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November 28th, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter,

Weekend of Sat 27th & Sun 28th November 2021  

Volume 22.  Number 45



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto

draw on Mon 22nd November were: 6 – 10 – 15 – 16.

There was no Jackpot winner and the match three winner

 was Mona O’Gorman, Kellystown who won €200.

The next draw is on Monday December 6th in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €11,200. Keep on buying the tickets and you might be the big winner for Christmas.


We extend our deepest sympathy to Callie & Seamus Doyle and family, Knockreigh on the death of Callie’s brother Tom Power, Drinagh and formerly Ballask, Kilmore on Tues 23rd November. Our sympathy also to his children John and Ray, sister Mary and extended family. His funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Martin’s Church, Piercestown on Friday last with burial in Piercestown Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Philomena Doyle R.I.P.

The death occurred on Thursday 25th November of Philomena Doyle, Barry’s Cross, Taghmon, we extend our deepest condolences to her husband Phil, children Catherine, Eilish, Danny, Pauline and Breda.  We also send our sympathy to Danny & Mary Doyle, Glenour and all the extended family. Philomena’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Garvan’s Church, Caroreigh on Saturday followed by burial in Adamstown Cemetery.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.


We acknowledge with thanks the donation of a Christmas Tree for St. Abban’s Church from Aidan Doyle,

 Fionnrowan Christmas Tree Farm, Courtnacuddy.

There is a full range of Christmas trees, wreaths and children’s attractions of Santa’s Sleigh, Elf House, and Wishing Well.  Phone: 087 6955431 . Y21 N069


Adamstown Tidy Towns are currently selling Christmas Cards showcasing St. Abban’s Cross, Adamstown Castle, Knockreigh Grotto, St. Abban’s Church and the Calvary Cross in the New Graveyard. We would especially like to thank local company PM printing for their advice and expertise in obtaining the finished product. Packs of 5 (assorted) cards are currently available in Cullen’s Gala Supermarket at €5.00 each. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


We send congratulations and good wishes to Josie Booth, Misterin on the occasion of her 89th birthday this Sunday and wishing her many more years of good health and happiness.


Congratulations to Adamstown Athletic Club who held a very successful open cross-country event in Adamstown on Nov 14th. There were over 250 athletes competing.

Well done to all the local athletes who competed and congratulations to the winners in the various age groups.

Congratulations to the following Rank & Athlete;

To the tiny tots well done – all stars of the future.

 U-9 girls 1 – Grace White. 12 – Lauren Moran. Boys U-9 18 – Charlie White, 22 – Shane Breen, 23 – Conor English, 26 – Henry McDonald, 27 – Cillian Stafford, 34 – Joe Breen. U-10 Girls 6 – Lily O’ Callaghan, 12 – Lily Shannon, 16 – Ailish Mooney, 18 Anna Walsh. U-10 Boys – 4 Eoin English, 10 – Charlie Walsh, 18 – Daniel Payne, 19 – Martin Furlong, 20 – Liam Prendergast,. Boys U-11 – 6 Bobby O’Shea, 9 Aaron Kirwan, 11 Harry Kent, 13 Sean Moran, 14 – Will Fortune, 15 – Sean Walsh, 17 – Danyal Quli. Boys U-12 – 10 Aidan O’Callaghan. Girls U-13 – 9 Aine Crean,. Boys U-14 – 3 – James Prendergast, Girls U-15 – 3 Laura O’Gorman.

Boys U-15 – 2- Ross English, 3 – Jack O’Shea, 4 – Watt  Crean. Girls U-16 – 1 – Sadbh Crean.

Girls U-17 – 2 Ciara Mooney, 4 Clodagh Crean.

Boys U-17 – 1 Donny McDonald. 

Great achievements for Adamstown Club and to all involved in the day’s events for their dedication and generosity of time and talents for the benefit of others.


Adamstown Community Centre is running a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday December 11th from 12.00 noon until 5.00pm.

 We will be running a Christmas Raffle on the day with lots of great prizes. Tickets will be on sale soon.

All proceeds will go towards the running of the Community


Wednesday December 1st 2021

All items of clothing, footwear, curtains etc., most welcome and can be left in Adamstown Church car park at any stage that day up to the end of collection at 4.00pm.

All enquiries to: Michael Hopkins at 087 9073074.

Friends of Calcutta was founded in 1994 by a group of returned volunteers. Friends of Calcutta is a totally voluntary Irish Registered Charity who take pride that 100% of ALL donations received go directly to fund our work in Calcutta.

We are privileged to fund the education of approximately 800 students in our 3 schools in the bustees (slums) of Calcutta as well as a large school in the Sunderbans which is located 100km from the city. Together with our team of 34 Indian staff we endeavour on an ongoing basis to meet the needs and expectations of both our students and indeed their parents whose dream is that they get the opportunity to realise their maximum potential.

Your support would be greatly appreciated.



Sat 27th – Tom Furlong, Junior, Castlelodge (Month’s Mind)

Sun 28th – David & Betty Forrestal, Oldcourt (A)

And for all those who have died since November 2020.

Sat 4th Dec – Martin & Anna Mai Furlong, Castleview (A)

Sun 5th – People of the Parish.

May they rest in peace.

First Friday 3rd December – Mass at 9.30am

First Saturday 4th December – Mass at 9.30am

Visitation of the sick on Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th.


We are inviting you to join in a 9-Day Rosary Novena beginning on Tuesday 30th November and ending on Wednesday 8th December. People all over Ireland will pray the Rosary together each evening at 9pm. On the final evening at 9pm on Radio Maria, the Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamonn Martin will lead the final Rosary live.

If you are gathering to pray in groups, we encourage you to gather safely adhering to local Covid-19 regulations.


A Folk Group practice will take place in St. Abban’s Church this Thursday night December 2nd at 7pm.

All members are asked to please attend.


Recently a parishioner was shown a two handled glazed stoneware mug decorated in praise of farming with the caption “God speed the plough”. During the 19th century mugs were increasingly used to celebrate and commemorate events-

“God speed the plough”.

“Let the wealthy and great

Roll in splendour and state I envy them not I declare it

I eat my own lamb

My own chicken and ham, I shear my own fleece

and I wear it, I have lawns I have bowers

I have fruits I have flowers,

 The lark is my morning alarmer.

 So jolly boys now

Here’s God speed the plough.

Long life and success to the farmer”


Adamstown National School Bumper Christmas Raffle 2021 with great prizes to be won. Tickets can be bought online by going to and put Adamstown NS in the search.

Please support if you can our wonderful school and our children. The Parents Association would like to thank all our sponsors for such great prizes. Draw will take place in the school on the 21st December.


Thanks to the ladies from Doononey/Ratkyle for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of November. It is now the turn of parishioners from Kellystown for the month of December.


Works for the extension of Adamstown Medical Centre have begun. We are expecting the modular unit to arrive on site in the first week of December. Although our Reception service will be off-site at times, we will be as usual contactable via telephone. While services will be disrupted during Building Works, we look forward to the Practice having much-needed greater space when the extension is complete. Due to the Extension, we have regretfully had to stop our Covid Booster programme here at present, once we had carried out the boosters for those aged 80 and over. As with other GP practices not in a position to continue with the Covid Booster programme, necessary arrangements have been undertaken by the HSE to provide the same. For this area I expect that these boosters will likely be provided in the Enniscorthy Community Vaccination Clinic. Please keep an eye on the News section of our website for ongoing updates.

Take care in the midst of this ongoing Covid pandemic.

Dr. Catherine O’Donohoe.


Townslands -Meaning of their place names:

Adamstown (Máigh Arnaí) – Plain of the Berries or Sloes

Coonogue (Cuan Óg) – Little Sheltered spot

Brocorrow (Bruaic Chorrach) – Marsh Bank

Oldcourt (Sean Chúirt) – Old Manor House or Court (Norman)

Misterin – Obscure meaning, Possibly The Level Third

Tomgarrow (Tuaim Garbh)– Rugged Mound

Rathsilla (Ráth Silleach) – Ringfort of the Willows /Muddy Farm

Ballyvergin (Baile Uí Aimhirgín) – O Bergin’s Home

Raheenduff (Ráithin Dubh) – Little black ring

Kellystown (Baile Uí Cheallaigh) – The Old Woman’s Home

Doonooney (Dun Úaithne) – Oonan’s / Uaithne Fort

Coolnagaree (Cúil na Graí) – The Horse’s Corner

Rathkyle (Rath Coill) – Ringfort of the wood

Glenour (Gleann Odhar) – Gray Vally/ Valley of the Slaughter

Newtown (Baile Nua) – Newly built settlement

THE ADVENT WREATH (Irish Catholic)

The Advent Wreath, which will be blessed on the First Sunday of Advent, symbolises the circle of life.  It is made from evergreen leaves, which withstand the winter of decay in order to express the virtue of hope which survives darkness and coldness in the winter of Faith.  Each week in Advent, an extra candle is lit before the centre expresses the coming of Christ, the light of the world. Christmas is the midwinter feast of the light, which conquers all darkness.

A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – (Ireland’s Own)

Some days it takes a lot of work just to be ok.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – Prayer for the world

We pray for all humanity this Christmas. We unite ourselves in love this day with our brothers and sisters from every nation and race. By your birth Lord, you united yourself to every human being. Help us to recognise you in everyone, especially the last and the least. Amen.

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