BLACK SPOTS SET BACK TO TIDY CALLAN - In the past three months a huge amount of work has been done by a large numbers of volunteers in cleaning and painting around Callan. New murals have been painted on buildings such as the Telecom exchange on the Fair Green and also a very impressive one on the building beside the Cross Café on Upper Bridge Street. Many of the shop fronts on Lower and Upper Bridge Street that were in poor condition have been freshly painted mostly my Jimmy McCormack who has to be commended for transforming the street. The People of Friary Walk have also chipped in and gave a big clean up to the area around their well laid out estate. But all this work could well be unhinged by a number of serious black spots that are out of the control of the Tidy Towns. St. Mary’s church yard and ruins should be the main focal point of our town and be the shining beacon to attract tourism but as I write the area lies in a total mess with over grown grass that is evening growing out through the railings. The plight of Saint Marys was last highlighted here in late May and early June, but here we are in the last week of July and nothing has been done. Yes the weather has been poor with lots of rain, but the local authority have been very lackadaisical about improving the look of Callan and helping to improve on the points scoring which will be announced in early September. The grasverges approaching the town at West Street are disgraceful as is the approach from Mill Street. Yes maybe Joe Public should be out cutting these areas, but then the powers that be might say there is an insurance issue, so why haven’t these areas been cut. When asking local councillors they churn out the same old rhetoric about, weather was bad, manpower etc, these are the same gentlemen who didn’t come with a paint brush when asked when the big clean up weekend was organised. The other large black spot is the Abbey Meadow, again this area should have been tidied up two months ago when the weather was good, now the panic is on to have it ready for the Abhainn Ri Festival. The logic would have been to cut the grass early and allow for the ground to dry out much quicker. The old Abbey and the meadow are part of our heritage and again should be another tourist attraction but the bigger picture is not been seen here. There is one other Green area at the Duplex Houses at Lower Green Lane. The area is totally over grown, but it is unsure who is responsible for that area, so it is a job for Joe Public to clean up. If the Abbey Meadow and Saint Mary’s are reported in the Tidy Towns results when they are released, there will have to be serious questions asked about those in charge of these areas. This will also be the case if West Street and Mill Street approach roads are also highlighted. We await the results with baited breath.
JOHN LOCKES MINORS - Well done to the John Lockes Minor hurling team on reaching the 2012 league final they beat Danesfort by a solitary point in a hard fought match and in turn finished top of their group with 12 points having 6 wins from 7 games, This has been a good year so far for this group of players with all the hard work being done showing through as they play with a great grit, determination and “Never Say Die” attitude. The panel are Nicholas Roche, Jack Butler, Eoin Kennedy, Keith Roche, Bill McDowell, Ruairi Kennedy, Keith Fitzpatrick, Sean Tierney, Mark Shelly, Mark Morris, Jack McDowell, James Mackin, Ryan Bergin, Josh Haines Bryan, Adam Phelan, Cathal McGrath, Billy Bergin, Matthew Bergin, Conor Quinlan, Jimmy Lynch, Tony Power, James Power, Sean Power, Brion Kerwin, Robbie Kerwick, Dylan Roche, Robbie Hennessy and DJ Bergin. Great credit is due to Paddy Phelan, Michael Bryan, Nicky Roche and Brion McGrath who since January have given up lots of their time to train and give guidance to all involved with Minor panel well done.
JOHN LOCKES PARK DEVELOPMENT - The new complex at John Lockes Park is really getting up a head of steam on the new development. Already the very impressive building is at first floor level and complements must go to the great work been done by Ormonde Construction on the site. They have had to endure the worst conditions over the past month but continued to work despite the very wet weather. Yesterday (Tuesday) the precast floor was laid and now the process will begin to build to roof level. Internally the building is also taking shape and already the 4 dressing rooms are near construction. During the coming week the grass seed will be laid for the new part of the pitch, so by early next year the pitch will be ready to use. Complements must go to grounds man Jimmy Corcoran who has continued to maintain both pitches under difficult circumstances. The main pitch looks in excellent order as does the outer one which will be in great shape for the Juvenile tournament over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
MINDLESS BEHAVOUR - The mentality of some people just make’s one ask sometime’s, what type of brain or perverted thoughts go through their mind. Imagine a human being climbing scaffolding and no doubt removing clothing to leave their mark on an area where hard working people will have to negotiate every day. Well that is exactly what a person or persons did last week on the building site at John Locke Park. They left their excrement on the workmen’s scaffolding. What kind of person does this, really its next to animalistic behaviour and perhaps that is the type of brains these people have, but then dogs are very intelligent animals so we really should lower the standards of dogs to the levels these people like to stoop. This is not the first time this type of behaviour has happened at the Park, the holes for the flag poles around the ground have also been targets and recently the holes for the poles at the CBS grounds have also been a target. Yes folks there are really strange and no doubt deranged people out there who like leaving their mark.
BUS TO THE GAMES - The John Locke’s club will run a bus to the games at Thurles on Sunday. There will be limited numbers on the bus so its first come first served. For more details contact Bosco Bryan on 0862894827.
JOE KEARNEY RETURNS HOME - Joe Kearney’s voice is well known to those people who listen to Sunday Miscellany on Radio 1 every Sunday morning. He has worked with the Documentary on One programme for RTE Radio One for the past few years as an independent documentary maker. He is a writer and broadcaster whose voice will be known to many radio listeners from his contributions to Sunday Miscellany and Lyric FM’s Quiet Quarter. Many of these prose pieces are inspired by memories of his childhood in Callan. His memoir and short fiction work has been included in numerous anthologies and been short listed for the Francis MacManus award. The award winning short story Say it with Flowers was also triggered by a Callan experience. Joe’s documentary No Cure for Mickey Finn, which was RTE’s entry for 2008 Prix Europa and a winner at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. It recalls the short life of the great fiddle player, born in Callan, Michael Finn. His documentary Bullfight at Inchicore was short listed for the Prix Europa in 2010 He teaches creative writing at University College Dublin, from where he has recently obtained a PhD in Creative Writing. His novel, Prayers for the Conversion of Russia will be published later this year. For those followers of Joe they will have an opportunity to hear him in person at Keogh’s bar on Tue July 31st at 9pm as part of the Abhainn Rí Festival.
ABHAINN RI FESTIVAL - The Olympics on the street on the opening night of festival on Friday night next with Olympic Opening being projected on to the buildings on Green St. This will kick off over a week of fun and will be a novel way to dine while you watch! This will be followed by dancing to “The Sheehans” in the Old Co-op. The Lunch time talks each day will certainly be worth checking out and will be held at a Keoghs bakery and also will entail talks on A. O Súilleabháin and St. Mary’s tours. Nicole and Martin renowned Swiss Circus. Theatre, exhibitions, Polish meal will be served at Scruffy Duffy’s on Sunday next 29th July Brother Rice Evening at Westcourt. There will be nightly entertainment at Fennelly’s Event Space and also at The Big Wheel, Hourigans, Keoghs Bar, The Steppes, The Olde Charter, The Cosy Inn and Grogans Bar.
ROCK THE BOAT - Because of the clash with the Kilkenny game on Sunday next and because of poor underfoot conditions at the Abbey Meadow the Rock the Boat and Field day has been deferred until Sunday 5th August beginning at the same time. So a slight change but it has caused some disruption.
CALLAN UNITED - Callan United’s under 8,9,10 & 11 soccer registration Monday 30th July at 7pm in the club dressing rooms. Required also are parent help in coaching and training. All are welcome. Callan United will also host a Soccer tournament and presentation on sat the 4th of August. Reminder that tickets for a weeks holiday for 2 in the Algarve are on sale in most shops and pubs in the town and from players and committee members. Tickets are €3 per line or 2 for €5.main draw to take place on 26th of September in The Old Charter house. Thank you for your support
GUIDED WOODLANDS TOUR -This year’s Woodland Walk during the Abhainn Ri Festival will be held at our local People’s Millennium Forest just a short distance outside Callan Town. The Tuesday evening event is suitable for families and all abilities and woodland tracks are flat. You will learn about the developing natural woodland that was planted in 2000 to celebrate the commencement of the Third Millennium - a legacy for future generations. Coillte is supporting the Festival again this year and this is a chance to see the Millennium Forest, at Coill An Fhaltaigh, for yourself. Meeting at7pm Tuesday 31st July at car park entrance to forest. From Callan drive 7 miles towards Kilkenny and turn left at Tinnypark crossroad onto the L2630, drive for 1.5 miles and park in forest car park. Organisers: Walked by Coillte staff Contact, 087 763 7331.Duration, Under 2 hours
KILKENNY ALZHEIMER SOCIETY -An extremely successful fundraiser was held by Eileen Vaughan in Keoghs Pub, Callan on Friday 15th June, a total amount of €1060.00 was raised. A big thank you to all the local people and businesses that supported the event by attending, donating and generously giving prizes for the raffle on the night. A special thank you to Eamonn Wall and Michael for organising the entertaining music. Also thanks to Keogh’s Pub for accommodating the event. The Kilkenny Alzheimer Society are extremely grateful to Eileen and all who supported her on and before the night. The money will go towards services for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia in Kilkenny. Please call the Kilkenny. Alzheimer Day Care Centre on 056 7771230 if you have any questions about Alzheimer’s disease.
BOXING CLUB - Callan Boxing club will hold a church gate collection this weekend at all churches in the parish. This is one of only two fundraisers by the club which they do every year and with six national and eight Leinster champions this year they are the most successful organisation in the area, so please dig into your pockets when passing in next Saturday and Sunday.
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