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FRESHFORD- Marathon Man John



John Joe Burke formerly of Woodview Freshford was among those doing the 10km marathon in aid of British Heart Foundation on Sunday last in London. Well done to John Joe and all concerned.

Oasis News

Would you be interested in an afterschool service in Oasis Childcare Centre:?

Oasis Childcare Centre can provide an afterschool service if there are enough people interested in the facility. Now that they have settled into the new academic year it might now be the time to review the situation they feel. Their “Afterschool Club” would be located in a separate dedicated area, they would collect from school, the afternoon would consist of indoor and outdoor activities including physical and challenging activities after a hot nutritious meal. Homework would be assisted with and children would enjoy creative and cultural activities. Parents can apply for Afterschool assistance through the CCS Subvention Scheme but the only dates permitted to do this are 14th, 15th and 16th October. So if you are interested you need to act now. Costs including pick up at 2pm. -6pm. will costs €16.80 per session – Band A and AJ - €73.30 or Band B - €11.80. Pick up at 3pm – 6pm will cost €12.80 per session – Band A and AJ - €4.93 and Band B - €7.80. An up to date medical card is vital. Anyone interested in the service would need to contract the Centre asap on 8832700. Gathering -

As part of the Gathering event there was an evening to remember students and teachers both living and dead who were part of Ballydaniel National School in Threecastles. There was a special mass of remembrance in Tulla Church and after the mass a Memorial plaque was unveiled. The plaque which was unveiled was created by local sculptor Ruairi Carroll from Threecastles. This was followed by light refreshments in Campions Bar Threecastles


Congratulations and best wishes to Liz Dawson formerly of Woodview Freshford and Jock Doyle Kilkenny on their marriage recently at St.Canices Church,Kilkenny and Reception was held in Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny.


Starblossom Communication (Director, Mary Purcell) have commenced Speech and Drama classes in Freshford for ages 6 years and upwards. The cost is . €80 per term per child with family reductions. There will be two terms of ten weeks (September to Christmas and January to Easter). The classes will be held in the Oasis Childcare Centre, Freshford, on Friday nights. with classes starting on Friday, 20th September 2013. The children will experience a range of fun activities in puppetry, mime, improvisation, poetry, drama and lots more, and will prepare for exams with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama. For further information, please contact Mary on 087-2213274 or Deirdre on 086-8093647.


Social Dance Classes will continue in St. Kierans Hall, Johnstown every Wednesday evening at 8pm. So if you would like to dance the Old time Waltz, the quick step or the fox trot or jive just go along to the class any Wednesday evening and bring along your friends. You don’t need a partner. For further information contact 0568825200.

The Ciorcal Gaelach has resumed and this year the Group will be preparing for The Fainne. There are three levels so everyone can take part. The next meeting is on the 9th October at 8.30pm. in Kavanaghs. All are welcome to go along and enjoy an hours conversation through Irish in a relaxed atmosphere.


Harvest thanksgiving and miscellany service was held in St.Lachtains Church of Ireland recently with Revd. Patrick Burke from Castlecomer preaching. After the service there was harvest supper in the Community Hall from 5-7pm. This was an evening of music, story telling and special guests hosted by the Freshford Acorn Club.

Holy Communion in St. Lachtains Church of Ireland is at 10am on Sunday 13th October.  All are most welcome.  Should anyone require pastoral care from one of the Church of Ireland clergy please contact 7721516.


Rehearsals for this years production of Shrek are taking place at the moment on Monday afternoons from 4-6pm at Freshford Community hall. The show will be presented at the end of January.  Any children aged from 6 years up, interested in participating in the show are asked to attend rehearsals. Cost: 1 Child €5, 2 Children €8 , 3 Children €11.


Freshford Town Junior side took on Highview Athletic in Graiguenamanagh on Sunday afternoon last and came out deserving winners on a 3-0. Scorers for Freshford were Eoin Vaughan, Paul Guinan and Shane Maher

Team: S.Hayes, M.Farrell,, .F.Lawlor, N.Stanley, G. Corcoran, G.O’Flaherty, L.Hickey, P.Guinan,,S.Mahony E.Vaughan, W.Cuddihy – Sub – J.Burke, S.Maher, S.Burke.

They are at home on Sunday next with 12 noon kick off against Tombrack of Wexford in the Junior Cup.

The Saturday morning training sessions for young boys from 5 to 9 years old has resumed and is held each Saturday at Sportsfield at Woodview from12noon to 1pm  

. All boys of that age group are most welcome.

The Ladies will take on Piltown AFC in the Shield competition at home on Sunday next at 2.30pm.

The U11 boys drew 2-2 with Deen Celtic with Darrah O’Sullivan scoring for Freshford.

The U15 boys had a 3-1 win over Ormondvilla at the weekend.,

The U13 boys are at home to Thomastown on Saturday next at 11am.


Boot camp fitness classes for both men and women of all ages and fitness levels are being held in Community Hall Freshford at the moment. The classes are held each Tuesday and Thursday evening at 8.30pm. It cost just €40 for 8 classes. Each class consists of a combination of suspension training, anaerobic and aerobic workouts, resistance training, interval training and circuit training to help you lose weight, tone up and get fit. For more information on same you call 087 6419730 or log on to


Enrolment for 1st year takes place this week in Loreto Secondary School,Kilkenny. Applications forms can be obtained from the website or at the school office. There was an Open Night for 6th Class recently last at the school.


Progressive 25 Card game resumes in the GAA Club Rooms on Sunday next the 13th October at 8.30pm. The Card game is run by the local Camogie Club. All support be most welcome.


St. Lachtains Intermediate hurlers bowed out of the championship recently when they were defeated by the Emeralds at Johnstown, The Emeralds went on to defeat Dunamaggin the County Semi final on Sunday last and now meet The Rower in the final.

The Minor hurlers beat The Rower in the Roinn A League final recently. They played James Stephens recently in the first round of the championship and were defeated on a 3-18 to 3-11 scoreline.

Team; J.Campion, D.Walsh C,Bergin, H.Burke, D.Quinn, P.White, C.Hughes, B.Lyng, J.Maher, A.Rafter, C.Corcoran,D.Brennan, J.Quinn, J.Boland, E.Hennedy, Subs. J.Bowden, R.Walsh, D.Cleere..


Freshford community market is held Saturday morning in the community hall from 10-30am to 12-30. So along and see what locally produced products are on sale, home grown veg, chutneys, breads, jams, home baking, knit wear and pork products. Bring along a friend have a cupa and a chat. For more info contact David on 086 7311600.


Uppercourt house will host a food and craft market . The market stared at 10am and run to 4pm and will run on the third Sunday of every month. There’s was a wide selection of fresh local produce, artisan crafts and family activities. The tea room in the Manor was also on the day. For more information you can visit the website or contact David on 086 7311600 or James on 086 2042284


Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Bridget Murphy (nee Dawson) formerly of Bohergloss , Freshford and her family on the recent death of her husband Shaun in London/ recently The deceased was formerly from Monasterevin, Co.Kildare.


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


Parish Pastoral Council meet at 7.30pm on this Wednesday evening.


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 in St. Catherine’s on Tuesday at 3pm. Tulla Church – Friday at 7.30pm. Confessions in Freshford Church on Saturdays at 7pm and in Tulla Church on Fridays at 7.15mAdoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in Prague house on Fridays from 10am to 5pm . All welcome.

The October stations take place this week on Tuesday in Freshford Church and on Friday in Tulla Church.

First Confessions for the boys and girls of second class will be held on Wednesday 12th March at 7.30pm

Confirmation will take place on Sunday 30th March at 11am.

First Communion will be on Sunday 11th May at 11am.


The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last in Kavanaghs Bar was Mark Bowden of Woodview who spun the wheel and won himself €50. Second prize went to Alan Rafter Junr.Woodview.Next weeks Jackpot will be €1,000. The draw is held each Saturday night in conjunction with St.Lachtains GAA Club.

G-Day sign

Planning permission was granted recently by Kilkenny County Council for the Irish sign ‘ACHADH ÚR’ to be erected permanently on the Green in the village. The beautiful piece of craftsmanship, which was created by local man Liam Cleere of Clashacrow, is part of Freshford’s participation in An G-Team competition with TG4 in 2011. It symbolises the special place that An Ghaeilge holds in the hearts of the Freshford people. There will be a special unveiling ceremony to celebrate this event in the coming weeks.

Tá cead pleanála faighte chun an comhartha, ‘Achadh Úr’ a chur suas go buan ar an bhFaiche in ár sráidbhaile. Chruthaigh ceardaí áitiúil, Liam Cleere, an comhartha áilinn seo mar chuid den chomórtas ‘An G-Team’, le TG4, i 2011.

Contact 0876324361 with queries.

Turn Out

The voting for the two Referendums were held on Friday last at St.Lachtans National School Freshford with a 45 per cent turn out at the end of the day.

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