February 23rd 2020

The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 28th Feb at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 28th will be: Margo O’Reilly & Dympna Bradley. On Fri 6th March will be: Geraldine Bradley, Breda Bradley, Kay McCabe & Angela Harrington. On Fri 13th Mar will be: Brighid Boland, Edel English, Fiona Power. On Fri 20th will be; Mary Delaney, Sheelagh Delaney, Catherine O’Rourke & Elizabeth Greene. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 14th Feb were: Pat Murphy, Seamus Joyce, Bridie Dillon, Ann Lawlor, John Furlong, Kay Whelan, Pat Quinn & Phil Jackman.
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Fri 14th Feb were: 12 – 16 – 20 – 26. There was no Jackpot winner and no match three winners. The four Lucky Dip winners of €50 were: Thomas Furlong, Grallagh, Mary Nolan, Dungeer, Thomas Trentini, Coonogue, Evelyn O’Gorman, Kellystown. The next draw is on Friday 28th February in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of
9,200. It’s getting big again, well worth a €2 ticket.
The next National School Split the Pot Draw takes place this Thursday 27th Feb in the school. Envelopes costing €2 can be purchased in Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown Pharmacy, Brad Og’s Pub & Chipper and in the school.
Adamstown ICA Guild held their monthly meeting on Wed 12th Feb in the Community Centre. The President Helen Furlong welcomed everyone and especially our new member Pauline Cloyne who was attending her first meeting. Pauline received a very warm welcome from all members. After the business of the meeting, it was time to judge the competition, which was for Hot Lips – any medium kissable lips for Valentine’s. This was won by Helen, (look out Ned) who will now represent our guild at the Federation
Competition. The Federation meeting will be held in the Riverbank Hotel, Wexford on Monday 24th Feb at 8pm, six or seven members will be travelling to this meeting. Winner of the raffle was Ann Ryan. Hostesses for the night were Cáit Bradley & Mary J. Furlong who served up a lovely tea. Many thanks ladies and a special thank you to Ann McDonald who donated some delicious confectionery. Remember, we love to welcome new members at our meetings; anyone from sixteen upwards can join the ICA.
Adamstown Show Committee are holding their AGM this Thursday 27th February in the Community Centre at 8.00pm.
New and old members always welcome to keep our well-established show successful.
The Perfect Match – not to be missed in Clonroche Community Centre. Musical/Drama/Comedy – has it all – election fever, match making and love stories. The story is interspersed with well-loved songs, drama and comedy.
The performance will run for five nights commencing on Wed 18th March to Sunday 22nd March starting at 8pm in Clonroche Community Centre. Treat yourself. Forget Brexit, election results and Storm Ciara, Dennis and Ellen and book your seats now to avoid disappointment by contacting
085 2158229. Tickets €10.00.
Bingo in Cullen’s Lounge every Wednesday night starting at 8pm. Teas & Coffee served before bingo. Snowball €240 in 41 numbers. Everyone welcome. Please note all profits will go towards the benefit of our community through various committees in our village.
Wed 12th Feb - €100 profit
Wed 19th Feb - €100 profit
These monies will be presented to Adamstown Development Association and Adamstown Community Centre during our next bingo this Wednesday 26th Feb.
Profits from Wed 26th will be going to the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party fund. Your support would be appreciated
Adamstown Tidy Towns would like to thank everyone who supported our recent fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society.
Pots of miniature daffodils which were planted by the Transition Year students of Coláiste Abbáin under the supervision of Rita Breen, were sold in Cullen’s Gala @ €5.00 each. We were delighted to send a cheque for €440 to the Irish Cancer Society this week.
We will be taking part in the National Spring Clean 2020, which occurs in April – more details to follow.
We would also like to thank everyone who purchased a Christmas Wreath which resulted in a profit of €668.
The above monies will go towards erecting a Heritage Sign for the village in the coming months.
Our sincere sympathy to Ann Murphy and family, late Kellystown on the death of Lorena Murphy, wife of Christy Murphy, 17 The Villas, Clonroche. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Clement’s Church, Cloughbawn on Monday last with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.
We also offer our sympathy to Geraldine & Tony Bradley, Ballyvergin on the death of Geraldine’s brother in law,
Jack Murphy, Clonroche (late of the Garage, Clonroche)
who died on Tuesday last, to his wife Kathleen, sons Jonathan & Shane and all the extended family our condolences also. His funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Clement’s Church on Friday last with burial afterwards in
the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.
Sat 22nd – People of the Parish
Sun 23rd – Gillian Bradley, Ballyvergin & Julian Rothwell, (A)
Aidan Hickey, Kellystown (A)
Sat 29th – Seamus & Nan Fortune, Clonroche (A)
Sun 1st March – People of the Parish.
Friday 28th Feb – 9.30am: James & Mary Jo Redmond &
deceased members of the Redmond Family, Tomgarrow (A)
May they rest in peace.
Ash Wednesday 26th February – a day of fast and abstinence. Mass at 9.45am & 7.30pm.
Ashes will be distributed following both Masses.
The following are suggested as ways of fulfilling Friday penance.

Abstaining from meat or some other food;

Abstaining from alcoholic drink or smoking;

Making a special effort at involvement in family prayer;

Making a special effort to participate in Mass on Fridays;

Visiting the Blessed Sacrament;

Making the Stations of the Cross;

Fasting from all food for a longer period than usual and perhaps giving what is saved to the needy.

Helping the poor, sick, old for lonely.

Trócaire Boxes are available in the porch of the church from this weekend; please take one home with you.



Sat 22nd – Liam Whelan. Sun 23rd – Betty O’Shea.

Sat 29th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 1st Callie Doyle.

Sat 7th Mar – T.J. McDonald

Sun 8th – Geraldine Ridgeway.



The community of Adamstown and in particular staff of Coláiste Abbáin were deeply saddened to hear of the unexpected death of Ken Quinlivan on Wednesday last.

Ken, Ros na Rí, Mill Road, Bunclody was a much loved Principal and teacher in the College for many years.

A native of Ennis, Co. Clare, he was a kind, gentle, courteous gentleman to staff, parents and pupils alike. To his wife Maura, daughter Aoife, son Kevin, and extended family our deepest condolences. He was pre deceased by his daughter Cliodhna. Ken’s funeral Mass was celebrated in the Church of The Most Holy Trinity, Bunclody on Saturday

22nd February with burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.



Ireland – 1,355. United Kingdom – 119

United States - 112. Canada – 56

China – 27. Australia – 9

Netherlands – 9. India – 7

Spain – 6. Germany – 5.



Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every week night in St. Abban’s Oratory.


A Day with Jesus for Adorers:

Responding to the Real Presence’ facilitated by Fr. Morgan White on Thursday 26th March 2020, Ballyvalloo Retreat Centre. Registration 9.00am. Mass at 10.00am.

Cost €35.00. All Welcome.



A story is told about Fiorello LaGuardia, who, when he was mayor of New York City, during the worst days of the Great Depression and all of WW11, was called by adoring New Yorkers ‘the Little Flower’ because he was only five foot four and always wore a carnation in his lapel. He was a colourful character who used to ride the New York City fire trucks, raid speakeasies with the police department, take entire orphanages to baseball games, and whenever the New York newspapers were on strike, he would go on radio and read the Sunday funnies to the kids. One bitterly cold night in January of 1935, the mayor turned up at a night court that served the poorest ward of the city. LaGuardia dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench himself. Within a few minutes, a tattered old woman was brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She told LaGuardia that her daughter’s husband had deserted her, her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving. But the shopkeeper, from whom the bread was stolen, refused to drop the charges. “It’s a real bad neighbourhood, your Honour” the man told the mayor. “She’s got to be punished to teach other people around here a lesson”. LaGuardia sighed. He turned to the woman and said “I’ve got to punish you. The law makes no exceptions-ten dollars or ten days in jail”. But even as he pronounced sentence, the mayor was already reaching into his pocket. He extracted a bill and tossed it into his famous sombrero saying: “Here is the ten dollar fine which I now remit; and furthermore, I am going to fine everyone in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a town where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat. Mr. Bailiff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant”.

So the following day the New York City newspapers reported

$47.50 was turned over to a bewildered old lady who

had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her starving grandchildren, fifty cents of that amount being contributed by the red-faced grocery store owner, while some seventy petty criminals, people with traffic violations, and New York City policemen, each of whom had just paid fifty cents for the privilege of doing so, gave the mayor a standing ovation. In this story we see how the mayor of New York City maintained and defended the laws under his jurisdiction, not by merely keeping them himself, but much more than that by showing respect, even to the accused and being compassionate to her and helping her out at the same time.



Thanks to the ladies from Kellystown for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of February, it is now the turn of parishioners from Oldcourt for the month of March