Regional Report No. 1281 – Tuesday 1st September 2015

Greetings, dear Friends, from Millstreet as we share  Regional Report No. 1281 on Tuesday 1st Sept. 2015.  Full audio details of this week’s report may be accessed through the c103 website (  

Eily Buckley (for whom I’m presently deputising) is making great progress following her recent knee procedure.

Millstreet International Horse Trials last weekend – were totally magical at the exquisite Drishane Estate and at Green Glens.   Some really important personages from the Equestrian World were present and expressed their heartfelt enthusiasm at the splendour of the overall setting especially the magic of the Drishane Cross Country Course.    And also blessed with ideal weather conditions on Sunday, 30th August the annual September Horse Fair in Millstreet Town brought a large number of colourful standings while there appeared to be a decrease in the number of horses.

We thank Daniel Igigabel of Pommerit le Vicomte for very kindly updating us with some excellent pictures on the current visit of members of  Millstreet Twinning Association in Brittany for the 30th Anniversary of our official twinning between our two communities.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Millstreet Tidy Towns Association will be looking out for the result of the National Tidy Towns Competition which is revealed in September.   With the extra addition of some exquisite floral arrangements throughout the town put in place at the beginning of the Summer it is hopeful that this will have a significant effect emerging in an even more positive result for Millstreet this year.

A truly magnificent special event during National Heritage Week  took place at the weekend when the Barry Family Lackabawn Vintage hosted an Open Day with Industrial Design as the Theme at their exquisite setting in Lackabawn, Millstreet.   The proceeds were in aid of Millstreet Day Care Centre.  The newly renovated display is utterly outstanding and a tremendous credit to the amazing dedication of John & Anne in the collection of the hugely interesting historic gems over the years.   Their son Dan and his wife Ann have designed a Centre equalling any national or international historic display with delightful themed rooms including a kitchen, a bedroom, a forge, a garage, a piggery, a dairy complex to mention but some.   The official opening on Saturday 29th August in the presence of Millstreet Pipe Band was performed by John Barry after which Guests were treated to a wonderful barbeque, a guided tour and a mighty singing session.  On the Sunday in excess of 600 people arrived to view the awe-inspiring display.  The Hartigan Family field was kindly made available for the very necessary parking.   This Project deserves significant Government funding so that it could be opened on a permanent basis such is the importance and quality of the Lackabawn Vintage Centre.

The official opening of the newly equipped and refurbished Millstreet Community Council Gym near the entrance to Millstreet Town Park on Monday 31st August was an outstanding success.   Coordinator supreme of the new Centre – Denise Neenan – expressed her delight at the very impressive launch which was blessed by Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. and was jointly opened by Canon John, Denise, Noel Buckley and Deputy Áine Collins.   A full feature including opening hours and rates appears on the Millstreet website.

We wish the children and teachers a very happy and fulfilling School Year ahead.

Sincere Congratulations to Joanne O’Riordan on her recent highly prestigious World Award. Joanne with Family members and Friends look forward to the Award Ceremony in Japan in November.

Friends of Mallow Hospital will hold their annual church gate collection in Millstreet on the weekend of 12th/ 13th September.

Among the many mighty successes achieved in this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo we also extend sincere Congratulations to Daniel O’ Callaghan (Rathcoole) and Darren Kiely (Millstreet) members of the Crossfields Céilí Band Freemount who won the U18 title.

Millstreet Town Park , GAA & Youth Amenity Fund coordinates the  weekly Local Lottery which this week  had a Jackpot of €3,000.00.  Winning numbers drawn at McCarthy’s Bar, The Square were: 22, 9, 10 and 5.  The Jackpot was not won.   €100 went to Aoife c/o J. O’Mahony with €50 going to J. O’Mahony as the Seller of the €100 ticket.   €50 went to Gerard Golden, Kilmacrane.  €20 went to each of the following:  Michael Rohan, Priest Cross;  Maria Murphy c/o Alps;  Healy Family, Murphy’s Terrace;  Maura Cronin, Main Street;  J.P. O’Shea, Clondrohid;  Gerard Linehan c/o Sandpit House; Oisín Hickey, Kilmeedy;  Jerry O’Sullivan c/o McCarthy’s Bar.

Next week’s Draw for €3,200.00 will be at The Clara Inn.

One of our most recent displays at Millstreet Museum is a framed original page of “The Kerryman” of 7th December 1935 which features a superb description with photographs of the life of Thomas Kent who will be receiving a State Funeral in October on the centenary of his death.   Millstreet’s Eileen Noonan is married to Éamonn Walsh who is a grandnephew of the famous Irish hero. 


Carriganima 4 mile run/jog/walk Saturday 12th of September.
Registration: 2:30pm at The Pub.
Carriganima Race starts at 3:30pm.
10 euro adult, 5 euro u-18 and 20 euro for a family
All Proceeds in aid of Macroom and Millstreet Hospitals.

We thank Coordinator, Jimmy Murphy for these important details.

And at The Pub that night the wonderfully popular Pat Daly will be playing.


Boherbue’s Music Room resumes its programme after the Summer break on Thursday, 3rd September in the Pearse Memorial Hall – The Presenter will be Eithne O’Keeffe.


The recent very successful Friday Night Fever Event of the 70s and 80s in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation, will feature on our Millstreet website shortly in a series of very special images! 


Marking Matron Lena Kelleher’s recent retirement from St. Joseph’s Community Hospital, Millstreet a special Retirement Party is to be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday, 4th September beginning at 7pm.  Music is by the Kelt. 


Our thought for reflection this week:  “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to achieve it!”

Deputising for Eily Buckley,  this is Seán Radley for c103 in Millstreet.

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