Freshford - American Tea Party in the Freshford Community Hall

AMERICAN TEA PARTY-Freshford Acorn Club present American Tea Party in the Community Hall on Friday 18th May featuring the Fabulous Checkers. Dancing from 8pm till late – book your table now –just €10 pp including raffle. For further information or booking contact 087 2663615.

AMERICAN TEA PARTY-Freshford Acorn Club present American Tea Party in the Community Hall on Friday 18th May featuring the Fabulous Checkers. Dancing from 8pm till late – book your table now –just €10 pp including raffle. For further information or booking contact 087 2663615.

SOCCER NEWS-Congrats to the Freshford Town U17 boys and their management team who won the U17 Cup final last weekend defeating Fort Rangers 2-1 in the final. Fort Rangers had already won the league and were going for the double .The goals came from Eoin Vaughan one from the penalty spot and the other from a header. The local lads went 2-0 up in first hard and defended well in second half before Fort scored one but the Freshford defence held out, for hard fought victory.  This win will go down in history as the last team to win the U17 Cup. as the U17 league and Cup will cease this season. Well done to the young boys and all concerned with the winning team.

The U15 boys defeated Evergreen B in their last game of the league at the weekend on a 3-1 scoreline at home. John Campion hit the net twice with Dara Mackey getting the other goal.

Meanwhile the U10 boys season came to a close last Wednesday evening last when they played away to Ormondevilla and they finished the season on a high winning 3 -0.   It was a close game until Cian Franey broke the deadlock to make it 1-0 after some great work down the wing by Aidan Tallis and Alan Rafter.  After the break Freshford were much the stronger and had several close shots and some good saves by the Ormondevilla keeper kept the scoreline down to 1 -0 for a long time.  However, the Freshford boys kept trying and worked very hard and eventually scored two more goals, one from Cian Franey who followed up on a high ball after a great shot by Luke Holohan. The third goal came from Mark McCarthy, who finished well after the keeper blocked his first shot.  It was a super performance from the whole squad, something they have become used to from the U10’s all season long.  It was a friendly non competitive league with no league posting however the boys played superbly all season as if it were the Premier league & finished having played 13 games, won 7, drew 3 & lost 3. 

Team: A. Rafter, K. Dunne, A. Tallis, L. Holohan, C. Rafter, K. Dawson, D. Brophy, C. Franey, W. Cahill, M. McCarthy, M.Donnelly, C. Kelly, F. Keoghan, O. Bergin

 A big thanks from Alan and the management team to all their supporters and parents who helped with the transport and washing of the kits for both the U10’s & U11’s.  

 Freshford Town Junior side took on AC Kilkenny in the Divisional Cup game which was postponed from the previous week. They were defeated 3-1 with the Freshford Town goal coming from David Weedy.

Sunday May 27th is the Clubs Family Fun Field Day and it promises to be a great day with lots of things to do and see for all age groups from young to old.  On the day there will be a BBQ, shop, various stalls & stands, face painting, raffles, traditional sports day games including three legged races, sack races, egg & spoon race, various football competitions, penalty shootout, cross bar challenge, a radar gun to measure how fast you can kick a ball or puck a sliothar, tug of war, splat the rat and the presentation ceremony.  In addition there will be various inflatable items such as bouncy castles, bungee run, giant slide, obstacle run and a Rodeo Bull.  The event will also host the finals of the ‘Mini’ Euro12 soccer 7 aside tournament so come a long and join in the fun and have a great day out.  The committee are also looking for senior teams to enter the Tug of War competition so why not flex your muscles and put together a team, it could be your local bar, local sporting organisation or just a group of friends, for more information contact James Burke re same. 

Freshford Town AGM is planned for Sunday evening 7pm 20th May at the clubhouse Woodview.  All members, parents and interested parties are asked to attend to plan for next season.  A new committee and new managers are required for next season.

Registration nights will be arranged after the AGM and no membership or fees will be taken before the registration night.

Freshford Town would like to thank all those who contributed or helped with the clothes collection which went on for the past number of weeks.

Lotto – There was no Jackpot winner or no match three local in the KDL Lotto last week. Next weeks Jackpot is €5,550.00.. Meanwhile work has finished on the first section of the boundary wall at the sports field, with half the intended distance now standing. Its hoped the final section will be completed during next season. A special word of thanks to all who helped to get this work done to date.

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

GAA NEWS – - St Lachtains Intermediates had their first win of the season when they defeated local rivals the Emeralds of Urlingford in the first round of the Intermediate Championship ion Sunday morning last at Lisdowney.  .The game which was postponed from the previous week was played in beautiful sunshine before a big crowd. Forced to field without a number of regulars and introducing some of the younger players the game was level after the first ten minutes or so and the local lads went in ahead 0-10 to 1-4 at the break. St. Lachtains lads raised their game in the second half and went on to go into a 10pt lead with only minutes remaining. However the Emeralds did score a goal from a close in free in the closing minutes to leave the final score 1-18 to 2-8. They play Young Ireland of Gowran on Friday evening next at Muckalee at 7pm in the second round (see fixtures for confirmation)

Team: J.Meagher, M.Cormack, B.Hughes, T.Flynn, M.Kavanagh, B.Kennedy, J.Fitzpatrick, N.McGree, J.Dooley, D.Brennan, E.Guinan, B.Beckett, S.Donnelly, S.Farrell, M.Farrell – Subs. R.Dowling, L.Hickey.

The Junior B hurlers although missing some of their regular players put in a fine performance against a young Barrow Rangers side at Pairc Lachtain on Saturday evening least before losing out by 4-8 to 0-8.

The Junior A side had a fine win over Conahy on Friday evening in the semi final of the Northern Junior A League winning on a scoreline of 2-18 to 3-12. They will now play Graigue Ballycallan in the Northern League final on the weekending 25/26th May.

 The U-16 Hurlers meanwhile had a narrow win over Conahy Shamrocks in Jenkinstown on Wednesday evening last coming out winners on a 3-9 to 0-17 scoreline. They are now due to play Lisdowney in the next round this weekend but this fixture is to be confirmed.

Well done to two local boys Shane Donnelly and James Maher who were on the Kilkenny Minor Hurling side which beat Laois in Portlaoise on Saturday evening last in the first round of the Leinster Championship. .

 The Intermediate Hurlers play Emeralds in Lisdowney on Sunday morning next at 11.30 am in the postponed first round of the league

St.Lachtains GAA Club holds its annual Golf Classic in Rathdowney Golf Club on Monday of this week. 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.

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 begins this week in 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.

Edward Brannigan-The death took place last week at Prague House of Edward Brannigan late of Knockmannon, Lisdowney. The deceased who was advanced in years was a member of a well known family in the area. His remains were removed from Prague House to Lisdowney Church and Burial took place in Aharney Cemetery following Requiem Mass.

SQUASH- Freshford Squash Club will hold their 3rd Annual Squash Tournament from Thursday - Sunday, 17th - 20th May. Entry €15. Beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions for men and women. For more information please contact Pat Morrissey on 0877784144 or Micky Morrissey on 0861552744

SUMMER CAMP- You are reminded 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

congress-You are again reminded that Booking for the Eucharistic Congress inDublin are being taken at present. Bookings for any of the days from the 10th June to 16th June are available. Details re same can be seen on Notice Board in the local church Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague House Freshford every Friday from 10am to 5pm. All welcome

CARDS - The weekly 25 card drive run by St. Lachtains Camogie Club is held each Sunday night in the Club rooms starting at 8.30.m. All are welcome.

maeve Cuggy-The people of Freshford and the surrounding areas were saddened last week to learn of the death of Mrs. Maeve Cuggy (nee Butler) late of The Square Freshford and formerly of Clomantagh. The deceased who was in her mid 80’s had been unwell for a short time. She was predeceased by her husband Jim. Both she and Jim were well known in the greyhound racing circle and ardent members of the coursing Club over the years. She was a quiet and good living lady. Her remains were removed from Kennedy’s Funeral Home on Thursday evening last to St.Lachtains Church, Freshford. Burial took place in St.Lachtains Cemetery on Friday last following Requiem Mass. She is mourned by her son Ned, daughters, Marie, Sally and Therese, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, brothers, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is extended.

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.

Congratulations -and best wishes to Marie Phelan Garnamanagh and Padraig Lyng who were married at St. Lachtains Church, Freshford on Saturday last. Ceremony was performed by Canon S. Henry (former PP Freshford ). The bride was attended by her sister Brena and Susan and friend Annmarie Bergin as bridemaids, Best man was David Dunphy with Liam Lyng and P.J. Wilmot as groomsmen. Flower girl was Chloe Lyng. Music was by Margaret and Bridget Nolan.

SPIN THE WHEEL- The lucky winner of the Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on last Saturday night last was Tayna Hughes. Tayna spun the wheel and won herself €50. Second prize went to Marie Tobin. The Jackpot now stands at €1,000. 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..

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.