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May 9th, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 8th & Sun 9th May 2021  

Volume 22.         Number 17



The family of the late Mary Furlong, Tomgarrow would like to thank her neighbours and friends for their support and kindness during their sad time. To Fr. Nolan and the grave diggers and also the beautiful singers, Rosemary and Ray Furlong, and T.J. McDonald for streaming Mary’s Mass online. Many thanks to all who came out to pay their respects along the route of the funeral cortege from Mary’s home. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this as a token of our appreciation.  Mass will be offered for Mary on Tuesday 11th May in St. Abban’s Church at 7.30pm.


Filled bags to be left in the usual place – at the tree between the Church and Berry Sports. Bags can be left there from Monday 3rd May – Monday 17th May. Strictly NO bags to be left after the 17th May. Please ensure social distancing if accompanied during clean up. Thank you for your support.

For more information please contact 087 7631442


To mark the bicentenary of the death of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, President Macron of France laid a wreath as his tomb under the splendid dome of Les Invalides in Paris on Wed last May 5th. Many French citizens wouldn’t share the President’s enthusiasm in honour of the memory of Napoleon. They would prefer that he would be commemorated and not celebrated. Napoleon’s views on slavery and the role of women would make many people feel uncomfortable. Indeed they would wish the remains of the former Emperor should be reinterred in a more modest resting place. How different things might have been had not a young Wexford priest been strolling through a park in the 18th century Paris on a public holiday.  Hearing cries for help he hastened to the rescue of a 12 year-old Military Cadet who had fallen into the lake. Many years later Fr. Ned Redmond, P.P. of Ferns reflected on the incident in which he saved the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. He said

 “Little did I think that for a few moments, I held the future of Europe in my hands”


Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks?  The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm; it simply uses the storm to lift it higher.

When the storms of life come upon us – and all of us will experience them – we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief towards God.

A BIT OF HISTORY:  1901 Census for Kilgarvan.

(Seamus Seery – Taghmon Historical Society 2005)


Patrick Doyle, mason, Mary wife, William, Laurence, Lizzie.

Peter Dooley, widower, John, Kate, Anastasia,

Anastasia Roche, mother-in-law widow.

Alexander Connors, farmer; Mary wife, Margaret, John, James Dooley, servant

Patrick Kennedy, farmer, not married; Ellen Delaney, aunt.

Benjamin Andrew William Lett; Gertrude wife; Emily,

Mary Magee, Mary Doyle, Margaret Kent, servants; Isobel Finnegan, child nurse; Frances Finnegan, seamstress; Myles Sheil, gardener; John Whitney, coachman.

Michael Neville, farmer/widower; Robert, Michael, Martin, Mary, Bridget, Margaret, James.

Matthew O’Connor, gamekeeper; Julia wife; John, Peter.

Michael Roche, farmer; Sarah wife.

Nicholas Roche, farmer; Thomas brother; Margaret & Bridget Roche sisters.

Florence Sweeney; Margaret wife; Johanna, Thomas, James.

Ellen White, care keeper; widow.


John Crean farmer; Mary wife; Daniel, Denis, Walter, Johanna, Bridget

John Delaney; Elizabeth wife, John, Michael, Edward.

Michael Laffan, farmer; Bridget wife; Mary Laffan sister;

Kate Byrne servant.

Redmond Murphy, farmer; Catherine wife; Kate.

William Williams, farmer: Bridget wife; Elizabeth, Joseph.


Patrick Fortune, Johanna wife; Johanna, John, Patrick.

Daniel Kennedy, Bridget wife; Patrick, Mary,

Ann Kavanagh, servant.

Patrick Kennedy, Mary wife; Elizabeth, Edward, Mary.


Michael Brien, farmer; Catherine wife; Moses Moran, uncle.

Patrick Canning, farmer; Mary Canning  sister.

Catherine Daly, widow; Mary, Ellen, James

Johanna English, farmer/widow; Michael, Anne, Gregory, Bridget

James Furlong, farmer; Margaret Furlong  sister;

Michael Kearns, farmer; Mary wife; Bridget, Margaret, Catherine.

James Keeley, farmer; Mary wife; Mary, John.

Patrick Martin, farmer, not married.

Catherine Murphy, farmer/widow; William, Vonnie, Margaret.

Nicholas Roche, Mary wife.

Richard Somers, farmer; Matthew brother; Margaret & Catherine sisters.

Ellen Stoneham, farmer/widow; John, William, Mary, Andrew, Ellen.

Anthony Whelan, farmer; Johanna wife; Anthony, John, Daniel, James, Peter, Patrick, Bridget, Walter.

Matthew Whelan, farmer; Mary wife; Peter, Patrick, Margaret, Johanna, Mary. Mary & Bridget Whelan sisters.



Sat 8th May – Breda O’Brien, Templeshelin (A)

Sun 9th – People of the Parish

Tues 11th May; Mary Furlong, Tomgarrow (Month’s Mind)

at 7.30pm.

Sat 15th – Patsy O’Connor, Newtown (A)

Sun 16th – Tommy and Bernie Whitty, Oldcourt (A)

May they rest in peace.

Feast Day this week:

Thursday 13th – Our Lady of Fatima.

The apparitions of the three children of Fatima took place in the summer of 1917, beginning on 13th May when the ‘Lady’ asked them to pray for sinners and an end to the World War.

In the final apparition on 13th October, the ‘Lady’ identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary and called for prayer and conversion.


The Annual Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is taking place in a virtual format this year due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. The online programme from Sunday May 9th to Thursday May 13th has been devised by Pilgrimage Director Fr. John Carroll.

The Masses and ceremonies will be online only and will come from St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy. 

Log on to

to join in. The dates are as follows:

Sunday 9th May  – 10.00am

 Bishop Denis Brennan will celebrate Mass to launch the virtual pilgrimage and light the Lourdes Candle.

Sunday 9th May – 7pm

Fr. Jim Doyle will guide pilgrims through prayer and adoration, recalling quiet times at Lourdes grotto in the past.

Monday May 10th – 10.00am

Fr. Odhrán Furlong will celebrate Mass and offer a short reflection.

Monday May 10th – 7pm

Fr. Matt Boggan will guide participants through the Mysteries of the Rosary.

Tuesday May 11th – 10.00am

Fr. Ricky O’Connor will celebrate Mass and share a short reflection.

Tuesday May 11th – 7pm

Fr. Billy Swan will pray around the Stations of the Cross.

Wednesday May 12th – 10.00am

Monsignor Joe McGrath will celebrate Mass and share a short reflection.

Wednesday May 12th – 7pm

Fr. Billy Caulfield will lead an evening pray on God’s healing grace.

Thursday May 13th – 10.00am

Fr. Brian Broaders will celebrate Mass and share a short reflection.

Thursday May 13th – 7pm

Fr Aodhán Marken will bring the Virtual Pilgrimage to a

close with a ceremony of Light.


If you wish you may use 365 Banking and transfer your contribution periodically to the Parochial Account, please put your Sunday Envelope number or your name on your donation.

Adamstown Parochial A/C Current Account


IBAN: IE04 BOFI 9066 6276 8462 48

Céad Míle Fáilte

With the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions we welcome parishioners back to public worship again.  Weekday morning Mass will resume at 9.30am on Monday 10th May.

Saturday Mass will resume on Saturday 15th May at 7.30pm and Sunday morning Mass will resume on Sunday 16th May at 10.30am. Sunday Mass will continue to be streamlined for people who are unable to attend.

We sincerely thank T. J. McDonald for his help in facilitating the celebration of Mass online over the past months.

We remind people to observe H.S.E. guidelines by wearing a mask, sanitising hands when entering and leaving the church and observing 2 metre distance at all times.

For the moment Confirmation and Holy Communion Ceremonies are postponed until further notice.


The summer days are come again;

Once more the glad earth yields

Her golden wealth of ripening grain,

And breath of clover fields,

And deepening shade of summer woods,

And glow of summer air,

And winging thoughts, and happy moods

Of love and joy and prayer

The summer days are come again;

The birds are on the wing;

God’s praises, in their loving strain,

Unconsciously they sing.

We know who giveth all the good

That doth our cup o’erbrim;

For summer joy in field and wood

We lift our song to Him.

(Samuel Longfellow – 1819 – 1892)

21 NUNS DIE – (Curate’s Diary)

“How many of us will be left?” Sister Mary wondered.

Within a few weeks 21 members of the Felician sisters

died from Covid-19 in four United States Convents.

May God forgive those who are unable to open their minds to the truth about Covid-19, and who, against all the evidence, find ways of convincing themselves and trying to convince others that it is only another flu or no more dangerous than a cold.


Lord, help me to admit

when I am wrong, and

make me easier to live with

when I am right.  

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