John Stapleton


John Stapleton



As the new school year started at Scoil McAuley Ris last week parents and children alike must have stared in amazement how quickly the building of the new primary school has progressed in the past couple of months. When the summer holidays started at the end of June there was no sign of activity at the site but what a transformation there has been in the past couple of months. Already the shape of the building is very evident as the steel section of the building is already in place. The wonderful weather over the summer months has made it easier for those building the new school which will have state of the art facilities for the growing numbers in the parish. Certainly Principal John Moloney and his staff would have loved if the building was ready for the start of the new year with 58 children starting in Junior infants this year but that wait should not be too long more which such progress already. If the weather continues to be kind and with the quick development of the new building, it is likely that the new school will be ready for occupancy before the end of the school year. That would certainly be a great thrill for the pupils of sixth class who would be able to experience having attended the new Scoil McAuley before moving onto ‘big’ school.


The John Lockes Junior ‘B’ team picked up the first piece of silverware of the year when they won the Southern Final last Saturday at Ballyhale. Playing a determined Graignamanagh team they had to work hard to gain this victory. To date it has been a very successful year for the Junior ‘B’ team, having contested two finals along with playing a total of 13 competitive games, winning ten, drawing one and losing a total of two. The Lockes now face St. Patricks Ballyragget in the County Final. This is hoped to be played this week, so check the fixtures list in the sports section or on ) Full Report in Sports)


Well done to THE John Lockes players Ryan Bergin, Cathal McGrath, Sean & James Power and Conor Murphy who represented Kilkenny over the weekend on both the U-14 and U-16 development squads. It was a very successful weekend for the lads and come back to the club with an air of confidence as they face James Stephens in the U-16 County Semi-final tonight (Wednesday) at Kilmanagh. Note the game begins at 6.30pm

The U-10 and U-12 teams took part in the Mullinahone tournament on Saturday. The U-10 team played 3 games, winning one of them. The U-12 team won their 3 group games but lost out to Tyrone in the semi final. Tyrone went on to win the tournament. Well done to both teams on a great days hurling. Many thanks to all players, mentors and parents for their support on the day. Well done to Mullinahone on a well run day as always.


The new season kicks off tomorrow night Thursday from 6.30 to 9.30pm. The club has won 18 national titles since it was reformed in 2002 which is a fantastic record and no doubt there will be more national titles added this year. The club house will undergo refurbishment shortly with new toilets dressing rooms, showers and kitchen to be added to the boxing club. All ages are welcome so get along to the club tomorrow and sign up under the wonderful coaching staff.


Sean Purcell of the Marble City boxing club travelled with the Irish team for an international against Netherlands early on Friday morning .An 8 man varying from schoolboy to senior boxers had 2 Irish coaches travelled to Eindhoven, Holland. Boxing took place in Amsterdam. Sean captained the Irish team into the ring and held the tri-colours for the Irish national anthem. Sean boxed the Dutch national champion, Tony Jas, at 52kgs who had just recently boxed in the European championships. Sean outclassed his opponent in every round to a unanimous decision by all three Dutch judges 3/0. Sean’s fight was the last bout before three professional fights. Sean travelled back on Sunday evening with his dad and the Irish team. A great start to the boxing year, best of luck to Sean for the Coming year.


The Irish Music and Dance nights will continue each and every Friday at Scruffy Duffys bar on Mill Street. The bar invites musicians, set dancers, story tellers and basically anything or anyone Irish to get the session going.So get along and make sure to join in the fun. What better way to enjoy a night in the pub and listening to wonderful traditional music.


ARE YOU A PARENT OF A DISABLED CHILD? Would you like to meet with a group in a similar situation and learn to be a more effective voice for your child? Droichead Family Resource Centre will host an Empowering Parents training course in partnership with DESSA. The Empowering Parents Programme seeks to support parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their child and will run over a 6 week period commencing Wednesday 18th September. For further information or to book your place please contact:- Kay Teahan, DESSA, c/o Droichead FRC, Callan, Co. Kilkenny tel: 087 3534432, email or Brid at Droichead FRC tel: 056 77 55 66 0 Ext 1


A Creative writing group will begin on September 20th in Droichead FRC where a talented writer will initially facilitate the group to support them to work independently. This group will meet every Friday at 11am. All participates must pay €2 per session. If you are interested please call 056 77 55 66 0.


Beginners & advanced Irish classes for Adults will take place in Droichead FRC in Sept. Classes will be tailored to areas of interest of the group. Each class will be €2 per person.


DSP (Formally known as FÁS) will run the following courses in Droichead FRC in the Autumn subject to demand: Level 5 Certificate in Occupational First Aid, Coaching for Change & CV and Interview Preparation. To book a place, please call your local employment office.


Once off low cost beginner’s & improvers 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 55 66 0 Ext. 1 to book a place

An ECDL course will begin on Weds, September 18th. This will include word processing, spreadsheet, database and power point. If you are interested please contact Droichead FRC to book a place. Participants must have a good level of computer skills. This course will run every Wednesday from 2pm -5pm for 12 weeks. Droichead FRC, New Park FRC & Kilkenny Leader Partnership are working in partnership to deliver this course. A cost of €40 for the course is recommended but not compulsory.


BTEI Course- Return to Learning (Level 4): This is a one year, part-time course that gives learners an opportunity to return to education in a supported learning environment. This programme is suitable for those who wish to sample a range of subjects before committing to one area. Topics covered will include Healthcare, Early Childhood Education and Care, Horticulture, and Office Skills. Programme Content Compulsory: Career Planning, Study Skills, Reading and Writing Skills, Computer Skills. Optional (at least 3) : Business Calculations, Child Development, Customer Service, Drawing, Food and Nutrition, Healthcare Support, Horticulture, Painting, Personal and Interpersonal Skills, Personal Effectiveness, Teamwork, Tourism Visitor Care, Workplace Safety. Other (subject to demand). Minimum Entry Requirements: Have a level of literacy that is in line with assessment requirements. DIY COURSES

The Care & Repair programme offers a free service in the Callan area that carries out minor home repair jobs or a free telephone contact service. Are you over 65 years old? Do you need simple DIY jobs done? Would you like someone to phone for the chat or to check in that everything is OK? If so, please call 056 77 55 660 Ext 1.


A group of men come together every Friday. The men are working on different projects which include: making a playhouse for the Childcare, 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 55 66 0 Ext 1.


Callan Parent, Baby and Toddler group meet in Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan (The Meadow Room) every Wed (9.30am – 11.30pm). All parents, toddlers and babies are welcome to come for a cup of tea and a chat. €2 per session.


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 55 66 0 Ext. 1.


Are you feeling stressed due to financial pressure or other life challenges.  The support of a trained counsellor can be hugely beneficial during times of change or crisis. You can now avail of counselling (sliding fee scale available for those experiencing financial difficulties) in Droichead FRC.  To arrange a confidential appointment please call (David) 087 7752493 or (Denise) 086 1039244.

Volunteers needed for the after schools from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. Please call Maggie on 056 77 55 66 0 if you are interested.


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. All new members are very welcome.


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.


Irish Dance classes for kids are held on Weds at 3pm-4pm. Ring Aisling 087 2347056.


Citizens Information offers an outreach service every Friday from 10am -12pm.


Carlow/Kilkenny E.T.B, 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


Enrolment is on-going for the Spring term in Droichead Childcare.  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 reduced 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 reduced childcare fees under the Subvention scheme. Call Maggie on 056 7755519 Ext 2. Limited places are available. For further information, please contact Brid (Community Development Worker) @ 056 77 55 66 0 Ext 1 or email: