WHAT is it about bus stops in Callan and particularly on Green Street? It’s like a game of musical chairs when it comes to the subject of bus parking and the ‘game’ continued last week as one of the bus stops was placed in another new position on Green Street. In the space of three years the bus stop has been placed in four different locations and according to Councillor Tommy Maher if the new positioning is not satisfactory to all it may well be moved to another location. Late last week the new bus bay was painted adjacent to the famous Steps near the Parish Church. This action in turn created an outcry from the public and the general consensus was that it was a totally unsuitable positioning of the bus stop. Strangely there seems to be a conflict of opinion by two of the local councillors on the subject. Fianna Fail Councillor Matt Doran was first contacted by this columnist on Monday morning looking for comment on the new Bus stop. He stated he was more than surprised that the bus stop had been placed there and he was of the opinion that it was to be placed in the present parking bays adjacent to the public toilets, which most people would have agreed with. On the other hand Fine Gael Councillor Tommy Maher stated that where it is now positioned had been agreed with the all interested parties in the council, planners and the Gardai. He also added that yes it may cause disquiet amongst the public but if it fails it will be moved. So we have two councillors with conflicting opinions on the Bus Park. The one thing that may finally come as positive from this is the policing of the bus stops. Up to now the Gardai in fairness were reluctant to place tickets on cars and vans that are illegally parked in the bus stop adjacent to Madigans Pharmacy because they felt the one outside McDowell’s pharmacy was only marked by a sign and they could not issue tickets. Now they are in a position to do so and all ready a number of cars have received parking fines and the same will happen if cars or trucks park in the new bus stop. There is no excuse for lazy parking, there is plenty of car spaces on and near Green Street and just recently 30 new spaces have been made available in the Parish Church grounds. Parish Priest Fr. Willie Dalton opens the gates from early morning to late evening which will allow cars to park. The only time the car park won’t be available is when there are funerals or weddings. Yes the new bus space will cause anxiety for some traders but through the Callan Notes people are been asked to wait and see how it goes and if it fails they will probably move it to between Mount Carmel home and the Post Office. The county council has also painted new yellow lines on the road way at Convent view and have also facilitated a loading bay for the businesses in the area. Earlier in the year we wrote here about the parking in the area which was causing disruption to both businesses and house holders. From now on it is illegal to park in certain areas of this road way and if drivers park on the double yellow lines or parking bay they will be prosecuted. Again some business people in the area were not happy with the area been painted but overall it is for the satisfaction of everyone in the area and not just for one or two people.
ABHAINN RI FESTIVAL - The Abhainn Ri festival is now in full swing and got off to an excellent start on Friday with KCLR Radio present throughout the day. The Sue Nunn programme was broadcast for the morning period and it certainly gave huge publicity to the town with speakers from all parts of the community pitching their causes. Teckie Brett appealed to everyone to ‘Get down and dirty’ for the ‘Rock the Boat’ Guinness book of records attempt next Sunday at the Abbey Meadow, while Jimmy Walsh and Claire Grace spoke of the wonderful achievements by Callan Boxing club in recent years. Jason Corcoran of the young John Lockes players told Sue of the progress of the Kilkenny U-21 team of which he is a member along with Owen McGrath. The festival will continue throughout the week with walks and also plenty of entertainment in the pubs around the town each night. Everything is then geared towards the Rock the Boat field day and family fun day at the Abbey Meadow next Sunday. The Fun day will preceded by the annual John Lockes juvenile hurling tournament at the Collaiste Eamon Ris sports grounds and later all the teams and their mentors will be invited to the Abbey Meadow to receive their prizes and also to take part in the ‘Rock the Boat’ Attempt. Both the Abhainn Ri festival and the John Lockes GAA club have come together to make this a massive day for all and here is hoping that the weather will remain dry. Note gate receipts will be donated to Crumlin’s Children’s hospital which is always underfunded by government and in you are helping a very good cause.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - A large number of stewards and volunteers are needed for the Field Day in the Abbey Meadow on Sunday next as part of the Abhainn Ri Festival. There is one steward required for every 50 participants in the “Rock the Boat” World record attempt. Many more are required to direct traffic, car parking etc. If you are free on Sunday next please, please volunteer a few hours of your time to make this fun filled Field Day a success. Help to create a world record for Callan and all gate pro raise much needed funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital & the King’s Riverbank Development Project. It would be much appreciated if as many people as possible would come to a briefing session in the KCATS car park at 8pm tomorrow night August 2nd.
TALENT SHOW - The ‘Olde Charter House’ will hold a massive Talent Show on August 18th. Open to all types of talent, so ifs a dancing dog, a talking horse, a comedy act, bands, singers etc, get along to the Charter House for a night of fun. There are terrific prizes on offer. 1st prize €500, 2nd prize €150, 3rd prize€ 50. We know a few singers around the town who will be heading there and one known ‘crooner’ will no doubt give the ‘Rose of Mooncoin’ a lash the night before the Kilkenny/Tipperary All-Ireland
WILD WEST - Sad to say but the Wild West antics of some car drivers has reappeared on our streets and car parks recently. Residents in the Clonmel Road and Green Lane area have had to endure antisocial behaviour when large amounts of cars have congregated in the lower Fair Green Area. The revving of engines and making the roadway around the area into a race track has kept people in the area awake late into the night. The Gardai have tried to patrol the area but these drivers know when there are no Gardai on duty so it turns into a free for all. Another area that needs to be looked at is the Super Valu car park. At night it appears that cars are using the loop from Green Street onto Green Lane through the Car Park. It might be sensible to close this area once trading in the area has finished. What amazes most people is how these individuals can afford to burn tyres off their cars without a thought. Perhaps the answer is ‘More Money than Sense’!
DROICHEAD CENTRE - Callan Indoor Food & Craft Market takes place in Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary, Mill St. in Callan on Friday from 9am – 2pm. Produce on offer: Fresh Fruit & Veg, Cakes, Breads, Eggs, Savory dishes, Fresh local Meat, Handcrafted Cards, Calendars, Hair Fascinators, Turned & Sculpted Wood, Sewing & Knitted embroidered gifts, Jewellery and handmade soap . All are welcome to come along, have a browse or buy some locally produced products at very reasonable prices. You can relax in our Café and have a cup of tea. We appreciate all support given.
Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH) - Do you fit the following criteria? If so, you may be entitled to gain funds to cover insulation costs to improve your home to make it more comfortable, healthier and more energy efficient? Are you owner occupied? Constructed before 2002? The owner is in receipt of : Fuel allowance OR Job seekers Allowance for over 6 months and with children under the age of 7 years OR Family Income Support. For further information, please contact Kilkenny Leader Partnrship on 056 77 52 111.
BOXING CLUB - Callan Boxing club were delighted with the church gate collection last weekend and many people got to meet Champion boxer Claire Grace as she helped out with the collection. Claire will also be in action next Sunday at the Abbey Meadow when she will be part of a Boxing exhibition at the Festival day. A big thanks from the Boxing club for your generosity.
RIVER POLLUTION - The recent heavy weather appears to have created a serious oil pollution problem in the Kings River. The local Fishing club raised the issue with the fisheries board when fish that were caught had a distinct smell of diesel from them. It is not known where the pollution has come from, but the Environment Protection Agency and the County Council are seriously investigating where and how the leakage of fuel came from.
MOUNT CARMEL DRAW - Mount Carmel Home is now collecting for it’s annual fund raising draw. It costs only €20 for the year and that enters you in a draw every month for a number of cash prizes. The money raised goes towards the upkeep of the Home and if any of you have visited recently you will see great changes made, to ensure the comfort and good living for all of our residents. We also have bungalows at the rear of the premises for more independent living. This Care Home is for the people of the parish and surrounding areas and we really depend on your support. If you would like to join please call into Mount Carmel (056) 77252301 or Elaine at Callan Post Office (056)7725231
SUBMISSIONS TO CALLAN NOTES - The Callan Notes welcomes submissions for publication from all organisations and individuals, so to ensure you get your message in to the notes the following Wednesday I would appreciate if you can get your details to me by 8pm on Sunday nights as I need to have my notes into the newspaper early Monday morning. I am sorry but in future I am unable to accept submissions after the 8pm Sunday night deadline. As always email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for keeping the news in the Callan notes.