Student of the year - To be given the prestigious award of Student of the Year by your school is a huge achievement for any young person and its something that would be looked back on with great pride, but to be one of three siblings to receive the same award well that is the stuff of dreams. For the Robinson family from Kilmanagh that is exactly what they have achieved. Eoin Robinson will sit down this morning (Wednesday) for his first Leaving Certificate Exam knowing that he has become the third member of his family to receive the Student of the Year award at Colaiste Eamon Ris Callan. In previous years his brothers Pat and James have been the recipients of the same award, which is certainly testament to the three boys work ethic and their dedicated parents Marie and Jim. Eoin is hoping to go onto to teacher training college and then study Agricultural Science, he is certainly a young guy who has is destiny in focus.
RACHEL IS A SUPER STAR - The Hogan name is a well known name in Callan and one that has deep connections with the retail trade and of course the GAA. The Hogan name has stood above at least three premises in the town and it still stands over the old family business on Mill Street today. In earlier times it shone over the pub on the Cross which later became the ‘Cross Bar’ and today its better known as ‘The Cross Café’. The best known Hogan establishment was the Steppes Bar owned by Patsy Hogan and his wife Bea, this is where a tradition of sport and academic achievement was borne from. When Rachel Hogan was awarded the Sister Therese Student of the Year honour, she emphasised that dedication and work ethic. She might be the younger sister of Kilkenny hurlers Richie and Paddy, but Rachel is a star in her own right and over her six year period she has shown that dedicated work ethic as well as been a leader of others. In her final year she was also the Head Girl in the College and speaking to all who know her she was wonderful at everything she did. Rachel is a very driven young lady and that certainly something she inheritated from both her parents Elizabeth and Sean. Again like Eoin Robinson Rachel will certainly look back on her St. Brigids days with a sense of great achievement.
LEAVING CERTIFICATE - Over one hundred students will start their Leaving Certificate Exams this morning (Wednesday) at both St. Brigids College and Collaiste Eamon Ris. They have put in the hard work and long hours of study and now it’s in their own hands. We wish them all well in the exams and of course in their futures. The road ahead is rocky but there is a future for everyone, so get through these next three weeks and enjoy the rest of the summer. We also wish all the Junior Certificate Students all the best as they also start today.
TIDY TOWNS - Have you seen Bridge Street, it looks wonderful, what a transformation, they are just some of the compliments that have been paid to the new look Upper Bridge Street and also over the bridge in Lower Bridge Street. It is amazing what a lick of paint can do to a building, but when up to ten buildings have received a new look well it makes the street and the town a more appealing place. It started out as ‘The Dirty old town’ weekend clean up but it has escalated to a four week labour of love for one man in particular. Jimmy McCormack has single handily has transformed all the properties he owns on the street and a great tribute to him for the wonderful work he has done. But its not just Bridge Street that needs to be looked after, the grass verges approaching the town need to be looked after, it would be great if individuals would look after the area near them even if it is only to cut once every two weeks. The proposed Aldi site has turned into a real eye sore, with its over grown grass and now its been asked who is responsible for this site, could the grass be cut at least to improve that area. The one surprising other black spot is the Abbey Meadow, the place is totally over grown and it looks horrible, it is supposed to be a place for people to enjoy, but it is anything but at present. The new grass bank constructed in the Abbey Car Park also looks dreadful and surely this could be kept in a tidy manner. Judging for the tidy towns will happen later in June and it would be appreciated if these black spots were cut sooner than later.
MOUNT CARMEL - 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
GOLF LOTTO - Results for Week 10. Winner of Jackpot €850 Mrs Rita Cashin. Winning No’s 11, 17, 26. Seller Paul Cashin. Next weeks Jackpot €750.
BRIDGE - A giant bridge drive in aid of Templestreet Childrens Hospital will be held in Grangemockler Hall on Thursday June 7th. at 7.30pm sharp. All Callan bridge players are asked to support this worthy cause. Refreshments on the night with raffle and lots of sponsored prizes to be won.