Freshford - Colin McGree Memorial Tournament

THE annual Colin McGree Memorial Tournament organised by two local teammates of Colin’s from schoolboy days, Darren Burke & Johnny Flynn took place recently on a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon in Woodview. The tournament is in its 17th year and is held each year around the time of Colin’s birthday. The cold weather did not dampen the spirit of all the boys & girls aged 8-14 who took part but it started to take its toll on the parents, friends and other spectators. However, Moira McCarthy and her team were on hand supplying delicious hot soup and teas to warm everybody up. In total, almost fifty children in 6 teams took part in a wonderful competition enjoyed by many children over the past seventeen years. The event was attended by CEO of the FAI Mr. John Delaney. To celebrate the fact that John Delaney, the CEO of the FAI was attending, each team took the name of an Irish League team and the teams were as follows: Cork City: L. Campion (Capt), C. Dawson, J. Crosby, A. Tallis, B. Brophy, S. Cahill, A. Maher S. Farrell. Waterford Utd: B. Tallis (Capt), C. Dalton, L. Campion, CJ Daly, L. Holohan, K. Dunne, H. Campion, B. Bergin. Wexford Youths: N. Brennan (Capt.), R. Burke, M. Neary, C. Franey, A. Dunphy, W. Cahill, J. O’Sullivan, N. Phelan. Shamrock Rovers: C. Rafter (Capt) J. Burke, E. Kenny, J. McCarthy, C. Rafter, E. McEvoy, J. Darcy, L. Franey, S. Dawson. Derry City: O. Kenny (Capt.), Z. Crosby, C. O’Leary, E. Delaney, D. Brophy, M. McCarthy, C. McGree. Sligo Rovers: S. Rafter (Capt.), E. Garrett, S. Dunne, E. Cahill, A. Rafter, K. Dawson, A. Ryan. In a closely fought league competition four teams secured their semi final spots. Ollie Kenny’s Derry City defeated Seanie Rafter’s Sligo Rovers team 1-0 in a very close semi final game. In the other semi final Niall Brennan’s Wexford Youths defeated Colin Rafter’s Shamrock Rovers by 4-1, even though the result was reversed earlier in the competition when Rovers had beaten Wexford Youths 1-0. By now a large crowd had gathered to watch the final, having witnessed some great football by all six teams throughout the afternoon and the final was to be no exception. Wexford Youths scored the crucial first goal in the first few seconds by captain Niall Brennan with Cian Franey adding two more goals and one from Ricky Burke. They conceded an OG late on in the game. The scoreline flattered the victors as Ollie Kenny’s team went close on several occasions and though beaten in the final they played some great football throughout the competition. A great day was complete when the runners up and winners were presented with their trophies and medals by Liam McGree & John Delaney.

THE annual Colin McGree Memorial Tournament organised by two local teammates of Colin’s from schoolboy days, Darren Burke & Johnny Flynn took place recently on a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon in Woodview. The tournament is in its 17th year and is held each year around the time of Colin’s birthday. The cold weather did not dampen the spirit of all the boys & girls aged 8-14 who took part but it started to take its toll on the parents, friends and other spectators. However, Moira McCarthy and her team were on hand supplying delicious hot soup and teas to warm everybody up. In total, almost fifty children in 6 teams took part in a wonderful competition enjoyed by many children over the past seventeen years. The event was attended by CEO of the FAI Mr. John Delaney. To celebrate the fact that John Delaney, the CEO of the FAI was attending, each team took the name of an Irish League team and the teams were as follows: Cork City: L. Campion (Capt), C. Dawson, J. Crosby, A. Tallis, B. Brophy, S. Cahill, A. Maher S. Farrell. Waterford Utd: B. Tallis (Capt), C. Dalton, L. Campion, CJ Daly, L. Holohan, K. Dunne, H. Campion, B. Bergin. Wexford Youths: N. Brennan (Capt.), R. Burke, M. Neary, C. Franey, A. Dunphy, W. Cahill, J. O’Sullivan, N. Phelan. Shamrock Rovers: C. Rafter (Capt) J. Burke, E. Kenny, J. McCarthy, C. Rafter, E. McEvoy, J. Darcy, L. Franey, S. Dawson. Derry City: O. Kenny (Capt.), Z. Crosby, C. O’Leary, E. Delaney, D. Brophy, M. McCarthy, C. McGree. Sligo Rovers: S. Rafter (Capt.), E. Garrett, S. Dunne, E. Cahill, A. Rafter, K. Dawson, A. Ryan. In a closely fought league competition four teams secured their semi final spots. Ollie Kenny’s Derry City defeated Seanie Rafter’s Sligo Rovers team 1-0 in a very close semi final game. In the other semi final Niall Brennan’s Wexford Youths defeated Colin Rafter’s Shamrock Rovers by 4-1, even though the result was reversed earlier in the competition when Rovers had beaten Wexford Youths 1-0. By now a large crowd had gathered to watch the final, having witnessed some great football by all six teams throughout the afternoon and the final was to be no exception. Wexford Youths scored the crucial first goal in the first few seconds by captain Niall Brennan with Cian Franey adding two more goals and one from Ricky Burke. They conceded an OG late on in the game. The scoreline flattered the victors as Ollie Kenny’s team went close on several occasions and though beaten in the final they played some great football throughout the competition. A great day was complete when the runners up and winners were presented with their trophies and medals by Liam McGree & John Delaney.

SOCCER NEWS - Freshford Town Junior side took on Brookville of Ballyragget in the McCalmont Cup competition in Ballyragget.on Sunday morning. Despite having been 2-0 up the Freshford lads came out on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline. Eoin Vaughan and Jonathan Doheny got the Freshford goals. The U19 boys took on Tullamore in the National Cup competition at home on Saturday and were very unlucky to be on the wrong end of a 1-0 final score. The game was tied at 0-0 at the break and it was an og that won the game for the visitors after a very evenly contested game with the home side giving it their all throughout. The U14 boys were at home to Evergreen, and continued on the winning streak with a great 4 – 0 win Team – C.Brophy,S.Rafter,C.Rafter,N.Brennan,O.Kenny,E.Garrett,B.Tallis, C. Dawson.L .Campion, C. O’Leary, C.Dalton, C.Colclough, R.Burke,J.Burke,A.Lennon,C.Power. Fixtures for next week include U - 11 away to Evergreen City in Larchfield at 12.30pm U -13 Girls away to Evergreen at Kells Road at 4 pm. The Juniors are at home to Evergreen C at 2.30pm. Training for U9 boys continues with Gary Barnaville this week and every Saturday from 12 noon to 1pm. All boys form 5 – 9 age group are most welcome. The Club has decided to collect 2 euro from each child ( family rates for two or more) each week and this money will go towards the running and further development of the grounds. You can follow the Club on facebook. Work is on-going with the clubs development. Great progress is being made on the further development of the club, the foundations for the new sideline dugouts has already been laid. The Club were presented with a new set of jerseys during the Cabaret recently. The presentation was made to Manager by Pat Brennan of KC Security Alarms Systems. The Chairperson thanked Pat on behalf of the team and Club for his generous sponsorship which he said is very much appreciated in the present day.

Sympathy - is extended to Mick Cleere and his family of Woodview Freshford on the death of his brother Tom last week. The deceased who was in his early 60’s had been unwell for a time.. He was a member of a family widely known in the locality. His remains were removed to Graine Church on Saturday evening and Burial took place in the Adjoining Cemetery on Sunday last after Requiem Mass. He is mourned by his brothers, sisters, brother in law, sisters in law, nieces nephews and large circle of relatives and friends.

TOTS TO TEENS - The Local Tots to Teen group are already planning for next years production of “Shrek”. The Group will be happy to take on your child or children from 6- 18 years are welcome. Details can be obtained by text on 085 7679240 Places are limited. . So don’t delay to register and let you child join in the song dance fun and laughter on stage.. You are reminded that if you would still like to acquire a copy of the DVD “The Lion King” you can do so by contacting any of the above Committee. .

SPIN THE WHEEL - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night was Mark Bowden, Woodview and he won €70. Second prize went to Michael Dooley. The Jackpot next week is €350.. The draw takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

POKER LEAGUE - There was a change at the top of the Freshford Poker league over the last weeks. It was Ml Brennan, Nigel Crosby and Joe Colclough who made up some ground on the leaders. Jimmy Kenny still led heading into week 11. Games takes place each Thursday night in Kavanaghs starting at 8.30p.m.

DARTS - Freshford Darts League has now reached the semi final stages. In the A League The Valley beat Farrells comfortably on a 5-1 scoreline. Meanwhile in the B League Farrells easily beat Kavanaghs in McGraths recently The other semi final sees The Valley take on Connolly’s of Tullaroan in Brennan’s. In the other A League semi finals Brennan’s take on Kavanaghs in Farrell’s.

GAA NEWS - St Lachtains Hurling and camogie clubs ran their annual Easter Fun runon Sunday last. There was a large number of competitors on the day and it was great to see such a large number of young runners take part this year. Thanks to Martin Power, to all the stewards and all who helped out on the day. Local Businessman and selector Liam Walsh made a Jersey presentation to the Minors on Wednesday night last in the club rooms. Liam presented the jerseys to Chairman of Board na Nog Sean Boland. Sean said he was delighted to accept the jerseys on behalf of the club and hoped that the new jerseys would bring continued success to the minors. Chairman of the hurling club Johnny Fitzpatrick thanked Liam and wished the minors and management the best of luck for the coming season.

St. Lachtains GAA Membership - Membership is now due for renewal for the coming year. The club would like to ask at least one parent of each child to please become a member of your local club. There are a lot of benefits of becoming a member, you will able to see the enjoyment that your child gets from playing with the club, registered in Croke Park, draw for all Ireland tickets ,for insurance purposes and for funding different activities during the year. It is important that any person involved in any shape or form with training sessions become a member and that they are Garda vetted. Garda vetting forms will be available from the club sectary or members of the committee. Members of the Committee will soon be doing the rounds collecting membership and we would urge you to be part of your local club.Players membership €100 - Ordinary membership €40. Social membership €30 Board Na Nog membership €20

Freshford Community Market - Freshford community market is held each Saturday morning from 11o clock to 12-30. There is a good variation of locally produced products on offer, from home baking, jams, knit wear, handmade cards, chutneys, relishes and pork products. The group are looking for new stall holders to come along and sell their wares in the market. Come along, meet with friends and have a cuppa. For further information you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600.

WALK - The Macgiollaphadraig Walk which is a 17km Grade A walk taking approximately up to 4 hrs took place from Durrow County Laois to Gathabawn County Kilkenny on Sunday last . Refreshments were served in Mackeys of Gathabawn afterwards.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Kilkenny Carlow Contract is a Community based voluntary organization for older people covering Kilkenny and Carlow area and they are presently looking for additional volunteers to commit to one or two hours per week to befriend/visit older people who are living alone in the area. If you would like to become a volunteer or if you need any support or information you can talk to them confidentially on 056 775198 – Extn 6.

Barry Repairs - You are reminded that for all your gardening machinery and grass equipment repairs and servicing you can contact Mark Barry, 4 Westcourt Business Park, Callan For further details Phone 0868838254 or email MARK AT mark.barry30@yahoo.com. Collection and delivery service is available. He is agent for Castlegarden & Snapper Lawnmowers and Tanaka Chainsaws.. He also has a great selection of second hand lawnmowers in stock. 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL NEW LAWNMOWERS AND CHAINSAWS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL.

OASIS CENTRE - You are again reminded about registering your child at the local Oasis Childcare Centre. As children numbers are at present very high in the Oasis Centre it is s recommended that parents hoping to enroll their child/children in the Centre for next September should do so immediately. This includes 2013 Pre school places, CCS and CETS places. The Committee will of course do all they can to accommodate everyone’s needs but there are only a limited number of places they can provide and the Centre operates on a first come first served policy.

Kilkenny Community & Voluntary Forum SERDTF - The South East Regional Drugs task Force (SERDTF),Kilkenny Community & Voluntary Forum and Kilkenny Leader Partnership are jointly organising a community consultation Seminar on the subject of substance misuse. The seminar will be on the morning of Friday 19th April 2013. The venue will be the Pembroke Hotel, 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny from 9:30am to 1:30pm. A light lunch will be served. All community voluntary interests and groups are invited to attend. Places can be booked at 051 841144.

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

DOWN UNDER - Best wishes are extended to Nicola Bowden of Woodview, Freshford who left last week to work in Australia. Nicola is daughter of Michael and Liz Bowden and spent a number of years in Edinburgh College where she qualified as a Nurse and went on to further work and studies there. She will now take up a nursing post in Melbourne.

DANCE CLASSES - Social dance classes are held in St.Kierans Hall Johnstown each Wednesday evening at 8pm If you would like to learn to dance the Old time waltz, quick step, fox trot, jive etc.., you are welcome to go along on any Wednesday evening. You don’t need a partner, just go along and bring some of your friends. For more information on same please contact 086 8825200.

SQUASH - Freshford Squash Club invite new members both male and female to join the club. Outstanding membership must be paid to any club official immediately! The children squash is now well under way. Any parent/guardian interested in sending their child to the squash should contact Pat Morrissey for details. The Club now have a brand new infra-red sauna fitted in the club recently. As the club continues to expand, they hope to include gym equipment in the future.

PARISH MASSES - There was a big turn out at the Easter Ceremonies in Freshford and Tulla last week with ceremonies on Holy Thursday and Good Friday and Vigil mass in Freshford on Saturday evening at 9pm and Sunday masses as usual. Morning Mass in Freshford Church each morning of the week is at 9.30am except on Mondays . Mass in Prague House on Monday at 9.30am St. Catherine’s on Tuesday at 3pm. Tulla Church – Friday at 7.30pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague house on Fridays from 10am to 5pm . All welcome.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT - 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 welcome. For details contact Kathleen on 8832362or Joan on 8832316 Thai Chi meetings will be held on Monday nights in Community Hall after the Christmas Break. New members welcome also.

ALL WEATHER PITCH - The annual soccer league on the All Weather pitches in Colaiste Mhuire will start hopefully in the next ten days . At present any group with approx 8 players can enter and it is hoped all teams will have at least one game per week over the next two months . With the long evenings approaching and now a chance to keep fit You can enter a team by contacting John Cahill on 0860485328.

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