Eily’s Report – 14th May

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


The fine spell goes on and  spirits are rising more with every sunny day .And all those who took part in the Darkness into Light walk were compensated for their efforts by the Heaven Sent Dawn of that day. Very few homes in the country were without a representative walking for this great cause in aid of suicide prevention and we pray that the outcome will bear fruit a hundred fold. The crowds get bigger every year and it’s becoming a fact that if you do it once you’ll never miss it again.

The Monthly meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms tonight starting at nine, all members please attend.

Our weekend was made all the brighter when 38 lovely children received their First Holy Communion in our Parish church on Saturday, the Church was decorated to suit the occasion and the pure white of the little girls dresses coupled with the smart crisp outfits of the little boys was a sight to behold. The Church was crowded  with families of many generations and races,  School children did the singing. Following the ceremony a reception was held for all concerned at the GAA Hall across the road, with many volunteers including parents doing the needful. The occasion spilled out into the next day when all the First Holy Communicants ,joined by their families attended the 11.30 Mass. Instead of the usual choir,the children sang their many holy songs, ending as usual with: This Little Light of Mine. Which drew a rousing round of applause from the congregation. We congratulate the children on receiving this important Sacrament and hope that its blessings will sustain them against all the pressures that confront their precious religion today.

The Cullen Pipe Band received a great boost on Sunday when our local Vintage Club did a run in aid of their funds. They started out from Cullen village to the strains of the band. And following a very enjoyable route in ideal weather they returned to the Wallis Arms Hotel for the customery ,four coarse dinner.   Well done to all concerned.


Our Active Retired Club held their Feile Na Bealtaine Tea Dance at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Sunday afternoon. It was very well attended and people from their sister clubs around the county came to lend their support and enjoyed the interaction.  There was again of course a visable shortage of men  even though they were all welcome. But there was  one couple who deserve special mention. They were Dick Dinneen and his lovely wife Katie who have recently celebrated their 90th birthdays and took the floor as they have been doing for the past number of decades. Formerly from Aubane/Ivale area they now live in Macroom. And long may they continue to enjoy life.


The new Bowls Club is getting off to a great start at the Wallis Arms every Wednesday for men and women. Just turn up at the venue each week and see what an enjoyable hobby it can be. But please bear in mind that there is no meeting of the Bowls Club  on tomorrow Wednesday May 15th, but it will return again next week at the given time.


The crowds still turn up every evening  at Tubrid Well, for the Holy Rosary at 7pm during  the month of May. The Annual Mass will be said there on Friday May 31st.


Our Comhaltas Club are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and they will honour the occasion with a gala function at the Wallis Arms on May 25th, comprising of a meal, music, song and dance and the launch of a CD. Tickets went on sale for it last night.

Well done the  people of Carriganima who are opening up their own ChildCare service. It will be centred at their National School.  For full details contact Carmel  083 8571714.


The Silage Season has opened and for the coming weeks. Great care will be the order of the day, with the upsurge in the traffic on our roads and narrow lanes from early morning to late at night. So please take the utmost care.


There’s a note from our Garda Barracks where the members of force want to thank all those who supported their recent coffee morning which was held in aid of MaryMount Hospice and amounted to the sum of €1,493.   Well done to our Garda members for this very enjoyable and worthwhile event.


And we have a note from Sr.Mary Gallaghar who spoke on behalf of  the Holy Rosary Sisters at Mass here recently.  She wants to thank all those who supported her impromptu collection afterwards which amounted to €2,750.00. Well done to all who supported her great cause.


Charity Table Quiz will be held at McCarthy’s bar on Friday night May 24th in aid of Pieta House.


The weather is great and the whole country looks a picture, but alas we still have some people who throw litter around, both on the streets and approach roads.  Could we appeal to them again to row in behind our Tidy Towns committee who are doing their best to make Millstreet a winner in the anti-litter challenge and the  National Competition. Cigarette butts are still a worry because they are litter and should not be thrown around and for other people to pick them up.  It is not fair. Cloghoula annual Pattern Day will be held on Bank Holiday Monday June 3rd.


Eucharistic Adoration in Ballydaly every Saturday from 10.30 am to 12.30. In Millstreet every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10.30am to 10.30pm and in Cullen on Thursdays from 10am  until 7pm. Confessions in Millstreet Church every Saturday from 12.30 to 1. Please give a little time to the Lord. Pop in for a few minutes or sign up to give an hour every week. For details contact the Parish office at 029 70043.


Mass in Millstreet Church every Monday and Friday at 7.30pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10am.


Millstreet  fully stocked adult Gym open every morning.


45Drive at the Canon O’Donovan Centre every Tuesday night at 8.30.  Community Singers with Marie every Thurday night from 7.30 to 9 at the Parish Centre.  All Welcome.


Here are the results of this week’s Lotto draw which was held at the Wallis Arms on Sunday Night.


Numbers drawn were 16,17,19,27. And the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Judy Murphy, Fairfield Rise, The Seller was Herlihy’s Centra and they Got €50 sellers Prize, €50 went to Packie Linehan, Buttavent ,€20 each to Gobnait McSweeney, Carriganima, Nora O Sullivan , Elaine Jones/Murphy, Ahane, John Sexton, Rathcoole, Nora Murphy, Pound Hill, Devon OSullivan, Dooneen, Colm O Leary.  Bernie Cahil c/o Cahill’s.

Jackpot next week €2,700.00 the draw at Tarrants Bar on Sunday night.


And let me remind you  that the proceeds, cheque, of our recent Jackpot win of €13,000 will be presented to co-winners, Mairead Tarrant and Tim Healy, after the weekly draw that night, May 19th. And all are welcome.


Please continue to enjoy the lovely weather and take care during the silage season and indeed at all times.


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


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