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Benefit Night

Benefit Night

A benefit night in aid of youth clubs and groups will be held at Kilkenny Greyhound stadium

On Friday 25th Oct 2013 with first Race at 8pm. There will be

Fancy Dress competition with Samsung galaxy tablet for the best dressed on the night!!

Tickets are €10 with under 12,s free. Making a Special guest appearance on the night will be Irelands strongest man James Fennelly There will also be raffles, novelty races prizes ,kids activities and much more so go along and enjoy a night of fun and support this cause.

Oasis News

Are you 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 only dates permitted to do this are this week on 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.


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


The 17k linear Grade A walk will take place on the 28th October Bank Holiday Monday. Starting from Mackey’s Bar, Gathabawn @ 12noon Registration fee €5. Refreshments afterwards in Dec’s Bar, Durrow. Bus which will leave The Square, Durrow @ 11.15am sharp. Cost €5. Bus will be available throughout the day.

You may also join the walk at various points along the trail, including Cullahill Bottom of Form


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 Tombrack of Wexford in the Junior Cup at hone on Sunday last and advanced to the next round with a 4-1 win. Freshford took the lead early in the first half with a free kick from Paul Guinan. Graham O’Flaherty made it 2-0 and Guinan added another before the break to make it 3-0 at the interval. The visitors came more into it in the second half and pulled one back to make it 3-1. Seamus Hayes brought off a few goods savings in the Freshford goals. Eoin Vaughan made a good run to score Freshfords fourth goal and put the game beyond doubt.

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

They are at home on Sunday next with 12 noon kick off against another Wexford side 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 game against Piltown AFC in the Shield competition at home on Sunday last was called off with Freshford girls getting a walkover.

The U13 boys were at home to Thomastown on Saturday last and had a big win over with goals coming from Cathal O’Leary (2)Elijah Garrett (2) Luke Campion, Eoin Kenny, Luke Houlihan and an og .


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


Gowran Little Theatre are staging their upcoming production of Tommy Marren’s play,”It’s The Real McCoy”,on October 18th,19th & 20th at 8pm nightly in Gowran Parish Hall. Admission is €8. Seating is limited so booking is essential. Booking can be done by contacting 0871331130.

Home on Holiday

Home on Holiday at present from the USA is Dave Rizo who is visiting his friend Tom Hayes for the past week or two. Dave is a regular visitor to Freshford and returns this weeks to his home country.


The Kilkenny Branch of Arthritis Ireland who provide a range of information, events and services for people of all ages, living in the County of Kilkenny with all forms of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis & fibromyalgia and are presented looking for volunteers and helpers at present. Do you have secretarial or administration skills they want to put to use? Maybe a background in marketing or finance? We are actively encouraging people of all ages and who have interests in many areas to volunteer.  The Kilkenny Branch of Arthritis Ireland would love to hear from you. You can tailor your level of involvement to suit your availability – Contact them on 087 756 0324, email or find then on facebook under Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny


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.


Congratulations to local hurler Brian Kennedy on his under 21all star award. Brian was named on the U21 team of the year at the No.4 position. Brian is only son of John and Paulette Kennedy and it is great to see an outstanding young player like Brian being rewarded for the hard work and dedication to the game of hurling. He is wished all the best from all at the Club and in the Parish. He will be a great inspiration to the many young players in St Lachtains hurling club in the future.

St.Lachtains U21 hurlers played a challenge game on Sunday morning last against Thurles Sarsfields at Pairc Lachtain in preparation for the U21 championship when they will take on Clara in the first round. The local side came out winners by the narrowest of margins.

Meanwhile the Under 14 hurlers played Lisdowney in the Shield semi final on Saturday morning at Pairc Lachtain. The Freshford boys played very well in all positions on the field and went in with a nice lead at half time. However Lisdowney made some changes at half time and started to claw back Freshfords lead, However the Freshford boys took charge of the game and worked some fine team scores winning on a score line of Freshford 4-10 Lisdowney 2-9.

Team: Cathal Power ,Colin Rafter, Conor Dermody, Kevin Deere , Sean Rafter Elijah Garrett, Darren Colclough, Darragh Maher( 0-2) Liam Walsh, Cathal O’Leary( 1-2 ) Paddy Killeen ( 0-2 ) Darren Dalton ( 1-0) Ricky Burke( 1-1 ) Dian Dawson( 1-1) Jordon Burke( 0-2.) Philip Hayde, Padraig Donnelly, Cormac Rafter, Tommy Rafter, Josh McCarthy and James O’Brien.

The u12 boys travelled to Dublin on Sunday last for a family day out. They played a challenge match against Fingallions which was a great game of hurling. The team went from there to Croke Park to do the Skyline experience. A great day was had by all both parents and children who will remember this day for many a day to come. Manager Martian O Leary would like to thank his selectors for all their time and hard work during the year especially Brendan Gray, David Paul and Damien. Martin would like to thank parents for their support during the season.

St. Lachtains Under 10 hurlers hosted a blitz recently where they played against Gortnahoe, Erins Own and St. Martins.  St. Lachtains played well and a great day was had by all.  Thanks to all the parents for their help with the catering on the day. This  marked the end of the season for this team and special thanks go to their manager Declan Killeen and all other mentors involved for all their help and encouragement to this bunch of players this past year.

Panel: J. Bergin, B. Dermody, S. Dowling, D. Bowden, A. Ryan, M. Donnelly, G.Condon,  J.Whitty, C. Walsh, J. Cantwell,  M. Durnan, P. Walsh, R. Cord, J. Comerford, C. Donnelly, C. Bowden


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

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.


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 November Novena of Masses for the Dead will be offered from the 2nd to the 11h November with Mass offered each day for the Dead.


The lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last in Kavanaghs Bar was Yvonne Barnaville, The Square Freshford who spun the wheel and won €60. Tbe Jackpot now stands at €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.


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