Twinning sign needed. Little old Blessington has been twinned with O'Neill, Nebraska USA They even have a sign indicating the twinning in the American town. This is a great honor for Blessington. It would be nice if Blessington had a similar sign erected.
O'Neill is regarded as the Irish capital of Nebraska and is named after a General John O'Neill, who fought in the American Civil War. There is a massive amount of residents who have Irish ancestry. The town of O'Neill celebrates St Patrick's Day in a mighty way and this year's Grand Marshall was none other than our local county councillor Gerry O'Neill. Hopefully we will see a sign a sign erected sooner rather than later.
Blessington Library and the Way with Words Wicklow literary festival are excited to bring world renowned children's author and illustrator (There's a Bear on My Chair and This Zoo is not for You) to the children of West Wicklow. Ross will be coming from Glasgow and his first event will be at midday on Friday, April 12, followed by a second appearance at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 13. Parents can bring their children and join Ross Collins as he draws and talks about how a picture book is created using his bestseller 'There's a Bear on my Chair'. This free event is suitable for ages 5-7 years and your child is guaranteed to love it. A selection of Ross's books will be available to borrow.
Blessington Library is also delighted to welcome Irish business woman and entrepreneur Siobhán Berry aka Mummy Cooks on Thursday, April 11, from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Siobhán is Ireland's top baby weaning and feeding expert. She has distinguished herself as a valuable resource for parents by providing simple, realistic and fuss-free advice. Siobhán is the author of best-selling 'Baby and family - Cook for Family Adapt for Baby' recipe book and is launching her second highly anticipated book 'Lunch Box Made Easy' in April this year. The library looks forward to seeing you all on the night. You can contact the library for further details.
Greenway 5k/family fun day
Blessington AFC is delighted to announce their upcoming Coimín Greenway 5k and family fun day sponsored by Kennys SuperValu Blessington. This event is a real opportunity to showcase the natural beauty and highlight fantastic local amenities in the area.
The 5k race trail starts at the Avon Blessington and leads south along the shores of Blessington Lakes and through forest and natural woodland. Enjoy the stunning views from Irelands first official E-Greenway. With cash prizes the race is professionally chip timed and there are bespoke medals for all race participants. There is also free kids races with all 5k entries and refreshments available afterwards.
There will be plenty of fun, activities and entertainment at the Avon on the day for the whole community. For more information, please see Blessington AFC on Facebook or go to popupraces.ie/race/blessington-5k-family fun-day/. The event takes place on Sunday, June 16.
Car boot sale
The very popular car boot sale which takes place at St Kevin's Community Centre Blessington is coming your way on Sunday, April 14. For sellers the gates will be open from 7 a.m. and the sale for buyers will run from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. There will be a limited number of indoor tables available and they will be distributed on a first come basis. If you would like to book one of these tables please contact Pat Conlon telephone 086 0752072.
Buyers will be delighted to see lots of bargains in household and workshop goods, cakes, jams, books, CDs, clothing for all the family and lots more bargains. But make sure to haggle.
Buyers please note that free car parking will be available in the grounds of St Kevin's Community Centre and the organisers encourage you to use this facility. Every month a local charity gets a most welcome donation from this event.
Tramway Theatre AGM
Tramway Theatre Blessington will hold their AGM, on Tuesday, April 30, in the Tramway Theatre at 8 p.m. This is a great opportunity to find out what is happening in the theatre which has been a marvellous asset to the town. All are most welcome to attend on the night.
The Sacrament of the sick or Healing Mass will be celebrated in the Church of Our Lady Blessington on Saturday, April 13, at midday. All are most welcome to attend. Refreshment will be served in the Coimin Centre afterwards.
'Paint the town red' appeal
An appeal goes out to all businesses to paint their business premises red. This event will coincide with the upcoming Punchestown Races which coming up fast on the horizon. The business which will be judged to be the best will get a prize.
Last year's event was a great success with a lot of the businesses getting involved. The organisers are hoping that more will paint their business property red.
Coimín centre coffee morning
A coffee morning will be held this coming Friday, April 12, in the Coimín Centre, Blessington from 10 a.m. to midday. The event will be held in conjunction with East Coast FM Donations for the raffle will be much appreciated. All support will be most welcome by the organisers.
Blesington History Society will hold one of their popular talks this Thursday night April11 in the Coimin Centre at 8 p.m. Subject of the talk will be 'The Eustace Estate in Kildare' and it will be given by Ger McCarthy. All are most welcome to attend with admission for non-members €5.
The annual Blessington Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine in Co. Mayo will take place on Sunday, May 29. A bus will leave at 8 a.m. from outside the old Downshire House Hotel. For further details and bookings you can contact Mary telephone 087 6081729.
Darkness into Light walk
Blessington' very first ever Darkness into Light walk/run is coming your way on Saturday, May 11. All fundraised will go to Pieta House in Dublin. To register for the walk go to darknesintolight.ie or you can contact Greg blessington @darknessintolight.ie. All support will be appreciated.
Cycle against Suicide
Cycle against Suicide is coming to Blessington on May Bank Holiday Monday at midday to spread their message'it's ok not to feel ok and its absolutely ok to ask for help. Local organisers are looking to get the community onto the streets along with as many sports/community groups and businesses to come out and show their support. There will be some music and talks in the Town Square.
If your group or business feels they can help out on the day please email@example.com. The organisers are also looking for 10 - 15-year old bicycles to paint and decorate the town with. Please let them know if you have one to donate.
Point to point
Congratulations to Blessington jockey Bríd O'Neill, who rode her first point to point winner at Moira last weekend. This is her first season racing point to point so it is a marvellous achievement to ride her very first winner. It was fitting for her to have a winning on the weekend. Who knows in the not to decent future Brid could be riding at Aintree in the Grand National/Onwards and upwards.