Millstreet Pipe Band Welcomes 2011 – Happy New Year to Everyone!

Upholding a wonderful tradition in welcoming the New Year here we meet some of the members of Millstreet Pipe Band who at 8.00 p.m. tonight gave a wonderful recital at the Square beside the very colourful Christmas Tree ... and no snow! We dedicate this uplifting image to people like Ted Barrett in Wales, to the McSweeney Family in Cobh and to All our wonderfully loyal Millstreet Website Visitors. A very Happy New Year to Everyone and may a very Bright 2011 bring much Happiness and Joy.

Preparing for New Year’s Day Sponsored Swim

Reminding us of the Annual Sponsored New Year's Day Swim at the Boeing in the River Blackwater setting - Eileen & the two Margarets.

Four energetic gentlemen have already completed the Sponsored Swim today – the final day of 2010 but on 01/01/’11 – assembling at 12.00 noon with the actual swim taking place at 12.30 p.m. – the large group of enthusiasts will [read more …] “Preparing for New Year’s Day Sponsored Swim”

The Man From Gortavehy

If you’re Irish and in Melbourne and live up the Preston way
Give a call on Johnny Tarrant it will help to make his day
And he’ll give you a huge welcome as he has a heart of gold
That great man from Gortavehy a few with two score years old.
He’s worked hard throughout Australia for fifteen long years or more
And he’s still the same John Tarrant as I knew in days of yore
He still speaks with Irish accent and he hasn’t changed one bit
And at heart he’s still a youngster with a mighty sense of wit.

[read more …] “The Man From Gortavehy”

Coursing Continues

The Second and last day of the Annual Coursing continues in the town Park in Millstreet. Left standing after the first day yesterday and in the final rounds today are:

Millridge Eoin, Cillowen Bandit, Big Man Down, Sound Pistol, Pay Me,Foundation Stone Gael, force Wind, Cousin Denny.

Boomting Lucy, Ballymac Rudi, Ducie Shore, Latest Action, Aghaburren Becky, Why Tanyardpenny, Cheryl, Smile Enough

Brazing Serpent, Shandrum Bar, Clon Allstar, Party Jay Cee, Tubbermartin Lad, Bluebird Boyo, Millbridge Eoin, Enjoythesunshine

Millstreet at Big Tom Experience in Ballinasloe – 27th Dec. 2010

Pictured with Big Tom McBride in Ballinasloe on Monday, 27th Dec. 2010 - Ita and William Fitzgerald from Cullen.

On Monday evening we travelled to the Shearwater Carlton Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway to attend a superb Concert/Dance presented by the renowned Big Tom McBride and the Mainliners Showband.    Ita and William Fitzgerald have long been wonderfully loyal fans of the Band and, like many other true followers, have attended Big Tom Dances at various venues throughout Ireland.    Undoubtedly, Big Tom is the undisputed King of Country & Western Music here in Ireland and in an interview we recorded for LTV2 almost two years ago, the great man recalled with joy appearing in the famous “Star” Ballroom in Millstreet in the Showband days.    We were also blessed to meet with [read more …] “Millstreet at Big Tom Experience in Ballinasloe – 27th Dec. 2010”

Water Shortages

Now that the ice has melted and the burst water pipes have exposing themselves by flooding all around them, water shortages have become an issue. Following problems in themany areas yesterday Cork County Council have released the following details for Millstreet:

While the situation is improving in many areas, there are still severe problems which are being worked on by council staff. Consumers are again asked to use water sparingly and property owners and key holders should check for leaks in unoccupied premises and shut off the water if necessary.
Reservoir level has recovered somewhat but are still low in Millstreet – further nightly interruptions can be expected. Laugt and Caherbarnagh reservoirs are empty and severe disruptions will continue today.

[read more …] “Water Shortages”

Seán Radley’s Amazing Images

The wonder of it only does seem to grow
Sean Radley’s amazing images of Millstreet in snow
Though hardly the place for to go to for to improve your suntan
It is thanks for the great pics to the talented man

Though the images on screen beautiful to behold
The very thought of it leaves me feeling cold
The harsh winds of Winter with the breath of chill
Blowing through the old Town in view of Clara Hill [read more …] “Seán Radley’s Amazing Images”

Bishop Bill Murphy Christmas Blessing

As we approach the end of 2010 Ireland is a dark place. Very many people are fearful, anxious, worried and very concerned about their jobs, their homes and their children’s future.

The message of Christmas is a message of hope but it must be painful even to hear or speak the word ‘hope’ for people who feel stressed, disillusioned and possibly on the verge of despair. For people in that situation hoping for better things must look like wishful thinking.

But we must not despair. We must not give up. We must not cease to hope. We cannot live without hope. [read more …] “Bishop Bill Murphy Christmas Blessing”

Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 26th Dec. 2010




26th DECEMBER, 2010

Fr. John Fitzgerald P.P.

Tel Nos. Millstreet  029-70043  / Mobile 087-7752948

Email:  <email>



10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, and for those for whom masses will be offered during the week:

RECENT DEATHS: Sr. Basil McAuliffe, Presentation Convent

Tralee & formerly Millstreet [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 26th Dec. 2010”

Christmas Midnight Mass in Millstreet

Placing the Infant Jesus in the Crib at Christmas Midnight Mass in St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet.

On this Christmas Day night we share images of Midnight Mass celebrated in Millstreet last night.   The Chief Celebrant was Fr. John Fitzgerald, P.P. who was joined by Fr. Paddy O’Byrne and Fr. James McSweeney.   Millstreet Choir enhanced the Christmas liturgy with their beautiful singing.    The special event was recorded by [read more …] “Christmas Midnight Mass in Millstreet”

Drishane Snow Photos

Someone has posted a number of very nice photos of the snow and ice scenery at Drishane Bridge on Flickr. Even a few photos of some well known locals walking on the Blackwater … which is not the safest of things to do at the best of times, but all the same they’re still with us thankfully :).

Still, some very nice photos in the set, especially the ones at dusk.

And Finally…”Tiger” the Cat is Ready to Enjoy Christmas!

For "Tiger" the cat who has become quite a website celebrity since appearing doing a "snow roll" behind Postman Supreme, John Twomey, we felt you might like an update!

As our picture shows he really likes his food and has even obliged us by giving a further “snow roll” – an exclusive for loyal visitors.     Such is his expertise in “snow rolls” that [read more …] “And Finally…”Tiger” the Cat is Ready to Enjoy Christmas!”

Recording for LTV2’s Christmas Programme

Brendan Murphy recording for LTV2's Christmas Programme. Thanks to Brendan we got to visit Keale Bridge, The Glebe Road, Drishane and the Boeing today. Lots of these scenes will feature on the LTV transmission on Christmas Day. Broadcast begins at 5.00 p.m. with a recording of tonight's Midnight Mass in Millstreet. Over the next few days we shall feature some of the magical images we captured today - truly fascinating scenes. All the Teams associated with our Local Website and with LTV2 Millstreet wish to extend Blessings and Good Wishes to All for a very Happy & Peaceful Christmas and may 2011 will be a very Bright and Joyful Year for Everyone.

The True Spirit of Christmas as Expressed by Gearóid & Niamh

What a wonderfully heartwarming meeting between Gearóid Moynihan and Niamh Kavanagh at Green Glens, Millstreet in September 2010! Surely the winning smiles of the year!

Niamh Kavanagh, Eurovision 1993 Winner, visited Millstreet in September 2010 to participate in a major Australian Television Documentary entitled “The Secret History of the Eurovision Song Contest” which is scheduled to be broadcast before Eurovision 2011 which occurs on 15th May (the exact date on which the Millstreet Eurovision took place in 1993).   During her brief visit – she stayed at [read more …] “The True Spirit of Christmas as Expressed by Gearóid & Niamh”

Preparing for Christmas on a Frosty Thursday, 23rd Dec. 2010

Dedicated members of the Altar Society - Sheila, Margaret M. and Margaret T. - prepare the exquisite Altar for Christmas at St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet on 23rd Dec. 2010.

Our “Snow Tour” of Millstreet on this Thursday could, in fact, be called our “Frost Tour” today such was the picturesque effect of the overnight frost on the the trees and bushes.   We take you close to the Finnow River on Clara Road and into the busy town.    People doing their very best to complete their Christmas shopping in daytime temperatures which did not rise above minus 4 degrees throughout the day.  In the Church we note the preparation of [read more …] “Preparing for Christmas on a Frosty Thursday, 23rd Dec. 2010”

Joe Lynam, Showjumping Commentator, Passes Away

The death has taken place in Dublin of Joe Lynam. Joe was 73 and worked for RTÉ as a showjumping reporter in the early 1980s.

He frequently covered events in Millstreet (especially in the 1980s)  and the RDS for Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio One with Jimmy Magee.

He knew many figures in the showjumping community and was very close to RTÉ’s Darragh and Eddie Mackin.

We thank Jerry Kelleher for sharing the RTÉ link with us :

Methodist Christmas Message

Unfortunately, due to the icy conditions, our Carol service had to be cancelled on the 19th December. However the Methodist community in Millstreet would like to wish everyone in Millstreet a very Happy Christmas.

Just after Christmas Rev. Laurence Graham, the Methodist minister in Killarney who also oversees the work in Millstreet, will lead a team of seventeen people to Haiti for almost three weeks. They will join with sisters and brothers from the Methodist Church in Haiti to work on a building project. Some medical personnel on the team will be helping at three different Church based medical clinics in rural areas. We also hope to run activities in a Church run orphanage which is next door to our building project. Please pray for the team, for safe travel and a productive visit.

Methodist meetings continue on the second and fourth Sundays of each month so for January that is the 9th and 23rd. We meet at 7.00 p. m. in the Canon O’Donovan Centre on Clara Road.

Important Services Provided Despite Snowy Weather

An Post's John Twomey enthusiastically carrying out his Postman's role at Mount Leader, Clara Road, Millstreet, despite the severe snowy conditions. We salute people like John who continue to provide such essential services in extreme weather conditions. Note the cat behind John which loves rolling in the snow!

Change in Programme Schedule on LTV2 this week

Programme No173  on LTV2 Millstreet is not going ahead this Thursday night as filming for
this programme did not take place due to the recent bad weather conditions.    In its place we go back to the archives and show Programme No. 45 filmed back in March 2006 from Murphy’s  Bar in Boherbue.    So tune in this Thursday night (Dec. 23)  at 10.00 p.m.  to see a great night of entertainment from Boherbue.   We apologise for this late change in our Programme Schedule.