Regional Report 976


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 976 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this bright ‘n sunny Tuesday morning.

Here are the results of this weeks parish lotto draw which was held at the Bush Bar on Sunday  night. Numbers drawn were 7, 12, 16, 25, and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Helen Murphy, Killarney Rd, the seller was her brother Pat and he got €50 sellers prize, €50 went to Dan Crowley, Mnr Row, €20 each to Con. O Connor, Rathrue, Mary and Jenny Corkery, Ballydaly, Tom O Sullivan, Ballydaly, Kate Dennehy, Dromahoe, Julia Mary O Sullivan, Fairfield Rise, John FitzGerald, Minor Row, Mike Healy Clara Rd. and Andrew Buckley c/o Marie Twomey. Jackpot for next week €13,200 , the draw at Corkery’s Bar on Sunday night.

The tour of Ireland Cycle race created a great buzz on Saturday when it passed not just once, but twice through our town. They  approached the town from Aubane, continued on to the Killarney road, turned left at Ballydaly, up the mountain pass of Bealac and down Kilmeedy, returned again into town. This route took them and their followers, through the very best of our beautiful scenic areas & the weather played it’s part with bright sunshine all the way. Crowds greeted them at every crossroads and in the town. An Post, who sponsored the Tour, handed out t-shirts and gift vouchers  and there was a real carnival atmosphere throughout the duration.

Still with our scenic areas, Airtricity, who have erected 26,  2.3Mw wind turbines at Curragh will have their official opening on Friday September 4th . When up and   running they will provide enough power to supply 40,000 homes. Negotiations  with local landowners are ongoing with plans for further developments.

Meanwhile up at our Beautiful Country Park on next Sunday August 30th ,they’ll have much to celebrate. Their latest addition are the spectacular Waterfalls. Very different from any we’ve seen before, because they are a replica of waterfalls which graced a place in Belgium many years ago. They will be launched  Belgian Ambassador, to Ireland, Mr Robert Devriese  at 5.30.  Other Irish leading politicians will also attend.

Entertainment will start at 3 pm with a recital by the popular Duhallow Choir. Also our award-winning Comhaltas Group and Set-Dancers, and a Pianist.  Restaurant will be open for lunches and snacks. and all park facilities are up and running. Please turn up in large numbers for this exciting event. Music starts at 3 , which will give you time to see the September Fair in Town beforehand.

Duhallow Choral Society will resume training on September 1st ,at 7.30 at Mercy Secondary School Kanturk.

This year of course we sadly miss our Summer Horse Show, but it will be back again next year le conamh De.

It’s almost back to school time and in the light of the current situations it’s good to hear that there is a great demand for secondhand books. Please don’t let it stop there, school bags, uniforms , sports gear etc can all be passed on .

A note here to say that the Little Treasures Playschool will reopen on Monday August 31st.

Church gate collections in aid of Millstreet Hospital this weekend are at Dernagree on Sunday before 9.30 Mass

And Kilcorney and Ballydesmond before all masses.

There’s a promotion on MBT Footwear at Reens Pharmasy of this Friday  August 28th. from 11-5. A specialist will attend to advise you and there will be special offers on selected lines.

A Polish Mass was held a Drishane on Sunday afternoon.It was followed by a BBQ. A great crowd attended.

Anybody interested  in becoming a volunteer and working in projects dealing with social and justice issues. Contact Vitaores Christi. Email <email>.

The monthly Meeting of our Gramaphone Circle which was held on Friday night last was presented by Professor Bernard O Donaghue of Cullen and Oxford. Winner of the Whitbread Literary Award.  Among the large crowd who attended was Mrs Rita Hickey, who taught him as a boy at her secondary School in Millstreet, some years ago.

The rain poured down on all and sundry on Sunday at Beal na Bleath for the Michael Collins Memorial ceremony. The world renowned Mary Robinson gave the oration and afterwards met with the members of our Pipe Band whom she  knew, having met at the Mansion House on a previous occasion. She has fond memories of Millstreet because of our Ann Lane who was her personal Assistant for many years. Sundays ceremony saw the return of Liam Coffee with the band, he is now fully recovered from his hip replacement operation.

This Saturday night will see the lovely AnnMarie O Riordan in Concert at the Glen Theatre. 029 56239 for info. and to book your tickets.

A lovely colourful pamphlet  full of up-to-date information about the present situation in our Parish Church was launched at all masses at the weekend. Copies can be found at the back of the church . It’s contains beautiful pictures of some of our stain-glass windows and other interesting features. Please send them to your friends both at home in Ireland and abroad. We now have a church to be really proud of  one that will enhance our town for years and years to come. But there’s still a lot of money to be paid off.

A coffee Morning in aid of Cope will be held at the GAA Hall on Fri Sept 4th.

Our Lay-Missionery, Diarmuid Roche is home on a break from The Gambia ,where the need for help is as great as ever. Please give him a donation, A little of our money goes a very long way in the Gambia.

Any member of the Roche Family will take donations on his behalf, or it can be handed in at our Credit Union. Diarmuid returns to Africa on September 1st.

Many congratulations to Cullen Pipe Band on coming 6th in the World Competitions which were held in Glasgow ,winning the Corby Cup.

Nobody has come so far to claim that sum of money that was found outside the Wallis Arms over a week ago. Contact the Parish Office if you think it’s yours.

Many congratulations to the members of our Comhaltas Group who aquitted themselves so well at the All-Irl Fleagh Ceoil in Tullamore at the weekend, But  none made the top grade.

For the first time ever, classes  in various kinds of Chinese excercises will be held in Millsteet .   They will include

RAJA YOGA and INFINITE TAI CHI & CHI KUNG CLASSES for adults, starting  on Thursday 10th September at the Canon O’ Donovan Centre Millstreet.

TIME: Yoga 7.00pm

Tai Chi and Chi Kung 8.15pm

Classes will run as two separate courses over 7 weeks. The rate is 85 Euros per course.

The practice of Raja Yoga and Infinite Tai Chi and Chi Kung will raise your energy, reduce stress levels and create vibrant health and well being.

No former experience is necessary.

Please note: The running of these classes is dependent upon adequate numbers of participants, so please book your place as soon as possible. Further information is available on the website: or phone Veronica on 0879967615

Last evening, Millstreet lost to Kanturk in the Duhallow Junior A Football
Championship in Kiskeam. Looking ahead, Millstreet meet Dromtariffe in the Duhallow U16 Hurling Championship Final in Banteer on Momday evening at 6.45pm

Agus sinn a bfuil a cairde,Slan is Beannacht De libh go leir.


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