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10th March, 2020

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 9th & Sun 10th March 2024

Volume 24. Number 10



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Monday 4th March were: 19 – 21 – 27 – 29. There was no Jackpot winner including online players. There was one match three player online – Rita Breen, Scullabogue who received €200. The next draw is on Tuesday 19th March in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €9,000. Keep on buying the tickets – it could be you next time.


The Thursday night Card Game continues in the Community Centre every Thursday night at 8.30pm. Winners on Thursday 7th March were: Chris Byrne, Bridie Dillon, Mick Kehoe, Pat Quinn, Michael McLoughlin, Josie Doyle, Seamus Joyce, Johnny Nolan, Kay Whelan.


Well done to local girls Ella Furlong, Caragh McDonald & Eilish Roche who as part of the Wexford team who defeated Westmeath in the Leinster LGFA Minor B Championship on Saturday last in Mullingar on a score line of 3-8 to 2-8.

Congratulations to Aidan O’Brien who will receive an Award from New Ross District at the 39th Award Night in the Horse & Hound this Saturday 9th March for his service to Adamstown GAA over the years.


Congratulations to our athletes who competed in the Leinster Juvenile Indoors in Athlone last weekend.

Sean Walsh – 1st U-15 1k walk, Grace White 2nd U-12 60m. & 2nd U-12 High Jump; Will Fortune 4th U-15 shot putt – super performance by all.


A huge well done to our U-14 footballers who were crowned County Champions this week with a great win over Bunclody Vocational College. Well done to the lads and coaches Mr. Feeney and Mr Rossitor. The school community are very proud of this great bunch of young men.

Delighted to have Alan Corcoran from South East Radio visit the school to learn about our innovative Agricultural Short Course and to chat about life in Adamstown, which was broadcast on the Morning Mix Radio Show.

We recently welcomed a record number of 6th class students to Coláiste Abbáin for our annual entrance exams and look forward to welcoming all students to our school community in August.


The Pat Byrne Memorial Road Run
In Adamstown on Sunday 7th April 2024 
Registration from 11.30am.  Start at 1.00pm
In aid of Adamstown National School
Your Support is Much Appreciated.


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.


Job Vacancies – Childcare Assistant & General Operative

Phone Kay at ANCCR on 087 4144313 to apply or for more information.   This is a brilliant opportunity to re-join the workforce and upskill.

The programme will provide the successful childcare candidate with the opportunity to gain a QQ1 L5 or L6 qualification in childcare while gathering practical experience.

It will provide the General Operative candidate with practical experience and training in use of machinery and spraying, etc. or training in the candidate’s own area of interest.


Adamstown ICA guild will hold their next meeting on Wednesday 13th March in Coláiste Abbáin at 8pm. Lots up for discussion with the upcoming ICA’s got talent on next month, we have to decide on our entries, so ladies be ready to strut your stuff!  Competition on the night will be for the best decorated Easter Bonnet, & we’ll all model them together. Hostesses are Rita Furlong & Breda Bolger.

Ladies all donations of toiletries, dried food like rice, pasta, & tinned & jars of food welcome, also vouchers for clothes stores, Tesco’s & Dunes have a good range of affordable clothes for women & children all these items for the Women’s Refuge. They have no storage for clothes, unless new pyjamas, nightwear, for children & ladies.

We would like to wish all the wonderful mothers a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday and that includes all those who have taken on the role of mother in their lives, be it by birth or design.  We love you all, and have a great day.


To all the strong, beautiful and inspiring women out there!
May you continue to shine bright and conquer the world.


Sat 9th – Nicholas & Bridie Wickham, Tomgarrow (A)
Sun 10th – Greg, Annie & Nell Bolger, Misterin (A)
Also  –       Cait Fortune, Doononey (A)
Sat 16th – Peggy Grafton (néeThorpe) Newtown (A)
Sun 17th – People of the Parish
Pray for Betty Forrestal, Oldcourt (A)
Pray for John O’Brien, Ballyvergin who died this week
May they rest in peace.


Sat 9th – Liam Whelan.     Sun 10th – Callie Doyle
Sat 16th – Cáit Bradley.  Sun 17th – Sheelagh Delaney
Sat 23rd – Anthony McGee.  Sun – Neasa Cloney


Collection Weekend  16th / 17th March 2024
Our Future Church
Please contribute to the fundraiser for the New Pastoral Development Programme, training 30 Lay People in Maynooth for Parish Ministry. Support the Collection Weekend in the Diocese of Ferns, on March 16th/17th.
Envelopes will be available at all churches before the ‘big weekend’, and you can also donate online at   Your generosity will shape the future of parish life. Together, let’s empower our community and ensure a vibrant and active parish environment.
Make a lasting difference with your donation.
As Church, we are a people advancing on its pilgrim way towards God (Evangeli Gaudium 111)


The Prayer Group meeting will take place this Sunday night (10th) at 7pm in St. Abban’s Church. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Fr. Mark Byrne from Waterford who was recently interviewed on South East Radio and is a popular Retreat Director.

All are very welcome and the meeting last one hour.

THE MOTHER(Patrick H. Pearse; 1879-1916)

I do not grudge them: Lord, I do not grudge
My two strong sons that I have seen go out
To break their strength and die, they and a few,
In bloody protest for a glorious thing.
They shall be spoken of among their people,
The generations shall remember them,
And call them blessed;
But I will speak their names to my own heart
In the long nights;
The little names that were familiar once
Round my dead hearth.

Lord, thou art hard on mothers:
We suffer in their coming and their going;
And tho’ I grudge them not, I weary, weary
Of the long sorrow – And yet I have my joy:
My sons were faithful, and they fought.

A LENTEN POEM – a Reflection on Fasting

(Robert Herrick – 1591-1674)

Is this a Fast, to keep
The larder lean,
And clean,
From fat of veals and sheep?
Is it to quit the dish
Of flesh, yet still
To fill
The platter high with fish?
Is it to fast an hour.
Or rag’d to go
Or show
A downcast look or sour?
No; ’tis a Fast to dole
Thy sheaf of wheat
And meat,
Unto the hungry soul.
It is to fast from strife.
From old debate,
And hate;
To circumcise thy life.
To show a heart grief-rent,
To starve thy sin.
Not bin;
And that’s to keep thy Lent.

Its argument, of course, is that it is more important to stay true to the spirit of Lent than merely follow the rules of the season. In Lent, the Church asks us to fast, to show compassion and be generous to the less fortunate among us and to pray.

(Paul Brian Campbell SJ)

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – For Family and Friends

Father, I thank you for the gift of family and friends.
Give them health of mind and body.
Be with them on their journey through life.
Bring them safely to that day,
When we will be reunited in your presence forever. Amen.

SYMPATHY – John O’Brien R.I.P.

The death occurred on Tuesday 5th March of John O’Brien, Ballyvergin, we extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Anne, brothers Nick, Sonny, his sisters Mary, Margaret, Theresa, Kay, extended family, neighbours and friends. John’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban’s Church on Friday last followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.


We remember in prayer this week the children from Scoil Naomh Abbáin who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Thursday 14th March in St. Abban’s Church. We pray God’s blessing on these children and their families on this very special day.


To the world, you are a mother,
To our family, you are the world.

A Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers


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