Eily’s Report – April 16th

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

The fine weather ran out for many of our weekend events here in Millstreet, but it’s a well-known fact that when the going gets though, the tough gets going. The organisers of our weekend Feile Cheoil excelled themselves in putting up posters etc. in wind and rain, to let the people know that a few days and nights of traditional entertainment was about to begin, and the gala Ceili on Saturday night at the Wallis Arms was just the place to make you forget the raging elements outside. There were winners and losers at the various competitions but the wonderful music by the popular “Conifers “, turned the Hotel Ballroom into a place of real Traditional music, and joy.

Meanwhile at the other end of Town we had an extravanza of classical music and singing provided in our beautiful St. Patrick’s Parish Church, when the mighty voices of the Duhallow Choral Society and The Kerry Choral Union joined forces to raise funds for our Local Community Hospital. In excess of 100 voices made up the cast who filled the Sanctuary to its limit. Our church took on a cathedral-like appearance filled with light and colour and atmosphere. The very large crowd was held spellbound by their enchanting repertoire which went on non-stop, for the most of one and a half hours.

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club weekly notes

Many thanks to the people of Millstreet for their generous contributions at our Church gate collections Saturday evening and Sunday morning, it is very much appreciated.

A very exciting Easter weekend in store for the club with SLCC tackling Ras Mumham – a four day event covering the toughest terrain Kerry has to offer.
Best of luck to the team of Richard Cleverly, Donie Kelleher, Johnny R O Sullivan along with guest riders Richard O Brien (Blarney CC) and Tom Shanahan (Limerick CC).
Denis O Connor and Dan Murphy’s are heading to Gorey for the Easter weekend riding as part of a Munster Selection Team.
Young Denis O Connor continues his rich vein of form, with a 3rd place finish in last Sunday’s Donal Crowley Memorial A3 race in Blarney. Denis was in a group of 4 that got away in atrocious conditions and was pipped by two O’Leary Stone Kanturk riders in a tight sprint finish.
Well done also to Richard Cleverly who came 10th in the A1/A2 Section of the race.
The juveniles headed to Drogheda last weekend for the superbly organised Ras Na Nog. A three stage event scheduled over 2 days with a HQ in Bellewstown Racecourse. Amy Fleming and Ben Murphy finished in the top 10 overall in their respective categories while Kate Murphy was 3rd overall U12 (Girl).
Overall the SLCC riders performed very well with a number of top 10 finishes.
Training for Juveniles interested in either leisure or competitive cycling continues every Saturday at 9am.
Well done to our club members who took part in Kenmare GAA Fund raising cycle hosted by Kenmare Cycling Club taking in the Caha Pass and Healy Pass.
New members always welcome to both adult or juvenile section of the club-learn to enjoy a great sport and gain some new friends. For further information contact 087-7023562 or the club facebook page

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club Notes

Well done to Denis O Connor, continuing his recent good form with a 5th place finish this weekend in the A3 race in Dungarvan coming with a late sprint and catching the leading breakaway group right at the death. SLCC had a strong adult representation in Dungarvan with Donie Kelleher, Johnny R O Sullivan, Richard Cleverly Anthony Tancred and Dan Murphy all competing well. SLCC had a number of Juveniles kicking off their racing career in Dungarvan with Nicholas Buckley, Ciaran Finnegan and Darragh Dennehy all experiencing the racing buzz for the first time and all competing well Our U14 Team raced well with Amy Fleming 2nd in the girls category while Sean Hurley, Aidan Morley and Dinny Murphy finishing well up in the group of the boys race. Ben Murphy made the podium in the U16 race finishing 3rd in the uphill sprint finish. Kate Murphy finished 3rd in the combined under 12 race All in all a very enjoyable day in Dungarvan with SLCC competitive across the full day. Denis O Connor and Dan Murphy’s recent form see them selected for a Munster Team in the Gorey 3 Day race over Easter. The juveniles head to Drogheda next weekend for the weekend long Ras Na Nog while the adults are in Blarney. Training for Juveniles interested in either leisure or competitive cycling continues every Saturday at 9 am

Well done to our club members who did the Ballyfinnane Charity Cycle in aid of Ballyfinnane National Schoole last Saturday.

There was a good turnout in sunny Barraduff for our club spin on Sunday morning.  Four groups set off at different paces and distances.

New members always welcome to both adult or juvenile sections of the club-learn to enjoy a great sport and gain some new friends. For further information contact 087-7023562 or the club Facebook page.

Eily’s Report – 9th April

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome, on this beautiful crisp Spring day, giving us all the chance to go about the things we want to do including the birds to build their nests.

 

The monthly meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight starting at 8 o’clock sharp. All members please attend.

 

A very successful Coffee fundraiser in aid of many needy causes was held at our Garda Barracks last week. It was very well attended and there was a real friendly atmosphere as members welcomed all  those who came between 10.30 am to 2.30 pm in the afternoon to support it. This has become an annual event by now and is helping good causes as well. It creates a great bond between the Gardai members and the general public.

 

A highly successful equestrian event entitled the International Welcome Tour, has just finished it’s five day stint at the Green Glens and there’s lots more to look forward to in the months ahead. So keep in touch with their website and don’t miss the exciting events on this world stage on our doorstep.

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Eily’s Report – 2nd April

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

The Month of April is in with a bang, and a bit of a burrrr.

We didn’t expect to be donning the Winter woollies at such a fast rate. Going from 15/16 degrees to Zero almost overnight was a shock to the system but then April showers always brought bright May Flowers, and Hope Springs Eternal.

The monthly bulletin from IRD came as usual with the start of the new month and it makes good reading for all those who are in need of home improvement schemes. Their service is free to all those who are on receipt of Fuel Allowance, Working Family Allowance, Domiciliary Care Allowance, Care Allowance, One Parent Family Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance etc. Terms and conditions apply, and their Services include, Attic Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, External as well as Internal Wall Insulation, Heating Upgrade, Window Replacement, Lagging Jackets, Draught Proofing and Energy Efficient Lighting.

IRD Duhallow also has a host of courses and training opportunities to suit all ages and circumstances.

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club notes

 Well done to Denis O Connor who finished 4th and Dan Murphy who had a top 20 finish in the Des Hanlon Race held in Carlow at the weekend. This race attracted the top talent in the country and the lads hard work over the winter months is now paying dividends. The juveniles made the long journey to Coalisland Co Tyrone this weekend for the Youth Qualifying races. Amy Fleming came 4th in U14 girls competition, the width of a tyre denying her a podium spot. Ben Murphy attacked all day and finished 9th overall in a hugely competitive U16 qualifier. Kate Murphy was second in the Girls under 12. All roads lead to Dungarvan on Sunday next with Juveniles/Juniors and Adults races on the card. Well done to all the club members who took part in the SRAC Sportive in Tralee last Saturday and in doing so conquered the Conor Pass it’s now only 15 weeks to the Ring of Kerry so now is the perfect time to kick off your plan and build the miles up gradually. New members always welcome to both adult and juvenile section of the club – learn to enjoy a great sport and gain some new friends – For further information contact 087 7023562 or the club Facebook page.

Cullen Pipe Band playing at the Marconi Centenary in Ballybunion

Cullen Pipe Band playing at the Marconi Centenary in Ballybunion March 19, 2019 Joined in the recording by Princess Elettra and her son Prince Guglielmo Giovanelli Marconi. On the 19th of March 1919, the first Est to West Trans-Atlantic voice transmission was made from the Marconi Radio Station in Ballybunion, Ireland to a receiving station in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Canada, using the call sign YXQ.

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club weekly news update

 Well done to Donie Kelleher, Johnny R O Sullivan, Dan Murphy and Denis O Connor who competed in the North Tipperary Wheelers open Road Race last Sunday in Nenagh. Denis was on a number of breaks throughout the 120 km race and finished 7th overall, a very commendable performance.

The juveniles enjoyed a tough training session on the Outdoor Velo Track in Kanturk Saturday morning, a great facility to have in the locality.

With the weather improving the Leisure Sunday spins are taking off with up to 25 heading out on various distances last weekend. Next weekend the Juveniles are travelling to Coalisland to complete in the PJ Logan races with some of the adult members planning to undertake the SRAC Atlantic Challenge a tough 135 km trip around West Kerry.

It’s now only 15 weeks to the Ring of Kerry so now is the perfect time to kick off your plan and build the miles up gradually. New members always welcome to both adult and juvenile section of the club – learn to enjoy a great sport and gain some new friends – For further information contact 087 7023562 or the club via Facebook

Eily’s Report 26th March

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

It’s the last week of March, the third week of the Season of Lent. It was a very exciting week in Millstreet with the Sacrament of Confirmation been given to 97 young boys and girls representing Millstreet, Cloghoula and Cullen  schools. Our big church was packed to capacity and the sunny day outside added to the wonder of it all. The Girls from the Presentation Convent School sang the hymns through the ceremony with His Lordship Bishop Ray Browne as Chief Celebrant. Families and extended family members came from many parts of Ireland as well as from many other countries to join their loved ones in the Holy Celebration.

 

Following the ceremony the Bishop and Priests traveled to Dromagh  to impart the Sacrament of Confirmation on a number of Children there, and we would to thank the Clergy for the wonderful ceremonies and congratulate all the boys and girls who were Confirmed and wish them God’s Blessing in the future.

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club  News

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club  

 

  • Thanks to everyone who contributed to our recent Church gate collection in Knocknagree.
  • Best of luck to our adult racers who are racing in Nenagh Co. Tipperary this weekend.
  • Hard luck to Denis O Connor who along with his Munster teammates failed to make the starting line of the St Patrick’s Day Race in Cardiff last weekend owing to a Ferry mechanical!

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Eily’s Report – 19th March

 

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

Whichever way you look at it we had a wonderful St. Patrick’s weekend here in Millstreet. It had something for everyone and the weather was good.

 

Saturday a convoy of double decker buses, went through our town ferrying over 5000 revelers to the annual Tech Works Festival at the Green Glens Arena.

 

On Saturday night our Comhaltas Ceoltóirí group played in the Church at the 6.30 Mass. Then on St. Patrick’s Day our wonderful Pipe band played at the church grounds as people were going in to the 11.30 Mass which was conselebrated by three local men, Fr. Paddy O Byrne, Fr. Billy Radley and Fr. Sean Tucker.  Then the band played while entering the church and took part in many parts of the mass. The Church Choir attended and their combined grand finale literally lifted the roof, when they joined our lovely organist Jane to play a rousing recital of Highland Cathedral. No words of mine could do justice to the joy it brought to all in the church on St. Patrick’s Day. Spellbound, is the best way to describe it.

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Eily’s Report 12th March

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

Storm Gareth is venting its feeling on the world outside as I sit to write my weekly account of local happenings.  So far the weekend  weather has seen wild winds, heavy sleety downpours and the thunder and lightening  left many without power. So the yellow warning still exits and it would be advisable to heed its message. But there’s always hope and the sight on our web today of a mother sheep and her two woolly lambs enjoying new life in Carriganima would give rise to anybodies spirits. Buíochas le Dia.

 

The people of Rathmore were lucky with the weather on Sunday when they went ahead at 1.30 with their St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We will be asking for clemency in the weather also on Sunday next when its our turn to pull out all the stops in honour of our Patron Saint Patrick himself. The organising committee are working hard on their preparations but it takes  every man, woman and child to give the annual event the support that it deserves.

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Eily’s Report 5th March

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

The mini blizzard of snow caught us all unawares on Sunday. Going from 14 degrees on Saturday to zero next day was a shock to the system to say the least.

This is Shrove Tuesday. Pancake day and our last chance to pamper ourselves before giving up something for Lent which starts tomorrow March 6th and ends on Easter Sunday April 22nd. Tomorrow Is Ash Wednesday and Holy Ashes will be distributed  at 10 am Mass and again at 7.30 pm Mass. Just to remind us that we are made of dust and into dust we shall return.

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Eily’s Report 26th February

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

Spring is on our doorstep, I think that Friday March 1st, is the first day of Spring. Though sometimes you’d wonder. Anyway the Daffodils tell us that it is. I haven’t seen any baby lambs yet but  when they come, then it will be Spring in earnest.  We are all urged to plant things this year. One notice says to plant potatoes by St. Patrick’s Day, as we did in the past. I like to watch out for Good Friday every year to plant something because they say that anything that you set on Good Friday will grow.   It would be nice to plant a few things in a box and give it to someone who can’t do it themselves.

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