be found on the club’s Facebook page.

Soccer tournament

After a long wait, Blessington FC is delighted to be able to host the James Nolan Memorial Tournament at their Crosschapel Grounds on Saturday, July 23.

The club would love to see all the teams come along and compete in a great fun day of soccer in memory of James.

Coaches and players can bring friends/family along to join in on the day.

James lost his young life in Poland while supporting the boys in Green at the Euros in 2012. All support will be much appreciated by the club.

Leinster champions

Congratulations to the Wicklow Ladies Minor Football Team on winning the Leinster Final defeating Westmeath in the final.

The match was played in Athy and the following Blessington players were on the squad: Emily Rose O’Toole, Alana Carroll, Aoigheann Bailey, Orlaith Ni Ghallchobhair and Saibh Fisher. Saibh was the player of the match.

They will now play Leitrim in the all-Ireland semi-final later this month.

The girls deserve great credit on their achievement as not very many Wicklow teams even reach a Leinster Final let alone win one.

Wishing the team the very best of luck against Leitrim in the all-Ireland semi-final.

Tadgh Beirne

Eadestown’s Tadgh Beirne was outstanding for Ireland Rugby Team last Saturday in their historic win over the mighty All Blacks in Dunedin in New Zealand.

Ireland outplayed the All Blacks from the first kick off and should have won by a lot more. The final score was 23-12 in Ireland’s favour, with the All Blacks scoring a late consolation try.

Many Ireland teams have failed in their attempt to win in New Zealand and this current team will now go down in history as the very first team to do so and Tadgh played a major part in that victory. It leaves the series tied at 1-1 with everything to play for this coming Saturday in the third and final test. Come on you boys in green.

Lacken Church

Saturday, July 16, marks the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and it is a special day for the parishioners of Lacken.

Lacken Church, which was built way back in 1811, was dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1882 by Fr Edward Rowan. Fr Rowan was a Carmelite priest and Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patroness of the Carmelite Order.

As July 16 falls on a Saturday, the Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be offered for the intentions of all parishioners. It is said that the prayer has never been known to fail. Make sure to get a copy of it and have a read.

Car boot sale

The monthly car boot sale which takes place at St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington is coming your way and with the restrictions removed the organisers are able to allow stalls inside and outdoor which is great news for stallholders and customers.

As usual, there will be lots of bargains for sale and 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 Kevin’s where there is plenty of space. The car boot sale will take place on Sunday, July 24, and will be open till around 3 p.m. Further details can be obtained from Pat Conlon. Call 086 0752072.

Parish Lotto draw

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 4, 10, 15 and 21. This means there will be a brand new jackpot when the next draw takes place. It will be standing at €1,400.

Last week’s draw took place on Thursday, July 7. 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 14. 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’.

Spanish students

Spanish students have been regular visitors to Blessington for the month of July. The organiser Paloma has been bringing young Spanish students to the area for a long number of years. They stay with host families and attend Blessington Community College for English lessons from Monday to Friday. The students are also brought on a variety of day trips while they are here. They seem to mix well with the locals.

All the students come from the Madrid area of Spain and the lads are football fans and followers of either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid. We hope that they have an enjoyable time among us.

Summer Stars

There is another reminder from Blessington Library about their summer Stars Reading Programme which is on the go and will continue till August 31.

All the children who sign up receive a free library bag and reading card to track their reading progress. At the end of August there will be an Awards Ceremony, Certificate and medal for all the participants. There will be lots of events planned so make sure to join up.

Reading is a wonderful way to pass the summer holidays and there is lots of enjoyment to be had from reading a book. Children, if you are not taking part already, make sure to join up to-day. The library is open daily from Monday to Saturday inclusive.

Fuel stamps

Fuel stamps are great way to help you budget for your fuel costs. Start saving now towards your fuel bills during the long winter months. The Stay Warm Saving Scheme is an easy payment option plan which enables households to budget for their central heating (gas, oil or solid fuel) by saving €5 Stay Warm Stamps on the saving card and using the stamps to pay for fuel supplies.

The scheme is open to all households in the Blessington and surrounding area and full details are available on the card.

The initiative is in association with the Department of Communications and Natural Resources. The Stay Warm Stamps and card are only available from the SVP Shop and Hennessy’s Hardware.

Chess Club

Blessington Chess Club would like to remind you all out there that their Academy will be starting soon for all ages and levels.

Further details can be obtained if you email blessingchess@gmail.com. You can also check out their Facebook page (facebook.com/chessacademy2022).

Punchestown Racecourse

Here is a notice from Punchestown Racecourse:

They are delighted that the place is buzzing once again with shows and events. Despite best efforts and cooperation by most, they must now ask the public to make alternative walking and recreation arrangements during this busy time in the interest of safety.

The racecourse will stay closed till further notice to the public. They are pleased that so many have enjoyed and shared the lovely Punchestown surroundings. Now it is time to get back to business, generate revenue so that they can keep looking after this special place.

Funfair

A funfair, or carnival as they used to be called, arrived in Blessington and set up camp at St Kevin’s Community Centre. It was open for business last Friday, Saturday and Sunday however by Funfair standards it was small, but it still attracted a good crowd over the three days. Those who did attend seemed to enjoy the various rides and of course the ever-popular Bumping Cars. In the good old days the carnivals would come to town nearly every year and would be around for a few weeks.

Apart from the Bumping Cars, Swinging Boats and the Roulette Table you had Rings and Pistiol Shooting just to name a few things. Funfairs are great for families to enjoy, with something for all ages.

Rector

Blessington Union of Parishes, which includes Blessington, Cloughleagh, Ballymore Eustace and Hollywood, is still without a permanent Rector since Rev Leonard Ruddock left the parish at the end of March to take up a new position in Dublin.

The latest news is that a new appointment will not be made till at least September of this year.

In the meantime, Sunday service continues in the different churches in the parish, with a lay person doing the service.


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