Freshford: Shocked and saddened with the passing of local music legend Eamon O’Hara

Music Legend Passes on - The village of Freshford and surrounding areas were shocked and saddened last week with the passing of local music legend Eamon O’Hara late of De Loughry Place, Kilkenny and formerly of The Square and Ard Lachtain Freshford.. Eamon was born and grew up around Freshford. He was widely known and respected in the area. He was in his sixties and although he had been unwell recently his passing caused widespread shock and regret. He was of a very quiet gentle and inoffensive character. He loved his music and his cars. He was predeceased by his brothers Sean and Michael who both died back in the seventies at a young age and a few years later by his mother Maureen ( nee Fortune) and later by his father Jack and his step mother Una. The family ran the local Filling station in the village for many years and Eamon who was very gifted and electronically minded worked for years in Dooleys electrical repairing TV and all electrical appliances. He was probably best known in the music business however. He has been involved in the music scene since his young days and was involved in many bands over the years starting with the local group-The Lords- back in the early 70’s with his two local mates and neighbours, Lang and Gary Barnaville ( Lang sadly passed away back in 1986). He went on to form various bands with the lads including the famous “Looney Tunes of the late 70’s and 80’s, the Rhythm Aces, the famous Super Noodles who were famous all around the county and surrounds and more recent years “The Backdoor blues”. Despite his illness over the years he rallied on and loved to play his music and perform no matter what and was an inspiration to many young musicians coming through and always had a word of advice or encouragement for them.

Music Legend Passes on - The village of Freshford and surrounding areas were shocked and saddened last week with the passing of local music legend Eamon O’Hara late of De Loughry Place, Kilkenny and formerly of The Square and Ard Lachtain Freshford.. Eamon was born and grew up around Freshford. He was widely known and respected in the area. He was in his sixties and although he had been unwell recently his passing caused widespread shock and regret. He was of a very quiet gentle and inoffensive character. He loved his music and his cars. He was predeceased by his brothers Sean and Michael who both died back in the seventies at a young age and a few years later by his mother Maureen ( nee Fortune) and later by his father Jack and his step mother Una. The family ran the local Filling station in the village for many years and Eamon who was very gifted and electronically minded worked for years in Dooleys electrical repairing TV and all electrical appliances. He was probably best known in the music business however. He has been involved in the music scene since his young days and was involved in many bands over the years starting with the local group-The Lords- back in the early 70’s with his two local mates and neighbours, Lang and Gary Barnaville ( Lang sadly passed away back in 1986). He went on to form various bands with the lads including the famous “Looney Tunes of the late 70’s and 80’s, the Rhythm Aces, the famous Super Noodles who were famous all around the county and surrounds and more recent years “The Backdoor blues”. Despite his illness over the years he rallied on and loved to play his music and perform no matter what and was an inspiration to many young musicians coming through and always had a word of advice or encouragement for them.

He met and made many life time friends and acquaintenances through the music business many of them along with many of his old friends from the past turning up to pay their respect to Eamon. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. His remains were removed to St. Marys Cathedral Kilkenny on Saturday morning for Requiem Mass followed by Burial in St.Lachtains Church Freshford.. Sympathy is extended to his Partner and family, uncle, aunt, cousins and his extended family.

GREAT SHOW- The local Tots to Teen group staged their adapted version of the Lion King featuring Madagaksker by Jason Paul Ryan last weekend in the local Community Hall with shows on Friday and Saturday evening and Matinee on Sunday The youngsters under the guidance of Jason Paul and his backroom helpers put on a great show in front of big audience on each occasions. The young boys and girls many of them on stage for the first time have been practicing for past number of months for this event.. Musical numbers in the show included Circle of Life, I just Cant wait to be King, What makes you beautiful, Conga, Dancing on the Ceiling, Hekuna Matata, Ijust Want to Dance with me tonight, the Lion sleeps tonight, Money Money money, Can you feel the Love Tonight, I wanna Be like You and Gangnam Style with Zoe Crosby Soloist. Zaru-C.Dooley, Scar-M.McCarthy, Mufasa-C.Dermody, SImba-J.Darcy and A.Brophy, Nala-C.Ryan and R.Walsh, Sarabi-B.Bergin, Seraphina-J.Ryan-Hyenas Shenzai-S.Dermody-Banzai-M.Brennan-Ed –S.Farrell , Timon-K.Phelan, Pumba-D.Killeen, Rafiki-A.Maher-Penguins-E.Southgate P.Walsh, Murphy-Skipper-J.Comerford , Rico- T.Colclough, Gopher-D.Bowden, Olly Ostrich-B Dermody, Fitness Instructor-S.Dalton , Banana Man-K.Brophy-Lioness-K.O’Shea. Jungle Cast included M. Fortune as Tarzan, S.Brennan as Jane, Baloo-S.McManshiu, Mowgli-Lucy O’Connor, Bagheere-T.Kenny –Lander –Kaa –A.Crosby & L.O’Hara –Indiana Jones-C.Bowden, Alex-E. Crosby-Madagascar-King Julian-C.Burke, Marty, J.Glennon, Melman J.O’Hara, Gloria, C.Hickey, Patrick Starr-C.Walsh, Spongebob-E.Daly and the Jungle Police-twin brothers Jack and Michael Phelan.

Thanks goes to all who helped out and all who sponsored the programme and raffle prizes, to the Fas workers for their help, also to Barnaville Print, to Fionnuala Phelan for her help with costumes etc., Terry Campion for Photography, Ted Parle for sound and lighting, Tommy Butler for recording the show. and all the parents for their help and support. DVD of the show are available through the club at just €10 each.

The late Mary Walsh-The death occurred last week at St.Catherines Nursing Home of Mrs Mary Walsh late of Moate Street Ballyragget and formerly of Clone. The deceased had been ill for some time and had been a resident of St.Catherines for a number of years. She was a very quiet and inoffensive lady who was well known in the village . Her remains were removed from her daughters residence on Saturday to Clontubrid Church for Requiem Mass as 2pm., followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. She is mourned by her sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchild, sons in law, and daughters in law, relatives and friends.

SOCCER-Freshford Town U19s had a long trip to Dundalk on Saturday when they travelled to take o Sea Tow in the Leinster Cup competition. With Sea Town holding very good stead in this Cup for the past few years, having narrowly missed out to Wexford Youths last year, the local lads lad knew they would have to play very well to beat them. They played on Astroturf in Oreil Park Dundalk. The local lads started the match poorly as the home side got a goal in the first two minutes from a set piece. However the local lads settled down after that and started to play very good attacking football while closing down everything they did not let Sea Town got on the ball. Fifteen minutes before the break Freshford Town got a corner after almost scoring twice before that. Liam Hickey took the corner which was met with a volley from James Kenny from eight yards out to score a great goal. The home side then almost scored and at this stage Freshford were on top and their work rate was incredible. Goalkeeper Adam Garrett threw the ball out to Liam Hickey who passed to James Kenny who in turn passed to Sea Burke who put a great ball through to Eoin Vaughan. Although Eoin had a lot to do he struck the ball between the keepers legs and put Freshford 2-1 up before the break. The team were motivated in the dressing room at the interval and they came out in the second half and continued to play the way the ended the first half with some excellent passing . Another good series of passes saw Eoin Vaughan score again when he got around two defends and the keep and put his side 3-1 up. Sea Town came back with two or three good chances of scoring but Freshford backs done very well with Jason Stanley standing big at the back and they dealt with anything that came their way. With ten minutes to go the local lads put the pressure o again and a good shot from Mark Webster was deflected out for a corn which Liam Hickey took ad kicked in a powerful low ball into the box which Vaughan got a foot which Shea Burke finished for the Towns fourth goal. They went o to win 4-1 with the home side left depleted and the local lads coming away with probably one of their best wins this year so far. They now go on to the quarter final stage of the competition. Well done to all concerned.

Team; A.Garrett, B.Webster, J.Kenny, J.Stanley, L.Basset, M.Webster, L.Hickey, S.Burke, R, Tobin, J.Sweeney, E.Vaughan-Subs M.Kennedy for Retain D.Phelan for L.Hickey, C.Hynes for J.Sweeney, C.Hughes, H.Burke, J.Campion, J.Dunphy, H.Crosby and D.Brennan.

The Junior game against Lions of Durrow due to be played on Sunday afternoon was called off due to the weather conditions. 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. Fixtures for next Saturday are as follows: U - 12’s are away to Evergreen A ( Larchfield ) at 11pm; U - 13 girls are at home to Lions FC at 2.30pm; U - 14’s are away to Paulstown at 2pm’U - 16’s are away to Southend at 11pm; The Youths are away to Deen Celtic at 2pm; The Juniors are at home to Newpark FC (B) next Sunday at 2pm; You can follow the clubs progress on Facebook.

GREYHOUNDS - There is big local interest in the Coursing in Clonmel next weekend. Local Man Micheal Bergin of Blackwood is the co owner with Jimmy Tobin of Killahys Babe which is running in the Oaks On Saturday next. Thomas the Tank running in the Oaks in Clonmel.

The dog is owned by the Lennon family of Threecastles. They are wished all the best from all in Freshford and the surrounding areas

TABLE QUIZ - The Club will hold An Audio/Visual Table Quiz will be held in Kavanagh’s on Saturday night 2nd 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.

CAMOGIE CLUB AGM - St. Lachtains Camogie Club held their AGM in the GAA Grounds on Saturday last. Outgoing Chairperson Teresa Dillon thanked all involved in training and coaching teams at every level in the club for 2012, she also thanked officers involved for all their hard work throughout the year and to the players who represented the club at schools, colleges and county levels. Thanks to St. Lachtains GAA Club for the use of the field and facilities during the year. . The Committee would now like to thank Teresa for her role as Chairperson in the Club for the last number of years. Elected officers are: President: Fr Pat Comerford; vice President: Fr Seamus Henry; honorary President: Peggy Dowling; chairperson: Gerry Bolger; vice Chairperson: Eileen Fitzpatrick; joint Secretary: Aoife Fitzpatrick & Shelia Killeen; joint Treasurer: John & Ann Meagher; registrar: Shelia Killeen; PRO: Imelda Kennedy; child Welfare Officer: Gillian Maher; county Board Delegate: Teresa Dillon

Bord na nÒg - St Lachtains Bord na nÒg Hurling Club held their AGM on Monday 21st January at their clubrooms in Freshford. There was a good attendance on the night but not enough parents present. Chairman of Bord na nÒg Davy Martin opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. Secretary Breda Dermody read the minutes of AGM 2012 and then read out a comprehensive review of the past year at the club, which included reports on all the achievements of teams at each age level. The minors were congratulated for their winning of the Minor League Roinn A title, which was last won by Freshford in 1977. The U/16’s were also congratulated for winning the U/16 Hurling League. Chairman Davy Martin thanked all the managers, mentors and coaches involved at all age levels and commended them re their commitment and dedication to promoting underage hurling in Freshford. He thanked everyone involved in the maintenance of the clubrooms and grounds, also all the supporters and parents for their encouragement to the mentors and players. He said he was delighted to have been part of the outing of the U/8’s to Croke Park and thanked everyone involved in the organisation of the day. Special thanks were given to Gay and Tony Rafter for their sponsorship of a set of jerseys for the U/12 team. Congratulations were passed to the U/21’s on their recent success at winning the Roinn A County Final. Davy announced he was stepping down as Chairman and thanked everyone that was present on the committee with him for the past year for all their hard work, and he wished the incoming Chairman Sean Boland all the very best for 2013. Chairman of the club Johnny Fitzpatrick gave his address and thanked everyone for their commitment to Bord na nÒg over the past year, also to everyone involved in all the different fundraising events that were carried out. He mentioned that the recent U/21 success stemmed from all the work done down through the years at Bord na nÒg level. He again congratulated all those involved with the Minors and U/16’s re their successes this past year. The committee was thanked for their hard work during the year especially Davy Martin as he stepped down as Chairman and he wished the incoming Chairman all the very best also for 2013.

The following officers were elected for the coming year: Chairman-Sean Boland; Secretary-Breda Dermody; Treasurer-Irene Bergin; PRO-David Condon; Registrar-Paddy White; Bord na nÒg Rep-JJ Donnelly; Coach Co-Ordinator-Jim Lyng; Child Protection Officer-Clare Dermody; Alcohol/Drugs Awareness Officer-Martin Power; Gaelic Officer-Mary Kavanagh

NUIG-Well done to local lads Brian Kennedy and Shane Donnelly who were part of the Kilkenny squad that defeated NUIG in Johns park on Saturday last in the quarter final of the Walsh cup .Brian played at corner back while Shane came on as a blood sub in the first half and he came on to play a lively part in the second half , scoring a point in the process . Well done to both .

VOLUNTEERS-Kilkenny Carlow Contract-is a Community based voluntary organization for older people covering Kilkenny and Carlow area - 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-Extn 6.

FRESHFORD COMMUNITY MARKET - Please note that Freshford Community market will reopen on Saturday 2nd February from 11am to 1pm. There are a good variation of goods on offer This is a community initiative and you are urged to go along and support your local Community t . The Group is asking especially for local support and thank all their customers for their continued support . For further information on same you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600

VINCENT DE PAUL -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.

IRISH CIRCLE-The “Irish Ciorcal has resumed and the next meeting will be held on Wednesday evening 30th January at 8.30pm. in Kavanaghs. 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.

GOLF- Freshford Golf Society hold their AGM in Farrells on this Wednesday evening 30th January at 9p.m sharp. All welcome including new members.

ST.LACTAINS NS - The process of enrolling new pupils for the school year 2013/14 is currently underway at St.Lachtain National School 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 obliged if forms could be completed and returned on or before the 8th February 2013.

If you are new to the area or just a parent in the process of trying to decide which primary school to choose for your child please feel free to contact the school at the above number for an informal chat and tour of the school.. They stress that they are in a position to offer the best of both worlds, a small class number and a single classroom .ie. just junior infants in the room-Your child can get the best start in school life where their individual needs be catered for.

SQUASH NEWS- The Club had a brand new infra-red sauna fitted into the club recently. This sauna is for the use of any club member over the age of eighteen years. It is a unisex sauna. The sauna will be 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 will commence in the coming year.

New members - male and female - are always welcome to the squash club. Outstanding membership must be paid to any club official immediately! The children squash will recommence shortly. Any parent/guardian interested in sending their child to the squash for kids may contact Pat Morrissey with any queries.

SPIN THE WHEEL-The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last was Ger Doheny, Woodview. Ger spun the wheel and won himself €60 . Second prize went to Mark McCarthy, Woodview. The Jackpot at the moment stands at €1,000. The draw takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

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. Freshford Lisdowney and Urlingford will all gather together to be behind local dog in the Clonmel Coursing next weekend. Local man Micheal Bergin has a dog running and he is wished all the best in the event.

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.

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