WHERE ARE THE DUCKS AND SWANS- Remember when you could look over the ‘Big Bridge’ and see swans floating gracefully along in the water down river from the Callan Co-Op direction under the ‘Big Bridge’ and down under the Friary Bridge, or else you would see them nestling on the bank of the river. Yes they were memories but notice today and in recent years there are no Swans and certainly no Ducks. The Ducks were not as viable and were to be seen on the river from Below the Abbey Bar all the way passed Heron’s Mill and further on, but there are no ducks either. What has happened to the Swans and Ducks, is the Kings River not attracting them anymore or a more sinister view, would be the case that perhaps they are been stolen so that they could well be gracing some tables in the Callan area or perhaps beyond. Now we all eat chicken, turkey, pheasant and other bird types, so it is possible that swans are being stolen from the rivers for this purpose also. It is a criminal offence to steal Swans as they are a protected species, but that didn’t stop two individuals attempting to steal swans from the River Corrib in Galway. In a report posted on Journal.ie two men were caught last November illegally trying to Net swans. They were stopped by local residents, but made good their escape. The same fate may well have happened to the many Swans and Ducks that used to grace our Kings River. Have any of you readers an explanation for this, if so drop an email to the notes at email@example.com.
SIMON STUNS THE SUPER STARS- If ever there was a club that has put an ‘Indian sigh’ on another club, well Callan United have certainly perfected the art in tormenting their City Cousins. Last year the Callan lads dumped out the kingpins of Kilkenny Soccer Evergreen from the McCalmont Cup in the first round and in so doing went onto to win the Cup for the first time in 40 years. Well it has happened again but not just once but twice. Two weeks ago both clubs met in the First round of the cup. Evergreen ‘B’ are also a serious team and also play in the premiership but the Callan lads don’t stand on ceremony and inflicted defeat on the City Slickers. On Sunday last it was like ‘Deja Vu’ when Evergreen came calling again. Same jersey’s with the hoops but this time it was the ‘A’ team, yes the Manchester United or the Celtic of the Premiership. These guys are in the driving seat of the Premiership in Kilkenny and District league while Callan languishes close to relegation in the First Division. But the Callan lads love taking big scalps and they don’t come bigger than Evergreen. It had all the connotations of the ‘Battle of the Little Big Horn’ where Sitting Bull took on the might of General Custar’s led army. Simon Burke took on the role of Sitting Bull by leading his warriors in to battle and like Sitting Bull he charged from the front and struck majestic blows when scoring two of the greatest goals ever scored on the Fair Green in Callan. Sunday last brought back many memories from last year for many people . It was a cracker of a match right from the start! Evergreen were awarded an early penalty and calmly converted. The Callan lads had to work their way back in to the game then and a sudden burst of pace from Simon Burke down the wing brought him in to the box where he was taken down by an Evergreen defender. Up stepped Callan’s final hero from last year Owen Wall to calmly slot home the equaliser sending the keeper the wrong way. Callan were on a roll and pushed on from there and were awarded a free on the edge of the box late in the first half. Simon Burke struck home an astonishing free kick around the wall to make it 2-1 to Callan. But the Evergreen lads weren’t going down without a battle after all they are an exceptional team and early in the second half Callan conceded from a corner kick and the match was up for grabs then. Five minutes from time Evergreen struck again in what looked from the non- trained eye as offside. Callan now had nothing to lose and with 2 minutes to go they were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal. Simon Burke stepped up and nestled the ball in the top left hand corner out of the keepers grasp. There were plenty of chances in extra time for both sides but in the end it boiled down to penalties. Evergreen knew what happened last year on spot kicks and they were dreading it. Owen Wall converted his own before saving Evergreens one. Callan never missed a penalty and it was Robbie(Bam Bam) O Brien who sealed the deal drilling home the final penalty. Callan are hoping for back to back wins in the McCalmont Cup this year and they went the right way about it last Sunday, but it is still only the Quarter Final and Callan will be a marked team, but Sitting Bull and his warriors in the fought to the final death and that will be the case for Callan United. Sitting Bull Burke will certainly bring the men in Red and Black in to hot battle.
CALLAN UNITED SCHOOLBOYS- The under 14 team had a good win over Paulstown last Saturday beating them 2-1. John Burns got both goals for Callan but this game could have gone either way. Plenty of good chances for both sides. Well done to all involved.The under 16 team were away to Freebooters B Saturday last in Buckley Park. The Callan lads had great passages of play in the first half but just couldn’t put the ball across the line. It was early in the second half when they took the lead with Tipp man Eoghan Scriven the finisher. The Callan lads motored on from there with goals from Kevin Fitzpatrick, Bassong Eyong and Ryan Bergin scoring a hat trick. Final score was 6-1. The lads have now 2 matches left and are edging ever closer to claiming back to back league titles and only in need of one more win out of their last 2 games. Get out and support the lads in their last 2 matches and cheer them on to more silverware.
MACRA NEWS- It was a brilliant week of activity for Callan Macra with the hosting of their big table quiz in the Callan golf club where huge numbers turned up in support and were royally looked after by the Golf Club staff and catering The night was opened with the official presentation of new club jerseys, which were generously sponsored by Callan co-op. A special word of thanks must be given to all those local businesses who, generously, sponsored raffle prizes on the night. Also a big thanks to the quiz master, Denis Nolan, for a very professional job done on the night. Also a sincere thanks, to all those who came to support us, to make the night such a success!Callan Macra men’s indoor soccer won their county final against Mullinvat, in a tough encounter, which went to penalties. A big effort was put in by the team which was made up by: Robert Kennedy, Colm Lyons, Shane O Keeffe, P.J. O Keeffe, Ollie Kirwin, Kevin Cooke and Jim Power.Next weekend the club will be going to support their man Brendan Phelan, in Macras, Mr Personality which is been held at the Springhill Hotel Kilkenny next weekend. Best of luck Brendan.
BEST SHOT IN THE ARMY- A young Callan lad recently passed out from the army with flying colours. Jason Nugent who’s dad Peter Kearney is manager of Callan United recently won the best shot at his passing out parade. Jason is a keen sports man and has played with the John Lockes and with Callan United and was part of the united panel who won the McCalmont Cup last season. When finished his training he will be billeted in Galway Army Barracks once he has completed final training.
JOHN LOCKES- The Lockes had two games last weekend and came away with two victories. The Special Junior’ team recorded their second win of the League which sets them up nicely for their game against Carrickshock next Sunday morning. A win in this game will more or less guarantee the Lockes a semi-final position which would be massive progress for this good bunch of lads. The conditions at Collaiste Eamonn Ris Park were poor on Friday evening, but the Callan lads battled against hard against the experienced Graiguenamanagh team. It was tit for tat throughout the game and it was the sharp thinking Mark Shelly who pounced on the goalkeeper to slip the ball to the net to give the Lockes the edge in this game. This was an excellent win for the Lockes having suffered defeat to the same team last season. The Junior team were in action against Cloneen on Sunday in the All-County League. This was a dogged game with the wind playing havoc for both teams. The North Kilkenny men were the better team in the first half taking advantage of the wind to slot 5 points over the bar with Callan returning just one. The management mad some changes at half time and the move of John O’Neill to centre forward was inspiring as he pushed the Callan lads on. The Lockes were four points behind with 10 minutes remaining when up stepped O’Neill and struck a 80 mitre free all the way to the net. A minute later Brendan Grace took a quick side line to Bill McCormack who struck a wonder point over the bar from 90 meters to level the game and with three minutes left ‘Nailer’ broke through the Cloneen defence to score a point and put the Lockes into the lead which they held until the end. It’s good to have that winning feeling as it can only help with training.
JUVENILE HURLING- The Under 6 section of the John Lockes club are back in training next Saturday morning at 11am and welcome lots of new members. The Minor team got off to a good start with a win over Kilmacow last Monday while the U-16 team were defeated by Dicksboro in the first round of the league.
CALLAN AND DISTRICT ANGLERS- Callan and District Anglers held their AGM on Friday 5th April. At the meeting concerns were raised about non members fishing club waters. There was clarification laid down about this situation and stated that to fish lands preserved by Callan and District Anglers you have to hold a current Membership card which must be stamped and signed and dated. If a person doesn’t hold membership they are not insured to fish the river and are also trespassing on the lands owned by farmers and could face prosecution. While on preserved lands the Waterkeeper or any member of the club could request to see membership identification as proof that the Angler has a legal right to fish the area. Membersip for the Callan club is €15 for Seniors and €5 for juniors. Day tickets are also available and can be purchased from John Carroll or David Bryan. All members fishing preserved lands are asked to pay due care and respect property of the land owner and make sure gates are kept closed, stiles are respected, fencing, livestock etc. Failure to comply with these simple rules could be detrimental to the Club going forward.
Officers elected Chairman Richard Corcoran, Secretary John Carroll, Treasurer, David Bryan, Dan McCormack Safety and Pollution officer.
DROICHEAD CENTRE- FREE TASTER WORKSHOPS IN CALLAN: skills for employment and/or further education: Co Kilkenny VEC are hosting a series of FREE half day workshops on Tuesdays from 9.30am -1.30pm over a six week period in May and June 2013. The following modules will be on offer: Adult Guidance, Healthcare, Customer Service, Childcare, Information and Computer Technology, Horticulture and Woodwork. Participants can choose whatever modules they would like to opt for. Register online at: http://workshopskkvec-eorg.eventbrite.ie/ or call 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1
COMPUTERS- Once off low cost beginner’s & improvers computer course: Learn to use the internet, email, skype & basic digital photography etc. Classes will cost ONLY €10 for 5 lessons. Morning and evening courses available. Call 056 77 555 19 ext. 1 to book a place.
FINANCIAL PRESSURE- Are you feeling stressed from financial pressure or any other life challenges and need to talk to someone? You can avail of very low cost counselling in Droichead FRC. To make an appointment please call (Male counsellor) 087 77 52493 or (Female counsellor) 086 10 39244.
MUSIC AND DANCE- An open music, song & dance session will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary) every Friday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm for the older folk in Callan and surrounding area. All are welcome to join in on the session and have a bit of craic. Admission will be €2 per person. Tea and Coffee will be available. Volunteer musicians wanted to give a helping hand.
CARERS AND TODDLERS-New time for Callan Carer and Toddler group in Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan (The Meadow Room) every Wed (9.30am – 11.30pm). All parents, toddlers and babies are welcome to come for a cup of tea and a chat. €2 per session.
BRIDGE- 1st. Kit Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Lanigan. Best gross. Breda Holohan and Maura O Mahony. 2nd. Mary Comerford and Rita Houlihan.. 3rd. Breda Fitzgerald and Mary Croke. End of season’s prizes on Thursday - draw for partners at 7pm.sharp
BOXING- Callan Boxing club addred another Leinster title to their ranks last weekend when Paige O’Keeffe stopped hewr opponent Kara Brady from Laois in the second round such was the dominance of the Callan girl. Nora Doyle was boxing really well in her final against Kathy Carolan from Wexford when she had to withdraw when she suffered a shoulder injury. Paige now goes into the All-Ireland series so we wish them well.
Callan senior boxing coach John Hickey is now a fully fledged boxing referee and was all kitted out in his bow tie and manned the ring during the Leinster championships last weekend. John has built a great reputation in his short time being a referee so we also wish him well.
HERITAGE SOCIETY- Callan Heritage Society have their first bus outing of the year on Saturday 27th of April. It is a visit to Strokestown Park House Co. Roscommon, and Famine Museum. Bus leaves from outside the Parish Church at 7.45 AM. This promises to be a very interesting trip so those wishing to travel please contact Maisie Condon as soon as possible to book a seat. Also a guided tour of St. Canices Cathedral Kilkenny on this Saturday 20th April at 10am. Meeting at the Cathedral all welcome.
HANDBALL CLUB- The Annual General Meeting of Callan Handball club will take place on Wednesday 24th April in Collaiste Eamonn Ris at 8pm. All are welcome.
Just Men Barbers-Mill Street in Callan are now opened late every Friday evening until 7.00 pm.