Callan: Hit the trail in Callan

MOAT FIELDS NATURE AND HERITAGE TRAIL - In spite of the desperate weather on Wednesday last, a very positive Public Consultation was held on the initiative to develop an accessible footpath through the Moat Field and the next field beyond the by-pass. As the fields were well flooded, it was not possible to walk the route but many of the issues were reviewed. Eoin Hogan, Rural Recreation Officer of the Kilkenny Leader Partnership, gave a very interesting presentation about all of the trails being developed in the county and it certainly seems that the Moat Fields proposal would be a valuable addition to the range that has been developed. Claire Goodwin, of the Kilkenny County Council’s Parks Department, also gave her full support to the project. The Moat and surrounds could well become a wonderful amenity area for Callan by linking it with the Abbey Meadow. As a comparable path has recently been developed in the grounds of the Camphill community in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, along the banks of the Liffey, it was agreed that a Field Trip to view that project would be beneficial. This was arranged for Wednesday, October 31st, with a mini-bus leaving the Mill Lane Car Park at 12 noon. Anyone interested to come along is encouraged to contact Patrick Lydon at 087 7972717. We are so fortunate to have wonderful ‘Green’ areas in our town, like the afore mentioned as well as the Fair Green and John Locke Park. The playground at the Fair Green has proved to be a wonderful addition to the area and a wonderful place for families and children. The areas around it need to be cared for more and when the development at John Locke Park is completed the next thing to be done is to resurface the roadway.

MOAT FIELDS NATURE AND HERITAGE TRAIL - In spite of the desperate weather on Wednesday last, a very positive Public Consultation was held on the initiative to develop an accessible footpath through the Moat Field and the next field beyond the by-pass. As the fields were well flooded, it was not possible to walk the route but many of the issues were reviewed. Eoin Hogan, Rural Recreation Officer of the Kilkenny Leader Partnership, gave a very interesting presentation about all of the trails being developed in the county and it certainly seems that the Moat Fields proposal would be a valuable addition to the range that has been developed. Claire Goodwin, of the Kilkenny County Council’s Parks Department, also gave her full support to the project. The Moat and surrounds could well become a wonderful amenity area for Callan by linking it with the Abbey Meadow. As a comparable path has recently been developed in the grounds of the Camphill community in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, along the banks of the Liffey, it was agreed that a Field Trip to view that project would be beneficial. This was arranged for Wednesday, October 31st, with a mini-bus leaving the Mill Lane Car Park at 12 noon. Anyone interested to come along is encouraged to contact Patrick Lydon at 087 7972717. We are so fortunate to have wonderful ‘Green’ areas in our town, like the afore mentioned as well as the Fair Green and John Locke Park. The playground at the Fair Green has proved to be a wonderful addition to the area and a wonderful place for families and children. The areas around it need to be cared for more and when the development at John Locke Park is completed the next thing to be done is to resurface the roadway.

POLICING MEETING - At a recent meeting at the Droichead Centre Superintendent Kevin Dolan presented a comprehensive document on the County Kilkenny Policing policy in the future. The meeting was chaired by County Council chairman Paul Cuddihy in front of what was a very poor attendance. The meeting had been advertised in the Kilkenny People the previous two weeks but sadly despite many people’s concerns about policing in Callan and surrounding areas, the public failed to come to this meeting so as Superintendent Dolan could hear their concerns. There were some excellent contributions from the floor and Superintendent Dolan was very open and honest about all the issues aired. He reiterated that the Garda were there to serve and any issues or suspicions people may have in their locality they should report in to the Garda. Concerns about anti-social behaviour in and around the town were raised and Superintendent Dolan promised to raise the issues with his colleagues and try and have a more visible presence in the town especially after dark and he reiterated that the public have to report incidences so as the Gardai can act to resolve, which was a fair statement and needs to be heeded. So please keep your eyes open, report cars or vans you don’t recognise in your area and report it to the Guards. Keep your property protected.

REFUSE BIN THIEVES - A recent spate of refuse bin thefts has occurred in and around the different estates and also at individual residences in Callan. The most recent one was from a private house near Upper Clonmel Road. On evidence the bin had to be dragged by a vehicle from the house to an area around Coolalong and all its recycling contents were then strewn around the road and onto private property. The dumping of the refuse wasn’t a major issue but unfortunately the bin was damaged beyond repair and the people whom the bin belonged to had to have it replaced at a cost of €200. That is money families can ill afford nowadays and it was just another example of mindless vandalism. In future households and businesses should be mindful about leaving out bins overnight so perhaps leaving them out early morning may well be the best policy.

JOHN LOCKES - High noon at Palmerstown last Sunday certainly turn out to be the great battle we had expected from the John Lockes as they succumbed to a more determined and fitter Conahy Shamrocks. The Polo Grounds men fought for every ball and on more than one occasion showed they were speedier than the Callan lads. Throughout the first half the game was very even with both teams getting excellent scores. The play was very open throughout which made it an attractive game to look at. But as they always say goals win games and he two that Conahy got were to make the difference. Both came from running at the Lockes defence where perhaps the Lockes defence could have been a little more cynical at perhaps could have at least conceded frees before getting too near the net minder Paul Morrissey. But what faces the Lockes now is a real battle against a very physical Tullogher Rosbercon team who will want to hold onto their Intermediate status having lost two county finals before reaching the summit on the third attempt. For the Lockes we have only been back in Intermediate two years and too slip back would be a disaster but not the end of the world. They are a young team and next year will be a lot younger if some of the senior lads retire, but they need to get a little tougher. Conahy hunted for the ball last Sunday where as too many of the Callan lads were happy to mind their own patch. That may sound harsh but if it’s a motivating factor this columnist is happy to take the heat. They are a lovely hurling team but as one loyal supporter stated after the game “The Lockes are like a lovely bed of flowers without the thistles”. Yes we need some sting in our game and perhaps that will appear for the most important game of the year.

MONSTER DISCO - The John Lockes are running a monster teenage disco on Halloween night at the Cillen 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 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 - A Children’s Halloween Party Bash will be held in Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary, Callan for young people up to 12 years old. There will be a Halloween disco & a fancy dress competition. Admission will be €3 per child. It will be held on Friday, October 26th from 3pm – 5pm.

A Stonemason course will begin on Saturday, Oct 27th and will run for 10 Wednesdays. It will take place in the Abbey Meadow from 9am – 4pm. The cost of the course is €20 and is run in partnership with Kilkenny VEC and Droichead FRC.

Do you want to improve on doing DIY jobs in your own home? Home Repairs and Maintenance Programme: Level 4. On completion of this programme participants will be able to understand and demonstrate basic plumbing, electrical works, tiling, painting, and decorating skills which will empower people to carry out tasks in their own home or create an opening for them to carry out further training. The course will be run over 5 Tuesdays (9.30am - 4.30pm) and will begin in early November. This project is funded by County Kilkenny Leader Partnership. The cost will be €20 per participant. Places are limited, please contact Droichead FRC on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1 for an application form

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.

BRIDGE - 1st: Breda Holohan and Maura O Mahony, Best Gross: Grace Landy and Kit Fitzgerald 2nd:Alice Lanigan and Sarah Meagher,3rd: John and Rita O Neill. Draw for partners on Thursday at 7pm sharp.

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 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.

SUBMISSIONS TO CALLAN NOTES - The Callan Notes welcomes submissions for publication from all organisations and individuals. We want news on weddings, funerals, birthday parties, clubs etc, so to ensure you get your message in to the notes the following Wednesday I would appreciate if you can get your details to me by 8pm on Sunday nights as I need to have my notes into the newspaper early Monday morning. As always email to callannotes@gmail.com. Thanks again for keeping the news in the notes

NEW DEVELOPMENT - The new building at John Locke Park is certainly taking shape and already the construction of the dressing rooms, gymnasium, meeting rooms office and kitchen areas have been completed and the cladding roof has also been completed. The next part will be to install the windows and that should happen in the coming week and after that it will be installing all the fixtures and fittings. It is a most impressive building and will certainly be a valuable addition to the functions of the John Lockes and to the locally community. The most impressive part of the building is the panoramic view of the main playing pitch which will no doubt be welcome on cold wet days when games are in progress. The next phase which consists of the Wall ball alley will commence in the coming couple of months once the main building is completed.