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LITERATURE Down Memory Lane: reading with Joe Kearney

Thursday 1st August | 9pm | The Big Wheel | Free The festival is delighted to welcome ‘back home’ the award winning Callan poet and documentary maker, writer and broadcaster Joe Kearney. Join us for an intimate reading in the homely setting of The Big Wheel. Many of Joe Kearney’s radio pieces and documentaries were influenced by his early life in Callan. His film on the life of the late fiddler Mickey Finn also from Callan, received an award at the New York Film Festival. The memory box

THEATRE KCAT’s Equinox Theatre presents

The Memory Box Wednesday 31st July, Thursday 1st August, Friday 2nd August, Saturday 3rd August | KCAT Art & Study Centre | 8pm | €12/8 | Suitable for ages 12+ KCAT’s Equinox Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Memory Box.

A dystopian world in which people who are different are feared, persecuted and hunted. Memory Box tells the terrifying tale of an extraordinary man who journeys to escape the regime of oppression shrouding the land, armed only with his memories. Equinox is a bold, beautiful, brilliant and brave ensemble. Artists with learning difficulties and disabilities work in collaboration with other professional theatre practitioners to create work that challenges and delights both its makers and its audience. “…raises the bar for our understanding of the word ensemble…Aristophanes would approve.” Irish Theatre Magazine (On (The Making of) The Frogs After Aristophanes, 2012)

Comedy Night Tuesday 30 July | Scruffy Duffy’s Bar and Restaurant | 9pm | Free An exciting new chapter of the festival is the premiere of a comedy night. The acts will include some of the regular performers of the Callan Variety Club as well as some fresh new faces. So come along, relax and laugh with some of the finest talent Callan has to offer. Punch & Gallagher present

A Practical Guide to Women Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd August | Old Co-Op | 9.30pm | €12/8 Co Written and performed by Damian Punch. Co Written and Directed by Donal Gallagher

A Practical Guide to Women is a darkly comic insight into the psyche of an uncommon Irish bachelor. A self help lecture for the tragically inept, it comes complete with impractical demonstrations. From first date to final fling, Michael McManus will selflessly share his knowledge and wisdom.

SPORT John Locke’s Bank Holiday Juvenile Tournament Sunday 4th August | 1pm parade, 2pm tournament | John Locke’s Park / Fair Green This annual festival of young hurlers (under 9’s and under 12’s) from all over the county is a highlight of Callan’s sporting year. See the future stars of the parish and county trying out their skills and displaying the enthusiasm that makes Kilkenny hurling legendary. A number of the present Kilkenny team have taken part in this tournament when they were young.

RELIGION Festival Mass - Festival of Priesthood

Fr. William Dalton, P.P. - Ruby Jubilarian; Fr. Jim O’ Halloran SVD - Golden Jubilarian. All are invited to special Mass and refreshments in Parish Hall afterwards.

PUB TRAIL Sunday 28th July: Rhythm & Roots | Grogan’s | 9pm Sunday 28th July: Trad Night | Old Charter House Sunday 28th July: Darts Tournament | Cosy Inn Monday 29th July: Castlecomer Minstrels | Keogh’s | 9pm Tuesday 30th July: Comedy Night | Scruffy Duffy’s | 9pm Wednesday 31st July | Pool Night | Mickey’s Bar | 9pm Thursday 1st August: Down Memory Lane: Reading with Joe Kearney | The Big Wheel | 8pm

Saturday 27th July | 6.30pm | Parish Church

Friday 2nd August: Trad Session | Hourigan’s | 9pm

Four priests celebrate jubilees of ordination: Fr. Philip O’Halloran MHM - Silver Jubiliarian; Fr. Jim Greene, White Fathers of Africa - Silver Jubilarian;

Saturday 3rd August: DJ Buns and Tony | Scruffy Duffy’s | 10pm Sunday 4th August | the Steppes Bar | DJ Twister | 9pm

Abhainn Rí Festival Programme 2013  

Welcome to Callan’s fourth annual Abhainn Rí Festival of Participation and Inclusion. Our eight-day programme is jam-packed with exciting e...

Abhainn Rí Festival Programme 2013  

Welcome to Callan’s fourth annual Abhainn Rí Festival of Participation and Inclusion. Our eight-day programme is jam-packed with exciting e...