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19th May, 2024

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Sat 18th & Sun 19th May 2024

Volume 24.  Number 20



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Wednesday 14th May were: 5 – 23 – 26 –  27. There was

no match three players and one lucky winner of the €9,800 Jackpot and the seller’s prize of €500 – Helen Furlong, Misterin. There were no online winners.

Congratulations Helen and enjoy your windfall!.

The next draw is on Monday 27th May in the Community Centre for a new Jackpot of €2,000. Do keep on buying the tickets and in doing so supporting local clubs and parish.

Thanks for your continued support.


The weekly Thursday night Card Game continues in the Community every Thursday night at 8.30pm  Winners on Thursday 16th May were: Kathleen Whelan, Paddy Furlong, Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Phil Jackman, Joe Kehoe, Tom Wickham and Ger Sweeney.


Great results from our athletes at the counties Track & Field – u12 girls Grace 1st 60m, 1st long jump, 1st shot putt:  u12 boys Charlie 3rd hurdles, 3rd high jump:  u14 girls Emma 1st hurdles, 1st 800m, 1st walk ,2nd long jump, 2nd 200m:  Anna 2nd walk:  u14 boys Will 1st shot putt: u16 walk

Sean 1st. Well done to all athletes taking part.

Well done to James this week in the Leinster schools Track & Field – 3rd in the shot putt and narrowly beaten to 4th in the Discus- great achievement James, he has another 2 years in this age group


New Department of Education funding approved:

Following the transformational extension to Coláiste Abbain, in 2016 and the recent provision of further accommodation in the form of a modular extension in 2023, the Principal Mr. John Nolan, is now looking forward to further enhancement of the facilities at the school, with the addition of new classrooms, new Technology and Science labs and a new Home Economics room. Chief Executive of WWETB, Dr Karina Daly, warmly welcomed the news and said that it will make a significant difference.

We are looking forward to our Graduation Ceremony of the Class of 2024 on Thursday 30th May at 11.30am.

We are so lucky to have such a modern 2nd Level School on our doorstep and appreciate those gone before us whose hard work and forward thinking made it possible for our students to have this wonderful facility in our locality.

COUNSELLING SERVICE – Confidential Service

Depression – Anxiety – Abuse

Parenting through Separation.  Couple Counselling

Loss and Bereavement

Ph: 051 428421            Mob: 087 7619702


There are many words that will always be used to describe my dad, but those that stand out  most prominently for me are supportive, generous, humble, driven and I am sure everyone would agree that there are many more. All these words relate to the impression he has had upon all our lives, and I could not be prouder to call myself his son. As a father, and husband, he has always been there for everyone and there was nothing he wouldn’t do to help us in any way he could – I will always be grateful for the many lifts to the airport, and in the past his favours to us would often be repaid with time spent weeding his allotment. Throughout the past few months my dad has undertaken the most difficult journey that could be expected of anyone. It is a testament to him and his good nature  that no matter how hard and frustrating things got, he would always have a smile on his face for us when we came through the door to visit him, right up until the very end, and he remained  so brave and positive the entire time. He is a man that did not take things or people for granted, and I think we could all probably learn a lot from the way he lived his life. I consider myself so lucky to say that I know for a fact how proud my dad was of all his children, his siblings, his nieces and nephews, and friends throughout his life, I know this because he never ceased to constantly remind us of this fact, and particularly my mam who has always been his pride and joy. It is so important that we acknowledge how strong she has been over the past several months not only for Jim, but for everyone in her life, still finding the unwavering perseverance to be a mother and full time carer as well as my rock, and she will always be the most inspiring woman in my life. She is a true force of nature. On behalf of our family, there are so many people we need to mention who have helped us through this journey. All the staff of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross for their second to none care. To the staff from Cheeverstown, especially Rhea, who have been  helping to take care of Grace almost every single day since September. Their level of commitment to care is a testament to the amazing people that they are, and their kindness and willingness to help out no matter what will never be forgotten. To Deirdre, Mary, Melissa, Ailish, who have been a constant source of support in helping us out in every single way you could imagine. To all the rest of our family and friends, particularly those who came to visit Jim, thank you for your continued support. A special thanks to Mr Gerry Kelly for keeping a smile on our faces through the toughest of times. A final and personal thank you to my dad, for his undying encouragement for me to pursue and fulfil my love of music. It’s been many years since I have played music in this church, there was a time when I would come with him nearly every Saturday evening to play whistle in the folk group. I would now like to honour him with a rendition of the Lonesome Boatman, which is one of his favourite pieces that I would often play on the low whistle. Thank you



Sat 18th – Pat  Foley, The Leap, and deceased members of the O’Brien family, Adamstown, and the Foley family, Newbawn (A)

Also –         Nora O’Donovan, Raheenduff (Month’s Mind)

Sun 19th – People of the Parish.

Sat 25th – Tommy & Bernie Whitty, Oldcourt (A)

Sun 26th – Francis Furlong, Misterin (A)

Also –        Ned Buckley, Brocurra (A)

May they rest in peace


Loving God, Healer and Comforter,

we pray for those who suffer from dementia and

in a special way for their caregivers.

Give them patience as they work through familiar

scripts and questions asked, answered and asked again.

Give them long memories to recall the fulness of their

loved one’s life beyond these moments of forgetting.

God of all mercies, sustain those who care for others.

Grant them what they need for the moments ahead..



Story by Fr James Blount

My father’s dad was a judge in Tampa Florida. A few days before Kennedy’s assassination, the President was speaking in Tampa. Fr Blount’s dad was an invited guest and met the President. Kennedy left Tampa the  next day. The Blount’s parish priest told Judge Blount that the next morning, he got a call asking if there were scheduled confessions  taking place in his church.When he said yes, they were on, they told him that the president was going to arrive for confession. When Kennedy and the Secret Service arrived, they went to the top of the confession queue to ask that the president could be next. However, the president called them back and said he would await his turn. Moving along the pew,he finally reached the confessional and went in. Coming out, he prayed quietly and left. No fanfare, no media.

A few days later, the president was shot dead in Dallas, Texas


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

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

Sat 2nd June – Liam Whelan.  Sun 3rd – Betty O’Shea

Mass each week day morning at 9.30am.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday

from 10.00am – 1.00pm.


The Rosary will be recited at Knockreigh Grotto each week night at 8pm for the Month of May, as we join with the Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage and our local pilgrims.

“There was a child named Bernadette

I heard  the story long ago

She saw the Queen of Heaven once

And kept the vision in her soul

No one believed what she had seen

No one believed what she heard

That there were sorrows to be healed

And mercy, mercy is  this world

(1st verse of Song of Bernadette)


We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late James Bolger Junior, Templenacroha, Palace East, whose funeral Mass took place in the Church of St. John Paul 11, Raheen on Friday 10th May, followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
We extend our sympathy also to Pat Harrington and family on the death of his brother Laurence (Larry), Ballyboro, Clonroche. His funeral Mass took place in Cloughbawn Church on Monday 13th May followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Accord now seeking marriage preparation facilitators.  Might this be you?

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators.  If you are supportive of marriage in the Catholic Church; and, have the enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team that supports couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage  then Accord wishes to hear from you. An Accord marriage preparation facilitator is a personally fulfilling leadership role, blending life experience and faith. Successful applicants will receive  professional training and be part of a team delivering marriage preparation programmes locally.

Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to and for further information see


You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is

the greatest quality in the mind next to honour.

(Thomas A Edison)

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