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August 1st, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 31st July & Sun 1st August 2021
Volume 22. Number 29

The Mr. Oil Wexford Juvenile Track & Field Under 9 – 11 championships took place in Enniscorthy on Wednesday 21st July 2021.
Well done to all competitors, results were as follows:
U-9 Girls 60m – 1st – Grace White, Adamstown
2nd – Lily Shannon, Adamstown
U-9 Boys 60m. – 1st – Joe Breen,Adamstown
U-11 Boys 60m. -1st – Will Fortune, Adamstown
U-9 Boys Turbo Javelin – 3rd – Joe Breen, Adamstown
U-10 Girls Turbo Javelin – 1st – Lily O’Callaghan, Adamstown.
U-11 Boys Turbo Javelin – 2nd – Bobby O’Shea, Adamstown
U-9 Girls 300m. – 1st – Grace White, Adamstown
2nd – – Lily Shannon, Adamstown.

Congratulations to Kate Jackman, Raheenduff, Adamstown who has been selected on the Irish Team for the British & Irish Mountain Running Championships on 4th September.
Well done Kate and continued success.

Two new benches have been acquired for the green area in the village. This project was made possible with the help of Mick McCormick and Councillor Pat Barden from Wexford County Council. We would also like to thank volunteers, Pawel, Ian and Henry who installed the new seating which greatly enhances the area.

Céad Mile Fáilte, Welcome Home to Father Jim Furlong, Tomgarrow, from all his neighbours, friends and former parishioners. Fr. Jim who has just returned home following a long stay of over a year in hospital. Slán agus saol fáda.

The Gardaí have received reports of persons receiving calls from fraudsters claiming to be from Department of Social Protection, The Banks, and members of An Garda Síochána. Neither the Gardaí, Social Protection, or Banks will ever contact people looking for personal information.
Their advice is:

  1. Do not engage with the caller
  2. Do not return the call
  3. Do not follow the automated instructions –
    Do not press 1 etc.,
  4. Never transfer money.
  5. Never disclose personal or financial information.
  6. Hang up and end the call.
    Whilst scammers may change their stories and methods, their goal is always the same, they want to access your sensitive information and get their hands on your money.
    If you believe you may have fallen victim to a scam, contact your financial institution and report the matter to your local
    Garda Station.
    LITTLE JOBS SERVICE – Wexford Local Development
  7. The Little Jobs Service is operated by the Tús Programme and aims to provide small maintenance jobs in homes of older people throughout County Wexford. To qualify for this service, you need to be in receipt of either a State pension or a non-contributory pension.
    Cost of the Little Jobs Service is a yearly subscription of €50, this is a once off annual subscription payment.
    There is no call out charge for the service. The householder will be required to pay for any materials used.
  8. The Service provides the following small repairs
    and maintenance jobs.
    Power washing small areas, Installing Hand Rails, Moving items to an attic, Hanging Curtains/Curtain Poles.
    Moving Furniture, Tacking down carpets, Weeding and other outdoor jobs. Grass cutting in small gardens, Potting plants, Home security and safety measures, such as installing security chains on doors and installing non-wired smoke alarms.
    For further information please contact Enid Woolmington, on
    087 – 2499699 or

Adamstown Lotto’s draw will take place this Friday 6th August in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €9,600. Hoping for the continued support of our previous ticket buyers. By buying a ticket you are helping the Parish, GAA & Soccer clubs. All those who had helped at the draws to check tickets etc, are asked to please attend on Friday night so as to organize a rota system for the various helpers for each fortnight’s draw for the coming months. Thank you.

We extend our condolences to all the Bradley families in the area and Larry Furlong and family on the death of Michael (Mick) Bradley, Highfield Estate, Newbridge, Co. Kildare on Tuesday 22nd July. To his, sons and daughter and extended family our sympathy also.
A private family funeral took place in St. Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge, on Saturday last with burial in St. Conleth’s Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

We extend our sympathy to Philip Rothwell, and family Adamstown on the death of his brother-in-law Ned Nolan, Kilcloran, Camolin (brother of the late Kathleen) who died on Friday 23rd July. To his wife Annette and family our sympathy also. A private family funeral took place on Sunday last in St. Columba’s Church, Ballyduff, with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Delighted to announce that St. Abban’s Hall is going to be our new big home in September. We have a bit of work to do in getting it ready, but looking forward to the challenge.

Sat 31st July – Betty McGrath, Adamstown (Month’s Mind)
Sun 1st Aug – Margaret Kehoe & Sonny Dunne, Oldcourt (A)
Sat 7th Aug – Bob Barron, The Leap (A)
Sun 8th Aug – People of the Parish.
May they rest in peace.

First Friday Mass 6th Aug at 9.30am
First Saturday Mass 7th Aug at 9.30am

Feast Days this week:
Wed 4th Aug – St. John Vianney 1786-1859)
St. John Vianney had to contend with poverty, military service and his own intellectual shortcomings in order to become a priest. In 1817 he was sent to care for the people of Ars, a small, obscure French village. The marvellous gift of the unlearned priest for seeing into the depths of the soul brought the world to Ars. From 1830 on, the curé averaged twelve to sixteen hours a day in the confessional.
He is the patron saint of priests.
Friday 6th – Transfiguration of the Lord.

William Shakespeare’s father was a baptised Catholic, but when the Tudors began to suppress English Catholicism, it seemed that he moved prudently to conceal his faith. Dr. Jonathan Foyle, an architectural historian, has found the fragments of a Last Supper painting on the classroom walls of Will Shakespeare’s school at Stratford. But his father, John, as a town official had it painted over, so that it was no longer visible to the authorities. The last supper was frequently depicted on images in monasteries, and it would have been strongly associated with ‘Papist’ traditions. William Shakespeare was born in 1564, and by the time he was in his twenties, in the 1580’s, it was certainly not ‘politically correct’ to be a Catholic, and he disappeared from view (he may have gone to Italy, or worked as a private tutor to a recusant family.) Perhaps, his father, John, felt he was protecting his son from Tudor religious enforcement by occluding the image. But by the skill of modern artistic forensics, its existence has now been rediscovered.
(Irish Catholic)

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK (The Prayer Trust)
‘Bless those protecting us’
As we think of the doctors and nurses who risk their lives to tend to patients with corona viruses
or other infectious diseases
we give them our wholehearted thanks for their unselfish
generosity of spirit.
Lord, we ask you to bless them all for showing such
dedication in their long hours on duty.
As we ask you, Lord, for all those doctors, nurses, carers and helpers who’ve given their lives to save others,
bless them and keep them safe in your eternal kingdom.

As we enjoy the Olympic Games this year in a very different format – we look back at a great Olympic games for Ireland.
1956 – For Irish sports fans it was the year of Ronnie Delany’s triumph, the shameful robbery of a gold medal for boxer Fred Tiedt, and the winning of three boxing bronze medals. It was the year that a small 12-person Irish group of competitors went to the Olympics, and came home with a wonderful haul of an astonishing five medals. It was the year the Olympic Games were held on two countries half a world apart – Australia and Sweden (Stockholm). And it was the year the Olympic Games were first staged in the Southern Hemisphere – hosted by the city of Melbourne. Lord Killanin was the Olympic Council of Ireland’s president at the time, as well as being a member of the International Olympic Committee. On the day that Ron Delany won the 1,500 metres gold medal, Killanin (his given name was Michael Morris), sitting in the area reserved for IOC members and other VIP’s, could hardly believe his eyes when the green-vested Delany ran through the finishing tape. He said aloud, “Who won?” The answer came from the row in front of him. “Your man” said the Duke of Edinburgh. Delany was then a slim gangling athlete, a scholarship student at Villa Nova University in Philadelphia. England’s Derek Hewson had beaten him twice in Dublin during the summer. Both would be competing in the 1,500m, in the final Delany remained near the back for most of the race, but coming off the final bend and into the straight the only runner in front of him was Hewson. With elbows pumping and a chopping stride, Delany strode past him. He won the race by several yards. He trotted onto the grass verge where he sank to his knees and made the sign of the cross before he stood up. Five men from a small group and from a small country had done all of us proud. The bronze medal boxers were: John Caldwell – Men’s flyweight; Freddie Gilroy – Men’s bantamweight; Anthony Byrne – Men’s lightweight. Silver medal winner – Fred Tiedt –
(Liam Nolan recalls the Melbourne Olympics: Ireland’s Own)

In June the local ICA guild applied for a grant from The Community Enhancement Programme, from Wexford County Council in association with New Ross Municipal District. This Enhancement Programme was awarding grants to clubs, groups etc., involved in the local community, to help them purchase equipment, or enhance a project that would benefit their area. We felt the tables in the Community Centre were not fit for purpose anymore and had served the community well, so we were absolutely delighted to be awarded a grant of €1,000. This money will go towards the purchase of new tables. Many thanks to guild President Helen Furlong for all her hard work towards securing the grant.

Intention for evangelisation – the Church
Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.

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