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Late Mrs Catherine Doheny - Freshford lost another of its citizens last weekend with the passing of Mrs Catherine (Kitty) Doheny late of Kilrush, Freshford at Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny.

Late Mrs Catherine Doheny - Freshford lost another of its citizens last weekend with the passing of Mrs Catherine (Kitty) Doheny late of Kilrush, Freshford at Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny.

The deceased who was in her 80’s had been unwell recently but nevertheless her passing caused widespread sorrow and sadness. She was widely known in the village and surrounding areas. She was predeceased some years previous by her husband Pat and in recent years by her daughter Mary. She was a very quiet, good living lady and a loving mother and grandmother and loved the simple things in life. Both the deceased and her late husband were teachers at Clontubrid schools for many decades.

Her remains were removed from her home on Sunday evening to St Lachtain’s Church. Burial took place on Monday in St Lachtain’s Cemetery. She is mourned by her sons, Padraig, Micheal, Joe, Geroid and Frank, daughter Anne, sister, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Last Rose of Summer - The 200th anniversary concert will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 8pm in Jenkinstown Park, Kilkenny. Anthony Kearns will perform, along with his usual repertoire, some Thomas Moore melodies such as The Minstrel Boy, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms and of course The Last Rose of Summer, which was composed in Jenkinstown and first published in 1813. Tickets are €22.50 and available from ticketmaster.ie. Enquiries to Eileen Gunner 087 2859660 or e-mail conahyheritagesociety@gmail.com

SOCCER NEWS - Freshford Town Junior side finished off their league campaign with a hard fought draw away to Evergreen C on Sunday morning last after a great comeback from 4-2 down with just ten minutes to go.

Having to play without several of their regulars through hurling commitments and suspensions it was up to the younger players to step up and maintain the Juniors unbeaten league run since Christmas. With Jams Sweeney playing his first ever Junior game and Eoin Vaughan up front they didn’t disappoint as they never gave the Evergreen defence a minutes rest all through the game. Vaugh (2), Michael Burke and Ger Doheny were the Freshford goal scorers.

Best for Freshford were James Sweeney, Eoin Vaughan, Fionn Lawlor, Michael Farrell and Shea Burke. Team; S McGree, E Hayes, M Nolan, M Farrell, D Burke, L Bassett, S Burke, F Lalwor, M Burke, E Vaughan, J Sweeney. Subs: R Condon, G Doheny, D Burke, H Burke.

Freshford Youths progressed to the Youths Cup semi-final with a great 2-1 win over Lions of Durrow at Woodview on Saturday last, the goals from James Sweeney and Eoin Vaughan. Best for the home side were John Quinn, Eoin Vaughan, James Sweeney, Shea Burke, Brian Webster and Jack Dunphy.

Team: A Garrett, B Webster, J Dunphy, S Burke, J Quinn, C Hynes, L Hickey, H Burke, M Webster, E Vaughan, J Sweeney. Subs: R Tobin, L Bassett, H Crosby, P Sweeney.

The U–12 boys are away to Thomastown on this Thursday evening in their last match of the league. Well done to three local boys Josh McCarthy, Elijah Garrett and Cathal O’Leary who played with the Kilkenny County Squads in Dublin at the weekend in the Leinster Final against the Dublin North Team. They were unlucky to be beaten 1-0.
Training for U-9 boys continues with Gary Barnaville this week and every Saturday from 12 noon to 1pm. All boys from the 5 – 9 age group are most welcome.

Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to John Hennessy and his family of Threecastles on the death of his uncle Gerry O’Dwyer Castlecomer which occurred last week. Burial took place in Castlecomer.

SPIN THE WHEEL - There was no Spin the Wheel in Kavanagh’s on Saturday night or the previous week. The winner the previous week was Shane McGree, Woodview. Shane spun the wheel and won himself €65. Second prize went to Patsy and Mary Brennan, Ard Lachtain. The draw will resume next week with the jackpot at €400. The draw usually takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St Lachtain’s GAA Club.

DARTS - Freshford Darts League is now finished for this season. On Thursday night last the Shield final will be held in Delaney’s with the Valley Inn beating Farrell’s. The B final was held on Sunday evening last in The Valley when Farrell’s beat Connolly’s of Tullaroan. The Valley Inn already won the A final beating Brennans of Kilmanagh in a very close final which went right down to the wire.

Well done to The Valley Inn who won the A League last weekend when they took on Brennan’s in Connolly’s of Tullaroan and won 5-4 after the final going to the wire when Brennans pulled back to 4-4 after being behind early on.

GAA NEWS - St Lachtain’s intermediate hurlers played their first game of the league on Sunday last when they took on the Rower Inistioge at Gowran. Playing with a strong wind in the first half the local lads were ahead at the break. However in the second half they were completely outclassed by a much bigger and more physical Rower side and lost out by eight points.

THREE LEGGED RACE - St Lachtain’s Bord na nOg are trying to break The Guinness World Record for the largest 3 legged race - joining up with other clubs from around Ireland - this event is part of the Gathering Ireland 2013. The Race is on Saturday, May 4 at the local Hurling field. Registration from 10.45am. Race starts at 11.30am sharp. Sponsorship cards are available or pay a nominal fee on the morning. Certificates for all who take part.

SQUASH - Freshford Squash Club men’s team were the overall winners of the Division one title recently. Well done to all involved.

The annual Freshford squash tournament will take place on the May bank holiday weekend. Men and women of advanced, intermediate and beginner levels all invited to take part. Please contact Pat Morrissey on 087 7784144 in order to put your name down and for any other queries.

Freshford Community Market - Freshford Community Market is held each Saturday mornings from 11am to 1pm in the local Community hall. For more information contact David on 086 7311600.

Sympathy - Mr Patrick Morrissey late of Luskenagh, Bonnettstown who died recently was father of Mrs Eleanor Cantwell, Threecastles. Burial took place in Tulla Cemetery following Requiem Mass in Tulla Church.

BENEFIT NIGHT - Prague House Freshford are again running their Benefit Night of Greyhound Racing at James Park Kilkenny on Friday, May 17. This night always proves to be a very enjoyable night with many valuable prizes for patrons with tickets purchased beforehand. Ticket sellers are selling the tickets in the parishes of Freshford, Lisdowney, Tullaroan and beyond. Tickets can also be purchased from Prague House. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

FITNESS CLUB - Conahy Ladies Football & Fitness Club are calling all ladies, interested in getting fit and having fun. You can go along to the Polo Grounds, Jenkinstown on Thursday, May 2 at 8pm. All levels of fitness are welcome.

OASIS 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 and 6 years from July 1 -5 which coincides with Cul Camp.

Also between July 8 & 12 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.

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 056 8832700.

YOUTH CLUB - Congratulations to the Freshford Youth Club Girls group who won the Ossory Youth Games 5 a side Soccer Blitz at the Watershed recently. The beat Kilmacow Youth Club side in a final which went to extra time. A got from Danielle Phelan sealed the victory for the Freshford girls. Well done to all involved in the victory. Team: J Walsh, R Delaney-Beehan, Z Crosby, S and R Colclough, D & N Phelan.

The club are busy sowing and growing in their garden assignments. The group also take part in walks and outdoor activities.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL - Freshford Society of St Vincent de Paul meet the last Thursday of each month and are pretty busy at present. For help or for further information you can contact them on their private number on 085 2758136.

DANCE CLASSES - Social dance classes are held in St Kieran’s Hall Johnstown each Wednesday evening at 8pm. Everyone welcome to go along on any Wednesday evening. You don’t need a partner, just go along and bring some of your friends. You can learn to dance the Old time waltz, quick step, fox trot, jive etc. For more information contact 086 8825200.

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 is 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.

GOLF - Freshford Golf Society had their first outing of the year in Gowran recently. The Society hold their next outing on Saturday, May 4 at Faithlegg, Waterford.

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 8832362 or Joan on 8832316.

Thai Chi meetings are held on Monday nights in Community Hall after the Christmas Break. New members welcome also.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Kilkenny Carlow Contract is a Community based voluntary organisation for older people covering Kilkenny and Carlow area and they are presently looking for additional volunteers to commit to one or two 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 – extension 6.

TOTS TO TEENS - Tots to Teen group are planning for next years production of ‘Shrek’. The Group would be happy to take on your child. All children from 6- 18 years are welcome. Details can be obtained by text on 085 7679240. Places are limited.

NOTES - Please note that all articles or items for to be included in your local Freshford notes should be handed into your local correspondent no later than 7pm on a Sunday evening or you can email same to yvonnebarna@hotmail.com on Sunday evening. Please note the email address quoted here.