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13th March, 2023

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 11th & Sun 12th March 2023   

Volume 23.  Number 9



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Monday 6th March were: 14 – 18 – 19 -23. There was no Jackpot winner including online and just one match 3 player – Breda Elmes, Newbawn who received €200. The next draw is on Monday 20th March in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €15,000. Keep on buying the tickets – it will be won and it could be you!

DAFFODIL DAY – 24th March 2023

Daffodil Day 2023 will take place on 24th March and the local Enniscorthy committee are calling for public support in advance of the day. We are asking the local community to come out and support us as you have done over the last number of years. We also need your help in providing fresh daffodils for our big fundraising day. Please drop your daffodils to the Legion of Mary Hall, Enniscorthy on Thursday evening 23rd March from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Every daffodil helps. We are always looking for volunteers who may have an hour or two to spare on the day. If you would like to volunteer phone – text – or whats app Catherine on 087 2988459.  Every euro makes a difference. €25 can help the cost of driving a cancer patient to and from treatment centres using the volunteer driving service. €50 can help provide vital clinical equipment for a night nurse, according to data from the Irish Cancer Society. Thanks for your continued support. For further information on the Irish Cancer Society’s services and work in the area of cancer prevention and research, visit


The community of Adamstown and surrounds were saddened to hear of the death of Jimmy Roche on Friday 3rd March. Jimmy a very quiet, and gentle person was well known in the village, where he was a regular visitor to the local shop. Even though Jimmy was in his 90’s, he had been in good health until recently, he enjoyed going out and about and having a chat with neighbours and friends. Jimmy is survived by his sister Maisie Colfer, The Leap, and predeceased by his brothers Jay and Michael. His funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban’s Church on Sunday last, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to his sister Maisie, his nephews, nieces, extended family, his neighbours and friends. May his gentle soul rest in peace.


The death occurred on Friday 10th March of Cait Fortune, Doononey. We offer our deepest sympathy to her mother Bessie, sisters Mary, Helena, sister in law Bridget, brother in law Pax.  Sadly missed by her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends. 

Cait was predeceased by her father Dick and brother Richard. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban’s Church on Sunday 12th followed by burial in Galbally Cemetery.  May her gentle soul rest in peace.


Well done to our 2nd year students Luke Carr and Larry Sludds on their recent signing with Wexford FC. Luke and Larry play an integral part on the sporting fields of Coláiste Abbáin. Well done lads.

Well done also to 5th year student Blathnat Doyle, who played at the Cross-Border Peace Proms with the New Ross and District Pipe-Band last weekend. A fantastic opportunity to play with an orchestra and to meet musicians from all over Ireland. It is great to see our students excelling outside the classroom.

Congratulations to 5th year student Jack Whitty and his partner Jamie on their Leinster doubles 4 wall Handball final win on Sunday last.


Well done to our gang at the Leinster indoors last weekend, U12 Shot putt Anna, Hayleigh, Pippa, special mention to Lily who made it into the top 8. Sean 1st U-14 walk, James 1st U-16 shot putt & Ciara 2nd U-19 walk. Well done all.

Mr. Oil – County Novice Road Race in Kilmore:

Well done to Adamstown club’s Annalise Crean who finished 1st in the women’s race, Elaine McDonald 12th, Triona Mooney 20th, Elaine Stafford 26th. (Field of 43 running.)

In the Men’s – Adamstown native Tomás Harrington came 1st running with New Ross Club, United Striders 

(Field of 52 running)  Well done to everyone.


The Doyle and Delaney families would like to thank you most sincerely for the wonderful success of the Book Launch on Friday last. We are over-whelmed with the attendance and your donations; it was far beyond our expectations. Donations continue to be handed up. Book is still available at Danny Doyle’s house, Glenour.


Following a meeting on Tuesday night last with the Cemetery Committee and Shamrock Vintage club, arrangements were put in place for the Pat Byrne Memorial Road Run. This will take place on Sunday 2nd April. Registration at 11.30am, with Road Run starting at 1.00pm. All Vehicles welcome.

All proceeds going to Adamstown Cemetery Committee for the upkeep of the Cemetery, and we thank the Vintage Club for their generosity and support. Further details in the next few weeks.

Note: Cemetery Committee meeting on Wednesday next 15th March in the Parochial House at 8.30pm


The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in America not in Ireland! It was on 17th March 1601 in a Spanish area of Florida called St. Augustine.

Happy St.Patrick’s Day – wherever you are


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

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

Sat 18th – Sean, Patrick & Kathleen Doyle, Ballyvergin (A)

Sun 19th – People of the Parish

May they rest in peace.

Saint Patrick’s Day – Masses:

 Vigil Mass Thursday 16th at 7.30pm.

Saint Patrick’s Day – Mass at 10.30am.

Morning Mass each week day at 9.30am

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


Sat 18th – Liam Whelan.    Sun 19th – Sheelagh Delaney

Sat 25th – Anthony McGee     Sun 26th – Callie Doyle

Sat 1st April – Annette English.  Sun 2nd – Kay Whelan


Is the title of Bishop Ger Nash’s Lenten Pastoral Letter.

Copies of this letter are available in the porch of the Church.


Prayer Group meeting this Sunday night (12th) at 7pm in St. Abban’s Church, Adamstown. Our guest speaker will be Sr. Carmel Kehoe, from Lacken, who is a St. John of God nun

based in Co.Clare. We look forward to seeing you all there.


We extend our deepest sympathy to Rosaline & David Power, Raheenduff on the death of Rosaline’s father Seamus Donnelly, ‘Rahara House’, Rahara Co. Roscommon on Wednesday 1st March. May he rest in peace.

What can we learn from St. Patrick today?

Feast Day 17th March.

To entrust ourselves, our Church, our country to God’s protective care.

To have full confidence in the Lord’s healing presence and power. ‘The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its peoples’ Ps 23

To give thanks for God’s special care and call to each of us, knowing that God took the initiative in our vocation and will sustain us day by day.

To be devoted to reading the Gospels so that we take on the mind and heart of Christ Jesus and make decisions according to the mind of Christ.

To be receptive to God’s will in all our trials, to trust him unreservedly, God uses these trials to shape our hearts and conform us to Christ Jesus.

To be alert to all the opportunities we are given each day to proclaim the Gospel, and to know that whatever good we do is through God’s boundless grace.

To believe in the importance of intercession for our people and all people at this time.    

(Mother Marie Fahy, Abbess of St Mary’s Abbey, Glencarin)


Ask not only what you can do for Lent, but how your Lent may benefit others.


Our Mam, Maria Cullen was born on 4th Oct 1934 to Josephine & John Cullen in The Point, Lambstown near Glynn. Mam was 7 when her little brother Timothy aged 2 years died and was 9 when Aidan died aged 2 months.

Mam’s best friend was Mary Breen, now Mary Jackman of Raheenduff. Mary was telling me they got into all kinds of trouble when they were younger. Another of Mam’s best friends was Nancy Moore, she moved to Australia. Margaret Sweetman and Rita Swan were also great friends. They all used to go to the tea dances in Adamstown, Camross and all over the county. She then met Daddy at one of the famous tea dances and they got married in 1959 and moved to Kellystown and then we came along. The first of us came along in 1960. I remember coming home from school and she was always there, she always had dinner and the smell of fresh bread brings back great memories. Then 12 years ago Daddy passed away.  It was a huge void in our home, especially for mammy. Then over time she got more independent and could be seen whizzing around in her car. She brought her friends, Lila, May and Bridie out for drives and lunches. She decided she wanted to go to Rome when she was 80, she heard all about it from Piaras when he worked there, so the two of us went to Rome. We got on the underground, the open top buses. We saw everything that was to be seen. Sunday came and I suggested we’d go to Mass in the Irish College. It was lovely. Mary McAleese was there so she got her picture with mam. Mary was delighted!

We left our bags with Fr. Billy Swan, from Glynn, who was there at the time. We went to see the catacombs and when we came back he hailed a taxi for us. I said to Mam to go ahead and hop in the taxi. Next we looked down and there was the taxi driver kneeling upright, praying behind the Cab, Fr. Billy asked him in Italian, was he ok? He said he was terrified! That old lady is going to drive us to the airport! Mammy got into the seat as usual and never noticed that she was in the driver’s side, she was so busy trying to get on her seat belt. The driver thought she was going to drive! Got that sorted and home safe. A few months later she heard all about Disneyland, Paris from our friends Mary & Mick, and so we went. We went to Versailles and saw one of the apartments in the Palace of Versailles; we were going along with a tour guide, when we were finished I said that was really nice, I was told that everything there was very old.

All she wanted to do was get to Disneyland! She loved Disneyland, and even got on some of the small rides.

I had a surprise cake for her in Mickey’s café, Pluto came along & put the cake down in front of her and the whole café sang happy birthday to her. She really loved it. We were only home a week when she suggested we go again next year.

Alas, that did not happen. Had a surprise party for her 88th birthday, last October. On the morning she rang and said ‘I don’t think I want to go out today but that I should go out with Bridie and have lunch anyway and she’d be fine. I talked her around, and she went to the party and she absolutely loved it.

She was the “Belle of the Ball”, mixing with everyone and just really had a great time. That’s our Mam.

Rest in peace Mam.

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