A NEW Health and Fitness centre was opened last Saturday at Lower Bridge Street Callan and with it comes a state of the art fitness facility for Callan and the surrounding areas. Husband and wife pair Rachel and Peter Nolan are highly qualified fitness and swimming instructors and Rachel is also is a Zumba and already holds classes in Callan already. Zumba is craze that has swept the country in the past three years and caters for all age groups and is a fantastic way of getting fit and its excellent for the cardio vascular fitness. Peter is originally from Killenaule and Rachel from Piltown and are both living at Piltown. Both have been fitness instructors for five years and are well known around the South Kilkenny and South Tipperary area. The classes available at the new facility at Lower Bridge Street will entail one to one fitness, boot camp and general classes in fitness. The centre will be open from 10am to 9pm each day and for further details contact Rachel on 0831199020 or Peter on 0862470429 or drop in for a chat with them. You can catch them on Facebook also ‘His N Hers Health N Fitness’
WEDDING CHALLENGE - A young Callan couple are in with of a big chance of winning a €20,000 wedding prize. Anita Duffy and Noel Power who live at Bolton Woods are one of five couples from the South East Region who have been picked as part of a Beat FM promotion. Last weekend they were chosen after completing a number of tasks as well as composing and announcing their marriage vows. They have now been set a task of raising as much money for their chosen charity for the remainder of this week. Anita who’s family own ‘Scruffy Duffys’ Bar on Mill Street has set herself some serious and daring tasks. Anita admits to having a serious fear of vermin, snakes and especially spiders, but there is a big prize at stake so if she raises €1,000 by Thursday (tomorrow) she has agreed to travel to the retile village in Gowran and under the supervision of Callan native James Hennessy she has agreed to sit in a tank with spiders, snakes and vermin. Well as she said its in a good cause as their chosen charity is Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital who need to raise €8 million for a new unit. Both have also come up with another novel idea to raise money. On Saturday afternoon beginning at 3pm a special ‘Camp’ football tournament will take place at the rear of Scruffy Duffy’s. So all you lads out there who have that slight feminine side to you, why not rob the wife’s, grannies or girlfriends cloths and kit yourself out for a day of fun which will round off with a Barbeque. So go dig deep for a good cause and in turn raise funds for Crumlin. Also you can donate through the following link http://www.cmrf.org/sponsorshipPage/show/1121 and you can follow the couples progress on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/anita.duffy.5
BOXING - Callan Boxing club will hold a mini tournament on Thursday evening at their club Rooms at Clonmel Road. They were to take part in a tournament during the Abhainn Ri Festival but as weather conditions were poor they cancelled the event, so Jimmy Walsh and his crew are doing this as part of pre season preparations. Its for the younger age groups in the club and with Ireland doing so well at boxing in the Olympics there is plenty of enthusiasm for the sport. So get along on Thursday evening from 7pm with all proceeds going to Crtumlin’s Childrens hospital.
FIFTY YEARS ON THE GO - A well know and popular couple hit the momentous figure of fifty years of marriage on the 8th August. Molly and George Foley of Canafahy celebrated the big occasion with their family recently and have received many congratulations from many. Of course the two were very popular when they worked at the Olde Charter when George junior was under the care of the popular establishment. George Senior retired from Smithwicks Brewery some time and left city life behind for the joys of country life at Canafahy beside their daughter Trish and husband Jimmy O’Brien. So when you see Molly and George out and about for their daily walk say hello and congratulate them of reaching such a milestone of true love.
CARER TRAINING - Living with Dementia Family Carer Training. Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer Disease or Dementia? The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is holding a FREE 5 week course of training for family carers. Venue: Ormond Hotel, Kilkenny. Five evenings from 7pm-9.30pm. For further details and booking contact Ruth on 0567771230. Spaces are limited.
TALENT SHOW - The ‘Olde Charter House’ will hold a massive Talent Show on August 18th. Open to all types of talent, so ifs a dancing dog, a talking horse, a comedy act, bands, singers etc, get along to the Charter House for a night of fun. There are terrific prizes on offer. 1st prize €500, 2nd prize €150, 3rd prize€ 50. We know a few singers around the town who will be heading there and one known ‘crooner’ will no doubt give the ‘Rose of Mooncoin’ a lash the night before the Kilkenny/Tipperary All-Ireland Semi-Final. Get along and vote for the first round of Semi-finals and watch the following perform. Ellen O Driscoll, Ciarisha Moore,Shaunna Corbett ,Patsy Roche,Peter Kearney,Shar Kelly, Claire Fisher with Mush, Jason Bradley and Orlaith Dalton.
DROICHEAD CENTRE - Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH): Do you fit the following criteria? If so, you may be entitled to gain funds to cover insulation costs to improve your home to make it more comfortable, healthier and more energy efficient? Are you owner occupied? Constructed before 2002? The owner must be in receipt of: Fuel allowance OR Job seekers Allowance for over 6 months and with children under the age of 7 years OR Family Income Support. For further information, please contact KLP on 056 77 52 111
Droichead Childcare - Enrolment is on-going for the Autumn term in Droichead Childcare, Callan. Free pre-school places are still available. Is your child aged between (3 yrs 3months) and (4 yrs 10 months)? If so, you are entitled to 5 free mornings / afternoons free Childcare under the ECCE scheme. Are you planning on returning to education in September 2012? Are you aware you may be entitled to substantially reduce childcare fees under the Childcare Education Training Scheme (CETS). Are you receiving any social welfare payments? Have you got a medical card? If so you may be entitled to reduce childcare fees under the Subvention scheme. If you would like further information on the various schemes outlined above or to view our state of the art facility contact Maggie on 056 7755519 Ext 2. Limited places are available.
JOHN LOCKES RAFFLE - The John Lockes juvenile club have deferred their annual raffle until Friday night 7th September. This is to facilitate players and mentors who have been on holiday and had not been able to sell their quota of tickets.