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January 23rd, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd January 2022   

Volume 23.   Number 4



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Monday 24th January in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €11,800, worth buying a ticket and be in with a chance. Please leave books back to Cullen’s Gala by 8pm on the draw night.


The Irish State formally celebrated the transfer of power to the newly formed Government of the Free State on Sunday January 16th in Dublin City. Various branches of the Armed Forces were present for the occasion to celebrate also their centenary. As usual their presence added much to the event.

Included in the Irish Army Guard of honour was 3 star Private Aaron O’Brien, Oldcourt, a great honour for him, his family and the Parish of Adamstown.


Well done to the Adamstown U-20 Footballers who had a great win over St. Marty’s (Maudlinstown) with a final score of 4-9 to 0-5 in the 2021 Greenstar Football Division 2 Shield Final which was played at St. Patrick’s Park on Saturday 15th Jan. At half time they were 12 points ahead, and continued in the second half with some brilliant play from a great group of players. The team was as follows:

Cian Walsh, Mark Furlong, Conor Whelan, Dean Roche, William Whitney-Rothwell, James Dunleavy (Capt) James Dillon, Ciarán English (1-0); Tadgh McDonald (1-0); Rúairí O’Brien (1-3); Craig Bradley (0-3); Graham O’Reilly (1-0); Patrick Doyle (0-1); Páraic Wickham (0-2); Matthew O’Neill. Subs: Diarmuid Murphy, Colin Stephenson, Tom Roche.

Well done to team and mentors.


If you own a dog or dogs you are required under the Control of Dogs Act, 1986-2010 to do the following:

1 Keep your dog under control at all times, this means the dog cannot leave your property unaccompanied and you must make sure it is securely kept in at night.

2.  Ensure that all dogs under your control wear a collar bearing an identity tag with the name, address and contact details of the owner at all times. Some breeds such as Alsatians, Rottweilers, Japanese Akitas etc., must be securely on a lead and muzzled in public.

3. Each dog you own must have a licence or a general licence to cover all dogs in your possession. 

Owners of dogs that have worried sheep will be obliged to pay compensation once they are traced.

Dog owners should also remember that farmers are legally permitted to shoot dogs straying onto their lands.

A BIT OF HISTORY The 17 Hurling Kehoes

(Sunday Press 8th October 1969 –  Michael Hand)

I watched Ireland’s greatest sporting family play a game of hurling in their farmyard this week: Seven brothers versus Nine sisters. The red door of the barn was the goal as the Kehoe’s of Clonleigh swished their hurley sticks. Two of the girls Brigid and Ann were members of the Wexford team who won the All-Ireland camogie title. All the Kehoe girls play with Adamstown, the other camogie ladies are: Mary, Liz, Kit, Gretta and Bernadette.  The youngest member of the family, Eileen plays with the Cloughbawn school side.

Indeed, her niece Josephine, eldest of brother Eamonn’s six children – and a month older than her aunt – is on the same camogie team. The biggest thrill for parents Edward and Johanna was seeing Brigid holding the All Ireland cup aloft in Croke Park a few weeks ago. When they were younger I wasn’t so sure that I liked their hurling exploits, there were more windows smashed in this house than any home in the country their mother said.  “I suppose it was the boys that gave the girls their love for the game. It is good to watch my daughters in club matches, when nearly half the team is composed of your own family, you’re bound to cheer louder than the rest” she said. The only one of the 17 Kehoe family who hasn’t played Noel said, “I think there is more interest in the girl’s matches. All of us went to the camogie final and we chaired our sisters off. 


(1)  Amenity & Arts Grant Scheme 2022

This funding is aimed at providing small-scale support to community & voluntary based groups and is designed to assist with a wide variety of projects that promote social inclusion and building strong communities e.g.

Small Scale Village Improvements.  Community Development Initiatives; Promoting Local Heritage; Planting of trees, shrubs, landscaping. Promoting an interest in the Arts – Stage Productions, Arts & Craft Exhibitions, Public Recitals, Performance & Arts Workshops, Participatory Arts projects.

(2) Residents Association Grant Scheme 2022

Projects will be considered within private housing estates only which are designed to improve community facilities or enhance the appearance of the area concerned (maximum grant payable is €600). Works that will qualify include, but are not limited to:

Planting trees, shrubs, landscaping, Community Development Initiatives, Promoting Social Inclusion, Promoting Local Heritage.

Application forms and Full Particulars for both schemes are available from your local Municipal/Borough/District Office where an online application for both schemes can be made, or Phone Enniscorthy 053 -9233540

New Ross 051 421284. The latest date for receipt of completed Application forms is 5.00pm Friday 11th February



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

Sun 23rd – People of the Parish

Sat 29th – Philip, Elizabeth Jackman, Raheenduff &

Hannah & Danny Falvey, Raheenduff (A)

Sun 30th – Mogue & Mary Kealy, Ellen, Johnny, Jim, 

Sonny Kehoe, Liz & Tom Murphy, Rathurtin & The Leap (A)

May they rest in peace.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in St. Abban’s Church every Thursday from 10.00am – 3.00pm

Feast Days this week:

Mon 24th – St. Francis de Sales – 

Fri 28th – St. Thomas Aquinas – 

Born in Italy 1224, he died in 1274. One of the greatest theologians, he is patron of schools, universities, students and booksellers.


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

Sat 5th  Feb – Annette English.    Sun 6th – Betty O’Shea

Sat 12th – Ellie Walsh           Sun 13th – Sheelagh Delaney

Sat 19th – Liam Whelan        Sun 20th – Callie Doyle

Sat 26th – Anthony McGee    ~Sun 27th – Cait Bradley


One song can spark a moment

One flower can wake a dream

One tree can start a forest

One bird can herald spring

One smile begins a friendship

One handclasp lifts a soul

One star can guide a ship at sea

One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation

One sunbeam lights a room

One candle wipes out darkness

One laugh will conquer gloom

One step must start each journey

One word must start a prayer

One hope will raise our spirits

One touch can show you care

One voice can speak with wisdom

One heart can know what is true

One Life can make a difference

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – 23rd Jan – 30th Jan 2022  

Living Life to the Full

Monday – Living Life to the Full with God

Tuesday – Living Life to the Full Together

Wednesday – (Grandparent’ Day) Celebrating Being Together Again.

Thursday – Living Life in Wonder & Awe

Friday – Living & Facing the Future.


We forget that waking up each day is the first thing we should be thankful for.


Would you like to grow your own fruit and veg organically in a Community Setting and make new friends too. 

Raheen FRC with the support of WWETB, MAED Fund

(Mitigating Against Education Disadvantage) will be running horticulture practical classes in the Adamstown Community Garden. If you are in the area of Adamstown and are interested in learning how to grow your own fruit & vegetables and making new friends, please contact:

Carmen by phone at 085 1356610

MISS WOODLAND (Margaret Silt, Compass Points)

The strictest teacher I ever had is also the one I recall as the gentlest. For most of the time she taught us mathematics, and she tolerated no nonsense, no lapses of concentration, and no bungled homework. She looked the part; severe, almost to the point of ferocity, with her silver hair impeccably pinned back. But she had another side. Her second passion was the garden. Occasionally she would walk into class with shining eyes and an expression that could only be called a look of love. “Have you seen the snowdrops peeping through, down in the spring gardens? She would ask us, as if with God’s own voice, coaxing the thoughtless to stop and wonder. We would encourage her of course. Every minute spent with the snowdrops was a minute less of mathematics. We might exchange conspiratorial smiles, but we would nevertheless find a moment to go down to the spring gardens and check out the snowdrops. She was called Miss Woodland.  She was a perfect blend of left-brain logic and

right-brain intuition, of discipline and joy. She taught us that the elegance of a perfectly balanced equation and the beauty of a wild flower are just two of the countless faces of the same awesome universe. She died before we left school, and there wasn’t a pupil who didn’t mourn her.


In 2019, Pope Francis designated this Third Sunday of Ordinary Time as ‘Sunday of the Word of God’ to help us grow in intimate familiarity with the sacred Scriptures. We feature resources and commentaries. The homily for this Sunday is from Bishop Nash who reflects on Jesus’ mission statement at the outset of his ministry as presented by St. Luke. We include the usual newsletter insert and new resources on the synodal pathway. We highlight ‘Catholic Schools Week 2022’ which has as its theme this year ‘Living Life to the Full’. ‘Being a priest in a Synodal Church’ is a conference on zoom for priests taking place in February and finally, for the week that includes their feast days, some inspiration from St. Frances de Sales and St. Thomas Aquinas. Check out these and other resources available at 


The monthly online quiz for Mary’s Meals, which has raised over €16,000 to feed hungry children in 20 countries, will be held on Friday 28th January at 8pm. 

To take part or simply donate contact Martin Colfer 

on 087 2596159. Thank you.

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