We have set up a artistic cafe making delicious locally sourced food for breakfast and lunch with visiting artists in the picturesque rural town of Callan. The part we have turned into an artistic cafe is downstairs and we live in the house upstairs :) There is a large outdoor courtyard with flower garden and outbuildings. A cosy vintage kitchen with wood stove and a sitting room with an open fire.
It is a quaint and pretty building in the centre of Callan town where we have kept the original charm, we have been slowly renovating it over the years and are ready for our next big step :) It used to be a pub and grocer and we have organised many community projects, gigs, recitals, sessions, parties and artists residencies over the years and want to establish it as a cultural and exciting hub for art and food and conversation in the community.
It is a very exciting project and we would love you to be part of it!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We are located on a quiet street in the centre of a rural Irish town. Callan is an interesting and vibrant town with restaurants, cafés and pubs as well as two caring communities L'arche and Camphill and many artistic endeavours, including KCAT, Tony O'Malley painters residency and Callan Workhouse Union.
There is a free English language class in our town community resource we can sign you up for if you are interested in improving your English and we will be happy to assist with building your vocabulary too :)
We have a film night every week where we invite some friends around to watch a film and share food and during your stay we can introduce you to artists, interesting people and other volunteers from the creative endeavours in the town. There will be opportunities to socialise with new friends.
We will be compiling our new menu while you will be staying and will be trying out traditional Irish recipes as well as visiting local farms and food producers so you will gain an insight into Irish cuisine and be a valuable taste tester for us from time to time :)
There is a strong community spirit in Callan and we will be preparing a St. Patricks Day float for the town in Kilkenny's parade, which will be a nice opportunity to meet other creative people too.
This is a great opportunity to experience life in a traditional Irish town with the added benefit of being involved the development of an exciting cultural and culinary community hub :)
There are many national heritage sites and monuments in Callan including our beautiful abbey meadow, St. Mary's church and the moate field.
There are lots of places for nice walks and cycles.
We need help with ongoing building and renovations.
We are looking for people with some building and carpentry experience and a good optimistic attitude. Carpentry (panelling, shelving and light building). We will be fixing up under counter shelving, panelling at least two walls, replacing a ceiling and general small improvements in the cafe space. We will also be roofing our courtyard cinema screen with galvanised sheeting, re-claying our outdoor clay oven and adding an arch of firebricks and working on developing a kitchen in one of our outbuildings! We are hoping to start renovation the old hay barn at the end of the courtyard into a performance and workshop space.
There will be paid work comprising of five hours per week in the coffee house and the other 20 hours will be spent helping with the ongoing renovations, painting, housework, assisting with artistic events, talks , screenings etc.
We love people who are passionate about organic produce and farm to table sustainable practices. There will still be ongoing renovations too, its a journey not a destination :)
We have a strong vision and need some help now realising the last step!
Callan is a lovely town of just over 2000 people with a vibrant artistic community and it is well serviced by public transport (bus) to see cities like Kilkenny, Cork or Dublin on the weekends.
We look forward to welcoming you to be part of this exciting project :)
This host offers accommodation and payment.
English, very basic French.
My sister Aoife and I live here with two sweet little dogs.
For you lovely volunteers we have a cosy room with two single beds, (or if you are a couple we have a cosy guest room with a double bed) so if you are travelling with a friend or don't mind sharing with a new friend it would be perfect!
There is no smoking in the house. You'll be furnished with bedside lamps and clean linen. Hot shower and clean towels provided and free unlimited WiFi.
We will provide breakfast supplies, eggs, porridge,fruit, bread. jam etc and cook a dinner each weekday evening, on the weekends, depending on your plans we can provide lunches or dinner. There is the facility to cook for yourselves if that suits better and we will do a weekly shop for groceries for us all.
It would be nice to take it in turns and try each others specialities :)
There are lots of activities to get involved with in the town, great walks and cycles, a local boxing club and racquet ball club and a gaa and soccer club as well as fitness classes. There will be some parade building and costume making volunteer workshops to get involved in too during your stay and a lovely community of international volunteers from Camphill and KCAT to make friends with and get pointers from too.
If you fancy going further afield it is a three minute walk from the bus stop to our place and there are regular services to and from Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny and Clonmel.
Bus Eireann and JJ Kavanagh are the bus companies that serve Callan.
There are also regular buses to Kilkenny (20mins journey)
Kilkenny is a beautiful city with many historic, cultural and social attractions, great pubs, art openings and exhibitions and concerts, we will let you know about any interesting upcoming events during your stay.
It is a two and a half hour bus journey to Callan from Dublin and it takes about two and a half hours to get to Cork from Callan by bus (perfectly situated for exploration!)
I will give you a set of bus timetables and answer any questions you have about where you want to explore during your stay.
We also have two good bicycles that can be borrowed for local cycling adventures!
The nearby towns and villages of Bennettsbridge, Stoneyford, Thomastown and Kells are very picturesque.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week