Greetings, dear Friends, from Millstreet as we share Regional Report No. 1282 on Tuesday 8th Sept. 2015.
Eily Buckley (for whom I’m presently deputising) is making great progress and is now thankfully back in her native Millstreet.
The recent very successful Millstreet International Horse Trials at the exquisite Drishane Estate and at Green Glens received some hugely uplifting comments in prestigious equestrian publications such as “The Irish Field”. Here’s a flavour of some of the international reaction:
“Just walked the cross-country. One of the most stunning I have ever seen.”
New Zealand Olympic gold medallist Blyth Tait.
“Mike Etherington-Smith has done an incredible job, the courses are inspiring.”
New Zealand chef d’equipe, Eric Duvander.
“The event has massive potential and the cross-country was hugely impressive.”
British international rider Nicky Roncoroni.
“This has gone above everything we imagined. It’s the most beautifully detailed cross-country course I have ever come across and it was so good to be able to work and jump the horses on all-weather surfaces.”
Jesse Campbell, New Zealand international rider.
Sharon Hunt, Olympic bronze medallist and assistant British Junior squad coach.
“If Carlsberg did eventing, it would probably be called Millstreet.”
Sarah Ennis, Irish international rider.
“The course is beautifully presented in the most stunning location. It’s the best I’ve ever seen and has championship written all over it.”
Nick Gauntlett, British international rider.
What wonderfully encouraging comments there!
Poet supreme, Francis Duggan has written a superb poem entitled “At the September Horse Fair” motivated by our recent coverage of the annual September Horse Fair in Millstreet on Sunday, 30th August 2015.
We thank Daniel Igigabel of Pommerit le Vicomte for very kindly updating us with some more excellent pictures on the recent visit of members of Millstreet Twinning Association to Brittany for the 30th Anniversary of our official twinning between our two communities. Merci beaucoup also to Yves and Josianne for the special Twinning Pen which is now on display in our local Museum.
AUTUMN CARD DRIVE: An enjoyable game of 45 is held every Tuesday night in the Canon O’Donovan Centre at 9.00p.m. The Coordinators look forward to seeing new members joining this Autumn.
And the official opening of the recently renovated Millstreet Museum will take place on Wednesday, 14th October 2015 at 7pm in the presence of Cllr. John Paul O’Shea, Mayor of Cork County. It will be Noel Buckley assisted by others who will officially cut the ribbon. And the very impressive Carnegie Hall Centenary Plaque will also be unveiled on the same occasion. It will be Nora Kelleher (nee O’Connor) of Minor Row who will perform the official unveiling as it was the O’Connor Family who originally were among the main motivators of establishing a Carnegie Hall in Millstreet in 1912. All are very welcome to these important historic occasions. A number of presentations will be made, some brief speeches delivered and a tour of the Museum given where some of its precious historic items will be highlighted.
Millstreet Tidy Towns Association will be looking out for the result of the National Tidy Towns Competition which is revealed in September. Sincere congratulations to the Association on the recent presentation of an Award in the Cork Co. Council Anti-litter Challenge 2015.
Friends of Mallow Hospital will hold their annual church gate collection in Millstreet on the weekend of 12th/ 13th September.
Millstreet Town Park , GAA & Youth Amenity Fund coordinates the weekly Local Lottery which this week (6th Sept.) had a Jackpot of €3,200.00. Winning numbers drawn at the Clara Inn Bar were: 8,9,25 and 31. The Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Donagh Tarrant with €50 going to Patsy Mac as the Seller of the €100 ticket. €50 went to Liam O’Connor c/o T. Tucker. €20 went to each of the following: Ellen & Donncha c/o Granny; O’Regan Family Crinaloo; Delia Murphy, Ballydaly; Muriel Cronin, 18 Altamont; Con O’Connor, Ballydaly; Anna Bola, 16 Altamont; Jerry & Dan O’Sullivan c/o McCarthy’s Bar; Billy & Lauren Leader c/o Mgt. @ Credit Union.
Next week’s Draw for €3,400.00 will be at The Wallis Arms Hotel.
Millstreet Gramophone Circle’s next presentation is on Friday, 18th September at 8.15pm – National Culture Night – The Presenter will be Con Kelleher, Cloghoulabeg.
A most enjoyable occasion to mark Matron Lena Kelleher’s recent retirement from St. Joseph’s Community Hospital, Millstreet was held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday, 4th September where the Music for the splendid Retirement Reception was provided by the Kelts.
Our thought for reflection this week: “A good motto, like a good chair, should not be too comfortable!”
Deputising for Eily Buckley, this is Seán Radley in Millstreet.