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4th December, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 3rd & Sun 4th December 2022 

Volume 22.  Number 48



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Monday 28th November were: 11 – 19 – 21 – 24. There was no Jackpot winner. The following five players matched three numbers and each got €40.00. Kathleen Rochford, Tomgarrow, Mary Thorpe, Newtown, Tommy McLoughlin, New Ross and two online winners – Elaine McDonald, Tomgarrow and Luke Gaule, Slievecuragh. The next draw is on Monday 12th December in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €15,000. It’s the last draw before Christmas – do buy a ticket and be in with a chance.


Reminding everyone of the Community Centre Craft Fair in the Community Centre this Sunday from 11-00am to 4.00pm. Do come along and see the wonderful displays of local crafts and produce and in doing so you will be supporting your local Community Centre.  Real Christmas Trees on sale €30.  A Christmas Raffle is also being held.


Line Dancing in Adamstown Community Centre every Wednesday morning at 10.30am. Come along and enjoy the fun and exercise. For further information contact

Sarah on 087 9792483


Our very best wishes to Josie Booth, Misterin who celebrated her 90th birthday on Monday last with family and friends. Wishing Josie many more years of health and happiness.


Carol Service in St. Abban’s Church

Scoil Naomh Abbáin, Adamstown will hold a Carol Service in St. Abban’s Church on Friday December 16th at 6.30pm. Each will class will showcase a selection of carols and Christmas songs. Everyone welcome to come along.

Parents Association Annual Christmas Raffle:

Just a reminder that the Parents Assoc. Annual Christmas Raffle is back again this year. Children will have raffle cards from this coming week. Also if you would like to donate online please go to:

There are some wonderful prizes on offer this year. We are very grateful for all the generous sponsors.


                       Letter Post   Parcels     Registered Post

Ireland –                 22nd             22nd             22nd

N Ireland               20th              20th              20th

Gr. Britain              19th              19th              19th

Rest of Europe     19th             13th              19th

USA                         12th              7th                 7th

Rest of world            7th             7th                 7th          

(An Post)


We extend our deepest sympathy to Eleanor Power & Breda Whelan and all their families on the death of their sister-in-law Catherine Leacy (née Crean) Cushinstown on Monday last. To her husband Willie, son Liam, the Creane and Leacy families, relatives, neighbours and friends our sympathy also.  Catherine’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Cushinstown on Wednesday last followed by burial in Cushinstown Cemetery.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

We extend our sympathy also to the Tector family, on the death of John (Sean) Tector, Raheenvarrren, Newbawn on Sunday last. To his sisters Eileen, Kathleen, Lena and Breda, brothers Michael, Leo, Willie our deepest sympathy.

The Tector family would have for many years been a big part of the work at Harvest Time on farms in our Parish and surrounds. John’s funeral Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Newbawn on Tuesday 29th November followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

May he rest in peace.


The land is life

on which is bred the human race.

The land is a child

which if neglected, breeds disgrace.

The world amidst war and strife

may gamble on, the land remains

our duty’s plain in wind and rain,

protect the land, God made the land.

(Taken from 40 years of Wexford Agriculture M T. Connolly.

Who found this poem in a hallway in Glynn’s Hotel, Gort, Co. Galway in 1942.

WOMEN’S REFUGE WEXFORD  (Sheelagh Delaney)

The Women’s Refuge Wexford are launching their sixteen days of action this Monday evening 5th December from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the Crescent Quay, Wexford. Your support would be very welcome, bring a candle, if possible a battery one would be more weather friendly. Thank you.

Note: It was wonderful to see the sod officially turned on the new €6.4 million Wexford Women’s Refuge by the Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien at Maudlintown during the week.


Congratulations to Alice Cash, Scullabogue and Thomas Murphy, Irishtown, New Ross who celebrated their Nuptial Mass in St. Abban’s Church, Adamstown on Thursday 24th November. We wish them every blessing in their future life together.



Sat 3rd Dec – Martin & Anna Mai Furlong, Castleview (A)

Sun 4th – People of the Parish

Sat 10th – People of the Parish

Sun 11th – Gerry Bradley, Ballyvergin (A)

Also           Aunty Campbell, Oldcourt, her brothers and sisters and her mother Hannah Lawlor née Whelan and all the Whelan family, Brocurra.

Thurs 8th Dec 10.30am – Edward, Mary, Luke Whelan & deceased members of the Whelan family, Oldcourt (A)

May they rest in peace.

8th December – Feast of the Immaculate  Conception

of the Blessed Virgin Mary – A Holy Day of Obligation

Vigil Mass Wed 7th December a 7.30pm

Thursday 8th Dec – Mass at 10.30am.

Morning Mass each week day morning at 9.30am

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


Sat 3rd Dec – Liam Whelan   Sun 4th – Neasa Cloney

Sat 10th – Anthony McGee    Sun 11th – Kathleen O’Connor

Sat 17th – Cáit Bradley          Sun 18th – Callie Doyle


V. Rev Odhran Furlong – Diocesan Communications Officer.

Bishop Ger Nash, following a meeting with local representatives from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, has called for a generous response to the Annual Church Gate Collection which will take place after all Masses on the weekend of Sat 10th & Sun 11th December. As it comes into its two busiest months of the year, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is receiving an average of 800 requests for help each day. Launching this year’s SVP Annual Appeal entitled

“Impossible Choices”, Rose McGowan, SVP National President, said that despite the additional cost-of-living support payments made by the Government, there are many people who are struggling to meet basic family expenses. Bishop Ger commended the work of so many volunteers who give so selflessly of their time to assist with the work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul throughout the Diocese and beyond and has asked mass goers to respond as generously as they can to the upcoming collection.


Mission Sunday collection, which was taken up in St. Abban’s Church on the weekend of 21st / 22nd October amounted to €235.00. Many thanks to those who contributed.


We pray that volunteer non-profit organisations committed to human development find people dedicated to the common good and ceaselessly seek out new paths to international cooperation.


Thanks to the ladies from Misterin for looking after the Church and altars for the month of November. It is now the turn of parishioners from Knockreigh for the month of December.


Nora Bone was delivering a new plastic skeleton to the Doctor’s office. As she waited at the main desk, Nora was aware that the waiting room, full of patients, was staring at her. So she smiled and said: “I am bringing him into Dr. Henderson”. An old lady said sympathetically,  “My dear! Isn’t it a bit late for the doctor?


Today, in sport as in so many areas of life, everything is spun to sell a message rather than convey the truth.

Ernest Shackleton’s recruiting advertisement for his 1912 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition was; “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

If Shackleton was advertising today he would have said:

“Members wanted for adventure trek. Low cost, cool sights, lots of fun nights, thrills galore, insurance available.

Get your picture in Outdoor magazine”

(John Scally, ‘Beautiful Thoughts for Beautiful Minds’


Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for giving us the gift of Jesus, the greatest Christmas gift of all. Please help me to remember why we celebrate, even as we open presents.

I am very thankful for the real reason for the season and, without Jesus, we wouldn’t have Christmas!

Please look after my family and friends at Christmas. Amen.

(Messenger Magazine)


Reminding all our Senior People in the Parish of the Christmas Party in the Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola on Sunday next 11th December at 1.00 pm.

Having missed out due to Covid for the past 2 years, it will be lovely to gather together again this year.

Looking forward to seeing you all.


When you are tempted to complain about your problems, think about some of the problems that others have that you

don’t have. You’ll come away with renewed gratefulness for the good things in your life.

(Mottos for Success – Maria Fontaine)

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