Millstreet Website Nominated for National Awards Event
We are delighted to share the wonderfully uplifting news that our Millstreet Wesbite has been nominated in the Best Connected Community section of the upcoming LAMA 2015 Awards (Community & Council) ceremony which takes place at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin on Saturday, 24th January 2015 (yes – unfortunately coinciding with the Millstreet GAA Victory Social in Killarney!). The MC for this national event is Miriam O’Callaghan. The section in which we are placed is highly competitive with the winner from last year clontarf.ie also participating! The other websites in our category are Drumlane.ie, Donegaltown.ie and Castleblaney.ie (full list of finalists). Irrespective of any possible win, it is indeed a great honour having been approached to submit an application, to have been shortlisted and to receive an invitation to attend the Dublin event.
Reflecting on the history of our website – it was the Duggan Family of Green Glens who initially financed the first local website. Hannelie O’Connor had a wonderful vision of what a website should offer and has worked tirelessly from the outset to bring about such a vision to reality. We were so blessed that Michael Cashman joined our website team and is now undoubtedly our Captain Supreme such is his amazing dedication, unending patience, utter fairness and remarkable technological expertise. The advice of such people as John O’Riordan and others has been much appreciated.
The three Administrators of the website – Hannelie, Michael and I – are of course so very grateful to our Extended Team which includes such regular contributors as Eily Buckley (Regional News), Sharon Lane (Parish News), Bernard Crowley (LTV2 Millstreet Online), Francis Duggan (Poet Supreme directly from Australia), John Tarrant (News, Sport & Photographer), Fr. James McSweeney (Reflections on ww.2u.ie and Photographer), Geraldine Dennehy (Photographer), Jack Lane (Aubane Historical Society), John F Kelleher (Aubane Social Club), Rebecca Ambrose, Michelle O’Keeffe, and John Magee (Millstreet Community School), Justin Black of “Justborn Photography” – to mention but some of our enthusiastic helpers. It is this great Team working in a totally voluntary manner that has led to the quite amazing development of our website with an ever increasing growth in new visitors to our site. We are grateful to Cork Co. Council for trusting us with the official Millstreet.ie name. And we are indeed very thankful to Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. for his much appreciated and sincere support in emphasising the important communication outlet into which the website has developed over the years.
Above all, we extend heartfelt thanks to all of you who so very loyally visit our site on such a regular basis, who contribute valuable news, comments and suggestions. The website has truly become an important platform for all, a valued form of daily communication and a magnificent means by which we can project Millstreet in its very best light while also permitting a means by which a wide variety of suggestions may be aired and constructively discussed. We are particularly pleased to realise how very much appreciated our website is by our many emigrants across the world. Their regular positive words of encouragement are such a great source of inspiration to us all and further stimulate us to enhance the website as much as we can. In so many ways we feel so very happy in the category into which they have placed us in the forthcoming LAMA Awards Event – “Best Connected Community” !
It is Millstreet Museum which finances the annual costs relating to the Website. We are especially grateful to everyone who contributes to our annual church gate collection and this year we are especially thankful to Millstreet Community Council who will be donating the funds arising from the profit of the sale of this year’s Millstreet Community Calendar 2015.
When the three of us represent the website in Dublin on 24th January we are there in the name of the many great people of Millstreet at home and abroad. A report on the upcoming Millstreet involvement in this national event is scheduled to appear in next Tuesday’s “County” section of the “Irish Examiner” by Eoghan Gubbins and a further report will appear in the “Evening Echo” by Audrey Ellard Walsh.
We shall report on our Dublin Experience in time to come. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Seán Radley on behalf of Hannelie (Founder of the Website), Michael (Our Captain Supreme) and our Complete Dedicated Millstreet Website Team – Saturday, 10th January 2015.