February 2nd 2020

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 7th February at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 7th will be: Bridget O’Gorman, Ann Stafford, Agnes Whelan & Kay Whelan.
On Fri 14th will be; Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Anne O’Brien & Eileen Moran. On Fri 21st will be; Mary Jackman, Eleanor Power & Ann Jackman. On Fri 28th will be: Margo O’Reilly, & Dympna Bradley. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 24th were: Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Denis & Maria O’Connor, Matt O’Neill & John Hanley.
 
ADAMSTOWN N.S. NEWS
The Parents Association is holding a Recycling Clothes Collection this Thursday 6th February. Please leave your bags between 9.00am - 9.30am in the Hall opposite the school.
Confirmation – Saturday 14th March
First Holy Communion – Saturday 16th May.
ENROLMENT: - School Year Sept 2020
If you have a child due to start in Adamstown National School for the school year September 2020, please call to
the school office to collect an Enrolment Form. Alternatively, phone 053 9240694 to have one posted out to you.
Split the Pot – Draw 29th Jan winner Ger Mackey who got €50 purchased in school, school winner James Furlong.
Next draw Thurs 13th Feb. Envelopes €2 can be got in Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown Pharmacy, Brad Og’s Pub & Chipper. Thanks for your support.
 
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB NEWS
The National Indoor Junior and U-23 Championships took place in Athlone last weekend. Well done to Éadaoin Stafford, she finished 5th in the Junior Shot Putt. Ryan Carthy Walsh was 2nd in the U-23 High Jump and Joe Mooney who came 1st in the U-23 3k Walk. The Wexford Schools Cross Country recently took place in Adamstown with a huge turn out on the day. Well done to all who competed for their schools, especially Donny McDonald (Coláiste Abbáin) he finished 10th place in the Junior Boys race. The County Cross Country relays recently took place in Adamstown also.
Well done to our Girls U-10 team that finished in 3rd place – Pippa Fortune, Ailish Mooney, Lauren Moran and Lilly O’Callaghan. Our boys U-10 team was also successful, finishing in 3rd place, the team was: Bobby O’Shea, Will Fortune, Harry Kent, Sean Moran and Cillian O’Shea.
Well done also to the U-14 Boys team that finished in 2nd place with Jack O’Shea, Ross English, Watt Crean, Sam Mooney. Finally well done to the Girls U-16 team of Ciara Mooney, Isobel English, Niamh English & Sadbh Crean.
Adamstown A.C. had a great turn out on the day, and well done to all the athletes who competed.
 
ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY BRIDGE
As the state’s longest bridge was officially opened on Wednesday last by an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar joined by
Rose Katherine Kennedy Townsend, the great-granddaughter of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, it was a wonderful day for New Ross and the whole of Wexford and Kilkenny.
Mary Barry (a native of New Ross) chartered civil engineer who administered the construction contract on behalf of state body, Transport Infrastructure Ireland in an interview with Alan O’Keeffe, Irish Independent in Aug said)
“This most complex structure ever built in Ireland was built with 75,000 tons of high-strength concrete reinforced with 7,000 tons of steel. The steel cables consist of 500km of thick strands of steel wire and it reputedly contains as much metal as the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The 887m-long ‘Extrados’ bridge has two main spans of 230 metres each which are the longest spans of their type in the world. It will carry traffic 36m above the surface of the river Barrow and is high enough for cargo ships to pass underneath. The BAM Iridium consortium signed the contract in 2016. The scheme is being delivered as a Public Private Partnership. The Spanish firm Carlos Fernandez Casado is the bridge designer. Bam Ireland is in a joint venture with Spanish firm Dragados in building the bridge and bypass”.
The cost was €230 million, and fears that the bridge would be a blot on the scenic landscape have proved wrong, as the thousands of people who were lucky enough to walk the bridge on Saturday and Sunday, and the many people who came to each side of the river to view the bridge, spoke of the beauty and spectacular sights on view. With conservation in mind, over 200,000 plants and trees were sown in the many acres of land used in the overall work.
Between 15,000 and 20,000 cars a day are expected to travel the bridge and it will significantly ease chronic traffic congestion in New Ross town. May all traffic travel safely over this bridge. The good news is – No Toll.
Pope Francis: “Build Bridges not Walls”
 
MEN’S SHED
The New Men’s Shed will open in Raheen on Monday 10th February at 2pm. All welcome to come along.
 
SHAMROCK VINTAGE CLUB
The February meeting of the Vintage club will be in Raheen on this Tuesday 4th February at 9 o’clock.
 
CAMROSS DRAMA GROUP – YEAR OF THE HIKER
Camross Drama Group is presenting “The Year of the Hiker” by John B. Keane.
Venues as follows: Clonroche Hall Sat Feb 7th & Sun 9th.
St. Michaels’s Hall, Wexford town, Sat Feb 15th & Sun Feb 16th. Tickets €10 and shows begin at 8pm.
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat Feb 1st – Margaret Comerford, Oldcourt (A)
Sun 2nd – Jack, Patrick & Annie O’Gorman, Kellystown (A)
Sat 8th – Terry McDonald, The Leap (Month’s Mind)
Sun 9th – Tom Lacey, Woodview Drive (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
First Friday Mass Feb 7th - 9.30am
Visitation of the sick & housebound on Fri & Sat.
 
SERVERS
Sat Feb 1st – 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 T HE LITURGY
Sat 1st – Ulick Stafford. Sun 2nd – Ann Ryan
Sat 8th – Family Mass. Sun 9th Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 15th – Anthony McGee. Sun 16th – Kay Whelan
Sat 22nd – Liam Whelan. Sun 23rd – Betty O’Shea
 
Sat 1st – Feast of St. Brigid – Prayer
In ancient Ireland, Feb 1st was known as Imbolg (or Imbolc) and signalled the beginning of Spring. The word ‘Imbolg’ is
thought to be derived from an old Irish word meaning ‘ewe’s milk. The most characteristic and widespread Irish custom connected with St. Brigid’s Eve was the making of Crios Bríde (St. Brigid’s Cross) which was hung up in the dwelling house and often in the byre and stable as well.
The dandelion is sometimes spoken of as Brigid’s flower. That may be due to the fact that it is almost the first wild flower to bloom following her festival.
 
Feb 3rd – Feast of St. Blaise: Blessing of throats on Saturday night & Sunday morning Masses.
 
POPE’S INTENTION FOR FEBRUARY
Universal prayer for intention; Listen to the Migrants’ Tears.
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.
 
SURVIVE CANCER TALK
The Marie Keating Foundation’s free six week Survive and Thrive programme starts on February 27th in the Creacon Wellness Retreat Centre in New Ross, and will run each Thursday from 5.30pm. These workshops, facilitated by a medical professional and a cancer survivor work to give cancer survivors the tools they need to adapt to their new normal after completing treatment. Each week, topics such
as managing fatigue, tips for going back to work and living with uncertainty are discussed and worked through amongst peers that are on the same journey. These seminars are free to attend but registration is essential. To sign up visit
www.mariekeating.ie/events
CHURCH & ALTARS
Thanks to the ladies from Ballyvergin/Glenour for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of January. It is now the turn of parishioners from Kellystown for the month of February.
 
ADAMSTOWN ACTIVE RETIRED
Adamstown Active Retired are invited to a meal in the
Café beside Brad Og’s this Thursday 6th February at 1.00pm. All welcome.
 
ANNUAL ADAMSTOWN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
15th – 16th June 2020. Staying at the 4* McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris. Bus, B&B & Evening Meal:
Cost: €105 per person sharing. Single room €130.
Full payment on or before April 12th. Limited Availability.
For booking & further information contact:
Carmel – 086 1010120 or Rita – 087 9329616.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Fri 31st Jan were: 6 – 7 – 15 – 29. There was no Jackpot winner and no match three winners. Four Lucky Dip winners were:
Theo Fitzgerald, C/O Cáit Bradley; Therese McCabe, Templenacroha; Tom Furlong, Castleview; Bernie McKenna, Palace East, each got €50. Next draw Friday 14th February for a Jackpot of €9,000.
 
SEAMUS MALLON R.I.P. (Conor O’Cleary – Irish Times)
On a bitterly cold evening of Feb 20th 1986, Seamus Mallon made his maiden speech in the House of Commons as newly-elected MP for Newry and Armagh. In the course of it he cited Spinoza: “Peace is not an absence of war. It is ….
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice”. Behind him he heard Enoch Powell, Unionist MP
for South Down, muttering and banging the desk. “What’s wrong with you? asked the Armagh man, after he sat down.
You quoted Spinoza wrongly,” hissed Powell. “I did not,” retorted Mallon. The two adjourned to the Commons library where the raw young Christian Brothers-educated lad from Newry proved to the great classical scholar from Cambridge that his citation from the Dutch philosopher was correct and that Powell was wrong. As a former teacher, Mallon frequently used literary allusions to make his case, and the aphorism he chose for the last paragraph of his book sums us his long political struggle.
A society grows great, when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they will never sit.”
 
Christmas Dues envelopes have been sent out, I thank you for your generosity.