Shock - The people of Freshford and surrounds were shocked and saddened last week to learn of the sudden passing of Patrick (Patsy) Dawson late of Willow Close Kilkenny and formerly of The Square Freshford. Patsy as he was known to all was only in his very early sixties and had only recently retired from work. He worked for many decades in Kilkenny County Council administration. He was a quiet and inoffensive gentleman. He was part of the Wellbrook soccer team of the 70’s and former members of that team and of Freshford Town formed a guard of honour when the cortege arrived in his home village on Thursday last and walked from Kilkenny Street to the graveyard. He was also a keen card player and attended the local 25 card game in the local Clubrooms each Sunday night. He will be sadly missed by is wife son, family and large circle of relatives and friends. His remains were removed from his home on Wednesday evening to Loughboy Church. Burial took place on Thursday in St. Lachtains Cemetery Freshford . He is deeply mourned by his wife Carmel, son, Alan, brothers Michael and Kevin, sister Geraldine, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces nephews aunts, uncle and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is extended.
TOTS TO TEENS - The local Tots to teens group are busy preparing and rehearsing for their forthcoming production in January of “The Lion King” featuring Madagaksker! Any one willing to get involved behind the scenes or help out on the nights of the show would be most welcome. If anyone has any costumes they might wish to donate or lend the Group would be most grateful (these will be returned afterwards) and this would be a huge bonus to the Group. This year’s emphasis is on animal and jungle type costumes. The group hold a table quiz on this Friday night November 30th in McGraths starting at 9.30pm. Table of 4 only €20. You are invited to come along and test your knowledge as well as supporting the Group. Prizes for the winning team and raffle on the night. All welcome! Information or queries before rehearsals on Monday evening or you can contact the Group on 085 – 7679240.
VOLUNTEERS - You are reminded about Kilkenny Carlow Contract – this is a Community based voluntary organization for older people covering Kilkenny and Carlow area and is presently looking for additional volunteers to commit to one or to 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.
Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to Sr. Patricia of Prague House, Freshford on the death of her nephew recently . Jeremy Dee of Bekan, County Mayo died following an accident. Burial took place on Wednesday of last week.
THE GATHERING - There was a brainstorming meeting recently at the Oasis Childcare Centre Freshford to come upwith ideas etc., to help bring our Freshfordians home? There will be another meeting to put ideas forward. Do you have any ideas of music sport events or whatever to bring your Freshfordians home.
COMMUNITY MARKET - The local Freshford Community Market continues each Saturday from 11 – 1pm There are a number of stalls and a good variation of goods on offer This is a community initiative and you are urged to go along and support your local Community and maybe have a tea or coffee and some homemade scones or cakes all locally produced. The Group are asking especially for local support . . For further information on same you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600
GAA - Training continues for St.Lachtains U21 as arranged . They are the only team now left in the running.. They have played 2 challenges in recent weekends .
They played Mooncoin under lights while on Saturday last they played Killenaule in a challenge in Pairc Lachtain . Team management includes , Michael Kavanagh , Jimmy Meagher and Ollie O Connor .They are due to play Young Irelands of Gowran on next Sunday morning in Pairc Lachtain , weather permitting.
PHILIP KINANE CUP AND MCGREE SHIELD – The annual Philip Kinane Cup and McGree Shield Tournament were held recently with the semi final and final. C.Rafters team defeated P.Killeens team in the final of the McGree Shield and in the final of the Kinane Cup S.Rafters team beat C.Dawsons side in an exciting final. The presentation was of the McGree Shield was made by Liam and Noel McGree on behalf of the family. Mrs. Kinane presented the Kinane Cup to the winning captain and that was her. The following are the teams taking 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. 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
COFFEE MORNING - Oasis Childcare Centre is holding a fund raising Coffee morning on Friday the 7th December at10.30am. to acknowledge their colleague and friend. All are welcome for a cosy chat and yummy goodies. Also the Pre School children will be displaying their entrepreneurial skills with their Christmas Market. Gift galore so go along early.
CHRISTMASTREE SALE - The Oasis Childcare Committee will be holding their Annual Christmas Tree Sale on the Village Green on Saturday the 8th December between8.30am. and 1pm. All trees non-shed and there will be a variety of sizes on offer.
SOCCER - Freshford Town Junior side lost at home on Sunday last to St Johns of Waterford on a score of 3 - 0. In the schoolboys section, the U12 boys played in the SFAI Cup on Saturday watched by a large crowd in Woodview against St. Pauls of Waterford. The game started brightly and Freshford almost scored inside the first minute but for a great save by the St. Pauls keeper who denied Luke Campion a certain goal. Both teams played well and created several chances but both defences held firm. Then St. Pauls were awarded a freekick and a looping freekick sailed over the heads of all the players and into the net to give St. Pauls the lead. However, Freshford were not to be out done and Cathal O’leary sent Cian Franey free and he beat and out ran two defenders before lobbing the keeper from the edge of the box to score a great goal and make it 1-1. Midway through the second half Elijah Garrett went on a mazy run beating several players before shooting but the keeper pulled off a great save, however, Cian Franey was the quickest to react and scored his and Freshfords second goal. It looked like that was the winning goal but St. Pauls scored in the last few minutes from a corner kick to force the game into extra time. After 20 minutes of extra time the sides could not be separated and so it went to the dreaded penalty shootout. St. Pauls held their nerve and came out winners, winning 4 - 3 in what was a very exciting and enthralling match. The boys did themselves and Freshford Town proud and it was an outstanding match with great performances from the entire squad. Full Squad E. Kenny, CJ Daly, J. Crosby, M. Neary, A. Tallis, J. McCarthy, E. Delaney, E. Garrett, C. Franey, C. O’Leary, C. Campion, D. Brophy, F. Keoghan, S. Dunne, E. Cahill, T. Rafter & C. Rafter.The U-14boys were at home to Freebooters and had a great win drilling home 5 goals before the final whistle. The goals came from O.Kenny, S.Rafter, C.Colclough, N.Brennan. Team- C.Brophy,E.Garrett,L.Campion,C.Rafter,O.Kenny,B.Tallis,C.Colclough,N.Brennan, S.Rafter,C.Dawson,C.O’Leary,R.Burke,J.Burke,C.Dalton,A.Lennon. The U-16’ boys meanwhile were away to Callan Utd on Saturday last but were beaten on a scoreline of 4 - 1. Fixtures for next week. The Youths are at home to NewPark Utd Saturday next at 2pn while the Junior side are away to Clifden Utd Sunday at 11am. Training continues with Gary Barnaville every Saturday morning at 12 for the 5 - 9 age group, all are welcome. You can follow the Clubs progress on their website.
DANCE CLASSES - You are reminded that Social dance classes are held 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.
DARTS - The Brian “King “ Meighan Dart Tournament was held in Kavanaghs Bar on Sunday evening last. There was a big entry for the Tournament which was organised and run by Brians friends in Freshford. Brian is at present recuperating in Dunlaoighaire Rehabilitation Centre following an accident and he wished well by all and it is hoped that he will be back home soon among his friends.
The ladies final saw Jennifer Hickey beat Ann Marie Neary in an exciting contest. The Mens had a big entry and the semi finals saw Michael Tobin beat Michael Brennan in the first semi and the second semi saw Noel Cleere beat Robbie Dowling. The final was very evenly contested, Michael Tobin going 1 up then Noel Cleere leveled and went 2-1 up. Michael then leveled it 2-2 and it went down to the last game to decide the champion. Michael Tobin finally claimed the title after an exciting final. The winner in each final received a cash prize. All prizes and raffle prizes were kindly sponsored for the event and James Kavanagh thanked all who sponsored or supported the event and all those who helped out in any way. There was also a raffle on the night with numerous prizes and among the lucky winners were: B.Cleere, A.M.Neary, D.Walsh, E.Hughes, P.Walsh,D.Gertberg, .T.Hughes, L.Hickey, K.Guinan.
UPPERCOURT - You are reminded that the luxurious UpperCourt Manor will host a Christmas party at the newly refurbished church on Friday the 14th December starting at 8.30pm Sharp. The party is open to all businesses and the general public. Festive theme dress code (optional) and there will be spot prizes for best dressed given out on the night. So go along and eat drink and be merry. A fantastic night is guaranteed and all are welcome. Tickets are just €15 per person. For further information for bookings contact Denis or Collette on 087 2988397 or 086 0512770 or the students of Fresh start Programme. The Restaurant at Uppercourt is open every Sunday form 12.30 to 5pm for meals. The newly refurbished restaurant which opened recently to the public provides great quality food and value with choice of menu. The Restaurant is also open on certain evenings by pre booking only. They can also cater for parties, communion confirmation or other functions and overnight stays. For further details or for booking contact 086 0512770.
SPIN WHEEL - The winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last was Martina Fox, Bohergloss and she 6on herself €70. Second prize went to Tony Ford who got €30. 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 this Thursday evening and on the last Thursday of each month. For further information or help you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136. The Society Annual Christmas Appeal Collection 2012 will be taken up in Freshford Parish at the Church door on the weekend of 8th/9th December.
CARDS - St. Lachtains Camogie Club weekly 25 Card game is held each Sunday evening in the Club Rooms at 8.45pm. All are welcome.
THREECASTLES HALL - There will be a Variety Concert in Threecastles Hall on Sunday next 2nd December. A fun afternoon is promised and will Santa will arrive there later. Refreshments for all.
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 11am 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.
SPIN THE WHEEL - The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last was Paul DowlingBelville. He spun the wheel and won himself €50. Second Prize went to Joanne Grace, Woodview. The Jackpot next week stands at €950. The draw is run each Saturday night as part of St.Lachtains GAA Club fun raising events.
Youth - Freshford Youth Club members and their Committee again wish to thank all those who have supported them in their fund raising event at the Conker Festival recently. The winner of the Bears date of birth was Jennifer Hickey, Woodview and winner of the amount of sweets in the jar was John Burke, Woodsgift.
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 of €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.