CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR - Due to the Children’s Referendum on Saturday, 10 November the Craft Fair will now be held in Ballycallan Hall on Sunday, 11 November from 7:00pm to 10:00pm instead. Plans are well under way for this event which will involve local businesses (12 confirmed tables) showing their goods and taking orders for Christmas. Tables include a florist, Baker, John Deere toys & merchandise, beautiful wood crafted items, toy timber sheds and Tupperware. Also available on the day will be lots of crafts and knitwear and a beauty salon will be in operation with mini treats for all. Tea and refreshments will also be available on the night.
There is a lot of talent about so why not take this chance to get Christmas going and to support local industries by purchasing or placing an order. For anyone wishing to book a stall to display their wares the cost is €20. Contact Hall Committee members Bree Harrison, Siobhan O’Brien, Majella Maher or Padraic Flaherty for further information. Anyone thinking of taking a table is advised to book as soon as possible are there aren’t many more tables left. Those remaining will be given a first come, first served basis.
GARDENING EVENING - Callan Community Garden Group will hold an information and planning session in Droicheád Family Resource Centre (The Friary) on Thursday, 8 November at 12.30pm. An expert horticulturist will be available weekly to give advice on getting this group up and running. Work will take place in the garden area surrounding the Friary and in the poly-tunnel. Members of the group will learn new skills from each other. This is an educational and social project which is run partnership with Droicheád Family Resource Centre and Kilkenny Leader Partnership. Anyone interested in Callan Community Garden Project are welcome to come along to the information session.
BALLYCALLAN SCHEDULE - There are a number of events coming up which are being held in Ballycallan Hall. Friday, 30 November at 8:00pm - Annual Tea Party: come have a cup of tea and a treat and enjoy a sociable night in Ballycallan Community Centre. This night was a major success last year and was enjoyed by all. The night is run by the ladies who organise the funeral catering in the parish, a highly valued service. Following last year’s successful night, many new items were purchased for the hall, mainly new tables. This year it is hoped to raise enough to purchase much needed new chairs. Thursday, 7 December at 8:00pm - Christmas Concert: after many years of absence from Ballycallan Community Centre the Christmas Variety Concert is to return. There is an abundance of talent in the parish and it would be a shame not to show this off to as many as possible. For anyone wishing to enter into the Variety concert please contact any of the committee members to do so.
PRESENTATION NIGHT - Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club will host a Presentation Night honouring All Ireland Senior Hurling medal winners. This night of celebration to honour those players from the club who won All Ireland Senior Hurling Medals will be held on Friday 16 November in the Newpark Hotel. Doors Open from 8.30pm and tickets are available from all committee members - price €10. The players honoured on the night will include: Bill Cahill, Joe Millea, Adrian Ronan, Johnny Butler, Denis Byrne, John Hoyne, Michael Hoyne, James Ryall and Eddie Brennan.
RANGER’S VS. CLIFDEN - Rangers continued their league program on Sunday with a trip to Clifden on Sunday morning. Hoping to turn the tide of recent performances and get points on the board. Slow starts seems to be rangers trend this season and Sunday was no different. Ranger’s keeper and defence switched off from a corner and despite clearing the original cross a Clifden player managed to find a yard of space and fire into the top corner.
To Rangers credit they did not drop the heads despite the setback. They settled into the game and for the remainder of the first half had the better chances but the finish just seemed to pass them by. In the second half Rangers started brightly and threw everything at the Clifden goal bringing some good saves from the home keeper. Sub J.J. Corrigan had Ranger’s first good chance. Despite a hint of offside he kept playing and unleashed a strong shot that forced a good save. Seconds later Rangers felt aggrieved as a Paddy Dalton cross was controlled by Dara Murphy and finished to the net only for the Referee to rule him in an offside position much to the Ranger players dismay.
As always happens team chasing a goal Rangers pushed forward and were caught on the counter attack. Still Rangers pushed forward and were awarded a pen with 5 minutes to go which Dara coolly finished to the net. A life line one hoped. but the clock ran out and another game slipped by. Rangers can take some positives from Sundays game as their performance improved and Noel Brett made an impressive debut.
Team: M. Corrigan, P. Dalton, T. Manogue, C. O’Grady, N. Brett, E. Doheny, T. Ryan(Capt), D. Murphy, B. Hayes, G. Murphy, J. Darmody
Subs: J.J. Corrigan, D. Carroll. Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30.
Ranger’s next game is on Sunday, 11 November in the Paircín at 2:00pm against Newpark, when they will be hoping for a turn in fortune.