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In a story here in the Callan Notes last year the reference of ‘wild west’ was referred to with regards to unsocial behaviour in and around Callan. Well that reference can certainly be attributed to what went on last weekend in the town which culminated in a car crashing in the early hours of Sunday morning in Lower Bridge Street. The car appears to have come at speed from the Upper Bridge Street area and turn lost control on the Bridge striking an ESB supply unit and over turning on the street. This incident caused an electrical blackout in the area for several hours, but the frightening fact is there could well have been innocent people killed. It is long known that the Bridge Street area is been used as a ‘rat run’ at all times of the day and night. Residents in the area have made complaints but their concerns have fallen on deaf ears. On Saturday last cars entered Upper Bridge Street at high speed from the Green Street area and over the Bridge into Lower Bridge Street, even after the car crash the same practice continued on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately with policing of the town only during certain hours this practice will continue. ESB repair crews were called to Callan in the early hours to restore electricity to the area. Later on Sunday crews returned to replace the junction box that had been damaged. During the period the crew were working in the area they suffered verbal abuse from passing cars as well as feeling very vulnerable as cars cascaded over the bridge towards them. The questions been asked all the time what can resolve this issue, well the answer is to place ramps on both Upper and Lower Bridge Street and certainly rams on Green Street. This would put a stop to the ‘race track’ that has been formed, but then again if there was more policing of the town the incident that happened in the early hours of Sunday morning would certainly never happen. If there is anything to be done residents and business owners in Upper and Lower Bridge Street as well as Green Street will have to make a stand if there is to be a resolution or are people going to wait before there is fatality. Don’t wait too long people we all have to make a stand on this now.


Sean Hogan is the popular milk man who has served the people of Callan for 30 years, as he delivered milk to both private residents as well businesses in the town. But last Saturday Sean delivered the last cartons of milk to his customers as he has decided to retire from the business. Sean like other van sales people will admit that business is tough now and competing against the multiples is very difficult as they look for better margins and in turn reducing the profit margins for the likes of Sean. Sean is always a great man for the chat about hurling and of course been a Tullaroan man well that is only to be expected. His sister Alice Kelly of the Steppes Bar said Sean loved his job and meeting the public. Through thick and thin and in all sorts of bad weather Sean never failed to deliver milk to his customers. He certainly will be missed, but at 54 Sean is too young to retire totally. He will be making a career change and already he has developed a small gardening service, so Sean will be reincarnated as a gardener and will be advertising his services. We wish him well.


No doubt the students at Collaiste Eamon Ris will give a rousing roar of ‘go on the Banner’ when teacher Brendan Bugler returns to work during the week after was part of the victorious Clare All-Ireland win last Saturday. The College have made a tradition of welcoming All-Ireland winners after all the college has produced many over the past 30 years. No doubt Canice Hickey has give Brendan a walk around all the photographs that surround the walls showing all those All-Ireland medal winners himself included. Well done Brendan enjoy the year the Cats are already hard at work.


Folks it is official there are Otters on the Kings River despite what officialdom has said otherwise. After the article in the notes two weeks ago I was contacted by a Bridge Street resident to inform me that there were actually three Otters in living in the area between the Big Bridge and Friary Bridge. They regularly appear after dark from the grass banks so there is justification for the area been preserved but saying that some resolution will have to be agreed so as the river can be cleaned without interfering with wildlife. In fact there are also a family of Moorhens and also a Heron which appears every night. The resident pointed out that the river looks disgraceful but is very conscious of preserving the wildlife on the river and can’t be allowed to destroyed it like happened in the 1980’s and 1990’s. A case in point are the ducks, when was the last time we saw ducks on the river, it has certainly been a long time.


The U-12 Hurlers completed their year with a an excellent display against Ballyhale Shamrocks in Nowlan Park on Saturday morning in the Go games competition. This was a great opportunity to play in the county stadium. The team put in a brilliant effort all year long and did the very same on Saturday. Well done to all players and mentors for their dedication during the year. The team

Jack Canavan, James Quigley, Liam Hennessy, Stephen Bergin, Cathal Doyle Griffin, Sean Corcoran, Kyle Bergin, Michael Prendergast, Kevin Burns, Daragh Bergin, Ben Canavan, Adam Foran, Jack Fitzpatrick, Conor Brett, Colm Nolan, Adam Crowe, Adam Sullivan, James Shirley, Ciaran Phelan, John O’Brien, Matthew Hanrahan, Emmet Nolan.

The minor team will play their Championship quarter final next Saturday against Conahy Shamrocks. We all remember the two epic games our then Intermediate team played last year in the championship which the Lockes lost after a replay. This present Lockes minor team are a young bunch but note a very talented bunch and play with a nice style and are passionate about the Saffron and Blue jersey. We wish them well on Saturday and whatever happens these young guys will do their club and families proud and above all will respect the saffron and blue jersey. The same team will also contest the


The John Lockes lotto results for September 24th 2013.   Numbers drawn: 03-08-09-17 Bonus 24. No  jackpot winner and Two John Lockes Match 3 winners Norma Hearne Grace and Helen Roche receive €21 each  : Next draw on Tuesday October 1st 2013

Jackpot (Match 4) €3,200  + Bonus Ball €5,200. Match 3 win or share €450. Tickets are €2 each available at local outlets. So go on purchase your lotto ticket, remember the Lockes have had a total of eight jackpot winners in 30 months so that is some record and certainly no other lotto has ever produced that amount of winners in this area.


The John Lockes club are gearing up for another timber auction this year and already trees have been felled at a number of locations. The storage areas have been prepared already so it will be a busy couple of months leading up to the big auction day on Sunday December 1st . The Fair Green has been the popular venue for the auction but with a new club house and secured grounds the auction this year will be held at John Locke Park. The summer has been wonderful but the New Zealand weather pundit has predicted snow for December so the Lockes will be timing things just perfectly. Any people who wish to donate trees or would like trees removed from their properties can contact the management of John Walker, Sean Hogan or Declan Roche.


Mount Carmel House will hold a golf classic on Saturday 12th October at Callan Golf club. A team of four will only cost €60.00 which is brilliant value and for a centre that does wonderful work for our elderly. To book please contact Anne Walpole at Mount Carmel. Telephone 056-7725301.


Gowran little theatre are staging their upcoming production of Tommy Marren’s play, “It’s The Real McCoy”, on October 18th,19th & 20th, at 8pm nightly in Gowran Parish Hall. Admission €8. Seating is limited so booking is essential. Booking : 0871331130.


The total collected at the recent church gate collection in the Callan church gate was €337.41. Rehab would like to thank all those who contributed and those who acted as collectors for Rehab


Beginners & advanced Irish classes for Adults will take place in Droichead FRC in Callan. Classes will be tailored to areas of interest of the group. Each class will be €2 per person.


English conversational classes are available on Monday evenings in Droichead FRC, Callan from 6.30pm – 8pm starting on October 7th. 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 Ext. 1.


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 056 77 556


Kilkenny Alzheimer Society are having a bucket collection/flag day tomorrow Thursday the 3rd October and need volunteers to collect for us in Kilkenny town. An hour or two of your time would be a great help. Call 0567771230 if you wish to volunteer.


The year is certainly flying and the big trip to Zambia gets even closer and a lot of money still needs to be raised by the lads from Collaiste Eamon Ris. So in an effort to bring in more funds the lads are holding a clothes collection in aid of the Zambia Immersion project. The last day for collection is tomorrow Thursday the 3rd of October. Clothes can be sent to school if possible. So if you are sorting out your cloths and gewtting rid of those summer cloths think of the Collaiste Eamon Ris boys as they drive to raise loads of money to fund their trip. Also there is a table quiz in aid of Zambia Immersion Project on Friday the 4th of October at 9 pm in the Steppes Bar. This fundraising quiz is been organised by the parents of the boys that will travel to Zambia next Easter.

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