The Season of Lent is over for another year and so is the Holy Season of Easter. Easter is seen by many, as being more important than Christmas itself, because it tells us that Christ actually rose from the dead. Here in Millstreet this year our Easter Sunday made history in a very special way. Our Annual Easter Commemoration Parade was held at mid day ending at the Monument in the Town Square,and for the first time in the history of the event a lady gave the oration, in the name of Cumann na mBan. The great Woman’s Army which played such a pivotal role in achieving freedom for our country. Retired secondary School teacher, Margaret Buckley, took to the podium and gave a passionate and unbiased account of the way that Ireland was won, and our New State formed.
In brilliant sunshine the crowd including many veterans,proudly wearing their medals, listened to her every word. Copies of her speech are available ,and it makes good reading, and I’m sure it will be available On Line. It should be, because it was groundbreaking , and gave women a sense of pride ,to be at long last recognised . History is often written by men, and can give a biased account of events. But now Margaret has opened up a brand new angle of the War of Independence that is well worth delving into. Thank you Margaret.
History was also made here in recent days when the lovely Julia Mary Murphy of Toorbonia celebrated her 105th Birthday at our Sheltered Housing Complex. Friends and neighbours as well as manager supreme Mary Feeley ,were there to celebrates with her , and heard her sing her favourite song, A Mother Love’s a Blessing. Davey Barrett and Mathew Broe also celebrated twenty years of happy residency atb the the same occasion.
And speaking of Birthdays this week let us wish the great Joanne O Riordan and very Happy Birthday on tomorrow Wed., Apr 24th.Congratulations all round. And to Eily herself – we wish a very Happy Birthday also whose wonderful birthday in her 80s is celebrated on Wed. 24th April and we sincerely thank Eily for her Weekly News.
Our Community Council will hold a very important meeting at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight, and all members are asked to attend. The Agenda will be based on their plans for vast extentions and improvements at the Youth Complex ,West End. Please support it well.
The drive to keep Millstreet clean & tidy goes on, and now that the drive is on to drastically reduce ,and maybe stop all spraying with weedkillers the task will take a different turn, but all in aid of helping to preserve the environment, and give the birds and the bees their own place in the natural world. Please help by keeping everyplace litter free.
Business people are finding the local BroadBand service much improved since a new supplier has been placed on Clara Mountain. This is a very welcome development and work is continuing in the area.
A public Talk on Depression,will be held at the Parish Centre on tomorrow night April 24. Guest speaker ,Author ,Ella B. To book a place contact 085 820 50 23.
Annual Mass at Kilcorney Grotto Tuesday May 7th. At 7.30. Anybody who would like to get involved in the ongoing upkeep of the Grotto at Kilcorney are asked to attend a meeting in Rathcoole School on Wed. May 1st .
Millstreet Parish Office will be closed until this Friday.
The Divine Mercy Novena , which was started on Good Friday continues every day at 3pm in our Parish Church ,or can be said at home. Finishing on Sunday next ,with prayers and devotions, including , reciting the Chaplet, confessions , a special sermon, and veneration of the Cross. All welcome to closing of this very powerful Novena.
The Holy Rosary will be said every evening in May at Tubrid Well starting at 8 and all are welcome.
Our Holy Week and Easter Church ceremonies were very well attended , and we would like to send our heartfelt thanks to the hardworking members of our Clergy, and to all those who helped in any way to make the Holy Season so meaningful.
Please continue to refer to our website for details of all that happens here in Millstreet. Our dedicated crew are fully committed to let the World know what a great place Millstreet is.
Tune in every Tuesday night on Cork Music Station to Seán Radley’s wonderful show on “Radio Treasures”. Always Different Always Great. 9.30 to 11pm.
Millstreet Gramophone Circle Meeting this Fri. Night , starting at 8.15 at the Canon O’ Donovan Centre. This week it’s Listeners Choice where people are invited to play from the CDs of their choice. All Welcome.
Here are the results of this week’s Lotto draw which was held at the Mal Paso Bar on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were,18,19,23,25 ,and the Jackpot was not won. E100 went to John & Martina Healy, c/o Michael Healy. Michael got E50 sellers prize. E50 went to John O Callaghan. Kilcorney. E20 each to Catherine Sheehan, Kilcorney, Ann Marie O Mahony, Inchileagh, John O Rahilly, c/o Tom Carroll, Alan Lucey, Kilkenney , Mrs. Reen, Rathmore,Jerry O Mahony, Inchaleagh, Mickie C. c/o Tom Carroll. Michael O Sullivan, Kilmeedy. Jackpot for next week E2.200 the draw at McCarthy’s Bar on Sunday night.
Agus sin a bhfuil a Chairde. Many thanks for joining me. Slán is Beannacht Dé libh go léir.