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1st October, 2023

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 30th Sept & Sun 1st Oct 2023 

Volume 23.  Number 36.



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Monday 2nd October in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €15,000. Do buy a ticket and be in with a chance.

Please leave books back in Cullen’s Gala by 8pm on draw night. Thanks for your continued support.


Adamstown ICA Guild held their first meeting since the summer break on Wednesday, September 13th in the Community Centre at 8pm. Our President, Helen Furlong welcomed everyone back & hoped we all had a lovely summer. There was a special welcome for new member Cathy Wickham; it’s lovely to see new members joining.

After the ICA prayer and singing My Land it was down to the business of the meeting. Secretary Liz Furlong read the minutes of the previous meeting & Treasurer Ann Ryan gave us an update on our finances. The guild had applied for an activity grant & we are getting €600, which will be put to good use. The Aqua Aerobics group going well & meeting Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays and the golfers will be easing off now as the darker evenings approach. The bowling group also going ahead. Crafts for the coming weeks discussed and Helen looking into a Needle Felting course and will let members know the details once she has a date & the number of members interested. New Ross putting on the musical Oklahoma next month and lots of members put their name down; it was decided to go on Tuesday 21st October. There will be a Craft Fair in the Community Centre on Sunday December 3rd and please support.  The Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party has been provisionally booked for Sunday 10th December in the Horse & Hound. Sheelagh reported Women’s Refuge full to capacity and had to turn an office at the rear of the building into temporary sleeping accommodation to cope with demand. They appreciate all donations of toiletries, dried food products and vouchers, especially Tesco & Dunnes. They are cutting back on clothes donations unless new, as they don’t have the storage space.  A lovely tea was provided by Eleanor Power & Mary Doyle, thank you ladies. Competition for an Apple Tart was won by Helen Furlong & raffle was won by Dympna Rochford. Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 11th in the Community Centre at 8pm, new members are always welcome, so come on ladies – make the move.orH


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 countdown is on for Open Night 2023.

Coláiste Abbáin Open Night is on Wednesday 4th October from 7pm – 9pm. Preparations are underway to welcome 5th & 6th Class students and their families to our wonderful Open Night.  Principal’s Address at 8pm.

Note: Enrolment for the 2024/25 Academic Year will be open on 2nd of October.


Thursday morning Ladies Weight Training & Fitness Classes. A FREE TRIAL will be held on Thursday morning 5th October at 10.00am. Booking is essential.

Contact Sarah 087 062 7563 or


One of the most famous priests in Australian Catholic folklore is Fr. Patrick Hartigan, whose parents came from Lissycasey in County Clare around 1864. Fr. Hartigan wrote under the pen name of ‘John O’Brien’. When his book of poems, Around the Boree Log, was published in 1921 it was an instant success and it is now established as an Australian classic. The tradition of hospitality was deeply rooted in the Irish emigrants, especially those who lived in the Australian outback.

Bedad, he’ll have to stay the night; the rain is going to pour

So make the rattling windows tight, and close the kitchen door

And bring the old lopsided chair, the tattered cushion too;

We’ll make the stranger happy there, the way we used to do.

The years have turned the rusted key, the time is on the jog

Yet spend another night with me around the boree log.

One can almost smell and feel the cosy hospitality described by Hartigan. Here was a home that was also a sanctuary; his was a ‘safe place’ to be. The happiness of the visitor was central. A person in trouble, or confused by fear or doubt, would experience this as a place of comfort protected from the gales of life. (Martin Tierney –


Important Notice for ParentsOur Annual General Meeting of the Parents Association will take place on Tuesday 3rd October in the school hall at 8.30pm.

We would love to see as many parents there as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the AGM.


Thanks to the ladies from Raheenduff for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of September. It is now the turn of parishioners from Misterin for the month of October



Sat 30th – John & Katie Power, The Leap (A)

Sun 1st Oct – Mai Furlong, Misterin (A)

Sat 7th – John, Mosey, Diza McCabe, Ballyvergin (A)

Also        Mary Whelan, Junior, Kellystown (Month’s Mind)

Sun 8th  – Nancy O’Brien, Rathkyle (A)

Pray for Matt O’Neill, Forrestwood (A)

Pray for Peter Thorpe Sen & Peter Thorpe Jun, Newtown (A)

First Saturday 7th October – Mass at 9.30am – Josephine Phelan, Waterford (A)

May they rest in peace.

Feast Days this week:

Mon2nd – The Guardian Angels. We venerate the Guardian Angels, seeking their constant protection.

Wed 4th – St. Francis of Assisi – St. Francis of Assisi

1181-1226, abandoned all things for the love of Christ, founded the Friars Minor and with St. Clare, the Poor Clares. For the last two years of his life he suffered the stigmata. Patron saint of ecologists.

Thurs 5th – St. Faustina Kowalska. Born near Poland in 1905, died in Kraków in 1938, her short life spent as a Sister of Our Lady of Mercy. She inspired the movement dedicated to proclaiming and imploring Divine Mercy throughout the world.

Fri 5th – St. Bruno. Children’s Day of Mission Prayer.

Sat 6th – Our Lady of the Rosary.


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

Sat 7th – Annette English.     Sun 8th – Kay Whelan

Sat 14th – Eoghan Greene..  Sun 15th – Ann Ryan

Morning Mass each week day morning at 9.30am

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

FIRE SAFETY – Alarming Facts.

On average 46 people die in fires in Ireland every year.

Most of these deaths wouldn’t happen if there was a working smoke alarm in the house. Be ready for Winter –

Smoke Alarm – To make sure your smoke alarm works

when you need it:

Test your alarm once a week – push and hold the test button until it bleeps.

Change the battery once a year.

Every six months, vacuum and brush the casing to get rid of dust.

Replace the smoke alarm after ten years.

Fact! – Smoke, not heat or flames, caused most fire deaths. It can take as little as three minutes to die from breathing smoke.

Fact! – Smoke alarms do not put out fires!


It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important.

You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there will be any fruit.

But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action.

But if you do nothing, there will be no result.


Ballinaboola to Wexford Every Monday:

To Wexford:

Ballinaboola – 9:30am        Raheen 9:40am

Adamstown – 9:50am         Galbally 10:00am

Killurin – 10:10am              Glynn – 10:15am

Wexford – 10:25am


Wexford – 1:00pm               Glynn – 1:10pm

Killurin – 1:15pm                  Galbally – 1:25pm

Adamstown – 1:35pm          Raheen – 1:45pm

Ballinaboola – 1:55pm

Adamstown to Wexford – Wednesday & Saturday

To Wexford:

Adamstown – 10:53am            Ballinruan – 11:01am

Barntown Village – 11:12am   

Wexford          11:24am


Wexford – 2:15pm              Barntown Village – 2:27pm

Ballinruan – 2:38pm            Adamstown – 2:46pm


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.

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


The death occurred on Thursday last of Deirdre Lawlor,

Ardclough, Straffan, Co. Kildare. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband P.J. (formerly Newtown) sons Gerard, Aidan, Fearghal, Peter daughter Bláthnaid, extended family, neighbours and friends and to David & Mary Lawlor and all the family, Newtown. Her funeral Mass takes place on Tuesday next in St. Anne’s Church, Ardclough followed by burial in Straffan Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – Blessing Prayers

For a fire: May the light and warmth of God’s love fill the hearts of all who sit by this fire.

Before work: May God bless the work of our hands and take it for his glory.

Going on a journey: Lord Jesus, be with us in our goings and comings, and keep us safe from all harm.

Against trouble: Jesus Lord, be my rock and my strength.

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