Aldi gets the green light

ALDI- Perhaps we can call it 3rd time lucky, but over the weekend the news that the Aldi store which is planned for West Street finally got the go ahead from An Bord Pleanála. It certainly has been a long time coming, having had planning rejected nearly three years ago on the Coolagh Road, the Aldi empire will welcome this news and in doing so grow their presence in County Kilkenny to three shops. Nearly five years ago Tesco Ireland had lodged an application for a supermarket development at Clonmel Road but was rejected by the planning board at the time on the grounds that the area was not within the town plan. This latest news may well spark interest from Tesco again, because as we all know Kilkenny is the only county in Ireland not to have a Tesco store. The announcement of the Aldi development will be welcome news for the general public, but for traders in the town it will certainly cause some concern. It is often said competition is good for business, but in these tough times with trade at rock bottom for traders everywhere, additional competition may well not be the best news. The designated site on the entrance off the by-pass could certainly do with cleaning up, so a new building and car park will make it a more appealing feature on the entrance to the town. Knowing the Aldi group they won’t delay in starting this building, so don’t be surprised if this store will be open by the end of this year.

ALDI- Perhaps we can call it 3rd time lucky, but over the weekend the news that the Aldi store which is planned for West Street finally got the go ahead from An Bord Pleanála. It certainly has been a long time coming, having had planning rejected nearly three years ago on the Coolagh Road, the Aldi empire will welcome this news and in doing so grow their presence in County Kilkenny to three shops. Nearly five years ago Tesco Ireland had lodged an application for a supermarket development at Clonmel Road but was rejected by the planning board at the time on the grounds that the area was not within the town plan. This latest news may well spark interest from Tesco again, because as we all know Kilkenny is the only county in Ireland not to have a Tesco store. The announcement of the Aldi development will be welcome news for the general public, but for traders in the town it will certainly cause some concern. It is often said competition is good for business, but in these tough times with trade at rock bottom for traders everywhere, additional competition may well not be the best news. The designated site on the entrance off the by-pass could certainly do with cleaning up, so a new building and car park will make it a more appealing feature on the entrance to the town. Knowing the Aldi group they won’t delay in starting this building, so don’t be surprised if this store will be open by the end of this year.

TIDY TOWNS- While watching a challenge game between John Lockes and St. Anne’s from near Kilmore Quay Wexford last Sunday morning at the CBS grounds a man from Wexford whom this columnist was chatting with commented on how Callan was a fine town and very clean. It certainly was a heartening thing to hear from someone who wouldn’t know the town that well. But he is correct, the town is looking very clean and in fact it has never looked as clean for a long time, the repainting of Bridge Street has really brightened up the approach from the Northern end of the town. It’s a credit to everyone and as we mentioned before especially to Jimmy McCormack who worked tirelessly to brighten up the area. Hopefully this new look will improve the points scoring for the Tidy Towns competition this year, but a few black spots need to be sorted soon before judging.FRIARY WALK- The residents of Friary Walk are doing their bit in cleaning up Callan. On Wednesday 4th July at 7.30pm the residents are getting out to clean the area in their estate and on the area on the road way in front. There will be litter picking and also cleaning of weeds Its just another example of people coming together to improve the look of their area and hopefully it will encourage other estates to do the same. The co-ordinator of the cleanup is Nicola Vaughan with the help of Mike Nolan of Callan Tidy Town’s. Meeting area is at main entrance to Friary Walk.

JOHN LOCKES JUVENILE GAA- The John Lockes U12 hurlers have had a busy couple of weeks being heavily involved in the Callan run U12 Hurling league. On Friday last the Lockes took on O’Loughlin’s in John park and were involved in an exceptional match of very high quality and skill. O’Loughlin’s had their first team in action but the Callan men gave as good as they got. The best feature of this match was the display of the younger players who have come on in leaps and bounds. Colm Nolan, Kevin Byrnes, Jack Canavan, Liam Hennessy, Kyle Bergin and Captain James Shirley lead the way. The game hung in the balance right until the end and when Jack Fitzpatrick scored the Lockes third goal it looked as if the Lockes would claim the day but O’Loughlin’s came strong in the end with points from their older players. Other players to perform well were Darragh Bergin Jack Roche, Evan Doyle, TJ Tierney, Luke Walsh, Josh Doheny, Michael Power, Stephen Morris, Mickey Prendergast, Cormac Byrnes and Brian Kearney who had to retire early with and injury. Next up is James Stephens on Thursday evening.

DROICHEAD CENTRE- Callan Indoor Food & Craft Market will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary, Mill St. in Callan every Friday and will begin June 29th from 9am – 2pm. To host a stand, the cost is €5. For more information, contact 056 77 55519 ext 1 Droichead Childcare Centre Open Day, The Friary Complex, Mill Street, Callan. Co. Kilkenny. SUMMER 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.

KILBRIDE MASS- This year’s annual cemetery mass at Kilbride will take place next 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. The Gardai seriously request that the designated car parks are used where possible and not to park on the Clonmel Road because of busy traffic.

ALZHEIMERS FUNDRAISER- Well done to all who supported the Alzheimers fundraiser at Keoghs Bar Mill Street on Friday evening 15th June. It was a fantastic success and raised over €1,000 on the night. The night was organised by local business woman Eileen Vaughan who has a close association with the Alzheimers organisation. ILocation: Alzheimer Day Care Centre, 1 Fr Walsh Close, Cootes Lane, Kilkenny (Behind the village Inn)Next Meeting: Time: 4pm-5.30pm (NEW TIME) Wednesday 30th May 2012. For more information contact Ruth 056)7771230

CAMOGIE TABLE QUIZ- A monster table quiz will take place on Thursday 28th June (tomorrow) at the Springhill hotel in aid of Kilkenny Camogie. There is a wonderful prize of €500 worth of sports gear to be won as well as loads of raffle prizes. The cost for a team of four is €30. MC for the night is none other than Mister Personality himself ‘Gorgeous’ George Chandler. Contact Pearl for more details on 0876923811.

GUN CLUB AGM- The AGM of Callan Gun Club will be held on the 5th of July 2012 in The Friary Complex at 8pm sharp. All members requested to attend as all monies are now due.

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. Donations are always welcome why not pop in and see us we are open Monday - Saturday from 11am - 6pm

HERITAGE SOCIETY- Callan Heritage Society has organised a bus outing to the Athlone area for Saturday the 30th of June. The bus travels via Birr, where we stop for breakfast, and on to Clonmacnoise. From there we travel by Viking boat up the Shannon river to Athlone. A stop for lunch before a visit to a Folk Park and museum in the afternoon. An evening meal is arranged in Athlone after a walk about the town and then depart for home. Booking please as usual to Maisie Condon.

MULLINAHONE COMMUNITY PARK- Fundaisigng for a community park in Mullinahone wommences with a a Mega Bingo night on Thursday 28th June at Mullinahone GAA hall beginning at 8pm. The total prize money on the night will be €1500 with as much as €500 on just one sheet. There will also be a raffle as well as a shop to purchase refreshments. So all of you in the Callan area and surrounding parishes who just love your bingo, grab those clip boards and sharpen your pencils there’s loads of money to be won in Mullinahone. They won’t mind is the big money is taken back across the border, because they will have appreciated your support and in doing so you will help along the road to fulfilling the dream of many to have a Community Park in Mullinahone.

WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT- The Highlight of the Field Day which is part of the annual Abhainn Ri Festival in Callan on Sunday July 29th will be an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for “The Largest Rock the Boat” in the World. The present record is for 1,428 people simultaneously rocking/swaying for a minimum of 5 minutes to the sound of “The Hues Corporation “ which is the 1974 version of the song -probably familiar to most people. So the big question to go out is “ Have you got the notion, to Rock the Boat, Don’t rock the boat baby”. The target of the event is to beat the present record and in turn put Callan and the Abhainn Ri festival on the map and above all in the next edition of the Guinness Book of Records. Just imagine 1,500 people sitting all around the Abbey Meadow and ‘Rocking the Boat’. What is needed first are people, children, mothers, fathers, Grannies and Granddads and if there are Great Grandparents all the better. This fundraising effort is in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and the local King’s River (Abhainn Ri) development project. It promises to be a real fun event with the co-operation and participation of as many people as possible in the grounds of the historic “abbey Meadow” in order to create a Real first for Callan. Master of Ceremonies on the day will be the inimitable George Candler, with local D.J. Mark Fitzpatrick and organiser Teckie Brett ensuring that all will be rocking in perfect rhythm & sweet harmony. Never let it be said that YOU didn’t “Rock The Boat” in Callan to help create this record and raise much needed funds for two worthwhile causes. See You there and “We will Rock The Boat Together Baby”. For further enquiries contact: 087 1639634 or abhainnrifestival@gmail.com.

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