Eily’s Report – 29th October

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.

 This  week we welcome the repair work done by the County Council at the West End of the town. The crossing at the Church and car park have all been treated to a brand new surface . And what a difference it has made.  So smooth and so safe now,  we have to say a very sincere word of thanks to our County Council and to anybody who brought this welcome development to fruition.

 The dark evenings have crept up on us with the change of time at the weekend. And the touch of frost put manners on our lovely begonias and dahlias,  sending them back to bed until the Spring. I had waited with bated breath for my late flowering Crimson Dahlia to give me a blast of  late season colour and it strutted its stuff but for one night only before Jack Frost applied his wily ways. Aaah.

We take our place so much for granted and only wake up to the great place we live in, when a visitor comes and points things out to us. We know that we stand out for being a town with two Banks plus a Credit Union, a busy Post Office and a prize winning Railway Station, a Catholic Church, bordering on a Cathedral . Add to that an award winning Tidy Town, a Hotel, Super Markets, Fast Food outlets, great pubs, a Museum and the mighty Green Glens, plus lots of employment. I could go on and on.  But it’s only when some visitors come and we take them around and hear ourselves talking and telling them the story of Millstreet that we realise just how lucky we are. Few of these things are privately owned, so  they are there for us all. I had the pleasure of showing a couple of visitors from the US around Millstreet last week and their impression of the place gave me a real sense of pride. So let us all work together to keep Millstreet looking good. I read in a book lately of someone who complained that  she  had nothing  by way of money etc  and  she was told to take time, think for a while  and count all the things that she had that money cannot buy.

The three Polish ladies, Anna, Daria and Ella, who run our popular cafe in the West End,now called Cinnamon, hosted a highly successful coffee morning on Sunday in aid of the Children’s Playground Project. Everybody is asked to row in behind this badly needed facility in the Town Park. Donations can be given in to the Secretary at the Youth Complex or to a special account at the Credit Union.  All donations gratefully received.

Still with donating, well done to the Millstreet Vintage Club on presenting the proceeds of their most recent fundraiser in aid of Air Ambulance which amounted to a massive €15,312,15. Congratulations to all involved.

And  the work for good causes never stops. A gala event will be held at the Pub in Carriganima on this Saturday night November 2nd  when the proceeds of their annual Walk/Run /Jog Day will be divided  between Macroom and Millstreet  Community Hospitals. Starts at nine and all are welcome.

School Children of all ages enjoyed a Bank Holiday Disco both in Millstreet and at the Highland in Newmarket.  And its all systems go now as they get ready to go Trick or Treating on Thursday night.so stock up with goodies and small change and watch their little faces light up when they get their rewards after doing their party pieces. This is joy at its best, children grow up very fast, so grab it while its flying.

Soon it will be the start of November, the month of the Holy Souls. Thursday October 31st is the Feast of all Saints . There is no Morning Mass, Vigil Mass is at 7.30 pm and next Day Friday Nov 1st.  the feast of all Souls is a Holy Day of Obligation with church services as for Sunday. And the Faithful who visit a cemetery and pray there on the first and the eight of the month can gain a  Plenary Indulgence applicable to the Holy Souls.     Special masses for the dead whose names are on the November list  will be said throughout the month.

Mass for all those who died in Ballydaly and Millstreet in the past 12 months will be said on November 9th in MIllstreet Church.

Our graveyards will also be blessed on Sunday November 10th following the 11.30 Mass in Millstreet.

The next event coming up at the Green Glens will be the monster SelfBuild Exhibition on  Saturday/Sunday November 9/10. Always a great attraction. So make a note of the dates.

The Long nights are upon us and more than ever we will need  ways to pass them in the most pleasant way possible. So be on the look out for things  to do and enjoy, maybe join the Library, take up computer lessons, go dancing, play cards or find a singing group. Be part of the Church Choir. Reach out to someone, make a new friend, help someone to find a hobby. The list is endless  and good luck.

Listen in on line to Sean Radley’s program on Cork Music Station, every Tuesday night from 9.30 to 11. Its different every time and always good.

45 Drive at the Canon O’Donovan Centre every Tuesday night at 8.30. Knitting Club every Tuesday night from 7 to 9. Singing with Marie every Thursday night at the Parish Centre from 7.30 to 9. Men’s Shed on Tuesday night. Dancing in Aubane every Monday night. Dancing in Ballydaly on Wednesday nights. Cards in Ballydaly on Sunday nights. Newcomers welcome  all round.  Our Active Retired have a long list of things to see and do, New members welcome. The contact number is Mary 0870537172, if you’d like to join.

The Community Gym is open every morning  from  9.30 to 12.30 and it opens again in the evening at 5. Trained helper on duty at all times.

Here are the results of this weeks lotto draw which was held at Corkery’s Bar on Bank Holiday Monday night, numbers drawn were 3,12,13,27,and the Jackpot was not won.  €100 went to Tim Lyne,c/o Colemans. Colemans were the sellers and got €50 sellers prize, €50 went to Myra Sheahan, Tanyard Wood, €20 each to Catriona O Brien, Gneeveguilla, Aimee Morrissy c/o Corkery’s Bar, Erin McAuliffe,Altamount, David OBrien, PJ and Shane,Millstreet. Margaret Smith, c/o Margaret Bourke, Josey Burke, Lombardstown. Jackpot for next week €5,000, the draw at the Mal Paso Bar on Sunday night.

Agus sinn a bhfuil a chairde, slán is beannacht Dé libh go léir

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