January 9th 2011

The weekly “30” Card game continues in the Community Center this Friday 14th January at 9.00 pm.  Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week.  Catering on the night will be: Mary Galway, Helen Furlong and Breda Bolger - Misterin.  Catering the following Friday 21st of January will be: Geraldine Ridgeway, Patricia Furlong and Cathy Delaney.  Proceeds will be going to the Parish Funds.

Last weeks winners were as follows: Matt O’Neill, Joe Deacon, Sean Cullen, Johnny Nolan, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Kay Whelan, Ann Lawlor, Ned Evoy, Lona Whelan, Bridie Dillon and Bess Wickham.

Winning numbers are – 1, 9, 14, 23.  There was one Jackpot Winner: Susan Kehoe, Coolaught.  The following match three numbers: Ger Murphy, Ballinaslaney, Peggy Gethings, Adamstown and Rita Power, the Leap.  Next draw is worth €2,150.00 and it takes place in Cloch Ban on 17th of January 2011.

Adamstown National School re-opens this Monday 10th of January at 9.20 am.  Wishing all Staff and pupils a happy and fruitful New Year.

Adamstown GAA Club is organising a Celebration Dinner Dance in the Horse and Hound, Ballinboola on the 29th of January 2011.

Adamstown Athletic Club will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday 10th of January at 8.00 pm in the Community Centre.  All members please attend this important meeting.  New members are welcome.


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There were traces of metal artifacts in the Adamstown region dating from the Bronze Age, indicating settlements there in pre-historic times.  There are three different theories as to the origin of the name Adamstown.

The place was first called MAGHERANEVIN and means the Plains of the Berries.

Adamstown may be a corruption of Abbanstown as St Abban founded a monastery here in the 7th Century.

Adam Devereux built a castle here in 1418 and local people called the place Adamstown, after him.

The Marshall Family was the chief landlords here during the Anglo-Norman settlements.  By 1247 there was no male heir in the Marshall family so their daughter married William de Valence, Earl of Pembroke.  From the 15th to the 17th century the Devereux’s were the landlords here.  They were Catholics and owned two Castles in the 17th Century.  In the 15th Century the Sweetmans had property at Collop’s Well, Adamstown, and it is from this family that Bishop Nicholas Sweetman is descended.  He was 42 years Bishop of Ferns (1745 – 1786).  He died in 1786 aged 91 years.  He lived through the Penal Period and suffered much as a result of the Penal laws.  Adamstown also feature in 1798.  The United Irishmen were under the leadership of a prosperous farmer Michael Downes in the Adamstown area.  The Rev John Shalloe a Catholic priest from Adamstown tried to rescue the Protestants from the Scullabogue barn massacre.  There was emigration from Adamstown during the famine period (1845 -1847) and after that fine land was divided into substantial groups of farmsteads including Kellystown, in the parish of Adamstown.  Here eight families held a joint lease on 120 hectares of land from a small absentee landlord.  The average valuation of the farmstead was as low as thirty shillings.  This area was as low as thirty shillings.  This area was Gaelic heartland of Co Wexford and the families possessed Gaelic names, Murphys, Doyles etc.

Today the land is still rich agricultural land and horse breeding is practiced here.  The present day village has a modern community hall, a Catholic Church, shops, supermarket and a post-office.  Although still small, it has contributed much to the cultural and economic life of rural Wexford

We extend our congratulations and warm wishes to Jenny Whelehan, Woodveiw Drive and Connor Murphy, Ramsgrange who got engaged over Christmas.

Featured recently in ‘Wexford People’ was Adamstown Native Kay O’Regan, Monageer and is originally a member of the O’Brien family, Tomgarrow.  It was her son Fintan led her to start jogging.  She and her husband Joe celebrated their 50th Birthday crossing the finishing line hand in hand in the London Marathon.  She has participated in Marathons in Prague, Paris, New York, Boston, Amsterdam, Vienna and Norway.  Down under her grandson Alex is shaping up well as a national champion juvenile at the age of 17.  Well done Kay and Joe!

An annual feature of Christmas in Dublin is the Fast by students and teachers of Belvedere College.  A recent new comer is Brendan O’Shea (Adamstown) no stranger to harsh weather conditions as a national cross country champion.  Brendan was deeply moved by the conditions he saw of people sleeping rough on the street of Dublin on cardboard and sleeping bags.  The Annual Fast raised €10,000.00.

Saturday 8th of January Mass at 7.00 pm – Mick Whelan, Tomgarrow (A)
Sunday 9th of January Mass at 10.30 am – James Kent, Adamstown (A)
Saturday 15th of January Mass at 7.00 pm – Mary Byrne, Kellystown (A)
Sunday 16th of January Mass at 10.30 am – Mick Kehoe, Margaret and Frank Brady, Ann Fortune and Hannah Coady (A)
May they Rest in Peace

Saturday 8th of January Vigil Mass at 7.00 pm – Ellie Walsh
Sunday 9th of January Mass at 10.30 am – Sleelagh Delaney
Saturday 15th of January Vigil Mass at 7.00 pm – Majella Stafford
Sunday 16th of January Mass at 10.30 am – Catherine Moore

The funeral mass for Mrs Susan Stafford took place in Newbawn on Thursday 6th of January.  To her husband Jim our sympathy and also to Ian Stafford, Fairfield her grandson and all the extended Stafford family.  May she rest in Peace

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Just a thought – Jack Quinn

One evening a group of friends were chatting together when one woman became agitated.  She had forgotten to do the lotto.  There was a certain amount of panic while enquires were made about the nearest agent as she dashed off.  She was soon back, breathless but delighted to have been in time, and every relaxed, feeling that in some way they had survived a crisis.
The winning numbers were soon announced on Television.  She compared them carefully with her own.  To her annoyance she only had got two right.
It brought to my mind an incident that had occurred in a leper colony.
Visitors had come to see the work being done, and were being shown around.  They eventually came to a hut in which were housed some of the worse cases of the disease.
When they entered they found a young worker busy in the centre of the hut cleaning and dressing sores.
They stood watching for a few minutes and then one of the visitors commented “I would not do that for a million pounds.”
The worker answered “Neither would I.”
What was the connection between the two incidents?
I suppose it was that there is more to life than money, and that God can reward us in a lot of ways that are far more valuable.