Freshford - Alice O’Neill late of Kilkenny Street

VILLAGE MOURNS AGAIN-Freshford village and surrounds was shocked and saddened again last weekend with the sudden passing of one of its residents. The previous week the people had mourned the passing of Eamon O’Hara but on Thursday morning last the local people were numbered and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Alice O’Neill late of Kilkenny Street .

VILLAGE MOURNS AGAIN-Freshford village and surrounds was shocked and saddened again last weekend with the sudden passing of one of its residents. The previous week the people had mourned the passing of Eamon O’Hara but on Thursday morning last the local people were numbered and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Alice O’Neill late of Kilkenny Street .

Alice who was in her 50’s had been out and about a few hours previous and was in fine form. She was a very quiet, kind and inoffensive nature. She was a member of well known and respected local family in the village. She was predeceased a couple of years previous by her mother Joan and her father Tom passed away in 1999. She worked for many years in Wellbrook Press Printing works and later to Kilkenny to work with Kilkenny People when they took over the Wellbrook plant until the Plant closed a couple of years ago. She was a great sister, friend and comrade to all and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Her remains were removed from Kennedys Funeral Home on Saturday evening last to St. Lachtains Church, Freshford. Burial took place on Sunday in St. Lachtains Cemetery following Requiem Mass. Alice is deeply mourned by her brothers, Pierce, John, Michael and Tony, her boyfriend Thierry, her uncles Paddy and Seanie, nephews, her cousins, relatives, friends and neighbours.

SOCCER NEWS-Freshford Town Junior side had a hard fought draw against Newpark B on Sunday afternoon last at Woodview. Played on a windy day and a soft pitch it was the home side who started the better and created the better of the chances. Midway through the first half and following some good work from Lloyd Bassett it was Robbie Dowling who scored from close range after a great cross from Jonathan Doheny. Half time came and they were 1-0 up. After the break and as with so many other of their games this season the Freshford lads were slow to start and it was the visitors who scored although it seemed the Freshford defence had played the offside trap perfectly but the referee didn’t agree and the goal was allowed. This seemed to waken the local lads and although Paul Guinan was causing the Newpark defence some problems .they could not find the winner. All in all it was probably a fair result on the day and Newpark side showed why they are nine game unbeaten this season and Freshford lads still have it all to do to gain promotion with six games still to go. Best for Freshford Town on the day were Paul Guinan, Robbie Dowling, Shea Burke and Michael Farrell. Their next game is at home on Sunday next against River Rangers at 11am.

Team: S.McGree, D.Burke, M.Farrell, M.Nolan, J.Burke, R.Dowling, L.Hickey, F.Lawlor, S.Burke, J.Doheny, P.Guinan.-Subs L.Basset, for D.Burke, M.Burke for L.Hickey and G.Bassett for J.Doheny.

Due to the Adverse weather conditions the U - 12 and U - 14 boys and also the U13 girls weekend matches were all postponed .

The U-16boys were away on Saturday morning last to Southend and the

match finished on a 0-0 draw.

The Youths were at home to Thomastown in the Henderson Shield but were

unlucky to be beaten on a final scoreline of 2 - 1.

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.

While the U12’s boys league match was postponed so they played a challenge match on Saturday at Scanlan pk against Freebooters B and won well on a 3-1 scoreline. This has a been a stop start league season as the U12’s have only played once since Christmas. To their credit both Freshford U12’s & U11’s have been training well and in large numbers so it was no surprise when they took the lead after a powerful long range shot by Eoin Kenny from a tight angle out on the right sailed in over the keepers head. Cian Franey got the second with a well taken goal when he slipped past the defender and placed the ball past the advancing keeper into the corner of the net. Freshford were now well on top and were playing well all over the park. In the second half Booters picked up their game and Eddie Cahill in the Freshford goal was called upon on three occasions to pull off some super match winning saves. The Booters pressure eventually paid off and they scored a good goal late in the match, but in the final few seconds Freshford combined well with some great passing moves which ended in a good shot by CJ Daly that was saved by the keeper, but the keeper could not hold it and Elijah Garrett was on hand to finish to the net to make it 3-1. Even though, Freshford played well all over the pitch scoring three goals the Man of the match was Eddie Cahill in goal whose courage and skill prevented certain goals.

TABLE QUIZ - The Table Quiz due to be held last weekend was cancelled due to recent local bereavement and will not be held on Saturday the 23rd 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.

POKER LEAGUE-Freshford Poke League now enters Week 6 on this Thursday night in Kavanaghs Bar. Philip Loughlin is still leading being followed closely by Vinny Colclough and Jimmy Kenny. The league bonus moneys now stands at €300.

Congratulations- go out to Anthony Colclough, Shane McGree and Philip Loughlin who have all reached a final table of ten players out of a total of 277 entrants at a Celtic Poker Tournament in Clonmel last week. Well played lads.

BACK DOWN UNDER - Local lad Declan Rafter his wife Jackie and their two sons returned to Australia last week after spending a six week holiday at home with his family over the Christmas and New Year.

GAA - Bord na nÒg - St Lachtains Bord na nÒg Hurling Club held their AGM on Monday 21st January at their clubrooms in Freshford with a good attendance on the night Chairman of Bord na nÒg Davy Martin welcomed everyone and Secretary Breda Dermody read the minutes of AGM 2012 and read 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. The Chairman thanked all the managers, mentors and coaches involved at all age levels and commended them for their commitment and dedication to promoting underage hurling in Freshford. He also thanked everyone involved in the maintenance of the clubrooms and grounds, also all the supporters and parents and 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 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 stepped down as Chairman and thanked everyone that was present on the committee with him 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 especially Davy Martin as he stepped down 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

Well done to local lads Brian Kennedy and Shane Donnelly who were part of the Kilkenny squad that were defeated by Wexford on Sunday last. Shane came on and scored a point in the second half . Well done to both lads .

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.

BAPTISM - The baptism took place in St.Lachtains Church Freshford recently of Olivia Katherine Marnell baby daughter of Jamie and Laura,Millers Lodge, Freshford.. Congrats to the proud parents.

FRESHFORD COMMUNITY MARKET - Freshford Community market reopen last week and will continue each Saturday in the Community Hall 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. 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 after the Christmas break and held their first meeting of the new year on Wednesday evening last in Kavanaghs. All welcome. Failte Roimh Chach..

Jos Dooley- The people of Freshford were shocked and saddened to learn of the death last weekend of Joseph (Jos) Dooley of Jenkinstown. Although he had been unwell for a time his passing still caused widespread regret and sorrow. He and his family ran a Filling Station/garage in Jenkinstown for many years and he was widely known in the local area. His remains were removed to Conahy Church on Saturday evening and Burial took place on Sunday in the adjoining Cemetery after 1pm. Mass. Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Mona, his sons , grandchildren and extended family.

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 held their AGM in Farrells on Wednesday evening ( full report next week ) New members welcome.

CAMOGIE NEWS-St. Lachtains Camogie Club held their AGM in the GAA Clubrooms recently with a good attendance. Chairperson Teresa Dillon thanks all involved in training and coaching teams at all level in the Club during 2012 and also thanked all the officers involved in the running of Club for their hard work throughout the years and all the players who representing their Club at schools, colleges and County level. Thanks also to St. Lachtains GAA Club for the use of the field and facilities during the year. The Committee also thanks Teresa for her role as Chairperson for the last number of years.

The following officers were elected for the forthcoming year: President Fr. P.Comerford, PP, Vice –President-Canon S.Henry, Hon. President-P.Dowling, Chairperson-G.Bolger, Joint Secretaries-A.Fitzpatrick and S.Killeen, Joint Treasurers-J. & A.Meagher, Registrar, S.Killeen, PRO-I.Kennedy, Child Welfare Officer, G. Maher, CO.Board Delegate –T.Dillon.

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 Freshford Squash 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 is now under way. Any parent/guardian interested in sending their child to the squash can contact Pat Morrissey for any information.

SPIN THE WHEEL-There was no Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last. Winner the previous week 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.

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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