Blessington GAA Club held their very latest Lotto Draw on Tuesday May 22 with another brand new jackpot which was standing at €6, 400. Once again lo and behold 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, 18, 19 and 21. Tickets priced at only €2 are already on sale at the usual local outlets or from a committee member for the club’s next Lotto Draw which will have another new jackpot which will be standing at €6. 600 which is the largest ever Jackpot.
The draw will take place on Tuesday June 5. 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.
There is a final reminder about a pitch & putt Fundraiser which is taking place at Poulaphouca pitch & putt club this Wednesday June 6 in aid of Motor Neuron. The format for the event will be a three ball scramble. There will be a raffle with some great prizes up for grabs as well.
Anyone can come along and take part. You do not have to be a regular pitch & putt player. You can bring along some family members or friends to make up a team of three players or just come along yourself and you will be put into a team.
You can tee off any time from 6 o’clock onwards and all support would be most welcome for this very worthy cause. Presentation of prizes will take place in the clubhouse when everyone has finished. There will also be some light refreshments for everyone who comes along and supports the event.
Why not put on those dancing shoes and drop along to Valleymount Community Hall on Friday June 8 for another of their popular Social Dances. Music on the night will be provided by Fernando. It will commence at 9.30 pm and admission is only €7.50 which will include some refreshments.
Pitch and putt
Poulaphouca pitch & putt club held its Annual Strokeplay recently. There was a great turnout of members for what was one of the major competitions of the year. The weather was ok and the course was in excellent condition. This lead to some good scoring.
The overall winner for the second year in a row was Robert Carroll from Dunlavin. The other prizewinners were John Carroll from Dunlavin, Graham Curran from Blessington and Charlie Byrne from Naas. Presentation of prizes took place immediately afterwards in the clubhouse. Next up for members will be the Tom and Joe Memorial which takes place on Saturday June 9 with the usual 2 pm tee off. All members are invited to come along and play.
The Tramway Theatre Blessington presented Margaretha Mattsson with Vikarbyns Lilla Spelmanslag recently. They are Traditional Swedish Fiddlers who were joined on stage by some local artists.
Although there was a very small attendance they were given a good old Irish welcome when they took to the stage. Well done also to the local performers. Our Swedish visitors also performed at the 11am Mass in the Church of Our Lady Blessington on that Sunday morning. This was a thank you to the people of Blessington especially John McNamara who made the initial contact with them ten years ago. They then travelled on to the University of Limerick where they accompanied local Fiddler Rachel Conlon in her final performance Concert.
Car boot sale
The monthly Car Boot Sale which is held at St. Kevin’s Community Centre Blessington is heading your way this Sunday June 10. It will be open from 8am and as usual there will be lots of different stalls selling a wide range of bargains. Those of you wishing to open up a stall can do so on the day. A car load will cost only €12 while a van load will cost only €17. Contact Ann tel. 087 2873036 or Des tel. 01-4582818.
Every month the entry fee is donated to a worthy charity most of which are in the Blessington and surrounding area. So why not give the attic and garage a good clear out and come along on the day and open up a stall. You will be surprised at the money you can make and with the summer holidays fast approaching on the horizon the extra euros will come in very handy.
But make sure to get there early as it can be very full and if the weather is bad only the hall is used. So make a date.
Children walk to school
St. Mary’s Junior and National Schools are working hard to earn their 4th Green Flag having already gained flags for Litter Waste Management, Energy and Water Conservation. As part of the current module Transport they are trying to promote more Eco Friendly ways of travelling to school and as the vast majority of children live within walking or cycling distance of school parents are been encouraged to leave the car at home thus alleviating traffic congestion along the Town’s Main Street.
The added benefit is that the early morning exercise has proven to increase children’s concentration in school in addition to the health benefits of regular exercise. On Wednesday morning May 23 the two schools united for a walk to school together day. Children, Parents and Teachers assembled at two designated meeting points at both ends of the town and proceeded to walk to school.
The Main Street was awash with Hi Viz jackets which were provided by RSA and An Taisce. On reaching the schools the children received fresh fruit. They were also presented with pencil cases which were made from recycled car tyres. The hope now is that for the rest of the term the children will walk to school on a more regular basis. Teachers Michele Lenihan and Gemma Grant would like to thank all who helped with the venture.
When the new Speed Detection Vans were introduced last year the N81 was one of the roads targeted. Well here is a little warning to local motorists. One of the Speed detection Vans is regularly parked along Blessington’s Main Street beside Eircom.
It is usually there in the mornings or late at night when you would least expect to encounter it. A few weeks ago it was busy catching unsuspecting motorists at 2am in the morning. So be careful out there as you could end up with an €80 fine and two penalty points which last for a three period.
The Annual Fete is taking place at Cloughleagh Church Manor Kilbride this Saturday June 9 at 2pm. Lots of stalls with plenty of bargains. It is always well worth a visit. So make sure to drop along.