CELEBRATING TEN YEARS IN BUSINESS - A popular couple will gather all their customers together on Saturday night next 2nd February to celebrate ten years in business at Scruffy Duffy’s on Mill Street. Kay and Derek Duffy bought the pub and opened for business on the 29th January 2003. Both Kay and Derek along with their family have worked tirelessly over those ten years to develop and build their business. As we all know the pub business has seen a lot of changes in those ten years and like most the Duffy’s have changed to meet the demands. It is a popular spot for food and a great venue for parties and get together’s and a well-run establishment. Having now reached their 10 year milestone, they are putting on a party for all their customers and locals. So on Saturday night there will be a live traditional session for 9pm - 11pm, followed by DJ Spazzy who was the very 1st DJ ever to play in Scruffy’s, to round off the night. There will be free finger food, spot prizes and for the first 50 customers through the door there will be a free cocktail. The Duffy’s would just like to say a massive thank you to all their customers who have supported them over the last 10 years and hopefully they will still be there for another ten years at least.
A FOND FAREWELL - Callan said good bye to Dick McDowell last Friday in a most fitting way and showed how much he was loved and respected. In his Chemist shop on Green Street, Dick was always welcoming and always gave time to his customers. He was a total gentleman and his passing has brought great sadness to the town as well as the other parishes in the area. The hundreds of people who paid their respects to his family on Thursday night and again at his removal on Friday said everything about the man. Dick was a great family man a sports fan and loved his involvement with Kilkenny sub aqua club and travelled to many parts of the world with the club. His children involved themselves in sport and he and his wife Aileen always attended their children’s events, whether it be a volleyball match or a hurling game in any part of the country, they were always there. His great passion was Rugby and even though he was from Dublin he became a fervent Munster supporter when he came to Callan in 1985 as he regularly attended club matches in Limerick and was a regular in Thomond Park. Dick would admit that he wasn’t great at golf but really loved the annual Odd Balls Golf society outing on the 27th December, then again he wasn’t alone as there is a lot of poor golfers in that society, but it wasn’t about the golf it was about the fun and laughter of the day and night. Dick will be equally missed by his family and friends and by the people of Callan. As the hearse slowly moved down Green Street last Friday the town fell silent in respect to one of life’s lovely people. As he was described at his funeral service on Friday, ‘He was a prince amongst men’. Farewell Dick McDowell you leave us with fond memories.
DROICHEAD FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE - CALLAN MEN’S SHED: A group of men have come together and are planning on renovating an old horse’s trap and an old wooden butter churn 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. MUSIC AND DANCE - An open music, song & dance session will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary) every Friday afternoon for the older folk in Callan and surrounding area. This session will begin on February 8th from 2pm – 4pm. 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. CREATIVE ART - A creative art project for adults will begin on Weds, February 20th and will run for 3 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 using all sorts of fabrics and textures to create a unique piece of work. The cost to participate in this project is €15 for the 3 sessions. BASIC CAR MECHANICS COURSE: Do you want to know the basics about your car? Check your car for oil /water /tyre pressure. Change bulbs/ wiper blades. Etc. This is a once off course that will be held on Thursday Jan 31st from 6- 8pm. The course will cost €10 per person. Please call Droichead FRC to book a place. DIY - A D.I.Y Course will begin on Thursday evening, February 21st from 6pm – 8pm. It will take place over 6 Thursday evenings and the topics covered include: woodwork, plumbing, decorating, picture hanging and room measuring. This course will cost €30 per person. ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS COMPUTER COURSE: Morning and Evening courses available now at the Droichead Centre.
VARIETY SHOW - A reminder of the return of the Callan Variety Show on February 12th, 13th and 15th at St. Brigids College Callan. Rehearsals are gone into serious mode now and word has it Barrie and Michael have really upped the ante in the past few weeks, so that everyone is focused on putting on a wonderful show for everyone. Note the dates there won’t be a show on Saint Valentines night 14th to facilitate the romantics.
NEW ENTERPRISES - January can be a lean month for most people and businesses, so it is heartening to see some new businesses opening and others moving to bigger premises. Brothers Barber are moving next door to the bigger premises that was once the famous Carey Butcher shop. A new shop will open soon in Lennon’s former shop and bar on Green Street and already renovations are well underway. Another business that opened towards the latter end of last year is Catz Kebab House and Restaurant which is situated at Maurice Noonan’s old shop also at Green Street. This has also housed other Restaurants and take away’s in recent years but closed for personal reasons, so it’s good to see another business up and running again. We wish them all the best of luck.
COOLAGH GATHERING - As this year’s events of The Gathering has commenced, the Coolagh Committee have planned an evening celebration in July, to join in with Irelands year long celebrations, to welcome friends and relations from foreign lands. On Saturday evening July 20th a cultural evening will take place on Coolaghmore Hill and on the Coolaghflags. Around 6.30 a commemoration Mass will be held at the burial site around the medieval ruins in remembrance of those buried there and all Coolagh people buried in other Graveyards, particularly those in foreign lands. Following this commemoration, an evening of music, food and dance will take place on the famous Coolaghflags. People that attended Coolagh National School will remember the ‘Flags at the rear of the School, a north facing gentle sloping sandstone hill of rock, overlooking the Kilmoganny Hills. The Coolagh Committee are requesting all Coolagh Families in the surrounding areas, with relations intending to travel home, to forward the names to the Secretary, Joan O’Keeffe. This promises to be a great evening of nostalgia, fun and enjoyment, so contact your Families, especially the first and second generation who might not have visited Ireland, to come back and discover their roots of where it all began. Further information on www.thegatheringireland.com
MACRA - Callan Macra Club are looking for new members and are inviting you to their open night at the Macra Hall on Friday night next 1st February. Macra is a wonderful outlet for young people and they involve themselves in loads of activities, including, Tag Rugby, Indoor soccer, volleyball, swimming and even Farm Skills which gives an in site into what farm life can be about as well as making it fun. Jim Power who is chairman of the club would love if more would join and it is an open door to everyone. So go along to the Club Rooms at Mill Street Callan from 7.30pm to learn about the club and what it does and later everyone will head for a sociable drink. Callan Macra can always be found on Facebook.
JOHN LOCKES GAA - The John Lockes Juvenile GAA club registration will take place on 2nd February 2013 at 8pm in the Parish Hall. New and existing members are welcome to join John Lockes GAA club
BOXING - Callan Boxing club season is really taking off for the new boxing season. Last week a large number of young boxers attended the inaugural Saint Patricks Boxing club tournament which was held at the St.Patricks Parish Centre in Loughboy. It was a great event and really enjoyed by all the Callan mentors and boxers. Next weekend the club will enter the Laois/Kilkenny/Carlow County championships. A total of eleven boxers have been entered and hopes are high for some titles. The boxing will take place in Paulstown Club. Best of luck to all.
BRIDGE - Bridge results:- 1st. Mary Comerford and Rita Houlihan. Best gross .Breda Holohan and Maura O Mahony. 2nd. Gracie Landy and Stella Tennyson. 3rd. Nellie Lahart and Margaret O Shea. joint 4th. Mary Horgan and Chrissie O Halloran and Bridget Fennelly and Eileen Phelan. Play continues on Thursday at 7.3opm -visitors welcome
WHIST DRIVE - Preparations are well under way for the upcoming annual whist drive which is organised by friends and family on behalf of Father Philip O’ Halloran as a support for the Missionary work of the Mill Hill Missionaries for his work in Uganda and Kenya. Father Philip has worked in Uganda for over 21 years and the work was greatly enhanced with the support of the annual whist drive. Fr. Philip who is 25 years ordained this year is presently appointed to Luanda in Western Kenya. He runs a year’s residential programme together with the Mill Hill Sisters for those seeking to understand if they are being called to missionary priesthood or sister hood. This year’s Whist Drive will be held on Wednesday 6th February Callan Parish Hall at 8.30pm. There will be lots of prizes on the night for the whist and a raffle. Teas will be served. All donations or help in any way would be greatly appreciated.
COMPANION BOOK - A Companion Volume to the Callan 800 Book which was published in 2007 and sold out within a few days is at an advanced stage of production at this time. It is planned to launch it at the opening of the Callan Festival in July and it will be a major contributor to the Gathering.This book will contain 20 chapters dealing with various aspects of the general areas history, heritage, and cultural legacy. The writers are both nationally and internationally well-known combined with locals who have their fascinating tales to tell. One chapter will be of special interest to those who are of Callan descent anywhere in the world. It is a chapter dedicated to unique local sources of family history. Another chapter for the very first time narrates the tragic story of the Civil War (1922-23) in the general area, while another gives details the Callan soldiers who died in the Great War (1914-18). All the chapters are originals and cover a wide swath of events and times