Heritage Society trip to Cobh for Queenstown Experience

ANY NEWS-“Did you hear any news, what’s the story on Aldi?” Yes Aldi are the main topic of conversation around the town in the past few weeks. News on whether Aldi have had permission granted or rejected was expected before Easter, but as I write the Notes at 10am on Monday Morning, we can inform the public that there is news to tell on the proposed development at Tinnamona. There have been no updates on planning added to the An Bord Pleanála website since the week ending 6th April and even Matt Doran is still in the dark on what will happen. As there is no set date on a decision on planning the Bord can take their time on releasing any information and those who have placed the objection will be informed first on any decision, which is only correct. At this stage patience is the best advice and as the saying goes ‘No News is good News’.

ANY NEWS-“Did you hear any news, what’s the story on Aldi?” Yes Aldi are the main topic of conversation around the town in the past few weeks. News on whether Aldi have had permission granted or rejected was expected before Easter, but as I write the Notes at 10am on Monday Morning, we can inform the public that there is news to tell on the proposed development at Tinnamona. There have been no updates on planning added to the An Bord Pleanála website since the week ending 6th April and even Matt Doran is still in the dark on what will happen. As there is no set date on a decision on planning the Bord can take their time on releasing any information and those who have placed the objection will be informed first on any decision, which is only correct. At this stage patience is the best advice and as the saying goes ‘No News is good News’.

BOXING- Easter week was a busy one for Callan boxing club with four of their seven Leinster champions involved in the National Championships at the National Boxing Stadium. For a small club like Callan having so many in the National Championships is a wonderful achievement. Senior Coach Jimmy Walsh had a path worn to the Stadium all week and even on one of the days was in the Stadium for 10am returned home and then travelled back for another bout at 9pm. The four lads boxed a total of twenty one bouts during the Leinster and National championships with only three losses, which brought huge praise from all the boxing fraternity.

Callan Boxing club and the parish of Windgap can boast of another National champion this week when young Thomas O’Callaghan boxing at 52kg Boy 1 became champion of Ireland. There has to be something in the Water up there in Windgap because for such a small place it now boasts two National Champions. Sean Purcell also reached the final of the 42kg Boy2 level and had the heartbreak of been beaten by a single point, while last year’s Champion Conor Ivors went out in the semi-final at the Boy 3 44kg weight as did CJ Holohan at the Boy 1 29kg weight.

Next Sunday as a preparation for the National championships the three remaining Leinster Champions Paige O’ Keeffe, Courtney Doheny and Jade Audoire will take part in an all female boxing tournament in Athy Co. Kildare. All three girls were impressive in the Leinsters so there are high hopes for all in the coming weeks.

HERITAGE SOCIETY- Callan Heritage Society has their first bus outing for 2012 on Saturday the 28th of April. It is an outing to Cobh, Co Cork to visit the Queenstown Experience with its emphasis on the Titanic on this the centenary of the sinking of that great ship. Also there is a guided tour of the town, and a planned boat trip around the magnificent harbour. The bus leaves Callan at 7.45 AM from outside the Parish Church. If anyone wishing to travel please contact Maisie Condon. As part of the Abhainn Ri Festival for 2012 the society is organising a Conference dealing with the famous 16th/17th century family of stone sculptors, the O’Tunneys. The Conference will run from the evening of Friday the 27th to Sunday the 29th of July. A most impressive list of experts will speak on various aspects of stone carving and monumental sculpturing in this area. There will also be a field trip to view the work of the O’Tunneys and an outing to Kilcooley Abbey. Everyone welcome.

NEW SIGNAGE AND TIDY TOWNS- Has anyone spotted the new impressive stone sign near the Maxtown entrance from the By-Pass. Recently Molly’s stonemasons on West Street in conjunction with Callan Tidy town’s erected the first of the stones stating ‘Callan, keep our town litter free’. The intention is to erect similar stones at all of the main junctions into the town and will hopefully help the town to gain additional points in this year’s Tidy Town’s competition. The annual clean up of the By-pass will also take place shortly and again Tidy Towns will be calling on the services of the local schools. But it’s not all about the perimeter of the town, we have to look after the centre also and as always Upper and parts of Lower Bridge Street are the disaster zones. Sadly the same buildings we have highlighted in the past few years still remain in a dilapidated state and all for the want of a lick of paint. Upper Bridge Street in particular is a sad place to walk or drive through, with so many shop units empty and in poor repair. The biggest eye sore is the old Powers Drapery shop which hasn’t been maintained in many years. Yes there are none of the family living locally anymore but perhaps hiring a local painter to give it a face lift wouldn’t cost too much, because if it continues in the present state the front will fall down. Across the road s Pat Murphy has made an effort with his shop fronts by adding some paint and giving the impression they are Pet and Coffee shops and is advertising in the shop front of the old Dunne’s Bakery building why can’t the other owners do likewise? The Old Leinster house development is now somewhat tidier in recent years but again a lick of paint on the timber hoardings would help to freshen and brighten the place up. Over the Bridge on Lower Bridge Street there appears to be one real eye sore and it’s the house opposite Keoghs Bakery with the paint peeling off the front, again it wouldn’t be costly to give it a lick of paint. Of course its not all down to the owners of properties the Tidy Towns people and the County Council will have to get the ‘finger out’ also. It is noticeable in recent weeks the increase in weeds growing around the base of the new trees planted on Green Street, could the council get the weed killer out before those weeds become too unsightly. The cursed dog ‘poo’ is still a scourge around the town and some dog owners are just basically stupid and irresponsible and don’t have any regard for others. Go to the Council offices and pick up the special ‘poo bags’ and carry them while walking your dog or are dog owners too squeamish to pick up their own dogs dirt. Note there are dog owners who are very aware and responsible but are they in the majority or minority. The Callan Notes will continue to highlight the general untidiness of the named areas as well as the dog issues until hopefully we can get those responsible to come to ‘heel’ using a dog training phrase.

CAFÉ L’ARCHE- Since Cafe L’Arche opened in 2007 it has become known for its home cooking, desserts and friendly atmosphere. Each year we hold some charity events, all of which have been based around different nation’s traditional dishes. We have had an Indian , Hungarian, Tapas and a Japanese night. All have been a great success. This year Café L’Arche are having two fundraisers in April. The first was an Italian night in the cafe last Saturday night which was a massive success. There was a 3 course meal, cooked by the cafe’s own cooks. The menu consisted of traditional Italian dishes and some of Cafe L’Arche wonderful desserts. The tickets were €22 and all the proceeds went to Luke Brabazon (16) who will climb Kilimanjaro in June in aid of L’Arche Kilkenny. Well done to all and best of luck Luke.

On the 21 April at 7.30pm Miho Oka with her mother will be cooking with her mother, a buffet of traditional Japanese cooking in aid of the victims of last year’s Tsunami. Miho served some wonderful Japanese food last August for the same cause in Cafe L’Arche. The funds went to children in Nobiru Town in Higashi Matsushima City. (the city locates In Miyagi prefecture where it was badly hit by both Tsunami and Earthquake on that day.) Please contact us at Café L’Arche 056 7706891 /Mairead at 086 8924965 to book.

DROICHEAD- Droichead photography group is a new group which will meet on Wednesday, April 25th at 10am in Droichead FRC. The group will meet fortnightly, every second Wednesday morning. This group is open to all people interested in learning the basics on photography. The cost will be €2 per session. Parenting Course:  The HSE will be facilitating a Parents + Early years (1-6 years) parenting course in Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan which is due to commence on Tuesday, the 17th of April from 2pm to 4pm.  This course will run for six weeks.  Please call 056 77 55519 Ext 1 to put your name down.Absolute Beginners Computer Course: This course will begin on Tuesday April 24th from 7.30pm- 9.30pm and will run for Tuesday 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.Willow Sculpting: A willow sculpting evening course will take place on April 23rd, 24th, 25th from 5.30pm – 8.30pm in Droichead Family Resource Centre. Places are limited.

MOUNT CARMEL TRIP- Mount Carmel Day trip to Kilsheelan on tomorrow Thursday 19th April. Bus is leaving from Mount Carmel at approx 9am and returning around 5pm.Cost of trip €30.00 which includes cost of Bus and lunch in the Carraig Hotel in Carrick on Suir.All welcome to book your place please ring Mount Carmel at 056 7725301.

GOLF LOTTO- Week 3 results are as follows, Winning numbers 2,13,18. No Winner of Jackpot of €2650. Lucky Dip Winners 1. Tessie Bergin 2. Christy O’ Sullivan 3 Orlaigh Scott. Sellers prize Denis Carey and Robert Woodcock. Next weeks Jackpot €2750.

APOSTOLIC SOCIETY- The Callan Apostolic society are preparing for their annual display which takes place on 28th and 29th April. If anyone wishes to donate a vessel in memory of a diseased relative please contact any member of the society. In turn the particular vessel can be arranged and inscribed in accordance with the donors wishes who in turn will then donate to the missionaries. The prices of units are as followed. Tabernacle €295, Mass Kit €225, Chalice €120, Ciborium €120, Mini-monstrance €100, Holy Oil Stock €80, Pyx €40. Please contact Bridie Bergin, Kathleen O’Brien or Rose Corcoran for more details.

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS- A special Bus will leave Callan on the 12th June to one of the many debates. This particular event is of interest in particular to the Diocese of Ossory and is in relation Marriage and the Family. A bus will leave on the morning of the 12th at 7.30am and return at 6pm. The cost of the full day is €40 and it needs to be paid by April 1st. For bookings please contact Brigid O’ Leary at 056-7725216, Paul Clarke on 086-2523534 and also Kathleen Carroll.

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 notes.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT- Callan and District Active Retirement Group all peoples interested in our annual outing, which will take place on Monday 21st of May 2012 to the Friday 25th. We will be travelling to Galway and will stay in the area for 4 nights in the Ardilaun Hotel. Seats are limited so please contact the following people to ensure your place. Contact: Rita.....056 7725159, Breda..056 7755160