An Extra Ordinary General meeting of St. Lachtains GAA Club will take place on Friday evening next in the Club rooms in Pairc Lachtain at 8.30pm.. All general members, players and Committee members are requested to attend this meeting. St. Lachtains Junior B hurlers were beaten by Clare on Wednesday evening of last week in the preliminary round of the North Junior B Championship losing on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-8. The U14 Hurlers were beaten by Slieverue last week in a play off or a league semi final position . Slieverue were since beaten by Mooncoin in the league semi final and now await the winners of Tullaroan and Lisdowney involved in the other semi final. Meanwhile the U16 Hurlers play Ballyhale/Shamrocks in St. Johns Park on Thursday next 2nd August in the preliminary round of the Championship (see fixtures for confirmation).
In the Roinn A semi final of the Minor Hurling League St.Lachtains take on James Stephens at Tom Ryall Park on Bank holiday Monday 6th August at 7.30pm (see fixtures for confirmation). On Tuesday next the Junior A hurlers play Young Ireland of Gowran in the quarter final of the North Junior A Championship. You are reminded that you can support your local GAA Club –when purchasing or renewing your home, car or van Insurance with Campion Insurance. Simply quote. Kilkenny GAA/St.Lachtains when contacting Campions for your quotation and Campion Insurance will give €10 per policy to the local Club. Open to all existing and new customers.
FRESHFORD COMMUNITY MARKET - Freshford Community Market which started up recently has now moved to Saturday morning and seems to be a better success. The market will be held each Saturday in the Community Hall from 11am to 1 pm. So go along or a tea or coffee and homemade scone and all locally produced foods and goods are on sale. The committee look forward to your support and especially for local support . . For further information on same you can contact Colette on 086 0522770 or David on 086 7311600
FRESHFORD CONNECTION - The Tom Sempell Cup competition was held recently in Thurles with twelve teams taking part. The final saw Kilburn Gaels of London take on Dunboyne and the Kilburn side came out winners and retained the Cup for the second year in succession. Freshford had a special interest in this competition with local lad John Joe Burke of Woodview, Freshford playing in goal for the Kilburn Gaels winning side.
PRAGUE HOUSE - The recent Coffee morning held in Threecastles Hall in aid of Prague House was a great success. A big thanks to all those who baked for the event or helped out n any way on the morning. A total of €490 was presented to the Prague House Refurbishment Project.
SOCCER - Training has resumed for the Junior soccer team in preparation for the forthcoming season and will continue every Wednesday evening at the Sportsfield at Woodview at 7.30pm. They will play in the 2nd Division this season. Meanwhile Work is continuing in the pitch at present for the forthcoming season. You can follow the Club on facebook for up to date forthcoming events.
Lotto - There was no Jackpot winner in last weeks KDL Lotto or no match 3 The Jackpot stands at €7.500.
Pitch Development Draw- There was a draw for a trip to a Premier League Game Man Utd –v- Fulham or Liverpool v Man City. This fantastic prize of a weekend for 2 includes 2 nights in City Centre Hotel plus match tickets, all travel and transfers included – The fund raising draw was due to take place in Kavanaghs Bar on Saturday night last . There will also be a sellers prize of a Day trip to Champions League game or UEFA Cup game. (full results next week) .
Ciorcal Gaelach - The Club had a lovely evening to celebrate the first year of the Ciorcal. Joan O’Donovan won the trath na gceist and a great Comhru finished the evening. The Ciorcal will recommence in med September.
BOWLING - The draw for the annual Bowling Competition at Cascade took place recently and this year competition is on a knock out basis . For further information on same please contact Murt on 8832268 or 086 3654492. The following is the draw for the first round -P & A McGree –v- P & M Phelan, D & N.Walsh –v- B.Meehan & JP Kavanagh, T.Beehan & J.Campion –v- J.Fitzpatrick & M Dawson, P.Phelan & M.Rafter –v- B.Shelton & A.Duignan, K.Brophy & I.Bergin –v- T.Hayes & Partner, P.Theloke & Partner –v G& R.Kearney, P.Dermody & E.Hayes –v- WKD & Red Bull, C.Dunphy & Partner –v- M.Farrell & M.Burke, J.Kevanagh & Partner –v- J.O’Neill & Partner, T.Bergin & J.Farrell –v- E.Dooley & J.McCarthy, M.&P O’Shea –v- B & A Dawson, M Walsh & Partner –v- Y Barnaville & Partner, R.& L.Fitzpatrick –v- K.& C Corcoran, D.& J.Dermody –v- R.Randall & J.Heffernan, S.McGree & J.Darcy –v- B.Connery & MF Corcoran, P.Walsh & Partner –v- S.& L.Randall, P & K.Butler –v- E.Ryan & J.Dermody, Thierry & Partner.
UPPERCOURT RESTAURANT - The newly refurbished and luxurious Loop Restaurant at Uppercourt Manor, Freshford which opened recently to the public is doing well at present . The Restaurant is open each Saturday and Monday evenings and on Sunday from 12.30 to 5pm. with choice of menu available. They also cater for parties, communion confirmation or other functions. For further details or for booking contact 086 0512770.
SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to Paddy Murphy Bishopshill, Kilkenny and all his family and the Hall Family Tullaroan on the death of Chris Murphy of Tullaroan and formerly of Loughboy Kilkenny who died in an accident which fishing down in Kerry last week. Removal took place on Monday morning last from Kennedy’s funeral home Freshford to Tullaroan Church for Requiem Mass following by burial in Tullaroan Cemetery. Sister Denis Kelly who died in Liverpool recently was a member of the Kelly family formerly of Inch more, Freshford and sympathy is extended to her extended family.
st. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY - The local Branch of St.Vincent de Paul Society meet on the last Thursday evening of each month and are very active at present. For help or any information you can contact them on their private number on 085-2758136. Morning Mass in Freshford Church each morning except Mondays at 9.30am. Mass in Prague House on Mondays at 9.30am and in St.Catherines Nursing Home on Tuesday at 3pm. Tulla Church – Friday 7.30pm. Visitation of the sick and homebound on First Friday of each month. Anyone new who needs to be added to the list should contact Fr. P. Comerford on 8832843. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prague House Freshford every Friday from 10am to 5pm. All welcome
DANCEWISE - Dance wise Academy Dance and Performing Arts Class for girls and boys are held each Thursday evening in Freshford Community Hall for 4-18 year olds. All welcome. For more information contact Melissa on 086-3349692.
CAMOGIE NEWS - St.Lachtains Minors girls were defeated by Piltown on Wednesday last in Pairc Lachtain on a score line of 4-04 to 3-14. After putting in a solid first half performance and leading at the break, the local girls took their foot of the pedal and let Piltown back into the game, outplaying the Freshford/Conahy girls winning easily in the end. Team; L Fitzpatrick, M. Hennessy, D. Daly, T. Hickey, M. Walsh, K. Doheny, M. P. O’Sullivan, N. Delaney, C. Power, L. Dawson, S. Lanigan, H. Corcoran, M. Coogan, A. Buggy, L. Donnelly. Sub, L. Hayde The Senior girls will meet Thomastown in the league semi final on Wed 1st August while Dicksboro will meet Mullinavat in the other semi final. The Un 16 girls are through to the ¼ final against St. Annes on the 8th August. The Camogie Club are holding a Cake Sale on Sunday 5th August at 11.30am in The Community Hall, all support welcome! There will be a Clothes Collection at the end of August, for all interested in cleaning out those wardrobes!
ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP - Freshford Active Retirement Group meet in the local Community Hall each Tuesday at3pm with new members always welcome. The members travelled to Bishops Palace, Waterford recently and were taken on a very interesting tour of the building . They also went on a trip to Altamont Gardens and to Huntingstown House in Clonegal. For more details contact Kathleen on 8832362or Joan on 8832316. Tai Chi Classes are now closed for the summer months and classes will resume in September.
CEMETERY MASS - The annual cemetery mass will be held in Tulla Cemetery on Friday evening next. People are reminded to clean up their family graves for this occasion.
OASIS CHILDCARE CENTRE - Check out the new rates in Oasis Childcare Centre starting on August 27th .. Very attractive rates in Private, Subvention, CETS and Afterschool sections. Take a look at the posters throughout the village and don’t hesitate to contact Grace on 8832700 for all your queries. The Oasis Centre will be closed for the week from 13th August and will reopen in Monday 20th at 8am.
Phelan’s Hardware - Phelan’s Hardware of Ballyragget remind all their customers that their store is now reopen on Wednesday’s throughout the summer months. The Company are delighted to be able to offer full opening hours to all their customers again and wish to thank all their customers for their patience over the past eighteen months.
St. Lachtain’s N.S. News - The process of enrolling new pupils for the school year 2012/2013 is currently under way in St. Lachtain’s N.S., Freshford and will continue into the summer holidays. Enrolment packs have already been sent out to those on our list. If you require one please contact the school office on (056) 8832400. If you are new to our area, or just a parent in the process of trying to decide which primary school to choose for your child, please feel free to contact us at the above number to arrange an informal chat / tour of the school. We are in a position to offer you the best of both worlds, a small class number and a single stream class i.e. just junior infants in the classroom. This will offer your child an excellent start to school life where their individual needs will be well catered for. Afterschool Service -Oasis, Freshford & District Child Centre Oasis Childcare Centre will be providing an Afterschool service from next September 1.30 - 5.45. The service will include picking up your child at the school, bringing them to Oasis where they will receive a hot meal followed by supervised study for approximately 1/2 hour. The remainder of the time will follow an exciting programme of activities indoor and outdoors. Fee: €13 per day. If you are on a social welfare payment you would be eligible for Subvention (CCS) Oasis when the charge would be €3 per day for the complete service. Subvention forms available at Oasis Childcare Centre early September. For expressions of interest please contact Grace on 8832700 or call to Oasis, Freshford & District.