Blessington news

Soccer AGM

Soccer AGM

Blessington Soccer Club will hold their Annual General Meeting this Wednesday June 20 at 8 pm in their Crossschapel Clubhouse. All are most welcome to attend.

2012 Hillbilly Festival

Hillbilly Festival time is rapidly approaching and as usual it is sneaking up on the organisers. The format will be the same as in previous years - tractors, cars and machinery assembly at Theo Clarke’s farm in Carrig, Lacken. They leave there at 12.45pm and link up with the parade in Blessington at 2pm. At the same time the field day with all the entertainments, demonstrations and cooking will be happening back at Theo’s.

Audrey McDonald - the Hillbilly Festival Queen is frantically checking all the venues to make sure plans are in an advanced state of readiness.

The Blessington Parade promises to be bigger and better with a few surprises in store and an increased number of local participants.

This year’s Hillbilly hats are now available. The Souvenir Magazine is at the printers and DVDs of last year’s Festival are attracting great attention. If any of the ladies (or gents even) would like to provide items for the country market stall such as home baking, cuttings or pot plants May Farrington would be most grateful to hear from you.

More information on the Festival can be got from Ben D’Alton at 087 9403049 or become a Hillbilly Run friend on Facebook. The website is www.hillbillyrun.net

Hurling

One of Wexford’s former Hurling Greats and current Provincial Coaching Officer for Leinster GAA George O’Connor came along recently to Blessington GAA Grounds. George did some coaching with some of the very young hurlers. This went down very well with the youngsters as it is not very often they get to meet an All Ireland Hurling Medal winner and get some tips from someone who has reached the very top of the sport.

I’m delighted to report that hurling has taken off in a big way at underage level in recent years in the Blessington area. Hurling Training for U/7, U/8 and U/10’s continues every Thursday night in Blessington GAA Grounds from 6 pm – 7 pm. If anyone is interested in getting their child involved in this great sport you can contact Ciaran tel. 085 7145288.

Library events

Blessington Library (045 891740) have a range of activities lined up for children over the summer and the good news is that all are free. First up on Thursday July 5 from11am-12.30 pm will be Clay modelling for 9-11yrs. Limited places so booking is required.

On Tuesday July 10 at 7pm there will be Fancy Nancy Soiree for 5-7yrs. Feel free to dress up fancy and tiaras are most welcome. No booking is required.

On Thursday July 19 from 11am-12.30pm Design a t-shirt, for 10-12yrs. Limited places so booking is required.

On Tuesday July 24 at 7pm will be Pirates Night for 6-8yrs. Dress up or walk the plank no booking required.

GAA lotto draw

Blessington GAA Club held their very latest lotto draw on Tuesday June 5 with another brand new jackpot - €6,600. Once again the top prize was not won and only five lucky punters managed to match even three numbers. They each received €60. The winning numbers drawn on the night were 1, 8, 11, 12. Tickets priced at only €2 are already on sale at the usual local outlets or from a committee member for the club’s next draw which is for €6,800 - the highest jackpot ever. The draw will take place on Tuesday June 19.

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.

Cul Camp

The GAA Cul Camp is taking place in Blessington GAA Grounds from Monday July 9- Friday 13 so time is running out for children to book a place. Total cost for the Camp is €55 and a €5 discount voucher is available on Kelloggs Packs. This is always a very enjoyable week for those children taking part. Qualified Coaches are on hand to show them the various skills of the game. All children in the Blessington and surrounding area are invited to join up. Hopefully the weather will stay dry during that week. Contact Chris O’Connor for more information tel. 086 2239403.

Meeting

If there is anyone out there who is interested in any kind of writing such as songs, poems, short stories etc then now is your chance to find out more about how to go about it. The Scribblers, Wafflers and Writers meet up every Wednesday afternoon at 3.30 pm in Blessington Library. All are most welcome to come along and join in.

Christy Moore

Tramway Theatre is proud to present Christy Moore in a rare solo performance on Saturday June 30th at 8pm. The show promises to be a massive music highlight for West Wicklow. Christy Moore is one of Ireland’s most prolific singer songwriters infamous for his iconic songs Lisdoonvarna, Don’t Forget Your Shovel and Ride On.

His acclaimed new album Folk Tale, produced by Declan Sinnott sees the latest result of Christy and Declan’s unique musical alliance. Their long collaboration has gained a loyal and ever increasing following.

The Kildare singer rates his performance with headliners Coldplay at Oxygen last year as a memorable experience when hearing the sound of 80,000 young people singing along to Jimmy McCarthy’s classic Ride On.

Christy believes that his collaboration began when the Coldplay drummer Will Chamberlain attended one of Christy’s gigs as a twelve year old in Southampton in 1992.

Tickets for the upcoming gig are available at €30. Contact: tramwaytheatre@gmail.com or phone 086-2645961.

Seniors win

Well done to Blessington Senior Footballers who won their opening match in the Championship despite missing a number of their starting fifteen. They defeated Tinahely with an impressive performance at Baltinglass last Sunday week. Hopefully it is the start of a good run in this year’s Championship. Next up will be old foe Rathnew who have had the Indian sign over us over the past decade. So come on you ‘boys in blue’.