HISTORIC NIGHT - The Parish hall was festooned in the Saffron and Blue on Friday night last the 28th September for one of the greatest nights in the history of John Lockes GAA club. The club are at present in the middle of a very ambitious development and the Lockes wanted to tell the world about the facilities they were going to create and make available to the community of Callan Parish. That was the theme of the presentation on Friday, being about community. Former GAA president Nicky Brennan had the honour of officially launching the ambitious project and said that the GAA was the corner stone of all the communities around the country and it is where most people migrate towards for the games and of course culture. It was very heartening to see much interest in the new project and that was reflected by the large attendance on the night. Religious, locals, GAA people and politicians alike gathered to hear and read about the new plans. One of the clubs honorary presidents and Callan man Bishop Seamus Freeman was one of the first to arrive and was accompanied by Parish Priest Fr. Willie Dalton. Parliament members John McGuiness of Fianna Fail and John Paul Phelan from Fine Gael were there as was local Fianna Fail Councillor Matt Doran who has worked so hard in the background to help with smoothing the path for John Lockes. Chairman of the County Board Chairman Paul Kinsella, the club’s own and Country board treasurer Barry Hickey, John Comerford from the county board and Chairman of Southern Board Dan Kenny. Master of ceremonies was the one and only Barrie Henriques who introduced all the speakers to the stage. To kick the night off Barrie introduced Callan man Joe Kearney whose wonderful speaking tones are more recognisable on ‘Sunday Miscellany’ on RTE Radio 1 on Sunday mornings. Joe captivated the audience with his wonderful stories of Callan in his youth and especially around the times of All-Ireland finals. He really set the tone to a wonderful night as each speaker related their own stories and experiences. Chairman of the club John Walker welcomed all and outlined what the John Lockes were setting about and paid tribute to the clubs sponsors, Callan Co-Op, Callan Credit Union and John O’Dwyer Golf. Secretary Declan Roche outlined how the building would progress and indicated the Lotto funding the club had secured and the hopes for further funding. Treasurer Sean Hogan told of the fundraising plans and how the club lotto in conjunction with the Kilkenny County board has been so successful and has been set aside towards the development. He also mentioned the help of the Lotto as well as the county board who were very helpful in the club securing a €100,000 from Croke Park. He also acknowledged the help of Seamus Reide of Bank of Ireland Callan who worked tirelessly to secure a €250,000 term loan. John McGuiness was full of praise for the club and its officials and said that as a group of club officers they were the best he ever had the pleasure of meeting as they knew what they wanted and were focused on achieving their goals. Paul Kinsella Chairman of the county board said he was delighted to be associated with the John Lockes Project and the county board having strong links with Callan with their lease of the CBS grounds. He said he had great memories of Callan and John Locke Park as his club Saint Martin’s won their All Ireland Club semi final at the park in 1984 and went on to win the All-Ireland title. Barry Hickey got a great welcome home and the former club secretary regaled us with stories of the Lockes bringing senior club hurling back to the Fair Green and also of the work of great people on the building of John Locke Park. Men like the late Jack Lyons was such an asset to the Lockes as was John Vaughan who gave hours drawing filling in his own truck from the old cinema site where Super Valu stands today to form the banks that surrounds the park today. He said he was excited by the new project and wished the Lockes Well. Parish Priest Father Willie Dalton said the amount of money the Lockes have to raise pails into insignificants in comparison to what it cost to refurbish the parish church and he knows the community of Callan will get behind this project for the betterment of all. Bishop Seamus told stories of how they had to tog out in a ditch for games and of the ‘league of nations’ that formed Coolagh football teams. He said the people of Callan will support the project and wished the club well, quoting Cardinal John Henry Newman “To live id to change and to perfect is to have changed often”. Yes a fitting quote for the Lockes to follow. Nicky Brennan formally launched the new project and wished everyone well going forward. He said others will watch what the Lockes do and will be inspired to also do the same. Later people gathered to purchase the wonderful commemoration book the John Lockes have produced and chatted as they enjoyed some wonderful refreshments.
ART COMPETITION - Congratulations to all the winners of the special Art Competition that was arranged by Martin Fahey of John Lockes for the launch of the new John Locke Park development. We will have photographs and details of all the prize winners next week which were kindly donated by John and Mike O’Brien of O’Brien Drapers Callan
HURLING - Its back next Sunday, yes it’s the club hurling again. After all the celebrations last weekend after Kilkenny’s wonderful win in the All Ireland, the Lockes face into their most important game of the year. A win over Glenmore sends them straight into the safety zone and away from worries of relegation semi-finals and finals. Its Piltown at 2pm next Sunday for the big game. Glenmore will have county panellists Eoin Murphy and Ger Aylward but the Lockes have been doing well in training recently after a terrible year of injuries and others who just fell away. It’s a young team mixed with experience so we wish them well on Sunday.
HERITAGE SOCIETY - Callan Heritage Society has organised an illustrated talk in Rothe House, Parliament Street, Kilkenny for next Wednesday the 10th of October at 8.00 PM. It is called “The Comerford Families of County Kilkenny.” The speaker is the renowned historian Rev. Canon Patrick Comerford. Everyone welcome especially anyone with the name Comerford in their ancestry. The Society has organised a bus outing to Dublin for Saturday the 20th of October departing Callan at 7.45 AM. It is a guided walking tour of the areas in central Dublin where various events took place in the Easter Rising of 1916. It promises to be a most interesting outing. Those interested in travelling please contact Maisie Condon as soon as possible to confirm a place.
FOOT PATH AT MOAT - Advance Notice of Consultation on a Moat Fields Nature and Heritage Footpath. Plans for a Public Footpath through the Moat Fields and along the northern bank of the King’s River are being developed in a partnership of the Kilkenny County Council, Camphill Callan and the Callan Heritage Society. Following a guided walk during the Abhainn Rí Festival, plans are taking shape toward an application to the Kilkenny Leader Partnership to fund the creation of a fully accessible walkway that will also cross under the by-pass bridge and include the next field along the river. Before the plans are further developed, the project promoters are actively seeking the views of the local community. For this purpose, a local consultation will be held on Wednesday, October 17th. The event will begin with a walk of the proposed route, leaving the Mill Lane car park at 5.30pm, followed by an illustrated and interactive consultation at 7pm in the KCAT Art and Study Centre, Mill Lane. Everyone interested is actively invited.
DROICHEAD CENTRE - Ageing with Confidence Programme: This progamme is for retired people and is specifically designed to offer older people support in living life to the full in a positive way. The course will be run over 10 Thursdays from 2pm – 4.30pm and will begin on Oct 11th. This course is run in partnership with Droichead FRC and Kilkenny Age Friendly County and is free of charge. Please contact Droichead FRC to book a place on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1 Do you want to improve on doing DIY jobs in your own home? Home Repairs 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 (9.30am - 4.30pm) and will begin on October 9th. 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. A Stonemason course will begin in early October and will run for 10 Wednesdays. It will take place in the Abbey Meadow from 9am – 4.30pm. The cost of the course is €20 and is run in partnership with Kilkenny VEC and Droichead FRC.
SAINT BRIGIDS - Open Night in St. Brigid’s college takes place this Thursday evening, October 4th, 6.30 to 9.30p.m. for 6th, 5th and 4th class students and their families.
BRIDGE - Results 27/9/12-1st.Kit Fitzgerald+Elizabeth Lanigan. 2nd.Nellie Ryan+Chrissie O Holloran.3rd.Gracie Landy +Catherine Hegarty .