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In March 2014 a young Callan Lady Sorcha Roantree will trek the18192 ft or 5545m to the Mount Everest Base Camp in order to raise funds for Pieta House. Pieta House is a suicide and self harm prevention centre established in Dublin in 2006. They provide a professional, free of charge service with no waiting list for those in acute crisis. Last year over 3,000 people were helped by them with numbers continuing to rise. 90% of their income comes from fundraising so their survival is dependent on the generosity of the public. This particular charity lies close to Sorcha’s heart as in 2007 she lost her brother Oisín to suicide at the age of 18. Our community in Callan has suffered hugely to the devastating consequences of suicide over the past ten years. This suffering is preventable but it falls to each and every one of us to be more aware of the struggles of those we come in contact with. Sorcha is asking us to help her raise money to support this incredible organisation so they can continue to help those amongst us in crisis. The trek will take 18 days and in addition to spending 6-8 hours a day on her feet Sorcha will have to grapple with the challenges presented by climbing at altitude. At around 5500m the total amount of oxygen available is less than half that at sea level. In preparation for the trek which will be very demanding on both mind and body Sorcha has been running the roads clocking up the kilometres and also spending a lot of time in the gym all in preparing herself for the trek to Everest. Spending three weeks away from home will be tough for Sorcha as she will be apart from her daughter Ellie but knowing she will be in the safe hands of her mother Geraldine. Of course this all costs money and Sorcha has to fundraise so she kicks off her fundraising with a table quiz at the Left Bank Bar Kilkenny on Thursday 24th October. The Left Bank is her place of employment and Sorcha is very greatful for this opportunity. A team of four persons in good value at €40 with plenty of prizes and finger food on the night. The quiz begins at 8.30pm, and Sorcha would welcome as much support locally as possible. You can follow Sorcha’s journey on Facebook at ‘Everest for Hope 2014’. Donations can also be made online at


Callan Macra club are back up and running again for another Macra year. Soccer is back on Friday nights at 9PM in o’ Loughlin Gaels. A club meeting will be held this Saturday at 7.30pm in the Macra hall and all are welcome. Callan Macra are hoping to start up the year and enter the national Macra competition. It is essentially a variety show but great craic is had participating in the competition. They are also in the process of organising a tractor run on Saturday the 2nd November in association with the Collaiste Eamonn Ris Zambia immersion project to help raise some much needed funds. Entry of a tractor will cost €20 and each participant will be entered into a raffle for a load of chopped ash timber, for the winter. More details of this to follow but a busy year ahead.


Adam Phelan was delighted with the support he received at the fundraising table quiz last Friday night in the Big Wheel. A large crowd turned out to support the young fellow who will represent Ireland in the Power Lifting championships in Prague at the end of October. His dad Paddy thanked everyone for their support and hoped Adam would bring home the silverware to Callan. He thanked Liam Glennon of the Big Wheel who instigated the quiz and with the help of Majella, Adams mother and his dad Paddy they ran a very successful night.


Take years off your life with inspiring, creative stress management course. This course will run over 6 Tuesday mornings from 10am -1pm and will begin on Tues, Nov 12th. The course will cost €50 and must be paid in advance to book your place. This course will include: stress management, relaxation techniques & craft (Christmas table decoration). The tutor is Judith Ashton, a well know therapist that has vast experience working with groups. Please call 056 77 555 19 ext 1


Would you like to contribute to plans to make Callan an age friendly dementia town. A public launch will be held in Droichead Family Resource Centre on Weds Oct 23rd at 3pm. This is open to all, particularly older people in the community and representatives from agencies that provide services to older people in Callan.


Would you like to meet with a group in a similar situation and learn to be a more effective voice for your child? Droichead Family Resource Centre will host an Empowering Parents training course in partnership with DESSA. The Empowering Parents Programme seeks to support parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their child and will run over a 6 week period commencing Wednesday 6th. For further information or to book your place please contact:- Kay Teahan, DESSA, c/o Droichead FRC, Callan, Co. Kilkenny tel: 087 3534432, email or Brid at Droichead FRC tel: 056 7755519 Ext 1.

DSP (Formally known as FÁS) will run the following courses in Droichead FRC soon subject to demand and free of charge if you are on a social welfare benefit: Level 5 Certificate in Occupational First Aid, Coaching for Change & CV and Interview Preparation. To book a place, please call your local employment office.


A Creative writing group will begin in Droichead FRC where a talented writer will initially facilitate the group to support them to work independently. This group will meet every Friday at 11am. All participates must pay €2 per session. If you are interested please call 056 77 55 66 0.


Learn to use the internet, email, skype & basic digital photography etc. Classes will cost ONLY €10 for 4 lessons. Morning and evening courses available. Call 056 77 55 66 0 Ext. 1 to book a place

PARENT OF A Disabled child

Would you like to meet with a group in a similar situation and learn to be a more effective voice for your child? Droichead Family Resource Centre will host an Empowering Parents training course in partnership with DESSA. The Empowering Parents Programme seeks to support parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their child and will run over a 6 week period. For further information or to book your place please contact:- Kay Teahan, DESSA, c/o Droichead FRC, Callan, Co. Kilkenny tel: 087 3534432, email or Brid at Droichead FRC tel: 056 77 55 66 0 Ext 1


The Care & Repair programme offers a free service in the Callan area that carries out minor home repair jobs or a free telephone contact service. Are you over 65 years old? Do you need simple DIY jobs done? Would you like someone to phone for the chat or to check in that everything is OK? If so, please call 056 77 55 660 Ext 1.


English conversational classes are available on Monday evenings in Droichead FRC, Callan from 6.30pm – 8pm. 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 55 66 0 Ext. 1.


Are you feeling stressed due to financial pressure or other life challenges. The support of a trained counsellor can be hugely beneficial during times of change or crisis. You can now avail of counselling (sliding fee scale available for those experiencing financial difficulties) in Droichead FRC. To arrange a confidential appointment please call 056 77 5560


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. All new members are very welcome.


Drop In Computer Support Centre is open every Tuesday from 2-4pm to allow people to access the computers in the Droichead FRC. €2 per session.


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


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


Carlow/Kilkenny E.T.B, 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


Callan Parent, Baby and Toddler group meet in Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan (The Meadow Room) every Wed (9.30am – 11.30pm). All parents, toddlers and babies are welcome to come for a cup of tea and a chat. €2 per session.


Results from 3rd October. 1st. Breda Cody and Kathleen Denny. Best gross. Kit Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Lanigan. 2nd. Catherine Hegarty and Alice Burke. 3rd. Stella Tennyson and Geacie Landy. 10th. Oct. 1st. Margaret O Shea and Breda Holohan. Best gross. Kit Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Lanigan. 2nd. Nellie Ryan and Nellie Tobin. 3rd. Nellie Lahart and Maura O Mahony


The monthly draw for Mount Carmel is now entering the second half of the year and if anyone would like to join for €10 please do so now by dropping into Mount Carmel or Elaine in the Post Office and any of our other promoters. Your support would be greatly appreciated. The results of the Sept draw are as follows. €200 Finlay Grace Coolalong, €100 Garren & Emmet Clarke Tullamaine, €100 Paddy Donovan Mill St, €30 each to Yvonne Young Abhainn Ri, Denis Byrne Castletobin, Jim Donovan The Meadows, James Butler c/o Sr Noirin, Rose & Mick Corcoran Scaugh, Tommy Quinlan Tullamaine, John O Shea Butlerswood, Sean Kennedy Moonarch, Declan Roche Friary Walk and Raymond Osbourne Coolagh. Next Draw is on 25th October


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


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.


The Mount Carmel golf classic at Callan Golf club last weekend proved a huge success with over 70 teams taking part in the event. Robert Woodcock put a huge amount of work into the event and has to be congratulated for making it a huge success. Mount Carmel is a wonderful facility for the elderly in out parish and surrounding parishs and need continuous fundraising. So well done to all and sponsors.

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