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29th May, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 28th & Sun 29th May 2022  

Volume 22.  Number 21



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Monday 30th May in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €13,600. Please leave your tickets in Cullen’s by 8pm on the draw night. Do buy a ticket and be in with a chance.


Due to ongoing demand Adamstown Pharmacy are recommending Covid 19 second booster vaccines to all people over the age of 65 years. Vaccine clinics will restart in the first week of June 2022. If it has been 4 months or more since your last Covid vaccine and you are over 65 years old, please contact Adamstown Pharmacy on 053 9240460 or 053 9240454 or email: to arrange an appointment.


Congratulations to Eileen Walsh who won €300 this week in the South East Radio Bingo, Eileen bought her lucky book in Cullen’s Gala.


Coláiste Abbain Parents Association together with Shamrock Vintage Club will hold an All Vehicle Road Run on Sunday 26th June. Registration from 11.0am – 12.30pm.

€20 per Vehicle – includes Dinner and Dessert.

All proceeds in aid of Coláiste Abbain Walking Track.

Your support is very much appreciated.


It was a privilege to present €470 raised from our recent non-uniform day to Relay For Life Wexford. We wish Lenagh and her team the very best and urge the wider community to support this great cause. Any monies raised from Relay for Life Wexford stays within the county to provide care.

A big thank you to Mr. O’Connor and his fundraising team on another successful event raising much needed funds for charities in our local area.


KNOCK 4th JUNE 2022 

All Island Rosary Rally, Knock, Saturday 4th June.

Bus leaving Wexford at 8.00am, Enniscorthy at 8.30am and Bunclody at 8.45am. Returning to Wexford for around 10pm.

Cost €25.00. For more details contact Eileen on

087 9331809


Well done to the Wexford Minor Girls Football team who defeated Louth 4-16 to 4-09 on Saturday last to gain a semi-final spot in the Leinster Minor B championship.

On the winning team were Adamstown girls: Katie English, Leah Furlong (1-1), Ellen Duggan, Isobel English, Niamh English. Good luck girls in you next outing.

A BIT OF HISTORY – Muintir Na Tíre

(Danny Doyle, Glenour, Adamstown)

After the Second World War Ireland had very little to offer anybody, you would not be able to get a loan from a Bank or any credit from stores, shops etc., All the people were small minded in many ways. If they were asked to do something they would ask, what is in it for me?  It was the scare of the World War 11 that made people think this way. Farm labourers were getting five shillings a week, they depended on the farmers for a can of milk, potatoes etc.,

A priest from Tipperary, Fr Canon Hayes got an idea to bring people together. He started an organisation called Muintir Na Tíre in 1937, his slogan was: “Ask not what your country can do for you, see what you can do for your country” This slogan was repeated by John F. Kennedy in 1960, when he became President in the United States.

A Guild was set up in Adamstown in 1952, Dan O’Gorman from Kellystown was the chairperson, Edward Whelan from Misterin was secretary. There were 50 – 60 members male and female from all walks of life. Dan O’Gorman was a man of great integrity; he got people to work together. Their first job was to take down the Ball Ally, it was an eyesore, it was the first thing you saw the moment you came into the village.

He got a number of men with horses and carts, others with picks and shovels to load it and draw it away. The Chapel yard was next, cement paths replaced stone pavements. The old school followed next, it was a four-room building with a good roof. It was a nice hall for meetings, concerts etc. All the AGM meetings for all the clubs were held there, there was no grants or bank loans, it was all voluntary work, every towns-lands came in turns three nights a week, a kitchen, stage were also put in. We all know it should never have been knocked down, how handy it would be for refreshments after an event today. During these years, the only light was from tilley lamps, gaslights and storm lamps.

The E.S.B. came to Adamstown in September 1955. It was a big night, with a blessing and a meal in St. Abban’s Hall, the I.C.A. ladies were in charge of the meal. Muninti Na Tíre did many other good things, like a loan of lime between three small gardens to make them fertile so people could sow their vegetables. Fr. Hayes has passed away and most of his followers also, we should never forget these great men, what they did for Ireland when the country was on its knees.

“Ask not what your country can do for you,

see what you can do for your country”


Congratulations to Laurence Power on receiving the U-18 team player of the year at their Awards Night recently.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – (Albert Einstein)

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil,

but by those who watch them without doing anything.



Sat 28th – Syl & Statia Barron, Coonogue (A)

Sun 29th – Francis Furlong, Misterin (A)

Sat 4th June – Willie Moore, Oldcourt (A)

Sun 5th – Seán Whelan, Kellystown (Month’s Mind)

May they rest in peace.

First Friday Mass 3rd June at 9.30am

First Sat Mass 4th June at 9.30am

Visitation of the sick on Fri 3rd & Sat 4th June.


Sat 28th – Anthony McGee.   Sun 29th – Callie Doyle

Sat 4th June – Annette English.  Sun 5th – Family Mass.

Sat 9th June – Eoghan Greene.  Sun 10th – Ann Ryan

Sat 16th – Ellie Walsh                 Sun 17th – Betty O’Shea

Mass every weekday morning at 9.30am

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday after 9.30am Mass until 3pm


Thanks to the ladies from Newtown/The Leap for looking after the Church Altars & Decoration for the month of May, it is now the turn of parishioners from Knockreigh for the month of June, this finishes up the year. The new rota will be drawn before the end of June. A big thank you to all parishioners who give their time and donations to keep St. Abban’s Church looking so lovely throughout the year.


From Bishop Ger Nash:

I look forward to leading the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday July 3rd next. I would like to encourage you and your parishioners to take part in the pilgrimage to our national shrine. Knock International Eucharistic and Marian Shrine in the west of Ireland is a special place because of what happened there in 1879, fifteen people witnessed the Apparition of Our Blessed Lady, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Joseph at the gable end of the parish church. The shrine has a special place in the hearts of not only the people of Ireland but of many other nations around the world. Before Covid over a million people visit our national shrine annually.  Should you wish to organise a coach for the pilgrimage, please contact:

Eileen Carton on 087 2933545 or by e-mail


For the month of May people have gathered at Knockreigh Grotto each weeknight to recite the Rosary, as we now come to the end of May, you are invited to gather at the Grotto

this Tuesday 30th May for the Rosary at 8.00pm.

Please note: The road to Knockreigh has been resurfaced this week, and as there are no road markings in place it is not safe to have a procession to the Grotto.


The cost of heating such a large church as St. Abbans is normally a formidable task. During the past year daily Mass has been celebrated in the Church rather than our comfortable oratory, necessitating increased heating. Thankfully, a very generous couple met the spiralling cost of the heating over the past two years, as a token of solidarity with the faithful parishioners, who gathered for Mass in Saint Abbans. We are grateful for this magnanimous gesture.

The words of John Donne below are very appropriate.



No man is an island,

Entire of itself.

Each is a piece of the continent.

A part of the main,

If a clod be washed away by the sea.

Europe is the less.

As well as if a promontory were,

As well as if a manner of thine own

Or of thine friend’s were.

Each man’s death diminishes me,

For I am involved in mankind.

Therefore, send not to know

For whom the bell tolls,

It tolls for thee.


The world wants you to see yourself as an island in a war to dominate other islands. John Donne reminds us that actually we are all connected, and if I lose you then I really lose.

John Donne declared, “no man is an island” As we face a global pandemic, global environmental crisis’ and global political polarization we need to hear those words like never before (Faith


The death occurred on Sat 21st May of Martin Murphy, Blakestown, Dublin and formerly Coolnagree, Adamstown.

We extend our sympathy to his sons & daughters, sister Alice, relatives & friends in the area. His funeral Mass was celebrated in The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Huntstown followed by burial in Mulhuddart Cemetery.

May he rest in peace.

We offer our sympathy also to Tom & Josephine Hendrick, Barrack’ s Rd on the death of Tom’s brother in law John Sheeran, Grennan, Attanagh, Co. Laois on Mon 23rd May. His funeral Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Ballyouskill followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.  May he rest in peace.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – With Jesus in the Night

Lord Jesus Christ,

gentle and humble of heart,

accept my 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.

(Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network)

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