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23rd October, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd October 2022 

Volume 22.  Number 42


The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Monday 17th were: 4 – 6 – 8 – 22. There was no Jackpot winner and 6 match 3 players including online. The following Match 3 players received €35.00 each. Fionnúala Walsh, Clonmines: EileenThorpe, Newtown, Nell Barry C/o Cáit; Carol Lee, The Boola, Catherine Walsh, Brocurra & Patrick Fortune online. The next draw in on Monday 31st October in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €15,000. It’s still there to be won – keep on buying the ticket.


The monthly meeting was held on Wed Oct 5th in the Community Centre. There was a good attendance on the night. It was decided to hold our Annual Sponsored Walk on Sunday Oct 30th at 2pm starting in the Community Centre.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join us; all proceeds from the walk will go to help fund Our Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party. If you don’t wish to walk, please come along anyway and join us for a cuppa and a chat after the walk.

 We had a most enjoyable evening at the Federation Cooking demonstration with Edward Hayden in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on Wed October 12th. Not only is he a great chef but he kept us entertained from start to finish. The competition on the night was for the nicest scarf and was won by Ann Ryan. Before our meeting concluded Callie Doyle on behalf of The Historical Society made a presentation to the Guild of €1010. We would like to thank Betty O’Shea, Callie Doyle and Denise Harler and the late M.J. Booth for their extremely generous donation. It was very much appreciated by all our members. It was decided that the money should go to the Senior Citizens Christmas Party. I’m sure M.J. would have approved! . May his kind and gentle soul rest in peace.

Upcoming Dates & Adventures

Sunday Oct 30th – Sponsored Walk at 2.00pm.

Wednesday Nov 9th – Monthly meeting at 8.00pm.

New members always welcome.

Sunday Dec 4th – Senior Citizens Christmas Party in the Horse & Hound. Invitations will be out in the coming weeks.


The Community Awareness event, which was arranged to take place on Wednesday 19th, was cancelled due to severe weather warnings and is rescheduled for Thursday November 3rd 2022 at 8pm in the Community Centre.

REMINDER – 20th Anniversary of First Threshing Day

The postponed 20th Anniversary of 1st Threshing Day for Sr. Helen will now take place in Cullen’s following 7.30pm Mass on Saturday night 5th November.


We extend our good wishes to Liam Morrissey, who retired on Friday following over 20 years as supervisor of the C.E. scheme covering Adamstown and surrounding areas.

Wishing Liam good health & happiness for the future.


A huge congratulations to Adamstown Intermediate A Football team on winning the Whizzy Internet Intermediate ‘A’ Football Co. Final at Wexford Park on Sunday last. Defeating near neighbours Cloughbawn on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-12. Coming back from relegation in 2018 they can now look forward to a return to the second tier next year.

The team was: Alan Bradley, Kevin Dunleavy, Lorcan French, Kieran Finn, Andrew Boland, Michael Furlong, Páiric Wickham, Tony French, Paudie Barden, Michael Curtis, Seán Barden, Graham O’Reilly, Dean Kehoe, Conor Hickey, Rúairí O’Brien, Subs: Harry Cosgrave, Colum Feeney, Barry Power, Jason Whitty, James Dunleavy, Tomás French, Mark Dunphy, John Whelan, John French, Craig Bradley, Tadgh McDonald, William Whitney-Rothwell, James Dillon, Patrick Doyle, Matthew O’Neill, Mervyn Moloney & James Furlong.

Well done to all involved with the team.

We wish the team all the best this Saturday as they play

Stabannon Parnells of Co. Louth in St. Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy at 1.30pm in the 1st round of the AIB Leinster Junior Campionship.

Also good luck to the Adamstown U-17 Hurlers who play Ballygarrett in the Co. Final in Monageer at 10.30.

Hopefully by the time you are reading this it will be good news all round.


St. Padre Pio Healing Mass in St. Aidan’s Church, Ferns this Friday 28th October at 7.30pm. Individual Blessings with The Glove of Padre Pio. Concelebrated Mass by Fr. Bryan Shortall O.F.M. Cap & The Very Rev. Fr. Paddy Cushen P.P

Confessions available throughout.


Only 8% of the world’s currency is physical money.

The rest exists only on computers.


Don’t miss the boat.

Don’t forget we’re all in the same boat.

Plan ahead – it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

Stay fit – when you’re 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something big.

Don’t listen to critics – just get on with what has to be done.

For safety sake, travel in pairs.

Two heads are better than one.

Build your future on higher ground.

Speed isn’t always an advantage. After all, there were snails on the ark along with cheetahs.

When you are stressed, float for a while.

Remember: That the two woodpeckers inside the Ark

are greater threats than the storm on the outside.



Sat 22nd – Kathleen Rothwell, Groveside (A)

Also:          Tommy Furlong, Raheenduff (Month’s Mind)

Sun 23rd – People of the Parish.

Sat 29th – Tom Furlong, Jnr, Castlelodge (A)

Sun 30th – Patrick & Kathleen Murphy, and deceased members of the Murphy family Coolnagree, also

Babs Carr (A)

Also:            Johnny Bradley, Ballyvergin (Month’s Mind)

Pray for Michael Nolan (Month’s Mind) and Mary Anne Nolan, Cellie Zee and Annie Handrick (A)

May they rest in peace.

Mass each week day morning at 9.30am

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday from 10.00am – 3.00pm.


Sat 22nd – Family Mass.       Sun 23rd – Callie Doyle

Sat 29th – Family Mass         Sun 30th – Family Mass


Mary’s Meals Online Quiz, which feeds 2 1/4 million hungry children in 20 countries, will be held next Friday 28th Oct at 8pm. To take part or simply donate go to www.bit/lyQuizforMM or contact Martin Colfer at

087 2596159


Thanks to the ladies from Coonogue for looking after the church & altars for the month of October, it is now the turn of parishioners from Misterin for the month of November.

MISSION SUNDAY – 22nd October 2022

This Sunday is World Mission Sunday and is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world; it’s a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence and oppression. Envelopes have been left on the seats in St. Abban’s, please take one home with you and donate what you can and return it next weekend.  Thank you.


Heavenly Father,

when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he commissioned his followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ and you remind us that through Baptism we are made sharers in the mission of the Church.

Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and zealous in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to the Church, which is still very far from completion, may find new and efficacious expressions that bring life and light to the world.

Help us make it possible for all peoples to experience the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Sprit,

One God, forever and ever. Amen.



Where do you start when we have so much to say about the great Johnny Bradley. A friend to everyone, a good neighbour and as we heard numerous times since his passing – the daddy of Adamstown.

Johnny was born on 7th May 1929, and passed away at 93 years young. He met the love of his life, Bridget Kelly and married her in 1951 and they enjoyed 71 years of marriage!

An outstanding feat of which we can only aspire to and are so proud of. Their relationship was so simple, yet so special. They didn’t do anything fancy – just instilled a mutual love and respect for each other. They spent every night together sitting at either side of the fire, maybe not always in conversation, but always in each other’s company. Here’s some impressive facts and figures for ye – they had 14 children, 48 grandchildren, 65 great-great grandchildren, and 7 great-great-great grandchildren, 134 of us – that’s some legacy to leave behind him.

Johnny loved attending matches – GAA, Soccer. He was always the quiet man on the sideline, win, lose or draw he never commented. He loved watching his children and grandchildren playing at club and county level. He was part of the Cloughbawn winning teams of 1949 and ’51 along with his brother Bill – Johnny scoring the winning goal against Rathnure in the ’49 final in the last minute. He loved

commenting that “There would be no medals in Cloughbawn if it wasn’t for the Adamstown men”. One of granddads favourite places to hang out was his shed. Here he could be found splitting sticks, welding, fixing things, feeding the cattle, fixing his infamous Massey Ferguson and enjoying a sip of Jameson from the well hidden stash. If you got invited to the shed you had won the golden ticket and you could be guaranteed you wouldn’t walk out as upright as you walked in.  Grandad was a ‘Storm Chaser’ – watching for trees down, the chainsaw would be out and granddad would be in his happy place. Johnny was always fixing things and upcycling – nothing was wasted. He has some impressive homemade gadgets sprinkled around the yard – turning nannie’s breadbin into a toilet roll holder is one example. His late night calving sessions turned into different “sessions2 and in recent years he had gone all high tech and invested in a calving camera. Grandad was a hardworking man right up to his last days – he always worked in the building trade and passed on all his knowledge to his children and grandchildren. He ensured to instil the importance of hard work in us all and we can certainly say he worked hard and played hard.

We would like to thank Dr. Catherine O’Donohoe, our PHN Margo, Gerry and his staff in Adamstown Pharmacy. To all Johnny’s wonderful neighbours and friends for helping with parking, digging of the grave and providing catering over the last few days, and to all who helped in today’s celebration of Johnny’s life, our singers Mark and Marie and a very special thanks you to Fr. Nolan. May he rest in peace.


In winter’s chill or a summer’s heat,

A farmer works, so the world can eat.

Thank you Farmer.

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