WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT- The Highlight of the Field Day which is part of the annual Abhainn Ri Festival in Callan on Sunday July 29th will be an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for “The Largest Rock the Boat” in the World. The present record is for 1,428 people simultaneously rocking/swaying for a minimum of 5 minutes to the sound of “The Hues Corporation “ which is the 1974 version of the song -probably familiar to most people. So the big question to go out is “ Have you got the notion, to Rock the Boat, Don’t rock the boat baby”. The target of the event is to beat the present record and in turn put Callan and the Abhainn Ri festival on the map and above all in the next edition of the Guinness Book of Records. Just imagine 1,500 people sitting all around the Abbey Meadow and ‘Rocking the Boat’. What is needed first are people, children, mothers, fathers, Grannies and Granddads and if there are Great Grandparents all the better. This fundraising effort is in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and the local King’s River (Abhainn Ri) development project. It promises to be a real fun event with the co-operation and participation of as many people as possible in the grounds of the historic “abbey Meadow” in order to create a Real first for Callan. Master of Ceremonies on the day will be the inimitable George Candler, with local D.J. Mark Fitzpatrick and organiser Teckie Brett ensuring that all will be rocking in perfect rhythm & sweet harmony. Never let it be said that YOU didn’t “Rock The Boat” in Callan to help create this record and raise much needed funds for two worthwhile causes. See You there and “We will Rock The Boat Together Baby”. For further enquiries contact: 087 1639634 or email@example.com.
IS THERE NO END TO THE RAIN?- Has our summer gone already, did we have it in March for a week and then another week in May? Well it certainly is not good at present with incessant rain since the beginning of June and more been forecast up to the end of the month at least. Up to last Sunday night the 17th ,140 millimetres of rain has fallen this month alone, that is the highest amount of rain to have fallen in any month this year and more than double what fell in January which totalled 60 millimetres. In fact the total rainfall for the first five months is 188 millimetres so if remaining days of the month continues in the same vane the rainfall for June will possibly equal the total rainfall for 2012. The poor weather has certainly played havoc with the farmers who are presently trying to cut silage, fields are in an awful state, with many flooded and others so soft underneath it would be too risky to allow machinery on to the land. There is time still before the harvest is saved so the hope is the Irish summer of 2012 won’t continue to remembered as a wet one.
KINGS RIVER FLOODS- Many thousands of Euro’s were spent last year building new floods walls on the Kings River adjacent to Bridge Street. We were told at the time that it would solve all the flood issues for ever more and that residents in the area could rest easy for ever more as they should never have to fear the river rising again and flooding their homes and businesses. Well why did Mrs. Kitty Fitzgerald spent hours standing at her front door last Friday afternoon as she watched the Kings River gradually snake itself along Factory lane towards Bridge Street and wondering if it would come into her home yet again. Yes she was anxious but thankfully it didn’t go into her home, but why after all the money that was spent did the residents like Mrs. Fitzgerald and Billy Keogh have to watch in fear again. Was all that money a waste of time, were the proper pumps etc put in place, why hasn’t the river been properly cleaned. The tidy Towns have made a huge effort to clean up Bridge Street but the County Council have continued to over look the Kings River. To look over the Big Bridge all you see is a mess, promises have been made by the Council and councillors to clean the river but it hasn’t happened. Please at least clean the river Kilkenny County Council and that might help to alleviate the anxiety of long time residents like Kitty Fitzgerald.
GREAT SADNESS AND SHOCK- Callan was struck down with great sadness last week with the sudden death of three well known people who held wonderful affection with people in the town. Early on Wednesday morning the news broke that well known business man T.J Hogan had passed away quietly had his home. This came as a major shock as T.J. had been seen out on his regular walk just the night before and had played golf earlier in the week. As people came to terms with T’J’s death, news then filtered through that Nan Cunningham had passed away which again shocked people. Two people who had been in business all their lives taken at relatively young ages. T.J. was very active in Callan Golf club and in 2010 he was elected president of the club. It was a role he really enjoyed having been reluctant to take the office when his old friend and president at the time Joe Cuddihy asked him first. T.J. was a very quiet man and a perfect gentle man and will be missed dearly missed. Nan Cunningham was known far and wide and ran the famous ‘Mickey’s’ bar after her Brother Mickey passed away. She loved socialising and was a wonderful card player up to recent times before poor health forced her to give up. After she sold the public house she retired to her new house at the Meadows which allowed her to do the things she loved without the worry of running the pub. Strangely people felt sometimes deaths come in threes and at Thursday lunch hour the town was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Jim Fitzgerald from Mullinahone. Jim came to Callan nearly every day for his lunch and it was his regular lunch hour visit to the ‘Big Wheel’ that fell ill and was never to recover. He loved engaging in conversation especially if the subject was about hurling. He was a Tipperary man to his fingertips and a proud Mullinahone man. He loved the crack and the banter and was a much loved figure around Callan. For many years he worked at Callan Joinery with his brother in law Ned Heron before returning to run the family farm in Mullinahone. He will be very much missed by the parish of Mullinahone and by the people of Callan especially his sister Ena Heron. To the families of T.J., Nan and Jim the deepest sympathies from the people of Callan.
BREAK INS- In recent times there has been a spate of break in’s and attempted break in’s to properties in the town and outside of the town. This is not just exclusive to Callan it’s widespread as individuals attempt to make money from other peoples misfortune. The secret to trying to stop your home or property been broken in to and vandalised is to take precautions and change your routine. An alarm is one deterrent, closing and locking gates, have lights on different timers and have your post collected. Making sure windows are sealed tight. One thing thieves look out for are the social network sites like Facebook. I have seen so many people post up on their Facebook pages that they are on holiday or post photographs from their holiday resort. Don’t let your teenagers post details of where they are going on holiday’s with their parents as that is total madness as you are giving ideal information to potential thieves. Its brilliant for them as it gives them plenty of time to work on gaining access to houses. Remember we are all been watched and if you see strange cars or vans in your area take the registration number and report to the Gardai. There are community alert signs erected all around the town asking to ‘Stamp out Crime’, are we heeding them, perhaps then again perhaps not. Please be aware and even if it’s not effecting you, look out for others. We are now entering the holiday period and lots of houses will be empty during the next two months so be diligent and watch out for one another.
DROICHEAD CENTRE- Callan Food & Craft Market will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary, Mill St. in Callan every Friary and will begin June 29th from 9am – 2pm. If you are interested in supplying products and having your own stand, please call 056 77555 19 ext. 1. The cost is €10 to have your own stand. You must provide your own insurance to have a stand. All are welcome to come along, have a browse or buy some locally produced products.
HORTICULTURE CLASSES- Horticulture or office skills classes @ Fetac level 4 will take place in September. The Droichead FRC in partnership with Co. Kilkenny VEC’s Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) are currently accepting applications from all early school leavers interested in participating on the following FETAC Level 4 accredited programmes in Callan: (1) Horticulture (4M1994) and (2) Office Skills (4M2070). It is expected that both programmes will run in the Droichead FRC (from 9.30am-2.00pm for 2 days per week) over the September 2012-June 2013 period. FREE places are available on this part-time programme to applicants with Junior Certificate standard of education. Priority for places will be given to those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance and/or Job Seekers Benefit. An Information/Registration Session is scheduled to take place in the Droichead FRC on Tuesday, 19th June @ 9.30am. Please contact the BTEI Office (056) 7795916 or the Droichead FRC (056) 7775519 Ext. 1 for further information and/or to register your interest in attending the above session.
SUMMER CAMP- Droichead Summer Camp will run for 1 week and will begin on Monday, July 16th until Friday, July 20th 2012. It will be held from 10 am until 2 pm in Droichead Childcare, Mill St. Callan. The Camp will cater for children from 4 to 11 years. The activities will include: music, dance, art and crafts, baking, sport, treasure hunt, water games & a display from Gowran Reptile. The cost will be €60 per child for the week. To book your place you must pay a deposit in advance at Droichead Childcare. Please contact Rosie or Grace on 056 7755519 Ext. 2.
HERITAGE SOCIETY- Callan Heritage Society has organised a bus outing to the Athlone area for Saturday the 30th of June. The bus travels via Birr, where we stop for breakfast, and on to Clonmacnoise. From there we travel by Viking boat up the Shannon river to Athlone. A stop for lunch before a visit to a Folk Park and museum in the afternoon. An evening meal is arranged in Athlone after a walk about the town and then depart for home. Booking please as usual to Maisie Condon.
MULLINAHONE COMMUNITY PARK- Mullinahone might be across the border in Tipperary and the rivalry between the two parishes is always intense when it comes to Hurling and especially when Kilkenny and Tipperary meet. But they are also our nearest neighbours and many people in Mullinahone work and shop in Callan, so they want to highlight the fact that plans are been drawn up to turn the old tennis club grounds into Community Park. The Tennis club was once a thriving club but sadly continuous vandalism forced the club to disband and in doing so deprived the people of Mullinahone and surrounds of a wonderful amenity. But trying to develop an amenity like a Community Park will cost money so the organising committee are holding a Mega Bingo night on Thursday 28th June at Mullinahone GAA hall beginning at 8pm. The total prize money on the night will be €1500 with as much as €500 on just one sheet. There will also be a raffle as well as a shop to purchase refreshments. So all of you in the Callan area and surrounding parishes who just love your bingo, grab those clip boards and sharpen your pencils there’s loads of money to be won in Mullinahone. They won’t mind is the big money is taken back across the border, because they will have appreciated your support and in doing so you will help along the road to fulfilling the dream of many to have a Community Park in Mullinahone.
TEST YOUR HURLING SKILLS- Next Sunday Bennetsbridge field day will give you the chance to test your hurling skills on Ireland’s first hurling simulator at Bennettsbridge field day .Bennettbridge’s annual field day is to have a unique first as its main attraction – a hurling simulator. The event takes place on Sunday June 24th at the local GAA field and is sponsored by the local Centra supermarket. The day will also include hurling, camogie, basketball, athletics, golf, tug of war, wheel of fortune, soak the Senator, dog show and much more. There will be competitions in hurling from U-8s right up to the legends of the game in the over 40’s section
GOLF LOTTO-Results Week 12. No’s 7, 14, 20. No Winner of Jackpot. Lucky Dip Winners €30 Each. Jean Grace, Mary Norton, Paddy Grace. Sellers Pat O’Keeffe and Michael Walsh. Next weeks Jackpot €950
KILBRIDE MASS- This year’s annual cemetery mass at Kilbride will take place on Friday 29th June at 8pm. Last year’s mass was washed out because of the weather. This was only the second time in its history, so it is hoped that returning to Kilbride for the outdoor mass will happen. The Kilbride mass is very special for all the families of diseased and for those who live away from the parish it is always a wonderful time for families to renew old acquaintances. Presently the County Council are busy cutting the grass at Kilbride. With the recent sunshine and rain growth has been rapid so over the next two weeks it will be a job to keep the grass under control for what will certainly bring huge crowds. There will be free parking available in adjacent fields so keep an eye out for the signs.