A barking success

TOTS TO TEENS - Tots to teens is back with a roar again this year. Registration will take place in the Community Hall on Friday 7th September between 5 – 6p.m. for this year’s production of The Lion King featuring Madagascar. All 6 -16 year olds are welcome. The Group hold their AGM in the Community Hall on the 12th September at 8pm. All parents are asked to attend the AGM. Rehearsals will resume on Monday 17th September . All details will be available on the evening of registration or you can contact 085 7679240.

TOTS TO TEENS - Tots to teens is back with a roar again this year. Registration will take place in the Community Hall on Friday 7th September between 5 – 6p.m. for this year’s production of The Lion King featuring Madagascar. All 6 -16 year olds are welcome. The Group hold their AGM in the Community Hall on the 12th September at 8pm. All parents are asked to attend the AGM. Rehearsals will resume on Monday 17th September . All details will be available on the evening of registration or you can contact 085 7679240.

COMMUNITY MARKET - Freshford Community Market which started up recently is held weekly and is growing in statute. The market is held each Saturday in number of stalls will increase over the coming weeks and the variation of goods on offer also This is a community initiative so go along and support your local Community and have a tea or coffee and some homemade scones or cakes all locally produced. The Group would ask for local support . . For further information on same you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600
 GAA - The St. Lachtains GAA Club greyhound benefit night was a great success and the club would like to thank everyone who helped to make the night a success.  A big thank you to everyone who sponsored races, purchased race card advertisements, purchased tickets , supplied prizes for the raffle, and all those who sold the tickets.  A special word of thanks to local man Michael Bergin who kindly donated a year old black bitch which went up for auction and purchased by a local syndicate of ten, also a big thank you to track manager Tom Kinane and his staff for their great help and assistance.  The following were the winners of those who purchased tickets:-  Seamus Burke, 5 ArdLachtain, Freshford, Ciara Allen, Three Castles, Davin McArdle, Sart, Joan Hickey, Garnamanagh, Bridget Doyle, Prague House, Freshford, Ashley Kennedy, Inchmore, Michael Walsh, Woodview, Freshford; Brian Kennedy, James Meagher and Bill Beckett were part of the Kilkenny Intermediate Hurling panel who were defeated by Tipperary last week end in the All Ireland final. Brian is also a member of Kilkenny U21 team who are through to the All Ireland Final.
Intermediate : The Intermediate hurling team played Ballinakill in a challenge recently as part of training for the championship . Training continues as arranged. The u-21 team played Kilkenny U-17 in Pairc Lachtain recently also. Squads -St Lachtains had big interest in the County last weekend .On the U-14 squad travelling to Waterford were Shane Dawson and Cian Lyng . Travelling as part of team management was Jim Lyng. On the U-15 squad were Ross Walsh , John Campion and Cillin Hughes . Cillian is out injured with a damaged thumb .The U-15 squad travelled to Wexford . Darren Brennan and Paul White travelled to Tipperary as part of two U-16 squads  .The U-17 squad travelled to Mallow and this squad included Alexander Rafter and Criomhtain Bergin while Tom Doheny is part of team management .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

SOCCER - Training continues every Wednesday evening at the Sportsfield at Woodview at 7.30pm. The team will play in the 2nd Division this season. They played A Number of challenge games recently and also took part in the Tullaroan Annual tournament. Training resumed for the new season for U11’s & U12’s (last years U10’s & U11’s) and continues each Thursday evening at 6pm at Woodview.  There was registration and a parents meeting recently with all parents invited to attend to discuss some new rules and changes for the new season and to register the boys (€20 per player).  Any new players are welcome to join these age groups or other older age groups. Work is continuing in the pitch at present for the forthcoming season. You can follow the Club on facebook for up to date forthcoming events.

Lotto - There was no Jackpot winner in last weeks KDL Lotto

Marathon - Anyone interested in participating in the Dublin City Marathon you are asked to please contact Paul Dowling on 087 6657366 for details. The group will meet twice weekly in preparation. All proceeds will be in aid of Prague House

Golf - Freshford Gold Society had their Outing to Rathdowney recently with big turn out. Winners on the day were – Jonathan Doheny – 40pts (22) Shane McGree -39pts (13) J.J.Tobin – 39 pts (17) and Alan Rafter – 38pts (17); Front nine – G.Hughes, Back Nine – N.Crosby, Nearest to Pin – Joe Crosby.The next outing is on the 15th September in Faithlegg ( Captains Day). Freshford Golf Society took on Kilmanagh Golf Society recently in a Challenge in Gowran . It ended in a draw 3-3 – Replay date to be confirmed.

VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY- The local Branch of St.Vincent de Paul Society meet on the last Thursday evening of each month. For information or help you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136

MASSES - Morning Mass in Freshford Church each morning except Mondays at 9.30am. 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. Please note that Morning Mass in Freshford Church on Sunday next is at 8.30am and there will be no 11am Mass on All Ireland Sunday. Mass in Tulla Church at 9.30am. 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. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague House Freshford every Friday from 10am to 5pm. All welcome ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP - Freshford Active Retirement Group meet in the local Community Hall each Tuesday at 3pm. New members are always most welcome. The Group go bowling every second Tuesday to McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny. For more details contact Kathleen on 8832362or Joan on 8832316. Tai Chi Classes are now closed for the summer months and classes will resume in September.

CAMOGIE - The Un16 Freshford/Conahy girls qualified for the Roinn B Un 16 county final when they had a narrow and exciting win over St. Martins, Muckalee on Tuesday last in Pairc Lachtain. The home side were slow off the mark with Edel Coonan of Muckalee taking her scores leaving the half time score 5 points to 1 point, Clodagh Power scoring for the local side. The second half was most exciting as the local side worked tirelessly up and down the field, Sarah Lanigan dominated at centre back along with wing backs Siobhan Colclough and Tara Hickey. Full back Roisin Phelan was solid throughout, sub goalie Mary Hennessy replaced injured Sarah Molloy who made two vital saves in the 2nd half to keep the local side within reach of Muckalee. With some fine striking from midfielders Amy Morrissey and Niamh Delaney, their contribution led to some fine scores by Clodagh Power & Hannah Corcoran up front. With 10 minutes left on the clock, the local side were 3 points down, Clodagh Power made an attack through the Muckalee defence and was awarded a close in free which she converted to the net, leaving the sides level. Muckalee in turn were awarded a free at the other end which was struck wide. It was then local girl and corner forward Danielle Phelan went on a solo run and hit a strike which went straight over the bar, referee blew final whistle to leave Freshford/Conahy win on a scoreline of 2-3 to 0-8. This was a fine performance from the local side and they worked extra hard in the 2nd half to earn their 1 point victory! They now meet James Stephens on Sat 8th Sept in the Un16 final. Team; S. Molloy, L. Dawson, R. Phelan, L. Hayde, T. Hickey, S. Lanigan, S. Colclough, A. Morrissey, N. Delaney, D. Phelan, C.Power, N. Phelan, L. Donnelly, H. Corcoran, E. Phelan Sub – M. Hennessy, S. Gordon, C. Bergin, C. Fogarty, R, Hickey, E. Cahill, S. Mullan, C. Bergin. The Senior ladies lost out to Mullinavat in the league final on Sunday in Thomastown by a single point. The Freshford girls were off the pace throughout the game and never got momentum over the 60 minutes. Mullinavat led at the break by 5 points to 4. A hard earned goal by Lydia Fitzpatrick in the second half put the local girls in front, Mullinavat were awarded a penalty in the closing stages off the game but goalie Sinead Cash made a fine save. Mullinavat made one final attack and finished the game with a goal in the last minute. The local girls could not respond and Mullinavat held on to win on a score line of 1-8 to 1-7. Freshford now meet Dicksboro in the championship semi final on Sept 23rd.  Meanwhile it was hard luck to St.Lachtains u-12 girls who were defeated by Gowran in O’Loughlins last week The Girls put up a big fight especially in second half when came back close in score but Gorwan were stronger on the day. The girls did us proud and all played very well and special thanks to Micheal and Stephen Farrell who put in a lot of hard work (photo to go with this item pls)

Phelan’s Hardware - Phelan’s Hardware of Ballyragget remind their customers 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.

SPIN the wheel - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last was Paul White, Inch who won himself €50. Second prize went to Billy King, Bohercrussia Street.. There will no draw next week and the Jackpot will be €750 when it resumes the following week. The draw is run each Saturday night in Kavanaghs as a fund raising for the local GAA Club. The lucky winner of the draw for All Ireland tickets and overnight stay in hotel was Thomas Brennan, Sart, Freshford. The lucky winner of the signed Kilkenny Jersey was Billy Walsh, Kilrush.

SCHOOL - St.Lachtain’s National school reopened on Thursday last after the Summer holidays with many new children starting school for the first time. All secondary schools including Colaiste Mhuire, Loreto, Presentation, St.Kierans, Kilkenny CBS opened last week also for first years and this week for other classes. FERAC level 5 and 6 PLC Courses commence in Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown on 10th September. These courses are eligible for maintenance grants under the Further Education Grants scheme. For further information on same or for application form you can contact Colaiste Mhuire Tel No.0568831135 or email kkmhuire@eircom.net

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