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January 16th, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 15th & Sun 16th January 2022   

Volume 23     Number 3


The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Monday 10th Jan were: 2 – 18 – 19 – 22. There was no Jackpot winner and just one match three player – Dymphna Bradley, Coongue who received €200. The next draw is on Monday 24th January in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €11,800. Keep on buying the ticket – it could be you next time.


Congratulations to Adrian Morrissey, Rathsilla on his great achievement in winning an award for the highest break in the 2021 Irish Snooker Championships, and the second highest break overall in Irish Snooker Championship history – a superb 139 in Celbridge Snooker Club on December 5th.

Well done Adrian and continued success in your career. He received his award at the SBI snooker awards night in the SBI headquarters in Carlow recently.


The Shamrock Vintage Ploughing took place at New Ross on Sunday 9th January, the following are the results.

Single Furrow: 1st  – Trevor Fleming, Cork; 2nd – Phil Jackman and ‘The Jim McGee Cup’; 3rd – Nick Walshe.

Trailer Class: 1st – Jim Cullen, Rathangan; 2nd – Seanie Murphy, Rathanna

2 Furrow – 1st – Thomas Beansane, Clashmore,

 2nd – John Moore; 3rd – Dave Levingstone.

2 Furrow TVO – 1st Eamonn White; 2nd – Paddy Doyle, Wicklow.

The Pat Byrne Trophy went to Mogue Curtis and the Byrne Bros. Trophy went to John Moore.

The Club would like to thank all its sponsors and supporters who made the day possible, also the landowners.

A great day was enjoyed by all.


2022 Time Capsule to be opened in 2072

We are giving away a €20 Gift Voucher from Cullen’s Gala for the best suggestion for what to put in the Time Capsule.

Competition ends Sunday 30th January. We all won’t fit in I’m afraid, so that’s out of the question! 

Happy New Year from Tidy Towns Team – Wishing you all the best for 2022  


Bereavement Supports @ SWWFRC

8 Weekly Online Group Support Sessions 7pm – 8.30pm

Start Date: 24th January 2022. Facilitators:  – Bernadette Nolan & Teresa Hennessy.  Reserve your place by emailing:  your name, e.mail and contact number in strictest confidence to Manager

It is recommended that you are at least a year bereaved before participating in the programme.


Eulogy read at her funeral Mass in Glenmore on Sat 8th January by her nephew.

Mamie grew up in Glenmore and was the 2nd eldest of 8.

She spent most of her life on the farm, she loved animals, and told of the many times she herded cattle from Glenmore to New Ross Mart and Ballybricken in Waterford, only to herd them home again if they didn’t sell. She loved ploughing, on one occasion when there was a tractor ploughing match on in Kilmacow, everyone was more interested in watching Mamie ploughing with horses in the next field. Mamie had great religious belief. She was like a second mother to all of us and she gave the best hugs. Everyone here has fond memories of Mamie as a hard-working and honest woman. It didn’t matter if you were a prince or a pauper she always had a smile on her face and wanted to know your story and the kettle was always boiling always with 2 sugars. She lived in Adamstown in her later years in her beautiful house in Ballyvergin. She loved travelling and enjoyed great adventures visiting her sister in London. She was lucky to live such an independent life and was blessed to have such wonderful neighbours and friends. Thanks also to Geraldine, her carer, she became a very good friend to Mamie and looked after her with great care in the last few years. We would like to thank Fr. Nolan and Fr. O’Toole. In her 100th year, she was already planning to get ready for her big date with Michael D. Recently Mamie was asked about her secret to a long life. Her reply was ‘stay single and carefree’

May her gentle soul rest in peace. 

SLOW DOWN, LOOK AROUND YOU  (Jack Quinn) St. Martin’s Magazine

I suppose you have heard the story about the Chinese Philosopher who some years ago was paying a visit to USA.

During the time he was there he had to make a long train journey of several hundred miles which took him across a large part of the country. At the end of the journey a member of the railway staff proudly informed him that on that particular day trip they had clipped six minutes from the previous journey. He waited expectantly for the Philosopher to comment – which he did after a few seconds thought.

‘How do you intend to use the six minutes?’ he asked.

Nowadays we all seem to have got caught up in this passion for doing everything faster than it has ever been done before, but I’m sure if we were to meet the Chinese Philosopher, he would ask us, too, what we have achieved by it.

If you happen to be travelling the same journey constantly, and always by car, and it happened that one day you had to slow down, get out of the car, and maybe walk a bit of the way, you might be amazed at what you’d discover about the beauty of the countryside, the friendliness of the people you’d meet, a hundred and one things that make life worth while.

So it’s a good thing in our ordinary way through life, to slow down now and again, and see what’s happening in God’s world. You should try it, take a good look at your family, neighbours & friends, the countryside and take a good look at yourself.  You might be surprised at what you’ll see.



Sat 15th- Joe Crosbie, Misterin (A)

Also         Willie Stafford, Oldcourt (A)

Sun 16th – Nicholas & Mary Byrne, Kellystown (A)

Sat 22nd – Ben, Ellen, Richie & Catherine Nugent, Templenacrow (A)

Sun 23rd – People of the Parish

May they rest in peace.


Sat 15th – Liam Whelan.         Sun 16th – Sheelagh Delaney

Sat 22nd – Anthony McGee.   Sun Callie Doyle

Sat 29th – T. J. McDonald.      Sun 30th Kathleen O’Connor


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Abban’s Church takes place every Thursday from 10.00am each hour until conclusion at 3.00pm. You are welcome to come along and spend a little time in quiet prayer and reflection.


The death occurred in Wales on Wednesday last of Kathleen Aaron, (nee Delaney, Tomgarrow) who would have celebrated her 96th birthday on 21st January. She was the last surviving member of the Delaney family. Sympathy to her daughter Maureen and family, also her many nieces and nephews in the area. May she rest in peace.


The parishioners of Newbawn, Raheen & Adamstown are asked to please remember Fr. Jimmy in your prayers. Please God give him the strength he needs at this time.


If anyone would like Fr. Nolan to visit the sick in their own homes, please contact him at 053 9240512.

To prepare for the reverenced reception of the Eucharist, please place a white cloth on the table with a Crucifix and two lighting candles. Thank you.

Another option:

Daily Mass in St. Abban’s Church is at 9.30am Monday – Friday. For those who are nervous attending Sunday Masses because of the numbers present, the Daily Mass is another option where you can attend with an average of 12 people present each day!

This option compares very favourably with visits to shops and supermarkets or places of work and the opportunity to receive Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

May I take this opportunity to thank all those who take the appropriate hygienic actions and have attended Sunday Mass over the past two years. Your presence is very edifying and much appreciated.


As a community we send our good wishes to Canon Arthur Minion, the Rector of the Wexford Union of Parishes as he takes up his new appointment as Rector of the Birr Union of Parishes shortly. 


We extend our sympathy to Phil Mahon and family, Woodview Drive on the death of his sister Bridget (Bridie) Mahon, The Villas, Clonroche on 9th January. To her brother Andy, sisters Ann, Mairead, Mary, extended family, neighbours and friends our sympathy also. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Clement’s Church, Cloughbawn on Tuesday last with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from 18th – 25th January. This year the Diocesan Ecumenical Service will be on South East Radio on 

Sunday 23rd January at 10.00am

This year the services of Christian unity have been devised by the Christian Churches of the Middle East. They are using the theme: “We saw his star in the East, and we came to worship him,” from St. Matthew’s Gospel 2:1-12.

There are good resources available on the Internet. Google “Week of prayer for Christian unity 2022” and this will direct you to a number of websites including:

On the home page click on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022 Booklet.

Our greetings to other Christians at the beginning of this New Year and our thanks for their good will and fellowship in all our community activities.

THE CLOCK OF 2022       (Robert H Smith)

The clock of life is wound but once and no one has the power

To tell just where the hands will stop – at late or early hour

To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed, to lose one’s heath is more

To lose one’s soul is such a loss – as on one can restore

The present only is our own – live, love and work with all goodwill

Depend not on tomorrow for the clock may then be still.


As always we are here to assist anyone in difficulty. Remember if you ever find yourself in a dark place, help is only a call away:

Talk to Tom – 0818 303061    Pieta House – 1800 247 247

Samaritans – 116 123.


Engineers make bridges,

Artists make paintings,

Scientists make rockets,

But teachers make them all.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – An Evening Prayer

Wrap your love around me, protecting me from harm.

Send your peace upon me, at night to keep me calm.

Heal me with your presence, so troubles I can bear.

Instil your joy within me, for sleep without a care.

Inspire me with your gifts, and patience please, please send!

Come close because I wish to know you as a friend.

And comfort me for ever, when my life on earth will end. Amen. (Prayer Trust)

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