Blessington Bowls Club took on Coill Dubh in the Kildare West Wicklow Bowls League last Thursday night, October 5, at St Kevin’s Hall. It turned out to be both an exciting and enjoyable encounter with the result on both mats in doubt till the very last end of the match.
The Blessington team of Ann Pearse, Rita Nugent, John Bohan, Tony Campbell and Kevin Daly came back from 5-0 down to win by a single bowl 13-12. On the other mat the Blessington team of Liam Hewson, Richard Coe, Willie Donahoe and Donie McEvoy just lost out.
That meant that Coill Dubh won the match overall by 3 points to 2 points.
This was Blessington’s third match in the league. Next match up for Blessington will be an away match against Baltinglass followed by another away trip to Rathmore.
Blessington Bowls Club meets on Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. in St Kevin’s Hall. Please come and join us for a fun night and pass some time with friends during the winter months.
One of the great things about bowls is that it is one of the few sports that all age groups can play. New members male and female are always very welcome both young and old of all ages.
Blessington GAA Club held their very latest lotto draw on Tuesday, October 3, with another brand new jackpot which was standing at €3,600.
Once again the top prize was not won and only four lucky punters managed to match even three numbers. They each received €75. The winning numbers drawn on the night were 10, 13, 18 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 €3,800. The draw will take place on Tuesday, October 17.
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.
Scor na nÓg
Blessington GAA will proudly host the Scor 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 pastimes.
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.
Scor is open to anyone who is under 17 years of age.
Please contact Wicklow – Katryn Noone firstname.lastname@example.org 086 0563956, Blessington – Catherine Behan 087 1224019 or Noreen Keegan Kavanagh 087 2858375.
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.
Put on those dancing shoes and come along to Cullen’s, Ballyknockan, this Saturday, October 14, for a harvest hooley. Music on the night will be provided by Paul Ryan. Food will be served and all proceeds will go to the Valleymount Church Repair Fund.
Blessington History Society will hold one of their talks on Thursday, October 19, in the Coimin Centre Blessington at 8 p.m. It will be given by Reggie Darling and his subject will be ’Childhood Memories of Blessington’. New members are most welcome to attend. Admission will be €5.
Information on the Camino
Camino de Santiago information evening will be held on Tuesday, October 17, in Charles Camping, Blessington, at 7 p.m. Caminoways.com will be there to answer your questions about travel, culture, gear, fitness or indeed anything else. Tickets are free but limited in number. Book through the Charles Camping Facebook page or on charlescamping. ie. For anyone contemplating all or some of the way of St James this is a valuable evening.
County final in Aughrim
All roads will lead to Aughrim this coming Sunday for Blessington for the County Senior Final.
It has been a long wait since our last appearance in one (29 years) and 34 years since we won one. Most of the current panel were not even born way back then.
There has been a great buzz around the town since the team won the semi-final against Avondale and hopes are high that the lads can bring the Miley Cup back home on Sunday evening. The team will have a large support in Aughrim on Sunday and let’s hope that they will give the lads plenty of vocal support as they can be the 16th man.
Could I appeal to all local GAA fans to get along to Aughrim and make sure to wear plenty of blue and white. Our opponents will be Rathnew, who have beaten us a number of times in the championship over the years and they will start as favourites and those of you who back horses will know that even red hot favourites can be beaten.
So best of luck to the lads. Come on you boys in blue.
The GAA club is asking all the businesses in the town to support our senior team by putting up bunting and flags on their premises.
Facelift for roundabout
There has been a positive response to the facelift that the roundabout close to the Texaco has got recently. The monument I am led to believe is meant to resemble a Sailing Boat. Of course it will have to be maintained and whose responsibility that is I am not sure. Hopefully someone will maintain it. Watch this space.
A variety concert will take place this Saturday, October 14, at 8 p.m. in the Tramway Theatre in aid of Blessington/Baltinglass Day Care. Acts on the night will include Richie, Lorraine and Young Willoughbys, Blessington Community College, Ballymore Eustace Prelude Ensemble, Millennium Choir and Feidhlim and Muirine.
Tickets are priced at €12 from parish office, Hennessy’s and Office Shop or telephone 087 2934806, 087 9195991 or 087 245046.
The next Blessington Home Enterprise monthly fair will take place on Sunday, November 5, from midday to 4 p.m. in St Kevin’s Hall, Blessington.
Stalls will include arts and crafts,
soy wax candles, melts and burners, fused glassware, handcrafted cards, jnitting, crochet, decoupage, jewellery, native american tarot and psychic readings, oriflame, forever living and many more.
For further details contact Paula 086 0848398, email paulaosullivan1@ gmail.com.
This coming Saturday, October 14, the sacrament of the sick or healing Mass as it is sometimes referred to will take place in the Church of Our Lady, Blessington, at midday.
All are most welcome to attend especially those who are not feeling too well at this time of the year.
Blessington and District Credit Union would like to let you know that the closing date for the Scholarship Draw has been extended to this Friday, October 13.
Parents can enter the draw and if they win they can nominate one of their children to receive the scholarship money which amounts to €3,000 spread over three years.
Full details and forms are available from Credit Union House Blessington.
The next car draw for members will take place at the Credit Union’s AGM and if you are not already entered you can do so by contacting Credit Union House asap. At the moment there are four car draws for members during the year.
Ventac Skills for Work receiving their awards at the West Wicklow Furthur Education and Training Centre awards night recently.
Paul Kearny and Celine O’Neill making a presentation to Marie Corrigan on her 50th birthday with Peter Corrigan and John O’Neill at the Hollywood Fair presentation night.
Garrett Corrigan presenting the Corrigan Cup to Frank Maguire at the Wicklow Cheviot Ram Show and Sale at Blessington Mart.