GAA - St. Lachtains GAA Club hold their AGM in the Clubrooms on Sunday next 16th December at 2.30pm. All are welcome and it is hoped that there will be a good attendance. All motions and nominations to be with the Club Secretary by this Wednesday the 12th December.
Training continues for St.Lachtains U21 as arranged They played Kilmacow in a challenge game on Saturday last in Pairc Lachtain in preparation for their semi final game. Clara beat Barrow Rangers at the weekend and the local side now await the winners of O’Loughlins and Clara to see who their opponents will be in the Northern semi final to be played shortly. The Team management includes , Michael Kavanagh , Jimmy Meagher and Ollie O Connor ..
SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to Robert Dowling of Bridge Street Freshford and his family on the death of his mother Mrs. M. Dowling, High Street, Ballyragget last weekend. Burial took place on Sunday morning last in Ballyragget.
Sympathy is also extended to the Grace family of Ballyphilip, Lisdowney on the death of Mrs. Phil Grace which occurred recently. Interment took place in St. Lachtains Cemetery Freshford.
OPEN OUR ARMS TO THE GATHERING - There was a meeting recently at the Oasis Childcare Centre Freshford to come up with ideas etc., to help bring our Freshfordians home? There will be another meeting to put ideas forward shortly. Do you have any ideas of music sport events or whatever to bring your Freshfordians home.
WED - Congratulations to local couple James Kavanagh and Vanessa Burke who were married last week at St.Lachtains Church Freshford. Reception was held in Langtons Kilkenny and honeymoon is being spent in the USA. James is an ardent member of Freshford Town Soccer Club since his schoolboy days and was also a member of St.Lachtains GAA Club over the years. They are wished all the best in their married life together.
COMMUNITY MARKET - Don’t forge to visit the local Freshford Community Market which 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 with lots of stuff on offer for Christmas. The Group is asking especially for local support. For further information on same you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600
CHRISTMAS APPEAL - The local St. Vincent de Paul Society meet each month on the last Thursday of each month. The Annual Christmas Appeal – church collection was taken up last weekend and the Group thank all those who donated so generously to the collection. For further information or help you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136.
SOCCER - Freshford Town Junior side suffered a disappointing defeat away to River Rangers on Sunday last. After a slow start they found themselves 1-0 down following a corner which was well headed in by a Rangers attacker. This seemed to wake up the local lads who were soon back level following a penalty well won by Shane Maher and put away by James Kenny. Within ten minutes they had the lead when Kenny produced a fin finish form outside the box which gave the Rangers keeper no chance to leave it 2-1.
The second half produced more of the same attacking play but the Freshford lads could not find the killer goal and with just 15 minutes left they conceded a very soft goal to level the game. Worse was to come when some more indecision in the Freshford defence and failure to clear the ball allowed Rangers to take the lead and a mix up between the Keeper and centre back saw them gift Rangers a fourth goal. It was a bad day for the Junior side who seemed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and will need to produce some fine form if they are to get promotion.
Team : S.McGree, D.Burke, D.Brennan, M.Farrell, D.Burke, S.Burke, J.Kenny F.Lalwor, L.Bassett, S.Maher,M.Burke, – Subs – L.Hickey, G.Bassett, J.Kennedy.
Schoolboys - The U12 boys played Evergreen A in Woodview on Saturday last. They poorly and found themselves 2-0 down before they could get themselves into the game. Just on the stroke of half time Cathal O’leary beat three players inside the box before being brought down for a penalty. He stepped up and slotted it to the corner of the net to give Freshford a lifeline at 2-1 at the break. Freshford were by far the better team and dominated the second half. Cathal O’leary in midfield and Jack Crosby & Mikey Neary in defence were outstanding for the home side. Cian Franey scored a super second goal for Freshford when he beat the keeper from the edge of the box from a great pass from Cathal O’leary. Then Cathal again sent Luke Campion free who outpaced the defenders to score a good goal and Freshford took the lead to make it 3-2. However, Evergreen equalised late on and Freshford were unlucky not to get the winner when Aidan Tallis hit the cross bar after a corner. It was a super comeback performance by the young Freshford boys, who came from 2-0 down and were very unlucky in the end not to gain the victory but a draw was a fair result. A great all round performance by Freshford with special mention for Cian Franey and Mikey Neary and man of the match performances from Cathal O’Leary and captain on the day Jack Crosby. Meanwhile the U-14’s were at home to Paulstown and continued on their winning streak with a fine win of 2 - 0. Scores came from N.Brennan and L.Campion. C.Brophy,O.Kenny,L.Campion,C.Rafter,B.Tallis,S.Rafter,N.Brennan,C.Colclough,C.Dalton,C Oleary,.C,Dawson,A.Lennon,R.Burke. The U -15 boys were away to Freebooters on Monday last but were in hard luck to be beaten on a 2 – 0 scoreline. The Team was A.Garrett,J.Delaney,J.Cleere,N.Brennan,B.Tallis,O.Kenny,C.Lyng,C.Dawson S.Dawson,S.Delaney,J.Darmody,M.Bowden,M.Colcough,T.Leahy. The U-16 side were away to Clover Utd and were defeated on a scoreline of 2 - 1. The Youths were at home to Deen Celtic at the weekend also and they won 4 – 0. Good Luck to Three local lads Cathal O’leary, Elijah Garrett, and Josh McCarthy who are playing in the U -12 County inter league in Kildare next weekend.
POKER LEAGUE - After 9 weeks of the Freshford Poker League in Kavanaghs it is now down to Jimmy Kenny and Eamon Ryan to shoot it out on the last night of the league on Thursday night next. Ryan is at present ahead by just 5pts standings presently :E.Ryan -270pts. J.Kenny – 265pts
SQUASH NEWS- Freshford Squash Club continue their winning streak in the Leinster League with wins over The Curragh, Naas, Mount Pleasant and Sutton. They continue on top of the Leinster League Division 1. They played Westwood at home recently and play Fitzwilliam before Christmas.
3rd Annual Christmas Fundraiser - The Christmas Fundraiser raffle is now under way. Many thanks to the local businesses who sponsored prizes. Their names will be placed on the raffle cards. Many of the prizes include: sticks, coal, Christmas hamper, meat, money, vouchers etc. Tickets are available from any squash member at a cost of €2 per line or €5 for 3 lines. The draw will take place in Kavanagh’s Bar on Christmas Eve at 10pm. Your support would be much appreciated.
Squash for Kids - The children squash will recommence after Christmas. Any parent/guardian interested in sending their child to the squash for kids may contact Pat Morrissey with any queries.
SPIN WHEEL - The lucky winner of Spin the wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last was Renee and Joe Fitzpatrick Gathabawn who won €70. Second prize went to An Brennan, Ballyroe who got €30. There will be no draw next week but the Jackpot will stand at €1,000 when the draw resumes the following week.. The draw is run each Saturday night in conjunction with St.Lachtains GAA Club. The lucky winner of the framed Kilkenny photo in Kavanaghs last weekend was Tony Bowden, Bohergloss.
CARDS - St. Lachtains Camogie Club weekly 25 Card game is held 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.. There is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague House Freshford every Friday from 10am to 5pm. All are welcome
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 welcome. For details contact Kathleen on 8832362or Joan on 8832316 Thai Chi meetings held on Monday nights in Community Hall. New members welcome also.