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A.S.I. KILKENNY - The day care centre in Kilkenny for people with Alzheimer’s/ Dementia is open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm every week in 1 Fr. Walsh Close, Cootes Lane. Activities and entertainment for attendees include bingo, cards, music, art, reflexology, singing and reminiscing.For more information contact Ruth on 056-7771230.

A.S.I. KILKENNY - The day care centre in Kilkenny for people with Alzheimer’s/ Dementia is open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm every week in 1 Fr. Walsh Close, Cootes Lane. Activities and entertainment for attendees include bingo, cards, music, art, reflexology, singing and reminiscing.For more information contact Ruth on 056-7771230.

CHARITY CD LAUNCH - Henry Shefflin, along with Liam McCarthy, extend an invitation to you to the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny on Thursday, 22 November at 8 pm for the launch of “The Spirit of Christmas” CD in association with the Building of Hope Project. The CD was recorded by the children who attend the Likoni School for the Blind in Mombasa, Kenya. 183 volunteers from all over Ireland travelled to Mombasa in January and February 2012 and built a home for these blind children. Outside of Co. Clare, the largest number of volunteers came from the Kilkenny-Carlow area. The CD comprises of 8 Christmas Carols. The children put a great effort into the recording of the CD as they had to learn the words through Braille and in English. The CDs will be on sale on the night for €10 each and all proceeds will be used by the charity for the children’s medical, social and educational needs.  The Building of Hope charity was set up to build community facilities for some of the poorest areas in Africa and on the second project in 20120 the volunteers were invited to meet the beautiful children at the school for the blind. Hard men cried when they saw the conditions. Sleeping three to a bunk with no sheets, no running water for showers and no flush toilets, nothing to cook on but an open fire pit and classrooms where lumps of the ceiling regularly fell in. The volunteers decided there and then that they would return and build the children a new home. This became a reality in February 2012 when the home was officially opened. The sheer joy that the children displayed as they explored their new home was second to none. The charity is run completely on a voluntary basis - no one gets a wage. They need as many people as possible to support the sale of these CD’s and would really appreciate your help in putting the word out there. Come along and meet Henry and Liam and support a very worthy cause.

FORESTRY CO-OP - Attention all Forest owners Kilkenny Forestry a newly formed forestry producer group is holding an information meeting. The meeting is open to all forest owners to gain information on the work been done by Kilkenny Forestry and meet other forest owners in the county. Meeting being held in Droicheád Community Centre The Friary Complex, Callan, Co. Kilkenny at 7.30pm on Thursday, 22 November.
For further details contact Michael Fitzpatrick on 086-1966535

CHRISTMAS CARDS - The Christmas Card games of “25”s commence this Thursday, 22 November in Coolagh Hall, three miles from Callan on the Windgap road. Prizes of hams and hampers. All welcome.

BALLYCALLAN TEA PARTY - The next event coming up in Ballycallan Hall is on Friday, 30 November at 8:00pm - their Annual Tea Party. Everyone is welcome to come have a cup of tea and a treat and enjoy a sociable night in Ballycallan Community Centre. This night was a major success last year and was enjoyed by all. The night is run by the ladies who organise the funeral catering in the parish, a highly valued service. Following last year’s successful night, many new items were purchased for the hall, mainly new tables. This year it is hoped to raise enough to purchase much needed new chairs. Following the tea party on Thursday, 7 December at 8:00pm - Christmas Concert: after many years of absence from Ballycallan Community Centre the Christmas Variety Concert is to return. There is an abundance of talent in the parish and it would be a shame not to show this off to as many as possible. For anyone wishing to enter into the Variety concert please contact any of the committee members to do so.

SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY - Droicheád Family Resource Centre is hosting a Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Sunday, 9 December at 12.30pm in The Friary in Callan. Any 60 years of age or over, is very welcome to come and join in for a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. A great day is planned which will include music, dancing, raffle etc. For further information call on 056 77 55519 ext.1

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - The Resource centre in Callan are looking for volunteer musicians and set dancers to start an afternoon Tea Dance in The Friary, Callan for the older folk in and around Callan. Anyone who may be interested in helping out is welcome to call 056 7755519 ext. 1.

CARE DIRECT 24/7 - This is a company delivering Assistive Technology Services such as Telecare and Well Being Calls directly to the homes of individuals, older persons and the vulnerable throughout the island of Ireland. They are available to present their services to any group or organisation who feel they could benefit from this service. The presentation generally takes an hour and provides an insight into the application process, benefits to the individuals and their families. For further information please contact Sharon Foster, Clinical Director on 028 89531663 or email

RANGERS VS THOMASTOWN - Rangers made the trip to Thomastown last Sunday still in search of their first win in this year’s league. Thomastown had the first chance but Paddy Dalton cut out the dangers. From that goal kick joy for Ranger’s Shane Butler latched on to a long ball and dispatched his now customary goal to put the Rangers one up. Rangers held this lead until the last ten minutes of the first half when a Thomastown player strolled from midfield and took a shot. Ranger’s keeper got down to save it but in doing so diverted the ball back to a attacker to score from close range. This buoyed Thomastown and they launched another attack just before half time but their strong volley from the edge of the box was parried away to safety. Rangers again started brightly in the second half but their hard work was undone by another mistake by Ranger’s keeper spilling a tame shot to allow Thomastown to take the lead. Paddy Dalton also cleared another effort off the line. Pressure was been applied on from both sides and they had other chances to increase the lead. Before the end they did add a third. Rangers cannot take many positives from this game as once again individual mistakes cost them again. Team: M. Corrigan, P. Dalton, Podge, C. O’Grady, M. Hogan, G. Murphy, T. Ryan, D. Murphy, S. Butler, B. Hayes, J. Darmody. Subs: J. Gleeson, J.J. Corrigan, D. Carroll 

DISIBILITY INCLUSION TRAINING - An introduction to coaching people with disabilities will take place on Saturday, 8 December between 10am and 4pm at Scoíl Chormaic, Golden Road, Cashel. Those who should attend are Sports Coaches, Instructors, Sports Leaders, Parents, Volunteers and anyone interested or involved in the provision of Sport and Physical Activity for people with disabilities. The aim of the workshop (developed by the National Training and Education Working Group) is designed to give participants the ideas, knowledge and confidence to adapt their physical activity sessions to make them more accessible for people with disabilities. 
The workshop will include both theory and practical elements. On completion of the course all participants will receive a National Training & Education Working Group ‘Introduction to Coaching Award’ and a course resource pack. The course normally costs €35 but the Early Bird Booking (before noon on 23 November) is €25.

For further information or to book a place contact 067 43604 or 087 6845874

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