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July 25th, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July 2021
Volume 22. Number 28

We offer our sincere sympathy to Elizabeth & Luke Connors, Woodview Drive on the death of Elizabeth’s mother Mrs. Margaret (Maggie) Cash, Hospital Road, Southknock, New Ross who died on Friday 16th July. A private family funeral Mass took place in the Parish Church, New Ross on Monday 19th, followed by burial in St. Stephen’s Cemetery. We extend our sympathy also to her extended family in Adamstown.
May she rest in peace.

In the Leinster Under 14-19 Championships which took place in Carlow last weekend in intense heat, congratulations to the following local athletes who were winners.on Day 1; Jack O’Shea who took silver in the
U-15 Hurdles. Day 2 – Ciara Mooney took silver in the walk;
Well done to all athletes who took part in the various events.

‘Hope and Dream 10’ has become a major event in the South East, since 2012 a massive €1,334,795 has been raised and used to help people all across County Wexford who have been touched by Cancer. On its 10th anniversary this year it is hoped to have 2,500 people register for the 2021.virtual event. Registration is now open, entry forms can be had from Hope Cancer Support Centre, 22 Weafer Street, Enniscorthy, or Entry Forms are in local papers this week.

CHRISTIAN TRUST MEDIA PROGRAMMES on South East Radio 95 2-96 4fm
Saturday 24th – Tuesday 27th,
Simply Divine – Saturday 10.04am – 10.30am.
Heather Hadrill speaks with Catherine Wiley, founder of Catholic Grandparents Association about the first world day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
Sounds for Sunday 25th July is presented by Patricia McNally, with reflection from Reverend Canon Ian Cruickshank, and includes requests, hymns and sacred songs. Text Line for requests: 089 2700688 (by Wednesday beforehand please)
Sunday Mass 25th July 10.00am from St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s Church, New Ross.
Sunday Reflection 25th July at 8.30pm – 9.00pm.
Betty Breen shares music and reflections for grandparent’s day.
Faith Matters – Monday 26th July 8.30.00 – 8.30pm
Una Bolger shares reflection and music on the theme –
‘Life as a pilgrimage’
Schools Corner Tuesday – 27th July 8.04 – 8.30pm
Margaret Rossitor speaks with Mairin Jackson about her schooldays and teaching days.
Finishing up our History of Adamstown Show
1946 – 1996 (Michael Delaney)
In the 1970’s a horse bred by local breeder Nicholas Furlong won the Royal International in Britain, having won at Dublin the previous year. Rockbarton the famous international show jumper was giving his first leaps on the farm of Mr. Leech at Tomfarney. After almost 30 years, Adamstown Show was experiencing its first problems, entries were falling, people were not attending in vast numbers like they used to, the show dance was no longer the great attraction that it was. With some changes in events and an increase in prizes by late seventies the show was back on top with the best.
The Roche family of Assagart were enjoying an unbeaten run of success at the Royal Show in Dublin. In the early 80’s the show venue changed to the Community centre, June 26th 1983 was the only show held on Sunday.
The show of 1986 according to the local papers was one of the best with a high standard of entries in the horse & cattle sections, and the produce was one of the finest for years.
As we entered the late eighties the show was declining, a big drop in entries, poor gate receipts and for the first time the show was running into debt, various changes in 1988 & ’89 brought little change. After another bad show in 1990 the debt was now almost out of control and the show was in deep trouble. At the AGM of 1991 only four attended, an Extraordinary General Meeting was called two weeks later, a vote was held to decide the future of the show, 5 – 4 in favour that it should continue. Four people agreed to work on reducing the debt, a number of cabarets and a tea party were held by the end of the year and things were looking good. The show venue was now on the lands of Danny & Mary Doyle. The hardworking committee over the next two years brought about massive changes and completely reversed the situation. 1994 was the biggest attendance every at a show in Adamstown. A horse bred by committee member Eddie Roche was successful in Dublin. Mary Kelly having qualified in baking at Adamstown show won the All Ireland Home Baking Final. Sheep exhibitors at Adamstown Show were constant winners at National level. The Wexford Hunt team of Donal O’Gorman, Evonne Shannon, Mick Nash, John Roberts, and Roy Tector with Mick Walshe as Chef d’Equipe having qualified at Adamstown won the National final. 1994 was also the year that Adamstown show was ranked in the top three rural shows in the country.

Footnote: Hopefully, the Adamstown Show will be back again in 2022 following two years of cancellation due to Covid-19.
We look forward very much to our local Show returning.

Sat 24th – People of the Parish
Sun 25th – Jim and Nora McGee, The Leap (A)
Sat 31st July – Betty McGrath, Adamstown (Month’s Mind)
Sun 1st Aug – Margaret Kehoe & Sonny Dunne, Oldcourt (A)
May they rest in peace.

Feast Days this week.
Monday 26th – Ss Joachim and Anne.
Traditionally named parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandparents of the Lord. The earliest reference to their name is the second-century apocryphal Gospel of James.
Their feasts were celebrated separately until joined together in the Calendar reform of 1969. St. Anne is patron of
Canada, women in labour, miners, cabinet-makes and home-makers.
Sat 31st – St. Ignatius of Loyola.

My family join me in expressing our thanks to all who sympathised with us on the unexpected loss of my sister Betty. We are grateful for the warmth of the welcome she received from so many people since she first came to reside in Adamstown. Jesus said and I quote “I was a stranger and you made me welcome”
She participated enthusiastically in so many activities – the ICA, Raheen Family Resource Centre, weekly Bingo, Prayer Group, daily Mass, Pilgrimages etc.,
We are very grateful for those who were present at her funeral Mass in St. Abban’s Church and final prayers in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, New Ross.
Also the numerous individual acts of kindness and hospitality which she deeply appreciated and which gave her a deep sense of belonging.
The Month’s Mind Mass for the repose of her soul will take place in St. Abban’s Church on Saturday 31st July at 7.30pm and will be streamlined live.
May she rest in peace.
Fr. Robert Nolan P.P., Adamstown.

On January 31st 2021, Pope Francis announced a new celebration in honour of all grandparents and the elderly, who are so important to our communities and our Church.
This new World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday in July.
“We must treasure the spiritual and human wealth that has been handed down from generation to generation”
Pope Francis.
Prayer for Grandparents – Intercom July/Aug 2021
Pope Emeritus Benedict XV1 in 2008
Lord Jesus,
you were born of the Virgin Mary, the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.
Look with love on grandparents the world over.
Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society.
Support them! As they grow older, may they continue to be for their families, strong pillars of Gospel faith, guardians of noble domestic ideals, living treasuries of sound religious traditions.
Make them teachers of wisdom and courage, that they may pass on to future generations the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience.
Lord Jesus,
help families and society to value the presence and roles of grandparents.
May they never be ignored or excluded, but always encounter respect and love.
Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed in all the years of life which you give them.
Mary, Mother of all the living, keep grandparents constantly in your care, accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage, and by your prayers, grant that families may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland, where you await all humanity for the great embrace of life without end.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered – not yelled.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
(www.appleseed – The Pioneer Magazi
Reminding everyone that the Adamstown Lotto returns soon, the first draw will take place in the Community Centre at 10.00pm on Friday 6th August 2021. It has provided invaluable financial support to the Parish, GAA & Soccer clubs. Thanks to all who have sold/bought tickets in the past. We are asking for your help again to ensure the success of this fundraiser. Tickets are now in Cullen’s Gala. When you are taking your book, please sign for it and take a plastic folder to return sold tickets and monies before 8pm on the draw night. Thank you to Paul and his assistants for facilitating the collection and return of tickets.
Do buy a ticket in the local shop, from your local club member or online.
The Jackpot is €9,600 – well worth a €2 ticket.

(Valerie O’Connor, Sunday Independent)
When it comes to an effective household cleaner, bread soda wins hands down. To clean sinks, sprinkle bread soda around the stainless steel and scrub it off with a cloth, or add lemon juice to the mix. A cut lemon with a spoon of bread soda on it will clean your shower door like never before and leave it smelling great.

Thanks to the ladies from Ballyvergin/Glenour for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of July. It is now the turn of parishioners from Coonogue for the month of August.

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