Callan: Top talent in Callan

OLDE CHARTER TALENT COMPETITION - Congratulating 1st place Barbara O’ Meara, who was certainly worthy winner and that was undisputed by all in the bar that night. Well done to 2nd place Kiara Komer and 3rd place Libby Maher who were also excellent and made it an excellent competition drawing such wonderful talent from many places around the area.

OLDE CHARTER TALENT COMPETITION - Congratulating 1st place Barbara O’ Meara, who was certainly worthy winner and that was undisputed by all in the bar that night. Well done to 2nd place Kiara Komer and 3rd place Libby Maher who were also excellent and made it an excellent competition drawing such wonderful talent from many places around the area.

A big thanks from Ursula and Tommy Brett for hosting a wonderful show and a big thanks to everyone that entered.

KILKENNY SUPPORTERS CLUB - The Cosy Inn and the Steppes Bar hosted two very successful fundraising quiz’s for the annual KCLR/Kilkenny Supporters club last Thursday night. This support from both bars and their patrons was a welcome boost to Supporters club funds. While other venues around the country struggled to meet the numbers established last year both the Callan venues helped in boosting numbers. Over all it was a terrific night with the questions creating much debate amongst participants.

The quiz was comprised of both sport and general knowledge questions which was welcome to those who were not generally sports orientated. Alice and Eddie Kelly of the Steppes Bar put of a great show for the participants as did Ger and Graham Doheny of the Cosy Inn Bar. Both bars really looked after their customers and the food provided by both establishments was most welcome. The Steppes Bar are raffling a signed Kilkenny jersey all this week in the lead up to the All-Ireland with the draw taking place on Friday night as part of the John Lockes juvenile draw.

A line costs €2 with the proceeds going to the supporters club. Paddy Kerwick of Kerwicks newsagents also has official Kilkenny supporters club memorabilia on sale at his shop and one item which should be a big seller are the official Kilkenny tattoos. These should be a big attraction for the youngsters and teenagers in the lead up to the big game. The tattoos are great value at €3.00 for a double pack of tattoos.

JOHN LOCKES RAFFLE - The John Lockes Juvenile raffle will be held in the Steppes bar this Friday 7th at 9pm ,All are welcome to come along on the night. Special thanks to sponsors of prizes who gave generously John Murphy (Murphy’s butchers Callan), Colin Aherne (Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny) and Elaine Bryan (Callan Post Office). The Raffle for the Signed Kilkenny jersey will also take place on the night.

A HAZARDOUS JOURNEY - The R695 via Westcourt was closed all week so that a new tunnel could be completed to link land on both sides of the road in that area. This meant that local traffic was diverted to Ballymack or Skeaugh and apparently a lot of traffic took their journey via Ballywaters which wasn’t ideal for local residents as the narrow road took a lot of hardship. Those of us wishing to travel to Thurles and Killenaule had to take a different route also. Traditionally this columnist would travel via Ballingarry but because of the disruptions at Westcourt I decided to take the route to Thurles last Friday morning via the Modeshill road. Modeshill as we know is a townsland of Mullinahone which just boarders Callan parish, but what this columnist experienced driving through the area made the little townsland look like it was a wilderness in a foreign country. It was just incredible to come from near perfect roads on the Kilkenny side and the cross over Carbine Bridges to hit third world type road surface. The pot holes were unbelievable from Walls and Srcivens all the way to Tommy Ryans house. I often have a cut at the likes of Matt Doran and Tommy Maher here in the notes but in fairness to both they endeavour to keep our roads and general pathways.

WELL DONE JASON - Well done to Jason Corcoran for putting in a storming performance especially in the second half for the Kilkenny Intermediate team last Saturday night at Thurles against Tipperary. Unfortunately the end result was not what we wanted to kick start the week as Kilkenny lost out by two points in the end. But it could have been an awful lot worse if the pattern had remained the same in the second half as it did in the first half. Kilkenny were ripped asunder in the first half and the back line came in for a torrent time for the entire first half. The way the team was picked from the start would have to be questioned as there were a number of players not up to the standard of inter county hurling. In defence the management made the changes which immediately had an impact and such was Kilkenny’s dominance in the second half and nearly pulled off a famous win after trailing by 12 points at half time. Jason had an excellent second half and showed what he could do as a classic corner back. He has the skill and speed to get away from his marker and that’s what he did in the second half where as in the first he would have to admit he put himself under pressure by trying to bring other players into the game. Despite the loss it was an excellent performance and one that Jason Corcoran will learn a lot from. For Jason it is onwards and upwards as he will also be part of the Kilkenny U-21 team on September 15th against Clare which will be at Thurles also.

HERITAGE SOCIETY - Next meeting of Callan Heritage Society is on Tuesday 11th of September at 6.00 PM in the Friary, Mill Street. Please note change of date.

DROICHEAD CENTRE - Are you a parent of a disabled child? Would you like to meet with a group in a similar situation and learn to be a more effective voice for your child? Droichead Family Resource Centre will host an Empowering Parents training course in partnership with DESSA. The Empowering Parents Programme seeks to support parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their child and will run over a 6 week period commencing Wednesday 19th September. For further information or to book your place please contact:- Kay Teahan, DESSA, c/o Droichead FRC, Callan, Co. Kilkenny tel: 087 3534432, email advocacy@dessa.ie

BOOK LAUNCH - Book Launch, ‘The Jazzer’ by Tomás Céitinn (Tommy Keating) in Butler House Patrick Street Kilkenny on Tuesday next September 11th at 8 pm. Tommy lives at Westcourt and a great man for walking the Callan By Pass for his regular exercise. Tommy’s dad used to have the famous ‘Shoe Hospital’ in Mullinahone for many years and Tommy also ran the same business until he closed the business. All are welcome.