Callan: Mister Ryan says goodbye to Callan school

GOOD BUY TO MISTER RYAN - After 33 years teaching Science, Math’s and Computer subjects at Colaiste Éamann Rís Callan Pat Ryan or better known as Mister Ryan to thousands of pupils, took early retirement on August 31st last. Pat was a very effective Deputy Principal in the school for 14 of those 33 years and even though he was very diligent and sometimes strict he was loved by all. A mild spoken and proud Tipperary man Pat immediately settled into to life in Callan from the very first day he moved into Mrs. Rita Grant’s house in Mill Street. After a year he was joined by a big tall Galway man at Mrs. Grants and at the school. His name was Frank McKenna and for 32 years they worked very closely together to mould the college to the excellent place it is today. Even as a young teacher he set about dedicating himself to the school. At that time the CBS was at West Street before the school moved to the current school at Kilkenny Road. Pat was full of enthusiasm and vitality and from the start organized a Table Tennis and Photography club at night for students. Up to that period the main activity was hurling but he identified there were students like other schools who weren’t into sport so created alternative activities like the photography and table tennis. He was heavily involved in fundraising for the new school partaking in four 100 mile cycles back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. This columnist had the privilege of taking part in two of those cycles, once looking after maintenance and the other actually completing the cycle. No doubt Pat like us all found that a wonderful and fulfilling experience even though there were plenty of aces and pains as well as very sore bottoms. Well there were no gel saddles then. He also was very involved with other fundraisers under then Headmaster Brother Dunne who was the driving force behind the wonderful development at the Kilkenny Road. On moving to the Kilkenny Road he was on the first Board of Management of the school and introduced Transition Year to the school in 1996. He combined this role for a number of years with that of Deputy Principal after succeeding Pat Brennan in 1998.

GOOD BUY TO MISTER RYAN - After 33 years teaching Science, Math’s and Computer subjects at Colaiste Éamann Rís Callan Pat Ryan or better known as Mister Ryan to thousands of pupils, took early retirement on August 31st last. Pat was a very effective Deputy Principal in the school for 14 of those 33 years and even though he was very diligent and sometimes strict he was loved by all. A mild spoken and proud Tipperary man Pat immediately settled into to life in Callan from the very first day he moved into Mrs. Rita Grant’s house in Mill Street. After a year he was joined by a big tall Galway man at Mrs. Grants and at the school. His name was Frank McKenna and for 32 years they worked very closely together to mould the college to the excellent place it is today. Even as a young teacher he set about dedicating himself to the school. At that time the CBS was at West Street before the school moved to the current school at Kilkenny Road. Pat was full of enthusiasm and vitality and from the start organized a Table Tennis and Photography club at night for students. Up to that period the main activity was hurling but he identified there were students like other schools who weren’t into sport so created alternative activities like the photography and table tennis. He was heavily involved in fundraising for the new school partaking in four 100 mile cycles back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. This columnist had the privilege of taking part in two of those cycles, once looking after maintenance and the other actually completing the cycle. No doubt Pat like us all found that a wonderful and fulfilling experience even though there were plenty of aces and pains as well as very sore bottoms. Well there were no gel saddles then. He also was very involved with other fundraisers under then Headmaster Brother Dunne who was the driving force behind the wonderful development at the Kilkenny Road. On moving to the Kilkenny Road he was on the first Board of Management of the school and introduced Transition Year to the school in 1996. He combined this role for a number of years with that of Deputy Principal after succeeding Pat Brennan in 1998.

Over the years Pat managed Hurling and Soccer teams and devoted a huge amount of time, often after school hours, to organising and transporting students to Handball games. He was devoted to his subjects and his classes and taught a serious amount of extra classes to try and get the best possible results for his students. The genuine outpouring of regret and respect that greeted the announcement of his retirement bore testament to the soft spoken man. He will be missed by his colleagues on the staff particularly for his positive attitude to life. A large number of students and staff, both past and present, will remember Pat as someone who always made time to talk to and listen to people especially if they were going through a rough period in their lives.

Pat is adopting the same positive attitude to retirement as he did to his school life. His wife Mary is Deputy Principal in the Presentation Secondary school in Kilkenny and coincidentally first met Pat when she was doing substitute work in Colaiste Éamann Rís. Mary and their five children Conor, Emer, Cormac, Diarmuid and Aibhín no doubt are thrilled to have him around the house full time. Pat and Mary were very proud to be in Athens to see Conor represent Ireland at Bocce two years ago. Conor is a diehard Kilkenny supporter and a James Stephens man to his finger tips and is a hugely popular member in the club. Conor also likes to remind his dad of the numerous defeats Kilkenny have handed out to Tipperary over the past decade, but being Pat he would never take offence. Pat will now have plenty of time to pursue his love of all things sporting particularly the exploits of his beloved Tipperary. We wish him well on that one and no doubt Conor will have a few words on that subject too. The staff at Colaiste Éamann Rís presented him with a lovely lamp with a racehorse on the base to highlight Pat’s love of the “sport of king’s”. Everyone at Colaiste Éamann Rís and the people of Callan wishes Pat a long and happy retirement.

ST. BRIGIDS COLLEGE - The students in the Concern Worldwide Debating Competition won the debate against The Ursuline Convent, Waterford on Thursday evening. Aoife Broe (Capt.), Katie Power, Eilis Fitzgerald and Michaela Reilly (5th year) are the team-members who argued that “The Developed World is not responsible for the Developing World. Their next debate in this round is with Colaiste Phobail, Osrai. Shannon Greally (5thyear) was one of two students out of fourteen speakers who will progress to the Regional Final of the Clonmel Soroptimist (Women’s) Public Speaking competition. Shannon spoke on “Volunteering, Friendship and Diversity.” The Senior Camogie team won their league match against Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath. The Transition Year students are putting the finishing touches to their Christmas Musical “We Will Rock You”. The girls are putting a lot of effort and extra time into the rehearsals. Congratulations to Jane Roberts (5th year) who has been selected for the Irish Swimming Team in the European Championships in France.

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY 2012 - Droichead Family Resource Centre is hosting a Senior citizens Christmas Party on Sunday the 9th of December at 12.30pm in Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary in Callan. If you are 60 years of age or over, come and join us for a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. A great day is planned which will include music, dancing, raffle etc. For further information call on 056 77 55519 ext.1

TIMBER AUCTION - The club’s 2nd annual Timber Auction is fast approaching and will be held this year on Sunday December 2nd at the Fair Green Callan at 12 noon so as to facilitate those people exiting from Sunday mass to stop off purchase their timber and then head over to the L’Arche annual open day at their centre at Green lane. Over the past couple of months there has been dozens of guys giving their all for the John Lockes in cutting and preparing timber and a big thanks goes to Jim Lynch for organising so many from the farming community. Sean Hogan and Jimmy Corcoran have been the driving force over those few months also and have given up their time each weekend to cut timber. They are true dedicated Lockes men and have also towed trailers of timber all over the country in the cause of raising money for the John Lockes. The public can purchase timber from the club and please contact Sean Hogan 086-1731877 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlightingor John Walker on 0872564066.

L’ARCHE OPEN DAY - The annual L’Arche open day takes place this year on Sunday 2nd December at their day centre at Green Lane. The open day as always is a huge fundraiser for the centre and is always well supported. It runs from 12 noon to 5pm and normally keeps the shop open for at least a week after the event. Its always an ideal event for purchasing Christmas presents so keep it in mind.

FOREST OWNERS - Attention all Forest owners, Kilkenny Forestry a newly formed forestry producer group is holding an information meeting. The meeting is open to all forest owners to gain information on the work been done by Kilkenny Forestry and meet other forest owners in the county. Meeting being held in Droichead Community Centre The Friary Complex, Callan, Co. Kilkenny at 7.30pm on Thursday 22 of November. For further details contact Michael Fitzpatrick on 086-1966535.

ZUMBA FUNDRAISER A HUGE SUCCESS - What a wonderful night was had by over 300 people at the big fundraising event in aid of the Children’s wing of Saint Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny. The event was organized by Yvonne Kenny Roche in appreciation for the wonderful care the unit took of her daughter Ava who has been a patient there on a number of occasions. Yvonne reall appreciated all the help from family and friends in organising the night and a big thanks to Rachel Zumba Nolan and Peter Nolan without their help the night would never of happened. A big thanks also to Dics Jockey Guerilla McGuinness who gave up his free time to belt out the tunes. The night raised €2805 and with more sponsorship cards to come in the €3,000 mark will be passed.

BRIDGE - Results of the turkey competition on 8th. Nov. :- 1st. Anne Egan and Mary Horgan. Best gross : Sarah Meagher and Nellie Lahart. 2nd. : Philip Brennan and Jean Grace. 3rd.: John and Rita O Neill. 4th.: Alice Lanigan and Elizabeth Lanigan. The visitors’ night with eleven tables on 15th. Nov. was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Results :- 1st. Mary Comerford and Rita Houlihan. 2nd. Kathleen Keogh and Alma Vaughan. 3rd. Chrissie O Halloran and Jim Walsh. 4th. Jackie Purcell and Maura O Mahony. 5th. Eileen Phelan and Brigid Fennelly. 6th. Sarah Crowley and Elizabeth Lanigan.

COOLAGH CARDS - The Christmas Games of “25”s commence this Thursday at 8pm in Coolagh Hall. Prizes of hams and hampers. All welcome. The tickets are available now for the Christmas Raffle, from all Coolagh Committee members. The card games continue every Thursday until Christmas.

BIG POOL TOURNAMENT - From Friday 23rd November Scruffy Duffy’s are running weekly pool competition every Friday. Instead of the traditional turkey & hams we will be giving vouchers to be spent on the premises .If we get 8 on the night the prize will be €40 voucher for 1st & €10 for 2nd.If they get 16 on the night the prize will be €70 voucher for 1st & €20 for 2nd and so on. The entry will be €5 per head so not expensive and a great chance to get your money’s worth for the Christmas. All you have to do is turn up on any Friday night starting from 23rd November hoping to start at 9pm, so please share and show your interest as we all know this time of year can be quite boring and it’s something to do on the cheap .

BABY CLINIC - Well baby clinic started in Callan medical centre every Thursday from 10am to 11.30am, run by Callan and Kells public health nurses. This is a drop in service for parents, babies are weighed and advice is given on infant feeding, immunizations, colic, teething, skin rashes etc.Thanks very much, Teresa Brown, Kells Public health nurse.0761082156.

COFFEE MORNING - The Old Charter House will be hosting a coffee morning every Thursday from the 1st November Its in aid of Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital. Come and enjoy and cuppa tea/coffee scone, cake or cream bun. There is no charge, just a donation in the box provided

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