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John Stapleton


John Stapleton



There has been many verbal tributes to the late Eamon Wall since his death at an early age of 55 on 17th January last, but little wrote about the man from Scotsboro Callan who rose to the top in the music industry in Ireland and rose even higher when he soarded into the skys as a pilot with Ryanair for many years.

Eamon strated his band career with the famous ‘Skull’ band which were mostly Callan based in 1974 along with Mick Dawson, Murty Leahy, Mick Ryan and Rory Broderick. The band became famous throughout Kilkenny and many parts of the South East. All the lads had full time jobs and families where as Eamon as the younger didnt have the same ties at the time, so in 1978 the band disbanded.

The lads played on with other groups as did Eamon until circa 1980 he joind the famous Tommy Drennan band based in Limerick. He toured the country and of course it was Tommy Drennan that wrote the wonderful ‘Limerick your a Lady’ song.

During Eamons time in Limerick Eamon began to think beyond the band scene and always had an ambition to fly, so he took lessons in small aircraft at Shannon Airport and then progressed to Helicopter and then to jet planes. He made a career out of flying and flew out of Scotland with Ryanair right up to his early death.

In recent years he had bought a house on Clonmel Road and built a studio with the intention of recording more when he retired. When on leave Eamon played in my of the pubs around the area and was a regular in Guinans of Windgap.

His parting brought a lot of sadness and in particular to his ex band mates. They had at one stage got together for a charity event in 2006 but sadly the next reunion was on his 56th Birthday on August 4th as part of the Abhainn Ri Festival. The venue was the Olde Charter House. The night saw one of the biggest crowds ever in the Charter House, a large part of whom were not born when the lads were going strong and there was great reaction from all age groups present. some of the comments were that “it took them back to Somers Lounge on Sat nights all those years ago”.

The lads also had Billy Barron (lead Guitar) on stage for the night, Billy played in various bands with Eamon and Mike Dawson. so who knows maybe one more gig, lets hope so because there are lots of people who missed that gig on August 4th and would really love to hear Skull again.

The line up from the origional days were Mick Ryan - lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Murty Leahy - lead guitar, Mike Dawson - drums, Eamon Wall - bass guitar and vocals, Rory Broderick - keyboards/piano and vocals.


Following on from a recent article here in the Callan Notes about the education system and future of secondary education in particular, a group of parents drawn from the primary school sector have come together with the intention of exploring the possibility in the future of a combined secondary education facility in Callan.

As pointed out in the article numbers are falling in both schools and this is generally to the falling numbers in the traditional feeder schools in the surrounding parishes. In their recent press release which is published here the ‘Callan Concerned Parents Association has been established to debate and discuss the future of second level education in our community.

It will hold its first public meeting in September at a date to be designated. This is a matter of great importance for all parents but particularly for those with children currently progressing through primary level. As parents we all of want the very best for our children, for our town and for our wider community. We know the vital role that second level education plays in determining the future choices and ultimately in shaping the lives of our children.

You are invited to show your concern and solidarity by making your views known as to what form of second level education you would like to see in Callan in the future. We are now at a critical juncture. The departure of the Sisters of Mercy and Christian Brothers from hands-on management of our schools poses a new challenge that we as parents must take on board.

I invite people to get in touch with me as the Secretary of the Callan Concerned Parents Association to make their views known and to come along to a meeting in September (date to be arranged). It is our responsibility and constitutional right as parents (cf Constitution of Ireland, Art 42) to discuss the best way forward for the second level education of our children and for that of future generations of children in Callan. As Concerned Parents we are excited and energised by the brand new primary school currently under construction on the Kilkenny Road. Olive Power on 0872126609 or email’

As indicated above they will go into explority mode first but it is essential in the interest of the young children coming through rthe primary school system to engauge in these discussions.


Callan Montessori School opens its doors this September for its 23rd year of new recruits. Maria and her experienced staff have been working very hard over the last few weeks preparing for their new pupils. The school term will commence on Monday 2nd September at 9am. This year Callan Montessori School has a new flexible finishing time package available. A limited number of E.C.C.E places are currently still available.

Please feel free to contact Maria on (056) 7725763.


The John Lockes U16 hurlers got their championship bid off to a winning start on Tuesday evening in Thomastown against Rower Inistioge. The Lockes started brightly with 1-2 on the board, before the Rower scored, through a goal from Cian Bogue and points from Ryan Bergin and Robbie Kerwick. We finished strongly in the first half leading 1-10 to 0-3. Scores came from a number of players during this period namely Sean Purcell, Cathal McGrath, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Padraig Purcell, Bríon Kirwin and Sean Power.

The team continued to work hard in the second half and finished out winning on a scoreline of 2-16 to 1-7 with Cian Bogue getting a second goal after a good team move. Other scorers during the second half were Jack Lynch, Cathal McGrath, James Power and Ryan Bergin. Well done to all the team, subs and mentors on the win. The semi final will be against James Stephens in a few weeks time.

Team Conor Murphy, Eoin Scriven, Ryan Bergin, Lee Doheny, Robbie Kerwick, Bríon Kirwin, Dylan Roche, Sean Power, Jack Lynch, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Cathal McGrath, James Power, Cian Bogue, Padraig Purcell, Sean Purcell. Subs John Byrne, Nicky Roche, John Prendergast.

They will now play James Stephens in the County semi- Final in early September, a daunting task but one that the players will relish nonetheless.

The Junior B team will meet neighbours Windgap in the South semi-final when they disposed of the challenge of League Champions Rower-Inistioge on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-10 last Sunday evening in Thomastown. The junior team will play the same opposition at the same stage of their competition next weekend and both panels will be hoping to qualify for their respective South Finals and we wish them well in their endeavours.


There was no Jackpot winner this week and John Lockes had five match 3 winners, Michael Barry, Margaret Mackey, Mary Hally, Mark Nolan and Aoife Whelan who receive €53 each. Numbers drawn were 04-12-15-18 bonus 25. Next weeks jackpot is €4,600 plus €2,000 extra if you match the bonus ball. Match 3’s share a €450 prize fund. Tickets €2 each available at local outlets.


Callan Heritage Society have a bus outing on Saturday 31st of August to New Ross, Dunganstown (John F Kennedy Centre) and the Hook Penninsula, taking in areas of interest. The bus leaves Callan at 7.45 AM from outside the Parish Church. Bookings please as usual to Maisie Condon.

As part of Heritage Week there is a free guided tour of Callan this wednesday evening, 21st of August. It starts from the car park at Kcats at 7.00 PM. Everyone welcome.


Starting Friday 23rd August and every Friday there after at Scruffy Duffys bar on Mill Street. The bar invites musicians, set dancers, story tellers and basically anything or anyone Irish to get the session going.So get along and make sure to join in the craic.


The Horsepower challenge is to get as many trackers on the Tullaroan roads as part of the tracker run on the 1st of September so that the combined horsepower of all the trackers is over 10,000. Starting from Tullaroan sports field at 1pm. Cost is €20 which includes refreshments and the run is in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association. For more details of this event contact Mattie on tel:086-1744008.


Kilkenny Leadership Partnership are opperating the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme again this year. We may well be enjoying a long spell of good weather but it won’t be too long until we will stoking up the burners and fires. We are all concious of the costs of fuel and it is in line to increase in price again, so making our homes nice and cosy is important. Insulating is the best way of saving on fuel. The scheme is available free of charge if you fall into any of these catogories, owning your own home which is not local authority housing, constructed before 2002, availing of the fule allowance as part of the National fuel scheme, Availing of Job Seekers allowance over six months and have children under the age of seven years old or on Family Support. For futher details please contact Leader on 056-7752111.


Have you an interesting story from your area in the parish? The Callan notes would love to hear from you telling about work been done in your area. There are lovely estates around Callan and no doubt there are plenty of people working together to keep those areas spick and span so let the notes know what you are doing. You can email Twitter @callannotes and the Callan Notes has a new Facebook Page set up in the name ‘Callan notes’ and will hopefully use it to post stories about Callan so that our friends abroad can view some of the information from Callan.