Wedding - The marriage was solemnized recently at St. Lachtains Church Freshford between Orla O’Connor eldest daughter of Neillus and Marie O’Connor Clashacrow Freshford and Dermot Maher youngest son of the late Gerry and Maureen Maher, Shankill, Paulstown.
The bride who was given in marriage by her father wore a stunning full length ivory lace dress with matching headdress and short veil. She was attended by her sister Marie and the grooms godchild Rachel Nolan from Dublin as bridesmaids. They chose full length dresses of deep lilac chiffon. Best man was John Dooley from Offaly (college friend of the groom) and Groomsman was Jim Keogh. Child attendants were Katelyn and James O’Connor (niece and nephew of the bride) and Michael and Ella Maher. A guard of honour was provided by Barrow Rangers Hurling Club of which Dermot is a player member. Reception was held in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny and the honeymoon is being spent in Cuba and Mexico. Orla is a staff nurse at St. Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny and Dermot is an Engineer with Kilkenny County Council. The couple who will reside in Paulstown are wished all the very best of luck in their married life together.
ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP - Freshford summer camp will take place from 29th July - 2nd August in St Lacthains primary school. Great multi activity camp. For more information contact jj on 0868629666.
SOCCER -Freshford Town soccer club are finished all their games and out of all competitions at this stage. They are presently busy working on their field and premises at Woodview continuing building the wall surrounding the field and other further developments. The Youths side were very unlucky to lose out to Clover Utd in the final of the Buckley Cup at Derdimus recently. The game finished 1-1 at the final whistle and went into extra time which saw them still finish level and then went to a penalty shootout. It took 26 penalties in all to decide the winners which saw the Rathdowney side come out winners on the day.
The Junior side bowed out of the Divisional Cup when they were beaten 4-2 by Evergreen C in the quarter final recently.
The U12 Kilkenny County squads were in action in the Wexford Soccer tournament on the Bank Holiday Weekend and Freshford were well represented with four boys in the squads, Cathal O’Leary, Josh McCarthy & Cian Franey with Elijah Garrett missing the action on this occassion through injury. It was a very successful tournament for Kilkenny who fielded two teams, Kilkenny Black & Kilkenny Amber in this eight team tournament. Cathal O’Leary played a big part in the forward line for the Kilkenny Black team and created several goals for his team mates with some pin point passing throughout the tournament but saved the best till last by scoring a brilliant goal from 25yds in the Cup final against a strong Carlow team to secure a two nil victory. It was a great end to the tournament for this team as they had won all of their previous four games to reach the final. Josh McCarthy and Cian Franey both played for the Kilkenny Amber team and both had good tournaments too with Josh playing very well in both the left and right back positions & midfield. Cian Franey a U11 county squad player was called up to the U12’s Co. Black squad and played well in the forward line throughout the tournament saving his best performance for Plate final when he was awarded the Man of the Match Trophy for his endeavours. Cian won a penalty when he was brought down in the box when through on goal having beaten two defenders and Kilkenny converted for one nil. In the second half Cian broke through again and outpaced the defenders and beat the keep from distance but saw his shot strike the post but luckily another Kilkenny player was there to finish the job and tap the ball home to make it two nil. Wexford scored with the last kick of the game to make it two one, but it was too little too late. The curtain was drawn for the Kilkenny Squads this season and the Freshford boys can be very proud of their achievements in helping to bring home an Inter County Cup and Plate and a Man of the Match Award. Cathal O’Leary was also part of the Kilkenny U12 Squad that won the Waterford Cup Tournament two weeks ago and in addition Cathal, Josh & Elijah were also being part of the U12 Co. team that were narrowly beaten one nil against North Dublin in a Leinster final recently. Congratulations to all four boys from Freshford Town AFC..
Saturday morning Training sessions for U5 - U9 boys under Gary Barnaville continues each Saturday at Woodview from 12 noon to 1pm
All boys 5-9 age group are most welcome.
COURSING CLUB- Freshford Coursing Club are running a five month Silver Circle as a fund raiser at the moment. The draw will run for five months at €2.50 per month or €10 for all if paid up front. The monthly draw will take place in the local pubs with the first two draws in McGraths on the 15th June (the first draw has to be postponed). Cards are in circulation around the village at present and your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information you can contact 086 – 0502250.
St. Lachtain’s N.S. News - Scoil Lachtaín Boys Reach Semi Finals Scoil Lachtaín’s boys saw off strong opposition from Callan last week and are now in the semi finals of the Roinn B Schools Hurling Competition . They boys will meet Moincoin this week in Bennettsbridge and a thrilling match will be guaranteed.
Again, a huge thank you to all involved and especially to those that have provided lifts and helped look after gear. The very best of luck to them and we hope to see as many supporters there as possible.
Green Flag Day Last Friday saw the raising of the school’s first Green Flag, a very proud moment in the life of the school. It was a lovely ceremony and many thanks to all for their help, support and good wishes. A great day of celebration was had by the children, culminating in a ‘Green Hat’ fashion parade and lots of sports and games.
Open Day for Junior Infants 2013/’14
Our Open Day for our new Junior Infants and their parents will be on Wed. 12th June at 2pm. We look forward to meeting you then.
This year’s Graduation Mass and Ceremony for the pupils of Rang 6 will take place in the school hall on Thursday 13th June at 7.30pm.
TOTS TO TEENS - Tots to Teen Group held an information and sign up morning at the Freshford Community hall recently . Places are limited in the group . For more details to the club phone 0857679240. So why not sign up your child and have your little star shine on the stage
BENEFIT NIGHT - Prague House Freshford held their annual benefit night of greyhound racing at James Park Kilkenny recently with a good crowd attended and had an enjoyable night. The Sisters and committee of Prague House wish to thank everyone for making the night a success, all who attended, the sponsors advertisers, and those who sold the tickets prior to the night. The following were the prize winners:- Sabrina Grace Lisdowney, Trish Delaney Cullohill, Tom Hayes Freshford, Nancy Phelan Cullohill, Eileen Colclough Garnamanagh, Pa & Teresa Dillon Freshford, Betty Dunne Clontubrid.
Death - The death occurred last weekend at St.Catherines Private Nursing Home Freshford of lice Brophy late of Byrnesgrove, Ballyragget. Removal took place to St. Patricks Church Ballyragget with Burial in St. Finnans Cemetery, Ballyragget. Sympathy is extended to her extended family.
SPIN THE WHEEL - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Sunday night last was Martin Travers, The Square who spun the wheel and won himself €80. Second prize went to Bernie Burke, Woodview The Jackpot now stands at €550. The draw will resume next week and takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.
FUNDING SUCCESS - There was good news for Freshford Heritage & Development Committee last week when they were told that they have been awarded €1,000 under the Amenity Grants Scheme by Kilkenny County Council. Cllr. Maurice Shortall says the money will be spent on general maintenance.
Best of luck - Best wishes go out to all the local boys and girls sitting their Junior and Leaving Certificates examinations this week in various schools around the area. The exams start on this Wednesday and the students are wished all the best.
GAA SYNDICATE – St,Lachtains GAA go to the Dogs - there was great excitement recently when a local syndicate of supporters had a big win in the Redmills Final with “Susie Valley” at Kilkenny Greyhound Track..Susie Valley who is trained by local man Micheal Bergin romped home at 4/1 in the fifth race of the night to the big roar from the crowd at the Kilkenny venue. Celebrations were held afterwards and the syndicate now look forward their next outing. Big Congrats to all involved.
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 on the last Thursday of each month. For help or for further information you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136.
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.
Sunday last was feast of Corpus Christi and the annual Procession will be held on this Wednesday evening 5th June at 7.30pm.
CEMETARY MASSES - Freshford Cemetery Mass will be held on Friday 28th June at 7.30pm. And Tulla Cemetery Mass will be held on Friday 2nd August at 7.30. ( Weather permitting of course- otherwise will be indoors).
CAMOGIE - 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 it’s a draw not to be missed. So please support the local girls when they call to you The Club are holding Camogie Camp on June 8th for all registered camogie players from 6 to 16 yrs. The venues include Piltown, Slieverue, Thomastown, Clara, O’Loughlins Gaels, Dicksboro and Freshford GAA grounds, You can contact club sec/mentor’s for more details.