BRIAN AND LIAM PAY A VISIT TO MOUNT CARMEL - The Mount Carmel residence home for the elderly is such a homely place and a place that has wonderful management and staff. Ann Walpole has transformed the place in the past couple of years along with her dedicated staff. Its home from home for all of its residence now and serves the needs of the elderly in the Callan area by providing a social outlet as well as the daily meals on wheels service which is so welcome by people who are not able to provide for themselves in the home any more. Their annual open day is always a wonderful occasion and of course where would we be without the Liam McCarthy Cup as it paid its annual visit to the home. It was a big occasion and who bigger than Brian Cody himself to arrive with the cup to rapturous applause even from the Tipperary staff like Sally Brett and Bernie Walsh. Bernie and her sisters were all togged out in the Tipperary jersey’s making sure Brian knew of their identity. In fairness they were out shining the Kilkenny people as there were more Tipperary colours on show until the legendary David Bryan arrived fully togged out in his Kilkenny colours and he made a bee line for Brian Cody took hold of the McCarthy Cup and pulled Brian in for a photograph. Not to be out done Bernie and Sally arranged for the Minor All-Ireland cup and Senior Muster Cup to be on site also. A reminder to Kilkenny people that Tipperary did win these championships this year. The residence and many that came in to for the day enjoyed the music and singing throughout the day. The open day is also about highlighting the cost of running such a wonderful facility and also a wonderful opportunity on the good will of people. The business around the town are so god to the home and were only too willing to contribute to the big raffle on the day with loads of prizes for everyone. Mary Egan is a great friend of Mount Carmel and does a huge amount of work for the home. She arranged the trailer of timber raffle which got great support and already the winner has the timber burning well, in my solid fuel stove. Of course the Liam McCarthy cup is always in huge demand and it wouldn’t be in such good condition after all these years without Denis ‘Rackard’ Cody to look after it. Denis was on hand again on Saturday and after Brian had departed he stayed around so that nearly everyone had their photo taken with the cup. Yes a wonderful day for the centre and for residence alike and roll on next year when Liam McCarthy will be back by the Nore for the 7th time in eight years. Are you reading this Sally Brett and Bernie Walsh?
COLLAISTE EAMON RIS - It has been a very busy first term for the staff and students at Coláiste Éamann Rís. Transition year students did a self-defence course with Denis Hogan. They attended the photography festival in the education centre organised by Kilkenny Photographic Society in collaboration with the Kilkenny Education Centre. They went to a road safety event organised by Kilkenny County Council and to see Psycho Spaghetti in the Watergate Theatre. They travelled to New Ross for the ploughing championships. Congratulations to Padráig Dunne-Anderson, Dylan Kavanagh, Aaron Lawlor, Ciarán Phelan and James Power who received an award from the Business Studies Teachers of Ireland for obtaining Grade A in their Junior Certificate Higher Level Business exam. James Kelly, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Lee Doheny, Dylan Kavanagh, Philip Cahill, Michael Gaffney, Darragh O’Shea, Aaron Lawlor, Adrian Carroll and Theo Freaney are participating in the 4 – 2 – 1 Peer Education Programme, run by Ossory Youth. All TY Students will start work experience for 2 weeks after the mid-term break. To mark the beginning of the school year, staff and students attended the 10am Mass in the parish church. The students participated in the Mass, by doing the readings and the offertory. Sixth Year Geography class travelled to Tramore to study coastal erosion, which is part of their Leaving Cert Geography project, it accounts for 20% of the overall geography result in the exam. All the senior cycle Agricultural Science students went to the Ploughing Championships in New Ross and had a wonderful day. Its an event all senior classes look forward to each year. Albert Deer (2nd year), Jack Bradley (2nd year), Aaron Lawlor (TYP) and Padraig Donovan (5th Year) attended Comahairle Dáil na nÓg in Hotel Kilkenny. A lot of students took part in the John Lockes Art Competition. Drawings and paintings were submitted by the art classes from 1st to 6th years based on the theme “Hurling/Camogie”. Winners from the school were, Tony Power, Mark Morris (6th year), Jack Bradley 2nd year, Kalem Dawson and Finbar Whiteside 1st year. Each received a cash voucher from O’Briens Drapery, Callan. Congratulations to the U16 hurling team who have qualified for the final. They beat Community School Gorey in the Quarter Final and Carnew in the Semi final. Well done lads and the best of luck in the Final.
CAR WAS FUNDRAISER - Take a bow this morning the staff at Great Gas service station as you really did your bit for a good cause and in doing so raised lots of money. A hearty congratulations to Michael, Donal and Michelle from Maher’s Great Gas service station they as they raised €600 with the collection box and car wash all this money will go towards children ward in St Lukes hospital. Yvonne Kenny Roche’s daughter Ava has being in the hospital a number of times since she was born and by fundraising for the children ward it is her way of saying thank you to the Doctors, nurse’s and staff on the ward for the support they have received. Great Gas staff donated all proceeds of the car wash from Friday 26th October and Saturday the 27th washing cars.
ZUMBA - Sorry john could u mention the Zumbaton that on Friday night the 16th of November at the Ormonde Hotel. Tickets are available fromRachel and Peter Nolan from His n Her fitness studio.
BIG POOL TOURNAMENT - From Friday 23rd November Scruffy Duffy’s are running weekly pool competition every Friday. Instead of the traditional turkey & hams we will be giving vouchers to be spent on the premises .If we get 8 on the night the prize will be €40 voucher for 1st & €10 for 2nd.If they get 16 on the night the prize will be €70 voucher for 1st & €20 for 2nd and so on. The entry will be €5 per head so not expensive and a great chance to get your money’s worth for the Christmas.All you have to do is turn up on any Friday night starting from 23rd November hoping to start at 9pm, so please share and show your interest as we all know this time of year can be quite boring and it’s something to do on the cheap !!!!
MACRA - Well done to Callan Macra on winning the national Macra bowling championships , a great win for kilkenny macra over all.
MOAT FIELDS NATURE AND HERITAGE TRAIL - The plans for an extended footpath through the Moat Fields, under the by-pass bridge and along the Mill Race and bank of the King’s River are gradually taking shape. Unfortunately, the event of the walk through the fields in October was the day of a flood and the fields were impassable but a good presentation and discussion was held in the dry. The Kilkenny County Council, Camphill Callan and the Callan Heritage Society are working in partnership, with support from trails experts in the Kilkenny Leader Partnership, to achieve the project. A Field Trip was made to a comparable path in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, and good lessons were learned. Before plans are further developed, the promoters are eager to get as many Callan people as possible to make the walk and give their ideas about how it can be designed and built to be a genuine attraction to local walkers as well as visitors to the area. Another opportunity to make the tour of the fields will be held on Sunday next, November 18th, immediately following 11 am Mass. Everyone interested should gather at the Mill Lane car park at 12 noon. We will hope the weather will be kinder this time.
THE GATHERING - On Friday night last over 70 people turned up at Coolagh Hall at the invitation of the Coolagh Committee. It was a neighbourhood get-together to plan an event during 2013 for The Gathering to attract home Coolagh Emigrants from around the world and their Families. Also various ideas on the use of the Hall were forwarded to the Committee. Chairman, Billy Maher, opened the proceedings with a message of welcome to all. He said the night’s event was tinged with sadness as word had filtered through of the death of Rory O’Gorman from Killamery. Rory was a great friend of Coolagh, said Billy, and was involved at many of the Coolagh events since his arrival twenty one years ago. Sympathy was extended to his Wife Eileen and Family. A minutes silence was observed. The Chairman introduced Patrick Leydon who is no stranger to the Coolagh people. Patrick said he arrived in Ballytobin thirty four years ago. He served on the Water Scheme for many years, and had great experience working with Jack Sallenger, Jack Lyons, Mick Saunders, Colonel Gabbett & many more. The early water meetings were held in Philly Shea’s & later in the old school. Patrick commended the Coolagh Committee for the excellent upkeep of the Hall. His main focus was on the proposed building at the site of Rita O’Sheas, on the Coolagh flags. When complete this house will be a Community house in the area suitable for preferably local people from the Coolagh surrounds. Patrick gave a presentation of the proposed new walkway from Moate Lane, around the State owned Moate, through the Moate Field, owned by KCC, along by the Millrace, under the bypass and back by the riverbank. A walk along this route will take place next Sunday at 12 noon. Funding for this project will be obtained from KCC and Leader. Billy Maher also welcomed Martin Rafter representing Leader. Martin spoke mainly about The Gathering and the funding available for Community Groups to attract overseas visitors home during 2013. He said all ideas of proposed events to be gathered and dates and times to be agreed by the Committee. He said there are many ways to showcase the community around Coolagh. The event should be attractive to visitors so that they can make a positive contribution to their place of origin. Martin spoke highly of the calibre of the Abhainn Ri Festival and it was suggested as there are Coolagh members on the Festival organising Committee, a link could be made to Coolagh during Festival Week. Coolagh people will have previous experience of attracting visitors when they celebrated the Centenary of Coolagh Church in 1996 and the fortieth anniversary of th closing of Coolagh National School in 2008. The Chairman thanked Patrick Leydon, Martin Rafter and the Kitchen Staff and all who turned out to lend their support and ideas for the future. He reminded the card games commence Thurs Nov 22 and the tickets for the Christmas Raffle are available from Committee Members.
TABLE QUIZ - Table quiz in aid of Kilkenny branch of the Irish Wheelchair Assocation will take place in Scruffy Duffys on this Fri 16th Nov at 9pm. Table of 4 £20 euro . Raffle etc. Organised by The Richard Quirke Trust group
DROICHEAD CENTRE - Free Gardening Course will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary) in Callan over 5 Monday mornings and will begin Monday, November 19th at 10am until 12pm. This course is suitable for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on their gardening skills. People will learn how to grow vegetables without the use of chemicals. The course will include: Autumn Preparation - composting, mulching, improving soil, crop rotation, nature and wildlife. Spring Preparation - seed supports, fertilisers, watering & preparing the soil. Harvesting- pests and diseases. To book a place call 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1Looking for volunteer musicians and set dancers to start an afternoon Tea dance in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary), Callan for the older folk around Callan. Please ask around if you know anyone that would be interested and call 056 77 555 19 ext. 1.
BABY CLINIC - Well baby clinic started in Callan medical centre every Thursday from 10am to 11.30am, run by Callan and Kells public health nurses. This is a drop in service for parents, babies are weighed and advice is given on infant feeding, immunisations, colic, teething, skin rashes etc.Thanks very much, Teresa Brown, Kells Public health nurse.0761082156.
TIMBER AUCTION - The John Lockes will hold their 2nd annual Timber Auction on Sunday 2nd December at the Fair Green. Last year was a huge success and even this year they have been pre selling with trailers available for €60 and €150 with large tractor trailers for €300. The commencement time will be announced next week.