MAJOR HISTORICAL BOOK LAUNCH; On Friday the 2nd of August during the Abhainn Ri Festival the Society will launch a new book. It is a Companion Volume to the Callan 800 Book. The Callan 800 Book which was published in 2007 was popular beyond our wildest expectations and sold out within a few days. This volume will compliment that book. The new book has 19 chapters in it written by both local and nationally known historians. One major chapter details the fate of the more than 40 Callan soldiers who died in the Great War (1914-18), and the battles they were involved in. Another chapter gives a very comprehensive account of the tragic Irish Civil War(1922-23) in this area. In addition to the various chapters it has a number of maps unique to the area, and databases to aid anyone wishing to trace their ancestors. We will give a full list of the chapters as soon as the book is totally finalised and gone to print. It will be launched by Callan man Joe Kearney, well known to us all from his wealth of stories aired on Sunday Miscellany on RTE radio. Joe also has a chapter in the book.
LOCKES BRAVE FIGHT; The John Lockes Special Junior ‘B’ team went down to a physically superior Rower/Inistioge side in the Southern League Final on Friday night last in Thomastown. In the early exchanges it looked like the Callan lads were going to be totally over run going behind by 2-6 to 0-2 after twenty minutes. They finally got their game together and had four minor scores before the interval to leave the half time score at Rower/Inistioge 2-7 John Lockes 0-6. The loosing of experienced centre back Robert Jackman to a nasty hand injury was a major blow to the young John Lockes team early in thre first half and may have been a contributing factor to their inept first half display. In the second half the Lockes lads threw everything at their opponents with substitute Bill McDowell particularly effective at distributing ball, but again as with other Lockes sides the forwards could not make the breakthrough for a goal which might have wrong footed their opposition. With the Lockes pushing hard to really get at their opponents by pushing forward but leaving things exposed the inevitable happened and Rower/Inistioge finished the game with a third goal with six minutes left to play, leaving it totally impossible for the Lockes to respond. Final score Rower/Inistioge 3-10 John Lockes 0-11. The Lockes lads can take heart from the fact that some lads were playing in only their second competitive fixture of the year and the young players contributed handsomely to the effort. If all eligible players can be brought back on board and working effectively, the forthcoming Championship is definitely within reach. Well done lads for bringing the club to their first adult final in three years, there is definitely more to come.
LADIES FOOTBALL; Training continues every Thursday night at 7.30pm for all ladies over fifteen years of age and registration must be paid minors €30 and over 18’s €50.
LOTTO This weeks match 3 winners were Mickey Maher (Ballinashig) and Seamus Ryan (The Meadows) who received €38 each.
PILTOWN DRAW; The first draw will take place this Friday night 14th June and tickets are still available at €50 from committee members with five draws and a car or €10,500 being the top prize in each draw. The John Lockes club have been calling on houses in the parish and are getting an excellent response from people with many purchasing Piltown Draw tickets as well as yearly Lotto contributions. They continue their calls over the coming weeks so again the club appreciates your continuous support.
MOUNT CARMEL DRAW; The Mount Carmel Monthly Draw is starting a new year and the promoters are currently collecting for it. For just €20 for the full year you have 12 chances of winning €200, 24 chances of winning €100 and many more chances of winning other cash prizes. If you are interested in joining please call to Mount Carmel House itself, contact any one of the promoters or drop into Elaine in the Post Office. If you want to pay €10 now and another €10 in October that can be facilitated too. We would like to thank all those who have supported our draw in previous years and your help this year would be greatly appreciated too.
ALZHEIMERS FUND RAISER; A Launch Night of CD Single ‘Alone’, by Singer Colette Cullen will take place on Thursday 27th June at Kytlers Inn Kilkenny. She will be supported by the Band Quarehawks and special guests on the night. €5 Entry, Spot Prizes. All proceeds going towards Kilkenny Alzheimer Society.
HERITAGE SOCIETY; Callan Heritage Society are organising a bus trip to Cork for Saturday the 6th of July leaving Callan at 7.45 AM. They plan to visit the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills and also Fort Camden at the entrance to Cork Harbour. This important Fort which controlled the entrance to Cork Harbour opens to the public from the 29th of June. Anyone who would like to come along please contact Maisie Condon.
VOLUNTEERS BADLY NEEDED; Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is a community based voluntary organisation for older people covering Kilkenny City & County, and we are looking for additional volunteers to commit to one hour per week for visitation and befriending of an older person living in Callan and surrounding areas. If you are interested in volunteering please come along to our Outreach in Droichead Family Resource Centre on Thursday between 11am and 1pm. For any information or queries you may have about this volunteering opportunity please call Mary Colclough Kilkenny Contact on 056/77751988 Ext.6 or Mobile 086/4108902 anytime.
DROICHEAD CENTRE; The new phone number for Droichead Family Resource Centre is 056 77 55 660. You can also see what is happening on in Droichead by looking on www.droicheadfrc.ie or checking Droicheads facebook page: DroicheadFamily ResourceCentre.
ACTORS, SOUND ASSISTANTS, FILM EXTRAS WANTED: Are you interested in getting involved with an upcoming film that will be shot in the Callan area?? Would you like to know how to make a film or would you like a chance to be in front of the big screen?? If so then we want to meet you. This project will run for about 4 weeks from June 24th until July 22nd. The group will meet at least once a week. It is for Youth aged 15-18years. If you are interested please contact Pamela on 086 3383951
SUMMER CAMP; Funky Fun Summer Camp will take place in Droichead FRC, Mill St. Callan on July 15th until July 19th from 9.30am – 2pm each day at a very competitive price of €40. The camp will cater for groups aged : (4 yrs to 7yrs) & (8 yrs to 11yrs). Activities Include - Water Fights and Water Games, Dance, Art Day, Treasure Hunts, Sports, Reptile Village Display and lots more. To avoid disappointment please book your place now. Fee must be paid by July 5th. Contact Maggie on 0860722893.
ART PROGRAMME; Summer Youth Art Programme: This will be a 1 week Art programme for youth aged from 12 to 16 years. This project will be aimed at young people in the Callan area and hinterland. The programme will help develop their artistic talents and bring out their creative side. This course will explore many materials, textures & fabrics to create a unique piece of work that can be put on display for people to see the great talents of Callan youth. The cost of this programme is €30 and must be paid in full in advance to book a space as places are limited. This project is funded by Kilkenny VEC.
COMPUTER COURSES; Once off low cost beginner’s & improvers computer course: Learn to use the internet, email, skype & basic digital photography etc. Classes will cost ONLY €10 for 5 lessons. Morning and evening courses available. Call 056 77 55 66 0 to book a place.
COUNSELLING SERVICE; Professional & Affordable Counselling Available: Are you feeling stressed due to financial pressure or other life challenges. The support of a trained counsellor can be hugely beneficial during times of change or crisis. You can now avail of counselling (sliding fee scale available for those experiencing financial difficulties) in Droichead FRC. To arrange a confidential appointment please call (David) 087 7752493 or (Denise) 086 1039244.
CREATIVE WRITING; Volunteers wanted to set up a creative writing group or a book club. Please call Brid on 056 77 55 66 0 1 if you are interested.
TEACHING IRISH; Volunteers wanted to teach Irish to people in the community. If you are interested in helping to get Irish classes up and running, please contact Brid on 056 77 55 66 0
VOLUNTEERS FOR AFTER SCHOOLS; Volunteers needed for the after schools from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. Please call Maggie on 056 77 55 66 0 if you are interested. Volunteers wanted in Callan area: Do you have an hour or two to spare each week???We are looking for someone who will help people to re-establish networks of support and create new links in their community. We are actively encouraging people of all ages and who have interests in many areas to volunteer. If you would like to get involved in making someone’s life a more full and enjoyable one then please contact Pamela on 0863383951.
CALLAN MEN’S SHED: A group of men come together every Friday. The men are working on different projects which include: making window boxes, picnic benches, raised beds and black thorn walking sticks in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary). If you are interested in getting involved in this project, please call 056 77 555 19 Ext 1.
BABY & TODDLERS; Callan Parent, Baby and Toddler group meet in Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan (The Meadow Room) every Wed (9.30am – 11.30pm). All parents, toddlers and babies are welcome to come for a cup of tea and a chat. €2 per session.
CONVERSATIONAL CLASSES; English conversational classes are available on Monday evenings in Droichead FRC, Callan from 7pm – 8.30pm. If English is not your first language and you need support in conversation English and basic written then this course maybe for you. €2 per class. To book your place, please, ring 056 77 55 66 0.
SAVINGS BANK; Callan Community Savings Bank is being run on the style of the old Penny Bank system, bringing back the old traditions. The aim is to help alleviate people from financial difficulties. The Savings Bank operates in the Droichead FRC (The Meadow Room) every Thursday evening from 5pm – 6pm. All new members are very welcome. Volunteers are needed to keep this Savings Bank operating successfully. If you have 1 hour per month and you are reliable and dependable, please contact Droichead FRC on 056 77 55 66 0.
DANCE CLASSES; Irish Dance classes for kids are held on Weds at 3pm-4pm. Ring Aisling 087 2347056.
CITIZENS INFORMATION; Citizens Information offers an outreach service every Friday from 10am -12pm.
ADULT GUIDANCE; County Kilkenny Adult Guidance Service offers an outreach service in Callan every Tuesday from 9.30am – 5.30pm. If you are considering your educational options and want to explore it with an Educational Guidance Counsellor you can make an appointment on 056 7764448For further information, please contact Brid (Community Development Worker) @ 056 77 55 66 0 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALLAN GUN CLUB; Callan Gun Club ran a very successful fund raising raffle on Saturday, June 1st in The Steppes Bar, Callan. The club would like to thank all the sponsors and all members for selling ticket books, along with all who came to support the club on the night. Winners of the main raffle on the night were: 1st Prize: Mary Corcoran, Kilkenny. 2nd Prize: John O’Sullivan, Dungarvan. 3rd Prize: Pamela Kearney, Kilmoganny. 4th Prize: Ann Dawson, Callan. 5th Prize: Caroline McLoughlin, Callan.