Freshford - Eamon the luck winner

JACKPOT WINNER - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last was Eamon Teehan, Tullaroan. Eamon spun the wheel and won himself the Jackpot of €1,000. Second prize went to Marie O’Connor, Clashacrow. Eamon will be presented with his cheque net weekend. The Jackpot will start again at €300 . The draw takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

JACKPOT WINNER - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last was Eamon Teehan, Tullaroan. Eamon spun the wheel and won himself the Jackpot of €1,000. Second prize went to Marie O’Connor, Clashacrow. Eamon will be presented with his cheque net weekend. The Jackpot will start again at €300 . The draw takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

SOCCER NEWS - Freshford Town Junior side continued their good form and are now gone four games unbeaten since Christmas with a fine 4-0 victory against Lions B of Durrow on Sunday afternoon last at Woodview. It was the visitors who made the early running and had the first chance of the game after just 5 minutes which hit the crossbar. After twenty minutes Town took the lead when Shane Maher coolly slotted the ball past the Lions Keeper following some good work form Mike Burke and Fionn Lawlor down the left wing. A second goal soon followed when Shane Maher split the Lions defence to put Mike Burke through on goal and Burke didn’t disappoint as he stroked the ball into the net. On the stroke of half time Lions were award a penalty which Freshfords keeper Shane McGree saved and this gave the home side a huge boost to keep their two goal lead going in at the break. The local lad continued to control the game in the second half and it was Shane Maher again who showed great skill to control land volley the ball from the edge of the box to make it 3-0 and it wasn’t long before Maher got his hat trick when he was put through one and one with the Lions Keeper. The home side kept the presser on and the Lions keeper was forced to make such further saves from Maher, Lawlor, Vaughan and Guinan to keep the score down. All in all it was a great performance form the local side who now have four games left in their push for promotion. Their next game is away to Brookville of Ballyragget on Sunday next with 11am kick off.

Team: S.McGree, M.Farrell, M.Nolan, J.Burke, M Burke, J.Doheny, F.Lawlor, R.Dowling, S.Burke, P.Guinan, S.Maher – Subs – E.Vaughan, L.Hickey E.Hayes, D.Burke,R.Condon, D.Burke, L.Bassett, G.Bassett.

In the schoolboys section the U12 boys played away to Deen Celtic in Castlecomer on Saturday.  Deen Celtic got off to a blistering start when inside the first few minutes a long range speculative shot went through the keeper’s hands and before Freshford had recovered from this they found themselves 2-0 down after some slack defending.  Aidan Tallis moved back to centre half and Elijah Garrett to midfield and it worked a treat as both players went on to have good games.  Cathal O’Leary went close for Freshford but Deen Celtic went close again on two occasions and half time could not come quick enough for Freshford !  To their credit in the second half the young Freshford boys really stepped up a gear and Cathal O’Leary and Elijah Garrett started to dominate things in midfield with Aidan Tallis and Jack Crosby becoming more dominant in defence.  A break down the left by Elijah Garrett lead to a Freshford goal when  Eoin Delaney hit a beauty from outside the box that sailed high into the net.  Then  Cathal O’Leary sent a slide rule pass through for Cian Franey to outpace and beat two defenders before slamming the ball to the net to make it 2-2.  Then in the dying moments Freshford had the ball in the Deen Celtic net and thought they had got the winner after Stevie Dunne cleverly chipped the keeper from a tight angle, but the ref deemed it a handball in the build up and the goal was disallowed.  A super comeback performance from Freshford who on three separate occasions this season have come back from 2-0 down to earn a draw.  Best for Freshford were Elijah Garrett ,Cathal O’Leary with Aidan Tallis running them both close for the man of the match award. 

The U – 14 boys were at home to Paulstown on Saturday afternoon last and continued on their winning ways with goals coming from Niall Brennan
(penalty) S.Rafter and C.Rafter. The final score was 3 - 0 
Team:C.Brophy,B.Tallis,O.Kenny,E.Garrett,C.Rafter,S.Rafter,J.Burke, R.Burke,N.Brennan,L.Campion,C.Colclough,C.O’Leary,A.Lennon.
The U - 17 girls were at home to Freebooters , with the final score was1-1.
The Youths were away to Deen Celtic on Sunday last and had a good win. Two great goals coming from L.Hickey and M.Webster gave the team another away victory. Next week see the Youths away to Lions FC at 2pm on Saturday.Work has begun on laying the foundations for the pitchside dugouts.

 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 will now be held on Saturday next 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 - After seven weeks of the Freshford Poker League it is Vinny Colclough leading on 185 pts., followed by Philip Loughlin in second on 170 pts and Shane McGree on 145pts. Games are held each Thursday night in Kavanaghs Bar starting at 8.30p.m.

Tots to Teens - The local Tots to Teens Group are holding their AGM on Friday the 22nd February at 8pm. in the Community Hall, Freshford. All are welcome. Pre-ordered DVDs of their recent show will be available for collection on the night. Anyone still wishing to order a DVD can still do so by texting 085 – 7679240 giving details. Also anyone interested in getting involved with the group can go along and find out what they’re all about.

GAA NEWS - Local lads Darren Brennan, Shea Burke and Shane Donnelly were part of the Colaiste Mhuire team beaten by St Fergals of Rathdowney in the Vocational schools Leinster semi-final in Ballacolla on Saturday last . Dara Quinn was introduced as a sub while John Bergin was also part of the panel .

St.Lachtains Bord na nOg held a successful bag packing fundraiser at Supervalue Ballyragget last week over two days. Many thanks to the parents/young people who gave of their time - Imelda Ryan, Irene Bergin, Eleanor and Olga Cantwell, Jill Maher, Sheila Killeen, Martina Dowling, Emma Hickey, Damien Rafter, Ayla Condon; Breda Dermody, Marie White, Sean Boland, Lorraine Donnelly, Mary Carmen Rafter. Your help was really appreciated and thanks again.  The next bag packing is at Eurospar, Newpark S/C on Fri 21st and Sat 22nd June and volunteers are needed re those dates.  Contact any committee member if you would like to volunteer.

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.

FUN RUN - Preparations are under way for the annual Easter Fun Run/ walk 5k&10k. In aid of St. Lachtains GAA/ Camogie clubs. Registration will be at 11-45 in Pairc Lachtain Freshford and races will start at 12-30 sharp. Registration costs, Family €20, Adult €10 Student €7, Child €5.

Action returned to Pairc Lachtain on Saturday last with St Kierans College taking on Castlecomer Community school in a Leinster Senior colleges semi-final . St. Kierans came out winners on the day. Kilkenny CBS play Good Counsel of New Ross in the other semi final. Local lads on the St Kierans panel include James Maher, Simon Rafter, Colin Corcoran, Paul White and Alexander Rafter while Criomhtan Bergin is part of the Kilkenny CBS panel.

Fantasy Cheltenham – This will take place from 12th to 15th March with all proceeds going to St. Lachtains GAA Club.Pick a horse in each of the first four races on each day for the four days of the festival and be in with a chance to share €10,000 worth of prize money. For details contact J.Dermody on 086 8671150, or Brian Kavanagh on 0568832932 or Kavanaghs Bar on 087 9700795.

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.

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.

Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to Mr John McGrath, The Square, Freshford on the death of his brother Michael which occurred in Dungarvan County Waterford last week.

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..

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 recently in Hotel Kilkenny. Both teams did us proud and the U11’s came joint second in their competition. U11 Team – Conor Kelly, R.Walsh,O.Bergin and S.Hennessy and U13 Team – C. T.Mullan,D.Cantwel, S.Dalton and P.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 www.cboi.ie 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. 

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 - Birthday wishes go out to Fred Whiten who celebrated her 18th Birthday at a party with family and friends in Farrells Bar on Friday night last. Also birthday wishes to Marie O’Connor who celebrated a special Birthday at a surprise 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.