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30th April, 2023

Adamstown Parish  Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 29th & Sun 30th April 2023   

Volume 23.        Number 16



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Tuesday 2nd May (please note change of day due to Bank Holiday) in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of

€15,000 – a lovely amount of money to win – do buy a ticket and be in with a chance. Please leave tickets back at Cullen’s Gala by 8pm on draw night.

Many thanks for your continued support.


Adamstown ICA Guild held their AGM and monthly meeting on Wednesday April 12th in Adamstown Community Centre, it was attended by thirteen members. President Anne Stafford opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and especially our guest Gretta O’Connor, one of the Federation Officers.  As it was our AGM, Gretta was present to oversee the election of officers and offer her support and guidance.

Anne thanked everyone for their kindness and willingness to help over the past year, whenever the occasion arose, but informed the meeting she was stepping down due to family commitments. She had a special word of thanks to Secretary Mary Lawlor and Treasurer Breda Bolger for their excellent work and always being available. After overseeing the election of officers, Gretta congratulations the newly elected President Helen Furlong, Secretary Liz Furlong, Treasurer Ann Ryan and Sheelagh Delaney staying on as PRO.

She sincerely thanked outgoing President Anne Stafford, Secretary Mary Lawlor and Treasurer Breda Bolger for all

their hard work for the Guild over the last three years and wished everyone the best of luck in the upcoming ICA’s Got Talent.

Dympna Rochford won the competition for a Spring Floral arrangement in a jug and will represent the guild at the Federation Meeting in Camross Hall on Monday 23rd April, well done Dympna, the raffle was won by Mary J Furlong. A lovely tea was served by Eileen Thorpe and Geraldine Bradley, thank you ladies, much appreciated.

On Thursday 20th April the guild took part in ICA’s Got Talent in Camross Hall. It was a brilliant night and well attended, a lot of our parishioners were there to support us and much appreciated. Congratulation to Callie Doyle for winning the solo singing, no bother to Callie. Well done to Helen for her recitation and to the cast of ‘Absolute Nuncence’ – Mary J Furlong, Geraldine Bradley, Breda Bolger, Sheelagh Delaney & also included Callie & Helen. A great team effort by all, that’s the spirit of ICA.

Next monthly meeting Wednesday May 10th, new members always welcome, come along for fun and friendship.


Part 1 of the ‘Silent Civil War’ was shown on RTE 1 last Wed night, Part 2 will be shown on RTE 1 at 9.35pm this Wednesday 3rd May. Adamstown will feature in this episode, with some recordings and video footage taken

in the area some months ago.


A huge congratulations to Johnny Foley, Brian Kennedy and Donnagh Joyce in 1st year who won the Leinster premier shield final 12-5 last weekend with Enniscorthy Rugby Club. 3 promising young men.  We are delighted to get rugby off to a flying start in Coláiste Abbáin and we will field our first team next week.

A massive congratulations to Ag Science and Biology teacher Ms. Forristal who was the overall women’s winner in the Wexford Half Marathon. A super achievement. Well done from all in Coláiste Abbáin.


Adamstown July 3rd – 7th 2023. Booking now open online

This camp is an annual sell out so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Fun, fresh air and friendship while learning new skills and receiving branded Cul Camp gear & back pack etc., Open to all primary school boys & girls aged 6-13 years old.


Women’s Weight Loss Group- Monday mornings.

Women’s weight loss club staring Monday May 8th in the Community Centre. Eat your way to better health. We learn and understand all the elements needed to achieve and maintain long-term weight loss whilst always focussing on health.

Running for 6 weeks this course will include:

Weekly meetings, Weights & measures (optional)

Food diaries, One to one support, Exercise plan (optional)

Contact Sarah today to book in. 087 0627563

SYMPATHY – Ephraim Cloney

The death occurred on Friday 21st April of Ephraim Cloney, Ballagh, Raheen, Adamstown. We extend our deepest sympathy to his mother Stella, brother Damien and sister Neasa, extended family, neighbours and friends. Ephraim’s funeral Mass was celebrated in The Church of St. John Paul 11, Raheen on Sunday last followed by burial in Adamstown Cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace.


The Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 16th – 21st May 2023. Bishop Ger Nash will celebrate the Pre-Pilgrimage Mass in St .Aidan’s Cathedral on Thursday 11th May at 7.30pm.  All welcome to attend.



On Sunday 30th April from 3pm to 4pm, Bishop Ger will lead a holy hour of Eucharistic Adoration in St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy. It is the Fourth Sunday of Easter also known as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’ or the ‘World Day of Prayer for Vocations’.



Sat 29th – Peter, Tommy, Joey & Aoife Kelly, Doononey (A)

Sun 30th – Jimmy O’Shea, Adamstown (Month’s Mind)

Sat 6th May -Breda O’Brien, Templeshelin (A)

Sun 7th – Peg & Joe Kelly & deceased members of the

Kirwan family Coonogue

Also        Sean Whelan, Kellystown (A)

Pray for Bill Bradley, Woodview Drive (A)

Pray for Ephraim Cloney, who died during the past week.

May they rest in peace.

Bank Holiday Monday 1st May  – Mass at 11.00am

Visitation of the sick and housebound on Friday 5th & Saturday 6th May.

First Friday May 5th – Mass at 9.30am

First Saturday May 6th – Mass at 9.30am

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday

from 10.00am – 1.00pm.


Monday 1st May – St. Joseph the Worker

The feast, instituted by Pope Pius X11IN 1955, proposes the example and intercession of St. Joseph a worker and patron of workers. On this date many countries celebrate the dignity of human labour.

Fri 5th – Blessed Edmund Rice


Sat 29th -Liam Whelan.   Sun 30th – Family Mass

Sat May 6th – Eoghan Greene.

Sun May 7th – Sheelagh Delaney

Sat 13th – T. J. McDonald       Sun 14th – Kathleen O’Connor

Sat 20th – Anthony McGee.    Sun 21st – Callie Doyle

Sat 27th – Cáit Bradley           Sun 28th – Ann Ryan


Thanks to the ladies from Brocurra for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of April, it is now the turn of parishioners from Kellystown for the month of May.


We remember in our prayers the children from 2nd class in Adamstown National School who will make their First Holy Communion on Saturday 13th May – the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima and also their families on this very special family occasion.


The amount returned to date is €1,207, many thanks for your generosity. If you still have a Trócaire Box at home, please bring it back during the week.

Rosary at the Grotto, at Knockreigh each week night at 8pm for the Month of May and all welcome to come along.


“A leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don’t want to do and like it”


Sunday Reflection: 30th April 8.30pm – 9pm

Phyllis Grothier shares a selection of reflection & music.

Mon 1st May – Music Box 8.04pm -8.30pm – Maura Bolger

shares a selection of summer themed musical favourites

Faith Matters 8.30pm – 9pm – Husband, Father and Lay Missionary Neil Foley speaks to Betty Breen about his own faith journey.

Tue 2nd May – 8.04pm – 9pm: Maria Colfer speaks with Fr. Martin Pender about Our Lady.

Listen in live on link:


We acknowledge with gratitude the total amount of €5,990 gratefully received from the Pat Byrne Road Run which was organised by the Shamrock Vintage Club and donated to the Cemetery Committee for the continued upkeep of our Cemetery. Thanks to so many people for their generosity.

SYMPATHY – Mary Galway, Misterin

The death occurred on Thursday 27th April of Mary Galway, (née Cullen), Misterin. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband Mick, sons Mark, Patrick. daughters Joanne & Kate, sisters Josie, Ann, Margo & Theresa, extended family, neighbours and friends. Mary’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Abban’s Church on Sunday 30th April followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.


I see his blood upon the rose

And in the stars the glory of his eyes,

His body gleams amid eternal snows,

His tears fall from the skies.

I see his face in every flower;

The thunder and the singing of the birds

Are but his voice – and carven by his power

Rocks are his written words.

All pathways by his feet are worn,

His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea,

His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,

His cross is every tree.

(Joseph Mary Plunkett (1887-1916)

An Irish poet and nationalist, many of whose poems have a religious theme. As one of the planners of the 1916 Rising he was executed on 4th May 1916, just a few hours after marrying Grace Gifford in the chapel of Kilmainham Gaol.


Life is a game, sometimes you win,

and sometimes you lose.

But no matter what your cards in life,

whether clubs, spades or diamonds,

always remember –

never play without a heart!

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