Eily’s Report – 9th May

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly Report.

The scene from my window is getting more dense day by day but I’m well compensated by the leaves as they flourish and grow and swell blocking my view. The multicoloured wide expanse always gives food for the eyes and the mind. The wind and the sun and the rain, each having it’s own say in the look of things. The couple of sunny days that we got were a strong temptation to run off to the nearest garden centre and buy bedding plants to wake up our world from it’s long winter sleep, but we have to brace ourselves for as long as I can recall there is danger of frost until the end of May. So we must be patient. Find something else to shake off the winter’s unrest for just another little while. A dry hour now and then gives us the chance the wander around the garden and take stock. As well as admiring the lovely lilac and the laburnum starting to send out its show of tendrils and the Rowan already in flower, there is the chance of hearing the cock pheasant in the near by meadow giving off his well-known call as he searches for a mate.  Butterflies and bees and nesting birds are well worth a moment of your time and nowadays they are much more interesting because of all the Nature programs that we see on tv. Their antics and movements are more meaningful and enjoyable.

I love it when somebody puts me right in some of my memories of old. A mistake is a great way of seeking help without actually asking for it and I want to say a sincere word of thanks to my dear friend Kitty Cronin, The Rectory for her help. In my report last week I said that Nurse Bridgie Reardon stayed at Maggie Longs. Well I wasn’t far out. Mind you she spent many hours resting by the fire at Maggie’s shop, probably following long nights after delivering babies while we all slept in our beds. Anyway Nurse Reardon stayed with Han the Post (Cooper) at the top on Minor Row which was a post office at the time and back to back to Maggie Long’s Shop. Staying at the same place was a man called Jack Coy. He was the man who made history in his day by winning the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake, Draw A national lottery which swept the country at the time in aid of Irish Hospitals. Tickets were £1 each ,and big sum at the time. But it was possible to buy a half ticket for Ten shillings or even a quarter ticket for five shillings. But our Millstreet man had the full ticket  and won the £25,000 plus some bonus. It goes without saying that his win caused consternation in our sleepy town back then and led to the buying of the Rectory among other things. I was very young at the time and have no further memory of the great win.

The AGM of our Tidy Towns /Tourism Association  will be held  on tomorrow Wednesday night May 10th at  8 pm at Canon O’Donovan Centre and all are welcome. This important association deserved our full support at the onset of another Summer Season we are all expected to join in the task of making our place looking it’s best. Private and public places need our best attention if we are to achieve our goal.  So please answer the call.

Our Active Retired Committee excelled themselves once again with the outstanding success of the Feile Na Bealtaine Tea Dance which was held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Sunday afternoon. In spite of so many other events being held on the same day  in many other places , it was very well attended. Patrons came from Castle Magner, Ballincollig, Ballinagree, Rathmore to name but a few. The hours were danced away to the music of the ever popular Blackwater Sound with Peter Lane and Danny Golden. Numbers were up on former years and there was an air of friendship and good humour for all to enjoy. We had lovely refreshments and valuable cash prizes for the raffle on our door tickets.  Plus hand massage and manicure for the taking. Many thanks to all those who came to join us.  Well done once again to our wonderful committee who leave no stone unturned  to make our every event so enjoyable.

Next up will be our four-day bus trip to Mayo on the first week of June. 52Seater bus is booked out and another coach to take some from other areas. And there is a waiting list to fill any possible cancellation.

Elderly people are adding a great deal to the economy of the country as they support ,local transport, hotels . services such as hairdressers and clothes shops as they partake in the many events that are held for them, While at the same time continuing to live healthy active ways of life.

The AGM of friends of Millstreet   Community Hospital will take place on Wed. May 17th at 7.30 at the Parish Centre.

 All Welcome.

Very soon our brilliant Bog committee will be setting the ball rolling to provide Winter fuel for their many clients. This is their 40th year doing this great work . Over time they have seen many changes and overcame many stumbling blocks along the way .But  now the cutting of our bogs is seen as something to be controlled and even eliminated where  cutting  on a commercial basis is concerned. However for domestic use it is allowed . And work will begin on this years crop will soon begin. We wish them fair weather.

Here are the results of this weeks lotto draw which was held on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were,14, 22,24,32,and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Marie & Martin Murphy, Pound Hill, The Seller was the Clara Inn and they got €50 sellers prize. €50 went Kathleen McCarthy, Carriganima, €20 each to Geraldine Dennehy, c/o  Joan Casey . Kathleen McCarthy, Carriganima, c/o Colemans. Eileen ORiordan, Tullig, Jason Murphy, Main St. c/o Colemans. Joan Moynihan. Killarney Rd, Mike Keane & Nicola C/O The Bridge Bar, Marie O’Leary, Tullig, c/o Capabu, The McCaul Family, C/o Paula Healy, Next Draw May 14th Jackpot €8.400.

Please be reminded that the Holy Rosary is recited at Tubrid Well every evening Mon.to Fri. at 8 o’clock and at Aubane every Thursday evening at 8. Please support them well.

There is a note of thanks on this week’s Parish Missalette from Fr. Wilhad  of the Rosminian Fathers for the very generous response to his recent visit to our Mass/church. It amounted to €2,926.50. in aid of their East African Mission.

Bowls played at the Wallis Arms Hotel Tuesday and Wednesday. For details please ring the Hotel at 02971445.

 Eucharistic Adoration in our Church every Tuesday from 10.30am to 7.30pm. Please support it well.

It is hoped that there will be sufficient support for the Kerry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock.  Forms can be found at the back of each church.

Agus sinn abfuil a cairde Slán is Beannacht Dé libh go léir.

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