Freshford -

COURSING CLUB- Freshford Coursing Club are running a five month Silver Circle as a fund raiser. The draw will run for five months at €2.50 per month or €10 for all if paid up front. The monthly draw ill take place in the local pubs with the first two draws in McGraths on the 15th June (the first draw was to take place last weekend but was postponed). Crds are in circulation around the village at present and your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information you can contact 086 – 0502250.

COURSING CLUB- Freshford Coursing Club are running a five month Silver Circle as a fund raiser. The draw will run for five months at €2.50 per month or €10 for all if paid up front. The monthly draw ill take place in the local pubs with the first two draws in McGraths on the 15th June (the first draw was to take place last weekend but was postponed). Crds are in circulation around the village at present and your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information you can contact 086 – 0502250.

BENEFIT NIGHT - Prague House Freshford held their Benefit Night of Greyhound Racing at James Park Kilkenny on Friday evening last the 17th May . This night always proves to be very enjoyable night and did again this year. There were many valuable prizes for patrons of tickets purchased beforehand (full report next week ) Thankjs to all those who supported the event all who bought tickets or donated in any way and all those who helped make the night such a success. Prague House serves the parishes of Freshford, Lisdowney, Tullaroant.

Last Rose of Summer - The 200th anniversary concert will be held on Saturday June 22nd 2013 at 8 pm in Jenkinstown Park, Kilkenny, Anthony Kearns will perform, along with his usual repertoire, some Thomas Moore melodies such as The Minstrel Boy, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms and of course The Last Rose of Summer, which was composed in Jenkinstown and first published in 1813. Some local talent will be showcased on the evening also. The concert will be in the original walled garden area, within Jenkinstown Woods. Parking will be in the field below the venue. More information at www.conahyhs.com and Conahy Heritage Society Facebook, can also follow on Twitter @conahyhs. Tickets are €22.50, available www.ticketmaster.ie - Enquiries: conahyheritagesociety@gmail.com Ticket information; Eileen Gunner 087 2859660

SOCCER NEWS - Freshford Town Junior side have finished off their league campaign with a draw away to Evergreen C. It was a great comeback from 4-2 down with just ten minutes to go from the team who were forced to play without several of their regular players They await the outcome of other games to see where they will finish in the table. They take on the same team again in the quarter fnal of the Divisional Cup competition .

Freshford Youths meanwhile progressed to the Youths Cup semi final with a great win over Lions of Durrow at home recently on a 2-1 scoreline having been 1-0 down late in the game.

The U16’s were away to Dean Celtic on Sunday evening in the second round of the Lonergan cup. The boys went out in the hardest way , on penalties. The final score was 3 - 0 , but the lads showed great heart in spite of the disapointment. Team- A.Garrett, P.Sweeney,K.Hughes, H.Burke, S.Dawson, J.Kennedy, J.Campion,J.Quinn, J.Delaney, S.Tobin, D.Mackey, C.Rafter, J.Darmody

Saturday morning Training for U5 - U9 boys with Gary Barnaville will not be held next Saturday but will resume on the 1st June and continue every Saturday from 12 noon to 1pm All boys 5-9 age group are most welcome.

St. Lachtain’s N. S. News - There is a great sense of achievement in the local National School in Freshford after being awarded two prestigious awards in the last few weeks. Firstly, after over a year of planning and hard work by all in the school community, they have been awarded their first Green Flag by An Taisce. This will be presented to the school at the end of the month.

Secondly, they have just been informed by Discover Primary Science and Maths that they have achieved their ‘Award of Science & Maths Excellence 2013’. This involved a year of hands-on science experiments, attending science and engineering shows, visiting engineers, Greenwave Project and much more. A huge well done to all.

Congratulations to Sam Dermody in Rang 6, one of the two national winners in a competition to create two maths characters. Sam’s cartoon character ‘Milly Meter’ has been chosen to feature in ‘Scope’, the Irish Independent’s monthly maths supplement for primary schools. A career as a cartoonist beckons!

The process of enrolling new pupils for the school year 2013/2014 continues in St. Lachtain’s N.S., Freshford. Enrolment packs can be posted out or can be collected at the school office. If you require one please contact the school office on (056)8832400.

If you are new to our area, or just a parent in the process of trying to decide which primary school to choose for your child, please feel free to contact us at the above number to arrange an informal chat / tour of the school. We are in a position to offer you the best of both worlds, a small class number and a single stream class i.e. just junior infants in the classroom. This will offer your child an excellent start to school life where their individual needs will be well catered for.

TOTS TO TEENS -On Saturday morning last the local Tots to Teen Group held an information and sign up morning at the Freshford Community hall. Places are limited . For more details to the club phone 0857679240. So sign up your child and let your little star shine on the stage

OFF TO LEBANON- Local lad John Flynn, Woodview and now residing in Muckalee was among the battillion from James Stephens Barracks Kilkenny who left at the weekend for six months peace keeping service in the Lebanon. John is wished all the best in his stay out here.

TUPPERWARE -which has been around for past 52years is still going strong. If you would like a demonstration of the products available in the new spring/summer catalogue at your home,club or community centre just call Anne on 086 3203205 or,email anne.doheny5@gmail.com for more info.

Mrs May Murphy-The death occurred last weekend at Prague House of Mrs. May Murphy late of Lisdowney and a resident of Prague House in recent times. The deceased and her family were widely known in Lisodwney Freshford and surrounding areas. She was predeceased a couple of years previously by her husband. Her remains were removed from Prague House on Monday last to Lisdowney Church for Requiem Mass followed by Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery. Deepest Sympathy is extended to her family on their loss..

SPIN THE WHEEL-There was no Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs for past two weeks. Tthe previous week was Nicky Orr, Johnstown who won himself €50. Second prize went to Martin Power, Garnamanagh. The Jackpot now stands at €450. The draw will resume next week and takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

BARBERS SHOP - Razors’s Barbers is now open at Church Street Freshford , The proprietor of the new barbers is Pauline Butler from Threecastles. The premises will be open every Tues and Wed from 9:30-6pm Thursday 5pm-8pm Friday 9:30-8pm Saturday 9:30-5pm Please support local business..

GAA NEWS - St. Lachtains Intermediate Hurlers took on neighbours and rivals The Emeralds in the league at Johnstown on Saturday evening last and came out winners by 3 points at the final whistle. Despite having to field without a number of their regular players the younger players stepped up to the mark and it was a great hearted team performance to take the points..

Freshford Community Market - Freshford Community Market is held each Saturday mornings from 11-00 to 1-00 in the local Community hall. There are lots of locally produced product for sale,home baking,Jams,breads,chutneys and relishes,pork products,home grown vegetables, hand made cards, aloe vera skin and hair products, and a large selection of tubberware products .For more information contact David on0867311600

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.

BIRTHDAY WISHES - Special birthday wishes go out to Martin Maher, Woodview who celebrated his 40th Birthday at the weekend. Also to local lady Kay Campion Woodview. Kay was guest at a surprise party in Farrells Function Room with family and friends on Saturday night last to mark her special birthday.

Repairs - Remember 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...

FITNESS CLUB - The Conahy Ladies Football & Fitness Club are calling all ladies, interested in getting fit and having fun to go along to the Polo Grounds, Jenkinstown REWARDS: meet others - keep fit - have a laugh - enjoy football - great fun nights out also guaranteed. All levels of fitness are welcome.

SUMMER CAMPS - Oasis Centre are holding “All the Creative Things you need to do before You’re 7” Cap for children between the ages of 4 and6 years from the 1st to 5th July which coincides with Cul Camp. This will be stuffed with creative projects.craft, construction work and art. Also between the 8th and 12th July the Centre will be holding a Cooking Camp for children between the ages of 8 and 15 years. They will be using seasonal fresh ingredients and highlighting the flavours and benefits of a wide range of healthy foods. They are also considering holding a Cooking Course for adults in the evenings during the summer. The emphasis and challenge would be to prepare a healthy meal for a family of four children and two adults under €10. If you are interested please let the Committee know.

Job Opportunities- Under the CE Scheme Oasis Childcare Centre are seeking to fill two positions namely – Childcare Assistant – Monday to Friday – 19and half hrs per week. Applicants must have the ability to work on own initiative and as a team.

Also a Cook is required Monday to Friday – 19and half hrs per week. Applicants must have a general knowledge of Food Handling, Food Hygiene and an interest in promoting children Healthy Eating. For further information please call to the local Fas office.

Enrolment - Oasis Childcare Centre would remind parents to please contact the Centre asap if they are interested in having their child enrolled for next September. The Centre qualifies for all three schemes available to parents, namely ECCE (Pre-school year) CCA (subvention) and CETA (back to education.) In order to be guaranteed a place and get your preferred days and times you should call personally to the Centre asap or ring 0568832700.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL -Freshford Society of St. Vincent de Paul meet the last Thursday of each month and are pretty busy at present. For help or for further information you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136.

DANCE CLASSES - Please note that Social dance classes which were held in St.Kierans Hall Johnstown each Wednesday evening are discontinued for the summer months. The classes will resume in September. So watch out for details of same or for more information contact 086 8825200.

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 in St. Catherine’s on Tuesday at 3pm. Tulla Church – Friday at 7.30pm. Visitation of the sick and housebound takes place on the First Friday of each month. If you wish to have a name added to this list please contact Fr. Pat. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague house on Fridays from 10am to 5pm . All welcome.

ALL WEATHER PITCH -The annual soccer league on the All Weather pitches in Colaiste Mhuire has started . 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 couple of months . For more information contact John Cahill on 0860485328

CAMOGIE - Congratulations to local girls Lydia Fitzpatrick & Katie Doheny who were part of the Kilkenny Minor side who were victorious in thier All Ireland Replay win over Cork on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-6 points. Further congrats to Lydia on her player of the match performance. This is the 2nd time this year already that both these girls have won All Ireland titles, having already won All Ireland schools title with Loreto Convent, Kilenny. St.Lachtains Camogie club are running a Monster Raffle in conjunction with the County Board to raise much needed funds for both Club and County. There are over 30 Fantastic prizes on offer and for just €3.00 per line its a draw not to be missed. So please support the local girls when they call on you. The Club wish to advise you in andvance of the upcoming Camogie Camp on June 8th for all registered camogie players from 6 to 16 yrs. The venues include Pltown, Slievrue, Thomastown, Clara, O’Loughlins Gaels, Dicksboro and Freshford GAA grounds, You can contact club sec/mentor’s for more details.

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 are held on Monday nights in Community Hall New members welcome also.

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