skip to Main Content

5th May, 2024

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2024 

Volume 24.   Number 18



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Monday 29th April were: 14 – 18 -21 – 29. There was no Jackpot winner including online players. There was one match three player Lynnette McGuiness who received €200. The next draw is on Monday 13th May in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €9,800. Thanks for your continued support and please keep on buying the tickets and in doing so helping Adamstown GAA, Soccer and Parish.


The weekly Thursday night Card Game continues in the Community Centre at 8.30 each week. Winners on Thursday 2nd May were: Phil Jackman, Joe Kehoe, Matt O’Neill, John Hanley, Micksey & Breda Bolger, Chris Byrne & Bridie Dillon.


The ‘Fat Fighter’s Challenge’ which several local gents took part in at Foley’s, Newbawn over two months recently with the proceeds going to the winner’s charity of choice. Pat Lawlor was the winner and he donated the amount raised of €610 to Jack & Jill Foundation. Well done lads & keep up the good work.


On Thursday 25th April the ICA’s Got Talent Competition was held in Camross Hall. It was a great night, and huge thanks go to Camross Hall Committee and Camross ICA Guild for hosting the night. Thanks also to the Wexford ICA Federation.

We were treated to a mixture of novelty acts, singing & recitations . They were all marvelous.  There were acts from Adamstown, Ballyanne, Camross, Castlebridge, Davidstown, Duncannon, Kilrane/Rosslare Harbour and Oylegate guilds.

There were laughs galore and a lovely spread afterwards provided by the Camross ICA ladies. The ICA Federation meeting was held in Ballyfad on Monday 29th April.


Well done to Sean 1st Junior boys 1200m walk representing Good Counsel College,  New Ross  at the South Leinster Schools Track & Field competitions, Sean now progresses to the Leinster Schools on 15th May. Well done to James 1st Intermediate boys discus and 2nd Intermediate boys shot putt representing Good Counsel, New  Ross at the South Leinster School Championships, James now progresses to the Leinster Schools Championships also.

Wishing both every success for the future.


Congratulations to Michael & Nancy Lambert, Adamstown on the occasion of their 63rd Wedding Anniversary, which they celebrated with family recently. We wish them many more years of good health & happiness.


Most of us have had patches of darkness or confusion in our imperfect lives. Nelson Mandela was no different. He accepted a life sentence in prison, reminding the courtroom that he would never step away from that for which he was being condemned: that he would always fight for equality for every person regardless of their origin. Equality was what he would live for and what, as he told the court, he was ready to die for.

In July 1984 Mary Manning, nine other women and one man refused to handle South African grapefruit in Dunnes stores in Dublin’s Henry Street, protesting against apartheid and the jailing of Mandela. They were suspended but remained on strike for three years. They suffered a great deal in the cause of justice. Mandela trudged to the prison quarry daily, a slave in forced labour, bearing dust in the sun and cold in the rain, breaking stones for 27 years. In 1990, on  his trip to Dublin, Mandela met Mary and her group to thank them for the real sacrifices they had made to bring world attention to the institutional injustice of his country. They were ‘ordinary people’ as he said, ‘far away from the crucible of apartheid who cared for our freedom’. After many years in prison, his white guards came to respect him,  some of them were doing courses with the Open University. He offered to help them. They accepted. As a prisoner he gave tuition to his prison guards.  They became his friends. Towards the end of his prison sentence, he was offered early release. He refused it unless his conditions were met. He wanted a change in the constitution which stated equal rights for all South Africans. He would not leave prison otherwise. He had compassion, an ability to listen to the needs of the powerless, to listen and reconcile with the powerful, a real belief in equality. He was a light in the darkness of our many power mongering, vengeful world leaders. Would he not have felt angry and vengeful when he himself got into power? No. He simply smiled at the knowledge that he was calling everyone, belated enemies and beloved friends, to shelter under one umbrella of justice and equality for all. May we see some of these qualities breaking through the darkness and flowering in 2024.

(Colm Brophy – Messenger Magazine May 2024)

IT HAPPENED IN MAY – 8th May 1886

Pharmacist, Dr John S Pemberton sold the first glass of Coca-Cola. Having created a caramel-coloured liquid, he went a few doors down the road to Jacob’s Pharmacy, where he combined it with carbonated water and gave it to customers to taste. They approved and it was put on sale for five cents a glass. (Pioneer Magazine)


The only permanent failure is failure to learn from our mistakes.



Sat 4th May – Breda O’Brien, Templeshelin

Sun 5th – Seán Whelan, Kellystown (A)

Sat 11th – Patsy O’Connor, Newtown (A)

Sun 12th – Peg & Joe Kelly and deceased members of the Kirwan family, Coonogue (A)

Pray for Jim & Mary Connors, The Hill (A)

May they rest in peace.

Morning Mass each week day morning at 9.30am

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


Wed 8th – Blessed John Sullivan. He was born in Eccles St. Dublin 8th May 1861. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1900, ordained a priest in 1907 and spent the greater part of his life at Clongowes Wood College. He died 19 Feb 1933. His declaration as blessed on 13th May 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Church, Gardiners St. Dublin, was the first ever beatification celebrated in Ireland.


Sat 5th – Anthony McGee.   Sun 6th – Sheelagh Delaney

Sat 12th – Eoghan Greene.  Sun 13th – Neasa Cloney

Sat 19th – Cáit Bradley.        Sun 20th – Amelia Swierczynska

Sat 26th – Annette English.  Sun 27th – Callie Doyle.

SYMPATHY – Jim (James) Cullen R.I.P.

The death occurred on Monday 29th April of Jim Cullen, St. James Road, Greenhills, Dublin and formerly Barrack’s Rd, Adamstown. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Margaret, children Jack, Grace, Matthew, brothers Ian, Stan, Padraig, sisters Cath, Sarah, Yvonne and Oonagh, extended Cullen family, neighbours and friends. Jim’s funeral Mass was celebrated in the Holy Spirit Parish, Greenhills on Friday last followed by burial in Bohernabreena Cemetery.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.


We extend our condolences to Tony & Maria Carty, and family,  Misterin on the death of Tony’s mother Kathleen, Ryleen, New Ross, also to her extended family, neighbours and friends.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Cushinstown on Thursday last followed by burial in Cushinstown Cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

MARY MURPHY  (nee Furlong, Castleview) R,I,P

The death occurred on Thursday 2nd May of Mary Murphy,

(née Furlong) The Residence, Clologue, Ferns. We extend our deepest sympathy to her children Carol-Anne, Mary, Emer, Garret, Gráinne, Caitriona, Paula-Jane. We also send our condolences to her brother Tom, Angela and Margaret and families in  Knockreigh, her brothers, sisters, extended family, neighbours and friends. Mary was pre-deceased by her husband Pat. Mary’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Brigid’s Church, Clologue on Sunday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.


To date the amount donated to the Trócaire Lenten Appeal in St. Abban’s is €1,925 for which we are deeply grateful.

If you still have a Trócaire Box at home, please return it as soon as possible, every cent counts.


The Rosary will be recited at Knockreigh Grotto each week night at 8.00pm for the month of May.

“O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,

Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May”


The little cares which fretted me,

I lost them yesterday Among the fields, above the sea,

Among the winds at  play;

Among the lowing of the herds,

The rustling of the trees,

Among the singing of the birds,

The humming of the bees.

The foolish fears of what may come,

I cast them all away

Among the clover scented grass,

Among the new mown hay;

Among the hushing of the corn,

Where drowsing poppies nod,

Ill thoughts can die, and good be born,

Out in the fields of  God.

(Elizabeth B. Browning (1805-1861)



We pray that religious women and men, and seminarians, grow in their own vocations through their human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, leading them to be credible witnesses to the Gospel.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK  – Motorist’s Prayer

Holy Mary, hear our prayer

Keep us in your loving care.

Whatever the perils of the way.

Let us not add to them this day.

So to our caution and attention

We add a prayer for your protection

And beg God’s blessings on this car

To travel safely near and far.

Back To Top