The Forum is a 32 member body representing Blessington and the surrounding area, and facilitates all matters in relation to community and societal development, planning, town development, and environmental issues in cooperation with Wicklow County Council and other Statutory Bodies.
Established in 2001, Blessington & District Forum is the united community body for the area.
See our Facebook page for more information of BDF activities.
Maya Tivnan Beth Phibbs Ellie White Hannah Swan Holly May Flanagan Anita Barrett
Erika O'Toole Emily Charles Lysa Marie Tacadao Rachel Coyne Lilly May Cullen Dunne
Our Special Thanks to our Main Sponsor, Hudson Bros Limited of Blessington, and all our other Sponsors and Supporters.
The following is an extract from the Design Statement lodged by Wicklow County Council with An Bord Pleanála (ABP) in January 2022 (FULL documentation can be accessed here) :
“The development will take place in Blessington Co Wicklow with route around Poulaphouca Reservoir via Lacken, Ballyknockan, Blessington , Haylands , Knockieran Lower, Knockieran Upper, Carrig, Sroughan, Lacken, Ballynastockan, Ballyknockan, Carrigacurra, Annacarney, Valleymount, Monamuck, Humphrystown , Baltyboys Upper, Baltyboys Lower, Burgage Moyle, Russellstown, Russborough, Rathballylong, Tulfarris, Glebe East, and Burgage More and passing adjacent to the villages of Valleymount, Ballyknockan and Lacken before returning to Blessington at Knockieran Bridge.”
Observations and comments were lodged by concerned parties with ABP by close of business on March 4th. The Observations by Blessington & District Forum can be viewed here.
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Wicklow County Council Library Service are providing you with access to Medici, the worlds premier resource for classical music programming. Watch live events plus thousands of concerts , operas, ballets and more.
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The National Concert Hall invites people living with dementia, and other conditions affecting their daily life, their carers and families, to enjoy a concert of favourite songs and music using Zoom on the remaining Wednesdays in May. Advance booking is recommended.
Join our vocalists and guest musicians for a special Tea Dance Tunes concert of popular ballads, seasonal songs and light opera, in the comfort of your home.
This Tea Dance Tunes will be held live via Zoom, with opportunities for the musicians and our guests to interact. Please download Zoom to your tablet, laptop or computer in advance, via www.zoom.us (Sign up, it’s free).
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Blessington, along with the rest of the country, is been moved to LEVEL 5 restrictions from midnight 21 October. These include :
Hand-washing Face Coverings Social Distancing Reduce Contacts Stay at Home (where possible) Exercise within 5Km radius
People who may be vulnerable and those aged over 70 years should make sure to reduce contacts at all times.
There will be no gatherings other than small numbers (25) at funerals and weddings.
Some businesses which opened again in the Summer are now closed again due to Level 5 restrictions.
Full details of LEVEL 5 can be found here.
An informal working group has been established under the auspices of Blessington Town Team, of which Blessington & District Forum is a founding member, to promote the reopening of Blessington and District as the Covid 19 restrictions are eased. The main focus of the group is to support businesses and voluntary groups and to encourage a buy/support local campaign.
The Department of Business, Enterpise and Innovation has information on a wide range of supports available to help businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and details can be found here. (but check for continued availability).
Enterprise Ireland is working with all government stakeholders to ensure that businesses are prepared and informed on the most up-to-date advice and supports available. You can find the latest information here.
Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) are also offering information on other supports that can help your business respond, all the details are available here at this link.
Blessington & District Forum plans to compile a list of local businesses and service providers that are operating during COVID-19 pandemic or plan to re-open inline with Government guidelines. In this regard, we are seeking submission of business details (name, contact, website, Facebook etc) for FREE inclusion on this list which will appear here on this website. Terms and Conditions apply.
Blessington & District Forum is not responsible for the content of any listed website and no endorsement of any business, or any products or services contained on them is implied.
Please complete the Re-Opening Form to submit your details.
Click here for a list of local businesses who have provided their details and currently are operating post-Stage 3 or plan to reopen as soon as the Government re-opening phasing allows.
The Blessington Greenway (Phase 1) is now OPENto the public after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Users are expected to apply the Covid-19 protocols regarding social distancing etc when using the Greenway. Please keep Blessington Greenway TIDY.
In response to the current situation and with ongoing public health concerns surrounding Coronovirus-COVID-19, a Blessington Covid 19 Community Response group was established, bringing together different agencies to respond to the current crises in a coordinated way under the auspices of the Blessington Town Team. Posters for the group have been placed in the local community and published online to provide contact details for some members of the group. A facebook page (click here) has been created to share succinct and accurate information regarding what is happening around the town and nationally. A contact email has also been created firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. These are resources designed to enable information to be disseminated on a coordinated basis to the wider community. These are difficult times for everyone and we must do our best to get reliable and accurate information out to people.
At it’s Annual General Meeting held on 14th October 2019, the following persons were elected into these positions to administer the affairs of the Forum for the following three years :
1. Chair : Carmel Cashin
2. Vice-Chair: Michael Doyle
3. Secretary : Jason Mulhall
4. Treasurer : Liam Fay