Dia is Mhuire diobh and welcome to some notes from Millstreet.
A wonderful night was had by all at the Womens Christmas Party which was held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday January 8th. In excess of 130 ladies of every age and background flocked to the venue where they were greeted with some warm mulled wine, before being seated for a wonderful meal. Music was provided by Back on Track, headed by local man Danny Creedon. There were spot prizes golore, and the fun ‘n games went on till late.
Six years ago our first Womens Christmas party was organised by a new girl in town Mairead Daly and it has gone from strength to strength since then. Others have rowed in now to help Mairead with the workload. Any money left over goes to the local cancer support group which was started by Mairead Daly, who has the disease herself. We wish her well.
A group of students from our Community School aquitted themselves at the Young Scientists Exhibition which was held at the RDS last week. Some had the honour of being photographed with the president and his wife Sabina while others were interviewed by the popular TV presenter Vincent Brown and appeared on his program. They were James Cronin, Knocknakilla, Padraig Moynihan, Keale ,whose mother runs our Post Office, and Shane Hickey, grandson of Noel C Duggan.
Well done to them all.
And still with students, four of our Transition Year Students will be going as helpers to Lourdes at Easter which will be in March, and a fundraising Table Quiz, to help with their expenses, will be held at the Wallis Arms hotel on Friday February 5th.
So keep that date free.
Most of our Christmas Decorations have come down by now and our shops and stores are already pushing for Spring Cleaning. Cleaning aids, and paints and floorings are replacing the Christmas fare. And our town is as good as any to make your purchase. Christmas may be over but the drive goes on to shop at home.
Many many countries will be represented at equestrian events which are planned for the Green Glens and Drishane in the months ahead and please do your part by keeping your own place clean and presentable.
Members of Our Tidy Towns are out already, picking up papers and other debris, and getting ready for their program for 2016, they need our help ,so let us all get stuck in.
A million congratulations to all involved with our Day-care centre who celebrated their 21st anniversary last week. This wonderful facility comprising of ten houses and day centre has made a huge improvement in the lives of many of our elderly people over the years. A homely atmostphere abounds, fresh dinners are served every day from Monday – Friday to both residents and day trippers. A Meals on wheels system also operates. The centre provides nursing, hairdressing, chiropody, pyhsiotheraphy, and bingo, singing, and art and lots more.
The thrift shop in the town is run in aid of the Centre and a weekly 45Drive which is held there every Tuesday night also supports the facility.
Many congratulations to Mary Feeley and her staff who work tirelessly to provide this wonderful feature in our town. And the good news is that there are plans for expansion. New people are welcome all the time.
To find out more give them a ring at 029 70926.
Our local lotto resumed after the Christmas break on Sunday night. The draw was held at Tarrants Bar Jackpot €6,400.
Numbers Drawn 5, 7, 10, 23 and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Eileen Cotter, Old Coach rd. the seller was Denis Hickey and he got €50 sellers prize, €50 went to David Kelleher, Liscahane. €20 each to Ann Murphy, Rathcoole. Jason & Justina Murphy,Main St. Murphy Family, MountLeader. Rebecca Cremin, Coal Pits, Jerry O Sullivan, Keale, John Randals, Minor Row, Geraldine Goggin, Minor Row & Geraldine Curtin ,Drishane Rd. Jackpot for next week €6,600 the draw at the Bush Bar on Sunday night.
The monthly Meeting of our Gramaphone Club will be held at the Canon O Donovan Centre on Friday next Jan.15th at 8.15.
Presenter Sean Radley , and all are welcome.
The Cullen and District Special Needs Association kicked off their 31st Weigh-In on Monday night and in spite of the bad weather 71 people turned up. It will be held every Monday night from now until March 14th. Next Monday night will see the start of their Zumba Fittness program. Please support their cause well, while getting yourself in shape at the same time.
The Mighty Machinery Show will be held at the Green Glens on Wednesday & Thursday Jan 20/21. Starting each day at 12noon until 10pm. The show will be held indoors and free parking is available on the grounds.
Meanwhile the Marian Players in Rathmore are about ready to stage their annual Panto. This year it’s the Babes in the Wood. And the curtains go up on Saturday January 23rd. at 7.30.
To book your tickets contact 064 7758526 or 087 956 2920.
Weekly set dancing resumes at Ballydaly Hall every Wednesday night. Starting at 8.30 and all are welcome.
Knitting group at the Adult Learning Centre every Tuesday night from 7-9 , all welcome.
Many other activities are starting up again following the Christmas Break please be on the look out for one that suits you. Above all do not be alone, or feel marginolised.
A note from Millstreet Hospital thanking all those who supported them in 2015.
And a Thank you from the organisers of the Christmas Hampers .
Legion of Mary Meeting at the Parish centre every Tuesday night at 8 and all are welcome.
Agus sinn a bfuil a cairde, please take care on our roads now that we are getting frosty conditions here and there.
Have a good week.