Regional Report No. 1217 – Tuesday, 13th May 2014

Weekly Regional Report No. 1217

Tuesday, 13th May  2014

Presenter: Seán Radley (deputising for Eily Buckley)

The following is the extended script of the c103 Regional Report broadcast this morning on Patricia Messenger’s “Cork Today” weekday local radio programme. The transmission is repeated after midnight.

Good morning to you Patricia and welcome, dear Listeners, to Millstreet on this bright and fresh summer morning,  the 13th May 2014 which is exactly two days short of the 21st anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 which was broadcast worldwide from the Green Glens Arena here in Millstreet.    This is Regional Report No. 1217.  And firstly we extend sincere sympathy to the Corkery Family and to Eily Buckley whose brother Denis Corkery of Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford and formerly of Liscahane, recently went to his Eternal Reward.   Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.   Eily will be back reporting here on c103 as usual next week.

And today we greet the inspiring Julia at 100 years young, we hear about gramophone sounds celebrating the Bealtaine Festival and there’s more- much more!

As we know last week was Eurovision Week 2014 and by sheer coincidence I happened to meet the one and only Niamh Kavanagh in Dublin as I made my way as one of two Cork North West representatives to the European MS Convention in Dublin’s Gibson Hotel.  Niamh extended her heartfelt greetings to All as she recalled the golden moment when she won the highly prestigious Eurovision Song Contest on 15th May 1993 in Millstreet.

A very special Millstreet Gramophone Circle meeting takes place on this Friday, 16th May at 8.15p.m in the Canon O’Donovan Day Care Centre on Clara Road.  This is in fact one of the many superb events in the month-long IRD Duhallow-coordinated Bealtaine Festival programme.   As well as experiencing this month’s Presenter’s musical choice the audience is invited to share gems from their own musical treasures making it a truly interactive night.   We shall also be including a special feature on a recent John McCormack box-set launch.  Everyone is very welcome.

An important note for the diary – Cloghoula N.S. Pattern Day will take place in the School Grounds on Sunday, 18th May commencing at 1.00pm .   This is always such a fun day for all the family.  Features include races, football blitz, sports, bouncing castle, cake sale and numerous splendidly creative side-shows.   A royal welcome is assured.

Millstreet Pitch & Putt A.G.M. will take place on this Friday, 16th May 2014 at 8pm in Millstreet G.A.A. Community Hall.

How truly inspiring it was to witness the marvellous Julia Murphy of Gortavehy, Millstreet singing and even dancing at two recent grand receptions celebrating her 100th Birthday.   It was Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P., Millstreet who presented the substantial and very important President’s cheque to Julia in her wonderfully welcoming home at Gortavehy in the presence of her son, Donie and also Winnie O’Connor both of whom had organised a mighty celebration in tribute to the much loved Julia.   And, amazingly, without glasses,  Julia read President Higgins’s uplifting letter.  Then followed a magnificent reception at the Dromhall Hotel in Killarney with excellent music being supplied by the very talented Murphy Sisters of Glenflesk.   A few days later the wonderful Julia officially opened the very impressive new Clara Garden at Millstreet Day Care Centre where the Staff and Residents organised a glorious reception which included the music of Jerry Horan and the Linehan Brothers.   Two most memorable days for the ever popular Julia whose recipe for long life includes hard work and an optimistic spirit.   All of these happy occasions may be viewed on our website and there is also a special feature scheduled to appear in this week’s “Corkman”.   Julia Murphy of Gortavehy, Millstreet – A very Happy Birthday from everyone at home and abroad.

The LTV local television season has now ended.   One can still view online the 21 LTV2 programmes of the past season on the Millstreet website.   Just type into the websites search engine LTV2 to access the many programmes.  Sincere thanks to all who coordinated, supported and viewed the programmes.

On c103 in Jimmy Reidy’s long established and very popular series “Round the Fireside” the second programme which will focus on the current Bealtaine Festival, is scheduled to be broadcast on this Monday, 19th May at its usual time of 9.50pm.

On John Green’s excellent c103 series “Where the Road Takes Me” on last Sunday evening we were treated to a superb interview with renowned and very popular poet, Bernard O’Donoghue of Cullen and Oxford.

At Newmarket’s IRD Duhallow Headquarters last night within a specially constructed and very impressive marquee hundreds of people from Cork, Kerry and further afield attended a most important meeting regarding the future development of the Duhallow Region.  MC, Frank Lewis, broadcaster supreme, introduced a panel of excellent speakers followed later by a wide range of interesting responses from the audience.   One of the largest and most representative gatherings of people ever to assemble at the James O’Keeffe Institute were treated to wonderful refreshments following the all-important meeting which will receive comprehensive “Corkman” coverage this week.

Noreen, Pat, Patsy and Kathleen of Millstreet Tidy Towns Association began planting the many decorative tubs throughout Millstreet Town on Monday morning….despite the rainy conditions! Considering that we shall be hosting the European Juggling Convention and the European Pony Championships this Summer it’s important that the town will be in full colourful bloom for those exciting events.

The Local Lotto took place at Tarrant’s Bridge Bar on Sunday night.   With the winning numbers 5,11,21 and 24 – the mighty jackpot of €10,200.00 was not won….so next Sunday it will have reached €10,400.00 when the Lotto event will take place in The Bush Bar, West End.   And so to this week’s results:

The first prize of €100.00 went to Mary O’Connor, Coolikerane with the Seller’s prize of €50.00 going to Margaret Bourke c/o Millstreet Credit Union.

The second prize of €50.00 went to Nicole O’Connor, Cappamore.

The following received €20.00 each:  Nora Scannell, Clara Road; Pat Corkery, Coomlogane; Nuala O’Connor, Cloghoula; Chris Hickey, Mount Leader; Sharon Lane, Drishane Road; GKM&S c/o Colemans; Sheila Dobbins c/o Alps and The Daly Family, Mount Leader, Millstreet.

Such a very special day for many children on this Saturday when the First Holy Communion ceremony will take place at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet at 11.00 a.m..

And finally – our Thought for Reflection:  “The time is always right to do what is right!”

Deputising for Eily Buckley – for c103,  this is Seán Radley in Millstreet.   Happy listening…is rath Dé oraibh go léir.   And back now to your good self, Patricia.

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