July 17th

The weekly “30” Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 22nd of July 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: Anne French, Kathleen Flood, Margaret Cashe and Callie Doyle – Oldcourt/Knockreigh.  Catering for the following Friday 29th of July will be: Gerty Mooney, Marie Mooney, Angela Furlong and Louise Furlong - Knockreigh  Proceeds will be going to the Parish Funds.

Card winners on Friday 8th of July were as follows:
Ann Lawlor, Kathleen Whelan, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Mick Kavanagh, Pat Ryan, Denis and Marie O’Connor, Jim Wickham, Tommy Kehoe, Maureen White and Pat Byrne.

Winning numbers were – 5, 11, 17 and 28.  There was no jackpot winner.  There were six match three numbers winners who were as follows: Enda Wickham, The Ballagh; Marion White, Rathsilla; Mary Mooney, Knockreigh; Paul Morrissey, Cassagh; Mary O’Reilly, Tomgarrow and N Wickham, Adamstown.  They all received €35.00 each.  The next draw is worth €2,300.00 and the seller of the winning ticket will receive €230.00. The next draw will take place in The Clock Ban on Monday 25th of July 2011.  All proceeds go to Adamstown FC, Adamstown GAA and The Parish Committee.

Reminding everyone of the Annual Cabaret in Cullen’s Lounge tonight (Saturday 16th of July) in aid of Cemetery upkeep.

A meeting of Adamstown Show Committee will be held in the Community Centre this Wednesday 20th of July at 9.00 pm.  All members please attend.

Michael Duggan visited Adamstown during the week seeking unmarked heritage sites for a County Library Project.  He would be grateful for any relevant information.  He can be contacted on 085 7776089 or emailed on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Raheen Family Resource Centre can now offer a Professional, Confidential Counselling Service.  This service is free of charge and counselling for a range of issues is available, such as: loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, anger/stress management, stress, bullying, depression, alcohol/substance misuse, self-worth/self-esteem and crisis intervention.  To arrange an appointment in confidence please phone Doris on
087 6187022.

The 11th Annual JKF Dunbrody Festival 2011 will take place in New Ross, Co Wexford from July 22nd to 24th.  The main attractions are Jeward and Wonderland who will be performing on Saturday 23rd of July at 6.30 pm (Gates open at 5.00 pm).  Tickets cost €10.00.
Tickets available from:
Dunbrody Visitor Centre, the Quay, New Ross
051 425 239
St Michael’s Theatre, South Street, New Ross
051 421 255
Caulfield’s SuperValu, New Ross
SuperValu Hypermarket, Waterford
SuperValu, Loughboy Kilkenny
SuperValu, Enniscorthy
Sean Caulfield Centra, Campile
Flood’s Centra, Ramsgrange
White’s Hotel, Wexford
Carte Dior Ice cream, The Quay, Wexford
053 9121 666

Online at www.jfkdunbrodyfestival.com

The residents are to be complimented on their work in beautifying the estate.  The great community spirit in the estate is an example which we all admire and hopefully will go from strength to strength.  Go Neiridh an Obair.

Councillor Connor Delaney, Nenagh Urban Council was elected deputy Mayor of Nenagh recently.  Connor is a native of Brocurra, Adamstown.  Well Done Connor.

Tony French, Oldcourt son of Lar and Ann French who is a Leaving Certificate Student in Good Counsel College has been appointed head prefect in the College for the coming year we congratulate him on this great achievement.

Members of the Holy Ghost Mission will visit Adamstown next weekend July 23th to 24th 2011.  Your generosity is much appreciated

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

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

Saturday 16th of July Mass at 8.00 pm – Eamonn and Martin Furlong, Glenour (A)
Sunday 17th of July Mass at 10.30 am – Margaret Kanavagh, Newtown (A)
Pray for Margaret Kiely, Glenour (A)
Saturday 23th of July Mass at 8.00 pm – Michael Lambert, Oldcourt (A)
Sunday 24th of July Mass at 10.30 pm – Tom and Mary O’Brien, Tomgarrow (A)
Pray for Molly Galway, Misterin(A)
May they Rest in Peace.

Saturday 23th of July Vigil Mass at 8.00 pm – Goretti Rochford
Sunday 24th of July (17th Sunday of the Year) Mass at
10.30 am – Geraldine Ridgeway

June and July are months when you can see the fruits of feeding all those garden birds through a harsh winter.  You can watch adult birds come and go with bills full of worms, caterpillars and other insects for their young chicks.  Many birds, such as Tits, can be beneficial to the gardener at this time of year; clearing flowers and shrubs of many insects but if greenfly and aphids get out of hand then a solution of water and washing up liquid or a soap solution can be a bird friendly way to rid plants of them.

Some young birds will have already fledged or left the nest and as a general rule they are duller in their appearance than their parents, and seem less sure of themselves as they flutter about, either following their parent’s calls or feebly searching for food themselves.  You may see young swallows that have fledged, perching for a while on a branch or a wire waiting for one of the parents to return with food.  Or you may see a young House sparrow fluttering its wings on the ground close to its parents.

On seeing these tiny birds flutter on their own they sometimes appear to be abandoned or lost.  But it’s not unusual for small birds such as Robin and Blackbird to leave the nest before they can fly and most are not in need of any help.  If you watch a bird and you are sure that this is not the case then the best action to take is to move it to a safe location with some cover and out a reach of cats.  The adult will usually hear its call and continue feeding it from the location.  If the chick is very small, with out feathers, the best thing to do is to place it back in the nest, if you know where it is.  Attempting to hand rear chicks is extremely difficult and more often than not results in failure.

Although most birds are not as vocal this time of year you can still hear birds like the yellowhammer sing continuously on the fine afternoons.  The song has been likened to ‘a little bit of bread without cheese’.  It’s one of our brightest coloured birds in summer and you may notice a bright flash of canary yellow fly out of the hedgerows as you drive past it.  Probably because of this bright yellow colour it was once believed that if a person with jaundice fixed a stare on a yellowhammer that the person would be cured and the bird would die.


There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea:
There’s a kindness in his justice, which is more than liberty
There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heaven.
There is no place where earth’s failings have such kind judgements given.
For the love of God is broader than the measure of man’s mind,
And the heart of the eternal is most wonderfully kind.
But we make his love too narrow by false limits of our own:
And we magnify his strictness with a zeal he will not own:
If our love were but more simple, we should take him at his word,
And our lives would be all sunshine in the sweetness of Our Lord.

(Fr W Faber)


Religion is not something outside
but in our hearts.
The essence of any Religion
is a good heart.

Happiness comes from kindness,
happiness cannot come from
hatred or anger.

(The Book of Wisdom)