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19th June, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 18th & Sun 19th June 2022 

Volume 22. Number 24



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Monday last were: 7 – 10 – 25 – 27. There was no Jackpot winner and no match three winners.  The following were Lucky Dip winners and each received €50.

Liam Stafford, Oldcourt; Catherine Maher, C/0 A & M Hardware; Danny Lenihan, Tramore & Anna Rochford, Oldcourt. The next draw takes place in the Community Centre on Monday 27th June for a Jackpot of €14,000.

It certainly would be a wonderful amount of money to win, do buy a ticket and be in with a chance.


Adamstown GAA Tiny Tiggers (3-5 yrs), will be returning for a 6-week block starting Saturday 25th June 10.00am – 10.45am.  You can send your child’s full name, D.O.B., if he/she is going to attend this year to Mairead at

 087 9487852

Congratulations to Adamstown U-13 Boys Rounders team whom were crowned County Champions on Monday last.

Well done everyone.

Well done also to our U-13 footballers who defeated Starlights in a titanic battle at Bellefield on Tuesday evening, both teams showed massive skills – lots of talent coming through for both teams. Final score Adamstown 3-11

(3 -09 from play) Starlights 4 -06. Congratulations to all the boys and their dedicated coaches.


Takes place next Sunday 26th June.

Registration from 11.30am – 12.3pm

€20 per Vehicle – includes Dinner and Dessert.

Proceeds in aid of Coláiste Abbáin Walking Track in Association with Shamrock Vintage Club & Colaiste Abbáin Parents’ Association. Your support would be very much appreciated.


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.  Thank you for your support.


A childminder required to take care of a 9 – month old girl from September in child’s own home. Weekdays. Raheen area. Non-smoker. Please call or text  087 – 2822644.


Adamstown ICA held their monthly meeting on Wed 8th June in the Community Centre. President Ann Stafford welcomed everyone & after the prayer & singing of My Land, the meeting proceeded. Ann thanked the ladies who participated in ICA’s Got Talent. She said it takes courage to put yourself out there in front of what was a packed Camross Hall, especially as our National President, Hilda Roche and her sister were present. Our team did us proud and are all winners in our eyes. Up for discussion was the Special Occasion’s Competition due to take place in Bree Hall on Wednesday next 22nd June at 6pm. Non ICA members are very welcome to come along and see what our ladies from all over the County are capable of producing. Entertainment from ICA members will follow. Refreshments available. Salad Tea & confectionery €7.00. Tea & confectionery only €3.00. A great evening assured.

Our Guild outing to Kilkenny on Wednesday 13th July also discussed. A few seats available on bus to non-members, more details to follow soon. Join our ICA Guild for fun & friendship; you can come along to any of our meetings as a guest to get more information. Meetings advertised in Parish

Newsletter & Adamstown Notes in local paper..


Wexford Federation ICA have four vacancies for trip to a Matinee performance of Riverdance the Musical in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, at 3pm on Saturday week June 25th  (so won’t be out too late) Trip includes, visit to Avoca & three course dinner in Glenview Hotel on return journey.

Contact Sheelagh at 087 9856504 for further details. 

SUMMER SOLSTICE 21st – 23rd June

(Celebrating Irish Festivals – Ruth Marshall)

Summer solstice, 21st June, is the longest day of the year.

The sun appears to stand still (solstice means ‘sun stand’), rising at the same point for three days in a row. The sun is at its zenith at this time, but from now onwards the wheel of the year slowly turns towards the dark again.


A warm welcome is extended to Mrs. Ingrid Dalton who is a guest of David & Eleanor Power, Raheenduff. Ingrid and her late husband James resided for many happy years in Raheenduff, before returning to the USA.

We hope that Ingrid enjoys her stay and that James may rest in peace.


The death occurred on Tuesday 14th June of Bridget (Bid) Levingstone (née Nugent) “Tara”, Rathnure to her husband David, sons and daughter, sisters and brother, the Nugent and Martin families our deepest sympathy. Bid’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anne’s Church, Rathnure on Friday last followed by burial in Killanne Churchyard. May she rest in peace.



Sat 18th – Willie Whitty, Oldcourt (A)

Sun 19th – People of the Parish

Sat 25th – Mary Thorpe, Newtown  (A)
Sun 26th – People of the Parish

Pray for Paddy McGrath, Ilford, England (A)

Pray for Rev  Patrick Canon O’Brien, Former P.P. Kilanerin and  former President of St. Peter’s College who has died.

May they rest in peace.


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

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

Sat 2nd July – T. J. McDonald.  Sun 3rd – Nessa Cloney

Feast Days this week

Monday 20th – The Irish Martyrs.

Thursday 23rd – Birth of John the Baptist

Sat 25th – Immaculate Heart of Mary

Friday 24th – Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(Fr. Vincent Sherlock – Messenger Magazine)

My mind wandered to a lovely version I once heard of

‘The Homes of Donegal’. It’s a beautiful song and so many sing it and sing it so well. No many include these lines though, and I think they’re powerful:

I’d love to sit and talk with you

and while away the night;

the picture on the wall up there,

our Saviour with a light.

The hope of wandering sheep like me

the Lord of rise and fall,

there’s a touch of Heavenly Love

around the homes of Donegal.


Many thanks to all those who contributed to St. Abban’s weekly envelope collection for the last year. We remember all our generous contributors who passed away during the past year, may they rest in peace.

Envelopes for the year 2022-2023 will be distributed during the coming week. Your generosity is very much appreciated.


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.

Entries close: Thursday 23rd June

Horse entries: Abi Kent, Adamstown Stud – 087 9154730


Pony Classes: Patrice Byrne: 087-6166926 after 6pm

Email: as above.

Sheep: Gavin Rothwell, Adamstown House: 087 2035784


Home Produce/Craft/Flowers & Veg, Art/Photography

Mary Mernagh, Horetown: 087 6320174


Dog Entries – On Field.   Show Jumping – On Field.

Judging commences at 10.00am sharp.


The new rota for Church & Altars Decoration was drawn up at Mass on Friday morning last, and is as follows:

July – Tomgarrow,

August – Raheenduff,

September – Oldcourt

October – Coonogue

November – Misterin

December – Knockreigh


January – Ballyvergin / Glenour

February – Newtown / The Leap

March – Doononey / Rathkyle

April – Brocurra

May – Kellystown

June – Adamstown.

A sincere thanks to all the ladies who look after the Church and Altars with such dedication and care, it is regularly spoken about by visitors to St. Abban’s Church.


After two 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.

It is customary for many parishes and organizations to come for their own special pilgrimage, be that afternoon or evening. To do so provides a wonderful opportunity for people to bond and reclaim a sense of being community, especially after the isolation and declining Church practice of the past few years. The feed back from such gatherings has always been positive and that it provided a welcome injection of faith and new life.

We warmly welcome such gatherings to resume again this year and in order to co-ordinate events, we would invite you to request an application form from Ann Carthy, Our Lady’s Island, and return it before the end of June. Her number is 087 6464198. (Fr. Jim Cogley P.P. Director of Pilgrimage)


Wishing all fathers a Happy Father’s Day

‘A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow’ (Author unknown)


The whole community was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Paddy Bradley, Coonogue at Wexford Hospital on Thursday evening last. Paddy had been ill for some time.

To his wife Dympna, children Bartley, Patricia and Philip, parents Johnny and Bridget grandson Jack, brothers Tom, John, Tony, Martin, Noel, sisters Connie, Ann, Bridget,

Pauline, Helen, Bernie, and the late Mary and Joe, extended family, neighbours and friends our sincere sympathy.

Paddy’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban’s Church on Sunday 18th June followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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