Blues go marching on
What a great weekend it was on the football field for our GAA Club with both our seniors and Junior A’s winning their championship matches to march on to the next round.
On Sunday at Aughrim our seniors played Tinahely in the Quarter-Finals and turned in a superb performance from start to finish running out very impressive winners to qualify for the semi-finals of the championship. Could this be the year that the Miley Cup finally comes back home? Let’s hope so.
On Friday night in Ballinakill our JuniorA’s defeated Coolboy/Shilelagh. This was without doubt their best display so far in the championship and they will now meet Baltinglass in the next round. Come on you Blues.
Tovertafel/ ‘Magic Table’
The Tovertafel (Dutch for ‘magic table) is a projector mounted on the ceiling that projects light games onto a white table surface and Blessington Library is delighted to announce that they are now ready to launch their new Tovertafel.
The Tovertafel has been designed to help those at a mid to later stage of dementia and also adults and young people with learning difficulties. It consists of a series of interactive games projected onto a table. These images respond to hand and arm movements, allowing users to play with light and gain immense satisfaction from the movement of the images in response to the slightest touch. If you have a family member or are a carer for someone with dementia who may enjoy the Magic Table call the library at 891740 to book a demonstration.
Achieving your best health and Wellbeing
Presented by Mindfulness advocate Tomás McSweeney this series of three talks in Blessington Library will focus on the subject of achieving your best health and wellbeing. The first talk which takes place this Thursday night will be on the subject of Mindfulness and the Human Microbiome and how mindful balancing of the microbes within the body as well as on the body can lead to health, wellness and understanding of some of the factors affecting levels of physical energy and wellbeing.
Come along on Thursday at 7 p.m. to this free talk and meet Tomás to find out more about the Human Microbiome which for the uninitiated is to do with your gut and all that should flourish within.
Tummy Time Thursdays at the library
Tummy time gives babies a chance to play on their tummies and is recommended for every baby every day. Blessington Library is offering parents and minders and their young babies an opportunity to do one of their Tummy Time workouts in the library. Babies can enjoy the light show and look at some books while relaxing on their tums and parents can get to know each other. Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. all non-crawling babies welcome.
Global climate strike
Do you want to do your bit and take part in the biggest climate protest the world has seen? In March of this year 15,000 school students in Ireland and 1.6million around the world protested at government’s inaction on the climate crisis that they are facing into the future. Little has changed since then.
On Friday, September 20, the school climate strikers are back and this time they are asking that adults step up to support them. The climate mess is not of their making and yet they will be the ones left to suffer the consequences unless change comes fast. Parents, grandparents, businesses and everyone welcome.
Meeting Point will be at the Downshire Monument in the centre of Blessington at 11 a.m. to show their support for school strikers all over the globe.’ Everyone invited – Everyone needed’
The tea rooms situated in the Coimin Centre beside the Church of Our Lady, Blessington reopened for business recently after being closed for the summer holidays. It will be open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings with all the proceeds going to the Coimin Centre. Why not drop in for a cuppa some morning and bring a friend with you.
Sinéad O’Brien would like to let you know about her schedule for her dance school. Classes take place in Jonathon Swift NS Dunlavin every Monday for Hip Hop, every Wednesday in the Dance Trax Studio Blessington for Musical Theatre and Tap, every Thursday Blessington is the venue for Hip Hop, every Saturday Blessington is the venue for singing, every Friday Hollywood Centre is the venue for HIP-Hop.
For more information and bookings call 087 2924559 or email Sinéad sineadobriendanceschoo[email protected]mail.com. Pleae note also that Sinéad will be putting on two shows on February 15 and February 16 in the Tramway Theatre Blesington. More details will be announced closer to the event.
Blessington GAA is looking at the possibility of starting Rounders teams for juvenile ages (boys and girls). It’s an official GAA sport and even has own Féile. If any parent is interested in training and attending coaching, please contact Kevin Gilmore at 087 2324197. Be part of this exciting initiative.
Russborough has a six-week walking programme every Saturday at 9.30 a.m. (arrive before 9.20 a.m.). Free
Timed 5k event. Everyone welcome. Register at parkrun.ie.
Mini Rugby takes place every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Blessington GAA Astro and every Saturday at Russborough 11.15 a.m. to 12: 30. It is for children under-7 born (2013), under-8 (2012), under-9 (2011), under-10 (2010, under-11 (2009), under-12 (2008) Girls go free.
Rugby for Tots
Rugby for Tots starts at St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington on Saturdays 11.15 a.m. to 12: 15. For children aged under 5 (DOB 2015) and under-6 (DOB 2014). Girls go free.
GAA lotto draw
Blessington GAA Club held their very latest lotto draw on Tuesday, September 10, with another brand new jackpot which was standing at £5,600. Once again the top prize was not won and only one lucky punter managed to match even three numbers. She received €300. The winning numbers drawn on the night were 2, 3, 10 and 27.
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 £5,800. The draw will take place on Tuesday, September 24.
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.
Blessington and District Forum will hold its AGM on Monday, October 14. Venue and time to be confirmed. Nominations are currently being accepted for (i) membership of the Forum and (ii) for positions on the Forum Executive. Closing date for nominations is Friday, September 20, at 5 p.m. Nominations or requests for further information should be sent via email to the secretary using [email protected]ington.ie. Further details at blessington.ie.
After six wins on the trot Blessington FC senior team suffered their first league defeat of the season when they were defeated 2-0 away by Enniskerry Utd.
They will not have to wait very long to gain revenge as the two sides meet in a return fixture this coming Sunday morning.
Blessington History Society is hosting a talk by Dr Rory O’Farrell on ‘Giraldus Cambrensis’ – an early medieval Welsh Visitor to Ireland. It will be held on Thursday night, September 19, at 8 p.m. in the Coimin Centre. Non-Members €5
Burgage Cemetery AGM
Burgage Cemetery AGM will take place on Monday, September 30, at 8 p.m. in the Coimin Centre, Blessington. All are most welcome.
Visitation of the sick
If there are any parishioners ill at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest please contact the parish office to let them know and to make arrangements. Phone 045 865 327.
AnnMarie Whelan, Annette Hanley, Sadbh Whelan, Tracey McDermott, Noelle McGarr and Katy Mag McGarr at Aoibheann’s Pink Tie coffee morning in Hennessy’s Lounge, Blessington.