KILKENNY HURLERS HONOUR COLAISTE RIS - The town was buzzing last Sunday night after Kilkenny’s fantastic win in the All-Ireland replay against Galway.
Imaginary Sliotar’s were pucked up and down on street corners and in bars as the game was dissected minutely as we discussed how big Wally did or the mastery of King Henry and the tenaciousness of little Richie Hogan, well sure his dad Sean was a little tyrant in the backs when he wore the Saffron and Blue and as they say the apple never falls far from the tree when inheriting tradition and skill. The celebrations continued well into the week and deservedly so but that win on Sunday was to prove one of the great coups ever. We all know the majority of the players served their school times in the big city colleges like Saint Kieran’s and Kilkenny CBS but Coláiste Eamon Ris also can boast that one of their former students joined Henry Shefflin in winning nine All-Ireland medals with Kilkenny. Noel Hickey is a legendary Kilkenny and Dunnamaggin player but to the little College of Collaiste Eamon Ris he is the greatest former student ever to grace the hurling field. Even the great John Power would admit it would be hard to match the achievements of Noel. Goalkeeper David Herity is also a former student of the college and in 1998 both along with lads like James Ryall, Canice Hickey, J.P Corcoran, John O’Neill, Ger Corcoran and Keith Doheny hurled their way to victory in the Leinster final against the mighty Saint Kieran’s. It is testament to both Noel and David that they have climbed to the top of the tree and worn the famous Black and Amber in the greatest period of our hurling history. Last Wednesday Noel and David along with nine of their Kilkenny team mates came to Coláiste Ris with the Liam McCarthy cup. It was a major coup for the college and it was hats off to College Principal Frank McKenna for getting the cup to the college. It can’t have been easy for the proud Galway man Frank to see that cup coming through the front door knowing his beloved county nearly had their hands on it on the 9th September. But Frank would be the first to admit that the better team won and he was still a proud man to welcome back his former students to their Alma Mater. Frank welcomed Noel and David to the podium first and to rapturous applause from the college students. Frank said it was a very proud day that the players choose Collaiste Eamon Ris for its first college visit. Noel Hickey introduced all the players one by one, Brian Hogan, Matthew Ruth, Richie Doyle, Captain Eoin Larkin, Aidan Fogarty, Jackie Tyrell, JJ Delaney with the biggest cheers for Tommy Walsh who’s brother Martin teaches at the college and of course the King himself Henry Shefflin. Frank thanked all the lads for honoring the college and to mark the occasion he made a special presentation to both Noel and David on their achievements. Of course Noel’s brother Canice is not short of a few All-Ireland medals either and as part of the staff was delighted to welcome his former team mates. Later the Kilkenny lads posed for photographs with all the students as well as staff members. Yes a memorable day for Coláiste Eamon Ris Callan and hopefully there will be many more. JOHN LOCKES - The John Lockes played their final league game on Sunday last at over cast Piltown against a formidable Glenmore outfit. A win here would keep the Lockes away from the relegation semi-final zone which would have helped them to drive on. It has been a turbulent season for the Callan lads with injuries cropping up every week making it difficult for mentors Bosco Bryan, Sean Hogan and Brother Damien Brennan to work with a settled team. So on Sunday they gave Intermediate debuts to two of the successful Minor league champions. The towering Sean Tierney and they very quick and agile Josh Haines made a brilliant impact and certainly will have learned from this game. Both had worked very well in practice games and training so they were the correct choices. Josh was causing all sorts of problems in the corner and bagged himself two points from play before Glenmore moved the experienced Mark Phelan over to mark Josh such was the trouble he was causing. Sean was also making his mark on the half forward line and worked very hard delivering excellent ball and laying off some great passes. It was a very spirited performance by the Lockes team but accuracy is their biggest problem, driving ten wides in the first half and adding a further five in the second. The Lockes were overall the better team but you can’t win matches by being inconsistent. Glenmore took advantage of the frees they were awarded with County man Eoin Murphy scoring seven out of nine offerings. Under 21 star Ger Aylward also took his two goals well which were to prove the difference. But let’s not despair because most Callan people in attendance felt the Lockes played very well and for such a young team there is hope we can keep our Intermediate status. Other Locke’s players to shine were also drawn from the younger crop. Jack McDowell , Tony Delaney, Matt Holohan, Jason Corcoran, Owen McGrath and the slightly older Eoghan Fahey. Paddy Kennedy seems to have slotted in well to his new centre back position and the old dog for the road John O’Neill was his minder on the left. The Lockes now face Conahy Shamrocks in the first round proper, a win and it’s the quarter final. We won’t even mention what the loss will throw up, because it’s onwards and upwards.
JOHN LOCKES LAUNCH BOOK - A lot of you will have already seen the wonderful publication the John Lockes have launched in conjunction with the new development at John Locke Park. It is full of photographs from 1984 up to the present day. The present day photographs feature the youngsters that took part in the Mullinahone tournament in August at U-6, U-10 and U-12 level. It also features the U-8 tournament at Dicksboro in early September and also has the Minor champions of 2012. But it also tracks back to all the winning and those who participated in finals over the past 28 years. The cost is only €3.00 and remember it will become a collector’s item as there were only a limited amount printed. The club produced a wonderful book when John Locke Park was opened in 1983 and that book has become a most treasured possession. The book is on sale at Maher’s Service Station, Butlers Newsagents, Kerwicks Newsagents and Callan Post Office. On Sunday next after 11am mass the club will be selling the book outside the church, so please support and send it to some of our Diaspora who would love to have it.
CALLAN VARIETY CLUB - A meeting of Callan Variety Club will be held on Thursday night 11th October at 8.30pm with a view to running a concert next year. We would be delighted to welcome any new members and of course all previous members and current member are always welcome. The club started in 1988, 24 years ago and you could not walk down the street in Callan without meeting a number of people who have been involved in it, one way or another. It’s great fun and there’s great camaraderie and we have helped many great causes over the years, like Mount Carmel Home, L’ Arche and St. Brigid’s College to name but a few. So anyone interested please come along to Keoghs on Thursday night. MOUNT CARMEL DRAW - The Monthly draw for Mount Carmel was held on 26th Sept and the results are as follows. €200 Claire Dunne, Maxtown. €100 Catherine Lynch, Scaugh. €100 Seamus Tynan, c/o T O Shea. €30 each to Eamon Wallace, Ballyhall. Joe & Anne Kearney C/o Nancy Power. Claire Fogarty c/o Mount Carmel. Phil Hogan, T.D, Linda Foran, Mantingstown. Michael Cunningham, Windgap. Fr Philip O Halloran, Callan. Brendan O Shea, Westcourt Dem. Bernadette Lynch, Mullinahone and Bridget Lanigan, Kilmanagh. The next draw will be held in Mount Carmel on 31st October. All are welcome.
CALLAN UTD - Callan United’s junior team advanced to the next round of the Maher shield with a 1-0 victory over Clover United thanks to a wonderful strike by Joey Byrne from 25 yards. The youths travelled to Dean Celtic on the Saturday and although leading 1-0 at half time, through a Josh Haines goal, came away with no points suffering a 5-1 defeat.
HOLIDAY DRAW - Congratulations to Tommy Hartigan who was the winner of the Callan United holiday for 2 to the sunny Algarve, while Joshua Buckley won the sellers prize of a trip for 2 to a premiership game of his choice. Special thanks to Cllr Matt Doran who was the guest judicator for the draw held in The Old Charter House. Thanks to all the publicans and shopkeepers and all who sold tickets for the draw and Super Valu for allowing the club to sell tickets on 2 separate dates and last but not least the people of Callan and surrounding parishes for all the support in buying tickets.
BRIDGE - Results 14th October .1st John and Rita O Neill.Best gross Mary Horgan and Breda Holohan .2nd Bridget Fennelly and Eileen Phelan .3rd Chrissie O Halloran and Maura O Mahony.All members are asked to attend AGM on Thursday at 7pm.
FOOT PATH AT MOAT - Advance Notice of Consultation on a Moat Fields Nature and Heritage Footpath. Plans for a Public Footpath through the Moat Fields and along the northern bank of the King’s River are being developed in a partnership of the Kilkenny County Council, Camphill Callan and the Callan Heritage Society. Following a guided walk during the Abhainn Rí Festival, plans are taking shape toward an application to the Kilkenny Leader Partnership to fund the creation of a fully accessible walkway that will also cross under the by-pass bridge and include the next field along the river. Before the plans are further developed, the project promoters are actively seeking the views of the local community. For this purpose, a local consultation will be held on Wednesday, October 17th. The event will begin with a walk of the proposed route, leaving the Mill Lane car park at 5.30pm, followed by an illustrated and interactive consultation at 7pm in the KCAT Art and Study Centre, Mill Lane. Everyone interested is actively invited.
LARCHE CHURCH GATE - The Annual Church gate collection will take in aid of the L’arche community in Callan will take place at all church masses in the parish next weekend. L’arche is a wonderful charity and like all voluntary organisations they are struggling for funding so your donations will be gratefully appreciated.
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL - The Saint Vincent De Paul will hold their annual table quiz on Thursday 26th October at the Steppes Bar Callan beginning at 8.30pm. Tables of four cost €20. The Society are under severe pressure to keep up with demands. People are under terrible pressure so by supporting the local Saint Vincent De Paul you are helping so many people who are in terrible circumstances. So get to the Steppes on October 26th and support a very good cause.
NEW PATHS - Many will have noticed the work on the new path’s that has commenced on the By-Pass last week. This is the first phase of the €250,000 that has been set aside for the project. Many people use the By-Pass for walking and running so it would be wonderful if the path could circumvent the whole of the By-Pass. That may not be possible in the circumstances but the present work will certainly create a good circuit for walking.