Team Hope Shoebox Appeal 2017 – Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal.  A total of 435 boxes were collected from Millstreet Community School on Thursday 16th November to begin their journey to children who will really benefit from your generosity .  This was a tremendous response to the annual appeal.  The boxes came from a number of sources:

Kilcorney National School, Rathcoole National School, Knocknagree National School, Hollymount National School, Scoil Mhuire National School  Millstreet, Presentation National School Millstreet, Millstreet Community School.

Thanks must go to all connected with these schools, and to Mrs. Mary Randles and the Transition Years students of Millstreet Community School for coordinating this year’s effort.  Thank you.

Calling all teachers! Cork Youth Dramafest

Cork Youth Dramafest
Office: Deerpark CBS, St. Patricks Road,
Tel: 087 – 382 – 19 – 11         


Calling all teachers!   Enter any class group into above festival / competition, which is open to all sizes and kinds of class group, including special needs groups.   Our Dramafest is more about participation than about winning!   So, get the kids on stage – before a live audience!

 Type of Drama: Any performance that falls between 10 and 30 mins –

single scene, one act play, mime, original script, individual performance, duo performance, individual performance, choral verse.

Adjudication:  by experienced and understanding adjudicator. Several awards.

Venue: State of the art school stage at Deerpark CBS, Cork City.

Dramafest Date: Wed. March 21st 2018.

Further Info – Contact Bill at 087 – 382 – 1911 or Aaron at 085 – 704 – 9617.


Thanks for supporting the Language and Culture Night

A word of thanks to all those who came along to support the Language and Culture Night that was held in Millstreet Community School on Friday 12th May 2017.  Fourteen nationalities from three continents were represented! Thanks also to those who prepared food for the evening.  It was a night for celebrating cultural diversity which will be remembered for a long time.

Language and Culture Night – Friday 12th May, 7pm – Millstreet Community School


Language and Culture Night

Date: Friday 12th May 2017

Time: 7pm

Venue: Millstreet Community School library / canteen

The night will be a chance to celebrate the many languages and cultures represented in our school and in the Millstreet area.   Admission is free.  All are welcome

Thanks for supporting for Fairtrade MS Ireland fundraisers

The Millstreet Community School Transition Year Development Education Committee have now successfully completed two fundraising events to raise money for MS Ireland.  Both events featured cakes and cookies that they themselves baked using Fairtrade ingredients such as sugar, coffee, and cocoa.

On Tuesday 28th February they hosted a coffee morning in the Parish Centre, which raised €506.  On Tuesday 28th March they held a bake sale in Millstreet Community School canteen.  They made €170 from this.  So a grand total of €676 was raised.  Thanks to everyone who supported these initiatives in any way.  The students involved in running both events are to be commended on their efforts.

Urgent accommodation request for retreat team o/n Wed. 29th March

The 1st students at Millstreet Community School have a retreat on Thursday 30th March 2017 in Millstreet Parish Centre.  The retreat will be run by NET ministries, who are based in Co. Donegal and this will be the tenth year they’ve been to Millstreet.

Thanks to those who have already volunteered to host members of the retreat team.  All seven girls (18-25 year olds) have been accommodated.

We have not managed to find acommodation for the five boys (18-25 year olds) yet.  If anyone was in a position to host them that would be great. They need to be accommodated in a pair and a group of three.

If there are families able to give them accommodation and a simple meal on the evening of Wednesday 29th March (they’ll be arriving in Millstreet at about 6.30pm), and breakfast on Thursday 30th March, that would be great.  They need to be back at the Parish Centre for between 8.00am or 8.15am on the Thursday so they can get ready for the retreat.  If you can help please contact Millstreet Community School on 029 70087  as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your help.

‘The Buds of Ballybunion’ by John B. Keane at Millstreet Community School Note change of start time





TONIGHT (16th March, 2017)

TIME:  8.15pm 



PLACE: School Canteen

COST:  €8 Adults    €5 Children/Students


Thanks for supporting the Fairtrade Coffee Morning in aid of MS Ireland

Thank you to everyone who supported the Fairtrade Coffee Morning in aid of MS Ireland that took place on Tuesday 28th February in Millstreet Parish Centre.  A total of €486 was raised.

The event was organised by the Millstreet Community School Transition Year Development Education Group

Lourdes Table Quiz at The Wallis Arms – Fri. 3rd March 2017 @ 8.00pm

The Table Quiz will take place on Friday 3rd March 2017 at 8pm in The Wallis Arms.  

This quiz has become an annual fundraiser to help 5th Year students from Millstreet Community School who are going on pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, to pay for their travel and accommodation. Dervla Murphy and Una Buckley  are the students going this year and they will be student helpers with group 12.

Tables: €40/team of four.  There will be a raffle.  Everyone is welcome to take part in what has become a great community event in support of the students.

(For further details please contact the Community School on 029 70087)

Cork Penny Dinners collection at Millstreet Community School – thank you

The Millstreet Community School Transition Year Young SVP group would like to express their thanks to all those who contributed items to their collection in aid of Cork Penny Dinners.  Aida Costello came to the school on Tuesday 20th December and some of the TY students involved, with their teacher Mrs Mary Randles, helped bring the substantial quantity of items donated to her car.  The students would like to express their thanks for your support.

Thank you for supporting the Bake Sale for student helpers going to Lourdes 2017

Thanks to all of you who supported the cake sale held on Saturday 10th December 2017 in Millstreet Parish Centre to support Una Buckley and Dervla Murphy who’ll be going to Lourdes as helpers with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust at Easter 2017.  €508 was raised.  Thank you.lourdes-bake-sale


Cork Penny Dinners Appeal in Millstreet Community School

Millstreet Community School: Transition Year Young SVP group are organising a collection for Cork Penny Dinners. The aim of Cork Penny Dinners is to give everyone who calls to the centre in Cork a warm, nourishing midday meal.  In addition, clients get sandwiches and fruit to take away as an evening meal.  It is open seven days a week all year, including Christmas Day.

Students are collecting the following items: tinned foods, orange squash, Easy-Singles cheese, sugar, tea, coffee, biscuits, salt, tea-towels, cleaning products.  This collection will run until Friday 16th December.  

For more details, contact the school (029 70087)

Thank you.

Thanks to all who supported Team Hope Shoebox Appeal 2016


Thanks to everyone for their efforts with regards to the Team Hope Shoebox appeal 2016

Over 450 boxes were brought to Millstreet Community School from Rathcoole National School, Millstreet Boys National School, Presentation Convent National School Millstreet, Knocknagree National School, Kilcorney National School and by pupils of Millstreet Community School.

Additional thanks go to members of the local community who also brought boxes down to the school in support of the appeal. Thanks also go to the members of the Millstreet Community School Transition Year ‘Young SVP’ group and their teacher Mrs Mary Randles for co-ordinating the whole enterprise so successfully.

Trad for Trocaire at Millstreet Community School – thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Trad for Trocaire event that took place on Friday 7th October 2016 in Millstreet Community School.  It was an evening of fine traditional music, song and dance.  Well done to all the students who participated.  A total of €297 was raised to support Trocaire’s work.  Thanks for your generosity.

Trad for Trocaire – Millstreet Community School, Fri. 7th Oct. 2016 (TONIGHT) @7.30pm

A Trad for Trocaire event will take place in Millstreet Community School library on Friday 7th October 2016, starting at 7.30pm.  This will be a chance for students from all year groups to share their traditional Irish music, song and dance skills with the wider community.  It will also be a chance to raise money to support Trocaire’s work among some of the poorest communities in the world.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  There will be a collection for Trocaire during the event.

Millstreet students contribute to article on climate change – Earth Day 22nd April 2016

Three Transition Year students from Millstreet Community School attended a Climate Change Challenge Weekend organised by Trocaire in November 2015.  Kaytlin Murphy, Kate Buckley and Noelle Healy joined with 25 other students from around Ireland to explore the causes, effects and actions needed to tackle climate change.  To mark Earth Day, Ellen Donnelly (Youth Education and Outreach Officer with Trocaire) has published an article which features extensive contributions from Noelle and Kaytlin.  You can read the article by clicking on the link below:

What does signing the Paris Agreement mean to young people in Ireland?
Today is Earth Day. And today United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is inviting leaders from all UN member states to attend the official signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This is a historic day for international action … (read the full article on

‘Make your Mark for Climate Justice’ at 6.30pm Mass in Millstreet on Sat. 12th March

(banners designed and painted by Natalia and Paulina Raducka)

pull-up2-1000pull-up1-1000A Transition Year RE class has been working on a project relating to climate change over the last two months. It is called ‘Make your Mark for Climate Justice’. It is inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si in which he called on all humans to play an active part in caring for the planet. The project is based on a campaign run by SMA Wilton Justice and Peace office, which involved people making a pledge to make a difference in their everyday life, for example, by turning off the tap when cleaning teeth, unplugging phone chargers when not in use, and not leaving electrical equipment on standby. As a sign of their pledge, each person was invited to place their thumbprint on a specially prepared card that they could then bring home as a reminder. A small group of TY students from Millstreet Community School will be inviting parishioners in Millstreet on Saturday 12th March at 6.30pm Mass to do likewise.

Coffee Producer from Honduras to visit Millstreet Community School



Millstreet Community School will have the pleasure of welcoming Jose Omar Rodriguez Romero to speak to students, staff and invited guests on Friday 4th March as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 (29th Feb. – 13th March).

Mr Romero, who is known as Omar to his friends, is a guest of Fairtrade Ireland and he has a number of commitments during his stay so the school is delighted that he has been able to fit Millstreet into his busy agenda. Omar is a 4th Generation coffee producer, coffee lover, and resident of the village of Capucas, San Pedro de Copan, Honduras. He says Fairtrade is important, “…because it’s a scheme that is in the hands of small farmers and has a very positive economic, social, and environmental impact on the lives of the producers and the wider community”.

So what is Fairtrade? For many years our school has promoted the purchasing and use of products that have received Fairtrade certification. For products such as coffee, bananas, chocolate, tea, sugar, flowers, cotton clothing and wine to receive certification some strict criteria need to be met. When a product carries the Fairtrade Mark it means it was produced according to international Fairtrade standards. These standards ensure Fairtrade products are socially and economically fair and environmentally responsible. Key standards include the payment of a minimum price and a premium. For most Fairtrade goods there is a Fairtrade minimum price which is set to cover the cost of sustainable production for that product in that region.

Millstreet Community School is working towards becoming a Fairtrade school in 2015/2016 because we feel that it is only fair that the people who produce what we eat, wear and use should get paid enough to live on and have a chance to improve their lives. A Fairtrade school is one that has made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade products.


Successful Student Climate Change and Migration Seminar held in Green Glens Arena, Millstreet


Eight Transition Year students and their teachers from eight post-primary schools joined together to learn more about climate change and migration at a student seminar held at Green Glens Arena, Millstreet on 2nd February 2016. The students attending were from Coachford Community College, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Bishop McEgan College and De La Salle College, Macroom, Boherbue Comprehensive School, Millstreet Community School, Scoil Mhuire Kanturk and Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. The event was coordinated by Sheila Dillon, Education Officer with Trócaire and John Magee, Chaplain in Millstreet Community School. Given that there has been so much in the news over the last year about climate change and migration, the aim of the day was to explore the issues from different perspectives. The four workshops were facilitated by Aisling McGrath from WorldWise Global Schools, Sarah Walsh from Eco UNESCO, Deirdre Walsh from Trócaire and Bernie Connolly from Cork Environmental Forum. Topics explored included the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), consumerism, climate change and its impact in Kenya, and sustainable agriculture. Two students from each school had a chance to attend two of the workshops, with the hope that they would bring what they had learned back to their colleagues in their various schools.

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The students who were there on the day had a lot to say about why they attended the seminar, what they had found interesting and what strategies they felt their schools could adopt on top of what they do already to help counter the effects of climate change.

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Very well supported Animal Roadshow Fun Day in Millstreet GAA Hall

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The Fun Day run by The Animal Roadshow on Sunday 14th February in Millstreet GAA Hall was a great success.  The event was run in support of the four 5th year students from Millstreet Community School who will be going to Lourdes as helpers with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust at Easter 2016.  The students are Darragh McSweeney, Bridelle Cronin, Jasper Eastwood Lennon and Caroline Murphy.  The cost of travel and accommodation  for each of them is €650.

Thanks to everyone who turned up at the event and all those who helped out.  It was a great team effort.  €1370 was raised.  The Animal Roadshow can be booked for a variety of events.  They provide a fantastic variety of activities.  Please check out their website for more information.

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Family Fun Day in Millstreet GAA Hall – Sun. 14th Feb. 12 noon until 4pm

2016-02-14 Family Find Day in GAA Hall - IHCPT - posterThe Family Fun Day is the next fundraising effort for the four 5th year students of Millstreet Community School who’ll be going to Lourdes as helpers.

Admission for children is €5, free for adults, and free for the teddies who need to visit the Teddy Bear Doctor:

Teddies waiting for the doctor.

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Table Quiz for Lourdes volunteers – thank you!

The table quiz that took place in the Wallis Arms on Friday 5th February was a great success.  The purpose of the event was to raise funds to help cover the travel accommodation costs of four 5th year students from Millstreet Community School who’ll be going to Lourdes as helpers at Easter with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.  Special thanks go to the management and staff of the Wallis Arms, John Tarrant for providing the questions for an excellent quiz, the staff of Millstreet Community School and all those who attended.  A total of €1372.50 was raised from the night.  Thank you!

Table quiz – (Tomorrow) 5th Feb. for student helpers going to Lourdes at Easter 2016


This has become an annual event and a great night for all involved.  Everyone is welcome!  Please contact John Magee at the Community School (029 70087) if you need more details.

Millstreet Community School TY Drama Production 2016


This excellent production of

‘The Plough and the Stars’ by Sean O’Casey

will continue tonight (3rd Feb) and tomorrow night (4th Feb)

at 8pm in the school canteen

Tickets are €8 for adults and €5 for children/students.

For more details, contact the school on 029 70087

— The play gives insight on the impact of the rising on the people of Dublin and reflects on the role of violence in social change. A great night at the theatre awaits all. A special invite to previous cast members, especially all who performed this play ( css.php