Millstreet Town (Sráid an Mhuilinn in Irish) is a town in north-west County Cork, Ireland. It is situated in the very south of the barony of Duhallow, nestled between the Derrynasaggart Mountains and the Boggeragh Mountains, with the river Blackwater running nearby, to the north of the town.
The town has a population of approximately 1,400, and the surround countryside and villages add on another 3,000 to that number, made up mostly of locals and some non-natives who have arrived here in the last 10 years.
The town of Millstreet grew up in the 18th century – as its name implies – around the little mill situated on the Station Road and it became the center of parish life. As the town grew, it became the center of local market activity and the town grew.
“Before 1736, the place consisted only of an inn, a mill, and five small cabins: it has now one long street, with several smaller ones diverging from it, and contains 312 houses, the greater number of which, though small, are neatly built. It is situated on the south side of the Blackwater, amidst the lofty mountains of Muskerry, and derives its principal support from being a great thoroughfare.” – [Lewis 1837]
Millstreet became internationally famous when it staged the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest at the Green Glens Arena, after which everyone in Ireland knew where Millstreet was.
There have been many other events at the Green Glens, including: various large showjumping competitions, music festivals, concerts, caravaning conventions, national dairy shows, Disney on Ice, boxing contests, a European juggling convention, gymkhanas, amongst others.
Millstreet has been twinned with Pommerit-le-Vicomte in Brittany, France since 1985, and there are regular trips in both directions.
Millstreet Country Park was founded in 1995 and has developed into the top local tourist attraction. 500 acres of parkland can be explored on an open-top bus from where you will be able to enjoy the scenery. There are lots of other attractions to see locally, which are detailed here:
It is served by a train station on the Tralee – Mallow line, and also regular busses from Cork to Kerry.
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