Eily’s update – 8th December


Dia is Mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde .

The recent meeting organised by the community Council and the Gardai to set up a Text Alert system in Millstreet area was very well supported.

Superindendent Michael FitzGerald, Community Garda Johnnie Crowley, Sergeant Ian O Callaghan & Sergean. Paul Lynch, attended.

It was a wonderful occasion when our garda force came on board in a friendly and informative way to explain in detail the advantage it would be to have a text alert system in our area .An outline was given of the crimes that have been committed here in the past, and telling the public what to look out for.

There was time for questions and answers before people were given forms to sign. The meeting ended with some lovely refreshments which gave the members of the garda force  the opportunity to mingle with the crowd in a friendly and helpful way.

For those who missed the meeting , please know that members of the Community Council, can still help you to join.

Hurricane Desmond continues to  lash the Country as we speak.

Baoichas le Dia , it has done no serious damage in the greater Millstreet area. Having said that we were not without our challenges to remain safe. Work on the new bridge across the Blackwater at Dooneen had to stop and the work so far was put to the test to stand up to the ravishes of the mighty Blackwater.

The  tall Christmas  tree in the town Square remains intact, thanks to the good work that was done in placing it there.

The Bear in the Square is enjoying great acclaim because when the weather is fine, everybody wants to be pictured sitting at his feet, and pictures are sent to friends, all over the world.

Further trees and decorations were placed at our Chapel yard and out in Ballydaly in recent days. Again well done to our army of helpers.

In spite of the weather, the Cullen & District Friends of the Handicapped went ahead with their annual Mass and Christmas party on Saturday. And a fine crowd attended.

Aubane Community Centre annual Christmas Mass & Party this Friday night December 11th. Starting at 8 and all are welcome.


Fun Table Quiz at Moll Carthy’s Bridge on Saturday December 11th.

In aid of Alzheimers Society, starts  8, again all welcome.


The season of giving is fast approaching and many volunteers are out to help. The St Vincent  De Paul church gate collections will be held all over the country this weekend Dec.12/13.


In our town there is an appeal for non perishable foods in aid of Penny Dinners. Watch out for their boxes in various shops and business places. As well as food they need toiletries,ie.soaps etc.


Four of our fifth year students will be going as helpers to Lourdes

At Easter 2016  and they,will hold a fundraising, Bake Sale at the Parish Centre,on this Saturday night Dec.12th following the vigil Mass.



Here are the results of our Parish Lotto draw which was held at McCartys Bar on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were 3, 13, 20 30 and the jackpot was not won. €100 went to Margaret Murhpy, Meelin. The seller was Tommy Tucker and he €50 sellers prize, €50 went to Paddy O Donovan, Sandpit House, €20 each went to Mary Manning c/o Alps. Kathleen Twomey,Carriginma,. Patsy Mac. MountLeader, Padraig Pearse Railway Bar, Michelle O Sullivan, Kilmeedy, C.Lehane c/o Michelle Whelan, Wm OLeary Cloghoulabeg.and Mary O Callaghan ,Rathcoole. Jackpot for next week €6,000 the draw at the ClaraInn on Sunday night.


Don’t forget to pick up your ticket for the little Women’s Annual Christmas Party, which will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Jan.8, 2016. Tickets at €25, will be on sale at the Parish Centre on Satuday night next following the Vigil Mass.

Meal will include punch reception, Turkey/Ham plus dessert and tea/coffee. Music by the popular Back on Track.


Well done (again) to our poet supreme Francie Duggan with his latest composition. But this time with a difference. Francie has thrilled us over the years with his words ,always so aptly put, about so many of our people who have passed away. This time I loved his words relating to his departure from his native Claracleagh, 29 years ago. Touching words that evoked so many memories. Thank You, Francie.


And I’d like to send special Christmas greeting to a Polish Man  whose name is Magic and his lovely wife Anna. Magic worked locally for a building firm for many years and he was delighted every year to be asked to help with the putting up of the Christmas tree in the town Square. On leaving he said that he would come back every year  to put up our Christmas tree. But alas conditions at home did not allow him .But we’d like to send our best wishes to this lovely couple and their little boy Simon. And hope that this year, Magic can put up the Christmas tree in his own town square, in Poland.


Please shop at home this Christmas.and help our shops and services to remain in business.

Our shops and stores are full of gift ideas and vouchers can be bought for such items as heating oil, coal, petrol, hair do s, beauty treatments and a host of others. Signed

Mass cards can be got from our Parish Office or from Fr. Paddy OByrne.

Tune to local tv every week for hours of entertainment, on Sunday evenings from 5.30,Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 and  Thursday nights, on Annalogue 30/35 or  world wide at any time  on UTube. Tune to UTube  this week to Program to Program 270 for coverage of the putting up of the Christmas lights and lots more.


Programs coming up  on TV include Mass said by Fr.Manning, Newmarket Area Dec13 th at 5.30 and on Dec.20th Mass from Humphray Healys newly refurbished pub in Kilcorney at 5.30.


We wish our own Ann Marie O Riordan every success with the Sale of her recent 3track CD .Proceeds to Cancer Research in memory of her beloved Grandad who died of the disease. CD is on sale in all the local shops.


From now till Christmas the Divine Mercy Novena continues in MillstreetChurch every Sunday at 3pm. and all are welcome .

Confessions  every Saturday from 12.30 to 1.


Exposition of the Blessed Eucharist every Thursday in Cullen and in Millstreet on Tuesday & Wednesdays, Please go along for a few minutes or put your name down to do an hour at a given time each week. Contact the Parish Office for details.




A note from Brid Cranitch to say that they have a concert given by Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch, Conal Ó Gráda, Geraldine O’Callaghan  at  Ionad Cultúrtha ,026 45733

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