And this week I have to ask all of Millstreet to take a bow. And I beg the question what other town the size of Millstreet in any part of Europe and indeed perhaps the whole world could boast the hosting a European event such as we have seen here for the past week. Up to thirty countries from as far away as Russia took up residence with us mixed with our people . They bought their food from our shops & stores and I must say that our shops and stores did us proud. There was widespread praise for our food. The bread the meats the fish and so on and so on. As many of the visitors lived in their own luxurious wagons they did their own cooking which gave us a great opportunity to let them know just how good our food is.
Thanks to the efforts of all of our voluntary groups the town looked amazing. Not forgetting our brilliant Pipe Band who are there to grace all our happenings.
It was a week of thrills & spills at the Green Glens and as every competitor represented their own individual country, the pressure was down to the board. And bear in mind that these were mere children aged 13, 18 or 21, riding full grown horses .
13year Vickey Schmidt, taking Gold for her homeland, Germany,as an example,at the end of a nailbiting final.
At the end of their highly successful stay the thirty countries again thundered out of town – leaving Millstreet much wealthier and with every reason to be proud.
It was all made possible by our World Class venue – the Green Glens Complex.
Next up will be the Annual Millstreet International Horse Show which starts at the Green Glens on Tuesday next August 9th -14th.
As always there is great demand for accommodation and I have a note here to say that somebody is looking for a house to rent for the full week of the show. Non-drinker, bed & shower the most important requirement. Contact at 086 3163285 if you can help.
A Garden fete will be held at Drishane on August 20th. It’s being organised by the residents who want to raise money to pay for their children’s books for the coming year. Items for sale on the day will include the work of many of the people themselves giving us a selection of crafts and foods from many countries.
The members of the Church of the Living God invited everyone to join them for Gospel Singing and on their return visit to our ECentre at the Weekend.
The August issue of Duhallow Today is in our shops. Pick up your free copy and bring it to people who may not be aware of it. It is full, of news and jokes, and competitions and advise on how to stay healthy.. It’s a must.
There’s a note from our Canon FitzGerald to say that they are making the list for 2017 Booking of Masses for the coming year are now being taken. Contact the parish office 029 70043.
We are into the first weeks of August and many people will be on holiday. Please take good care on the roads . Be on the look out for holidaymakers from other countries who may not be familiar with our roads. Above all – slow down .
The church gate collection this weekend 6/7, is in aid of our Museum & Tourist Information Centre. Please support it well. This collection is the only means of paying for insurance, heat, lighting etc. for the year and our Museum is one of our most important assets. A focal point for many of the people who pass through our town the whole year round. Thanks to Seán Radley and his helpers. The Museum also finances the running costs of our Millstreet Website www.millstreet.ie – So your kind support also helps to fund this important community service.
The outdoor gym equipment in our TownPark continues to grown in popularity. With people of all ages using them on a regular basis as they enjoy their walk.
Here are the result of this week’s Parish Lotto Draw which was held at the Bush Bar on Bank Holiday Monday night. Numbers drawn were:
12, 21, 24 ,28 and the Jackpot was not won.
€100 went to Tommy & Chris, c/o Tom Carroll, the seller was Tom and he got €50 sellers prize. €50 went to Eansie Twomey, The Bridge, €20 each went to Con & Ber. Donnelly, Cullen , Eileen Enright,Station Rd. Catherine Riordan, Dernagree, Kitty Cooney, Rathcoole, Peggy Twomey, Cullen, Noreen O’ Connor, Lackabawn. Eamon Guerin, Lombardstown. & Gobnait McSweeney, Carriginma. Jackpot for next week €4.000. The draw at Corkery Bar on Sunday night.
Popular Scottish singer Johnnie Bremner makes a return visit to the Pub in Carriginma on this Saturday Aug 6th.
And their annual fundraiser for Millstreet and MacroomHospitals comprising of 4K walk is also coming up soon.
And keep in touch with the CountryPark. Look up their website for details of their ever changing Program or ring them at 02970810.
Jack Lane will unveil a plaque to the Bard at Mushera on Sunday August 14th.
Eucharistic Adoration continues this week at the usual times. On Tuesday & Wednesday in Millstreet starting after ten am Mass until 10.30 pm and in Cullen on Thursday from 10am to 7pm. Confessions in Millstreet Church every Saturday from 12.30 to 1pm.
In closing I want to extend a warm welcome to all those who may be visiting our area at the moment and we hope they enjoy their stay. There are many Notice boards in the town giving full information on what to see and do and stay while you are in Millstreet.
Agus sinn a bhfuil a chairde, this is Eily buckley saying many thanks for joining me agus slán is Beannacht Dé libh go léir.