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5th March, 2023

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 4th & Sun 5th March 2023 

Volume 23.  Number  9



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Monday 6th March in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €15,000. It’s well worth a €2 ticket and it could be your lucky day! Please leave books back in Cullen’s by 8pm on draw night.


Adult Camogie Team 2023:

Delighted to announce that Adamstown will field an adult camogie team this season with Deirdre Whelan/Jimmy Furlong as management team. Their first training session took place on Thursday evening last. Calling all ladies over 17 years with an interest to get involved. This is your opportunity to represent your club, be part of a team, develop new skills and have lots of fun. Best of luck to all concerned and Deirdre can be contacted at 087 9389372 with any queries.

New Ross District Awards:

The New Ross District Awards Ceremony takes place on Saturday 11th March in The Horse & Hound. This year’s recipient is Ann O’Gorman. Adamstown GAA will host a table on the night, anyone whom you would like to attend please contact Liz on 087 1852949.

Congratulations Ann and thank you for all your work on behalf of the club.

Boy’s Under 6s Academy

5 & 6 year olds, born in 2017 /2018.

Venue – Adamstown GAA Astra

Starts – Thursday 6th April

Fun, Friendship & Fundamental Movements.

Contact – Vinny   087 9673105

 All boys welcome to begin their GAA journey.


New Classes starting in Adamstown Community Centre, starting on Tuesday 7th March.

18:30 – 20:00 – the better health weight loss club.

19:15 – 20:00 – strength & conditioning.

6 weeks duration. Contact Sarah on 087 0627563



Well done to the following who took part in the B Leinster cross country in Stradbally last weekend: Grace, Lilly, Anna, Charlie, Eoin and Sean, super running all round, special mention to Charlie who was 6th and brought home his Leinster medal. Grace, Lilly & Anna were on the county team which finished 4th just outside the medals this time.

Eoin & Sean top 15 finishers.

Well done to our novice ladies Annalise, Elaine, Triona & Elaine who took part in the Mr. Oil County Novice Road championships in Kilmore last Sunday. Special mention for Annalise who was crowned county champion.

Congratulations and well done to all.


Pat was born in 1963 to Mam Lena & dad David in Raheen where he spend many happy childhood years with brothers Paul & Willie and sisters Betty and Rita, he attended Raheen N.S. Pat made many friends in Raheen, he later attended Adamstown Secondary School, where he spend most of his time down the fields mitching and eating his lunch. From there Pat went to the Royal Hotel, New Ross and worked as a commis chef, where he got more tips than wages!  At weekends Pat loved going to the famous “Un Yoke”, where he was very popular, especially with all the ladies. However, Pat only had eyes for a lovely young lady called Eileen who would go on to become the love of his life and who also introduced her two sisters Kay and Sandra to Pat’s brothers Willie & Paul.  Pat & Eileen set up a home in Clonroche, where their sons Wesley & David were born. They later moved to Woodview Drive, Adamstown where they were blessed to have Megan & Callum who were the apple of his eye. 9 years later Pat was over the moon to be a granddad when Lee-Rae was born. While living in Adamstown Pat always contributed his time to everyone. Whether it was giving someone a lift to a hospital appointment, a neighbour a life to town or cutting the hedges or grass in the estate, Pat was always there for everyone. He also had a great passion for painting and decorating and was very talented. If anyone in the family needed painting done, Pat was the one to call.  Pat was also a keen sportsman with an interest in many sports, one of which was Hot Rod Racing and had many successes, his three sons followed with the same success. He was very proud of Megan & brought her to every training session, on winning a game you would hear Pat talking for days about how proud he was of Megan. He was a great prankster and would do anything to make people laugh. Pat was the heart and soul of every party and never missed a family gathering. Above all, Pat’s biggest passion was his family. He loved his wife Eileen and they were inseparable.

As some of you are aware, family is very important to the Martins. Pat was no exception to this and was very family orientated. He would go out of his way to talk to his mother Lena, his brothers Willie & Paul his sisters Betty & Lena on a daily basis, either in person or by phone. He was always there for them, in good times and bad. Recently one of these bad times was the loss of his mother’s sister Biddy to which Pat was a rock for his mother throughout that difficult time. Pat’s love extended beyond his immediate family to his nieces & nephews who he treated like his own children. One of Pat’s great sadness was when he lost his niece Lena who he was very close to and also his dear friend Paul Sinnott, who I’m sure have rolled out the red carpet for him.  Finally, I’ll leave you with this. There is a saying on the wall of Pat & Eileen’s kitchen which I think sums up all that he lived for what means most to him. It simply says:

‘Family – Where Life Begins – And Love Never Ends’.

Rest in Peace Pat, you were one in a million


Sat 4th March – Nicholas & Bridie Wickham, Tomgarrow (A)

Also –                 Philip & Elizabeth Jackman, and

                           Hannah & Danny Falvey, Raheenduff (A)

Sun 5th`            Greg, Annie & Nell Bolger, Misterin (A)

Sat 11th –          Ben, Ellen, Richie & Cathy Nugent,

                           Templenacrow (A)

Sun 12th           Marie O’Gorman, Kellystown (Month’s Mind)

May they rest in peace.

Mass each week day morning at 9.30am

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday from 10.00am – 1.00pm.


Sat Mar 4th – T.J. McDonald.  Sun 5th Neasa Cloney

Sat 11th – Cáit Bradley           Sun 12th – Betty O’Shea


For victims of abuse:

We pray for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering.


Our Marriage Preparation Team Accord is currently

recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation facilitators, who prepare couples for the Sacrament of Marriage. Couples find our courses fun, engaging and very relevant while facilitators gain valuable life skills.

If you are interested we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact

for more information.


The basket collection taken up at all Masses on St. Patrick’s Day this year will be used for the Education and Development Fund for the Diocese. As we go into the future we will need to invest money in the training of lay people and priests and seminarians to lead and support the faith development in our parishes. Your contribution will be your commitment to responding to a changing church.

(Bishop Ger Nash)

TAKEN FROM LET US DREAM – The Path to a better future Pope Francis, published in 2020

Just look at the figures, what a nation spends on weapons, and your blood runs cold. Then compare those figures with UNICEF’s statistics on how many children lack schooling and go to bed hungry, and you realize who pays the price for arms spending. In the first four month of this year, 3.7 million people died of hunger. And how many have died from war? Arms spending destroys humanity. It is a very serious coronavirus, but because its victims are hidden from us we don’t talk about it.


Thanks to the ladies from Newtown/The Leap for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of February.

It is now the turn of parishioners from Doononey/Rathkyle

for the month of March.


Wexford County Council have granted planning permission to Coláiste Abbáin for a new two storey prefabricated modular building unit to accommodate six classrooms, two safe space areas, a multi-sensory room, a central activities room, and lift together with all associated toilet accommodations, a sensory garden and other works. It is lovely to see our local College continuing to expand and we wish them every success for the future. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic 2nd Level College on our doorstep and we should be very proud of it.


Sean Doran from Glenour is participating in a Sky Dive for MS Ireland in Clonbullogue Airfield. He has already raised over €1000, any further support would be very welcome.

Well done Sean.


What do we mean by blessing ourselves? We do it with a gesture with holy water, or with words; and it is always asking God to be with us, and approve of us. You spot people blessing themselves in all sorts of situations: absently-minded on the way into church, solemnly at the end of Mass; in delighted gratitude, as when a footballer scores a goal or a runner wins a race; poignantly, in the case of mourners at a grave. In extreme sickness, when the brain can no longer form words, the only way we can turn to God may be with our feeble fingers, forming a cross. This sign can grow hurried and thoughtless through custom but, in moments of crisis and deep emotion, there are few such gestures as rich in meaning as blessing yourself.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK:  Blessing at a Meal

Bless us, O Lord, and this food which we are about to receive from you goodness.

Bless our sharing together, and as we give You thanks may we not forget the poor and needy of our world.  Amen.



Before it was unsolicited e-mail, Spam was a luncheon meat. It is so resistant to spoilage that, if kept in the closed can, it may well outlast eternity and will certainly live longer than you. Believe it or not it was first promoted as a health food. In Korea it comes in gift boxes, and placed end to end, all Spam ever sold would circle the Earth more than ten times. The name come from Shoulder Pork and hAM.


March brings breezes loud and shrill,

And stirs the dancing daffodil.

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