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TOTS TO TEENS NEWS –- The Local Tots to Teen group held their AGM last weekend. A big thank you wasexplressed to last years Committee for all their hard work and dedication. The following officers and Committee were elected for the forthcoming year : Chairperson – Mary Crosby, Vice Chairperson – Sabrina Grace, Secretary –Emma Hickey, Treasurer – Kerry Burke – Committee: C.Bowden,J.Kavanagh, R.Comerford, B.Dermody, S.Walsh, P Phelan, F.Phelan, E.Garrett, J.Bergin, M.Southgate and M.Macmanshill. Ayone who would still like to acquire a copy of the DVD “The Lion King” can do so by contacting any of the above. It is full stream ahead now as the group are swamped in preparation for next years production of “Shrek”. The Group will be happy to take on your child or children from 6- 18 years. Details can be obtained by text on 085 7679240or to hold a place for the sign up date. You can also follow the Club on Facebook for Club details. So don’t delay to register and let you child join in the song dance fun and laughter on stage. Places are limited.

TOTS TO TEENS NEWS –- The Local Tots to Teen group held their AGM last weekend. A big thank you wasexplressed to last years Committee for all their hard work and dedication. The following officers and Committee were elected for the forthcoming year : Chairperson – Mary Crosby, Vice Chairperson – Sabrina Grace, Secretary –Emma Hickey, Treasurer – Kerry Burke – Committee: C.Bowden,J.Kavanagh, R.Comerford, B.Dermody, S.Walsh, P Phelan, F.Phelan, E.Garrett, J.Bergin, M.Southgate and M.Macmanshill. Ayone who would still like to acquire a copy of the DVD “The Lion King” can do so by contacting any of the above. It is full stream ahead now as the group are swamped in preparation for next years production of “Shrek”. The Group will be happy to take on your child or children from 6- 18 years. Details can be obtained by text on 085 7679240or to hold a place for the sign up date. You can also follow the Club on Facebook for Club details. So don’t delay to register and let you child join in the song dance fun and laughter on stage. Places are limited.

JACKPOT WINNER - There was no Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last. The lucky winner the previus week was Eamon Teehan, Tullaroan. Eamon spun the wheel and won himself the Jackpot of €1,000. Second prize went to Marie O’Connor, Clashacrow. Eamon will be presented with his cheque next weekend. The Jackpot will start again at €300 . The draw takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

SOCCER NEWS - Freshford Town Junior side continued their good form to claim victory against Brookville of Ballyraggetin Ballyragget on Sunday last. Played on a bright sunny morning the local lads found it hard in the first 45 minutes to complete with the hosts’ persistence and physicicality and were 1-0 down at the break. The second half however was a different affair as it seemed that the Freshford lads seem to relies the imported of the game and started to play as a team led by the inspirational FionnLawler in midfield and Michael Farrell in defence. Midway through the second half it was Shea Burke who leveled the game with a clever piece of control and a cool volleyed shot which gave the Brookville keeperno chance. The local lads pressed on for the winner and were close on a number of occasions. However with all the pressure being plied on Brookville this left the local lads open to the quick break and it was Keeper Shane McGree who came to the rescue on a couple of occasions in the Freshford goal. As the game approached injury time and Fresfhord lads frustrated at not being able to break down the Ballyragget defence it was the persistence of young Shea Burke who forced a mistake between the keeper and defender and with the ball rolling to the goal rolling towards goal a Brookville defender looked favourite to clear but with Paul Guinan breathing down his neck he bured the ball in his own net which sparked great celebration amoung the Freshford boys. A great win for the lad which leaves the team nowin contention for promotion with just three games left Team: S.McGree, L.Bassett, M.Farrell, M.Nolan, J.Burke, M Burke, F.Lawlor, P.Guinan, L.Hickey, S.Burke, J.Doheny – Subs – D.Burke.

In the schoolboys section the U11 boys travelled to Rathdowney to play top of the table Clover Utd and came away with a very keenly contested ending in a 2-2 draw.  Cian Franey got the first goal for Freshford from a great long range shot and soon afterwards the Clover side equalised from a corner.  Cormac Rafter sent Freshford back into the lead with another great long range strike before half time.  In the second half it was close and both teams played very well.  In the final 10 minutes Clover equalised and then with almost the last kick of the match Freshford could have snatched victory as Cian Franey struck the crossbar with another long range effort.  All in all it was a super squad performance and a great result which leaves Freshford well in the hunt for league contention with several games in hand of the two teams above them in the league.  A special mention for Killian Dunne who played very well after his return to the side from injury and illness.

 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. You can follow the Club on facebook.

TABLE QUIZ - The Club held a Table Quiz in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last with a good turnout. Proceeds were in aid of Freshford Town Schoolboys.  This will be their first quiz this season.  Quizmaster was 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. Winners on the night were The Inbetweeners of William Looby, David Burke, Darren Burke and Harry Burke with runners up Golden Globes of Paula and Donal Murphy and David and Patricia Condon. Among the lucky winners in the raffle were : J.J.Campion, D.Burke, M.McCarthy, L.Kenny, S. Tallis, T.McGrath. Chairman James Burke thanked allthose who supported the event, all who sponsored prizes, those who helped to organise and run the quiz and the quizmaster.

POKER LEAGUE - After eight weeks of the Freshford Poker League it is Jimmy Kenny who is now leading on 200pts closely fllowed by Vinny Colclough on 195 pts., and Philip Loughlin in third on 180pts. Games takes place each Thursday night in Kavanaghs starting at 8.30p.m.

GAA NEWS - Local lads Darren Brennan, Shea Burke and Shane Donnelly were part of the Colaiste Mhuire team beaten by St Fergals of Rathdowney in the Vocational schools Leinster semi-final recently DarQuinn and John Bergin was also part of the panel

St.Lachtains Bord na nOg held a successful bag packing fundraiser at Supervalue Ballyragget recently over two days. Many thanks to the parents/young people who gave of their time and help was really appreciated and thanks again.  The next bag packing is at Eurospar, Newpark S/C on Fri 21st and Sat 22nd June and volunteers are needed re those dates.  Contact any committee member if you would like to volunteer.

St. Lachtains GAA Membership - It’s the start of a new season; Membership is now due for renewal for the coming year. The club would like to ask at least one parent of each child to please become a member of your local club. There are a lot of benefits of becoming a member, you will able to see the enjoyment that your child gets from playing with the club, registered in Croke Park, draw for all Ireland tickets, for insurance purposes and for funding different activities during the year. It is important that any person involved in any shape or form with training sessions become a member and that they are Garda vetted. Garda vetting forms will be available from the Club Secretary or members of the committee. Members of the Committee will soon be doing the rounds collecting membership and we would urge you to be part of your local club.

Players membership €100, Ordinary membership €40, Social membership €30, Board Na nOg membership €20

Presentation - There will be a medal presentation night for St. Lachtains U21 Roinn A County and Northern Champions in the Set Theatre Langton’s on Friday next 1st of March at 8pm. There will be a sit down meal and a DJ afterward. Tickets can be purchased from the committee at a cost of € 20. Tickets will also be on sale for the after party (disco) at a cost of € 5. There will be a limited number of tickets for sale, so don’t miss out on being part of this great achievement by this young team.

FUN RUN - Preparations are under way for the annual Easter Fun Run/ walk 5k&10k. In aid of St. Lachtains GAA/ Camogie clubs. Registration will be at 11-45 in Pairc Lachtain Freshford and races will start at 12-30 sharp. Registration costs, Family €20, Adult €10 Student €7, Child €5.Fantasy Cheltenham - This will take place from 12th to 15th March with all proceeds going to St. Lachtains GAA Club.Pick a horse in each of the first four races on each day for the four days of the festival and be in with a chance to share €10,000 worth of prize money. For details contact J.Dermody on 086 8671150, or Brian Kavanagh on 0568832932 or Kavanaghs Bar on 087 9700795.

Freshford Community Market - Freshford community market is held each Saturday morning from 11o clock to 12-30. There is a good variation of locally produced products on offer, from home baking, jams, knit wear, handmade cards, chutneys, relishes and pork products. The group are looking for new stall holders to come along and sell their wares in the market. Come along, meet with friends and have a cuppa. For further information you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600.

VOLUNTEERS - Kilkenny Carlow Contract is a Community based voluntary organization 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 – Extn 6.

ENROL NOW IN OASIS - As children numbers are very high in the Oasis Childcare Centre it is strongly advised that parents hoping to enroll their child/children in the Centre for next September should do so immediately. This includes 2013 Pre school places, CCS and CETS places. The Committee will of course do all they can to accommodate everyone’s needs but there are a limited number of places they can provide and they operate on a first come first served policy.

VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY - 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 recently after their break The group meet on a monthly basis in Kavanaghs Bar. All welcome.- 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 are invited to 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.

St. Lachtain’s N. S. News - The process of enrolling new pupils for the school year 2013/2014 is currently under way in St. Lachtain’s N.S., 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 grateful if completed registration forms could be returned as soon as possible.

Well done to the schools U11 and U13 quiz teams who took part in the Credit Union Quiz in Hotel Kilkenny recently. Both teams did themselves proud and the U11’s came joint second in their competititon.

They is great excitement at the moment as the school choir prepares to take part in Peace Proms 2013. The choir was very fortunate to be chosen with 16 other school choirs from the south east of Ireland to be part of the ‘Peace Proms’ series of nationwide concerts. They will be accompanied by the celebrated Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) recently returned from their sell out debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London. ‘Peace Proms’ is an initiative which gives young people from schools all over the island of Ireland the opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra, work with leading musicians and perform at the country’s premier venues. They will be conducted by Gearóid Grant. They will be performing in ‘The Hub’, Cillín Hill, Kilkenny on Sat. 2nd March at 7.00pm. Tickets are available at www.cboi.ie and Essaness Music Shop, Kieran Street, Kilkenny. They are very proud of them and know that they’ll be brilliant on the night.

SQUASH NEWS - Freshford Squash Club now have a brand new infra-red sauna fitted into the club This sauna is for the use of any club member over the age of eighteen years. It is a unisex sauna. The sauna is 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 commenced in the coming year. New members - male and female - are always welcome to the club. 

Outstanding membership must be paid to any club official immediately!

The children squash is now under way. Any parent/guardian interested in sending their child to the squash should contact Pat Morrissey for any information. 

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.

BIRTHDAYS - Birthday wishes go out to Fred Whiten who celebrated her 18th Birthday at a party with family and friends in Farrells Bar

on Friday night last. Also birthday wishes to Marie O’Connor who celebrated a special Birthday at a surprise party in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last.

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.