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September 19th, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 18th & Sun 19th September 2021

Volume 22.  Number 35



Adamstown N.S. Parents’ Association would like to thank everyone for supporting their recent clothes recycling fundraiser. The amount raised came to €150 which will go towards school funds.


Best wishes to Vincent Bradley who began a new chapter in his broadcasting career recently. After 18 years as a familiar voice on Beat 102-103, he has moved to Waterford Radio Station (W.L.R.) to become the new presenter of their Breakfast Show “The Big Breakfast Blaa” which airs from 6.00am to 10.00am each weekday. Good luck Vincent!


Adamstown were crowned All-Ireland champions in the GAA Rounders Senior Ladies Competition last Sunday.

A masterful display from the Adamstown ladies, saw them hold Glynn/Barntown scoreless in the 7-inning decider. With a steady start to the season, Adamstown topped their qualifying group and breezed through their semi-final game against Limekiln of Dublin. Glynn/Barntown – four time previous winners of the competition and having defeated Adamstown in the 2019 final, posed a bigger challenge in the decider. Despite the wet conditions, the Adamstown ladies put on a near flawless display from start to finish, delighting the travelling support and those watching from home. With all-star performance right across the pitch, every member of the Adamstown side recorded an out during fielding play, and 8 out of 9 recorded a run on the scoreboard. Ann Marie Dunphy was crowned player of the match with a masterful display as shortstop and leading the way with the batting. This is the first ever All-Ireland win for Adamstown Senior Ladies but with the talent on display on Sunday, it’s sure not to be their last. Final Score: 13. 0.

Adamstown Panel: Sandra White, Joanne Murphy, Fiona McCabe, Leann Delaney, Maura Staples, Ann Marie Dunphy, Marie O’Sullivan, Rachel Buckley, Aine Shannon, Ruth Colfer, Emma Delaney, Cáit Foran, Abby Delaney, Siobhan Murphy, Laura Furlong, Sarah O’Brien, Aideen Brazil, Stephanie Sinnott, Eilis Furlong.

Managed by  – Dylan Whitty.

Well done everyone – a wonderful achievement.


24th Prize: Hores Stores, Wexford – Voucher Valued €200

Eamonn Lawlor, Palace Clonroche.

Co. Wexford Shop Local Vouchers value €50.00

Sarah Evoy, Grallagh, Adamstown



Congratulations to the Adamstown Ladies Minor Football team on securing the Division 1 Final on Saturday last in Taghmon. Defeating a spirited Rathgarogue/Cushinstown team to win 3-10 to 2-8, Adamstown just proved to be too strong all around the field.  Adamstown were 2-5 to 1-5 at half-time, it was ‘game on’ when Rathgarogue/Cushinstown in the early stage of the second half were just two points behind, but Adamstown settled down and defended brilliantly to leave five points between the teams at full-time.

The Adamstown team: Katie Sweetman, Caoimhe Quigley, Ella English, Ellen Gill, Lisa Murphy, Rebecca Ogilvie, Isobel English, Katie English (0-1); Ellie Kehoe (0-1); Sinéad Roche (1-1); Niamh English, Leah Furlong, Niamh Bates, Méadbh Wickham (2-5, 0-5 frees, 1 penalty) Eilis Roche (0-1); Sub – Ellen Duggan (0-1) for S. Roche.

Well-done ladies on a great win.


The unexpected death occurred on Wednesday last of Ben Cleary, Woodview Drive. A native of John Street, New Ross, Ben had lived in Adamstown for the past number of years. He was a very familiar figure around the village, daily walking from his home with his faithful dog Blackie, to Cullen’s Gala, visiting the Church and Cemetery and all around the village. Ben is survived by his sisters Margaret and Helen nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends He was pre-deceased by his brothers, Jim, Donny, John, Paddy and Ted.

Ben’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary and Michael’s Parish Church, New Ross this Monday 20th September with burial in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.

May he rest in peace.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Abban’s Church and will continue every Thursday.

Times: 10.00am – 11.00am;  11.00am – 12.00pm.

12.00pm – 1.00pm; 1.00pm – 2.00pm & 2.00pm – 3.00pm.

Concluding at 3pm with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  If you would like to be present for 1 hour during those times, please just come along.


The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Friday 17th September were: 5 – 6 – 14 – 28. There was no Jackpot winner, the following 3 players matched three numbers and each got €70. Martin Breen, Scullabogue, Avril Phelan, The Leap, & Eden Curtis, Raheen.

The next draw is on 1st October for a Jackpot of €10,400.



Sat 18th – Aoife Kelly & Peter Kelly, Doononey (A)

Sun 19th – Joe Bradley, The Hill.

Sat 25th – John & Kate Power, The Leap (A)

Sun 26th – Bridie Wakeman, Newcastle & Raheenduff

                  James Power, Raheenduff (A)

Pray for Callie Zee, Betty McGrath & Ann Nolan,

              Quay Street, New Ross

Pray for John Dunne, Ballybrennan (Month’s Mind)

Ben Cleary, Woodview Drive & John Street, New Ross

who died during the week.

May they rest in peace.

We remember in our prayers this week the children and their families from Adamstown N.S. who receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday next

Feast Days this week.

 Mon 20th: – St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, the first Korean priest, St. Paul Chong Ha-sang, a catechist and 101 others were martyred during t he persecutions of the Church in Korea, 1839-67.

Thurs 23rd – St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) died 23rd September 1968. Capuchin friar, stigmatist, confessor, friend of all who suffer.

LIFE IS LIKE A CUP OF COFFEE! (St. Martin’s Magazine)

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive. When all his students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups …..And then you began eyeing each other’s cups. Now consider this: Life is the coffee, the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live”. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savour the coffee, not the cups! The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Love God, Live simply, Care deeply, Speak kindly.


If you or someone you know are going through a tough time and need to talk to someone, contact The Wexford Mental Health Association at 053 9140610


The Diocese of Ferns was well represented at the first Irish National Pilgrimage to Lourdes which took place in September 1913. The then Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Charles McHugh D.D., first proposed such a pilgrimage the previous Autumn at a meeting of the hierarchy in Maynooth, and supported by Cardinal Michael Logue.

More than 2,000 pilgrims from the four corners of Ireland took part in the first every organised pilgrimage from Ireland, travelling by boat from the Ports of Larne, Dublin and Rosslare. They first crossed to England and Wales, travelled by train to Folkstone on the south coast and from there by boat to France. Having safely arrived in France, the pilgrims, which included Cardinal Logue, five diocesan bishops and some 300 clergy, completed the final leg of the journey by train to Lourdes. To mark that memorable trip, a gift, in the form of a Celtic Cross, was presented to Lourdes and unveiled by Cardinal Logue at the foot of Calvary Hill. After the unveiling and after the Cardinal declared “This is a great day for Ireland”, the pilgrims lingered at the cross and burst into song, singing ‘God Save Ireland’, ‘The West’s Awake, ‘A Nation Once Again’ and ‘O’Donnell Abú, much to the delight of other pilgrims. First class tickets for the pilgrimage cost £15.00; while third class tickets sold for £9-6s-9d – a considerable sum in those days. The sole representative from Adamstown was Mrs K.T. Downes.

Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in The Marian Year under the leadership of His Lordship, Most Rev. James Staunton, D.D. Bishop of Ferns. From 10th June – 19th June, travelling from Adamstown were: James Power, Raheenduff & Pat Cummins, Kellystown.

Mrs Kate Power went on pilgrimage to Lourdes 40 times and still remembers many of those trips.

In 1966 almost 1,000 people including 27 priests and 77 invalids, travelled to Lourdes as part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage. , led by Most Rev. Donal J. Herlihy D.D.

Ireland’s second gift to Lourdes was a monumental diadem, with a glorious cross rising from its centre, to crown the magnificent dome of the Rosary Church. The outbreak of the First World War delayed the project and the crown and cross were not placed in position until 1923. As part of the extensive refurbishments carried out in later years on the Rosary Basilica, the crown and cross were removed for cleaning and re-gilding. The diadem was then restored to the top of the dome and is resplendent in its brilliant gold.

 (From the Book: Ferns/Lourdes: A Celebration of our 50 pilgrimages 2018)

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change.

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

To make you smile:

‘God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I did like, and the eyesight to tell the difference’. (Terry Wogan)

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