Concert Hall at Millstreet Community School Ready!

Everyone has heard of the Green Glens Arena but now we also have the Millstreet Community School Arena (!!) where the wonderful Gym at the School has been magically transformed into such a magnificent Concert Hall for tonight’s greatly anticipated “Party with Marty” (1st Dec. 2023) with doors opening at 7pm and the Show beginning at 7.30pm.    What a truly special night is envisaged.  Tap on the images (which Pól kindly provided) to enlarge.  (S.R.)



All Welcome to Attend Special 50th Anniversary Flag-Raising Event at MCS on Friday at 10:45am

We would like to invite anyone who wishes to attend our special 50th anniversary Flag-Raising event on Friday morning at 10:45am in Millstreet Community School.
We’ll have music, special cake and tea/coffee for our visitors.  An exhibition of old photos will be in the school for everyone to see and they can visit our top-class facilities also.  Past pupils may be interested in seeing how the school looks now!

One Week To Go To “Party With Marty!”

One Week To Go To Party With Marty!
Millstreet Community School Celebration, Friday, December 1st.
Get in the mood for a night of memories with these videos of people and events over the years.  (We thank Chris Horan for this excellent update.)

Video 4-Reeling in the Years- Part 2!

Video 5- Some random snaps from MCS- 2014 to 2020

Video 6- 2010 to 2014 in MCS- snapshots!

Don’t forget, send any photos to 50 and we’ll share them!

Tap on the Poster to enlarge. (S.R.)

Superb Line-up for the Upcoming “Party with Marty”

The Party with Marty is taking place on Friday, December 1st 2023 and is  a celebration of 50 years of Millstreet Community School.  Marty Morrissey hosts an evening of conversation, music and song.  Not your ordinary school show!

Full line-up (subject to change):

·       MCS Past, Present & Future: Principal, Mr. Pól Ó Síodhcháin, Deputy Principal, Mrs. Frances Moynihan are joined by Past-Principal, Mr. Pat Piggott and Past-Deputy Principal, Mr. Colman Culhane to chat with Marty about the past, present and future of the school.

·       Linda Desmond, elite boxer & Past Pupil.  Linda won the elite light welterweight championship in Dublin last week.

·       Traditional Music from The Linehan Family Musicians

·       Stories from 1973: Members of the very first Class of 1973: Pádraig O’Driscoll, Frank Kirk, Mary Randles, Sandra Dineen & Christy Dennehy

·       Music from Annmarie O’Riordan (past pupil)

·       Living Scenes: Eily Buckley, Eleanor O’Riordan (past pupil) & Seán Radley

·       Millstreet Comhaltas: Trad session, Ballads & Set-Dancing (Current & Past Pupils and others)


·       Moments with Marty: Current First Year Students Ask the Questions!

·       Marty in conversation with Jennifer Kelly and Sarah-Louise Bourke (Past Pupils)

·       Music from Oleksii Shemshur, Concert Pianist from Ukraine & Current Student. 

·       MCS, Community & Business: Derry Sheehan (Millstreet Tidy Towns & Current Parent), Donagh O’Sullivan (formerly of Galliard Homes, London & Past Pupil) & Elizabeth O’Sullivan ( Past Parent)

·       Dance from AJTF Dance Troupe

·       Sport & Scholars: Shane Hickey (U20 All-Ireland Football Winner), Maeve Flynn (current student & Irish Pentathlete), Ally Moynihan (current student & Champion Gymnast), Tomás Cronin, Sheelagh-Jessica Gilbourne, Amy Hickey (all Leaving Cert Class of 2023 and current UCC Quercus Scholars).

·       Niamh Kavanagh, Eurovision winner for Ireland in Millstreet, 1993 (Noel C. Duggan hopes to join us to have a chat with Marty & Niamh about Eurovision 1993) Niamh performs a Eurovision-themed set with plenty to get the crowd going!  And yes, she will sing ‘In Your Eyes’ in Millstreet again!  Niamh will be joined for half of her set by a choir of 50 current students and staff.

This is not a fundraiser!  Ticket price covers stage hire and production costs only (even at that, we will not break even!).  This is a night for the community to enjoy. 

Spot prizes, generously donated by local businesses, will be given out by Marty on the night.

Complimentary tea/coffee will be served.  There will be a tuck shop with water, minerals etc.

Parking is in the Bus Park at the back of the school or in Green Glens Arena (thanks to Thomas Duggan for use of this).  Please note that the car park at the front of the school is reserved for staff and invited guests only.

Tickets are available in Cronin’s Centra, Coleman’s Centra, O’Keeffe’s Supervalu, Reen’s Pharmacy, Millstreet Post Office, O’Leary’s Butchers or from the School Office (029) 70087 or online at Eventbrite (€5 off full price online sales until Sunday!): 

Come along and enjoy an alternative once-off night out!  Why wouldn’t you!  This is not to be missed!

For providing us with such a wonderfully comprehensive preview of the upcoming truly historic occasion we thank Chris Horan
PR & Website Coordinator
Millstreet Community School
Pobalscoil Sráid a’Mhuilinn

First Day at MCS in the 1970s.

[read more …] “Superb Line-up for the Upcoming “Party with Marty””

“Reeling Back the Years” at Millstreet Community School

We thank Chris Horan for sharing this excellent “Reeling Back the Years” video in preparation for the very special 50th Anniversary Concert at Millstreet Community School on Friday, 1st Dec. 2023 for which tickets are now on sale.   To view this superb video click HERE.  (S.R.)

Fashion Show 2023 at Millstreet Community School Tonight

We thank Pól Ó Síodhcháin for the following update regarding tonight’s Fashion Show at Millstreet Community School:
A limited number of tickets, priced at €10 each, are available to purchase in shops in Millstreet as well as directly from the school. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite via this link: 
We would like to thank the huge number of local businesses that have sponsored the show and/or donated spot prizes for the raffle.

It promises to be a great night out, showcasing fashion from several shops and designers.

Tap on the Poster to enlarge. (S.R.)
Doors open at 7.30pm on the night for an 8.00pm start.  A tuck shop selling a selection of sweets, crisps, minerals, water, and tea/coffee will be in operation on the night. 
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to MCS for our first community event since before the pandemic!

“Walk for Water” by Millstreet Community School This Friday Afternoon

Millstreet Community School are holding a Water Action Day on Friday 3rd March as part of their Green Schools Programme. MCS students will take part in a “Walk for Water” through the grounds of Drishane and back to the school on Friday afternoon to highlight the importance of Water – a resource which we all too often take for granted.

Table Quiz on 27th January in The Wallis Arms Hotel

After a gap of three years, we are delighted to be able to hold the table quiz on 27th January 2023 in The Wallis Arms€40/table of four.  
Rachel Dineen and Holly Dunne are 5th year students at Millstreet Community School. They will be travelling to Lourdes with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust for a week during their Easter holidays to act as helpers with Group 126 . 
Group 126, like every other ‘group’ that takes part in this pilgrimage raises money to pay for all the young people with special needs who travel with them to Lourdes. Once Rachel and Holly’s travel/accommodation costs have been covered, all other money raised will be put towards Group 126’s fundraising efforts.

Thank you for your support.

We thank John Magee for this important feature. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Guests on MCS November Video “A Time to Remember”

Rabbi Zalman Lent (Dublin Hebrew Congregation)
Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri (Founder and Chairperson of Irish Musim Peace and Integration Council)
Reverend Alison Gallagher (Methodist Minister for Killarney, Kenmare and Millstreet)
Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P., Millstreet
Four of the Special Guests who appear on the excellent “A Time to Remember” November Video which has been produced by Millstreet Community School.  We thank Chaplain John Magee for sharing this feature. (S.R.)

Celebrating Halloween 2021 at Millstreet Community School

On Friday, 22nd Oct. 2021 Students and Teachers at Millstreet Community School truly celebrated Halloween 2021 in a wonderfully creative manner.  Here we share some twenty images from the Annual Event.   Tap on the photos to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Celebrating Halloween 2021 at Millstreet Community School”

Outstanding Leaving Cert Results at Millstreet Community School

Sincere congratulations to the Leaving Cert Class of 2021 on achieving such outstanding results. Pictured here are four Students who received the maximum 625 points. Included also are some of the Teaching Staff. Front from left Darragh Kelleher, Diarmuid Cronin, Daniel and James Buckley. Back row, from left: Frances Moynihan (Deputy Principal), Eileen Lyons, Claire English, Janice Norton, Chris Horan, Kevin O’Neill and Pól Ó Síodhcháin, Principal. Tap on the images to enlarge. At 9.50pm on Tues. 7th Sept. on “Radio Treasures”on we hear a brief Interview with Pól.  (S.R.)
Darragh Kelleher, Diarmuid Cronin, Daniel and James Buckley….achieved the maximum 625 points.

“I’m Still Standing” Presented by TY Students & Niamh Kavanagh

We thank Pól Ó Síodhcháin and Millstreet Community School for sharing this truly magnificent video which is now live on YouTube and has been viewed over 350 times in first few hours!! (S.R.)  To view please tap on this link:

“I’m Still Standing”, presented by TY Students & Niamh Kavanagh…Video LaunchSince March 2020, our community in Millstreet and beyond has endured much suffering & hardship. This is our thank you to everyone who has supported us…We’re Still Standing!

Niamh Kavanagh delights All at Millstreet Community School on Friday, 21st may 2021 when with the Students this magnificent YouTube video was recorded and has gone LIVE on 3rd June 2021.

School Band providing magnificent backing for Niamh and Students.
Presentation to Niamh from Principal Pól.

‘Our School, One World – Culture and Diversity in Millstreet Community School’

‘Our School, One World – Culture and Diversity in Millstreet Community School’

We thank MCS Teachers John Magee and Chris Horan for the following feature. (S.R.)

This presentation was launched on 22nd April 2021. It features contributions from past pupils, current students and teachers from Millstreet Community School, members of the local community, and others with a more national profile. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the different nationalities represented in the school, highlight the value of cultural diversity, what can be done to encourage it and how we as individuals and as a society can challenge racism.   One may view the Video here:

Running order of video with timings

  • Introduction – Mr P Ó Síodhcháin (Principal) and Esfir (TY student and MC for this event)

Country presentations (1)

2.50 Ireland

5.04 Italy

7.54 Lithuania

9.27 Poland

11.04 Romania

13.13 Sarah Louise Bourke, Nora O’Sullivan and Eibhlis Kelleher (past pupils of MCS)

15.45 Katie singing Tandragee [read more …] “‘Our School, One World – Culture and Diversity in Millstreet Community School’”

Alps Electric – Official Opening 1988

Footage of the official opening of Alps Electric, at Millstreet Community School in 1988. Speakers are Albert Reynolds (Minister for Industry and Commerce), Craig Shaffey (Alps), Sakumo Kamikoto (Alps), Frank Crowley (Chairman Cork County Council), Ken Brennan (Millstreet Community Council), presentations by Noel C Duggan, Tom Meaney, and Noel Buckley, and lots of familiar faces. Filmed by LTV Carriganima.

Millstreet Community School “Lockdown Live” Presentation

Recently a most impressive “Lockdown Live” presentation was held on Zoom during which many very talented Students of Millstreet Community School participated in a most enjoyable Show displaying a magnificent range of talent in the world of music, song, outdoor games and novelty acts.   It was introduced by Principal, Pól Ó Síodhcháin with members of Staff commenting and judging the various performances.   The music and singing was excellent as well as the outdoor sports while one Student presented a superb ability to solve a Rubik Cube puzzle in record time and another Student proved the true magic of music from a tin whistle.   It is hoped to have a further presentation in time to come.   Well, well done to All who participated.  Check out full details of MCS Updates on

The very impressive opening title of the Presentation. (S.R.)

Advent – A Journey of Hope – on Zoom This Thurs. at 7pm

Millstreet Community School is proud to present Advent-A Journey of Hope.  This celebration is open to all within our community and beyond.  Join us for a service of hope, accompanied by music and reflection from 7pm on Thursday, December 17th 2020.

We thank Pól Ó Síodhcháin for this feature. Tap on the poster to enlarge. (S.R.)

No registration required.  Join with the passcode below.  Your details will not be displayed on screen at any stage during this service (you are essentially attending a webinar for the duration).

The service will be recorded and broadcast on the school YouTube channel, MillstreetCS TV, again over the Christmas holidays.

We look forward to bringing you with us on our Journey of Hope.

Please click this URL to join.

    Passcode: 907482

“Radio Treasures” On Air Tonight on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00

“Radio Treasures” is on air tonight (Tues., 24th Nov. 2020) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.00.   We feature our regular items with a splendid blend of uplifting songs and music… tonight we feature a selection of songs and music with lots of variety as well as lots of interesting musings and words of wisdom.   Included in tonight’s programme: 

  1.   Our 10pm feature tonight places focus on the Virtual Launch  of the hugely impressive Millstreet Community School App.  We chat with School Principal, Pól Ó Siodhcháin and Deputy Principal, Frances Moynihan.
  2. We chat about a fascinating collection of 1962 images relating to Kilcorney very kindly presented by Bernard Spain of Corbally in Limerick.
  3. We celebrate the Millstreet connection with Tipperary Star Footballer, Colin O’Riordan….and we listen to his inspiring after match interview at 9.45pm.
  4. We salute the new American President Elect and Vice President.
  5. We feature Alan Finn’s new magnificent musical collection with his Group.
  6. We hear some lesser known interesting facts about Ireland.
  7. We share Fr. Jim Kennelly’s A.L.T.A.R. approach to Prayer.
  8. We repeat highlights of the excellent interview between Donie Lucey and William Fitzgerald from last Thursday’s Show relating to three praiseworthy fundraisers.  (S.R.)
    All ready to begin the Autumn Vintage Car Run 2018 – From left: Patrick W. O’Leary, Louisville, Kentucky,USA; Ita Fitzgerald, Cullen; Donie Lucey, Derrinagree.

    Millstreet prepares for Christmas 2020.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” On Air Tonight on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00″

A Very Happy Retirement to Dedicated Teacher Mary Randles

At Millstreet Community School on Thursday, 22nd Oct. 2020 a surprise celebratory event marking the retirement of wonderfully dedicated Teacher, Mary Randles was organised by Principal, Pól Ó Síodhcháin & Staff.   Mary has spent almost four decades as Teacher supreme mainly at Millstreet Community School where she had also been a Student herself.   The joyful occasion took place mainly online where many logged in from their own homes.  Teacher Jennifer O’Donoghue paid a splendid tribute to Mary as did Pól and Barry and Deputy Principal Frances and two Students.  We thank Teacher, Chris Horan for sharing four images recorded in the School showing the presentation of beautiful gifts to Mary including superb Artwork pottery and Painting by Artist Barry Fraser.   Here we share a selection of images from the memorable occasion.   Tap on the pictures to enlarge.   We wish Mary a very Happy and Healthy  Retirement filled with many Blessings.  (S.R.)…….(Chris also shared the following captions to some of the images:  In her final business class; niece Ria Buckley presents a painting by Barry Fraser; Sister in law Marion Buckley, Organiser Mary Fitzgerald and Ria Buckley prepare to surprise Mary; Mary with her LC business class.) [read more …] “A Very Happy Retirement to Dedicated Teacher Mary Randles”

Cleaning Staff Vacancies at Millstreet Community School

The Board of Management of Millstreet Community School invites applications for two vacant
positions on the cleaning staff of the school:
1. Fixed-term contract of 33 hours per week until 4th June 2021 payable at Department of
Education and Skills rates. The successful candidate will be required to work full days
(10.00am-5.00pm) Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri and 10.00am-3.00pm on Wednesday)
2. Fixed-term contract of 12.5 hours per week until 4
th June 2021, payable at Department of
Education and Skills rates. The successful candidate will be required to work mornings
(10.00am -12.30pm) Monday to Friday.
A letter of application, along with current CV and references, should submitted by email only to The
Secretary, Board of Management, at vacancies by 12pm on Friday,
August 7th 2020. Late applications and hard copies of applications will not be accepted. Please
indicate clearly which position you are applying for. Interviews will be held on Tuesday, August 11th 2020.
Appointments will be subject to reference checks and Garda Vetting. Shortlisting may apply and only
those shortlisted will be contacted. The Board of Management of Millstreet Community School is an
equal opportunities employer.

Irish Pilgrimage Trust

Ria Buckley and Hannah Keane were due to travel to Lourdes with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust (IPT) on Easter Sunday. However due to the Covid19 situation the trip was cancelled. The girls raised €2,367.50 and they have donated the full amount to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust to support their ongoing work.

The girls would like to thank their parents, families, friends, local community, and everyone who helped to make the quiz and bake sale possible. Furthermore, they would like to thank all the local businesses for their tremendous support and generosity in donating prizes and refreshments.
They would also like to express their gratitude to all those that sponsored them.

Finally a very special thank you to the teachers and staff of Millstreet Community School who were so generous with their time especially, John Magee, Jennifer O’Donoghue, Mary Randles, Denise O’Leary and Marion Buckley.  [read more …] “Irish Pilgrimage Trust”

Innovative Jodie Reaches National Final

We thank John Tarrant for the photo and feature relating to this very interesting story of uplifting success for Jodie O’Callaghan pictured above. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.) 

Congratulations to Jodie O’Callaghan, Millstreet Community School TY student who has been selected to represent Local Enterprise Office South Cork in the senior category at the National Final of the Student Enterprise Awards Competition 2019/2020

Her product is the JK9, a pet-themed wall hanging for keys and dog leads. (The name is a combination of Jodie’s initial and K9 as an abbreviation of canine.)

  To qualify for this level of the competition, Jodie from Bolomore had to demonstrate exceptional enterprising skills and create a business plan. This all led to a product that is so popular, Jodie’s biggest problem now is keeping up with the demand. Due to the current situation and restrictions put in place to tackle the Corona Virus situation, the National Final scheduled for Croke Park  was cancelled but a national judging panel are  carrying out a paper based judging exercise for all national final business reports and winners chosen. An awards ceremony to present prizes follows later in the year.

Meanwhile, anybody interested on obtaining Jodie’s Pet Hanger creation can do so by contacting her on Instagram jk9_2020

[read more …] “Innovative Jodie Reaches National Final”

Appreciation: Leslie Matson

Appreciation: Leslie Matson, author who immortalised culture of Blasket Islands

He embedded himself in the community and culture of the west Kerry Gaeltacht

 We thank Noel Buckley for sharing the Appreciation to Leslie Matson which recently appeared in “The Irish Times”.  (S. R.)

Leslie Matson is among that select group of authors who have immortalised in literature the rich culture of the Blasket Islands, along with others such as Robin Flower, Carl Marstrander, Peig Sayers, Tomás Ó Criomhthain and Muiris Ó Súilleabháin.

He was initially drawn to Corca Dhuibhne in 1954 to improve his Irish so he could register as a teacher, staying with the legendary “Kruger” Kavanagh.

Never a man to do things by half, he embedded himself in the community as well as in the culture of the west Kerry Gaeltacht.

His social research on the 125 former inhabitants of the Blasket Islands stands as a valuable resource to scholars for posterity.

He befriended Mártan Ó Catháin, a nephew of Máire “Méiní” Dunleavy (1876-1967) who had been the Blasket midwife for 36 years.

Méiní, not accustomed to the name Leslie, hilariously called him “Italy” and that was how local people greeted him, “Conas atá Italy inniu?”.

Encouraged by Mícheál de Mórdha, Bainisteoir Ionad an Bhlaoscaid, he wrote Méiní, the Blasket Nurse, which was published by Mercier Press in February 1996.

Apart from his social research, he was a renowned linguist, teacher, chorister and a much loved family man. He enjoyed speaking Irish, French, German and Russian, and was widely read in English and French, quoting the classics from memory.


He began his teaching career in Aravon School in Bray followed by Villiers School in Limerick, however most of his teaching career was in Newtown School, Waterford where he taught mainly French and was Senior Master.

From 1977 he spent six years as headmaster of Sligo Grammar School before teaching in Millstreet Community School. He retired at 65 (~1995) and returned to live in Waterford where he continued his work on the Blaskets and on the archives of Newtown School.

[read more …] “Appreciation: Leslie Matson”

Coffee Morning to mark International Women’s Day 2020 – Wed. 4th March

Tap on the Poster to enlarge. (S.R.)

“Women Hold up Half the Sky”

To mark International Women’s Day we’d like to invite active retired ladies to a  Coffee Morning in Millstreet Parish Centre on Wednesday 4th March between 10.30am and 12 noon. 

It’ll be a chance for us to have a chat about changes in society through the years and how they have affected women. We’d love to see you there!

From: Millstreet Community School Transition Year Global Citizenship Education group (2019/2020)

MCS Computer Room Refurbishment

Millstreet Community School Parents’ Advisory Committee is raising money for the Computer Room Refurbishment.  The current Computer Room is outdated and the PCs need to be replaced. We hope to replace PCs with Chromebooks and create learning pods as per the plan above. Microsoft Office 365 across the school.  Teachers and students are now collaborating in the digital space using cloud technology.  The proposed new layout of the room will provide us with a space where students can collaborate with one another in groups during class periods.  Their work will then be available to them on the cloud for future consultation and for revision purposes. Help us to realise this vision and future proof our school!
Click the Go Find Me link to Donate.  We are hoping to complete this project before next September!Bright Days Ahead!

Proposed layout of the refurbished computer room

[read more …] “MCS Computer Room Refurbishment”