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Freshford -Benefit night for Prague House

BENEFIT NIGHT - Prague House Freshford are again running their Benefit Night of Greyhound Racing at James Park Kilkenny on Friday the 17th May . 

BENEFIT NIGHT - Prague House Freshford are again running their Benefit Night of Greyhound Racing at James Park Kilkenny on Friday the 17th May . 

This night always proves to be a very enjoyable night with many valuable prizes for patrons with tickets purchased beforehand. Ticket sellers are selling the tickets in the parishes of Freshford, Lisdowney, Tullaroan and beyond.  Tickets can also be purchased from Prague House.  Your support would be greatly appreciated

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - The boys and girls of 2nd class in St.Lachtains NS - 20 in all will receive their first Holy Communion on Sunday next 12th May at 11am mass. It is hoped that the weather will be favourable for the occasion.

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

CHRISTENING - Congratulations to twins Bill and Ella McGree and their proud parents Liam and Mary of Moate, Freshford. Bill and Ella were baptised at St.Lachtains Church on Sunday last. The couple already have a son, Colin.

 SOCCER NEWS - Freshford Town Junior side finished off their league campaign recently with a hard fought draw away to Evergreen C. It was a great comeback from 4-2 down with just ten minutes to go from the team who were forced to play without several of their regular players due to hurling commitments and suspensions and it was up to the younger players to step up and maintain the Juniors unbeaten league run since Christmas and they didn’t disappoint.. Team; S.McGree, E.Hayes, M.Nolan,MFarrell, D.Burke. L.Bassett, S.Burke, F.Lalwor, M.Burke,. E.Vaughan, J.Sweeney – Subs – R.Condon, G.Doheny, D.Burke, H.Burke. They are still in the Divisional Cup competition.

Freshford Youths meanwhile progressed to the Youths Cup semi final with a great win over Lions of Durrow at home recently on a 2-1 scoreline having been 1-0 down late in the game. Team;A.Garrett, B.Webster, J.Dunphy, S.Burke, J.Quinn, C.Hynes, L.Hickey, H.Burke, M.Webster, E.Vaughan, J.Sweeney – Subs. R.Tobin, L.Bassett, H.Crosby, P. Sweeney

The U12 boys finished off their league campaign away to Thomastown on Thursday evening last and came out victorious on a 1-0 scoreline. Aidan Tallis getting the all important goal early in the second half.  Freshford battled hard all the way through the match and were unlucky not to add to the scoreline. However it was a great result and super performances all round by the entire squad with Eoin Delaney and Cathal O’Leary getting the Man of the match awards.  It was a great display and ideal preparation as they are away to Evergreen A on Bank Holiday Monday in the U12 Cup semi final. 

The U11 boys played at home to table toppers Deen Celtic who now have almost certainly won the U11 league.  In a very even and exciting game Freshford were unlucky to find themselves 1-0l down just before half time as they created some good chances and Kyle Dawson was unlucky when he struck the post.  Freshford pushed hard for the equaliser and again were unlucky when Cian Franey’s header was cleared off the line.  Alan Rafter and Jack O’Sullivan in defence gave man of the match performances for Freshford but try as the might the Freshford boys could not break down a very strong Deen Celtic defence who came out worthy winners.  Well done to local boys Josh McCarthy, Elijah Garrett and Cathal O’Leary who played with the Kilkenny County Squads in Dublin recently in the Leinster Final against the Dublin North Team. They were unlucky to be beaten 1 - 0 .
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.

TOTS TO TEENS - On Saturday the May18th at 11.00am the Tots to Teen Group are holding an information and sign up morning at the Freshford Community hall. _laces are limited but you can hold a place for your child or children by texting your details to the club phone 0857679240. So go along and let your little star shine on the stage

SPIN THE WHEEL - The lucky winner of the Spin the Wheel in Kavanaghs last weekend was Nicky Orr, Johnstown who won himself €50. Second prize went to Martin Power, Garnamanagh. The Jackpot now stands at €450. The draw usually takes place each Saturday night as part of fund raising for St.Lachtains GAA Club.

DARTS - Freshford Darts League is now finished for this season. In the Shield final recently the Valley Inn beat Farrells.. The B final saw Farrells beat Connolly’s of Tullaroan. The Valley Inn won the A final beating Brennans of Kilmanagh. In the final of the hotshots Farrells beat TheValley Inn.

There was a special presentation made on the last night of the darts to local Publican John McGrath of McGraths Pub, The Square to mark his involvement in the darts for the past 35 years. John was one of the founder members involved in the starting of the Darts and has been involved or has had a team taking part over the years.

GAA NEWS - St. Lachtains Intermediate Hurlers played their first game of the league recently and were beaten by the Rower Inistioge at Gowran.

The Junior hurlers took on Gowran in Pairc Lachtain on Saturday evening in the league and were well beaten by a much stronger and more experienced Gowran side.

The U16 boys play their first game of the league this week. The U8 hurlers played Lisdowney on Saturday last in Pairc Lachtain coming out winners in both games (pics to go with this item). St. Lachtains U12 camogie girls were chosen by the County Board to take part in a game against a Tipp side during the interval of the League Final at Nowlan Park on Sunday last.

THREE LEGGED RACE - St. Lachtains GAA Club participated with clubs from all over Ireland in a Gathering 2013 Event - in a bid to break the world record for the largest 3 legged race. It was held on Saturday last the 4th May at the local playing field and proved to be great fun with 106 participants from all age groups. The following ere winners on the day U/10’s - joint winners - Michie Tiernan/Eoin Dalton and David Kavanagh-Hayde with his mum Lyndsey. U/14 winners - Alex Maher/Kealan Brophy. O/70’s winners Paddy Butler/ Biddy Wall. A big thank you to all who took part on the morning and to those who gathered sponsorship. They now wait to see whether their attempt was successful but all are very optimistic.

The Club held their Annual Golf Tournament at Rathdowney Golf Course on Bank Holiday Monday.

SQUASH - Well done to Freshford Squash Club men’s team were the overall winners of the Division one title recently. 
The annual Freshford squash tournament took place last weekend. Friday Saturday and Sunday at the local Squash Club with Men and women of advanced, intermediate and beginner levels all taking part (full report next week)

Freshford Community Market - Freshford Community Market is held each Saturday mornings from 11-00 to 1-00 in the local Community hall. There are lots of locally produced product for sale,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

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

OASIS SUMMER CAMPS - 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.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL - Freshford Society of St. Vincent de Paul meet the last Thursday of each month and are pretty busy at present. 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 All welcome to go along on any Wednesday evening. You don’t need a partner, just go along and bring some of your friends with you. You can learn to dance the Old time waltz, quick step, fox trot, jive etc.., 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 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.

MEETING - A meeting of Freshford School Board of Management will be held on this Thursday evening at 8pm.

GOLF - Freshford Golf Society had their second outing of the year at Faithlegg, C0unty Waterford last weekend. There was a good turn out and some good golf on the day with only point or two separating the 2nd 3rd and 4th positions.. Winners on the day were : 1st - Nigel Crosby,(43) 2nd Shane McGree (39) 3rd Thomas Brennan (38) 4th Alan Rafter(37) Front 9 – Graham O’Flaherty, back 9 – Joe Colclough, Nearest to pin – Vinny Colclough.

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 New members welcome also.

ALL WEATHER PITCH - The annual soccer league on the All Weather pitches in Colaiste Mhuire is started . 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 couple of months . With the long evenings here now is a chance to keep fit  You can enter a team by contacting John Cahill on 0860485328.

The Ossory Faith Fest is being held in St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny on 10th, 11th and 12th May (next weekend)

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