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3rd March, 2024

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd March 2024 

Volume 24.  Number 9



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Monday 4th March in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of

€8,800. Do keep on buying the tickets – it could be you!

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

Thanks for your continued support.


ASSOCIATION – Notice First Responders training

Adamstown Community Development Association and the generosity of qualified trainers in first response are facilitating free training of First Responders and personnel in the use of AED in the Adamstown area. If you would like to renew your defibrillator training or to be trained as a First responder, or have any other questions, please contact Majella Stafford on 087 2719723 or at before the 17th March 2024.

There will be an information evening for those who sign up on Wednesday 20th March. (Please note change of date from previous notice) Times and venue to be confirmed.

The AED is a valuable resource in our community and its use can help save many lives.


The weekly Thursday night Card Game continues in the Community Centre at 8.30pm each week. Winners on Thursday 29th Feb were: Matt O’Neill, Ger Sweeney, Tom Wickham, Kathleen Whelan, Paddy Furlong, Tom Rochford, Phil Jackman.


South Leinster Bound –

A huge well done to our junior football team who had a 1 point victory over Athy College on Wednesday last in the South Leinster semi-final. A nail biting affair with a last minute save of a penalty from Jack Buckley to keep us in the driving seat. A huge well done to all the panel and mentors Mr. O’Connor and Mr. O’Gorman. Good luck in the final.

Congratulations also to our Senior Soccer team who progress to the League final by defeating Enniscorthy Community College. Well done to the lads & coaches.

It was lovely to see the TY Community Care class out and about the village on Thursday morning last picking up rubbish.

If you have any community project you feel we can help with please do not hesitate to contact the school.


We extend our congratulations and our good wishes to Frances Doyle, Ballyvergin, on the occasion of her 89th birthday on Friday 1st March.

Wishing Frances many more years of good health and happiness.


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

Parish committee members and volunteers will be visiting homes in the Parish over the coming week or so. Tickets still remain at €5.00 each. If you have not been visited, and would like to purchase a ticket please inform the Parish committee or tickets will also be available after Masses on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The draw will take place on Easter Sunday at 10.30am Mass on 31st March 2024. The Pilgrimage takes place from Thursday 16th May – Tuesday 21st May.

We thank your for your support and hopefully this year again we may be able to send a parishioner or two on this wonderful Pilgrimage.

LOOKING BACK – From Newsletter 27th Jan 2002

Boring Old Money:   Editor – Terry McDonald R.I.P.

When decimal pennies were still made of bronze, rather than copper-plated steel later used, a Central Bank official received a call from a man who wanted to buy a bag-full –

2,000 of them. Asked why, he explained he bored holes in the pennies and used as washers. Bronze washers cost 15p each from a hardware shop, and he could make a big saving – £280 – by buying the raw material from the bank. The official told him that not only could she not meet his order, but if she had his name and address he would be liable to prosecution. (Irish Times Magazine Jan 5th ’02)


There was once a deeply religious person, who was yet very unscrupulous in his dealings. He often went on pilgrimages. One day he proudly declared to Mark Twain that he planned to travel to the Holy Land, and then on to climb Mount Sinai where Moses received the 10 Commandments and read them on top of Mt. Sinai.

Mark Twain replied “I have a better idea. Stay here in Boston and keep them”


Many thanks to everyone who attended our Ecumenical Service on Friday 23rd in St. Abban’s Church, especially Fr. Nolan and Fr. David for overseeing the service. Thank you to everyone who had some part in making it such a special occasion. We express our gratitude to Cullen’s lounge for accommodating us afterwards and Mary Kelly for providing the delicious confectionery.


The warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating for farmers.

(Pope Francis)



Sat 2nd – Edward Whelan, Brocurra & deceased  members of the Whelan family, Brocurra. (A)

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

Sat 9th – Nicholas & Bridie Wickham, Tomgarrow (A)

Sun 10th – Greg, Annie & Nell Bolger, Misterin (A)

May they rest in peace.

Feast Day this week:  Tuesday 5th – St. Kieran

Kieran of Saigir was born in Cape Clear, Co. Cork. He is numbered among the pre-Patrician saints in Ireland. He went to the continent, where he was baptised and later ordained priest and bishop. He returned to his father’s territory, Ossary, where he lived as a hermit. Disciples soon joined him and Saigir became a well-known monastery.

Mass every week day morning at 9.30am.

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


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

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

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

FR. MARTIN DELANEY – Irish Catholic

The late Eamon Andrews –

I recently came across a response he gave to his local parish priest who had sent an altar server around to Eamon’s house on a Saturday evening asking him to ‘do the readings’ at Mass the following morning. Eamon replied, “The Word of God, as far as I’m concerned is something which is absolutely precious. It means an awful lot to me. You have asked me to come along tomorrow to go out and read something I have never seen before. If I were doing a television programme, I would spend a whole week preparing for it. I will not go out there just to read in front of people without putting a lot of preparation into it, without having it explained to me. I want to know what it is about.

I want to know what the people are to get out of it.

I want to pray about it”


The Referendum on Family and Care will be held this Friday 8th March. We encourage everyone who had a vote to use it. As a country we are lucky to have the opportunity to have our voice heard. Many countries do not have this choice.

So please use your vote – whatever your choice may be..



We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various part of the world inflame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm.





The death occurred on Wednesday 28th of Feb of

Kathleen Kerrigan, Courthoyle, we extend our deepest sympathy to her husband Tony and son Andrew, brother Bob, extended family, neighbours and friends. Kathleen’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church, Newbawn this Monday, March 4th followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

We extend our deepest sympathy also to Geraldine Dunne,

Slevoy, Foulksmills and all the family on the death of her husband Tom. Our sympathy also to his sister-in-law Eileen Martin and family Woodview Drive. Tom was a well-known painter who worked in the Adamstown area for many years.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.


Collection Weekend  16th / 17th March 2024

Our Future Church

Inspiring faith and building hope in our parish communities.

Helping children and families prepare for Baptism and Confirmation.

Supporting families and loved ones in times of illness and bereavement.

Leading prayer services in our parishes

Sustaining parish life and administration.  www.our futurechurch .ie


Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, that pursuit must go on.


Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you.

It’s easier to be welcoming to those we know,

although we all need our boundaries,

time for ourselves and family.

It’s not easy to be welcoming to those we don’t know,

especially in a big city, those from another culture,

another tradition, another country.

Help me, Lord, to have a welcoming disposition,

ready to respond to others and their needs. Amen.

(Rom: 15:7)

A SMILE  – MISSING         (Ireland’s Own)

Teacher – “On Monday you said your homework blew away.

On Tuesday you said your father accidentally took it to work with him. On Wednesday you said your little sister tore it up.

On Thursday you said someone stole it. Today I asked you to bring your parents to school. Now, where are they?”

Wee Jimmy: “The dog ate them”

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