Eily’s Report – April 16th

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

The fine weather ran out for many of our weekend events here in Millstreet, but it’s a well-known fact that when the going gets though, the tough gets going. The organisers of our weekend Feile Cheoil excelled themselves in putting up posters etc. in wind and rain, to let the people know that a few days and nights of traditional entertainment was about to begin, and the gala Ceili on Saturday night at the Wallis Arms was just the place to make you forget the raging elements outside. There were winners and losers at the various competitions but the wonderful music by the popular “Conifers “, turned the Hotel Ballroom into a place of real Traditional music, and joy.

Meanwhile at the other end of Town we had an extravanza of classical music and singing provided in our beautiful St. Patrick’s Parish Church, when the mighty voices of the Duhallow Choral Society and The Kerry Choral Union joined forces to raise funds for our Local Community Hospital. In excess of 100 voices made up the cast who filled the Sanctuary to its limit. Our church took on a cathedral-like appearance filled with light and colour and atmosphere. The very large crowd was held spellbound by their enchanting repertoire which went on non-stop, for the most of one and a half hours.

Following the concert, the choir members and friends were treated to some welcome refreshments at the GAA Hall.


The concert was in aid of our local Community Hospital Fund and I’d like to commend all those who helped in any way with the giant venture , May God Reward their efforts.


Our Millstreet Vintage Club who had planned a great Auto jumble for last Sunday at the K&L grounds in MountLeader succeeded to a degree in spite, of the extreme weather,up to 15 stands still turned up on the day and despite the conditions some buissness was still done by the traders,future Events being held by the Club include a Tractor Run on Sunday May 12th,a BBQ Car Run being held on Sat Evening June 22nd and their “Circuit of Ireland” run to Beara which will be held on Sunday June 30th. Keep in touch with their Facebook Page and on millstreet.ie for updates of their plans for the rest of the year.


I’d like to welcome those who are on holiday here and wish them a safe and enjoyable stay. The notice boards in many parts of the town tells the visitor the many features we have to offer, defibrillators for public use provided by the Community Council and are placed at the Door of the Youth Centre and at the Door of our Garda Station.

This is Holy Week which marks the close of another Lenten Season. We are all asked to observe the next four days with reverence and respect. Tomorrow Wednesday evening we will have Penitential Service from 7.30 to 8.30 when visiting priests will be available in different parts of our church to hear Confessions.  The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during that time. On Holy Thursday.  Mass of the Lords Supper will be held  in Cullen at 6.30 and Millstreet at 8 pm. Good Friday,


The Lords Passion in Cullen at 6.30 and in Millstreet 3 pm.  On Holy Saturday for the Polish Community at 2 pm and Vigil Mass Saturday night at 9pm.


Divine Mercy Novena starts on Good   will continue every evening in the church at 3 until April 29th, ending with the Feast of Mercy, to be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.


Leaflets for this powerful Novena are available in the church.


And we are all asked to bring along our Trocaire Boxes, to the Parish Office  this week so that needy people can get our help as soon as possible.


Here are the results of this week’s lotto draw which was held at Corkery’s Bar on Sunday night.


Numbers drawn were,7,10,24,27 and the lucky winners of our €14,000 Jackpot were Mairead Tarrant and Tim Healy. Tim and Mairead share a ticket at her Bar every week and they will get €7,000 each. The sellers prize of €1,400 also goes to Tarrant’s Bar. The official presentation will be held on a later date.


€20 went to the following nine people. Catherine Jenks, Millstreet, Neil Murphy Feirm, Geraldine O Sullivan, Dooneen, Marie Kelleher, Pound Hill, Jeremiah O Donoghue, c/o Clyda Rovers. Cormac O Sullivan, Jessica Dunne, Millstreet, Norma Doody, Altamount, T,M,C Millstreet.


Jackpot for next week €2,000 the Draw at the Mal Paso Bar on Bank Holiday Monday.


Plant something on Good Friday, It’s sure to grow.


I want to wish you all a very Happy Easter, wherever you are reading this in any part of the world. When we were young we got up early to see the Rising sun dance on Easter Sunday Morning, Maybe it didn’t, but we made believe that it did and it always seemed to shine brighter, and it opened up a wonderful world of prancing baby lambs and fluffy yellow chicks and a new world full of promise  and joy, and all because He who was dead had Risen. And we could go back to whatever we gave up for Lent, starting with, who could eat the biggest number of eggs. Not the Chocolate ones. 😉


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


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