Research study

Research study

There is another reminder from Ruth Pritchard NUI Galway about her upcoming research study. Be part of a research study on changing patterns of leadership in Ireland. Ruth Pritchard is looking for members of the Blessington & District community to attend a small discussion group being held in the community room of the Blessington Library on a weekday morning or Saturday morning in April (final date to be agreed with participants). Confidential & anonymous this is for ordinary members of the community and no special knowledge or expertise is required. Contact Ruth Pritchard of NUI, Galway on 086 8147339 for more information.

Golf classic

The Hillbilly Golf Classic-which is the first part of the fundraising for Crumlin Hospital is on Saturday, April 14th at Blessington Lakes Golf Club. It is a 4-ball scramble and entry is €120 for a team which includes refreshments. Presentations will be that night in Cullen’s Ballyknockan with a bit of music and plenty of craic. The Hillbillies are also looking for contributions either pictures or stories for this year’s magazine. Information for any of these is available from Ben D’Alton at 0879403049 or check out the website or you could be a friend on Facebook.


THE Tramway Theatre Blessington presents Margaretha Mattsson with Vikarbyns Lilla Spelmanslag on Sunday May 13 at 8pm. They are Traditional Swedish Fiddlers who will be joined on stage by some local artists. Tickets priced at €10 are on sale at Parish Office, Office Shop and Hennessy’s. Our Swedish visitors will also perform at the 11am Mass in the Church of Our Lady on that Sunday morning. This is a thank you to the people of Blessington especially John McNamara who made the initial contact with them ten years ago.They then will travel on to the University of Limerick where they will accompany local Fiddler Rachel Conlon in her final performance Concert on Thursday May 17. For further information you can contact any of the following Pat Conlon tel. 086 0752072, Jeanette O’Toole tel. 086 8179507 or John Coogan tel. 087 1303491.


There is another reminder from St. Bridget’s National School Manor Kilbride that they are now taking enrolments for all pupils who wish to start school this coming September. You can call to the school or telephone 01 4582550 during opening hours.


Kilbride and Lakeside Music Committee are actively advancing the cause of Music Education and Enjoyment of Music in West Wicklow. Firstly, a great concert is taking place on Sunday afternoon 29th April in Avon Ri, Blessington. North Strand Kontra Bandis performing along with Kilbride & Lakeside Band. Nth Strand Kontra Band has played all over Ireland and the UK and at festivals such as Electric Picnic and Knocken-Stocken. They have been described by The Irish Times as “one of the most enjoyable new party bands of the past few years’. A lively afternoon of dance music from Eastern Europe and Romania is promised while Kilbride & Lakeside will showcase various ensembles of the brightest local talent with their own contemporary compositions. Tickets for this event are available from Maria O’Hara 0879656257. It is planned to set the foundation for WEST WICKLOW WIND ENSEMBLE at Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee’s Summer project which will run from 2nd - 6th July at The Millennium Centre, Oldcourt, Manor Kilbride. Wind players undertwenty-one years old from every area in West Wicklow are eligible to apply for the course which is part funded by Wicklow Co. Council and directed by Colm O’Hara and Matthew Berrill. Both Matthew and Colm have a range of experience playing in Orchestras and Wind Ensembles throughout Ireland and Europe and it is guaranteed that the repertoire and standard of W.W.W.E. will be the highest possible level. For further details and application form phone Maria at the number above.

Car boot sale

There is a reminder to those of you out there who love a Car Boot Sale. The monthly Car Boot Sale which takes place at St. Kevin’s Community Centre Blessington will not be open this month due a clash of dates with Easter Sunday. However the good news is that it will resume on the second Sunday in May with the usual opening hours. More details will be given closer to the date. So make sure to stick a reminder in your diary. This particular Car Boot Sale is always very popular both with sellers and buyers with lots of bargains.


A two day Residential Workshop is being run at the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise, on May 8 and May 9 specifically for people aged over 50 who are thinking about starting a business. The aim of this interactive two day Residential Workshop is to give entrepreneurs aged 50+ the opportunity to develop a business plan to guide the establishment of their new business. It is suitable for those with an idea on which they would like to base a new business and who would like assistance in taking their idea from concept to commercial reality. The full cost of this Workshop including hotel room & food for the two days is €75 per person. For more information and to book a place contact Wicklow County Enterprise Board on 0404 30800 or log - click Senior Entrepreneurs.

Death of Pete Nolan

The town of Blessington lost one of its favourite sons last week with the death of Pete (Manager) Nolan Rockypool Crescent. The Manager as he was affectionately known around the town finally lost his very brave battle with a serious illness on Tuesday March 27 when he passed away in Tallaght Hospital. Pete was a GAA man through and through and outside of his family he lived for the GAA especially his beloved ‘Blues’. He was a lifelong member of Blessington GAA Club and having served on their committee in a variety of positions since 1959 was very proud when he was elected President of the club in recent years and just before his death was presented with a Life Time Achievement by his beloved ‘Blues’. There was a massive attendance both at his removal to the Church of Our Lady last Friday night and for his requiem mass and burial the next day. His coffin was carried both to the church and all the way to Burgage Cemetery by club members who also formed a guard of honour along the Town’s Main Street. Manager I am going to miss our Monday morning GAA chats over at Topaz. May you rest in peace?

Community directory

The latest Blessington Community Directory has just been published and is been distributed to every household throughout Blessington and the surrounding area. This Information Booklet has been compiled by the Parish Office, Church of Our Lady Blessington as a service to the wider community of Blessington. There is an ever present need for access to local information and for community networking. It is hoped that it will become a useful resource for all householders in the area. Every effort has been made to ensure the most up –to-date information for all Organisations, Clubs, Groups etc. There are lots of useful information and important contact numbers which will come in very handy no matter what age you are. If you have not received your Booklet by now you can obtain a copy from the Parish Office beside the Church of Our Lady Blessington tel 045 865327 or email