Cup champions Callan United bridge a 40-year gap

CUP CHAMPIONS - Callan United bridged a 40-year gap when they lifted the McCalmont Cup in dramatic fashion in Derdimus on Sunday.

CUP CHAMPIONS - Callan United bridged a 40-year gap when they lifted the McCalmont Cup in dramatic fashion in Derdimus on Sunday.

Played in intense heat and beautiful sunshine, the heroic Callan lads battled all the way to secure a most prized victory by beating Newpark United A on penalties.

Newpark caused Callan a lot of problems during the game and on a few occasions gave the large Callan support some anxious moments as they swept the ball across the goalmouth. Although both sides had chances, the game will be remembered for the Man of the Match display from goalkeeper Eoin Wall, who saved two Newpark penalties in the shootout before scoring the spot-kick that brouhgt the McCalmont Cup back to Callan.

It has been a long journey for the club over the past 40 years, as team after team have been compared with the side from 1971 and 1972, but the United of 2012 have finally brought the famous club back to Cup glory.

Since taking over as manager Peter Kearney has moulded the team into a tight unit. The team paraded in a cavalcade through the town after the match and celebrated late into the night.

See ’People Sport for full match report, reactions and photographs from the big day.

CATTLE BREAK OUT-Last week a herd of cattle broke out of their field and created mayhem in the Westcourt Demesne Housing estate when they ran riot through the estate, forcing parents to grab their children to safety. Apparently the incident was caused by individuals throwing rocks at the animals from the bypass, forcing the animals into a frenzied state before they took flight and broke out. According to some residents only for quick-thinking of parents children could have been seriously injured. Gardai are following an line of enquiry.

DROICHEAD-The Droichead Family Resource Centre will host a Summer camp in Callan from Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20. The camp, which will run from 10am to 2pm in Droichead Childcare, Mill Street, caters for children from four to 11 and will include activities such as music, dance, art and crafts, baking, sport, treasure hunt, water games and a display from Gowran Reptile. Cost is E60 per child for the week. Bookings, plus deposit, must be made in advance at Droichead Childcare, tel 056-7755519 extension 2.

A Job Search workshop will be held tomorrow (Thursday) in the Resource Centre between 10am and 2pm. An informal workshop, it provides practical tips to help people improve their chances of gaining employment. Topics will include Skills Identification, CV preparation, cover letters, interview techniques, job search and work placement opportunities. The workshop is free of charge and facilitated by Kilkenny Leader Partnership and County Kilkenny Adult Guidance Service. Bookings to Una, tel 087-6536352.

The Droichead photography group meet every second Wednesday morning in the Resource Centre at 10am. This group is open to all interested in learning the basics of photography. Cost is E2 per session.

WHIST - The Summer whist drive series continues in the Parish Hall this evening (Wednesday) at 8.45pm. Teas will be served, new players welcome.

CHILDCARE SEMINAR - Kilkenny County Childcare Committee will hold a free Parents seminar for parents of children (aged from birth to six years) on Monday, June 11 from 7 to 9.30pm in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Further information on the seminar, which will be facilitated by Dr Mary Roche, Education Consultant, is available from Deirdre Power or Julieann Tynan, tel 056-7752865.

ABHAINN RI TRAINING - Abhainn Rí Training is offering a new programme of courses for anyone interested in developing skills to organise and promote cultural events in their community. The training is designed to support individuals, voluntary groups and committees and is suitable for those with or without prior experience. This Inclusive Cultural Training Initiative will include “Inspiring your Community”, A Training and Mentoring Programme for Cultural Promotion, Management and Administration. Abhainn Rí Training Workshop - practical training in Festival Design and Construction.Cultural Skills Development -short training courses in Web Design, Tech Production skills, Film Making for communities, Animation, Circus Skills, Street Theatre skills and more. An introductory session to “Inspiring your Community” will be held this evening (Wednesday) at 7pm in the Friary by Mentor/Facilitator Conor O’ Leary of Artlands.

Hurling - The John Lockes under-12 hurlers took on Conahy Shamrocks in the Callan-run under-12 hurling league on Saturday. Conditions were ideal, which led to a top class game between two very evenly matched teams.

The first half was very even, with no quarter given by either side. At half-time the sides were level at three points each.

It was all change in the second half, as the game exploded with a flurry of Callan scores. A rocket of a goal from Michael Power, followed by points from Josh Doheny, Mickey Prendergast and Michael Power again stunned the opposition.

Stung by this Conahy responded with scores of their own which drew them back to within striking distance. However stout defence by Evan Doyle in goalkeeper and a full-back line of James Shirley, Jack Roche and Jack Fitzpatrick held firm. The half-backs of Liam Hennessy, T.J. Tierney and Luke Walsh were very busy at this point but absorbed the pressure. A long puck-out up the field was caught by Michael Power and drilled to the net to put the ’Lockes back in the driving seat where they stayed until the end thanks to further scores from Luke Walsh, Josh Doheny and Mikey Prendergast.

Playing a big part for Callan were Kyle Bergin, Darragh Bergin (Captain), Brian Kearney, Colm Nolan, Kevin Byrnes, Jack Canavan, Stephen Morris and Cormac Burns. Full-back Jack Roche also gave a Man of the Match performance.

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