January 26th 2020

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 31st Jan at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 31st will be: Bernie Hickey, Evelyn O’Gorman & Ann O’Gorman. On Fri 7th Feb will be; Bridget O’Gorman, Ann Stafford, Agnes Whelan & Kay Whelan. On Fri 14th Feb will be: Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Anne O’Brien & Eileen Moran.
Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 17th Feb were: Richie Murphy, John Bolger, John Furlong, Jiim Wickham, James Handrick, Mick Bolger, Tom Rochford, Seamus Joyce, Sean Cullen & Johnny Nolan.
 
ADAMSTOWN N.S. NEWS
The next Split the Pot Draw is on this Wednesday 29th Jan. Envelopes costing €2 can be had from Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown Pharmacy, Brad Og’s Bar & Chipper and in the school.
Clothes Recycling – in aid of school funds takes place on Thursday 6th February from 9.00am at the Hall opposite the school.
Mental Health & Well-being Talk’
Reminding all parents of the talk taking place in Adamstown National School this Tuesday 28th January – the topic being ‘Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health & well-being’. The speaker Rachel Murphy, organized by the National Parents Council will be in the school from 7pm. and the talk will begin at 7.30pm. Teas & Coffees will be served from 7pm. All parents & guardians welcome to attend.
 
PRINCIPAL MR. TOM COUSINS - GOODBYE
The whole school community was sad to say goodbye to Principal, Mr. Tomas Cousins on Friday last. He had been Principal since September 2018 and had been a very kind, approachable, helpful and courteous Principal.
The Board of Management, school staff, students, parents wish him the very best as he takes up the position of Principal in Broadway National School, close to his home.
 
We welcome Ms.Claire Kickham as the new Principal in Adamstown National School and we wish her every success in her new position.
 
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Reminding everyone of Coláiste Abbáin’s staff and students Pantomime production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ taking place in the College this week. Beginning on Wednesday 29th till Friday January 31st. at 7.30pm each night. Do come along and support our local College.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 31st Jan in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €8,800. Keep on buying the tickets and be in with a chance.
RECIPIENT OF THE JOHN PAUL 11 PAPAL CROSS AWARD
The recipient of the John Paul 11 Papal Cross Award was
Áine Doyle, who is a student in Coláiste Abbáin, Adamstown. Áine was presented her award by Bishop Denis Brennan on 5th December at the John Paul 11 Awards Ceremony which took place in the Cathedral, Enniscorthy.
In achieving the Award, Áine, who had already received the Gold Award the previous year, spent time cleaning her local Church Cemetery as part of her Parish work. She also helped out with Meals on Wheels as well as teaching dancing to a local dance class. Áine was supported in Coláiste Abbáin by her teachers Shane Bradley and Ciara O’Connor. She is the first person within the Diocese of Ferns to receive the Papal Award and we are very proud of her achievements.
 
WEXFORD HAS TALENT SEMI-FINALS
Among the 30 Wexford Has Talent Semi-Finalists is Ciara Smith, Adamstown who competes in the Solo Singing Category. Also competing is Evan Roche, Taghmon who competes in the same category. Both are pupils of Coláiste Abbáin and have taken part in various productions in the school to great acclaim. Well-done and best wishes in the Semi Finals, which take place at Clayton Whites Hotel on February 1st & 2nd. Tickets are available now from the Hotel costing €10 each.
 
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NEWS
Adamstown Guild held their first meeting of 2020 on Wednesday 15th January at 8pm in the Community Centre.
The President, Helen Furlong welcomed members and wished everyone a Happy & Peaceful New Year.
Votes of sympathy were passed to our Secretary, Ann McDonald on the recent death of her husband Terry after a short illness. Terry was a dearly loved member of our community and will be missed by all who knew him.
Sympathy also to our Treasurer Breda Bolger on the death of her aunt Bridget in Essex, who had lived well into her nineties. After the business of the meeting Cliona from Wexford Co. Council gave us a very insightful talk on recycling and how best to avoid waste. She presented the guild with a number of recycling travel cups, water bottles and shopping bags, which were later raffled and everyone in the guild got something. A vote of thanks to Cliona was proposed by Mary Lawlor. The competition for something made from recyclable material was won by Mary J. Furlong. Hostesses for the night Liz and Eleanor served us a lovely tea, thank you ladies. Eight of the guild ladies are going to see the film Little Women in the Omniplex Cinema in Wexford on Thursday night. Congratulations to member Callie Doyle and her husband Seamus on celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary recently. Remember we love to see new members at our meetings, just contact any member you know for details.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 25th – Ned and Margaret Finn, Kellystown (A)
John, & Elizabeth French, & deceased members
of the French family, Oldcourt (A)
Sun 26th – Ellen, Johnny, Jim & Sonny Kehoe, Rathurtin
Liz & Tom Murphy and Mogue & Mary Keeley
The Leap. (A0
Sat Feb 1st – Margaret Comerford, Oldcourt (A)
Sun Feb 2nd – Jack, Patrick & Annie O’Gorman,
Kellystown (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
Thurs 30th – Feast of St. Aidan, Bishop of Ferns.
St. Aidan or Maedoc (Mogue) was born around 550, probably in Co. Cavan. Aidan studied under David of Wales, and on his return to Ireland he founded a monastery at Ferns. He became bishop there and was renowned for his generosity and kindness. He died in 626 and his lives testify to his popularity both in Cavan and in Ferns.
February 1st – Feast of St. Brigid: Mass at 9.30am.
February 2nd – Presentation of the Lord – Blessing of Candles for home and Church use. We appeal for donations of candles, which are used throughout the year at our Masses, Adoration, and all other ceremonies in the church year.
February 3rd – Feast of St. Blaise – Blessing of throats on Saturday & Sunday.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday each week night.
 
SERVERS
Sat 25th – Jack O’Shea, Katelyn & Alanna O’Shea,
Emily English.
Sun 26th – Maeve O’Gorman, Sinéad Duffy, Harry Whelan,
Ava Kelly.
Sat 1st Feb – James Furlong, Seán Doyle, Seán Moran,
Jamie O’Reilly.
Sun 2nd – Amelia Swierczynska, Paddy & Tom Connors,
Brody Whelan.
Sat 8th - Áine Crean, Luke & Eabha Cullen, Pauraic Doran.
Sun 9th – Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty,
Kelly Ann Mahon.
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 25th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 26th – Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 1st – Ulick Stafford. Sun 2nd – Ann Ryan.
Sat 8th – Family Mass Sun 9th – Kathleen O’Connor
 
50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY WISHES
Congratulations to Seamus & Callie Doyle, Knockreigh who celebrated 50 years of marriage recently with family and friends. Wishing Seamus & Callie many more years of health and happiness.
 
ON WEXFORD HURLING TEAM
Well done to Michael Furlong, Grallagh, who played on the Wexford Senior hurling team that took part in the Walsh Cup, semi-final recently, having previously been a member of the County senior Football panel
SEANA GHAEL AWARDS
At the recent Seana Ghael Awards, four local recipients of awards for their contribution to GAA, all in their 90’s.
Eileen Flood (née Morrissey) who played camogie and won county finals with the club in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s: a well-known referee Matt O’Neill, who officiated at six senior county finals and was also a noted hurler and club official, Johnny Bradley, who was a prominent hurler with Adamstown and Cloughbawn, and Carrigbyrne native Dr. Bart Curtis, who was more noted as a footballer for both club and county. Long standing St. Abban’s GAA official Jimmy McDonald also received an award. Well done all.
 
G.A.A. REGISTRATION NIGHT
Please note registration for all club members of St. Abban’s GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie Club (non playing adults, oap’s, male and female adult players, boys & girls)
will take place this Friday 31st January in Adamstown Community Centre from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
 
MUSIC NIGHT FOR VICTIMS OF AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES
Wexford Arts Centre is hosting a benefit night in aid of the Australian Bushfire victims, who have suffered devastating loss of homes, farms and in some cases their lives.
The Charity Concert takes place in the Art Centre, Wexford on Friday January 31st at 8pm. Tickets €10 and are available from the Art Centre Box Office at 053 9123764 or online at
http://www.wexfordartscentre.ie
 
THE BOOK OF LIFE
If you are curious about the Bible, are a Reader or Eucharistic Minister in your Church or want to know a bit more about your faith, this may be just for you. A Seven Week Introductory Course to the Bible takes place in The Pastoral Centre, St. Peter’s College, Wexford on Thursday nights beginning 20th February at 7pm. Led by: Fr. Jim Finn.
To secure a place phone The Pastoral Centre: 053 9145511 (Tues & Thurs) or any other time phone Maria on
087 9984736.
 
OPERATION TRANSFORMATION
In Roman times there was a saying ‘eat, drink and be marry for tomorrow we die’ The modern version is ‘eat, drink and be marry, for tomorrow we diet’!
 
ST. VINCENT de PAUL THANKS
St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to acknowledge the generosity of all those who contributed to their Annual Appeal on the weekend of 7th & 8th December 2019.
The total amount came to €674.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (Alexander Pope)
Compassion:
Teach me to feel another’s woe,
To hide the fault I see;
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.