UNITED - AIMING TO BRIDGE 40 YEAR GAP- Callan United are aiming to bridge a gap of forty years next Sunday when they hope to lift the McCalmont Cup. The team of 2012 have blazed a trail through the Cup competition brushing teams like the super powers of Evergreen and Freebooters aside in the march to the final. But forty years is a long time and emulating the great double team of 1971 and 1972 is a tall ask. Those were the famous days when Callan United was made up of family groups. Altogether the team of that era was made up of six sets of brothers, The McCormack brothers Dinny and Tom who later went on to play senior hurling for Kilkenny had no real connection with Callan except that Tom was boyfriend of Carol Holden of Mill Street who later became his wife. There was a another set of McCormack brothers, Mick and the late great Paddy better known as Nobby, their younger brother Jimmy won a league medal in 1973. The two McCormack families were unrelated. The Freaney brothers Jippo and Noel and their neighbours in Mill Street Noel and Mausie Power were a class act and were hero’s to young lads like this columnist at the time.The three Kirwin brothers, Doc, Pat and John played a huge part in those glorious years as did the Roche brothers Mick and Liam. In 1971 Christy Whelan was the star goalkeeper, while in 1972 Paud Kennedy filled Christy’s boots, other star players were the Majestic Tony Condon who won Oscar Traynor honours with Kilkenny. Other greats were Pat Quiton who became a brilliant goalkeeper, Mick ‘Snoz’ Corcoran who has done wonderful work for the club all his life missed out on the two Cup years because he was in the Army and was based in Galway at the time, but did pick up a league winners medal in 1973. Snoz is the only real link between the teams of that era and the present one. His son John Paul will line out in the cup final next Sunday in the hope of bridging the gap. In the run through the Cup the support for the team has swelled in numbers and no doubt a huge crowd from the town will descend on Derdimus Park on Sunday for the 3pm kick off. Manager’s Peter Kearney and Rory Donovan have been the guiding lights for this relatively young team and whatever happens on Sunday they will certainly be targeting promotion to the Premiership when the new season begins in September. The lads hoping to bring glory back to the town next Sunday are. Eoin Wall, John J. Egan, Joe Byrne, Alan Costigan, Cathal Byrne, John M. Egan, Tony Delaney, Michael Hartley, Simon Burke, J.P. Corcoran, Matthew Holohan and Robbie Wall. A free bus will depart from the cross at 2.15pm for Derdimus and will return immediately after the game. Win or loose a post match reception will be held at the Charter House for the team and supporters.
CUP FINAL SPONSORS- Terry and Pixie Doheny of Doheny blinds have come up trumps for Callan United by sponsoring special sports tops for the McCalmont Cup Final. Terry and Pixie are huge fans of Callan United and rarely miss a game. Pixie is the PRO of the club and keeps the public informed through the clubs Facebook page.
FIELD DAY- Scoil McCauley Ris will hold their first ever Family fun day on the school grounds next Sunday starting at 2pm and running until 6pm. There are loads of different activities for all with the emphasis on the children. No doubt all will be hoping for good weather and a big crowd. So all those who will be returning from the McCalmont Cup final drop into the school and support the event. As well as a field day a special dog show will be held in conjunction with the Scoil McAuley Ris fun day on Sunday 27th May, so bring along your pooches and enter for the fun and who knows you could win a prize.
BLESSED EDMUND RICE CELEBRATIONS- As the 250th Anniversary of Blessed Edmund Rice’s Birth approaches on 1st June, 2012, a number of celebrations are in the planning stages, particularly around such privileged locations in the life of Edmund – Mount Sion, Waterford where Edmund’s vision was first realized, and Callan in Kilkenny, the site of his birth in 1762.
On Friday, 1st of June, 2012, a day- long event is being planned at Mount Sion. Gathering with the leadership of both the Presentation Brothers and the Christian Brothers from around the world, will be Brothers from both communities, representatives from the various branches of the Edmund Rice Network, such as the Life Centres, the Lantern Centre, Edmund Rice Camps, the Edmund Rice Schools Trust, Presentation Brothers’ Schools Trust, to name a few.
The festival day will include prayer, a keynote address by historian Daire Keogh, author of Edmund Rice and the First Christian Brothers, a presentation by the Mt. Sion primary school students, time to visit displays representing the various ministries and programs of the Edmund Rice Network throughout the European Province, a vision for the future of the Edmund Rice charism with Congregation Leaders Martin Kenneally and Philip Pinto. Lunch and time for socializing and visits to the museum will also be available.
In the evening, it concludes the day with prayer and reflection. We will gather in the Edmund Rice Chapel to celebrate Evening Prayer followed by a concert of sacred music with performances by local Waterford musicians.
On Saturday, 2nd of June, the Brothers’ community at Callan, will be hosting a celebration of the Eucharist. Details are still to be determined, but will be made available next week. On Sunday 3rd June Callan town will become the focal point of the celebrations. The 11am Mass at the parish church will celebrate his life and it will be a celebration for all the people of Callan.
As part of the 250th celebrations, an “Edmund Rice Summer School” will take place at the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, Mt. Sion on the 24th and 25th of August, 2012. Focused on the Edmund Rice Network, the purpose of the summer school states, in part- “The Edmund Rice tradition is part of a wider tradition rooted in the Judeo-Christian story of creation and human purpose and existence. The Summer School provides the opportunity to reflect on the story which has been foundational to the development of the participating organizations. It is an invitation ‘to dare to be creative’ within that tradition and to carry forward those elements which are consistent with the Universe Story now emerging from religious, scientific and economic sources.”
“Edmund Rice Today-What is Being Born?” is the theme around the birthday celebrations. While we share a common memory in the person of Edmund Rice and celebrate that memory, we are also aware that this is an “active memory” - one that is alive and compelling as it sends us forth, faithful to the future!
DEFIBRILLATOR- A group of local Callan people have grouped together to address a very topical issue that had a special significance for the local boys secondary school Coláiste Éamann Rís. The school which has quite a lot of students involved in training and team sports did not have access to a defibrillator. When local man and past pupil Graham Doheny became aware of this he and a group of locals sprang into action. Along with Ger, John and Keith Doheny and William Hartley and a number of others they set about organising a Darts tournament in the Cosy Inn to raise awareness .Ironically the Fabrice Muamba incident at White Hart Lane happened just at this time which also helped to focus minds. The people of Callan and surrounding areas sprung into action .They either made donations, supplied spot-prizes or entered teams and before long it was obvious that there would be funds for at least one defibrillator. Someone then had the inspired idea that one defibrillator on its own, though a huge improvement would be of little benefit if needed by a school team and it fixed to the wall back in the school. So the group procured a host of autographed jerseys and other sporting memorabilia amongst many other prizes that were raffled on April 15th. This resulted in sufficient funds being available for the purchase of two machines, a cabinet for the fixed machine in the school and training for 6 staff members not to mention a cash donation to the school from surplus funds. It now means that one mobile machine can travel to matches while the fixed one is always available in the school. The school community of Coláiste Éamann Rís is indebted to all who supported this very worthwhile project and in particular would like to thank the organising committee.
NEW MURAL- As part of the big clean up of Callan a new Mural has been painted on the Eircom Exchange building on the Fair Green. This initiative was undertaken after people became tired of the graffiti that had appeared on the building in recent years. It was used as a memorial to two young people who had passed away some years ago, so before any work commenced both families were approached about the changes proposed and they were delighted to see the changes to the building. The Mural was designed and painted by Bernie McCauley, which depicts a Camogie and Hurler in the John Lockes Colours, a soccer player in the Callan United colours, a boxer from Callan Boxing club and a free spirited skateboarder. The Mural certainly looks wonderful adjacent to the playground and really enhances the area. It’s just another sign of the new community spirit that has been generated throughout the town. Big thanks to Bernie and also her two friends Olivia McGuire and Andrea Woodgate who did a wonderful job on the mural.
JOHN LOCKES- It was a case of ‘oh gosh’ last week after the defeat to Rower but this week its ‘Oh Golly Gosh’ is the apt opening to this report on the John Lockes game against Clara last Saturday evening at Bennettsbridge. This was a complete team performance by a Clara team who deserve to be in the senior grade and not in the lower Intermediate grade, but they are where they are and have to be hot favourites if they remain focused to return to the Senior Grade. The 18 frees for Clara to the Lockes paltry 3 certainly gave the Clara team an advantage, but overall their superior fitness and physicality told on the younger and lighter John Lockes lads. A defeat like this can demoralise any team and certainly the Lockes will be licking their wounds after this game. They now have a break from championship hurling until the weekend of the 14th of July but in between they will play in the Aylward Cup which will give the Lockes lads time to regroup and get lads like Michael Hartley and James Power back to full fitness. The Lockes dressing room must have been a hard place to be on Saturday night but they know they were beaten by a better team and now need to focus on Mullinavat and Glenmore on the 14th and 21st of July, Two wins there and pressure would be off and then it would be full focus on the championship.
BUILD A BANK CHALLENGE- The AIB Build a Bank Challenge is an enjoyable and exciting way for Transition and 5th Year Students of Collaiste Ris to run their own School Bank, with the support of AIB, and the same time introduce them to the world of banking and business. The AIB Build a Bank Challenge sees a team of six students selected to set up and manage a bank in their school, getting involved in everything from sourcing new customers and opening AIB accounts to encouraging regular savings and exploring new ways to bank, such as AIB phone and Internet Banking. Now in its 10th year, the programme has gone from strength to strength. Based on the feedback of those who have taken part in the past, it is a very rewarding and enriching experience, both for teachers and students alike. The School Bank was run by six students from Coláiste Eamonn Ris who had the support from their teacher’s Emer Hickey and Principle Frank McKenna. The school bank participated in a Regional final which was held in Dublin and awarded The Silver Level, achieved successful demonstration of the teams’ School Bank operations through a creative exhibition, relevant supporting materials and effective verbal presentation. This is a great achievement and the Callan branch of AIB would like to thank everyone for their support.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT- The next meeting of the Active Retirement, will be held in the Parochial Hall on Wednesday June 6th at 2.30 p.m. The Annual Mass for deceased members will be held in the Parochial Hall, Wednesday, 20th June at 2.30p.m. The Annual Day Outing is on Wednesday, July 4th.
DROICHEAD CENTRE- - Local League for Older Adults: Men from Callan and the surrounding area are invited to Droichead Family Resource Centre on Friday mornings at 10.30am with the hope of establishing a group to participate in an Older Adults Local League. Competitions will suit all levels and abilities, and activities include Bowling, Camán Abu and Speed Stacks. All welcome to try it out. For more information Brid on 056 77 555 19 Ext 1 Absolute Beginners Computer Course: This course will begin tomorrow Thursday, May 24th from 7.30pm- 9.30pm and will run for 3 Thursday evenings. This course is part funded. The 3 classes will cost €6. Please pay €6 at Droichead Family Resource Centre reception in advance to book your place. Droichead photography group meet fortnightly, every second Wednesday morning in Droichead Family Resource Centre at 10am. This group is open to all people interested in learning the basics on photography. The cost will be €2 per session. A group training exercise class will be held on Wednesdays from 8pm – 9pm in Droichead Family Resource Centre. The cost will be €5 per session. The aim of the class will help to loose weight, tone up and get fit for the Summer. To book a place call Claire on 085 1449120
PLANT SALE-The Plant Sale and Coffee Afternoon in the Mill Lane Car Park was a great success and Camphill Callan would like to thank everyone who supported. It is difficult to hold fund-raisers when everyone has a lot less to spend but we hope everyone got good value and will enjoy their plants for the rest of the year. There are still plants, bedding, perennials and shrubs available and if anyone wasn’t able to make it they can come to KCAT during the week and pick up colourful additions for their gardens.