ATHLETIC CLUB -- Well done to Luke Byrne, who has his first All Ireland Cross Country race under his belt
Luke put in a great run finishing 35th position out of the 167 best boys U12 distance runners in Ireland, Luke was 8th in the for Leinster. We will see Luke in action again next weekend competing in the u11 boys All Ireland cross country that will be held here in Rothwell's field opposite the Church in Adamstown. Luke's race is timed for approx 11.40am start, so if you are in the village why not drop into to the field and give him some encouragement. We wish Luke the best of luck.
Meanwhile on the county front, the athletic club is taking part in the winter middle distance cross country league held between 6 clubs in Wexford, Adamstown will host stage 3 of the league, this league is to encourage participation in middle distance events, large numbers have been turning out for stage 1 and 2. Full details later.
ALL IRELAND CROSS COUNTRY
Sunday 9th December will be a very proud day for the Adamstown Athletic Club, for its past, present and future members. The club has been honoured with the hosting of the All Ireland Cross Country Uneven Age Group and Novice Event. Club members are busy organising catering, parking and stewarding for the event and we are grateful of the support and help we have received from the people of Adamstown and athletics community throughout CountyWexford to date.
To help with the running of the event Fr Nolan has kindly brought forward mass to 9.00am on Sunday morning to facilitate traffic coming into the village and athletes who wish to attend mass before their event. The athletic club would be grateful if you could let your neighbour or members of the parish aware of this change in mass time. Mass on Saturday evening 7.30 will have a special athletic theme, it would be nice to see as many member of the athletic club past and present there on the night before our big day.
As between 700/800 cars are expected to arrive in the village on Sunday 9th a traffic plan will be in operation at peak times. A one way system in and out of the village will be in operation, if you are in village please cooperate fully with our parking stewards who are giving their time freely and voluntary to the club to help with the smooth and efficient running of the day.
Lastly if you are planning on a wild night in the local watering holes, aka Cullens or Brag Ogs and leaving the car behind, can you please park in the church car park or arrange an early collection before 8.30am as the village and street will become congested from early morning. We appreciate your co-operation.
The weekly "30" Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 7th December at 9.00 pm. There is €220 in prize money on offer each week. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering the following Friday 7th Dec will be: Kathleen Barden, Maura Barden, and Siobhan Hynes & Rosie Siggins. Proceeds going to Parish Funds. Card Winners on Friday 23rd November were: Sean Doyle, Mick Reville, Pat Quinn, Willie Kehoe, John Hanley, Matt O'Neill, Jim Wickham, John Furlong, Sean Cullen & John Nolan. Christmas Ham winners were: Tom Rochford & Mick Finn.
The Christmas Hamper draw to be held in Cullen's Lounge on Saturday 15th December. Tickets €2. Book of 3 €5. Christmas tree lighting in the village at 5.30pm Saturday 15th December.
LADIES FOOTBALL AGM
The Adamstown Ladies Football club held their Annual General meeting last week in Newbawn hall and the following officers were elected for the year ahead:
Chairman – Ted Bradley. Secretary – Karen Scallan. Treasurer – Michelle O'Brien. Assistant Treasurer – Bridget "Babs" Kent. Child Officer – Carol Mernagh. Registrar - Caitriona McCabe. Managers positions are still to be finalised and anyone in a position to lend a hand should contact 085-8563972 as soon as possible.
Teams to be entered include, Under 10, under 12, under 14, Under 16 and under 18. Following a long discussion it was agreed to apply to be regarded from senior to intermediate football at adult level. Thanks to all supporters who followed the teams during the past year, and hopefully the same support will be there in the year ahead.
CEMETERY AGM REPORT
The Annual General meeting of Adamstown Cemetery Committee was held recently in the Community Centre, there was the usual attendance but there were no new parishioners present. Fr. Robert Nolan P.P., Chairman, presided and opened the meeting with a prayer for all Deceased.
Items discussed were improving the lighting at the churchyard entrance to the cemetery, resurfacing the path from Cullen's entrance, and the digging of graves.
David Power, Treasurer, gave a full financial account, which stated the committee to be in a sound financial position, thanks to the generosity of everyone supporting the annual cabaret and the Patron day collection.
Terry McDonald, Hon. Secretary, thanked his fellow officers and committee members for all their work and co-operation, and said he would not be seeking reelection after being in the position for 19 years. Fr. Nolan P.P. thanked the officers and committee for the continuing care and attention they give to the cemetery. He also thanked the FAS workers.
The election of officers for the coming year :- Chairman, Fr Nolan, Hon Sec, Liam Whelan, Treasurer, David Power, Committee: Peter Kelly, John Power, Martin Kelly, Jimmy Kelly, Tom Hendrick, Michael Galway, John Furlong, Pat Lawlor, John Kehoe, Eamon Furlong & Terry McDonald. Best wishes are extended to the committee to keep up their valuable community work.
READERS OF THE LITURGY: Saturday 8th December 7.30pm – Francis Gallagher. Sun 9th Dec Mass at 9am – Kathleen O'Connor.
MASS SERVERS: Fri 7th Dec 7.30pm – Caitlin Harler, Tara Delaney & Stephen O'Dwyer. Sat 8th Dec 7.30pm - Brian O'Gorman, Sarah O'Gorman & Stephen O' Gorman. Sun 9th Dec – 9am – Niamh Doyle, Kieva Hynes, Pawek Jaglarz & Jack Whelan.
IN MEMORIAM: Sat Dec 8th Pat Byrne, Raheenduff (A) May he rest in peace. Feast of the Immaculate Conception Sat Dec 8th, holy day of Obligation mass at 10.30am Aidan & Kathleen Furlong (A) Vigil mass, Fri Dec 7th @ 7.30pm Liam Kelly, Ballyvergin (A)
NOVEMBER MASSES: About 300 people attended the November masses ( an average of 60 people each night), Many thanks for your generosity.
Our best wishes to Mrs Celia Heffernan, Ballyshannon on her 90th Birthday which she celebrated last week. Celia ( Creane ) is formerly of Glenour. She joins Willy Lawlor, Kit O'Connor, Mgt Comerford, Mamie Breen ( Delaney ) Mai Moore, her classmates of yesteryear in reaching this milestone. Mrs Bridget Cummins, Raheenduff also celebrated her 90th birthday this year. We extend our best wishes to all of them.
It's that time of year again and Newbawn Parish Council are putting on their 2nd Annual Concert. It takes place on Friday 7th December in the Sacred Heart Church starting at 8pm sharp; doors open at 7.30pm with everyone to be seated by 7.50pm and don't forget your cushion.
Artists on the night are New Ross Confraternity Band, Stephen Murphy, Tomas Whelan, The Kennedy Sisters, Murphy Barron Band and Newbawn Folk Choir. Door prizes on the night include 2 night stay in the Gibson Hotel Dublin. There will be a raffle on the night and refreshments served afterwards.
Tickets are €10 and are on sale in Foleys Bar and Takeaway, Newbawn, Bradleys PO, Newbawn and Cullen's Gala Adamstown. Also tickets will be available at the door on the night. For Ticket Sales please ring 085- 8563972.