PRAGUE HOUSE DRAW - The first of three monthly draws in aid of Prague House Refurbishment fund place in Prague House on Friday evening last. – The lucky winners were: 1st €1,000 – Roddy & Ann Butler c/o J.Dermody -2nd - €1,000 – Liam Coogan, Coon and 3rd - €1,000 went to Mary Bowden, Gathabawn. The 2nd draw will take place on 15th November.
OASIS CHILDCARE CENTRE - Halloween Disco – Oasis annual Halloween Disco will take place on this Wed 31st October in the Community Hall at 6pm. Children are welcome to dress in fancy dress, lots of fun, goodie bags and screams guaranteed! Adult Art Classes. Artist and art teacher Mick Cantwell has resumed teaching art classes to adults on Thursday evenings. Classes are taking place in Oasis Childcare Centre and run from 8pm – 9.30pm. Students provide their own materials. Contact Mick on 087 0636556. Limited places available.
TOTS TO TEENS - Tots to teens are now up and roaring! We are all looking forward to their forthcoming production of “The Lion King” featuring Madagaksker! Any one wishing to get involved behind the scenes on the nights of the show would be most welcome. If anyone has any costumes they might wish to donate or lend the Group would be most grateful (these will be returned afterwards) and this would be a huge bonus to the Group. This year’s emphasis is on animal and jungle type costumes. You are invited to test your knowledge at the Groups table quiz on Friday November 30th in McGraths starting at 9.30pm. Table of 4 only €20. Prizes for the winning team and raffle on the night. All welcome! Information or queries before rehearsals on Monday evening or you can contact the Group on 085 – 7679240.
Freshford Squash Club -. Freshford Squash team started off very well in Division One of the Leinster League. They are top of the league table after three games so far this year. They lead by 6-7 points on the leader board. The league matches continue every Monday with games home and away for the 2012-2013 squash season. Freshford played Leinster B in their first match at home and won on a scoreline of 16-5. Their second match ended on a score of 16-4. This match was played away to Westwood B. Their third match of the year was at home to Belvedere A and the final score in that game was 13-5. On Monday last the team played Curragh B at home and this Monday coming they will play Naas in an away game. The club would like to wish all the team members the very best of luck in the Leinster League during the year. Anyone interested in watching the games are more than welcome. The club would like to remind everyone its members and anyone interested in joining that there is a blitz every Thursday at 8pm for both men and women. The club caters for all age groups from beginning to advanced. New members always welcome. Contact any committee member for information on joining the club. The membership for the year 2012-2013 is as follows: €50 single, €70 married/family, €5 juvenile. Membership is due before you receive your key as locks for this year have been changed.
FRESHFORD COMMUNITY MARKET - Freshford Community Market is held each Saturday from 11 – 1pm There are a number of stalls and a good variation of goods on offer This is a community initiative and you are urged to go along and support your local Community and maybe have a tea or coffee and some homemade scones or cakes all locally produced. The Group are asking especially for local support . . For further information on same you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600 GAA - Stl Lachtains Intermediate Hurlers booked a place in the semi finals of the Championship when they defeated neighbours Conahy on Saturday afternoon last at Ballyragget winning on a 4-16 to 2-11 scoreline. The game was evenly contested in the first half and Stephen Farrells goal left them 1-7 to 0-9 ahead at the break. However the Freshford lads upped the pace somewhat in the second half and two goals in quick succession from Bill Beckett and Liam Hickey sent them on their winning way and they came out easy winners at the final whistle. They now face Clare in the semi final, a repeat of the League final a few weeks ago which Clare won. The game will be part of a double header in Nowlan Park on Saturday next at 1.15pm. so it is hoped that all the supporters will get out their and support the lads. The U16 Hurlers are due to play Tullaoran in the final of the League next weekend at a time and venue to be confirmed (see fixtures for confirmation of same).
PHILIP KINANE CUP AND MCGREE SHIELD - The annual Philip Kinane Cup and McGree Shield Tournament will start next week with all first round matches on Sunday next 4th November.The Semi finals and final will be played on Sunday 11th November. The following teams will take part:C.Dawnson (Capt) L.Walsh, D.Maher,C.O’Leary, C.Dermody, C.Rafter, C.Franey, P.Walsh, M.Donnelly, B.Dermody, C.Neary – Managers – A.Dawson & M.O’Leary. P.Killeen (Capt) C.Dalton, J.Burke, P.Hayde, E.Garrett, C.J.Daly, E.Fogarty, T.Leukains, M.McCarthy, A. Ryan, J. Cantwell – Mangers. S.Killeen & B.Barnaville C.Rafter (Capt) L.Costigan, C.Colclough, R.Burke, D.Maher, C.Leahy, F.Keoghan, T. Rafter, O Bergin, M.Phelan, J.Bergin D.Bergin – Managers – P.Leahy & G.Rafter S.Rafter (Capt) C Power, P.Donnelly, C.Mullan, M.Neary, A.Rafter, S.Grace, J.Phelan, J.Hickey, E.Kenny-Landers, D.Killeen –Managers – D.Killeen & P.Donnelly. 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
VARIETY SHOW - Freshford Acorn Club present a Musical Tour of Ireland featuring a variety of music song and dance in Community Hall on Friday 16th an Saturday 17th November at8pm. sharp under Writer /Produce Moira Maher and Musical Director – Noel Cleere. The show is by ticket only and price is €10 per adult and €5 per child. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Karen Delaney on 086 3592925, S, Doheny on 087 6706087 or G.O’Reilly on 0872663615.
SOCCER - Freshford Town had a number of teams in action at the weekend.. The Junior side had a good win over Thomastown B on Sunday morning winning 4-0. Freshford Town U12’s suffered their first league defeat of the season on Saturday at Buckley Park. In fact this was the boys first ever defeat in a league fixture having gone unbeaten last year to win division two. However,they were outplayed by a much stronger Freebooters A team who themselves last year won the first division. Freebooters got off to an ideal start scoring two early goals inside the first 10 minutes before the Freshford boys could get into the game. However, to their credit Freshford pulled one back with a well worked free kick which Aidan Tallis finished to the net. A few minutes later Cormac Rafter had the ball in the net to make it 2-2 after some good play by Freshford, but unfortunately the referee disallowed it for offside.To make matters worst Freebooters made it 3-1 within a few minutes. In the second half the Freshford boys tried hard but time and time again they were outplayed by the superior Freebooters side. Freshford got their second goal with great work down the wing by Eoin Delaney and Eoin Kenny who crossed for Cian Franey to score a well worked goal but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and Freebooters finished much the stronger side, winning 7-2 in the end. The U-14 boys were at home to Callan Utd on Saturday, despite a couple of early chances on goal it was 0-0 at half time but in the second half the boys dominated the game and got their much deserved goal from Colin Rafter. The game finished 1-0 at the final whistle. Team C.Brophy,E.Garrett,C.Rafter,L.Campion,O.Kenny,B.Tallis,N.Brennan,C.Colcough, S.Rafter,C.O’Leary,C.Dawson,C.Dalton,J.Walsh,J.Burke,R.Burke. Training continues every Saturday morning for 5-9 year old with Gary Barnaville. All boys that age group are most welcome. The KDL lotto will hold its last draw on this Tuesday evening 30th October, A decision was made by the League to do so as it was running at a loss for some time. Thanks goes to all those who sold tickets or supported the draw over the last number of years. Work is ongoing within the club for the current Season. You can follow the clubs progress on facebook
DANCE CLASSES- Social dance classes will resume in St.Kierans Hall Johnstown started on Wednesday evening last and continues each Wednesday evening at 8pm. If you would like to learn to dance the Old time waltz, quick step, fox trot, jive etc.., you can go along on any Wednesday. You don’t need a partner just go along and bring your friends. For more information please contact 086825200.
UPPERCOURT - The luxurious UpperCourt Manor will host a Christmas partying he newly refurbished church on Friday the 14th December starting at 8.30pm Sharp.
The party is open to all businesses and the general public. Festive theme dress code (optional) and there will be spot prizes for best dressed given out on the night. So go along and eat drink and be merry. A fantastic night is guaranteed and all are welcome. Tickets are just €15 per person. For further information for bookings contact Denis or Collette on 087 2988397 or 086 0512770 or the students of Fresh start Programme. The Restaurant at Uppercourt is open every Sunday form 12.30 to 5pm.
The newly refurbished restaurant opened recently to the public and provides great quality food and value with choice of menu. The Restaurant is also open on certain evenings by booking only. They can also cater for parties, communion confirmation or other functions and overnight stays. For further details or for booking contact 086 0512770.
Marathon - Four local lads took part in the Dublin City Marathon on Monday last in Dublin Well done to Paul Dowling Andrew Martin, Paul Phelan, Noel Maher who have been in training for past number of weeks for the event. All proceeds are in aid of Prague House.
VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY- The local Branch of St.Vincent de Paul Society meet on the last Thursday evening of each month. For further information or help you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136
CARDS - St. Lachtains Camogie Club weekly 25 Card game recommence recently after the summer break and will continue each Sunday evening in the Club Rooms at 8.45pm. All are welcome.
PARISH MASSES - Morning Mass in Freshford Church each morning of the week is at 9.30am except on Mondays . Mass in Prague House on Mondays at 9.30am and in St.Catherines Nursing Home on Tuesday at 3pm. Tulla Church – Friday 7.30pm. Vigil Mass in Freshford on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm.. Visitation of the sick and homebound on First Friday of each month. Anyone new who needs to be added to the list should contact Fr. P. Comerford on 8832843. There is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague House Freshford every Friday from 10am to 5pm. All are welcome
SPIN THE WHEEL - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel last week in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last was Mary Brennan, Ard Lachtain. Mary spun the wheel and won herself €60. Second prize went to Mark Bowden, Woodview. The Jackpot now stands at €750. The draw is run each Saturday night as part of St.Lachtains GAA Club fun raising events.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP - Freshford Active Retirement Group meet every second Tuesday in the local Community Hall at 3pm with Bowling at McDonagh Junction on alternative Tuesdays. New members are always most welcome. For details contact Kathleen on 8832362or Joan on 8832316 One of the three teams which were entered in the Regional finals of the quiz recently came out on top winning first place. Congrats and well done to the winning team.
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YOUTH - The members and Committee of Freshford Youth Club wish to thank all who supported them at their draw at the COnker Festival last weekend. The winner of the Bears Birthday was Jennifer Hickey,Woodview and the winner of guess the amount Sweets in the jar was John Burke.