Dating back to the 1860s Freshford was well known for its cricket club with talented and competitive players. It was so popular in the area that Freshford boasted two teams, The Freshford Hopefuls and The Freshford Emeralds.
And for Heritage Week, this part of the village’s history is being revived.
Freshford surnames such as Sutcliff, Maher, Deegan, Costigan, Warren, Lyster, Foley, Clifford, White, Keogh, Curran, Costelloe, Dooley, Griffith, Trevers, Marum, Wall, Butler, Julian, Stone, Fitzgerald, Hoyne, Butler, Doran, Grace, Carty, Brennan, Staunton, Connery, McGrath, Freeman, Mulhall, Kennedy, Banin, Barnaville, Quinn, Dillon, Kavanagh, Dwan, Kelly and Cahill played before large and vocal crowds.
Because of this great Freshford tradition, the Irish Conker Championship committee is appealing to these families and other families in the area to put their names forward as potential players in a game of cricket to be played in Freshford on August 28 from 3-6.30pm.
The committee is also appealing to the above-named families to check their attics and cellars for memorabilia associated with the playing of cricket all those years ago. Items such as photographs, press cuttings, cricket equipment, etc would be greatly appreciated and would contribute a link between the past games and this month’s celebration game.
The aim is to commemorate past cricket players with a celebration cricket match it is hoped today’s generation will proudly represent their ancestors. The match will consist of a visiting team versus ‘Freshford Hopefuls’. There could also be one or two celebrity players on the day.
Training will commence on the week leading up to the match. This team is not confined to men only but participants must be over 17 and reasonably fit.
For more information, contact Brenda on 087 6207882 or John on 056 8832290.