Both Drishane and Kilcorney Feis Centenaries were celebrated in a very impressive and memorable manner during May 2009. Over the next few weeks visual records of the historic events will appear on www.millstreet.ie . The “Buίochas” DVD produced for the Drishane Centenary is truly excellent with some rare historic film footage, brilliant editing and production. The pageant which preceded the celebration of Mass at Green Glens on Saturday, 16th May was most memorable and gave a very creative insight into the history of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus. The symbolic features within the setting were so tastefully illustrated such as the symbols of the farm, the brush factory, the missions etc.
Dan Joe Kelleher of LTV was commissioned to record the two day Kilcorney Feis Centenary. This was important to have done this especially when one considers that the Feis was opened by a person of the very same name as had opened the Feis one hundred years before – Liam Ó Buachalla of Kilcorney. The special Mass on the Sunday night was also beautifully arranged remembering especially the history of the Feis. LTV2 covered both Centenary celebrations and will share the highlights later in the Autumn.
Our Faithful Departed
Over the past few weeks many good people have sadly gone to their Eternal Reward. The lives of many have been enriched by having known such people. We remember especially the following: Alice Fraser, Midleton (mother of Barry); Eileen Magee, Co. Down (mother of John Magee, Chaplain, Millstreet Community School); Dan O’Connell, Knocknagree (whose promotion of Sliabh Luachra traditional music is renowned); Jason Heelan, Cullen & Lombardstown; Donie Murphy, West End; Eileen O’Keeffe, Dooneen.
May they all rest in peace.
Carnegie Hall, Millstreet has been splendidly renovated and soon it will be reoccupied by Millstreet County Council, Teagasc, the Pipe Band and Millstreet Museum & Tourist Information Office. It will require quite a few weeks of preparation, resources and planning before the Museum reopens. We still have an accommodation issue for the permanent storage of our archives as only a fraction will be on display at any one time. The temporary storage facilities provided by the Duggan Family and our kind friends in Ballydesmond is very much appreciated but we now feel the various historic items should have a permanent home. Constructive suggestions are very welcome.
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We thank Maurice Walsh, Ickenham, England for a number of interesting documents as well as a recent copy of “The Universe” which outlined the Drishane Centenary. Thanks also to Gillian & Raymond Gilbourne, Killarney Road, Millstreet for an historic 1929 fire extinguisher.
Dan Joe Honoured
LTV’s Dan Joe Kelleher of Carriganima was recently honoured at the Carrig Mill Bar in Carriganima mark his 25 amazing years of local television broadcasting. LTV’s team made special presentations while Chris Barrett made a presentation on behalf of the many viewers. Music on this most pleasant of evenings was provided by the Barrett Family & Friends from Clondrohid.
LTV2 continues to record many events for transmission during the next season.
Held at the Canon O’Donovan Centre, Clara Road, Millstreet the monthly Gramophone Circle presentations have been taking place usually on the third Friday of every month at 8.15 p.m. . Once a year I have the honour of sharing my twenty or so musical favourites. This Friday, 19th June I attempt to present my selection for this year. All are very welcome. Admission is free and there is a chance to participate in a draw for a popular CD at the intermission.
* It was wonderful to witness the tenth anniversary of “Living Scenes” held recently in Galway when a busload of some forty people from Millstreet travelled to the hotel in Salthill to participate in the historic event originated by Mary Surlis and promoted here in Millstreet by John Magee and his dedicated team.
* St. Joseph’s Gardens complex beside St. Patrick’s Church is looking so well as the landscaping is now further enhancing the picturesque setting.
* TV3 are to be complimented for its excellent coverage of the recent Cork v. Kerry Football match in Killarney. Special mention was given to Millstreet Pipe Band and there was a pre-match profile on Donncha O’Connor who with Noel O’Leary recently officially opened Coleman’s New Shopping Complex in Minor Row. Donncha also as well as Aidan Walsh has been providing valuable coaching for Primary School children within the Millstreet region and beyond.
* To learn more about the current fund-raising activity for the new
* Building Project at Presentation N.S. there is a special webpage on www.millstreet.ie .
* Congrats. to the Duggan Family for the superb condition of the Drishane Estate witnessed by the hundreds of visitors who attended the recent Centenary … the linking pathway from the Cemetery to the Castle Grounds, the avenue roads, the Church, the tricolour flying on the castle, the majestic fountain in the French Garden … all looked so magnificent on that sunny Friday evening, 15th May 2009 – the exact 16th anniversary of Millstreet’s 1993 Eurovision!
* Wishing you all a wonderfully happy Summer during which we shall, D.V., have lots of great weather.
* Thought for reflection: “Hope is Faith holding out its hand in the dark!”