ANNUAL WHIST DRIVE - Preparations are well under way for the upcoming Annual Whist Drive which is organised by friends and family on behalf of Fr Philip O’Halloran as a support for the Missionary work of the Mill Hill Missionaries for his work in Uganda and Kenya. Fr 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 tonight (Wednesday, 6 February) in 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.
CRAIC AGUS CEÓL - An open music, song and dance session will take place in The Friary, Callan every Friday afternoon for the older folk in Callan and surrounding areas. This session will begin this coming Friday, 8 February between 2pm and 4pm.
All are welcome to join in on the session and have a bit of craic. Admission will be €2 per person and tea and coffee will be available.WHIST DRIVE - St. Brigid’s Camogie Club will hold their next whist drive at the Palmerstown venue on Friday, 15 February at 8:30pm. All are welcome.FREE ART PROJECT - a FREE creative art project for adults will begin on Wednesday, 20 February and will run for 3 Wednesday evenings. This project will involved working on a mural in Droicheád Childcare using all sorts of fabrics and textures to create a unique piece of work. To book a place please call 056 7755519, ext. 1.
MANY YOUNG MEN OF TWENTY - On Friday, 22 February the Kilquan players from Coan will come to Ballycallan Hall to stage their sell out show ‘Many Young Men of Twenty’ written by John B. Keane.
This is a story of emigration that is still true to life today and the Ireland that we live in. The play is funny and touching with a very professional cast.
Tickets can be purchased in advance and we would expect tickets to sell quickly. Contact Siobhan O’Brien on 086 3946580 or Bree Harrison on 087 7674045 to book your ticket.
FUNDRAISING CONCERT - St. Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown are holding a fundraising concert on Friday, 8 March 2013 at 7:30pm in Muinebheag Vocational School Sports Hall in aid of St. Andrew’s Church.
This will be their 5th year for concerts and they always like to have a variety of different themes and different performers. Following feedback from people who attend the concerts they have decided that the theme for this year is “Songs from the Musicals” and will feature songs from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, Sound of Music, Calamity Jane, Mamma Mia and many more. They are looking for performers who would like to join them on the evening and sing two songs from their favourite musical. Anyone interested should contact Marian Manning on 086 1258480.
Tickets are €10 for adults and €5 for children and are available from Marian Manning or St. Lazerian’s House.
Refreshments will be served in the hall after the concert. A great night is guaranteed.
CAR BOOT SALE - On Sunday, 24 March a Car Boot sale will take place in Ballycallan Hall from 11am until 2pm. Tables are €20 each. As tables in the hall are very limited there will be a charge of €20 to bring a clothes rail.
For further enquiries or to reserve a table please call 087 7674045.WHIST RESULTS - At St. Brigid’s Whist Drive held in the Palmerstown venue on Friday night, 25 January a lively 14 tables were present. Results are: Top score - Michael Maher, Top lady - Stephen Robinson, Top gent - Jimmy Muldowney, Second lady - Claire Quigley, Second gent - Nora Hogan, First half lady - Joan Loughlin, First half gent - Veronica Robinson, Second half lady - Kathy Coughlin, Second half gent - Liam Healy, Lowest score - Kathleen Hickey, Sitters - Richard Caldbeck, Students - Anna Caldbeck and Shona O’Brien.
Raffle winners were: Ann Neary, Eamon Murphy, Rene Doyle, Eimer Keoghan, Maura Drennan, Edward Murphy, Martin Morrissey, Laoise Holland, Eadaoín Murphy, Lila Cuddihy, Pat Delaney, Shona O’Brien, Galatia Ryall, Helen Murphy.
SOCCER FIXTURES - River Rangers are away to Freshford next Sunday morning, 10 February for an 11am kick off.
RIVER RANGERS VS THOMASTOWN B. - Rangers hosted Thomastown B. last Sunday morning, 3 February in the Paircín. The game started slowly with both teams eager not to make any early mistakes.
Ranger’s first attack proved fruitful. Evergreen’s Mark Hogan called for a shot pass from a kick out, controlled it well and laid it on to Dara Murphy. Dara found Jason on the wing and Jason then crossed it back to Dara in the centre of the box for a powerful finish that flew past the Thomastown keeper.
This sparked Thomastown a bit and they started to press more and more. Rangers had a major scare shortly after a through ball split the Rangers but goalkeeper Mitch Corrigan narrowed the angle and spread himself to save well with his feet.
Rangers had a few more half chances before the break but the score at half time remained 1-0 in Rangers favour.
In the second half Thomastown came out fighting and had the first effort of the half when a cross ball found the centre forward whose powerful shot clipped the cross bar and went wide.
Shortly after, they had another good effort with a cross when the left fielder evaded the Ranger’s defenders and was latched on to by a blue shirt only for any outstretched boot from Ranger’s keeper to deny them the equaliser.
This finally woke Rangers for the remainder of the second half. From a Thomastown throw Paddy Dalton cleared, Tommy Ryan picked up the ball on the edge of the box and brought it forward. Crossing over the half way line Tommy slipped it to Gearoíd Murphy who was moving at pace. Gearoíd took the ball pass a defender and drove the ball into the top corner. Shortly after he was at it again. Going down the left he took the ball along the end line and squared to Jason to apply the finish.
Final score: River Rangers 3 / 0 Thomastown .
Team: M. Corrigan. P. Dalton, S. Murphy, C. O’Grady, M. Hogan, J. Gleeson, T. Ryan, D. Murphy, T. Manogue, G. Murphy and J. Darmody.
Subs: D. Egan, J.J. Corrigan and D. Carroll.