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October 24th, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 23rd& Sun 24th   Oct 2021

Volume 22.  Number 40



St. Abban’s Boxing Club has moved, our new location is in St. Abban’s Hall (across from the Primary School in Adamstown). We are welcoming both boys and girls from the ages of 7 years upwards, training nights are Monday, Tuesday, Friday from   7pm – 8.30pm for ages 11 upwards and Tuesday, Friday from 7pm – 8pm for ages 7 – 10 years.

New members welcome. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that made this happen especially to the Hall Committee who without their support this move would not have happened.

We wish the Club every success in the future.



Adamstown Athletic Club – Open Cross Country in Adamstown, Sunday November 14th 2021.

Start time 12.noon. Races: Tiny tots & U-9’s girls

& Boys 500m. Under 10-11 girls & boys 1000m

Under 12 & under 13 boys & girls 2000m

Coláiste Abbáin

Congratulations to the U-19 basketball team who won 12-10, they showed great skill and are great team players. Thanks to Coláiste Bríde for the games. Hard luck to the U-16’s.

Well done to Ms. McGrath & Ms. Lawless.

Well done to the Junior Girls Football team who had a good win also, with true determination, work ethic & team spirit.  Thanks to Ms. Condon & Ms. Lawless.


Worthy winners in the boys U-13 Football Div 4 Final

In the New Ross Standard U-13 Football Div 4 Final played recently in Grantstown saw the Adamstown boys play Kilmore in a thrilling closely fought final. Adamstown scored 1-2 in eight minutes in the first half with points from James Furlong & Seán Doyle and a goal from Séan Furlong, in the latter stages of the second half Kilmore had clawed their way back to lead by one point, however, with just four minutes of time left sub Peadar Browne blasted the ball to the back of the net finishing up 2 – 6 to 1 – 6. There was great celebrations as capt James Furlong was presented with the Cup. It was nice also to see Thomas Cousins, as part of the presentation group; he would have known several of the Adamstown boys when he was Principal in Adamstown N.S. The team was: Michael Murtagh, Cillian Whelan, Tadgh Furlong, Owen Purcell, James Prendergast, Darragh Sinnott, Scott Sinnott Jack Furlong (0-2), Seán Doyle (0-1), Mikey White, Roan English (0-1), James Furlong (capt 0-1), Jack Murtagh, Luke Doyle, Seán Furlong (1-0), Subs: Tristan Martin (0-1), Ben Fitzgerald, Jess O’Sullivan, Peadar Browne (1-0), Patrick Dunleavy & Paddy Connors.

Well done boys & mentors on a wonderful final.

CAMROSS  HALL – Welcomes you back to Social Dancing with Peter Burke on Friday 5th November 9pm – 11pm.

Admission €10 including tea.

 A BIT OF HISTORY (Dan Walsh, Echo Nov 2006)

Working the Bellows –

In times past nearly every village and crossroads had a

forge where the skilled blacksmith would do all sorts of

marvellous things from shoeing a horse to making gates and iron railings. When the horse was replaced by the internal combustion engine most of the forges, that tended to run in families, went to the wall. The loss of the forge was similar to other losses in the rural community, like the post office, the creamery, the school or the Garda station. It was a place where the local people gathered and swapped stories. During the 1798 Rebellion, many of the pikes used by the rebels were carefully designed and hammered into shape by the village blacksmith. One of the most famous forges in Wexford was at Ballyshannon Lane, and through mention in the ballad of the same name, Evoy’s Forge is well remembered.

“I passed Jim Moore’s and the old forge door,

Where old Evoy forged the pike”

Evoy’s forge was reconstructed in 1998 and a plaque on the wall reminds all who visit this historic place of its importance two centuries earlier. It reads:

This forge was one of the principal pike making forges for the United Irish Insurgents during the 1798 Rebellion. It was restored by Carrigbyrne ’98 Committee as a memorial to all the blacksmiths who forged pikes in 1798″

Some forges had their origins on the estates of the gentry where large teams of horses were used for tilling the land and, of course, travelling around the country.


The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Monday 18th Oct were: 3 – 16 – 17 ­- 29.

There was no Jackpot winner, the following three players matched 3 numbers and each got €70 – Tadgh Donehy, Patrice O’Gorman & Mary Thorpe. The next draw is on Monday 1st November in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €10,800. Keep on buying the tickets – it could be you next time!

LIBRARY SERVICES – Wexford War of Independence & Civil War Walking Tours

Historian-in-residence Barry Lacey will explore both periods in Wexford through a series of walking tours in each town.

Duration approximately 1 hour. Time & Start point: leaving at 10.30am sharp from outside the entrance of each library.

Advanced Booking required and can be made by contacting each local library.

Bunclody – 053 9375466.        New Ross – 051 421877.           Enniscorthy – 053 9236055.      Wexford 053 9196760

Gorey – 053 9483820


Remember that clocks will go back next weekend at 2.00am on Sunday 31st October 2021.



Sat 23rd – Denis & Elizabeth Cummins, Raheenduff (A)

Sun  24th – Mary Anne Nolan &

                  Annie Handrick, New Ross (A)

Sat  30th – Kathleen Rothwell, Groveside (A)

Sun 31st – Patrick & Kathleen Murphy & deceased members of the Murphy family, Coolnagree. & Babs Carr.

Sun 31st – Patrick Fortune, Doononey (Month’s Mind)

May they rest in peace.

Mission Sunday – Oct 24th. Thank you for bringing back your donation for the Missions; if you forget to bring back your envelope, you may do so during the week.

This Bank Holiday Monday 25th Oct  – Mass at 11.00am

Monday 1st November – Feast of All Saints

Tuesday 2nd Nov – Feast of All Souls.

(1) From 12 noon on 1st Nov until midnight on 2nd Nov, all who have confessed, received Holy Communion and prayed for the Pope’s intentions can gain one plenary indulgence by visiting a church or oratory, and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles Creed. This indulgence is applicable only to the souls of the departed. Confession may be made at any time within the week preceding or the week following 1st November.

(2) The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the Holy Souls on the usual conditions once per day from 1st – 8th November. The conditions mentioned above also apply.


(Tony O’Riordan, Messenger Magazine)

On 13th November 1964 Pope Paul VI did an extraordinary thing. At the close of a solemn Mass, in front of 2,000 bishops from all over the world, Pope Paul descended the steps from the papal throne and placed his bejewelled, three-tiered gold and silver tiara on the altar and gave it to be sold for the benefit of the world’s poor. The Pope had been moved to his symbolic act by discussions of world poverty during the then current session of the Second Vatican Council. Many Catholics and others have long forgotten this powerful charitable and symbolic act of over fifty years ago, but it is worthy of recall and reflection.

Perhaps of even greater significance is the unique and historical teaching statement of the world’s bishops issued in November 1971, nearly fifty years ago this year, referred to in English as ‘Justice in the World’ it broke new and important ground. In essence their teaching is that there is simply no sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ in the world today if the commitment to work for justice is downplayed or eliminated.

Some fifty years later the world’s ten richest men have seen their combined wealth increase by half a trillion dollars since the global pandemic began – more than enough to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine for everyone in the world and to ensure no-one is pushed into poverty by the pandemic.  The most appropriate way to mark this anniversary is to re-double our efforts to work for justice at home and globally.


Liturgical Calendars for 2022 are on sale in the Church Porch they cost €2.00. These Calendars mark the major Liturgical Seasons of the year. They also indicate the feasts of the Saints. The Christian Year recalls Advent, the Birth of Christ, The Joyful Mysteries, Lent and the Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries. Each Christian household should have this Calendar in a prominent place in their home which reminds us that God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son that all who believe in Him might not perish but might have Eternal Life.

This Calendar is an ideal gift for Christmas.


Mary’s Meals, feeds over 2 million hungry children every school day in a place of education. An Online Quiz, to support their efforts, takes place on the last Friday of EVERY month at 8pm. To join/donate go to or contact Martin Colfer on 087 2596159. Thank you.

WEXFORD CO. COUNCIL – Trees for Wexford Campaign

Applications are now being sought for Wexford County Council’s ‘Trees for Wexford Campaign’

If you are a voluntary community group, resident association or school interested in receiving free

Trees, an application form can be submitted by logging onto Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Tuesday 2nd November 2021. If you require further information regarding this scheme, please do not hesitate to contact the

Environment Section at 053 – 9196684


Don’t throw away pumpkins after Halloween, find woods near you and smash them open for wildlife to eat.

Pumpkin is safe for wildlife and seeds are a natural dewormer.  (Recycling Plus – Ireland’s Eye)


In Winter’s chill or a Summer’s heat,

A farmer works, so the world can eat.

Thank you Farmer.


Thanks to the ladies from Brocurra for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of October. It is now the turn of parishioners from Doononey/Rathkyle for the month of November.


O God, you show a father’s care for all,

grant in your mercy,

that the members of the human race,

may form in peace a single family

and always be united by a fraternal spirit.

Through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

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