30 years-THIRTY YEARS AND STILL DEVELOPING NEW STYLES- A local business celebrates its 30th year trading this year.
The owner Pat O’Brien of Pat’s Hair salon on Green Street has certainly seen many hair style changes in those years and of any industry out there it is the one that is constantly changing because styles are dictated by film stars, pop stars and TV celebrities. When Pat started out in 1983 she was a young mother in the middle of recessionary times, but she saw an opening for a hairdressing business in the town as a number of similar business had closed due to retirement a short time before Pat opened. Of course in those days, there was no magazines like ‘Hello’, RSVP’ or ‘OK’ and certainly no internet or satellite television so styles were dictated mostly by the pop stars and the movie stars of the day. Pat originally opened her business on the Cross where the charity shop is today and later moved to her present site on Lower Green Street. The popular Ballyraggett native came to Callan a few years earlier when she married John O’ Brien who runs the drapery shop across the road with his young brother Mike, so John is on hand to carry out any of the maintenance that needs to be done at the salon. Pat no doubt has seen a lot of changes in her salon over the years and the reason she has been successful over those years is because she has constantly moved with the times. To mark the 30 years in business Pat will be hosting a special celebratory evening on Friday next 22nd February from 6pm to 8pm and has invited all her customers to join in the celebration for refreshments.
MOVING NEXT DOOR--The popular mens barbers ‘Brother Barber’ has moved to premises in the past week to a bigger unit. The popular Turkish barber Tayfun Cinal who lives in Mullinahone with his Kilkenny wife Fiona and their children Aydin and Niall held an official opening evening last week to celebrate the move. The new shop is a much larger unit that the one he had next door and he will have lots more scope to facilitate additional customers and has also included a special play area for young children while their dads have their hair cut. Tayfun or ‘Tay’ as he is better known also took the opportunity to officially present the Callan United Youth team and management with a new set of jersey’s. Most of the renovation work was done by Tay’s father in law Tommy O’Neill who lives in Friary Walk and a proud Kilkenny man. We wish Tay continued success also with his work partner Tarkan.
ELITE CHAMPION--Claire Grace made another step forward last weekend to becoming the darling of Irish Boxing when she retained her welterweight Elite boxing title when she defeated Laoise Traynor who boxes out of the Bray Club. Claire didn’t get off to the best of starts and was 4 points to 0ne down after the first round, but after some harsh words from her coach Jimmy Walsh she came out to totally out box her opponent in the following rounds. This was a performance of strength and agility and Claire has added a new dimension to her boxing by massively improving her footwork. This new dimension certainly helped her to win this tough bout and was certainly noted by the powers that be in the Irish Amateur Boxing Association. Her coach Jimmy Walsh was over the moon with this back to back win of the title and can only see her moving on to greater things. He said Claire puts in a huge amount of work every weekend at the club in Callan and during the week as a student in DCU she trains at least 3 times a week. The next stop for Claire is the World Student games and also the European games and of course her first year exams. But whatever it is or wherever she is Claire will be back to Callan Boxing club doing what she does best, training hard.
SPREADING HIS WINGS--Owen Hennessy is an enterprising young fellow who is not afraid of a challenge and in recent weeks he has taken on a new challenge by opening a new phone shop on Upper John Street Kilkenny. Owen is a genius with phones and computers and over the past four years he has built up a huge reputation in the electronic repair business. His expertise first came to light as he operated a stand at the Car Book Sale at Cuffsgrange, with people from all over the country coming to him regularly to fix their phones etc. From that he developed a website and people were able to order parts and request repairs from all over the country. Owen saw an opening for a retail outlet hence the opening of the new shop and it also gives him a base to do his work as he was running out of space working from home. Owen will continue to trade from the Car Boot sale as that his where it all started for him, but if you can’t make the Car Boot Sale on Sundays you can call into him at 36 John Street Kilkenny or give him a call on 0872209594.
VARIETY SHOW- The Callan Variety Show came to a close on Friday last in front of record attendances. It was a massive success and great praise to all involved. Next week I will publish a full report on the 3 nights and the fun and laughter everyone derived from the show.
SCRAP WEEK- After a successful scrappage collection last year the John Lockes Club are again on the hunt for more scrap this year. From Saturday 2nd March to Saturday 9th March the club will be collecting scrap. If you are clearing out sheds and yards and if you have old fridges etc the club will gladly take it from you and can arrange collection. The scrap can be also deposited at Callan Co-Op and again the club thank the Co-Op for their cooperation.
DROICHEAD CENTRE- COMPUTERS- Once off low cost beginner’s computer course in Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan: Learn to use the internet, email, skype & basic digital photography etc. Classes will cost €10 for 5 lessons. The course will be held on Thursday afternoon and evening. Call 056 77 555 19 ext. 1 to book a place.
GARDENING-FREE Composting & wildlife Gardening talk: A composting expert will provide information on how to community compost, home compost and give tips on how to attract wildlife into your garden. This will take place on Monday, March 25th from 10am – 1pm in Droichead Family Resource Centre.
CREATIVE ART-A creative art project for adults will begin on Weds, February 27th and will run for 6 Wednesdays evenings. To book a place, please call 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1. The project will involve working on a mural in Droichead Childcare, Callan using all sorts of fabrics and textures to create a unique piece of work. The cost to participate in this project is €30 for the 6 sessions.
SCULPTING- Willow Sculpting course will take place in Droichead Childcare in mid March. Call 056 77 55519 Ext. 1 to book a place. This course will be funded by Community Education VEC in Kilkenny.
MUSIC AND DANCE-An open music, song & dance session will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary) every Friday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm for the older folk in Callan and surrounding area. All are welcome to join in on the session and have a bit of craic. Admission will be €2 per person. Tea and Coffee will be available. Volunteer musicians wanted to give a helping hand.
PHOTOGRAPHY- Basic Digital Photography Course will take place in Droichead FRC, Callan on Wednesday, April 4th from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. The course will run for 5 Wednesday and will cost €30
CARERS AND TODDLERS- Callan Carer and Toddler group will begin again in Droichead FRC, Callan (The Meadow Room) every Wednesday 10.30am – 12.30pm. All parents, toddlers and babies are welcome to come together for a cup of tea and a chat. €2 per session.
AGEING- Ageing with Confidence Programme: This programme 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 8 Thursdays from 2.30pm – 4.30pm and will begin on Thurs, March 7th. 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.
POTTERY CLASSES- Pottery classes for children aged 6-12, Camphill Kyle, Wednesdays 6-7pm, starting 20th of February, running for 5 weeks, cost: € 40, all material included. For further information or to book contact Sonja on 086-3050428.
MENS SHED-Callan Men’s shed: A group of men have come together and are making window boxes, picnic benches, raised beds and making 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.
PRESENTATION NIGHT- The successful John Lockes minor hurling team of 2012 will receive their medals at a presentation night this Saturday 23rd February in the Parish Hall at 8pm. There will be a meal provided for all players and mentors. All are welcome to attend this wonderful celebration and refreshments will be plentiful!
HERITAGE SOCIETY- Callan Heritage Society have organised a lecture for Thursday 14th March at 8.00 PM. The lecture is called BIANCONI. It is the story of Charles Bianconi (1786-1875) who was the founder of the first mass public transportation system in Ireland. He established a regular horse drawn carriage service known as ‘Bianconi Coaches’ on various routes including Callan. There were also a series of inns called ‘Bianconi Inns’ in various locations including Callan, and Piltown etc. The speaker is the well-known historian from Clonmel, Michael Aherne.
MOUNT CARMEL- Results of Jan draw for Mount Carmel. €200 Richard Vicary Mullinahone, €100 Jim Donovan Cavan, €100 Mona Lyons, €30 each Nellie Aylward Mount Carmel, Declan Twomey c/o Bea O Donovan, Helen and Thomas Clarke Tullamaine, Nora Butler Crotabeg, Helen and Kevin Bryan Scaugh, Richard Burke Mollassey, Zdenek Bilek Green St, Paul Coady c\o promoter, Margaret Ryan Knockreagh and Jerry Barret Mullinahone
CALLAN UNITED- The Under 16’s had a good win last Saturday over Southend winning 3-2. The lads had a slow start and were down 1-0 after the opening minutes. They had a sluggish first half but the Callan lads got a foothold in the game early in the second half. Ryan Bergin scored a free kick which went in over the keepers head and Callan grew in confidence as the game went on. 5 minutes later Lee Doheny latched on to a corner on the edge of the box and smacked it in top corner grabbing the third. Well done to all involved. The Under 19’s suffered a big defeat to Evergreen A Saturday last. Im sure the boys will bounce back from this defeat in there next league match. Callan United would like to pass on their condolences to the Delaney family on their recent bereavement.
MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT- The Martin ‘Babby’ Fitzgerald memorial tournament will be held on the 16th of March on the Fair-Green in Callan. Babby was one of Callans greatest wingers and a loyal player and club member for many years. The memorial tournament will be run as a pub league and it is 10euro per head to enter. Anyone who would like to enter call into The Steppes, Mickeys Bar, The Old Charter, Keoghs, The Cosy, Scruffys and Grogans Bar. Dust off the cobwebs and come along and support the cause. Proceeds go to Callan United soccer club and to Mount Caramel for a day drip for the patients. The presentation will be held in the winning pubs premises on the 16th. For more information contact Pixie Doheny on 0860625085.
RACE NIGHT- There will be a race night held in the Old Charter House on the 2nd of March in aid of Callan United- It is €10 to purchase a horse on the night. There will be a programme for the night and its 50euro for a page of advertisement and €30 for half a page. There will be a raffle on the night so come along and join in All proceeds from the night will go to the soccer club. The u13’s enjoyed a good win over Stoneyford Saturday last. They were struggling at half-time being 2-1 down but came back and won 5-2 in the end. Among the goal scorers were Evan Doyle, Brian Kearney and the hatrick hero Christopher McDonald. Well done lads. The junior team played a challenge game against the under 19’s Sunday morning, The pitch was cut up badly but it didn’t stop the lads from having a very entertaining game!
MACRA CLUB- Well done to Callan Macra men’s and ladies soccer teams who put in very good performances in the most recent county blitz. A good number of members had a great time at the annual black tie ball last weekend. The team entered into the Macra hurling all Ireland blitz put in determined performances in each of their 5 games with members from a couple of the local clubs to field a team.
BRIDGE- Bridge results:- 1st. Alice Lanigan and Mayra O Mahony. Best gross .Breda Fitzgerald and Nellie Lahart. 2nd. Joan Cody and Gretta Griffin. 3rd. Margaret O Shea and Philip Brennan. 4th. Mary Horgan and Breda Holohan