There will be a farewell mass for Gregor Rokosz on Friday, 25th June at 10am in Millstreet Parish Church 
On this the longest day of the year – 21st June 2022 – Preceded by “Jimmy Reidy & Friends” beginning at 8pm (the repeat of which one may hear after the Maureen Henry Show on Sunday night) we invite you to also tune into “Radio Treasures” this Tuesday from 9.10 to 11.10pm on Cork Music Station. Feel very welcome to contact the live programme by emailing corkmusicstation @gmail.com or texting 086 825 0074 – One may also WhatsApp that number. Tonight’s programme includes lots of uplifting songs, music, musings and requests. Also:
- The significance of the number 102!! See the following to learn about the amazing fundraising 102km Big Walk for Little Lives which recently took place in Co. Waterford…..This is a summary of the story as told by Maria and Jonathan Radley: Our daughter, Christina, was born extremely prematurely at 27 weeks + 4 days on 25.06.2021 in CUMH, weighing 1 pound 2 Oz. To our absolute naivety, little did we know the journey Christina and all of us would have ahead of us. Her “new womb” aka Neonatal ICU (NICU) through state of the art technology, the most amazingly gifted and more importantly caring people, Christina survived & thrived, with a lot of bumps & hurdles along the way. For the duration of Christina’s time in NICU (102 days), Brú Columbanus became our “home away from home”. A family room at this amazing facility was made available to us with absolutely no requirement of payment. This meant that we were within walking distance of Christina at all times. To this extent, no words will ever suffice on our behalf for both Neo ICU & Brú Columbanus however we feel it’s the least we can do to raise funds for both facilities and more importantly raise awareness of what amazing and devoted people they are. Thank you for your support x And one may still donate to the fundraising by tapping on the following link: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11438623_the-big-walk-for-little-lives.html?fbclid=IwAR36eToS4pz-mf1NCkLSXmm9rQbIb-3MvgBk85thRtbAvtFJTwhX7GP5pDQ
- Hugely successful Bumbleance Car Run.
- Rathcoole Airfield Visit.
- Corpus Christi Procession 2022.
- Remembering our Faithful Departed.
- 89th Birthday Celebrations.
- Chatting about the images below. Tap on the pictures to enlarge.
- Happy Listening!
We thank Martin McSweeney of Carriganima Community Development Group for sharing this superb feature illustrating the magnificent work carried out recently in the wonderfully scenic Carriganima area. Sincere congratulations and every success to the splendidly dedicated Group. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Carriganima Community Development Group’s Uplifting Updates”
Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde and welcome to my report.
Monday June 20, and beautiful sun drenched day to herald in the longest day of the year. The turf is drying rapidly in the bog, making up for a late start and there is a vast increase in the number of patrons seeking peat fuel this year. Turf has been the saving grace of our people for centuries. Apart from giving employment it gave light and heat to the poorest of the poor. When oil was scarce during the 39/45 war we did our lessons by the light of the fire. From beginning to end turf gave exercise and hope to both man and beast who were involved in rescuing it from it’s bed of slush on mountains and flatlands. Turf was created when it built itself up over the centuries. The vegetation which grew on the boggy surface rotted down over the years and ever so slowly grew into tall banks ready for the day when man and shleán came to avail of it. The jelly-like surface held together only by a thin film of greenery. So bogs by nature are pretty inaccessible and in the old days the best help which was available to cope with it’s soft terrain was the humble ass. Men cut the turf and spread out on the ground to dry but getting it to hard ground by the roadside was in many cases done by a donkey. Creels or baskets strewn across the animal’s back were commonly used in the West of Ireland. A scene which featured in many a picture postcard, but not so around here, so homemade inventions were put together for the task. Day after day the nimble beast made the rounds from bank to roadside ferrying the precious turf on some sheet of tin or timber dray until the last ciraan was out. To be collected later by a powerful horse and crib and brought home. At home many turf sheds were placed a distance from the dwelling house, in a sort of effort to spare it. The word spare was applied to most things that time. Spare the turf, a cranky man could be heard saying to the wife, Spare that turf, you were a long way from the bank when I was cutting it. But he still had to get his dinner. Once home the turf had to be brought into the house for the fire. So a jute or meal bag was the normal receptacle. Young lads were usually the ones for this task, at least it was in our house. As he headed off bag in hand he would go with the warning to bring the dry ones and as he filled his sack with sods he had to do his best to obey orders, and you dare not give a back answer or a well placed clip in the ear could follow. Needless to say sods of turf got broken in transit, small pieces were known as Ciaraans, while more turned to dust and was called turf bruss. Ciaraans were very welcome when the fire was bad. They were very like lumps of coal and they ignited very fast and always gave new life to a sulking hearth. On the other hand turf bruss or turf dust as some people called it was rarely used for anything. It’s hard for us now to imagine that the fuel which served us so well for centuries has now become a forbidden thing. It almost feels like the betrayal of an old friend.
Keep Sunday July 3rd Free in the Diary for the Millstreet Vintage Club Circuit of Ireland Stages Revisited2022,Donie Lucey has organised 3 great Stages in a Compact Route of 50 miles Starting and Finishing In Millstreet Town,Sign on is at the Wallis Arms Hotel Millstreet Eircode (P51 D25 W) from 10.30am with Take Off at 12 Noon,Cars will Tackle Gortnagane,then will go for a Pitstop in Glenflesk before tackling Mullaghanish and then on to the Mushera Stage before heading back to Millstreet for the Finish,Each Participant will receive a Traditional Bumper Plate to mark the Running of the Event,for Further Details Contact Donie Lucey on 086 8545873.