BOWLS - It bowling time again. The annual Bowling Competition at Cascade is starting on the 15th June. Anyone interested in taking part should have their names in by 14th June at the latest. For information or to register please contact Murt on 8832268 or 086 3654492.
CAMOGIE - The camogie club had a very successful coffee morning and cake sale in the community hall on Saturday last. Many thanks to all who supported the fundraiser and to all who helped out. Congratulations to local camogie stars and sisters Sinead and Aine Connery who were part of the hermes hockey team who won the European championship. The camogie club are holding a progressive 25 monster card game in the community hall on Sunday 10th June. Tickets on sale for €10 from any committee member. All support
FRESHFORD TOWN NEWS - Mini Euro’s - The tournament was the curtain raiser to the Clubs Field Day recently. 11 teams took part with approximately one hundred U11 players taking part in a very entertaining tournament. At the semi final stage the draw threw up two Freshford teams one respresenting England managed by Alan Franey and the other Holland managed by Gary Barnaville who won through on penalties to earn their semi final spot. As might be expected the game was a closely fought encounter & a very exciting game with split loyalties, as the two teams know each other so well. They all play together for Freshford Town U10’s & U11’s and train together weekly, but this time they were pitted against each other. England came out as winners eventually in a very close game. The other semi final was also a tight affair with the Fort Rangers (Spain) defeating Thomastown 2-1 in an exciting game that could have gone either way with Spain just shading it. The final itself was a great game played by two great teams. Freshford (England) scored first but Fort (Spain) pulled one back to equalise and brought the game to a penalty shoot out. Spain were victorious on penalties and lifted the trophy, is this a good omen for the real event in a few weeks time! Freshford also had a third team in the competition, Italy managed by Damien Rafter who were very unlucky not to progress through to the knock out stages. Special thanks goes to all the managers, players & visiting parents and families and to Damien Rafter & Jimmy McCarthy who refereed lot of games on the day and to all the other referees who helped out and Alan Franey who organised the event. The Freshford teams were as follows:
Italy - Eoin Kenny, CJ Daly, Kyle Dawson, Jack Crosby, Stevie Dunne, Luke Campion, Alan Rafter, Mark McCarthy Aaron Kirwan.
Holland - Willie Cahill, Killian Dunne, Eoin Delaney, Luke Holohan, Josh McCarthy, Cathal O’Leary, Tommy Rafter, Frankie Keoghan & Odhan Bergin.
England - Eddie Cahill, Cormac Rafter, Mikey Neary, Dean Brophy, Aidan Tallis, Elijah Garrett, Cian Franey & Mark Donnelly.
Field Day -The second annual field day took place at a sunbaked Woodview grounds recently The day itself was a great success and the soccer field and the lower pitch where the mini tournament took place looked highly impressive & immaculately turned out. A big thanks must go to Liam ‘Ducks’ Phelan who worked tirelessly to have the grounds looking magnificent. The day itself was action packed with many games and competitions happening from traditional field games to numerous soccer competitions like penalty shoot out to radar gun measuring the speed of your kick, a rodeo bull and lots of inflatable items including a Bungee Run and a means Tug of War competition won by the ‘Freshford Cadets’. The large crowd enjoyed the ‘craic’, BBQ, ice creams and the wonderful cakes & buns baked by parents, friends and familys of the club, all the food went down a treat! A big congratulations must go to the organising committee who did a lot of work behind the scenes for the past few weeks to make the day such a success. On the day itself many people helped to steward, run stalls & shops & cook at the BBQ’. There are too many people to mention but a sincere big thank you to all from Freshford Town AFC, your hard work and efforts was really appreciated.
Lotto - There was no Jackpot winner in last weeks KDL Lotto and the Jackpot next weeks stands at €6,150.
SCHOOLBOYS AWARD NIGHT- KDL Schoolboys Awards night will be held in Srpinghill Court Hotel Kilkenny on Friday evening next 8th June at 8pm. Freshford U11 Boys and U17 Boys will receive their winners medals – both finishing top of their league and the U14 will receive runners up in their league.
Freshford Acorn Club - held its first AGM on this Thursday evening last in the Community Hall at 8pm. They reported on a very successful year and reviewed plans for the coming year.(FULL REPORT NEXT WEEK) New members most welcome
VINCENT DE PAUL -Freshford St.Vincent de Paul Society meet every month on the last Thursday evening of each month and are busy and active at present . For any information or help please contact their private number on 085-2758136
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION - To mark the occasion of Ireland hosting g the International Eucharistic Congress our parish will have a special Corpus Christi procession. On Wednesday 13 June while the Congress is in progress in Dublin there will be Mass in Freshford at 7.30pm. This will be followed by the traditional Corpus Christi procession round The Square. Pride of place will be given to this year’s First Holy Communion class and Confirmation class.
GAA NEWS – U-14 Football - The u-14 football team were beaten by Railyard/Cloneen in the final of the league in Castlecomer on Tuesday night last .The panel included R Burke , M Ryan , C Lyng , C Power , S Dawson , P Mullan C Rafter , C Colclough , D Maher , A Garret , J Dermody , P Killeen , J Burke ,P Donnelly, P Hayde ,C O’ Leary,C Dawson , C Mullan ,J Lalor , S Rafter .
The u-14 hurling team played Slieverue in Slieverue on Monday night in the second round of the league.(See results) . On Monday evening next they play St Fiacres in Pairc Lachtain in the next round .
The Intermediate hurling side played Emeralds in the Byrne cup on Tuesday night last in Pairc Lachtain coming out winning on a 1-22 to 0-17 scoreline . They play Clara
in the next round of the Byrne cup in Freshford on this Wednesday evening . On Tuesday evening next they play St Martins in Coon in round three of this competition .
Meanwhile the Minor hurlers played and beat Erins Own in the second round of the Conahy tournament in Pairc Lachtain on Thursday evening last . They play Barrow Rangers in Paulstown in the next round on Tuesday evening next.
Training continues as arranged for both the minor & u-16 teams .
The Junior A team play Graigue Ballycallan in the first round of the league/championship in Tom Ryall Park , Kilmanagh on Sunday next at 2pm. See fixtures for confirmation .
Best wishes to local hurling star Eoin Guinan who leaves this week for USA for the next months.
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.
VOLUNTEERS PLEASE - Names of volunteers to steward at the triathlon in Kilkenny on Saturday 28th July must be with Club Officers as soon as possible. This is a good fundraising opportunity for the Club so please help out if you can
OASIS CENTRE - A free six week rogramme designed to build self confidence, learn new communication skills, set personal goals, consider your strengths and appreciate yourselves is being held at present the Oasis Childcare Centre..
Summer Camps - During the month of July Oasis centre will be holding four summer camps – “50 Thins to Do” has a super busy schedule designed for 4-6 year olds and will be held from 2nd to 6th July. Children will cram creative activities, crafts, dance, drama, construction and instillations into a 2and half hr programme each morning. Then from 9th to 13th July they hold “Summer Music Madness” for all children of Primary school age with Instructors Maura, Patrick and Isabelle Rafter who will tech music through fun and in a relaxed environment the children will have the opportunity to learn violin, cello, guitar, and sing and appreciate pop music. From the 16th to 20th July the Oscar nominated company Cartoon Saloon will hold a workshop for children between the age of 8 and 15 called “Animation Workshop with Cartoon Saloon”. There is the possibility of holding two workshop –one from 101m to 12.30pm and one from 1.30 to 4pm, depending on interest. Fabian who is currently nominated for an award in the Allianz Awards 2012 will teach children how to design characters, design a sequential storyboard and visualize a story, learn animation principles and techniques and create their very own animation scene. Then lastly from the 23rd to 27th July Valeria owner of the Blackbird Art Gallery in William Street Kilkenny will take children from 7 to 15 year old on a whirlwind journey of different techniques and challenges and will open up endless possibilities within their creative minds working with huge selections of mediums, indoor and outside. All camps will be two and half hours long and will cost €50 except for “50 Things to Do” camp which will cost €40. For further information contact Grace on 8832700 and you are advised to Book early.
Coffee - Coffee morning in aid of Prague House will be held in Threcastles Hall on Saturday next 9th June from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
CABARET - Ballyragget Community Playground Committee are holding a cabaret in Ronans Lounge Ballyragget on Saturday the 9th of June at 9pm. A monster draw will take place on the night. Prizes include breakaways worth €500 and €250, tickets to the first Manchester Utd game of the season 12/13 with €100 spending money and many more on the night. They are also hosting a fun day on the Green on June 24th from 12.30pm with lots of games and fun activities to take part in. There will be a barbecue where you can grab a bite to eat, fancy dress competition, pet show, hurling competitions, soccer competitions, face painting, music and much more. There will also be stalls selling a variety of items on the day including homemade produce, plants, bird feeders, flower boxes etc. All are welcome! For more information please contact Catherine Delaney Kelly Secretary 085 7403812. Hope to see you there for a great day.
Adoration - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague House Freshford every Friday from 10am to 5pm. All welcome
DANCEWISE- Dancewise Academy Dance and Performing Arts Class for girls and boys are held each Thursday evening in Freshford Community Hall for 4- 18 years old. All welcome. For more information contact Melissa on 86 – 3349692.
SCHOOL ENROLEMENT - The process of enrolling new pupils for school year 2012/2013 is currently underway at St.Lachtains National School. Enrolement packs have already been sent out to those on the list. All enrolement forms should be retuned by the end of May. If you need a form or any details please contact the school office on 056-8832400. There will be an open afternoon for the new Junior Infants on Wednesday 6th June 2012 from 2 to 3p.m. Parents will be able to meet with the Junior infants Teacher and the principal on this day and enjoy a brief tour of the school following by some light refreshments.
Group - Freshford Active Retirement Group meet every Tuesday in the local Community Hall, at 3pm with various activities. New Members are most welcome . Members also play bowling every second Tuesday in McDonagh Junction Thai Chee Classes are held each Monday evening in the Community Hall from 6.30 – 7.30p.m. New members are most welcome also.
Tidy - People are reminded to keep our village tidy and clean. Children are being encouraged to use the bins providing around the villages and estates when disposing of their litter and it is hoped that the adults with follow suit also for a cleaner and tidier village and environment.
Happy Birthday - Birthday wishes go out to Tom Prendergast of Bohergloss Freshford who celebrated his 60th Birthday at a party with family and friends in Farrells on Friday night last.