24 Jan 2022

Freshford: Go Conkers

Conker Championships Award - The Irish Conker Championships have received the huge honour of being presented with the “Community Volunteerism” Award at this years Person of the Year Awards on Friday next the 26th October. This is a wonderful tribute to the Freshford Community and hopefully as many volunteers as possible will join the committee and attend the Gala Ceremony on the night. Tickets can be purchaser for €50 each from Brenda Cooper on 087 6207882.

Conker Championships Award - The Irish Conker Championships have received the huge honour of being presented with the “Community Volunteerism” Award at this years Person of the Year Awards on Friday next the 26th October. This is a wonderful tribute to the Freshford Community and hopefully as many volunteers as possible will join the committee and attend the Gala Ceremony on the night. Tickets can be purchaser for €50 each from Brenda Cooper on 087 6207882.

CONKER FESTIVAL - The 13th Annual Conker Championships take place on the Green Freshford on Sunday next the 28th October and promises to be better than before. Registration starts at 12noon. With competitions for under age boys and girls and ladies and Gents there will be a full programme and the Committee are busy getting ready and making sure that there is room for all the various stalls and usual side shows. Volunteers are needed for both Saturday and Monday for putting up and taking down tents etc. . Last years Champion Mark Graham from Waterford will there to defend his title. Mark had never taken part in Conker Competition before last year and he now plays full time. So go along to Freshford on Sunday next and take part in the fun and the Competition and who knows you could be a winner on the day or maybe even the Champ!!

OASIS CHILDCARE CENTRE - Halloween Disco – Oasis annual Halloween Disco will take place on Wed 31st October in the Community Hall at 6pm.  Children are welcome to dress in fancy dress, lots of fun, goodie bags and screams guaranteed!

Red Carpet event – On Saturday next the 27th October at 4pm Oasis Childcare Centre will be rolling out the red carpet bringing in the popcorn machines for a showing of the Oscar nominated film ‘The Secret Book of Kells’.  Cartoon Saloon animation artists who worked on the film Fabian Erlinghauser will be there to answer questions after the showing.  Booking office open now at 056 8832700. 

Adult Art Classes.  Artist and art teacher Mick Cantwell has resumed teaching art classes to adults on Thursday evenings.  Classes are taking place in Oasis Childcare Centre and run from 8pm – 9.30pm.  Students provide their own materials.  Contact Mick on 087 0636556.  Limited places available.

TOTS TO TEENS - Tots to teens are now up and roaring! We are all looking forward to their forthcoming production of “The Lion King” featuring Madagaksker! Any one wishing to get involved behind the scenes 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.

In order to fund the shows fundraising is now on their agenda the Group held a cake sale in the Community Hall after Mass on Sunday last and thanks to all those who supported and helped out in any way.

You are invited to test your knowledge at the Groups table quiz on Friday November 30th in McGraths starting at 9.30pm. Table of 4 only €20. 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 again 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.

Freshford Squash Club - The squash season has restarted and is in full swing in Freshford Squash Club. There is a blitz every Thursday at 8pm for both men and women. The club caters for all age groups from beginning to advanced. New members always welcome. 
The membership for the year 2012-2013 is as follows: €50 single, €70 married/family, €5 juvenile. Membership is due before you receive your key as locks for this year has been changed.

FRESHFORD COMMUNITY MARKET - You are reminded that Freshford Community Market is held 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 for local support . . For further information on same you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600

GAA - Training continues for the Intermediate Hurling panel in preparation for their County quarter final game against Conahy next weekend (at a time and venue to be confirmed) .. Once again all your support would be appreciated .

 On Sunday afternoon last James Stephens and Graigue/Ballycallan met in Pairc Lachtain in the Senior Hurling Championship quarter final with the Village side coming out winners on the day.

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 had a number of teams in action at the weekend..

The Junior side had a great 5-0 win over Clifden Utd., in their home league game on Sunday morning. Sub keeper Roy Condon kept a clean sheet and saved a penalty in the game.

After a long wait to begin their season Freshford U11 boys finally got their chance to show off their skills and won convincingly 4-1 away to Evergreen.  Cian Franey began the scoring with a well taken goal from a cross from Cormac Rafter who did some great work down the wing beating several players with both speed and skill.  Luke Holohan got Freshfords second and his first ever goal when his left footed shot smashed to the roof of the net.  Aidan Tallis was next on the score sheet with a fine individual goal to make it 3-0 before half time.  In the second half the Freshford boys picked up where they left off and had numerous shots saved by the Evergreen keeper who played well and had a busy afternoon.  Cian Franey got his second and Freshfords fourth .  Evergreen scored a late consolation goal in the last few seconds, but the Freshford lads were on top form all day.  Best for Freshford were Cormac Rafter, Aidan Tallis and Cian Franey, but a great squad performance by all the boys ensured a great beginning to the season.  Squad: M. McCarthy, W. Cahill, A.Tallis, L. Holohan, C. Rafter, C. Franey, D. Brophy, A. Rafter, E. McEvoy, K. Dunne & J. Darcy.  

The U-15 boys were away to Clover Utd.The boys had a couple of scoring
chances in the first half but just could’nt hit the net and just
minutes before the end of the first half Clover were awarded a
penalty to leave it 1-0 at half time. Freshford played well in the second half and with four minutes to the final whistle they were rewarded with the equaliser. The game finish 1-1 at full time.

The U-12 boys are away to Freebooters A in Buckley Park at 1pm on next
Saturday and the U-14 boys are also out in Callan against Callan Utd at 1pm
The U-13 girls had their first match on Saturday last against
Evergreen FC. They lost out to much stronger and more experienced city side on a scoreline of 3-0 .The girls have only started this year and have only had a few training sessions to date, so well done to all involved. Anyone interested in signing up for the U-13 girls team can contact any member of the club
The U-17 boys had a walkover against Thomastown UTD .
Training continues every Saturday morning for the 5-9 year olds with
Gary Barnaville in charge . All boys in that age group are welcome to come along.

The KDL Lotto continues every week. The Jackpot this week is €1,650.00. and anyone interested in selling tickets can contact the club secretary on 087 1468168.

Work is continuing on the pitch for the current season. You can follow the progress of the club on Facebook.

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.

Ballyragget Community Playground committee are holding their annual Halloween kids disco on Sunday the 28th of October. Fancy dress on the day. Thanks to Bridget O Shea who’ll be running her fabulous cake sale and DJ Nolan on the decks. Starts at 3 and finishing at 5 in CYMS Hall Ballyragget. We are looking forward to seeing all our spooky little friends on the day!  

UPPERCOURT - The luxurious UpperCourt Manor will host a Christmas partying he 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. The newly refurbished restaurant opened recently to the public and provides great quality food and value with choice of menu. The Restaurant is also open on certain evenings by 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.

Marathon - Four local lads are taking part in the Dublin City Marathon on Monday next in Dublin and have been busy over past number of weeks in training for the event. They are Paul Dowling Andrew Martin, Paul Phelan, Noel Maher. Sponsorship cards are some of the local shops and you are asked to please support this event. All proceeds are in aid of Prague House.

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

CARDS - St. Lachtains Camogie Club weekly 25 Card game recommence recently after the summer break and will continue each Sunday evening in the Club Rooms at 8.45pm. All are welcome.

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

SPIN THE WHEEL - There was no spin the Wheel last week in Kavanaghs Bar – The previous winner was Liz Bowden who spun the wheel and won €80. The Jackpot now stands at €750. The draw is run each Saturday night as part of St.Lachtains GAA Club fun raising events.

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 always most welcome. For details contact Kathleen on 8832362or Joan on 8832316

One of the three teams which were entered in the Regional finals of the quiz recently came out on top winning first place. Congrats and well done to the winning team.

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