Callan fighting back as community takes action

The Town Renewal Team shares a common sense of pride in their community

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett



West Street in Callan town and Upper Bridge Street as consultants appointed to undertake a Health Check of the town

The Callan Town Renewal Team has been formed to “bring life back to the centre of the town”.

The team is comprised of local representatives from the business, retail, Tidy Towns, environmental, heritage, community, sports, education, arts, tourism and farming sectors.

The Town Renewal Team - which shares a common sense of pride in their community - is working with Kilkenny County Council to address the issues that the economic decline has brought to the town.

It is intended to develop a plan to address the issues and identify opportunities to boost the local economy.

Community involvement and engagement are essential to the success of the team and its work. Consultants have been appointed to undertake a Health Check of the town and to outline a series of recommendations to the Town Renewal Team.

The Town Renewal Team is Chaired by Dermot McCabe, Secretary is Etaoin Holahan, Joint Treasurers are Paul Madigan and Eamon Maher.

Dom Griffin, PRO of the Callan Town Team, said: “It’s easy to sit back and lament the fact that our environs aren’t what we wish they could be.

"Social Media is often a forum for the public to voice opinion which paints localities for all their shortcomings with little or no substantive planning to rectify the same woes. This is not unique to Ireland or indeed Callan.

“Creating a structure to effectively manage and correct the ailments by which our townsland is afflicted or indeed to seize the opportunity for improvement when it arises is not an easy fix.

"The town of Callan and the village of Inistioge have been selected for the town/village centre regeneration.”

A public meeting will be held in March and everyone from Callan and its surrounding areas will be encouraged to attend.

Mr Griffin added: “The guiding mission statement of the Callan Town Team is to seek to represent a true community vision of how to improve the town centre for the people of Callan and attract visitors, families and businesses.

"Among other initiatives, it is envisaged that the group, under the guidance of the Council, will plan to bring life back to the centre of the create a sustainable Callan of the future the hope to attract footfall, create a buzz and generally make the town a pleasant place to inhabit.”