May 22nd


The weekly “30” Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 20th of May 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: Cathy O’Gorman, Bridget O’Gorman, Ann Stafford, Kay Whelan and Agnes Whelan - Kellystown.  Catering for the following Friday 27th will be: Bridget English, Rita Furlong, Catherine English and Bernie Power – Raheenduff..  Proceeds will be going to the Parish Funds.

Card winners on Friday 13th were as follows:

Joe Deacon, Mick Kelly, Mick Kehoe, Jim Wickham, Bridie Dillon, Chris Byrne, Maureen White, Pat Byrne, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Kathleen Whelan and Ann Lawlor.


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.


Congratulations to Margo Murphy School of Irish Dancing, Adamstown who took part in the WIDA European Championships in Berlin, who danced up against dancers from Poland, England, Ukraine, Spain, Belarus, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and of course Ireland.  It was a great experience to dance on such an open platform and up against such variety of Irish Dancing styles.

The girls won in total 11 medals, 2 glass trophies and 2 sashes – where Kim White, Niamh Bradley O’Connor, Chissy Whitty, Shauna Whitty, Hayley White and Josephine Connors were placed in the European and grade Championships.  We had a great time and hope to return again next year!!


The SFC round 2 took place in New Ross on Saturday the 14th last.  Adamstown played Clongeen and came away with a draw, on Sunday afternoon the Juniors Football team played New Ross in Bree they lost.  Later that evening the Junior D Footballers played Fethard and won.  On Monday the 16th last the U16 played St Fintans in the hurling and won, Tuesday 17th the U12 Hurlers played Cushinstown in A-Town in the Go Games Championship and won (5-3 to 4-2).


In need of a good family night out?  Adamstown GAA is hosting a greyhound night on Thursday 23rd of June in Enniscorthy Greyhound Track.  Tickets are €10.00 per adult and children go free.  Tickets are available from Adrian Morrissey on 083 4271623 or any committee member.


Day two of the County Track and Field Championships proved to be equally as successful for the athletes of Adamstown Athletic Club as Day one.  Everyone competed to the best of their ability and enjoyed the competition.  Results are as follows:

U9 Girls Relay – 2nd Ella English, Roisin O’Neill, Laura Dooley, Leah Carthy Walsh and Alannah Stauton

U10 Girls 100m – 3rd Rachel Power

U10 Girls Long Jump – 3rd Rachel Power

U10 Girls Ball Throw – 3rd Rachel Power

U11 Girls 100m – 2nd Tara Doyle

U11 Girls Long Jump – 3rd Sonia Mooney

U11 Girls Shot Putt – 2nd Eodhain Stafford

U11 Girls Relay – 1st Tara Doyle, Sonia Mooney, Rachel Power and Kate Jackman

U12 Girls 600m – 2nd Triona Mooney

U12 Girls Ball Throw – 1st Marguerite Furlong and 2nd Triona Mooney

U13 Girls 100m – 2nd Shannon Wall

U13 Girls High Jump – 2nd Shannon Wall

U13 Girls Relay – Shannon Wall, Triona Mooney, Zara Power and Aoife Muldoon

U16 Girls 1500m – 2nd Patrice O’Gorman, 3rd Claire Stephenson

U16 Girls High Jump – 3rd Claire Stephenson

U9 Boys Relay – 2nd Colin Stephenson, Cathal Doyle, Eamon Byrne, Robert Wall, Ben Wall and Laurence Power

U10 Boys Long Jump – 1st Craig Wall

U13 Boys 100m – 3rd Ryan Carthy Walsh

U13 Boys Ball Throw – 3rd Ryan Carthy Walsh

U13 Boys 600m – 2nd Jack Power

U14 Boys 1500m – 1st Liam Stafford

U14 Boys 200m – 2nd Liam Stafford

U14 Boys Shot Putt – 3rd JP Furlong

Well done everybody.


CALL is a confidential phone line operated by trained volunteers.  If you are worried, stressed or maybe you’d just like to have a friendly ear to listen to you, we are here.  Or, if you have more specific problems we can suggest services available to you in county Wexford.  The Call service is completely private and confidential.  Call – 1890 22 55 55 – each evening from 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm.


A meeting will be held in Adamstown Community Centre on Wednesday 25th May at 8.00 pm to discuss Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) for the community.  Everyone is welcome.


Knock Summer Festival June 24th – 26th Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo strictly 18-35’s.  Book now €70.00 includes Food and Accommodation, Limited Places.  The Festival is a three-day event.  Over the three days there will be music, talks, workshops, prayer and much more.  The festival is a chance to step out of the busyness of everyday life and come away to relax, recharge and re-energise.  It also gives you a chance to explore, ignite and celebrate your faith.  All events take place in Marquees on the Knock Shrine Grounds!  So this June 24th – 26th come to Knock to experience a weekend like no other!  Over the weekend there will be:  Special talks by Ronan Johnson, Lino Rulli ‘the Catholic Guy’, and many more.  There will be workshops on drum, dance, art, prayer, clay and pottery and scripture.  Music over the weekend will be by Elation Ministries, concert and Hip Hop dancing on Friday night.  All accommodation is based in marquees, so bring a sleeping bag and we will provide the airbeds!  Please call us on 087 6927850 to find out more …


Best wishes to the Boys and Girls in Raheen and

Newbawn who will be confirmed by Bishop Denis on Wednesday May 25th.

Daily Mass at 9.30 am (unless otherwise stated).

Adoration from every Monday to every Friday at

7.00 pm to 8.00 pm.


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

Rosary at Grotto Knockreigh each evening in May at

7.30 pm.  All are welcome.


Saturday 21st of May Mass at 8.00 pm – Bernie Whitty, Oldcourt (A)

Sunday 22nd of May Mass at 10.30 am – Owen Doyle, Coolnagree (Months Mind)

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)

Pray for Michael Delaney, Brocurrow (A)

May they Rest in Peace.


Saturday 21st of May Vigil Mass at 8.00 pm –

Liam Whelan

Saturday 28th of May Vigil Mass at 8.00 pm – Majella Stafford

Sunday 29th of May (6th Sunday of Easter) Mass at

10.30 am – Kay Whelan


To this day rumours persist that King Edward actually died a Catholic after a deathbed conversion.  Fr Cyril Forster, a Catholic priest, is said to have been taken by

Sir Ernest Cassell, a Catholic covert and the king’s close friend, to see King Edward as he approached death.

Fr Forster’s great-niece left a note referring to the king’s deathbed conversion as “a ‘Family Secret’ – the Old Rake’s Repentance”.

The universe Catholic Weekly of May 13th, 1910 reported that the king’s last big religious function had been the procession of the Blessed Sacrament of Lourdes, where, apparently, he had paid a visit barely a fortnight before his death, entering the grotto and evidently praying at the church there.  And so the rumour mill grinds on and leaves us with an intriguing thought: was the last Catholic monarch actually King Edward VII?


The Beautiful Hands of a Priest

We need them in life’s early morning,

We need them again at it’s close,

We feel their warm clasp of true friendship,

We seek them when tasting life’s woes.

At the altar each day we behold them,

And the hands of a king on his throne,

Are not equal to them in their greatness:

Their dignity stands all alone;

And when we are tempted and wander

To pathways of shame and of sin,

It’s the hand of a priest will absolve us –

Not once, but again and again;

And when we are taking life’s partner,

other hands may prepare us a feast,

But the hand that will bless and unite

us is the beautiful hand of a priest.

God bless them and keep them all holy,

for the Host which their fingers caress

When can a poor sinner do better than

to ask Him to guide thee and bless?

When the hour of death comes upon us

May our courage and strength be increased,

By seeing raised over us in blessing the

beautiful hands of a priest!