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October 10th, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Sat 9th & Sun 10th October 2021

Volume 22.   Number 38



Flu vaccines for adults and nasal flu vaccines for children aged 2 – 17 years available. Please phone 053 9240460 or 

053 9240454 for further information and to make an appointment.


Athletics: Congratulations to Kate Jackman who won Junior Bronze in the first Cross Country event since lockdown in the Mr. Oil Wexford Juvenile (even ages) & Junior Championships in Orristown. Kate competed in the U-18 -19 Junior category. 

Ladies U-16 Football Div 1 Shield

Well done to Adamstown Ladies U-16 Football team who defeated Glynn-Barntown ladies on a score line of 6-10 to

0-3 to take the Ferrycarrig Tree Care Div 1 shield in St. Patrick’s Park. The Adamstown team were:

Ciara Sinnott, Ciara Mooney, Aoife McCabe, Kate Flood, Molly Cloney, Isabel English, Ella Furlong, Brídin Quigley 

(0-1). Eilis Roche, Erin McDonald, Niamh English (2-1), Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin (2-3), Niamh Bates (2-5), Gráinne English. Subs: Shannon Redmond for G. English, Clodagh Crean for Redmond, Róisin Colfer for Creame. English for Mooney, Creane for Flood. 

Joyces Intermediate Football

Well done to the Adamstown Intermediate ‘A’ football team who defeated Volunteers by 1.14 to 0-2 in the Joyces Expert Intermediate ‘A’ Football Group C mis-match in O’Kennedy Park on Sunday last. The Adamstown team was:

Alan Bradley, Michael Curtis, Lorcan French, Tomás French, Páiric Wickham, Andrew Boland (capt), Brendan Furlong, Shane O’Gorman (0-1), Michael Furlong (1-7), William Whitney-Rothwell, Tony French (0-2), Harry Cosgrave (0-1), Rúairi O’Brien (0-2), Shane White, David McEvoy (0-1). 

CLG Loch Garman Club & County Draw – October 

Congratulations to Jim & Margo Doyle, Breezemount on winning a McCauley Health & Beauty voucher to the value of €250.00 in the recent draw. 

FIRE SAFETY WEEK 2021- Mon Oct 4th – Mon 11th.

“Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Test Yours Weekly”

Remember a working smoke alarm will alert you to the danger of a fire occurring in your home, which allows you and your family time to get out and be safe. 

Note re Phone Charging: Don’t charge your phone overnight and never under your pillow or duvet. The heat caused by charging need to dissipate. Get out of the habit of overnight charging. ‘Recharge yourself overnight not your phone’

In the event of a fire dial 112 0r 999, ask for the Fire Brigade, give exact details of the location of the fire and if there is anyone in the house, remain calm and listen to

the operator and answer any questions they may ask.


Not everyone is given the chance to grow old.

So appreciate and thank God for every single day of your life.


Over sixty years ago Ireland sent members of the Defence Forces on United Nations peace-keeping duty. Leaving from

 Baldonnel Aerodrome the troops climbed into the Hercules planes – a military aircraft with no creature-comforts on board – the seating was a webbed style chair attached to the fuselage. It was strange and stranger still for those who went on the first tour of duty to the Congo where civil unrest warranted peacekeepers. For most it was the first time to fly – the arrival in the Congo was another story, the heat knocked them over – the military uniform was designed for the Irish climate; in the Congo it was heavy and insufferable. That was the first and lasting memory for many of the men. Foreign travel was not in their blood and they had no experience of such heat nor of insects in their droves – everything was so strange. But in time things looked up as they learned from the other nations that answered the call to serve with the U. N on peacekeeping duty. Soon the Irish troops found their way into the towns and into the markets and mixed with the local population. There was banter and bargaining. Yet language was a barrier in those first few months. One word seemed to dominate the language in the market: ‘mingy‘. It seemed to stand for everything from ‘hello’ to  ‘thank you’ to ‘how are you? a word that covered everything, and nothing!. It is this word that gives its name to the prayer book. The ‘Mingy’ Prayer Book’ was born in the heat and dust of the Congo all those years ago. The chaplains heard all the stories of loneliness and depression, of the family back home, of suffering and pain, of anger with a commanding officer or a fellow soldier. The issue of debt, the Jar, of grief and loss, of sickness and thoughts of self-harm had to be faced. In the ongoing conversations with the chaplains and friends the book was born. The prayers in ‘The Mingy Prayer Book’ put words on the difficulties the soldiers faced in their own lives. Other prayers were included of a more personal type, thanksgiving, forgiveness, unbelief, prayers before a journey and when facing danger. The Serenity Prayer touches life in difficult situations such as are experienced on a tour of duty as a peacemaker – even to this day. You will not find The Mingy Prayer Book on a shelf of your local bookshop, but I have no doubt a well-thumbed copy, with the dust of Congo or Lebanon or Chad or the Golan Heights engrained between its pages still brings comfort to those who served overseas – with the memories of their fallen comrades. 

Soldier’s Prayer:

”Lord, I ask for your grace and strength for this moment. Watch over my comrades and friends. Be with us in our trials and struggles. Keep us safe. Be with our families, friends, and all who are special to us.

Lord, give me confidence in times of doubt, strength when I feel weak, hope when there are feelings of despair. Guide me, direct me, and support me today and always. Amen’

(Jordan O’Brien OP St. Martin’s Magazine)



Sat 9th – Thomas & Elizabeth Walsh, Brocurra (A)

Sun 10th – Nancy O’Brien, Rathkyle  (A)

Sat 16th – John McCabe, Ballyvergin (A)

Sun 17th – Bud O’Neill, The Boola  (A)

Pray for Pat O’Neill, The Bridge (A)

Pray for Nicholas Furlong, Brocurra

Pray for Vera Murray, Raheny, Dublin. Our sympathy to her son Niall and his wife Ellen Murray (Power)

May they rest in peace.

Feast Days this week:

Mon 11th – St. John XX111 – Elected Pope on 28th October 1958, he called the Second Vatican Council, which began on 11th Oct 1962. He died 3rd June 1963. 

Fri 15th – St. Teresa of Avila: 1515-82, established Carmelite convents under a reformed rule, and wrote much on prayer and the spiritual life. Patron saint of lace-makers and headache sufferers.

Feast of Blessed Carlos Acutis

On 10th October 2020 in Assisi Pope Francis beautified 15-year old Carlo Acutis who died in 2006 making the teen the first of what we call the millennial generation to have been raised to the altar in this way. Carlo loved football, video games and had a sweet tooth, especially for Italian ice cream! He was from a well-off family who were not particularly religious. Carlo however used to attend Mass with other members of the family and once he saved up to buy a sleeping bag for a homeless man that he often saw on the way to the church. He developed a true passion for the Eucharist which he called his ‘highway to heaven’ and at the age of 11 used his computer skills to create a website that traced the history of all known Eucharistic miracles that has since been used by more than 10,000 parishes throughout the world. ( He once asked his mother why sports stadiums were so full of people and churches so empty.  He would say, ‘They have to see, they have to understand.’ His mother became so taken up by her son’s faith that she began a course in theology to help answer some of his many questions. In his little notebook one day she saw that he had written; Sadness is looking at oneself, happiness is looking at God, His mother then experienced a deep conversion herself. In the summer of 2006 Carlo asked his mother did she think he should become a priest and she told him that God would make it known to him. When he went back to school he wasn’t feeling well and was diagnosed with a deadly form of leukaemia. He died shortly afterwards and people were amazed at his funeral to see the number of the city’s poorer people who came to the ceremony and spoke of his generosity and kindness. His mother said “he is being a priest from heaven’. Carlo used to say to his young friends; ‘be an original not a photocopy’ encouraging them to be free of the slavery to the usual fads and fast fashions that so often lead to unhappiness.

The Church of San Giuseppe in Molfetta, Italy has installed the first stained glass window depicting the 15-year old with his trademark sneakers and rucksack and the reminder that ‘holiness is closer than we think’


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament each Thursday from 

10.00am – 3.00pm in St. Abban’s Church.  We hear Jesus saying to his apostles, Peter, James and John “Could you not watch one hour with me?” Divine Mercy Prayers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 3.00pm.


Wexford County Council notice – temporary closing of roads on Sunday 17th October to facilitate the holding of the Wexford Stages Motor Car Rally. 

Sunday 17th – Stages 1 – 3 – 5. The Leap. 

Road closure times: 8.15 – 18.45.

Robinstown Great, Palace East, Templenacroha, Ballagh, Brocurrow, Coonogue and Adamstown.


Students and teachers in Adamstown primary school took time out to celebrate National Traveller Pride Week 2021 last week.

A group of children with the help of the STAR Wexford Education project painted a mural in the school last year reflecting aspects of Traveller’s culture; and the wider community and parents were invited down to view it and enjoy a cup of tea and a bun. All children in the school had a little treat to celebrate the occasion that was launched nationally by President Michael D. Higgins earlier in the week. The school would like to thank the Parents’ Association for their contribution.


The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place in the Community Centre on Monday 18th Oct for a Jackpot of €10,600. (Please note change of date) 

Do keep on buying the tickets, it could be you!


Bank of Ireland Services now available at more than 920 Post Offices. Customers will be able to withdraw cash, or make lodgements including cheques at any of the 920 locations around Ireland.

Sadly the Bank of Ireland Branch in Taghmon closed its doors for the last time on Friday last. 


Looking for a different sport or looking to get fit, then come to St. Abban’s Hall on Tuesday evening 12th October 2021 at 6.45 to sign up. 


It was with deep sadness the news of the unexpected death of Patrick Fortune, Doononey was received in Adamstown on Monday morning last. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Mary, children Patricia, Eamonn, Christine, Kevin, Alan and Patrick, his sisters Margaret & Monica. Patrick was predeceased by his brother Tony, sympathy also to his extended family, neighbours and friends. Patrick’s  funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban’s Church on Wednesday last with burial  afterwards in Galbally Cemetry.

 May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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