May 17th 2020

One day, as a small child Thomas Edison came home from school and gave a paper to his mother …….He said to her,
"Mom, my teacher gave me this paper and told me that only you are to read it. What does it say?" Her eyes welled up with tears and she read the letter out loud to her child…..
"Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn't have good enough teachers to train him."
"Please teach him yourself". Many years after Edison's mother had died, he became one of the greatest inventors of the century. One day he was going through a closet and he found the folded letter that his old teacher wrote his mother that day. The message written on the letter was:
"Your son is mentally deficient. We cannot let him attend our school anymore. He is expelled." Edison became emotional reading it and then wrote in his diary. "Thomas A. Edison was a mentally deficient child whose mother turned him into the genius of the century"
A positive word of encouragement can help change someone's entire life!
TRAFFIC has gone.
FUEL is affordable.
BILLS extended.
KIDS are at home with their FAMILIES.
PARENTS are home taking care of their CHILDREN.
Hectic SCHEDULES replaced by NAPS, REST, and RELAXATION.
The AIR seems CLEANER.
The WORLD quieter.
PEOPLE are conscious about HYGIENE AND HEALTH.
,MONEY doesn't make the WORLD GO ROUND anymore.
DESIGNER stuff is pointless, as nobody ever really needed it.
DOCTORS AND NURSES are being praised and recognised instead of athletes and celebrities.
And WE now have TIME, finally, to STOP and SMELL the ROSES.
Our world is pretty amazing!
Our thoughts and prayers are with the First Holy Communion class in Scoil Naomh Abbáin this weekend.
Saturday 16th May was a day they looked forward to with great excitement when they would have received Our Lord Jesus Christ in Holy Communion for the first time.
Their parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents shared their excitement. Sadly the Crona Virus threat meant that the occasion had to be postponed. We look forward to sharing with them the Bread of Heaven at a later date.
On 21st June 1905 the Threshing Society members met Mr. Hunter of Ulster Bank, Wexford and signed an overdraft agreement for £600 to purchase the machinery with an interest rate of 4%. By 1916 the balance owed to the bank was £76-0-0. John Maguire, Clonroche was employed to take charge of the threshing machine at a weekly wage of £1.00, Laurence Rochford, Clonroche, was also hired as an 'oiler & general attendant' for the machine at a weekly wage of 10/-. Insurance for the 2 men cost £2-15-0 shillings.
Threshing started in mid September till December.
Areas threshed; Adamstown, Raheen, Chapel, Raheenduff, Coonogue, Brocurra, Castleview, Barmony, Galbally, Rathkyle, Kellystown, The Leap, Tomfarney, Ballyeden.
At a meeting on 19th Aug 1905 it was agreed to let the machine at a rate of 6 shillings & 6 pence per hour and to charge £1 to go into a haggard to thresh less than three hours work. All customers giving their Autumn threshing to the Society be charged only per hour for their Spring threshing.
.Morning start Steam Engine 6.00am - 10 or 11.00pm. Tractor 7am - 9.00 or 10.00pm. In 1908 the whistle was broken and replaced with a new one costing £1-18-0. less
2 shillings rebate for the return of the old whistle. They got their engine oils from Colledge Roy & Co. Manchester, one cask of 43 gallons of machine oil & 10 gallons of cylinder oil delivered to Chapel Station at a cost of £4-6-10 in 1906.
An interesting entry in June 1910 where the Threshing Society together with all other Threshing Societies throughout Wexford were asked by the Promoter of the Wexford Temperance Society to sign a document declaring that they would not allow their machine to any place where intoxicating drink would be distributed to the helpers.
The society met practically every month and the details of these meetings from 1905 - 1920 were meticulously detailed and written in beautiful handwriting and are proudly kept to this day.
After buying the Threshing Set the late Philip Jackman continued threshing until 1947 with the Steam Engine and
Threshing Mill. At this point coal had become hard to get and he changed to a T.V.O. tractor in the name of titan, he worked with that for 2 years, and on Fri 2nd July 1949 he decided to buy a new tractor - Field Marshall Series 111 at a cost of £640 including 10 gals of engine oil from J.H. Eames Machinery, Windsor Works, Windsor Avenue, Fairview, Dublin, (the original Bill of Sale in still in the possession of Phil Jun) When it came to Raheenduff the three men there on the day were:
Philip Jackman, senior; Richie Cleary & Phil Jackman, Jun,
who was a boy of 17 at the time. They continued threshing until 1966. The first place P. Jackman threshed was Cullen's, Adamstown and the last place was Revilles, Galbally.
(With thanks to Phil & John for the above history)
Joseph Mary Plunkett (1887-1916)
I see his blood upon the rose,
And in the stars the glory of his eyes,
His body gleams amid eternal snows,
His tears fall from the skies.
I see his face in every flower;
The thunder and the singing of the birds
Are but his voice-and craven by his power
Rocks are his written words.
All pathways by his feet are worn,
His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea,
His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,
His cross is every tree.
Poet, journalist and revolutionary, Plunkett planned and fought in the Easter Rising of 1916 in Dublin. He married Grace Gifford while in Kilmainham Jail just seven hours before being shot by firing squad on May 4th. He was 28
Jonathan Moore, Tomgarrow, Adamstown is the unofficial champion National Hunt Jockey for County Wexford as his 38 Irish winners in the curtailed season ended in March was his best seasonal total by far to earn him that distinction as he finished eight in the table, two ahead of Seán Flanagan. He also had a couple of wins in Britain. His notched his first winner in 2014. It is no coincidence that his improvement in the past year has come after linking up with one of the rising training stars in the country, Gavin Cromwell from Meath. The partnership yielded an impressive 33 of Jonathan's 38 winners. We wish Jonathan the very best in his career. It's lovely to see a local person doing well!
Each year the Church recalls the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven this year's feast day is on Thursday next 21st May.
''This same Jesus will come back in the same way, as you have seen Him go there' Recently someone said, it is a time for reflection' The lockdown has left us time to reflect on our lives, on our values, our relationships and on our sins.
On Wednesday last we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, which reminds us of the message Our Lady gave to the children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. Our Lady showed them a vision of hell where poor sinners go. She asked them to pray the Rosary each day, do penance and said many sinners go to hell because they have no one to pray for them. These days, give time to pray and repent for our sins and be ready when the same Jesus will return and we must render an account of our stewardship to Him.
'O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy. Amen.
THE DART TEST (St. Martin's Magazine)
A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in Sunday school class, given by her teacher Dr. Smith.
One particular Sunday as she walked into class on the wall was a big blank canvas and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smith told the class to draw on the canvas a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the person's picture. The pupils all drew pictures of people who had upset or annoyed them. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, and was pleased with the overall effect she
had achieved. The class lined up and began throwing darts. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripped and torn. Sally looked forward to her turn, and was filled with disappointment when Dr. Smith, because of time limits, asked the students to return to their seat. As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didn't have a chance to throw any darts at her target, Dr. Smith began removing the target from the wall.
Underneath the Target was a picture of Jesus. A hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced. Dr. Smith said only these words..
"In as much as you have done it onto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me" (Matthew 25:40)
There have been calls for a Derry-born nun who died while ministering to orphans in an earthquake in Ecuador, to be put on the path to sainthood. Sr. Clare Crockett (33) was killed as she tried to lead schoolchildren to safety when the earthquake stuck the Plays Prieta area of north-west Ecuador five years ago in April. Fr. Roland Colhoun, a priest of the Derry Diocese who knew Sr Clare as a teenager, told the Irish Catholic newspaper that he has witnessed the growing devotion and regularly receives calls from people looking for her grave, now a site of pilgrimage. "Since 2016, a devotion has grown up to her. Many people visit her grave, people are praying to her asking for favours, for her intercession. I have great belief in her holiness and she's a very powerful intercessor, he said" In the first instance, a cause for canonisation begins at the local diocese before a file is sent to Rome for consideration. Fr. Colhoun believes that it is important that people pray to Sr. Clare, and also hopes she might be canonised one day.
One fervent Hail Mary with love and thought said,
Is better than volumes of prayers poorly read,
If time and one's duties prevent a long prayer,
Just say one Hail Mary with fervour and care.
The "Golden Hail Mary" which from the heart springs,
The greatest of blessings from Mary it brings.
And we never will know till before Mary's throne,
How that daily Hail Mary brought us to her home.