Eily’s Report – 20th February

Dia is mhuire díobh go léir a cáirde and welcome to my Report.

Oh what a beautiful day can do, to see the brightness and the warmth of the sun, feel the springy mossy soil beneath your feet. Three fine days in a row were made all the more special when the weather forecast for them was for rain and more rain and wind and freezing cold.  All going to two local wedding held their breadth on Saturday with guests arriving fully supplied with rain wear and umbrellas. Both weddings had Cloghoula connections and their receptions were  held at two hotels in beautiful  Adare. Our Canon John endeared himself  to all present at the wedding of Martin Buckley and his lovely bride Lisa O’Driscoll, at her native church in Ballyhooly. His open and friendly manner did not go unnoticed. The Carriganima bus was made available to all those who needed a lift and the reception at Fitzgerald’s Woodlands Hotel in Adare was a joy to all.

The second wedding of the day with a Cloghoula connection was that of Richard Brown Kilcorney who teaches at Cloghoula National School, he  was joined in marriage to Marese Murphy. We wish all our newly weds many years of health and happiness.

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Eily’s Report – 13th February

Dia is mhuire díobh go léir a cáirde and welcome to my Report.

Greetings dear friends, sorry for my absence last week when my dear sister-in-Law Jo (Joanne) Corkery went to her eternal rest. Many thanks to all who supported us in our grief. Your attentions were much appreciated. 77 is not old by today’s standards and we will miss her. She was part of our family since she and my brother Ted came from London to live in Rathmore, in the 90’s, where they  found great happiness among the friendly community there. After Ted’s passing sixteen years ago she continued  to live a full life. She endeared herself to many as a care worker and she took part in local fundraising events etc, many of which involved long walks which she so enjoyed accompanied by others of similar pursuits. She joined us on holidays over the years and when her health began to weaken.  Both members of my own family and her near neighbours in Shinnagh stepped in to help until it was evident that she could no longer live by herself in her own beautiful home . For the next three years while still being regularly  visited by family and friends  and taken to the CUH for treatment by them she got the royal treatment at the Care Home in Killarney, where she gently passed away on the day that God called her giving her two sons time to arrive from London at the closing  minutes.

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Eily’s Report – 30th January

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Can you believe it, yes you can. The popular Carroll Family did it again this week. Tom having shared the €15,200 Jackpot with Nigel at the Wallis Arms last week, sold the winning ticket of €2,000 to his wife Patricia this week and was awarded the sellers prize €200 for his trouble. Needless to say there was consternation in the office coupled  with good wishes to  the winners again. The committee forged ahead with another €2,000 jackpot for the next draw, and all and sundry were taken for a celebratory drink by the lucky winners.

The full list of this week’s draw. Numbers drawn were 16,26,27,31 and the lucky winner of €2.000 was Patricia Carroll, The seller her husband Tom, got €200 sellers prize. €20 went to the following 9 people. Margaret Corkery  Liscahane,  The Boys c/o Margaret Bourke, Mary Daly , c/o Ita, Noel O’Sullivan, Newmarket c/o Centra, Maria  Margaret Smith c/o the Juvenile Club, John D. Buckley c/o Eily Buckley, Dara ,Ria & Mary C, c/o Colemans, Jerry Kelleher, Aubane, c/o Corkery’s. Maria Smith and Tony McCaul, c/o the Juvenile Club. Next draw Bank Holiday Monday February 5th.

Jackpot €2,000.

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Eily’s Report – 23rd January

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The big news in town this stormy morning is that the Lotto Jackpot was won last night. The draw had to be deferred to Monday night owning to the bad weather and our massive Jackpot of €15,200 was shared between Nigel and Tommy Carroll all of the Wallis Arms. The seller was Nigel and he gets an additional €1,520 seller’s prize. We congratulate the winners on their great win. The official presentations of prizes will take place at a future date.

As is the norm when the Jackpot is won nine lucky people win €20 each and they are as follows, Pat and Mike, Keale c/o Ml. Healy. Michelle Lane c/o Sheila Lane, Willie O’Connell Cullen c/o Colemans. Sheila Nagle c/o Joan Casey, Marie Murphy, c/o The Bridge Bar, Niamh Cronin, c/o O’Leary’s, Conor Healy, c/o The Clara Inn, Barry Murphy c/o Paula Healy.

Next draw January 28th. Jackpot €2.000.

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Eily’s Report – 16th January

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In spite of all the changes in our climate, it is still so typical of this time of year to bring frost and cold and maybe snow, nice perhaps in it’s own way but causing disruption in many things. Just at a time when we’re beginning to wake up after the Christmas break. Everybody anxious to get going, advertisements and notices already gone to where they can get the best attention and then wham, snow and ice on the forecast.  Social and voluntary events are the most affected. Business people make up their own minds and act on their own judgement.  But to hold that card game or dance or keep fit class in chancy weather is the headache of all those who organise and run them on a voluntary basis. But one thing in their favour these days is the mobile phone.  Some patrons will risk life and limb to come out, while others remain undecided and doubtful.  But one text or call will settle it all when a thing is called off.  People are great at spreading the word. If the people in charge know of someone in a district who attends regularly they can send the message there and that person will send it and on to others. In the end all can breathe easy in the knowledge that all were safe. One of the worst things that can happen is to cancel on the previous day, only to find that when the planned time comes, there is no frost at all. Believe me I speak from experience. My long years of dealing with such things left me wise.

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Eily’s Report – 9th January

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a cáirde and welcome to my Report.

My first of 2024, how many more will follow is known only to God, but we’ll press on and see what He will send. I trust you are all well after the Festive Season. The first week of the New Year is already behind us so let us waste no minute or hour to make the  months ahead good for ourselves and those around us.

Thanks to our hardworking priests the Christmas period went very well with Masses, confessions and other Christmas ceremonies in as many churches in the Diocesan list as they could fit in. Sadly a few masses had to be cancelled but as everybody has their own transport these days going a mile or so to get Mass wasn’t a great inconvenience. Our church choir excelled themselves ,they sang for more than half an hour before the 9.30 Christmas Night Mass. It gave a great feeling of peace and  joy to sit and listen to them as the people gathered in filling the seats around the church with families. Some  home from far and near to be with their loved ones for the Holy Festival of Christmas. There were some solo singers who almost raised the roof and I’m told they represented the Polish and Ukrainian people in our midst.  While our hearts go out to them in their terrible plight, it was gratifying to know that they were made welcome to be part of our celebration of the Birth of Christ. Jesus is the reason getting top priority.

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Eily’s Report – 19th December

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a cáirde and welcome to my Report.

Welcome indeed to my final report before Christmas. The weather is damp but very mild making it easy for people to do their Christmas shopping and those with school going children to flit from one place to another, taking them to matches, dancing ,music, parties the list goes on and on and a fine day means a lot.

The pupils of  Scoil Mhuire, our Boys National, school put on a wonderful Carol service in the Church on Friday morning. It ran for over an hour and their varied program was a joy to behold. They filled our huge church with their music and singing. From solos to small groups to the full volume of the entire school it was great.

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Eily’s Report – 12th December

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I usually look out, actually step out first thing every morning, no matter what the weather. I like to fill my lungs with the fresh air, it’s gets my system going for the day. Following a severe weather forecast as I went to bed, I eyed a few details around the place to see if I’d suffered any damage. Lucky for me, there was none and I said a little prayer of thanks to God. But there were a couple of signs that showed that some severe gushes passed my way. Tubs full of wet compost etc. were lying over, the first time ever.  It was all calm and dry when I went out, there was a perky blackbird searching for food in the garden.  Picking away as if all was well with  him. I spent a little time observing him, looking so together not a feather out of place. I couldn’t help asking him, where did he sleep last night? Later the robin appeared as I had my breakfast, looking at him outside my window the same question came into my mind. Where did you find solace during the long hours of darkness and storm. Where do they set up home ,how can they find a place that will be safe and dry ,and will stand up to the raging   gushes of wind. Especially during the long months of Winter when the trees have shed their foliage and hedges all cut down. The rapid changes in temperatures and weather conditions a continuous challenge. It’s hard to imagine the we had heavy frost in the middle of last night (Sunday) A friend who had a call of nature in the very early hours saw a bright starry sky with ice on her windows. We could pull up another blanket but  but what can our friends in the wild do. Maybe not all of them make it, but those who do are worthy of great praise for the way they brush themselves off and look all neat and refreshed to face the new day. We really do owe them a little of our time plus a few nuts or crumbs, don’t we?

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Eily’s Report – 5th December

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The fiftieth anniversary celebrations of our Community School were indeed a very Star-studded glittering affair. Held in the first day of December 2023. At the massive Gym Hall in the school complex. It was a mega undertaking by any standards. Nursing a bad heavy flulike cold, I wasn’t there for the early proceedings of the day, so I can’t speak for them.  But I’m led to believe that they went on all day following the raising of the flag at 11 am. In the Hall there was a buzz of excitement before the show started. The frosty night outside did nothing to cool the excitement that people felt at running into old friends, people they shared years of learning with, before spreading out all over the world to make their living. Few things compare to the joy of meeting up with past school friends and recalling things of the past.

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Eily’s Report – 28th November

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I think that Don Williams was one of the first American singers to perform at the Green Glens. He was only twenty four hours in the country when he said that since he arrived he had seen four different kinds of weather and we’re still subject to lots of change. Going from milder than mild a few days ago with roses blooming again, even my raspberry canes bending down with the weight of fruit and now all of a sudden there’s snow and ice on the way. The old people had a great way of describing trying situations like this in the past. When they found it hard to cope with a thing they’d say with a sigh, ’Ah shur you’d want to be young for it.’

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Regional Report – 21st November

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Starting off a new week, the sun shining brightly making the world looking around us looking good. Yet when you venture out the unexpected wind sends you buttoning up you coat and pulling down your woolie cap. Most of the trees and shrubs have shed their foliage by now. The leaves which adorned our gardens and country sides for months are now lying low where they will wilt and decay and turn into nourishing compost to feed their mother plant in the next season, to start the mysterious cycle of nature all ever again.

We have lots to celebrate this week Buíochas le Dia. Our gallant Senior Scor  Quiz team brought home the bacon on Saturday night when they won the All-Ireland Final of  at the INEC .They really did us proud.  See their pictures elsewhere on our website.

Well done also Linda Desmond daughter of our popular Lollypop lady Nuala and hubby Declan on her fantastic gold medal win at the recent National Elite Boxing Championships finals.

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Eily’s Report – 14th November

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Looking out my window today the scene keeps on changing. One minute the sun is blazing and the next it’s raining. The scene looks so lovely when the sun is shining. The dead calm and the warm glow, is far removed from the story on my phone about the utter devastation that Storm Debi caused in Galway last night. This time the weather people went all out to warn us about what was coming. They were blamed a few weeks ago of not giving a more severe account and people were caught on the hop and suffered the consequences. Not easy to get it right with the changing times that we live in.

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Eily’s Report 7 November

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I’m not at the end of the rainbow, but very near. As I look out from my usual spot the multi coloured arch across the sky  is enough to brighten anybody’s day, even if it is the sign of another shower. We must never lose an opportunity of even the least thing to bring us joy.

We are well into the month of November the first week already gone. This is the month of the Holy Souls and the Masses and ceremonies which were laid on for us by our priests  at the weekend, were very meaningful and important as we take some time  out to reflect on those who are no longer with us. Our absent friends. The Church choir attended the ceremony on Saturday night when Canon John accompanied by Retired priest Fr. John O’Shea, prayed for all those who died during the year, Including Cullen,  forty eight in all. The names are displayed on a notice board at the lovely Garden of Remembrance at the back of the church. On Sunday Morning the cemetery at Cullen was blessed following 9.15 Mass and in Millstreet after 11.30 Mass. In spite of threatening weather large crowds attended all three graveyards, The Church Yard, St. Mary’s and Drishane by Canon John aided by Fr. Paddy O’Byrne. But we are reminded that the month of November is devoted to the Holy Souls and a good time to visit  their last resting places and pray there for them. Not forgetting those who are left behind. The note on Sunday’s Mistelette reads.

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Eily’s Report – 31st October

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The sun is shining warm and bright on this lovely Bank Holiday Monday. Looking out my window as I write, my favourite tree in the garden my little Japanese maple is shedding it’s red leaves, forming a red carpet on the ground beneath. A little further down my Raspberry canes are weighed down with fruit.  My neighbours Cosmos are still lording the view with their grand display of  purple blossoms. Up to eight or ten feet high  they have stood up like no other, to the punishment of the weather for the past number of months. Cosmos will definitely be on my list for next Season DV.  I will miss my little red tree when the leaves are all gone, but it’s bare limbs will reveal the far off hills which it has been hiding from my view for months. There is always a redeeming feature.

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Eily’s Report – 24th October

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One minute it’s pouring down with rain and next minute the sun is shining out calm and warm, almost saying to us, ‘what are ye complaining about and just as you’re about to forgive it, the rain starts again. But  to be honest, we have very little to complain about when you think of people of Cork City and Midleton and other places. We get the best account of the disaster from the telly , the best that the cameramen can snatch but I bet there are other cases in the wings who were destroyed also but don’t hit the headlines. It is hard for us to imagine what it must be like to see the torrents of water forcing it way into your sitting room or place of business ,fully stocked with vulnerable stuff.  It is grieving to see beds and mattresses and duvets being dumped out, things the very same as we have in our own homes.  Things that people saved hard to buy and to match for colour and fit. Built-in presses, carpets even the dogs bed. The very thought leaves you cold. It takes a long, long time to put a home together, years and then to have the hard luck of living in a flood plain where you are at the mercy of the elements. To see a car and a boat going down the street in Midleton on television one night said it all. It’s a well known saying that the worst brings out the best in people and to see the way that people come out and put their shoulders to the wheel when disaster strikes never fails to make a bad situation better, even in a small way.

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Eily’s Report – 17th October

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Oh dear, I suppose you can’t win them all. I was treated to dinner by a couple of friends at a nice hotel in Killarney on Saturday night. The room was well stocked with diners. Some celebrating  the birthday of a young man at the next table, others down along enjoying private conversations and having their food. At eight o’clock we were conscious of a crowd in some other room beyond, noisily settling down to watch the match and you could sense the air of expectancy even at a distance.  We knew how Ireland was doing by the number of roars that went up but thought that there should be more. Then came the end and the whole place went dead. Disbelief. A feeling that was multiplied all over Killarney and over the whole of Ireland as our hearts went out the players. I have to be the least competitive person in the world. Challenge nobody in case I’d lose, so I have no way of experiencing the awful pain of defeat that is being felt by our wonderful team today. Learning to accept defeat must be a hard nut to crack, but it is a one that  any competitor, be it an individual or team has to be ready for because nobody wins all of the time and the younger the lesson is learnt, the better. It kills me to see little children sobbing on stage or equestrian arena or games pitch, having failed to make the grade. Some like me, never try again, while others forge ahead  in the earnest hope that some day their ship will come in and often does but not always. My heart goes out to our gallant losers.

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Eily’s Report – 10th October

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The Summer is back, and even if it may not stay for very long let us wallow in the beautiful balmy, misty soft mornings as they give away to bright sunny days. Mind you I’m  even finding it hard to confine myself  to the indoors to write my report and didn’t start until I roamed around my grassy lawn kindly mown by my next door neighbour when my usual man was nursing a sprained ankle. There is still plenty to see and enjoy out there. Even my neighbours king-sized  cosmos towering above the garden wall are an added bonus and sitting on a nice chair in a favourite spot is hard to beat.  The many fixtures that were on over the weekend were lucky with the weather and there were a lot. The weekend started off well on Friday night when the Duarigle Gaels won the U12 finals and were marched into town in celebration. On Sunday the Ballinagree Vintage Club celebrated their 20th Anniversary, while here in Millstreet the mighty Model Car Exhibition organised by the Millstreet Vintage Club brought great crowds to the K&L Warehouse in Mount Leader for a day of wonder and joy for all ages. The amount of entries had to be seen to be believed. Rows and rows of every kind of  model car and tractor, etc. Even a ten foot high wind turbine all the way from Co. Meath, gently winding away at its own leisurely pace. Further on there were mini sized JCBs and loaders being remote controlled to fill sand or gravel into mini trailers with acute presicion.  Little children had plenty to do at the Lego   stand where they were given free reign to construct the thing of their dreams. A fast food facility saw that there was food for those who needed it and members of the Club were on hand to make sure that all went according to plan. Sean Radley was there to take lots of pictures. I asked some stall holders about the show and they all seemed very pleased, some saying it was the best since the likes have resumed since covid. Exhibitors from all over the country support one another. Next one will be in Tullamore in a couple of weeks and all heads are up for it.

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Eily’s Report – 3rd October

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The recent development at the Boeing was further enhanced at the weekend when a special plaque and seat were added in memory of the popular late Eileen O’Riordan, Dromsicane beloved wife of Francie, whose first anniversary occurred recently. Eileen was not a native of Millstreet, but she endeared herself to many during her all too short time here.  Following the 11.30 Mass at which she was remembered and prayed for her family and friends made their way to the historic crossing of the Blackwater known at the Boeing. In advance of the day, her friends and neighbours had constructed and Rest Area overlooking the gentle and often raging waters of the Blackwater River.  The memorial plaque reads ,”Sit for a while and remember her smile, Gone but not forgotten.” Eileen O’Riordan and there it remains for us all to use and enjoy. The perfect place where you can go alone or in company. I went there one day when it was still in the development stage and sat on the only seat that was there at the time. Listening to the gentle flow of the water admiring the overhanging branches dipping their toes and dancing to it’s movement a place of tranquillity and peace. Gives the mind an opportunity to slip away from the affairs of modern life. I am yet to see the new development, but I can see it as a place where  people like myself and my equals can go  there for picnics singing sessions or of course to  pray.  But not just for the likes of me but for everyone to savour in their own way.

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Eily’s Report – 26th September

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You always appreciate the good day better if it comes after a bad day. That goes for lots of things in life and indeed it also goes with the weather. This lovely warm sunny Monday is so welcome following the wet, dreary, weekend. We didn’t expect this gift of sunshine and when it came you want to do a million things that you have lined up in anticipation of it. I didn’t think I’d spend so long working in my garden today but as we all know that  if you have a few minutes  work  to do out of doors it usually takes much longer than you planned.  You don’t count the cost if you can get the thing finished. I’m very pleased with myself, having ventured off out into my patch to  catch up with some things that have driven be almost to despair for weeks. Looking out at them in the rain.  By now I’m sure you appreciate the love that I have for my beloved Phormiums. Above everything else in the garden they give the best service. Stormy wet days are no bother to them, as they’re lashed this way and that. Their ribbon-like foliage effortlessly twisting and turning and flapping. The punishment of the elements doesn’t even show when the calm returns again, while others fall flat and damaged. Needless to say they do need a little TLC. now and then and today was my opportunity to let them know how much  I care. Pampas grass and Phormiums are related I’d say and have to be treated in a different way to other garden dwellers. Some of my friends wait for the dry spell to set fire to them, the flames reaching down to burn away all the dry matter ,to make room for the new growth and it works very well for them. But in my situation, a blazing inferno on the edge of a very busy road would not be very practical to put it mildly, further to that where do you go for a dry spell. Anyway I made no delay in attacking the task by hand in the brilliant sunshine and pulled away all the dead matter to give the new growth every chance of  surviving. I‘m very proud of the finished article. To see my plants all cleaned up and the  roots devoid of the mucky debris. They can breathe now again and are open to the lovely sunny day. Buíochas le Dia.

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Eily’s Report – 19th September

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a cáirde and welcome to my Report.

The AGM of the Community Council will be held tonight  Tuesday September 19th at the Adult Learning Centre,  Starting at 8pm sharp. All welcome to this important meeting.

Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and Blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus . Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

You wouldn’t believe how long it took me to write that short little prayer. Writing from memory leaves us in a quandary. You get mental block or maybe words from a different prayer altogether.  Well anyway I think I got it right eventually. The Hail Mary, a prayer that I’ve heard every day for as long as I can remember and I know it was said in our house and every other home long before that. To look at it in print it looks so short and when we were small it seemed endless as we answered it fifty three times during the rosary. But down the years when our lives were taking shape, the little Hail Mary often brought us  comfort and encouragement when the chips were down. In view of all the adverse things that are going on in the world today, more and more emphasis is being put on this little stalwart. It won’t solve everything in a flash, but as constant dropping wears a stone, it gets you there one day at a time.

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Eily’s Report – 12th September

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a cáirde and welcome to my Report.

How many times did we hear it said that hot nor cold won’t  ‘plaze ee.’ In our young days those words were thrown at us more that once as we pleaded for more than our parents were inclined , or could afford, to give us. A remark which always sent us on our way and it can still be said of us. How we longed for some fine weather as the rain pelted down on us for the past couple of months and out of the blue along  came a heatwave.  It was beautiful to feel the sun and see the world around us from a different perspective. Dry and warm, good enough to make plans. Plans for a long-awaited day by the sea or even go to the bog, or wash the blankets or duvets and have them fit to go back on the bed before night. But for some of us at any rate, the heat was a bit too hot and as the days dawned the build up of heat both by night and by day indoor and out was a little over-bearing. Though I hate to admit it.  A just time to say well hot nor cold won’t ‘plaze ee. Apart from the slight discomfort it was a joy to see how the world around us reacted to the fine spell. Painters were out in an effort the catch up with lost time and get the house renewed. Those who had their turf still in the bog lost no time to try and retrieve it . It was a rare sight to see the bog road to Gneeves all lit up at night as the convoys of the precious winter warmer was being ferried safely home. People of the land worked over-time to get their planes re-seeded while the land was dry enough . Funny enough I found that in my own garden my roses which had given up the ghost for this year ,came to new life, and sent out  a brand new crop of every hue.

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Eily’s Report – 5th September

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a cáirde and welcome to my Report.

The Sun, The Sun, The Sun. All the pointers were for it in the past few days and how we longed for it to come and it’s here with a bang. For how long we don’t know but the secret is to make full use of it while it lasts. The whole country was alive with events and plans for more, just at the mention of a fine spell. Our town was a hive of activity on Sunday with colourful stalls flanking the sides as they always do for September Fair. Our Car Vintage Club filling Noel C Duggan’s carpark for their assembly and the usual registering and so on. People leaving the church after 11.30 Mass in brilliant sunshine had lots to see at as they eased their way through the thoroughfare. Always interested in things of the land, I met a little fellow as he came out of the Fair Field at Minor Row on Sunday morning. He looked the part of a little lad who was involved in the horse trade. Riding crop in hand, skinny body with a skinny trousers tight around his little legs, He told me he was 14 and they had a horse for the Fair and lots of them at home. I asked what breed and he said Irish Draught ( the ones that we always kept on our farm), what colour, brown. I asked him what would they be selling the animal for and he said about €8.500. Didn’t know they made that kind of money but he said they’re gone up mad lately. Then I asked him what would the buyer do with the horse and he said hunting.  I asked him his name and where he came from and he told me, I told him mine and as we parted he reached out his little hand and we shook as we said goodbye. I enjoyed that.   A member of our Gardai as well as members of the Club keeping perfect order and the long line of cars of every make and colour left the town behind and headed off on a beautiful scenic route all in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. They enjoyed a wonderful BBQ at the Pub in Carriganima.

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Eily’s Report – 29th August

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a cáirde and welcome to my Report.

With September on our doorstep and children about to return to school,’tis hard to believe that the year is moving on so fast. It’s a time when in the past we looked forward to the annual September Fair. The very thought of it almost raises the excitement within me as I recall crowds and the carnival in O’Leary’s Lawn (now the Town Park) and loud speakers on all the poles in the town blaring all the lovely music and songs that were popular at the time. Mighty stallions would be paraded through the streets with strong men at both side, reins in hand to keep them under control. People and animals all mingled together, there was no mention of Health & Safety and yet I can’t recall that there was ever any serious injury. People were naturally vigelant back then because they lived with danger all the time. There were no proper fences to keep animals under control, so they broke out and galloped free sometimes where people especially children were and had only a split second to jump to safety. Where some repairs were in progress boards with nails sticking out of them were another hazard. Many the unsuspecting passer by stepped on one at their peril. An experience I had more than once. Such things made us very watchful, very clever and the dangers at the Fair bore no threat to us at all. Beforehand there would be a Carnival Dance to choose a Carnival Queen and once chosen she would be free to elect her own ladies in waiting, four of them. This was in the day when there were no mobiles phones, nor on-line shopping and outfits were a lot less fashionable than they are today. So you can imagine the excitement in the run-up to the parade. We waited with bated breath to see the beautiful gowns , worn by her ladyship and her attendants. How we wished it could be us, but it was never to be. Pony trotting was very popular back then, the course was from town to Kilmeedy Bridge. The driver beautifully dressed whip in hand was a sight to behold and the clip clop of the nimble hooved  beauty was music to our ears and a gymkana on the lawn was also a crowd puller.

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Eily’s Report – 22nd August

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Yet another Horse Show is over at the Mighty Green Glens and the story is the same every time. Both judges and competitors always say that they prefer our local venue to that of the much publicised Dublin Show. They love the homeliness and convenience of it all. Free nearby parking ,very important, plenty of food outlets etc.  Accommodation has changed a lot in recent years and the awful years of the pandemic let many things hanging mid-air but our shows continue to be held. It raises the spirit to see the big lorries arriving and leaving and people ringing around to see who has a bed to let. For a night or perhaps more if a horse qualifies. Being with it since the very beginning, I can’t believe that I didn’t go to the Show this time. Age is having it’s effects. But apart from that we had some funerals over the same period.

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Eily’s Report – 15th August

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a cáirde and welcome to my Report.

It’s a good job that there is always something to keep the spirits up and this past week was no exception, Buíochas le Dia. All heads were raised in  Cloghoula when a big white passenger Bus turned in the Ballinatona road at hi noon one of the days and came to a halt at the homestead of the Sheahan Family. It turned out to be a group of Farmers all the way from Canada in the United States  who were curious to learn more about  Conor Sheahan’s unusual breed of cattle which they saw on-line back home. I must thank the same Conor for filling me in  on the details of the exciting venture. The animals  are a Japanese breed of stock called Wagyu and the visitors were delighted to see them here in Ireland where they thriving and doing well.   During their four hour stay the guests were free to roam the fields and farmyard buildings  and ask questions etc. before sitting down to a scrumptious meal of said meat on the menu all expertly cooked and served by our own Craft Butcher in town, Tony. Conor told me it is the most expensive meat of all and is delivered by courier to the best Hotels in Dublin.  This weekend the Rotterdam Team is coming to Ireland and they will be treated to Wagyu meat for their gala dinner at the Mansion House. Plans are afoot to stock some butcher shops down south  in the near future. We wish the Sheahan family continued success with the latest extension to their business. But different breeds are nothing new to Ballinatona. Next door the O’Riordan family have stocked up with  a herd of Dexter Cattle and doing very well. It’s great to see young farmers diversifying and reaching out to new ideas and  markets. God Bless their work.

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Eily’s Report – 8th August

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Oh what a lovely day can do, and a lovely weekend is immeasurable. To get a fine Bank Holiday in the middle of bleak forecasts was nothing short of a Gift from God. For the first time in a long time, people from all walks were able to live the dream, carry out the plans they had made for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Others were not fortunate. Up the country there were damaging floods where people had to sleep in their drenched homes until help was available next day. For a small island like ours it’s difficult to imagine such extremes.

Roads were extra busy because of the Bank Holiday Weekend nd places and communities along the way held functions that were suited to their places. In brilliant sunshine. Very often raising much-needed funds for various causes. One of the most novel  to my mind is the Sheep Races in Bearra.

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Eily’s Report – 1st August

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

 Welcome to the month of August. With a wing and a prayer the summer might still come. Up till now the weather has lived up to all the predictions of climate change and judging by things abroad, we’re not getting the worst. So whatever about the wing we’d better keep up with the prayer.

Memories, how they play tricks on the mind. Especially when you get older. The very mention of something from the distant past can send you into a phase of your life which had remained hidden away for decades. There is an item on the website at the moment where somebody is asking if anybody can remember the Davis Family who lived in Millstreet away back and had connections in Ballyvouskil. It must be 80 years or more since I sat in class with Hanna Mary Davis at the Presentation Convent school here in Millstreet, I can still see her as plain as if it were now. Her light  thick brown hair cut in a bob, her calm gentle ways, quiet spoken. Right away I could recall that she had an older sister who was a nun. But other details failed me until I got the help of Nora (Broker) Kelleher and Kitty Cronin, both ladies who are blessed with outstanding memories and perhaps mixed in different circles than I.  Between us we figured out that there were three girls in the Davis family. Hanna Mary, Sheila and Barbara who became a nun.  Davis was not a Millstreet name. Their Dad came to work in the brush making factory in the Drishane Estate.  They lived at the Tanyard as many of those working in Drishane did. Another name which came into the area to work for the French Order of Sisters was Sexton. Two brothers Jehr. and ?, were employed as ploughmen  there. They came from the Skibbereen area of the county. In time Jerh Sexton married into the house in Church Street which was a very popular public house and the name Sexton went over the door of a business place in Millstreet for the first time. The place has changed ownership  many times over the years and always retained it’s popular acclaim as it does to  this day, as Pomeroy’s Clara Inn.   Hanna Mary left school at sixth class and like so many more of her equals disappeared into the big world which took them away from the everyday/years of closeness at school. We all followed the paths that Life had in store for us and it’s only when we hear the name mentioned again that it all comes flooding back.

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Eily’s Report – 25th July

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God helps those who help themselves and it certainly proved to be true when Sean Murphy once again braved the elements and went ahead with the Declan Nerney Concert in the lovely village of Carriganima  on Sunday night.  Nora Tarrant and myself had the honour of conveying the popular Star from Mary O’Sullivan’s parlour across the road to his magnificent band stand inside a huge marquee. In his opening cupla focail, Declan said that  he was in awe of the venue and in Sean and his helpers. At 3 o’clock that evening  he said, with the rain pouring down there was little hope of going ahead with his show under the skies but when  he returned a little after 6 he found a huge marquee in place which covered the entire dancing area from side to side. Once again the spirit of rural Carriganima came into play as the rain continued to fall. They pressed ahead as the people slowly started to arrive and by 8 o’clock the rains had stopped as we marched the great Declan Nerney onto his stage, secure in the knowledge that the show could go on. The irony of it was that the marquee wasn’t even needed because there was no rain for the rest of the night. The new boy in town Pat Mulcrone entertained the crowds in the bar from early on so a great time was had by all and the crowd was even bigger than last time. Well done to all.  Buíochas le Dia.

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Eily’s Report – 18th July

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Today we parted with another of our esteemed citizens. Liam Coffee was a household name, he was there always. He being a few years my senior, as far as I was concerned ‘my Millstreet’ was never without Liam Coffee. I heard his name before I ever knew him to see. He went to the boys school with my brothers and his name would come in their after school stories in the evening. I remember his Dad Garda Ed. Coffee. Back then members of the force were always walking in the town or standing the barrack gate as we went and came. Garda Ed. seemed to be very involved in the social affairs of the town /community. I wonder am I right in thinking that he was the instigator of the Pipe Band. Likewise Liam was a great community man and in my young days we had people who were always at the ready to take the stage to sing or perform . The same people were active in our church choir and so on. People like Tadg O Driscoll, John Joe Tangney, Liam Coffee, Maurice Murray/O’Callaghan , Larry Moynihan, Kit Radley, Teresa Corcoran, Rosie Todd, Abby Murphy and lots more. We didn’t have any fancy halls in town back then to hold local concerts but we did have a fine cinema which other towns didn’t have and some of our plays and concerts were staged there. We had  a hall in Minor Row also and we enjoyed functions there as if they were the Albert Hall. I can still recall the songs that some of our local artists sang. Larry Moynihan would thrill us all with his heartfelt rendering of Jerusalem. Morris M O’Callaghan’s party piece was his recitation of the ‘Green Eye of the little Yellow God’ and we sat stiffened at his well put words. Liam liked the lighter vein of ‘A woman, a woman, Oh what can she be, whatever she is ,she’s necessary. Coupled with a ‘Man oh a man any woman will say, whatever she is we like her that way. Rosie’s rendering of the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ will stay with us for ever. Most of these were in the Parish Choir and there was never any trouble in getting them to sing or recite when the occasion arose. Liam’s time with the Millstreet Pipers Band is History and how fitting it was to see them all at his Requiem Mass, all in Uniform as the played some fitting tunes to their departing member. May the lovely soft-spoken Liam Coffee, rest easy as we send our sincere sympathy to his lovely wife Noreen, his sons James and Edmund, and siblings Maureen, Teresa and Joe. RIP.

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