Callan - Dirty Old Town challenge in Callan

DIRTY OLD TOWN CHALLENGE- The challenge goes out to the people of Callan this Friday, Saturday and Sunday when we are all been asked to get out and do our bit in cleaning up our town. The time has come to stop moaning about the black spots around our town, it’s now the time for action. No doubt many are familiar with the Television series ‘Dirty old Town’ which is hosted by celebrity gardener Dermot Gavin, in which Dermot visits different towns around Ireland where they have major issues with litter and just general untidiness. Dermot is able to bring people from the community together so as to clean up their town, so we ask the question can we do it ourselves without having cameras exposing the black spots of our town. The answer is NO we can do it ourselves if we put our minds to it, so let’s get out and do it and lets get to work and paint the town! As part our annual clean up in Callan and partly inspired by the tv documentary dirty old town , Callan tidy towns organising a big clean up weekend in Callan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 11th to 13th May. Mike Nolan the Tidy Towns organiser is calling on everyone to get involved in a community clean up to make the town a better place to live, work and visit. We have a number of projects to tackle over the weekend challenge. A big litter clean up in the town, restore the grotto to its former glory, rid the town off all and any graffiti, brighten up Bridge Street – by painting the town. Any other projects put forward will be considered for the weekend!

DIRTY OLD TOWN CHALLENGE- The challenge goes out to the people of Callan this Friday, Saturday and Sunday when we are all been asked to get out and do our bit in cleaning up our town. The time has come to stop moaning about the black spots around our town, it’s now the time for action. No doubt many are familiar with the Television series ‘Dirty old Town’ which is hosted by celebrity gardener Dermot Gavin, in which Dermot visits different towns around Ireland where they have major issues with litter and just general untidiness. Dermot is able to bring people from the community together so as to clean up their town, so we ask the question can we do it ourselves without having cameras exposing the black spots of our town. The answer is NO we can do it ourselves if we put our minds to it, so let’s get out and do it and lets get to work and paint the town! As part our annual clean up in Callan and partly inspired by the tv documentary dirty old town , Callan tidy towns organising a big clean up weekend in Callan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 11th to 13th May. Mike Nolan the Tidy Towns organiser is calling on everyone to get involved in a community clean up to make the town a better place to live, work and visit. We have a number of projects to tackle over the weekend challenge. A big litter clean up in the town, restore the grotto to its former glory, rid the town off all and any graffiti, brighten up Bridge Street – by painting the town. Any other projects put forward will be considered for the weekend!

Who and what we need? We need some volunteer businesses to come on board as sponsors to sponsor the following- paint and brushes, any colour or size, power washers and operators, refreshments for volunteers, scissors lift and operator, murial artists and painters, graphic designers to printer posters etc, bags, gloves, litter pickers etc, as many volunteers as possible to turn up on the weekend. In order to complete this challenge we need a lot of help from the schools, the businesses, the residents and the general public. Please take up this tidy town challenge today. Contact Mike Nolan on 087 9484376 or email: lowrysfurniture@gmail.com to offer your help. If you have premises on Bridge Street that needs a lick of paint, can you organise it for that weekend, if not maybe we can help! So the challenge is there folks, now you have to ask yourselves, do I have pride in the place I live?

PARKING MADNESS- From time to time we have highlighted the parking issues on our main street and as we all know those problems are still there and won’t be resolved until the local authority and the Gardai enforce some control over it. What a lot of people don’t realise is the major parking problems on Lower Bridge Street into Flaggy Lane. The root of the problem lies with the students of St.Brigids College who constantly abandon their cars on both sides of the road and in front of business and private dwellings. This issue has caused a lot of annoyance and frustration amongst the residents and business people in the area. There have been several attempts by the local people to see if they can get a resolution to the situation but to date their concerns have fallen on deaf ears from all quarters. WE all live in hard times and it is unfair that businesses are suffering more because of pure laziness by the owners of the vehicles in question. There is ample car parking at the Abbey Car Park which is only two minutes walk from the school. Why won’t they use that Car Park? Last Tuesday 1st May there were nineteen cars in total parked on the narrow road. Cars were illegally parked on corners both at the Bridge Street and at the entrance to Westcourt Demesne. Cars were also parked in front of two private residents on lower Flaggy Lane causing obstruction at both gate ways. This is just not fair and shows total disregard for the owners of the property. Kilkenny County council have proposed one hour parking bays in the area, but it is no use placing them there if the law is not enforced. The Gardai are reluctant which is understandable, to issue tickets on cars because they will be accused of been mean, but surly a presence in the area at morning time or lunch hour might resolve the problem without enforcing. Of course it’s the funny season now as holiday time approaches at the end of May, which will be welcome relief to all locals, but will it be permanent or will it only give them a three month reprieve until the madness starts again.

WILD WEST ON BRIDGE STREET- For fear you all might think the Callan Notes think that it’s only the St. Brigids Students cause problems, we can tell you the students of Collaiste Ris are not all innocent either. On the same day 1st May at lunch hour also at Lower Bridge Street, it would have reminded of some of the Western movies, except instead of riding horses and shooting into the air, cars raced up and down the street blowing horns and, pumping loud music out of the open windows of cars. From observing all were wearing the College uniform, again the residents in the area can’t wait for the summer holidays to arrive. But a separate incident was even more frightening and this occurred around the same time. Imagine nearly one hundred young fellas converging onto Bridge Street from Moate lane and just walking the full with of the street, forcing cars to stop, it certainly was an intimidating sight and according to locals is a regular occurrence. Ok lads like to have their but try and concider that people have to use the street as well as live in it.

BIG BIRTHDAYS- Congratulations to Mel Doheny of the Kilkenny Road who had a very timely win in the John Lockes Lotto recently. She picked up a nice cheque for €2,500 which very timely. Mel and Husband Jimmy have just returned from a cruise on the Mediterranean where they were celebrating and special birthday for Mel, which ends in a zero. Another man connected with the John Lockes is die hard Tipperary man Martin Fahy from Haggartsgreen who also recently celebrated a birthday with a zero attached. He received a big surprise a couple of weeks ago on his usual Tuesday night at Hourigans when the other five Amigos he normally meets with presented him with a Special Birthday cake which was emblazoned in the Tipperary jersey.

DROICHEAD CENTRE- Local League for Older Adults: Men from Callan and the surrounding area are invited to Droichead Family Resource Centre on Friday mornings at 10.30am with the hope of establishing a group to participate in an Older Adults Local League. Competitions will suit all levels and abilities, and activities include Bowling, Camán Abu and Speed Stacks. All welcome to try it out. For more information Brid on 056 77 555 19 Ext 1. Job Search Workshop : This is an informal workshop that offers practical tips to people to improve their chances of gaining employment. During the day topics will include Skills Identification, CV preparation, cover letters, interview techniques, job search, work placement opportunities etc. The workshop will be in a relaxed informal atmosphere. It will take place Droichead FRC on Thursday, May 31st between 10am – 2pm. The workshop is free of charge and facilitated by Kilkenny Leader Partnership and County Kilkenny Adult Guidance Service. To book a place on the workshop, please contact Una on 087 6536352 or drop into Droichead FRC. Absolute Beginners Computer Course: This course will begin on Thursday, May 24th from 7.30pm- 9.30pm and will run for 3 Thursday evenings. This course is part funded. The 3 classes will cost €6. Please pay €6 at Droichead Family Resource Centre reception in advance to book your place. Droichead photography group meet fortnightly, every second Wednesday morning in Droichead Family Resource Centre at 10am. This group is open to all people interested in learning the basics on photography. The cost will be €2 per session. A group training exercise class will be held on Wednesdays from 8pm – 9pm in Droichead Family Resource Centre. The cost will be €5 per session. The aim of the class will help to loose weight, tone up and get fit for the summer. To book a place call Claire on 085 1449120

SUMMER WHIST DRIVES- Whist drive at Callan Parish Hall every alternative Wednesday night commencing at 8.45pm. The next whist drive 16th May teas served, new players always welcome lots of prizes for whist and raffle.

FAMILY DAY- Bunscoil McAuley Rice will hold it’s first family field day on Sunday 27th May from 2-6pm at the school on the Kilkenny road site in Callan. It promises to be a fun-filled day for all the family. With many attractions including, Wheel of Fortune, Dog show, Hook a Duck, Bric a Brac, hurling and soccer targets, face-painting, bouncy castles and a meet and greet with Minnie and Mickey Mouse, to name but a few. Not forgetting our star attraction, a 50foot high bouncy slide-the tallest in Ireland!!! So its May 27th for some old fashioned fun, home baking, barbecue, and a great day out will be had by all.

CAMPHILL PLANT SALE- The annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning for Camphill Callan and Ballytobin will be held this year on Sunday, May 20th, from 12 noon to 4 pm. After many years of holding it in Ballytobin, last year saw it move to the Mill Lane car park in the heart of Callan. As it was a good success, it will stick to its new location, now on a Sunday. There will be the usual dazzling array of bedding plants, together with herbaceous and shrub specialties, for all the keen gardeners – all that is needed is a touch of summer weather! Coffee, tea and delicious cakes will also feature and there will be a variety of stalls and garden-inspired games for the children

GOLF LOTTO- Results are as follows, Winning numbers 11,14,19. No Winner of Jackpot of €2850. Lucky Dip Winners Louise /Daragh Walsh 2 Maureen Leahy Kilmoganny 3 Rose Corcoran Sellers prize Michael Walsh and Sean Walzer. Next weeks Jackpot €2950.

WOMENS REFUGE FUNDRAISER- Please support the bangers & mash lunch for Amber(Carlow/Kilkenny Women’s Refuge)on Thursday 17th May 2012 at the Aspect Hotel, Ring Road, Kilkenny – from 12.30 to 2.30p.m. – Donation €10.

JOHN LOCKES- The Lockes Intermediates face Rower/Inistioge in the second round of Matches next Sunday evening at Ballyhale. As we all know the Lockes had an excellent first round win over Mooncoin, but this game on Sunday will be a huge challenge for the young Lockes team. The Lockes have the players and the skill, but their opponents have a lot of experience. County player Kieran Joyce is one player the Lockes will be keeping a close eye on, but then the Lockes have nothing to fear. The game is at 7pm and please turn out to support the Lockes.

CALLAN UNITED- Callan United are just one game away from being in the McCalmount Cup final which is the king pin in local soccer. Callan have a wonderful history in the Cup, but the last time they won was forty years ago, I hate to admit it but I remember those glory years, well then I was only school boy at the time. Remember the Powers, McCormacks, Christ Whelan, John Kirwin of course we do so can the new kids on the block emulate those days, Saturday at 4pm is the kick off when all will be revealed.

CEMETARY MASSES- A reminder of the forthcoming cemetery masses at both Kilbride and Coolagh. The Kilbride mass and blessing of the graves takes place Friday June 29th at 8.00 pm. A Committee Meeting recently saw the initial start in the preparation for this summers outdoor Cemetery Masses. The engineer of the Committee, Paddy Gibbs, has been working away over the winter months preparing a new wiring system for the outdoor speakers. This permanent power supply will be installed by the Committee during the coming weeks. The Committee are confident that they can undertake the refurbishment of the Calvary Statues in the centre of the Graveyard. This work will be completed in conjunction with the Cemetery Committee, Kilkenny Co. Council (Callan Area Office) and Molloys of Callan. Families of those with Loved Ones buried in Kilbride are asked to tend to their Graves in preperation for the upcoming Mass. Committee- Johnny Burke, Paddy Condon, Fr. Willie Dalton, Paddy Gibbs, Joe Grace, Joe Kennedy, Seamus Kelly, Joe Lyons, Seamie Maher, Bridget O’Brien, Mary Roughan. The Coolagh cemetery mass will take place on Friday 6th July.

SUBMISSIONS TO CALLAN NOTES- The Callan Notes welcomes submissions for publication from all organisations and individuals, so to ensure you get your message in to the notes the following Wednesday I would appreciate if you can get your details to me by 8pm on Sunday nights as I need to have my notes into the newspaper early Monday morning. As always email to callannotes@gmail.com. Thanks again for keeping the news in the note