TOWN OF FOOD- The die was cast on Monday evening when Callan and the surrounding communities submitted their comprehensive application for the Leader funded ‘Town of Food’ competition. A lot of work has been put into the effort by a wonderful group of people who have the vision to see the benefits of bringing extra people and creating much needed jobs in Callan and surrounds. The majority of people who prepare and produce food have bought into the whole project and certainly this project has sparked a huge effort from many in the community and surrounds. Being an old market town Callan has always been the hub place for people to trade and to purchase and sell their goods. The application will be reviewed by the judging committee and will then interview the Callan representatives on Thursday Morning 4th April at Butler House Kilkenny. The judging committee is chaired by Bobby Kerr of Dragons Den fame and also his family owned the Newpark Hotel for many years, so he knows everything to know about Kilkenny and food. For everyone involved it has brought about some wonderful ideas for the ‘Food Hub’ and who knows what the near future will throw up. For now we will keep our powder dry for our presentation as we have to keep the opposition in the dark as this columnist has been reliably informed that other applicant areas have been keeping an eye on this column.
BRIGID (BEA) DELANEY- Bea Delaney was certainly one of lives nice people, she always had a smile and a greeting for everyone and her sudden passing came as a shock to both her family and many people in the town of Callan. Bea always had the bike, it was part of her and more often than not she walked the bike which was always balanced by the shopping bags. Born in 1942 in Callan to Paddy and Brigid Delaney Bea went to school in Callan before emigrating to England in 1960 at the age of eighteen. She became an auxiliary nurse and worked in England until 1974 when she returned home to look after her elderly mother. Bea loved her family and was the best aunt anyone could have. She baby sat so many of them and other took nephews and nieces on trips as treats for their birthdays. Bea was always looking after others and worked for many years at Mount Carmel home for the elderly where she was dearly loved. As her family said about her, ‘she may well have been small in stature but she had a huge heart’. That sums up everything that’s was Bea Delaney, a beautiful person who will be missed by all. Bea is survived by her Sisters Goretti, Bernie,Teresa, Mell and brothers Don, Joe, Liam and Gerry. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews as well as Brother-in-law and sisters-in-law. She was laid to rest at Kilbride beside her parents and her brother Seamus.
LEINSTER CHAMPION- The Leinster championships started on the 9th OF March in Ryston boxing club Newbridge and took 6 days of boxing to get through the bouts with the largest ever number of entrances with over 360 boxers entering. With Callan lad boy Sean Purcell, boxing from the Marble City boxing club which also won the best club in Leinster. At the championships, Sean beat Tadhg McConville from Dundalk in the quarter finals 11/3. He beat Sean Corrigan from Kilcullen in the semi-finals 7/4. In the final he met Stephen Tackaberry also from Kilcullen which was a terrific technical bout with Sean winning 9/1 to retain his Leinster title which he previously won with Callan Club.. He now heads to the All-Ireland’s in 2 weeks’ time which will be held in the National Stadium Dublin. Best of luck Sean
TABLE QUIZ- The John Lockes annual Easter Table quiz will take place tomorrow night Thursday at 9pm in the Big Wheel Bar. There will be loads of prizes and of course the Easter Eggs. It is requested that all mobile phones be switched off for fairness to others. Too many are now using mobiles to get answers to questions which is unfair. It’s cheating and there is no other way of describing it. There will also be a raffle and of course Liam Glennon is always generous with the finger food.
EASTER EGG HUNT- The John Lockes juvenile club will hold the 2nd annual Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday next after 11am mass starting at the parish hall. Last year’s event was a huge success and was great fun for all the children. This as well as the Easter Egg Hunt there will be coffee and cakes available to purchase, so it will be a relaxing way for the parents to enjoy while the children are hunting eggs. So bring along the children and wrap up well.
CALLAN UNITED- The darts tournament was a big success in The Cosy Inn last Sunday. 23 teams of doubles entered and it was a very good competition. The main winners of the competition were father and son Brian and Philip Doheny from Kilmanagh. The runners- up were Mick O’Brien and Roy Cashin and Callan United would like to thank Electro City for sponsoring this event. The shield winners were John Roche and Dick Lanigan and the runners- up were the two brothers, Rodge and Willie Hartley. Callan United would like to thank The Cosy Inn for also sponsoring this event and to Ger and Graham Doheny for facilitating this competition. A lot of work was put it in to this and the club are thankful to all. Thanks also to sponsors of the raffle: The Cosy Inn, Mick Mahers Great Gas, Madigans Pharmacy, Stacks Pharmacy, Brothers Barbers, Kerwicks Newsagents, Joan Brennan, Tesco (Ben Halley), Micky B Taxi’s and Kitty Hackett.
DROICHEAD CENTRE-COMPUTERS- 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.
ART COURSES-Adults Art Course: This course will be held over 5 Tuesday mornings, starting April 9th from 10am -12pm. The project will involve working on a mural using all sorts of fabrics and textures to create a unique piece of work. Please pay €30 in advance to book your place.
VOLUNTEERS- 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.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.
PHOTOGRAPHY- Basic Digital Photography Course will take place on Monday, April 8th from 10am – 12pm. Course will run for 4 Mondays and will cost €30
YOGA- Yoga for all levels run on Monday evenings at 7.15pm. The first session will start back on Monday April 8th. Please contact Marian on 086 308 2450
MEMORIAL MASS- The War of Independence Memorial Committee host their annual Easter Monday Mass in Westcourt Callan on Monday the 1st of April at 7.30pm. All are very welcome.
BRIDGE- The President’s prize and annual dinner were deferred due to the sudden and untimely death of our esteemed member Breda Duggan-may she rest in peace. The President’s competition will now be held on Thursday 4th. April-draw at 7pm.and the dinner on Sunday 7th. April