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traditions revived

PENNY BANK 2013 - 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, particularly at Christmas time.

PENNY BANK 2013 - 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, particularly at Christmas time.

The Savings Bank operates in the Droicheád FRC (The Kitchen) every Thursday evening from 5pm to 6pm and will reopen on Thursday, 10 January 2013.

All new members are very welcome.

Volunteers are required to keep this Savings Bank operating successfully. If anyone has 1 hours per month and is reliable and dependable please contact Droicheád FRC on 056 7755519.

BRAINSTORMING SESSION - This event is open to all older adults where a discussion will take place on what activities or events that can get off the ground in 2013 for older adults in Callan and surrounding areas. Ideas are needed to kick start this initiative. Anyone interested in being part of this brainstorming session should be in the Youth Cafe on Thursday, 10 January at 2:00pm.

ST. BRIGID’S WHIST DRIVE - The next whist drive will be held on Friday, 25 January at 8.30pm in Palmerstown Venue. All are welcome.YOGA CLASSES - Yoga for all levels including Beginners and Improvers yoga will start in the new year. Also Yoga for the older adults, therapeutic chair yoga will be on offer. For more information please contact Marian on 086 3082450.

BASIC MECHANICS - For anyone who wants to know the basics of their care such as checking for oil, water, tyre pressure, change bulbs or wiper blades, etc. this once off course is a must. It will be held on Thursday, 31 January from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and will cost €10. To book a place ring 056 7755519 ext. 1.

FREE ART PROJECT - a FREE creative art project for adults will begin on Wednesday, 20 February and will run for 3 Wednesday evenings. This project will involved working on a mural in Droicheád Childcare using all sorts of fabrics and textures to create a unique piece of work. To book a place please call 056 7755519, ext. 1.

NEW YEAR WHIST - The first whist drive of the new year in aid of St. Brigid’s Camogie Club was held in Palmerstown venue last Friday night, 4 January. Eighteen tables were present. The results are: Top score - Veronica Robinson, Top lady - Nellie Lahart, Top gent - Henry Cooke, Second lady - Patricia Walton & Bridie Metcalfe, Second gent - Richard Caldbeck, First half lady - Eadaoín Murphy, First half gent - Veronica Muldowney & Pat Delaney, Second half lady - Sheila McGree & Patricia Norton, Second half gent - Renee Doyle, Lowest score - Kathleen Hickey, Sitters - Joan Ronan, Student boy - Padraig Robinson and Student girl - Kathy Coughlan.

Raffle winners were: G. Gormley, Patricia Delaney, Mick Maher, Eamon Campion, Maura Drennan, Laura Ronan, Eileen Phelan, J. Gormley, Kathy Coughlan, Rose Caldbeck, Gerry Dunne, Nellie Ryall, Maura Heffernan, Rose Corcoran and Eimear Keoghan.

Many thanks to all who supported and donated prizes on the night and to the catering staff.

RANGERS VS. ST. JOHN’S - River Rangers welcomed St. John’s to the Paircín on Sunday last, 6 January looking to build on the last good results.

Rangers started brightly and were on the score sheet early on. D. Egan burst into the box and drilled a low cross which Jason Darmody( last year’s top scorer finally opening his 2012/13 account) was on hand to finish. Shortly after the re-start the lead was doubled with a throw from the left which found its way to D. Egan who coolly finished to the net. Jason doubled his tally for the day following in a snap shot from T. Ryan to finish and put Rangers 3 up.

T. Ryan finally got his goal when he unleashed a 25 yard shot that beat everyone and nestled in the corner of the net.

Rangers did not have all their own way in the first half as in the kick off St. John’s tried a shot but Ranger’s keeper Mitch Corrigan aired on the side of caution and knocked it out for a corner. From the corner the St. John’s player kicked and scored a soft goal and looking back it was one that should have been avoided.

St. John’s got a second goal when a handling mistake from our keeper presented St. John’s with another goal. With the score 4-2 now, Rangers again went on the attack and a Paddy Dalton cross found Brendan Hayes whose header was sent perfectly into the far corner of the net.

Rangers added a 6th goal just before the break. D. Murphy had a volley saved and T. Ryan was quickest to react and bring his tally to the day to 2. Rangers made a change at half time bringing on current top scorer S. Butler on for D Murphy and it did not take him long to add to his tally a free kick on the left which floated it all the way to the net despite Jason claiming his hat trick.

Not to be out done in the free kick state T. Manogue let fly at the next one and again the net bulged and Rangers celebrated. Before the end Jason finally completed his hat trick when he created and won a penalty. He was given the responsibility of taking it and applied a cool finish.

Rangers then rang the changes and but never let up the pressure and could have added to their total but despite good efforts from J.J. Corrigan, T. Ryan and T Manogue no more goals came and Rangers closed with 9-2 victory. Apart from the score Rangers performance was a good team one and things seem to be on the up with the added bonus that centre half S. Murphy made his long awaited return from injury in the game.

Team: M. Corrigan, P. Dalton, S. Murphy, C. O’Grady, T. Manogue, D. Murphy, D. Egan, B. Hayes, G. Murphy, T. Ryan (Capt.), J. Darmody.

Subs: J.J. Corrigan, S Butler, J. Gleeson, M. Hogan, D. Carroll, N. Brett, S. Corrigan, P. Doheny, C. Darmody, J. Murphy.

Up next for Rangers is their nearest and dearest and the current league leaders Tullaroan. The game kicks off at 11.

FAI COACHING 2013 - The F.A.I. continue their Coaching courses into 2013 as follows;

Kick Start 1 Course schedule is:

Wednesday, 29 May - 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Thomastown F.C.

Wednesday, 5 June - 6:00pm to 10:0pm at Thomastown F.C.

Wednesday, 28 August - 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Derdimus Park, Kilkenny.

Wednesday, 4 September - 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Derdimus Park, Kilkenny

Kick Start 2 Course schedule is:

Saturday, 28 September from 9:30am to 5:30pm at Derdimus Park, Kilkenny.

Saturday, 29 September from 9:30am to 5:30pm at Derdimus Park, Kilkenny.

Small Sided Games Workshop 4 v 4 & 7 v 7 schedule is:

Sunday, 20 October from 11:00am to 2:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Thomastown F.C.

Strength & Conditioning Workshops for 9-12 yr olds is:

Friday, 30 August from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Derdimus Park, Kilkenny

Applicants must have their application form and fee submitted a week prior to the course/workshop start date. Any queries please contact Darren Murray, FAI Football Development Officer & Course Co-ordinator on 087 6378742 or by email to

Please note that due to the lack of interest over the last several years no Goal Keeping Course will be held in Kilkenny during 2013.

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