Eily’s Report 20th November

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

The year is moving on at a very fast rate and the many worries and concerns that we had during the  drought seem far behind. Christmas is only a matter of a few weeks away and during the long hot summer with its scorched lands and water scarcity, did we ever think that by December we’d have enjoyed bumper crops of fruit and vegetables and an abundant supply of grain and silage and hay. As well as the all important shed of turf. The fields are still a lush green and lots of cattle still out, and even at this late stage on our 2018 calendar there is still little need for home heating. And now,we can’t but thank the ONE who governs all, for such wonderful gifts. Buíochas le Dia.

The new drink driving laws of course are biting hard into the lives of  our people. Every day we hear of yet another victim of its cruel laws. with even more of our friendly local pubs closing their doors. The huge amount of depression and isolation, that it has caused already is only the tip of the iceberg, to what it will bring as more and more people will be confined to loneliness. Gone are the times when a family member or friend can give a friendly call to an elderly person and share a friendly glass with them, if they do they cant drive home. These laws resemble the Penal Laws of old. Made with the stroke of a pen,with no thought of the consequences . It has only led to home drinking, which can be a massive problem in itself. And we all know that the joy of a social drink is in the company. Move on Eily.

Don’t miss the ten am Mass in our church tomorrow Wednesday morning, the little children from the National school will be singing and playing music. Its for the People of the Parish and the Holy Souls.


The Glen Theatre presents, Welcome to my World, the Story of Jim Reeves on Saturday November 24th and on Sunday 25th, “Sive” performed by the Banteer Drama Group. Details from 02956239


The list of Millstreet people who took part in World War One, continues to evoke great memories and tracing of family members on our website. Every day there is a new discovery or a response to some query. Please continue to look it up and you may be able to share your findings with someone else.


Christmas parties and company dinners will be the norm for the coming weeks in the run up to Christmas. Our Christmas Lights Committee held their church gate collection last weekend and the lights will be switched on on  Friday December 7th.


This year there are some changes at the Monument in the Town Square, the focal point in our town. The surrounding barrier has been removed  and a Christmas Lights feature will replace the customary Christmas Tree. We wish the committee every success with this change in the format of their annual task.


The Cullen and District Special needs Association will hold their annual Christmas Mass and Party on Saturday December 1st. Starting at 1.30


Charity Christmas Concert with the Kingdom Choir will be held in the Friary Church in Killarney on Sunday December 2nd  at 5.30 Entrance fee is donations only.


The annual Christmas Mass and Party will be held at the Aubane Social Centre on Friday November 30th ,starting at 8. (The community singers will attend) Their Set Dancing Party on Monday December 17th. And their Christmas Day Climb of Mushera Mountain,will be held this year in aid of Air Ambulance. Their annual Round the Fire night Thursday December 27th.

I have a some copies of the life of the little Child Saint. ‘Little Nellie of Holy God’ who was born in Spike Island at the turn of the last century and whose grave is in Sundays Well in Cork City. Contact me at 0863163285 if you’d like a copy and to learn about her remarkable short life. Many miracles have been gained through her intercession, especially sick little children.


The monthly meeting of the Community Council was held on Tuesday night last, and many important subjects were discussed, Please be on the look out for their 2019 calendar which will be in the shops in the near future.


The Community Council want to remand you to renew your Text Alert membership for 2019. Call into Wordswoth Book Shop or Guerin’s Shop in Ballydaly and sign the form and pay €10 fee.


Here are the results of this weeks lotto draw which was held at McCarthy’s Bar on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were.1,5,27,31 and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Maeve and Daniel O’Leary Tanyard Wood, the seller was Jimmy O Leary and he got €50 sellers prize, €50 went to the same Jimmy O’Leary, Drishane Rd. €20 each to Judy Lehane, Fortgrady, Denis Murphy, Drishane Rd, Sophie O Leary Keale, Our Cheeky Elf, c/o Michelle Whelan. Mgt O Leary Rathmore, Chris Hickey, Mount Leader, Linda & Donal, c/o Coleman’s, Carol O Leary Carrigacooleen. Jackpot for next week €10,400,the draw at the Clara Inn on Sunday night.


Agus sinn a bhfuil a chairde, Slán is beannacht Dé libh go léir.







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