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Tidy Towns? So what’s it all about? Most people think its little more than picking litter, keeping streets clean and sticking up hanging baskets in the summer. In fact that impression is completely wrong.

Litter accounts for 10% of the Tidy Towns concept and hanging baskets are no longer recommended. The best groups have a mixture of people from the whole community involved; school kids, teenagers, young adults, retired people, pensioners, male and female. Tidy Towns itself covers nature, wildlife, heritage, waste minimization, environmental awareness, civic spirit, in due course raising the prosperity of the town and most importantly pride in your local community.

In Blessington we have a beautiful town and have a dedicated Tidy Towns Group. Plans are in progress and we’re all starting to see improvements around the area. But we still need more help. We would love more people to get involved and we invite other community groups in the town to get involved. We need people from all walks of life. You don’t need to be involved regularly. You can drop in and out. Maybe you have an interest in wildlife, an interest in gardening, an

interest in heritage, an interest in just getting out and about and getting to know some new people? Take the step and get involved.

You’ll be glad you did! For details phone/text Jason 087 6349853, Noreen 0872858375, email or check out\blessingtontidytowns.


There were a number of deaths recently in the Parish.

Bride (Brigid) Feeney, Manor Kilbride, died in Craddockstown Nursing Home Naas. She originally came from Eaton Road Terenure Dublin. Her remains were removed to the Church of St. Brigid Manor Kilbride and her burial took place after requiem mass in the adjoining Cemetery. Nora Fleming, West Park, Blessington, and late of Lockstown Valleymount died in Craddocktown Nursing Home Naas. Her removal took place to the Church of Our Lady Blessington last Tuesday night March 5 and her burial after requiem mass took place the following day in Baltyboys Cemetery. Christopher (Christy) Reid, Rockypool, Blessington, and late of the Red Lane, Blessington, died recently. His remains were removed on Monday night March 4 to the Church of Our Lady of Mercy Crosschapel Blessington and his burial took place after requiem mass the following day in Burgage Cemetery. Maureen (Marie) Dawson, West Park, Blessington and late of Kingswood Heights died on Wednesday March 6. Her remains were removed to the Church of Our Lady Blessington on Friday morning March 8 for requiem mass and her cremation took place in Newlands Cemetery Dublin later that day. There was a large attendance at all the funerals which was very fitting as all were well known in the Blessington and surrounding area.


Blessington History Society will be holding their next talk this Thursday March 21. The subject for the talk will be ‘Irish Printing Types of the Irish Franciscans in Louvain and Rome’. Dr. Dermot McGuinne, author of the book Irish Type design: A History of Printing Types in the Irish Character will present this talk on the designing of special type for printing Irish language texts. The Talk will commence at 8.00pm in The Parish Centre. Free admission to all Talks for paid up members. For Non-members there is a €5 admission charge and there will be Tea/coffee/biscuits after each Talk. We look forward to meeting you there. Yearly membership costs €20 or €30 for a couple.


A recent visit to Our Ladies Children’s Hospital in Crumlin inspired Naas based fitness instructor Grainne Dempsey to organise a charity event in aid of the hospital. Grainne’s young niece Sophia suffers from a rare heart condition and it was while visiting the hospital that Grainne got the idea to host a ‘Zumbathon’ with all proceeds going to the cardiac unit at the National Children’s Hospital. Grainne who is also a qualified ‘Zumba Fitness’ instructor hosted the event on Saturday February 23 at St Kevin’s Community Centre in Blessington raising €1642.

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