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6th March, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 5th & Sun 6th March 2022 

Volume 23.  Number 10



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Monday 7th March in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of  €12,400. Do keep on buying the tickets; it could be you next time.


The Pat Byrne Memorial Road Run will take place in Adamstown on Sunday 3rd April starting at 1.00 o’clock, with registration of vehicles from 11.30am. The run will start in Adamstown and pass through the following towns lands: The Leap, Chapel, Tomfarney, Ballagh, Coleman’s Cross, Moore’s Cross, Lacken, Cushinstown, Ballynaboola, Raheevarren, Courthoyle and back to Raheen for Refreshments and Raffle.

All proceeds will go to Adamstown and Raheen Community Centres. All vehicles welcome and all support greatly appreciated.


Adamstown Tidy Towns will hold an Open Meeting in Adamstown Community Centre this Thursday 10th March at 8pm re: Proposed Heritage Signage for Adamstown Village

Everyone welcome. We would appreciate your feedback.

ADAMSTOWN GAA – Upcoming Fixtures

Dates for your Diary:

Ladies First Rd 1 League:

Senior Ladies v’s Shels, Saturday 5th March 11.30am in Hollymount.

Men’s Intermediate A Football Rd 1

Adamstown v’s Geraldine O’Hanrahans, Kennedy Park,

Sun 13th March at 11.00am.

Same Day: Junior B First Round League:

Adamstown v’s Ferns in Adamstown at 1.30pm.

Round 2 – Intermediate Football League –

Adamstown v’s Glynn/Barntown – Saturday 27th March

At 5.30pm in Adamstown.

Round 2: Junior A Football – Adamstown v’s Cushinstown Sunday 27th March in Adamstown at 11.00am.


First Rd Intermediate League: Adamstown v’s Taghmon/Camross Sunday 19th March in Adamstown at 5pm.

Good luck to all involved.


A group in Wexford called ‘United We Stand For Ukraine’

is gathering humanitarian supplies to send there. If you would like to help you can drop donations in to the Zodiac

Shop, Clonard Village (9.00am- 7.00pm) or Robin Furniture in Taghmon (9.00am-2.00pm). First Aid items and Clothing are especially welcome. For further information go to their Facebook Page: standingwithukrainewexford or contact

085 153 600. Thank you.

HOPE and DREAM 10, 2022

Hope and Dream 10 will take place on Sunday April 3rd 2022 in aid of the Hope Cancer Support Centre.

All funds raised will be used exclusively to fund the various services they provide for clients attending the Hope Cancer Support Centre. These are completely confidential and free services include: one to one counselling, reflexology, massage, manual lymphatic drainage, bra and prosthesis fittings along with support groups. The demand for their services continues to grow and with the Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years, it has been a huge challenge to keep all these services going.

This year there is the option to participate in a virtual event, and also the option of 10km and 10 mile. The 10km or 10 mile event will take place on the Promenade in Enniscorthy at 10.15am on Sunday 3rd April. You can complete the virtual race using you own route on a day and time that suits you. Entry forms are in the local newspapers or contact: or phone

(Michael) 087 2379035


We extend our good wishes to John Curran, Principal of Raheen National School who has retired after more than 38 years teaching. He was involved in many activities in the school, Rounders, Chess, Rackard League, he was always courteous and helpful on different occasions when in contact with Adamstown N.S. We hope he has a long and happy retirement.

We wish the new Principal, Sarah Browne every success as she takes over the new role.


Bingo takes place in Cullen’s Lounge every Wednesday night starting at 8pm. All welcome.


Tuesday 8th March 2022

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is ‘Break The Bias’ Imagine………

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women’s equality.

Collectively we can all ‘Break The Bias’


Let us remember in our prayers the children from Adamstown N.S who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Abban’s Church on Wednesday 16th March and also their families.



Sat 5th – Seamus & Nan Fortune, Clonroche (A)

also        Kathleen Furlong, Raheenduff (Month’s Mind)

Sun 6th – Greg, Annie & Nell Bolger, Misterin (A) and

Seamus & Lorraine O’Colleain, Grallagh who died recently

Sat 12th – Edward Whelan, Brocurra (A)

Sun 13th – People of the Parish.

May they rest in peace.

Mass every morning Mon – Fri at 9.30am in St. Abban’s Church.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday from 10.00am to 3.00pm.


The next Prayer Group meeting is Sunday next 13th March at 7pm in St. Abban’s Church. All very welcome to attend.


We continue to reflect on the synodal journey.

We are pilgrims in a changing Church were our Baptism calls us to be active members and not be afraid.

We are called to see God in everybody, regardless of differences in age, race or belief and to works towards unity.

How does this change us and our idea of Church?


Trócaire Boxes are available in the Church porch, please take one home with you and give what you can to the Lenten Appeal to help families bearing the brunt of Climate Change, Covid and Injustice in Africa and other places.


The death occurred on Thursday last of John Kehoe, formerly Raheenduff Lane, Adamstown. We extend our deepest sympathy to his sister Nora and brother Jim, extended family, relatives and friends. John’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban’s Church on Saturday 5th March followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

May he rest in peace.


A Prayer for Peace in the World (Author unknown)

Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle;

the strength to be forgiving, the patience to be understanding and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right..

May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred.

We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence,

a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.

Help us to devote our whole life and thought, and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfil the destiny for which we and all people were created. Amen.


Aunt Peg was born in Ballybore, Clongeen in September 1937 to John and Mary Kelly. She was the second eldest with 5 siblings, Peter, Bridgie, Stella, Paddy & Maureen. Her home in Ballybore was very much an open house and this is something she carried on when setting up her own home in Ballyshannon. She attended Clongeen National School and then St. Louis’ Convent in Ramsgrange, were she learnt her lifelong skills of cooking, homemaking and gardening. Her only means of communicating home was via post and we’ve recently discovered that a lot of these letters involved looking for a few bob. She obviously appreciated this, as she was always so giving to others throughout her life – one of the most generous people you could possibly meet. In her early years, she looked after Fr. Ted O’Byrne for many years and this strengthened her faith no end. This strong faith stayed with Aunt Peg throughout her whole life, right up to the very end.

She married Jay in November 1958 at the tender age of 21. When she went to meet Jay for her first date, he had to bring Mogue Curtis for moral support, and Aunt Peg was chaperoned by her sister Stella, and that bond between Aunt Peg and Mam held firm over the years. Upon marrying Jay, she moved to Ballyshannon where she went on to rear 7 children, Anne, John, Michael, Mary, PJ, Patrick  & Anthony. She was a dedicated loving mother and housewife and a great business support to Jay. She instilled the ethics of honesty and hard work into all her children – her motto being ‘ a good name is better than riches’. She had 10 grandchildren whom she adored and they adored her.

Jay and Peg enjoyed 52 years of a happy marriage. Unfortunately Jay predeceased Peg in 2011. After his passing, she resided with her youngest son Anthony, where she remained happily until her passing.

She moved with the times and loved seeing progress with her own children and also within the wider community, and the stories the family have heard over the last few days have re-enforced just how much Aunt Peg was loved and respected by her family and those she met over the years.

On behalf of the Roche family, they would like to express their sincere thanks to Peg’s carers over the years, and more recently to the staff of Wexford General Hospital who showed such care and compassion to Peg and all the Roche family.

Sincere thanks to all the clergy who looked after Aunt Peg’s spiritual needs. And they would also like to thank everybody who called to the house, sent messages of sympathy and lent their support to all the family. They wish to thank all their neighbours and friends whose support has helped them get through the last few days.

The family would love to thank everybody individually, but there are too many to mention – you all know who you are.

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