CHRISTMAS CARDS - The weekly Christmas Card games of “25”s commenced last Thursday, 22 November in Coolagh Hall, three miles from Callan on the Windgap road. Prizes of hams and hampers. All welcome.
BALLYCALLAN TEA PARTY - The next event coming up in Ballycallan Hall is on tomorrow (Friday, 30 November) at 8:00pm - their Annual Tea Party. Everyone is welcome to come have a cup of tea and a treat and enjoy a sociable night in Ballycallan Community Centre. This night was a major success last year and was enjoyed by all. The night is run by the ladies who organise the funeral catering in the parish, a highly valued service. Following last year’s successful night, many new items were purchased for the hall, mainly new tables. This year, it is hoped to raise enough to purchase much needed new chairs. Following the tea party on Thursday, 7 December at 8:00pm - Christmas Concert: after many years of absence from Ballycallan Community Centre, the Christmas Variety Concert is to return. There is an abundance of talent in the parish, and it would be a shame not to show this off to as many as possible. For anyone wishing to enter into the Variety concert, please contact any of the committee members to do so.
SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY - Droicheád Family Resource Centre is hosting a FREE Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Sunday, 9 December at 12.30pm in The Friary in Callan. Anyone 60 years of age or over, is very welcome to come and join in for a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. A great day is planned which will include music, dancing, raffle etc. For further information call on 056 77 55519 ext.1
CHRISTMAS CAROLS - The first of this season’s Carol singing kicks off with Mullinahone Parish Choir. They will hold a celebration of Christmas carols and songs on Sunday, 9 December at 7pm in St. Michaels Church, Mullinahone. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - The Resource centre in Callan are looking for volunteer musicians and set dancers to start an afternoon Tea Dance in The Friary, Callan for the older folk in and around Callan. Anyone who may be interested in helping out is welcome to call 056 7755519 ext. 1.
RANGERS VS EVERGREEN C - Rangers hosted league leaders Evergreen C on Sunday evening in The Paircín. With some regulars faces missing from the starting team the management went with youth, handing debuts to a few fresh faces. Both teams started brightly as they tried to gauge the opposition. The first real chance fell to Evergreen when a long ball caused some concern and a Paddy Dalton clearance screwed back goal-wards and forced Ranger’s Keeper Mitch Corrigan in a fine save low to the right. Rangers breathed again and defended the corners with ease.
For the next kick out as G. Murphy controlled and ran at the Evergreen defence the ball seemed to sit up and he struck for goal from 40 yards and his powerful shot flew into the top corner. Joyful seconds for Rangers, but calm heads were now called for. Rangers forced a corner in the next attack. S. Butler floated an inch perfect cross and B Hayes powered the ball home to bring Rangers on 2 up. Again from the kick-off, Rangers pressed Evergreen back. D. Egan hassled and harried the opposition, pinched the ball and unleashed a low shot which the visiting keeper parried. S. Butler popped up again to continue his great scoring start to the season.
Before the break, D. Egan had the chance to extend the Rangers’ lead but the Evergreen keeper saved well. Evergreen regrouped in the second half and pilled pressure on the Rangers’ defence but the pressure was soaked up by the Rangers’ keeper and defenders. Evergreen finally got one back when they stole in on the right and fizzed over a dangerous ball, and a sliding attacker managed to push it home. Rangers continued to push forward to increase their lead. D. Egan again forced two good saves from the Evergreen keeper. Before the end, T. Ryan chased a ball into the left corner and floated in a teasing cross. Debut boy P. Doheny got the jump on the Evergreen defender, but his header came crashing back off the bar. Evergreen did grab another goal at the depth, but Ranger’s victory was secured.
Team: Mitch Corrigan, Cathal Darmody, Tommy Manogue, Conor O’Grady, Paddy Dalton, James Gleeson, Tommy Ryan, Ben Hayes, Shane Butler, Gearoíd Murphy and Dara Egan. Subs: Eoín Corcoran, Decky Cahill, Philly Butler, Damien Carroll.
Next Sunday morning, Rangers visit near neighbours Tullaroan next in their very own El Clásico with hopes that their good form continues.
Training continues tonight (Wednesday) in Derdimus Astro-turf, from 8pm to 9pm. Players are asked to be there and ready at 7.30 to get full value from the hour.
CHRISTMAS FAIR - L’Arche will hold their Christmas fair on Sunday, 2 December, in the L’Arche workshop in Callan. Cards, candles, weaving, pottery, jams, garden produce, kids room, Santy, cake stand and much much more will be on offer. Everyone is invited to come along, as there will be something for all the family.