Yvonne Barnaville


Yvonne Barnaville



The people of the village and surrounds were saddened to learn that the village had lost one of its well known ladies. The death occurred at Brookhaven Nursing Home recently of Mrs. Alice Dalton Johnstown road Freshford.  Alice who was in her 93rd year had been out and about until recently.  A lovely friendly jovial and good living lady, who enjoyed her life. Alice was a daily mass goer while ever she was able and whether hail rain or wind if there was something in the Church Alice would venture out. She had a kind word for everyone she met along the way. She was predeceased some years previously by her husband Jack.  She loved her garden and her flowers especially.  She was an annual entrant in the various shows for many years including Kilkenny Agricultural Show, Rathdowney show to name but a few and won many awards over the years.  She also loved her game of bingo over bygone years. A loving mother and grandmother and a kind and caring neighbour she will be missed by all who knew her. Her remains were removed from her home to St.Lachtains Church Freshford.  Burial took place in St.Lachtains Cemetery following requiem mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Pat  Comerford PP assisted by Fr. O’Gorman, Fr. Brennan, Fr. Guilfoyle, Fr.McEvoy, Fr.Dollard.   She is mounted by her sons, Tony and John, daughters Peggy and Helen, Sisters, daughters in law, sons in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.
Gala Variety Show

Two Shows, will run on Friday November 29th and Saturday November 30th which will feature music, song , dance and comedy in the very best tradition of Freshford entertainment. The show, which is produced by local lady Moira Maher and co-produced by Donal Heaphy, will feature the very best of local talent. Musical director is Noel Cleere. The Club is delighted to welcome new talent to the stage this year which will include Deirdre Byrne, David O Reilly, Sean Fortune and the children of St Lachtain’s National School who will perform songs from the musical “Oliver”. The junior and Senior infants will perform “ The Teddy Bears Picnic” – a song that may have been performed by their parents in Freshford a generation ago. Their Special Guest this year is DANA. Dana is delighted to be part of this Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. As a singer who featured in many pantomimes over the years, Dana will play a very active part in the production.

The first-ever pantomime was held in Freshford in 1953 – a staggering 60 years ago. Over the intervening years, many great shows were produced that featured a plethora of fine local talent. Together with some of the best local producers and directors, Freshford pantomime was the envy of other communities throughout the county attracting huge crowds from around the country. The wonderful heritage of Freshford Pantomime and Variety will be celebrated this November with a number of events being organised to mark this auspicious occasion.

Tickets - Tickets for the show are now available from O’Shea’s Newagents,Freshford along with Rollercoaster Music, Kieran Street Kilkenny. Tel (056) 7763669. Tickets are priced at 12.50 (Adults) and 7.00 (Children). Further information is available from Gerry O’ Reilly (087) 266 3615. Seats are limited so Book Early!

Panto and Variety Show Exhibition

The weekend will include a Freshford Pantomime Jubilee Year Exhibition consisting of photos, programmes, recordings generously loaned to the Acorn Club by many people who played various roles in the pantos over the years. Whether you want to relive the nostalgia of pantos past or experience a wonderful heritage for the first time, this event should not be missed. DVDs of the Pantomimes and Variety Shows will be available for purchase from Tommy Butler Video Productions nominal fee. Also available will be the “Once Upon A Time” that features the topical songs from 60 years of pantomime. This will be held in the annex of St Lachtain’s Church of Ireland Freshford on the mornings of Sat 30th Nov and Sun Dec 1st. We are deeply indebted to the Ned Kennedy for the incredible dedication, research and effort he has put into this project. Request for Pantomime Memorabilia

If anyone has any items (i.e. programmes, photos, recordings etc) from any of the variety shows and pantomimes, we will be delighted to include them in the exhibition. We guarantee that all items will be returned to you in the same condition in which they were given. Please contact Karen Delaney (086) 359 2925 for further information.

Continuity - The aim of the Acorn Club is not only to pay homage to ,record and preserve this valuable local heritage but to also encourage the continuity of this great heritage though the creation of initiatives that encourage and support the development of local talent through education and other means. Such initiatives are presently being discussed.

Facebook Page

Why not contribute our facebook page! We would welcome all those taking part in the show to upload their photos and profile to the page. The URL is :


The death occurred last week at St.Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny of Mr. John (Johnny ) O’Toole late of Balleen, Freshford. Johnny widely known in the area especially in the farming sector. He was predeceased his wife Margaret and previous to that by his son Timmy. His remains were removed from his home to Clontubrid Church and Burial took place in St.Lachtains Cemetery Freshford following requiem Mass. He is mourned by his daughters, sons in law grandchildren, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is extended.


Oasis Childcare Centre are making plans to provide an afterschool service if there are enough people interested in the facility in the area. Now that all have settled down into the new academic year it might now be the time to review the situation. Their “Afterschool Club” would be located in a separate dedicated area, they would be collected from school. The afternoon would consist of indoor and outdoor activities including physical and challenging activities after a hot nutritious meal. Homework would be assisted with and children would enjoy creative and cultural activities. Parents can apply for Afterschool assistance through the CCS Subvention Scheme but only dates permitted to do this are this week on 14th, 15th and 16th October. So if you are interested you need to act now. Costs including pick up at 2pm. -6pm. will costs €16.80 per session – Band A and AJ - €73.30 or Band B - €11.80. Pick up at 3pm – 6pm will cost €12.80 per session – Band A and AJ - €4.93 and Band B - €7.80. An up to date medical card is vital. Anyone interested in the service would need to contract the Centre asap on 8832700.


Birthday wishes go out to Enda Walsh Woodview who celebrated his 18th Birthday recently. Enda celebrated with family and friends at a party in Farrells Function room.


On every Monday evening 7 - 8pm at Freshford Community Centre. Just €8 /person/class. Places are limited so if interested please contact Andy on 087-2675265 or Message him on facebook .


A coffee morning will be held on Saturday the 30th November in Threecastles Hall in aid of Prague House from 11am to 1.30pm. You are asked to go along and enjoy a cuppa and chat and some light entertainment while supporting this event and help the wonderful work of Prague House also.


Starblossom Communication under Director, Mary Purcell are holding Speech and Drama classes in Freshford for ages 6 years and upwards. The cost is . €80 per term per child with family reductions. There are two terms of ten weeks – present one (September to Christmas and then January to Easter). The classes are being held in the Oasis Childcare Centre, Freshford, on Friday evenings. . The children experience a range of fun activities in puppetry, mime, improvisation, poetry, drama and lots more, and will prepare for exams with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama. For further information, please contact Mary on 087-2213274 or Deirdre on 086-8093647.


Social Dance Classes are taking place in St. Kierans Hall, Johnstown each Wednesday evening at 8pm. If you would like to dance the Old time Waltz, the quick step or the fox trot or jive just go along to the class any Wednesday evening and bring along your friends. You don’t need a partner. For further information contact 0568825200.


The Ciorcal Gaelach Group are at present preparing for The Fainne. There are three levels so everyone can take part. The Group meet each month at 8.30pm. in Kavanaghs and meet each month. All are welcome to go along to any meeting and enjoy an hours conversation through Irish in a relaxed atmosphere.


Rehearsals are in place at present for this years production of Shrek each Monday afternoon from 4-6pm at Freshford Community hall. The show will be presented at the end of January.  Any children aged from 6 years up, interested in participating in the show are asked to attend rehearsals. Cost: 1 Child €5, 2 Children €8 , 3 Children €11.


Freshford Town Junior took on Evergreen C in a home league tie in Freshford on Sunday morning last. The game was even enough in the first half and was scoreless at the break. However the home side upped their game somewhat and when they scored their first goal they never looked back and went on to score 3 more after to finish winners on a 4-0 scoreline. Scorers for Freshford were P.Guinan, E.Vaughan, Ml. Burke and N.Stanley,.. Team: S.Hayes S.Burke, M.Farrell,, .N.Stanley,F.Lawlor ,J.Sweeney, G.O’Flaherty, P.Guinan, G.Corcoran, E.Vaughan, Subs -L.Hickey, M.Burke

The U11 boys defeated Freebooters B by a 7-0 scoreline at home on Saturday last.

The Saturday morning training sessions for young boys from 5 to 9 years old has resumed and is held each Saturday at Sportsfield at Woodview from12noon to 1pm  

. All boys of that age group are most welcome.

Volunteers needed

The Kilkenny Branch of Arthritis Ireland are still looking for volunteers. The Group which provide a range of information, events and services for people of all ages, living in the County of Kilkenny with all forms of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis & fibromyalgia are looking for volunteers and helpers at present. Do you have secretarial or administration skills they want to put to use? Maybe a background in marketing or finance? We are actively encouraging people of all ages and who have interests in many areas to volunteer.  The Kilkenny Branch of Arthritis Ireland would love to hear from you. You can tailor your level of involvement to suit your availability – Contact them on 087 756 0324, email or find then on facebook under Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny


Progressive 25 Card game which resumed in the GAA Club Rooms recently and continues each Sunday evening at 8.30pm. All are most welcome. The Card game is run by the local Camogie Club. .


St. Lachtains U21 hurlers who had a good win over Clara recently in the first round of the Championship took on O’Loughlins on Saturday last at Castlecomer. The city side completed dominated the first half and went in 1-8 to 0-2 up at the break. However the Freshford lads got into the game in the second half and after a great comeback were within a couple of points of their opponents with minutes remaining but time ran out on them and they lost out to the City team.

Team Darren Bennan, Paul White, Lachtain Kennedy, Caoimhain Bergin, Brendan Quinn, Brian Kennedy, Simon Rafter, Jack Boland, Philip Campion, Stephen Farrell, James Maher, Denis Lennon, Liam Hickey, Colin Corcoran, Shane Donnelly. Subs
John Quinn, Darragh Quinn, Alexander Rafter.

St. Lachtains Junior B hurlers were defeated recently by Mooncoin in the final of the Joe Walsh Cup at Thomastown

St Lachtains u14 boys had a great win over St Fiacra’s in the u-14 championship Shield final recently . This game was played in Bennetsbridge under lights . 

The local boys put in a great team performance and ran out winners in the end. Freshford won on a score line of 2-13 to Fiacre’s 0-7. Well done to all involved with the team. Panel C. Power, C. Rafter, C.Dermody,K.Cleere, S.Rafter, E.Garrett, C.Colclough, D..Maher, L.Walsh, C.O’Leary, P.Killeen, C.Dalton, R.Bourke, C.Dawson, C.Rafter, T.Rafter, J.McCarthy,  J.Bourke, J.O’Brien, P.Hayde, P.Donnelly.


St Lachtains hurling club will be holding their AGM on Wednesday the 18th of December at 8pm in the clubrooms. Any motions or nominations to be with the Secretary by the 15th of December

Congrats to neighbours Lisdowney who defeated Carlow town in the semi final of the Leinster Junior Club championship at Dr. Cullen Park, coming out convincing winners... Well done to the team and all involved in the victory particularly their trainer former St.Lachtains hurling stalwart Martin Power.


Morning Prayer in St. Lachtains Church of Ireland as held on Sunday 17th November.  Should anyone require pastoral care from one of the Church of Ireland clergy please contact 7721516.


Freshford community market continues each Saturday morning in the Community hall from 10-30am to 12-30. You are asked to support your local market. So along and see what locally produced products are on sale, including home grown veg, chutneys, breads, jams, home baking, knit wear and pork products. Bring along a friend have a cupa and a chat. For more information on same contact David on 086 7311600.

Freshford community market will hold their Christmas market on Saturday the 14th of December from 10-30 to 3-00pm. There will be a large selection of home made products and crafts for sale on the day. Home baking, teas and coffee will be served on the day. Places will be limited, for more information on a stall contact David on 0867311600

The local Branch of Society of St. Vincent de Paul meet on the last Thursday of each month. For help or for further information you can contact the Society on their private number on 085-2758136.


Morning Mass in St. Lachtains Church, Freshford each morning of the week is at 9.30am except on Mondays . Mass in Prague House on Monday at 9.30am Mass in St. Catherine’s on Tuesday at 3pm. Tulla Church – Friday at 7.30pm.

Confessions in Freshford Church on Saturdays at 7pm and in Tulla Church on Fridays at 7.15m

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in Prague house on Fridays from 10am to 5pm . All welcome.

Special dates to remember in the Parish are : First Confessions for the boys and girls of second class will be held on Wednesday 12th March at 7.30pm

Confirmation will take place on Sunday 30th March at 11am.

First Communion will be on Sunday 11th May at 11am.


The two lucky winners of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last were both visiting Freshford for the weekend. Anne Cotter from County Cork was picked to spin the wheel and won herself €70. Second prize went to Bernie McDonald who was on holiday from England. The Jackpot now stands at €1,000. The draw is held each Saturday night in conjunction with St.Lachtains GAA Club.


Freshford Choir which has now resumed after their break are at present recruiting new members. New adult members would be most welcome.

Celebration of advent – The Green room, Rathbeagh Farmhouse, Ballyragget ( on Saturday November 30th from 2pm till 5.30pm. Free of charge. Limited spaces. To book your place contact Dee Hennessy ( on 086-8539227 or e-mail


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