A pitch & putt Fundraiser is taking place at Poulaphouca pitch & putt club on 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.
Blessington No. 1 National School has come up with a lovely fundraising event which will take place on Bank Holiday Monday June 4 from 1.30 pm – 6 pm at St. Kevins Community Centre Blessington. There will be a Pet Farm, Birds of Prey, Blacksmith, Ducks, Chickens, Sheep Shearing, Farm Animals, Body Zorbing and much much more. You are all invited to come along to what promises to be an afternoon not to be missed and one that all the family can enjoy. Everybody is most welcome to come along and have a browse around. All support will be very welcome with all funds raised on the day going towards Blessington No. 1 School.
Blessington further Education Centre is holding an Open Day on Wednesday May 30 at 10am. The Marie Keating foundation will be there to give talks to females at 10.30am about breast and cervical cancer. The male talk at 11.30am will concentrate on issues that affect males. There are many other topics that can be discussed like skin cancer awareness. The Marie Keating bus will be at the Centre all day. The Nurses will also have smokelyzers and the tar in the jar to show the relative dangers of smoking. The local community are more than welcome to attend these talks which start at 10.30am and 11.30am sharp.
New walking and cycling trail
Blessington Greenway recently received the green light from Wicklow County Council with the issuing of an exempted development declaration. The new development will involve a Walking and Cycling Trail adjacent to the shoreline of Blessington Lakes joining Blessington to Russborough House. The project was first envisaged in the County Development Plan and has been advanced in recent months by a newly formed company under the auspices of Blessington & District Forum. It will involve looped trails at the Blessington, Avon Ri and Russborough ends of the trail. All in all there will be around seven kms along the shores of the reservoir and through the forest and woodlands taking in some spectacular scenery en route. John Horan has been managing the project on behalf of the Forum and he says that a wide range of stakeholders have been very supportive of the development. While a number of matters still remain to be finalised with the landowners the ESB the organisers are confident that these can be sorted out in the coming weeks. It is hoped that the first phase of the project will be completed by this September and this is seen as the beginning of a complete loop of more than 45kms along the other shores of lake opening up the villages of Valleymount, Ballyknockan, Lacken and Manor Kilbride to even more walkers and cyclists in the years ahead.
Blessington Golf Society recently held a day out at Heritage G.C. and although the course was not at its best all that teed off had a most enjoyable day. Overall winner was Pat Nolan with Pat Hughes in the runner-up spot only losing out on the back nine holes. Then over the May Bank Holiday Weekend the Society travelled to Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort Limerick Junction. Forty golfers played over two days with the overall winner being Anthony Murphy who became the first winner of the Robert Hennessy Memorial Cup which was presented to the Society by Tom and Helen Hennesy Robert parents in memory of Robert who died last May. Each year the winner of the Society’s weekend away outing will receive the lovely trophy. At the presentation dinner Tom recalled some happier moments of Robert’s short but adventurous life. Anthony Murphy said he was very honoured to be the first winner of the Memorial Trophy. The next outing for the Society will be Presidents Day which will be played at Druids Glen G.C. on Sunday June 10 when a large turnout of members is expected.
Graveyard break in
The Shed at Burgage Cemetery was broken into the weekend before last and among the items stolen were the Lawnmower, Strimmer and Knapsack Sprayer. It is a very sad sign of the times that even our sacred places are not safe from robberies anymore. There was a time when people would not dare to take anything from places like a Graveyard or a Church. Blessington Gardai is investigating the robbery and if anyone saw anything suspicious in or around the Graveyard over that weekend they are asked to contact Blessington Garda Station as soon as possible.
The death took place last week of one of Blessington oldest residents Jane Flynn Old Lakeview Blessington. Jane’s remains were removed from her home last Saturday night to the Church of Our Lady Blessington and after requiem mass on Sunday morning she was buried in Burgage Cemetery. There was a large attendance on both days.