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9 June, 2024

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Saturday  8th & Sunday 9th June 2024

Volume 24   Number 23



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this  Monday 10th June in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €2,200. Please leave books back in Cullen’s Gala by 8pm on draw night. Thanks for your continued support.


An important meeting for all members of Adamstown Cemetery Committee will take place in the Parochial House this Tuesday night 11th June at 8pm.


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.

Trade Stands: All enquiries to Eunan Flood on 087 614 3207

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.


Well done to our U-13 Rounders Girls who won the Community Games final against a strong Glynn-Barntown team.

Congratulations also to the U14 Girls Football team who had a great win against Ballygarrett on Wednesday last.

Model County Draw for May – Adamstown Club winners

Tommy Elmes, Newbawn – €250 Hores stores voucher

John O’Neill, Newbawn – €150 Pettit’s Supervalu voucher

Brendan Furlong, Adamstown €150  Supervalu voucher

Well done lads.


The weekly Thursday night Card Game continues in the Community Centre at 8.30pm each week. Winners on Thursday 6th June were: Nick Doyle, Brendan Colfer, Tom Rochford, Phil Jackman, Joe Kehoe, Chris Byrne, Bridie Dillon.


From Co. Kerry to the Congo and back home again

Imprinting is an interesting phenomenon. Imprinting is the process by which a newborn, in the critically important time immediately after birth, establishes a behaviour pattern of recognition and attraction towards something. A baby typically imprints firstly on its mother or care-giver, then its family and other people and learns in the process that it is human. Many animals imprint on the first moving object they encounter. The ethologist Konrad Lorenz showed that goslings imprinted on  him when he was the first moving object they encountered after hatching. They grew up believing they were human. Cuckoos are an exception. They lay their eggs in the nests of other birds like Meadow Pipits but somehow the young Cuckoo does not imprint in its foster parents. The young Cuckoo grows up knowing it is a Cuckoo although it is totally cut off from its own kind and has no opportunity to absorb any Cuckoo culture. When it fledges, it knows it has to migrate to overwinter in Africa, and it knows it has to leave and where to go to get to the traditional wintering grounds that  its species uses. To try to understand what is going on, A Cuckoo Tracking Project was initiated by the British Trust for Orinithology and our own National Parks and Wildlife Service. Three Cuckoos were caught in Killarney National Park in May 2023, and were fitted with satellite tracking devices, and were released.  One of them, code name KP, was tracked as he set off in July on the 9,000km journey to Central Africa, spent the winter in the rainforests of the Congo Basin, made the return journey to Ireland in April of this year, and landed home in Killarney National Park in the same area where he was originally caught. In the past, it was believed that migrating land birds like the Cuckoo travelled over land and avoided long sea crossings. KP added an interesting twist in that when he reached the north of Spain on the return journey he headed out to sea and crossed the Bay of Biscay on a long sea crossing from Spain before landing in Dungaravn, Co. Waterford on May day. Such a  long sea crossing had never been recorded in Cuckoos in Europe before.

For more information on KP’s travels go to

(Nature Trail – JIm Hurley, New Ross Standard)

PS – and we think we are clever!!

Scoil Naomh Abbáin


Thursday 13th June 2024

75 Year Celebration

9.30am Mass in  St. Abban’s Church

10.15 – Procession to School

11.00am – Tea & Coffee

11.30am – Classroom Display



Sat 8th – Nicholas & Catherine O’Neill, Michael Booth, Misterin also Shane O’Neill, Carrigbyrne and the Eustace family, Carrigbyrne.

and Maura, MIchael  and Jack Hanley, Ballylanders (A)

Sun 9th – People of the Parish

Sat 15th – People of the Parish

Sun 16th – Patrick Bradley, Coonogue (A)

Pray for Andy Crowley, Kill, Co. Waterford

Pray for Liam Booth, Woodview Drive who both died during the past week and we extend our deepest sympathy to their families, neighbours and friends.

May they rest in peace.

Mass each week day morning at 9.30am

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


Sat 8th – T. J. McDonald.  Sun 9th – Kathleen O’Connor

Sat 15th – Eoghan Greene.  Sun 16th – Ann Ryan

Sat 22nd – Anthony McGee.   Sun 23rd – Sheelagh Delaney

Sat 29th – Annette English.    Sun 30th – Neasa Cloney


Inner peace is closely related to care for ecology and for the common good because, lived out authentically, it is reflected in a balanced lifestyle together with a capacity for wonder which takes us to a deeper understanding of life.


St. Martin de Porres (1599 – 1639)

St. Martin embodied the moral found in Samuel Taylor Colerdige’s ballad, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner:

He prayeth best who loveth best

All things both great and small;

For the dear God who loveth us,

He  made and loveth all.

There is no doubt at all about Martin’s mysterious influence over animals. Their instinct sensed his magnetic gentleness, and they approached him without fear. At one time, a dog and a cat, being of the same age, had been brought up together at the Priory and had been given into Martin’s care. He kept the two animals in the basement of the convent and trained them to eat their daily meals from the same dish. One afternoon when they were about to eat their dinner, Martin saw that a little mouse had put its head out of a hole nearby. He guessed it was hungry, but that, seeing two of its greatest enemies, a dog and a cat eating out of the platter, it had  not sufficient courage to approach. “Come out of your hole, Sister Mouse” Martin said, “and I promise you, you shall be in no danger”. Martin called Brother Ferdinand of Aragon to come and witness this amazing scene and share in Martin’s amused delight. Here were all the natural elements of real war. And yet, there was peace. The big snout of the dog, the medium snout of the cat and the tiny snout of the mouse were meeting in the middle of the dinner plate. It was like a fulfilment of the biblical prophecies of Isaiah, lie down with the lamb and the leopard with the kid.


Parochial House, Adamstown.

The recent review of the Abortion Act questioned the three days mandatory pause before the termination of life.

Many children are alive today because of this delay. 10,000 abortions have taken place in one year since the legislation was introduced. Each of us who are alive today would hardly grudge the child in the womb three days of life, giving the Mother time to reflect on this life process.

Even Leo Varadkar, former Taoiseach expressed his reservation on ending this mandatory pause which was an integral part of the legislation.

I would ask you to preserve this life protecting clause.

Thanking You, Fr. Robert Nolan P.P.


During the past year about 100 parishioners contributed to the Envelope Collection, Thank you all.

As your Parish Priest I am very grateful to all who show such loyalty and generosity to our Parish.

The tower of St. Abban’s Church overlooks much of the Parish like Angel’s Wings, reminding us of the Heavenly Father’s promise to care for us.

The Envelopes for 2024 – 2025 will be distributed shortly and again I appeal to  you to show your love for this sacred space.  Thank you, the Lord Be With You.


May the Lord bless you each and every time

you give a welcoming smile or share welcoming words

with someone.

It could be a neighbour from down the road,  an old friend,

a relative, or someone you’ve never met before.

May the Lord welcome you as you welcome others,

and give you peace and joy. Amen.


We  extend our deepest sympathy to Cáit & Joe Bradley, Barrack’s Rd and all the Crowley family on the death of Cait’s brother Andrew (Andy) Crowley, Lissahane, Kill, Co. Waterford on Thursday 6th June. His funeral Mass will be celebrated in The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Kill on Sunday 9th June followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.


Never forget yesterday, but always live for today because you never know what tomorrow brings or what it can take away.


The unexpected death of Liam Booth, Woodview Drive occurred on Thursday 6th June, we extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Fiona, daughters Ciara and Sharon, brother Leo, sisters Betty and Mary, extended family, neighbours and friends. Liam was predeceased by his brother M.J.  Liam’s funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Abban’s Church on Monday 10th June followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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