Job Search Workshop will take place in Droicheád Family
Resource Centre in Callan

SUMMER WHIST - Summer whist drives take place in Callan Parish Hall every alternative Wednesday night commencing at 8.45pm. Next Whist Drive tonight (Wednesday, 30 May). Teas served. New players always welcome. Lots of prizes for whist and raffle.

SUMMER WHIST - Summer whist drives take place in Callan Parish Hall every alternative Wednesday night commencing at 8.45pm. Next Whist Drive tonight (Wednesday, 30 May). Teas served. New players always welcome. Lots of prizes for whist and raffle.

CULTURAL TRAINING INITIATIVE - Abhaínn Rí Training is offering a new programme of courses for anyone interested in developing skills to organise and promote Cultural Events in their community. The training is designed to support individuals, voluntary groups and committees and is suitable for those with or without prior experience. This Inclusive Cultural Training Initiative will include; “Inspiring your Community” – A Training and Mentoring Programme for Cultural Promotion, Management and Administration; Abhaínn Rí Training Workshop  - practical training in Festival Design and Construction and Cultural Skills Development   - short training courses in Web Design, Tech Production skills, Film Making for communities, Animation, Circus Skills, Street Theatre skills and more.

An introductory session to “Inspiring your Community” will be held tonight (Wednesday, 30th May 2012) in the Friary  in Callan at 7.00pm by Mentor/ Facilitator Conor O’ Leary of Artlands. This Training and Mentoring Programme will focus on how participants can enhance the cultural and community life of their local areas, aassist participants to develop ideas for actual projects and events and eencourage participants to organize events as part of the Abhaínn Rí Festival 2012/3.   Topics will include; How to generate new ideas, Event planning, Promotion and Scheduling, Budgeting, Funding, Insurance, Sustainability and Resilience, Effective volunteer organization and Recruitment, Mapping  your local cultural and community resources, How to involve the community. The Programme will also include case studies from voluntary promoters and community projects around the country. A Total of 24 workshops will take place over 11 months including a number of public workshops with guest speakers. Training will take place in the Callan Friary and Co-op with some workshops happening at KCAT. For more information please contact Caroline at KCAT on 056-7755115 or  See 

PARENTING SEMINAR - Kilkenny County Childcare Committee are holding a Free Parents Seminar for parents of children aged from Birth to 6 years on 11 June, 2012 in Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel from 7pm-9.30pm.

The seminar will be facilitated by Dr. Mary Roche, Education Consultant and will explore how reading books aloud can support young children’s early language development. For further information or to book a place contact Deirdre Power or Julieann Tynan on 056-7752865

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS - The Eucharistic Congress will take place from 10 to 17 June with a bus travelling from Knocktopher on 17 June. Tickets to Croke Park have yet to be allocated to the various parishes or information can be obtained by ringing 01 2981122. An information evening for all planning to attend the Eucharistic Congress and/ or Statio Orbis will be held tomorrow (Thursday) 17 May at St. Fiacre’s Parish Centre at 7:30pm.

As this is an important international event in the Church calendar, parishes, schools and homes, etc. are encouraged to decorate their premises to welcome the Congress to Ireland. Congress flags and bunting can be purchased through Irish Wholesale Flags directly (093 42024) or email

For those not wishing to travel by bus, Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) will operate special trains for pilgrims from Waterford/Kilkenny going to the Eucharistic Congress as follows:

Tuesday, 12 June: Leaving Waterford at 6:40am, Thomastown at 7:03am, Kilkenny at 7:18am, Bagenalstown at 7:37 am arriving in Sandymount (approx 5 minutes walk from the RDS), Dublin at approximately 9:30am. The return train leaves Sandymount Station at 10:00pm.

Sunday, 17 June: Leaving Waterford at 9:35am, Thomastown at 9:58am, Kilkenny at 10:13am, Bagenalstown at 10:31am arriving at Connolly Station (10 minutes walk from Croke Park) at 12 midday. The return train leaves Connolly Station at 18:10pm. For these trains to run booking is essential and needs to be done immediately.

SUMMER CAMP - Droicheád Summer Camp will run for one week beginning Monday, 15 July until Friday, 20 July, 2012. It will be held from 10am until 2pm in Droicheád Childcare, Mill Street, Callan. The camp will cater for children from 4 to 11 years of age.

Activities will include music, dance, art and crafts, baking, sport, treasure hunt, water games and a display from Gowran Reptile Zoo. The cost will be €60 per child for the week.

To secure a place payment of a deposit is required in advance. Please contact Rosie or Grace on 056 7755519 Ext. 2.

JOBSEARCH WORKSHOP - A Job Search Workshop will take place in Droicheád Family Resource Centre in Callan : This is an informal workshop that offers practical tips to people to improve their chances of gaining employment. During the day topics will include Skills Identification, CV preparation, cover letters, interview techniques, job search, work placement opportunities etc. The workshop will be in a relaxed informal atmosphere. It will take place Droicheád Family Resource Centre on Thursday, May 31st between 10am – 2pm. The workshop is free of charge and facilitated by Kilkenny Leader Partnership and County Kilkenny Adult Guidance Service. To book a place on the workshop, please contact Una on 087 6536352 or drop into Droicheád Family Resource Centre.

FIVE A SIDE - Portlaoise AFC was the venue for the Mid Leinster Finals of the An Post FAI Schools 5-a-Side competition on 15 May last. The competition catered for senior cycle students (boys and girls) in Primary School with five divisions to suit all school sizes. While FAI Schools encourage boys and girls to play on the same team, there is also a separate competition for girls’ schools.

Schools from Laois, Offaly, Kildare and Kilkenny competed to represent Mid Leinster at the Leinster Provincial Finals in the MDL Grounds, Navan on Wednesday, 23 May.

Each County winner was selected to participate in the Regional qualifiers in the hope that they could continue winning ways and progress further afield this year

The “A” Schools Cup started off with Rosenallis NS (Laois) and Geashill NS (Offaly) going head to head, Rosenallis running out 2-1 winners in a highly competitive encounter.

St. Leonard’s NS (Kilkenny) from Dunnamaggin overcame Geashill NS (Offaly) 3-2.

After some very competitive games the deciding game between St. Leonard’s (Kilkenny) and Rosenallis (Laois) showed there was very little between the sides. Rosenallis scored a few minutes in and upheld the huge pressure being applied by the Kilkenny side to hold out for the two points needed to send them through to the Leinster Finals for the first time in their Schools history.  

The “B” Schools Cup competition again came down to the wire between three teams in the group. The second game of the group stages played by St. Joseph’s NS (Kildare) and St. Mary’s NS (Kilkenny) was a decisive game with St. Joseph’s NS (Kildare) winning by the narrowest of margins 3-2.

St. Mary’s NS (Kilkenny) didn’t take long to pick themselves up and defeated St. Francis of Clara 6-2 to pick up two points. St. Joseph’s (Kildare) drew 2-2 with Ballylynan (Laois) just before St. Mary’s had a comprehensive victory over the Laois School defeating them 7-1.

All eyes were on the last game as three schools could still top the tables depending on results.  The pressure placed on St. Joseph’s (Kildare) didn’t tell and they got a 3-0 win to top the group on five points.

Kildare continued their domination of the Mid Leinster Finals when they took 2 early points to put them out in front after defeating Gealscoil Osrai 5-1 just after St. Paul’s (Laois) and Edenderry BNS played out a thrilling 4-4 draw.

Clane and St. Paul’s also played out a goal’s galore game which finished 3-3.

Coming into the last game, exciting prospects ensued if the final game finished in a draw all three teams would be all square on points.

Knowing what was at stake Clane turned up the heat claiming an impressive 4-0 win over a tired Edenderry to top the table in what was a fantastic contest with some excellent football played in the “C” section for large Schools.

Goals were hard to come by in the Girls “A” Cup Finals with 3 goals being the most scored in any game.

An impressive North Kildare Educate Together dominated the group winning all three games with some skilful players dazzling their talents amongst the other teams. Nothing could separate S.N Moin Ruadh (Kilkenny) and Durrow NS (Offaly) with both teams finishing in joint second place after they played out a scoreless draw. With NKET averaging an impressive two goals per game before marching on to the Leinster Finals.

The Girls “B” Cup competition showed a resemblance to the Girls “A” competition with tight defensive teams on display that didn’t leak many goals. The first two games between Geashill NS and Ballylynan finished 1-0 with the same results for Scoil Mochua against Gealscoil Osrai.

Scoil Mochua another Kildare team continued on to win all their remaining games which meant they were the fourth Kildare team that will compete in the next stage of the competition, THE LEINSTER FINALS next Wednesday in the MDL

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