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John Stapleton


John Stapleton



A group of ladies from Callan, Kilkenny and surrounding areas set off from Kingscourt Callan on Sunday morning with the aim of climbing to the summit of Slievenamon. The whole idea was devised by loving mother and Grandmother Josephine Fitzgerald from Collins Park who wanted to do something to highlight Breast Cancer awareness. The word Slievenamon means ‘Mountain of the women’ so it was certainly the most appropriate place for the ladies to mark the occasion. Each year the month of October is highlighted as Breast Cancer Awareness month. As most of us know Josephine’s daughter Cathy has battled cancer for a number of years now and is still receiving treatment and takes her medication diligently each day. Josephine felt that Callan wasn’t marking Breast Cancer awareness more publicly so she came discussed the idea of climbing the famous Slievenamon to mark the occasion. There was no fanfare or razzmatazz just a group of females gathering to mark the occasion. The only common theme was the wearing of pink which is the symbol for women’s cancer. So on Sunday morning last an enthusiastic bunch of ladies set off to climb the famous mountain and on reaching the summit released pink balloons to symbolise the occasion. At the same time a group of Callan ladies were on a visit to Liverpool and they Gathered by the banks of the Mersey River and in turn released pink balloons. Like little Acorns ‘great things come from small beginnings’ so it is Josephine’s intention to make the climb an annual event to highlight Cancer Awareness. Cathy Fitzgerald would have loved to have climbed Slievenamon on Sunday but promised next year but was well represented by her son Daniel and mother Josephin. Congratulations to all who made the climb and no doubt even more will gather next year at the foot of Slievenamon.


Over the past number of months and enthusiastic group of students and their teachers at Collaiste Eamonn Ris have been raising funds for the Zambia Immersion Project. Twelve students along with a number of teachers will travel to Zambia next Easter to work for the holiday period in projects run by the Christian Brothers. Of course this all costs money so fundraising is at full tilt now and already the boys have raised nearly two thirds of the money needed to fund the trip which certainly is some going seeing as they had summer holidays in between. Their latest project was to collect cloths and in turn this project would accumulate more needed funds toward the trip. All last week people arrived with bags of cloths which built to a ‘small mountain’ in the main assembly area. The cloths were part collected on Friday last and on Monday of this week, so they will receive a cheque for their efforts and make their target a little smaller. On Friday night the parents of the boys arranged a table quiz at the Steppes Bar. It also proved to be a successful fundraiser for the Zambia Fund. Well done to all on making your goal a little closer to achieving.


The John Lockes Minor team bowed out of this championship last Sunday at Palmerstown to a more enthusiastic Conahy Shamrocks team. This is a game the Lockes could have and should have won if there was more enthusiasm. This enthusiasm was left to just a few players who literally ‘fought on their backs’ throughout the game but their efforts were not enough. The Lockes were in the game all through the first half and at one stage took the lead but that was short lived. The second half was a forgettable affair with both teams showing little love to have a go at scores. The game was there for the winning for the Callan lads but they never took hold of it. In fairness the vast majority of the team are underage for at least another two years which is heartening and have a real chance of winning a Minor ‘B’ championship in the next couple of years. As for Sunday morning last well other extenuating circumstances probably contributed to this certain game that got away. The minors have a chance to reverse this result when they face the same opposition in the Minor Shield final in a few weeks time. It would be nice to finish the year with a piece of silver wear. Team

 Eoin Byrne, Billy Bergin, Sean Tierney, Eoghan Scriven, Brion Kirwin, Bill McDowell, Keith Fitzpatrick, James Mackin, Sean Power, Keith Roche, Josh Haines, Ryan Bergin, Robert Kerwick, James Power, Padraig Purcell. Subs Dylan Roche, Conor Quinlan, Jack Lynch, Cian Bogue


The JOHN LOCKES lotto results for October 1st 2013.   Numbers drawn: 01-14-15-24 Bonus 10. No  jackpot winner and No John Lockes Match 3 winners   : Next draw on Tuesday October 8th 2013

Jackpot (Match 4) €3,550  + Bonus Ball €5,550. Match 3 win or share €450. Tickets are €2 each and are available at many local outlets.


The John Lockes ladies football team had a very enjoyable trip to Monard County Tipperary recently when they took on Junior side Sarsfields from Kilteely in Limerick in a challenge game. In only their third competitive game the girls gave a very good account of themselves despite being beaten on a 5-13 to 3-7 scoreline. From Caroline Ryan in goal to corner forward Aisling Bryan the girls played their hearts out and were not disgraced. Deirdre Carroll, Ciara Power and Irene Guilfoyle fought hard in defence to thwart the Limerick attack and they were the platform for many of the Callan scores. Lynn Beirne was strong at the heart of the defence and she continues to improve. Breda ONeill and Joanne Walsh were tireless in the midfield and covered every blade of grass with Breda putting up some nice scores before she got injured in the second half. Jemma Komar led the attack and was instrumental in many of the Callan scores ably assisted by Emma Hennessy and Michelle Hennessy who won plenty of quality possession. The youngest player on the field Nicole Byrne gave as good as she got and worked hard for her teammates as did Sarah Slevin and Amber Prior . The onus for the team is on enjoyment and if there are any more ladies out there who think they would like to take part, they are heartily welcome to come to John Locke Park on Thursday evenings at 8pm or contact  086-2894827 for details. 


Callan United u-17 team played in the FAI cup last Saturday against Wicklow Rovers. In a very tense game throughout as there were many chances at both ends. Callan got the upper hand as the game progressed and were first to score but their lead was short lived as Wicklow then came strong and equalised. Callans were under pressure until half time but came out with great spirit in the second half. It wasn’t long before they got a second goal from a deflection putting Callan 2-1 up. The lads showed great strength and courage in the latter part of the game when Wicklow pressed them. It was a great victory for them and the support was marvellous on the day.

The Junior team were out against Tullaroan Sunday last in the league. Both teams were keen to make an early impression on the game and pressed high up the pitch. Callan settled down and Dan McCormack tucked away the first goal. It wasn’t long before Callan had a second and It looked like they were coasting along. Tullaroan sneaked a goal just after half time and it was all guns blazing from then on. Tullaroan had few chances and a ball through to Simon Burke led to the third as he rounded the keeper and slotted home A fourth goal was added later. A good win and more to come.


Like all organisations, like GAA clubs, Soccer, gymnasiums golf clubs have suffered with the recession. Membership and subscriptions are down as people cut back on their expense. Callan Golf is no different to most other sporting organisations so in an effort to make membership more affordable and attractive the club has reduced its yearly subscription. As an additional carrot the club are offering membership from now until January 2015 for €499.00. This new subscription is certainly more affordable and the club are confident that there will be a very positive uptake on the new cost of membership. Contact 056 7725136 for further details


The monthly meeting of Callan Heritage Society takes place on this coming Monday,14th of October at 8.00 PM in the Friary Hall, Mill St. Callan.  New members always welcome.  Just please come along.


While it may be a little early to start talking about Christmas Presents at this time there is one present that anyone associated with Callan or the general area would get long term value from.  It is a copy of to the Callan 800 Book the Companion Volume.  This limited edition book was launched in August and has proved very popular.  It will be much sought after in the future especially since there is a fabulous chapter in it regarding the men from the area who were killed in the Great War (1914-18). It gives their names and details about their regiments and the battles they were involved in. (Next year is the centenary of the commencement of that terrible conflict).  There is also a ground breaking chapter in the book on the Irish Civil War (1922-23) in this area that has engendered substantial interest not alone locally but further afield. The book has nineteen chapters in total including one which gives details of how to trace your Callan Parish ancestors.


1st. Breda Cody and Kathleen Denny. Best gross:- Kit Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Lanigan. 2nd.:- Catherine Hegarty and Alice Burke. 3rd. ;-Grace Landy and Stella Tennyson.


Kilkenny & Carlow Contact urgently need volunteers for Befriending in the Callan Parish area and we are holding an Open Volunteer Information Afternoon in An Droichead Family Resource Centre on Thursday 10th October at 2.30pm. If you can commit to one hour per week to visit an older person please come along. For more information please call 056-7751988 ext 6 or mobile 086-4108902


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.