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August 22nd, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 21st & Sun 22nd August 2021

Volume 22, Number 32



Daily Mass at 3.00pm & 8.00pm

Adoration 4.00pm – 5.00pm Mon, Wed and Friday.

Transmission via-web-cam and 106 FM

Small parish groups are welcome. Booking on 087 6464198

Coffee Shop and Gift show open daily.

Pilgrims welcome to Church and Island.


Sunday 19th September 2021

Following the success of their 1st ‘Memory Walk’ in 2020 which was a huge success, in which they raised €100,000 for vital dementia supports and services. So many families are affected by Dementia in Ireland each year.

The Alzheimer’s Society is having this year’s ‘Memory Walk’ on Sun 19th Sept 2021.

 Alzheimer’s Memory Walk is a family-friendly event suitable for all ages and abilities to unite together with their families to raise awareness and funds for dementia supports.

Taking part is so easy – walk on your own, with your family, pet dog, it’s guaranteed to be a feel good and uplifting occasion. Family friendly prices €7 for children & €18 for adults. To register just go online to: & receive your pack and t-shirt.

Remember Sunday, Sept 19th – it’s Your Walk, Your Way.


 A huge congratulations to Lizzie Kent and her ladies Football team on their wonderful win against Laois last weekend.  Lizzie who took over the Manager’s job with the Intermediate team only recently and she will lead the Wexford ladies to an All Ireland Final against Westmeath on September 5th in Croke Park. We wish Lizzie and the ladies including local player Katie White, every success in the final.

FOOD WASTE –  – (How to go waste free – Caroline Jones

In a world where people still starve to death and thousands of families on low incomes in developed countries have to rely on food banks, good food shouldn’t end up tossed out with the rubbish. Yet time after time it does – and nearly everyone is guilty. Recent figures show that households in the UK throw away close to 6.9 million tons while households in the U.S. waste an incredible 33 million tons much of which is perfectly edible.

Unfortunately the same is happening in Ireland today.

And because we all bin so much unwanted produce, food waste is also perhaps the single biggest focus area for personal change if you are embarking on a zero-waste lifestyle. All of which means we need to sit back and think about why exactly we are throwing away so much food – and find better solutions for avoiding needless waste next time.


As many Wexford people sit down this Sunday to watch the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork and Limerick, let us remember back 25 years to September 1st 1996, for the first time in 28 years, we were ‘Dancing at the Crossroads’ following Wexford’s heroes in purple and gold who lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup following a hard fought victory over Limerick with a final score of Wexford 1-13 to Limerick 0-14.

A Hurler’s Prayer (Seamus Redmond)

Grant me O Lord, a hurler’s skill,

With strength of arm and speed of limb

Unerring eye for the flying ball

And courage to match whate’er befall

May my stroke be steady and by aim be true

My actions manly and my misses few

No matter what way the game may go

May I rest in friendship with every foe

When the final whistle for me has blown

And I stand at last before God’s judgement throne

May the great referee when he calls my name

Say, you hurled like a man; you played the game.


Our Annual Patron is a victim of the Pandemic again this year.

A pre-recorded ceremony will be streamed on the weekend of September 5th. This ceremony will include Mass, Blessing of Graves and Rosary.

I would like to thank you for your devotion to your departed brothers and sisters, which is reflected in your care of the graves of your loved ones.

On your behalf I would like to acknowledge the work of the Cemetery Committee who maintain a vigilant watch on the Holy Ground. The work of those who monitor the parking on the occasion of funerals is a service that we all appreciate and facilitate those who come to offer their condolences, and for this we are very grateful. We wish also to acknowledge the input of the Fás workers in keeping our Cemetery looking so well cared for over the years. 

There will be an opportunity to contribute your donation to the Cemetery Fund over the traditional Patron weekend.

Thank you for your generosity.

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.


The winning numbers in the Lotto Draw on Friday 20th August were: 3 – 6 – 10 – 17. There was no Jackpot winner. The following two players matched 3 numbers and each got €100. Nikki Dunphy, Newtown & Staff Cullen’s Gala. Next draw takes place on Friday September 3rd in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €10,000. Please remember that all tickets & money to be left in Cullen’s Gala by 8pm on the night of the draw.



Sat 21st – Michael, Maureen, Br. Brendan,

  Edward, Bridget & Thomas Delaney, Misterin (A)

Sun 22nd – James Dalton

Sat 28th – John, Bridie, Nicholas, Sr. Eleanor Whelan,

                 Kellystown (A)

Sun 29th – Pat Power, The Leap (A)

May they rest in peace.


The re-introduction of weekend/daily Readers of the Liturgy is returning to St. Abban’s Church. If you would like your name to be included in the list, please contact Ellie Walsh on 087 2480964 or let Fr. Nolan know. We need new readers for Saturday night & Sunday morning Masses, as the number of readers has reduced, we would appreciate new readers getting involved. Thank you.


We extend our deepest sympathy to Nellie Dunne, (née Kehoe) Ballybrennan on the death of her husband John and also to his sons Michael and Sean, daughters Elaine, Marie and Liz, extended family, neighbours and friends.

John’s funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Michael Byrne P.P. in the Church of the Assumption, Bree on Sunday last, followed by burial in Adamstown Cemetery. Fr. Robert Nolan assisted Fr. Byrne with the graveside prayers and blessings. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Excerpt taken from Eulogy read by John’s daughter Elaine at his funeral Mass. 

Over the past few days we have found great comfort in the many stories Daddy’s friends have shared with us, and the many lives Daddy touched in his 83 years. We took great solace from the large number of people who came to the funeral home, the many messages of sympathy by phone, social media and website. It would be impossible to thank everyone individually so please accept my heartfelt thanks for your kindness and care. It means so much to us.

Daddy spent the majority of his life in agriculture – working primarily at Finn’s Farm in Kellystown and indeed was known as a master ploughman with great knowledge of tractors and farm machinery in his day. He had simple interests including hunting, fishing and sports – especially GAA, Boxing and Horse Racing, and had a great love of Irish music. He had a vast knowledge of all kinds of native animals, and knew all the best spots to go fishing. Daddy’s family were his pride and joy and both he and Mammy were so proud of all and everything we achieved. As it is with time, Daddy’s health began to decline in recent years and following a stroke in 2019 resulting in him needing full time care in St. John’s Hospital. It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the care and attention that he received there, and in his final days allowing us the time and space we needed to be with Daddy and say goodbye. You were the best example of what a father should be and we hope you knew all along how much you meant to us and always will.

May he rest in peace.

(On behalf of his wife Nellie and family)


Coffin Ship or Cradle of Opportunity!

The Dunbrody was a three-masted barque built in Quebec in 1845 by expert shipmaker Thomas Hamilton Oliver, an Irish emigrant from Co. Derry, for William Graves & Son family, who were merchants in New Ross.

The building of the ship took only six months and was supervised by her first master, Capt. John Baldwin, who captained her from 1845- March 1848.

Designed as a cargo vessel, the Dunbrody’s main cargoes were timber from Canada, cotton from the southern states of the U.S.A. and guano (fertilizer) from Peru.

27-year-old Capt. John Williams took over the command of the ship in 1848 and remained in charge for the next 20 years

Only two classes of passengers were carried by the Dunbrody: cabin passengers, paying between £5 and £8 and steerage passengers paying between £3 and £4.  Cabin passengers had substantial food and services provided. Steerage passengers largely had to fend for themselves.

In 1847, she is recorded as carrying 313 passengers to Quebec. Many of her passengers were tenant farmers from the estates of Lord Fitzwilliam in Co. Wicklow, and Viscount de Vesci in Portlaoise.

The record books of the Gorey Workhouse in Co. Wexford hold the story of 35 ‘female paupers’ who travelled on the Dunbrody to North America in 1855.

In 1849, there was an official list of 24 rules which passengers on the ship were expected to obey, including one rule which stated that swords and other offensive weapons were to be placed in the custody of the master.

The mortality rate on the Dunbrody was low compared to other trans-Atlantic passenger ships of the era.

In 1869, after 24 years of service with the Graves family, she was sold. In 1874, while travelling from Cardiff to Quebec, she ran aground in the Saint Lawrence River. She was bought by a salvage company, repaired and sold again but in 1875 she ran aground on the Labrador coast. Having run aground carrying a heavy timber cargo it was assumed that her ageing hull was damaged beyond economical repair. She was abandoned at last, left to break up over time eventually rotting away to nothing.

(Shea Tomkins: Ireland’s Own, May 17th 2013)

Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience- in New Ross 

Situated on the Quay in New Ross, the Dunbrody Famine Ship is one of the premier tourist attractions in the South East. Centred on an authentic reproduction of the 1840’s emigrant vessel, it provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – Blessings (Prayer Trust)

Just to say Thank You for showing that you care;

Just to say Thank You I offer now this prayer..

May the Lord lovingly bless you each and every day;

May his peace be always with you for this I truly pray;

May his love keep and help you in all you do and say;

May his Spirit lead and guide you along life’s winding way. Amen.

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