January 21st


The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 26th January at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 26th will be: Bridget O’Gorman, Ann Stafford, Kay Whelan & Agnes Whelan. On Fri 22nd will be: Mary Jackman, Eleanor Power & Ann Jackman. On Fri 9th Feb will be: Ann Foley, Margo O’Reilly, Mary Power & Dympna Bradley. On Fri 16th will be: Brigid Boland, Edel English & Fiona Power.

Proceeds going to Parish Funds.

Card winners on Fri 12th Jan were: Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Phil & Mary Jackman.



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 26th January in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €11,700. Please buy a ticket and be in with a chance. All proceeds to Adamstown GAA, Soccer Club and Parish Committee.



Coláiste Abbain is providing an information evening on the CAO application process, which will include information on SUSI, DARE and HEAR. All interested parents are invited to attend. Speaker: Tom Tynan, Guidance Counsellor, Coláiste Abbain.

Date: Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Venue: Computer Room Coláiste Abbain. Time: 7pm.



Congratulations to Aaron O’Brien, Oldcourt son of Pauline and Paul who was presented with the James Stephens Award as part of the 147th Platoon Awards Ceremony in Kilkenny Barracks on Friday last. The James Stephens Award is presented to the recruit who has contributed most to the esprit de corps of the 147th Recruit Platoon and the common spirit of camaraderie, enthusiasm, and devotion to duty amongst the group. This recruit best espouses the Defence Forces values of respect, loyalty, selflessness, physical courage, moral courage and integrity.

Well done Aaron!!



Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, student – Simon Meehan

Extracted anti-microbial agents from aerial parts of plants and their roots using ethanol and then tested their antibiotic effects to demonstrate its effectiveness in killing Staphylococcus aureus, a bug that infects and is increasingly resistant to antiobotic treatment.

Simon said he was encouraged and inspired by his grandfather, Eddie Lucy. By a coincidence, Eddie taught History in Adamstown Vocational School in the late 1950’s and while in Adamstown, resided in the home of the late Batty and Philomena Delaney, Tomgarrow



A date for your diary: Adamstown GAA club are organising a Dinner Dance in the Riverbank Hotel, Wexford on Saturday 17th February.  Enjoy a 3-course meal and D.J. on the night is Pat Doyle. This promises to be a great night out to celebrate the work done to date and a great start to the new season.  Tickets will cost €25 and can be ordered from Deirdre Whelan (087 - 9389372), Gillian O'Neill (086 3019970), Majella Stafford (087 2719723) and Trish Doyle (087 6951531)



Colds and Flu are caused by viruses, so they can’t be treated with antibiotics and an antibiotic in this situation may do more harm than good.

Colds – symptoms of a cold include sore throat, sneezing, blocked or runny nose, cough and feeling unwell. You should drink plenty of liquids, get lots of rest and eat healthily. Most adults will start to feel better after 3 or 4 days, and fully recover by 7 days. Young children may take longer to recover.

Flu – influenza or Flu is a virus that comes on suddenly and makes you feel quite unwell. Symptoms include sore throat, fever, muscle aches which develop quickly. You should start to feel better after 5 to 8 days, although a cough and tiredness may last 2 to 3 weeks.

Usually you do not need to see a doctor, flu can be treated at home by drinking plenty of liquids, getting lots of rest and eating healthily. Contact your GP by phone if you don’t improve or if you start to improve and then get worse

People with Flu are usually infectious a day before symptoms start and remain infectious for 5 to 6 days. Stay at home and try to avoid all unnecessary contact with others during this time to avoid spreading the illness to them. Discourage any visitors. You can avoid spreading the Flu germs by coughing and sneezing into a tissue, binning the tissue immediately and washing your hands with soap and water afterwards. Alcohol based hand gels are also effective. If you don’t have a tissue you can cough or sneeze into the middle of your elbow.

Those at risk of complications of Flu include:

  • Those 65 years and older

  • Children under 2 years of age

  • Pregnancy including up to 2 weeks after delivery

  • Residents of nursing homes and other residential care facilities

  • Those with chronic illness, immunosuppression, morbid obesity, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability or Down Syndrome

If you are in one of these at risk categories you should contact your doctor by phone, as you may need special anti-viral medicines. These work best if started within 48 hours of onset of Flu symptoms.




Sat 20th – John & Elizabeth French and deceased members of the French family, Oldcourt (A)

Sun 21st – Mary & Nicholas Byrne, Kellystown (A)

Sun 28th – Ellen, Johnny, Jim & Sonny Kehoe

Liz & Tom Murphy, Mogue & Mary Kealy,

Rathurtin, and The Leap (A)

May they rest in peace


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Fri each week

Prayer Group gather every Sunday night from 7-8pm in St Abban’s Oratory.



Sat 20th – T.J McDonald

Sun 21st – Confirmation Class Children

Sat 27th – Ulick Stafford Sun 28th – Geraldine Ridgeway

Sat 3rd Feb – Liam Whelan Sun 4th – Kay Whelan

Sat 10th – Anthony McGee Sun 11th – Sheelagh Delaney



Sun 21st – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard & Joe Whelan.

Sat 27th – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle, Stephen Power

Sun 28th – Liam Dooley, Cara Whelan, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue

Sat 3rd Feb – Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin

Sun 4th – Niamh & Grainne English, Laura O’Gorman



Children from Adamstown N.S will participate in a Ceremony of Commitment this Sunday during 10.30am Mass.

41 Children will be making their Confirmation on Wednesday 18th April in St Abban’s Church officiated by Bishop Denis Brennan. Let us remember the children and their families in our prayers over the coming week.



Fr Robert Nolan would like to thank you for your generosity.



A word of thanks to all who contributed to the weekly envelope collection in St Abbans in 2018, by their weekly contribution, standing orders or annual contributions. Your loyalty is very much appreciated.



The next draw in the Adamstown N.S. Parents Split the Pot is on this Tuesday 23rd January. Envelopes costing €2 are available in Adamstown Pharmacy, Cullen’s Pub, Bernie’s Pub & Chipper and in the school.



Adamstown Ladies football club are holding their annual general meeting in Newbawn hall on Saturday 20th at 6pm.

Hopefully there will be a good attendance of both new and existing members. Everyone is very welcome to come along.

VISIT OF THE ICON FOR THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES - January 29th 2018 – February 9th 2018

St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy Monday evening Jan 29th & departing after 10am Mass on Wed 31st Jan.

Bride St Church, Wexford, Wednesday 31st Jan – noon

departing after 10am Mass Saturday 3rd February.

St. Mary & St. Michael’s Church, New Ross Sat 3rd Feb

(noon) departing after 10am Mass on Tues 6th Feb.

St. Michael’s Church, Gorey – Tues 6th noon.

Departing Friday 9th after 10am Mass.


A BIT OF HISTORY (Ireland’s Eye)

Then and Now

Someone asked the other day “What was your favourite fast food when you were growing up?” “We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up”; I informed him “All the food was slow”

C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?” “It was a place called home,” I explained. “Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.” By this time the lad was laughing so hard that I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table


But there are some other things I would have told him about my childhood, if I’d figured his system could have handled it: some parents NEVER owned their own houses, wore jeans, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card. My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and it only had one speed (slow). We didn’t have a television in our house until I was ten. It was of course black and white, and the station went off air at 10pm, after playing the national anthem and epilogue; it came back on the air about 6am. And there was usually locally produced news and a farm show on, featuring local people.


SLANT – LIGHT (Monica Corish) Africa Magazine

In Turkana, the women questioned me about my country: Are there scorpions there, and camel spiders?

They heard that there are countries on God’s earth that are free of camel spiders. No camel spiders, I told them, nor scorpions, nor snakes, and rain all year round, and always green, and rivers that never run dry.

God, they said, must love your country very much.

What I noticed, coming home, was the light, the way it slants – the Liffey with her quays and buildings, the mountains above Lough Melvin, the rain falling in veils over Inishmurray and Slieve League – everywhere lit by braided light, shot through subtle shadow.

You can live your whole life and not know that you are surrounded by a rare and generous beauty; you can be a fish in the waters of the everyday and not know that you are blessed.

Monica spent many years working in Africa. She now lives in North Leitrim where she writes and leads writing workshops.