Freshford - Thomas the Tank wins Derby

DERBY WINNER - Congratulations to the Lennon Family, Threecastles on their success at the Coursing in Clonmel last week. Thomas the Tank owned by the family and trained by Tom Lennon won the final of the Derby on Monday of last week and there was great celebrations on the family’s big win in the village. Well done to all involved in the success.

DERBY WINNER - Congratulations to the Lennon Family, Threecastles on their success at the Coursing in Clonmel last week. Thomas the Tank owned by the family and trained by Tom Lennon won the final of the Derby on Monday of last week and there was great celebrations on the family’s big win in the village. Well done to all involved in the success.

SOCCER NEWS - Freshford Town Junior side had a good win on Sunday morning last when they beat River Rangers at home. From the Kick off it was Paul Guinan who was taking control of the game and he played a big part in Freshford’s opener. Fionn Lawlor sent in a corner from the left which was only half cleared by a Rangers defender and Guinan then volleyed the ball towards the goal and it was Jonathan Doheny who popped up on the six yard box to head the ball to the net. The local lads continued to control the game with Fionn Lawlor dominating midfield and went in at the break 1-0 up. The second half was a similar story with the home side having all the play but with the Rangers side looking to break away it was up to Shane McGree in goal to prevent Rangers equalizing on the hour mark. On the 70th minute the local lads got their deserved second goal when Lawlor crossing to the far post where Lloyd Bassett headed back into the box and it was Guinan who buried the ball in the roof of the net from eight yards out. More scoring chances followed from Liam Hickey and Robbie Dowling but they failed to convert and with just five minutes remaining the referee awarded a penalty to River Rangers. The Rangers striker made it 2-1 which made for a tense last few minutes but the Freshford defence held firm for a deserved win.

Team: S.McGree, D.Burke, M.Farrell, E.Hayes,L.Bassett, M Burke, F.Lawlor, S.Burke, J.Doheny, P.Guinan, J.Burke – Subs – R.Dowling, L.Hickey W.Looby and R.Condon.

In the schoolboys division The U11 boys playing their first game since early December, put in a terrific team effort to beat Evergreen Utd 3-0 at Woodview last Saturday, ensuring their third win in four games.  Freshford were on top right from the kick off and played excellent football throughout.  Alan Rafter got the first goal from close range when he finished a great move set up by Cormac Rafter who had a great first half.  A few minutes later Alan Rafter laid the ball off to Cian Franey who beat several defenders before tucking it away as Freshford started to dominate proceedings.  Cormac Rafter got Freshfords third goal before half time when he calmly finished a great move down the left by Mark McCarthy and Dean Brophy.  At half time a few changes were made as a lot of the boys were feeling under the weather but whilst Freshford didn’t add any more score they struck the woodwork several times and went close numerous times.  A great team performance ensured a comfortable win and best for the winners were attacking midfielders Cian Franey and Cormac Rafter with captain on the day Mark McCarthy putting in a super first half performance at left back, a different role from his more usual role in goals this season.

 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.

TABLE QUIZ - The Table Quiz which was cancelled recently due to recent local bereavement and will now be held on Saturday the 23rd February ,  in aid of Freshford Town Schoolboys.  This will be 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 LEAGUE - Freshford Poker League now enters Week 7 and it is Vinny Colclough leading on 175 pts., followed by Philip Loughlin on 160 pts and Shane McGree on 135pts. Games are held each Thursday night in Kavanaghs Bar starting at 8.30p.m.

GAA - St. Lachtains GAA Membership - It’s the start of a new season; 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 - There will be a medal presentation night for St. Lachtains U21 Roinn A County and Northern Champions coming up shortly. It will take place in the Set Theatre Langton’s on Friday 1st of March at 8pm. There will be a sit down meal and a DJ afterward. Tickets can be purchased from the committee at a cost of € 20. Tickets will also be on sale for the after party (disco) at a cost of € 5. There will be a limited number of tickets for sale, so don’t miss out on being part of this great achievement by this young team.

Walsh Cup - Well done to Brian Kennedy and Shane Donnelly, who played Wexford in the Walsh Cup. Although Kilkenny were defeated on the day the local boys done their club proud putting in fine performances during the campaign.

Action returns to Pairc Lachtain with St Kierans due to play Castlecomer Community school in a Leinster Senior colleges semi-final at a time to be confirmed while Kilkenny CBS are due to play Good Counsel of New Ross at a time and venue to be confirmed .See fixtures for confirmation of both games. Local lads on the St Kierans panel include James Maher, Simon Rafter, Colin Corcoran, Paul White and Alexander Rafter while Criomhtan Bergin is on the Kilkenny CBS panel.

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.

VOLUNTEERS - Kilkenny Carlow Contract – is 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.

ENROL NOW IN OASIS - As children numbers are 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 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. Thanks 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.

Sympahy - Sympathy is extended to Mrs. C. O’Reilly, Inch, Freshford on the death of her brother which occurred in Somerset, UK last week. Burial takes place in the UK.

IRISH CIRCLE - The “Irish Ciorcal has resumed after the Christmas break and held their first meeting of the new year recently in Kavanaghs. The group meet on a monthly basis. All welcome.- Failte Roimh Chach..

Death - The death occurred last week of Mrs. Catherine (Katty) Webster ( nee Lalor) late of Nuenna Court, Freshford and formerly of Ballylarkin. Katty as she was known to al who knew her was in her 70’s and although she had been unwell for a time her passing still caused widespread shock and sadness. She was well known in the village and surrounding areas. She was predeceased several years previously by her husband Jim. She was a hard working and good living lady a devoted mother and grandmother. Her remains were removed from Kennedys Funeral home to St.Lachtains Church Freshford and Burial took place in Graine Cemetery on Wednesday last following Requiem Mass.

She is mourned by her sons James and John, daughters Ann and Brigid, sons in law, daughter in law, grandchildren and great grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is expressed.

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

A big well done to the schools U11 and U13 quiz teams who took part in the Credit Union Quiz last Monday night in Hotel Kilkenny. Both teams did us proud and the U11’s came joint second in their competition.

U11 Team U13 Team

Conor Kelly Cameron Taylor Mullan

Rachel Walsh Dinara Cantwell

Odhrán Bergin Sinéad Dalton

Siobhan Hennessy Philip Hayde

They are all very excited at the moment as the school choir prepares to take part in Peace Proms 2013. The choir was very fortunate to be chosen with 16 other school choirs from the south east of Ireland to be part of the ‘Peace Proms’ series of nationwide concerts. They will be accompanied by the celebrated Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) recently returned from their sell out debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London. ‘Peace Proms’ is an initiative which gives young people from schools all over the island of Ireland the opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra, work with leading musicians and perform at the country’s premier venues. They will be conducted by Gearóid Grant. They will be performing in ‘The Hub’, Cillín Hill, Kilkenny on Sat. 2nd March at 7.00pm. Tickets are available at and Essaness Music Shop, Kieran Street, Kilkenny. They are very proud of them and know that they’ll be brilliant on the night.

SQUASH NEWS - Freshford Squash Club now have a brand new infra-red sauna fitted into the club This sauna is for the use of any club member over the age of eighteen years. It is a unisex sauna. The sauna is 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 commenced in the coming year. 

New members - male and female - are always welcome to the club. 

Outstanding membership must be paid to any club official immediately!

The children squash is now under way. Any parent/guardian interested in sending their child to the squash should contact Pat Morrissey for any information. 

SPIN THE WHEEL - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last was Mark Kavanagh, Barna. Mark spun the wheel and won himself €70. Second prize went to J.J.Donnelly, The Square.. The Jackpot at the moment stands at €1,000. The draw takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

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.

BIRTHDAYS - Special birthday wishes go out to Kevin McDonald, who celebrated his 60th Birthday at a party with family and friends in Farrells Bar on Saturday last. Also birthday wishes to Tom McGrath, Inch who celebrated his 50th Birthday at a party in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last.

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.