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Callan is one of the largest towns in County Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland. Situated 10 miles south of Kilkenny on the N76 road to Clonmel (and shortly to be bypassed by the route), it forms the border with Tipperary South and Kilkenny. Callan is the birth place of some famous people, namely Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Irish Christian Brothers, and James Hoban, who designed the White House in the United States. Perhaps its most famous inhabitant, however was Amhlaoibh Ó Súilleabháin (1780-1838), who was a schoolmaster and linen-draper in the town, and kept a diary in Irish between 1827-35. This recorded in great detail the life of the town, which he named 'Callain an Chlampair' or 'Callan of the Ructions'. At the time the town was one of the poorest in Ireland, and was notorious for its extreme poverty. Amhlaoibh's diary is considered one of the most detailed contemporary accounts of life in Ireland at the time from a native perspective. County Kilkenny (Contae Chill Chainnigh in Irish) is located in the south east of Ireland in the province of Leinster. ... Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh) is the county seat of County Kilkenny, Ireland, with a population (including environs) of 20,735. ... A typical Irish road sign in Mullingar, County Westmeath Ireland, both north and south of the border, has an extensive network of roads. ... Clonmel (Cluain Meala in Irish) is a medium-sized town situated in south County Tipperary, Ireland. ... The Tipperary South parliamentary constituency spans the southern half of the county in Munster, taking in Tipperary, Clonmel, Cashel and Cahir. ... Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice (born 1762, died 1844) was a Catholic missionary and educationalist who was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in October 1996. ... The Congregation of Christian Brothers is a world-wide community of religious brothers of the Catholic church, founded by Blessed Edmund Rice. ... James Hoban James Hoban (1762-1831) was born in Desart, near Callan County Kilkenny, Ireland. ... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. ...


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Callan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (221 words)
Callan is one of the largest towns in County Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland.
Situated 10 miles south of Kilkenny on the N76 road to Clonmel (and shortly to be bypassed by the route), it forms the border with Tipperary South and Kilkenny.
Callan is the birth place of some famous people, namely Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Irish Christian Brothers, and James Hoban, who designed the White House in the United States.
Nicholas Callan (910 words)
Callan was ordained a priest in 1823 and went to Rome to study at Sapienza University, obtaining a doctorate in divinity in 1826.
Callan’s invention of the induction coil was attributed to the German instrument-maker Heinrich Ruhmkorff (1803-1877).
Callan was largely forgotton by the wider world of science mainly because Maynooth was a theological university and science had a low status on the curriculum.
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