When we wake up tomorrow, Storm Barra will be here, pounding us with high winds. Forecasts of 100+mph gusts on the coast, but hopefully less here inland, but saying that, we’re in the area with highest winds in the below forecast. It will last right through the day until the following morning. For everyone’s sake, try to lock everything down today, and stay safe tomorrow.
We were warned about slow moving thundershowers with lightening, and that’s what we got. For two hours there was lots of noise, lots of flashes, and heavy showers, as cold air moved in on our lovely warmth. It feels like summer is rolling in 🙂 The picture below shows the lightening strikes from 4:30 – 5pm.
The Moon and the planet Venus shining in the sky this evening over Clara Mountain and Millstreet – taken from St. Mary’s Graveyard. Near record high pressures have settled over Ireland giving us cloudless skies, but cool days and cold nights, as well as the chance to escape the confines of our homes for a short while to get some exercise, fresh air, and a little sunshine on our skin. [read more …] “The Moon and Venus over Millstreet”
It is cold, wet and windy today near the Town of Millstreet
Near where Finnow the white river and the Blackwater meet
No cattle in the bare fields they are in farmyard sheds eating silage or hay
On the dying days of Autumn on this November day
Brown storm water flowing fast in every field drain
And old Clara half cloaked in the grey fogs of rain
Strong gales from the Boggeraghs howling in the bare trees
And the weather temperature just above zero degrees
With Summer just a memory and Winter quite near
November in Duhallow is a cold and wet time of year
A lot of overcast sky and little sunshine
And a weather temperature average of just above zero to nine [read more …] “In November In Millstreet”
Cattle out and grazing happily in Aubane on 6th January 2019. A sign of the dry and mild weather we’ve been having for the last fortnight. The forecast for the next ten days at least is for more of the same 🙂 ⛅ ⛅ ⛅ ⛅
With the arrival of the Wise Men in the Crib as illustrated below in the very creative window of Tommy & Breda Sheehan (formerly the shop and home of the late Mary Cronin in Main Street, Millstreet) it truly marks the beginning of a New Year with the reopening this Sunday of the entire Town Park and the wonderfully mild weather for this time of year. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Feast of the Epiphany 2019”
Yes, Thursday 28th June 2018 was officially the hottest day in Ireland … including Millstreet … since 1976. And believe it or not but today (Friday, 29th June 2018) is beginning to look like it’s going to even surpass this with in-car temperatures displaying 33 and 34 degrees centigrade! We shall certainly be referring in the future to the Long Hot Summer of 2018! The following sixteen images records Thursday as we experienced it in Millstreet Town, at the Boeing near the River Blackwater in Dooneen, Millstreet Railway Station, the River Finnow at Dooneen … and ending with a glorious sunset to which we have grown accustomed during this rare summer weather. We noted the tar melting on roads and how warm it looked along the rail tracks. Click on the many images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Robert sent us a the below short movie from the flood last Friday at Dr. Casey’s, Dairygold Co-Op and the Jehovah’s Whitness’ Hall, when the Tanyard Stream had too much water for the bridge. More photos from that storm are here.
We were fortunate to record a truly magnificent Rainbow over Millstreet Town Park at 5.30 this evening (Sunday, 15th April 2018). It looked like the end of the rainbow … with its pot of gold … appeared to be over the Pitch-and-Putt Course! Even the walkers in the Park at the time never felt closer to a rainbow. But when you come to think about it – the recent wonderfully upgraded Pitch-and-Putt Course must be gold to its many Loyal Players. Here we share four images of this evening’s “rainbow magic”.Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Magnificent Rainbow Over Millstreet Town Park This Evening”
While many of us are still snowbound (and trying to overcome a cold) thankfully a thaw is near. Here with some 36 images we hope to share the magic of the past few days although undoubtedly days which created challenges for many. Our base is Mount Leader where the kindness of neighbours delivering provisions and delicious soup is so hugely impressive. Thankfully also electrical power has been maintained and the water supply continues to flow. While my cat liked to roll in the snow she was delighted to be indoors in the warmth of my home. And she has been great company during this amazing time. Transmission of Church TV (although somewhat affected by weather conditions) is brilliant and a great advantage to the parish. So let’s begin our “magical tour”. Click on the images to enlarge especially the later selection in “read more”. Enjoy! (S.R.)
And we continue to share 24 more images of our “magical tour”. To access these just click on “read more” and also click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Boherbue’s “Music Room” Presentation scheduled to be taking place on this Thursday at 8pm with Guest Presenter Tim Murphy of Boherbue, has now been cancelled due to current weather conditions. We thank Maura Sheehan for the important notice. (S.R.)
Ahead of the severe weather this week, Cork County Council has made grit available at over 190 locations across the county for use by local communities. Council staff are currently replenishing stocks. Full locations can be found at corkcoco.ie/node/1475. Below are the locations in the Millstreet Engineers Area:
Glantane Cross, Knocknagree; Kiskeam Graveyard entrance; Kerryman’s Table, Kilcorney; opposite Keim Quarry, Millstreet; Crohig’s Cross, Ballydaly; Adjacent to New Housing Estate at Laharn Boherbue; Knocknagree O Learys Yard ,Boherbue Road; Fermoyle Ball Alley, Banteer; Lyre Village; Ballydesmond Church Rd, Opposite Council Estate 
The brief appearance of snow in the Millstreet area on Friday (9th Feb. 2018) brought some truly wintery scenes especially on higher ground. Here we share some four such images. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
This is the closest I’ll ever get to the moon!…The close-up image was achieved with a 40 zoom lens of quite a simple little camera – I was pleasantly surprised to note how close it got to the moon even capturing views of some of its craters. It’s our way of attempting to fulfil Frank Sinatra’s wish in his song “Fly me to the Moon”! (S.R.)
We knew it was going to be bad yesterday, but few expected it to be that bad. Heavy snow in the morning, made things awkward, but it turned to constant heavy rain at midday which washed away the snow, and the afternoon was just streams of water flowing in every direction. Sure, summer is coming, isn’t it …
Blanket of snow in Ballydaly yesterday morning – photo Geraldine Dennehy
It has been unseasonably warm this last two months, and our plants are confused. This daffodil from Dooneen is trying to get out before the snowdrops … only three months early! There have been reports from all over of plants flowering way out of season this December. Climate change perhaps, or a seasonal anomaly, who knows. What has been happening though is that ground temperatures have stayed up at 12 Celsius, which is a point where many plants start to grow at, and it might be an explanation of sorts. In the last few days, ground temperatures have fallen back to 7C, so that might put a stop to out of season flowers.
Storm Frank brought incessant rain all yesterday afternoon (76.9mm in total in town). On top of ground that was already totally saturated, all the rain went straight to the rivers and flooding was inevitable. This morning the Blackwater and Finnow are at the highest they’ve been in a number of years. Loads of roads in the area are closed, so travelling today isn’t a great idea. photos below are thanks to Michelle. (For lots more photos/videos/info on flooding in Cork, see Cork Flood Alerts)
Old Clara is covered in the gray fogs of rain
And brown storm water is gurgling in every roadside drain
And the sun behind gray clouds is hidden away
And cattle in farm sheds are bellowing for silage or hay
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.