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2nd June, 2024

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Sat 1st June & Sun 2nd June  2024

Volume 24..Number 22



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Tuesday 28th May were;  4 – 7 – 17 -28. There were no Jackpot winners including online players. The following two players matched three numbers and each received €100.

Catherine Kelly and Anna Murray. The next draw is on 

Monday 10th June in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €,2,200.  Thanks for your continued support.


Well done to Ciara 1st Leinster Junior 3k walk, new pb.

Joe stepped down in distance and was 2nd Leinster Senior 5k.  Well done to both


The National AGM of ICA was held in the Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow on Sat May 25th & Guilds from all over Ireland were present. It was especially significant for the Wexford Guilds, as Wexford lady Mary D’arcy from Ballyfad Guild was the new National President elect in waiting! The Wexford Guilds didn’t disappoint and turned out in force to support our third National President from Wexford. The very first being the founder of ICA Anita Lett from Bree, over 100 years ago. Her last resting place is in Clonmore Churchyard, Bree, where the Wexford Federation ICA lay a wreath each year in her memory. After the business of the meeting  ended, the outgoing National President Hilda Roche marched up the centre of the venue,  holding Mary’s hand aloft to rapturous cheers from those present. The loudest cheer was from the Wexford Guilds. Mary was adorned with the National President’s chain of office & made a brief speech, thanking everyone, especially her family and all who sent good wishes, cards, flowers and gifts. She vowed to visit as many guilds as possible during her three year tenure. All her family were present, husband, children, grandchildren, mother-in-law & her 94 year old mother, an ICA member all her life who was beaming with pride. After posing with hundreds of ICA ladies, the Wexford Guilds lined the staircase with Mary centre & sang the Boys of Wexford which quickly changed to the “Girls” of Wexford.

A private party was hosted by Mary’s family & as many Wexford ladies that could stay.

We wish Mary the best of luck in her important role & she has the full support of all the Wexford Guilds.

Local Guild News: The ICA Summer outing will be on Wednesday 10th July to the Chocolate Garden in Tullow and then on to Carlow for some shopping. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to join us, please contact either Eileen on 087 383 1186 or Helene on 087 277 3211 to let us know.


We are holding a Clothes Collection on Tuesday 4th June 

9.00am – 9.30am. Drop off in the car park opposite the school.  All proceeds go to the Parent’s Association Fund.

Thank you for your continued support.


The Thursday night Card game continues in the Community Centre every week at 8.30pm. Winners on Thursday 30th were: Jer Sweeney, Tom  Wickham, Joe Kehoe, Phil Jackman Matt O’Neill, John Hanley, Micksey & Breda Bolger.


Adamstown Show Society are delighted to announce their 75th Adamstown Agricultural Show on Saturday 6th July

All the usual Classes: Horses & Ponies; Sheep / Goats/ Dogs

Baking. Horticulture / Flowers. Art & Crafts. Photography.

Children’s Classes.

Schedules are now available. Entries close, Thursday 27th June. A fun filled day for all the family – Kids go free.

Other attractions:

  • Dancing with Declan
  • Trade Stands –  Vintage Display
  • Most Appropriately Dressed for the Show
  • Amusements.

For more information contact   Or

phone 353 (87) 616 6926 (7pm – 10pm only)

Live broadcasting by South East Radio sponsored by

McSorley’s Centra, Ballinaboola.


 Friday, 7th June 2024

The Local Council Elections and European elections take place this Friday 7th June from 7:00 – 22:00.

Do use your vote – remember your vote is your voice.


Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima 2024 led by Spiritual

Directors  Fr. Denis Browne & Fr. Paddy Banville.

10th October 2024 for 7 nights. Cost €899 per person sharing.

Direct return flights from  Dublin to Lisbon. 20kg bags included.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Return airport transfers in Fatima. 7 nights Hotel Cinquentenário. Full Board: breakfast, lunch & dinner each day. Full Religious Programme.  Guided tours Sanctuary & Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. Visits to Aljustrel &  Valinhos. Visit to Santarém, site of the Eucharistic Miracle .

Optional: travel insurance & single supplement  €245.

For information, please contact Fr. Denis Browne

086 8926260 or

For bookings, please contact Joe Walsh tours (JWT)

 01 2410800 or

A SMILE:  After a meeting attended by the late Denis Healy, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, his wife Enda said to him, ‘We can go now, Denis. I don’t think there’s anyone else you haven’t insulted’



Sat 1st June – Willie Moore, Oldcourt (A)

Also –  Bena Barron, The Leap (A)

Sun 2nd – Liam O’Brien, Rathkyle (A)

Sat 8th – Nicholas & Catherine O’Neill, and Michael Booth, Misterin also Shane O’Neill, Carrigbyrne and the Eustace family, Carrigbyrne. And Maura, MIchael  and Jack Hanley, Ballylanders (A)

Fri 7th June  9.30am – Patrick Kiely, Glenour (A)

May they rest in peace.

Pray for Maura White, Cornwall Rd, Killurin who died on May 25th and we extend our deepest sympathy to her son Billy and all the family, Rathsilla.

Mass Bank Holiday Monday at 11.00am.

Mass each week day morning at 9.30am

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


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

Sat 9th – T. J. McDonald.  Sun 10th – Kathleen O’Connor

Sat 16th – Eoghan Greene.  Sun 17th – Ann Ryan

Sat 23rd – Anthony McGee.   Sun 24th – Sheelagh Delaney


Thanks to the ladies  from Knockreigh for looking after the Church and Altars for the month of May. It is now the turn of parishioners from Brocurra for the month of June.

This concludes the year’s rota, the new rota will be drawn up before the end of June. A sincere thanks to all those who so faithfully look after St. Abban’s Church throughout the year.

It is very much appreciated.  Thank you all.


An Italian teenager Carlo Acutis who was informally known as “God’s Influencer” for using his computer skills to spread the Catholic faith is set to become the first saint of the millennial generation, the Vatican announced on Thursday last, following a second miracle attributed to his intercession, paving the way for him to be canonised by the Catholic Church. He was diagnosed with leukemia and died in 2006 aged 15 years.


We remember in prayer at this time all our students who begin their Leaving Cert and Junior Cert examinations this coming week.


Lord, pour out your Spirit of

Wisdom on these students;

 help them to remain calm, to attend carefully

to the questions asked, to think

clearly, to remember accurately, and to

express themselves well.   Amen.



Plant Three Rows of peas

  1.  Peace of Mind
  2. Peace of Heart
  3. Peace of Soul

Plant Four Rows of Squash

  1. Squash Gossip
  2. Squash Indifferences
  3. Squash Grumbling
  4. Squash  Selfishness

Plant Four Rows of Lettuce

  1. Lettuce us be Faithful
  2. Lettuce us be Kind
  3. Lettuce  Be Patient
  4. Lettuce Really Love  One Another

No Garden is Complete Without Turnips

       1.     Turnip Up For Meetings

       2.     Turnip For Services

       3.     Turnip to Help One Another

 To Conclude Our Garden We Must Have Thyme

      1.      Thyme For Each Other

      2.      Thyme For Family

      3       Thyme For Friends.

Water Freely With Patience And Cultivate with Love

There Is Much Fruit In Your Garden Because You

Reap What You Sow. 


The  angels, likewise, all pray; every creature prays.

Cattle and wild beasts pray, and bend their knees , and in coming forth from their stalls and lairs look up to Heaven,

their mouths not idle making the spirit more in their own fashion. Moreover, the birds taking flight lift themselves up to Heaven and instead of hands spread out the cross of their wings while saying something which may be supposed to be a prayer. What  more the obligation of prayer?

Even the Lord himself prayed; to Him be honour and power forever and ever.


A word of thanks to Pat Lawlor for ensuring Knockreigh Grotto was looked after so well for the month of May also painting the entrance gate & repairing and painting the kneeler.

Thanks to Paddy O’Shea for donating the timbers for the repair work to the kneeler.

A word of thanks also to Martin & Joe for painting the walls surrounding St. Abban’s Church and car park- they look splendid now!


5th May – €474.00                   12th May –  €210.00

19th May – €358.00                 26th May – €267.00

Thank you for your contributions to St. Abban’s Church, weekly, monthly, direct debit or by any other means, it is greatly appreciated.

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