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24th April, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 23rd & Sun 24th April 2022  

Volume 22.  Number 17



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto

 draw on Monday 18th April were: 1 – 8 – 13 – 24.

There was no Jackpot winner and just two match

three players: Kate Rochford, Tomgarrow & Nicholas Stafford, C/o Majella Stafford, each received €100.

The next draw is on Monday May 2nd for a Jackpot of €13,200 -its still there to be won, worth a €2 ticket.


Veolia Environmental services well known worldwide in the wastewater and sustainability world, offer a community grant scheme to voluntary groups nationwide.

Local man Dale Kirwan, who works in their waste section applied for such a grant on Adamstown Tidy Towns behalf for some local projects to provide safe homes for wildlife in the Community Garden.

A big thank you to Dale for going the extra mile, Ms Kickham for allowing us free range and to Marta who designed our large insect hotel.

 We would also like to thank Committee members, Barry, Philp and Tom, Volunteers John and Eve who were busy putting everything in place and to Pawel for making the children’s planting table.

 We have some amazing colourful Bird, Butterfly, Ladybird and Hedgehog boxes on display and also signage of the top 20 insects of Ireland.

Free Horticultural classes are ongoing every Wednesday from 3 – 5pm. No doubt in a couple of months there will be an abundance of strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce etc, just ripe for the picking. Why not call in and bring the children.


The first Model County Draw will take place on 27th April. Many thanks to all who purchased tickets costing €50 for 3 draws, and in doing so support our local club.


Save the Date” – Raheen Family Fun Day is taking place in Raheen on Sunday 8th May 2022 at 1.30pm. The day will include fun and games for all the family. Activities to include: bottle stall, Charity auction, kids disco, Wheel of Fortune, BBQ, tea & coffee, produce stall, raffle, Battle of the towns lands – tug of war, vintage, sports activities and lots more.

The day is centred around the family and community, looking forward to seeing you all there.


Raheen Day Centre offers older members of our community a social outlet and a place to meet in friendly and warm surroundings. If you, a family member, or someone you know would like to join us to meet friends, get to make new ones, and take part in our activities, contact Moira on

051 442888 for more information.


On Wed April 13th the AGM of Adamstown I.C.A. was held in Adamstown Community Centre.

There was a good crowd in attendance; also present was Gretta O’Connor, Information Officer Representative, Wexford Federation.

Following a busy month where the ladies from the Guild entered and won Federation level competitions, catered for a large crowd at the Pat Byrne Memorial Tractor Run, and had a fun night out Bowling. We are now preparing for the upcoming I.C.A. Has Got Talent and the Special Occasions Competitions. After our usual business was dealt with the A.G.M. then took place. Our President Helen Furlong thanked the ladies for their support during her six years in office. Secretary, Mary Lawlor gave a very detailed account of all events since our last AGM in 2019 as there was no A.G.M. in 2020, or 2021 due to Covid restrictions. Treasurer, Breda Bolger gave a very accurate account of our income and expenditure up to March 2022. The election of officers then took place.

President – Anne Stafford.

 Assistant President – Helen Furlong

Secretary – Mary Lawlor.

Treasurer – Breda Bolger

P.R.O. – Sheelagh Delaney.

Federation Representative – Sheelagh Delaney.

The competition for the nicest Easter Bonnet was won by Anne Stafford. The raffle was won by Helen Furlong, Callie Doyle, Gretta O’Connor, Breda Bolger, Sheelagh Delaney, Anne Stafford.

After a lovely tea was served by Callie & Sheelagh, a bouquet of flowers was presented to Gretta O’Connor.

Next meeting on Wed May 11th at 8pm. New members are always welcome, so why not come along to our next meeting and join us for a bit of fun and a chat.

SENIORS SHOW – Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford

Wednesday April 27th at 10.30am.

Talks on Health and ways of keeping you mentally and physically active. Music & entertainment. Over 60 exhibitors.

Free Entry.   To book phone 087 2320284

THE CUCKOO –  (Ireland’s Eye)

The cuckoo comes in April,

She sings her song in May,

In the middle of June, she changes her tune,

And in July she flies away.

IT HAPPENED IN APRIL (Pioneer Magazine)

29th April 1916;

After six days of intense fighting, Padraig Pearse met Major General William Lowe and handed over his weaponry.

The 1916 Easter Rising was over.



Sat 23rd – Lena Doyle, Ballagh, Pat Doyle, New Ross

& Julie Cullen, New Ross (A)

Sun 24th – People of the Parish

Sat 30th – Peter, Tommy, Joey Kelly, Doononey (A)

Also         John & Josie Barden, Doononey (A)

Sun 1st May – People of the Parish.

May they rest in peace.


Sat 23rd – Annette English.  Sun 24th – Callie Doyle

Sat 30th – Eoghan Greene.  Sun 1st May – Betty O’Shea

Sat 7th  – Ellie Walsh.         Sun 8th – Kay Whelan

Sat 14th – Liam Whelan      Sun 15th – Nessa Cloney

Mass each morning at 9.30am.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday following 9.30am Mass & concluding at 3pm.


A word of thanks to the towns land of Adamstown who donated the flowers for Easter, making the Church a feast of colour. Thanks to Cáit, Joe, Catherine, John and Anne who meticulously decorated and prepared the Church for Easter.

The Easter Garden has been a special feature for many years and the parishioners were very loud in their praise for those who erected it and donated flowers and plants.

The Easter Liturgy was very much enhanced by our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Folk Group and Musicians.

Finally, we are very grateful to all who attended and participated so devoutly.

We wish you all every Blessing and thank you for your generosity.


God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today.

We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.

We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your spirit of comfort would draw near to them.

We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.

Above all, we pray for your precious children at risk, that you hold and protect them.

We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

(Taghmon Action Group Newsletter)

A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Forgotten Ireland

In a society that has you counting, money, pounds, calories and steps.  Be a rebel and count your blessings instead.

(Ireland’s Own)


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An important financial institution very popular in Wexford was the Tontine Society. The idea was brought from France by Philip Pierce whose company had an office in Paris, to help the workers in his factory, which was one of our biggest employers. The Tontine Society was elegant in its simplicity and purpose. At a time when workers lived mainly a hand to mouth existence there was little chance of saving either for special occasions or emergencies. In the late 1800’s Christmas was becoming more of a commercial than a religious holiday and people needed to have that extra few bob so the Tontine grew. The Tontine operated in a similar manner to the clubs. Members paid an agreed weekly sum throughout the year. At Christmas or a few weeks before, a payout was made. This was comprised of most of the money lodged with a small sum going to the organizer. This person also made some money in interest on money lodged during the year. Their expenses included bookkeeping; printing of cards and the hours spent collecting. But that was not all. The Tontine Society was established originally to help people pay that one inevitable expense in life – the funeral. With the urbanization of society and poor laws and pauper’s graves, a proper funeral was very high in peoples list of priorities. The Tontine Society helped with this in a rather ingenious and socially responsible way. On the death of a member, the society was informed and a ‘death’ was marked in the books. This meant that each member paid an extra few pence on top of their weekly subscription and this sum multiplied by the number of members was paid to the family of the deceased. Tontine Societies became very popular in Wexford and sprang up in almost every district of the town.

The main one that I recall was in the Faythe in a little thatched house. They were open on Sunday morning after Mass up to dinnertime – we didn’t do lunch then. You were lined up along the hall, entered into the parlour. There, two or three people sat at a table and noted your subscription in a ledger and on your payment card.

The pawnshop or pawn office as we often called them in Wexford was another financial aspect of life. Items such as clothes, pieces of jewellery or even furniture were put into the shop on Monday in return for a small sum of money. These were then redeemed on payday, often to repeat the process again. There was a joke that many men had indigo serge suits. When asked what the indigo was people were told “in the go on Monday and out on Friday”.

Another often used financial service in those days was the loan from the family grocer. These shopkeepers, usually located in every street in town, would operate a credit system for groceries with bills being paid off on payday. In many instances they would loan cash if people were in need and this was added to the ‘book’

(Wexford, A History, a Tour & a Miscellany  – Nicky Rossitor 2005)


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