The following email and map have been submitted to our website which we now share. Tap on the map to enlarge. (S.R.)
Ballinagree Wind Farm
Some of you might have heard “something” about the proposed development being referred to as The Ballinagree Wind Farm. Many people have heard nothing about it and those that have probably think that it has nothing to do with us as it is outside our area. However the perimeter of the windfarm comes to within ¾ of a mile of St. John’s Well and within a mile of The Kerryman’s Table. It also crosses the Millstreet / Rylane road at the car park –see map attached. The area highlighted in yellow is the proposed site and approximately 60% of this area is owned by Coillte.
This means that this development should be of serious concern to the people of Kilcorney, Aubane, Tullig and Millstreet and all surrounding areas.
These wind-turbines can be heard from in excess of a mile away on a calm or frosty day yet the developers can get planning permission to site them as close as 500 meters from a dwelling house – this is less than a third of a mile. This does not even begin to take into account the desecration of an area of great natural beauty or their detrimental effect on people with certain medical conditions.
Everyone needs to make themselves aware of what is planned and make an informed decision regarding whether or not they want this development to proceed in our area.
Details of an information evening / meeting will be posted at a later date.
On a broader level the Government is currently conducting a public consultation on the “Revised Wind Energy Development Guidelines” which will close on Wednesday Feb. 19th. 2020. This is an opportunity to have your say regarding Wind Energy and how it impacts on local communities. You can make your submissions by email to the following – <WEDGReview@housing.gov.ie>; or by writing to the following address:
WEDG Review Submissions,
Planning Policy and Legislation Section
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government,
This is an opportunity to have your say that will not present itself again and should not be missed.
From 6am next Monday the February 17th 2020, the Gardaí are rolling out new go safe speed van locations. Millstreet is now included in this and the road concerned is from The Square up to the top of Drishane Hill (see the map below). The reason it has been included seems to be that there has recently been one serious and two minor accidents on that stretch of road (R583). It’s not a big change because it has been for good reason a favourite spot for the Gardaí to check for speeding. The message now would seem to be that if people are consistently speeding and accidents are a problem on a road, the speed vans will arrive. It’s a good thing if it gets people to slow down.
[read more …] “Speeding Cameras are coming to Millstreet from next Monday!”
The Annual Johnny Hickey Memorial Spring Car Run organised by Millstreet Vintage Club will take place on Sunday March 8th next,Johnny was a founding Member and former Chairman of Millstreet Vintage Club and was a highly Respected Person both in the Club and beyond so its a pleasure for Millstreet Vintage Club to be holding the 2nd Johnny Hickey Run,a Nice Scenic Route has been laid on with Sign on at the Wallis Arms Hotel from 10.30 am and take off at 12 Noon,the Millstreet Pipe Band will lead off the Run from the Square in Millstreet and this will be very appropriate as Johnny was a very active and Enthusiastic Member of the Pipe Band,all Vintage/Classic Cars,Bikes,Vehicles very Welcome to join the Run,the Johnny Hickey Memorial Cup will also be up for grabs for Best Car on the day,for more details Call Bernard on 087 7924406, or Willie on 087 2229874.
During the years of the troubles the man in charge of the R.I.C. in Millstreet was Sergeant Patrick Mulcahy. Likely a decent man, it is interesting to read that the local IRA said that they never laid a hand on the local police, which says enough in itself (the same is not true for the black and tans / auxiliaries that were here). A father of seven children, three were born here in the barrack, and all grew up here.
A Tipperary man originally, he joined the RIC at the age of 20, giving his occupation as a groom. He served first in Kerry at Tarbert and Castleisland stations for seven years, until he married Johanna O’Callaghan of Droum in 1895. He was then transferred to Bantry where he spend time before being moved to Kilbrittain where he became first an acting sergeant in 1903, and then a full sergeant in 1905. Two years later he was moved to Millstreet where he was the Sergeant in Charge until the latter half of 1921 when he became a Head Constable.
When the force was disbanded in 1922, he went to live in Newbridge. He died in April 1938 at Kildare Infirmary, Athy. [read more …] “Patrick Mulcahy, Sergeant R.I.C. (Millstreet 1906-1921)”