Millstreet Astro Turf Pitch to Reopen on Monday 13th July 2020

While many people may feel that once the very impressive Astro Turf was put in place a few short years ago it would not need much maintenance.   But when recently speaking with Mary Collins of Millstreet Community Council (MCC) with special responsibility for the operation of the Astro Turf she indicated that nothing is maintenance-free and Mary shared the following important points:  1.  The Pitch has to be decompacted on a regular basis with some 8 tons of rubber recently spead to refresh the spring on the Pitch which over time can become flat and could lose its very significant spring.   2.  It has to be brushed twice a year to maintain the springy feel of the Pitch. 

Following the easing of C0VID-19 Restrictions the newly refreshed Astro Turf Pitch will reopen this coming Monday evening, 13th July 2020.   Presently, it’s Monday to Friday only.   Below we share images of the very recent renewal work in progress with the Pitch now looking superb.  Sincere thanks to Mary Collins for sharing such vital information and special thanks also to Margaret Bourke of MCC for alerting me to the work in progress which we recorded as illustrated below. (S.R.)

Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service is available for anyone who needs it. All food is prepared in Millstreet Day Centre & we operate the service 5 days a week. You can order a hot dinner for as many days as you like, delivered to your door from Mon-Fri for just €6 a day for the main meal & €2 for dessert.

 A variety of meals are served throughout the week and the staff will endeavour to facilitate individual tastes when preparing meals. Please see our menu for next week below.

 If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels Service over the coming weeks please contact the kitchen on (029) 30998 or the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or email <email>

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Wonderful Graduation Event at Millstreet Presentation N.S.

Held recently in the School Yard of Millstreet Presentation N.S. observing social distancing a most impressive Graduation Ceremony took place where seventeen Students graduated from 6th Class before beginning Post-Primary Education after the Summer holidays.  A number of speeches were delivered by the Principal, Deputy Principal, Class Teacher and Chairman of the Board of Management.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)  A feature is scheduled to appear on this Thursday’s “Corkman”.

Present at the recent Graduation of the Class of 2020 at Presentation N.S., Millstreet – from left : Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P., Millstreet – Chairman of the Board of Management; Siobhán Buckley, Principal; Helen O’Sullivan, 6th Class Teacher; Maria Casey, Deputy Principal.

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Eileen Presents Additional Wonderfully Historic Items

Following the recent presentation of the splendid 1916 Soldier’s Belt strongly believed to have been taken from Eamon de Valera following noble surrender at Boland’s Mills, Dublin in 1916 – Eileen Cronin of Scrahan, Knocknagree has recently very kindly sent by post a number of additional items for display in Millstreet Museum.  These include a letter from New York sent in 1896 by a gentleman to his relatives in the Knocknagree area.  (We shall share the contents of this letter in next Tuesday’s “Radio Treasures” on CMS.) Other items include a superb postcard collection of Cleethorpes in UK sent by Major John Robson in 1954 with an interesting “Post early” stamp at the back of the envelope.  It was Major John who originally sent the historic Belt to Eileen in the 1960s.   We sincerely thank Eileen for such great kindness to our Museum where we shall soon create a full display of the fascinating items.  (S.R.)

Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

“Radio Treasures” Tonight Features True Gems!

A million thanks for the many very kind comments we received during our programme this Tuesday night (7th July) locally, nationally and internationally.  (S.R.)

Tonight on “Radio Treasures” broadcast on Cork Music Station 9:30 to 11:00pm we feature our regular items with a splendid blend of uplifting songs and music as well as a variety of interesting musings.    Among the Treasures to feature tonight:

  1.  Reviewing the new Historic Collection presented by Eileen Cronin whose  interview last week proved hugely popular with among the many Listeners a lady from a very famous familyWe get to meet with John, Derek and April on a very special visit to Millstreet.
  2. We hear about Millstreet Community Singers at Kanturk Community Hospital.   And we receive a report from Ita and William re Bumbleance.
  3. We witness a presentation by Millstreet Athletic Club to Fr. Paddy O’Byrne on the celebration of his Diamond Jubilee to the Priesthood.
  4. We hear some very special songs such a “Flying by” composed by Davy Ryan and “When the Robins Return” wonderfully sung by Paudie McAuliffe from Shrone.  At the request of Pat and Olive Monaghan in Nevada Seán Cuddy’s “Someone from Home”.  And with the help of James Wickham of Minnesota, USA we hear the amazing singing voice of Maureen O’Hara!
    The wonderful Eileen Cronin from Scrahan, Knocknagree. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
    John & Derek O’Keeffe from Waterford at the Wallis Arms Hotel Millstreet on Monday, 6th July 2020. John’s late wife and Derek’s mother was Sheila O’Leary from Adrivale, Millstreet.
    Some members of Millstreet Community Singers performing at Kanturk Community Hospital on Sunday, 5th July 2020.

    Presentation recently by Millstreet Athletic Club to Fr. Paddy O’Byrne.  

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Cork Penny Dinner Collection at Millstreet GAA Community Hall Sunday 12th July 11.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.


Throughout Duhallow during the months of July and August there will be a collection point for Cork Penny Dinners in every community and this coming Sunday is the date for the Millstreet Collection.

Items being accepted include:

Home baking Gravy granules Peas/beans

Tinned rice Tea/Coffee Jelly

Salt/pepper Cooking oil Cereals

Dried pasta Hand wash Tinned fruit

Biscuits Fruit/Veg Toilet rolls

Bleach Soup Sugar




TIME: 11.00a.m. to 1.30p.m.

Thank you for your support and no donation is too small.

We thank Sharon Lane for the Notice.  (S.R.)

A very old picture from 1960s

Tap on the image to enlarge.

A very old picture from 1960s…my uncle is far right Garry Murphy Prohous…and far left is Ger Cronin Killoween. ..Could the public identify the others? …Paddy Sullivan.  (Two further people whom I can identify are Mrs. Kelleher who owned the Public Bar near Reen’s Pharmacy in Main Street, Millstreet – a true lady and at the centre is the very well known John “Sing” O’Sullivan  …. Many thanks, Paddy, for sharing such an interesting image on our website …. And we thank Frank Reen and Bernie O’Rahilly (née Murphy) for just now sharing in our Comments Forum their truly comprehensive captions to the superb photograph….Seán Radley.)

Millstreet Tidy Towns

Millstreet Tidy Towns would like to thank local company Bar-O Construction who kindly sponsored  and erected the town’s new Swift Tower, an amazing conservation feature to have in our town, increasing Biodiversity in the area as well as protecting a declining species. The Swift Tower was kindly supplied by IRD Duhallow CLG

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Eily’s Report 7th July

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

Time marches on and Covid19 continues to be the main topic of discussion everywhere you go. It continues to call the shots and we must all adhere to it’s every demand. Ever so slowly life is inching  forward with nobody quite sure if they are doing the right thing  but  the need to get back to some form of normal life drives them on to at least try. Food and drink providers are the most affected and it’s interesting to see the many changes they have to make in order to start up again. Some of course will never come back again  but for those who will the challenges are immense. I went to the Wallis Arms Hotel for my dinner on Monday. I booked at one thirty and dined at two. As I was the only one there at that particular time I asked Nigel, the manager to show me around, show me the new changes and the ways that they have adopted to run their business. Needless to say they have sanatisers at the entrance and inside they have ample room to seat groups of up to eight guests in the dining lounge, while out in the function room at the back they can seat many more with ample social distancing . The days of copies of the menu on your table are gone. Gone also are  the jars of sachets of mayonnaise,ketchup, pepper/salt and so on.  Now they bring  a selection of them to your table in a small dish and reminded that if you want more of any you are welcome to ask. The customary glass of water remains the same.  The days menu is displayed on a notice board at the entrance and if you miss it like I did, the friendly waitress will read it for you. If you’re on your own, like I was, you can get a table for one.  All the staff were wearing masks. I didn’t. The name of every customer is entered in their book as is the norm everywhere you go now. I enjoyed my meal, it was superb.  By then other customers came in and sat at tables to suit their numbers. Now that I have made the break I’ll be more relaxed the next time and there will be a next time. The only other ‘eatery’ that I have been in, is the Lovely Aroma Cafe in Minor Row, where they have  Perspex dividers and their customers can enjoy their cuppa or full meal happy in the knowledge that they are safe in their own space. At the West End, the Lovely Cinnamon Cafe  provides takeaway meals for the moment. Their beautiful homemade brown bread is just one of the delicious  items that they have to offer. Our pubs are still waiting to get the go ahead from the powers that be. In the meantime they’re looking at how they can extend their space in order to comply with the you-know-what.  Looking at  ways that  they can move up or out so that they can make a decent living  in spite of all the odds that are stacked against them. We wish the all every success and again appeal to everyone to support them.  Please shop at home. Leave your money with your own people so that they can be there for use in to the future. Many congratulations to entrepreneurs Danny and Eileen Buckley,CloverHill on the launching of their new food products and on winning a weeks advertising on Virgin Media. It was great seeing them on the box at teatime every evening. No better man than Danny to drive the message home.

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Graduation 2020 at Cloghoula N.S.

We extend our sincere congratulations to Sophia Serreli and to Patrick Gilbourne on their recent Graduation from Cloghoula N.S..  We wish them every success and happiness in their Post-Primary Education.   We share the following four images of such a very important uplifting occasion.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Sophia Serreli with her mother Denise
Patrick Gilbourne with his parents Raymond and Gillian and his sister Margaux

Millstreet Meals on Wheels

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service is available for anyone who needs it. All food is prepared in Millstreet Day Centre & we operate the service 5 days a week. You can order a hot dinner for as many days as you like, delivered to your door from Mon-Fri for just €6 a day.

 A variety of meals are served throughout the week and the staff will endeavour to facilitate individual tastes when preparing meals. Please see our menu for next week below.

If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels Service over the coming weeks please contact the kitchen on (029) 30998 or the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or emailinfo

Millstreet Parish Newsletter – Sunday 5th July 2020



Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary tTime – 5th July, 2020

Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.

Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948



10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

Email Address:  millstreet 

Website: www.dioceseof

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following:

Anniversaries:  Joe O’Mahony, Liscahane; Charles Barry, Murphy’s Terrace; Frank Reen Snr., Main Street; Brendan Hickey, Main Street; Denis Healy, Claraghatlea; Nora Murphy, Drishane Road; John Kelleher, Lackabawn; Deceased members of the O’Connor & O’Mahony families; Christy Philpott, Ballydaly; Theresa Moynihan, Woodland Drive & Boston. 


Saturday 4th at 6.30p.m. for Tim & Agnes Kiely, The Bridge; Con & Kathleen Kelleher, Macroom.

Sunday 5th at 11.30a.m:  Jimmy & Kathleen Cashman, Clara Road; Mary Sheehan, Tanyard Wood; The deceased members of the O’Callaghan family, Sunnyside, Liscahane.

MASS ON MONDAY (6th) Mass for People of the Parish at 10.00a.m.

MASS ON TUESDAY (7th) Private Intention at 10.00a.m.

MASS ON WEDNESDAY (8th) Private Intention at 10.00a.m.

MASS ON THURSDAY (9th) Private Intention at 10.00a.m.

MASS ON FRIDAY (10th) for Denis Kelleher, Aubane at 7.30p.m.

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“Lunchtime Favourites” After Mass on CMS Sunday 5th July 2020 Until 1.15pm

We invite you to submit your Requests for our weekly Music Request Show “Lunchtime Favourites” (Sunday, 5th July 2020) on Cork Music Station which is broadcast directly after the celebration of 11:30 am Mass from 12:15pm until 13:15.   Just email your requests anytime to corkmusicstation or text/WhatsApp to 086 825 0074.   Our focus this Sunday will include the wonderfully uplifting songs and tunes hugely popular in the era of Carnivals in Millstreet in the 1950s and 1960s.    Sure to evoke some great memories.    And we have a final update on the very successful Bumbleance Project.   Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

Live broadcast of “Lunchtime Favourites” from our Millstreet Studio.
Sincere thanks to Photographer/Correspondent Supreme John Tarrant for this uplifting promotion in a recent “Corkman” of our weekly Sunday and Tuesday programmes on Cork Music Station. (S.R.)

Religious Broadcasts on Cork Music Station to Continue

For the next fortnight we shall be broadcasting live the celebration of Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet as we have been doing since the beginning of the onset of COVID-19 with its many restrictions.   Our week-day daily broadcasts will continue for the next fortnight and will then end as more people are gradually being permitted to attend Church for the celebration of Mass.   However, our broadcast of 11.30 a.m. Sunday Mass will continue until full congregations are permitted to attend Mass in Church.   And our “Lunchtime Favourites” following Mass until 1.15pm will also continue on Cork Music Station.   We thank the very many Listeners worldwide who have been tuning into our Religious Broadcasts and who have been sending such uplifting kind comments.  If you wish to make contact with our Radio Station just email corkmusicstation@

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm Sunday on C103

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding his programme this Sunday, 5th July 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

The life, times and songs of Country Music star Margo and songwriter Johnny Duhan, currently feature on ‘Where the road takes me’, in a series entitled ‘The Singer & the Songwriter’

On this week’s programme, John Greene concludes the story of Margo….

This week we hear about her battle with alcohol, as she strives to come to terms with a cancelled wedding, a horrific car crash and the weight of a promise made to her father before he died. 

But the good times outweigh the bad as she sings with Johnny Cash and Glen Cambell, tours with Hank Locklin and in Dolly Parton discovers a friend when she needs one.

There’s also a few family facts to be set straight as well, including a supposed falling out with Daniel that never happened.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm Sunday on C103″

Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business

Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business

Ireland is now in Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, which began on Monday 29th June. You can view the measures that form part of Phase 3 here.


Stay Safe Guidelines

As our country is reopened, keeping up protective behaviours is as important as ever to prevent the spread of infection. The recently developed Stay Safe Guidelines have been published here in a booklet which is available in English and Irish.

There are a number of hard copies of the booklet available. If you would like to receive a hard copy, or a number of copies for your organisation, please email us at <email>.


COVID Tracker App Data Protection information

The Data Protection Impact Assessment, the source code, the Product Explainer for the COVID Tracker App, and a series of app design and development reports are available here on the HSE website.  The app itself is due to be available shortly.

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As Congregations return to Church this week

A few words from the Bishop on the current situation in relation to return to Mass.

As Congregations return to Church this week,

please return slowly and be understanding.


A warm welcome to all those who join us for Holy Mass this first week and weekend. It is a joy to have the return of congregations. The delight of so many, is an indicator that it is vital to nourish the spirit and the soul, as well as the body. We do not face the world on our own, God is there with us.

There is upset and disappointment that large churches are restricted to a congregation of 50 people. The hope is that before the end of the month this will change to 100, in churches where social distancing can be maintained. If only 50 can be present, then let that fifty pray and offer Mass on behalf of the whole parish community.

The 50 persons limit for indoor gatherings does bring home to us, the fact that we must take personal and communal responsibility to follow Public Health Guidelines. This is a vital realisation. We owe it to all the front-line workers who have been so brave and selfless. Only thus, can we hope to keep the virus suppressed in our communities.

Because of the restriction to 50, we ask people to be understanding and, if possible, to come to Mass in church during the weekdays rather than on these first few weekends. Let a weekday Mass be your Sunday worship, at least for the next few weeks.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.


+ Ray Browne

Diocese of Kerry

1st July 2020


Millstreet Pitch & Putt Club

The first competition of the year will be a scratch matchplay competition open to all adult members (ladies and gents). Please note that that this is a scratch matchplay competition where one player plays another and no handicaps apply All Covid-19 restrictions apply.
The draw will take place on Sunday 5th July at 6 p.m. Entry fee is €3. If interested please text your name to 086 8510423 to be included in the draw.   We thank Pat Breen for this notice.  (S.R.)

RUN from Malin Head to Mizen Head….600+ km

On June 29th 2020, Corkman Barry Sheehan started the challenge to RUN from Malin Head to Mizen Head….600+ km in one week to raise funds for Cappagh Kids.

He is running the equivalent of two marathons per day and will be passing through Millstreet either tomorrow or Saturday.  It will be nice if we could give him a bit of support or even run some of the way with him.

If you are interested you can follow his progress  on the Malin2Mizen for Cappagh Kids Facebook page. 


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