Blessington GAA Club held their very latest lotto draw on Tuesday, July 31, with another brand new jackpot which was standing at €4,400. Finally the top prize was won and seven punters managed to match even three numbers. They each received €45. The lucky jackpot winner was Geraldine Boothman Blessington, who won €4,400. 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. The draw will take place on Tuesday, August 14.
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.
The death took place last week of David McEvoy Ballyknockan. His remains were removed to Valleymount Church and after requiem Mass his remains were removed to Newlands Cross Crematorium Dublin for cremation. There was a very large attendance at David’s Funeral which was most fitting as he was well liked and well known in the Ballyknockan and surrounding area. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
The first set of outdoor gym equipment (seven pieces, part wheelchair friendly) have been installed on the relief road between Blessington’s Skateboard Park and the playground beside Oak Drive. Instructions for use are straight forward and are set out on each piece of equipment So on your next walk, have a look, exercise and enjoy.
Here is a date for your diary the annual Mass and blessing of the graves will take place in Baltyboys Cemetery on Sunday, September 2, at midday. Parishioners are advised to notify relatives and friends living outside the area in plenty of time in case they may wish to come along n the day.
Papal Mass – seeking volunteers
Be part of the Holy Communion team at the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park on Sunday, August 26.The organisers are seeking the generous help of around 4,000 ministers of Holy Communion to volunteer for one day to be Christ’s disciples helping to give the Bread of Life to the people at this historic Papal Mass. This is open to any of those who are already trained and assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion in their own parishes. They are looking for the help of lay people, priests, deacons and religious Ministers of Holy Communion.
Those volunteering need to be trained and functioning ministers of Holy Communion in your own parish community. You will need to be Garda vetted for this event even though you have been vetted for this ministry in your own parish (if you are already Garda vetted for WMOF2018, that suffices).
You will need to be in the Phoenix Park by 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, August 26. Email Blessington parish office: firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to register.
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, August 12. 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.
The Sacrament of the sick or Healing Mass will be celebrated in the Church of Our Lady Blessington on Saturday, August 11, at midday. All are most welcome to attend especially people who may not be too well at this moment in time.
The Blessington Parish Newsletter is published weekly. The final cut off point is Wednesday 10 a.m. The ads cost only 50c per word and for an extra €2 your ad can appear in the commercial section on the Parish Website. You can contact the parish office telephone 865327 to place your ad. It is open from Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and every Friday morning from 91m – 1 p.m. You can reach a large audience with 2,500 newsletters printed and over 200 emailed weekly.
The Blessington field day, in aid of Blessington Rescue Boat will be taking place on Sunday, August 19, from midday to 6 p.m. in Blessington GAA pitch. All support will be much appreciated by the organisers.
Blessington Ladies’ Section of the GAA Club is celebrating their Silver Anniversary on August 25. How the years have flown by ladies. They have an action packed day not to be missed. There will be fun for all the family in Blessington GAA pitches from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by an evening of entertainment for the adults in the Avon Ri from 8 p.m. till late. All are very welcome. Come and join in the craic of this wonderful occasion of Blessington LGFA.
Local fiddler Rachel Conlon recently recorded a tune called ‘The Mountain Stream’ which was recorded in Manor Kilbride Hall. The tune was written by well known Galway Composer Vincent Broderick, who composed the tune while sitting at the Metal Bridge near Manor Kilbride while the river was in full flow.
There is a reminder that baptisms in the Church of Our Lady, Blessington take place on the first Sunday of every second month at midday and the second Saturday of every month at 4.30 p.m. All bookings must be made through the parish office 045 865327. The Parish Baptism Team host a Baptism Preparation Meeting for parents each month in the Meeting Room of the Church of Our Lady. All parents who wish to have a baby baptised are requested to attend the Preparation Meeting.
Children who took part in the hurling Cúl Camp at Blessington GAA grounds, with their coaches.
Pictured at the hurling Cúl Camp at Blessington GAA grounds were Ciara Whelan, Girl of the Camp and Frankie Kerr Gibbons, Boy of the Camp.