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15th January, 2023

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 14th & Sun 15th January 2023 

Volume 23.  Number 2



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Tuesday 10th January were: 17 – 18 – 19 – 30. There was no Jackpot winner including online players. There was just one match 3 player – Callie Doyle, Knockreigh who received €200. The next draw is on Monday 23rd January in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €15,000 – it’s still there to be won.


Adamstown National School Parents Association is having a Clothes Collection in aid of funds for the school, which will take place this Tuesday 17th January. Clothes can be left outside the Hall opposite the school from 9.00am – 9.30am. Good condition and reusable clothing, paired shoes, handbags. Belts, hats, scarves are collected. No duvets, cushions, pillows, teddy bears or children’s toys.

Thanks for your support.


It is with great sadness we received the news of the death of our joint President, Jim Wickham, Raheen who was a great servant of the club all of his life. We express our deepest sympathy to his daughter Liz our current club secretary and all his family at this sad time.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis. R.I.P.

Holles St. Walk was postponed on Sunday last due to the passing of Jim Wickham, details of the rearrangement will be posted in due course. Donations to this fantastic cause can still be made using the link below – your generosity would be appreciated.


Adamstown GAA/Ladies Football/Camogie are having a One Club Dinner Dance in the Brandon House Hotel, New Ross on Bank Holiday Sunday night 5th February 2023 at 7.00pm.

Come join us in celebrating our achievements in 2022.

Music by Divine Invention – followed by D.J. & Late Bar

Tickets €50.00.


The Seana Ghael Awards Celebrations which have taken place annually since 1982 but had to be cancelled due to Covid over the past few years are now back this Sunday in the Ferrycarrig Hotel from 2pm – 6pm. Among this year’s group to be added to the Seana Ghael hall of fame will be

Harry Doran (St. Abban’s) and in a special award category for the over 90’s will be our own Phil Jackman. Congratulations to both men for well deserved awards.


Line Dancing classes resumed in Adamstown Community Centre on Wednesday 11th January at 10.30am. A fun way to shed those Christmas pounds and meet new friends. A new hobby for the New Year.


Well done to Mr. McDonnell’s Transition Year Science Students from Coláiste Abbain on being awarded a WWETB STEM Research Grant. Mr. McDonnell and class representative Faye Hynes submitted an impressive application seeking to explore the factors effecting egg production in Rhode Island red chickens. Their hypothesis is that quality of food and water, amount of light and the amount of time outside will have a positive effect on egg production. Well done to all involved.

Our Ag students are delighted with the news of a big increase in their animal population with three sets of twins with the goats & one set of twins & two single lambs with the sheep.


(Jody Corcoran Sunday Independent.)

In recent months, anecdotal evidence suggests many people

have taken to using hot-water bottles again. It is a marvellous invention. The rubber one, as opposed to a copper bedpan, which was used over 500 years ago. The modern hot-water bottle was the first invention of Eduard Penkala, commonly regarded as a Croat, but of wider European heritage. He had many subsequent inventions. Indeed, when he died in 1922, he had 80 patents pending. Eduard was no ordinary inventor:  he also invented the first mechanical pen – the nip did not thin – which is still widely used today; as well as the fountain pen, and many other useful products and tools, washing powder, and the first rail-car brake. The return of the hot-water bottle may not foretell much at all, but this much is sure: it speaks to the reliance of ordinary people. Penkala also invented the rotating toothbrush. His rubber water-bottle was overtaken by the electric blanket, which was invented by a man with an Irish-sounding name, George Crowley. George studied engineering at the University of Notre Dame in the US and worked with the same company all his life. He also invented the small hand drier. The electric blanket evolved out of a suit he invented for the US Air Force pilots to help keep them warm in flight. The blanket was the subject of several lawsuits – arising from a still widely held belief that it was liable to catch fire from overheating. In evidence to various courts, Crowley successfully argued that such fires were mostly caused by smoking in bed.  When he died, his son-in-law said, he was working on a device that would automatically turn off the electric blanket when it reached a certain temperature.   Ironically both Penkala and Crowley died of pneumonia.


Well done to our relay teams in Lingstown on Sunday last.

U-10 boys 3rd:  U-12 girls 4th; U-12 boys 2nd;

U14 boys 4th; U-11 mixed 6th; U-13 mixed 6th.

Well done to all competitors.



Sat 14th – Willie Stafford, Oldcourt (A)

Sun 15th – Mary & Nicholas Byrne, Kellystown (A)

Sat 21st – Joe Crosbie, Misterin (A) and

Josie Galway, Catherine & Patrick Doyle, Breezemount (A)

Sun 22nd – Mary Flood, Oldcourt (Month’s Mind)

Also            Shay O’Brien, Rathkyle (A)

Pray for Geraldine Ridgeway, Misterin (A)

May they rest in peace


Sat 14th – Eoghan Greene.  Sun 15th – Neasa Cloney

Sat 21st – Anthony McGee.   Sun 22nd – Kathleen O’Connor

Sat 28th – Annette English     Sun 29th – Kay Whelan

Morning Mass each week day at 9.30am

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


Dr. Dermot Kearney, an experienced medical consultant, who has saved the lives of at least 22 babies using the progesterone hormone treatment, spoke at a recent conference in Dublin organised by the Pro-Life Campaign.

His emergency abortion pill reversal therapy (APR), a procedure which involves administering progesterone, a natural hormone, which can be given to pregnant women who have taken the first of two abortion pills – and seek to reverse the effect of the first pill, mifepristone. He believes his interventions may have saved dozens of lives. Dr. Kearney says that if progesterone is taken within roughly 24 hours of taking mifepristone, the chance of the unborn baby surviving doubles from 25% if nothing is done, to 50%.


A recent study carried out by the pro-abortion group Society of Family Planning found that there has been a 6% decline in nationwide abortions between April & August 2022. This decline comes as a result of the US Supreme Court decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Heath Organisation, which overturned the American constitutional right to abortion. Such a decline signals that the new law has already saved thousands of lives. Moreover, the states who have used the Dobbs decision to bring in a near outright ban on abortions have seen abortion rates plummet up by up to 95 per cent.

(Alive Newspaper – December 2022)



The death occurred on Friday 6th January of

James Wickham, Raheen. To his wife Bess, sons John, Philip, daughters Mag and Liz, grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and friends we extend our deepest sympathy. Jim’s funeral Mass was celebrated in The Church of John Paul the Second, Raheen on Monday 9th January, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.



The death occurred on Thursday 5th January of

Mrs. Alice Kehoe, Bridgetown. To her daughter Marian Kelly, Doononey and all her family, we extend our deepest sympathy. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St. David’s Church, Mulrankin on Sunday 8th, followed by burial in The New Cemetery, Kilmore. May her gentle soul rest in peace.


We extend our deepest sympathy to Eileen & John Walsh, and all the family, Brocurra on the death of Eileen’s brother Martin Furlong, on Tuesday last. Also to his wife, children, brothers, sisters, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Martin’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John The Baptist Church, Galbally on Friday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

ANCCR Area Development CLG

Brilliant opportunity to get back into the workforce/training

ANCCR Area Development CLG have vacancies for the following positions

Community Employment General Operatives in the following areas, Adamstown, Newbawn, Cushinstown/Terrerath, Caroreigh and Clonroche.

Community Employment Childcare Assistant in

Adamstown /Raheen.

In order to apply for any of the above positions you need to be over 21 years and in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for 12 months. If interested in any of those positions, please contact your local Intreo Office or phone Kay, CE Supervisor at ANCCR on 087 4144313.


(Sr. Josephine Walsh – God’s Whistle)

“See, Lord, my coat hangs in tatters, like homespun, old, threadbare. All that I had of zest, all strength, I have given to hard work, and kept nothing for myself. Now my poor head swings. I offer up all the loneliness of my heart.

Dear God, stiff on my thickened legs, I stand here before You, Your unprofitable servant.

Oh, of Your goodness, give me a gentle death.

(Carmen Bernos de Gasztold – ‘The One who listens’


Fr. Robert Nolan would like to thank all those generous parishioners who contributed to the weekly envelopes during the past year. Your loyalty and generosity, at a time when there is so much negativity is very reassuring. A detailed financial statement will be published presently. We remember in prayer the generous donors who have passed to their eternal reward in 2022. May they rest in peace.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK  In Giving We Receive

“We make a living by what we get,

but we make a life by what we give”

(Winston Churchill)

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