Death Notice: John Bourke, formerly of Kilcorney Post Office

BOURKE (Kilcorney): On February 24, 2016, peacefully, at home, after a short illness, JOHN (formerly Kilcorney P.O.), beloved husband of Mary (nee Cotter) and dear father of Liam and Padraig, brother of Breda (Kelleher) and Angela. Sadly missed by his loving wife, family, grandchildren, daughter-in-law Maeve, Padraig’s fiancée Tina, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephew, nieces, relatives and friends.
Reposing in St Nicholas’ Church, Kilcorney on this Thursday evening from 6.30pm, followed by Rosary at 8pm. Requiem Mass on tomorrow, Friday, at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Enquiries to 029 56044. May he rest in peace

Upcoming Classes at the Secret Garden

The Secret Garden have seven upcoming gardening classes between now and June, on the topics of pruning, propogation, vegetables, maintainance, flowers, and bees. They’ve listed them all below:

Intensive Pruning Workshop – Saturday 27th February  10-3pm.

Price €40 (Includes light lunch, refreshments, handout).

Spring is a busy pruning time in the garden. This intensive one-day workshop will teach you the theory and techniques for general pruning. Specific pruning groups will include roses, fruit trees & bushes, ornamental trees & shrubs, climbers. This class will take place outside, so warm clothing and footwear is essential. This course will be run by Alan Pitcher, who has over three decades experience of gardening and teaching.

Propagation for Beginners Saturday 5th March  10-3pm.

Price: €45 (Includes light lunch, refreshments, handout & materials)

Fill your garden for less! Learn how to propagate your own plants  – you’ll do your own cuttings on the day, as well as sowing seed, all to take home with you.  You’ll also learn how to divide perennials and grasses. Thrifty gardening at its best! [read more …] “Upcoming Classes at the Secret Garden”

Who Will You Vote for in the General Election 2016 ?

2016 Cork North West Constituency MapTomorrow, Friday the 26th of February is General Election day when the people take to the polling booths to make their choices as to who the want to represent them locally, and indirectly what party / parties will make up the 32nd Dáil.

So we’re asking who will you vote for in Cork North West tomorrow?

  • the poll is anonymous
  • you can choose up to three candidates from the list below
  • more detail on each candidate can is can be seen in a previous article (here)

Update: 26th Feb: Thanks to all those that voted in our poll. The poll closed before voting started this morning. It makes for interesting reading, as previous polls we did happened to be very accurate. We’ll see what happenens in the real thing!

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Coffee Producer from Honduras to visit Millstreet Community School



Millstreet Community School will have the pleasure of welcoming Jose Omar Rodriguez Romero to speak to students, staff and invited guests on Friday 4th March as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 (29th Feb. – 13th March).

Mr Romero, who is known as Omar to his friends, is a guest of Fairtrade Ireland and he has a number of commitments during his stay so the school is delighted that he has been able to fit Millstreet into his busy agenda. Omar is a 4th Generation coffee producer, coffee lover, and resident of the village of Capucas, San Pedro de Copan, Honduras. He says Fairtrade is important, “…because it’s a scheme that is in the hands of small farmers and has a very positive economic, social, and environmental impact on the lives of the producers and the wider community”.

So what is Fairtrade? For many years our school has promoted the purchasing and use of products that have received Fairtrade certification. For products such as coffee, bananas, chocolate, tea, sugar, flowers, cotton clothing and wine to receive certification some strict criteria need to be met. When a product carries the Fairtrade Mark it means it was produced according to international Fairtrade standards. These standards ensure Fairtrade products are socially and economically fair and environmentally responsible. Key standards include the payment of a minimum price and a premium. For most Fairtrade goods there is a Fairtrade minimum price which is set to cover the cost of sustainable production for that product in that region.

Millstreet Community School is working towards becoming a Fairtrade school in 2015/2016 because we feel that it is only fair that the people who produce what we eat, wear and use should get paid enough to live on and have a chance to improve their lives. A Fairtrade school is one that has made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade products.