Eily’s Report – 25th June

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

The lashing rain all day on Sunday put paid to lots of  well  planned outdoor events. For the first time in many many years our Corpus Christi Procession had to be cancelled on Sunday. But to avoid disappointment, Canon John adopted Plan B. At the last minute and when he had finished the 11.30 Mass  he dressed himself in the heavy brocade vestments and  exposed the Blessed Sacrament for Benediction. The First Holy Communion Children who were dressed up for the procession through the town went in formation within the church led by Canon John carrying the Blessed Sacrament . The quick thinking of the  organist & choir provided the customary hymns. Following the blessing our pastor recited the Blessed be God prayer and the choir brought the Benediction to an end with their rendering of Tantum Ergo. Everybody agreed that it was a beautiful inpromtu ceremony.  Baoichas le Dia.

The Church Choir is now off for the Summer.

Last night’s  annual Mass at St.John’s Well in Mushera enjoyed beautiful sunshine . It was concelebrated by four priests, the Pipe Band was there as well as our Church Choir and the strains of music echoed across the beautiful hills and valleys. People stayed on and chatted after the ceremony which made the most of the lovely scene. Many thanks to all involved in arranging it. Amplification was by John A. O’Sullivan.



Mass was  celebrated on Monday morning at our Parish Church for the Graduation ceremony of the 6th class students of our Presentation Convent School.  It was said  by Canon John FitzGerald and 29 young ladies in all were there to receive the honours.  They were backed up by all the pupils of the school plus their teachers and minders.  Their singing  and music filled the church with melody. A large crowd of parents, grandparent, great grand parents and guardians, of many a race and colour were there to witness  and savour the happy occasion.

Children singing is very special and the words of their  hymns are full of meaning. There was absolute silence when the 29 assembled on the steps of the Alter and sang the lovely little which goes as follows –

Seeds of friendship
If one kind person,
With a friendly smile,
Gave a friendly word,
Walked the extra mile,
Then two kind people
Would each go on their way
And sow the seeds of friendship.

Now four kind people,
With a friendly smile,
Give a friendly word,
Walk the extra mile,
Then eight kind people
Would each go on their way
And sow the seeds of friendship.

For what you sow is what you reap,
Give and you’ll receive,
Friendship is the fruit of life,
Plant the seed,
And believe.

If every person,
With a friendly smile,
Gave a friendly word,
Walked the extra mile.
In rain and sunshine
Each would go their way
And sow the seeds of friendship,
Sow the seeds of friendship

Refreshments were served at the GAA Hall afterwards and each one of the 29 graduates received their certs and got their picture taken for adversity. School principle Mrs. Joan O Mahony wished them God’s Blessing in the future and so say all of us.

A very successful meeting organised, jointly, by the Men’s Shed and our Active Retired Group was held at the Man’s Shed Premises  last Tuesday evening. The topic for discussion, the new Bowls Club for the town. There was great interest in the venture but it was pointed out that more men were needed. As a result a few men attended Wednesdays session at the Wallis Arms. The Club has great hopes for the future and new members welcome. Members of the two clubs are covered by the clubs insurance. And new members are welcome if they would like to join.

The Community Council are holding a very important meeting tomorrow Wednesday night to plan a fitting feature to be held in our town on Irish Culture Day September 20,2019. They are inviting representatives of all our pubs, clubs, groups, organisations and so on to come and help. The meeting starts at 8. Please give it your best support.

 At the same meeting they want to arrange the Parade for the  Mounted Games, which will bring countries from all over Europe to Millstreet from Sunday July 7 to 14. Will we ever forget the reception that we gave them in 2016 and neither will they. Its because of our great Millstreet welcome that time, that they’re coming back bigger than before. So please come to the meeting on Wednesday night .

Conor O Leary who was in charge last time will be at the meeting and is looking forward to meeting with our community again. To quote a few lines from his Email –

“This time we will host the European Team Championships, from Sunday the 7th to Sunday the 14th of July, which will include over 350 riders from right across Europe, ranging in age from U12 to adult.
The memories of Millstreet 2016 have created a huge expectation and excitement towards this years event.”

Here are the results of this weeks lotto draw which was held at The Clara Inn on Sunday night.
Numbers drawn were 1,21,24,26,and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Patrick and Vicki, Coleman. Colemans were the sellers and they €50 sellers prize, €50 went Detta Corcoran, Murphys Terrace.  €20 each to Judy and Niamh Murphy, Fairfield Rise, Stephen and Louise Lyons, Altamount, Brendan Murphy, Centra, Eileen Murphy, Clara more, Catherine Buckley, Dooneen, Patsy c/o Patsy Mac, Gill OKeeffe, Rathmore, Margaret Corkery, Liscahane, Jackpot for next week.   €4,000 the draw at the Wallis Arms on Sunday night.

Following the Mass at St. Johns Well last night, the slopes of Mushera Mountain were alive to the sound of music. Of the traditional kind at the popular platform on the hill. The next one will be held on July 7th and again on August 4th Dates for your diary.

Our Vintage Club will take in a mega trip on Sunday next which will take them on a round trip to the beautiful Beara Peninsula. For details contact Donie Lucey.

Mass in Millstreet church tonight for all those engaged in the Eucharistic Adoration  and  will be followed by refreshments at the Parish Centre. All welcome. Eucharistic Adoration continues in the parish at the usual times.

45 Drive at the Canon O Donovan Centre tonight and every Tuesday night at 8.30.

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

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