Freshford - Shocked at death of Peter Dawson

THE LATE PETER DAWSON RIP- Local people of Freshford and the surrounding area were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Peter Dawson, late of Woodview Freshford. Although he had been unwell for a time Peters passing still caused widespread shock and regret.

THE LATE PETER DAWSON RIP- Local people of Freshford and the surrounding area were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Peter Dawson, late of Woodview Freshford. Although he had been unwell for a time Peters passing still caused widespread shock and regret.

He was a member of a large local family in the village and was only in his 64th year. He borne his illness with courage and kept going and was up and about up to the day before his death. He was an honest hard working man before his illness struck and when the weather was good you would always see Peter with his ladder and paint brushes painting houses in the village over the years, cutting grass, cleaning chimneys or whatever odd jobs had to be done around the neighbourhood. He was very outgoing and enjoyed walking, fishing. He was of a jovial nature and enjoyed a drink and his smoke.

He was always there to help and very neighbourly,. A few words were said and stories told at the graveside by his nephew Dick Dawson and his favourite song that he always sang at events or occasions was Dickie Rocks “ Candy Store on the Corner” which was sung at the grave by his next door neighbour Nicky Grace and Fionnuala Phelan and they did it justice. His remains were removed from his home on Sunday morning to St.Lachtains Church Freshford for Requiem Mass followed by Burial in St.Lachtains Cemetery. He is mourned by his five sons, Adrian, Damien, Raymond, Gary and James, Eva, daughter in law, grandchildren, his sisters, brothers, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews and a large circle of relatives friends and neighbours.

The Last Rose of Summer - The 200th anniversary concert – will be held on Saturday June 22nd 2013 at 8 pm in Jenkinstown Park, Kilkenny, Anthony Kearns will perform, along with his usual repertoire, some Thomas Moore melodies such as The Minstrel Boy, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms and of course The Last Rose of Summer, which was composed in Jenkinstown and first published in 1813. Some local talent will be showcased on the evening also.    The concert will be in the original walled garden area, within Jenkinstown Woods. Parking will be in the field below the venue. More information at and Conahy Heritage Society Facebook, can also follow on Twitter @conahyhs

Tickets are €22.50, available - Enquiries: Ticket information; Eileen Gunner, 087 2859660

SOCCER NEWS - Freshford Town Junior had no game at the week end. They have just one game left in the league which is against Evergreen C . They are still in with a change of promotion but will depend on the last game and some other match results. In the schoolboys section the U11boys played local rivals Deen Celtic in the league and were unlucky to be defeated in a very tight and even game.  Deen Celtic scored just before half time and scored their second in the last few seconds as the Freshford boys pushed for the equaliser.  Willie Cahill in goal shaded the man of the match performance with special mention for Killian Dunne who returned once more from injury and played his usual courageous all action style. It was a great game and the U11’s now have to win their last two games to force a possible playoff with Deen Celtic.

The U12 boys fresh from their 3-1 win over Lions in the Cup went to the Kells rd venue on Sunday evening to meet Evergreen Utd in the next round of the Cup.  In a comfortable victory they won 3 - 1 and now find themselves up against Evergreen A in the semi final of the Cup, a team which they have played and drawn with twice in the league campaign.  They got off to an ideal start when Cian Franey smashed a long range effort to the roof of the net and this was followed by an Elijah Garrett header to make it 2-0 before the break.   In the second half the Freshford boys got the crucial third goal when Cathal O’Leary lobbed the keeper from distance to seal the victory.  It was a great squad performance by all with special mention for CJ Daly who produced his best performance of the season.  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.

RACE NIGHT - The Race night to be run by the Club in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last was cancelled and is now on next Saturday night the 27th April. Your support would be greatly appreciated .

TOTS TO TEENS - The Local Tots to Teen group are planning for next years production of “Shrek”. ”. The Group would be happy to take on your child and all children from 6- 18 years are welcome. Details can be obtained by text on 085 7679240 Places are limited. . So don’t delay register as soon as possible. You are also reminded that if you would still like to acquire a copy of the DVD of the recent show “The Lion King” you can do so by contacting any of the Committee. .

Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to Pat Anderson and his family, Woodview Freshford on the death of his brother Michael which occurred unexpectedly last week. Removal was to St. Lachtains Church and Burial took place in St. Lachtains Cemetery on Friday morning last following Requiem Mass.

SPIN THE WHEEL - There was no Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last. The winner the previous week was Shane McGree, Woodview .Shane spun the wheel and won himself €65. Second prize went to Patsy and Mary Brennan, Ard Lachtain. The draw will resume next week with Jackpot at €400.. The draw takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

DARTS - Freshford Darts League is now at the final stages. On this Thursday night the25th April the Shield final will be held in Delaney’s when Farrell’s will take on the Valley Inn. The B final will be held on Sunday evening next 28th April in The Valley in when Connolly’s take on Farrell’s.

Well done to The Valley In who won the A League last weekend when they took on Brennans in Connolly’s of Tullaroan and won 5-4 after the final going to the wire when Brennans pulled back to 4-4 after being behind early on.

NEW BARBERS SHOP - New Barbers shop - Razors’s barbers is now open at Church street , Freshford , The premises will be open every Tues and Wed from 9:30-6pm Thursday 5pm-8pm Fridayi 9:30-8pm Saturday 9:30-5pm  The proprietor is Pauline Butler, Threecastles and she is wished all the best in her new venture.

The death occurred last weekend of Bridget Doyle late of Coolraheen Muckalee and late of Prague House, Freshford. The deceased who was in her 80’s had been unwell for a time. She was widely known in the village having been a resident to Prague House for a number of years. Her remains were removed from Johnston Funeral Home to St. Brendan’s Church, Muckalee on Sunday evening and Burial took place on Monday last following Requiem Mass. She is mourned by her brother, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is extended.

GAA NEWS - St Lachtains Hurling and camogie clubs ran their annual Easter Fun recently with a large number of competitors taking part. Thanks to all those who took part or helped out on the day.
Big Thanks also to local Businessman and selector Liam Walsh who made a presentation of set of jerseys to the Minors recently in the club rooms..

St. Lachtains GAA Membership - Membership is now due for renewal for the coming year.. Members of the Committee are presently doing the rounds collecting membership and would urge you to be part of your local club.Players membership €100 - Ordinary membership €40 Social membership €30 Board Na Nog membership €20
Easter fun Hurling camp
St Lachtains Hurling club ran their annual Easter Fun Hurling Camp recently and was a great success with children from our own club and surrounding clubs in attendance. Thanks to all who helped organise the camp and all the coaches and helpers . Kilkenny County players Paddy Hogan, Richie Doyle and Lester Ryan attended the camp on the final day. 

St Lachtains under 14 footballers had a good win over Railyard in Pairc Lactain recently in a keenly contested Roinn D 13 aside Championship  semi final winning on a scoreline of 2-9 to 2-3 after extra time St.Lachtains scores came from S.Rafter (1-4),C. Rafter (0-4) T. Rafter (1-0)E. Garrett (0-1)

SQUASH - Well done to Freshford Squash Club men’s team who were the overall winners of the Division one title recently. 
The annual Freshford squash tournament will take place the May bank holiday weekend, ie. Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of May. The tournament will be held in Freshford Squash Club. Men and women of advanced, intermediate and beginner levels all invited to take part. Please contact Pat Morrissey on 0877784144 in order to put your name down and for any other queries.

Freshford Community Market - Freshford Community Market is held each Saturday morning from 11-00 to 1-00 in the community hall. There are lots of locally produced product for sale, including home baking,Jams,breads,chutneys and relishes,pork products,home grown vegetables, hand made cards, aloe vera skin and hair products, and a large selection of tubberware products.For more information contact David on0867311600.   

Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Eleanor Cantwell, Threecastles and her family on the death of her father Patrick Morrissey late of Luskenagh,Bonnettstown, Threecastles last week. H= Burial took place in Tulla Cemetery following Requiem Mass in Tulla Church.

AGE FRIENDLY - Kilkenny Age Friendly County programme is available to provide “Ageing with Confidence” in your area. The 8 weeks workshop is a personal development programme designed to help people over 55 explore their ageing process. The programme is run by two trained facilitators and looks at all aspects of ageing including physical, emotional and intellectual. The workshop is free of charge and is usually run at local community/parish centres. Enquires welcome from community centres/individuals and groups.  If you are interested in attending or holding a workshop please contact Moira in the Age Friendly office on 056 7772787 for further details or email

FITNESS CLUB - Conahy Ladies Football & Fitness Club are calling all ladies, interested in getting fit and having fun.  You can go along to the Polo Grounds, Jenkinstown on Thursday 2nd May at 8pm. REWARDS: meet others - keep fit - have a laugh - enjoy football - great fun nights out also guaranteed.  All levels of fitness are welcome.

OASIS - Oasis Childcare Centre would remind parents to please contact the Centre asap if they are interested in having their child enrolled for next September. The Centre qualifies for all three schemes available to parents, namely ECCE (Pre-school year) CCA (subvention) and CETA (back to education. In order to be guaranteed a place and get your preferred days and times you should call personally to the Centre asap or ring 0568832700.

Job Opportunities - Under the CE Scheme Oasis Childcare Centre are seeking to fill two positions namely – Childcare Assistant – Monday to Friday – 19and half hrs per week. Applicants must have the ability to work on own initiative and as a team.

Also a Cook is required Monday to Friday – 19and half hrs per week. Applicants must have a general knowledge of Food Handling, Food Hygiene and an interest in promoting children Healthy Eating. For further information please call to the local Fas office.

YOUTH CLUB - Congratulations to the Freshford Youth Club Girls group who won the Ossory Youth Games 5 a side Soccer Blitz at the Watershed recently. It finished with a very exciting and tense final when they took on Kilmacow Youth Club. At the final whistle it was all level which meant the game went to extra time with Danielle Phelan scoring a cracker of a goal to seal the victory for the Freshford girls.

Team – J.Walsh, R.Delaney-Beehan, Z Crosby, S and R.Colclough, D & N Phelan.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL -Freshford Society of St. Vincent de Paul meet on this Thursday evening and on the last Thursday of each month. For help or for further information you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136.

DANCE CLASSES - Social dance classes are held in St.Kierans Hall Johnstown 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 welcome to go along on any Wednesday evening. You don’t need a partner, just go along and bring some of your friends. For more information on same please contact 086 8825200.

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.

GOLF - Freshford Golf Society had their first outing of the year in Gowran recently with a good turn out on the day and some good golf . Winners on the day were – 1st G. O’Flaherty, 2nd J Colclough, 3rd – Tony Brennan – 4th J.Farrell – Front 9 – J.Doheny, Back 9 – S.Farrell, Nearest the pin – G.Hughes – The Society will hold their next outing on 4th May at Faithlegg, Waterford.

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 are held on Monday nights in Community Hall after the Christmas Break. New members welcome also.

ALL WEATHER PITCH - The annual soccer league on the All Weather pitches in Colaiste Mhuire will start hopefully in the next ten days . At present any group with approx 8 players can enter and it is hoped all teams will have at least one game per week over the next two months . With the long evenings approaching and now a chance to keep fit  You can enter a team by contacting John Cahill on 0860485328.

NOTES - Please note that all articles or items for to be included in your local Freshford notes should be handed into your local correspondent no later than 7pm on a Sunday evening or you can email same to on Sunday evening. Please note the email address quoted here.