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23rd July, 2023

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd July 2023  



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Monday 24th July in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €15,000. Please leave books back in Cullen’s by 8pm on draw night.

 Keep on buying tickets – it could by your luck day!!


Our U-14s had a great time training during the week in Fethard, followed by a jog to Baginbun, a warm down swim and BBQ on the beach – who said training can’t be fun!!

The lads thoroughly enjoyed the evening and a huge thanks to the coaches, all the parents and those who helped out, Martin Sinnott for the sponsored drinks & Chairman, Charlie Walsh from St. Mogue’s, Fethard for the use of the pitch – he never forgets his Adamstown roots.

Wishing Lizzie and all the ladies the very best as they play Kildare in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship this Sunday in Parnell Park at 4pm.



During the past month, ACDA handed out a survey to every household in the parish. The purpose of this survey was to ascertain the views and opinions of everyone and to give every household a voice as to what improvements they would like to see happen in Adamstown and its environs.

Thank you to all those who have returned their survey to date and we welcome the every interesting feedback given.

The results from these surveys will form the ‘Health Check’ that will be used to look for funding to make the changes outlined and prioritised by our community in Adamstown.

We would urge all households to have their say and return all surveys to Cullen’s shop on or before Sunday 30th July.


The 11th Annual Farm Safety Week, which has just finished on Friday last, has the support of more than 400 partners in five countries, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. The rate of farm accidents is far too high and we need to make a change and think safety first. We must reduce the risk in our work place IFA President Tim Cullinan said. Increased vehicle safety was a key focus the year’s Farm Safety Week.  Recent HSA figures show that tractors account for 53% of vehicle-related deaths, with the elderly and children at increased risk. The new Quad Bike (ATV) Regulations require that all operators of quad bikes complete a quad bike training course provided by a registered training provider to a QQ1 Standard or equivalent. Additionally, operators must wear appropriate head protection while operating a quad bike. The Regulations come into force in November 2023.  Deputy Martin Heydon, Minister of State with special responsibility for Farm Safety said “Farm Safety is not something to be considered occasionally. It must be incorporated into every aspect of farm life.


On Thurs 29th June 2023 by his childhood friend D.J.

Vinny Power or when he was younger Vincent and when he was a child called Scoby by his father. A brief history about Vinny, he was born in Camblin to parents Joan and Dave Power. He went to school in the Good Counsel College and then served his time a mechanic. As young lads, we headed off to Australia and when he came back, he was drawn back to Adamstown, where his father hailed from. Vinny was a brother, an uncle, a Godfather and a son and to everyone a friend. If you ever had a problem you could call on him to get sorted, you might call down to the shed and he would tell you he was too busy and throw a few negative words your way, but he would sort you out all the same. As we all knew Vinny was great with directions and when he was younger he decided to go to Australia. We moved into a house beside the train lines and still he would get lost going to the train station. Vinny loved horses and when we were younger we used to go horse riding at weekends, where he took up Polo Cross and made many friends. Vinny was never as happy as the last few months, when he rang to tell me he was getting engaged to Ann. Vinny, we all know now, was a kind, gentle, solid man with a firm handshake and took no crap. He loved his nieces and nephew and would always be talking about them. To everyone here who knew Vinny, all I can say is that you were lucky.   Vinny, Rest in peace.

FRENCH ‘BACKPACK HERO’ to be Special Guest at Reopening of Notre Dame Cathedral.

In June, the story of 24-year-old French man named Henri, went viral for stopping a knife attack at a playground in south eastern France. Henri has since been dubbed: the ‘Backpack Hero’ for chasing the attacker with a backpack.

Henri was visiting the town of Annecy during a pilgrimage visiting France’s cathedrals when he witnessed the attack.

Two adults over the age of 70, and four children, all 3 years old and younger, were seriously injured in the attack and later hospitalised. In an interview with ETWN, Henri recalled that on his way to a cathedral he saw a man attempting to attack some children and said: “For me it was not possible to just see that and not try to stop him”. I’m thinking that maybe I was not there without a purpose. Maybe it’s the Holy Spirit who led my foot toward this man” Henri, a Catholic, added.

The Backpack Hero has credited his faith with helping him to “react quickly and not think about my life” “When we understand that Christ gave his life to save us, it’s pretty easy to consider to give our lives to save others” he said.

Having experienced profound shock after seeing the fire at Notre Dame in 2019 he decided to do this pilgrimage visiting all of France’s Cathedrals by foot. . He has been invited by French President Emmanuel Macron to be present at the grand opening of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in December 2024.

(Jack Walsh – Alive Catholic Monthly Newspaper)



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

Edward & Bridget Delaney, Misterin (A)

Sun 23rd – Richard, Aidan, Katie, Michael & Jack Furlong,

Moysh Kavanagh, Coonogue & Adamstown (A)

Sat 29th – Jim & Nora McGee, The Leap (A)

Also – Margaret (Peggy) Flynn, William Flynn, Kilbraney Bridge, Gusserane also Kathleen Bagge, Adamstown, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford (A)

Sun 30th – Vincent Power,  The: Leap (Month’s Mind)

Also;       David & Joan Power, Camblin, New Ross (A)

May they rest in peace.

Morning Mass each week day at 9.30am

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


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

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

Sat 5th Aug – Eoghan Greene.  Sun 6th – Neasa Cloney

Sat 12th – Liam Whelan              Sun 13th – Ann Ryan

Wed 26th July – Feast day of Ss Joachim & Annie, parents of the Blessed Virgin.

Sun 23rd July – World Day of Grandparents & Elderly

Prayer for Grandparents:

Lord Jesus, you were born of the Virgin Mary, the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.

Look with love on grandparents the world over.

Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all society.

Support them! As they grow older, may they continue to be for their families strong pillars of Gospel faith, guardians of noble domestic ideals, living treasures of sound religious traditions.

Make them teachers of wisdom and courage, that they may pass on to future generations the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience.

Lord Jesus, help families and society to value the presence and roles of grandparents.

May they never be ignored or excluded, but always encounter respect and love.

Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed in all the years of life which you give them.

Mary, Mother of all the living, keep grandparents constantly in your care, accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage, and by your prayers, grant that all families may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland, where you await all humanity for the great embrace of life without end. Amen.

(Written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XV1)

 MARY’S MEALS ONLINE QUIZ “From Hunger to Hope”

This monthly online quiz will take place next Friday (July 28th) at 8pm.We have now provided over 365,000 meals. Please help us to feed more hungry children at school. To donate go to or contact Martin Colfer on 087 2596159. €5 is enough for 45 meals! All support to date is much appreciated.


One cannot profess genuine fidelity to the Creator without showing love for his creatures. – Pope Francis.


Fragrant Butterfly-bush wings its way a little early.

The Buddleja or butterfly-bush is in bloom almost a month earlier than seasonally expected. Butterflies themselves, or rather their absence are another matter. The buddleja is predominantly associated with cities and towns, widely seen on streetscapes, on old walls and derelict buildings, having arrived from railway line embankments bringing goods and people into urban centres. Its perfumed lavender blossoms were originally newly prized additions to large cultivated Victorian gardens, having arrived from the Himalayas on the roof of the world in the middle of the 19th century. Scots born Augustine Henry (who later sat in the new senate of the Irish Free State), who was in the customs service in China, one of his duties was to supply lists of plants from which drugs derived; he sent 1,000 to Kew Gardens, including seeds of the butterfly-bush. Henry returned to Europe in 1900, acquired forestry qualifications and came to Dublin as professor of forestry at the College of Science.

Indian civil servant Michael Pakinham Edgeworth, from Co. Longford and Kilkenny army officer Major Edward Madden shipped home specimens of buddleja to family and to the Botanic Gardens. By 1890 the plant that is profuse today had arrived in Britain and Ireland from a famous Paris nursery called Vilmorin. Soon enough, specimens were flourishing in country house gardens where its attraction to insects, especially butterflies, was obvious. Buddleja began to spread its wings and settle wherever a scrap of soil might be found. The rest is history.

(Joe Kennedy – Country Matters: Sunday Independent)


Our thanks to Catherine Quirke for her many years of service with FAS in Adamstown, we are grateful as a parish to all who have participated in the scheme in the past.

God Bless them all.

Catherine has just finished up on the Fás Scheme recently and we wish her all the best in the future.

FOUR SCORE AND MORE – Thanks be to God

The psalm says seventy years or eighty years for those who are strong.

Thanks for the many kind wishes and tokens I received in the last few weeks, as the scriptures say “it is good for us to be here”  THANKS and God bless you all, Fr. Robert.


Teacher – “Can anyone tell me why I put my hand over my mouth when I cough?

Smart pupil – “To catch your teeth, Miss”

ANNUAL PATRON: The Patron in St. Abban’s, Adamstown will take place on Sunday 3rd September.

MORNING PRAYER – Two different types!

Good morning God!

O God … Morning!

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