Monday 16 December 2019

Blessington Bulletin

Christmas show - Connor McKeon is a local man from Blessington. Tramway Theatre Blessington is delighted that he is back with his fabulous show - Connor McKeon 'Swing into Christmas' on Saturday, December 7.

Doors will be open at 7.30 p.m. for a wine and mince pie reception to get you into the festive spirit. The show starts at 8 p.m. A glitzy and glamorous night of high energy big band swing including the best loved Christmas classics.

Tickets costing €25 are available from Hennessy's Next Door, The Office Shop or call 086 8239946.


The death took place last week of Michelle Pender, Lakeview, Blessington. Her remains were removed to the Church of Our Lady, Blessington last Wednesday afternoon for requiem Mass and her burial took place afterwards in Burgage Cemetery. There was a beautiful tribute by the staff and clients of Kare Blessington as Michelle's coffin arrived at the cemetery. All did a guard of honour. Michelle was a client of Kare.

There was a very large attendance at her funeral which was most fitting as Michelle was well known and much loved in the Blessington and surrounding area and will be sadly missed by all by all who knew her.

Later last week the death took place of Séamus (Shay) Duffy, Old Court, Manor Kilbride after a long illness. His remains were removed to Manor Kilbride Church last Sunday morning for requiem Mass and his burial took place afterwards in the nearby cemetery in Manor Kilbride. Shay was one of life's gentlemen and many an enjoyable time I had playing pitch and Putt with him down in Poulaphouca pitch and putt club. He was a fan of Newcastle United for a long number of years and always had time for a chat when our paths crossed.

There was a large attendance at Shay's funeral which was most fitting as he was well known in the Manor Kilbride and surrounding area and will be sadly missed by all of us who knew him.

GAA lotto

Blessington GAA Club held their very latest lotto draw on Thursday, November 21, with another brand new jackpot which was standing at €6,600. Once again the top prize was not won and only five lucky punters managed to match even three numbers. They each received €60.

The winning numbers drawn on the night were 1, 3, 7 and 18. 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 €6,800. The draw will take place on Tuesday, December 3.

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.

Golf Society party

Bealin's Golf Society will hold their Christmas party on Friday, December 6, in Bealin's Pub Blessington. Music on the night will be provided by Seán Reddy. All are most welcome to drop along on the night.

Community pool for WW - Christmas events

On Saturday, December 7, they are having their Christmas Market at Russborough House from midday to 4 p.m. They will have face painting with East Coast FM, stalls from local artists, crafters and bakers, Water Safety Ireland will be there doing CPR demonstrations, Santa is coming and they have some very exciting musical guests performing. It will be a lovely festive afternoon.

They are having a Christmas party in Poulaphouca House and Falls on Saturday, December 14, from 8 p.m. Join them for canapés, mulled wine, dancing and spot prizes. Tickets are €25 and on sale now at party or in Blessington from Charles Camping, The Office Shop and Blessington Tourist Office. Celebrate the Festive Season in Style while Supporting your community.

Cancer Support Drop In

West Wicklow Cancer Support November Drop In Meeting will be coming your way. 'Has your life been touched by Cancer' Come and join them at their monthly drop in. It will be an evening of relaxation and Christmas Crafts on Thursday, November 28, at 7.30 p.m., in the Coimin Centre Main Street, Blessington. There will be no charge, All are most welcome and do feel free to bring a friend. Contact 087 4346004/ or find us on Facebook.


A concert will be held in the Church of Our Lady Blesington on Sunday, December 1, at 8 p.m. Taking part will be the Rosscommon Solstice Choir, Rachel Coyne and Lorraine Willoughby. Tickets priced at €10 are already on sale at the Office Shop, Hennessy's Next Door, parish office and Blessington Credit Union. Proceeds on the night will go to Blessington Day Care and the Coimin Centre.

Winter Fair

St Brigid's National School Manor Kilbride winter fair takes place this Sunday, December 1, from midday to 4 p.m. If you are interested in having a stall at this event please call 087 7741432. Make sure to come along on the day and pick up some Christmas while supporting a very wordy cause.

Cruthu art fest

Cruthu will be staging their Christmas Art Fest once again this year. Opening night will be this Friday, November 29, in Blessington Tourist Office at 7.30 p.m. The Art Fest will continue till December 15. Opening times will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and on Fridays it will be open till 8 p.m.

On display will be locally produced art, craft and photos. Make sure to call in one of days and have a browse. There will be lots of Christmas presents in the Art Fest.

New book

Here is another reminder about a new book. The title is 'Another World - Hill farming in the Wicklow Mountains'. The book is based on memories of Lackan, Kylebeg and Ballynultagh and is a representation of a rapidly disappearing way-of-life in upland West Wicklow expressed through the recollections of one man Séamus Balfe all the way from Lacken. The book consists of 130 pages, in colour, with a large number of lovely photographs and maps. Copies of the book are now available in the Blessington Bookshop and well worth getting your hands on. It would make a lovely Christmas Present. So make sure to pop in and purchase one before they are all sold out.

Christmas lights

Blessington Lights Up Christmas 2019 will take place this coming Saturday, November 30, from1 p.m. to 3.45 p.m. in St Kevin's Hall, followed by 'The Big Switch On' at the Square will take place at 4.30 p.m. and a Presentation by Reservoir Cogs. There will be free Santa, Craft, Gift and Food Fair and Hot Chocolate. Music will be by Rockabilly Rebels and Sinéad O'Brien. There will be a drop off point for annual shoebox appeal. Macari Special offers on the day. If you are a local vendor and would like to take a stall at our fair, call Carmel at 085 1180182. Stalls cost €10 with all proceeds going to the Christmas Lights fund.

Comhaltas concert

Donard Comhaltas Ceolteori Eireann will hold their 62nd annual concert in Donard Hall on Sunday December11 at 8 p.m. Admission will be €5 and al are most welcome to come along on the night. An enjoyable night is guaranteed.

Car boot sale and market

The very popular car boot sale which takes place at St Kevin's Community Centre Blessington is coming your way on Sunday, December 8. 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 the car boot sale back again with 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. Please note that this will be the last car boot sale of the year.

Blessington FC

Blessington under-12s won their third match in a row against Portmarnock in a close match. In the first half Blessington absorbed the pressure and counter attacked with a few shots on target. The first half finished 1-0 to Blessington after a goal from Jamie O'Toole. A few minutes after restart Portmarnock equalised after a deflection from one of the defenders. Blessington quickly regained control with a goal from Jack Murray after a counter attack. Portmarnock scored a similar goal later on in the game. Patrick Murray saved the team with a goal in the dying minutes of the match. Cian Bruce had a few good clearances during the match. Marek Dulny, Alfie Stone, Ciaràn Lynch and Pauric O'Connor did well in defending Blessington's goal on many occasions. Matthew Kelly, Aidan Grace and Owen Vickers did well in supporting the team on the wings.

Wicklow People