Freshford: The late Mary Neary of Graine

TOTS TO TEENS-The local Tots to teens group are busy preparing and rehearsing for their forthcoming production in January of “The Lion King” featuring Madagaksker! Any one willing to get involved behind the scenes or help out on the nights of the show would be most welcome. If anyone has any costumes they might wish to donate or lend the Group would be most grateful . This year’s emphasis is on animal and jungle type costumes. The table quiz due to be held on Friday night last in McGraths was cancelled and will be held at a later date . For Information or queries contact the Group on 085-7679240.

TOTS TO TEENS-The local Tots to teens group are busy preparing and rehearsing for their forthcoming production in January of “The Lion King” featuring Madagaksker! Any one willing to get involved behind the scenes or help out on the nights of the show would be most welcome. If anyone has any costumes they might wish to donate or lend the Group would be most grateful . This year’s emphasis is on animal and jungle type costumes. The table quiz due to be held on Friday night last in McGraths was cancelled and will be held at a later date . For Information or queries contact the Group on 085-7679240.

Mary Neary-The death occurred this week at Prague House, Freshford of Mary Neary formerly of Graine. Mary was a resident of Prague House for the past number of years. She was widely known and respected in the locality. Her remains were removed to St. Lachtains Church Freshford on Tuesday evening and Burial takes place today (Wednesday) in St.Lachtains Cemetery Freshford following Requiem Mass. Sympathy is extended to all her family.

VOLUNTEERS-You are reminded about Kilkenny Carlow Contract-this is a Community based voluntary organization for older people covering Kilkenny and Carlow area and is presently looking for additional volunteers to commit to one or to 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.

OPEN OUR ARMS TO THE GATHERING-There was a brainstorming meeting recently at the Oasis Childcare Centre Freshford to come up with ideas etc., to help bring our Freshfordians home? There will be another meeting to put ideas forward. Do you have any ideas of music sport events or whatever to bring your Freshfordians home.

COMMUNITY MARKET - The local Freshford Community Market continues 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 are asking especially for local support . . For further information on same you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600  

Margaret Slattery-The death occurred last weekend at her home of Mrs. Margaret Slattery of Gathabawn. The deceased who was advanced in years was well known in the local community. Her remains were removed from her home to Gathabawn Church on Tuesday for requiem Mass followed by burial in Tigfeaghna Cemetery. She is mourned by her sons, daughters, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a large circle of relatives.

GAA - St. Lachtains GAA Club hold their AGM in the Clubrooms on Sunday 16th December at 2.30pm. All motions and nominations to be with the Club Secretary by Wednesday the 12th December. Training continues for St.Lachtains U21 as arranged . They are the only team now left in the running.. They played Gowran on Sunday last in Ard Lachtain in very bad weather conditions. It is hoped they will have another challenge game next weekend. . Team management includes , Michael Kavanagh , Jimmy Meagher and Ollie O Connor ..

COFFEE MORNING-Oasis Childcare Centre is holding a fund raising Coffee morning on Friday the 7th December at 10.30am. to acknowledge their colleague and friend. All are welcome for a cosy chat and yummy goodies. Also the Pre School children will be displaying their entrepreneurial skills with their Christmas Market. Gift galore so go along early.

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE-The Oasis Childcare Committee will be holding their Annual Christmas Tree Sale on the Village Green on Saturday the 8th December between8.30am. and 1pm. All trees non-shed and there will be a variety of sizes on offer.

SOCCER-Freshford Town Junior side came through a tough challenge in Clare on Sunday morning last in the driving rain to claim a 3-2 victory with virtually the last kick of The game and a great goal from Shane Maher. The Freshford lads started slowly and were 1-0 down after just two minutes following indecision in defence. Midway through the first half they equalized with a fine finish from Michael Burke following a good heAder on from Jamie Burke. As half time approached Shane Maher finished off a fine move involving Jamie Burke and Jonathan Doheny. In the second half and with the rain refusing to let up the local boys created some good chances and but for some poor finishing and hard luck could not find the net for the third goal to finish off their opponents. To the home sides credit they refused to give us and with five minues to go they got a somewhat dubious penalty and converted to make it 2-2. However with time running out Freshford got a free kick 3 yards out from goal and Liam Hickey delivered the perfect pass to Shane Maher who slatted home the winner form just 5yards out which set up some wild celebrations. Great credit to Clifden who put up a fine challenge on what was an awful day. Best for Freshford on the day were Shea Burke and match winner Shane Maher. Team : S.McGree, D.Burke, E.Hayes, M.Farrell, D.Burke, S.Burke, S.Maher,J.Burke,M.Burke, J.Doheny, L.Hickey-Subs-G.Bassett, F.Lawlor, J.Kennedy.

The U11 boys were in action on Saturday last in Woodview against Evergreen City and the Freshford boys were on top form all day and dominated the match from start to finish.  Cian Franey got the only goal of the game with a well taken long range low drive that beat the keeper.  Dean Brophy, Alan Rafter, Aidan Tallis, Cormac Rafter, Killian Dunne & Willie Cahill all went close to scoring but the Evergreen keeper gave a great display and was by far the busiest player on the pitch pulling off save after save to deny Freshford more goals.  It was a great result and strong performances by all squad members with Jack O’Sullivan making a great Freshford debut at right back & Mark McCarthy pulling off a great interception in the dying minutes to deny Evergreen a certain goal.  

The U- 13 girls played Newpark at Newpark on Saturday last and lost out 3 - 0. This is the girls First Season together and they are playing well and continuing to improve. The U-14 boys were at home in a friendly against Lions F.C. of Durrow and they won 1 - 0. The Youths played the First round of the Leinster Cup on Saturday last away to Thomastown. Within the First 15 minutes Freshford went one up scored by Jason Stanley but less than five minutes later Thomastown got the equaliser. L.Bassett scored Freshfords second goal and at the half time whistle it was 2 - 2. Freshford looked the stronger side and it was’nt long until James Sweeney hit the back of the net for the third and final goal of the match.

Soccer training continues every Saturday for the 5 - 9 age group from 12 noon to 1pm. with Gary Barnaville in charge. All boys of that age group are welcome. You can follow the clubs progress on Facebook. Fixtures For Next Weekend se the U-12boys at home to Evergreen A at 1pm. The U14 boys are at home to Paulstown at 11pm. U-16 boys are away to Clover Utd at 11pm while the Youths are away to Deen Celtic at 2pm. The Jnrs are away to River Rangers at 11pm.

POKER LEAGUE-After week 8 of the Freshford Poker League in Kavanaghs the league standings are presently :

1-J.Kenny-255pts, E.Ryan -225pts. S.McGree180 pts, A.Byrne 180 pts and T.Broderick 180 pts.

DANCE CLASSES-You are reminded that Social dance classes are held in St.Kierans Hall Johnstown started on Wednesday evening last and 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- Freshford Squash Club continue their winning streak in the Leinster League with wins over The Curragh, Naas, Mount Pleasant and Sutton. They continue on top of the Leinster League Division 1 as they are leading by 12 points. On Monday of last week, they played Westwood at home. They must also play Fitzwilliam before Christmas. Best of luck to all involved and may their winning streak keep continuing. 

Sauna - The Freshford Squash Club had a brand new infra-red sauna fitted into the club last month. 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  New members - male and female - are always welcome to the squash club.  Membership - Outstanding membership must be paid to any club official immediately!

3rd Annual Christmas Fundraiser - The launch of the 3rd Annual Christmas Fundraiser took place earlier in the week. Many thanks to the local businesses who sponsored prizes. Their names will be placed on the raffle cards. Many of the prizes include: sticks, coal, Christmas hamper, meat, money, vouchers etc. Tickets are available from any squash member at a cost of €2 per line or €5 for 3 lines. The draw will take place in Kavanagh’s Bar on Christmas Eve at 10pm. Your support would be much appreciated. 

Squash for Kids-The children squash will recommence after Christmas. Any parent/guardian interested in sending their child to the squash for kids may contact Pat Morrissey with any queries. 

UPPERCOURT-You are reminded that the luxurious UpperCourt Manor will host a Christmas party ON Friday the 14th December starting at 8.30pm Sharp. The party is open to all businesses and the general public. Festive theme dress code (optional) and there will be spot prizes for best dressed given out on the night. So go along and eat drink and be merry. A fantastic night is guaranteed and all are welcome. Tickets are just €15 per person. For further information for bookings contact Denis or Collette on 087 2988397 or 086 0512770 or the students of Fresh start Programme. The Restaurant at Uppercourt is open every Sunday form 12.30 to 5pm for meals. The newly refurbished restaurant which opened recently to the public provides great quality food and value with choice of menu. The Restaurant is also open on certain evenings by pre booking only. They can also cater for parties, communion confirmation or other functions and overnight stays. For further details or for booking contact 086 0512770.

SPIN WHEEL-There was no Spin the wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last Winner the previous week was Martina Fox, Bohergloss and she 6on herself €70. Second prize went to Tony Ford who got €30. Next weeks Jackpot stands at €1,000. The draw is run each Saturday night in conjunction with St.Lachtains GAA Club.

VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY- The local Branch of St.Vincent de Paul Society meet on the last Thursday of each month. For further information or help you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136. The Society Annual Christmas Appeal Collection 2012 will be taken up in Freshford Parish at the Church door on the weekend of 8th/9th December.

CARDS-St. Lachtains Camogie Club weekly 25 Card game is held each Sunday evening in the Club Rooms at 8.45pm. 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 Mondays at 9.30am and in St.Catherines Nursing Home on Tuesday at 3pm. Tulla Church-Friday 7.30pm. Vigil Mass in Freshford on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm..

There is Adoration -of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague House Freshford every Friday from 10am to 5pm. All are welcome

 ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP - 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 most welcome. For details contact 
Kathleen on 8832362or Joan on 8832316

Thai Chi -meetings held on Monday nights in Community Hall. New members welcome..

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