24 Jan 2022

Callan: John Lockes are building for the future

development - JOHN LOCKES BUIDING FOR THE FUTURE; Last week in the Callan Notes I told you of the ambitious plans for John Locke and how the club is building for the future for its young people and in turn provide a wonderful facility for the people of Callan Parish. On Friday night the John Lockes will unveil their ambitious plans to the people of the parish and to a number of special quests including former GAA president Nicky Brennan. The night will be an opportunity for all the members of the club and the community of Callan Parish to hear and view the plans for John Locke Park. The proceedings will kick off at 8pm and the John Lockes club invite the people of the parish to attend for what will be a historic occasion and a brand new beginning for Callan.

development - JOHN LOCKES BUIDING FOR THE FUTURE; Last week in the Callan Notes I told you of the ambitious plans for John Locke and how the club is building for the future for its young people and in turn provide a wonderful facility for the people of Callan Parish. On Friday night the John Lockes will unveil their ambitious plans to the people of the parish and to a number of special quests including former GAA president Nicky Brennan. The night will be an opportunity for all the members of the club and the community of Callan Parish to hear and view the plans for John Locke Park. The proceedings will kick off at 8pm and the John Lockes club invite the people of the parish to attend for what will be a historic occasion and a brand new beginning for Callan.

THE WAITING IS NEARLY OVER; - We all revel in the joy of following the Kilkenny senior hurling team and what a journey we have had for the past fourteen years. To have lived through this wonderful period has been fantastic and we hope it continues beyond next Sunday win or lose. But in any county panel there are thirty players who come from clubs around the county. Those Kilkenny players will return to their clubs after the All-Ireland and will be wearing their club colours the following week. Sounds perfect but do we ever stop and think of hundreds of club players who are not involved in County teams or think of club trainers and selectors who work tirelessly to keep players fit and motivated. Well it’s not an easy task and it is tough going trying to get lads to turn up for training and participate in challenge games, knowing that their next competitive game is possibly weeks or even months away. When the John Lockes finally get to play Glenmore on the weekend of the 6th and 7th October it will have been exactly 16 weeks since they last had a competitive game. That makes it very difficult to keep players interested and also it’s hard on management to keep going. Its not just the John Lockes that find it difficult, its every club in the County who have been keeping the parish flag flying. Last weekend the majority of junior clubs got back into action, for the winners it’s on to the next round but for the losers their season is over and all the training comes to an end. So yes let’s cheer on Kilkenny next Sunday and welcome them home on Monday night, but please remember that your local club has also been active all through this marathon and have trained equally as hard, so get out and support the John Lockes and whatever club you follow the week after the All-Ireland. It will only cost €5.00 to get into the games and you will be guaranteed passion and skill just like been in Croke Park.

THE GATHERING - For those of us fortunate to be in Croke Park a couple of weeks ago we would have witnessed the official unveiling of ‘The Gathering’. Now what is ‘The Gathering’ you ask? The Gathering Ireland is a year-long celebration of Ireland and all things Irish. Share ideas and stay up to date here. Well it can be anything really you want to make it. For a country town like Callan we could create a Gathering of our family who are scattered to the four corners of the world. Look at al the old families who are in Callan, Walsh’s, Dohenys, Dawson’s, Corcoran’s, O’Brien’s, Dunnes, Donovans, O’Donovans, the list is endless. They are just of example what families could do for re-unions. This columnist comes from a clan called Robinson who hails originally from Foyle in Tullaroan and that clan are getting together in Kilkenny next month. Some haven’t met for many years and sadly many have passed away in recent years. That is what is called a gathering it’s getting family, friends or community together. The GAA have come behind the idea of The Gathering so it is something that may well be planned by the John Lockes for next year. But if it’s not a festival why not think of your own family and get them home for a big Gathering. Why not register your own Gathering on line today.

CROCANOIR CONCERT VENUE - The intimate concert series continues at Crocanoir Mullinahone on next Saturday 29th September when leading singer songwriter Johnny Duhan makes his first trip to the end of the boreen outside Mullinahone. Johnny is best known for composing the ‘Voyage’, which became a huge hit for Christy Moore. He began his musical journey with the rock group ‘Grannies Intentions’ and since then has gone on to forge a highly successful solo career. The concerts in the converted barn have taken on a life of their own and the audience come from a wide area to enjoy nights of music song laughter and friendship. On his RTE radio programme Roots Freeway broadcaster and performer Niall Toner described Crocanoir as a treasure and his favourite place to play in the whole world. Following a recent show local poet Louis Keating felt compelled to pen an epic poem, which concludes with the following verse, ‘And now we have Johnny Duhan.His lyrics are beautiful and clever, At least one of his songs The Voyage will be sung on this earth forever. From the old Opera house to Carnegie hall all of Europe of Ireland and more. But the gig that they all want to boast of, Is the night that they played Crocanoir’. Crocanoir’ has welcomed guests from over 30 countries and has proved an ideal venue for everything from family gatherings, birthday parties, christenings, wedding receptions, lectures, workshops, plays and concerts. For further info contact John & Monika at 052-9153117, 086-8907329 A new website has just been launched and it is featuring lots of information and photographs of the holiday homes and concert venue. Monika and John are also on FacebookÓir-holiday-homes.

DROICHEAD CENTRE - A Stonemason course will begin on Wednesday, Oct 3rd and will run for 10 Wednesdays. It will take place in the Abbey Meadow from 9am – 4.30pm. The cost of the course is €20 and is run in partnership with Kilkenny VEC and Droichead FRC. ‘Time out for Women’ is a social and educational project for Women in Callan and its hinterland that provides a taster programme on a wide range of informational and practical topics. Applicants must participate in all modules which include: Calligraphy, Woodwork for Beginners, Financial Advice Workshop(MABS), Christmas Flower arranging, Stress Management (relaxation), Job Search work shop (VEC), Dietician Workshop (Health Promotion Unit), Pilates, Fitness for women & computers. This programme will be run 2 days per week over 10 weeks. It will run every Wednesday and Thursday (school term) from 9.30am - 12.30pm. The course will begin Weds, Oct 3rd until Thurs, Dec 13th. There will be 16 people on the programme so places are limited. The cost will be €50 per participant Please contact Droichead FRC for an application form on 0567755519 ext. 1 or call in.

DIY - Do you want to improve on doing DIY jobs in your own home? Home Repairs 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 will empower people to carry out tasks in their own home or create an opening for them to carry out further training. The course will be run over 5 Tuesdays (9.30am - 4.30pm) and will begin on October 9th. This project is funded by County Kilkenny Leader Partnership. The cost will be €20 per participant. Places are limited, please contact Droichead FRC on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1 for an application form.

Open Night - ST. BRIGID’S COLLEGE; Open night will be held in the school on Thursday week, 4th October from 6.30 to 9.30 p.m. Students in 6th, 5th, and 4th class along with their parents and families are very welcome . Sixth year students attended the Higher Options Day in the R.D.S., Dublin last Wednesday. They were provided with careers information from all the third level colleges. Transition year students are on work experience this week. They climbed Sliabh na mBan and walked the river route from Bennettsbridge to Kilkenny city since returning to school.

ALZHEIMERS - A facilitated support group, for carers of people with Alzheimers/Dementia. Providing a safe space for information exchange, emotional and practical support and the opportunity to network with other carers in similar positions. Discussion topics may include behaviours which challenge for example wandering, aggression, repetitive behaviour. Location: Alzheimer Day Care Centre, 1 Fr Walsh Close, Cootes Lane, Kilkenny (Behind the village Inn)Next Meeting: Time: 4pm-5.30pm, Wednesday 29th August 2012. For more information contact Ruth 056)7771230.

walk - IRISH HEART FOUNDATION WALK; A four and half mile walk takes place in Mullinahone on Sat 29th SEPT at 10.30am. Registration is at 10.15am at GAA complex in the village. Please join the walk and in turn ramble on leafy lanes and country roads under the eye of Slievenamon Teas/scones after walk for participants.. Donation only by bucket collection only on the day. So get on the walking shoes and join Brigid Forristal and her band of helpers to raise money for a needy cause. Brigid no doubt will be sporting the Black and Amber and like all of us will be trying to keep our heart rates some way controlled before the big match the following day.

CALLAN UNITED - Callan United are running a minute draw every week on the English premiership teams games , Nancy Buckley Westcourt was this weeks winner . The U-14 team got off to a great start with a four goals to one win over Highview Athletic , scorers by Chris McDonald , Josh Doheny and David Maloney . The Junior team lost to Johnstown outfit Spa United by 2-0.

BRIDGE - The new Bridge season started on Thursday. The venue this year is Callan Parish Hall. Results: 1st: Elizabeth Lanigan and Kathleen Denny. 2nd: Breda Holohan and Maura O Mahony 3rd: Alice Burke and Catherine Hegarty. New members are welcome

TIMBER FOR SALE - The John Lockes club are on the timber trail again and this year they have started earlier sothat people can get their stocks of timber in. Because the Lockes had to cancel their field day which was to happen on the 30th September they have already trailers full and ready for sale. So if you want to get your orders in now before the big timber auction which will happen in November. Please contact John Walker on 0872564066 or Sean Hogan on 0861731877

DIGITAL TELEVISION - For all you TV viewers and lovers you will have seen by now the ads for the big switch off of analogue television on October 24th 2012. The ads have been running now for over a year but to date there are still nearly 250,000 households in Ireland who have not yet made the switch to Saorview or alternatives like Sky or UPC. For those who don’t or refuse to make the change by the 24th of next month when they switch on their TV’s on Thursday 25th October they will have blank screens. So what is Saorview? Saorview is the digital television service, owned and managed by RTÉ, which has been charged with implementing this switch from analogue TV to digital as part of a Europe-wide switchover. As the name suggests it is a free-to-air television service.

It’s also advisable to chat to elderly relatives and neighbours about the switch to digital. They may not be fully aware of the consequences come the 24th October. There is also a number and email to call for more information. Low call number 1890 222 012 or email

NEW CALENDERS - Local photographer and design artists Justyna Mackowska has produced some wonderful calendars for 2013 and are now available locally and dare I mention that Christmas word but they would be ideal presents for the festival season. Two of the seven new 2013 calendars are now available at Callan Post Office. One is the new edition of the “Callan will be...” calendar with all new images of Callan and the second one is called “Hurling - It’s a Kilkenny Thing” with all things Black & Amber including two Callan images also. There’s been a great response from those who already bought them so hopefully more Callan people will find them interesting wall space filler for the coming year. As last year, 10% of profits will be donated to the local St. Vincent de Paul.

There are also have five other calendars on offer: 1. “Kilkenny” , 2. “Somewhere in Ireland” (Callan photo on the December page) 3. “Vintage Tractors & Steam Engines” (at least one photo was taken in Callan), 4. “Classic Cars” , 5. “Golfing in Ireland” (a number of photos were taken at Callan Golf Club).As indicated earlier the above 5 are not in the Post Office but can be ordered at the counter or purchased online via as well as in Kilkenny at Stone House Books, Kilkenny Crafts, The Gift Horse and Hurley Depot.Justyna has recently created a new Callan postcard and it is also available from the post office

HAVE YOU TIME TO SPARE - S.O.S. is a Voluntary Organisation in Kilkenny for adults with a mild-moderate intellectual disability, providing day services, respite and residential care. They are looking for families or individuals (hosts) to provide short breaks (day/overnight/weekend) in their home for adults from our services. Each host is matched with one person from S.O.S. and an expense allowance is paid for each break provided. They are also looking for volunteers to support us in providing extra social and recreational activities for people attending S.O.S. in the evening time or weekends. If you would like to know more about volunteering or providing breaks please contact the social work department on 056 7764000 or email or visit our website on .

SUBMISSIONS TO CALLAN NOTES - The Callan Notes welcomes submissions for publication from all organisationsand individuals. We want news on weddings, funerals, birthday parties, clubs etc, so to ensure you get your message in to the notes the following Wednesday I would appreciate if you can get your details to me by 8pm on Sunday nights as I need to have my notes into the newspaper early Monday morning. As always email to Thanks again for keeping the news in the notes.

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