A number of Consultation Meetings were held recently regarding the proposed new N81 Road from Hollywood Cross to Tallaght. Maps and plans were on view of what is been described as the preferred Route. Staff from Kildare County Council National Road Design Office was present to answers questions from the public. There was a very large turnout at all the venues especially at the Avon Ri Burgage. Believe it or not there are a total of fourteen stages before the new road opens and the latest Public Consultation is only stage six. So there is still a long way to go. Since the last Public Consultation Meeting last autumn the route of the road has changed considerably and some residents who were been effected then are no longer while other residents now find the road heading through their land which must have been quite a shock for them. The one thing that I have found since the idea was mooted a few years ago is that hardly anyone in the area is in favour of this new road being constructed. So you would have to wonder where the great idea came from in the first place. No doubt the feedback from the latest Meetings will be interesting and hopefully listened too by the planners. Next up will be stage eight which is Route Selection Report.
Pitch & putt
Poulaphouca pitch &putt Club would like to remind all its members that membership for the year ahead is now due. The good news is that there is no change in the cost of membership since last year. Adults are €60, Students are €40, Juveniles are €25 and Family is €110. Family membership is really great value as it includes Father, Mother and all children from 10 years -15 years inclusive. The Club is also open to new membership. The new playing season commences this month and regular players are already keen to get started. Pitch & putt is a very enjoyable game to play. As you can see from membership prices it is cheap to play and all you need is two clubs, ball and tee and away you go. It is also one of the few sports out there that all the family can participate in together. So those of you out there who have never given it a go why think about joining up this year. I promise you that you will have a ball of a time.
Loyal cyclists were delighted to hear that the temporary Bridge just outside the village of Lacken is to be replaced with a proper permanent structure. The current Bridge which has been in place since those dreadful floods last October washed the old one away has proven to be an absolute nightmare for cyclists. It is not possible to ride across it and cyclists who regular travel this particular road are amazed that a serious accident has not taken place at the Bridge. There are warning signs approaching the Bridge but quite often people tend not to heed them. Hopefully there will be no further delay and the new Bridge will be constructed and ready for use as promised.
Blessington GAA Club held their very latest Lotto Draw on Tuesday March 6 with another brand new jackpot which was standing at €5,400. Once again the top prize was not won and only three lucky punters managed to match even three numbers. They each received €100. The winning numbers drawn on the night were 4, 6, 20 and 22. 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, 600. The draw will take place on Tuesday March 20. The club urge members and supporters to purchase tickets and also ask them to encourage friends and relatives to do the same. Remember if you get the numbers right on the night you will be winning the jackpot which no doubt would come in
Sharon Hamilton Tramway Gallery The Lambe Manor Kilbride would like to remind you all out there that she is once again holding a ‘Coffee Day’ on Daffodil Day March 23 from 10 am – 5 pm. You are all invited to come along and give your support to this very worthy cause. There will as always be a Raffle with some great prizes. So make sure to pop along on the day and make sure to bring a friend with you.
Blessington Millennium Choir will be performing a Concert in Crosschapel on Saturday March 24 commencing at 8 pm. The Concert will be in two parts with the opening part Messe Solennelle de St. Cecile and the second part will be a trip around Ireland in beautiful song. Musical Director is Evonne O’Connor, Organist Charles Pearson, Soloists Helen Roycroft (Soprano) Paul Linehan (Tenor) and Victor Coe (Bass). Tickets which cost only €10 are selling like hotcakes from the Parish Office or from a member of the Millennium Choir. All the proceeds from the Concert will be donated to a very worthy Charity ‘Jack & Jill Foundation’. So the Choir are hoping for a large attendance on the night and all support will be most welcome for what promises to be an event not to be missed.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Mobile Clinic will be in Blessington Community College on Wednesday March 21 from 5 pm – 8.30 pm. If anyone wishes to come along and donate some blood they will be most welcome. The Blessington Clinic continues to be one of the most successful outside the Dublin area and has many regular donors. Remember by giving a blood donation you could be helping to save another person’s life. Blood is always needed in our hospitals and sometimes there is a much greater demand for it and at certain times there can also be a shortage. So donate if you can. New donors are always very welcome at the clinic.
The organisers of setting up a Community Alert in the Valleymount and surrounding area are holding another Public Meeting on Wednesday March 21 at 8 pm in Valleymount Hall. They are especially looking for some more residents from the Lacken and Ballyknockan areas to come along to the next meeting. They hope to have the Community Alert up and running in the not too distant future. So residents it is in your own interest to come along to the meeting.
Tramway Theatre news
Blessington Youth Musical & Dramatic Society are presenting the well known musical ‘The King and I’ on Thursday April 19 and Friday April 20 in Blessington’s Tramway Theatre at 8 pm on both nights and also on Saturday April 21 at 6pm. Tickets priced at €10 for adults and €8 for children are already on sale at Office Shop and Hennessy’s Next Door. This is a show not to be missed. It has some wonderful scenes, costumes and many familiar songs. So make sure to get your ticket in plenty of time and not be disappointed.
The death took place last week of Ian Campbell Burgage Manor Blessington. His remains were removed to the Church of Our Lady Blessington last Monday morning March 12 for requiem mass and his burial took place immediately afterwards in Palmerstown Cemetery Dublin.
The Parish has reproduced Blessington & District Community Directory which gives details of all groups, organisations and services available in the community. The next step is to distribute a copy of the Directory to as many homes as possible in the area. So volunteers are urgently needed to do this. So if anyone out there is willing to give a hand could they contact the Parish Office tel. 045 865327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A meeting of all volunteers is due to take place on Thursday March 22 to allocate areas for distribution. The hope is to deliver the Directory commencing Monday March 26.