Eily’s Report 17th April 2018

Dia is Mhuire  diobh go leir a cairde and welcome.

It is indeed heartening to see that in spite of wind and weather, we still have people who are determined to press on and bring help where help is needed, be it in the form of fodder for animals or ways of cheering people up in these trying times.

The Trad Fest which was held at the weekend was wonderful and varied. Little children got up early on Friday morning and travelled to Cork where they sang their little hearts out and came second in their category, much to the delight of their families and  they danced in our GAA Hall again with great success, next morning. Up to 90 sets in all entered the competition, and there was a capacity crowd at Wallis Arms that night for a Gala Concert. There was something for everyone.

Other than that there were pockets of music in the bars in town. And the Feile Ceol which was held at the Community School on Sunday brought a wonderful weekend to a close. Bringing Children out brings parents out and there was a wonderful atmosphere of enjoyment throughout. Well done to the hard working organisers.

And there’s a children’s Festival on April 28th.  [read more …] “Eily’s Report 17th April 2018”

Eily’s Report – 10th April

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my Weekly Report.

I was very pleased to have been part of the very prestigious launch of the Beara Breifni Way Heritage Stamps, which was held at the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon at the weekend. It was attended by over two hundred people  some from the very source of this epic development, Castletownbere itself, and many places in between. Including Michael and Marian O’Sullivan, Eileen O’Riordan and family, agus mé féin representing Millstreet.

The master of ceremonies was the well-known Deirdre Purcell, author and RTE presenter. There was an excellent line-out of speakers during the  day long event, and the final speaker was the Minister for Rural and Community Development Mr. Michael Ring TD who performed the official launch.

The launch marks another step forward in what is now being regarded as the Irish Camino Way. And the Great Jim O’Sullivan from Castletownbere can be thanked for starting its development from humble beginnings almost twenty years ago.  And he was highly commended for his work at the launch. Further information about the placing of the stamps will be given in due course.

A Community Council Meeting will be held tonight starting at 8.30 at the Wallis Arms Hotel.

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Eilys Report – 3rd April

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a cairde and welcome. Hope you are all well following yet another rather wet ‘n windy week.

This lovely message from our Parish Priest, Canon John Fitzgerald was included in our Mass leaflet at the weekend and it says. My sincere thanks to all who participated in our Easter Ceremonies, those who helped to prepare our Churches and for all those who attended ceremonies and helped to make them so meaningful for our Parish.

I welcome home all who have travelled to be with their families this Easter Season and we keep in our thoughts those who are not with us.

In return we want to thank the members of our clergy for a wonderful Easter Season. We are so fortunate to have such a fine group of priests on the wings as it were, to help out at busy times. Frs. Paddy O‘Byrne, Billy Radley,Sean Tucker, Con Kiely, and of course Canon John from over the road in Boherbue. For me at least its a joy because I knew their parents and families before them, and always look upon them as one of our own.  [read more …] “Eilys Report – 3rd April”

The death has occurred of Eileen (Eily) CORKERY (née O’Connell) Main Street, Kilmacthomas, Waterford

Reposing at her residence on Tuesday March 27th from 4pm to 8pm. Removal from her residence on Wednesday March 28th at 11:30am to Our Lady of Mercy Church, Kilmacthomas for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial immediately afterwards in Kilmacthomas Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to St. Vincent de Paul. [1]

Rest In Peace

Death Notice: Sr. Kathleen O’CONNOR, Presentation Convent, Killarney, Kerry / Dromsicane, Millstreet, Cork

Very sadly missed by her Presentation Sisters, brother Denis, sisters-in-law Mary and Lillian, nieces and nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and her great grand niece, relatives and friends.

“May She Rest In Peace”

Reposing at the Presentation Convent, Killarney on Thursday evening from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm followed by Removal at 5.00 pm on Thursday to St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney. Liturgy Of The Word on Friday morning at 10.30am, burial afterwards in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney.  Requiem Mass will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday 3rd April 2018 in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney. [1]

Eily’s Report 27th March

Dia is Mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome.

This is Holy Week and as it brings the six weeks of Lent to a close, we are all asked to join in the prayers and ceremonies in the run up to Easter Sunday. Every parish in the Country and indeed throughout the world will put on services to lead us on to Good Friday, and the Crucifixion of Christ. Rarely have there been a greater need for people to join together and pray that the Good Lord will help the world to overcome some of the problems  that confront us  today.

The Stations of the Cross are always popular during Lent and can be said anytime. Our Church ceremonies begin on Holy Thursday, In Cullen at 6.30 and in Millstreet at 8pm.

On Good Friday, in Cullen at 6.30 and in Millstreet at 3pm, Holy Saturday, Polish Mass –Blessing of food in Millstreet at 2pm and Easter Vigil  Mass in Millstreet at 9pm.

Confessions in Millstreet on Holy Thursday after Mass, and in Cullen as announced.  [read more …] “Eily’s Report 27th March”

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Juvenile Club

 

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club was established in July 2012 with the juvenile section of the Club commencing in 2015.

Juveniles are the long term development for our Cycling Club. We are currently recruiting new juvenile members to join our Club. The juveniles will need to be in 5th or 6th class in National School or in Secondary level education. We have a number of experienced adults trained by Cycling Ireland in foundation coaching who will coach these new members.

Our plan for 2018 is to commence coaching the new members with a 4-6-week training block in a local national school ground. During this period our new members will learn various bike skills that will ensure they are confident, safe and courteous cyclists when on the road. After several weeks of training we take the kids to leisure events locally (in the Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club Minibus) to challenge themselves at longer distance and with a little bit more experience we will participate in competitive races for those who wish to do so.

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Eily’s Report – 20th March

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly report.

As always the wheel of Millstreet keeps on turning and this past week was no exception. We had our St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a mountain climb, West Cork Rally, plus a mighty Rave Concert on Sunday at the Green Glens, attended by over 4000 revellers, to name but a few. And all went off without any bad incidents or injury. Baoichas le Dia.

Our St. Patricks Day Parade was made special as the one and only couple Daniel O’Donnell and Majella dropped in to be our Grand Marshals as part of their their countrywide travels to film their popular RTE program, “Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip.” A certain amount of confidentiality surrounds all these things and all I can say is that you’ll be seeing it on your screens in a few months time.

We were blessed with a cold but dry afternoon, and the crowds turned out in the thousands to cheer our renowned guests. Ireland’s win over England earlier in the day had them well psyched up for the parade at 5 o’clock and the pubs and food outlets, and taxis etc. did a roaring trade.

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Eily’s Report – 13th March

Dia is Mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly report.

Mothers Day was widely celebrated last weekend, with Dads and Kids taking over the reins in the kitchen, thus making herself a lady of leisure for the one day in the year that is singled out for all Mothers. Gift Shops, hotels and restaurants did a roaring trade and as a rising tide raises all craft, everybody was a winner.

Last night Monday March 12 marked to closing of another Weigh-In in Cullen following their annual eight weeks stint, by the Cullen Special Needs Association.

€5,500 was collected on the night with more to come in the weeks ahead. 450 pounds weight lost. Many congratulations to this hardworking group on another successful venture.

Their annual Threshing Day will be held later in the year.

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Eily’s Report – 6th March

Dia is Mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde, and welcome to my weekly report.

Well there is only one thing to talk about, and that’s the snow.

It brought our worlds to a standstill for a couple of days, and maybe that was not a bad thing. For a short time we were able, or were forced, to look at life from another angle and what emerged was nothing short of amazing. People became people again and not beings who fled off into their own world every day, with not a moment to greet or get to know who lives next door or down the road. The heavy snow brought them out of their cocoons to realise that those living in these places had names and were up for building a snowman and indeed some advanced snow art. Those who put their creations on social media spread the joy to the whole world.

Every slope became a piste with young and old sliding down in gay(fun) abandon. Outside of that people looked after one another  in so many lovely ways. I could go on and on but the bottom line  is  now that  the world is becoming snowless again  the friendships that were born of the blizzards will not melt away.

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Eily’s Report – 27th February

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly report.

A very important meeting will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight to plan our St. Patricks Day Parade which will be held in the town at 5 O’clock on March 17th. Starting from the Station Road. All interested parties please attend.

A wonderful event was held at the pub in Carriganima on Friday night.  It was a reunion of Football teams from, Aubane, Ballydaly, Clondrohid, and the Slanan Rovers.   Sadly due to other commitments I wasn’t able to attend. It was a night of reminiscing and back slapping and once again enjoying the stories of the great times that were, back in the 50s and 60s. Times when people mixed freely, packed big numbers into cars, played their games in any field, and mended their cuts and bruises in situ. Their brochure included pictures of the teams and they are a joy to observe. I hope that more occasions like this will follow so that past times can teach us all a lesson on how life really should be lived, Well done to the organisers.

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Eily’s Report 20th February

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly report.

I must congratulate the lovely Maggie Moynihan of Coalpits in Cullen on winning the All Ireland Final of the Scór Solo Singing which was held in Sligo at the weekend. The people of Cullen and their award winning pipe band turned out amid blazing bonfires to welcome their young star home on Sunday evening. The last such accolade to be won in Cullen was back in the 70s which made Maggie’s win all the sweeter. No doubt we’ll be hearing more about her in the future.

 

The AGM of the Community Council will be held tonight at the Wallis Arms Hotel, starting at 8 and all are welcome.

 

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A huge Thank You from Anna Buckley

A huge Thank You from Anna Buckley to each and every one of the musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers who came to Millstreet last weekend to give of their time and talent for the HOPE Foundation.

Thank you to all the friends and businesses who sponsored Raffle prizes on the night.

We are very grateful especially to the generous help we got from friends to advertise and help run this event successfully.

Finally, a  very sincere Thank You goes to the Millstreet people and those beyond for making this event worthwhile by their attendance at the Concert and we also acknowledge those who bought tickets but were unable to attend, and those who supported this cause in anyway – your kindness, generosity and good will is very much appreciated.

Thank you again, Anna Buckley.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT

   

FUNDRAISING CONCERT

in aid of local girl, Anna Buckley’s
volunteering work with Street and Slum Children in Kolkata, India,
with the HOPE FOUNDATION.
It’s on Saturday Feb 10th, 2018
at 8pm
in Millstreet GAA Hall.
            Tickets available at O’Regan’s Mills, StationRoad,Millstreet

Fabulous line-up of Acts, including:

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Eily’s Report – 6th February

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to my weekly report from Millstreet.

And what a wonderful weekend it has been. Dawn to dawn celebrations.  It started well with the Bradley Family winning our Lotto Jackpot of €8,400.

Then the Knocknagree All Ireland victory in Croke Park on Saturday.  That night  Cullen GAA lauded their brilliant team of ‘67 who won no less than three cups that year, and every man was presented with a beautiful plaque, comprising of a photograph of the team plus a medal. The presentation was made by Jeffrey O Sullivan  (lifelong President of the Club), at a gala social  held at the East Avenue Hotel on Saturday night.

But there was no time to sit back, next door neighbours Kanturk were in the hot seat next day in Croke Park where they continued the winning streak by claiming  All Ireland victory at  Hurling. They partied away the hours at the famed Red Cow Hotel, to the live entertainment of our own Kelt.

And Johnnie Sextons last minute score took us back to ’87 and Pakie Bonners brilliant save which led us to the World Cup.

It almost too much to take in. Congratulations all round.

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Eily’s Report – 30th January

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly report.

There is a great uplifting air about the place in spite of the weather this week. The  Millstreet Got Talent Contest was an outstanding success.

Since the heats began last December there has been widespread  speculation, with the results of each  one, building up excitement  to the grand finale which went ahead at the Wallis Arms Hotel last Friday Night. The finalists performed to a full house and the results were deemed fair to all.

The lingering  of flu epidemic  took it’s toll on one popular finalist and indeed upon myself. And I was very sorry that I missed it. But while licking my wounds I couldn’t help having a happy feeling about it all. Happy in my own way that it went ahead without me. And that, after over forty years, I was able to sit back and leave it all to a group of fine young people who are willing to put their shoulder to the wheel, with the help of course of a number of the old reliables.

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Eily’s Report – 23rd January

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, agus welcome to my Millstreet Report.

It’s only a few days away now and spirits are rising high here in Millstreet as we look forward to the finals of the Millstreet got Talent  Competition, which will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday night next, January 26th. There is a fine line-out of stars, all intent on going away with some of the generous prize money of €800, sponsored by Millstreet Community Council.

The following is the list –

  • Gerard O Hanlon , representing by Colemans.
  • Ml. Doyle,Conor Crowley and Denis McSweeney, representing Dennehy Transport.
  • Sarah Dennehey  Representing the Camogie Club.
  • Laura Dunlea and Patrick Flynn, Representing McCarthy’s Bar.
  • Emily O Connell,  Representing The Bush Bar.
  • Conor, Donal and James Representing Linehans Garage.
  • Declan Healy, RepresentingThe Pub in Carriginma.

After the interval we have.

  • Muireann Buckley Representing Noel C Duggans.
  • Anna Buckley and Leah Murphy, Representing The Camogie Club.
  • Marie O Neil,  Darragh Twomey and Edel O Keeffe Representing the Athletic Club.
  • Daniel Kelleher, representing The Pub In Carriganima.
  • Sinead Guiney,representing The Coursing Club.
  • Niamh Sheehan, representing Millstreet Community Council.

Noel Buckley will be the MC for the night and it promises to be an event not to be missed. Admission, is €5, and it starts at 9pm.

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