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Con­grat­u­la­tions to our Intermediate team who won the fi­nal of the Intermediate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship last Saturday in Aughrim. They beat Dunlavin by a mar­gin of 9 points.The fi­nal score was 5-9 to 0-15. Thanks to ev­ery­one for your sup­port and good wishes.

The next Hol­ly­wood GAA lotto will be held this Thursday, Oc­to­ber 12, in Poulaphouca House for a Jack­pot of €11,800. You can play lotto at hol­ly­ or in lo­cal busi­nesses.


Se­niors – The wait is over..we now know who is our op­po­si­tion for the Re­nault SFC on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, in Joule Park, Aughrim at 3pm. Bless­ing­ton v Rath­new. Please sup­port your club by be­ing the 16th man.

We have waited a long time for this…..#be­lieve #blesso­formi­ley2017 #blesso2017.

Get your Blesso­forMi­ley2017 pho­tos to Noreen on Whats App 0872858375. Ni­amh El­lis will sing the national an­them be­fore throw in. A great hon­our for Bless­ing­ton and Ni­amh.

Tick­ets for Re­nault SFC will be sold on Fri­day night 7.30pm to 9pm in the club­house: Adults €15, OAPs and Stu­dents with ID €5 Chil­dren, U16 free.

Thanks to Will Doyle, An­n­marie Nolan, Des Nolan, Kevin Hamil­ton and Myles Burke for putting up the bunting on Sun­day morn­ing.

More flags will be erected around the town early in the week. It would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated if the busi­nesses could put up some flags and bunting also.

Ju­nior B Di­vi­sion 4 foot­ball league – The Jun B team won the West League fi­nal which was held in Donard v Kil­te­gan on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

This is the first time since 1994 that Blesso have won the West League. Fi­nal score 4-10 to 0-06.

They now play AGB in the county Div 4 league fi­nal. Date and time will be posted on our face­book page and web­site. Well done lads.

Cap­tain James Kearns ac­cepted the cup on be­half of the team from Martin Fitzger­ald from Wick­low County Board and thanked the lads and the man­age­ment of Peter Be­han and Steven Doyle for all the hard work they have put into the team.

Ladies - Un­der-11 girls - Two tough games for our un­der-11 Girls in Sars­fields this af­ter­noon but both teams fought back til the end with ex­cel­lent char­ac­ter shown in the sec­ond half es­pe­cially! Well done girls keep up the hard work. Some lovely per­for­mances and play­ers of the match went to Erin McMa­hon Michaela Gar­vey and Ab­bie O’Rior­dan

Un­der-9 girls – Un­der-9 girls played Sars­fields in the NKL on Saturday, Oc­to­ber 7. A tough bat­tle on the day with the girls com­ing out on top. Well done to all su­per stuff.

Physio - Physio on Wednesday at 7pm in the club­house. €5 do­na­tion. Play­ers train­ing will have first pref­er­ence.

G4M&O – Train­ing ev­ery Wednesday 7pm to 8pm. For more in­for­ma­tion on G4M con­tact Michelle 086 3734748, Sinead 086 2446510 or Lor­can on 087 6647625.

Ju­ve­nile – For up­com­ing fix­tures, pic­tures and pitch rota please see our web­site and Face­book page.

Academy - Bless­ing­ton GAA Academy runs ev­ery Saturday morn­ing from 10am to 11.15am and is open to all boys and girls aged 4 years on­wards. New chil­dren are al­ways welcome.

Un­der-7s - Un­der-7 boys trav­elled with two teams to St Ed­wards on Saturday, Oc­to­ber 7, in the NKL.

Both teams played ex­cel­lent foot­ball show­ing the high qual­ity of skills, de­fend­ing and hard work that they have been busy prac­tis­ing. Well done lads. Only one game re­main­ing with an away fix­ture v Car­bury on Saturday. Time TBC.

Un­der-8s/Un­der-9s – Both the un­der-8s and un­der-9s were in ac­tion to­day in the NKL. The 8s faced Ba­lyna in the first game and bat­tled their hearts out to a 13-7 vic­tory with some fine scores taken and equally good de­fend­ing... stand out per­form­ers were Cor­mac Smith and Dy­lan Cal­laghan.

The 9s de­liv­ered a top per­for­mance against a good Leixlip team com­ing away with a 7-4 vic­tory. The team were very good all over but spe­cial men­tion for David Cald­well and Daniel smith for their top per­for­mances. Next up for the un­der-9s is an away game v Kil­cock (TBC).

Un­der-10s - Our un­der-10s played Naas on Saturday and de­spite their best ef­forts the lads couldn’t man­age to get enough scores against a strong Naas team.

Un­der-11s – On Saturday the un­der-11s played Kil­cock at home. De­spite miss­ing a lot of the reg­u­lar squad, the lads played out a com­pet­i­tive game against a phys­i­cal Kil­cock team.

Be­hind at half-time, the sec­ond half saw a much-im­proved per­for­mance and Blesso cre­ated a lot more good chances. Some way­ward fin­ish­ing and five min­utes scor­ing blitz from Kil­cock saw them run out win­ners at the end.

Thanks to James Phibbs for help­ing out play­ing and to Jimmy Mul­hall for reff­ing. The lads are up against St Kevin’s at home on Saturday, Oc­to­ber 14 (TBC).

Un­der-12/Un­der-13s – Train­ing on Wednesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The lads face Eire Og away in Bal­li­nakill on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 9, at 7.15pm. Please sup­port.

Un­der-15s – The lads are in the semi-fi­nal v Rath­new on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 10, at 7.15pm. Best of luck to the play­ers and man­age­ment. Please sup­port.

Un­der-17s – The lads had a great game v Luke O’Tooles in Bal­li­nakill on Saturday.

Bless­ing­ton were two points down with two min­utes of nor­mal time to go but un­for­tu­nately time ran out for them and the fi­nal score was in favour of Luke O’Tooles. 3-05 to 1-14.

That was the fi­nal game un­der the ju­ve­nile um­brella for 10 of our lads who will hope­fully stay play­ing foot­ball for the club for many years to come. Team: Cian Ger­aghty, Cor­mac Roe, Craig Magure, Fionn Walsh, Ruairi Fi­nan, Brian Bo­han, David Wil­liamson, Eoin Hig­gins, Con­all O’Gall­chob­hair, Jake O’Kelly, Ciaran Pa­ton, James Mul­li­gan, Kevin Quinn, Jor­dan McGarr, Ethan Cot­ter. Subs – Eoin Ka­vanagh, David Phibbs, Michael McMa­hon, Lee Dowl­ing-Ho­ran and Oisin Bro­gan. James Jackson (inj). On Wed 4 Oct the lads were pre­sented with their new train­ing tops from Kirstie Ger­aghty on be­half of Berghoff Ire­land. Thanks very much to Phillip Ger­aghty for spon­sor­ing the tops for the lads and man­age­ment.

Hurl­ing - Hurl re­pairs - Hur­ley re­pairs - €5 a fix, €2/hoop. Con­tact Ciarán 085 7145288.

Lotto - No win­ner of €3600 jack­pot on 3 Oct. Num­bers drawn 10, 13, 18, 28. Four peo­ple matched 3 num­bers and won €75 each. Maura /Breda Reid. Cil­lian/Damhan Be­gan c/o Jonathan. Sinead John­ston. Olivia Kin­sella, Bless­ing­ton Manor.

Next draw is on Oc­to­ber 17 in the West Wick­low. Jack­pot €3800. Tick­ets are avail­able from play­ers, com­mit­tee mem­bers and in shops and pubs around the town. Don’t miss a draw again and sign up for Di­rect Debit. Con­tact Noelle McGarr 0877460327 or Arthur Hen­nessy for de­tails 087 2396157. Re­mem­ber you can also play on­line at www.bless­ing­ton­

Scór na nÓg – Bless­ing­ton GAA will proudly host the Scór na nÓg on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20. Scór is a GAA com­pe­ti­tion that com­bines all the colour and ri­valry of Gaelic Games with the so­cial/fun el­e­ment of Ire­land’s tra­di­tional past-times. The com­pe­ti­tion was es­tab­lished by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of pro­mot­ing Ire­land’s tra­di­tional pas­times and cul­ture while of­fer­ing club mem­bers the chance to meet up, have fun and rep­re­sent their club dur­ing the win­ter months while foot­ball and hurl­ing had ceased.

Scór is open to any­one who is U17 years of age. Please con­tact Wick­low - Ka­tryn Noone kathryn_noone@ya­ 0860563956, Bless­ing­ton - Cather­ine Be­han 0871224019 or Noreen Kee­gan Ka­vanagh 0872858375.

There are eight events/dis­ci­plines in Scór that cover all as­pects of Ir­ish cul­ture: Fig­ure/Céilí Danc­ing, Solo Singing, Bal­lad Group, Recita­tion/Scéalaíocht, Léiriú Stáitse/Stage Pre­sen­ta­tion, In­stru­men­tal Mu­sic, Set Danc­ing and Ta­ble Quiz (held on a sep­a­rate night in a dif­fer­ent venue).

GAA Youth Fo­rum - This is a FREE event for play­ers aged 12 - 21 and we are cur­rently ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for 600 places. Croke Park on Saturday 28th Oc­to­ber - see­outh for info and on­line ap­pli­ca­tions. ‘There is a stel­lar line-up of speak­ers in­clud­ing Gizzy Lyng, Rory’s Sto­ries, Juliet Mur­phy, Ciarán Kilkenny and Cathal Cregg. They will ad­dress a va­ri­ety of top­ics in a range of in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions e.g. Fu­elling Per­for­mance, In­jury Preven­tion & Re­cov­ery, Jug­gling De­mands - over­all it prom­ises to be a great day! Reg­is­tra­tion 9.30am to 4pm. All for FREE !!!!

Cloth­ing Col­lec­tion on­go­ing - col­lect­ing good qual­ity sec­ond hand cloth­ing suit­able for re-use. Please fill as many black bin bags as you can – the more we col­lect, the more our club re­ceives. If you are un­able to bring them to the GAA Grounds we can ar­range col­lec­tion. Please con­tact: John Magee Snr 086 871 7483 or Breda Bro­phy 087 225 3892. Thank you for your sup­port.

Con­do­lences – To the Byrne fam­ily and es­pe­cially Julieann Wil­liamson and her fam­ily on the sad pass­ing of their Dad Michael Byrne (Bal­ly­more). Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Car park­ing – For those who use Bless­ing­ton GAA Grounds the club has a RE­VERSE IN, DRIVE OUT pol­icy.

On­line shop – https://www.oneills. com/shop-by-team/gaa/ire­land/bless­ing­ton-gaa.html. Bless­ing­ton GAA jack­ets with fleece lin­ing avail­able for €40. Con­tact Noreen 0872858375.

Re­mem­ber to keep up­dated on what is hap­pen­ing in the Club log on www.bless­ing­ton­ and Bless­ing­ton GAA on Face­book and on Twit­ter @bless­ing­ton­gaa. If you wish to be on the Bless­ing­ton GAA Sup­port­ers text list, please text your name to 085 1607808.


LOTTO - No win­ner of the €6,600 jack­pot, num­bers were 10, 14, 24, and 30. Our match three win­ners, win­ning €60 each, were De­clan Bar­rett, Alice and Caro­line, Bill Flem­ing, Rob Fitzger­ald and Fiona Hig­gins. Well done all.

This week’s jack­pot is now €6800 and the draw will take place in Tim­mins Pub on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 9.

Once again thank you all for your con­tin­ued sup­port of the club lotto. Re­mem­ber, you can also play our lotto on line through our web­site www.balt­in­glass­gaa­ or through our Face­book page. Per­haps you might pass this web­site on to those who are away but would like to sup­port the club and be in with a chance to win the ever in­creas­ing jack­pot.

Ex­tremely busy week on the pitch with most teams near fin­ish­ing up for the end of the year.

Our un­der-13 boys had a bril­liant win On Mon­day night in Eire Og on a score­line of 4-8 to 1-9. Class per­for­mance from the whole team. They played St Nicks on Mon­day night at 7pm in Balt­in­glass in the last game of their round robin of cham­pi­onship be­fore they will face a semi-fi­nal them­selves. The very best of luck to the boys and man­age­ment.

Our Mi­nor girls played in Bal­ly­money on Tues­day night against AGB. First Round of the cham­pi­onship to only be beaten by one point in the fin­ish. Re­ally un­lucky but played su­per and the girls tried so hard to get over the line and win the game.

The un­der-13 girls had their fi­nal train­ing ses­sion and medal pre­sen­ta­tion for fin­ish­ing top of their group and un­beaten in the Kil­dare league, some­thing to build on for 2018 U14 sea­son. Well done girls. Saturday seen the end of year James Byrne Cup be­ing con­tested be­tween our un­der-7s and un­der-9 boys.

A great morn­ing where the lads had an op­por­tu­nity to play for a tro­phy and a shield and al­ways brings great en­joy­ment. Fan­tas­tic way to fin­ish the sea­son. A big thanks as al­ways to the Byrne Fam­ily for con­tin­ued sup­port of this tour­na­ment ev­ery year and to the coaches for all their time and ef­fort with the play­ers all year.

Saturday evening seen a fan­tas­tic dis­play of foot­ball from our un­der-17s against Clara Gaels in Bali­nakill. Fi­nal score­line was 3-15 to 2-8.

The boys are now into the un­der-17 county fi­nal next Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15 v Luke O’Tooles.

Make sure to get the Green and White out and get down to sup­port this fan­tas­tic team.

Sun­day morn­ing seen our un­der-8 and un­der-10 girls take to the pitch for their end of year blitz. Well done on a great year girls.

Thank you to All Ire­land win­ner Ol­wyn Carey from Dublin for pre­sent­ing the girls with their medals and to the coaches for all their hard work through­out the year.

Last but cer­tainly not least, our Se­nior men lined out in Aughrim to bat­tle it out against Rath­new to win a place in the county fi­nal v Bless­ing­ton. Un­for­tu­nately it was not our day and the fi­nal score was Rath­new 1-9 Balt­in­glass 0-8.

Each and ev­ery one of the lads have put their heart and soul into the games this year, their com­mit­ment is sec­ond to none and we are all very proud of the dis­plays of foot­balls they have shown over the last num­ber of months.

Dis­ap­point­ing re­sult but the fu­ture is very bright for not only the Se­nior team but the whole club.

We are very lucky that on a nightly ba­sis our club is a hive of ac­tiv­ity and that we have fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties to be able to host so many train­ing ses­sions and games.

As al­ways we are try­ing to de­velop these fa­cil­i­ties and en­sure they are kept to the high­est stan­dard - this, like most things in life, costs money.

On av­er­age the club costs €148,500 to run ev­ery year. From the up­keep of the pitches, goal­posts, stands to the devel­op­ment of dress­ing rooms, the gym, to the gear for the ju­ve­niles, to the end of sea­son trips.

For our club to keep run­ning as greatly as it does and for us to con­tin­u­ally im­prove our fa­cil­i­ties we need to raise funds on an an­nual ba­sis.

This year we are run­ning our very own Devel­op­ment Draw. Tick­ets are €50 each and the draw takes place on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27, in Ho­ran’s.

Fan­tas­tic prizes on of­fer with the first prize be­ing a brand new Da­cia San­dero Car. All funds from this draw will go to­wards the devel­op­ment and up­keep of our fa­cil­i­ties and we will use this as the main fundrais­ing event this year.

Each house­hold in the club are be­ing asked to buy just one ticket to sup­port the draw.

Tick­ets are avail­able from any mem­ber of the club com­mit­tee or the man­ager of any team. Once again we thank you for your con­tin­u­ous sup­port.


Get all club news on our Club Face­book Page!

An­nual club race night is on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20, in Bealin’s Bar at 9pm. Please sup­port. Ciaran Jones Me­mo­rial Mass and Walk is on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22, in Manor Kil­bride at 11am and walk start­ing at 12noon. Re­cep­tion in com­mu­nity hall at 2pm after the walk. Ev­ery­one welcome

Kil­bride GAA Lotto. No win­ner last night, num­bers 15, 18, 24, and 29.

Next week’s jack­pot will be €3,400 on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

€20 win­ners, Stephen Cum­mins, Fe­lim McKeon, Marie O’Con­nor, Mick Browne, Sinead McKeon.

Kil­bride-Lacken GAA ju­ve­nile club news: Train­ing tonight Mon­day at 6.00pm in Bless­ing­ton ASTRO.

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