Tuesday 23 July 2019

Blessington Bulletin

GAA lotto - Blessington GAA Club held their very latest lotto draw on Tuesday, June 4, with another brand new jackpot which was standing at €4,200.

Once again the top prize was not won and two lucky punters managed to match even three numbers. They both received €300. The winning numbers drawn on the night were 3, 6, 23 and 28. Tickets priced at only €2 are already on sale at the usual local outlets or from a committee member for the club's next lotto draw which will have another new jackpot which will be standing at €4,400. The draw will take place on Tuesday, June 18.

The club urge members and supporters to purchase tickets and also ask them to encourage friends and relatives to do the same. The recent sales have been excellent and the club really appreciate it.

This is the club's main fundraiser during the year and a lot of time and effort is put into making it a success. Remember if you get the numbers right on the night you will be winning the jackpot which no doubt would come in very handy at this time of the year.

Summer Stars Reading Adventure

Wicklow Library Service will run the summer Stars Reading Adventure for children in Blessington Library during the summer from June 15 to the end of August. Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to children across the country.

The library would be delighted to welcome all children to join in. They are very happy to work with families to encourage children to continue reading and also to participate in the range of storytelling and other fun activities during the summer. Each child is invited to register for the adventure at their local library and enjoy reading many books as part of the adventure during the summer holidays.

All participants will be given a summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress and a library reward stamp will be added to their reading card at the library after each book read. Children will be encouraged to continue reading throughout the programme and there will be rewards and incentives along the way. At the end of the adventure all children who participate are invited to attend an award event at which they will be presented with their own Summer Stars certificate. Please keep an eye on the Wicklow Library Service Facebook page and also in your local library for more information regarding special events.

Summer Soccer School

Blessington FC Sports Direct FAI summer Soccer School is back again in August. Each participant will get the following, Five days of serious fun, Free Exclusive summer Soccer Schools Kit, Football and Backpack,

Learn new skills and meet new friends. Family discounts available.

Camp starts on Monday, August 12, and finishes on Friday, August 16. Camp Times are from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Book early to secure your place. Online booking open now at

Outreach service

There is a new domestic violence outreach service in West Wicklow provided by Saoirse Women's refuge in Tallaght. They can offer confidential appointments providing support to women suffering from domestic violence in the community including Court Accompaniment. The Drop - In Clinics areas are as follows: Every Monday 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Blessington Library, Every Wednesday afternoon 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Seomra Imaal Hall Dunlavin and Every Friday 9: 30-11.30 a.m. Equestrian/Lawlor Centre Baltinglass. Call 085 2710378 for an appointment.

Murray Memorial Walk

Eamonn Murray Memorial Lugnaquila Charity Walk will be coming your way on Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m. Leaving from Fenton's Bar at 2 p.m. Donations on the day please for St Brigid's Hospice the Curragh. All support will be much appreciated by the organisers.

5k/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 fun-day/. The event takes place on Sunday, June 16.

Golf classic

Blessington GAA Club is pleased to announce a golf classic as one of the big 2019 fundraisers taking place on Friday, July 12, in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of four including the round of golf, dinner and plenty of prizes. The day promises lots of fun during and after. Book early to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 2396157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 2262286, Lenny Gilligan 085 8041731 or John Williamson 086 825655.

Fête and barbecue

A fête and barbecue will take place in St John the Baptist Church Cloughleagh on Saturday, June 15, from midday to 4 p.m. Gourmet barbecue and Crepes, cakes, Plants, Books, crafts, raffle, Kid's Corner, Face Painting. Admission will be €5 (incl tea) Children Free. Come and Join the fun in this beautiful location and enjoy lovely food, homemade goodies and excellent stalls. Donations most welcome.

Charity ceili

A charity ceili with the Legendary Tulla Ceili Band from County Clare will be held in Allenwood GAA Hall on Saturday, June 15, at 8 p.m. Admission will be €10 including supper. All Proceeds will go towards Relay for Life Kildare Irish Cancer Society. For further information Contact Nicola Moran 086 3342132.

The Angelus

It is great to see Blessington's Main Street still on television on the Angelus every Wednesday night at 4 p.m. It started out over two years ago and it is only over the Christmas period that it is not shown. If you have never seen it make sure to check it out any Wednesday.


Do you like working as part of a team for a worthwhile cause? Do you like meeting people and enjoying time well spent? The kitchen operations in the Coimín centre require support of volunteers. This may include assistance with the following:Tea Room Service, Meal preparation for Daycare, Healing Mass Refreshments.Parish Functions, Funeral hospitality.Donation of home baked goods for functions etc. To find out more, please call to the parish office to pick up an application form and speak to one of the team. It is a requirement of the Dioceses that all volunteers must apply for Garda Vetting. They look forward to hearing from you.


Bishop Eamonn Walsh will celebrate the 11.15 a.m. Mass in Valleymount on Sunday, June 23. It will be followed by the blessing of the Memory Garden at the Parochial House. The garden commemorates the memory of the families who were displaced and affected by the flooding of the Valley in 1939/1940.


Ragged Company will be playing this Saturday, June 15, in Marquee in the Avon, Burgage. It is in aid of Blessington Day Care Centre. Admission will be €10.

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday Ceremonies will take place in Manor Kilbride Cemetery on Sunday, June 16. All are most welcome. Parishioners are asked to notify relatives and friends living outside the area in case they may wish to attend on the day. Further details will be announced nearer the date.

Wicklow People