May 29th

CARDS
The weekly “30” Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 3rd of June at 9.00 pm.  There is €220.00 in prize money on offer each week.  Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week.  Catering on the night will be: Mary Dunne, Mary Jackman, Ann Jackman and Eleanor Power – Raheenduff.  Catering for the following Friday 10th of June will be: Ann Foley, Ann Barron, Mary Power and Kathleen Murphy - Coonogue.  Proceeds will be going to the Parish Funds.

Card winners on Friday 20th were as follows:
Terry McDonald, Ann Byrne, Mary Jackman, Betty Power, Tommy Kehoe, Seamus Joyce, Kay Whelan, Marian McCauley, Ned Evoy and Patsy Byrne.

ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
Winning numbers are – 1, 13, 17 and 25.  There was no Jackpot Winner.  There was one match three numbers winner who was: Jonathan Moore.  Next draw is worth €4,900.00.  Winning ticket seller receives €400.00.  The next draw will take place in Murphy’s Pub, on Monday 30th of May.  All proceeds go to Adamstown FC, Adamstown GAA and The Parish Committee.

ADAMSTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS

Enrolment
If you have a child starting in Adamstown National School in September 2011 and have not already enrolled your child, please do so within the next week.

Sport
At the County Primary School Sports on 18th of May, our school performed fantastically well bringing home a record haul of five medals.  Bronze U-9 Long Jump – David O’Gorman; Bronze U-9 60m sprint – Rachel Power; Gold U-9 Long Jump – Kate Jackman; Gold U-11 Long Jump – Triona Mooney and Gold U-12 High Jump – Ryan Carthy Walsh.  Congratulations to all who took part.  Many thanks to the Parents who accompanied the children on the day.  Thanks also to Adamstown AC who work tirelessly with the children of the area.
Rounders:  our boys and girls teams are doing very well; the boys have beaten Castlebridge, Taghmon, Raheen and lost to Barntown.  The girls have beaten Castlebridge, Taghmon and Barntown and lost to Raheen.

A word of thanks and appreciation to the Parents Association who have again this year facilitated the vegetable garden in the school, which has now been planted and is growing well.  Thanks also to the parents who gave up their time over the weekend of the May Bank Holiday to bag-pack in Dunnestore, Enniscorthy to raise fund for our school.  Well done.

CEMETERY MEETING
A meeting of Adamstown Cemetery Committee will be held in the Cemetery this Monday 30th of May at 8.00 pm.  This meeting will be making final arrangements for the new book about St Abban’s Cemetery which is going to print shortly.  All members please attend this meeting.

Entry forms and the full schedule of all the various classes in this year’s Show are available this coming week from Kay McCabe (Hon Secretary), Ballyvergin House, Adamstown, on 053 9240635 after 7.00 pm; or email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or visit our website www.adamstownshow.com.  Support your Local Show!

AUTISM COLLECTION
The annual Church Gate Collection taken up at last weekend masses came to €64.50.  Thanks to the people that made a donation.

TIDYTOWNS
Well done to the village of Newbawn which was so well tidied up for the confirmation on Wednesday last 25th of May.  The preparation before hand was co-ordinate by the Tidy Towns Committee and FAS workers.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Congratulations to our 2nd Class Boys and Girls who made their First Holy Communion on Sunday last 22nd of May.  The children looked splendid and were well prepared by both parents and teacher Mrs Jennifer Carroll and Fr Nolan.  The school choir of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class children greatly enhanced the ceremony, music accompanist were Ms Maire Reddy and Mrs Caroline Hosey.  The children who received their First Holy Communion were: Sharon Booth, Leah Bradley O’Connor, Leah Carthy Walsh, Melita Iovan, Cora Moran, Rachel Power, Rachel Redmond, Katie Sugrue, Mureann Stafford, Sarah O’Gorman, Cloe Quirke, Roisin O’Neill, Jerry Connors, Sam Murphy, Nathan O’Brien, Nathan Thorpe, Leon Sinnott, David Kormashchuk, Stephen O’Dwyer, David O’Gorman, Graham O’Reilly and Pauil Jarglar.
Congratulations also to Patrick Morrissey of 6th class who was confirmed by Bishop Denis Brennan in Newbawn on Wednesday last 25th of May.

Home visitation will be held on the first Friday and Saturday of June.

Daily Mass at 9.30 am (unless otherwise stated).
Adoration from every Monday to every Friday at
7.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

ADAMSTOWN/RAHEEN PRAYER GROUP
The Prayer Group meets every Sunday in St Abbans Oratory from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm, all are welcome.

IN MEMORIAM
Saturday 28th of May Mass at 8.00 pm – Mary Kate Galway, Tomgarrow (A)
Sunday 29th of May Mass at 10.30 am – Francis Furlong, Misterin (A)
Saturday 4th of June Mass at 8.00 pm – Willie Moore, Oldcourt (A)
Pray for Pat and Aidan Lawlor, Newtown; Phena Walsh, Misterin and Patrick Kiely, Glenour whose anniversaries occur at this time.  May they Rest in Peace.

READERS OF THE LITURGY
Saturday 4th of June Vigil Mass at 8.00 pm – Anthony McGee
Sunday 5th of June (Ascension of the Lord) Mass at
10.30 am – Kathleen O’Connor

A BRIEF HISTORY
Magheranevin was the old name of Adamstown it translates to the plain of the berries.  In 1418 the name Adamstown was given to the parish when Adam Devereux built a castle there.  The name Magheranevin continued to describe Adamstown as late as 1600.  The present parish church dedicated to St Abban was built in 1835.  Stones from the ancient parish church of Doonooney were used in the building of this church.

The Local Graveyard
The graveyard in Adamstown exemplifies a towering historical context.  The cross of St Abban dates back to the early ninth century.  The graveyard also contains examples superior stonemasonry and craftsmanship that chiefly transpired from the 16th century onwards.  Myles O’Brien was a distinguished stonemason.  Headstones carved at the time regularly illustrated the crucifixion, the sun and the moon, as well as the Lotus tree which was a symbol of resurrection.

THE CUCKOO
Another of our most famous summer birds is the cuckoo.  They arrive around mid April from Central or Southern Africa.  It is the males who do the ‘cuck-oo’ and their entire body contracts with the efforts it takes.  Once they have attracted a mate it is the females who then go in search of other bird’s nests in which to lay her eggs.  Dunnocks, Meadow Pipits, Robins. Pied Wagtails, Reed Warblers and Black Caps all lay victim to the Cuckoo.

If the nest is positioned in such a way that the Cuckoo cannot lay her eggs directly in the nest she will lay it on the ground and then carry it to the nest in her bill.  Once the young Cuckoo is hatched it pushes the remaining eggs out the nest and receives the full attention of the unsuspecting surrogate parents.  Sometimes it can take such a huge effort for small birds such as the Robin to feed such an enormous chick that they do not survive the following winter.

There were many superstitions surrounding the Cuckoo.  If you heard the first Cuckoo with your right ear you would have good luck for the rest of the summer but if you heard the Cuckoo with your left ear bad luck would befall you.  If you heard the Cuckoo while you were stooping there would be a death in the family and similarly in a graveyard.  It was also held to be very sensible to sell your cattle and buy corn on hearing the first Cuckoo of the summer.

Sadly Cuckoo numbers have declined significantly in the last 25 years partly due to loss of their own habitat and partly due to the loss of the habitat of the birds whose nest they lay their eggs in but here’s hoping we all hear the Cuckoo with our right ear this summer.
(Colin Gallagher)

A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Expect nothing, but know that
great things are ahead for you.
(Paul Wilson)