August 30th 2020

Flu vaccination will be available from the 3rd week in September 2020. Due to greatly increased demand for flu vaccination this year, it is recommended that people book their vaccination appointment early. Please call Gerry, Nicola or Claire on 053 9240460 to book an appointment or visit for further details or find us on facebook at Adamstown Pharmacy.
Major work undertaken by Wexford Co. Council to repair serious damage done to the Barrack's Bridge some time ago has now finished. This was a huge undertaking, and well done to all involved in the works for the quality and finish they were able to achieve. The new stonewall is a work of great craftsmanship and looks fantastic. Before the work commenced, the river had to be blocked and redirected,
over 40 brown trout were taken out of the river and relocated elsewhere, some fish are already back in the river.
Well done to all involved in the work - a job well done.
The organizers of the Annual Hope & Dream 10 fundraising race for the Hope Cancer Support Centre and Co. Wexford Hospice Home Care have decided that this year's event is going ahead in a virtual form. For the many people who planned to participate in the event can still participate by holding their own Hope & Dream 10 anytime during the week of September 21st to Sept 27th. They hope to have 2,500 register for the event. If you have not already registered you can do so now online at the 'enter online' page of
Funding for both charities has dramatically fallen during Covid 19, sixty percent of the money raised will go towards the Hope Centre and forty percent to Hospice.
Well done to Adamstown Intermediate Footballers who defeated Glynn-Barntown by 1 - 15 to 1-9 in the Joyces Expert Intermediate 'A' Football championship group B played in the Ferns Centre of Excellence on Sunday last.
Good luck this Sunday to Adamstown Ladies, as they take on Clonee in the Bodibro Senior Football championship semi-final in Farmleigh at 5pm. The game is streamlined live by Wexford ladies' football on their Facebook page.
We should be looking forward to our Annual Patron on Sunday 6th September, but unfortunately Covid 19 has made this impossible to hold in the normal form. People may still decorate and look after their loved ones graves.
The graves will be blessed privately at Patron time as with other years. Please God we may be able to hold our Annual Patron as usual in 2021.
LOOKING BACK - Mr. Thomas Carey
Mr. Thomas Carey, The Barrack's Road, Adamstown, a native of Kilworth, Fermoy, Co. Cork, first came to Wexford in 1934, he retired from Adamstown Vocational School in 1973. He was a teacher of Irish and German, and
became the third teacher in charge during the Emergency, and later became Principal. Part of his job was to canvass for Enrolments, this was not an easy task in the early 1940's, the idea of a fourteen year old still going to school was mostly regarded an ridiculous. At this stage the school was on the point of closing, however due to the dedication and endurance of Mr. Carey, he managed to keep the school open. The school was such a success it was found necessary to take over the Old National School building. This building was repaired and was used for Woodwork,
and Metal work Instruction. The boys also had classes in Science, Mathematics, mechanical drawing, German and General subjects. The girls had Cookery, Needlework, Typing, Shorthand, Book keeping, German. Teachers in
the school at that time were: Mrs K. Fortune, Doononey, Mrs M. Ryan, Wexford, Tom Powell, New Ross, David Caffery, Enniscorthy and Dan O'Keeffe, who like Mr. Carey was a native of Co. Cork.
The Vocational school has served our Community well over the years, thanks to Mr. Carey it is here today. We hope it will continue to thrive for many generations to come.
(The above information was given to Betty O'Shea by the late Tom McDonald, Ballymacksey)
We extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Agnes Curtis and family on the sudden death of her husband Jimmy Curtis,
Loughnageer, Foulksmills, former member of Wexford
Co. Council, National Ploughing Association and International Tug of War Association.
Jimmy was an active member of Coláiste Abbain Board of Management for many years and campaigned tirelessly for the new school. His funeral Mass took place in St. Aidan's Church, Clongeen on Wednesday with burial in the New Cemetery, Clongeen. May he rest in peace.
Our condolences also to the family of the late Mrs Mary Kehoe, Charleton Hill, New Ross and formerly Carrigbyrne.
Mary was elected Treasurer of Coláiste Abbáin Parents Association in 1984 when it was first formed and was a
great worker for the school, she was generous with her time and talents. Her funeral Mass took place in St. Mary's and St. Michael's Parish Church, New Ross on Monday last with burial afterwards in Newbawn Cemetery.
May her kind soul rest in peace.
Tuesday next 1st September is
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
Sat 29th - Michael, Maureen, Br. Brendan, Edward, Bridget,
Thomas Delaney, Misterin (A)
Sun 30th - Pat Power, The Leap (A)
Sat 5th Sept - Paddy and Molly Larkin, Adamstown (A)
Ann English, Glenour (A)
Sun 6th - Peg & Paul Kearns, Raheen (A)
May they rest in peace.
First Friday Sept 4th - Mass at 9.30am
First Sat Sept 5th - Mass at 9.30am: Mass for Walter &
Annie Kent, Adamstown (A)
Laurence Power, Adamstown (A)
Readers of the Liturgy are invited to submit their names for resumed Liturgy Readings at morning and weekend Masses.
If you would like to be part of the list of readers, please give your name to Cáit in the coming week. If you were on the list of readers before Covid 19 and do not wish to continue, please also let Cáit know. Thank you.
(From the Bishop's House)
"The situation regarding Religious Services in place of worship (including Funerals) remains unchanged (ie pods of up to 50 with social distancing etc) The limit of 6 is for indoor settings in home and applies to funeral related events in private home (e.g. Wakes etc)"
Priests are asked to be ever more mindful of the requirements to respect these norms.
Priests are also asked to draw to the attention of the faithful, the "strong recommendation" of Bishop Brennan that face coverings be now worn both as an extra precaution against Corona virus and as a source of reassurance to other members of the congregations.
Early in World War 11, when the German Luftwaffe began the blitz of London, the capital's underground railway station - deep below the streets of the city, were used as air raid shelters. In 1940 and '41, thousands of people crowded into and huddled on the platforms and in the passageways to avoid the bombing. The British government, fearful about an outbreak of influenza ordered half a million masks, and urged people to wear them during the Blitz.
The first person in modern times to advocate the wearing of
face masks to control the spread of disease was Dr. Wu Lein
Teh, a Malaysia-born Chinese man. In 1910 when the Manchurian plague was raging and 60,000 people had died in four months, he was sent to Harbin. There he performed the first-ever post-mortem examination on a woman who had died from the epidemic. He concluded plague could be transmitted by human breath. When he died in 1960 the Times said, "By his death, the world of medicine has lost a heroic and almost legendary figure and the world at large one of whom it is far more indebted to than it knows"
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK - Prayer for Grandchildren
For the many grandparents who feel lonely and sad in not being able to be close to their grandchildren at this time
Lord, I love my grandchildren;
Each one gives my old heart a lift.
I smile to myself when I see my children's traits break out in their children;
the same hair or a hand gesture,
the same laugh or roguish eye,
the same freckles or frowns, the way they strike a ball.
Lord, I am proud of them, yet I ponder and I worry:
What will become of them in the years I'm not around?
I hope they will grow strong in spirit,
Will overcome set-backs and reach towards high dreams.
May they walk tall and be always honest.
My secret hope is that they will think kindly of me
and see some little things they would wish
to become part of themselves,
Yes, Lord, this last bit would mirror
my happiness in heaven.
Please grant it Lord, Amen.
Morning Masses are celebrated at 10.00am followed by Adoration until 12 noon and evening Masses will be held at 8pm. A Holy Hour will be conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays. The priests saying the 8pm Masses this week are:
Fr. Brian Broaders, Rathnure on Tuesday.
Fr. Billy Swan, Enniscorthy on Wednesday.
Fr. Joe McGrath, New Ross on Thursday.
Fr. Gerry O'Leary, Horeswood on Friday.
Fr. Jim Cogley will speak at the weekend Masses.
Speakers this week include: Ann Donnelly, Health Worker; Brid Carroll, Bereavement Support; Alice McLoughlin, Counsellor and Fr. Robert Brophy, Mayfield Parish, Cork.
The Church is open each day and anyone who wishes to visit the Island is welcome to come for their own individual pilgrimage as usual with social distancing. For further ongoing information, daily reflections, and to take part in the Virtual Pilgrimage to our Lady's Island Facebook page or
Thanks to the ladies from Brocurra for looking after the Church and Altars for the month of August. It is now the turn of parishioners from Ballyvergin/Glenour for the month of September. Thank you all.
"Said the robin to the sparrow,
I should really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush and Worry so.
Said the sparrow to the robin,
Friend I think that it may be
That they have no heavenly Father,
Such as cares for you and me"
(Ireland's Eye)