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25th February, 2024

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 24th & Sun 25th February 2024 

Volume 24.  Number 8.



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on

Monday 19th Feb were: 10 – 12 – 20 – 25. There was no Jackpot winners including online players. The following three players matched three numbers and each got €70

Marian Kelly, Doononey, Helen Furlong, Misterin & Tom Stafford, Kellystown. The next draw is on Monday March 4th for a Jackpot of €8,800. Thanks for your continued support.


Shamrock Vintage Club will hold the Pat Byrne Memorial Road Run on Sunday April 7th. Registration on the day is from 11.30 with run starting at 1.00pm.  The Club has held this run for 15 years now and has raised over €50,000 for local charities and organisations from it. This year Scoil Naomh Abbáin will benefit from the run. All vehicles are welcome on the day and the school would be very appreciative of all the support it receives.


The weekly Thursday night Card Game continues in the Community Centre at 8.30pm each week.  Winners on Thursday 22nd were: Johnny Nolan, Seamus Joyce, Micksy & Breda Bolger, Tom Wickham, Chris Byrne, Bridie Dillon, Phil Jackman, Tom Rochford.


Girls U-6 born in 2018 – 2019 Welcome.

Fun, friendship, and fundamental movements.

Contact Anne at 087 9443552

Boys Under 6 Academy 5 & 6 year olds.

Born in 2028 – 2019 – Adamstown GAA Astro

Starting Thursday 4th April

Contact Vinny at 087 9673105


Congratulations to Jack Whitty who won his county final on Thursday in the senior handball singles competition against a tough Wexford CBS opponent. Commiserations to Morgan Colfer Nash, Ryan Lacey and Michaela Kavanagh who lost their finals against opponents from St. Peter’s College and Loreto. Nevertheless we are very proud of our students representing CA.

A huge well done to our U-17 soccer team on a great victory over Ramsgrange Community School on Thursday in the South Leinster Final. A massive thank you to coaches Mr. Martin, Mr. McDonnell & Mr. Walsh for their Trojan work with soccer in Coláiste Abbáin. Well done to goal scorers – Larry Sludds, Sean Murray, & Barry Sweetman.


Thanks to the ladies from Newtown/The Leap for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of February. It is now the turn of parishioners from Coonogue for March.


The Irish Folklore Commission collected stories and lore via school children from all over Ireland during the 1930’s.

The following story came from New Ross.

“Many years ago in the town of New Ross, a great storm broke out over the town. At the time there was a mission on in the new Parish Church, which had been just completed.

The Missioner was preaching and there was dead silence in the church. The thunder could be heard rumbling and roaring overhead, and the lightening was flashing through the windows. Suddenly a flash of lightening hit the roof and tore a large portion of it away. The people inside were terror stricken and began to say prayers and bless themselves. Many of the people ran out of the church. The great storm occurred in the year 1902 in the month of February.

(Taken from New Ross Parish Church Newsletter –

courtesy of Jim Sutton)


One fine summer evening a young man brought his elderly father out to a nearby restaurant for a meal. The father was not only very old but he was also feeble and his movements slow. Throughout the meal his hands trembled and he had difficulty keeping a grip on the various items of cutlery. As a result quite a few bits and pieces of food splattered and dropped on his shirt-front and trousers. The other diners at the nearby tables kept casting glances in their direction, that is, when they were not looking at one another with raised eyebrows. It was quite obvious that they found the whole display disgusting and make little attempt to hide what was in their minds. Throughout it all however the old man’s son,

 remained calm and unmoved. After they had finished their meal the son, who was not at all embarrassed, took his father to the washroom where he proceeded to remove the various food particles on his father’s clothing. He did what he could to wipe off the stains from his cardigan sleeves and then with gentle movements combed his hair neatly. When they came back out into the main area it seemed as if every single diner in the entire restaurant was watching them. The son proceeded to the cashier’s desk where he paid the bill and then turned to start walking out slowly with his father.

At the same time an old man sitting at one of the tables called out loudly, “Hey, young man, don’t you think you have left something behind? The young man stopped and looking back with a surprised expression on his face replied, “No I don’t think I have.” The old man retorted, ‘Well that’s just where you are wrong son, because this evening you have left a message for every man and hope for every father”

The restaurant went silent.

(St. Martin’s Magazine)


Well done to Joe 3rd National Senior 5k Indoor and Ciara 4th National 3k Senior indoor, adding to her 2nd in the intervarsities last weekend. Wishing both continues success!



Sat 24th – Peg, Jay & Michael Roche, Ballyshannon (A)

Also        John &  Elizabeth French & deceased members of the French family, Oldcourt (A)

Sun 25th – Gillian Bradley, Ballyvergin & Julian Rothwell (A)

Also            Aidan Hickey, Kellystown (A)

Sat 2nd March – Edward Whelan, Brocurra (A)

Sun 3rd Mar – Jimmy Roche, Woodview Drive (A)

Thursday 29th Feb – Mass at 9.30am for deceased members of the Redmond Family, Tomgarrow (A)

May they rest in peace.

Feast day this week:  Friday 1st March – St. David

St. David is the patron saint of Wales, where he was an abbot and bishop in the sixth century. Several Irish saints were his pupils and he influenced monastic development in Ireland. He died about 601.

Mass every week morning at 9.30am

First Saturday March 2nd  Mass at 9.30am.

Visitation of the sick will take place on Friday 1st March &  Saturday 2nd March.

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


Sat 24th – Eoghan Greene. 

Sun 25th – Amelia Swierczynska

Sat – 2nd Mar – Annette English.  Sun 3rd – Ann Ryan

Sat 9th – Liam Whelan.  Sun 10th – Callie Doyle

Sat 16th – Cáit Bradley.  Sun 17th – Sheelagh Delaney


Let us remember in our prayers the children from Scoil Naomh Abbain who will receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion this year.

First Holy Communion children will make their First Confession this coming Thursday evening. First Holy Communion will take place on 4th May.

Confirmation will take place on 14th March, and we pray God’s blessing on all the children and their families.


We are delighted to resume the Lourdes Ticket Draw again this year following four years of missed draws.

Tickets costing €5 will be available from next week, with the draw taking place on Easter Sunday at 10.30am Mass 31st March 2024. The Pilgrimage takes place from Thursday 16th May – Tuesday 21st May.

Over the years many parishioners have had the opportunity of joining with the Diocesan Pilgrimage having been lucky enough to win a ticket and have had a wonderful experience there


Today I can complain about my health,

Or I can celebrate being alive.

Today I can moan that it is raining,

Or be joyful at all that grows from the rain.

Today I can regret all I don’t have,

Or rejoice in everything I do.

Today I can mourn everything I have lost,

Or eagerly anticipate what’s to come.

Today I can complain that I have to work,

Or celebrate having a job to go to.

Today I can resent the mess the kids make,

Or give thanks that I have a family.

Today I can whine about the housework,

Or celebrate having a home.

Today I can cry over people who don’t care for me,

Or be happy loving and being loved by those who do.

I choose to have a good day today!

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – Thank God for little things

Thank you God, for little things that often come our way.

The things we take for granted but don’t mention when we pray.

The unexpected courtesy, the thoughtful kindly word.

A hand reached out to help us in the time of sudden need.

Oh make us more aware, dear God, of little daily graces,

That come to us with ‘sweet surprise’ from never

dreamed of places.   Amen.


What do you know about religious Icons?

Well if you wish to find out more and have a chance to make your own, please contact Sr. Helen at the Carmelite Monastery 087 2181687.

Sr. Helen is starting new courses for both beginners and experienced artists alike, here in New Ross, on Wednesday 13th March 2024. The cost includes brushes, paints, boards and tuition etc. Places are limited, so book early.

A SMILE – Signs on a Church Noticeboard

Misunderstood !!

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be

“What Is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house.

Bring your husbands.

Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7pm. Please use the back door. ( Pioneer Magazine)

IT HAPPENED IN FEBRUARY – 20th February 1962

John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth aboard the spacecraft, Friendship 7. He did so three times in less than five hours. Although the Soviets had conquered space with the first satellite launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, and had sent the first man into space – Yuri Gagarin, on 12th April 1961 – the Americans, under President John F. Kennedy, successfully resolved to put a man on the moon by the end of that decade. (Pioneer Magazine)

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