The wonderfully exciting Finals of the International Mounted Games currently being held at Green Glens take place this afternoon (30th July 2022) after 3pm. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free. We thank Coordinator supreme, Conor O’Leary of Donoughmore for alerting us to this splendid event. Here we share images from the Official Opening this week during which Liam O’Connor & Family plus superb Dancers truly entertained the enthusiastic international audience in a magnificent manner. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Exciting Mounted Games Finals at Green Glens This Afternoon”
The 30th Annual International Mounted Games Association World Pairs Championships are to be held at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, from tomorrow Thursday July 28th to Saturday July 30th.
The competition will involve approximately two hundred of the worlds most elite riders. There will be World Pairs Titles achieved in four categories: U12, U15, U18, and Open. The championships finish with a Gala event on Saturday night.
The first Ukranians arrived into the Green Glens on Wednesday evening, and the RTÉ news covered their arrival. Pascal Sheehy interviewed some of the Ukrainians, as were Community Council members Noel Buckley and Margaret Bourke. The RTÉ coverage can be seen in the article: ‘Now, I feel safe’: Ukrainians fleeing war arrive in Ireland
As Millstreet looks forward to the visit of Steve Collins on this Friday, 19th Nov. when one of his local locations he will be visiting will of course be Green Glens Arena where on 18th March, 1995 Steve won the World Boxing Championship when he met with Chris Eubank – we share views of an earlier Green Glens pre-1990 where some of the most exciting prestigious events have occurred. We sourced the following six images of Green Glens from the Pictorial Archives of Millstreet Museum. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Despite very challenging inclement weather conditions on Sunday there was a truly magnificent response to the fundraising “Fight for Sight” Truck Run on Sunday, 31st Oct. 2021 in aid of Alannah and Ellie when some 200 Trucks (it is estimated) participated in the very praiseworthy event. Here we share some 21 images from the occasion as the many very impressive vehicles were about to leave the starting point at Millstreet’s Green Glens. [read more …] “Wonderfully Successful “Fight for Sight” Truck Run on Sunday”
“It is with great disappointment that the Duggan Family announces today that the 2021 Millstreet International Horse Show CSI2* will not take place. Despite the pace of the vaccination rollout in Ireland and the resulting reduction in current infection rates, it is clear that the easing of lockdown measures will not proceed at a pace that will allow us to stage the August show to its traditional standards while complying with the current Government guidelines.
The fundamental principle of Millstreet’s long running success is the inclusivity it offers to one and all. The annual schedule of classes provides opportunities for horses/ponies and riders of all levels, ages and abilities.
We take our industry support responsibilities very seriously; events such as the Foal Auction, 3yo Horse and Pony Young Irelander, 4yo National Discovery Championships also for both horses and ponies, and many other unique Millstreet concepts contribute incalculably to Irish horse and pony breeders and producers. To stage a show without one or more of these elements or limiting participation would go against our “open door” values.” [read the full announcement on Millstreet.Horse]
Millstreet International Horse Trials are currently ongoing at Green Glens & Drishane. Follow the action live in the video above, or live on Facebook
A statement from the Duggan Family on Millstreet.horse:
It is with great regret that we confirm that Millstreet International Horse Show (Show-Jumping) and Millstreet International Horse Trials (Eventing), will not take place this year.
We have closely observed everything that has unfolded since the middle of March, when we had to make the decision not to stage the International Welcome Tour. Foremost in our minds at all times were the possible effects that the COVID-19 pandemic would have on our two main equestrian fixtures; both scheduled for August 2020. [read more …] “Millstreet International Horse Show/Horse Trials have been Cancelled for 2020”
Produced and Directed by the Fitzgerald Family in 1993 in advance of the Eurovision Song Contest at Millstreet’s Green Glens Arena on 15th May 1993 the wonderfully interesting and colourful Video “Memories of Millstreet” may now be viewed above or on YouTube. Just Google “Memories of Millstreet” to access. It will evoke lots of special memories for many. (S.R.) [fb1] [fb2]
Millstreet 25 years to the very night since the World Boxing Event took place at Green Glens on 18th March 1995 we share a selection of images of Millstreet recorded on 18th March 2020. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Millstreet Pictorial Update Wednesday 18th March 2020”
It is still one of the biggest nights ever for Irish boxing. 25 years ago today (March 18th 1993), Steve Collins dethroned Chris Eubank as WBO World super-middleweight champion at Millstreet.
We present recent pictorial updates from our locality sharing a selection of colourful images. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Mary-May Fenton from Butterfly farm Stables in Kilcorney had a great two days at the Owners Pony and Young Riders Show in Green Glens Millstreet. A fantastic opportunity for the youngsters to ride in the main arena with fabulous prizes given to all a very well run event.
Preview: Roll on Millstreet
OUR bizarre planning laws may well sound the death knell for open-air festivals yet, but for the moment there’s plenty to enjoy. U2’s dates may well be gone, but this bank holiday weekend sees the second Millstreet Music Fair which, while hardly at the cutting edge of music today, does offer some of the best in Irish acts, plus a few classy visitors. Christy Moore, Jackson Browne, The Divine Comedy, Steve Earle, Jools Holland and Suzanne Vega are all on the bill this year. But among the lesser’ acts you’ll find some real gems too: the unmissable Frank and Waiters, Toni Robinson, Pierce Tumor, Sharon Shannon and Nano*, among them. Millstreet organisers are very keen to get away from the rock festival image of drugs and booze and to push their Music Fair as a family event. So, they’ve booked Galway’s hisenas to perform on the site and they’re bringing in a genuine circus big top. On top of that, there’s a supervised play area for the kids, a fireworks show and a craft village. All that happens on Sunday, but for die-hard festival goers who can’t enjoy themselves without making a weekend of it, Saturday’s eve-of-Fair party night should do the trick. The Afro Gk Sound System top this bill, with Slowed Lohan and Kila also in on the act. So there you have it. It’s not Lisdoonvarna or Slane, but the 1997 Millstreet Music Fair has enough ingredients for a decent weekend away. Tickets are still selling at usual agents, but you can ring 01-4569569, credit card in hand.
Millstreet outdoor music fair driven indoors
Mon, Aug 4, 1997, 01:00
You know nothing of true misery until you’ve huddled in a doorway in Millstreet, Co Cork, on a Sunday morning, tetchily waiting for the pubs to open and watching sheets of apocalyptic rain fall from the grey skies.
The Millstreet Music Fair was supposed to be a sweltering sunfest. We were to wallow in the summery meadows of the Green Glens, soaking up the feel-good rays and enjoying the melodic offerings of 21 internationally renowned singers.
But the gods work in perverse and mysterious ways and, as the gates opened at noon yesterday, pounding rain descended. Just for good measure, a nasty wind was blowing in from the west and there was a November chill in the air.
In his eternal wisdom, Noel C. Duggan built an indoor arena at Millstreet, and most of the crowd of about 5,000 headed for that, leaving just a couple of hundred sodden souls braving the elements at the main stage outdoors.
The acts were doing their best to raise the collective spirit. The line-up at this, the second Millstreet Music Fair, wasn’t half bad, an eclectic mix blending everything from the worthy lyricism of Jackson Brown to some very clever, arty pop.
The general atmosphere, though hardly electric, was cheery enough: it takes more than a rainstorm to dampen the ardour of throngs of 18-year-olds.
Meanwhile, torrential rain failed to dampen the spirits of thousands of people who turned out in Waterford in support of Spraoi, the city’s annual bank holiday street carnival.
The organisers decided yesterday morning to relocate all outdoor gigs to indoor venues after heavy rainfall threatened to ruin the festivities.
GIG of the weekend: Millstreet Music Fair, Cork, Sunday 
The line-up for this one-day event in the spacious Green Glens Arena has something for nearly everybody, from full-blooded celtic soul brothers Van Morrison and Shane MacGowan to the glittery contemporary pop of The Corrs and the camp shenanigans of Bono’s buddy Gavin Friday.
Rabble-rousers The Saw Doctors are also in there somewhere, as are Canada’s The Cowboy Junkies, country queen Emmylou Harris, squeezebox ace Sharon Shannon and the legendary John Martyn, a man known to equal Van in the getting out of the wrong side of the bed of a morning stakes.
The action will take place over three separate stages – the Greenfield, the World and the Examiner Stage, with some 30 acts performing.
Organisers say if the gig is a major success they will turn it into an annual event.
notes: The Millstreet Music Fair took place on Sunday, 04 August 1996. John played with band on the World Stage. Other acts there included Emmylou Harris, Cowboy Junkies, Altan, Kiki Dee and Ann di Franco. Van Morrisson was scheduled for the Greenfield Stage.
“Van Morrison story No. 2! Jim Casey mentioned on my earlier Van the Man post about the outdoor Van Morrison gig from the mid 90’s. It was the 1996 Millstreet Music Fair. One stage in the indoor showjumping arena and another big stage outside. Van headlined, The Coors, The Saw Doctors, Altan, Paul Brady and a host of support acts. Gavin Friday played indoors. Emmylou Harris and Cowboy Junkies played. Van’s blacked out people carrier arrived backstage and out jumped the man himself with Michelle Rocha. The boxer Stephen Collins and his wife were with them. Van went straight on stage and launched into the first tune. Rocha and the others stayed backstage drinking champagne. I was crouched at the side of the stage watching the gig. Someone stood behind me and I looked up. There was Emmylou Harris – the Goddess. She watched every minute of the gig, sang along and when it was over walked past the event junkies still quaffing back the champers and made her way back to the other stage. That is all!!!!” – [Paul McDermott]
The full concert of Corrs at the Millstreet Music Fair, 8 Aug 1996
(1hr 3 mins long)
Shane McGowan and the Popes
Shane McGowan and the popes played the indoors stage. His first words on stage: “Good evening … Welcome to f***ing Millstreet” 🙄. Watch the concert here:
On June 1, 1997 they also played in Millstreet as part of the Homecoming Festival [concerts] (i+)
Lots of photos and videos from the European Mounted Games Championships 2019 which was held in Green Glens last week. (Photos from the opening parade are here)
Love the comment (above):
“Millstreet, Co Cork, Ireland 🇮🇪 . Amazing reception by this small town, fab venue, lovely friends and best of all… the riding!!! Kids & ponies did us proud.”
On Tuesday evening in lovely sunshine, the Opening Ceremony for the European Mounted Games Team and Individual Championships 2019 was held in Millstreet. The Millstreet Pipe Band lead the parade of 17 European Countries from Green Glens up through the town where the official opening was declared in the Town Square. It was followed by music and a wonderful international social evening. Below are lots of photos and videos from the evening:
The European Mounted Games Championships 2019 will be held at Millstreet Green Glens Equestrian Centre from July 8th – 14th. A Parade through Millstreet Town will be held on Tuesday July 9th at 7pm led by Millstreet Pipe Band followed by the Opening Ceremony in the Square. All are welcome.
A truly wonderful Irish Pony Club event – the National Minimus Championships, took place at Green Glens and at Drishane this past weekend. Here we share two images of the occasion with more to follow later. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Today, Wednesday 15th May 2019 marks the exact 26th Anniversary of the magnificent Eurovision Song Contest held on Sat. 15th May 1993 at 8pm in Millstreet’s superb Green Glens Arena where Noel C. Duggan and Family accorded a royal welcome to the world on this hugely historic and highly significant event. To mark the occasion we have delved into our Millstreet Museum Archives to share just a small selection of images recalling such a fascinating and forever memorable time here in Millstreet. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) And we continue below sharing 13 more images of the truly magical occasion: [read more …] “Recalling Eurovision 1993 on its 26th Anniversary Today – 15th May 2019”
It’s rare to see double decker buses in Millstreet but on Sat. 16th March 2019 a number of them were part of the transport bringing huge numbers of enthusiastic young people to Green Glens for the annual TechWorks Festival. Participants travelled from many parts of Ireland and some came from the UK also. The event commences shortly after midday and ended at midnight. The occasion was very well coordinated and security was most professional. Such was the volume of the modern music that it echoed beyond Green Glens. Clearly it was a happy and enjoyable occasion for the great number of participants. We thank Thomas, Pat and Muireann and the TechWorks organisers for permitting us to share images from the very colourful event. Click on the pictures (almost 40) to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “TechWorks Festival at Green Glens Attracts Huge Young Audience”
Renowned Poet Patrick Thomas Hammer from New York is presently paying his yearly visit to Ireland and especially to his Millstreet Relations – the O’Rahilly Family of Tanyard Wood. We thank Patrick for the presentation of his most recent Book of Poetry to the Museum. He is blessed with such a wonderful sense of humour and is so superbly witty. He is a magnificent Ambassador for America and so impressively proud of his Irish roots. As well as visiting Millstreet Museum on Saturday, 20th Oct. 2018 he was truly impressed by a visit to the excellent National Dairy Show at Green Glens – an event which this year received RTÉ television national News coverage. On a future “Radio Treasures” on CMS we shall feature a special interview with Patrick in which he recalls a splendid visit to John C. Casey’s New York shop. Here we join Patrick on his Millstreet visit. Click on the 27 images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The National Dairy Show which for almost forty years has been held at Green Glens, Millstreet takes place on today 20th Oct. 2018. The prestigious event attracts people from far and wide to witness the judging of Ireland’s most impressive cows. Here we share three images showing the preparation for the annual occasion. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The action in the FEI Nations Cup CICO3* at Millstreet International Horse Trials kicks off today in Green Glens. You can watch Thursday’s dressage live below or on the Millstreet Horse Trials Facebook page. The rest of the competition will be shown live on the FEI’s YouTube Channel and FEI TV, and there will also be a live stream on Eventing Nation each day.
Believed to be the largest Millstreet International Show in ten years there is such a vibrant atmosphere at Green Glens where the Arenas look magnificent, the horse-boxes hugely impressive and the standard of jumping quite phenomenal. The town is looking so very welcoming with its vast arrays of floral arrangements. “Cinnamon Bakery and Coffee Shop” officially opened at West End on 15th August. Here we share a selection of images to illustrate the colour and impressive nature of this very important annual event in Millstreet. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Wonderfully Busy Show Week 2018 in Millstreet”