Changing shape at John Locke Park

CHANGING SHAPE AT JOHN LOCKE PARK- Over the past number of weeks the new development at John Locke Park has really begun in earnest. The questions were always been asked, ‘when are ye starting the new building’, ‘when will the park be open again’. Well it’s started and hopefully by mid 2013 John Locke Park will have been transformed into one of the best facilities in the South east. That’s not a boast, it’s a fact. A lot of time and energy has gone into planning and fine tuning the re-shaping of the Park. It’s not just about thinking ahead twenty years, the thinking had to look ahead fifty years.

CHANGING SHAPE AT JOHN LOCKE PARK- Over the past number of weeks the new development at John Locke Park has really begun in earnest. The questions were always been asked, ‘when are ye starting the new building’, ‘when will the park be open again’. Well it’s started and hopefully by mid 2013 John Locke Park will have been transformed into one of the best facilities in the South east. That’s not a boast, it’s a fact. A lot of time and energy has gone into planning and fine tuning the re-shaping of the Park. It’s not just about thinking ahead twenty years, the thinking had to look ahead fifty years.

When John Locke Park was first developed and opened in 1983, it was one of the finest facilities in the country, but it is amazing how things change and how quickly the developments in the GAA had aged the Park so much. So when we reach the thirtieth anniversary of John Locke Park next year, it will be a far different place that men like the late Jack Lyons, Paddy Stapleton, Paddy Meagher John Roughan and Canon John Kennedy PP had worked so hard to create a ground that the club would be proud of. It is costing a lot of money to create what will be a spectacular facility. It will include four changing rooms, Referees room, meeting rooms, kitchens, gymnasium, public toilets and the finest hurling wall alley in the South East with an Astra turf surface. It is also hoped to create a walking and running path around the both the main pitch and training pitch. This will be around the perimeter and will be flood lit, which will be a welcome facility for all the walkers and runners in the town. It will certainly be a safer environment that walking on the By-Pass and ideal for families. But money will not just fall out of the sky to put this in place, a lot of hard work will have to be done both in and outside the parish to raise funds which is been created for the young people of our town and parish.

Already the building is taking shape with foundations in place and near ready for the pouring of the sub floor. The pitch has already been moved and seeding of the new area will happen in the coming week. The public are welcome to come and take a look in the evening times when the machines are stopped and the site is secured. It’s a wonderful site to see progress every day. Yes the John Lockes club and the town will certainly have a facility to be proud of and it will certainly help to enhance the future of hurling in Callan. Here is a reminder of the officers and committee back in the early 1980’s who worked so hard to create John Locke Park. President Canon John Kennedy, Vice-President’s John Roughan and Jack Lyons. Chairman, Barrie Henriques, Vice-Chairmen, Tom O’ Donovan & Pat Power, Secretary, Barry Hickey, Assistant Secretary, E.J.Ryan, Joint Treasures, Paddy Ryan and John Vaughan, PRO Tom Ryan. Committee Joe O’Dwyer, Paddy Stapleton, Johnny Wall, Mick Corcoran, Harry Bryan and John Stapleton. Team Trainer Fr. Liam Cassin CC.

KILBRIDE MASS- This year’s annual cemetery mass at Kilbride will take place on Friday 29th June at 8pm. Last year’s mass was washed out because of the weather. This was only the second time in its history, so it is hoped that returning to Kilbride for the outdoor mass will happen. The Kilbride mass is very special for all the families of diseased and for those who live away from the parish it is always a wonderful time for families to renew old acquaintances. Presently the County Council are busy cutting the grass at Kilbride. With the recent sunshine and rain growth has been rapid so over the next two weeks it will be a job to keep the grass under control for what will certainly bring huge crowds. There will be free parking available in adjacent fields so keep an eye out for the signs.

SHARON RUNS FOR CHARITY- Sharon Butler successfully completed the 10km Flora Women’s Mini Marathon on bank holiday Monday in Dublin. More than 40,000 women took part in the marathon and millions of euro was raised for different charities across the country. Sharon’s chosen charity was Breast Cancer Ireland. A fundraising event was held in Keogh’s bar Callan and the night was filled with Joe Dolan hits as a tribute to the late singer. Many people attended on the night and some went home with a prize won in the monster raffle, which was held with the help of many local sponsors in the area. A whopping €1,005 was raised for the charity. Sharon wishes to thank her aunt Anna Norris who suffered herself from Breast Cancer and is a picture of health today, proprietor of Keoghs Bar Kevin Keogh and Bobby Jackman for their help in organising the fundraiser. She also wishes to thank all the sponsors, all who donated and attended to show fantastic support for this worthy cause. Sharon travelled to Dublin with her best friend Barbara Carroll and both ran the marathon together, Barbara’s chosen charity was the ISPCA. She’s a dog groomer and had a sponsored dog wash in her work, Paw’s Grooming Studio Kilkenny. Barbara did the driving and they stopped for breakfast in the Fox and Goose on the journey to Dublin and on return dropped into Keogh’s for a drink to relax the weary limbs. Well done Sharon for your efforts and a cheque for €1005.00 will be handed over to the Breast Cancer fund.

DROICHEAD CENTRE- The Droichead FRC in partnership with Co. Kilkenny VEC’s Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) are currently accepting applications from all early school leavers interested in participating on the following FETAC Level 4 accredited programmes in Callan- (1) Horticulture (4M1994) and (2) Office Skills (4M2070). It is expected that both programmes will run in the Droichead FRC (from 9.30am-2.00pm for 2 days per week) over the September 2012-June 2013 period. FREE places are available on this part-time programme to applicants with Junior Certificate standard of education. Priority for places will be given to those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance and/or Job Seekers Benefit. An Information/Registration Session is scheduled to take place in the Droichead FRC on Tuesday, 19th June @ 9.30am. Please contact the BTEI Office (056) 7795916 or the Droichead FRC (056) 7775519 Ext. 1 for further information and/or to register your interest in attending the above session.

camp-Droichead Summer Camp will run for 1 week and will begin on Monday, July 16th until Friday, July 20th 2012. It will be held from 10 am until 2 pm in Droichead Childcare, Mill St. Callan. The Camp will cater for children from 4 to 11 years. The activities will include- music, dance, art and crafts, baking, sport, treasure hunt, water games & a display from Gowran Reptile. The cost will be €60 per child for the week. To book your place you must pay a deposit in advance at Droichead Childcare. Please contact Rosie or Grace on 056 7755519 Ext. 2.

CHARITY SHOP- Hunter Gatherer Brand New Charity Shop open at the Cross Callan, is there to Benefit the Ballytobin School at Camphill and Associated Kindergarten. Open and run by volunteers the store stocks a vast variety of Women’s, Men’s, and children’s wear. They also stock a huge range of stunning New and Second Hand Wedding dresses, Debs and party Dresses in a variety of styles and sizes. Donations are always welcome why not pop in and see us we are open Monday - Saturday from 11am - 6pm

ALZHEIMERS FUNDRAISER- Fundraiser in Keoghs Pub in Callan, on Friday 15th June at 8.00pm, in aid of the Kilkenny Alzheimer Day Centre. Lots of food, music and a raffle with some great prizes. All are welcome, its sure to be a great night

HERITAGE SOCIETY- Callan Heritage Society has a bus outing to the Athlone area on Saturday the 30th of June. Includes a trip on the Shannon in a Viking Ship from Clonmacnosie to Athlone. Bookings please to Maisie Condon

KCAT END OF YEAR- The annual showcase of selected work by KCAT students will be on display at the Arts Centre. The work has been selected by students from the range of courses on offer at KCAT and ranges from printmaking to woodcarving, paintings to wirework, the variety and quality are breathtaking. The exhibition continues until today (Wednesday) until 5pm.

GOLF LOTTO- Week 11 Numbers 1,15,16, No Jackpot winner, Lucky Dip winner €30 each, 1 Kathleen Doheny 2 Liam Egan 3 Elenor Moore, Sellers Prize - Teresa Freyne & Eddie Cunningham, Next weeks jackpot 850e