Freshford Town held its second annual family fun field day

RACE NIGHT - The Board, Sisters and Staff of Prague House, Freshford would like to thank sincerely everyone who helped to make their Benefit Night of Greyhound Racing on Friday night last a great success.  Thanks to the Sponsors of races and prizes to all those who advertised in the race card, ticket sellers and those who bought tickets, the track management and staff for their great assistance on the night.  A special thanks to Denis Lennon and Family, Threecastles who kindly donated a ten month old bitch which was auctioned on the night by Shemie Healy.  The following were the prize winners for the tickets purchased before hand:-  1st prize  Marie Hogan, Cascade, Freshford,  2nd prize  Peter Maher, Ballydowel, Rathmoyle,  3rd Prize Teresa Dillon, Kilkenny Road, Freshford,  4th prize  Eileen Lennon Gragara, Jenkinstown,  5th prize Emer Murphy, Belville, Freshford, 6th Prize Julieanna Griffin, 57 Ballindicey Road, Mayfield, Cork,  8th prize The Walsh Family, Kilrush, Freshford. 

RACE NIGHT - The Board, Sisters and Staff of Prague House, Freshford would like to thank sincerely everyone who helped to make their Benefit Night of Greyhound Racing on Friday night last a great success.  Thanks to the Sponsors of races and prizes to all those who advertised in the race card, ticket sellers and those who bought tickets, the track management and staff for their great assistance on the night.  A special thanks to Denis Lennon and Family, Threecastles who kindly donated a ten month old bitch which was auctioned on the night by Shemie Healy.  The following were the prize winners for the tickets purchased before hand:-  1st prize  Marie Hogan, Cascade, Freshford,  2nd prize  Peter Maher, Ballydowel, Rathmoyle,  3rd Prize Teresa Dillon, Kilkenny Road, Freshford,  4th prize  Eileen Lennon Gragara, Jenkinstown,  5th prize Emer Murphy, Belville, Freshford, 6th Prize Julieanna Griffin, 57 Ballindicey Road, Mayfield, Cork,  8th prize The Walsh Family, Kilrush, Freshford. 

CAMOGIE - St. Lachtains Camogie Club are having a Coffee Morning / Cake Sale in the Community Hall, Freshford on Sat 2nd June from 10am to 12 noon, All Support Welcome! Also, the Camogie Club are holding a Monster Progressive Card Game on Sunday 10th June in the Community Hall at 8.30, Tickets €10 can be purchased from any committee member.

FIELD DAY - Sunday May 27th Freshford Town held its second annual Family Fun Field Day. It was great day for the family with the sun blazing down and with lots of things to do and see for all age groups There were various stalls, BBQ, shop, & stands, face painting, raffles, various football competitions, penalty shootout, cross bar challenge, a puck a sliothar, tug of war, splat the rat and the presentation ceremony.  ( Full report next week on winners of various competitions)

In the ‘Mini’ Euro12 -U11 - 7 aside competition was held from early morning with nine or ten teams participating from Kilkenny City ,Fort Rangers, Thomastown, Evergreen, Carlow – St.Pats and three teams from Freshford itself. Winners of Mini Euro U11 Fort Rangers (Spain) who beat England (Freshford3) on penalties in a very closely contested final when both teams scored one each.  Third place went to Holland (Freshford 2) who also won on penalties by defeating Thomastown (Croatia) in another very closely contested game.(full report next week) The Cup was presented to the Captain of Fort Rangers with medals and trophies for runners up and third and fourth places.

Presentation was made to U10 and U11 for Players of year etc afterwards and the following were the recipients -

U10 Players Player of the year - Dean Brophy

U10 Most improved Player - Luke Holohan

U10 Top Goalscorer - Cian Franey

U10 Player of the year - Aidan Tallis

 U11 Players Player of the year - Elijah Garrett

U11 Most improved Players - Eddie Cahill & Jack Crosby

U11 Top Goalscorer - Cian Franey

U11 Player of the year - Team Award all outstanding

U11 Div.2 KDL Player of the Year - Cian Franey

The Winner of raffle first prize- trailer of sticks and coal -Conor Donnelly many other raffle prize winners congrats to all.(full results next week)

Lotto - There was no Jackpot winner in the KDL Lotto draw last week and next weeks Jackpot is €6,000.00.. Freshford Acorn Club will hold its first AGM on this Thursday evening 24th May in the Community Hall at 8pm. They will be reporting on a very successful year and reviewing it plans for the coming year. New members welcome

VINCENT DE PAUL -Freshford St.Vincent de Paul Society meet every month on the last Thursday evening of each month and are busy and active at present . For any information or help please contact their private number on 085-2758136

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION -To mark the occasion of Ireland hosting the International Eucharistic Congress our parish will have a special Corpus Christi procession. On Wednesday 13 June while the Congress is in progress in Dublin there will be Mass in Freshford at 7.30pm. This will be followed by the traditional Corpus Christi procession round The Square. Pride of place will be given to this year’s First Holy Communion class and Confirmation class.

GAA NEWS -St. Lachtains The U-14 hurlers beat Glenmore in Pairc Lachtain in the second round of the league last week. Their next game is away to Slieverue. The U14 Football team play Cloneen/Railyard in the final of the league this week in Castlecomer.

The Minor team beat Galmoy/Windgap in the first round of the Conahy tournament last week. They now play Erins Own of Castlecomer in the next round to be played in Freshford on this Thursday evening at 7pm.

The Junior A Hurlers played Graigue-Ballycallan in the final of the North Junior A League final on Friday evening last in Urlingford and were beaten by the narrowest of margin after extra time.

The Junior B hurlers meanwhile were beaten by a stronger Dicksboro side in the first round of the Joe Walsh Cup played in Palmerstown A feature of this game saw the return to the field of play of some former legends in the absence of some of the younger players who failed to turn up.

Training continues as arranged for the Intermediates panel who take on the Emeralds in the first round of the Byrne Cup competition to be played in Pairc Lachtain this week.

St.Lachtains GAA Club held its annual Golf Classic in Rathdowney Golf Club recently with a big number of teams taking part. (A list of results will be published in next week’s issue).

 You are reminded that you can support your local GAA Club –when purchasing or renewing your home, car or van Insurance with Campion Insurance. Simply quote. Kilkenny GAA/St.Lachtains when contacting Campions for your quotation and Campion Insurance will give €10 per policy to the local Club. Open to all existing and new customers.

VOLUNTEERS PLEASE - Names of volunteers to steward at the triathlon in Kilkenny on Saturday 28th July must be with Club Officers as soon as possible. This is a good fundraising opportunity for the Club so please help out if you can

crosby-The death occurred last week of Michael Crosby of Prague House and late of Ballyroe Freshford. “Tarzan” as he was affectionately known to all who knew him was widely known in the village and surrounding areas. He was in his early 80’s and had been unwell for a short time. He was a hard working man in his younger years and a most inoffensive character. His remains were removed from Prague House to St.Lachtains Church Freshford. Burial took place in St. Lachtains Cemetery following Requiem Mass on Friday last. Sympathy is extended to his brothers, sisters and extended family.

OASIS CENTRE - A free six week programme designed to build self- confidence, learn new communication skills, set personal goals, consider your strengths and appreciate yourselves is being held at present the Oasis Childcare Centre..

Summer Camps - During the month of July Oasis centre will be holding four summer camps – “50 Thins to Do” has a super busy schedule designed for 4-6 year olds and will be held from 2nd to 6th July. Children will cram creative activities, crafts, dance, drama, construction and instillations into a 2and half hr programme each morning. Then from 9th to 13th July they hold “Summer Music Madness” for all children of Primary school age with Instructors Maura, Patrick and Isabelle Rafter who will tech music through fun and in a relaxed environment the children will have the opportunity to learn violin, cello, guitar, and sing and appreciate pop music. From the 16th to 20th July the Oscar nominated company Cartoon Saloon will hold a workshop for children between the age of 8 and 15 called “Animation Workshop with Cartoon Saloon”. There is the possibility of holding two workshop –one from 101m to 12.30pm and one from 1.30 to 4pm, depending on interest. Fabian who is currently nominated for an award in the Allianz Awards 2012 will teach children how to design characters, design a sequential storyboard and visualize a story, learn animation principles and techniques and create their very own animation scene. Then lastly from the 23rd to 27th July Valeria owner of the Blackbird Art Gallery in William Street Kilkenny will take children from 7 to 15 year old on a whirlwind journey of different techniques and challenges and will open up endless possibilities within their creative minds working with huge selections of mediums, indoor and outside. All camps will be two and half hours long and will cost €50 except for “50 Things to Do” camp which will cost €40. For further information contact Grace on 8832700 and you are advised to Book early.

Coffee morning- in aid of Prague House will be held in Threcastles Hall on Saturday 9th June from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

SQUASH -Freshford Squash Club held their 3rd Annual Squash Tournament recently with divisions for Beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions for men and women. This was a very successful event with many participating in the various divisions. There was a selection of prizes varying from Killarney Crystal to Galway Crystal. Many thanks to all involved in the organisation and running of this enjoyable tournament. The winners and runners up are as follows: Division A Men’s Final: Winner: Kieran Maher Runner-Up: Neil Brannigan Division B Men’s Final: Winner: Ryan Luther Runner-Up: Eoin Morrissey Division C Men’s Final: Winner: JP Luther Runner-Up: Dermot Murphy Division D Men’s Final: To be played: Brendan O’Reilly verses Jamie Byrne Womens Final: Winner: Casey Luther Runner-Up: Marie White Division B Men’s Plate: Winner: Micky Morrissey Runner-Up: Brian Dunne Division C Men’s Plate: Winner: Toddie Kiely Runner-Up: Martin Walsh Division D Men’s Plate: Winner: Philip Brennan Runner-Up: David O’Reilly Women’s Plate Final: Winner: Helen Byrne Runner-Up: Irene Bergin

SUMMER CAMP - Please note that Freshford Summer Camp 2012 takes place from 30th July to August 3rd. For more information on same or to register please contact JJ on 086 8629666

Adoration- of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague House Freshford every Friday from 10am to 5pm. All welcome

BOWLS - It bowling time again. The annual Bowling Competition at Cascade is starting on the 15th June. Anyone interested in taking part should have their names in by 14th June at the latest. For information or to register please contact Murt on 8832268 or 086 3654492.

DANCEWISE- Dancewise Academy Dance and Performing Arts Class for girls and boys are held each Thursday evening in Freshford Community Hall for 4- 18 years old. All welcome. For more information contact Melissa on 86 – 3349692.

SCHOOL ENROLEMENT - The process of enrolling new pupils for the school year 2012/2013 is currently under way in St. Lachtain’s N.S., Freshford. Enrolment packs have already been sent out to those on our list. If you require one please contact the school office on (056) 8832400.

If you are new to our area, or just a parent in the process of trying to decide which primary school to choose for your child, please feel free to contact us at the above number to arrange an informal chat / tour of the school. All enrolment forms must be returned by the end of May.

An ‘Open Afternoon’ for the new Junior Infants of 2012/2013 has been arranged for Wed. 6th June from 2-3pm. Parents will be able to meet with the Junior Infant Teacher and the Principal at this time, and enjoy a brief tour of the school followed by some light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there.

Freshford Active Retirement -Group meet every Tuesday in the local Community Hall, at 3pm with various activities. New Members are most welcome . Members also play bowling every second Tuesday in McDonagh Junction

Thai Chee- Classes are held each Monday evening in the Community Hall from 6.30 – 7.30p.m. New members are most welcome also.

JACKPOT WINNER - There was no Spin the Wheel Jackpot in Kavanaghs Winner of the recent Jackpot of €1,000 Mrs. Marie King, Buncrussia Street received her cheque recently The draw will resume next week when the Jackpot will start again at €200. The draw takes place each Saturday night and is organised by St Lachtains GAA Club as part of their fund raising and is held every Saturday night in Kavanaghs bar..

SHAVE OR DYE- Saturday night last the Shave or Dye took place n Kavanaghs Bar with a big crowd in attendance. There were ten or eleven people including many locals participating getting their head shaved or dyed.. It was a great success and all proceeds on the night are being donated to Cancer Research. Amongst those getting shaved for the charity were Tomas Flynn, Nicky Bergin John Treacy James Kavanagh and those getting dyed included Darren Burke, Debra Delaney, Peter Phelan, Moira McCarthy. Thanks to all those who helped out and the hairdressers and helpers who gave their services free of charge. (photo to go along with this item attached)

tidy-People are reminded to keep our village tidy and clean. Children are being encouraged to use the bins providing around the villages and estates when disposing of their litter and it is hoped that the adults with follow suit also for a cleaner and tidier village and environment.

Congrats - to Aine Connery from Jenkinstown who has been chosen on the Irish Hockey Panel for the English Cup to be held in June. Aine is also an ardent member of St.Lachtains Senior Camogie Team.

Phelan’s Hardware - Phelan’s Hardware Ballyragget wish to make it known that their store is now reopen on Wednesday’s throughout the summer months. The Company are delighted to be able to offer full opening hours to all their customers again and wish to thank all their customers for their patience over the past eighteen months.