Freshford - Local Acorn Club feted in Germany

Acorn Club - The local Acorn Club had a party of 67 jetting off to Germany on Wednesday morning last where they were 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”.

Acorn Club - The local Acorn Club had a party of 67 jetting off to Germany on Wednesday morning last where they were 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 wre 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 were the Dagersheim Harmonica Club who were also taking part as well as the local choral Group which was held on Friday night. The show was very popular with the Dagersheim community so much so it has been sold out since end of December last. The group enjoy a 4 day stay and a number of activities and events have been organised by the hosts. They will return at the start of this week.

TOTS TO TEENS - The Local Tots to Teen group held their AGM recently 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 - There was no Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night.. Last weeks lucky winner of he €300 Jackpot was Paddy White, Inch and he will receive his cheque next week. The Jackpot starts again at €300.. The draw takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

SOCCER NEWS - Tullaroan pay the penalty as McGree in spires victory. Following Freshford Town Junior sides last gasp victory in Ballyragget recently and several close calls during the season you could expect some drama while watching “ The Town Boys” in action. The local derby against neighbours Tullaroan on Sunday morning last at home was no different as they worked hard to earn a well deserved victory. A in so many game this year they fell behind to an early goal which was a major setback against a team who had gone 12 games unbeaten in the league this season. However the local lads responded well and had the majority of the play with Tullaroan looking to counterattack. The score stood at 1-0 at the break to the visitors. The second half started in the same fashion with both teams giving it everything and it was Tullaroan who were awarded a penalty following a late challenge. As the Tullaroan striker stepped to take the penalty it was up to keeper Shane McGree to keep them in the tame and he didn’t disappoint with a great save to his right. This spurred on the Freshford lads and with Michael Farrell and Mark Nolan in fine form in defence and Fionn Lawlor giving his all as usual in midfield you could sense an equalizer might be on the way. Dave Brennan and Ethan Hayes were then introduced to bolster the defence and midfield and it was Brennan who played a big part in Lawlor earning a penalty which Liam Hickey calmly put away to make it 1-1. Five minutes later Hickey again had a chance from the penalty spot to give Freshford the lead and he gave the Tullaroan keeper no change with a fine shot to make it 2-1. With just ten minutes left Paul Guinan was unlucky to be sent off for second yellow card and it was all hands to the pumps as Tullaroan pushed on for an equalizer but it was the 10 men of Freshford who held firm for a great victory which keeps then on track for promotion with just two games left to go.

Team: S.McGree,L.Bassett, M.Nolan,M.Farrell, D.Burke, L.Hickey, F.Lawlor, S.Burke, P.Guinan, S.Maher, J.Doheny – Subs: D.Brennan, E.Hayes, R.Condon.

In the schoolboys section the U11 boys played top of the table Clover Utd again having drawn 2-2 with them two weeks earlier.  In a closely contested game Freshford can consider themselves unlucky not to have won as the game ended in another draw, at 1-1.  Both teams served up a wonderful game of soccer with Freshford shading the exchanges with Aidan Tallis and Cian Franey dominating the exchanges for Freshford.   Cormac Rafter got Freshfords goal with a powerful long range effort that crashed to the roof of the net and Freshford went close several more times before halftime.  Willie Cahill in goal pulled of several good saves to maintain Freshfords lead and Killian Dunne and Kyle Dawson held firm in defence. To their credit Clover never gave up and got a late equaliser.  Freshford pressed again and the Clover keeper came to their rescue several times in the final minutes.  Overall it was a fair result and a great squad performance from Freshfords young guns with Killian Dunne just shading the man of the match award. For Fixtures see the Kilkenny People.
 Best of luck to Elijah Garrett , Cathal O’ Leary and Josh MacCarthywho are playing in the U- 12 SDFL next weekend against Dublin.

Work is on-going with the clubs development. Great progress is beingmade 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.

CABARET - Freshford Town Soccar Club is holding a caberet in Farrells on Saint Patricks night. Music is by G&K and guest . Admission is just €2.50. Your support would be greatly appreciated. All money will go toward the further development of the club. On-going work is continuing on the pitch with great progress being made on the
new pitch side dug outs.

POKER LEAGUE - There was a change at the top of the Freshford Poker league at week. It was Ml Brennan, Nigel Crosby and Joe Colclough who made up some ground on the leaders. Jimmy Kenny still leads as they head into week 11. 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 recently. MC on the night was Jimmy Maher. Fr. Pat presented the players with their northern and Roinn A county medals.

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.

Fantasy Cheltenham - The Fantasy Cheltenham event will takes place this week 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 - Congratulations to three local girls Lydia Fitzpatrick, Katie Doheny and Clodagh Power who were part of the Loreto Camogie team that won the Senior Colleges All Ireland Final for the 4th year in a row beating Loughrea of Galway in Nenagh on Saturday last on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-06. This is a massive achievement for the school and the girls. Well done to all involved.

Kilkenny County Camogie Board are once again offering any company the chance to advertise their company on the Kilkenny Camogie Jersey for 2013 as follow;‘ Name on Jersey ‘  Kilkenny Camogie have a novel way of seeking sponsorship for their Senior panel. For a €50 donation, your company name will be entered into a draw and the winning name will be on the Senior Kilkenny Camogie Jersey for 2013. The draw will take place on Thursday, 21st March in The Springhill Court Hotel and all are welcome, the lucky name will be drawn out by Tommy Walsh, and refreshments will be served. See Kilkennycamogie.com for contact details.
So please support the Camogie Ladies of Kilkenny. 

We would like to wish our Senior Girls the very best of luck on their journey to Dubai this month to participate in the Dubai 7’s. A group of 11 girls from the club will make the trip, Aoife and Eileen Fitzpatrick, Marie O’Connor Captain,, Jill Maher, Claire Dermody, Fiona Dowling, Aine and Sinead Connery Dee Delaney, Mairead Lalor and Ann Dalton. girls are heading to the Middle East to represent Kilkenny in the International Dubai Camogie Tournament – one of the largest GAA events outside of Ireland. The tournament is to be hosted by the Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Gulf Gaelic Games and will take place in the world class Emirates Sevens Complex in Dubai over the weekend of the 22nd March.. Hopefully they can add an International title to their County, Leinster and All-Ireland achievements

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 are 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. We would be grateful if completed registration forms could be returned as soon as possible.

Congratulations to our school choir who took part in Peace Proms 2013 in ‘The Hub’, Cillín Hill, Kilkenny on Sat. 2nd March.  They did us proud and a wonderful night of music, song and even dance was had by all.

Congratulations also to the boys and girls of Second Class who made their First Confession in St. Lachtain’s Church last Thursday night. A big thank you to their parents, teachers and Fr. Pat Comerford for all their hard work in helping the children prepare so well for the occasion.

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 8832362or Joan on 8832316 Thai Chi meetings will be held on Monday nights in Community Hall after the Christmas Break. New members welcome also.

COLIN MCGREE TOURNAMENT - will take place on Sunday 24th March at Soccer field at Woodview staring at 12.30pm Registration is just €2 per child and all players between the age of 8 and 14 are welcome. This tournament is held each year in remembrance of Colin around the time of his birthday.