Callan: Variety show funnier than ever

show-The much anticipate Callan Variety show hits the boards next Tuesday night the 12thFebruary for a run of three nights.

show-The much anticipate Callan Variety show hits the boards next Tuesday night the 12thFebruary for a run of three nights.

It promises to give us loads of laughs, it will make us sing along and most of all it will give us some magical escapism for a couple of hours. The Callan Variety show has always brought great joy to the people of Callan and of course the many people who come to see it from other parts around the county and beyond and the 2013 show will certainly do that. This columnist has had a sneak preview of some of the music, comedy and the wonderful hurling pageant and I can tell you this show should not be missed as none of it will be repeated again once it finishes on the 15th February 2013. The Variety Show of 2013 and the format it has formulated can well be compared to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ final concert in Nowlan Park Kilkenny. This will be the ‘Bosses’ very last concert of his Wrecking Ball Tour and the Callan Variety show on 15th February will be the final time a lot of the Variety shows songs and comedy will be seen and heard. It’s not to say that the Variety show won’t return in the future, but Barrie Henriques made a commitment to put a show on to raise funds for the John Lockes and true to his word he has pulled out all the stops along with his musical director Michael Hayes. Both men have pulled a wonderful cast together, with a mixture of young and a little older and this blend has been the success of the concerts over the years. Bosco Bryan has returned to the stage and his good wife Elaine will make one of those classic entrances onto the stage. Of course the Bryan’s make up a trio with the big fella himself the hungry postman Sean telling plenty of gags. Old favourites like Noel Freaney, John Corrigan and Mitch Corrigan will take to the stage yet again. There will be plenty of new faces so don’t miss this wonderful event which is been held to fund the John Lockes new development. So get booking your tickets at Paddy Kerwicks and also with all John Lockes committee members who will be selling and hopefully attending the concert one of the nights as it is important the Lockes show their support also.

A GENTLE SOUL- The passing of Eddie Kearney was greeted with a lot sadness when the news of his death filtered through last Wednesday evening. Eddie was one of lifes gentle souls and was a totally inoffensive person. Life for Eddie was never a bed of roses but he never gave the impression he was unhappy with his life. He best known for his times working in Chris Carey’s butcher shop on Green Street and then at the Liam Glennon’s Big Wheel Bar. He would often be seen standing outside the Off Licence which he looked after for Liam, smoking a cigarette and greeting everyone as they passed up and down the street. ‘How ya’ was his best way of saying hello and most always received a reply back. In his Homily on Sunday Fr. Willie Dalton gave a moving detail about Eddie and mentioned when he would be passing up the street from Molloy’s funeral home, Eddie would always ask, ‘Is the funeral left yet Father’ so that he could turn off the lights in respect to the passing cortege. He love a couple of pints and was a regular at the ‘Steppes’ Bar and enjoyed a few drinks in the company of Jimmy Wall, Rickie Brennan and Tony Phelan the night before his passing. It was only in May 2011 that Eddie celebrated his 60th birthday and he was over whelmed that night in the ‘Big Wheel’ by the amount of people who came to wish him happy birthday. Eddie was given a very fitting send off last Saturday night and Sunday morning and by the large numbers who attended it showed how popular Eddie was. There were many people who were very good to him and deserve mention for the kindness to him over the years. The Carey Brothers Chris and Tony were very kind to him as was their late mother Mrs. Anne Carey. Liam Glennon was a good friend to him and Eddie returned that friendship by being always diligent in his work. A young fellow who was a good friend to Eddie was Sean Bryan. Most young people now a days would shy away from being friendly and in helping older people as its looked on as not been ‘cool’, Well Sean is cut from different cloth and he was one lad who cared for Eddie and looked out for him and even though this may embarrass Sean, but you deserve great praise for your kindness. Eddie will certainly be missed and hopefully he has gone to a better place.

KILBRIDE PATHS- I am not going to rant about the Kilbride paths anymore because it is not worth the effort because at this stage the local councillors will not be delivering on promises made on this stretch of pathway. Instead it’s a hats off to Road Over seer Jimmy Wall for mobilising his team to do a big clean up on the paths and grass verges from the Coolagh road junction all the way to the exit onto the by –pass. Jimmy had received some complaints from a number of locals about the condition of the pathway and how dangerous it was with rotting leaves laying on them. Once Jimmy saw the dangers he immediately had the area improved. Jimmy would admit that the paths are not perfect but at least they are much better now. Jimmy also had the drains on the Coolalong road cleaned as this was constantly flooding and leaving the surface in poor condition. Jimmy acted again on this when a local resident made him aware of the problem. Now Jimmy and his team can only do so much but if you have a local issue its best to contact the Local Council office directly or let Jimmy Wall know and he can always take a look without any promises.

JOHN LOCKES JUVENILES- Due to the disappointing turnout on Friday night there will be another juvenile club registration night this Friday the 8th of February at 7.30 in the Parish Hall. All players who were unable to attend last Friday are asked to attend. No player can take part in any games until the registration is completed so it’s vital that this is done this weekend. Our successful minor hurling team of 2012 will receive their medals at a presentation night on Saturday 23rd February in the Parish Hall. More details to follow shortly.

JOHN LOCKES FUNDRAISING- Callan Variety Club are staging their concert in aid of the John Lockes Development and club committee members will receive 6 tickets each to purchase or sell to family and friends. The tickets cost €8 which is very reasonable for such a wonderful staging so it is important that John Lockes members get behind this fundraiser and make it a success. Please let every committee member take note of this that your efforts are needed to make sure plenty of money is raised so please go to the show and support the efforts of your fellow members who have put long hours into putting the show together.

CALLAN BOXING CLUB- Callan Boxers were out in force last weekend at the County championships which took place in Paulstown boxing club. The bouts were excellent and all did very well and we will bring you the results next week.

BOXER SEAN AWARDED- Irish amateur Boxing Association had their first ever award ceremony for Irish/elite champions. Hosted by jimmy Magee and the president of the iABA Tommy Murphy. It was held in the Glen Royal Hotel Maynooth. Sean was presented an award for boxing in the European championships in Russia last September. The county championships were on in Paulstown recently and Sean received a walkover in the final.

DROICHEAD FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE- CALLAN MEN’S SHED- A group of men have come together and are planning on renovating an old horse’s trap and an old wooden butter churn 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.

TIME OUT- ‘Time out for Women’ is a social and educational project for Women in Callan and its hinterland that provides training on a wide range of informational and practical topics. Some of the subjects that will be covered include- Calligraphy, Woodwork for Beginners, Financial Advice Workshop (MABS), Easter Flower arranging, Stress Management (relaxation) , Cookery, CV work shop (VEC) & computers. This programme will be run 2 days per week over 10 weeks starting at the beginning of March. It will run every Tuesday and Thursday (school term) from 9.30am - 12.30pm. The cost will be €50 per participant. Please contact Droichead Family Resource Centre for an application form on 056 77 55519 ext. 1 or call in.

GARDENING- Droichead Community Garden Project meet on a weekly basis. There will be an expert horticulturist on hand for a few hours each week to give advice and steer the group. This project is run in partnership with Droichead FRC & Kilkenny Leader Partnership.

KNIT N NATTER- If you are interested in knitting or crochet come along to our meeting every Thursday at 7.30pm. A lady that is expert in the area will be on hand to give advice if needed. This is a chance for women to come together for a natter and exchange skills and patterns. €2 per session.

COMPUTERS- Drop In Computer Support Centre is open every Monday from 2pm until 4pm to allow people to access the computers in the Droichead FRC. There will be extra support available for CV preparation and basic use of computers. €2 per session.

MUSIC AND DANCE- An open music, song & dance session will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary) every Friday afternoon for the older folk in Callan and surrounding area. This session will begin on February 8th from 2pm – 4pm. All are welcome to join in on the session and have a bit of craic. Admission will be €2 per person. Tea and Coffee will be available.

CREATIVE ART- A creative art project for adults will begin on Weds, February 20th and will run for 3 Wednesdays evenings. To book a place, please call 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1. The project will involve working on a mural in Droichead Childcare using all sorts of fabrics and textures to create a unique piece of work. The cost to participate in this project is €15 for the 3 sessions.

BASIC CAR MECHANICS COURSE- Do you want to know the basics about your car? Check your car for oil /water /tyre pressure. Change bulbs/ wiper blades. Etc. This is a once off course that will be held on Thursday Jan 31st from 6- 8pm. The course will cost €10 per person. Please call Droichead FRC to book a place.

DIY- A D.I.Y Course will begin on Thursday evening, February 21st from 6pm – 8pm. It will take place over 6 Thursday evenings and the topics covered include- woodwork, plumbing, decorating, picture hanging and room measuring. This course will cost €30 per person.

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS COMPUTER COURSE- Morning and Evening courses available now at the Droichead Centre.

COUNSELLING- Low cost counselling is available in Droichead FRC. To make an appointment please call (Male counsellor) 087 77 52493 or (Female counsellor) 086 10 39244.

CARERS- Callan Carer and Toddler group will begin again in Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan (The Meadow Room) every Wednesday 10.30am – 12.30pm. All parents, toddlers and babies are welcome to come together for a cup of tea and a chat. €3 per session.

ENGLISH- 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 77 555 19 Ext. 1.

HELP NEEDED-Volunteers needed for the afterschools from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. Please call Maggie on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 2 if you are interested.

YOGA- Yoga for all levels will commence in the coming weeks in Droichead Family Resource Centre on Monday evenings or Thursday mornings. Beginners yoga, Improvers yoga and older adults therapeutic chair yoga will be on offer. For more information please contact Marian on 086 308 2450

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 and will reopen on Thursday, January 10th 2013. 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 77 555 19 Ext. 1.

CITIZENS INFORMATION- This offers an outreach service every Friday from 10am -12pm.

COUNTY KILKENNY ADULT GUIDANCE SERVICE- This 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 7764448

DROICHEAD CHILDCARE- Enrolment is on-going for the Spring term in Droichead Childcare. Free pre-school places are still available. Is your child aged between (3 yrs 3months) and (4 yrs 10 months)? If so, you are entitled to 5 free mornings / afternoons free Childcare under the ECCE scheme. Are you planning on returning to education in September 2012? Are you aware you may be entitled to substantially reduced childcare fees under the Childcare Education Training Scheme (CETS). Are you receiving any social welfare payments? Have you got a medical card? If so you may be entitled to reduced childcare fees under the Subvention scheme. Call Maggie on 056 7755519 Ext 2. Limited places are available. For further information, please contact Brid (Community Development Worker) @ (056) 7755519 Ext-1 or email-

WHIST DRIVE-Preparations are well under way for the upcoming annual whist drive which is organised by friends and family on behalf of Father Philip O’ Halloran as a support for the Missionary work of the Mill Hill Missionaries for his work in Uganda and Kenya. Father Philip has worked in Uganda for over 21 years and the work was greatly enhanced with the support of the annual whist drive. Fr. Philip who is 25 years ordained this year is presently appointed to Luanda in Western Kenya. He runs a year’s residential programme together with the Mill Hill Sisters for those seeking to understand if they are being called to missionary priesthood or sister hood. This year’s Whist Drive will be held tonight Wednesday 6th February Callan Parish Hall at 8.30pm. There will be lots of prizes on the night for the whist and a raffle. Teas will be served. All donations or help in any way would be greatly appreciated.

BRIDGE- 1st. Ann Egan and Maura O Mahony. Best gross. Margaret O Shea and Nellie Lahart. 2nd. Jean Grace and Philip Brennan . joint 3rd. Mary Horgan and Chrissie O Halloran and Mary Comerford and Rita Houlihan