AN ENTERPRISING VENTURE - The experts tell us that in times of economic turmoil it is always the period when enterprising people come to the fore with new ideas and innovative inventions, well two hurling men have just done that and produced what has to be the ideal gift for young boys and girls and what’s more they are Irish and locally made. Former John Lockes great Robert Jackman and Graige/Ballycallan hero John Hoyne have come together to produce a wonderful product called ‘Go Hurling’. The Go Hurling produced has been especially made for the younger aspiring hurling boys and girls. The product contains a miniature real ash Hurley and Sliotar and is available in both Kilkenny and Tipperary colours as well as pink and orange. Speaking with Robert he told me he had the idea for quite a while but it took him time to apply into a real product. Roberts background is in the building and concrete industry and as we all know that industry has been on its knees for four years now, so many in that industry are diversifying by ‘thinking outside the box’ and that’s exactly what Robert has done. John Hoyne also has a background in the building industry as a carpenter and has become a very successful Hurley maker. Both men have hurling in common and have won county titles at most grades with their clubs, John also excelled at county level winning a number of All-Ireland senior medal’s. Robert captained the John Lockes to the county junior title in 2010 and then led them to Leinster glory later that year before missing out narrowly on the all-Ireland club title in early 2011. They put a lot of work into the marketing of the ‘Go Hurling’ product before going to market and it was worth it because their packaging and presentation is excellent and they are going to be a huge seller for Christmas. Robert informed this column that they only went to market a little over two weeks ago and already the reaction has been beyond believe. John who is making the especially designed Hurley’s is finding it hard to keep up with demand so they have employed two other Hurley makers to meet the demand coming up to Christmas. Its well packaged with a real Irish made Hurley and a hurling ball in the county colours. They have targeted the Kilkenny and Tipperary markets for now and intend spreading the word father next year. It’s a brilliant idea and one that will be a huge success for the two lads. From now until Christmas they will be selling the ‘Go hurley’ in the centre of the Market Cross, so after visiting Santa Claus why not drop intro the lads and purchase one for the Christmas stocking. Their Facebook link is http://www.facebook.com/Go-Hurling. Roberts contact is 086-8222717 and John’s is 087-6250463. Ranges in colours (black and amber. blue and gold, pink, orange ) Sizes: 16” €19.99 ( 0 - 2 years ) 18” & 20 €21.99 ( 3 years & 4 years ) 22” & 24 “ €23.99 ( 5 years & 6 years )
TIMBER AUCTION - The club’s 2nd annual Timber Auction is fast approaching and will be held this year on Sunday December 2nd at the Fair Green Callan at 2pm and not 12 noon as indicated last week. Over the past couple of months there has been dozens of guys giving their all for the John Lockes in cutting and preparing ash, oak and beach timber which is of the highest quality and a big thanks goes to Jim Lynch for organising so many from the farming community. Sean Hogan and Jimmy Corcoran have been the driving force over those few months also and have given up their time each weekend to cut timber. They are true dedicated Locke’s men and have also towed trailers of timber all over the country in the cause of raising money for the John Lockes. The public can purchase timber from the club and please contact Sean Hogan 086-1731877 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlightingor John Walker on 0872564066.
CHRISTMAS TREES - As part of the John Lockes fundraising events the John Lockes are selling Christmas trees this year. They have sourced them from Coilte so they are of excellent quality. The cost of the trees is €40 and measure between 6 and 8 feet. They are also wrapped. Orders to Sean Hogan on 086-1731877 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlightingor John Walker on 0872564066.
JOHN LOCKES EVENTS - Don’t forget to put them in your diary over the next few weeks. First up will be the John Lockes Annual General Meeting on Friday 7th December at 8pm and on Saint Stephens Day the club have organized a 5k fun walk and run for all the family starting from the parish hall at 11.30am. This will be a great way of shaking off the Christmas cobwebs and after the event you can enjoy refreshments in the Parish Hall.
HURLING YEAR ENDS - The John Lockes hurling year ended last Sunday when they bowed out of the Under 21 championship to Mullinavat on a score of 2-14 to 1-05 in the South ‘A’ semi-final. The final score is fairness did not reflect the effort of the Callan lads as they fought tooth and nail all the way, but their task was not made easy in the dreadful conditions and when they were reduced to fourteen men five minutes before half time. In the early exchanges the Lockes looked the better team and when Dan McCormack got a goal after ten minutes they looked as if they could drive on. But sadly it wasn’t to be and for many of these lads they can look back and say they were part of the first Lockes team to win an Under 21 county title in the year when the John Lockes enjoyed so much. Well done for the efforts and a lot of these lads will be stepping up to junior grade next year as they endeavor to get back to Intermediate grade at first asking. With the players they have they are capable but its all about the passion, the jersey and the believe.
SQUASH CLUB - Mark Holden who is originally from Callan and son of Tommy and Breda Holden is a very active member of Cloneen Squash club in County Tipperary which is about a 15 minute drive from Callan. The Squash Club in Cloneen is now open for players of all standards. Being a short distance from Callan and no immediate squash club in the area it is so well worthwhile. Tournaments for all levels will be starting in January 2013.Coaching for beginners and kids to announced. Anyone interested in joining should email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website on www.cloneenhall.com
EDMUND RICE CENTRE - Due to renovations Edmund Rice Cottage, Westcourt, Callan will be closed from December 21 to April 26 next year.. Please note that the Blessed Edmund Rice Memorial Chapel and the Visitors Centre will remain open during the renovations.
The monthly mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice in our lives and for his canonisation will take place in Wescourt on Monday, 3rd December 2012 at 7.30pm. St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will organise the liturgy for this mass. All are welcome.
SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY - Droichead Family Resource Centre is hosting a Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Sunday, the 9th of December at 12.30pm in Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary, Callan. This is a FREE event for all the older folk from Callan and the surrounding area. A great day is planned which will include traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings followed by music, dancing, raffle etc. For further information, call 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1
L’ARCHE OPEN DAY - The annual L’Arche open day takes place this year on Sunday 2nd December at their day centre at Green Lane. The open day as always is a huge fundraiser for the centre and is always well supported. It runs from 12 noon to 5pm and normally keeps the shop open for at least a week after the event. Its always an ideal event for purchasing Christmas presents so keep it in mind.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS - Mullinahone parish choir will hold a celebration of Christmas carols and songs on Sunday December 9th at 7pm in Saint Michaels church, Mullinahone. Admission is free and all are welcome.
ALZHEIMERS SUPPORT - The Kilkenny Alzheimer Support Group for past and present carers of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Date: Wednesday 28th November.Time:4.00pm-5.30pm at Kilkenny Alzheimer day centre (Behind the village inn).The support group gives carers the opportunity to share information and give to support to each other. The support group is facilitated by a clinical nurse specialist who is glad to provide information and support to carers. For more information please contact Ruth on 056 7771230.
BRIDGE RESULTS - November 1. Chrissie O Halloran and Mary Horgan. Best gross :Margaret O Shea and Nellie Lahart. 2nd.: Catherine Hegarty and Alice Burke. 3rd. Mary Comerford and Rita Houlihan. 4th. :Kathleen Barry and Maura O Mahony. Turkey competition on Thurs.-- draw for partners at 7pm.sharp.
BIG POOL TOURNAMENT - From Friday next 23rd November Scruffy Duffy’s are running weekly pool competition every Friday. Instead of the traditional turkey & hams we will be giving vouchers to be spent on the premises .If we get 8 on the night the prize will be €40 voucher for 1st & €10 for 2nd.If they get 16 on the night the prize will be €70 voucher for 1st & €20 for 2nd and so on. The entry will be €5 per head so not expensive and a great chance to get your money’s worth for the Christmas. All you have to do is turn up on any Friday night starting from 23rd November hoping to start at 9pm, so please share and show your interest as we all know this time of year can be quite boring and it’s something to do on the cheap .
BABY CLINIC - Well baby clinic started in Callan medical centre every Thursday from 10am to 11.30am, run by Callan and Kells public health nurses. This is a drop in service for parents, babies are weighed and advice is given on infant feeding, immunizations, colic, teething, skin rashes etc.Thanks very much, Teresa Brown, Kells Public health nurse.0761082156.
SUBMISSIONS TO CALLAN NOTES - The Callan Notes welcomes submissions for publication from all organizations and individuals. We want news on weddings, funerals, birthday parties, clubs etc, 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. As always email to email@example.com. Thanks again for keeping the news in the notes.