Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.
Tomorrow Wednesday is the first of the Merry Month of May, and by all accounts it promises to be a scorcher. The year so far has been like the doctor ordered it. Early growth, sunny days and nights of welcome rain until Hurricane Hannah hit the country last Friday. The warnings of red and yellow, sent us all into a frenzy battering down the hatches and fixtures were cancelled all over the place.
And come it did just as severe as the experts said it would, but when we got up next morning it was as if it never happened. There was no great damage to be seen. We were so lucky around here, because in other places, they did suffer a lot of damage, trees down and thousands of people were without power for days, but best all, there was no loss of life. It only goes to show the quality of our homes and places today. In the past places would be strewn with debris after a storm and in some cases, roofs of houses, and sheds blown down. By and large, we are well prepared to stand up to the challenges of today’s weather. Baoichas le Dia.
Our Community Council have plans to revolutionise our Youth Complex . They held a special meeting last Tuesday night at the Wallis Arms Hotel. It was attended and an architect came to display the plans for the future of the new building which will replace the existing crèche, after school rooms and gym plus showers etc. The members showed a keen interest in the project and with their approval the drawings will now be submitted to the Cork County Council for planning permission. The overall costs will be high, but funding will not be granted until planning permission has been approved. So we hope for a favourable response from the planning authorities in the not too distant future.
A fundraising Coffee Morning . in aid of the Sheltered Housing Complex was held at our Credit Union on Friday. The organisers were very pleased with the support from the public and it is an event that is likely to be repeated.
A Language Culture Night will be held at the Community School on Thursday Night May 2nd starting at 7 .
The First Clean Up of Millstreet in 2019 was held on April 27th and there was a good response, others will follow in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime please continue to keep every place litter free, and do you bit for the common good. As I said before,we are all in it together.
The Divine Mercy Novena which was started on Good Friday came to a close on Sunday at 3 pm. This popular Novena is celebrated all over the World at the same time, which means that millions of believers are praying at the same time, how can they fail?
Now that the month of May is upon us, the Great Feile na Bealtaine will kick off on the program of IRD Duhallow with something for every day of the month. Please keep in touch with their program, there’s bound to be some events to interest you. Here in Millstreet, our Active Retirement Group of over 90 members, start off with an Art Exhibition at our local Library on tomorrow Wednesday evening, May the first. Opened by Maura Walsh IRD Duhallow at 7 pm and all are welcome.
And on May 6th the group will recite the Holy Rosary at Tubrid Well at 11 am. And again, all are welcome.
Still with Tubrid Well, starting tomorrow night May 1st the Holy Rosary will be recited there every night at 8 pm .
The Annual Mass at the Holy Shrine will be said on Friday, May 31st.
A note on our Mass Leaflet this week says that a Nun from the Holy Rosary Sisters will be speaking at all Masses this weekend.
Annual Mass at Shrone City will be on Sunday, May 12th at 1.30 pm.
The Ballydaly Hall Committee would like to thank all those who supported their recent Church gate collection.
45Drive at Ballydaly Hall every Sunday night and all are welcome.
Here are the results of this weeks lotto draw which was held at ‘ Bar on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were 18,21,27,28. And the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Donal Ring, Cloghoula, the seller was PJ Creedon, and he got €50 sellers prize, €50 went to Pitch & Putt Club. €20 each to The Higgins Family , Helen Sheahan, Murphys Tce, Jamie Kelleher, c/o The Bush Bar, Paddy McCarthy, Lackabawn. John Corbett, Gurrane,Catherine O Sullivan, c/o McCarthys Bar. Isabelle Behan Carrigaline. David Tarrant, Millstreet. Jackpot for next week €2,400 the draw at the Clara Inn on
Bank Holiday Monday Night.
Community Singers with Marie Twomey will resume after the Easter break, at the Parish Centre on Thursday night from 7.30 to 9. Men’s Shed open on Tuesday nights, and the Knitting Club also on Tuesday nights.
Our Town Park is the ideal place for your daily walk or for the more adventurous the Clara Loop, which starts from the car park in the town, will take you higher ground where no less than three counties can be viewed and lots of other interesting features in between. Signposts in the town are there to tell the visitor all that Millstreet has to offer. Primary and second level schools, two Banks , Credit Union, Post Office, Railway Station, Two Doctors Surgeries, Church Services, Hotel, Food outlets, Supermarkets,Taxis, Garda Station, Daily Bus Services, Defibillators for public use. Library/Museum, Town Park comprising of GAA, Pitch ‘n Putt, Children’s Play ground, Cinder Walkway, Car parks. Community website which is updated every day and broadband service which is being upgraded at the moment from a base on Clara Mountain. Millstreet is also a Stamping Station for Walkers on both the Munster Way and the Bearra BreifneWay.
Today I saw a little bird flying into its nest with a beakful of worms, shows that her most important task of the year is done, namely the hatching is over, and now it’s just to feed the family.
Before I go I want to wish you all a very safe and enjoyable May Bank Holiday.
Agus sinn a bhfuil a chairde, slán is beannacht Dé libh go léir.