July 1st 2018


The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 6th July at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 6th July will be: Dympna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean & Marie Dunphy. On Fri 13th will be: Ann McDonald, Una McDonald & Sinead O’Gorman. On Fri 20th will be: Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer & Margaret Furlong. On Fri 27th will be: Bernie Hickey, Evelyn O’Gorman & Ann O’Gorman.

Proceeds going to Parish funds. Card winners on Fri 22nd June were: Bridie Dillon, Chris Byrne, Tom Rochford, Seamus Wickham, Sean Cullen and Johnny Nolan



Sixth Class in Adamstown N.S. had their Graduation Mass on Tuesday last. We wish the boys and girls every success and happiness in their future lives. The following graduated: Jake Cadogan, Jack Carty, Philip Conway, Clodagh Crean, Liam Dooley, Cillin Duggan, Niamh English, Micheal Harler, Tomas Hynes, Philip Kearns, Caragh McDonald, Donny McDonald, Daniel O’Gorman, Maeve O’Neill, Legolas O’Riain, Joshua Power, Shane Roche, Darragh Thorpe and Richard Whelan. Thanks to Ms Delaney for her support and help to the class over the past year. We sadly say goodbye to our Principal Ms. Delaney, who will be taking up the role of Principal in St. Iberius School in Wexford in Sept, also a fond goodbye to Mrs. Sonia Tierney who is leaving to return to her home county of Cork, wishing both a happy and successful future. A word of thanks to Fr Nolan for his continued advice and encouragement to the students. We know they will enjoy their new schools and have a great future.


A commemorative book marking the 50th occasion of the Ferns Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes was launched by Bishop Denis Brennan at a reception in the Ferrycarrig Hotel recently. The Ferns pilgrimage to the French Shrine of our Blessed Lady and St Bernadette is one of the oldest in Ireland. The 100-page book entitled ‘Ferns-Lourdes: A Celebration of 50 Pilgrimages’ is a limited edition publication and is on sale at €10 a copy. Among those who attended the launch were many pilgrims from all over the county who have taken part in the Ferns trip down through the years.


Newbawn people and many others in surrounding areas are delighted the well-known landmark Foleys Pub in Newbawn village has been refurbished and re-opened under new management. The new proprietor is Frank Doyle for Grallagh. We wish him well.


The 71st Annual Adamstown Show will be held in Adamstown this coming Saturday 7th July starting at 10.00am. All sections of this year’s event will take place in that lovely shady and picturesque field known as the “Church Meadow”. The committee will have a massive marquee 100ft long by 40ft wide, which will incorporate all the Horticultural, Arts, Crafts, Cookery, Children’s Section, Catering etc. This plan will greatly improve road safety and also the atmosphere of the Show Day. Trade stands are filling up nicely and no doubt the local Shamrock Vintage Club will be out in force as always. The highlight is the Tattersalls and Red Mills All-Ireland Thoroughbred Broodmare Championship which attracts entries from all over Ireland with a prize fund of €1,500. There are many Show Jumping competitions all day with the main sponsors – M &T Plant Hire, Nitorfert & Cooney Furlong. Cooney Furlong sponsoring €1,000 for the 1 1 metre. Slaney Foods “Search for a Star” €500 trophy & a 1 M for young riders kindly sponsored by Byrne Bros, Contractors to tune of €3,000. Despite the decline in sheep numbers, there is a 50% increase on last year’s numbers. There will be lots of entertainment for kids and of course Dolly’s famous produce.

South East Radio will be on the field, kindly sponsored by Whitfield Hospital. Parking available for 1500 vehicles. Admission is only €8; students & O.A.P’s €5 and children U-12 (if accompanied by adult free) Dog show & show jumping entries taken on field. The committee have put in a huge effort to make this year’s show the best ever, so come along and enjoy a great day out. For late entries please contact: Patrice Byrne Hon Sec on 087 6166926. The day concludes with the rip-roaring Inter-Hunt Chase. Please support your local show.


Final reminder to any ladies wishing to travel on our Annual Outing on 18th July, taking in Waterford Crystal, the Bishop’s Palace Medieval Museum, Copper Coast & Bunmahon & 3 course meal in the Tower Hotel. Cost is €65. A €15 non refundable deposit by 8th July secures your place. Tour will depart Adamstown at 9.00am. Contact Helen 086 3454036, Breda 087 6149947 or Cáit 0n 087 6964082,

Non I.C.A. members very welcome.

Three members attended Federation meeting in Oulart last Monday 25th. Thanks Ann for entering the “Photo of Rose” on our behalf, unfortunately we didn’t have a winner.

We decided to take the “scenic route” home, which brought us a bit out of our way (no names mentioned) but it was well worth it & great fun. Come visit our stand at the Adamstown Show on Sat 7th July. We would love to see you and show off some of our crafts.



Sat 30th – Robert Barron Jr, The Leap (A)

Sun 1st July – Joe Bradley, Glenour (A)

Tues 3rd July – 7.30pm, Diza McCabe, Ballyvergin (A)

Sun 8th – Bridget Kiely, Glenour (A)

Pray for Tom, Mary, Seamus and Breda O’Brien, Tomgarrow (A)

May they rest in peace

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mon-Fri each week night.

St Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in St Abban’s Oratory.

Prayer group will take a break for July & August and return in September.


Sat 30th – Frances Gallagher Sun 1st July – Betty O’Shea

Sat 7th – Anthony McGee Sun 8th – Sheelagh Delaney

Sat 14th – T.J.McDonald Sun 15th – Kay Whelan

Sat 21st – Liam Whelan Sun 22nd – Geraldine Ridgeway

Sat 28th – Eoghan Greene Sun 29th – Kathleen O’Connor


Sat 30th – Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin

Sun 1st July – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard Whelan

Sat 7th – Joshua Power, Daniel O’Gorman, Stephen Power

Sun 8th – Jack Carty, Roisin Colfer, Faye Hynes

Sat 14th – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle

Sun 15th – Liam Dooley, Cara Whelan, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue


Thanks to the ladies from Newtown/The Leap for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of June it is now the turn of parishioners from Ballyvergin/Glenour for the month of July.


He who sows courtesy reaps friendship and he who sows kindness gathers love.


The Miracle of Friendship

There’s a miracle called friendship, that dwells within the heart, and you don’t know how it happens or when it gets its start… but happiness it brings you always gives a special lift, and you realise that ‘Friendship’ is God’s most precious gift.


Some local residents have expressed an interest in starting up a Tidy Towns Committee in Adamstown.

A meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday 10th July at 8pm in the Community Centre. We would love to see you there.


Envelopes are presently being distributed. Annual contributions will be gratefully received. Our beautiful parish church is so important not only for the big occasions, christenings, weddings, funerals etc.. but for every day and every week.

Our thanks to all who help to keep up the high standard of maintenance by their generosity. Many people might like to help us by renewing their regular contribution to the weekly envelope collection. Thank you.


Gorta Self Help Africa will hold a Church gate collection in Adamstown on Sat 7th and 8th July.


Tickets available to book for Phoenix Park and Knock Shrine. On Monday 25th June tickets for the closing mass and the Papal visit to Knock Shrine will be available for booking on the WMOF2018 website. Tickets are FREE but you will need a tickets to gain entry, every adult and child will need a ticket. All tickets will be for standing sections. Tickets for Phoenix Park will be sent by email in a ‘print at home’ format by 31st July, tickets for Knock will be posted before the 10th August.


The three day pilgrimage is currently open. You may begin on any day until Monday 13th August. Advance booking is not necessary. The Lough Derg team can help you co-ordinate public transport or link up the Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality, phone Lorraine on 071 9861518 (from NI +353) email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The 24th June is the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, which being a reasonable approximation to the Summer Solstice is popularly celebrated as Midsummer Day. It was the date of much significance in olden times as one of the four quarter days in England, Wales and Ireland, marking the beginning, or end, of the four quarters of the year. The others were: Lady Day on 25th March, Michaelmas on 29th September and Christmas Day which falls, of course on 25th December. In bygone times, quarter days were dreaded or eagerly awaited, depending on your position on the economic ladder, they were dates on which rents became due and on which all manner of other financial dealings were transacted. But St. John’s Day, or more particularly St. John’s Eve, the vigil of the feast, is also noteworthy for the wealth of superstition which surrounds it, much of it going back to pagan times. On this date, bonfires were lit all over Europe, supposedly to represent the sun, and people would perform various rituals, depending on their priorities in life. In some cultures, it was customary for the young to complete with one another in leaping over the bonfires to see who could jump the highest over the flames; the winner it was believed would be the first of those present to be married, and anyone who jumped clear over the bonfire three times was assured of a happy marriage and a lucky life. (Weather Eye – Brendan McWilliams)