Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.
Whichever way you look at it we had a wonderful St. Patrick’s weekend here in Millstreet. It had something for everyone and the weather was good.
Saturday a convoy of double decker buses, went through our town ferrying over 5000 revelers to the annual Tech Works Festival at the Green Glens Arena.
On Saturday night our Comhaltas Ceoltóirí group played in the Church at the 6.30 Mass. Then on St. Patrick’s Day our wonderful Pipe band played at the church grounds as people were going in to the 11.30 Mass which was conselebrated by three local men, Fr. Paddy O Byrne, Fr. Billy Radley and Fr. Sean Tucker. Then the band played while entering the church and took part in many parts of the mass. The Church Choir attended and their combined grand finale literally lifted the roof, when they joined our lovely organist Jane to play a rousing recital of Highland Cathedral. No words of mine could do justice to the joy it brought to all in the church on St. Patrick’s Day. Spellbound, is the best way to describe it.
Our Parade is held every year at 5 pm and the organisers were busy preparing the viewing stand in the town Square. The hard work and dedication of the Members of the Community Council and their many volunteers paid off and in advance of 5 o’clock there was colour and music and party atmosphere as the parade started, even the weather though cold was bright and rainless. The many decorated windows in the town adding their own flavour to the scene. Noel Buckley in his own inimitable way welcomed the long list of guests on the reviewing stand, and gave a full commentary on the items as they came along. Led by our pipe band, it was a great parade, with lots of singing and dancing, much emphasis on the atmosphere and climate change. With many children taking part in the making of the floats, as well as acting and dancing for the crowds. Cullen Pipe Band also attended. The Industrial section of the Parade went to prove what a vibrant place we live in with the vast array of modern Transporters and machinery of every kind that we have in Millstreet.
Following the Parade The Community Council Presented the Proceeds of this year’s calendar to Derry Sheehan for the Tidy Towns Fund. All in all we had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Weekend and all those involved can justly take a bow.
Our Wallis Arms Hotel and all the other food outlets in the town lashed out warming meals to their customers at the end of the day.
The Cope Foundation would like to thank all those who supported in any way their church gate collections in Millstreet, Ballydaly and Cullen, which amounted to €1,730.
The Cullen and District Special Needs Association, wish to thank all those who supported this years, highly successful Weigh In.
A mother sheep in Kilmeedy gave birth to five baby lambs last week. They are being bottle fed by their amazed owners, and all are doing well. We wish them well.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will hold a Blood Clinic at our GAA Hall this evening from 5-8.30pm please give generously to this important service.
Tomorrow Wednesday will a big day in Millstreet when His Lordship, Bishop RAY Brown, Bishop of Kerry will Confirm 97 children from Millstreet, Cloghoula and Cullen Schools. The ceremony starts at 11am.And we’d like to wish all the children God’s Blessing as they become strong and perfect Christians.
Our popular Vintage Club will host a memorial Rally on Sunday March 24th, in honour of their Founder Member the late Johnnie Hickey, Shanaknuck. From humble beginnings, Johnnie started the Vintage Club many years ago and it has gone from strength to strength ever since, bringing great joy to countless numbers of people. It sets off from town at 12.30 to traverse the back roads of Muskerry and the pipe band of which Johnnie was a member will be there to send them on their way. And arriving back to Millstreet for dinner at the Wallis Arms Hotel.
The people of Carriganima held their 9th annual St.Patrick’s Day Parade on Bank Holiday Monday at 3 pm. It was very well supported music was provided by Peter Lane.
Here are the results of this week’s lotto draw which was held at the Clara Inn on Bank Holiday Monday night. Numbers drawn were 7,27,28,29 and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Pat Murphy, Prohus, the seller was Mary O’Connor and she got €50 sellers prize, €50 went to Stephen Forde ,Cullen, €20 each to Mary Coleman, c/o Colemans Centra, S. Brown, Lissarda, Denis Kelleher, Liscahane, Margaret Dinneen, Cork, L. Hickey, Cloghoula, Mary Dennehy, Fairfield Rise, Brian Kelleher, Aubane, Eric Barrett c/o the Bush Bar. Jackpot for next week. €13,400 the draw at the Wallis Arms on Sunday night.
The AGM of the lotto committee will be held at the Wallis Arms on April 6th.
Agus sinn a bhfuil a chairde, slán is beannacht Dé libh go léir