May 14th 2017

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 12th May at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 12th will be: Gillian O’Neill, Edel Doyle, Ann Marie O’Shea & Geraldine O’Shea. On Fri 19th will be: Breda Bradley, Geraldine Bradley, Kay McCabe & Angela Harrington. On Fri 26th will be: Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Christine Mackey, Ann O’Brien & Eileen Moran. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 29th April were: Betty O’Shea, John Nolan, Patsy Byrne, Seamus Joyce, Matt O’Neill & John Hanley.
All the card players wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the wife and sons of the late Pat Ryan, St Mullins who died last week. Pat had been a regular card player in Adamstown up to just three weeks ago. His funeral Mass took place in St Mullins on Sunday last. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
 
SPLIT THE POT
The lucky winner in the split the pot draw on Wednesday 3rd May was Richard Whelan, Kellystown a pupil in Adamstown N.S. Richards’s envelope was sold in the school and he received €126, Jack Carty was the €10 winner for entries sold in the school. The next draw is on Tuesday 16th May.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Children from 2nd Class in Adamstown National School will receive their First Holy Communion on this Saturday 13th May in St Abban’s Church at 11am. Please remember the children and their parents in your prayers.
 
ALZHEIMERS TEA DAY
Ellie Walsh & family, Tomgarrow will host an ‘Alzheimer’s Tea Day’ on Saturday 20th May from 2 - 5pm at their home. Hand knitted exhibition ‘Dinosaurs & Friends’. Your support is much appreciated. All monies collected in Wexford stays in Wexford.
 
MEETING FOR GOLDEN JUBILEE ARRANGEMENTS
There will be a meeting in the Community Centre this Thursday night 11th May at 8pm to make arrangements for reception following Mass for Fr Nolan’s Golden Jubilee on Friday 26th May. Refreshments – sandwiches, cakes etc, will be much appreciated, also help with setting up the room in Coláiste Abbain, if you are unable to attend and would like to be involved please contact any member of the Parish Committee. Thank you.
 
RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME
Farmers interested in earning an additional €210-50 per week through working in their local community are invited to call Fiona in Wexford Local Development for more info on the Rural Social Scheme. Those interested please call 053 9155800 or 087 0572951 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB NEWS
Well done to all the athletes that competed in Day 1 of the South Leinster Schools T& F. Results from Day 1; Cormac Byrne 1st in the minor boys javelin, Rachel Power 1st in the junior girls discus, Aoibhinn Crean 3rd in the junior girls walk and Triona Mooney 1st in the senior girls walk. Best of luck to all the athletes that will compete in Day 2 of the South Leinster Schools T& F and Day 1 of the County T& F Championships on Sunday May 7th. Joe Mooney competed in the UK 10k race walking National Championships in Coventry last weekend and finished 3rd, well done to Joe, what a great performance.
 
COUNCIL INTRODUCING AWARDS FOR ESTATES
The County Council is introducing a Local Authority Housing Estate Award Scheme to recognise and reward the voluntary hard work and dedication of residents in the upkeep of council estates throughout County Wexford. Housing estates taking part in the scheme will be assessed using the following criteria: Litter management initiatives, Absence of graffiti, illegal dumping, abandoned cars, planting initiatives-flowers, shrubs, hanging baskets, treatment of communal areas such as open spaces and grass margins. The County Hall will carry out the judging process during the summer months and the results will be announced at Wexford’s County Council’s annual Residents Day, which will be held on Tuesday 31st October. Winning entries will receive vouchers for local garden centres which can be used by the residents to further enhance their estate. Prize categories – the best-kept estate in each Municipal District area, the best estate feature in each Municipal District area and the best-kept Local Authority Housing Estate in the county. Applications can be made on line at www.wexford.ie/wex/departments/housing/. Applications forms can also be obtained from County Hall and from each of the municipal district offices. The closing date is Wednesday 31st May.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Friday 5th May were: 2 – 4 – 21 – 26. There was no Jackpot winner and just 1 match three player – Cian Murphy, 11 Hollywalk. Next draw on Friday 19th May in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €13,000. Thanks for supporting your local GAA, Soccer Clubs & Parish Committee.
 
ROSARY AT KNOCKREIGH GROTTO
The Rosary will be recited at the Knockreigh Grotto at 8pm Monday – Friday for the month of May, all welcome to join in.
 
WORDS OF WISDOM (Henry Ford)
Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 6th May – Breda O’Brien, Templeshelin (A)
Sun 7th – Peg, Joe Kelly & deceased members of the Kirwan family, Coonogue (A)
Sat 13th – Patsy O’Connor, Newtown (A)
May they rest in peace
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mon-Fri each week night.
Prayer group meet up every Sunday night from 7pm-8pm and all welcome
St. Anthony’s Tuesday night Mass will resume on Tuesday 16th May at 7.30pm.
Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima – Saturday 13th May
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 6th May – Ulick Stafford Sun 7th – Betty O’Shea
Sat 13th – T.J McDonald Sun 21st – Callie Doyle
Sat 20th – Anthony McGee Sun 21st – Sheelagh Delaney
Sat 27th – Frances Gallagher Sun 28th – Geraldine Ridgeway
 
SERVERS
Sun 30th – Katie, Niamh, Grainne English, Laura O’Gorman
Sat 6th - Aidan Whelan, Laurence Power
Sun 7th – Karolina Jaglarz, Tosia Swierczynska, Clodagh & Watt Crean
Sat 13th – Joshua Power, Daniel O’Gorman
Sun 14th – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard & Joe Whelan
Sat 20th – Oscar MacGabhann, Roisin Nic Gabhainn, Leah Sinnott
Sun 21st – Ciara Mooney, Jack Carty, Cillin Duggan, Roisin Colfer, Faye Hynes
 
MAY DAY CUSTOMS (Clodagh Doyle, Irish Folklife)
May Day in Ireland was a festival to welcome the summer and to protect the family and livelihood of the farm from supernatural forces. May Day is one of the quarterly days in the traditional Irish calendar. Each of these quarterly days indicates the start of a new season. Spring is marked by 1st Feb (St. Brigid’s Day) autumn by 1st Aug (Lúnasa) and winter by 1st Nov (Samhain) The May Bush was a decorated bush, which in rural areas was left outside the house, in towns it was erected in a communal place. The bush was associated with the luck of the house or community. The custom of erecting a May bush still survives as an individual household tradition. It is nice to still see some May bushes in our area, one local family have put up the May bush every year since 1957.
Traditional quotes:
A wet May and a dry June makes the farmer whistle a tune’
A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay’
A wet and windy May fills the barns with corn and hay’
 
Never cast a clout until May is out’ an expression warning of not shedding too many winter layers until the end of May.
 
 
 
ADAMSTOWN OR MAGHERANEVIN
A brief history of Adamstown Parish
The name Adamstown was first given to the village in 1418 after Adam Devereux built a castle there. Before that, the place was called Magheranevin which means ‘The Plain of the Berries or Plain of Prayer’ and even up to the 1600’s Magheranevin remained as the ecclesiastical name of what we now call Adamstown. Some past scribes have claimed that the word Adamstown is a corruption of ‘Abbanstown’ called after St Abban who lived around the area in the late 1500’s and early 1600’s but Grattan Flood in his history of Ferns Diocese has described those claims as fanciful. Under the Anglo-Norman regime ‘Magheranevin was acquired by the Marshall family and in 1233 in the chapter of Richard Marshall, Earl of Pembroke the place is called ‘Magherneyuin’ and subsequently Muirnevin. The Gaelic name of Adamstown at the present time is Magh Arnai. The ecclesiastical importance of the place in the past can be gauged from the fact that it formed part of the corps of the archdeaconry of the Diocese of Ferns. Adamstown Castle, first built by Adam Devereux, was rebuilt by Sir Nicholas Devereux and his wife Katherine in 1556. This can be testified by a sculptured heraldic slab, which is in the procession of the Rothwell Family. There was also a Latin inscription on a shield over the entrance to the castle, which had the armorial bearings of the Devereux clan. In the ancient burial grounds of Adamstown there is a Roman Cross which is said to mark the last resting place of St Abban who died on 27th October 1630. He built a monastery near New Ross around 1620 and is also reputed to have founded a famous Celtic monastery near Camross. Up to 1850 Adamstown was united with Horetown, Kilgarvan, Clongeen, Little Cullenstown, Faree and Assagart under the district or union of Newbawn and churches in the parish included Adamstown, Newbawn, Raheen and Little Cullenstown. Bishop Murphy formed a new parish of Clongeen in 1850 and annexed to it the chapel and townlands of Little Cullenstown, Assagart, Horetown, Little Faree, and part of Newcastle, which formerly belonged to Adamstown. Rev. Patrick Ryan was P.P of Adamstown from 1835 to 1850 and he was responsible for the building of the Church at Adamstown and the Presbytery at Newbawn around 1840. He died on September 19th 1850 and is interred in Adamstown Church. Chapels formerly existed at Templeshelin which was dedicated to ‘The Holy Cross’ and at Templenacroha which was dedicated to ‘St Sillan’. Doononey was once an important parish. No trace of the old Church there remains but it was sited near the moat.
 
A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
There’s a reason
For every pain that we must bear, for every burden, every care, there’s a reason.
For every grief that bows the head, for every teardrop that is shed, there’s a reason
For every hurt, for every plight, for every lonely pain-racked night, there’s a reason
But if we trust God as we should, it all will work out for our good, he knows the reason
..We know that for those who love God all things work together unto good…. (Romans VIII 28)