Billy and Marie celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss

Dance to the Checkers - Freshford Acorn Club hold an American Tea Party in the Community Hall on this Friday evening 18th May. Dance to the Fabulous Checkers. Dancing from 8pm till late – have you booked your table yet –just €10 pp including raffle. For further information or booking please contact 087 2663615 as soon as possible

Dance to the Checkers - Freshford Acorn Club hold an American Tea Party in the Community Hall on this Friday evening 18th May. Dance to the Fabulous Checkers. Dancing from 8pm till late – have you booked your table yet –just €10 pp including raffle. For further information or booking please contact 087 2663615 as soon as possible

Also the Acorn Club will hold its first AGM on Thursday 24th May in the Community Hall at 8pm. They will be reporting on a very successful year and reviewing it plans for the coming year. New members welcome

RACE NIGHT - Prague House Freshford are again running their Benefit Night of Greyhound Racing at James Park, Kilkenny on Friday 25th May. At the moment the house is undergoing major refurbishments in order to bring it up to health and safety standards as required by HIQA. This work puts a huge drain on the finances of Prague House. While some money has been allocated by the Health Board the committee would appreciate your generosity in this fundraising event. Ticket sellers has been out for the last few weeks in the parishes of Tullaroan, Freshford and Lisdowney. Tickets can be got from any member of the committee in the three parishes or from Prague House.

FIRST COMMUNION - The boys and girls of second class in St.Lachtains N.S. received their first Holy Communion on Sunday morning last at 11am Mass in St.Lachtains Church. The weather remained favourable for the occasion with the rain staying away. There were twenty five children in all received the sacrament, nine boys and sixteen girls and the Mass was celebrated by Fr. Pat Comerford PP. He paid tribute to the children and their parents and also to their teacher and principal Ms. Bolger and Mr. Tynan for the way in which the children were prepared for the day. He also thanked the Do This in Memory Committee 2012/12 for making the programme such a success and to all who participated in the programme.

The following boys and girls received their First Holy Communion – J.Comerford, J.Cantwell, R.Cord, B.Dermody, D.Gordon, P.Nicholson,A.Maher-Burke, P.Walsh, E.Kenny-Landers - A.Bergin, E.Bergin, T.Colclough, E.Crosby, F.Dillon, E.Dooley, T.Fogarty, M.Fortune, A.Killian, C.King, K.Glennon-O’Shea, C.Maher, C.Neary, A. McDermott, A.Tiernan, A.Ryan

Sympathy - to Mrs. Kathleen O’Shea of Chapel Street, Freshford on the death of her sister Mrs. Anna Healy of Clone House, Ballyragget which occurred recently. Burial took place in Clontubrid cemetery.

FIELD DAY - Sunday May 27th is the Clubs Family Fun Field Day and it promises to be a great day with lots of things to do and see for all age groups from young to old. On the day there will be a BBQ, shop, various stalls & stands, face painting, raffles, traditional sports day games including three legged races, sack races, egg & spoon race, various football competitions, penalty shootout, cross bar challenge, a radar gun to measure how fast you can kick a ball or puck a sliothar, tug of war, splat the rat and the presentation ceremony. In addition there will be various inflatable items such as bouncy castles, bungee run, giant slide, obstacle run and a Rodeo Bull.

Mini Euro Cup-11 teams in all will take part in the ‘Mini’ Euro12 U11 7 aside competition to be held in Woodview on Sunday 27th May as part of the Freshford Town AFC Family Fun Field Day celebrations. The tournament will be run off in a blitz type format from 10am sharp with teams from Kilkenny and Carlow taking part. The semi finals and final will take place in the afternoon in front anticipated large crowd. There are three Freshford teams in the tournament and they have drawn the country names of Holland, Italy and England. It promises to be a keenly fought tournament and best of luck to all the teams taking part.

There will also be a mens Tug of War competition so get your teams into training, entry forms and further details can be got from James Ginger Burke 086 2042284 or any of the committee members.

agm-Freshford Town AGM is planned for next Sunday evening 20th May at 7pm the clubhouse Woodview. All members, parents and interested parties are asked to attend to plan for next season. A new committee and new managers are required for next season.

Registration nights will be arranged after the AGM and no membership or fees will be taken before the registration night.

Lotto -There was no Jackpot winner or no match three local in the KDL Lotto last week. Next weeks Jackpot is €5,700.00.. VINCENT DE PAUL -The local group of the St.Vincent de Paul Society meet on the last Thursday evening of every month and are very active and busy in the present climate. For any help or information please contact their private number on 085-2758136

GAA - St Lachtains Intermediates had their first win of the season when they defeated local rivals the Emeralds of Urlingford in the first round of the Intermediate Championship at Lisdowney. .They played Young Ireland of Gowran on Friday evening last in the next round at Muckalee and were defeated by 2pts by a more experienced Gowran side. The young Freshford side did have a few chances which might have made a difference on the final score. .

Team: J.Meagher, M.Cormack, B.Hughes, T.Flynn, M.Kavanagh, B.Kennedy, J.Fitzpatrick, N.McGree, J.Dooley, L.Hickey, E.Guinan, B.Beckett, S.Donnelly, S.Farrell, M.Farrell

The Junior B hurlers although missing some of their regular players put in a fine performance against a young Barrow Rangers side at Pairc Lachtain recently before losing out by 4-8 to 0-8.

The Junior A side had a fine win over Conahy recently in the semi final of the Northern Junior A League winning on a scoreline of 2-18 to 3-12. They will now play Graigue Ballycallan in the Northern League final on the weekending 25/26th May.

The U-16 Hurlers meanwhile had a narrow win over Conahy Shamrocks in Jenkinstown recently winning on a 3-9 to 0-17 scoreline. They play Lisdowney in the next round

the club held its annual Golf Classic in Rathdowney Golf Club last week with a great turn out. (A list of results will be published in next week’s issue).

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.

OASIS CENTRE - A free six week programme designed to build self- confidence, learn new communication skills, set personal goals, consider your strengths and appreciate yourselves is being held at present the Oasis Childcare Centre.. During the month of July Oasis centre will be holding four summer camps – “50-hins to Do” has a super busy schedule designed for 4-6 year olds and will be held from 2nd to 6th July. Children will cram creative activities, crafts, dance, drama, construction and instillations into a 2and half hr programme each morning. Then from 9th to 13th July they hold “Summer Music Madness” for all children of Primary school age with Instructors Maura, Patrick and Isabelle Rafter who will tech music through fun and in a relaxed environment the children will have the opportunity to learn violin, cello, guitar, and sing and appreciate pop music. From the 16th to 20th July the Oscar nominated company Cartoon Saloon will hold a workshop for children between the age of 8 and 15 called “Animation Workshop with Cartoon Saloon”. There is the possibility of holding two workshop –one from 101m to 12.30pm and one from 1.30 to 4pm, depending on interest. Fabian who is currently nominated for an award in the Allianz Awards 2012 will teach children how to design characters, design a sequential storyboard and visualize a story, learn animation principles and techniques and create their very own animation scene.

SQUASH - Freshford Squash Club will hold their 3rd Annual Squash Tournament from Thursday - Sunday, 17th - 20th May. Entry €15. Beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions for men and women. For more information please contact Pat Morrissey on 0877784144 or Micky Morrissey on 0861552744

WEDDED BLISS - Congratulations and best wishes to Billy and Marie King of Buncrussia Street Freshford who celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss last weekend- Billy and Marie celebrated their 60 years together with family and friends at a function in Langtons on Friday evening last.

SUMMER CAMP - You are reminded that Freshford Summer Camp 2012 takes place from 30th July to August 3rd. For more information on same or to register please contact JJ on 086 8629666

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

DANCEWISE- Dancewise Academy Dance and Performing Arts Class for girls and boys are held each Thursday evening in Freshford Community Hall for 4- 18 years old. All welcome. For more information contact Melissa on 86 – 3349692.

CARDS - The weekly 25 card drive run by St. Lachtains Camogie Club is held each Sunday night in the Club rooms starting at 8.30.m. All are welcome

SCHOOL ENROLEMENT- Enrolment for children attending St.Lachtains National School is presently being taken. There will be an open day on 6th June 2012 from 2 to 3p.m. Intending Parents are asked to contact Martina on 8832400 to confirm if your child will be attending in September or to collect Enrolment Form and Information Booklet.

JACKPOT WINNER - Congrats to the lucky winner of the Spin the Wheel Jackpot in Kavanaghs on last Saturday night last was Mrs. Marie King, Buncrussia Street . Mrs. King spun the wheel and scooped the Jackpot prize of €1,000. She will be presented with her cheque next week. The Jackpot will start again at €300 next week. The draw takes place each Saturday night and is organised by St Lachtains GAA Club as part of their fund raising and is held every Saturday night in Kavanaghs bar..

clean-People are reminded to keep our village tidy and clean. Children are being encouraged to use the bins providing around the villages and estates when disposing of their litter and it is hoped that the adults with follow suit also for a cleaner and tidier village and environment.