The Annual Christmas Open Day is taking place at Tramway Treasures The Lambe this Thursday November 15 from 10 am -5pm.
Michael Brady Gortlum Brittas finally lost his very brave battle with a serious illness when he passed away on Friday October 26. The ‘Hawk’s as he was affectionately known was a true legend in the Blessington and surrounding area for a long number of years. He was a wonderful musician, singer and songwriter and until his recent illness was a regular performer at venues in the area. He always put on a great show with ballads and folk his main forte. I can recall him performing in Blessington in the 60’s with the late Shay Eustace, late Patsy McEvoy and Tony Bird His remains were removed to St. Brigid’s Church Manor Kilbride and after requiem mass on Sunday October 28 his burial took place in the adjoining Cemetery. There was a very large attendance which very fitting for a wonderful character that will be sadly missed but never forgotten by all of us who were lucky enough to known him and witnessed him performing. Fair thee well Michael auld son.
RACE DAY FUNDRAISER
Blessington Juvenile GAA Club has cancelled its Annual Race Day Fundraiser which was due to be held at Punchestown Racecourse this Sunday November 18. The reason for this is because our Junior A team is playing in the rearranged County Final at Aughrim that particular day. So members and supporters will be heading for Aughrim instead to cheer on the lads to victory. All money will be refunded on tickets already sold for the Race Day.
THE MUSIC OF QUEEN
David Hull Promotions presents Flash Harry the music of ‘Queen’ in Blessington’s Tramway Theatre on Saturday December 1 at 8pm. Tickets priced at €20 are available from Hennessy’s Next Door, Office Shop or Phone 086 8239946. Why not make a great Christmas night out with this special offer from The Tramway Theatre & West Wicklow House Blessington? For only €40 you will get a pre show 3 course meal, tickets for the show and two after show drinks. Tickets fcan be bought on call 086 8239946.
Midlands Support Group is for Family and Friends Affected by Suicide. Their confidential support group established in conjunction with HOPE(D) meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Aras Building (beside Fas) Main Street, Newbridge at 8pm. Please do not hesitate to contact Jacinta on 087 2229695 should you require more information.
Congratulations to Donard FC who made Soccer history by winning their first piece of Silverware by defeating Clane Utd 2-1 in the Kildare League Division 2 Casey Cup Final in Athy on Sunday October 21. Donard got off to a great start as they went 2- 0 up with both goals scored by Gerry Fennell. Clane battled back and scored half way through the second half to set up a grandstand finish. But the Donard defence stood firm and kept Clane at bay until the final whistle after which there were great celebrations for the team and the huge support that played a great part in getting the win for Donard. Hopefully this will be the start of bigger things to come in the years ahead. So watch out Barcelona.
TIDY TOWNS AWARDS
Blessington Tidy Towns Organisation held their Awards in the Avon Ri Blessington on Thursday October 25. There was a very good attendance for the event which was the first of its kind to be held in Blessington. The top Award was for the tidiest estate in Blessington and the winner was Ashton. They were followed home in second place by Burgage Manor with Beechdale capturing third place. The organisers were very pleased with the entry and the turnout. They are very keen to make this an annual event and to add more Awards.
Blessington History Society is holding their last talk before the New Year in Blessington Parish Centre this Thursday November 15 at 8 pm. The Talk will be given by John Hussey and his subject will be ‘Ballyknockan 1771-1971 from Clachan to industrial village’. Admission is €5.