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BLESSINGTON

SUPPORT GROUP

There is a reminder from Al Anon about their local support group.

They meet every Friday night at 8.15pm in the parish

Centre beside the parish office. All are most welcome.

SANTA CLAUS

Blessington Soccer Club wecomes Santa Claus to Murphy’s Lounge Blessington this Sunday December 2 from 3pm- 5pm.

Tickets cost only €5 per child and are available from any committee member or at the door on the day. This event is open to all children.

You do not have to be a member of Blessington Soccer Club. So kids make a date.

DEATH OF CHRISTY SARGENT

One of Blessington’s oldest citizens Christy Sargent died on Sunday November 11 in Craddockstown Nursing Home at the ripe old age of ninety-three years.

Christy’s remains were removed to the Church of Our Lady Blessington on Monday night November 12 and his burial took place in Burgage Cemetery the following day after requiem mass.

Christy was involved in a lot of things throughout his long life. He played GAA, Golf, Pitch & Putt, Bowls and Snooker just to mention a few.

He loved Horse Racing, was a regular punter and attended Punchestown Racing Festival for over eighty-years.

A few years ago he received a presentation from the Punchestown Racetrack to commemorate the feat.

I have a few special memories of the late Christy.

We collected together at the Saturday night Mass in Blessington for a long number of years.

We were on the same Bowls Team that won the Kildare/West Wicklow Bowls League for Blessington Bowls Club and in his late eighty’s he joined Poulaphouca pitch & putt club and one Wednesday evening Christy was on my team that won the three-ball scramble.

There was a very large attendance on both days.

Christy was well known and liked in the BLessington and surrounding area and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

SHOP CLOSES ITS DOOR FOR THE LAST TIME

It was the end of an era on Wednesday October 31 when Richardsons Shop in Lacken closed its doors for the very last time and for its owners Maureen and Tommy Richardson it was both a happy and sad occasion.

They had taken over the running of shop way back in 1970 and over the years it played a major part in the history of the village of Lacken and the surrounding area.

In that time they had witnessed many changes some good some bad.

The shop was also a place for visitors to the area who would be travelling around the Blessington Lakes to shop.

In fact in recent years if you travelled from Blessington all around the Lakes and back into Blessington Richardsons of Lacken was the only shop you came across where you were always sure of a good old cead mile failte.

On the day of its closure there was a steady flow of people visiting the shop to thank Maureen and Tommy and to wish both of them a long happy and healthy retirement.

The village of Lacken will never be the same again.

LECTURE

The November lecture of the West Wicklow Historical Society is the final part of Robert Doyle’s trilogy on Myles Keogh the famous military man from Leighlinbridge.

In his previous talks, which proved very popular, Robert spoke on Keogh’s part in the 1860 Papal War and on his experience of the American Civil War.

On this occasion he brings the story up to Keogh’s death at Little Big Horn at what became known as Custer’s Last Stand. Robert Doyle, a Baltinglass native is a leading authority on the life and career of Myles Keogh and is writing his biography.

He is a very engaging speaker and his interest in his subject is infectious.

The lecture, ‘Myles Keogh & the 7th Cavalry – “From Garryowen to Glory’ will be given at 8pm this Wednesday November 28 in Timmins’s Lounge (upstairs) Weavers’ Square, Baltinglass.

The cover charge is €3 for members or €5 for non-members.

All are welcome. This is a talk not to be missed.

 

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