Eily’s Report – 3rd December

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome.

Our Christmas Lights were turned on with great gusto on Friday evening. Great crowds, including many from other countries and creeds.  All wearing Santa hats and sparkly gear adding a real carnival atmosphere to the occasion. If the evening was cold, nobody felt it. We had the pipe band, the community singers and the event was presided over by Community Council Chairman Noel Buckley.  There were no shortage of politicians for turning on the lights. Warming cups of tea were passed around. Thanks to a friendly Garda presence who saw  that all went well and passing traffic was not held up or delayed.
I have to compliment the hard working ladies who spearheaded it all and the many hands on people who worked so hard to made our Town Centre a bright and cheerful place in the run up to the Festive Season.

And now that the Christmas Season is on please shop at home. We need our shops and they need us. Our shops are always full of gift ideas at Christmas time. And they will all give vouchers which is the easiest way of all to shop.  There are many of us who neither want to wade into the masses in the big stores nor know what to get, so a voucher from a local store is a winner every time. Be it a beauty product, hairdressing, clothing, heating fuel , cutting hedges, paint a wall , trim the grass , the list is endless. Good luck to those who love to rummage through the big places, but there are many who almost  faint at the thought,  and the idea of a voucher says it all. I know it does for me.  So please shop at home.

Its the Season of Advent and we are invited to an evening of Prayer this Thursday December 5th in Millstreet Church from 7.30 to 8.15.  Music and singing will be provided by choirs from the parishes in our Pastoral area.  All are welcome.

The annual St.Vincent de Paul church gate collection will be taken up this weekend December 7 and 8. Please give generously, all monies collected locally will be spent locally.

Christmas ShoeBox collection (For men,women and children) in aid of Cork Penny Dinners can be handed in to McCarthy’s Bar .

Aubane Christmas Mass and Party this Friday at 8.30 and all are welcome. Their Christmas Morning Climb of Mushera Mountain goes ahead as usual. Proceeds to their Centre Fund.

Cullen and District Special Needs Association will hold their 39th annual Christmas Mass and Party on this Saturday December 7th at 1.30.

Still with Cullen, their Community Centre Committee will host a concert by the Duhallow Choral Society in the Church on Friday December 13 at 7.30.  Tickets at the Creamery Store or from Derry 0877423366 or  Patsy’s Salon 087 2890457.Proceeds go to the Community Centre Fund.

This week we congratulate our popular Reen’s Chemists who celebrated 80 years in business  at the weekend. We thank them for their great service to our community in the past  And wish them continued success in the years ahead.

Cullen National School Nativity Play will be held in their Church on Wednesday, December 11th at 7 pm and all are welcome.

Please be reminded that our Town Park is Closed from December 2nd until the Coursing on January 3rd and 4th 2020.

Its a good time to visit our adult gym at the Youth complex. Machines to suit all tastes and the lovely Michelle a trained manager to help and advise. It open every morning from 9.30 to 12.30 and again at 5 pm. Drop in and while the park is closed get your excercise all under the roof.

The Millstreet Calendar which is organised every year by the Community Council is in the shops. Its full of photos and accounts of all the happenings of 2019 plus many items of useful numbers and information to help you in 2020. The Proceeds will go to the Children’s Playground Fund. Its and ideal gift to send at home or abroad or a stocking filler.

Christmas Jumper 5 Km Run/Walk in aid of Irish Cancer Society will be held this Saturday December 7th starting from the GAA Hall at 10.30 .

Christmas Crafting for Children 5-10yrs in our Parish Centre on Friday December 13th from 5-6.30.  €15 per child.  Booking  messyhands.ie.

The AGM of our Day Care Centre will be held at the Centre on Wednesday December  11th at 7.30 pm.

The AGM of Millstreet Vintage Club will be held at the Parish Centre on Thursday December 5th at 8 pm sharp, all Club Members and anyone out there interested in Vintage/Classic Cars/Bikes and Tractors are welcome to attend,New Members always very welcome to the Club

The Glen Theatre are presenting two one act plays this Thursday night, December 5th, Sarha By Mary Angland.  For details and booking ring 029 56239.

Here are the results of this weeks lotto draw which was held at the Bridge bar on Sunday Night.  Numbers drawn were 4,7,14,19 and the jackpot was not won.  €100 went to T.M.C. Millstreet, the Seller was Patsy Mac and he got €50 sellers prize. €50 went to John O Sullivan, yank, Tullig, €20 each to Libby Kathy and Jerry O’Connor, West End. Denny O’Connell, Cullen, John Healy, Minor Row, Martina Kelleher, Tanyard, Pauline O’Shea, Killowen, Our K.K Queen c/o Michelle, Julia M O’Riordan Killowen and Kate Dennehy, Dromagh, Jackpot for next week €6,000 the draw at the Bush Bar on Sunday night.

The  Women’s Little Christmas Party will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on January 4th 2020.

Members of our Community singers  visited the Day care Centre on Thursday last and  were joined by the residents and day guests for  a most enjoyable singing session and lots of chat. Some joining them  for the beautiful dinner which followed.  The new manager Marie welcomed the idea of making it a regular occurrence and gave a detailed account of all that the facility has to offer by way of freshly cooked dinners every day Monday to Friday,  as well as meals on wheels, entertainment, transport, nursing care and lots more in a pleasant and friendly  setting. Their number is 029 70926 for details.  45 Drive is held at the Centre every Tuesday night from 8.30 and all are welcome.

 Eucharistic Adoration continues every Tuesday and Wednesday in Millstreet Church from 10.30 am to 10,30 pm. In Cullen on Thursdays from 10.30 to 7 and in Ballydaly on Saturday from 1o.30 to 12.30. Confessions in Millstreet Church every Saturday from 12.30 to 1.  Please contact the Parish Office if you’d like to join the Eucharistic Adoration at a given time, the Number is 029 70043.

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

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