Freshford: Noel goes from strength to strength

First Irish CMNA lives in Freshford - The world of wireless communications is growing at a phenomenal rate worldwide. It is essential technology for eLearning in Schools and also for business development into the future. There is therefore an increasing demand for highly qualified and experienced Wireless architects worldwide and the good news is, we have one of our own in Freshford! Local man, Noel Cleere has just recently awarded CMNA Certification in Meraki cloud-based Wireless Technology Solutions. The qualification certifies that the holder has acquired advanced technical knowledge and skills in cloud-based wireless technology solutions. But that’s not the end of the story! Noel is the first Irish person to achieve this certification and is one of only one hundred others to acquire this certification in Europe and North America (source: Meraki corporation). The Meraki Corporation was formed in 2006 by PhD candidates from MIT, and was funded by Sequoia Capital and Google. It is one of the industry’s fastest growing companies with over 20,000 customer deployments worldwide. Meraki representatives will visit Kilkenny on October 22nd and 23rd and together with Noel’s company Wirelessworld will host seminars for the schools and businesses in the region at the Kilkenny Education Centre and The Newpark Hotel respectively (see wirlesseorld.ie for further information). Each school or company that registers and attends the seminar will receive free wireless technology for their school or business courtesy of Meraki and Wirelessworld. This would be a great boost for any school or business in these tough economic times! Noel has worked with the CBS Secondary School Kilkenny in the deployment of the Meraki Wireless Solution in the school as part of the school’s five year eLearning development plans. Noel also works very closely with St Kieran’s College Secondary School, The School of the Holy Spirit, The Presentation Secondary School and Heywood Community School in the application of technology in Educational excellence. He also provides IT support to a large number of companies in Kilkenny and Carlow including Asgard Cleanroom Solutions Ltd – a truly dynamic company owned by Castlecomer man John Comerford. With over 28 years experience in the IT industry, Noel holds numerous qualifications in IT, IT Training and science. He is also an accomplished musician having worked with giants of Jury’s Cabaret many years ago. Now he applies these musical skills in the local Acorn Club where together with local producer Moira Maher, they are busy preparing for the club’s “Musical Tour of Ireland” Show in November and the club’s “Irische Nacht” Tour to Germany in March 2013.

First Irish CMNA lives in Freshford - The world of wireless communications is growing at a phenomenal rate worldwide. It is essential technology for eLearning in Schools and also for business development into the future. There is therefore an increasing demand for highly qualified and experienced Wireless architects worldwide and the good news is, we have one of our own in Freshford! Local man, Noel Cleere has just recently awarded CMNA Certification in Meraki cloud-based Wireless Technology Solutions. The qualification certifies that the holder has acquired advanced technical knowledge and skills in cloud-based wireless technology solutions. But that’s not the end of the story! Noel is the first Irish person to achieve this certification and is one of only one hundred others to acquire this certification in Europe and North America (source: Meraki corporation). The Meraki Corporation was formed in 2006 by PhD candidates from MIT, and was funded by Sequoia Capital and Google. It is one of the industry’s fastest growing companies with over 20,000 customer deployments worldwide. Meraki representatives will visit Kilkenny on October 22nd and 23rd and together with Noel’s company Wirelessworld will host seminars for the schools and businesses in the region at the Kilkenny Education Centre and The Newpark Hotel respectively (see wirlesseorld.ie for further information). Each school or company that registers and attends the seminar will receive free wireless technology for their school or business courtesy of Meraki and Wirelessworld. This would be a great boost for any school or business in these tough economic times! Noel has worked with the CBS Secondary School Kilkenny in the deployment of the Meraki Wireless Solution in the school as part of the school’s five year eLearning development plans. Noel also works very closely with St Kieran’s College Secondary School, The School of the Holy Spirit, The Presentation Secondary School and Heywood Community School in the application of technology in Educational excellence. He also provides IT support to a large number of companies in Kilkenny and Carlow including Asgard Cleanroom Solutions Ltd – a truly dynamic company owned by Castlecomer man John Comerford. With over 28 years experience in the IT industry, Noel holds numerous qualifications in IT, IT Training and science. He is also an accomplished musician having worked with giants of Jury’s Cabaret many years ago. Now he applies these musical skills in the local Acorn Club where together with local producer Moira Maher, they are busy preparing for the club’s “Musical Tour of Ireland” Show in November and the club’s “Irische Nacht” Tour to Germany in March 2013.

TOTS TO TEENS - Tots to teens Group held their AGM recently in the Community Hall, Freshford with a good attendance on the night. Rehearsals are in place for this years show and will be held in the Community Hall every Monday evening form 4 – 6pm For more information please contact 085 7679240. This year’s production is The Lion King featuring Madagascar with boys and girls from 6 -16 year olds all welcome to join .

MARRIED - Congratulations and best wishes go out to Eamon Grace Lisdowney and Sabrina Grace Graigueswood Freshford who were married recently in Lisdowney Church. Also to Lucy Byrne Barna Freshford and Andrew Lowry Kilkenny who were married in St.Patricks Church Kilkenny.

FRESHFORD COMMUNITY MARKET - Freshford Community Market is held each Saturday from 11 – 1pm The number of stalls and a good variation of goods on offer are increasing also This is a community initiative and you are urged to go along and support your local Community and have a tea or coffee and some homemade scones or cakes all locally produced. The Group are asking for local support . . For further information on same you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600
 GAA -St. Lachtains Intermediate Hurlers were in action last week and following their 4-15 to 0-16 victory over neighbours Conahy Shamrocks in the final round of the league which was held in Castlecomer on Saturday last they now play Clara in the League final next weekend at a venue & time to be confirmed . On the following weekend 20th/21th of October they will play in the county quarter final following a draw which will be held next weekend . See fixtures for confirmation of date, time & venue of next weekends match . As this is a huge occasion in any club , the support of everybody locally would be appreciated . The U-11 boys – a large group of players and supporters travelled to Kilmacud Crokes for an U-11 tournament on Sunday last . The local boys beat O Loughlins in their first game . In the next round they drew with the host club Kilmacud and thus qualified for the final against St Vincents . In this game they were defeated by a much physically stronger side. Well done to all players and mentors concerned. St.Lachtains Minor hurlers bowed out of the championship recently when they were beaten by Dicksboro in the semi final played at Kilmanagh. The final will see two city teams Dicksboro and James Stephens come face to face. You are reminded that you can support your local GAA Club –when purchasing or renewing your home, car or van Insurance with Campion Insurance. Simply quote. Kilkenny GAA/St.Lachtains when contacting Campions for your quotation and Campion Insurance will give €10 per policy to the local Club. Open to all existing and new customers

SOCCER – Freshford Town U- 15 boys were at home to Rathdowney on Saturday last in their first match of the season and the boys played a great first half creating a few scoring chances but were unlucky to be held off. The second half saw the only goal of the match ten minutes from the end of play for the visitors and the game finished 1-0to the Rathdowney lads. The boys have new managers this year with J. Burke, G. Bassett and J.Kenny their first year out and they are doing great work with the young talent on the team. ( Team - D.Brophy,C.Rafter,J.Darmody,O.Kenny,Ben Tallis,J.Cleere,A.Garrett,L.Dunphy,C.Dawson,J.Delaney,S.Dawson,M.Ryan,
N.Brennan,T.Leahy) The Youths were at home to Lions of Durrow and were unlucky to be beaten on a scoreline of 3 - 2 Shea Burke and James Sweeney got the goals for the local side.
Congratulations to all the boys who were recently picked to play with the Kilkenny Emerging Talent Development Squad. Freshford Town now have over 10 boys representing the Club at this level, its a great achievement for such a small Club. Training has resumed for 5-9 year olds and continues each Saturday from 12 - 1 with Gary Barnaville in charge, all boys in that age group are most welcome.The club has entered an U-13 girls team for this season and to date has had a massive response. Anyone interested in signing up, must be born in the year 2000 or after can contact any member of the club for details. The U-12’s are out next weekend in Oilgate in Wexford to compete in the SFAI run tournament. The U-16 boys are at home to Clover at 1pm. The Youths are away to New Park Utd on Saturday at 2.30pm Meanwhile the Junior team are away Sunday to Lions of Durrow with kickoff at 2.30pm. The KDL Lotto is still ongoing and the jackpot now stands at €9,000.There was no winner of the Jackpot last weeks or no match 3. Anyone interested in selling tickets can contact our club Secretary Moira McCarthy on 087 1468168. Work is continuing on the pitch for the coming season . You can follow the Club on Facebook for up and coming events. The U12’s boys played a friendly game against Evergreen A in Larchfield last Saturday morning losing out on a scoreline of 3-1 having beaten them 4 - 1 in  pre season friendly.  The local boys were missing several regular players but still managed to score a good goal to take a 1-0l lead.  The goal came about from a lovely passing move from the back line to front and finished well to the net by Stevie Dunne.  With a lot of players missing it told as the game progressed and Eddie Cahill in goal came to Freshfords rescue with a fine save which he pushed over the bar.  Freshfords, normally reliable defence made two mistakes which Evergreen punished and scored on both occassions.  However, Evergreens superiority told and they came out comfortable winners in the end.  Best for Freshford were Eddie Cahill, Eoin Delaney and Cathal O’Leary.  The big challenge now for the U12’s is to put this defeat behind them and focus on their trip to Wexford on Saturday morning to play Oylegate in the SFAI Cup.  Congratulations all the boys who made the various Co. Development Squads.  A lot of hard work and dedication has been put in by the boys themselves, their families and their various managers, coaches & team mates.  Best of luck boys keep up the good work ! U11 -  Aidan Tallis, Cian Franey, Dean Brophy  &  Cormac Rafter.; U12 -  Elijah Garrett, Cathal O’Leary  &  Josh McCarthy;  U14 -  Calvin Brophy;  U15 - Adam Garrett;  U16 -  John Quinn.

 DANCE CLASSES - Social dance classes will resume in St.Kierans Hall Johnstown started on Wednesday evening last and 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 086825200.

CONKERS - Plans are well under way for this years Conkers Championship at the end of the Month in Freshford. Full report next week.

CONCERT - There will be a meeting in Threecastles Hall on Tuesday the 16th October at 8.30pm. to discuss the Christmas Fundraising Concert. All are welcome.

Marathon - Four local lads are taking part in the Dublin City Marathon at the moment – Andrew Martin, Paul Phelan, Noel Maher and Paul Dowling. . All proceeds will be in aid of Prague House Anyone interested in participating in the Marathon are asked to please contact Paul Dowling on 087 6657366 for details. The group meet twice weekly in preparation for the occasion

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

Relay For Life is coming BACK to Kilkenny - What is Relay For Life? At Relay For Life hundreds of people gather to embark on a very special 24-hour journey.Relay For Life is an overnight , community celebration and a unique , empowering and fun event. At the heart of Relay is the opportunity to CELEBRATE Cancer Survivors and to REMEMBER those who have left us. We are currently asking people who may have been touched in any way by cancer to come and join in the CELEBRATION . Our Relay For Life will be held on Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of July , 2013 at Scanlon Park , Kilkenny. We are recruiting teams of volunteers who will walk around the track in relay , for 24 hours , because cancer never sleeps!!. Otherwise team members are free to socialise , have fun and enjoy the fun packed day and entertainment. If you think that you would like to be part of this event in any way , Contact the following.Relayforlifekilkenny@gmail.com or call  087 2369225 or 087 2925805

PARISH MASSES - Morning Mass in Freshford Church each morning of the week except Mondays at 9.30am. 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. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague House Freshford every Friday from 10am to 5pm and all are welcome

 ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP - Freshford Active Retirement Group meet in the local Community Hall each Tuesday at 3pm. New members are always most welcome. The Group go bowling every second Tuesday to McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny. For more details contact Kathleen on 8832362or Joan on 8832316. Tai Chi Classes are now closed for the summer months and classes will resume in September.

Phelan’s Hardware - Phelan’s Hardware of Ballyragget remind their customers that their store is now open on Wednesday’s throughout the summer months. The Company are delighted to be able to offer full opening hours to all their customers again and wish to thank all their customers for their patience over the past eighteen months.

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