CHAMPS - St Lachtains under 21s came out victors over neighbours Lisdowney in the J.J.Kavanagh & Sons Northern U21 “A” Hurling final on Sunday last at Castlecomer.
They qualified for the final after a convincing winner over O’Loughlins in the semi final the previous week. Conditions were ideal for the game, a cool dry day and the pitch was in good order. The Freshford boys got the first score with hard earned scores from Denis Lennon, Shane Donnelly and Stephen Farrell. LIsdowney were awarded a free which they pointed to open the scoring. The lead changed through the opening stages of the game. However Lisdowney took control before the break and went in ahead by 2pts at half time. Alex Rafter replaced Fintan White at the break and the Freshford lads lifted their game and came back with points from Shane Donnelly and a free from Brian Kennedy. Shane Donnelly then got onto the end of a ball worked up from midfield and struck it to the back of the net to put the local lads ahead. They then went on a scoring spree with points from Brian Kennedy, James Maher, Philip Campion, Stephen Farrell, Simon Rafter, Denis Lennon and Shane Donnelly to open up an 8 point lead. But Lisdowney lads came back fighting with a point followed by two quick goals. Liam Hickey replaced Stephen Farrell. Freshford boys kept cool heads and added a few valuable points and came out deserving winners with 5 points to spare. They are now due to play Mulinavat in the County final in two weeks time (see fixtures for confirmation of date time and venue ). All local support would be greatly appreciated for the boys in the U21, a County final for the first time since 1977. Well done to all involved and to the management of Ml.Kavanagh, Ollie O’Conner and James Meagher. Team: D.Brennan, P.White, L.Kennedy,C .Bergin, B.Quinn, B,Kennedy, S.Rafter, J.Maher, F.White, P.Campion, S.farrell,J.Boland,D.Lennon, C.Corcoran, S.Donnelly - Subs – J.Quinn, D.Fitzpatrick, A.Rafter, M.Burke, S.Burke. O.Waldron, B.Mullan, L.Hickey, D.Quinn, C.Hughes, E.O’Donnell.
TOTS TO TEENS SHOW - The local Tots to teen’s group are busy rehearsing for their forthcoming production later this month. The groups production this year is “The Lion King” featuring Madagascar! If you would be willing to get involved behind the scenes or help out on the nights of the show it would be most welcome. For Information or queries contact the Group on 085 – 7679240
ENGAGEMENTS - Congratulations to Eoin Morrissey of Woodview, Freshford and his fiancé Majella who announced their engagement over the Christmas. Also congrats to Oliver Rafter of Woodview and Marie Burke who announced their engagement recently
SOCCER - Freshford Town Junior had no game last weekend. The previous week they got back on winning ways with a fine 5-2 victory over Thomastown B. It was Paul Guinan who started the scoring with a fine finish after he rounded the keeper following a great pass form Eoin Vaughan. Five minutes later Guinan should have scored his second but hit the crossbar with only the keeper to beat. However Town made it 2-0 with a great goal headed in by James Kenny who connected with a perfect cross from William Looby. Thomastown battled hard and were rewarded with two goals in a five minute spell to make it 2-2 after 35 minutes. They pressed hard for next while and it took two fine saves from Freshford Keeper Shane McGree to keep the game level. Then it was Eoin Vaughan who broke free to calmly take his goal and give the home side a 3-2 lead and just before the break it was Vaughan again who met with a fine cross again from Looby to give them 4-2 advantage at the break. The second half was a hard battle as the pitch resembled a mud bath and great credit to both sides as they continued to try and play some good football. It was that man Vaughan again who broke free down the left following some good work from Darren Burke and calmly lofted the ball over the Keeper to make it 5-2 . Freshford Town had some stars on the days including McGree in goal, Looby, Lawlor and hat trick hero Eoin Vaughan. Team: S.McGree, D.Burke, M.Farrell, J.Burke, W.Looby, F.Lawlor, R.Dowling, P.Guinan, J.Kenny, E.Vaughan, S.Maher – Subs – D,.Burke, E.Hayes, L.Basset, M.Nolan, G.Bassett. Meanwhile the U12boys played their first game of the New Year last Saturday in Woodview but were on the losing side of a 2-1scoreline to Deen Celtic of Castlecomer. The Freshford boys never really got going and it was a below par performance for almost the entire match except for a few bright moments. Jack Crosby at left back was the star performer on the day and he tried to inspire his below form team mates but they never got going despite his best efforts and willingness to fight for every ball. Eddie Cahill in goal did pull off one terrific save and Cathal O’Leary struck a super penalty for the second game in a row to give Freshford a chance of a fight back, but on the day they were not good enough to overcome the opposition. The Saturday sessions for 5-9 year olds under the charge of Gary Barnaville will resume on Saturday next at Woodview from 12 noon to 1pm. All boys of this age group are most welcome. Meanwhile you can follow the clubs progress on Facebook.
TABLE QUIZ - An Audio/Visual Table Quiz will be held in Kavanagh’s on Saturday night 19th January, in aid of Freshford Town Schoolboys. This is their first quiz this season and they hope to build on the success of last seasons quizzes. A table of four is €20 plus there is a raffle on the night. It is hoped for a big turnout on the night from the regular quiz goers and newcomers alike to this very entertaining night out. Quizmaster will be 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 questions from different era’s all shown on the two tv screens so come along for the craic and help raise funds for the schoolboys & club.
POKER WINNER - Congrats to Jimmy Kenny who won the Poker League in Kavanaghs before Christmas. There will be anew Poker league starting this week. This is a free entry game with €10 rebuys and all are welcome. The game starts at 9pm.
VOLUNTEERS - Kilkenny Carlow Contract – s a Community based voluntary organization for older people covering Kilkenny and Carlow area - 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.
NEW BABY - Congratulations to Noel Hughes and his wife Claire on the birth of their baby girl on New Years Eve. Noel who was an ardent member of Freshford Town Soccer Club since his schoolboy days and also a member of St.Lachtains GAA Teams over the years now lives in Foxford, Co. Mayo.
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 is asking especially for local support . . For further information on same you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600 ST VINCENT DE PAUL - The local St. Vincent de Paul Society meet each month on the last Thursday of each month. The Annual Christmas Appeal – church collection was taken up before Christmas and the Society would like to thank all those who donated so generously to the collection and those who gave personally to the appeal which was used to help people in need . For further information or help you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136.
IRISH CIRCLE - The “Ciorcal had a lovely night out in Café Sol Kilkenny at Christmas. An evening of scealaiocht and craic was enjoyed by all. The “Cirocal” group will meet again in the middle of January after the Christmas break.
WED - Congratulations and best wishes go out to David Hughes of Moate Road and Noelle Walsh, Nuenna Court who were married recently in St. Johns Church, Kilkenny. Reception was held in Langtons. The couple are wished all the best in their newly married life together.
DANCE CLASSES - Social dance classes are held in St.Kierans Hall Johnstown 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.
SQUASH NEWS - The 3rd Annual Freshford Squash Club Christmas Draw took place on in Kavanagh’s bar on Christmas Eve and a big thank you to all who sponsored prizes for the draw. New members from senior to juvenile section of the club always welcome. Please contact Pat Morrissey on 0877784144 for further information.
The Club had a brand new infra-red sauna fitted into the club recently. This sauna is for the use of any club member over the age of eighteen years. It is a unisex sauna. The sauna will be 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. Renovation of the ladies showers will commence in the coming year. New members - male and female - are always welcome to the squash club. Outstanding membership must be paid to any club official immediately! The children squash will recommence shortly. Any parent/guardian interested in sending their child to the squash for kids may contact Pat Morrissey with any queries.
SPIN THE WHEEL - There was no Spin the wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last. The winner the previous week was Matthew Colclough who won €50 . The draw will take place on Saturday night next with the Jackpot now at €1,000 This draw is run each Saturday night in conjunction with St.Lachtains GAA Club.
CARDS - St. Lachtains Camogie Club weekly 25 Card game which is held each Sunday evening in the Club Rooms at 8.45pm resumes after Christmas break. 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 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 8832362 or 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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