It was a very real joy to stand in awe on Saturday evening, 13th Jan. 2024, observing the truly magical festive colour of Neil Kelleher’s “Adrivale” home at South Douglas Road in Cork just before the exquisite display of multicolour lights was taken down after Christmas. Professional Artist, Neil, has always very creatively presented his home – to which is often referred as “The Flower House” and is a very real Cork landmark – in a magnificent manner throughout the year with the most outstanding floral arrangements but this past Christmas Season’s remarkable display at “Adrivale”, as our selection of images clearly demonstrates, even surpassed previous year’s hugely impressive presentations. Neil’s maternal roots are linked to Adrivale, Millstreet with the O’Leary Clan (hence the reason why Neil’s Family home is named “Adrivale”). As my own late mother was Mary Ellen O’Leary from Adrivale I am therefore part of the very same O’Leary Clan….as is Patrick W. O’Leary from Louisville, Kentucky, USA. We are delighted to share on a global basis a selection of the images which I recorded last Saturday evening in the presence of Neil. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Great credit is due to Millstreet Tidy Towns Association for the dedicated coordination of arranging to put in place a magnificent new Mural at Minor Row. Neil O’Dwyer, Artist Supreme, from Tipperary is presently carrying out the splendid task at the Minor Row entrance to the Fair Field. Well done also to the O’Riordan Family for according permission to place the beautiful Mural on the gable end of their Family home. Millstreet has always been famous in the equestrian world with the two most important Horse Fairs of the year taking place in March and in September. The splendid Mural is therefore most apt for this particular location and indeed for the entire town. When fully completed it will look truly remarkable. Here we share a selection of images reflecting on the wonderfully uplifting development. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Carriganima Community Development Group recently shared the following report on its very successful Easter Competition 2023:
“With almost 280 entries we could not decide on just 2 winners so we also have a runners-up prize for each age group. The winning pictures below and just some of the amazing entries we received. Thanks to Carriganima National School ,Clondrohid NS, Muinefliuch National School , Clann Aire Clondrohid, Busy Bees Preschool and all who entered the competition. Please take a minute to look at the amazing pictures we received.” Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Carriganima Community Development Group Easter Competition”
Celebrating the Relaunch
of Chapel Hill School of Art
Chapel Hill, Macroom,
To celebrate the Art School re-opening for classes in September, Chapel Hill School of Art in
Macroom is hosting an fun, free Open Day August 20th from 12.30 to 4pm.
In partnership with The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and
Media and Cork County Council with Heritage Week, Cork Craft Month and August Craft
Month, a series of Heritage based workshops and demonstrations will be showcased for
your enjoyment on the spacious grounds and buildings on Chapel Hill. Free Event…….All Welcome!
We extend sincere thanks to Artist Supreme, Tony Barrett of Tullig, Millstreet for sharing his magnificent original Painting relating to 1916. Tony explains: ” The Painting depicts the surrender of Pádraig Pearse on the event of the Easter 1916 Rising to the British Brigadier General Lowe and his son Captain John Lowe.
Elizabeth O’Farrell who was a Nurse attending on the day served as a go between and approached the British barricade waving the white flag of truce. She seems to have been airbrushed out of the history books so I painted this to as a remembrance to her, to her bravery and to her contribution at this historic moment.”
Magnificent Artist, Bertie Buckley has alerted us to his upcoming Christmas Window Display at Corkery’s Bar, Strand Street, Kanturk where one may view a selection of his original Line Drawings and Paintings as well as Laminated Prints of the Originals. All will be for sale and the splendid Display will continue throughout December 2020. Bertie may be contacted on 087 679 3841….or on email at buckleybertie49 @gmail.com. Special thanks to Dan Twomey of Corkery’s Bar for his very kind cooperation. Here we share a selection of Bertie’s Line Drawings and Paintings. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)Artist Supreme, Bertie Buckley
We thank Mary Fahy of Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet for a wonderful selection of historic items which she has very kindly presented to Millstreet Museum. Included are many historic receipts, documentation relating to the CYMS Millstreet Branch plus the original drawing plan for the Liscahane Grotto which was officially blessed and opened in the late 1950s. It was Mary’s father – the late Jackie Forde of Church Street, Millstreet who created the plan for the Grotto. Jackie was gifted as a superb Craftsman and completed many beautifully designed inlaid tabletops which would be quite similar to the Religious Bookstand which has also been donated to Millstreet Museum. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Preparing for this Wednesday’s Official Launch by Maura Walsh of IRD Duhallow of a superb Art Exhibition by the MARA Artists at Millstreet Library. Artist supreme Mary Sheehan of Knocknagree (pictured on right in image below) is the inspiring Teacher to the enthusiastic and splendidly talented Group. The official launch to which all are most welcome takes place at 7pm on Wednesday, 1st May 2019. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)======
Maura Walsh of IRD Duhallow will launch one of the first Bealtaine Festival 2019 events at Millstreet Library when at 7:00pm on Wednesday, 1st May she will officially open Millstreet Active Retirement Association Artists’ Exhibition. Everyone is most welcome. We thank Phil for alerting us to the special occasion. (S.R.)
We received the following communication from one of the two wonderfully talented groups from Millstreet Community School who have reached the Regional Finals of the prestigious nationwide “Junk Kouture 2019” Competition….Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) :
Tia writes: “Voting for our Junk Kouture is opened and we’d appreciate all the votes we could get!
Please vote for Rachel, Tia, and Maggie’s design “IMPERISHABLE” for the Junk Kouture Regional Finals! Voting is opened all this week and you can vote every day! All the votes and support are appreciated greatly! You can vote using the link https://app.junkkouture.com/voter/register we really appreciate all the support from the community!!!
Thanks so much we really appreciate all the support and votes from everyone!
Thanks again so much!
Two wonderfully talented Groups from Millstreet Community School will be sharing their superbly creative designs in Limerick at the Regional Final of the Annual Bank of Ireland sponsored Junk Kouture 2019. One of the Groups was recently presented with a prestigious Silver Ticket to the Regional Final by Sportsperson Supreme, Briege Corkery (winner of 18 All Irelands!). Here we share images from Briege’s recent visit to the School. A special recording of the occasion will be broadcast on Cork Music Station on this Tuesday, 12th Feb. 2019 at 10pm. Click on the images to enlarge. We thank Art Teacher, Sandra Moynihan, for background information which we share in the “Read More” section of our feature below. (S.R.) [read more …] “Two Magnificent Designs Through to Regional Finals of Junk Kouture 2019”
We discover at Murphy’s Furniture Store in West End, Millstreet “St. Patrick” taking a selfie with his “Friends”(creatively designed by Petra)! And we also continue to share some of the beautifully decorated windows in honour of our National St. Patrick’s Day. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018 in Millstreet”
Milllstreet’s Bertie and Bill Buckley are currently hosting an Art and Wood Exhibition showcasing a fascinating display over four days with the public welcome to attend. The pop up gallery is a must on the staging at Pat McCarthy’s former TV Shop, in The Square, Millstreet.
Opening night drew a representative attendance from across Duhallow with a cheese and wine reception greeting patrons. Many of Bertie’s exhibits depicts local landmarks and nature, also featured at the exhibition are wood carvings by Bill Buckley from Lyre.
The event continues on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm daily.
I’m having Art Classes on Thursday the 21st of September in the Trade Union Hall Kanturk from 10:30 to 12:30 for beginners to advanced. The Monday class is all booked out. My number is 086-4058295 and my email is <email> for contact details. Mary O’Connor
Let us now view some further images showing the development of Brian’s marvellous Mural over the past few days. An audio recording of Brian as he worked on the creation may be heard on Tuesday, 25th August 2015 at 10.00 p.m. on “Radio Treasures” on www.corkmusicstation.com . The Mural is situated on the front wall of Millstreet Community Gym near the entrance to [read more …] “Artist Brian’s Magnificent New Mural in Memory of Aidan”
Kevin who has been such a wonderfully dedicated Artist-in-residence at Millstreet Community School describes the overall project in which the enthusiastic Transition Years Students participated. We also share 22 more images of the historic event which was blessed with glorious sunshine. Sculptor Supreme, Kevin writes:
“When six months ago I got a call from Mr.Fraser with the proposed project I was very excited and very grateful of the opportunity to come back to Millstreet school and work in the environment that I grew up in. Mr.Fraser and I discussed the project and came up with a brief for the students. The brief was simple but broad. It was for the class of 13 to design, develop and build a group of creatures that interact with each other and the environment of the school grounds. I met the students and we started brainstorming. A plan slowly started to develop from lots of different areas, such as squid creatures, an alien crash site, coconut monsters and tree like creatures. We had ideas of functional creatures that doubled as seating areas and a fantastical two headed creature that would chase itself in a circle. We settled on a preditor prey situation, where two Aligatyres ambush a Cementapede that is erupting from the ground. [read more …] “Launch of “Unknown Creatures in a Known Environment” at Millstreet Community School on 26th May 2015″
The art of nature … at first glance the ice looks like doves beside the river, and then you wonder how did that form?
Natures art comes at a price though. The freeze is still with us but it is not as cold as it has been in previous nights. Rain/sleet fell early yesterday morning and froze solid, covering everything in half an inch of solid ice. Everything ground to a halt and early morning commuters were left with treacherous road conditions with many of them turning around and staying at home for the day. While in town all day, walkers were better off walking on the roads because the footpaths had not been salted and were just plain dangerous.