May 24th 2020

WE NEED EACH OTHER TO SURVIVE
Brent geese fly in formation like the letter 'V' to shield each other from the force of the wind. The lead duck is replaced at regular intervals since no duck on its own would make the Artic journey. It needs the flock.
(Pioneer Magazine)
 
THANK YOU ALL
Fr. Robert would like to thank you for the many expressions of prayer, kindness and generosity since the outbreak of the Covid 19 epidemic. A number of these gestures were anonymous, but to one and all, be assured of my appreciation and gratitude. Each evening I celebrate the Holy Mass for your intentions and well being, spiritual and temporal. The Church remains open daily for prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Each evening the many candles lighting in the Church are evidence of the numbers visiting. We look forward to coming together at the earliest opportunity to celebrate the Holy Mass again. In the meantime please ensure that your daily routine includes a time for prayer together as a family. The family Rosary is a simple prayer which many may not be familiar with but can be learned very quickly and will become the most eagerly looked forward time spent together during the day!
As Fr. Patrick Peyton the Rosary Priest said "The family that pray together stays together"
 
THE SACRED HEART (Fr Vincent Sherlock)
Fr. Sherlock, parish priest of Kilmovee, Co. Mayo remembers the following:
Someone phoned the local radio station looking for listeners' help with this question - friends had moved into a new house and wondering 'what should I get them' The response was swift, One4All voucher, wine, home goods store voucher, help painting the house, cash, and lots more. Just before the programme finished a caller suggested that the ideal gift would be a picture of the Sacred Heart. ' A caller, was as much as they got by way of identification. I thought the caller had courage to suggest this. My mind wandered back to a lovely version of 'The Homes of Donegal'. It's a beautiful song and so many sing it. Not 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.
It is a picture that speaks of presence, protection, love and connection.
O, Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place our trust in thee.
(Messenger Magazine June 2020)
 
COLAISTE ABBAIN -
A Tribute to our sixth year students 2020
John Nolan - Principal 14th May 2020
We are all saddened by your leaving; your voice had a strong presence in school that will be missed. Even with Covid 19 affecting you all, it just shows how strong a year group you all are. May this stand to you in your future. We wish you the best in your future endeavours and we all strongly believe that all of you will succeed in your chosen fields of employment and you are all sure to fly through further education. Best wishes from all students in Coláiste Abbáin.
Lorraine Simmonds - Deputy Principal:
To our Covid 19 sixth year students, you will be forever remembered for the challenge you have overcome this academic year. It has been a pleasure to work with you all.
We wish you all the very best for the future. Happy farewell, dear students, may you all be successful and happy in life.
Fr Nolan P.P. - School Chaplin.-
Today our thoughts and prayers are with all the students in the Leaving Cert class in Coláiste Abbain. I stand beneath the cross of St. Abban, Patron of our school, Senan Lillis, a former principal of our school; an authority in these matters, said there has been a school here at the cross in
Adamstown since the 7th century. All the great universities of Europe owe their origins to the Christian ethos.
Today as we face an uncertain future, we unite with Jesus, who gave his life on the cross that we might have life and have it in abundance. I pray that He may be for you today,
the way, the truth and the life. I pray that He may keep you under the shadow of his wings and the apple of his eye.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen
A few words from Leaving Cert students: Be yourself
"The world would like to change you,
There are pressures all around,
You must decide just who you are,
Then firmly hold your ground.
You have a vision of yourself,
An ideal sense of you,
And to that vision, you must always struggle to be true.
You know what you're good at and you know where your talents lie
But if you are ruled by others,
Your uniqueness could pass by.
Remember there is much to learn and all these things are good,
Wisdom lies in what you've learned and what you've understood.
So be yourself and don't allow the world to take control
Preserving your identity is life's most precious goal."
 
Wishing all our 2020 Leaving Certificate students the very best for the future and they will always be remembered in the annals of history.
 
COVID 19 - Bringing the Sacrament of the sick to patients
Fr. Seán Maher, priest in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin in a recent homily told the following:
'Naas Hospital flashes up on the phone, and you know that this means some more Covid 19 patients need to be anointed. You change quickly and head off, check in at desk, put the oils into a small cup because nothing can come back. Three small cotton buds will be used for the anointing. Then you stand for a moment at the bottom of the stairs and it becomes frighteningly real as you realise where you are going. A strange fear takes over at the pit of your stomach. And you say a quick prayer to Our Lady and St. Thérése - please don't let me get infected today. The door opens into the covid ward and you walk in. And what do you find there - there where Christ's side is wounded in the world today/
A young doctor comes up - a gentle young man, he puts on PPE. The Indian nurse helps you with great kindness to put on PPE, The mask is difficult to breathe in and the nurse just says: "You'll be ok Father, you'll get used to it after a while"
And then says "thanks for coming, because where we cannot bring healing, you can bring peace and hope"
One of the patients is silent, there's nobody else there, his eyes are already swelling over and he can't respond. Another breathes heavily, makes the sign of the cross, and at the very end musters up the courage and the strength to say: "Thank you". The third is a little bit more lively. As soon as you go in and say, I'm Fr. Seán, I'm here to say a few prayers" - "Oh, am I in trouble? A little bit of banter that takes away something of the sadness of the moment. "No, you're not in trouble. I'm here to bring you peace. Where are you from? "Kilkenny", Oh, I'm from Cork". Well, we all have our crosses to bear." And then comes the moment when you walk back out again. Was there Resurrection here? Yes, there was. Did you put your hands into the wounded side of Christ here? Yes, I did. Did these words mean anything? Yes, they did. The pulse of the Resurrection must be felt there. These words have never meant more because to walk with the Risen Christ now is to walk with him into those places that St. Thomas knows well, into doubts of woundedness and there bring peace.
(Irish Catholic - Fr Seán is a nephew of Mary Doyle, Glenour.)
Let us remember in our prayers all those who minister to the sick and dying in hospitals and nursing homes at this time.
 
WINNERS ALL
On 16th February 1946, a horse named 'Cool Customer'
running in the Leopardstown Chase changed the lives of two Adamstown men - Seán Cullen and John Lane.
They drew the horse in the Irish Sweepstakes draw and sold a half share of the ticket to the owner of 'Cool Customer'
A. W. Riddle Martin for the sum of £800, which was a small fortune in 1946. When the horse won at huge odds, Seán and John increased their winnings by £6250 each, Seán Cullen was aged 16 years at the time and John Lane was employed by the Cullen family.
(Ian Cullen))
 
 
A BIT OF HISTORY - ADAMSTOWN - AREA OF
Acres Roods Perches
Adamstown 1075 1 31
Kellystown 920 3 25
Oldcourt 718 3 12
Doononey 684 1 39
Raheenduff 642 2 26
Tomgarrow 572 2 26
Misterin 555 1 20
Ballyvergin 549 3 03
Brocorrow 505 0 21
Rathkyle 476 2 15
Coonogue 468 0 28
Rathsillagh 466 3 11
Coolnagree 396 2 10
Newtown 345 1 23
Glenour 274 0 01
Total 8653 0 11
(Pat Delaney)
PLACE NAMES & WHAT THEY MEAN
Adamstown (Maigh Arnaí) the "plain of the berries"
Coonogue (Cuan óg) the "little sheltered spot"
Brocorrow (Bruiac Chorrrach) the "marsh bank"
Oldcourt (Sean Chuirt) the "old manor house or court
Misterin (an obscure meaning (Norman
Tomgarrow (Tuaim Gargh) the "rugged mound"
Rathsilla (Rath Silleach) the "ringfort of the willows/muddy farm)
Ballyvergin (Baile Uí Aimhirgín) the "O Bergin's house"
Raheenduff (Raithín Dubh) the "the little black ring"
Kellystown (Baile Uí Cheallaigh) the "old woman's home"
Doononey (Dún / aithne) the "Oonan's / aithne Fort"
Coolnagree (Cúil na Graí) the "Horses' corner"
Rathkyle (Rath Coill) the "ringfort of the wood"
Glenour (Gleann Odhar) the "grey valley / valley of the slaughter"
Newtown (Baile Nua) the "newly built settlement"
(Taken from The Echo Newspaper 29th March 2006)
 
RECENT DEATHS
The death occurred on Wed 20th May of Mary O'Reilly, 68 Moran Park, Enniscorthy and formerly Tomgarrow, Adamstown. Our deepest sympathy to all her family.
A private family funeral took place on Saturday 23rd.
May she rest in peace.
The death also occurred on Tuesday 19th May of Laurence Cowman, Rathfardon, Clonroche, brother of the late Bridie Wickham, Tomgarrow. To his sister in law Mary Flood and family Oldcourt, the Wickham family our sincere sympathy.
A private family funeral took place on Thursday 21st May.
May he rest in peace.
THE GOLDEN HAIL MARY (Ireland's Eye)
One fervent Hail Mary with love and thought said,
Is better than volumes of prayers poorly read,
If time and one's duties prevent a long prayer,
Just say one Hail Mary with fervour and care.
The "Golden Hail Mary" which from the heart springs,
The greatest of blessings from Mary it brings.
And we never will know till before Mary's throne,
How that daily Hail Mary brought us to her home.