Callan: That sinking feeling - yet again

Hurling - We all have experienced that emptiness in the pit of the stomach when we suffer disappointment and heartache from defeat or even bereavement, well Saturday last at Piltown felt exactly like that when the John Lockes slipped out of the Intermediate grade and back to the Junior grade of Kilkenny hurling for 2013.

Hurling - We all have experienced that emptiness in the pit of the stomach when we suffer disappointment and heartache from defeat or even bereavement, well Saturday last at Piltown felt exactly like that when the John Lockes slipped out of the Intermediate grade and back to the Junior grade of Kilkenny hurling for 2013.

It’s not a nice feeling for the people who have done so much for the club and would hope that the players and mentors involved are equally devastated. The Lockes as a club aspire to play at the top level of senior hurling but to get to that level we have to be prepared to fight on our backs for that Saffron and Blue jersey. It’s about having pride in your parish, club and family and sadly performances in general this year fell very short of dying on the back to win games. Perhaps those of us who love the club so much expect that love of the club to reverberate through everyone else’s veins and perhaps our expectations are too high in the teams that line out for the John Lockes. Some people say we don’t have the depth of players in Callan many of us would totally disagree with that observation, we have some really excellent players but as quoted last week here ‘ The Lockes are like a lovely bed of flowers with no thistles’, yes the Lockes are a very young group and probably not physical enough at present but clubs and players all over the country are now big into gym and weights to build physical strength and the Lockes will have to adopt that policy more vigorously if they are to compete.

The Lockes have always had a reputation of been a hard hitting team and were feared by others, we need to get that back into our game. Compare the Lockes game to the diehard effort of Danesfort on Saturday evening at Hugginstown when all 15 players fought to retain their Senior Status. Many so called experts including this columnist said it was their County players who won the Intermediate Championship for them last year, perhaps there was some truth in that, but we were doing a disservice to their other players at the same time. Last Saturday Richie Hogan got the winning score to ensure their senior status but it was their full back and half back line who contributed most. They tore into everything and put their bodies on the line for their jersey. They have been called average players even of junior standard, but when they went Senior everyone of them knew they had a battle to survive in the higher level but they made sure they competed and were never hammered during their first year up. Last Saturday Danesfort showed that there was loads of Thistles in their flower bed. For the Lockes it’s back to the drawing board and it all starts again next March when the junior league championship kicks off. Barrow Rangers will like to avenge their defeat to the Lockes in the County final in 2010, Lisdowney are tough opposition as are Piltown, Cloneen and either Bennetsbridge or Thomastown. All will be looking to win their way into Intermediate grade so the path won’t be easy for the Lockes, but we live in hope.

TABLE QUIZ - The Saint Vincent De Paul held a very successful table quiz last Friday night at the Steppes Bar which was very heartening for the society in the build up to Christmas. Demands on the SVDP has increased dramatically in the past four years with many families struggling. There was a wonderful atmosphere last Friday night and people were very generous with their contributions. A big thank you to Billy Keogh of Keogh’s Bakery who donated all the wonderful food on the night. Remember to keep digging deep for the SVDP leading up to Christmas as they need your money so as desperate people can have some sort of a normal Christmas this year.

COUNTY FINAL - Former John Lockes great E.J.Ryan has a big day to look forward to on Sunday 4th 11th November as he is part of the management team with the Dicksboro club. He never got to hurl at senior level with the Lockes but to be involved in a senior county final will be a huge trill for him and his son Davy. Davy has been ravaged by injury all season but has fought his way back into contention and came on a sub last Sunday against James Stephens and caused major problems in the ‘Village’ defence. E.J. will always be a Lockes man first and was so disappointed at Piltown last Saturday after watching the Lockes been relegated, but on Sunday week he will wear the Maroon and white of the ‘Boro with pride as they take on the mighty Shamrocks of Ballyhale. We wish E.J. and Davy the best of luck.

MAYNOOTH CAMPUS OPEN DAY - The Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, College Rd, Kilkenny (adjoining St. Kieran’s College) would like to invite all students interested in taking the first year of their BA Degree in Kilkenny City to join us at our Open Day on Saturday, 10th November 2012 at 12.00pm. Students choosing to take this exciting new option will benefit by taking the 1st year of their BA degree close to home in a friendly, learner centred environment - before moving to the main NUI Maynooth Campus for 2nd and 3rd year. Those living locally will also have the advantage of making significant savings on travel and accommodation costs. Further information and a timetable for the Open Day can be found at

NEW FISH STALL - An enterprising man has started a new fish stall on Green Street each Friday. Fish Stalls on Green Street have always been a tradition but in recent years there has been no presence. Norman O’Reilly has recently seen the opening for the fish demand in the locality and every Friday from 8.30 to 11.30am outside the old Co-Op building. He has a large range of fish and for the tight budgets he has a number of specials. Best of luck Norman on your new venture.

BRIDGE - Bridge Results :-1st.Joan Cody and Sarah Meagher. Best Gross Joe Meagher and Rita O Neill. 2nd. Nellie Ryan and Grace Landy. 3rd. Gretta Griffin and Alice Lanigan.

HERITAGE SOCIETY - The Annual General Meeting of Callan Heritage Society takes place on Monday 12th of November at 8.00 PM in the Friary, Mill Street. The society welcomes new members, and anybody who would like to join please come along on that date. 2013 promises to be a very special year with the Gathering taking place. We are especially interested in people with ideas as to what should be done to make this event special.

CHILDCARE - Are you a child minder or thinking of becoming a child minder? An “introduction to child minding course” will take place in Kilkenny on Saturday 10th and Saturday 17th of November from 10am – 4pm each day. The course is organized by Kilkenny County Childcare Committee and the cost is €20. For more information or to book a place please contact Helena on 056 7752865.

COFFEE MORNING - The Old Charter House will be hosting a coffee morning every Thursday from the 1st November Its in aid of Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital. Come and enjoy and cuppa tea/coffee scone, cake or cream bun. There is no charge, just a donation in the box provided

ALZHEIMERS CARE - A facilitated support group, for carer’s of people with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Providing a safe space for information exchange, emotional and practical support and the opportunity to network with other carers in similar positions. Discussion topics may include dementia friendy environments. Location: Alzheimer Day Care Centre, 1 Fr Walsh Close, Cootes Lane, Kilkenny (Behind the village Inn)Next Meeting: Time: 4pm-5.30pm, today 31st October 2012. For more information contact Ruth 056)7771230

MONSTER DISCO - The John Lockes are running a monster teenage disco on Halloween night at the Cillan Hill complex Kilkenny. It will be the biggest event for teenagers in the County and surrounding county and will be the safest place for teenagers on the night. The Lockes organising committee chaired by Jim Lynch has put a lot of work into the event and have visited all the major schools in the area of Kilkenny and County. Proper security has been arranged and will be strictly monitored and only water will be served at the event. So for only €15.00 it is sure to be a brilliant night for all. It is been advertised on Twitter, Facebook and also listen out for the adverts on BEAT FM. The disco runs from 9pm to 12pm tonight (Wednesday) and as it is midterm break there will be no school the next morning.

CALLAN VARIETY CLUB - Following A meeting of Callan Variety Club held recently it has been decided to run a concert next year. We would be delighted to welcome any new members and of course all previous members and current member are always welcome. The club started in 1988, 24 years ago and many have been involved in it, one way or another. It’s great fun and there’s great camaraderie and we have helped many great causes over the years, like Mount Carmel Home, L’ Arche and St. Brigid’s College to name but a few. This year we will be running the concert in February, 13th, 14th and 15th during the school midterm break. So anyone interested please come along to Keoghs on Thursday night next 25th Oct at 8pm.

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.

Absolute Beginners Computer Course: Morning and Evening courses available.

English conversational classes are available on Monday evenings in Droichead FRC, Callan from 7pm – 8.30pm. If English is not your first language and you need support in conversation English and basic written then this course maybe for you. €2 per class. To book your place, please, ring 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1.

Knit N Natter: If you are interested in knitting or crochet come along to our meeting every Thursday at 7.30pm. A lady that is expert in the area will be on hand to give advice if needed. This is a chance for women to come together for a natter and exchange skills and patterns. €2 per session.

BIG BINGO EVENT - After a hugely successful Bingo event last June, the Mullinahone Community Council are running another fundraising event at Mullinahone GAA hall on tomorrow night Thursday 1st November. The proceeds will go to the development of the new park on the old Tennis courts. The prize fund is €1650 on the night which should be very attractive to the many bingo players that attend Callan parish Hall each Sunday night. Doors open at 7.30 with ‘Eyes Down’ at 8.30pm. There will also be a raffle on the night.

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