Freshford: Acorn Show a big hit

ACORN VARIETY SHOW - the Community Hall was the venue for another Acorn Club production and this show was given the title “A Musical Tour Ireland”. The two and a half hour show held on Friday and Saturday last, produced by Moira Maher with Musical Director Noel Cleere was enjoyed by large audiences that showed their appreciation for the performances on stage with approving applause and rousing cheers for the various artists.

ACORN VARIETY SHOW - the Community Hall was the venue for another Acorn Club production and this show was given the title “A Musical Tour Ireland”. The two and a half hour show held on Friday and Saturday last, produced by Moira Maher with Musical Director Noel Cleere was enjoyed by large audiences that showed their appreciation for the performances on stage with approving applause and rousing cheers for the various artists.

The show opens with two American immigrants landing in Shannon. One invites the other to join him on a tour of the country. The tour sets off as the whole show features a variety songs, music, dance and comedy from most counties visited as explained and narrated by Eamonn Dunne.

The musical tour opened with songs from the ladies and men’s chorus and continued with individual performances from Moira Maher, Michael Rafter, Christy Bolger, Sean Fortune, Joseph Phelan, Philomena Dermody, Julie Heffernan, Paddy Fitzpatrick, Chrissie Brennan, Fionula Phelan and Jim White also mostly supported by the chorus. A variation of dance was provided by The Urlingford set dancers, Evelyn White School of Irish Dancing, Dancewise and Phil Fogarty. The 12 young musicians of Spink Cheoltas played traditional music with a great mix of instruments while also included in the mix was Comedy provided under the direction of Donal Heaphy. All artists were musically backed by the clubs very own Acorn Band comprising of Noel Cleere, Gerry Delaney, David O’Reilly, Joseph Phelan and Richie Hogan.

The club is also busy organising a return trip to Dagersheim in Germany next March 2013 of which a group of 65 are booked up to travel. They have been invited to perform this show in their community theatre. A leading member of the Dagersheim Choral Group Mr Hartmut Becker made the journey to Freshford on Friday to see the show and afterwards commented that he was very impressed with the performance and assured that it would be well received by the local audience in Dagersheim.

rECENT dEATH - The people of the area were saddened to learn of the passing last weekend of Mrs. Lily Nolan late of Blackwood Freshford. The deceased who was only in her very early 60’s had been unwell for some time. She fought her illness for the past number of years with such great bravery and courage. A devoted wife and mother she was a very quiet and good living lady. Both her and her husband Joe and family are widely known in the village and surrounding area. She will be sadly missed by her husband and family and all those who knew her. Her remains were removed to Clontubrid Church on Saturday evening last and Burial took place on Sunday in Rathbeagh Cemetery following 12 o’clock Mass of Christian Burial. She is mourned by her husband Joe, her sons, daughters, daughter in law and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is expressed.

LUCKY WINNERS - The second draw in the Prague House monthly draw took place last week and the winners were as follows: €1,000 each went to Kevin Dalton, The Mills, Freshford, Kathleen Queally Clintstown Road and Paddy Pendergast, Ballyhale – 4th prize – Mrs. M.Brennan c/o Prague House, 5th prize – G.Ivors, c/o Seamus Doheny, 6th Prize – Daragh & Roisin Byrne Lodge Part, 7th Prize – Ger Hodson, Tullaroan and 8th Prize –Ann Brophy, Clone – The next draw will take place on the 19th December. Sr. Bridget of Prague House would like to extend her thanks to local lads who took part in the Dublin City Marathon recently – Paul Dowling, Paul Phelan, Andrew Martin and Noel Maher. The four men ran the Marathon on the October bank holiday and raised €3,000 towards Prague House Building Fund. Thank is expressed to everyone who helped with or contributed towards this fundraising effort for Prague House. (picture to go with this item).GAA - Training continues for St Lachtains U21 Hurlers as arranged. They are the only ones left in the running this year . They played a draw in a challenge game against Mooncoin played in Mooncoin under lights.

St.Lachtains U16 hurlers finished off their season well when they won the Duggan Steel Roinn B League final beating neighbours Tullaroan at Clara recently

PHILIP KINANE CUP AND MCGREE SHIELD - The annual Philip Kinane Cup and McGree Shield Tournament started recently but there were just two first round matches were played due to the inclement weather. The remainder of the games were played last weekend.. The Semi finals and final was played on Sunday last. The first semi final saw Colin Rafters team beat Sean Rafters team and the second semi final saw Cian Dawsons side see off competition from Patrick Killeens team and finish winners on a 5-3 to 1-2 scoreline The MGree Shield final saw Patrick Killeens team take on Sean Rafters team in a toughly fought battle which could only be decided after extra time with Sean Rafters team coming out eventual winners on a 3-5 to 2-5 scoreline. The Philip Kinane final saw Colin Rafters team take on Cian Dawsons tem having previously been beaten by the latter in a previous round. But with Colin with a full squad on the day they proved too strong and ran out winners on a score of 4-3 to 2-2. Well done to the winning team and thanks goes to all involved in the running of the tournament and another enjoyable year for all. Members of the McGree family Liam and Noel presented the trophy to the winning captain on the day, Shane unfortunately wasn’t available to attend.The Kinane Cup was presented to the winning Captain by Mrs. Kinane on what was her 27th year at the finals. The following are the teams took part in the tournaments this year:C.Dawson (Capt) L.Walsh, D.Maher,C.O’Leary, C.Dermody, C.Rafter, C.Franey, P.Walsh, M.Donnelly, B.Dermody, C.Neary – Managers – A.Dawson & M.O’Leary. P.Killeen (Capt) C.Dalton, J.Burke, P.Hayde, E.Garrett, C.J.Daly, E.Fogarty, T.Leukains, M.McCarthy, A. Ryan, J. Cantwell – Mangers. S.Killeen & B.Barnaville. C.Rafter (Capt) L.Costigan, C.Colclough, R.Burke, D.Maher, C.Leahy, F.Keoghan, T. Rafter, O Bergin, M.Phelan, J.Bergin D.Bergin – Managers – P.Leahy & G.Rafter. S.Rafter (Capt) C Power, P.Donnelly, C.Mullan, M.Neary, A.Rafter, S.Grace, J.Phelan, J.Hickey, E.Kenny-Landers, D.Killeen –Managers – D.Killeen & P.Donnelly.

SOCCER - Freshford Town Junior side were away to Newpark on Sunday morning last and were somewhat unlucky to be beaten on a 1-0 scoreline.. In the schoolboys and Youth section, the U12’s continued their progress into the next round of the SFAI Cup at Woodview on Saturday.  In a very entertaining game the Freshford boys came out on top on a 3-1 scoreline against New Oak Boys of Carlow.   The New Oak Boys provided a tough challenge and as Carlow’s current U12 league leaders it was a super result from our boys.  The early exchanges were pretty even with both sides having a few chances but both defences came out on top.  Freshford got the breakthrough before half time when Elijah Garrett threaded a perfect pass for Luke Campion to break free down the wing and in full flight  Luke smashed the ball to the net for a super goal.  In the second half  Luke Campion got his and Freshfords second goal when he burst down the wing and through New Oak Boys defence to finish well.  With their confidence growing Freshford pushed on and made it three nil when Cian Franey finished a good move after Cathal O’Leary went close.  New Oak got a late consolation goal but to be fair to New Oak they played very well and were somewhat unlucky to find themselves three nil down.  It was a great display from all the Freshford boys but special praise must go to the superb defensive displays from Mikey Neary & Jack Crosby and forward play from Luke Campion.  They play St. Pauls of Waterford this Saturday in Woodview in the next round, time to be decided

The U-13 girls were at home to Freebooters but were beaten on a scoreline of 3-0.
The U-17 girls were at home to Freebooters, but were beaten also by 5-0.
The Youths were also at home to Callan Utd and a last minute goal gave Freshford the win, the final score was 3-2. Well done to Calvin Brophy who was picked for trials in Waterford with the Emmerging Talent Programme. Other fixtures for next weekend include the U-14 boys at home to Freebooters while the U-16’s away to Callan at 11am The Juniors are away to St Johns in Waterford at 11am.

Training continues every Saturday morning for 5-9 year old with Gary
Barnaville. All boys that age group are most welcome. The KDL lotto held its last draw last week. A decision was made by the League to do so as it was running at a loss for some time. Thanks goes to all those who sold tickets or supported the draw over the last number of years. Work is ongoing within the club for the current Season and you can follow the clubs progress on facebook

bEST WISHES - Best wishes go out to the Michael Tobin and his staff at the newly opened Chip Shop and Take Away at Buncrussia Street Freshford which opened last weekend under new management. Michael and crew are wished all the best in their venture.

SPIN WHEEL - The winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last was J.J.Donnelly, The Square.JJspun the wheel and won €50. Next weeks Jackpot stands at €1,000. The draw is run each Saturday night in conjunction with St.Lachtains GAA Club.

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

CARDS - St. Lachtains Camogie Club weekly 25 Card game is held each Sunday evening in the Club Rooms at 8.45pm. All are welcome.

PARISH MASSES - Morning Mass in Freshford Church each morning of the week is at 9.30am except on Mondays . Mass in Prague House on Mondays at 9.30am and in St.Catherines Nursing Home on Tuesday at 3pm. Tulla Church – Friday 7.30pm. Vigil Mass in Freshford on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm..

Visitation of the sick and homebound on First Friday of each month. Anyone new who needs to be added to the list should contact Fr. P. Comerford on 8832843.

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

Rosary was held on Sunday last in Tulla Cemetery after 9.30am Mass and in Freshford Cemetery after 1am Mass. The Novena of Masses for the Dead continues up to 10th November. You can place your list for remembrance in the basket at the alter and the November Offerings are also taken up at this time.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP - 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 most welcome. For details contact Kathleen on 8832362or Joan on 8832316 Thai Chi meetings held on Monday nights in Community Hall. New members welcome..

hOME - Home at present from USA in his native Freshford is Jimmy Connery formerly of Kilkenny Street, Freshford.Jimmy is a regular visitor to his native Freshford.

PRAGUE HOUSE DRAW - The first of three monthly draws in aid of Prague House Refurbishment fund place in Prague House recently.The lucky winners oft €1,000 each were – Roddy & Ann Butler c/o J.Dermody -Liam Coogan, Coon and Mary Bowden, Gathabawn. 4th prize T.Hennessy, Threecastles, 5th – P.Walsh, Poulbawn, 6th B.Tynan, Lisdowney, 7th D.ONeill,.Tullaroan, 8th – P.Quinn, Clintstown Road, 9th J.Cashin, Carlow, 10th S.O’Neill , Tullaroan,and P.Burns Lodge.