Freshford: A musical tour of Ireland and The Lion King

ACORN 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 and Saturday 17th November at 8pm. sharp .The show is under Writer /Produce Moira Maher with Musical Director – Noel Cleere. Tickets are on sale at the moment at €10 per adult and €5 per child. Tickets can be purchased by contacting any of the following: Karen Delaney on 086 3592925, Seamus Doheny on 087 6706087 or Gerry O’Reilly on 0872663615. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the night.

ACORN 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 and Saturday 17th November at 8pm. sharp .The show is under Writer /Produce Moira Maher with Musical Director – Noel Cleere. Tickets are on sale at the moment at €10 per adult and €5 per child. Tickets can be purchased by contacting any of the following: Karen Delaney on 086 3592925, Seamus Doheny on 087 6706087 or Gerry O’Reilly on 0872663615. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the night.

Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to Siobhan Crosby of Graigueswood and Martina Hayes of Woodview, Freshford on the death of their father which occurred in Rathdowney, Co.Laois recently. Burial took place in Rathdowney.

Oasis Childcare Group - the group held their annual Halloween Disco recently in the Community Hall with the usual big turn on the evening and lots of enjoyment for all. 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 group are now busy preparing and rehearsing for their forthcoming production in January 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. The group hold a table quiz on Friday November 30th in McGraths starting at 9.30pm. Table of 4 only €20. You are invited to come along and test your knowledge along with supporting the Group. 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.

NEW CAPTAIN -Terry Campion Sart Freshford was named as incoming Captain of Rathdowney Golf Club for 2013 recently. Terry is a keen golf enthusiast for many years. The last Captain of the Club from Freshford was back in 1989 and was Donal Heaphy. The Club held a Race night in Rathdowney Golf Club last week. OPEN OUR ARMS TO THE GATHERING - Will Freshford open its arms to friends and family from all over the world and call them home during 2013? Do you have ides for clan gatherings, festivals, special sporting events, music etc., to entice family home throughout the year? There was a brainstorming evening on Monday evening of this week November at the Oasis Childcare Centre Freshford to come up with ideas etc., to help bring our Freshfordians home?

Squash -. Freshford Squash team had a great start in Division One of the Leinster League recently. They are top of the table after three games and lead by 6-7 points on the leader board. The league matches continue every Monday evening with games home and away for the 2012-2013 squash season. They beat Leinster B in their first match at home and the played away to Westwood Bin second game. Their third match was at home to Belvedere A and they won on a score was 13-5. They played Curragh B at home then were away to Naas. 
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 this season that there is a blitz every Thursday evening at 8pm for both men and women. The club caters for all age groups from beginning to advanced. New members are 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 payable before you receive your key as locks for this year have been changed.

COMMUNITY MARKET - The local 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 - St. Lachtains Intermediate Hurlers bowed out of the Championship recently when they were defeated by a much stronger Clara side in the semi final played at Nowlan Park after been forced to field without a number of regular players due to injuries The U21 Hurlers had a good win over Erins Own last weekend in the quarter final played at Jenkinstown . The young Freshford side came out deserving winners at the final whistle. St.Lachtains U16 hurlers finished off their season well when they won the Duggan Steel Roinn B League final beating neighbours Tullaroan at Clara recently coming out winners on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-9.   St. Lachtains gained some measure of revenge for when these sides met in the championship semi-final Tullaroan The Cup was presented to winning Captain Dara Quinn by Bord na Nog treasurer Joe Pyke . Dara was following in the footsteps of his father Jacko who captained  St. Lachtains when they won the under 16 Co. Championship final back in 1966.  Team -  John Campion, Harry Burke, Darren Quinn, David Cleere, Daniel Rafter, Paul White, Shane Dawson, Darren Brennan, Cillian Hughes, Ben Lyng,  Eamonn Hennessy, John Bowden, John Quinn, Liam Maher, Ross Walsh Sub Patrick Maher

PHILIP KINANE CUP AND MCGREE SHIELD - The annual Philip Kinane Cup and McGree Shield Tournament started recently but therewere just two first round matches were played due to the inclement weather. In the two games played C.Rafters team beat P.Killeens team and the second game saw C.Dawsons team beat S.Rafters team .The remaining matches will be played next weekend with the Semi finals and final played on Sunday next. The following are the teams taking part in the tournaments this year: C.Dawson (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

SOCCER – . Freshford Town Junior side suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of neighbours Tullaroan on Sunday last in their away league game coming out on the wrong side of a 4-0 scoreline.

The U12 boys had an away game to East End of Bennetsbridge on Saturday.  In a terrific performance by both teams the game ended in a 3-3 draw.  Freshford got off to an ideal start when in the first five minutes Josh McCarthy lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box to make it 1-0 but East End equalised before half time with a good goal after a few near misses by both sides.  In the second half East End started well and scored a good goal before Freshford put a fine move together when Josh McCarthy combined well with Cian Franey and Cian scored to make it 2-2.  Freshford went in search of a winner and a great pass by Aidan Tallis sent Cian Franey free to outpace a defender and the keeper to score a great goal, his second goal and Freshfords third.  All the Freshford boys played well and Jack Crosby had a fine game at left back for Freshford & Cathal O’Leary worked tirelessly in midfield.  East End were not finished yet and in the last few minutes they scorded a great goal from a header from a dangerous corner and the game was tied for the third and final time.  Best for Freshford were Cian Franey & Jack Crosby. The display by both teams would have been worthy of much older boys, well done boys. 

Training continues every Saturday morning for 5-9 year old with Gary
Barnaville. All boys that age group are most welcome.
The KDL lotto held its last draw last week. 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 and you can follow the clubs progress on facebook

AWARD - The Irish Conker Championships Group won the People of the Year award in the Volunteerism category for 2012 recently. The committee were presented with the award last week at an awards ceremony in The Newpark Hotel. This years co-chairperson, Susan Murphy accepted the award on behalf of the Group and said it was dedicated it to all the volunteers in Freshford who give freely of their time each year to guarantee the festivals success. 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 - Please note that 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 for meals. The newly refurbished restaurant which opened recently to the public provides great quality food and value with choice of menu. The Restaurant is also open on certain evenings by pre 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.

SPIN WHEEL - The winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last was Yvonne Barnaville, The Square. She spun the wheel and won herself €70. Second prize went to Moira Maxwell, Woodview who got €30. Next weeks Jackpot stands at €1,000. The draw is run each Saturday night in conjunction with St.Lachtains GAA Club.

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 is held 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 welcomeRosary was held on Sunday last in Tulla Cemetery after 9.30am Mass and in Freshford Cemetery after 1am Mass. The Novena of Masses for the Dead continues up to 10th November. You can place your list for remembrance in the basket at the alter and the November Offerings are also taken up at this time.

SPIN THE WHEEL - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last was Paul Dowling Belville. He spun the wheel and won himself €50. Second Prize went to Joanne Grace, Woodview. The Jackpot next week stands at €950. The draw is run each Saturday night as part of St.Lachtains GAA Club fun raising events. FRESHFORD Youth Club members and their Committee again wish to thank all those who have supported them in their fund raising event at the Conker Festival recently. The winner of the Bears date of birth was Jennifer Hickey, Woodview and winner of the amount of sweets in the jar was John Burke, Woodsgift.

 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 most welcome. For details contact Kathleen on 8832362or Joan on 8832316 Thai Chi meetings held on Monday nights in Community Hall. New members welcome..

JIMMY HOME - Home at present from USA in his native Freshford is Jimmy Connery formerly of Kilkenny Street, Freshford. Jimmy is a regular visitor to his native Freshford.

PRAGUE HOUSE DRAW - The first of three monthly draws in aid of Prague House Refurbishment fund place in Prague House recently. – The lucky winners oft €1,000 each were – Roddy & Ann Butler c/o J.Dermody -Liam Coogan, Coon and Mary Bowden, Gathabawn. 4th prize T.Hennessy, Threecastles, 5th – P.Walsh, Poulbawn, 6th B.Tynan, Lisdowney, 7th D.ONeill,.Tullaroan, 8th – P.Quinn, Clintstown Road, 9th J.Cashin, Carlow, 10th S.O’Neill , Tullaroan,and P.Burns Lodge

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