SUPPORTERS CLUB TABLE QUIZ - As its All-Ireland time again with 3 teams in finals and of course there is a huge interest with regards to John Lockes players as we have Jason Corcoran involved with both the U-21 and Intermediate teams and Owen McGrath with the U-21. It is a costly time for Kilkenny so this year the Kilkenny Supporters club are holding a table quiz again this year. The questions will be broadcast live on KCLR into pubs clubs and parish halls around the county and beyond. The Steppes Bar will host the quiz for Callan again this year and Te Cosy Inn have also come on board this year, so GAA fans have two venues to choose from. It’s not too late for other venues to register and join in the fun as well as raising much needed funds for the Kilkenny teams. The prizes are excellent. 1st prize are 8 All-Ireland Tickets + * Banquet tickets and over night accommodation. 2nd prize is 4 All-Ireland tickets, 4 Banquet tickets and over night accommodation. 3rd prize is 4 banquet tickets. The total value is €2,500 so the quiz is worth taking part in. Joe Brennans of Kilmanagh was the winner last year so let’s see can we keep it local by taking the prize in Callan. Note mobile phones will not be allowed during the quiz. Each table will place their phones in secure bags and will be held behind the counter until the quiz is complete. A member of the county board will attend to observe this rule is carried out. Teams of 4 are only €20 so bring along the family and have some fun. The quiz starts at 9pm on the dot.
GOING FOR GLORY - Well Done to Jason Corcoran and Owen McGrath on reaching the All-Ireland U-21 final when Kilkenny defeated a fancied Galway team on Saturday at Thurles. Jason had an excellent game at corner back and really stood up to some hardship during the game. Only one substitution was made during the game for Kilkenny, so Owen didn’t get a chance to show his masterly skills, but at 19 he still has a couple of years more with this U-21 team, so his time will come. Meanwhile Jason has a busy week ahead as he will face an even bigger test against Tipperary next Saturday evening at Thurles in the Intermediate All-Ireland final. Bring home the gold Jason on Saturday and to Owen and Jason bring home the U-21 gold on September 16th. Best of luck lads.
BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE - The blood Transfusion service will visit Callan tomorrow (Thursday) 30th August. As usual they will attend the parish hall from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Note this is a change from their normal Tuesday visits.
IRELAND BOXING TEAM - We all know boxing in Callan has gone from strength over the past number of years and the little club has produced provincial and national champions. Yes the club has had Claire Grace wearing the Irish singlet and will do for a long time to come, but there is another Callan boxer who is about to break onto the National scene. Sean Purcell from Mallardstown boxes out of the Marble City Club in Kilkenny and recently boxed off for a place on the Irish team who will take part in the European Schoolboy Cadet Championships. Sean beat John Morgan of Westside Dublin and then beat Ryan Lafferty of Newry to win a place on the National team. Sean now heads for Anapa, Russia on October 1st for the Championships. Prior to that he will be involved in training with the High Performance team each Sunday before heading to Russia on September 15th for training camp. Sean is a second year student at Collaiste Eamon Ris and plays hurling with the John Lockes. Another boxer who used to box with Callan and now boxes out of the Marble City club is Conor Ivors. He was beaten in the box off by a count back after been level 7 points apiece at the end of the bout.
HANDBALL CHAMPIONS - Callan has always had a great tradition in handball and even though the town boasts a fine handball alley sadly it is just a redundant building at this stage. But that has not stopped locals from reaching great heights in the game. The Funchion brothers Peter and Patrick of Flaggy Lane have been winning All-Ireland title for many years and added yet another last weekend when they took the Under 21 Doubles Final defeating Galway pair Seamus O’Conghaile and Alan Kelly 21-0, 21-7. Their mother Betty hardly had divided loyalties for that game against her native Galway, but no doubt the Galway flag will be flying on Flaggy Lane in the coming week. Another pair with Callan connections were also All-Ireland winners last weekend, Rachel Hogan who lives in Callan and Claire Grace from Windgap teamed up together to win the Ladies Junior Doubles Final by defeating Mayo girls Stephanie Coleman and Mary Duffy 21-19, 21-2. Both Rachel and Claire are also very accomplished camogie players. Rachel of course has a couple of famous hurling brothers and of course dad Sean is knee deep in John Lockes GAA club and also plays a bit of handball. Claire of course is better known for her boxing achievements at this stage having brought back five national titles to the Callan Boxing club this year and in doing so also gained Irish International caps and is also part of the High Performance team.
ALL IRELAND TICKETS; Please note that John Lockes secretary Declan Roche will be issued with All-Ireland tickets shortly and he is presently taking orders from all club members. Please contact Declan directly if you wish to travel to the game. Note only members of the club will be facilitated with tickets, so if you are not a member of John Lockes in 2012 your requests will not be recorded.
A HIDDEN TREASURE - I would imagine there are a lot of Callan people who do not realise that they are literally only ten minutes from one of Irelands hidden treasurers and what’s more certainly the most unique concert venues in Ireland. Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre is an amazing place and is a credit to Matt O’Sullivan and the hard working community in Kilmanagh and Ballycallan for taking this old quarry and turning it into a wonderful amenity. I happen to attend a wonderful concert there recently with stunning musicians like Marie Doyle Kennedy, Liam O Maonlai and Ronan O Snodaigh of’ Kila’ fame playing there. The acoustics were amazing that boomed from the rock face. But Ballykeeffe has something really special other than acoustics, it creates a wonderful atmosphere of peace and to be honest it is a place one could spend hours sitting and meditating. No I am not loosing it, the place has that feeling and I know talking to people who have visited have found the same. It’s a wonderful place for families also and that night at the concert people had their picnics while others were spotted with their cheese and crackers and a bottle of wine to sip while enjoying wonderful music. We finally left at midnight, four hours after the concert began with the tones of Liam O Maonlai on piano ringing into the night sky. Don’t let the cold or wet weather turn you off, this place has to be experienced it’s a hidden treasure on our door step.
MULLINAHONE TOURNAMENT - The Lockes juvenile teams took part in the annual Mullinahone hurling tournament last Saturday morning. A total of three age groups from the club made the short journey to our nearest neighbours. This communist had never been to the tournament before so I didn’t know what to expect. Well I was amazed at the organisation and the size of the tournament. There were clubs from Derry, Tyrone, Antrim, Galway, Clare, Laois, Wexford, Limerick, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford and of course Kilkenny. The parade through the village to the GAA grounds was a very colourful affair and set the scene for a wonderful day of hurling. This is a tournament where all the community got involved in. In the hall the kitchen and shop were in full swing. Everything was so well run even down to the rotas of times people served in the shop and Kitchen. Mullinahone have one full pitch so in order for this to be a success the local soccer team provide their facilities for games. There may well have been glum faces for a few days in Mullinahone after the Croke Park Match but that was soon forgotten once you witness what hurling is really about, our youth. The weather could have disrupted things as the ground was soft, but the sun came out just in time to add to a great day. It was an enjoyable tournament for the near one hundred John Lockes players mentors and parents who attended the event, the U-6 went home proudly wearing their medals while the U-10 and U-12 teams acquitted themselves very well and will be looking to make the finals next year in this brilliant tournament.
NEW BUSINESS - Local business man Paul Roche is not standing still and has now opened up a new enterprising business calledwww.onlinemeatfactory.ie. As the name says you can order meat on line and get it delivered to your door cheaper then you can buy in the supermarkets. The meat is produced by premium foods Westcourt Business Park Callan and delivered by Ian. They are trying to keep local jobs going and keep money in the town so as many locals are employed as possible. They produce lots of tasty products like. Honeyglaze bacon. Bone rolled chicken stuffed with Bacon plussage onion. Homemade sausages no off cuts just prime cuts. Pudding Roudlade ,Breakfast encurte (sausage meat ,pudding, rashers warped in pastry)Thick cut Rashers. Businesses like Pauls are well supported by local retail outlets and it is important that those outlets continue to be in business and not be run over by the larger groups who are gaining a foothold in towns and cities around Ireland. So log in and place your order and it will be delivered to your door.
DROICHEAD CENTRE - 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 19th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org HORTICULTURE OR OFFICE SKILLS CLASSES @ FETAC LEVEL 4 will take place in September. The Droichead FRC in partnership with Co. Kilkenny VEC’s Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) are currently accepting applications from all early school leavers and to those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance and/or Job Seekers Benefit. Please contact the BTEI Office (056) 7795916 or the Droichead FRC (056)7755519 ext 1. ‘Time out for Women’ is a social and educational project for Women in Callan and its hinterland that 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), Christmas Flower arranging, Stress Management (relaxation), Job Search work shop (VEC), Dietician Workshop (Health Promotion Unit), Pilates, Fitness for women & computers. This programme will be run 2 days per week over 10 weeks. It will run every Wednesday and Thursday (school term) from 9.30am - 12.30pm. The course will begin Weds, Oct 3rd until Thurs, Dec 13th. There will be 16 people on the programme so places are limited. The cost will be €50 per participant Please contact Droichead FRC for an application form on 0567755519 ext. 1 or call in. Do you want to improve on doing DIY jobs in your own home? Homecare 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 and will begin early October. 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.
BOOK LAUNCH - ‘The Jazzer’ by Tomás Céitinn (Tommy Keating) in Butler House Patrick Street Kilkenny, September 11th at 8 pm. All are welcome.