chocloate treats- The John Lockes have loads of treats on the Fair Green on Easter Sunday for all the young people of Callan and those of you living outside the parish are also very welcome to take part in the biggest treasure hunt ever held in the Parish. Being Easter time the treasurers have to be chocolate and loads of it. Well the Lenten promises of giving up chocolate etc, end officially on Easter Sunday and we all know there will be plenty of young and not so young looking forward to diving into the chocolate after lunch on Sunday. The Lockes in conjunction with their bring and buy cake sale on Saturday and again after mass time on Sunday are putting on the special event for all the youngsters. The Egg hunt will be staged in the Fair Green area and entry is free for all, so while the children are hunting for the treasurers under the supervision of club members, their moms, dads, grannies, granddads, uncle, aunts and older siblings can relax at the Parish hall where they might like to purchase a cake or two or have a cup of tea or coffee along with a bun, with all monies raised going to the John Lockes club. So please come along for what will be a fun event for all the family.
CAKE SALE- The John Lockes club are holding a bring and buy cake sale on Saturday from 10.30am to 2pm and on Sunday morning from 11am to 2pm. The club would welcome homemade or bought cakes and they can be brought on the morning or left prior to the event at Callan Post Office. Last year the club held a very successful event and hopefully the event this year can be equally successful. All are welcome.
TABLE QUIZ- The John Lockes will hold their annual Easter Table quiz on Holy Thursday night the 5th April at the Big Wheel starting at 9pm. A table of four costs €30 with loads of prizes on offer and the usual raffle. So come along and support this event.
JOHN LOCKES JUVINILE’S BACK IN ACTION- The youngest group in the John Locke’s club get their season underway next Saturday at John Locke Park. The under 6’s group’s numbers has swelled substantially this year so it will be a busy season ahead for all the mentors and trainers. At the recent presentation night nearly fifty Under six players registered at the club. The juvenile club made a big effort to canvas all the new estates in the town and in turn they got a very positive result. So it’s the outer pitch of John Locke Park next Saturday 7th April beginning at 11am until 12pm. Registration forms are available for those who have not yet registered, the only equipment needed is Hurley and helmet.
ALL IRELAND DISSAPOINTMENT- Saturday last at Semple Stadium was a huge day for McGrath Brothers Owen and Cathal of The Meadows. Both are students at Kilkenny CBS and members of the senior college’s team which faced Tipperary opponents St. Josephs Nenagh in the All-Ireland final. Kilkenny were going for their 2nd title while Nenagh were contesting their very first Colleges ‘A’ final. The young Kilkenny lads have had their ups and downs in the college’s series. They should have beaten St. Kieran’s College in the Leinster final and then turned the form upside down by defeating Harty Cup Champions Collaiste Na Deise and reach the final. Kilkenny CBS got off to a flyer in the first fifteen minutes of the game and looked the better team. The McGrath Brothers were to the fore from an early stage and didn’t let the side down, but the stronger and more experienced Nenagh lads soon showed their strength which led them to a historic first win. The two John Lockes lads have become part of the backbone of this team and even though Owen will leave the school this year when he completes his Leaving Certificate in June, the vast majority along with Cathal will certainly be back there again. Cathal and Owen now face into the Junior and Leaving Certificate and after those they will be back into their hurling with the John Lockes and no doubt they will wear the Black and Amber at some stage during the hurling season. Nenagh CBS have a history of beating Kilkenny Colleges. In 1983 they played and beat Callan CBS in the All-Ireland ‘B’ final. That was the time when Callan CBS were at their height as a hurling stronghold. That day against Nenagh they had players like John Power, Jimmy Corcoran and Declan Wall who are still to the fore in Callan Hurling today, with Declan always travelling home for all the John Lockes games. Another Callan player that day was Aidan O’Dwyer who scored 1-03, Aidan as we all know is a self declared Tipperary supporter but as we all know he has suffered against Kilkenny teams throughout his dedication to the Blue and Gold, but he still gives his time when he can to the John Lockes underage teams, where he had so much success, winning many Kilkenny county underage championships. One of the greatest players of modern times Michael Cleary was on the Nenagh team that day and went on to win an All-Ireland senior medal with Tipperary in 1991. Michael scored 0-03 that day against Callan with the final score 1-11 to 1-09. Ironically Callan CBS were also beaten the previous year in the senior final by Cashel CBS another Tipperary team. Aidan was also a member of that team that day.
DROICHEAD CENTRE- Droichead photography group is a new group which will meet on Wednesday, April 25th at 10am in Droichead FRC. The group will meet fortnightly, every second Wednesday morning. This group is open to all people interested in learning the basics on photography. The cost will be €2 per session. Car Restoration Project: The aim of the project is to engage with 8 young people that are interested in up skilling and gaining more knowledge about car mechanics. The group will work on all areas of restoring a classic car. The car identified for restoration is a Ford Escort (MK2), 3 door, 1.6 Petrol (1972). The course will take place in a local garage where hands on work can be carried out on all elements of the project. This course will be held over 10 Friday afternoons from 2pm – 5pm. It will begin on March 30th until June 1st. There will be 8 people on the programme so places are limited. This project is funded by Carlow Kilkenny Leader Partnership & will be offered free of charge. Please contact Droichead Family Resource Centre for an application form on 056 77 55519 ext. 1. Do you want to improve on doing DIY jobs in your own home? Homecare and Maintenance Programme: Level 4. On completion of this programme participants will be able to understand and demonstrate basic plumbing, electrical works, tiling, painting, and decorating skills which empowers people to carry out tasks in their own homes or create an opening for them to carry out further training. The course will be run over 5 days and will begin early April. This project is funded by Carlow Kilkenny Leader Partnership & will be offered free of charge. Places are limited, please contact Droichead FRC on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1 for an application form. Parenting Course: The HSE will be facilitating a Parents + Early years (1-6 years) parenting course which is due to commence on Tuesday, the 17th of April from 2pm to 4pm. This course will run for six weeks. Please call 056 77 55519 Ext 1 to put your name down. Basic Computer Course: Please call 056 77 55519 Ext 1 to put your name down. Each participant can only complete this course once at the reduce rate. The cost will be €2 per session. Willow Sculpting: A willow sculpting evening course will take place in mid April in Droichead FRC. More information to follow.