Eily’s Report – 25th February

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.

Shrove Tuesday and don’t we all love the pancakes. The custom is as old as the hill behind the house and is greeted with glee every time. Like everything else in the kitchen the job of making them gets easier all the time and the pancake today can be so varied. Gone are the days when you shook a bit of sugar on them and rolled them up. First of all, the mix. The old ritual of making the batter by beating  flour, eggs and milk is gone. The mix can now be bought in powder form, mix with milk and pour. Or they can even be bought made, stacks of them ready to be warmed and add your own flavouring, sweet or savory. Either way the humble crepe was always with us and is here to stay.

In a way I suppose it acts as the last laugh before we immerse ourselves in the penance of Lent. Tomorrow Ash Wednesday is one of the only two days of Fast and Abstinence that we have left in the Church Calendar year, the other is Good Friday. I have often wondered how having fish instead of meat could  be called a penance. I love fish  and  with the variety of it that is available today it’s a treat. In ways it has passed out meat, even in name. All the best places refer to it now as seafood, which elevates it to a very lofty status. It wasn’t like that long ago when the choice of fish for Lent was confined to salted hake or ling. It came to town heavily salted, dried and in the shape of the whole fish flattened out, like you’d see a sheepskin . Shops displayed it hanging outside the  door, regardless of wind or weather and cut it to the required amount for the customer.  Wednesday and Fridays were the fast days all through Lent so hake was in great demand  with some people buying the whole piece  rather than bit by bit. But even then  many people relished this fish, because it was cheap, portions were big and there was a great feeling of reiche (plenty) about it. It had to be steeped in water  overnight, sometimes changing the water a few times to get the extra salt removed.  Then into the pot and boiled. It was turned into a feast when dressed with oceans of creamy buttery white sauce with loads of onions, and flowery spuds to crown it.

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Millstreet Community Council

This year our St.Patrick’s Day parade will start with the Vintage Club leading out at 4.45pm and then with the very best of local talent and spirit.
Definitely it is an experience not to be missed. 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚

We have prizes for the following categories:
☘️ Best Cultural Presentation
☘️ Best Vintage Vehicle decorated in St.Patrick’s theme
☘️ Best Window Display
☘️ Best Celebrity Look-a-like
☘️ Best Fleet
☘️ Best Float
☘️ Best Group or Club

We ask all participants to gather at 4pm at the Green Glens Arena entrance on station road.

Please forward your details for social media exposure.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT in aid of local student

Just a Reminder:

Patrick Buckley and family, Laught hosting a HOPE FUNDRAISING CONCERT

On:   Friday February 21st, 2020 at 8pm.

Where:   Millstreet GAA Hall.

Great entertainment promised, including  CURRENT

All-Ireland winning Bands, Groups, Musicians, Dancers and Harp Ensemble.

Raffle with great prizes.

Any support would be greatly appreciated.

Spread the word please.

Patrick, 3rd from right, after the U15 Crossfields All-Ireland win in Ennis 2017

€10 adult entry, €20 per family, €5 per student.

Tickets for sale from Patrick or Bridget Buckley at 087 9927042.

Tickets also available at O’Regan’s Mills, Station Road, Millstreet

The Buckleys

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Eily’s Report – 18th February

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.

In Millstreet, St. Valentine’s Day was widely celebrated starting off on Friday and continuing right through the weekend. Our flower and chocolate outlets did a roaring trade  as did our jewelry and perfume shops, the food outlets and the all-important cards that  say the tender words that any lad or lass would be loathe to utter. The business people of the Town have to be commended for their efforts in dressings their premises in a wide range of brightly coloured decorations which didn’t go unnoticed.  It all helped to distract our minds away from the approach of the demon “Denis”  the Hurricane. All things considered, I think that we didn’t fare too badly around here.No flooded homes or power cuts and no road blocks due to fallen trees. By and large our people are good at listening to the warnings and obeying the rules which is vitally important. We did have a few claps of thunder and when I hear that I of course reach for the Holy Water and sprinkle it around and pray that all will be safe. But the very next thing  for me at any rate is to think of the dogs. I don’t own a dog, much as I’d love to, but dogs are terrified of thunder and if at all possible, should never be left unattended during a thunder storm. I think that the bold “Denis” is staying around for a little while longer,so remain on your guard.

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Eily’s Report – 11th February

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.

The severe weather warnings at the weekend painted a pretty solemn picture of what  we were to expect and we were well advised to pay attention.  The elements didn’t make it easy for us to cast our votes on Saturday but the howling winds and heavy rains  did nothing to dampen the determination of the multitudes to come out and avail of their just right to have their say at the ballot box. The outcome was to say the least dramatic and you’d wonder if our elections were always held on a Saturday would the response be as great.  I was talking to two university students the other day. The first lad hardly knew what I was talking about and didn’t bother to register while the other  had secured his paperwork and was all set to cast his first ever  vote when he got home at the weekend. I don’t know what that proves but it’s nice to know what the young people think because they are our future.

I don’t know about you or what you thought of the Election. The winners and the losers and so on  but I’m going to tell you that I’m glad to see the back of Minister Shane Ross. His handling of the drink/driving laws was nothing short of a criminal act. With the stroke of a pen he penalised our elderly rural dwellers and subjected them to a life of loneliness that sent them to their graves.  Alright maybe to say you can’t drink and drive but give something instead. Provide a reliable rural transport system that they could avail of to bring them to town to meet their friends for a drink and chat. It was such a beautiful social thing, which kept them clean, tidy and happy. To go to town they should shave, change into clean clothes and in some cases just wash the wellingtons. I always thought they looked great.  They kept the stories and folklore of old alive but when the new laws came in, we lost all of that.    To see them growing lonely, unkempt and sad   before our very eyes was painful to see.   The trend is still there today which caused the closing down of so many rural pubs and they were important to rural Ireland.

Can you blame me for not being sorry to see the last of Shane Ross?

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FUNDRAISING CONCERT in aid of local student

FUNDRAISING CONCERT in aid of local student, Patrick Buckley’s trip to help with Street and Slum Children in Kolkata, India, with the HOPE FOUNDATION.

When:   Friday February 21st, 2020 at 8pm.

Where:   Millstreet GAA Hall.

Great line-up of Acts, including:  the 2019  U12 & U18 All-Ireland winning Crossfields Bands;
The 2020 All-Ireland winning Freemount Plearacha Group;
Millstreet All-Ireland Set Dancers,
Recent All-Ireland winning Singers, Dancers, Storytellers & and other performances.
A great night of entertainment assured.Great prizes on the night also with a Raffle.
€10 adult entry, €20 per family, €5 per student.

Tickets for sale from Patrick or Bridget Buckley at 087 9927042.

Tickets also available at O’Regan’s Mills, Station Road, Millstreet

Your support would be greatly appreciated.

 

Eily’s Report – 4th February

 

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.

The Month of February has dawned and Spring has sprung and  the countryside is taking on the look of Spring itself. La le Breeda, Candlemas Day and the Feast of St. Blaise with the Blessing of the Throats are all annual reminders.   We look forward to the lovely St. Bridget’s Crosses every time and make sure to secure a new one to replace the old rather tired looking model that has kept us safe from all harm during the past twelve months. At Masses on Sunday, which was Candlemas Day the Priest blessed the candles which will be used on the alter for the coming year and people were free to bring their own for the blessing  if they wanted them in their own homes. In Blessing the candles Canon John extended a special blessing to the entire congregation. The Feast of St. Blaise synonymous with the Blessing of the throats always draws a big crowd with many people saying they never suffer any throat problems because of it and last night was no exception in our parish church.  It’s sad to say that there isn’t much interest on holy things today, but in the past the Blessed Candle and the Holy Water were vital in every home. Especially in the Spring at calving time, the Holy Water was brought out to be sprinkled on any new born animal, on the crops in the fields and people were not ashamed to thank God for his blessings.  Worried mothers shook the Holy Water on their boys and girls going out to dances or on himself taking a cow to the Fair so that she’d make a good price. There was very little guarantee with anything that time. No fixed price for eggs, livestock or any farm produce, so the Blessed Candle and the Holy Water seemed to have given people the confidence that all will be well. And if it didn’t it gave them the strength to fight on and to cope anyway. That inner ingredient is missing in a lot of things now and it’s a pity. ‘It’s not what matters to you but how you react to what matters that counts.’(A borrowed quote)

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Eily’s Report – 28th January

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.

Not everybody likes the month of January so I suppose it is with a certain amount of relief that they see it coming close to an end. It’s a month that sees the effects of  many of  the over  indulgences of Christmas, not least among them the unpaid bills or indeed many extra pounds on the body that does no good for the mood. It’s a month that sees many loved ones returning to other places, some to the other end of the world and facing a long wait before they can spare up enough cash to come again. But January isn’t all bad. The evenings get longer and Mother Nature  begins to push up the daffodils and many other little plants from their winter bed and it never ceases to amaze me how a spud, forgotten in a bag, be it at the bottom of the press or in the shed, can send out strong healthy shoots as soon as the month of January dawns. Looking at it how can you say there is no God?  We all need to be reminded of things to do, but Mother Nature gets her work done unaided and moves in mysterious ways.

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St Nicholas Church Re-Dedication

Almost two years ago St Nicholas Church, Kilcorney was severely damaged by Storm Ophelia and following extensive repair and modernisation Bishop William Crean (Bishop of Cloyne) performed the blessing and re-dedication of the Church recently.

Pat Sheehan on behalf of the community welcomed the Bishop and Priests and gave a short history of Kilcorney Church which was first blessed and dedicated by Bishop Timothy Murphy on Christmas Day 1856.

Mass was concelebrated by a number of former priests of the parish and priests from the surrounding parishes.

In his homily Bishop Crean said it was an honour and a privilege to be re-dedicating the church as he had been in Kilcorney the day after the storm and he has seen first hand the destruction that it had caused.  He spoke about the value of the church to the local community and how in the time of trouble the community came together to rescue the church.  He also commented on the number of young families attending the church and looking at the number of altar servers present he felt that the church is in good hands.  Music was lead by our local church choir who were joined by Kilcorney National School pupils.  Fr William Winter PP of Banteer spoke of his joy on getting to this night and thanked everyone who were involved in the revamp of the church.  He also expressed his gratitude to the local Community Council for the use of the Community Centre during the last two years for the liturgical ceremonies.  At the end of the ceremony Maeve Buckley (Senior Altar Server) made a presentation to Bishop Crean on behalf of all the altar services.

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Couch to Ring of Kerry

If your new years resolution for 2020 is to cycle the Ring of Beara, Ring of Kerry or simply want to take up cycling to get fit-Sliabh Luachra Cycling club is starting a couch to Ring of Kerry program for all levels of cycling abilities.
The program will include 8 to 12 weeks of spinning and also bike skills sessions before hitting the road.
If you want to join us this year, please message us through our facebook or give us a call on 0879178836.
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Eily’s Report – 21st January 2020

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.
With the huge volume of traffic on our roads today there is danger lurking at every moment which I found out to my peril in the past few weeks. Travelling to Macroom for the NCT on my little 12C Renault Clio  which was fully serviced to give it every chance of passing. The morning was very wet with lots of surface water on the roads. About two miles from journey’s end I met a driver who swerved from the water on his side of the road and hit my wing mirror (never stopped) sending it flying out of its cosy nest. Luckily it held on by the wires at the back and I was able to pull in at a lay-by and press the mirror back into place, and continued on my way to the test which I passed. It was my lucky day, buíochas le Dia. Those who  rose early on Monday morning were met by a surprising blanket of snow in places. It was light and those who didn’t leave the warm valley between the sheets until ten missed the show. By then the snow was all gone but left some hidden danger spots in the way of unwary motorists. Sporadic snow and ice pose the greatest danger to road users, it can give them a false sense of security until they hit a bad patch and all of a sudden their plans for the day takes a sharp turn for the worse.

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Playground Donation Thank You

Millstreet Town Park Committee wish to thank   Sinéad & Brian Cremin  of Cremin Car Accessories  for their very generous  donation to the Playground Project.   Great to see a new young business support our young people!  We are getting closer. If you want to help the Town Park get the Playground Project over the line for the Easter Holidays  be a bunny and consider making a contribution today.

TO DONATE: you may

(1) lodge online to Millstreet Town Park bank account at IBAN: IE61 BOFI 9058 0332 1050 69, BIC:BOFIIE2

(2) lodge cash or cheque in person  at Millstreet Credit Union – reference Millstreet Town Park account

(3) send a cheque payable to ” Millstreet Town Park ” care of  FAS Offices, Millstreet Community Gym,  Millstreet

If you wish to confirm your donation we would be delighted to hear from you at  millstreettownpark@gmail.com

Playground Donation Thank You

Millstreet Town Park Committee wish to thank  Mairéad & Frankie Reen of Reens Life Pharmacy Millstreet  for their very generous  donation to the Playground Project.   Great to see 2 generations in  local business support the further development of our Town Park for the next generation of Sráiders.  Major thumbs up to all the businesses  who have donated to date.   To join the growing team of business supporters and secure your future little customers please consider making a contribution today.

TO DONATE: you may

(1) lodge online to Millstreet Town Park bank account at IBAN: IE61 BOFI 9058 0332 1050 69, BIC:BOFIIE2

(2) lodge cash or cheque in person  at Millstreet Credit Union – reference Millstreet Town Park account

(3) send a cheque payable to ” Millstreet Town Park ” care of  FAS Offices, Millstreet Community Gym,  Millstreet

If you wish to confirm your donation we would be delighted to hear from you at  <email>

Maureen O Sullivan homeless appeal

Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed food parcels, home baking or knitting to the Maureen O Sullivan homeless appeal. It was highly appreciated and made a difference to so many.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the H.S.E Staff at St Finbarr’s Hospital,  Douglas, Cork whom collected €134 on the night of their Christmas Party and chose Maureen O’Sullivan’s Homeless Appeal as their chosen charity and to Martina Dineen, Brookpark for delivering this to us.

The local collections are co-ordinated by Margaret Crean.

Eily’s Report – 14th January

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my first report of 2020.

Not only have we a New Year, but we have a new decade. Going forward from today I feel ill- prepared to give an account of the happenings of past number of weeks  because of a long spell of flu, I missed out on Christmas completely. The lovely closing down parties before it where the many things I’m involved in around the parish, where everybody will recap on the past year, revamp friendships and plan for more of the same ‘after Christmas’. I missed all the lovely church services and the Women’s Little Christmas party etc.

Mind you I didn’t spend my time out, saying “why me”. It does us a lot of good sometimes to take a step back. Take time to think over  what you’re missing and how much we miss them. The involvement, the companionship and the support of such things become all the more important and  worthwhile when you are separated from them for a little while. Buíochas le Dia, all is well again.

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