Callan - A cracking day at the John Locke Park

A CRACKING DAY AT THE FIELD DAY- They literally came in their thousands last Sunday to John Locke Park to enjoy what was a cracking day at the John Lockes Field Day. It was the first real day for the Lockes club to show off their wonderful new club house and hurling hall which is nearing completion. It was a perfect day in every way, with warm sunshine, loads of activities and everyone had a smile. From the time the event started at 2pm until its end at 6pm there was a steady flow of people through the gates with Brother Damien Brennan manning the gate takings. The Cube was the central attraction and certainly proved very popular especially with the adults. The aim was to try and get around all seven games without knocking anything. Barrie Henriques put a lot of work into it and deserves great praise for devising the games and promises to make them even harder next year. For the record 5 people managed to score 100% and shared a prize fund of €250.00. Bosco Bryan and Eoghan Fahey gave their first outing to the recently formed ladies football team and the reaction of the watching public was terrific and great praise to the girls and mentors for the high level of football served up. Of course the bouncing castles are always a major attraction for children and Sunday proved no different. All day long they queued for their favourites and as Pat Purcell said he never got a rest for the four hours manning the soccer shoot out inflatable. The kids athletics brought huge numbers as did the Dog Show. The Dog Shows always bring loads of people from surrounding areas and Sunday was no different with eleven classes in all, there was even a class for the dog who most looks like its owner, imagine. Paddy and Ann Kerwick manned the shop while Kay Morrissey and Jackie Purcell kept the multitudes filled with coffee, tea and sandwiches. The camogie club ladies had a very successful cake sale in the marquee out on the pitch with every single cake sold. It was the same story for the boys manning the barbeques, Eamon Burns, Paul Morrissey and Robert Jackman sold out everything, in fact when it was announced there was only 10 burgers left there was a near stampede to the gazebo. Pat and Mick Power sat in the sun all day selling raffle tickets for the loads of timber until ticket seller extraordinaire Rose Corcoran relieved Mick of his seat to take over the selling. It was all hands on deck for this brilliant day and if you didn’t fancy taking part in any of the activities there was a opportunity for all to view the new club house and near finished Hurling Hall. There will be plenty of opportunities again for people to see the club rooms as there are a number of club matches fixed for July in the Park and there is also the next big event at the Park on August Bank holiday weekend when the annual John Lockes hurling blitz takes place. Well done to all it was a fantastic day and a big thank you to those who attended the Field Day.

A CRACKING DAY AT THE FIELD DAY- They literally came in their thousands last Sunday to John Locke Park to enjoy what was a cracking day at the John Lockes Field Day. It was the first real day for the Lockes club to show off their wonderful new club house and hurling hall which is nearing completion. It was a perfect day in every way, with warm sunshine, loads of activities and everyone had a smile. From the time the event started at 2pm until its end at 6pm there was a steady flow of people through the gates with Brother Damien Brennan manning the gate takings. The Cube was the central attraction and certainly proved very popular especially with the adults. The aim was to try and get around all seven games without knocking anything. Barrie Henriques put a lot of work into it and deserves great praise for devising the games and promises to make them even harder next year. For the record 5 people managed to score 100% and shared a prize fund of €250.00. Bosco Bryan and Eoghan Fahey gave their first outing to the recently formed ladies football team and the reaction of the watching public was terrific and great praise to the girls and mentors for the high level of football served up. Of course the bouncing castles are always a major attraction for children and Sunday proved no different. All day long they queued for their favourites and as Pat Purcell said he never got a rest for the four hours manning the soccer shoot out inflatable. The kids athletics brought huge numbers as did the Dog Show. The Dog Shows always bring loads of people from surrounding areas and Sunday was no different with eleven classes in all, there was even a class for the dog who most looks like its owner, imagine. Paddy and Ann Kerwick manned the shop while Kay Morrissey and Jackie Purcell kept the multitudes filled with coffee, tea and sandwiches. The camogie club ladies had a very successful cake sale in the marquee out on the pitch with every single cake sold. It was the same story for the boys manning the barbeques, Eamon Burns, Paul Morrissey and Robert Jackman sold out everything, in fact when it was announced there was only 10 burgers left there was a near stampede to the gazebo. Pat and Mick Power sat in the sun all day selling raffle tickets for the loads of timber until ticket seller extraordinaire Rose Corcoran relieved Mick of his seat to take over the selling. It was all hands on deck for this brilliant day and if you didn’t fancy taking part in any of the activities there was a opportunity for all to view the new club house and near finished Hurling Hall. There will be plenty of opportunities again for people to see the club rooms as there are a number of club matches fixed for July in the Park and there is also the next big event at the Park on August Bank holiday weekend when the annual John Lockes hurling blitz takes place. Well done to all it was a fantastic day and a big thank you to those who attended the Field Day.

WOMENS MINI MARATHON- Over twenty ladies from Callan headed to Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday to take part in the Womens Mini Marathon. For several months the ladies have been training hard running the Callan By Pass in preparation for the biggest womens race in the world. Their main aim in running was to raise funds for the new school to be built at Scoil McAuley Ris. This is just one of the many fundraisers for the school and the Callan ladies certainly did their bit the hard way, but no doubt crossing that line had to be a wonderful feeling and huge congratulations to all of you for a brilliant achievement. You have the medal and no doubt it will be your pride and joy for many years to come.

LOTTO WINNER AGAIN- The John Lockes had another winner last week in their Lotto which they run in conjunction with the Kilkenny GAA. This time the fund was shared with Thomastown GAA club but the winner received €2,800 for their effort. The winning ticket was sold by Barrie Henriques to his brother in law so well done to you both. Only in April Tommy Mackey won the big Lotto prize of €5,600 so doing the Lotto with the John Lockes is proving to be a winner. Along with the Lotto winner last week there were eight people who matched three numbers all from the Lockes Lotto. So spend your €2 per week or sign up for a standing order because you have a great chance of winning

JOHN LOCKES IN SOUTH FINAL- The John Lockes reached their first adult final last week for the first time since 2010 when they defeated Slieverue at Slieverue in the Southern ‘B’ League semi-final. They now face Rower/Inistioge in the final at Thomastown on Friday beginning at 7.30pm. This team have progressed nicely through the league suffering just one defeat from four games so they deserve to be in the final. The team has evolved since its first game on Good Friday but not the team has a nice mix of experience and youth. Winning the League would be a major boost for the team and mentors as it will be seen as another step forward and in doing so develop players to step up fully to the Junior team. So why not get in your car on Friday night and go and support the lads in the final.

VOLUNTEERS BADLY NEEDED- Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is a community based voluntary organisation for older people covering Kilkenny City & County, and we are looking for additional volunteers to commit to one hour per week for visitation and befriending of an older person living in Callan and surrounding areas. If you are interested in volunteering please come along to our Outreach in Droichead Family Resource Centre on Thursday between 11am and 1pm. For any information or queries you may have about this volunteering opportunity please call Mary Colclough Kilkenny Contact on 056/77751988 Ext.6 or Mobile 086/4108902 anytime.

ALZHEIMERS COFFEE MORNING- A coffee morning will be held this morning (Wednesday 5th June) in Harrys Bar Langtons on John Street in aid of the Alzheimers Society. People living with Alzheimer’s/dementia and their family members can meet others in a similar position. Opportunity to access information from Clinical Nurse Specialist in Dementia. Talk from Pharmacist Mairead O’ Gorman at 12.30pm about medications for Alzheimer’s and also blister packing systems to make medication compliance easier. Free tea, coffee and scones. All are welcome. For more information call Ruth on 0567771230.

JOHN LOCKES JUVENILE CLUB- The John Lockes U10 hurlers had the honour of playing Thomastown in Nowlan Park last Saturday. This was a great opportunity for the young players to play on the same ground of their heros. It was a wonderful experience for the young lads and they really enjoyed the whole experience. Well done to all players and selectors involved

POTTERY SALE- A stock clearance of selected pottery will take place at Camphill Kyle on Saturday next 8th June from 10am to 1pm. Also on sale will be teas, cakes and much more.

DROICHEAD CENTRE- The new phone number for Droichead Family Resource Centre is 056 77 55 660. You can also see what is happening on in Droichead by looking on www.droicheadfrc.ie or checking Droicheads facebook page- DroicheadFamily ResourceCentre.

ACTORS, SOUND ASSISTANTS, FILM EXTRAS WANTED- Are you interested in getting involved with an upcoming film that will be shot in the Callan area?? Would you like to know how to make a film or would you like a chance to be in front of the big screen?? If so then we want to meet you. This project will run for about 4 weeks from June 24th until July 22nd. The group will meet at least once a week. It is for Youth aged 15-18years. If you are interested please contact Pamela on 086 3383951

SUMMER CAMP- Funky Fun Summer Camp will take place in Droichead FRC, Mill St. Callan on July 15th until July 19th from 9.30am – 2pm each day at a very competitive price of €40. The camp will cater for groups aged - (4 yrs to 7yrs) & (8 yrs to 11yrs). Activities Include - Water Fights and Water Games, Dance, Art Day, Treasure Hunts, Sports, Reptile Village Display and lots more. To avoid disappointment please book your place now. Fee must be paid by July 5th. Contact Maggie on 0860722893.

ART PROGRAMME- Summer Youth Art Programme- This will be a 1 week Art programme for youth aged from 12 to 16 years. This project will be aimed at young people in the Callan area and hinterland. The programme will help develop their artistic talents and bring out their creative side. This course will explore many materials, textures & fabrics to create a unique piece of work that can be put on display for people to see the great talents of Callan youth. The cost of this programme is €30 and must be paid in full in advance to book a space as places are limited. This project is funded by Kilkenny VEC.

COMPUTER COURSES- 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 to book a place.

COUNSELLING SERVICE- Professional & Affordable Counselling Available- 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.

CREATIVE WRITING-Volunteers wanted to set up a creative writing group or a book club. Please call Brid on 056 77 55 66 0 1 if you are interested.

TEACHING IRISH-Volunteers wanted to teach Irish to people in the community. If you are interested in helping to get Irish classes up and running, please contact Brid on 056 77 55 66 0

VOLUNTEERS FOR AFTER SCHOOLS-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. Volunteers wanted in Callan area- Do you have an hour or two to spare each week???We are looking for someone who will help people to re-establish networks of support and create new links in their community. We are actively encouraging people of all ages and who have interests in many areas to volunteer. If you would like to get involved in making someone’s life a more full and enjoyable one then please contact Pamela on 0863383951.

CALLAN MEN’S SHED- A group of men come together every Friday. The men are working on different projects which include- making 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 77 555 19 Ext 1.

BABY & TODDLERS-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.

CONVERSATIONAL CLASSES- 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.

SAVINGS BANK- 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. Volunteers are needed to keep this Savings Bank operating successfully. If you have 1 hour per month and you are reliable and dependable, please contact Droichead FRC on 056 77 55 66 0.

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

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

ADULT GUIDANCE- County Kilkenny 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 7764448For further information, please contact Brid (Community Development Worker) @ 056 77 55 66 0 or email- droicheadcdw@gmail.com