Magical Atmosphere at Millstreet’s Christmas Lights Launch 2022

It truly was a Sunday evening to remember on 4th December 2022 when a wonderful programme of festive events got underway following the official turning on of the superbly colourful Christmas Lights at The Square, Millstreet.   Little did I imagine that as MC Supreme, Noel Buckley introduced Steve Collins and his Son to turn on the Lights in 2021 that this year I would be accorded such a magnificent privilege.   Following the switching on of the Lights this year’s wonderfully Festive MC, Liam Flynn, introduced the Parade which included Millstreet Pipe Band, the Christmas Millstreet Vintage Club, Santa and superb singer, Ger O’Hanlon.  At a later point the wonderfully dedicated Millstreet Christmas Lights Committee will upload a full report on the great success of the overall event blessed with kind weather and a very impressive attendance.   Creating this spectacular Christmas magic throughout the town is quite costly and the Committee is most grateful for the support already received but would like to give the opportunity to everyone who may wish to contribute towards the special fundraising which greatly helps to defray the significant costs.   To access the link just click on the following: Here we share four images of the event kindly shared by Photographer supreme, Neil O’Connor presently at home in West End on a visit from the USA.  We shall later feature further selections of images plus links to excellent videos by Tom Corbett and Fr. James McSweeney.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) 

The exact moment of the official switching on of Millstreet Christmas Lights 2022.  Photographer Neil O’Connor truly captured the magic of the wonderfully festive occasion in this great image.
Anticipating the spectacular arrival of Santa at the festive event.
Receiving a wonderful Garda Escort while photographing Millstreet Pipe Band.
The magnificent singing of Ger O’Hanlon delighted the very large attendance at the festive event.

St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Annual National Appeal on 10th & 11th December 2022

Church door collections in aid of St. Vincent de Paul Society will take place at all Masses on this weekend: 10th & 11th Dec. 2022 (Sat. evening and Sun. morning) outside all Churches throughout Ireland. Your generous support for such a praiseworthy cause is greatly appreciated.   We thank Mona for the alert.  (S.R.)

If you are in need of help from St. Vincent de Paul in the Millstreet or surrounding areas, please ring  (087) 959 7900

A further number to contact if in need of help:  (086) 066 9243

Church gate collections in aid of St. Vincent de Paul Society will take place on this coming weekend 12th & 13th Dec. 2015 outside Churches in Millstreet, Ballydaly and throughout Duhallow. Your generous support for such a praiseworthy cause is greatly appreciated. (S.R.)


Cork’s Hamper Packers Christmas Appeal 2022 Last Call

That time of year again, lets share the spirit of Christmas.

Cork’s Hamper Packers Christmas Appeal 2022

Individual Food Hamper parcels are made up for the homeless at Christmas.

If you’d like to donate items for these parcels, the following would be a great help:

Essential foods :

Small jars of Coffee /Tea Small jars of jam/marmalade
Cereal bars/chocolate/sweets Small packs of rice/Cup-a-Soup/   Pot-noodles
Biscuits/crackers Easy to open Tins of: fruit, fish, meat, stews, chicken, etc.

Hygiene items suitable for Men:   toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, combs, shower gels, face-cloths, baby-wipes.

Small items of clothing:  socks, hats, scarfs & gloves. Cigarettes

DROP-OFF POINTS until Monday 12th December

Educare Centre,  Boherbue – Alaine

O’ Regan’s Mill Millstreet – Hannah

Collection in Millstreet Car Park as follows

Friday 9th Dec 1.30 to 3.30 pm  (Carnegie hall side)

Saturday 10th Dec 11.00 to 12.00PM.


Derrinagree Church Car park on

Saturday 10th Dec  at 13h00

This year items will be packed locally into Christmas Hampers and taken to Cork on Thursday 15th  December to be delivered out to the homeless.

Any extras will be given out to the needy, such as Edel house and St Vincent’s at this time.

Thank you once again for supporting this yearly event.

Margaret Crean 087 2212864 (local person)


Baby Massage Classes

Baby Massage Classes – Tureencahill Community Centre
(P51 T663)
Learn how to massage your baby in a relaxed and supportive setting.
Benefits include: improved sleep, helps gas and colic relief, helps with digestion, improves weight gain, relaxing and fun.
Baby Massage helps you to understand baby’s cues & needs. Classes are also a great social outlet as you can meet and chat with other parents. You may feel more confident & relaxed as massaging your baby reduces stress hormones & increases happy hormones.
Taking bookings now for classes starting Jan 2023, suitable for newborns to pre-crawlers.
Contact: Denise Fenton 0877669859


We would like to thank you  the old Comhaltas committee Clare o Leary , Maria Casey ,Caroline Lehane & Nicole Coleman all the best and thank you for all the hard work and dedication ye put in over the years it was very much appreciated. We like to wish the new committee which are Chairperson: Maria Smyth Vice chairperson Cathriona Lynch, Secretary Ashlean Tarrant and treasurers Joanne Barett and Aoife Golden as the best .
End of term session in Corkery’s on the 11th of December for past and present members.
Hope to see ye all there .

Kathleen Murphy – Acknowledge and First Anniversary

Kathleen Murphy – Acknowledge and First Anniversary

Coolikerane, Millstreet, Cork/Newcastle West, Co Limerick

 As we lovingly remember Sister Kathleen Murphy, who passed away on the 5th of December 2021, we the family and Sisters of St. Joseph wish to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy and gestures of kindness shown to us over the past year. We offer thanks to all those who attended her funeral, sent mass cards, online condolences, and gave donations to Milford Hospice.

A special thanks to the amazing staff of Milford Hospice, to the staff of Tarrant’s funeral directors, Davy, Declan, Cora, and the gravediggers. We would also like to thank Canon Jack for the lovely mass, the singers, musicians, Julie Brady and Sharon Lane.

As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

The anniversary mass will be held on Thursday 8th Dec at 7:30pm.


Mary Byrne (née Tarrant) – Acknowledgement & First Anniversary

Mary Byrne (née Tarrant),  Ahane,  Cullen

Acknowledgement & First Anniversary

As we remember Mary on her first anniversary (9th December 2021) we, her family, would like to thank those who attended Mum’s funeral, those that sent Mass cards, flowers, posted condolences on and who supported us in any way.  Thanks to our kind neighbours and friends who called to the house with food, words of support or just to be there with us.

A special word of thanks to Helen, Siobhán and all the nurses and carers in Araglen House Nursing Home for their excellent care of Mary while she was in residence. We would also like to thank Mary’s GPs, Dr Walsh and Dr Payne for their care of Mum.

Thanks to Tarrant’s Funeral Directors, Davy, Declan and Cora for their professionalism and support during this difficult time.  Sincere thanks to Canon Jack Fitzgerald who celebrated Mary’s funeral Mass, Joan O’ Donoghue for organising the Church and Jerry Doody for the wonderful singing and music.

As it is impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgment as an expression of our deepest gratitude.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 4th December 2022



Second Sunday in Advent

4th December 2022

Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P.

Telephone Nos.:  Landline:  029 70043  &  Mobile: 087 775 2948

Email:  millstreet


All Masses are livestreamed on

Parish Opening Hours 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 

9.00am to 1.00pm  &  2.00pm to 5.00pm

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the Souls of the following:

RECENT DEATHS: Brian McSweeney, Cobh & Millstreet; Betty Murphy, Dereen & Waterford.

Mass Intentions this Weekend:

Saturday 3rd December:

Millstreet   6.15p.m.     Margaret & Frank Reen, Main Street & their son D.J (recently deceased).  Mickie O’Connor, Ballinkeen & Mallow (1st Anniversary)

Sunday 4th December:

Ballydaly   9.30a.m. Eddie Tucker, Whitegate & Ballydaly (1st Anniversary).  Kathleen Mulcahy, Annagloor.

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Michael O’Mahony, Murphy’s Terrace (recently deceased)

ANNIVERSARIES:  Peggy Thornton, Drishanebeg; Tom Barrett, Killowen; Denis & Kate Kelleher, Killowen; Pat O’Connell, Tullig; Bobby Cronin, The Rectory;  Ursula Manley, The Square;   Margaret O’Regan, Main Street; John “Sing” O’Sullivan, Mill Lane; John, Kathy & Connie Dennehy, Curragh; Jack Kelleher & the deceased members of the Bennett Family, Dromsicane; Daniel & Julia Guerin, Ballydaly; Con Buckley, Dooneen; Mary Byrne, Ahane; Francie Herlihy, Glountane; Paddy Murphy, Beaufort; Julia Sheehan; Michael & Mary Kiely, Ballymacarbry; Nora Mary & the deceased members of the O’Riordan Family, Knocknagree; Nora Desmond, Lombardstown; Mary & Joan Murphy, Waterville; Noreen O’Keeffe-Finn, Dromina & Millstreet; Anna Dimmock, London & Aubane.


Wednesday 7th December:

Millstreet   7.30p.m.     Sr. Kathleen Murphy, Coolikerane;  Tade Corcoran, Coolikerane.

Thursday 8th December:

Ballydaly   9.30a.m. Pat, Margaret & Dan O’Connor, Ballydaly & Johnny Murphy.

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Lilly Moore, Liscreagh;  Breda & Pat Broderick, Clara Road;  Vera & Noel Moylan, Shannon. [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 4th December 2022”

Christmas Trees for Sale at The Square Millstreet in December 2022

Christmas Trees for Sale in The Square Millstreet at these times in December 2022

Times and dates as follows:
Saturday December 3rd  12 – 2.30 pm
Thursday December 8th 2-5 pm
Saturday December 10th 2-4 pm
Tuesday December 13th  2-5 pm
Friday December 16th  2-5 pm
Outside of these times please call Dubby on 087 9255151
Trees from 6ft to 13ft
For trees over 10ft please order in advance now on 087 9255151

 Delivery if required 🚚
 Outside of these times please contact Dubby on 087 9255151 
 Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy Christmas!🎄

Brian McSweeney, Cobh & Millstreet

The death has occurred of Brian McSweeney, Clara, Ringmeen, Cobh, Co. Cork / Millstreet,  Co. Cork

Late of Carrignafoy Community College, Cobh & St. Colman’s Community College, Midleton

Peacefully, at home surrounded by his loving family. Much loved husband & best friend of Liz (née Coughlan) adored dad of Paul, David and Kevin & dear brother of Éamonn & Mary.  Sadly missed & lovingly remembered by his heartbroken wife, sons, brother, sister, nephew Damian, brothers in law, sisters in law, cousins, relatives & a wide circle of friends.

May Brian Rest In Peace

Brian will repose at Cahill’s Funeral Home, Newtown Rd., P24Y383 on Friday, December 2nd, from 5.30pm with rosary at 7pm. Reception into St. Colman’s Cathedral on Saturday, December 3rd, at 11.45pm for 12 noon Requiem Mass followed by burial in Old Church Cemetery. (Brian’s funeral cortege will drive to cemetery).

Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam dílis

Brian’s Requiem Mass will be live streamed on

Messages of comfort & support can be left for Brian’s family in the condolence section HERE.

House Private Please

Millstreet Meals on Wheels service

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service is available for the elderly & isolated in the Millstreet catchment area. All food is prepared in Millstreet Day Centre & we operate the service 5 days a week. You can order a hot dinner for as many days as you like, delivered to your door from Mon-Fri for just €6 a day for the main meal & €2 for dessert.

 A variety of meals are served throughout the week and the staff will endeavour to facilitate individual tastes when preparing meals. Coeliac dinners & desserts available also. Please see our menu for next week below.

 If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels Service over the coming weeks please contact the kitchen on (029) 30998 or the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or email <email>


Arts & Crafts Showcase

Millstreet Day Centre will be having a Arts & Crafts Showcase

in the Centre

on Sunday 4th December @ 12.15pm – 2.00pm.

Pop along for a festive coffee & mince pie & see what the clients of the Day Centre have been busy creating over the past few months.

There will be some items available to purchase on the day also!

Any proceeds made/donations will go directly to Millstreet Day Centre.

All welcome to attend!

Walkability Study of Millstreet

The Millstreet Age Friendly group will be conducting a Walkability Study of Millstreet on Wednesday 30th Nov. Part of being ‘Age Friendly’ means promoting active ageing by making sure our towns are easy to get around and that it is easy to access the services and facilities they contain. During this walkability study we will be looking for things that support us to walk, or stop us from walking comfortably along the streets. We will be assessing

FOOTPATHS: availability, quality, ramped, width, obstacles in the way

CROSSINGS: convenience, safety

AESTETICS: signage, litter, bins, derelict buildings

PUBLIC SPACES: accessibility of services, availability of parking, green spaces, public toilets, benches, transport stops

SAFETY: car speeds, driver behaviour, cyclists, street lighting, general feeling of safety

This will be the first of 2/3 walkability studies as we will need to walk the same route at different times of the day. If anyone in the town has any feedback on any of the above areas that we will be assessing please get in touch by emailing <email> or phone 029 70926

“Radio Treasures” from 9.10 to 11.30pm on CMS Tonight

On this Tuesday – 29th Nov.. 2022 – preceded by “Jimmy Reidy & Friends” with a wonderful programme with focus on a splendid  Show featuring Friends from Cork’s Farranree at 8pm (the repeat of which one may hear after the Maureen Henry Show on Sunday night just after 10.30pm) we invite you to also tune into “Radio Treasures” this Tuesday from 9.10 to 11.30pm on Cork Music Station.    Feel very welcome to contact the live programme by emailing corkmusicstation or texting 086 825 0074 – One may also WhatsApp that number.   Tonight’s programme includes lots of uplifting songs, music, musings and requests….and lots of great Interviews.   We chat about the images below.   Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Stefan Healy during our Interview at the Wallis Arms Hotel on 12th Aug. 2022. The special Interview will be broadcast at 10pm on “Radio Treasures” tonight (29th Nov.)

Stefan who is attending the prestigious RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in London is scheduled to play the role of Duke Orsino in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre from 1st Dec. to 7th Dec. 2022. See the following link for details:
Official Launch of “Sliabh Luachra Journal No. 20” at Gneeveguilla on Friday night last. The excellent Journal is now available in numerous Book Shops.

Preparing Millstreet’s Christmas Lights during this week. The official turning on takes place at 6pm on this Sunday, 4th Dec. 2022.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” from 9.10 to 11.30pm on CMS Tonight”

Eddie Tucker – Acknowledgment and First Anniversary


Acknowledgment and First AnniversaryEddie Tucker, Whitegate & Ballydaly

Who died on December 2nd, 2021

As we fondly remember our brother Eddie on his first anniversary, we and all family members wish to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy and gestures of kindness shown to us during our sad loss.

The many Mass Cards received and the many condolence messages on R.I.P., those who travelled long distances to attend his funeral, and those who gathered outside Millstreet Church to say goodbye.

Our sincere thank you to the following:

Dr. Derek Power (Consultant Oncologist) and his oncology team at the Mercy Hospital, Cork;  All staff at Lee Clinic where Eddie received his chemotherapy treatment;  Dr. Mulcahy (G.P.) and staff at Harbours Brink Medical Centre, Lower Aghada, Midleton;  All staff at Aghada Pharmacy;  Public Health Nurses, Dieticians, Physiotherapists, palliative care team and home helps;  Doctors and nurses at Marymount Hospice, who cared for Eddie during his final days;  Fr. Danny Murphy (Parish Priest Aghada) who visited and administered Holy Communion to Eddie in his own home;  Irish Cancer Society Volunteer Drivers who took Eddie to his chemotherapy treatments. A special mention to Pat O’Regan;  To his very special friends in Whitegate who truly cared for him during his cancer journey – Anne Sweeney, Tony Cotter, Martin Murray, Yvonne (home help) and Caroline Colbert and all his many neighbours and friends in Whitegate, Millstreet, Ballydaly and surrounding areas.

Special thanks to Canon Jack Fitzgerald for his beautiful funeral Mass and for his touching words of comfort, and to assisting Priests;  to Sharon Lane for her guidance and support, also to sacristan Julie Brady;  to Jerry Doody and organist, Edel Fraser, who together and so movingly sang and played Eddie’s chosen hymns;  to Davy Tarrant and Cora for their kindness, sensitivity and professionalism with funeral arrangements;  to the staff of Wallis Arms Hotel for serving refreshments following his funeral.

The gates of memory will never close

We miss you more than anyone knows

With tender love and deep regret

We who love you will never forget.

Anniversary Mass for Eddie will take place at

Ballydaly Church on Sunday 4th December at 9.30a.m..

BT Young Scientist

Steven Lyons,  Cian McCaul and Kieran Duggan…..we are TY students in Millstreet Community School.   We are qualified to the finals of BT Young Scientist exhibition up in Dublin and we would appreciate it if you could share the survey we have attached below to a website…The link will take you straight to the online survey.   We would also like some opinions that you have on our survey.    Thanks!

Information about our survey is at the top of the survey!

IRD Duhallow Survey

“Your Community Your Voice!

IRD Duhallow is conducting a survey of the quality of life, sense of place, local amenities and facilities. The findings will help local community groups to formulate their plans for their community and will feed into the strategy for the region. The survey only takes a brief few minutes and all within the region are encouraged to please complete it.  To access the survey click on the following link: “

Supporting Millstreet Christmas Lights 2022

 We are very busy preparing for the turning on of our Christmas lights this Sunday December 4th @ 6.00PM.

⛄️ Following a difficult few years for everyone, we now have a particularly challenging time funding this years Christmas Display.
We are seeking support from any member of our community both near and far. Your donations will allow us to light up our beautiful town and fund the official turning on of the lights to enable us create a magical atmosphere for all the little ones. A big Thank You to all who have already kindly donated at our Church gate collection and our local businesses who have already responded to our letters.  We are very grateful for all your kind contributions particularly in these challenging times.

 We hope by setting up this Idonate it’ll allow all locals to donate a small amount as easily as possible. Please click on the following link to support us.

Our Credit Union account is also available for those who wish to donate directly:
.: 55654/24
: IE54MATN99221205565405

And as always donations can be handed into:
Niamh at “Wordsworth”….. Noreen at “Noirín’s Boutique”…..Catherine at Dick Pomeroy & Co. Auctioneers.