Community, Town Development,

Planning & Environmental Issues


Blessington & District Forum

a Community-based Voluntary Body

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.




In this Section, we offer a series of Diversions to get us through the ‘Lockdowns’.


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It is hoped to publish new items on a weekly basis.


Blessington Library Initiative

🩰 Live Concerts For Free 🎼

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.

All you have to do is follow this link and enter your library card number.

Some advantages of exploring classical music, opera and ballet online rather than in a concert venue include:

– it doesn’t matter whether you know when to applaud or not!
– you can have your phone and drink at your seat
– no intimidating aficionados sitting next to you
– you won’t be told to sit still if you can’t help but join those Little Swans dancing by the lake.
– no overpriced programmes being forced on you
– you can leave and try something else in an instant if it’s just not your cup of tea!
– it’s FREE!
– nobody will shush you if you break into song along with Bizet’s Habanera

Why not give it a go?

#WicklowLibraries #Medici #ClassicalMusic



Blessington and Covid-19 

Click here for Some Uplifting Diversions from Local Talent during Level-5 Restrictions


October 2020

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.

July 2020

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 members of the working group are :
Blessington Town Team – John Horan
Blessington and District Forum  – Carmel Cashin
Business Sector – Killian McGreal
Baltinglass MD Cathaoirleach – Patsy Glennon
Baltinglass MD Councillor – Gerry O’Neill
Baltinglass MD District Manager: Breege Kilkenny
Baltinglass MD District Administrator: Garvan Hickey



The Blessington Greenway

June 2020

The Blessington Greenway (Phase 1) is now OPEN to 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.

Blessington Community Covid19 Response Group

March 2020

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 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.

Annual General Meeting 2019

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

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