Freshford - FAI’s John Delaney visits local club

JOHN DELANEY visit - Sunday the 24th March last was a memorable day both for McGree Family and Freshford Town Soccer, as the Soccer Club was privileged to have a visit from CEO of FAI, John Delaney. Not alone did John do the presentation but he arrived in time for the Final of the Colin Mcgree Tournament..

JOHN DELANEY visit - Sunday the 24th March last was a memorable day both for McGree Family and Freshford Town Soccer, as the Soccer Club was privileged to have a visit from CEO of FAI, John Delaney. Not alone did John do the presentation but he arrived in time for the Final of the Colin Mcgree Tournament..

The tournament is held each year in memory of Colin who himself was a great footballer and sadly died in1996 and has been held every year since 97 around the time of Colin’s birthday. The tournament is organised and ran by two of Colin’s teems mates from his schoolboy days John Flynn and Darren Burke. John Flynn welcomed everybody for this special occasion, and spoke about how it was wonderful to see so many children taking part and this would have been the largest number of young boys and girls since the tournament began 17 years.

In respect for the Mcgree Family a minutes silence was observed as Martin passed away since the event last year. John Delaney then said a few meaningful words how he was delighted to be with the young boys and girls, was very impressed with the committee of Freshford Town Club and it was very obvious that hard work and dedication has made the small club go from strength to strength. John commented that he was very impressed to see the girls and boys showing so much passion for the game, and said that this is the grass roots of soccer, progressing in the future

John Flynn then called on John Delaney and Liam Mcgree to make the presentation to the runners up team and the winners. John Delaney gave an open invitation to the juvenile for a trip to the Aviva Stadium to the match of their choice, and a special invitation to the Junior Side if they rise to the occasion to step up a rank this year.

The event was videoed by John Joe Campion and a large number of people had photos taken with the FAI Chief as they were very proud to see John Delaney amongst them.

The Chairperson of the club James Burke thanked John and Darren on behalf of the Mcgree Family and also thanked Johnny Flynn for bringing such a celebrity to their club and said that this will be a big influence on the progression of the club going forward. The committee are very committed to the club developing and growing, James said that the including of women in the club is a major boost because women he said never leave a stone unturned. He then invited John Delaney and Susan to join with the committee for light refreshments in Uppercourt Manor , which he was very impressed with, could not believe that there was such a beautiful |Manor walking distance from Freshford Town one never knows what this could lead, finishing on a positive not James thanked every body for the days success.

PRESENTATION OF JERSEYS - The Club were presented with a new set of jerseys during the Cabaret recently. The presentation was made to James Burke and Manager of Junior team James Kenny by Pat Brennan of KC Security Alarms Systems. The Chairperson thanked Pat for his sponsorship which is much appreciated in the present day.

Birthday wishes go out to Sabrina Grace, Lisdowney who celebrated her 30th Birthday at a party with family and friends in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last,

TOTS TO TEENS - The Local Tots to Teen group are already planning for next years production of “Shrek”. ”. The Group will be happy to take on your child or children from 6 to 18 years of age

Details can be obtained by text on 085 7679240 Places are limited. . So don’t delay to register and let you child join in the song dance fun and laughter on stage.

The group held their AGM recently and 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. .

Death - The death occurred last week of Freshford’s oldest parishioners Mrs. Catherine Doheny late of Ballylarkin Freshford who died at Brookhaven Nursing Home Ballyragget. The deceased was in her 100th year. She was predeceased several years previously by her husband John. A very quiet and religious lady both her and her family were widely known and respected in the community. Her remains were removed to St. Lachtains Church on Wednesday morning last for Requiem Mass and burial took place afterwards in St.Lachtains Cemetery. She is mourned by her sons, Tim, Pat, Anthony, Jerry, Tom and Frank, daughter Anna, sister, daughters in law, grandchildren, nieces nephews and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is extended.

WINNERS - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night was Gracie Harrington and she won herself €60. Second prize went to Moira McCarthy. e. The Jackpot next week is €300.. The draw takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

SOCCER NEWS - The U 14 boys travelled to Callan recently but were somewhat unlucky to be held to a 0-0 draw, TeaM C. Brophy, S.Rafter, C.Rafter, O.Kenny, B.Tallis, C.Dawson, N. Brennan, C. Dalton L. Dunphy, R. Burke, J. Burke,A. Lennon.
The U - 16s meanwhile enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win against Freebooters B recently..
The team, A. Garrett, S. Delaney, J. Brennan, K. Hughes, P. Sweeney, S.Tobin, B. Tynan, T. Leahy, H. Burke, J.Quinn, J.Delaney, D.Mackey, J.Campion, J.Kennedy, S. Dawson.

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. Work is ongoing with the clubs development. Great progress is being made on the further development of the club, the foundations for the new sideline dugouts has already been laid. The Club held a very successful cabaret in Farrell’s on Saint Patrick’s night. All money will go toward the further development of the club. Chairman James Burke thanked all those who supported the event sponsored prizes and the musicians and printers who gave their services free.

POKER LEAGUE - There was a change at the top of the Freshford Poker league over the last weeks. 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.

DARTS - Freshford Darts League has now reached the semi final stages. In the A League The Valley beat Farrells comfortably on a scoreline. Meanwhile in the B League Farrells easily beat Kavanaghs in McGraths at the weekend. The other semi final sees The Valley take on Connolly’s of Tullaroan in Brennan’s on the 28th March. In the other A League semi finals Brennan’s take on Kavanaghs in Farrells on 5th April.

Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Lucy Hickey Ard Lachtain, Freshford and her family on the death of her brother Nicholas (Nicky) O’Toole, Attanagh which occurred last weekend. Burial took place in Ballyouskill Cemetery following Requiem Mass in the adjoining Church on Monday last.

GAA NEWS - Indoor hurling training is being held in the Community hall each Wednesday evening.. 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. .

Fun Easter hurling Camp 2013 - St Lachtains hurling club will hold their Easter hurling campfrom Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 5th of April for boys and girls from 7 to 13 years old. The 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 which will take place on Sunday next 31st March. The event is 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.

OASIS - As children numbers are at present very high in the Oasis Childcare Centre it is strongly recommended 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.

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. LACHTAINS NS NEWS - The school is presently closed and on holiday until 8th April. The Board of Management, staff, parents & children of St. Lachtain’s National School would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Retired Principal Tom Doheny and his extended family on the recent passing of his mother Catherine.

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.

ALL WEATHER PITCH - The annual soccer league on the All Weather pitches in Colaiste Mhuire will start hopefully in the next ten days . At present 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 two months . With the long evenings approaching and now a chance to keep fit  You can enter a team by contacting John Cahill on 0860485328.