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16th July, 2023

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 15th & Sun 16th July 2023  

Volume 23.   Number 26



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Monday 10th July were: 1 – 2 – 7 – 27. There was no Jackpot winner and no match three winners including online.

The following were Lucky Dip winners:

Suzanne Whitty, Bobby English, Martin Kelly & Martin Sinnott all receiving €50. The next draw is on Monday 24th July for a Jackpot of €15,000. Keep on buying the tickets – it could be your numbers next time.


The Medical Missionaries of Mary are grateful for contributions of used postage stamps, which can be left in the porch of St. Abban’s Church, Adamstown. Any business firms regularly discard used stamps. If you are employed in a business, you may be in a position to make these stamps available.

Sister Helen Delaney M.M.M. wishes to thank you for your kindness.


Congratulations to the Wexford Intermediate Ladies Football team on reaching the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate semi-final on Sunday last in defeating Leitrim 3-10 – 2-10. Included in the team were  Adamstown’s Katie, Niamh, Leah. 

They now face Kildare – a formidable team and we wish them the very best on Sunday week. Well done also to Lizzie Kent & John Nolan for their input into the team.


The death occurred on Thursday 13th July of Michael Comerford, Carrick Beg House, Carrick-on-Suir and formerly, Oldcourt, Adamstown. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Margaret, sons Paschal and Denis, sisters Eileen and Brigid, Oldcourt, extended family, neighbours and friends. Michael was predeceased by his brother Tony. His funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Molleran’s Church, Carrig beg on Monday 17th July followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.


Huge thanks to Stephen, The O’Shea Brothers and all at ABS Construction for their generous sponsorship of a new set of jerseys for the U14 camogie team. The continued support of local businesses allows the club to provide the facilities and conditions for all players to thrive, improve and enjoy the games.

Thanks also to Martin McSorley & his team at Centra, Ballinaboola for their kind sponsorship of new club jerseys

A gesture much appreciated.

PADDY POWER – 2nd place in British Blind Open

Well done to Paddy Power, Woodview Drive who achieved 2nd place in the British Blind Golf Open championships last week, assisted by Adrian Morrissey, a huge achievement


Brendan Bracken is remembered by history as Winston Churchill’s closest friend.  He became Minister of Information in Churchill’s wartime government. Bracken became a powerful person of influence, particularly within the media, and on the right wing of the Conservative Party. Bracken, a man of no religion, was described by Randolph Churchill as ‘a man of mystery, a secretive eccentric, a wonderful friend, a freak, perhaps a genius, certainly an expert in the art of make-believe and fantasy’.  In fact, Brendan Bracken was a ‘Christian Brother’s boy’, schooled at O’Connell School in North Richmond Street in Dublin. His father, a sincere nationalist, was one of the seven men who founded the Gaelic Athletic Association in Hayes’ Hotel in Thurles in November 1884. Bracken never let his mask slip throughout his life. Few knew who he was.

My mask is the way I act in order to look good and create a positive image about myself. The mask can hide a poor self-image and help one to cope with unmet needs. Early in life we learn to present to the world those qualities that we perceive the world likes to see in us. We begin the mask from our mother’s knees. For instance, if we observe that qualities of submissiveness, obedience and docility are to our advantage, the opposite ones of rebelliousness, stubbornness and independence will be tucked away in an inner world.  We learn very early in life that certain types of behaviour earn rewards and win the affection of others. We also learn that other types of behaviour win disapproval.

The Gospel urges us ‘to thy own self be true’. Own who you are – warts and all. God wants all of who you are.

 We don’t need to, or can we, wear masks before God.

(Martin Tierney – Reflections for Sunday)

ANCCR Area Development CLG (C.E. Programme)

ANCCR, Raheen, have vacancies in the following areas:

Raheen, Cushinstown, Terrerath, Carroreigh, Newbawn for;

Community Employment General Operatives.

Community Employment Childcare Assistant.

Learn a new skill on the job and get an opportunity of re-train with a professional qualification. In order to be eligible the following applies:

Over 21 years (in special circumstances 18 years) and in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for 12 months.

Ukrainians in receipt of jobseekers payment for 9 months.

Dependant Qualifying Adults on Jobseekers.

If interested in any of those positions, please contact your local Intreo Office, New Ross 051 440910,

Wexford 053 9165400 or phone Kay, CE Supervisor at ANCCR on 087 4144313. We would love to hear from you



Sat 15th – People of the Parish

Sun 16th – Margaret Walsh, Coolnagree (A)

Also – Betty McGrath & Ann Nolan, Adamstown

& New Ross (A)

Sat 22nd – Michael, Maureen, Br. Brendan,

Thomas, Edward, Bridget Delaney, Misterin (A)

Sun 23rd – Richard, Aidan, Katie, Michael, Jack Furlong & Moysh Kavanagh, Coonogue and Adamstown (A)

May they rest in peace.


Sat 15th – Anthony McGee.  Sun 16th – Kathleen O’Connor

Sat 22nd – Cáit Bradley.  Sun 23rd – Kay Whelan

Sat 29th – T.J. McDonald.  Sun 30th – Sheelagh Delaney

Morning Mass each week day at 9.30am

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


Inner peace is closely related to care for ecology and for the common good because, lived out authentically, it is reflected in a balanced lifestyle together with a capacity for wonder which takes us to a deeper understanding of life.

(Pope Francis)


Diocese of Ferns Pilgrimage to Fátima 11th October for 7 nights. (Present for the Feast Day Celebrations of 13th October. Cost €899 per person sharing.

Includes flights Dublin-Lisbon: 20kg Bag, Airport transfers Lisbon-Fátima, 7 nights Hotel; Full Board; breakfast, lunch & dinner each day. Full Religious Programme.

Guided tours of Sanctuary, Basilica, Village of Aljustrel & Valinhos, & visit to town of Santarém (site Eucharistic Miracle)

Spiritual Directors: Fr. Denis Browne & Fr. Paddy Banville.

More information: Fr. Denis Browne 086 8926260

For Bookings Contact Joe Walsh Tours – 012410800


PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – Bless My Family, My Home

Lord, to your loving care I entrust my family this day.

Bless each one of us; keep each one of us in your love,

especially those far away.

Protect us from harm and guide us in our actions.

May your love abide in our hearts and always be at the heart of our family.

May your love surround and protect our home.

May your loving care enfold it that we may live always in your peace.

Bless those without a home, those desperate for shelter, and those who live alone. Amen.


It is with pleasure that we announce our annual pilgrimage season in Our Lady’s Island. The opening ceremony with Mass celebrated by Bishop Ger Nash followed by Procession will be at 3pm on Tuesday 15th August and concludes on Friday 8th September with Candlelight Procession. Each weekday we have Mass at 3.00pm & 7.30pm with several speakers and musicians invited to take part. Please note the earlier time for evening Masses this year.

It is customary for many parishes and organisations to come for their own special pilgrimage, be that afternoon or evening. Indeed last year more groups than ever took part.

To do so, provides a much needed opportunity for people to bond and reclaim a sense of being community, especially after Covid isolation and declining Church practice for the past few years. The feedback from such gatherings has always been positive and it provided a welcome injection of faith and new life.

We warmly welcome such gatherings again this year and in order to co-ordinate events would invite you to submit the enclosed application form to Ann Carthy, Our Lady’s Island, and return it before July 28th. Her number is 087-6464198

Groups and organisations may wish to nominate someone to speak.

Wishing you best wishes and a lovely summer.

Jim Cogley P.P. (Director of Pilgrimage)


In the 19th century, craftsmen who made hats were known to be excitable and irrational, as well as to tremble with palsy and mix up their words. Such behaviour gave rise to the familiar expression ‘mad as a hatter’. The disorder, called hatter’s shakes, was caused by chronic mercury poisoning from the solution used to treat felt. Attacking the central nervous system, the toxin led to behavioural symptoms.

‘HAPPY TO CHAT’ Wexford County Council

A new initiative called Happy to Chat has been launched as a pilot programme in Wexford town cafes to promote social interaction and help reduce loneliness and isolation during the months of July and August.

A simple green table sign identifies a ‘Happy to Chat’ table and if you sit at the table alone or with a friend, it indicates that you are open to others to join. The scheme, which is an expression of the ‘Happy to Chat’ bench network around the county, has been introduced by Healthy Wexford and Wexford Co. Council in a bid to increase social engagement.

It is taking place in a number participating hotels & cafes throughout Wexford town including Franks Place, Stable Diet, Sweet Dreams, Talbot Hotel (lobby/lounge area) The Red Kettle, Westgate Design, Wexford Coffee Roasters, White’s Hotel (lobby area), & D’Lush Café.

As the number of participating cafes grows, the list will be updated on Healthy Wexford social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Everyone is welcome to be part of this new initiative and hopefully it will bring a little comfort to those who may need it.

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