TCallan: The Callan variety show’s where its all at

WHAT A SHOW- Forget your X Factors and Voice of Irelands it’s the Callan Variety show its where

WHAT A SHOW- Forget your X Factors and Voice of Irelands it’s the Callan Variety show its where

its all at this week in Callan. From the rehearsal night to last night’s show (Tuesday) everyone

is talking about the new talent that has been unearthed yet again. The Callan Variety show has always produced new raw talent for all of their shows and this year is no different. Over the years singers like Louise Laffan and Jane Stapleton have graced the stage of St. Brigids College but this year has produced another batch of great singers. Ashling Bryan carries on the Bryan tradition and is a beautiful singer and big brother Sean even gets in on the singing act this year with the ‘Offaly Rover’ a song his father Bosco is famous for when he is in the party mood. Darren O’ Dwyer has a wonderful crooners voice and would certainly match Frank Sinatra in the crooning stakes and no doubt there will be a bevy of young ladies along to see him during the week. Another young talent has been unearthed this year and that is Claire Funchion from Bridge Street. Gosh she has a wonderful voice and certainly was a big hit at the dress rehearsal night as well as last night. It is amazing what Barrie Henriques and Michael Hayes can do to produce a show of such high quality and all in the aid of local charities and clubs. The Callan Variety show has raised tens of thousands of Euro’s over the past twenty five years for local charities as well as St. Brigids College and this year all the funds will go to the John Lockes Club Development. This development in turn will benefit all of the community including sports clubs and most especially the schools where camogie, Gaelic football and hurling are nurtured. So get along to the Variety show tonight (Wednesday) and Friday 15 th for an experience not to be forgotten and certainly the Hurling Pageant written by Barrie is one of his finest masterpieces in all the times this columnist has seen the show and I have seen all and acted the clown in a few also.

INFORMATION NIGHT- - An information night will take place on Tuesday 19th Feb @ 8 pm in the Friary House. Recently Callan Community Network and the Family Resource Centre have become two stand alone services to the community. This came under the guidance of the Family Support Agency (FSA). This will now give the people of CCN other areas to concentrate on in improving the envoirnment of the town, parish and surrounding areas. There is funds there to be drawn down and it is in the interest of everyone to buy into the projects been proposed. There will be a presentation on the work of Callan Community Network to date along with a rundown of upcoming projects. There will be refreshments (tea coffee etc). Please come along and make a difference to your community.

MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT- The Martin ‘Babby’ Fitzgerald memorial tournament will be held on the 16th of March on the Fair-Green in Callan. Babby was one of Callans greatest wingers and a loyal player and club member for many years. The memorial tournament will be run as a pub league and it is 10euro per head to enter. Anyone who would like to enter call into The Steppes, Mickeys Bar, The Old Charter, Keoghs, The Cosy, Scruffys and Grogans Bar. Dust off the cobwebs and come along and support the cause. Proceeds go to Callan United soccer club and to Mount Caramel for a day drip for the patients. The presentation will be held in the winning pubs premises on the 16th. For more information contact Pixie Doheny on 0860625085.

CALLAN UNITED- There will be a race night held in the Old Charter House on the 2nd of March in aid of Callan United- It is €10 to purchase a horse on the night. There will be a programme for the night and its 50euro for a page of advertisement and €30 for half a page. There will be a raffle on the night so come along and join in All proceeds from the night will go to the soccer club. The u13’s enjoyed a good win over Stoneyford Saturday last. They were struggling at half-time being 2-1 down but came back and won 5-2 in the end. Among the goal scorers were Evan Doyle, Brian Kearney and the hatrick hero Christopher McDonald. Well done lads. The junior team played a challenge game against the under 19’s Sunday morning, The pitch was cut up badly but it didn’t stop the lads from having a very entertaining game!

JOHN LOCKES UNDER 14 FOOTBALL- This weekend saw the resumption of competitive action on the pitch for the U14 squad. On Sunday a hardy bunch of souls set out for Tullougher Rosbecon close to New Ross to take part in the U14 Football league. The conditions were very testing with a pitch that was barely playable and a cold wind that would cut through you. However, the Callan men took it on the chin and tore into the game from the start. It was a very close and exciting game all through which flowed from end to end. At half time Tullougher were a goal ahead after playing with the wind and it looked as if the Lockes wer in a good position with a great goal from man of the match Conor Murphy and a very well taken point from the lively Brian Kearney. In the second half, the clashes were just as intense with the younger crew of Kevin Burns, Colm Nolan, Jack Fitzpatrick, Darragh Bergin and Michael Prendergast along with new comer Daniel Power playing their heart out but were eventually out mussled by a stronger Tullougher team. The team was Darragh Bergin, Daniel Power, Jack Bradley, Kevin Burns, John Prendergast, TJ Tierney, Michael Power, Conor Murphy, Evan Doyle, Colm Nolan, John Burns(Captn.), Brian Kearney, Michael Prendergast, Jack Fitzpatrick and Jer Power.

JOHN LOCKES JUVENILE CLUB- 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. Any Juvenile player who has yet to pay their club membership can do so by paying it to any selector of their team.

BOXING- The Callan boxing club had weekend recently in the County Championships taking home nine titles out of twelve entrants. The winners were Clare Grace, Nora Doyle, Katie Doyle, Michaela Kenneally, CJ Houlihan, Jack Roche, Pat Callaghan, Pat Doyle and Gavin Keane. The Leinster Finals are the next stop for the Callan Boxers. NEXT STOP RIO? Wouldn’t be wonderful if a Callan Boxer could make it to Rio for the Olympics in 2016, well Clare Grace will take the next step when she enters the Elite Championships on Friday night next 15th. Her opponent is Joanna Barcley and will be a repeat of last years semi-final. The winner will meet Louise Claire Sweetman of Dublin or Laoise Traynor of Bray on the following night. Clare is in good shape and studying in DCU is also adding to her physical strength. AWARD- Callan boxer Pat Callaghan received an award at the IABA school boys night at the Glen Royal Hotel Maynooth recently for being the only Boy 1 in Leinster to win an All Ireland title. Pat also is involved in the development squads every second week in Dublin. A BIG THANK YOU- John Hickey of Millenium Windows West Street and also of Callan Boxing club wishes to thank everyone for their support recently in bringing home his nephew Hani Abou El Kheir who recently died tragically in London. This was a very sad time for the Hickey family and John and his immediate family will be forever grateful for the kindness shown.

DROICHEAD FAMILY RESOURSE CENTRE- Once off low cost beginner’s computer course- Learn to use the internet, email, skype & basic digital photography etc. Classes will cost €10 for 5 lessons. The course will be held on Tues evenings or Weds afternoons. Call 056 77 555 19 ext. 1 to book a place.

SCULPTING- Willow Sculpting course will take place in Droichead FRC in mid March. Call 056 77 55519 Ext. 1 to book a place. This course will be funded by Community Education VEC.

CREATIVE ART-A creative art project for adults will begin on Weds, February 20th and will run for 6 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 €30 for the 6 sessions.

PHOTOGRAPHY- Basic Digital Photography Course will take place on Wednesday, April 4th from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. The course will run for 5 Wednesday and will cost €30

MENS SHED-Callan Men’s shed- A group of men have come together and are making window boxes,

picnic benches, raised beds and making black thorn walking sticks 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.

MUsIC & DANCE- An open music, song & dance session will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary) every Friday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm for the older folk in Callan and surrounding area. 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. Volunteer musicians wanted to give a helping hand.

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.

VOLUNTEERS 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

TODDLERS- 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. €2 per session.

ENGLISH CLASSES- 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.

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.

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 2-4pm to allow people to access the computers in the Droichead FRC. €2 per session.

DANCING-Irish Dance classes for kids are held on Weds at 3pm-4pm. Ring Aisling 087 2347056.

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.

INFORMATION-Citizens Information offers an outreach service every Friday from 10am -12pm.

GUIDANCE SERVICE-County Kilkenny Adult Guidance Service 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 10months)? 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-

BRIDGE RESULTS- 1st. Kit Fitzgerald and Finola Walsh. Best gross. Mary Comerford and Rita Houlihan. 2nd. Jean Grace and Alice Lanigan . 3rd. Joe and Sarah Meagher

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