Abhainn Ri festival of fun

heritage-Learn about the sculptors whose graveslabs and altartombs and other carved work lie all around us in medieval churches and graveyards in Callan, Jerpoint, Kells, Newtown, Kilree, Sheestown, Thomastown, Burnchurch, St Canice’s Cathedral, St John’s, St Mary’s and St Patrick’s in Kilkenny.

heritage-Learn about the sculptors whose graveslabs and altartombs and other carved work lie all around us in medieval churches and graveyards in Callan, Jerpoint, Kells, Newtown, Kilree, Sheestown, Thomastown, Burnchurch, St Canice’s Cathedral, St John’s, St Mary’s and St Patrick’s in Kilkenny.

A seminar on the O’Tunneys and the O’Sheas, Callan sculptors in the 1500s and 1900s will be held in the Droichead Resource Centre from July 27 to 29. Booking forms are available from to Rosemary Ryan, Callan Heritage Society, email rosemarypryan@gmail.com.

The seminar marks the start of the Abhainn Rí Festival, which will be held in Callan from July 27 to August 5.

FESTIVAL OF FUN FOR ALL- There was an enthusiastic group of people in attendance in the Friary complex on Friday 13th (!) last for the launch of the ambitious programme for the 3rd Annual Abhainn Ri 10 day Festival which this year commences on July 27th with The O’Tunney Conference followed by the Olympicnic on Green Street followed by dancing to “The Sheehans” in the Old Co-op.

As the start of this year’s 10 day Fest on July 27th coincides with the opening of the Olympics , the Abhainn Ri Committee are organising a street picnic on Green St. from where the opening Ceremony from London will be projected on to an outdoor screen for all to enjoy during the feast! People can bring their own picnic or partake of food from the many local restaurants, cafe’s /take-aways etc and there will be plenty of tables on the street for the use of all.

During the 10 days of the Festival there is something to suit all tastes in :Theatre, Readings/Poetry, Music, Architecture, Art Exhibitions, Swiss Circus, Sport, Lunch time or Coillte walking tours , Children/Youth or Adult Workshops & a Seminar on Social Inclusion-The Abhainn Ri Fest in Callan has all that and more!

Highlight of the week’s activities -as part of the Field Day on Sunday 29th –has got to be Callan’s attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the Largest Rock the Boat IN THE WORLD!

The current record is for 1,428 people ROCKING simultaneously .So “COME ON EVERYBODY” be a sport and a support! Come to Callan & participate in this FUN EVENT and raise much needed funds for CRUMLIN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & The King’s River Development Project.

Is there a family in Callan/Ireland who hasn’t had their own or a relative’s child cared for in this renowned hospital? Show your appreciation, thanks and support by your participation in this WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT on July 29th while enjoying all the fun/games/crafts/vintage rally/wheel-o-fortune/food etc. during the Field Day. Never let it be said that you didn’t “Rock the Boat” in Callan in 2012 ! All we need is a dry day & as many supportive, enthusiastic, fun- loving people as possible to make this “The Event of the Year” in Callan.

For Further information on all events : www.abhainnrifestival.com or visit us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter 087 9759015 and our Festival Box Office opens in the Old Co-op on July 20th.

FREE COURSES DURING THE FESTIVAL-Abhainn Rí Training is offering a new programme of courses for anyone interested developing or upgrading their Festival skills. The programme is designed to support individuals, voluntary groups and committees and is suitable for those with or without prior experience. This Inclusive Cultural Training includes long term and short term courses from a year-long Working Workshop in design and construction of props, to short skills workshops in Film Making, Volunteer training, Animation, Circus Skills, Street Theatre, Tech Production skills to Web design. The first two short courses, Volunteer training and Film making for communities will begin on Saturday 21st July.

Free Volunteer training will take no more than two hours and will take place in the Friary complex on Mill Street. The first course will begin on Saturday 21st at 11am - 1pm, the following two courses will take place on Thursday 26th, 4pm - 6pm and 7pm - 9pm. Persons age sixteen and older accepted. Training will cover topics such as, responsibilities of stewards and chief marshals, what to do in the event of a medical emergency, crowd movement and how to adopt non-confrontational behaviour, the provision of first aid, basic traffic control, i.e. parking and flow of traffic and general health and safety induction. If you’re interested in learning basic volunteering skills then contact caroline@kcat.ie .

Filmmaking - for communities will take place on location and at KCAT, Callan, It is a short fun course beginning Sat 21st July and running over the following two weekends the 28th/29th of July, and 4th/5th August from 10am to 2pm each day. Cost €25. Again it is for sixteen years upwards. Shooting with whatever is at your disposal; camera phones, etc, Neil O’ Driscoll will show the basic techniques and principles of film-making, such as camera operating and sound recording, preparing for a shoot, editing and establishing a narrative with your footage, how to create text and credit sequences for films, and how to give your finished films maximum exposure. If you’re interested in learning how to document events and want to record what’s happening this summer then contact caroline@kcat.ie .Places are limited so get in touch sooner rather than later. For more information about any of the courses mentioned above or about Abhainn Rí Training please contact Caroline at KCAT on 056-7755115 or caroline@kcat.ie . See www.kcat.ie . Join the festival on Facebook site www.facebook.com/KCAT.Callan . Abhainn Rí Training is an Inclusive Cultural Training Initiative developed by The Abhainn Rí Festival of Participation and Inclusion and is a project of Callan Community Network. Abhainn Rí Training is being delivered by KCAT with thanks to Callan Co-op, it is funded by Kilkenny LEADER Partnership.

JOHN LOCKES- Saturday evening at Windgap was cold but dry and that was as good as it got for the John Lockes Intermediate team when they faced up to Mullinavat in the fourth round of the league. The Lockes were decimated by injuries as well as the unavailability of Michael Gordon and departed Matty Houlihan, so it was going to be a tough battle. Sadly the Lockes fell to another heavy defeat and now are staring at a struggle to stay in the Intermediate grade. To be honest to the diehard John Lockes supporters this performance did not make pretty viewing, it was most disappointing to say the least. Yes there were injuries but pride in the jersey should have driven on the team that lined out. There will be some serious soul searching to do over the coming weeks as well as hoping that lads like Simon Burke and Paddy Kennedy can come back from injury. In some ways we thank Galway for beating Kilkenny in the Leinster final a couple of weeks ago as facing into another match against a wounded team like Glenmore did not look inviting.

JOHN LOCKES FUN DAY AND TOURNAMENT-Callan will be a hive of activity from July 29th to the August Bank Holiday Sunday 5th August with loads happening in the Abhainn Ri Festival. On the final day the John Lockes annual juvenile tournament takes place along with the new addition of the family fun day. The tournament is a hugely popular event in the Kilkenny GAA calendar year and this year should be no exception with teams travelling from different areas in the county. Mark it down in your diary and hopefully the weather will have improved by then. More details next week.

DROICHEAD CENTRE-- Callan Indoor Food & Craft Market takes place in Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary, Mill St. in Callan EVERY FRIDAY from 9am – 2pm. Produce on offer: Fresh Fruit & Veg, Cakes, Breads, Eggs, Savory dishes, Fresh local Meat, Handcrafted Cards, Calendars, Hair Fascinators, Turned & Sculpted Wood, Sewing & Knitted embroidered gifts, Jewellery and handmade soap . All are welcome to come along, have a browse or buy some locally produced products at very reasonable prices. You can relax in our Café and have a cup of tea. We appreciate all support given. Droichead Childcare Centre Open Day, The Friary Complex, Mill Street, Callan. Co. Kilkenny. Are you single parent? are you or your spouse unemployed? are you thinking of going back to education in September 2012 and are you looking for affordable childcare?, if so Droichead Childcare Centre may be the place for you. We provide full day and half day care for Children from 6 months to 12 years of age. Come and view our state of the Art purpose built facility and meet with our highly qualified childcare staff on Saturday July 21st from 11am to 1pm. Affordable rates and discounts may apply. Enrolment for Free Preschool Year on the day. For further information contact Maggie on 056-7755519 ext.2

MOUNT CARMEL DRAW- 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

SUBMISSIONS TO CALLAN NOTES-The Callan Notes welcomes submissions for publication from all organisations and individuals, 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. I am sorry but in future I am unable to accept submissions after the 8pm Sunday night deadline. As always email to callannotes@gmail.com. Thanks again for keeping the news in the Callan notes.