Callan: Get the grease paint on and hit the boards

Callan variety concert- Get your bookings in folks, Gobnaith and Jacinta aka Clair Henriques and Sinead Butler are coming back to the stage next month and are guaranteed to create mayhem with their madcap antics and even their slightly risqué hilarious humour.

Callan variety concert- Get your bookings in folks, Gobnaith and Jacinta aka Clair Henriques and Sinead Butler are coming back to the stage next month and are guaranteed to create mayhem with their madcap antics and even their slightly risqué hilarious humour.

Yes its back after an absence of nearly three years the Callan Variety Concert hits the boards from February 12th to the 15th. This time the concert has broken from its traditional time of Easter week but this will certainly not take from the wonderful line up of artists that will hit the stage. Callan Variety Club has always produced the goods and created different ideas to entertain the multitudes and this year will be no different. Producer/Director Barrie Henriques and Musical Director Michael Hayes have again put together a wonderful line up and have really pulled off a coup by having the Liam McCarthy Cup on stage for all the performances along with a number of the Kilkenny team, including Richie Hogan, Paddy Hogan, Paul Murphy, Eoin Larkin our own John Power and Barrie also said there may well be a couple of other surprises also. A special pageant based on our hurling history with Liam McCarthy been the main focus will be performed. But it won’t be all about hurling either because singing and comedy have been the bread and butter of the Variety show since it was first performed back in the late 1980’s. Of course there will be familiar faces, like Sean Bryan, Woody Woodgate and of course Gobnaith and Jacinta but there will be a big welcome back for the larger than life Bosco Bryan who has promised to have some surprises up his jumper. As always the Variety show is about giving back to the community and surrounding areas and they always give their best so it is important that the community of Callan as well as our many friends from the surrounding parishes come and give their support to the hard work that has been put in for the last three months. As earlier said it’s about giving and over the past 25 years the Variety concert has given thousands of Punts and later Euro’s to local charities and organisations and this year will be no different as the proceeds will be given to the new development at John Locke Park which will be a place for everyone to use and in years to come the facility will be of huge benefit to the local community and afar. The doors will open each night at 7.30pm and performance will commence at 8.15pm sharp. Admission for all is €8.00 which is brilliant value and even the first night juveniles Under 16 will get in for €5.00 only. As pointed out earlier the concert will be performed over three nights from Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th, but will take a break on the 14th February which of course is Valentines Day so as to benefit romantics like Gobnaith and Jacinta as well as those unbelievable romantics Bosco Bryan and Martin Fahey who just insisted they couldn’t possibly perform on stage on Valentines Night, such is their dedication to their better half’s. There’s love for you.

BURGLARIES- It has been a while since burglaries have been highlighted but because of recent activity it is important that people are made aware of the spate of break ins and attempted break ins that have occurred in the area. The most recent one happened at Lower Bridge Street last Thursday night where the house was totally ransacked and a sum of money was stolen. This happened around 9pm when the owner who lived alone was away from the house. This came as an awful shock to the owner who was helped by wonderful neighbours who stayed in the owner’s house over night as a comfort. A recently purchased house at Clonkil was also interfered with recently when the owner was away from the premises, but thankfully the perpetrators failed to gain access. Also recently a farm yard on the outskirts of the town was broken into. This is the second occasion this has happened, the first time diesel was taken from tanks, this time round the perpetrators tried to gain access to some farm equipment by driving through a field adjacent to the yard but got stuck, but unfortunately were able to get themselves free before being caught. These are just three incidents of many that are occurring and will continue to happen in our area and around the county. Owners of property will just have to be more diligent with oil tanks, farm equipment, business premises and private hoses because like it or not we are all been watched. Alarms are a deterrent, dogs, fencing, locked gates and just general presence of people around the house or property. Leave on lights as it is a deterrent to possible break in, make access to windows and doors as awkward as possible for anyone to get in. Don’t leave keys under mats or stones. Leave a key with a neighbour if you have to and if away from the property get the property checked regularly. Leaving money is just not the right thing to leave in a house or property, if you have to buy a safe, they are very affordable now. Older people have a habit of accumulating money in their houses, really there is no need to anymore with the regular availability of ATM cards and Credit Cards. I know it is easy to be wise after the event but it is important to keep your property safe.

JOHN LOCKES JUVENILE CLUB- The John Lockes Juvenile Club AGM took place on Friday night in the Parish Hall in front of a large attendance. Jim Lynch Chairman thanked everybody for their involvement during 2012 and wished all elected selectors the best of luck for the forthcoming year. John Power gave an outline of the progress with the hurling teams and was very forthcoming about discipline and it was important from the clubs point of view that respect of referees and officials had to be the number one priority this coming year and into the future. He said referees get a hard time and it’s a tough job but abusing referees doesn’t help the club and its profile, so it’s up to everyone to be mindful of this. Kieran Canavan gave a comprehensive report of the finances while Secretary Pat Purcell outlined the on field activities and the exciting development at John Locke Park which he said will be of huge benefit to everyone in the club. There was very active and constructive discussion from the floor and in particular regarding grading of teams by the County Board. There was a concern about the grading of the U-14 team but Bord na nOg representative Paddy Scriven assured everyone that he will be lobbying for fairness for the U-14 team. The senior section of the club could take example from the juvenile club with so many ladies involved in the teams.

Chairman - Jim Lynch, Secretary - Pat Purcell , Treasurer – Kieran Canavan, PRO – Brían McGrath

The following selectors were elected for the year- U6 – Robert Jackman, John Tobin, Paddy Maguire, Tom O’Halloran, Brendan Power -U8 – Declan Roche, Robert Jackman, Jack Lynch- U10 – Joe Molloy, Kieran Canavan, Adrian O’Sullivan, John Power, Margaret Power-U12 – Eamonn Burns, Kieran Canavan, James Quigley, Tommy Hennessy, Brían McGrath- U14 – Mick Power, Catherine Power, Terry Doheny, Peter Kearney, Angela Prendergast- U16 – Jim Lynch, Pat Purcell, John Power, Margaret Power, Paddy Scriven-Minor – Joe Molloy, Nicky Roche, John Power, Pat Purcell, Brían McGrath.The club registration will take place on 2nd February 2013 at 8pm in the Parish Hall. New and existing members are welcome to join John Lockes GAA club.

CAMOGIE CLUB- John Lockes camogie club are having their registration night on Friday 25th January from 7pm-8.30pm in the L’arche workshop Fair Green lane Callan. The cost is €20.00 which covers registration and insurance for the year. This is for any girls who wish to join for the coming year all new and old members welcome. If anyone has any enquires you can contact Sinead Butler on 086 8804233.

WHIST DRIVE- “Preparations are well under way for the upcoming annual whist drive which is organised by friends and family on behalf of Father Philip O’ Halloran as a support for the Missionary work of the Mill Hill Missionaries for his work in Uganda and Kenya. Father Philip has worked in Uganda for over 21 years and the work was greatly enhanced with the support of the annual whist drive. Fr. Philip who is 25 years ordained this year is presently appointed to Luanda in Western Kenya. He runs a year’s residential programme together with the Mill Hill Sisters for those seeking to understand if they are being called to missionary priesthood or sister hood. This year’s Whist Drive will be held on Wednesday 6th February Callan Parish Hall at 8.30pm. There will be lots of prizes on the night for the whist and a raffle. Teas will be served. All donations or help in any way would be greatly appreciated.

GUN CLUB- Callan Gun Club held a very successful clay pigeon shoot on Sunday 13th January to raise funds for the club. We would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and kind support to Callan Gun Club. We would like to thank the Power family of Kilbricken and Michael O’Rourke of Friary Walk for the use of their land on the day. Winners were: High Gun - Tom Morris, Donal McAndrew, Chris Doheny. D.T.L. - Francis Doheny, Terry Doheny, Barry Doheny. The club also wish to thank the club members who helped out on the day. The winner of the farmers draw was David Holmes of Great Oak Callan. Amazingly this was the first Clay Pigeon shoot in the Callan area in over 30 years and after the success of this one it certainly won’t be the last.

TRAINING FOR A NEW BEGINNING- Momentum is the provision of free education and training projects to allow 6,500 jobseekers to gain skills and access work opportunities. Barrow Training provides the most up to date training to provide learners with the key skills they require to secure employment in today’s competitive market. They offer eligible learners fully funded programmes in Healthcare and Customer Service and Sales (Support Centres). To be eligible for these courses you must- Be unemployed for 12 months or longer and Be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit or be signing on for Social insurance Contribution Credits for 12 months or longer and Be actively seeking work. They are running these courses in Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Enniscorthy, Waterford and Clonmel. Places are limited on each course so get your name in now. Contact Barrow Training on 059 9721416 or enquiries@barrowtraining.ie for further details or to book your place www.barrowtraining.ie .

HERITAGE SOCIETY- Callan Heritage Society’s annual dinner takes place on Sunday 27th of January at Carroll’s of Knocktopher commencing at 7.30 PM. Bookings please with Maisie Condon.

COMPANION BOOK- A Companion Volume to the Callan 800 Book which was published in 2007 and sold out within a few days is at an advanced stage of production at this time. It is planned to launch it at the opening of the Callan Festival in July and it will be a major contributor to the Gathering. This book will contain 20 chapters dealing with various aspects of the general areas history, heritage, and cultural legacy. The writers are both nationally and internationally well-known combined with locals who have their fascinating tales to tell. One chapter will be of special interest to those who are of Callan descent anywhere in the world. It is a chapter dedicated to unique local sources of family history. Another chapter for the very first time narrates the tragic story of the Civil War (1922-23) in the general area, while another gives details the Callan soldiers who died in the Great War (1914-18). All the chapters are originals and cover a wide swath of events and times

BRIDGE RESULTS- Bridge results :- 1st. Ann Croke and Philip Brennan. Best gross: Eileen Phelan and Bridget Fennelly. 2nd.:Ann Egan and Alice Lanigan. 3rd. Mary Comerford and Rita Houlihan. Committee meeting on Thursday at 6.45.pm.

ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY- The Kilkenny Alzheimer Support Group for past and present carers of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Date: Wednesday 28th November. Time:4.00pm-5.30pm. Venue: Kilkenny Alzheimer day centre (Behind the village inn). The support group gives carers the opportunity to share information and give to support to each other. The support group is facilitated by a clinical nurse specialist who is glad to provide information and support to carers. For more information please contact Ruth on 056 7771230.

DROICHEAD FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE - REMINISCENCE PROJECT: A group of older adults would like to produce a recording of funny stories that happened to Callan people in olden times. The aim is to record some of Callan’s local characters telling a short & simple funny story. This reminiscence project will be used locally in the local nursing homes and day centres and will give some of the local Callan people a laugh. If you are interested in getting involved in this reminiscence project you are welcome to attend the meeting on Thursday, January 24th at 2pm in Droichead Family Resource Centre.

YOGA- Yoga for beginners will be held in Droichead Family Resource Centre in Callan on Monday evening, Jan 21st @ 7pm and on Thursday morning, Jan 24th @ 10.30am. Beginners yoga, Improvers yoga and older adults therapeutic chair yoga will be on offer. For more information please contact Marian on 086 308 2450

CREATIVE ART-A free creative art project for adults will begin on Weds, February 20th and will run for 3 Wednesdays evenings. To book a place, please call 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1. The project will involve working on a mural in Droichead Childcare using all sorts or fabrics and textures to create a unique piece of work.

CAR MECHANICS- Basic Car Mechanics Course: Do you want to know the basics about your car? Check your car for oil /water /tyre pressure. Change bulbs/ wiper blades. Etc. This is a once off course that will be held on Thursday Jan 31st from 6- 8pm. The course will cost €10 per person. Please call Droichead FRC to book a place.

DIY COURSE- A D.I.Y Course will begin on Thursday evening, February 21st from 6pm – 8pm. It will take place over 6 Thursday evenings and the topics covered include: basic electrics, woodwork, plumbing, decorating, picture hanging and room measuring. This course will cost €30 per person.

VOLUNTEERS- Looking for volunteer musicians and dancers to start an afternoon music & dance session in Droichead Family Resource Centre for the older folk around Callan. If you are interested please call 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1

POTTERY CLASSES- Pottery evening classes for adults, Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm and will run for 8 weeks, beginning 29th of January in Camphill Kyle. Cost € 100 (all materials included). For more information/ to book ring Sonja on 086-3050428