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26th March, 2023

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 25th & Sun 26th March 2023  

Volume 23.  Number  11



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Monday 20th were: 9 – 19 – 22 – 28. There was no Jackpot winner and just one match three winner online –

Edel Curtis, Raheenaclonagh, who received €200.

The next draw is on Monday 3rd April in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €15,000. Thanks for your continued support, do keep on buying the tickets.


A massive congratulations to 5th year student Jack Whitty and his doubles partner Jamie Barnes on winning the All Ireland U-17 Doubles Handball Championship last weekend.

A huge well done to Jack. We as a school community are immensely proud of your achievements.


Adamstown Ladies Camogie play their 1st game this Sunday with a home match against New Ross.

 We wish them good luck for the season.


The monthly meeting of Adamstown ICA took place on Wednesday 8th March in the Community Centre at 8pm. Vice President, Helen Furlong welcomed all guild members. Helen thanked Breda Bolger for representing the guild at the recent Federation Table Quiz in Oylegate on Feb 23rd. A number of ladies attended the Federation Meeting in the Riverside Park Hotel Feb 27th. There were two competitions on the night, one for a Simnel Cake & for a Cross Stitch Bookmark with an Irish theme. Helen Furlong & Ann Stafford entered a cake each & Mary J. Furlong entered a bookmark. No winners on the night but well done to the ladies for representing the guild, all the points add up. Five members attended the ICA Enterprise & Determination Exhibition in Enniscorthy Castle on March 2nd. Federation President Breda Cahill who opened the exhibition gave a very inspirational speech & recited the poem Again I Rise, which made us so proud to be part of this wonderful organisation. Well done to the Manager & staff of Enniscorthy Castle & especially our own “honorary member” Eve Furlong for putting the exhibition together.

Ten members attended Chaplin the Musical in New Ross on March 9th & what a wonderful performance it was. Our own Mary J’s daughter Dawn & granddaughter Paige took part in the musical, take a bow everyone. Eileen Thorpe is doing great work organising the bowling sessions, usually Tuesday mornings, no bother to you Eileen!  As our meeting fell on International Women’s Day, we had a photo taken, displaying some of the lovely stars made by guilds around the County for the Women’s Refuge, much appreciated ladies. A lovely tea was served by Helen Furlong & Breda Bolger and raffle was won by Helen & Eileen.

Next meeting on April 12th in the Community Centre.


 Pat Byrne Memorial Road Run

The Shamrock Vintage Club will hold its Pat Byrne Memorial Road Run on Sunday 2nd April. Starting at 1.00pm from the Hall Car Park in Adamstown. Registration from 11.30am.

All proceeds in aid of the upkeep of Adamstown Cemetery. The Route will take in the following townslands:

The Leap, Chapel, Tomfarney, Colnacon, Rathurtin, Ballagh, Templenacrow, Coleman’s Cross, Moore’s Cross, Robinstown, Ray’s Cross, Franklin’s Cross, Raheen, Templeshelin, Misterin, Tomgarrow, The Barracks and back to Adamstown, a distance of 16 miles, for refreshments in Adamstown Community Centre. All vehicles must be insured and drivers hold a valid driving licence.

Cemetery Committee Notice -: Road Run:

We thank the Shamrock Vintage Club for their generosity in donating the proceeds from this Road Run to Adamstown Cemetery Funds.

We ask for the support and good will of the whole parish and all who have a family grave in Adamstown Cemetery in making this once off event a great success.

Those driving in the Road Run will have tea & scones in the Community Centre before the start of the drive & soup, sandwiches & confectionery on return.

We ask for your donations of any of the above food, please contact Ellie Walsh at 087 2480964 to indicate which food item you wish to give. We would also appreciate help with the catering for the event on Sunday 2nd April.

Your donations towards this fundraising event will be very much appreciated and may be given in an envelope to any of the Cemetery Committee: David Power, Raheenduff, Pat Lawlor, Knockreigh, Liam Whelan, Kellystown, Martin Kelly, Doononey, Jimmy Kelly Doononey, Eamonn Furlong, Tomgarrow, Michael Galway, Misterin, John Power, Coonogue, Tom Hendrick, Barrack’s Rd, Seán Doran, Glenour, Ian Cullen, Barrack’s Rd, John Kehoe, Chapel

Ellie Walsh, Tomgarrow. You may also put your donation in an envelope into the Envelope Box in the Church Porch, or come to the Community Centre before the Road Run begins and see the array to vehicles taking part in the Run.

Note: Cemetery Committee & Shamrock Vintage Club meeting in the Parochial House this Wednesday night 29th March at 8.30pm to make final arrangements.




Written by local man Danny Doyle, Glenour, copies are still available from Danny Doyle, Glenour (contact 053 9240546)

or in Cullen’s Gala shop. All proceeds from the book going to Sr. Helen Delaney, Uganda Fund.


The Annual Mental Health gate collection takes place this weekend, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th. Please give generously, thank you.



Sat 25th – People of the Parish

Sat 1st April – Syl Furlong, Tomgarrow (A)

Also                Joe Kidd, Oldcourt (A)

Sun 2nd – Johnny Crean, Clonard & Glenour (A)

Also          Maureen & Noel Whitty, Clonroche (A)

Also          Michael & Catherine Barron, Coonogue (A)

Also          Jimmy Roche, Woodview Drive, (Month’s Mind)

                 and Jack O’Brien (A)

Sat 1st April at 9.30am – Nellie & John Finn, Rathsilla &

deceased members of the Whelan family, Adamstown (A)

May they rest in peace.

Fr. Nolan will celebrate Mass this Sunday 26th March at 10.30am in remembrance of Vol. Michael Furlong, who was shot dead in Oldcourt on 25th March 1923 aged 19 years also Lieut. Thomas Jones, Dublin, Sergt. Edward O’Gorman, Chapel Lane, Kilkenny and Private Patrick Horan, Callan, Co. Kilkenny who were shot dead at the Barracks in 1923. May God Have Mercy On Their Souls.


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

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


The Easter Garden will be put up on Good Friday evening

at 5pm. Donations of plants & flowers are very welcome.


The collection taken up on Saint Patrick’s Day in aid of the education and development fund came to €610. Your generosity is very much appreciated.


Parish Cell Prayer Group takes place every Monday night at 7.30pm at Anthony McGee’s house, The Leap, Adamstown.

Y21CCO4. Come along, All Are Welcome.


A friend of mine contacted me after the match last Saturday to tell me what it was like being present to see Ireland win the Grand Slam in Dublin. I said I had followed it on the computer from Italy. He was sorry I wasn’t with him to experience the whole event fully. Knowing that he has not returned to Mass since the pandemic I asked if he had gone to Mass on the Sunday. He said had watched it on his computer. He failed to see that while he was sorry for me not being in the Aviva on Saturday, he saw no contradiction in his being content to follow Mass on the computer.

(Fr. John Harris – Irish Catholic, March 23rd 2023)


Spring forward, Fall Back:

The beginning of Summer time – don’t forget to put your clock forward one hour on Saturday night March 25th.

Mass on Sunday March 26th at 10.30am New Time


This monthly online quiz will take place next Friday

(March 31st) at 8pm. It is now feeding over 500 hungry children every day in a place of education. Please help us to do more by participating.

1) It is FREE

2) You are not visible to other players

3) You can use a nickname, so your own name will not appear on the screen.

To take part

1) Google and click on Play on top

2) put in the code for this month which is 848083.

Thank you to everyone in the parish for your support to date. To donate go to or contact Martin Colfer on 087 2596159.   €5 is enough for 45 meals!

“From hunger to hope”


Monday 3rd April – Penitential Rite at 7.30pm.

Holy Thursday – Mass at 7.30pm

Watching before the Blessed Sacrament until 10.00pm.

Good Friday – The Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm

Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm.

Holy Saturday – Vigil of Easter: Mass at 7.30pm

Easter Sunday – Mass at 10.30am.

Easter Monday – Mass at 11.00am.


  1. I am the Lord your God, you shall not have strange Gods before me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day.
  4. Honour your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife.

10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – A Clown’s Prayer

Lord, as I stumble through this life,

Help me to create more laughter than tears,

Dispense more happiness than despair.

Never let me be indifferent that I will not

See the wonder in the eyes of a child,

Or the tremble in the eye of the aged.

Never let me forget that my total effort is

To cheer people, make them happy and forget

At least for a moment all the unpleasant

Things in their lives.

And Lord, in my final moment, may I hear

“when you made my people smile, you made me simile”


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,

a smile, a kind word, a listening ear.

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