Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly Report.
A very important meeting was held at the Wallis arms Hotel on last Tuesday night. Organised by the Community Council the meeting was called to renew the Text Alert System in the area. Three members of the Garda Siocana attended and addressed the meeting. Local Garda Paul Lynch gave a detailed account of their work in the Millstreet area, first commenting on how good the town looked to the visitor and praised the Community for the manner in which they take care of their town. He also said that Millstreet stands out as a place almost free of crime and bad behaviour. He went on to advise the meeting on the importance of having details of all their property. So that if stolen it can be returned to its owner. They have by large stocks of goods which were recovered in many parts of the country but due to lack of identity, they cannot be reclaimed by the rightful owners.
Garda Inspector Brian Murphy, spoke and said that the Garda Siocana need the help of the community to carry out their work, and asked people to let them know if they see or experienced anything suspicious. Community Garda Johnnie Crowley, went on to advice the public on all aspects of security and gave out numbers to contact in case of emergency. But the best number to ring is 999, a number that is answered every time.
Everybody paid €10 and signed up again to Text Alert System, for the coming year. Before the meeting closed there was time for informal chat with the three Garda which plays a big part in breaking down the barriers.
A fundraising Coffee morning was held in the Garda Station a few weeks ago, and raised €1,500 for the Hospice.
A meeting of our Historic Group was also held during the week and great progress in being made in documenting the cultural and historical value of our town, and the Community Council are looking for pictures/drawing of the Mill dating back from 1850 to 1950.Contact Noel Buckley if you can help or any Council Member.
An interesting article appeared on our website this week, telling of a meeting held a hundred years ago at which the local Co. Councillor, Mr Con O Callaghan of Altamount House, advised his people to buy local so as to keep their shops in business and here we are in 2016 asking our people of today to do the same thing. Please bear in mind that our stores and services are waiting for your support at Christmas time so that they can continue to serve us for the rest of the Year.
There are countless gift ideas to choose from. This week the lovely book written By Ireland’s Only Steeple Jill, Angela Collins OMahony. This will be on sale at Worthsworth. A lovely Christmas gift.
Other places have other fine gift ideas and stocking fillers . All the shops give vouchers at prices to suit any pocket.
Here are the results of this weeks parish lotto draw which was held at the ClaraInn on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were, 1, 8, 12, 31 and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Dan O Riordan, the seller was McCarthys bar and they got €50 sellers prize. €50 went to Patricia Guerin. €20 each to John & Carol Foley,c/o McCarthys Bar, John Hickey, Shanaknuck, Mary Naughton Cullen , Peg O Keeffe, Drishane Rd, the Breen Family Liscahane, Mgt. Healy, Ballbriggen, Angela McAuliffe, Mount Leader, Thomas Burke, Murphys Tce. Jackpot for next week €7,600 the draw at the Wallis Arms hotel on Sunday night.
And as we are approaching Christmas, please bear in mind that the last lotto draw before Christmas will be on Dec 18th and the draw will resume on Sunday January15th 2017.
Last Sunday being the Second Sunday of Advent, the second Pascal Candle was lit on the alter before Mass on Sunday last. And the Novena of the Divine Mercy continues in the Church every Sunday at 3pm in the run up to Christmas.
On Saturday last the Cullen and District Special Needs Association held their annual Mass and Christmas Party. A great crowd attended . Following the Mass there was food and fun and disco dancing and before going home every special person got a lovely gift presented by Dr. Pat Casey. Well done to all concerned.
And the annual Weigh In will start up again in Cullen early in the New Year.
The Womens Christmas Party will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Jan 6t .Tickets €25 each. Get yours without delay Call in to Breda at the Little Euro Shop.
Christmas is a time for giving and the annual collection of non-perishable foods will take place and items can be handed in at O’Regans Mills. Please support it well.
Our Community Singers were extremely busy during the week. They sang at McCarthys Bar on Friday night At the pub in Carriginma on Saturday night at the turning on of their Christmas lights. Then on Sun they gave recitals both at MillstreetHospital and at the Danu centre in Rathmore.
A Christmas Mass and party was also held in Aubane Community centre .
The once off edition of Clara News was very well recieved at the weekend. Well done to Padraig O Driscoll, for bringing it to life, one more time.
And still with the popular Padraig, following many years as a successful travel agent Padraig went back to college and trained to be a teacher and he is now working at our Community school where he was once a pupil himself.
The December issue of Duhallow Today is in the shops, Its free of charge. So pick up a copy today and see the wonderful things it has to offer.
Our active retired group will travel by special Bus to Galway on next Sunday. And a tea dance in Macroom in also on their list of social outings.
Thursday December 8th, the feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady is a Holy Day of obligation and Church services will be as for Sundays.
Eucharistic Adoration in Millstreet every Tuesday and Wednesday and in Cullen on Thursdays from 10am to 7pm.
Confessions every Saturday from 12.30 to 1pm.
Millstreet Gramaphone Circle meeting on Friday Dec 9th at the Canon O Donovan Centre Starting at 8.15 , Presenter Margaret McCarron. Bandon /Cullen and All are welcome.
Cake Sale at the Parish Centre on Saturday night after Mass in aid of Students Travelling as helpers to Lourdes at Easter 2017.
Don’t forget to support the food collection for the homeless in Cork,Hand in your donations to ORegans Mill.
Agus sinn a bfuil a Cairde ,slan is beannacht De libh go leir.