Sun shines on Callan clean-up

SUN SHINES ON BIG CLEAN UP- When the sun shines it is amazing the amount of work people can cut through in the outdoors and that’s exactly what happened last Friday and Saturday in Callan. We had experience a lot of cold and damp weather all week leading up to the big clean up of ‘Our Dirty old Town’ and there was a worry the weather would disrupt the good intentions.

SUN SHINES ON BIG CLEAN UP- When the sun shines it is amazing the amount of work people can cut through in the outdoors and that’s exactly what happened last Friday and Saturday in Callan. We had experience a lot of cold and damp weather all week leading up to the big clean up of ‘Our Dirty old Town’ and there was a worry the weather would disrupt the good intentions.

It all started on Friday morning at 6am when John Murphy’s team, Wayne Byrne and Tom started work in Bridge Street, washing down buildings and cleaning gutters. For any business person to give his time and resources in these tough times has to be admired, so well done John Murphy and his crew for an excellent contribution to the community.

Jimmy McCormack was the main organiser on Bridge Street for the weekend, making sure traffic ran smoothly cleaning down Powers shop fronts and making sure everything went well. By lunchtime Friday all the preparation work was done and then Jimmy and yours truly took to painting Powers shop front.

The cleaning of the By Pass has now become an annual event and this tradition continued Friday morning with the help of Frank McKenna and Joe Joe Brennan of Collaiste Ris as well as the transition year students and only one other volunteer, Cathriona from AIB in Green Street We didn’t get the rubbish collected at the old halting site on Haggardsgreen, it has become a dumping ground for prams etc. It would take 2 or 3 people, 2 hours and a trailer to clean it up, so we challenge someone in the area to take it on as a project or possibly the County Council would do the clean up as it is their property and also secure the gateway also. Again we have to pay tribute to Collaiste Ris for their continued contribution to the community, they are always to the fore with different projects and Frank McKenna and his staff have to be highly commended.

Saturday morning saw John Burns and Mike Nolan along with Denis Lacey and Fiona Tyrell and baby Conor came also to tackle the grotto, it wasn’t long before it started to take shape. In the afternoon things really took shape at the grotto when Nicola Vaughan, Sean and family, Eamonn and Kevin Burns and Dom Griffin made a real impact, with the help of Gary Byrne and some new coloured plants. With the grotto back to its old self again we need to keep it that way, so the next challenge is to find someone that is going to do just that! Saturday we went about painting the town with Donal Quigley and Jim McCormack working on Powers shop and Richie Doheny and his team painting further down the street. Then Carmel Rose and her fantastic team of 6 volunteers arrived to take on their project, painting the Eircom building on the Fair Green. Bernie McCauley and Company then went about painting an inspiring mural on that same building which will certainly complement the nearby playground. Callan Street artists are to display their talent on the building site beside the Cross Cafe in the coming days.

There was tremendous support from the businesses in Bridge Street for the event with Johnny Butler and Ray Hackett donating refreshments free of charge all weekend. There were welcome financial donations from Paddy Hennessy of Hennessy’s garage and also from the Power Family.Supervalu also provided a substantial financial donation to the clean up as did Callan Co-op and also AIB on Green Street. Sinead Kelly in Advent Graphics on Green Street printed the posters advertising the event free of charge. We also had support from Ursula and Tommy in the Charter House and John Guiry on Green Street. Thanks must go to Pat Murphy of Molloys Funeral Home for sponsoring all the “Welcome to Callan” signs to be rolled out over the coming years and of course not forgetting Seamus Kelly stone mason, for all his support to date. Thanks also to Joe O Brien of Kilkenny County council for his efforts over the weekend and David Gertberg for collecting the bags of rubbish on Friday on behalf of the County Council. Thanks to Bernadette Maloney, Environmental officer for the bags, the gloves, vests and pickers. If you feel inspired by what went on last weekend or want to get involved contact Mike on 087 9484376 OR ON EMAIL

WHERE WERE THE COUNCILLORS- It still didn’t go unnoticed that none of the four County Councillors that represent the Callan Electoral area made an appearance to help in some way with the work. Gentlemen remember Callan town is the fastest growing in the County and you will be calling for the vote again in time to come.

LOCKES SLIP UP- Oh Gosh it was certainly one that got away on the Lockes and certainly there will be many regrets at not killing this game off in the first half. The John Lockes Intermediate team came up short in the second game of the League on Sunday night at a very cold Ballyhale, when they were defeated by Rower Inistioge 1-12 to 0-11. Certainly the Wexford boarder club have the ‘Indian sign’ on the Lockes as they haven’t beaten them for a good few years. The Lockes were the far superior side in the first half and the performance of Owen McGrath, Jason Corcoran and the younger of the three Jack McDowell was amazing.Up front Ger Shelly was running at the Rower defence and causing huge problems, but their dominance was not reflected on the scoreboard when they only lead 0-09 to 0-07. Things looked good when the Lockes got an early point from play, but that was to be their last score for nearly 25 minutes as the Rower started to grind out their win. The turning point was the goal which helped to drive on the Southern men and they would never looked back. The Lockes lads had put so much effort in the first half, it was inevitable they would tire and that was the difference. But these are young lads and they will learn from this defeat and hopefully if they get to meet the Rower later in the year they will reverse the result. The Lockes now really go into the ‘Lions Den’ next Saturday night at Bennettsbridge when they face Clara. The game begins at 7pm.

JUVENILE HURLING- The minor hurlers defeated Galmoy/Windgap to stay top of league heading into break for exams, they have 2 more games against Danesfort and Lisdowney which won’t be played until July. Best of Luck to all players who are sitting their exams. The minor panel is Nicky Roche, Keith Roche, Eoin Kennedy, Jack Butler, Keith Fitzpatrick, Ruairi Kennedy, Bill MacDowell, Mark Shelly, Adam Phelan, Mark Morris, Jack MacDowell, James Mackin, Conor Quinlan, Jimmy Lynch, Matthew Bergin, Josh Haines Bryan, Robbie Hennessy, Ryan Bergin, Tony Power, Billy Bergin.

John Lockes Juvenile Club is looking to collect all sporting gear for example Hurleys, Helmets, Shorts , Socks, Boots and any type of soccer or GAA jersey that are in good order and may be used again. This gear may be left with any member of the John Lockes club.

DROICHEAD CENTRE- Local League for Older Adults: Men from Callan and the surrounding area are invited to Droichead Family Resource Centre on Friday mornings at 10.30am with the hope of establishing a group to participate in an Older Adults Local League. Competitions will suit all levels and abilities, and activities include Bowling, Camán Abu and Speed Stacks. All welcome to try it out. For more information Brid on 056 77 555 19 Ext 1 Absolute Beginners Computer Course: This course will begin on Thursday, May 24th from 7.30pm- 9.30pm and will run for 3 Thursday evenings. This course is part funded. The 3 classes will cost €6. Please pay €6 at Droichead Family Resource Centre reception in advance to book your place. Droichead photography group meet fortnightly, every second Wednesday morning in Droichead Family Resource Centre at 10am. This group is open to all people interested in learning the basics on photography. The cost will be €2 per session. A group training exercise class will be held on Wednesdays from 8pm – 9pm in Droichead Family Resource Centre. The cost will be €5 per session. The aim of the class will help to loose weight, tone up and get fit for the Summer. To book a place call Claire on 085 1449120

PLANT SALE- With the cold and wet spring finally giving way to some fine and warmer weather, the time has come for brightening up the garden with summer bedding plants, replacing a few tired shrubs, and bringing in some interesting new perennials. So it must be time for the Camphill Communities’ Annual Plant Sale, being held this year on Sunday, May 20th, 12 noon to 4pm in the Mill Lane car park at the Abbey Meadow. All donations of plants and cakes will be very welcome on the day.

CALLAN GOLF CLUB LOTTERY RESULTS- winning numbers 7/28/31, Lucky dip winners€30. 1 Anthony Martin,2 Betty Brennan, 3 Lily Proctor Seller Tom Donovan and John Butler(Shop) Next weeks jackpot €3150.

DOG SHOW- As well as a field day a special dog show will be held in conjunction with the Scoil McAuley Ris fun day on Sunday 27th May, so bring along your pooches and enter for the fun and who knows you could win a prize.

FUNDRAISER- Local lad Luke Brabazon will take on the huge task of being one of the climbers of Kilimanjaro on the 18th June. Luke is doing this to raise funds for the L’arche community of which his mom Mairead and dad Peter are so involved in. To help with his fundraising a night of music will be held at the Steppes bar next Saturday night 18th May. Music will be provided by ‘The Deadly Sinners’ which consists of Peter Brabazon, Mick Ramsbottom, Paddy Fitzpatrick as well as many more. Please support this worthy cause which starts at 9pm.