June 30th 2019

The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 5th July at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 5th will be: Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Anne O’Brien & Eileen Moran. On Fri 12th will be: Dympna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean & Marie Dunphy. On Fri 19th will be: Ann McDonald, Una McDonald & Sinead O’Gorman. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 21st were: Bridie Dillon, Chris Byrne, Matt O’Neill, John Hanley, Terry McDonald, Pat Byrne, Johnny Furlong, Jim Wickham, Kay Whelan, Patsy Byrne.
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 5th July in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €6,000. Keep on buying the tickets and be in with a chance.
The 72nd Annual Agricultural, Horticultural, Trade and Vintage Show will take place in Adamstown this coming Saturday 6th July. Judging will commence at 10.00am in the usual venue, thanks to the Cullen, Whelan and Redmond families and Coláiste Abbáin Secondary School. The Show Committee has spared no effort to have this year’s Show the best ever, with a total of 249 classes to be judged, and be seen by young and old alike during the day long event.
There are 36 Perpetual Cups and Trophies to be won in the Horse and Pony Section (contact Abi Kent 087-915470); Sheep has 23 classes (contact Gavin Rothwell 087 – 2023784): Horticulture, Cookery, Vegetables, Arts etc., 123 classes (contact Mary Mernagh o87 6320174): Dog Entries and Show Jumping entries will be taken on field. Late entries will be accepted in all the above classes. Trade Stands welcome; contact Eunan Flood 087 – 6143207. Shamrock Vintage and I.C.A. Display, Dolly’s Super confectionery.
Children’s entertainment etc., plus the Tattersalls and Redmills All-Ireland Brood Mare Championship at 2pm. (approx). Lots of car parking space available. Please obey the car-parking stewards, and make their work easy.
Admission: Adults €8.00; O.A.P’s and students €5.00; children under 12 free. Come early and enjoy the event.
Thank you for your support.
For general enquiries contact Hon. Sec. Patrice Byrne on
087 – 6166926.
Congratulations to Brian Kirwan, Barrack’s Rd, who won his Class and came 11th overall in the European Hill Climb Rally in France on the June Bank Holiday weekend. Well done Brian!
On Tuesday last 20 6th class children graduated from Adamstown N.S. They attended Mass in St. Abban’s in which they were deeply involved in the ceremony.
Thanks to Fr. Nolan, Principal Mr. Cousins, Class Teacher Mrs Jennifer Carroll, Ms Rea and the school choir, and all the other school staff who helped to make the day so memorable. They all received their Graduation Certificates and later with parents, grandparents, siblings they enjoyed some lovely refreshments in the school. Thanks to the Parents Association members for organizing this. We wish the young students every happiness and good wish as they embark on the next stage of their lives in the various schools.
Just a reminder about our Annual Outing on July 17th (Wednesday) A deposit of €15 non-refundable to be paid by Saturday 6th July, not Wednesday 10th as previously advertised, ad bus has to be booked by then. Don’t forget our I.C.A. stand at Adamstown Agricultural Show on Saturday July 6th, we will have a beautiful display of crafts and you will be assured of a great welcome. Contact Helen on 086 3454036, or any I.C.A. member re; trip, or any question you might have about I.C.A.
St. Abban’s Adamstown GAA Club has won a gold category award in the Leinster GAA Beko Club Awards 2109.
This award rewards clubs for best practice in club development, games promotion and player retention. In conjunction with Beko and O’Neill’s the club will receive €1,500 worth of sports equipment. The award was presented to Dessie Doyle, club chairman on the pitch in Croke Park at the Leinster Football final.
Reminder to mark July 13th in your diary as it is the date that the official opening of the new pitch will take place.
Sports Stars in Conversation’ a sports forum featuring Kevin Doyle, Aileen Gilroy, Jonathan Moore, Michael Furlong and John Mullane in Coláiste Abbáin on Friday July 12th at 8.3pm. Admission is free.
Are you unemployed and eligible for the Tús Programme (on Jobseekers’ Allowance for over a year?) If so, Wexford Local Development is taking applications for people to work on the Helen Blake replica boat project. Contact 087 9959012 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The boat is being built at Bevel Woodworking School. The building of the vessel will take approximately 18 months. The project enables people to get work experience and gain valuable skills under the supervision of local shipbuilder John Colfer.
Sat 29th June - Robert Barron Jun, The Leap & Kildare (A)
Sun 30th June - Pat Foley, The Leap (Month’s Mind)
Sat 6th July - Jim & Jo Redmond, Misterin (A)
Sun 7th - Joe Bradley, Glenour & Bill Bradley, Woodview Drive (A)
Tuesday July 2nd - Mass at 7.30 pm - Diza McCabe, Ballyvergin (A)
May they rest in peace.
Sat 29th - Ross English, James Furlong, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle
Sun 30th - Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska
Sat July 6th - Megan Martin, Faye Hynes, Shóna Duggan, Katelyn O’Shea
Sun 7th - Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty.
Sat 13th - Leah Sinnott, Jack O’Shea, Stephen Power
Sun 14th - Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska
Sat 29th - Eoghan Greene.
Sun 30th - Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 6th July - T. J. McDonald. Sun 7th - Callie Doyle
Sat 13th - Ulick Stafford. Sun 14th - Ann Ryan
Thanks to the ladies from Brocurra for looking after the Church and Altars for the month of June. It is now the turn of ladies from Doononey/Rathkyle for the month of July.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Monday - Friday each week night.
St. Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night in St. Abban’s Oratory at 7.30 pm.
IF YOU have concerns for yourself, a friend or family member, talk to someone. There are a number of help lines and services available, including:
The Samaritans: 24/7, 365 days a year. Helpline: 116 123 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email response within 12 hours)
Childline: Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to 19 years of age. Helpline: 1800 66 66 66 (no caller ID or tracing of calls). Or text ‘Talk’ to 50101.
Teen-Line Ireland: Helpline for young people who feel lonely, anxious, vulnerable, depressed or suicidal. Helpline: 1800 833 634 (every night 8 pm to 11 pm, Wednesday 4 pm to 11 pm)
Aware: Online, telephone and face to face support and assistance to all affected by depression. Helpline: 1890 303 302 (10 am to 10 pm).
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others and if you can’t help them at least don’t hurt them.
Our sympathy to all the Connors family on the death of their aunt Mrs Kate Murphy, 10 Upper Mary Street, New Ross who died on Monday 24th June. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Mary & Michael’s Parish Church, New Ross on Wednesday last, with burial in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.
May she rest in peace.
THE SHAPE THAT I’M INby Author Unknown
There is nothing the matter with me.
I am as healthy as I can be.
I have arthritis in both my knees.
And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze.
My pulse is weak and my blood is thin,
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.
Arch supports I have on my feet,
Or I wouldn’t be able to be on the street.
Sleep is denied me, night after night,
But every morning I find I’m all right.
My memory s failing, my head’s in a spin,
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.
The moral is this, as my tale I unfold,
That for you and me, who are growing old,
It’s better to say, “I’m fine,” with a grin,
Than to let folks know the shape that we’re in.
How do I know my youth is all spent?
Well, my get-up-and-go just got up and went.
But I really don’t mind when I think with a grin,
Of all the grand places my get-up has been.
Old age is golden; I’ve heard it said,
But sometimes I wonder as I get in to bed.
With my ears in the drawers and my teeth in a cup,
My eyes on the table until I wake up,
E’er sleep overtakes me I say to myself,
Is there anything else I should leave on the shelf?
I get up each morning and dust off my wits,
And pick up the paper and read the obits.
If my name is still missing, I know I’m not dead,
So, I have a good breakfast and go back to bed.
REFLECTION – Loneliness (Sr. Redempta Twomey – Far East Magazine)
In Ireland loneliness has become a silent epidemic; it is, as one doctor wrote, “the most unrecognised health crisis of this generation.” It is more pervasive in our time than in former generations. We see the breakdown of community, the loss of neighbourhoods, and our increasing individualism militating against a caring outreach that keeps an eye out to help others. No one has ever walked our earth and been free from the pain of loneliness. To be lonely seems to be a part of our human condition. To escape the pain of loneliness there are innumerable distractions at hand, entertainment, shopping, travel, for a few brief hours we try to escape our restless heart. “Are you lonely? Have you ever been lonely? are not questions that come easily but they may be a way to help others. People are more willing to tell you they are depressed than to admit to loneliness, but sensing that you really care will help them. A readiness to listen is the gift we must offer; it is a first significant step.