A really enjoyable day was had by all at the inaugural Hillbilly Golf Classic in Blessington Lakes Golf Club on Saturday April14. The hosts Betty and Donie McEvoy could not have done any more to help get it off the ground. Betty had all the cards and sheets laid out at 7a.m. and Donie was on hand to explain the intricacies of a four-ball scramble. A big vote of thanks is due to them. Tommy McDonald’s team came home in first place followed by a team led by Philip Ryan. The longest drive was achieved by Paul McLoughlin and Eric O’Connor won nearest the pin. The Hillbilly thoughts now turn to the May Bank Holiday weekend and the Ballyknockan Band Fest which will include the selection of The Hillbilly Festival Queen. They are expecting a big entry as some of the companies and organisations will be sponsoring and nominating their own entrants. It should be a great competition for the lady who will be overseeing the preparations for the Hillbilly Festival which takes place on Sunday June 24 with the highlight once again being the Tractor Run around the Blessington Lakes.
A fundraiser is being held in Blessington aid of Special Olympics Ireland.
It is been held in The Avon Ri, Blessington on Sunday May 6 starting at 9pm.
There will be dancing till late, Finger Food & monster Raffle on the night.
The entire night is been sponsored by The Avon Ri Blessington. Tickets are only €10 and can be purchased by calling/texting Amy 087-2782103 , Olwyn 087-7709074 or Rob 087-1611010. The event is been organised by a group of Blessington people and they are appealing for your support on the night for this very worthy cause. An enjoyable night is guaranteed. So please help them out if you can.
Western Gaels Hurling Club which has only been formed in recent years provides hurling for any member of the following clubs, Blessington, Lacken, Kilbride, Valleymount, Hollywood, Dunlavin and Donard. They have been carrying out coaching on a weekly basis for juveniles since their formation and there has been a wonderful response from juveniles in the catchment area which is great to see in an area that has very little or no hurling tradition down the years. Last year their Adult Junior Team captured a County Championship which was quite an achievement. If anyone is interesting in playing with Western Gaels whether you are a juvenile or adult you can contact Ciaran Murphy tel. 086 7145288.
Blessington Bowls Club who plays in St. Kevin’s Hall recently won the Kildare/ West Wicklow Division 2 Bowls League. Team members were Richard Coe, Margaret Doyle, Philip Duane, Billy Hamilto, Liam Houston, James Kaine, Donie McEvoy, Joe McMahon, Marie McMahon and Ann Pierce. Next season they will be taking part in Division 1.
Parking along Blessington’s Main Street has been a major problem for a number of years. As parking is free many motorists park their vehicles in the town and travel into Dublin by bus thus saving them a lot of money. Those who do it on a daily basis can save a considerable amount of cash. However this leads to fewer parking spaces being available during the daytime and as a result many motorists will literally park anywhere sometimes blocking gateways to houses and business premises. Some years ago yellow boxes were painted at various locations which proved to be a Godsend for those residents who regularly y found cars blocking their entrances. However last year when the Main Street was resurfaced most of the yellow boxes were not repainted and since then motorists have returned to their old bad habits blocking driveways. Those residents who have been affected are very annoyed with the Council that here we are twelve months down the road and the problem has not been rectified. Hopefully someone in the Council might read this article and sort out the problem sooner rather than later.
All roads will lead to Donard Hall on Tuesday May 1 for their 56th Annual Mini Fleadh which will commence at 9 pm. You are all invited to come along for what promises to be one hell of a great session. So why not make a date and head on down to Donard.
Alzheimer’s Tea Day
Blessington Library staff is busy brewing up an Alzheimer’s Tea Party on Thursday May 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You may sample homemade goodies, listen to creative writers reading their work, and view our knitter’s beautifully crafted Tea Cozies. Come along and enjoy the Café Style atmosphere while seeing what your library has to offer.
Free Wi-Fi Get Connected At Blessington Library
Blessington Library is delighted to announce that they are now providing a free Wi-Fi service to library customers. Blessington Library now offers free wireless access (Wi-Fi) at all times when the library is open. Getting online is quick and easy and best of all there are no session time limits or restrictions. All you need is a wireless-enabled device, such as a laptop, iPad or SmartPhone. So why not come in and check it out for yourselves.
Shay Eustace tribute
It’s hard to believe it will be a year on May 7 since we lost the great Shay Eustace. To mark his first anniversary a new CD has been compiled. It is a collection of all his recordings over the years. The CD will be launched in The West Wicklow House Blessington on Thursday May 3 and it promises to be a great night of music and one not to be missed with “Celtic Mist” which was Shay’s former Group, “The Beermats” and a number of local artists. All proceeds will go to Shay’s Cancer Research Fundraising. The new cd is available now in Crauls shop Manor Kilbride. Meanwhile the Anniversary Mass for Shay will be celebrated on Sunday May 6 in Manor Kilbride Church at 11am and you are all very welcome to attend.
Cemetery Sunday will take place at Burgage Cemetery Blessington on Sunday May 20 weather permitting. Mass will be celebrated at 3 pm and that will be followed by the Blessington of all the graves in the Cemetery. Parishioners are advised to notify relatives and friends living outside the area in case they may wish to come along to the ceremonies.