July 9th 2017

The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 14th July at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 14th will be: Mary Jackman, Eleanor Power & Ann Jackman. On Fri 21st will be: Ann Foley, Margo O’Reilly, Mary Power & Dympna Bradley. On Fri 28th will be: Brigid Boland, Edel English & Fiona Power. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 30th June were: Bridie Dillon, Chris Byrne, Bess Wickham, Joe Deacon, Sean Cullen & John Nolan.
The card players extend their deepest sympathy to Matty Reville on the death of his sister Mrs Molly Murphy, Clongeen, whose funeral Mass took place in Clongeen on Monday 3rd July. May she rest in peace.
A presentation was made to two long-standing members of Adamstown Show at a function in the Community Centre recently. They were Kay McCabe, Ballyvergin, who served as Hon. Secretary for over 20 yrs. and Eddie Roche from Blackhall, who served as Joint Treasurer for 30 years. The presentation to both was made by Chairman, James Stephenson who thanked and praised Kay and Eddie for all their hard work over the years of Adamstown Show.
Successful Show
The 70th Annual Adamstown Show was held last Saturday in the very same field as the 1st Show – the lovely picturesque ‘Church Meadow’. There was a good turnout, a lot of exhibiters, and ideal weather conditions, which made a very successful show day. The Show Committee wish to thank the landowners, the sponsors and exhibitors, Coláiste Abbain, the workers and all who attended. Watch out for the results and photos in your local paper.
It was lovely to see the Catalogue of the First Show in Adamstown on Thursday July 24th 1947. Organised by Adamstown Young Farmers Club with events of Horses & Jumping, Horticulture, Poultry and Dairy produce, Cookers, Jams, Home crafts. Finishing off the day was the ‘Grand Show Dance’ at the Barracks, with David Moynihan’s Band, Dancing 10pm – 4am, Admission €4, supper extra.
The July Dance will take place in St Abban’s Hall this Saturday 15th July. Music by T.Bone Country. Come along for a great night’s music and dancing from 9.30pm. Teas served. Please support, proceeds going to Adamstown Community Centre.
Bank of Ireland has been in Taghmon village since 1925. From 1st August customers can no longer lodge or withdraw cash from the cashier and all coin transactions will have to be dealt with in the larger branches. These seemingly small changes will make life difficult for the many businesses in the locality. Many people from the Adamstown area have used the Taghmon branch for many years. If you would like to join the petition to fight these changes, you can sign the petition in TAG, Alice Brady’s, Eurospar or the Post Office.
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 14th July in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €13,000. It’s still there to be won – well worth a €2 ticket!
Our condolences to Susan, Paddy O’Shea and family Fairfields, Adamstown on the death of Susan’s grannie Mary Ellen (Molly) Murphy nee Reville, Clongeen, Foulksmills who died Saturday July 1st in Wexford General Hospital. Sadly missed by her daughter Maria Stafford and her 12 sons, daughter in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, her extended family, relatives, friends, and neighbours. Molly will be missed by all who knew her, but most of all by her family. Her funeral mass took place in Clongeen Church on Monday 3rd July followed by burial afterwards in Ballylannan Cemetery. May her kind soul rest in peace.
Our Annual Summer Outing will take place on Wednesday July 19th. This year we will visit Castletown House in Celbridge, Co. Kildare.
Castletown House is a Palladian Country House built in 1722 for William Connolly, the speaker of the Irish House of Commons. It formed the centrepiece of a 550 acre estate. It was taken over by the O.P.D. and is now open to the public nearly all year round. On visiting the House we will have an opportunity to see The Grace Kelly Museum, Barkley Joy Exhibition and Lady Kildare’s Room comprising of fine eighteenth century women’s court gowns. From there we will visit Newbridge Silverware and some retail therapy in The Whitewater Shopping Centre. At that stage we should have a good appetite built up to enjoy a meal on the way home in The Lord Bagnel Inn, Leighlinbridge, Carlow. If you would like to join us for a day out, please contact any I.C.A. member. The cost of the trip is €60 in total. A deposit of €15 is required on or before July 12th. Deposit in non-refundable.
Sat July 8th – The People of the Parish
Sun 9th – Jay Roche, Ballyshannon
Fri 14th – The Kiely Family, Glenour
Sat 15th – Eamonn & Martin Furlong, Greenview
Pray for Evelyn Cullen formerly of Adamstown who died recently and Tom, Mary. Seamus & Breda O’Brien, Tomgarrow (A)
May they rest in peace
St Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night in St Abban’s Oratory at 7.30pm.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mon-Fri each week night.
The Prayer Group has taken a break for July.
Sat 8th – Frances Gallagher Sun 9th – Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 15th – Liam Whelan Sun 16th – Betty O’Shea
Sat 22nd – Anthony McGee Sun 23rd – Callie Doyle
Sat 29th – Ulick Stafford Sun 30th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 8th – Joshua Power, Daniel O’Gorman
Sun 9th – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard & Joe Whelan
Sat 15th – Oscar MacGabhann, Roisin Nic Gabhainn, Leah Sinnott
Sun 16th – Ciara Mooney, Jack Carty, Cillin Duggan, Roisin Colfer, Faye Hynes
Sat 22nd – Isobel, Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle
Sun 23rd – Anthony Doyle, Liam Dooley, Kyle & Cara Whelan.
Annual Patron takes place in St. Abban’s on Sunday
3rd September.
“The practice of giving an offering dates back to the early Church when the faithful brought bread and wine for the Mass and other gifts for the support of the priest and for the poor. Nowadays a Mass offering if a way for the donor to join him/her self to the sacrifice of the Mass; it unites the donor closely with the life and apostolic activity of the Church, the Body of Christ, as the offering becomes a form of material support for the Church’s ministers and pastoral life” (St. Martin’s Magazine)
All roads lead to the Sports Ground, Newbawn this Sunday 9th July for the Annual 2nd Sunday field day. Vintage machinery parade at 1pm from the Church car park. Old time threshing with Leo Tector, the usual stalls, pongo, wheel-of-fortune, darts, bottle stall, bric-a-brac, fishing, dog show, teas and refreshments. For children – races for all ages, bouncy castle, duck racing, treasure hunting & lots more. Your support is appreciated.
WEXFORD MARTYRS: They cried to the Lord.
Matthew Lambert was arrested together with a group of sailors, his fellow townspeople, because they had assisted Viscount Baltinglass, James Eustace and his chaplain, Wexford born Jesuit, Fr. Robert Rochford. In February 1581
Baltinglass tried to leave the country through Wexford port. But so devalued was his currency that on arrival in the town he was unable to secure the support of any people of means in his attempted escape. Matthew Lambert gave him shelter and the five Wexford sailors tried unsuccessfully to secure safe passage for Baltinglas and Fr. Rochford, his chaplain.
Their efforts landed them in prison. While records of their
trial were destroyed by the fire, which engulfed the Four Courts in 1922, John Howlin documented events in work published before his death in Lisbon in 1599. When questioned on his loyalty to pope or queen, Lambert gave a brief profession of faith. By this simple ‘I believe’ he convicted himself and was sentenced to death as a traitor. His companions also professed their faith and were condemned and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. The executions were carried out sometime between 5th and 25th July 1581. They were beatified by Pope John Paul 11 on 27th September 1992.
(David Bracken BA, BD. MesL, MA)
A poem written by Cath Staincliffe and read at Evelyn’s funeral Mass. Cath is the daughter of M.J. and Evelyn Cullen and was adopted in Manchester in 1956.
For Evelyn:
We’ve come a long way you and me,
Across the land, across the sea.
Exiles apart for many years,
Autumn memories ringed with tears.
Shadows in each other’s history,
Separate lives veiled in mystery.
Until we came to meet anew,
Claimed each other, claimed the truth.
Owned the grief and named the sorrow,
Turned together to tomorrow.
Found the words for one another,
Mother, daughter, daughter, mother.
Sharing time and love and laughter,
Peace and comfort followed after.
We’ve come a long way you and me,
Across the land, across the sea.
The leaves will fall and we will part,
And I will hold you in my heart.
(Cath Staincliffe)
Work is the best way of passing the time
May the Lord bless you and take you into his keeping,
May he show you his countenance and take pity on you,
May he turn his eyes towards you and give you his peace.