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January 2nd, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 1st & Sun 2nd January 2022

Volume 23.   Number 1


Prize Sponsor           Winner

1. €100 onf4all  (MD Design Concepts) Susan Casey

2 Hamper – (Adamstown Pharmacy –  Cullen Family

3 – Iced Christmas cake (Mervyn Cooney) Edel Whelan

4 – Hamper (Cullen’s Gala) Akber Quli

5 – €30 voucher (Foulksmills stores) Melindi Synman

6 – Turkey 16lbs or 10lb Ham (Stafford’s Butchers) 

      Dympna Bradley

7 – €25 voucher (Smyth’s Hardware) Maryka Graham

8 – Hamper – (Residential & Commercial Frames )- 

      Pamela Bradley

9 – €25 voucher -( SuperValue, Ey) – Conor Murphy

10 – €100 voucher (Mr. Oil) – Sharon Whelan

11 – Family Entry to National Heritage Park voucher – 

           Elaine McDonald

12 – 10 Family passes (Maldron Hotel) Emily Casey

13 – 3 Private Kids Swim lessons -(Club Vita @ Maldron Hotel) – Catherine Casey

14 – Hamper (Clonroche Pharmacy) Ross Siggins

15 – Cream Bag – (No 58 Boutique, Wx) – Ben Moran-

16 – €25 voucher (MySport, Ey) – Dylan Egan

17 – Family Day Pass, grounds & museum -(Johnstown                         Castle) – Lisa Kirwan

18 – Hamper (Funky Fairies) – Cian Quirke

19 – Hamper (CarrigDonn, Wx) Geraldine Bradley

20 – Hamper (O’Shea Joinery) Elaine McDonald

21 – Bowling Voucher (Leisure Max) – Ellie Walsh

22 – Hamper (Power & Maintenance Fitting) – Caroline                      English

23 – €50 voucher (Slaney View Motors) John O’Shea

24 – €50 voucher      ”         ”        ” Babs Wickham

A sincere thanks to all those who purchased tickets and our generous sponsors & all those who sold tickets, your generosity in making our Raffle so successful is much appreciated. Many thanks everyone. 


Prize         Winner Sponsor

Hamper         Brídín Cunningham Betty O’Shea

Hamper         Lynda Walsh Cullen’s Gala

Hamper         Fr. Nolan               Helen Furlong

Hamper         Mary Furlong              Adamstown Pharmacy

Hamper          Daniel Payne             Adamstown Pharmacy

Hamper          Dick Fortune              Sensible Safety

Toaster        Eoin Kelly                   Joyces &

€20 Dunnes Voucher Eoin Kelly                  Betty O’Shea

Hamper Marie Mooney               Brad Og’s

Wine       Marie Mooney SuperValu

€50               Susan O’Shea             Adamstown Soccer Club

€50 voucher   Eddie Dillon               SuperValu

€100              Joe Whelan                Sensible Safety

A big thanks to all our sponsors for their generosity and thanks to all those who purchased tickets & all the sellers.


Wexford County Council will again be arranging for the FREE shredding of Christmas trees at the below locations.

If only bringing a Christmas tree for shredding, there is no entry charge. €2 entry charge applies for all other waste.

Christmas trees can only be left on the dates below:

Enniscorthy Household Recycling Centre, Old Dublin Rd.

New Ross Household Recycling Centre, Hewittsland

Holmestown Household Recycling Centre, Barntown

Opening Hours for above:

Tuesday – Friday  8.15am – 12 noon & 1pm – 4.00pm

Saturday – 8.15am – 12 noon &  1.00pm – 3pm.

Closed for lunch 12 noon – 1.00pm

Please Note: Wexford County Council will move to a single contact number for Day to Day and Out of Hours calls.

From 01 January 2022, please phone 053 919 6000, for issues at any time day or night.


We were thrilled with the fantastic display of our footballers 

in gaining victory over Co. Wicklow team Coláiste Raíthin from Bray in the Leinster Post Primary Schools Senior Football D1 final in St. Patrick’s Park on Monday  20th Dec.

The boys gave a wonderful display and were very much in charge of the game from the very start and were 1-7 to no score at half time. It took fourteen minutes in the second half for Raíthin to get their first score, they improved in the final quarter scoring 1 – 4 to bring the final score Coláiste Abbáin 

2 – 11 to 1 04. A brilliant display from the team:


Our community woke up on Christmas morning to a sight never seen in living memory in the area, and as the day continued with torrential rain, widespread flooding occurred.

Fields were turned into lakes, houses flooded, roads flooded, bridges damaged and roads washed away Severe damage was done to bridges at Chapel Station, Little Cullenstown, and many more in neighbouring areas also. The flooding also left some houses destroyed and Wexford County Council workers and emergency services fought for hours to help people in flooded areas and those stranded in cars.  Rivers that are at most times just small scale, turned into raging monsoons on Christmas day with devastating results.

Our thoughts are with the many people affected throughout the county.


We extend our sympathy to Fiona & John O’Shea, Ballyvergin on the death of Fiona’s uncle Liam Keane, Cabinteely, Dublin & late of Ballycogley, Co. Wexford. His funeral Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Holy Family, Kill O’The Grange on Friday last. May he rest in peace. 



Sat 1st Jan – Mick & Josie Whelan, Tomgarrow & 

Phyllis Bernie, Tomgarrow & Dublin 

Sun 2nd – James & Lila Kent, Adamstown (A)

Sat 8th – Terry McDonald, The Leap (A) 

    &         Willie Stafford, Oldcourt (A)

Sun 9th – Lucille Duggan, Tomgarrow (A)

Pray for Tom Galway, Tomgarrow (A)

Pray for Statia & Syl Barron, Coonogue (A)

May they rest in peace.

Vigil of the Epiphany – 

Wednesday 5th January – Mass at 7.30pm

Thursday 6th – Mass at 10.30am – Sr. Máiréad Hayden (A)

Mass for First Friday 7th at 9.30am 

Visitation of the sick & housebound Fri 7th & Sat 8th.

We also keep Fr. Jimmy Moynihan in our prayers


St. Abban’s Church looked splendid for Christmas time and we extend our sincere thanks to Catherine & John Hanley for the wonderful display of flowers throughout the Church and Altars, the Church Porch, Crib, Christmas tree and 

window displays. It received great acclaim and comments from those attending the Christmas Ceremonies and visiting the Church over the Christmas time.

Also helping out Catherine & John with the Crib and lovely Christmas tree were: Joe & Cáit Bradley, Anne O’Brien & Lorna Komsa. Many thanks to you all.

The Church was decorated on behalf of parishioners from Kellystown for Christmas.


St. Thomas Becket was born in London in 1118. His close friendship with King Henry 11 led to high office, first as Lord Chancellor and later as Archbishop of Canterbury. In return Henry expected unwavering loyalty. However when a conflict arose between Henry and Thomas over the rights of the Church, Thomas courageously defended these rights. They became bitter enemies and Thomas was forced to flee to France to escape the wrath of his erstwhile friend. After 6 years Thomas returned to resume his office as Archbishop of Canterbury. A fresh quarrel broke out between the two shortly after Thomas ‘return’. In his fury the King was quoted as saying ‘WHO WILL RID ME OF THIS TURBULENT PRIEST’.  Anxious to please the King some knights made their way to Canterbury on Dec 29th 1170, Thomas courageously confronted them and was slain in his own Cathedral. The shocking news spread rapidly and Canterbury soon became a place of pilgrimage. Many people came to pray at the site of this sacrilegious crime.  King Henry came to Ireland in 1171. He visited Wexford and in Lent of 1172 did penance for his crime in Selskar Abbey. While hunting his life was saved by one John Furlong, when the King was attacked by a wild boar. Furlong was generously rewarded with a substantial grant of land by the grateful King.  We celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas Becket on December 29th.

Wishing everyone a Happy & Peaceful New Year


We send our congratulations and good wishes to Mrs. Kate Power who celebrated her 92nd birthday on Christmas Day and wish her every blessing for the New Year.

BILL DESERVED SUPPORT (Letters Page, Irish Daily Mail)

It was deeply disappointing to learn of the defeat of the Foetal Pain Relief Bill, introduced by Deputy Carol Nolan, in the Dáil last week. This was an attempt to introduce a modicum of compassion into the tragic experience of late-term abortion. It deserved universal support. I applaud the TDs who supported this Bill and hope their constituents will reward their valiant defence of human rights and dignity in the next election. But what of the TDs who voted to block it?

One explanation is this: in order to support foetal pain relief in late-term abortion, one has to concede the procedure involves the ‘termination’ of a tiny living being, probably only weeks or even days away from birth. Clearly that is uncomfortable terrain, especially for the architects of the current abortion legislation.


A grateful thanks to the many people who gave tirelessly of their time and talents to St. Abban’s Parish over the past year. To the Fás workers, the Cemetery Committee & the stewards who take care of car parking for funerals.

To the members of both Choirs, the ladies who polish the brasses in the Church during the year, to parishioners from all towns lands who look after the flowers on the altars each month. To Cáit & Joe who sanitize the church after all Masses & help out for the many occasions during the year.

To those who compile, print & publish our weekly Newsletter.

To T.J. for bringing our Parish Mass into so many homes during lockdown, it was really appreciated.

Thank you to Fr. Nolan for all his kindness & help over the years.      Thank you all so very much.


To an open house in the evening

Home shall men come,

To an older place then Eden

And a taller town than Rome.

To the end of the way of the wandering star,

To the things that cannot be and that are,

To the place where God was homeless

And all men are at home.

(Last Verse taken from G.K. Chesterton’s poem 

The House of Christmas)


Adamstown ICA Guild would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Senior Citizens, Parishioners & friends a happy, healthy and safe New Year. We hope you have managed to spend some time with family, during the Christmas holiday & please God we will be able to meet for our Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party in 2022.


I would like to thank you all for your generosity to me during the pandemic and for your kind gifts over Christmas.

God bless you all.

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