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13th March, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 12th & Sun 13th March 2022

Volume 23    Number 11



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Monday 7th March were: 2 – 12 – 22 – 25. There was no Jackpot winner, including online. There was three match three winners who each got €70.00 – Kenneth Brough, C/o Vinny Doheny, Ann Hanley, The Boola & Kate English, Tinnecarraig.  The next draw is on Monday 21st March for a Jackpot of €12,600. Well worth buying a €2 ticket.


Fantasy Cheltenham 2022

Who will be the top local tipster this year?

Some very dark local “horse pickers” showed exceptional ability last year to take home over €1,500 in prizes.

Have an interest in the 4 days of NH Olympics at Cheltenham for just €20?

Compete against friends, family & foes to see who fares best. Follow the link below to purchase your ticket online & then pick your horses each day during the Cheltenham Festival. Remember to choose Adamstown GAA as the club!!  Early entry advised & hopefully it will be as much fun as last year.


Junk Kouture:

Huge congratulations to our Junk Kouture All Ireland semi-finalists – Alex Rumgay and Caitlyn Cawthorne on their design ‘Shadow of the Night’ Well done to their teacher Ms. Condon. An amazing achievement.  The dress looks stunning, well done.

Focus Ireland Fundraiser

Our Music Department were delighted to present Focus Ireland with a cheque for €700 following the great fundraising by our talented musicians and singers who went Carol singing in Wexford at Christmas. Focus Ireland representative, Jessica Murphy came to our school to receive the cheque and talked to the students about the amazing work Focus Ireland does. Thanks to Ms. Power and Ms. Quirke our two amazing Music teachers in Coláiste Abbáin.  Our TY students are active in raising awareness around the problem of homelessness in their project “Hope for the Homeless”


I need your help. I am putting together a collection of memories from you the public, of any moments shared in ‘The Ballroom of Romance’ in Camross Hall during the last 50 years, or in the old Hall. I would be delighted to hear from you. You can reach me (Kay Doyle) on 087 2680273 or


Thank you in advance for all your assistance with this.

Check out Camross Hall Facebook Page for details of all upcoming events.


Our 5th & 6th class students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Wednesday 16th in St. Abban’s Church at 11.00am. We ask your prayers for the children and their families and hope they enjoy this very special day in their lives, may God bless and protect them.

Our Junior & Senior Infant classes are learning all about the farm at the moment, we recently went on a visit next door to Coláiste Abbáin to check out their farm animals. We really enjoyed learning all about the sheep, goat, poultry and rabbits. Thanks to Mr. O’Connor and his great assistants for making us feel so welcome, we had a brilliant time and definitely will be back again.


We are delighted to announce The Adamstown Show will return on Saturday 2nd July 2022. Participants can choose to enter a vast array on offer from show jumping, horse & pony classes to horticulture, arts & crafts and everything in between. Visitors can expect a wide range of trade stands, amusements and exhibits in our horticulture, home produce and baking all in their own dedicated marquee.

It’s a Saturday you need to mark in your calendar for a great family day out.


The Irish Cancer Society wish to thank Adamstown Tidy Towns Committee for their donation of €180.00 which they raised by selling pots of mini-daffodils at Cullen’s Gala recently.  Thanks to all those who supported us in this event.


Please note that due to St. Patrick’s Day & bank holidays, Adamstown Post Office will be closed on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March. All social welfare payments will be paid out on Wednesday 16th March.


The Annual Parle, Creane and Hogan Commemoration ceremony will take place this Sunday 13th March at 11.30am. The ceremony will mark the 99th Anniversary of the deaths of James Parle age 25 (Taghmon), John Creane age 19 (Taghmon) and Patrick Hogan age 19 (Wexford) these three young men were executed on March 13th 1923 at Wexford Jail for their part in the civil war.

“Take away the blood stained bandage from off an Irish brow

We fought and bled for Ireland and will not shirk it now.

We have helped her in her struggle, we answered to her call

And because we loved her freedom, we are placed against the wall”

(The Ballad of Parle, Creane and Hogan)

The Oration will be given by Cllr. Garry Laffan, light refreshments will be served in the scout hall immediately after.



Sat 12th – Edward Whelan, Brocurra (A)

Sun 13th – People of the Parish.

Sat 19th – Bridie & Nicholas Wickham, Tomgarrow (A)

Sun 20th – People of the Parish.

Mon 21st – 9.30am: Abban, Peggy, Kate, Patrick & Martin Delaney, The Barrack’s (A)

St. Patrick’s Day: Vigil Mass on Wednesday at 7.30pm for Mosey McCabe, Ballyvergin (A)

May they rest in peace.

Mass on St. Patrick’s Day at 10.30am


Sat 12th – Annette English.    Sun 13th – Kay Whelan

Sat 19th – Eoghan Greene.    Sun 20th – Ann Ryan

Sat 26th   Ellie Walsh             Sun 27th – Nessa Cloney

Feast Days this week:  Thursday – St. Patrick.

Saturday 19th – St. Joseph who is usually pictured holding the child or infant Jesus; St. Joseph is one of the most popular Catholic saints, as a great role model as father and protector of the Holy Family. In addition to this, he represents hard work as a carpenter in everything he does.


We continue our reflections on the synodal path.

Remaining aware of who we are and our mission we strive to be sensible to the needs of all and in present social and cultural context. This calls for a deep and open listening.

What can help us to open our hearts and minds to other people and ideas which differ from our own?


There will be a Folk Group practice this Monday 14th March in St. Abban’s Church at 7.00pm for St. Patrick’s Day Mass.

All members please attend.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK  –     A night prayer

Lord, Jesus Christ,

gentle and humble of heart,

accept our prayer and work of this day,

and grant us the rest we need

that we may be ever more willing to serve you,

who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.


We pray for Christians facing new bioethical challenges, may they continue to defend the dignity of all human life with prayer and action.

A SMILE (Ireland’s Eye)

A little girl was sitting watching her mother do the dishes, when she noticed her mother had several strands of white hair in contrast to her brunette head. She asked, “Why are some of your hairs white, Mummy”? Her mother replied, “Well, every time you do something wrong and make me unhappy, one of my hairs turns white”. The little girl thought about this for a while and the said, “Mummy, how come ALL of grandma’s hairs are white?

A BIT OF HISTORY The First Mention of Shamrock

One of the earliest references to shamrock is in a book written by Philip O Suilleabhain, Beara, Co. Cork driven into exile in Spain in the early 17th century, in 1620 he wrote a book on plants – with special reference to the gardens of Connaught. One fascinating section deals with a plant called Trifolium, to which he gave Greek, Latin, Spanish and Irish

names for a curious little three-leafed plant. The Irish name for it was seamróg or seamur. It was believed to have special healing powers: Meal, mixed with mountain heather and a little milk with shamrock, was said to cure all manner of ailments while celebrated 17th century healer, Foranan O’Fergus, who lived in Co. Mayo believed, “There is nothing like the clover and the holy shamrock to drive out evil spirits that afflict men”. And the extremely rare four-leafed shamrock, known as ‘Mary’s shamrock’ is said to be ‘wonderfully lucky’ to do good or bad things.  (Ireland’s Own)

SAINT PATRICK (Fr. Vincent Sherlock – Messenger Mag)

Our stories of St. Patrick are varied, legend puts him in the corner of countless fields the length and breadth of Ireland. It puts him on the top of Croagh Patrick, in the stillness of Lough Derg and at numerous holy wells. Was he in all these places? The answer may very well be yes – he was there insofar as his name and the flame from Slane, reflected the Gospel and shone in the hearts and souls of Irish people.

Is he in the parades, marching bands or on floats? Is he in greened rivers or landmarks across the globe that are, for the day, illuminated in green? He could be and should be but, no more than in those early days of his ministry, he might struggle to be found in many of the practices associated with him today.  Sometimes it is about going back to the fire, taking the sod of turf, and bringing it to our homes. It is about keeping the flame alive and burning and finding him again, in the corner of a field, in the lovely church with its towering steeple, in the quiet home where the ‘rosary is told’ in the Holy Water font inside the front door of a house where blessing is made possible as we come and go, it is in the hearts of Irish people and all who have come to know us, he has built a church – a fire of faith – and we are its steeple.


(Written in the early 19th century by Sr. Agnes)

Hail, glorious St. Patrick, dear Saint of our Isle,

On us your poor children bestow a sweet smile;

And now that you’re high in you mansions above,

On Erin’s green valleys look down with your love.


On Erin’s green valleys, on Erin’s green valleys,

On Erin’s green valleys look down with your love.

God bless and defend the sweet land of our birth,

Where the shamrock still blooms as when you were on earth.

And our hearts shall yet burn, wherever we roam,

For God and St. Patrick, and our native home.

“Happy St. Patrick’s Day”

“La Fhéile Pádraig sona duit

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