FRESHFORD- Camogie club hosting monster raffle



Freshford Golf Society had their third outing at the weekend when they were out in Mountrath. The weather was fantastic and there was a good turnout . Winners on the day were: 1st – James Farrell (44) Alan Rafter (38) JJ Tobin (38) John Darcy (37) Front Nine – Graham O Flaherty Back Nine –Thomas Brennan – Nearest to Pin Paddy Sweeney. Next outing is on 13th July . All welcome.


Freshford summer camp will take place from 29th July - 2nd August in St Lachtains primary school. Great multi activity camp. For more information on same please contact JJ on 0868629666.


Freshford Town soccer club are finished all their games and out of all competitions at this stage. They are presently busy working on their field and premises at Woodview continuing building the wall surrounding the field and other further developments. The Youths side were very unlucky to lose out to Clover Utd in the final of the Buckley Cup after extra time and penalties at Derdimus recently

The Junior side bowed out of the Divisional Cup when they were beaten 4-2 by Evergreen C in the quarter final recently.

The U12 Kilkenny County squads were in action in the Wexford Soccer tournament on recently and Freshford were well represented with four boys in the squads, Cathal O’Leary, Josh McCarthy & Cian Franey with Elijah Garrett missing the action on this occassion through injury. ..

Saturday morning Training sessions for U5 - U9 boys under Gary Barnaville continues each Saturday at Woodview from 12 noon to 1pm - 

All boys 5-9 age group are most welcome.


Freshford town soccer Club hold a Table Quiz in Kavanaghs on Friday evening next the 14th June starting at 9.30pm. Table of Four €20. Please support your local Club.

AGM – The Club hold their AGM on Thursday the 20th June at 8pm. All new members welcome.


Freshford Coursing Club are at present running a five month Silver Circle as a fund raiser The draw will run for five months at €2.50 per month or €10 for all if paid up front. The monthly draws will take place in the local pubs with the first two draws in McGraths on Saturday next the 15th June (the first draw had to be postponed). Cards are in circulation around the village at present and your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information you can contact 086 – 0502250.

Last Rose of Summer

On Saturday June 22nd 2013 at 8 pm in Jenkinstown Park, Kilkenny, Conahy Heritage Society will host a concert to commemorate the bicentenary of the publication of Thomas Moore’s “The Last Rose of Summer”, which was one of his best-known works. Thomas Moore, Ireland’s National Poet (or Bard of Ireland), composed “The Last Rose of Summer” when visiting his good friend, George “Punch” Bryan in Jenkinstown and it is fitting that the concert will be held within the original walled garden area of the Jenkintown woodlands. Anthony Kearns, an internationally renowned Irish tenor, will perform, along with his usual repertoire, some Thomas Moore Melodies. Nicola Brennan and some excellent young talent will also perform. Thomas Moore was an international celebrity and many including the Prince of Wales sought his company. Moore had been a frequent visitor to Kilkenny and he had performed at The Private Theatre there, 1808-10, also it’s where he met his future wife Bessy Dyke. In Jenkinstown, while staying with his very close friends the Bryans, he composed “The Last Rose of Summer”. Rose X Odorata Pallida was the inspiring flower. Tom Moore has preserved many old Irish tunes by adding lyrics to them. His collection of Irish Melodies and National Heirs consisted of 130 original poems set to folk melodies including The Minstrel Boy, The Last Rose of Summer, and Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms.   The concert will be in the original walled garden area, within Jenkinstown Woods. Parking will be adjacent to the venue. More information at and Conahy Heritage Society Facebook, you can also follow on Twitter @conahyhs

Tickets are €22.50, available

St. Lachtain’s N.S. News

The local school saw the raising of the school’s first Green Flag recently, a very proud moment in the life of the school indeed. It was a lovely ceremony and many thanks to all for their help, support and good wishes. A great day of celebration was had by the children, culminating in a ‘Green Hat’ fashion parade and lots of sports and games.

Our Open Day for all the new Junior Infants and their parents will be on this Wed. 12th June at 2pm.

This year’s Graduation Mass and Ceremony for the pupils of Rang 6 will take place in the school hall on this Thursday evening 13th June at 7.30pm.

Sympathy is extended to Mick Killeen, Kilkenny Street and his family on the death of his brother which occurred in Galway last week.

Freshford/Threecastles Community Alert Group hold their Church gate collection on Saturday/Sunday next 15/16th June. Please give as generously as you can,


Tots to Teen Group held an information and sign up morning at the Freshford Community hall recently . Places are limited in the group . For more details to the club phone 0857679240. So why not sign up your child and have your little star shine on the stage

BENEFIT NIGHT - The Sisters and committee of Prague House wish to thank everyone who supported for donated to their Race night held at James Park, Kilkenny recently and all those who helped make the night a success with €15,500 being the total amount raised. The following were the lucky prize winners:- Sabrina Grace Lisdowney, Trish Delaney Cullohill, Tom Hayes Freshford, Nancy Phelan Cullohill, Eileen Colclough Garnamanagh, Pa & Teresa Dillon Freshford, Betty Dunne Clontubrid. 


Returning to Australia last week after a brief holiday was Eoin Guinan and his girlfriend Miriam who had been home for a family wedding.


Luck struck twice for the lucky winner of Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last. Johnny McCarthy, Poulbawn spun the wheel and won himself €50. He also won the second prize of €30 The Jackpot next week will be €600. The draw takes place each Saturday night in Kavanaghs as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.


Freshford Heritage & Development Committee receiaved good news recently when they were told that they have been awarded €1,000 under the Amenity Grants Scheme by Kilkenny County Council. Cllr. Maurice Shortall says the money will be spent on general maintenance.

There will be a Coffee morning in Threecastles Hall on Saturday the 22nd June form 11am – 1pm. in aid of the recent Hall refurbishment. All support would be greatly appreciated as the Hall provides a great service to the local Community.


Best wishes to all the local boys and girls at present in the middle of sitting their Junior and Leaving Certificates examinations in various schools around the area. The students are wished all the best after months of hard work and preparation.


St. Josephs Young Priest Society hold their Annual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 22nd June –Fare is €20 for adults and €10 for children. For booking or information please contact Lucy Byrne or Anna Rafter.


Razors’s Barbers is now open at Church Street Freshford under proprietor Pauline Butler from Threecastles. The premises is open every Tues and Wed from 9:30-6pm Thursday 5pm-8pm Friday 9:30-8pm Saturday 9:30-5pm  Your are encouraged to support local business..


St.Lachtains Juniors had a good win over Erins Own of Castlecomer in Pairc Lachtain last week. This was a great team effort. They came out deserving winners with goal of the game coming from full forward Andrew Martin. Training continues for the team under their influential trainers Paddy White and John Kennedy.

Congrats to the local syndicate of GAA supporters who had a big win in the Redmills Final at Kilkenny Greyhound Track with Susie Valley recently. Susie Valley who is trained by local man Micheal Bergin and romped home at 4/1 in the fifth race of the night to the big roar from the crowd. Celebrations were held afterwards and the syndicate now look forward to their next outing.

Community Market

Freshford Community Market is held each Saturday mornings in the local Community Hall from 11-00 to 1-00. 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 . You are encouraged to support your local Community market. For more information contact David on0867311600

Birthday wishes go out to Roseanne Healy of Graigueswood who celebrated her 21st birthday at the weekend with her family and friends.


Oasis Centre are holding “All the Creative Things you need to do before You’re 7” Cap for children between the ages of 4 and6 years from the 1st to 5th July which coincides with Cul Camp. This will be stuffed with creative projects.craft, construction work and art. Also between the 8th and 12th July the Centre will be holding a Cooking Camp for children between the ages of 8 and 15 years. They will be using seasonal fresh ingredients and highlighting the flavours and benefits of a wide range of healthy foods. They are also considering holding a Cooking Course for adults in the evenings during the summer. The emphasis and challenge would be to prepare a healthy meal for a family of four children and two adults under €10. If you are interested please let the Committee know.

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.

Enrolment - 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.


The local Branch of Society of St. Vincent de Paul meet on the last Thursday of each month. For help or 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. Visitation of the sick and housebound takes place on the First Friday of each month. If you wish to have a name added to this list please contact Fr. Pat.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague house on Fridays from 10am to 5pm . All welcome.s

The annual Corpus Christi Procession was held on Wednesday evening 5th June at 7.30pm.

Freshford Cemetery Mass will be held on Friday 28th June at 7.30pm. And Tulla Cemetery Mass will be held on Friday 2nd August at 7.30. ( Weather permitting of course- otherwise will be indoors).

CAMOGIE - St.Lachtains Camogie club are running a Monster Raffle in conjunction with the County Board to raise much needed funds for both Club and County.  There are over 30 Fantastic prizes on offer and for just €3.00 per line it’s a draw not to be missed. So please support the local girls when they call to you Camogie Camp was held on Saturday last for all registered camogie players from 6  to 16 yrs. The venues included Piltown, Slieverue, Thomastown, Clara, O’Loughlins Gaels, Dicksboro and Freshford GAA grounds, .


Freshford Active Retirement Group hold an afternoon tea in aid of Alzheimers Society on Tuesday 25th June from 2pm to 4.30pm. in the local Community Hall . Please support this event.

Please note that all items for inclusion in the weekly Freshford notes should be with the local correspondent before 6pm on Sunday evening. No article can be guaranteed for inclusion after this time. Item can be handed into your local correspondent or can be sent by email to .

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