LUKE CLIMBS TO THE PEEK-A young Callan lad is just back from one of the greatest adventures in anyone’s life after climbing one of the greatest mountains in the world. Luke Brabazon was one of the chosen few who had the thrill of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro last month and it’s a story he can tell his grandchildren in years to come. They left Ireland early in the morning on the 18th of June and flew through the day before arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport in the evening. It took six and a half days to climb to the summit, and only a day and a half to get back to the bottom. They were having a very cold season in Tanzania, or in other words, the weather was just like a normal summer for Ireland, at least until we reached altitude (3000 metres). After that height, it started getting much colder, but in these circumstances you have to be very well prepared and it’s not just a case of arriving and climbing, Luke and the group had received very intensive training before setting off on the adventure. On summit night, they woke up at about 3am, and began the final walk to the peek at 4am. From the base camp to the summit is 5898 metres. Luke’s group arrived at the summit at 8.10am, and stayed up there for 80 minutes before heading back down to 3000 metres. Everyone made it to the top, although some needed help getting back down, they will always remember this adventure. They stayed an extra three days in Tanzania, and during that time they went on a safari to Ngorongoro crater, where they saw Zebras, Hyenas, Lions, Rhinos, Warthogs, Elephants, and Ostriches. They also visited the Masai tribe, and an orphanage in Arusha city, which was where they stayed when not on the mountain. Luke is currently putting a video on You Tube which he filmed while in Tanzania, which will be at this link http://youtu.be/QZPwvuCYA8A. There is also another video of the Masai tribe performing a tribal dance for the group on You Tube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsZQcZhjIe8
COOLAGH MASS-On Friday evening, due to persistent rain, the Graveyard Mass at Coolagh was celebrated in the Church by Fr. Willie Dalton. The Mass was said in remembrance of all the deceased members of the Coolagh Committee. Readings were by Margaret Mary Davis, Croughtabeg and Zoe Fitzgerald, Harrow, London. Bidding Prayers were by Ally Bergin, Luke Dunne, Emma Dunne, Daragh Byrne, Ciara Dunne. Fr. Willie remembered in a special way, Tom Power from Grawn, who died during the year, and also Liam Bergin, the last person buried in Coolagh Cemetery. He thanked the Coolagh Committee for organising the Mass and also to Fasman, Jimmy Barry, who maintains the Graveyard and Churchyard to a high standard. He also complimented the Ladies Committee for the refreshments served in the nearby old school on the hill. Billy Maher, Chairman of the local Committee said it was sad the Mass could not be celebrated in the Graveyard as the setting on Coolaghmore Hill is spectacular overlooking the surrounding countryside. He said we remember Tom Power from America who died during the year and also Joan and Bill Power, London, who travelled every year but sadly could not make it this time. However John and Zoe Fitzgerald made the long trip back by car from London. You can visit the old Graveyard, situated southwards from Coolagh Church on the road between the Community Hall and the twin water towers. One of the oldest headstones recorded dates back to 1719. The history of the medieval ruins can be read in the Coolagh Book produced in 1996
WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT-Its getting nearer folks so get into practice for the big ‘Rock the Boat’ Guinness book of records challenge. The Highlight of the Field Day which is part of the annual Abhainn Ri Festival in Callan on Sunday July 29th will be an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for “The Largest Rock the Boat” in the World. The present record is for 1,428 people simultaneously rocking/swaying for a minimum of 5 minutes to the sound of “The Hues Corporation “ which is the 1974 version of the song -probably familiar to most people. So the big question to go out is “ Have you got the notion, to Rock the Boat, Don’t rock the boat baby”. The target of the event is to beat the present record and in turn put Callan and the Abhainn Ri festival on the map and above all in the next edition of the Guinness Book of Records. Just imagine 1,500 people sitting all around the Abbey Meadow and ‘Rocking the Boat’. What is needed first are people, children, mothers, fathers, Grannies and Granddads and if there are Great Grandparents all the better. This fundraising effort is in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and the local King’s River (Abhainn Ri) development project. It promises to be a real fun event with the co-operation and participation of as many people as possible in the grounds of the historic “abbey Meadow” in order to create a Real first for Callan. Master of Ceremonies on the day will be the inimitable George Candler, with local D.J. Mark Fitzpatrick and organiser Teckie Brett ensuring that all will be rocking in perfect rhythm & sweet harmony. Never let it be said that YOU didn’t “Rock The Boat” in Callan to help create this record and raise much needed funds for two worthwhile causes. See You there and “We will Rock The Boat Together Baby”. For further enquiries contact: 087 1639634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DROICHEAD CENTRE-Droichead Childcare Centre Open Day, The Friary Complex, Mill Street, Callan. Co. Kilkenny. Are you single parent? are you or your spouse unemployed? are you thinking of going back to education in September 2012 and are you looking for affordable childcare?, if so Droichead Childcare Centre may be the place for you. We provide full day and half day care for Children from 6 months to 12 years of age. Come and view our state of the Art purpose built facility and meet with our highly qualified childcare staff on Saturday July 21st from 11am to 1pm. Affordable rates and discounts may apply. Enrolment for Free Preschool Year on the day. For further information contact Maggie on 056-7755519 ext.2
Callan Indoor Food & Craft Market -takes place in Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary, Mill St. in Callan EVERY FRIDAY from 9am – 2pm. Produce on offer: Fruit & Veg, Cakes, Breads, Eggs, Savory dishes, Meat, Handcrafted Cards, Calendars, Hair Fascinators, Turned & Sculpted Wood, Sewing & Knitted embroidered gifts, Jewellery and handmade soap . All are welcome to come along, have a browse or buy some locally produced products. We appreciate all support given.
FRIARY WALK CLEAN UP-A big thanks to all those that turned up on Wednesday night last for the big clean up. The residents of Friary Walk have set the mark for all the other estates to get out and do their bit in cleaning the town. It was a huge success, the weather held up and people had some fun, there’s even talks of a BBQ on the next night! As the weather improves we would encourage people to get out and do their bit to improve Callan’s appearance and help our challenge to increase our points scoring in the tidy town competition. Special thanks to Kevin Keogh of Keogh’s Bar Mill Street for the refreshment drinks and ice creams, they were very much appreciated. It’s community spirit like that we need more of in Callan. Ask yourself what you can do? Just look outside your door or gate way and pick that weed, sweep or pick up that paper or the paper box that was dumped by some idiots the night before as they staggered home after a night out. There was a lot done on the night but unfortunately the section of kerb between the Kells Road and the Bypass was not weeded, so the challenge for your readers will be who will knock that job on the head on the next fine evening? Thanks again to all that helped out on the night in particular Nicola Vaughan and Finola Quigley, and of course all the Kids who were fantastic.
GOLF LOTTO- Week 14. Jackpot €1050. No Winner. Numbers 6, 12, 33. Lucky Dip Winners. €30 each. John & Mags, Pat Doyle, Ber Fitzgerald. Sellers Gretti Hennessy & John Kirwan. Week 15. Jackpot €1150. No Winner. Numbers, 4, 11, 20. Lucky Dip Winners. €30 each. Anna Corr, Pat Fitzgerald, Brian O’Neill. Sellers John O’Dwyer & Murt Cuddihy. Next weeks Jackpot €1250.
MOUNT CARMEL DRAW-Mount Carmel Home is now collecting for it’s annual fund raising draw. It costs only €20 for the year and that enters you in a draw every month for a number of cash prizes. The money raised goes towards the upkeep of the Home and if any of you have visited recently you will see great changes made, to ensure the comfort and good living for all of our residents. We also have bungalows at the rear of the premises for more independent living. This Care Home is for the people of the parish and surrounding areas and we really depend on your support. If you would like to join please call into Mount Carmel (056) 77252301 or Elaine at Callan Post Office (056)7725231
SUMMER CAMP-Droichead Summer Camp will run for 1 week and will begin on Monday, July 16th until Friday, July 20th 2012. It will be held from 10 am until 2 pm in Droichead Childcare, Mill St. Callan. The Camp will cater for children from 4 to 11 years. The activities will include: music, dance, art and crafts, baking, sport, treasure hunt, water games & a display from Gowran Reptile. The cost will be €60 per child for the week. To book your place you must pay a deposit in advance at Droichead Childcare. Please contact Rosie or Grace on 056 7755519 Ext. 2.
SUBMISSIONS TO CALLAN NOTES-The Callan Notes welcomes submissions for publication from all organisations and individuals, so to ensure you get your message in to the notes the following Wednesday I would appreciate if you can get your details to me by 8pm on Sunday nights as I need to have my notes into the newspaper early Monday morning. I am sorry but in future I am unable to accept submissions after the 8pm Sunday night deadline. As always email to email@example.com. Thanks again for keeping the news in the Callan notes.