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Bowls club

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.

Lotto draw

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 kathryn_noone@ya­ 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.

Harvest hoo­ley

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.

His­tory so­ci­ety

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. 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.

Monthly fair

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@

Heal­ing Mass

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.

Credit union

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.

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