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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’

Tea rooms

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.

Dance school

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]­ 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.

Park Walk

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


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.

Fo­rum AGM

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]­ing­ Fur­ther de­tails at bless­ing­

Soc­cer news

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.

His­tory So­ci­ety

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.

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