UNPLEASANT ODOURS - There are some very unpleasant odours emanating from the general sewage system in and around a number of areas in the town and according to residence the smells are getting worse.
The businesses in Mill Street, West Street and both Upper and Lower Bridge Street are having a horrid time with the most obnoxious smells coming into their homes and businesses. The problem seems to be originating from an area off the Kilkenny Road and not to be too graphic there is a build-up of sewage that is not able to process quick enough and hence the odours have to go somewhere and in this present case its up through floors of buildings.
Back in June 2001 local journalist John Fitzgerald wrote in the County supplement of the ‘Irish Examiner’ about the town of Callan sitting on a potential time bomb and at that time they were promised all the problems of the sewage system would be sorted once the new treatment plant was upgraded to facilitate the growing population. The Sewage treatment plant was subsequently upgraded but the problems with methane gas has not gone away and if anything has gotten worse.
There is no real time pattern to when the gasses release but one evening last week a local bar had to close down for the remainder of the night because the smell was so bad. It is very worrying for business people especially those who prepare and sell hot and cold foods, as one business person said ’If the health inspector walked in to his premises when the smell was about he would shut me down’. That’s how bad the smells are and apart from the health hazard the build-up of gasses are highly dangerous and we can go as far as saying could cause an explosion. One of the main reasons for this build-up of gases from the sewage is the lack of vent pipes.
When the sewage system was first installed in this country back in the 19th century there were vent pipes placed in different locations to allow the release of the build-up of gasses. Many of us would have remembered the large cast iron vent pipes that were strategically placed around the town. They served a major purpose in keeping the sewage system working, so why were they removed, because we now have a major problem and many people are suffering. People have complained of vomiting and diarrhoea and also of suffering sore eyes. The County council have been approached on this issue but no answers have been given. A number of business people in the relevant streets have come together and will go as a deputation to the next local County Council meeting to put their case. This problem has been ignored or not acted on for too long and it is time to do so now.
TOWN OF FOOD - Hopefully last weeks lead story grabbed the attention of everyone and especially the local businesses that produce and sell hot and cold foods and having surveyed the town it appears all shops are food producers in their own way. It is most important that the public support the public meeting tonight and submit your own ideas, because the application to this special competition is for everyone as it will generate more jobs and bring more people to the town. The public meeting will take place tonight at the Callan co-Op at 8pm so please come along, it is in your interest.
SAINT PATRICKS DAY - The Friary has been the scene of amazing creative activity over the last months and you will get a chance to see some of the spectacular work in Kilkenny’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parade organizers were so impressed when they saw what was happening that they offered the Abhainn Rí Training Initiative the last spot in this year’s parade. Don’t miss it – and tell your friends! Callan Will Be!!!
MACRA NEWS - The monthly meeting of Callan Macra club was held last Saturday night and was a great success. It was decided to organise a quiz on Saturday April 13th and afterwards the Callan co-op will present the club with a set of sponsored jerseys. The club is also going to organise’ labour for hire where’ if someone needs help on a given day, whether it is fencing, driving, cutting timber or what ever is required one of our members will give their day for the cost of €50 for the days work. Fliers will be put up for contact information. The men’s and women’s soccer teams are out next Friday for the second county round. Finally congratulations to Callan Macra volleyball team who are through to the all-Ireland finals.
CAMOGIE - John Lockes camogie club are holding a 2nd registration night for all those who haven’t registered yet it will take place on Thursday 7th march in the Larche workshop green lane Callan from 7-8.30pm. Anyone from under 6 to minor are welcome to join. Any enquires to Sinead Butler on 086 8804233
JOHN LOCKES JUVENILE NEWS - Last Saturday the 9th saw the U-14 footballers of the John Lockes take on Graigue/Ballycallan in the last round of the U14 football league. Numbers were scarce but that did not stop those who togged out giving a very good account of themselves in a match which they could have won. The Lockes missed a penalty and hit the post on six occasions and were in control of the first half but went in at half time four points down. They battled gallantly in the second half but the first half effort and the missed chances told the story of the day. Best for the Lockes were man of the match Evan Doyle, Luke Walsh, Michael Power, Jack Canavan and Darragh Bergin. The team was Luke Walsh, Daniel Power, Jack Bradley (Captain), Cathal Doyle Griffin, Jack Roche, Evan Doyle, Michael Power, Darragh Bergin, John Prendergast, John Burns, Lee Thornton, Jack Canavan and Jer Power.
JOHN LOCKES CLUB MEMBERSHIP - Membership of the John Lockes club is now due with the deadline 31st March. The club are taking a strong line on this policy this year and if membership is not paid by players and mentors by this date they cannot be involved with teams. Adult membership is €50, Family €75 and players €80 which includes Insurance cover. If you find that you cant afford to pay the full amount altogether registrar Colm McGrath will be only too glad to accommodate stage payments. But note again those involved in teams have to be members of the club to play or to train or to be involved in club activities in general.
MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT - The Babby Fitzgerald memorial tournament will be held on the 16th of March on the Fair-Green in Callan. Babby was one of Callans greatest wingers and a loyal player and club member for many years. The memorial tournament will be run as a pub league and it is 10euro per head to enter. Anyone who would like to enter call into The Steppes, Mickeys Bar, The Old Charter, Keoghs, The Cosy, Scruffys and Grogans Bar. Dust off the cobwebs and come along and support the cause! Proceeds go to Callan United soccer club and to Mount Caramel for a day trip for the patients. The presentation will be held in the winning pubs premises on the 16th March.So come along and join in the fun! For more information contact Pixie Doheny on 0860625085.
CALLAN UNITED - The mens team had a crucial win over Spa United last Thursday night. Callan got off to a great start with Joey Byrne winning a penalty and the calmest man on the field, Callans goalkeeper Owen Wall converted. Simon Burke had numerous chances and he did everything but score. Spa had their chances too but the Callan defence held strong. The final score was 1-0 but it proved to be a very entertaining game. Their last few matches are crucial if they are to avoid relegation. Well done last Thursday lads great win
HERITAGE SOCIETY - Callan Heritage Society has organised a lecture for this Thursday 14th March at 8.00 PM. in the Friary, Mill St. Callan. The lecture is called BIANCONI. It is the story of Charles Bianconi (1786-1875) who was the founder of the first mass public transportation system in Ireland. He established a regular horse drawn carriage service known as ‘Bianconi Coaches’ on various routes throughout the country including Callan. There were also a series of inns called ‘Bianconi Inns’ in various locations including Callan, and Piltown etc.
BRIDGE - Results 28th. Feb.:- 1st. Chrissie O Halloran and Sarah Meagher. Best gross. Jean Grace and Alice Lanigan 2nd. Kit Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Lanigan. 3rd. John and Rita O Neill. 4th. Nellie Ryan and Nellie Tobin. 7th. March. 1st. Catherine Hegarty and Alice Burke. Best gross. Margaret O Shea and Philip Brennan. 2nd. Nellie Lahart and Jean Grace. 3rd. Grace Landy and Stella Tennyson. 4th. Kathleen Kehoe and Alma Vaughan. Charity night on Thursday at 7pm.in aid of Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team-open to visitors.
The speaker is the well known historian from Clonmel, Michael Aherne. Everyone welcome
DROICHEAD FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE - Once off low cost beginner’s 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 Droichead FRC in Callan on 056 77 555 19 ext. 1.
KIDS EASTER ART Summer Camp - will take place on Monday, March 25th until for 4 sessions (Mon – Thurs) from 10am -1pm. This course is aimed at children from 8-12 years old. The course will cost €50. Please contact Droichead FRC and pay in advance to book a place.
FREE COMPOSTING & WILDLIFE GARDENING TALK - A composting expert will provide information on how to community compost, home compost and give tips on how to attract wildlife into your garden. This will take place on Monday, March 25th from 10am – 1pm in Droichead Family Resource Centre.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Volunteers wanted to set up a creative writing group or a book club. Please call Brid on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 2 if you are interested.
TIME OUT - ‘Time out for Women’ is a social and educational project for Women of all ages in Callan and its hinterland. It provides training on a wide range of informational and practical topics. Some of the subjects that will be covered include: Calligraphy, Woodwork for Beginners, Financial Advice Workshop (MABS), Flower arranging, Stress Management (relaxation), Cookery & computers. Participants must complete all modules. This course will be run 2 mornings per week over 10 weeks. The cost will be €50 per participant. Please contact Droichead FRC for an application form.
COMPUTER COURSE - Once off low cost beginner’s 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.
AFTER SCHOOLS - Volunteers needed for the after schools from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. Please call Maggie on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 2 if you are interested.
MENS SHED - Callan Men’s shed: A group of men come together every Friday. The men are working on different projects which include: making window boxes, picnic benches, raised beds and black thorn walking sticks in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary). If you are interested in getting involved in this project, please call 056 77 555 19 Ext 1.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.
YOGA CLASSES - Yoga for all levels run on Monday evenings. Please contact Marian on 086 308 2450
CARERS AND TODDLERS - Callan Carer and Toddler group will begin again in Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan (The Meadow Room) every Wednesday 10.30am – 12.30pm. All parents, toddlers and babies are welcome to come together for a cup of tea and a chat. €2 per session.
ENGLISH CLASSES - 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.
SAVINGS BANK - Callan Community Savings Bank is being run on the style of the old Penny Bank system, bringing back the old traditions. The aim is to help alleviate people from financial difficulties. The Savings Bank operates in the Droichead FRC (The Meadow Room) every Thursday evening from 5pm – 6pm and will reopen on Thursday, January 10th 2013. All new members are very welcome. Volunteers are needed to keep this Savings Bank operating successfully. If you have 1 hour per month and you are reliable and dependable, please contact Droichead FRC on 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.
COMPUTER SUPPORT - Drop In Computer Support Centre is open every Monday from 2-4pm to allow people to access the computers in the Droichead FRC. €2 per session.
DANCE CLASSES - Irish Dance classes for kids are held on Weds at 3pm-4pm. Ring Aisling 087 2347056.
COUNSELLING - Low cost counselling is available in Droichead FRC. To make an appointment please call (Male counsellor) 087 77 52493 or (Female counsellor) 086 10 39244.
CITIZENS INFORMATION - Citizens Information offers an outreach service every Friday from 10am -12pm.
ADULT GUIDANCE - County Kilkenny Adult Guidance Service offers an outreach service in Callan every Tuesday from 9.30am – 5.30pm. If you are considering your educational options and want to explore it with an Educational Guidance Counsellor you can make an appointment on 056 7764448
PHOTOGRAPHY - Basic Digital Photography Course will take place on Wednesday, April 4th from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. The course will run for 5 Wednesday and will cost €30