Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde and welcome.
So much has been happening,it’s hard to know where to start.
Even though we all need some rain right now, we were delighted that all of our activities were blessed with fine weather over the weekend. Here in Millstreet our Summer Horse Show held precedent over everything else. The mighty Green Glens was bursting at the seams to cater for the increased numbers of entries for this year’s event. Hundreds of extra stabling was added to the existing 1600 places, and extra space had to be provided in the grounds to accommodate the huge horse carriers that brought the influx of beautiful horses that came. The facility was ablaze with colour, multicoloured fences and literally thousands of flower boxes and pots of every ilk. The crowds matched the scene and competitions went on almost around the clock in order to cope with the huge entries. And the real climax came on Sunday evening when the Grand Priz was won by a little lady called Susan FitzPatrick beating her nearest rival Michael Pender by a mere percentage of a second and secured for herself the grand prize of €25,000.
But don’t go away there is more equestrian entertainment this week by way of the Cross/Country Eventing in Drishane (Millstreet InternationalHorse Trials ) to be precise and will run from Wednesday to Sunday this week August 22 to 26.
The rolling planes of the world class venue are beautified to the highest degree to welcome the cream of the world’s thoroughbreds. 15 countries are taking part and they are, Ireland , Great Britian, Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Finland, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Germany,Mexico, Portugal and Switzerland. What an honour it is for Millstreet to play host to all these countries and what a boost it is for Irish Tourism.I wish the Duggan Family every success with this prestigious event. Admission is free all the way and all are welcome to come and enjoy.
Our pipe Band have been very busy playing as always at the Rose of Tralee Festival on Saturday night and at the Michael Collins Memorial at Béal na Bláth on Sunday.
Our Young people are sweeping the board at the All Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda, far too many for me to mention, but look up the website for all the details.
And we have two new openings in the town this week. The reopening of what used to be Nibbles Cafe in the West End is now renamed the Cinnamon, and under new management and guaranteed as good or better than ever.
Meanwhile, just beside the popular Aroma Cafe in Minor Row, Stokes & Co. Solicitors have opened up a new office. They held a drinks and finger food reception, at the premises on Friday evening last and a great crowd turned up to the greet them.
We wish our two new businesses every success in the future.
Here are the results of this weeks Lotto Draw which was held at the Clara inn on Sunday night Numbers drawn were7,15,25,28, and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Sheila OConnor, Claracleagh, the seller was Michael Healy and he got €50 sellers prize, €50 went Kathleen and Denis, Dooneen, €20 each to David OBrien c/o Patsy Mac.Denny and Sinead c/o Marie Twomey, Mary Desmond Glenleigh, Anna & John c/o Patsy Mac, Noreen Murphy, Eric Barrett Aubane, Anna OShea c/o the Camogie Club. Lucky, c/o Denny Lane, Jackpot for next week €7,800 the draw at the Wallis Arms on Sunday night.
Every Good wish to Chloe Collins, daughter of Ted and Mary, Dooneen, who will play with Cork in the Semi Final of the Senior Ladies Championship against Donegal, in Roscommon on Saturday next August 25th. This game will be televised and kicks off at 2.45.
And at last the days have come, the visit of The Pontiff himself His Holiness Pope Francis, visit to Ireland, for the World Meeting of Families, August 21 -26 2018. It will not be an easy time for him with all the problems that face the Catholic Church today and all the wrongs that are waiting to be righted. But at Parish level all we can do is pray. Pray that those who were hurt will find healing and ease from their pain and that the Pope’s visit to Ireland will mark the beginning of a new era that will be better for all God’s followers. Those who cannot travel to see the Pope are asked to light a candle in our homes and places of business in order to be at one with the ceremonies. And if you don’t have a candle then turn on a little light in your heart. Not just in Ireland but all over the world, and let us all be as one in our struggle to find lasting peace and love.
An opening Mass will be held will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney this evening August 21, starting at 6.15. Bishop Ray will attend and the newly formed Diocesan Choir will attend. All Welcome.
A few tickets are still available at our Parish Office 02970043 .for the Papal Mass on Sunday 26th.
Eucharistic Adoration at the usual times this week. Millstreet on Tuesday & Wednesdays from 10,30 am to 10.30 pm and in Cullen on Thursdays from 10am to 7pm. Confessions in Millstreet every Saturday from 12.30 to 1.
There will be no Mass in Ballydaly this Sunday.
Over 60s Talent Competition will be held at Teach Iosagain, Rathmore on Thursday night August 23, starting at 8. Admission €8. For details ring 0647761000, A great night assured.
Our GAA Club will hold a used clothing collection on September 1st.
Agus sinn a bhfuil a chairde, Slán is beannacht Dé libh go léir.