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17th September, 2023

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 16th & Sun 17th September 2023

Volume 23.  Number 35



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Monday 18th Sept in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of

€15,000. Keep on buying the tickets – it will be won and it could be you!

Please leave books back in Cullen’s by 8pm on draw night.

Thanks for your continued support.


Congratulations to Aoibhinn McDonald, (daughter of T.J. & Una) who won the Gold Medal in the Community Games National Finals for under 12 art in Carlow last weekend.

Well done Aoibhinn a wonderful achievement.


Anti- Dumping Initiative 2023

Have you an old mattress to be recycled?

Wexford Co Council will accept mattresses for recycling from households (no commercial premises) at the following Recycling Centres on the specified dated as follows:

New Ross Household Recycling Centre –

20th & 21st September

Holmestown (Wexford) Recycling Centre –

27th & 28th September

The Opening Hours of the Recycling Centres are:

8.15am – 12.00noon and 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Tuesday to Friday.

No mattresses will be accepted on Saturdays. They should be clean and dry. There will be a limit of 3 mattresses per vehicle and 1 visit is permitted during the Amnesty Period.

€2.00 entry fee applies at all Recycling Facilities.

A.N.C.C.R. Area Development CLG

(CE Programme, Raheen, Clonroche)

Brilliant opportunity to get back into the workforce and up skill

We have vacancies for the following positions in various different areas:

General Operative. ie. Mowing grass, hedge cutting etc.,

Childcare Assistant.

In order to apply for the above positions you need to be over 21 years (18 in special circumstances) and in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payments for 12 months.

Ukrainians 9 months. You can also apply if you are a Dependant of a Qualifying Adult on Jobseekers, etc.

If interested in any of the above positions, please contact your local Intreo Office or phone Kay, CE Supervisor at

ANCCR on 087 4144313. We would love to hear from you.


Talk of sustainable growth usually becomes a way of distracting attention, and the social and environmental responsibility of businesses often gets reduced to marketing and image-enhancing measures. (Pope Francis)


Cathal Hartley, Fri 8th Sept 2023 

Mary (59) was born on 5th June 1964, and was the 3rd of 9 children (6 girls and 3 boys) born to Dick Whelan, Kellystown and his wife Mary O’Brien who is from the Rower in Kilkenny. Mary went to school locally, primary school in Adamstown & secondary school in Coláiste Bride in Enniscorthy. On finishing her Leaving Cert she worked for a number of years as a healthcare professional. Later while still working she got her Social Science Degree in Social work from Trinity in 2004, and then attended full time where she got her Masters Degree in Social work. She then worked with the HSE for a number of years in Child Protection Services and then following that, for the HSE as a Medical Social Worker for Neo Natal in the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin where she worked up until March 2022 when she got her diagnosis with cancer.

There were a number of things extremely important to Mary in life. First and foremost were her family. Mary was completely devoted to her family in Kellystown, and her home was always her castle. She spent most of her non work time there and gave so freely of her time spending it with her father, mother, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. She had so much enthusiasm, love for life, generosity and energy for her family, it was amazing to see and it is so appreciated by them all. She loved spending time with all her nieces and nephews and had a special bond with all of them. She was like the Pied Piper of Kellystown, she either had a trail of nephews and nieces behind her or a trail of dogs. In either case you daren’t say a word against any of them or Mary would be on your case. When Mary was diagnosed with cancer last year, it was her wish to be cared for at home and spend time with her mother with whom she had a very special relationship. Mary was so fortunate to have such a wonderful mother and family and they were so willing and grateful to be able to fulfil her wish, care for her, spend time with her and give back to Mary, the time and love she had shown them. All her family were there for her over the full journey (the highs and lows) for the last year and a half.  Another of Mary’s passion was for education and her work. Given Mary’s caring personality and traits she certainly ended up in the correct profession. Her work and devotion to it, was certainly clear for all to see. The family are so appreciative of all the flowers, cards and messages contained within them from her colleagues and friends she worked with in Crumlin. Mary’s family played their part in her care but that was just one part and thanks to the home carers, Public Health Nurse, Palliative Care Nurses, Dr. Fleming, oncologist in Waterford Hospital, Mary’s GP Dr. Pat Walsh. Gerry & Deirdre & staff in Adamstown Pharmacy, Fr. Bob for the house visits, Mary’s colleagues/friends in Crumlin Hospital.  Thanks to Paul & Browne’s Funeral Home for all your help and support.

Rest in peace, Mary.



Sat 15th – Aoife Kelly, Doononey (A)

Sun 17th – Tommy Furlong, Raheenduff (A)

Sat 23rd – People of the Parish

Sun 24th –  Johnny Bradley, Ballyvergin (A)

Pray for Thomas Comerford, Oldcourt (A)

May they rest in peace.


Sat 16th – Liam Whelan.      Sun 17th – Ann Ryan

Sat 23rd – Cait Bradley        Sun 24th – Kathleen O’Connor

Sat 30th – T.J. McDonald. Sun 1st Oct – Callie Doyle

Morning Mass each week day morning at 9.30am

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


The Diocese of Ferns is developing openings for new lay volunteer ministries in the Diocese. Training programmes will begin soon. These new ministries, open to women and men, will be of interest to those already involved or those wishing to be more involved in the life of their local Church community. They will involve lay people working side by side with priests in key ministries in parishes and pastoral areas.

You are invited to attend one of the following information Sessions on Lay Ministry.

1.    Monday 25th Sept – Camolin Parish Hall at 7pm.

2.    Wednesday 27th Sept – Seamus Rafter Suite,

       Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy at 7.30pm.

3.    Monday 9th Oct – New Ross Pastoral Centre at 7.30pm.

4.    Wednesday 11th Oct – Pastoral Centre, Rosslare Strand 

       at 7.30pm.

5.    Thursday 12th Oct – Pugin Room (access through main

       tower). St. Peter’s College, Wexford at 7.30pm.


Sat 23rd – St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

Capuchin friar, stigmatist, confessor, friend of all who suffer.

Died 23rd September 1968.


Oh God,

You gave Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, Capuchin Priest, the great privilege of participating in a unique way in the passion

of Your Son, grant me, through his intercession the grace of …………………which I ardently desire;

and above all grant me the grace of living in conformity with the death of Jesus to arrive at the glory of the resurrection.

Glory be to the Father…. (three times)



Saint Padre Pio Healing Mass, Concelebrated by Fr. Bryan Shortall O.F.M. Cap. and The Very Rev. Fr. Paddy

Cushen P.P.will take place in St. Aidan’s Church, Ferns on Friday 29th September at 7.30pm.

Individual Blessings With The Glove of Padre Pio.

Confessions will be available throughout.


The death occurred on Monday last of Margaret McDermott, (née Hayden, Knockreigh) Five Acres, Busherstown, Duncormick. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband Sean, sons John, David and Brian. Her brothers Ted, Thomas, Michael, sisters Kathleen, Maureen, extended family, neighbours, and friends.  Margaret was predeceased by her sister Bernie.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Peter’s Church, Ballymitty on Thursday last followed by burial in Adamstown Cemetery.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Margaret was County President of Community Games and she gave willingly and wholeheartedly of her time and talents

to the organization over many years.


Adamstown Pharmacy will commence administering the 2023/2024 influenza vaccine and the updated Covid-19

vaccine commencing the last week of September 2023.

All persons looking to avail of vaccines should contact

053 9240460 or 053 9240454 or call in to Adamstown Pharmacy to arrange an appointment.

THE FOOD CHANNEL (Fr. John Harris OP – Irish Catholic)

I overheard a conversation lately while waiting in an airport.

It seemed to be between a brother and a sister. The brother was a priest. The lady said that she found watching Mass on TV very helpful and didn’t see any reason to go back to Mass in a church. She said this almost as a challenge to her brother. Not only she, but I also waited to see where this was going. After a few moments of silence, he asked, then why she didn’t simply watch the food Channel all day and, in a few weeks, she wouldn’t need to cook anymore and wouldn’t feel hungry.

That was the end of the conversation.

FISHERS OF MEN    (Fr. John Harris OP – Irish Catholic)

A number of years ago the American Catholic bishops released a vocations’ video encouraging men to think of the priesthood. One of the scenes in the video was of a car accident and it showed a young priest running through the traffic to get to the scene of the crash. It is like a scene from an action movie. I was made to recall it over the past weeks as I have read about the horrific crashes in our country and how our priests have responded. Our priests are indeed first responders, but not like in action movies but in real life, with real people. Their responses are not in a moment, their care for the families will continue long after the press coverage is over and the rest of us get back to our lives.

Please pray for all our priests who respond each day to the tragedies of life and bring the healing presence of Jesus into all situations.

IT HAPPENED IN SEPTEMBER – 16th September 1620

Pilgrim ship, The Mayflower, departed from England, bound for America. Today, it is estimated that some thirty million people can trace their ancestors back to the 102 passengers and thirty crew members aboard the ship that landed in the New World after sixty-six days at sea.

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