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12th June, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 11th &Sun 12th June 2022  

Volume 22.  Number 23



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Monday night 13th June in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €13,800. Do buy a ticket and give yourself a chance of winning this big Jackpot. Please leave your tickets in Cullen’s Gala by 8pm on draw night.


Community Games:

Congratulations to the U-13 Boys Rounders team who defeated Cushinstown to gain themselves a place in the semi-finals. Well done lads.

Ladies Football:

Well done to Ellen & Cathy O’Brien who were part of the Wexford team who secured their quarter final place in the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Intermediate championship by defeating Wicklow by 1-12 to 0-11 in Baltinglass on Sunday last.

Schools’ Athletics:

Well done to Adamstown Athletic Club members who competed in the Tullamore on Saturday last in the Irish Life Health All-Ireland schools track and field championships.

Will Fortune won a Silver medal in the U-12 shot put

 (7.65 metres) and his club mate Bobby O’Shea was fourth in the same event.  Pippa Fortune was 7th in heat 1 of the U-11 60m & Lily O’Callaghan was 7th in heat 7.

Well done all, stars of the future.


Very best of luck to Eva O’Gorman, Kellystown who represents Wexford Ladies U-14 soccer this week at The Gaynor Cup in Limerick. A massive achievement for this talented young lady whom is also an extremely proficient footballer. A rising star on all fronts and we hope she has a very enjoyable tournament. Eva plays mid-field and is a student at St. Mary’s, New Ross.

Adamstown Rounders are taking part in the U-15’s National Féile, taking place in the GAA Centre of Excellence in Ferns on Sunday 26th June. Wishing them the best of luck.


The death occurred on Sunday 5th June of Rory Michael Desmond Stafford, 6 Tower Court, Westgate, Wexford and formerly Ballyhurst, Taghmon. We extend our deepest sympathy to his brother Ulick and family, Newtown, Adamstown also to his parents, brothers and sisters, extended family and friends. His funeral Mass was celebrated on Wed 8th June in the Church of the Assumption, Bride St,. Wexford followed by burial in St. Ibar’s Cemetery, Crosstown. May his rest in peace.


Coláiste Abbáin’s Awards Ceremony took place on 26th May 2022 in the Collage. The following local children received awards, well done everyone.

Academic Awards:  1st Year: Nicole Komsa – History

Amelia Swierczynska – German.

Class Tutor Award – Sinead Duffy.

2nd Year: Luke Siggins – Maths.  

 Luke Cullen – Graphics, Maths.

3rd Year: Faye Hynes – Geography,Irish 

Megan Martin – English.  Tosia Swierczynska – English, German, Music.   Class Tutor Award: – Tosia Swierczynska.

Student Council: – Cara Whelan, Sarah Carley, Faye Hynes & Megan Martin.

Adamstown Historical Society Historian of the Year –

Faye Hynes.

Junior Cycle Student of the Year: Tosia Swierczynska.

5th YearOscar MacGabhann – English.

Tomás Hynes – Information Technology

Student Council & Meitheal Leader – Ciara Smith.

Leaving Cert Applied Academic Awards: Joshua Power – Leisure & Recreation including Physical Education.

6th Year: Maria Siggins – Art, Agricultural Science

Tiernan Delaney – English, Leaving Cert PE

Golden Paintbrush Award – Art Student of the Year –

Maria Siggins.

Excellence Attendance: Leah Sinnott, Donny McDonald, Alannah Staunton.

South Leinster Football Champions:

Philip Wickham, Donny McDonald, Oscar MacGabhann,

Jack Egan. 

LGFA Player of the Year – Megan Martin

Senior Sports Person of the Year – Karolina Jaglarz.


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.


Mass of Gathering for the 52nd Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this Wednesday 15th June at 8pm in

St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy. Chief Celebrant will be Most Rev Ger Nash, Bishop of Ferns. All welcome to attend.



Sat 11th – Bena Barron, The Leap (A)

Also         Maura Kelly,Tomgarrow (A)

Sun 12th – People of the Parish

Sat 18th – Willie Whitty, Ballagh (A)

Sun 19th – People of the Parish.

May they rest in peace.


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

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

Sun 26th – T. J. McDonald   Sun 27th – Nessa Cloney

Feast Day this week: Mon 13th – St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony’s fame for doing good and working miracles became so great that not only in Padua and Lisbon every day throughout the year hundreds visit his shrines all over the world. Thousands pray to St. Anthony to ask his help. Every Tuesday morning the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered at his altar in most Franciscan churches. Pope Leo X111 conferred on him the title of “The Saint of the Whole World.

Sunday next 19th June is the Feast of Corpus Christi.

A procession will take place following 10.30am Mass

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on Friday 24th June 2022. The Sacred Heart Novena takes place from Thursday 16th June to Friday 24th June.

Novena leaflets are available in the Church porch.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday

From 10.00am – 3.00pm.


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) is one of the largest charitable organizations in Ireland. SVP members are volunteers who provide practical help and support to people who are struggling to manage for whatever reason.

These volunteers form part of local SVP Conferences which aim to meet the needs of local communities. In 2017, a local SVP Conference called the Sacred Heart Conference was established to provide support where possible to people in the Raheen, Newbawn and Adamstown areas.

If you need help or support, you may contact the local Conference, telephone on 087-9032375 or through the SVP website by visiting help-online.aspx

A member of the local Conference will then contact you to discuss the help you need. Following consideration of your request and the resources available the SVP member will reply to your request as soon as possible. All SVP requests are confidential; this means that any information given by the person seeking help will not be shared outside the SVP Conference without your permission.

The Sacred Heart SVP Conference continues to provide help and support were needed, thanks to donations received and the support of the local community, for our annual collection. If you are struggling to manage, the Sacred Heart Conference is here to listen and help.

THE ANGELUS BELL (St. Martin’s Magazine 2004)

The Angelus prayer had its beginnings sometime during the Middle Ages, but cannot be pinpointed exactly. The present day Angelus would seem to have been formulated around the first half of the 16th century. From the beginning the triple stroke of the bells repeated three times seems to have been the custom, with a pause between each group of three to allow the recitation of a ‘Hail Mary’. The bells were rung to remind people that it was time to honour Mary the Mother of God. A bequest to a church in Oxfordshire in 1512 mentions the thrice – daily Angelus. The bequest was made on the condition that the bell was tolled ‘at six o’clock in the morning, at twelve o’clock at noon and at four o’clock in the afternoon. At some time the four o’clock in the afternoon became 6 pm. Some would say that the triple stroke of the bell followed by nine strokes was a measure of time for the people to pray the Angelus. The distinctive ringing of the Angelus also enables it to be distinguished from the Mass bells and the bells rung as a funeral procession proceeds to or from the church.

THE LIFE OF AN OLD POUND NOTE. (Given by a parishioner)

(By Mary T. Collins – Ireland’s Own 2004)

I was born, so to speak, in the Central Bank and though I was one of many thousands, I was unique because I had a special number which distinguished me from the rest of my companions. I had a rather attractive appearance, with Lady Lavery on one side and The Ploughman on the other. I was dispatched rather quickly to one of the various banks around Dublin and there I sat waiting for my new owner. She was a middle-aged lady who remarked on my beauty, which straight away endeared her to me. She, however, parted with me very quickly, which disappointed me, as I had a rather nice resting place in her designer bag. I now found myself in a cash drawer in Brown Thomas’s Store in Dublin, with a motley crowd of notes, but I was still unique and still in a pristine condition. Later in the day I was given out in change to a young man in exchange for a rather jazzy scarf. He was on his way to meet his girlfriend and I think he hoped the scarf would make a good impression – it did!

I was NOW pushed across the counter in exchange for a

G. & T. The drawer in which I now found myself was rather a comedown. My fellow notes were rather a tatty crowd and told stories of having been at the races. They were, however, good company and entertained me with funny yarns about their former owners, which made a pleasant change from a rather dull life so far. That evening we were all shifted to the bank and I for one enjoyed the overnight stay and rest which I badly needed. After that I did various jaunts around the city, nothing very interesting but alas, I finished up in the pocket of a very drunk man who dropped me out of his pocket as he shambled along – and there I was, wet and dirty in the gutter. What a sad end after a wonderful beginning. The wind blew me along and I got stuck in someone’s shoe. It was a young woman with a baby in her arms. She looked down and saw me and picked me up lovingly, and carefully dried me on her coat, and her eyes shone brightly through the tears as she looked at the sky and thanked God. Now she had food for herself and the baby. As for me, was there a better way to go out of circulation?

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