THE LOCKES SURVIVE HUGE SCARE - It had to be the most dramatic ending to any hurling game in County Kilkenny in many years and for some of us and I include myself the drama at Saint Johns Park last Saturday was just too much. The John Lockes faced up to Conahy Shamrocks in the first round of the Intermediate Championship with the winning prize a place in the quarter finals and for the losing side a relegation final against Tullogher Rosbercon. The first half saw the Lockes play some of their best hurling of the year and were motoring well and in fact but for the cross bar would have been farther ahead after Shane Bergin’s thundering shot came back into play. Jason Corcoran for one had one of his best games ever in a Lockes shirt and landed two wonderful points from frees in the first half. The half time score was 9 points to 4 points. But what was to happen in the second half was nightmare stuff as the Lockes totally capitulated and were overrun by a more determined Conahy. They landed four frees on the trot early into the second half to bring them within a point of the Callan lads and motored on with some fine points from play. At this stage the Lockes were all over the place and lost their shape completely. The half forward line were been wiped out and but for the backs it could have been worse. With full time up and playing injury time the Lockes were behind 15-12, three points in the second half was a miserable return. It looked like game up for the Lockes. For the last couple of minutes it was a full attack on the Conahy goal, only Goalkeeper Paul Morrissey and corner back Eoghan Fahey stayed back. Jason Corcoran had a free which was saved well by the keeper, it came back out into what looked like a scrum and next minute the ball was in front of Jack McDowell who crashed it to the net. The Lockes were level, the ball was pucked out quickly and it landed to Jason Corcoran and as it did Referee Pat Dunphy blew the final whistle. Elation and despair was evident on both sides. The Lockes had gotten out of Jail, but then there has been many times when they have been in the same situation as Conahy only to be beaten at the end. We now turn again to next weekend to do it all over again and hopefully the Lockes can hurl for a full sixty minutes instead of just thirty last Saturday.
COMPLEMENTS - Complements have to go to the O’Loughlin Gaels club for the way they had their grounds presented last Saturday for the John Lockes and Conahy Shamrocks game. The pitch was immaculate and certainly the place has never looked as good. They have done wonderful development of new pitches at the top end of the ground and it is what the Lockes hope to have completed next year. TABLE QUIX - The Saint Vincent De Paul will hold their annual table quiz on Friday 26th October (and not Thursday as stated last week) at the Steppes Bar Callan beginning at 8.30pm. Tables of four cost €20. The Society are under severe pressure to keep up with demands. People are under terrible pressure so by supporting the local Saint Vincent De Paul you are helping so many people who are in terrible circumstances. So get to the Steppes on October 26th and support a very good cause
KCAT THEATRE - KCAT’s Equinox Theatre Company are fresh from a great run at the Absolut Fringe Festival in Dublin where they performed their recent show (The Making of) The Frogs after Aristophanes at the Project Arts centre in Temple Bar. The multi-media show mixing masks, puppets, live performance and film, was a hilarious and touching adaptation of the ancient Greek comedy The Frogs by Aristophanes – originally written in 405 BC.KCAT’s inclusive theatre company are now on the look-out for new actors to join its unusual ensemble to take part in a project which will begin development in November. The new piece will be a physical project devised over two days per week in their studio at KCAT Art & Study Centre in Callan and is due to be performed in the summer 2013. KCAT are really excited about this project and delighted to offer a place on the team two aspiring performers. If you think this might be you, please contact KCAT at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 056 7755115
DROICHEAD CENTRE - Aimed at newly retired people: Ageing with Confidence Programme: This programme is for retired people and is specifically designed to offer older people support in living life to the full in a positive way. The course will be run over 10 Thursdays from 2pm – 4.30pm and will begin on Thurs Oct 25th. This course is run in partnership with Droichead FRC and Kilkenny Age Friendly County and is free of charge. Please contact Droichead FRC to book a place on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1 Do you want to improve on doing DIY jobs in your own home? Home Repairs and Maintenance Programme: Level 4. On completion of this programme participants will be able to understand and demonstrate basic plumbing, electrical works, tiling, painting, and decorating skills which will empower people to carry out tasks in their own home or create an opening for them to carry out further training. The course will be run over 5 Tuesdays (9.30am - 4.30pm) and will begin in early November. This project is funded by County Kilkenny Leader Partnership. The cost will be €20 per participant. Places are limited, please contact Droichead FRC on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1 for an application form.
BOXING INTERNATIONAL - Young Sean Purcell from Callan must have been a very proud lad as he went back to school at Colaiste Eamon Ris this week after returning with the very successful Irish schoolboys International Boxing team. The team won a total of four gold medals at the European games. Sean who boxes out of the Marble City club was beaten in the first round by the eventual winner of the gold in the 44.5 kilo weight class. Remember he was the youngest member of the team and is still underage for next year so there are high hopes for him. His dad and coach Shane travelled to Russia with the team also and Shane said it was a wonderful experience for all. He said there was little time for sightseeing as it was boxing for six out of the eight days in total. A home coming celebration was held at the Old Charter House last weekend for Sean and as well as the Old Charter Shane and Sean wish to thank the Steppes Bar, Callan United, John Lockes, Callan Co-Op, Veterinary Clinic Mill Street, Staff AIB Callan, Bunscoil McAuley Rice, Seamus Byrne Electrical, David Ronan, Chips&Co, Bernadette Drennan, Pixie & Terry Doheny and the Sceilp Inn Kilkenny for their generous support.
COFFEE MORNING - Martin Crehan of Super Valu in Callan is running in the Dublin Marathon 2012 on the 29th October and has very kindly offered to donate all money that he raises to the L’Arche community building fund. In association with this, L’Arche is holding a tea/coffee morning and cake sale in the Parish Hall, Callan on Sunday 21st October, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Admission will be €3.00 and include tea, coffee and biscuits. A raffle will also be held. All are welcome
BRIDGE AGM - At the AGM the following officers were elected: President: Sarah Meagher, Vice President: Elizabeth Lanigan, Secretary: Maura O Mahony, Treasurer: Breda Holohan, Assistant Treasurer: Mary Horgan Committee: Catherine Hegarty (ex officio), Joe Meagher, Breda Cody, Kathleen Denny. Results: 1st: Breda Duggan and Breda Holohan, Best Gross: Kit Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Lanigan, 2nd: Mary Comerford and Rita Houlihan, 3rd: Nellie Lahart and Maura O Mahony 4th: Breda Fitzgerald and Mary Croke.
CONDOLENCES - Condolences to the family of David (Davy) Holden of Rathculbin, Callan who died last week. Davy as he was better known was a well-known figure in Callan. A man of few words but always the pleasant greeting. Sympathy to his wife Joan along with children Padraig, Alice, Denis, Breda, David, John, Michael, Pauline, Angela, Peter, Joan and Sarah, many of whom are scattered to the four corners of the world.
ENTERTAINMENT - What should be an interesting night and loads of laughs the hypnotist Paul Dee will be in the Old Charter House next Saturday night the 20th October. Certainly will be worth checking out, but do get caught out.
HERITAGE SOCIETY - The Callan Heritage Society bus outing to Dublin on this coming Saturday 20th October visiting sites associated with the Easter Rising of 1916 has been deferred until next Spring. The society’s AGM takes place in the Friary, Mill St. Callan on Monday 12th of November at 8.00 PM. Anyone wishing to join the society please come along. Everyone welcome