Freshford: A musical tour of Ireland with the Acorns

ACORN VARIETY SHOW - Freshford Acorn Club present a Musical Tour of Ireland featuring a variety of music song and dance in Community Hall on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November at 8pm. sharp .The show will be under Writer /Produce Moira Maher with Musical Director - Noel Cleere. The show is by ticket only and price is €10 per adult and €5 per child. Tickets can be purchased by contacting any of the following: Karen Delaney on 086 3592925, Seamus Doheny on 087 6706087 or Gerry O’Reilly on 0872663615.

ACORN VARIETY SHOW - Freshford Acorn Club present a Musical Tour of Ireland featuring a variety of music song and dance in Community Hall on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November at 8pm. sharp .The show will be under Writer /Produce Moira Maher with Musical Director - Noel Cleere. The show is by ticket only and price is €10 per adult and €5 per child. Tickets can be purchased by contacting any of the following: Karen Delaney on 086 3592925, Seamus Doheny on 087 6706087 or Gerry O’Reilly on 0872663615.

The death occurred last week of Philip O’Brien Ballinamara, Rathmoyle - The deceased who was only in his 50’s had been unwell for a time. He was widely known in the area especially amongst the farming sector. A devoted husband and father his passing caused widespread regret and sadness. His remains were removed to Tulla Church on Friday evening and Burial took place on Saturday in the adjoining cemetery following requiem Mass. He is mourned by his wife Margaret, three sons, daughter, and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is extended.

OASIS - Oasis Childcare Group held their annual Halloween Disco on Wednesday evening last in the Community Hall with the usual big turn on the evening and lots of enjoyment for all. Adult Art Classes.  Artist and art teacher Mick Cantwell has resumed teaching art classes to adults on Thursday evenings.  Classes are taking place in Oasis Childcare Centre and run from 8pm - 9.30pm.  Students provide their own materials.  Contact Mick on 087 0636556.  Limited places available.

TOTS TO TEENS - Tots to teens are now busy preparing and rehearsing for their forthcoming production in January of “The Lion King” featuring Madagaksker! Any one wishing to get involved behind the scenes 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 (these will be returned afterwards) and this would be a huge bonus to the Group. This year’s emphasis is on animal and jungle type costumes. You are invited to test your knowledge at the Groups table quiz on Friday November 30th in McGraths starting at 9.30pm. Table of 4 only €20. Prizes for the winning team and raffle on the night. All welcome! Information or queries before rehearsals on Monday evening or you can contact the Group on 085 - 7679240.

CONGRATS - Congrats to local man Terry Campion who was named as incoming Captain of Rathdowney Golf Club for 2013 last week. The last Captain of the Club from Freshford was Donal Heaphy back in 1989. The Club hold a Race night on Friday next 9th November at Rathdowney Golf Club with first race off at 9pm. So don’t miss the action get your horse entered . Everyone welcome.

VOLUNTEERS - You are again 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 - Will Freshford open its arms to friends and family from all over the world and call them home during 2013? Do you have ides for clan gatherings, festivals, special sporting events, music etc., to entice family home throughout the year? Share your ideas at a brainstorming evening on Monday next the 12th November at the Oasis Childcare Centre Freshford at 8pm to help bring our Freshfordians home?

Squash Club -. Freshford Squash team started off very well in Division One of the Leinster League recently. They are top of the league table after three games so far this year. They lead by 6-7 points on the leader board. The league matches continue every Monday with games home and away for the 2012-2013 squash season. Freshford played Leinster B in their first match at home and won on a scoreline of 16-5. Their second match ended on a score of 16-4. This match was played away to Westwood B. Their third match of the year was at home to Belvedere A and the final score in that game was 13-5. They played Curragh B at home recently and last week were away to Naas. 
The club would like to wish all the team members the very best of luck in the Leinster League during the year. Anyone interested in watching the games are more than welcome. 
The club would like to remind everyone its members and anyone interested in joining that 
there is a blitz every Thursday at 8pm for both men and women. The club caters for 
all age groups from beginning to advanced. New members always welcome. Contact any committee member for information on joining the club. The membership for the year 2012-2013 is as follows: €50 single, €70 married/family, €5 juvenile. 
Membership is due before you receive your key as locks for this year have been changed. .

LATE NORA QUINLAN - The people of Freshford and surrounding area were saddened to learn of the death last week of Mrs. Nora Quinlan of Garnamanagh, Freshford. The deceased who was in her eighties had been unwell for a time. A very quiet and good living lady she was widely known and respected. Her remains were removed to St. Lachtains Church on Thursday evening of last week . Requiem Mass took place on Friday in St. Lachtains Church and Burial took place in St.Lachtains Cemetery, Freshford afterwards. Deepest sympathy is extended to her husband Michael, sons, daughters, grandchildren and extended family.

FRESHFORD COMMUNITY MARKET - Freshford Community Market is held 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
 GAA - Stl Lachtains Intermediate Hurlers bowed out of the Championship last weekend when they were defeated by a much stronger Clara side in the semi final played at Nowlan Park. when they defeated neighbours Conahy on Saturday afternoon last at Ballyragget . Forced to field without a number of regular players due to injuries the sides were evenly matched in the first half but the Clara side proved much too strong in the second half and won comprehensively at the final whistle The U21 Hurlers are still in the hunt for glory in the championship.. Meanwhile St.Lachtains finished off their underage season well when the U16 hurlers were victorious in the final of the Duggan Steel Roinn B League when they saw off the challenge of neighbours Tullaroan at Clara at the weekend and came out winners on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-9.   St. Lachtains gained some measure of revenge for when these sides met in the championship semi-final Tullaroan were winners before going on to beat Conahy Shamrocks in the final. While the game was low scoring it produced a cracking contest played in a very competitive and sporting manner all through. The scoreboard saw Tullaroan ahead by 0-7 to 1 - 2 at the break. Within five minutes of the restart the sides were level for the fourth time when Darren Brennan and Cillian Hughes pointed.  With the assistance of the fresh breeze the Freshford side were beginning to gain the upperhand, Darren Brennan pointed a free and the hard working John Bowden landed two good points with just over ten minutes remaining to give their side a three point lead.  In the closing minutes Tullaroan exerted strong pressure to gain parity but the St. Lachtains defence defended well and held on for a deserved victory of two points.   Bord na Nog treasurer Joe Pyke presented the cup to winning captain Darren Quinn who was following in the footsteps of his father Jacko who captained  St. Lachtains when they won the 1966 under 16 Co. Championship final.  A minutes silence was observed before the game as a mark of respect to the late Philip O’Brien Rathmoyle who was laid to rest on Saturday last.  Philip was father of John O’Brien a member of the St. Lachtains minor panel who won the minor league co final earlier this year and the family were involved in Bord na nOg over the years. Scores St. Lachtains  Ross Walsh 1 - 1, John Bowden 0- 2, Darren Brennan 0 - 2 frees, Killian Hughes,John Quinn and Eamonn Hennessy 0 - 1 each. Team  John Campion, Harry Burke, Darren Quinn, David Cleere, Daniel Rafter, Paul White, Shane Dawson, Darren Brennan, Cillian Hughes, Ben Lyng,  Eamonn Hennessy, John Bowden, John Quinn, Liam Maher, Ross Walsh Sub Patrick Maher

PHILIP KINANE CUP AND MCGREE SHIELD - The annual Philip Kinane Cup and McGree Shield Tournament started last week with just two first round matches played on Sunday last due to the inclement weather. In the two games played C.Rafters team beat P.Killeens team by 5-1 to 4-3 and the second game saw C.Dawsons team beat S.Rafters team by 5-1 to 3-1.The remaining matches will be played and the Semi finals and final will be played on Sunday 18th November. The following teams are taking part in the tournaments this year:C.Dawson (Capt) L.Walsh, D.Maher,C.O’Leary, C.Dermody, C.Rafter, C.Franey, P.Walsh, M.Donnelly, B.Dermody, C.Neary - Managers - A.Dawson & M.O’Leary. P.Killeen (Capt) C.Dalton, J.Burke, P.Hayde, E.Garrett, C.J.Daly, E.Fogarty, T.Leukains, M.McCarthy, A. Ryan, J. Cantwell - Mangers. S.Killeen & B.Barnaville. C.Rafter (Capt) L.Costigan, C.Colclough, R.Burke, D.Maher, C.Leahy, F.Keoghan, T. Rafter, O Bergin, M.Phelan, J.Bergin D.Bergin - Managers - P.Leahy & G.Rafter. S.Rafter (Capt) C Power, P.Donnelly, C.Mullan, M.Neary, A.Rafter, S.Grace, J.Phelan, J.Hickey, E.Kenny-Landers, D.Killeen -Managers - D.Killeen & P.Donnelly.

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

SOCCER - . Freshford Town Junior side had a 5-3 win over St.Johns in their home league game on Sunday afternoon last. That was their second good win on the trot having had a good win over Thomastown B the previous week by 4-0. The game was played in terrible weather conditions and the home side lead at the break with goals from G.Bassett and F.Lawler..

Team: S.McGree, D.Burke, D.Burke, J.Burke, M.Farrell, W.Looby, J.Kavanagh, F.Lawler, L.Hickey, M.Burke, G.Bassett

.Freshford Town U11s played their first home game of the season having won their opening game away to Evergreen.  In this match they played Fort Rangers and totally dominated the game from start to finish but some how found themselves on the losing team on a 1-0 scoreline.  It all looked very promising from the very start but Freshford couldn’t put the ball in the net and yet they should have been ahead by half time.  Again in the second half Freshford pressed hard but couldn’t put the final touch to their dominance and hard work having created lots of goal scoring chances.  The visitors were happy to soak up the pressure and then scored a goal on the break in the last few minutes against the run of play.  It was a cruel blow for the local boys and a tough lesson for the Freshford boys to learn.  Best for Freshford were Kyle Dawson, Cian Franey & Killian Dunne.  

 Meanwhile the U-15’s boys were at home to Bridge Utd,

Team -C.Brophy,C.Rafter,J.Cleere,A.Garrett,N.Brennan,L.Dunphy,O.Kenny,S.Delaney,
C.Dawson,B.Tallis,J.Delaney,M.Ryan.
The girls U-17’s were away to Evergreen and were well beaten by a much stronger city side on a scoreline of 6-0 .
Training continues every Saturday morning for 5-9 year old with Gary
Barnaville. All boys that age group are most welcome.
The KDL lotto held its last draw on Tuesday evening last. A decision was made by the League to do so as it was running at a loss for some time. Thanks goes to all those who sold tickets or supported the draw over the last number of years.

Work is ongoing within the club for the current Season.
You can follow the clubs progress on facebook
AWARD - Well done to The Irish Conker Championships Group who won the People of the Year award in the Volunteerism category for 2012. The committee were presented with the award last week at an awards ceremony in The Newpark Hotel and a hugely enjoyable night was had by all who attended. This years co-chairperson, Susan Murphy accepted the award on behalf of the Group and dedicated it to all the volunteers in Freshford who give freely of their time each year to guarantee the festivals success. 
DANCE CLASSES - Social dance classes will resume 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.

UPPERCOURT - The luxurious UpperCourt Manor will host a Christmas partying he newly refurbished church 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. The newly refurbished restaurant opened recently to the public and provides great quality food and value with choice of menu. The Restaurant is also open on certain evenings by 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.

VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY- The local Branch of St.Vincent de Paul Society meet on the last Thursday evening of each month. For further information or help you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136

BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Joanne Grace, Woodview who celebrated her 30th Birthday at a party with family and friends in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last.

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. Visitation of the sick and homebound on First Friday of each month. Anyone new who needs to be added to the list should contact Fr. P. Comerford on 8832843. There is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague House Freshford every Friday from 10am to 5pm. All are welcome. Rosary was held on Sunday last in Tulla Cemetery after 9.30am Mass and in Freshford 
Cemetery after 1am Mass. The Novena of Masses for the Dead continues up to 10th November. You can place your list for remembrance in the basket at the alter and the November Offerings are also taken up at this time.

SPIN THE WHEEL - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last was Paul Dowling Belville. He spun the wheel and won himself €50. Second Prize went to Joanne Grace, Woodview. The Jackpot next week stands at €950. The draw is run each Saturday night as part of St.Lachtains GAA Club fun raising events.

Youth Club - Members and their Committee again wish to thank all those who have supported them in their fund raising event at the Conker Festival recently. The winner of the Bears date of birth was Jennifer Hickey, Woodview and winner of the amount of sweets in the jar was John Burke, Woodsgift.

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..

ON HOLIDAYS - Home at present from USA in his native Freshford is Jimmy Connery formerly of Kilkenny Street, Freshford. Jimmy is a regular visitor to his native Freshford.

PRAGUE HOUSE DRAW - The first of three monthly draws in aid of Prague House Refurbishment fund place in Prague House 
recently. The lucky winners oft €1,000 each were - Roddy & Ann Butler c/o J.Dermody -Liam Coogan, Coon and Mary Bowden, Gathabawn. 4th prize T.Hennessy, Threecastles, 5th - P.Walsh, Poulbawn, 6th B.Tynan, Lisdowney, 7th D.ONeill,.Tullaroan, 8th - P.Quinn, Clintstown Road, 
9th J.Cashin, Carlow, 10th S.O’Neill , Tullaroan,and P.Burns Lodge

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