Freshford - Off to perform at “Irisch Nacht” in Germany

Irisch Nacht-On this Wednesday morning The local Acorn Club will have a party of 67 jetting off to Germany where they are putting on an Irish Night show (“Irisch Nacht” is the German translation) in the local concert hall, Dagersheim near Stuttgart. The show is written, produced and directed by local lady Moira Maher and the musical director is Noel Cleere. The show has a variety of artists which will include Ladies & Men’s Chorus, individual singers, dancers and musicians from Freshford and the surrounding area. Included in the show is a 12 member youth group “Timpeall Cnoc Ceili Band”. They are made up of teenagers from Lisdowney, Ballyraggett, Spink and Abbeyleix and performed in the Acorn Clubs variety show last November in the Community Hall here. Also the Acorn Band of Noel Cleere, David O’Reilly, Jerry Delaney and Seosamh O’Faolain are providing all the musical arrangements.

Irisch Nacht-On this Wednesday morning The local Acorn Club will have a party of 67 jetting off to Germany where they are putting on an Irish Night show (“Irisch Nacht” is the German translation) in the local concert hall, Dagersheim near Stuttgart. The show is written, produced and directed by local lady Moira Maher and the musical director is Noel Cleere. The show has a variety of artists which will include Ladies & Men’s Chorus, individual singers, dancers and musicians from Freshford and the surrounding area. Included in the show is a 12 member youth group “Timpeall Cnoc Ceili Band”. They are made up of teenagers from Lisdowney, Ballyraggett, Spink and Abbeyleix and performed in the Acorn Clubs variety show last November in the Community Hall here. Also the Acorn Band of Noel Cleere, David O’Reilly, Jerry Delaney and Seosamh O’Faolain are providing all the musical arrangements.

The show hosts are the Dagersheim Harmonica Club who are also taking part as well as the local choral Group and will be held on Friday night. The show is proving very popular with the Dagersheim community so much so it has been sold out since end of December last. The group will enjoy a 4 day stay and a number of activities and events have been organised by the hosts and all travelling are very much looking forward to the experience

TOTS TO TEENS-The Local Tots to Teen group held their AGM recently and a big thank you was expressed to last years Committee for all their hard work and dedication. The following officers and Committee were elected for the forthcoming year : Chairperson-Mary Crosby, Vice Chairperson-Sabrina Grace, Secretary –Emma Hickey, Treasurer-Kerry Burke-Committee: C.Bowden,J.Kavanagh, R.Comerford, B.Dermody, S.Walsh, P Phelan, F.Phelan, E.Garrett, J.Bergin, M.Southgate and M.Macmanshill. 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. It is now full stream ahead as the group are swamped in preparation for next years production of “Shrek”. The Group will be happy to take on your child or children from 6- 18 years. Details can be obtained by text on 085 7679240 or to hold a place for the sign up date. Places are limited. . So don’t delay to register and let you child join in the song dance fun and laughter on stage. You can also follow the Club on Facebook.

JACKPOT WINNERS-The lucky winner of the €1,000 Jackpot recently in the weekly Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs Eamon Teehan, Tullaroan was presented with his cheque on Saturday night last. The Jackpot started again at €300 . Last Saturday night the lucky winner was Paddy White, Inch and Paddy spun the wheel and scooped the €300 Jackpot again. Well done to the lucky winners. The draw takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

FIRST CONFESSION - The boys and girls of second class will make their First Confession in Freshford Church on this Thursday evening at 7.30pm. The children will received their first Holy Communion later on in May.

SOCCER NEWS-Freshford Town Junior side had a weekend off last weekend and are preparing for their biggest game of the season yet when they take on neighbours and local rivals Tullaroan at home at Woodview on Sunday morning next with kick off at 11am. This is a big game for the local lads and all local support would be greatly appreciated so come out and support the lads in their quest for promotion.

In the schoolboys section the U12 boys played at home against East End Utd and suffered their heaviest defeat in two years going down 7 -0 in a one sided game to a much strong visiting side.  The home side were missing some key players through illness with several others feeling under the weather but on the day were well beaten by a very good footballing side in East End Utd.  The scoreline somewhat flattered the away team as it wasn’t all one way with Freshford going close several times but on the day couldn’t quite find the finishing touch.  Jack Crosby and Eoin Delaney performed best for Freshford.  The U11 boys meanwhile are at home this Saturday at 1pm against top of the table Clover Utd.  Both teams drew 2-2 all two weeks ago in the away game in Rathdowney in a tough and even game and the same is expected on this Saturday at Woodview. .
The Youths were away to Callan Utd. on Saturday last and had another good away
win . The final score was 1 - 0 .
 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.
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.

TABLE QUIZ - The Club held a Table Quiz in Kavanaghs recently with a good turnout. All Proceeds were in aid of Freshford Town Schoolboys.  Quizmaster was Alan Franey who has put together a fun quiz, suitable for both young and old some with lots of sport, pop culture, quotations, music and movie clips. Winners on the night were The Inbetweeners of William Looby, David Burke, Darren Burke and Harry Burke with runners up Golden Globes of Paula and Donal Murphy and David and Patricia Condon. Thanks goes out to all those who supported the event, all who sponsored prizes, those who helped to organise and run the quiz and the quizmaster.

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POKER LEAGUE- Week nine of the Freshford Poker League sees Jimmy Kenny still in the lead with 245pts with Philip Loughlin in second on 210pts and closely followed by Vinny Colclough in third on 205pts. Games takes place each Thursday night in Kavanaghs starting at 8.30p.m.

GAA NEWS- Indoor hurling training has started back in the Community hall on Wednesday nights. Training for U6s and U8s starts at 6 o clock and training for U10s sat 7 o clock. All players are asked to bring helmet, runners and €2 to cover cost of the hall. Membership for Board na Nog players will be collected on Wednesday night in the hall between 6 - 8 o clock.

St. Lachtains GAA 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 Secretary 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

PRESENTATION - St Lachtains hurling club held a medal presentation night for the U21’s in Langton’s hotel on Friday night. There was a good crowd in attendance on and MC on the night was Jimmy Maher. Jimmy had a word for each player and some great words of encouragement. After a site down meal Fr. Pat presented the players with their northern and Roinn A county medals. The club would like to thank Eamon Langton and his staff for evening. Thanks to Terry Campion and Tommy Butler also for their help on the night.

Fun Easter hurling Camp 2013 - St Lachtains hurling club will hold their Easter hurling camp for boys and girls aged 7 to 13 years. The camp will be held on Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 5th of April. Camp will start each morning from 10am to 2pm in Pairc Lachtain Freshford. The cost of the camp is €30 per child for the first two children and €20 for the third child onwards. For further information you can contact Sean Boland on 0876623280, Breda Dermody on 0868203390 or Irene Bergin on 086020741.

Fun Run - Preparations are under way for the annual Easter Fun run/ walk 5k and 10k. In aid of St Lachtains GAA/ Camogie clubs. Registration will be at 11-45am in Pairc Lachtain Freshford and races will start at 12-30 sharp. Registration costs, Family €20, Adults €10, Student €7, Child €5.

LOCAL PLAYERS - The Leinster Senior collages final was played in Nolan Park on Sunday with two Kilkenny teams were in the final, St Kierans and the CBS. CBS went in at half time with a three point lead. CBS started the second half very strongly tapping on another three points. St Kierans however dug deep and brought it back to a four point lead. CBS won on a score line of 2-9 to 1-7, CBS will next play in the All Ireland Collages semi-final, (check fixtures for confirmation). There were a number of local lads involved n the game with Criomhtan Bergin on the CBS side while James Maher, Simon Rafter, Colin Corcoran, Paul White and Alexander Rafter were part of the St.Kierans panel.

.Fantasy Cheltenham- The Fantasy Cheltenham event will take place from 12th to 15th March with all proceeds going to St. Lachtains GAA Club. You can pick a horse in each of the first four races on each day for the four days of the festival and be in with a chance to share €10,000 worth of prize money. For details on same please contact J.Dermody on 086 8671150, or Brian Kavanagh on 0568832932 or Kavanaghs Bar on 087 9700795.

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.

CANCER RESEARCH FUND-Get the Girls Round who ran a fund raising night in aid of Cancer Research some weeks ago in Farrell’s wish to thank all who supported the event or sponsored or donated in any way. The night was a great success for such a worthy cause and they raised a total of €2,323.60 in total. David Treacy and his friends raised a large part of the funds having their head shaved or dyed with local Hairdressers Siobhan and Anna giving their time. David also donated his 25inch ponytail to the Rapunzel Foundation in memory of his late mother Margaret. Thanks go out to all those who gave so generously to the fundraiser.

VOLUNTEERS-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.

ENROL IN OASIS-As children numbers are at present very high in the Oasis Childcare Centre it is strongly advised 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 they operate on a first come first served policy.

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

IRISH CIRCLE-The “Irish Ciorcal Group meet on a monthly basis in Kavanaghs Bar. All welcome.- Failte Roimh Chach..

CAMOGIE FINAL - Best Wishes go out to three local girls Lydia Fitzpatrick, Katie Doheny and Clodagh Power who are part of the Loreto camogie team that will take on Loughrea of Galway in the Colleges All Ireland Final in Nenagh on Saturday next at 3.15pm. This final will be a repeat of last year’s final when Loreto were crowned All Ireland Champions for the 3rd consecutive year!

 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.

St. Lachtain’s N. S. News -The process of enrolling new pupils for the school year 2013/2014 is currently under way in St. Lachtain’s N.S., Freshford. Enrolment packs re ready to be sent out or can be collected at the school office. If you require one please contact the school office on (056)8832400. They would be grateful if completed registration forms could be returned as soon as possible.

There is great excitement at the moment as the school choir prepares to take part in Peace Proms 2013. The choir was very fortunate to be chosen with 16 other school choirs from the south east of Ireland to be part of the ‘Peace Proms’ series of nationwide concerts. They will be accompanied by the celebrated Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) recently returned from their sell out debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London. ‘Peace Proms’ is an initiative which gives young people from schools all over the island of Ireland the opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra, work with leading musicians and perform at the country’s premier venues. They will be conducted by Gearóid Grant. They will be performing in ‘The Hub’, Cillín Hill, Kilkenny on Sat. 2nd March at 7.00pm. Tickets are available at www.cboi.ie and Essaness Music Shop, Kieran Street, Kilkenny. They are very proud of them and know that they’ll be brilliant on the night.

SQUASH NEWS -Freshford Squash Club invite new members - male and female - are to the club. Outstanding membership must be paid to any club official immediately!

The children squash is now under way. Any parent/guardian interested in sending their child to the squash can contact Pat Morrissey for any information

The Club now have a brand new infra-red sauna fitted in the club This sauna is a unisex sauna and is for the use of any club member over the age of eighteen years. Its run on a meter and you must bring a towel with you when entering the sauna. As the club continues to expand, they hope to include gym equipment in the future. Renovations of  the ladies showers will commence shortly.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE. -Tullaroan Community Centre are holding a Fund-raising Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday next the March 10th from 3 - 6 p.m. Music by CHECKERS. Admission is just €10.00 which includes Tea, cakes, hot and cold finger food, and a raffle.

PARISH MASSES - 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.

BIRTHDAYS - Birthday wishes go out to Ann Brennan who celebrated a very special birthday with family and friends in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last.

Also to John O’Dwyer from Kerry who celebrated his special birthday in Kavanaghs also at the weekend. John who is son of well known GAA Manager Mick O’Dwyer is a regular visitor to Freshford and was joined by family and friends.

Owen Dalton Clashacrow celebrated his 40th at party in Kilkenny on Friday night last.

Also birthday wishes to Freda White who celebrated her 18th Birthday at a party with family and friends in Farrells Bar recently.

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.

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