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5th June, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June 2022 

Volume 22.  Number 22



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on

Monday 30th May were: 10 – 15 – 17 – 22. There was no Jackpot winner and no match three winner including online sales. The following were Lucky Dip winners: Nuala Harper, C/o Betty O’Shea; Kathleen Cahill, Slaney View Park; Caitriona & Peter Aidan Thorpe, Newotwn & Callie Doyle, Knockreigh all received €50 each. The next draw is on Monday 13th June for a Jackpot of €13,800.

 Well worth a €2 ticket.


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.


Urgent Announcement:

Please note as per our previous post – from today Monday 30th May if not correctly registered you are not covered to train/play with your team. We ask as a Club not to put your managers/trainers into this position, as you will not be permitted to play. As a parent we ask you not to put your child into this position where they cannot participate with their friends. If you have any problems with registration please contact your trainers or a member of the club.


Led by the Bishop of Ferns, Most Rev. Ger Nash

Date: 20 – 24th June 2022. 4 Nights.

From €679pps fully inclusive. Direct Flights to Lourdes.

Approx 2 hours Air Travel; Excellent hotels near Grotto

Walking Tour of Lourdes. Under the direction of the Clergy of the Diocese.  Daily Programme.

Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Highlights: Mass at Grotto; Anointing of the Sick

Torchlight Procession; Blessed Sacrament Procession.

International Mass.

Enquiries: Fr. Matt Boggan – 051 565 610./Joe Walsh Tours: – 01 241 0800 Email –


We extend our sympathy to the family of the late Pat Byrne, Ballindoney, Ballywillian who died on Thursday 26th May.

Pat was a regular Friday night Card player in Adamstown Community Centre for many years before Covid.

Pat’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Mary and St. Laurence’s Church, Templeudigan on Sunday 29th May, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

May his gentle soul, rest in peace.


Congratulations to Ciara Mooney who came 1st in the Leinster Senior 3k Race Walk. (28.57.88)

Congratulations also to Kate Jackman who came 1st in the Leinster 3,000m Steeplechase. (12.31.86)

Well done girls – great achievements

Women’s U-18 Soccer

Well done to the Adamstown U-18 in reaching the Cup Final in defeating Division 1 Gorey Rangers 6 – 0. Ellen O’Brien got 4 goals & Hannah Kehoe got 2. They will meet Aughrim Rangers in the final in the coming weeks.

Ladies Football –

Well done to the Wexford Ladies Football who defeated Offaly at Bellefield on Sunday last in the TG4               Intermediate Championship Div A.  Final score Wexford 2-12

Offaly 3 – 7. Adamstown club were represented by Ellen O’Brien & Leah Furlong.


Circular from Dept of Education to be circulated to the wider community as well as immediate school community.

The Department of Education is currently reviewing the Action Plan on Bullying and the Anti-bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-primary schools. As part of this work the Department is seeking your views about what should be don’t to prevent and tackle bullying in our schools.

The Dept. is inviting you to make written submissions and to complete a short questionnaire as part of the public consultation process. The consultation can be accessed on The closing date for receipt of submissions is Tuesday 21st June 2022.


All roads lead to Adamstown on Saturday 2nd July for the 73rd Annual Agricultural, Horticultural, Trade and Vintage Show. Schedules are available from local businesses and any committee member. There is a wide variety of classes i.e. Horses, ponies, sheep, dogs and home produce classes for both adults and children. Promises to be a great day and your support would be very much appreciated, as this is the first show since the start of the pandemic. We hope to make this show the best ever. Looking forward to seeing you all there.


John Curtis Memorial Tractor Run & Walk.

Raheen Community Centre on Friday 24th June 2022.

Starting at 7.30pm  – Registration from 6pm.

All Vehicles Welcome.  Enquiries – Pauline 087 2960709

Or Sean – 087 9517200

Proceeds in aid of Irish Cancer Society & Raheen Parish Committee.



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

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

Sat 11th – Bena Barron, The Leap (A)

Sun 12th – People of the Parish

Pray for Denis & Katie Larkin, Breda Larkin, Peggy & Larry Cowman, Clonroche (A)

May they rest in peace.

Mass on Bank Holiday Monday 6th June at 11.00am

Adoration of the  Blessed Sacrament every Thursday following 9.30am Mass till 2pm.


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

Sat 11th – Eoghan Greene.    Sun 12th – Ann Ryan

Sat 18th – Ellie Walsh.        Sun 19th – Betty O’Shea

Sat 25th – Liam Whelan.    Sun 26th – Sheelagh Delaney


The envelope boxes for the coming year will be distributed shortly. A contribution from each home would be very much appreciated. If you have not contributed during the past, a donation would be welcome. If you do not  have a weekly envelope box and would like to have one, please let

Fr. Robert know. Thank you.


Fr. Nolan would like to thank the generous parishioners who made an offering for Easter. Envelopes for the various offerings, Easter, Mid Summer, Autumn & Christmas are included in your weekly envelope box.


We wish all our students the very best as they begin their exams this week, and we remember them in our prayers.

PRAYER FOR EXAMS – (Messenger Magazine)

Dear God,

As I approach the exam that is ahead of me,

gift me with the skills that I need in order to do my best.

I bring before you my nervousness and my fears,

along with my hopes and my dreams

and invite you to be with me.

I pray that I experience the calmness that the

Holy Spirit brings,

And whatever the outcome, I will truly believe

in the unique person that I am.  Amen.


(Noel Coogan – Pioneer Magazine 2020)

Micheál Ó Hehir was born in Glasnevin, on 2nd June 1920, his father. Jim had a strong GAA background, having trained Clare to win their first All-Ireland senior hurling title in 1914 and, fulfilling a similar role with Leitrim, Connacht football winners in 1927. While attending secondary school in O’Connell CBS in 1938, he wrote to Radio Éireann asking for a test run as a GAA commentator. Although not yet eighteen years of age, the budding commentator felt he could do as good as any of those he had heard on the wireless. On 15th May that same year, he turned up at Croke Park for a trial at the Louth versus Wexford National Football League game. Two weeks later, Micheál ‘mitched’ from school to attend an appointment with Dr TJ Kiernan, Director of Broadcasting at Radio Éireann who asked the youngster if he would like to do the broadcast of the Leinster Football final. Micheál jumped at the offer but the station decided not to relay live coverage of the match. He made his debut at the All-Ireland semi-final between Galway and Monaghan in Mullingar. Twelve months later he was at the mike for his first All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Cork, which took place on the day that the Second World War broke out (1st Sept 1939). The game which Kilkenny won by one point – was called ‘The Thunder and Lightning Final’. In his memoirs, My Life and Times, published shortly before his passing in 1996, Micheál recalled the War years when rationing caused a reduction of public transport and there were few cars on the roads. However, there were still large crowds with many getting to venues by bicycle and some journeys taking two or three days. O’Hehir’s commentaries had huge audiences in the forties & fifties; with batteries of old style radios being charged for the following Sunday’s game. Broadcasts of big games were relayed to foreign outposts via Radio Brazzaville with Micheál’s distinctive voice saying: “Welcome to Croke Park wherever you may be”. One of the broadcaster’s most memorable commentaries was of the 1947 All Ireland football final in which Cavan defeated Kerry at the Polo Grounds, New York. There was a dramatic conclusion to the broadcast with O’Hehir, noticing that play was running behind schedule, gave the “give me five more minutes” plea. The transatlantic link remained, and listeners in Ireland heard that Cavan won by 2-11 to 2-7. Micheál O’Hehir was very popular with those he met during long involvement with the media, but it was suggested that he wasn’t ‘one of the lads’ – while many of his associates enjoyed consuming alcohol, he preferred ‘soft drinks’. He commentated on horse racing in Ireland, England and America. He also spearheaded the TV coverage of US President, John F Kennedy’s visit to Ireland, and the following November, he was called to report on the funeral following the assassination in Dallas. In 1985, Micheál was looking forward to commentating on his hundredth All-Ireland hurling final between Offaly & Galway. However, shortly before the game, he suffered a stroke which effectively ended his career. His speech was affected and he was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  Following the passing of Micheál O’Hehir on 24th Nov 1996, The Times of London stated. ‘He was a teetotaller and always sported on his jacket a pin of a Roman Catholic temperance organization called the Pioneers. He treasured the old certainties of the religion in which he was brought up”


After 2 years of Covid restrictions it is with pleasure that we resume our usual pilgrimage season in Our Lady’s Island.

The opening ceremony with Mass and Procession will be at 3pm on Monday 15th August and concludes on Thursday 8th September with Candlelight Procession. Each weekday we have Mass at 3pm & 8pm with several speakers and musicians invited to take part.  Many parishes & organizations come for their own special pilgrimage and we warmly welcome you. We invite you to request an application form from Ann Carthy, Our Lady’s Island & return it before end of June. Her number is 087-6464198

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