Visit Cork Webinars

A letter from Seamus Heaney, head of Visit Cork, on how they are recommending the Cork tourism sector can adapt and recover in this changed tourism environment, and details about free online training sessions from industry experts:

Dear Industry Partners,

We hope you are all keeping as well as can be expected in these very challenging and unprecedented times.

Over the past few months we have been working in the background with various bodies along with politicians to represent the interests of the Cork Tourism industry.

The Cork Tourism Task Force comprises of key stakeholders from the various sectors throughout Cork. It has been set up by the Visit Cork board and meets weekly to try and keep at pace with all of the updates and changes. 

The main focus of the Task Force is to assist the executives and board of Visit Cork with key recommendations to government on how best the Cork tourism sector can adapt and recover in this changed tourism environment, including:  [read more …] “Visit Cork Webinars”

Green Flag for Rathcoole N.S.

St. Brendans N.S., Rathcoole are delighted with the news this week that they have been awarded their 4th Green Flag for Sustainable Travel.

The school has been working for the past two years towards this award, but unfortunately their final event had to be cancelled when schools closed. Instead, pupils from Rathcoole got on their bikes or went on a hike over the past few weeks and headed out to photograph their picturesque “2km Zone” nestled between the foothills of Mushera and the banks of the Blackwater.
Here is the beautiful video they submitted to the Green Schools “Hidden Places” project:

The team at Green-Schools headquarters were very impressed with the application, and extend their thanks to everyone in the school.  The Green-Schools committee and the whole school community deserve a huge amount of credit for their efforts – well done on your 4th Green Flag!
Green Schools Committee

Millstreet International Horse Show/Horse Trials have been Cancelled for 2020

A statement from the Duggan Family on Millstreet.horse:

It is with great regret that we confirm that Millstreet International Horse Show (Show-Jumping) and Millstreet International Horse Trials (Eventing), will not take place this year.

We have closely observed everything that has unfolded since the middle of March, when we had to make the decision not to stage the International Welcome Tour. Foremost in our minds at all times were the possible effects that the COVID-19 pandemic would have on our two main equestrian fixtures; both scheduled for August 2020.   [read more …] “Millstreet International Horse Show/Horse Trials have been Cancelled for 2020”

Babysitter Available

Sensible and reliable student from Millstreet Community School available for babysitting.  Reliable and Kind.  Plenty of experience with babysitting all ages in the past.  Previous work experience in Derinagree National School – great at helping with homework!  First Aid Certified.  References available upon request.  Contact Jennifer @ 087 9351907

Lest We Forget (20) – March 29th – April 10th, 1920

Continuing our series on the events of 1920 with the help of the daily newspaper of the First Dáil, the Irish Bulletin.

LEST WE FORGET (20)

The following are the Acts of Aggression Committed in Ireland by the armed Military and Police of the Usurping English Government – as reported in the Daily Press, for the Week ending APRIL 3rd, 1920:

The sentences passed on political offenders during the above five days, totalled 9 years.

MONDAY, MARCH 29th, 1920

Raids:– Armed military forcibly entered over a score of private residences in Dublin in the early hours of the morning, searching every room and perusing the private correspondence of the occupiers. In many cases the residents were arrested. Among the houses visited were those of Mr. Laurence Ginnell, Member of Parliament for Westmeath, Mr. Philip Shanahan, Member of Parliament for the Clontarf division of Dublin City, Mr. Charles Murphy, recently elected Alderman of the Dublin Corporation, and Mr. T. J. Loughlin recently elected Councillor of the same body. At Carrick-on-Suir five houses were raided by police. At Thurles, Co. Tipperary eight houses were raided by armed police. In other parts of Ireland, Bandon, Clonakilty and Fermoy, Co. Cork, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Gort, Co. Galway, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Listowel, Co. Kerry, and at Belfast City. Over 100 private houses were similarly raided.   [read more …] “Lest We Forget (20) – March 29th – April 10th, 1920”

Commuting Times from Millstreet

Like it or not, we live on the outer fringes of the commuter belt for Cork City. We all know lots of people that head off early in the morning to work, and are home in the evenings just in time to see their children to bed. We saw a map recently (above right) which shows where people travelling long distances to work were from. As expected there is a large commuter belt around the larger cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick.

Expecting to see Millstreet as one of the worst affected commuter areas,  we zoomed into the Millstreet area (see the map below), and we were thankfully surprised to see that Millstreet fared much better that other areas around us.  [read more …] “Commuting Times from Millstreet”

John Joe Leader, Glenleigh

The death has occurred on Sunday 31st May 2020 of John Joe Leader, Glenleigh, Kilcorney. Peacefully, at his home, in his 97th year. Beloved husband of the late Nora (nee Kelleher), brother of the late Sr. Pauline and Bridie (Kelleher). Dear father of Tim, Catherine, Maura and Norma. Deeply regretted by his son, daughters, daughter-in-law Mary, son-in-law John, grandchildren David, Eoin, Aoife and John, brother Teddy, sister Mary (O’ Mahony) sister-in-law Margaret, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace. [rip]

Due to current government guidelines, a private family funeral will take place. Messages of sympathy may be left on the RIP Condolence Page.

Parish Newsletter – Pentecost Sunday – 31st May, 2020

PARISH NEWSLETTER
BALLYDALY-CULLEN-MILLSTREET
Pentecost Sunday – 31st May, 2020
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.  
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948
<email>    dioceseofkerry.ie

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following:

ANNIVERSARIES:  Kathleen & Jackie Forde, Murphy’s Terrace; Bridget (Ciss) Murphy, Tanyard; Donal O’Riordan, Tullig; Angela Pomeroy, Willowbrook & London; Katie & Paddy Kelleher, Moulnahorna & Church Street; Hugh O’Keeffe, Glountane & Boherbue; Eddie & Peg Forde, Mologhroe.

AS RESTRICTIONS CONTINUE IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19 THE FOLLOWING IS THE SCHEDULE OF MASSES FOR THE WEEK AHEAD WHICH WILL BE CELEBRATED BY FR. FITZGERALD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS & TRANSMITTED ON OUR CHURCH TV.

 

  • SUNDAY (31st) at 11.30a.m:  Mass is for People of the Parish
  • THERE WILL BE NO MASS ON MONDAY (1st) JUNE
  • MASS ON TUESDAY (2nd) for Denis, John, Madge & the deceased members of the Murphy family, Lisnaboy at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON WEDNESDAY (3rd) for Brendan Kiely, Station Road at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON THURSDAY (4th) for Donal Cowman, Drishane Road at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON FRIDAY (5th) for (Private Intention) at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON NEXT SUNDAY 7th JUNE WILL BE FOR ALL THOSE BURIED IN OUR CEMETERIES IN THE PARISH: The Churchyard Cemetery, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Drishane Cemetery, The Cillín Cemetery, Cullen Cemetery and St. Liathiaran’s Cemetery. 

EACH OF THESE MASSES WILL BE TRANSMITTED ON CORK MUSIC STATION (corkmusicstation.com)

 

 

The Parish office continues to be closed to the public until 8th June but our secretary can still be contacted by phone (029 70043) or email for anniversary inclusions, mass cards or any other queries. Thank you to everyone who has returned their envelopes over the past number of weeks. Your support and encouragement is always appreciated.

Tubrid Well
We ask our Lady to continue to protect our Parish and families during this pandemic.  Our Lady pray for us.

OPENING OF CHURCHES

Over the coming weeks we will be preparing our Churches for the return of Masses and this will be carried out in line with the guidelines which are currently being prepared by our Bishops in accordance with Government guidelines.  Once these are received, I will be sharing them with you and asking for your continued co-operation. The return of  Mass will be very different and the safety of our parishioners will be paramount.

After long and careful consideration, I am suggesting that from 8th June the weekday Masses, which will continue to be said behind closed doors, will be multi-intentional and will be the Masses booked for March, April & May which had to be postponed due to Covid19. Each family will be contacted by our Parish office over the coming week and I trust you will give this temporary arrangement careful consideration due to the extraordinary times we are in. Masses will continue to be transmitted on our local TV and on corkmusicstation.com.

I ask you to please continue to adhere to the precautions in place when you visit our Churches for private prayer:

  • The safest way to visit is to “walk around, stand and pray, don’t sit down and touch nothing.
  • Please use hand sanitisers in each Church and remember sanitise carefully as you enter and there is no risk of you bringing in the virus on your hands.
  • Sanitise your hands as you exit and there is no risk of you bringing the virus out on your hands.
  • Practice social distancing and follow signage

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
Often, when we lose hope and think this is the end,
God smiles from above and says
“Relax, it’s just a bend, not the end”.

 

Meals on Wheels – June 2nd-5th 2020

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service is available for anyone who needs it. All food is prepared in Millstreet Day Centre & we operate the service 5 days a week. You can order a hot dinner for as many days as you like, delivered to your door from Mon-Fri for just €6 a day for the main meal & €2 for dessert.

A variety of meals are served throughout the week and the staff will endeavour to facilitate individual tastes when preparing meals. Please see our menu for next week below.

If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels Service over the coming weeks please contact the kitchen on (029) 30998 or the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or <email>

Thank you & stay safe.

Brighidín Ban Mo Stoir

Brighidín Ban Mo Stoir (My fair young bride) is by local poet Edward Walsh (1805-1850), sung by the late Scottish singer Andy M. Steward which appeared in his album Fire in the Store (1985). The song is a tribute to his wife Brigid Ó Súilleabháin.

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Edward Walsh spent about thirty years of his life around Millstreet. His education was received in that most primitive of Irish primary schools, the ‘hedge school’. When little more than a boy he showed great intellectual gifts, and in 1830 was private tutor in County Cork. Additionally tutored children of an Irish member of parliament. He was for a time in the 1830’s teacher of a school at Millstreet.

He went to reside in Dublin in 1843, and was befriended by Charles Gavan Duffy, who got him appointed sub-editor of the Monitor. His Irish Jacobite Poetry (1844) and his Irish Popular Songs (1847) gave unmistakable evidence of a genuine poet. Yet he was forced to fight against poverty, and, in 1848, he accepted the post of schoolmaster to the junior convicts of Spike Island.

There he visited John Mitchel, on his way to penal servitude, who vividly describes in his Jail Journal his meeting with Walsh. He was fired for his meeting, and not long afterwards, he secured the schoolmastership of Cork work-house, but died within twelve months. A fine monument, with an epitaph in Irish and English, was erected to his memory in the Father Mathew Cemetery at Cork. Among his lyrics Mo Chragibhin Cno, Brighidin ban mo stor, and O’Donovan’s Daughter are in most Irish anthologies, while his translations from the Irish are both faithful and musical.

[read more …] “Brighidín Ban Mo Stoir”

Daniel Nolan, Shanakiel

The death has occurred of Daniel Nolan, Shanakiel, Rathcoole, Mallow, Cork. After a brave battle fought with dignity, surrounded by his loving family at the Mercy Hospital, Cork. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Eileen (nee O’Rahilly), sons John, Denis and David, daughters Aine and Marie, son-in-law Noel, daughters-in-law Orla, Marie and Katie and family friend Anne, grandchildren James, Katie, Oisin, Daniel, Donnacha, Lucia, Penelope and Teddy, brother Denis, sisters Myra and Shelia, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and all the extended family, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. [rip] [f]

Due to current government guidelines, a private family funeral will take place. Messages of sympathy for the family may be left on the RIP Condolence Page.

Meals on Wheels – May 25th-29th 2020

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service is available for anyone who needs it. All food is prepared in Millstreet Day Centre & we operate the service 5 days a week. You can order a hot dinner for as many days as you like, delivered to your door from Mon-Fri for just €6 a day for the main meal & €2 for dessert.
A variety of meals are served throughout the week and the staff will endeavour to facilitate individual tastes when preparing meals. Please see our menu for this week (above).
If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels Service over the coming weeks please contact the kitchen on (029) 30998 or the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or email <email>
Thank you & stay safe.

New Opening Hours for Wordsworth

We are back open and looking forward to seeing you all. We would like draw your attention to our new opening hours. Open daily Monday to Sat  from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Opened during lunch hours. We are still offering our call and collect service. Call us on 029 70154. Safety procedures and restrictions will be strictly in place for entering the shop but this is for all of our safety.
Lots of love Niamh and all the Wordsworth gang xx  😊  [f]

Please Slow Down and Mind the Children

We have been asked to tell people to Please Slow Down and Drive With Care in Tanyard Wood and other estates around town, as a lot more children are out playing, and walking these days. For most it’s their only source of freedom, and the speed of some cars is scary. The last thing anyone wants now is a tragedy, especially because someone is being reckless.

Thank u all so much for an amazing first week

Thank u all so much for an amazing first week at Kall & Dyyne, it has been unbelievable. As I just started out going day by day to see how we went offering a takeaway service, I’ve had complete sell outs ever single day since I opened so its definitely been needed in the town I think  🙏🙏

So here’s to the start of another successful week. Thank you all again for calling & supporting me it’s very much appreciated 😘  Sharon

 

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 – How it affected Millstreet

During this Covid-19 pandemic, it has often been compared to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918/1919. We were wondering how it affected this area, so we delved into the records to try to figure it out.

Surprisingly, what we found was that there was no big spike in deaths locally at that time compared to the surrounding years (see the graph below **). So we though that maybe it didn’t affect the Millstreet area at all … but we were wrong.

When we looked at the case by case influenza and pneumonia figures (flu was often misdiagnosed as pneumonia) in the death registers, we saw that around March 1919, there was a big jump in numbers when about 20 died from flu and pneumonia. This coincided with what was referred to as the third wave of that pandemic in Ireland, and is easily seen by the yellow spike in the graph below. The smaller orange spike (November 1918) also coincided with the second wave of the pandemic in Ireland.

In total, we think about 30 people died locally died from it over the duration of that pandemic.

Some families here got destroyed by it … Twomeys of Islandhill lost 3 in a week, Sullivans of Umeraboy lost three in a month, Butlers of Liscahane lost two in a fortnight. The one very surprising thing  though is that most of the deaths were people that died locally were in their 20’s and 30’s, which we were unaware of but was a feature of that disease.

If that many died in the spring of 1919, then about 1,000 must have been infected locally at the time. That’s a lot of sick people.

Below we first look at the disease in Ireland, and also we break down the death registers to see those that died from it locally, when they got it, and where they were from: [read more …] “The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 – How it affected Millstreet”

Watch out for your Dogs

People are asked to share the below note, and for people to take care of their dogs as some have been going missing lately:

“Keep a look out… Guys looking for any Dogs for Sale! (2 Males and a couple of young kids in the back) Driving a Dark Blue Toyota Corolla Saloon,
Reg: 00 WX 77. The called to my house in Dromtariffe at 6.50pm. I Rang the Guards Straight away after as a few people I know their dogs went missing.”

note: 00WX77 is an unregistered vehicle !

Parish Newsletter – The Ascension of the Lord – 24th May, 2020

PARISH NEWSLETTER
BALLYDALY-CULLEN-MILLSTREET
The Ascension of the Lord – 24th May, 2020
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.  
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948
<email>    dioceseofkerry.ie

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following:

RECENT DEATHS: Jerh O’Connor, Coolikerane; Stephen Roche, Tower; John Barry, Lackabawn.

ANNIVERSARIES:  Teresa Tangney, Main Street; Ellen & the deceased members of the Cleary Family, Murphy’s Terrace; Eddie Ambrose, Murphy’s Terrace;  Kathleen Cashman, Clara Road; Connie Coakley, Station Road; Sonny Dennehy, Gneeves; John Francis Ryan, Cockhill; Denis O’Hare, Coole; Michael McSweeney, Flintfield; Ellen Kelleher, Aubane; Connie McSweeney, Gortavehy; Hugh & Mary O’Keeffe, Glountane & Boherbue; Deceased members of the O’Sullivan family, Knocknageeha; Timothy O’Callaghan, Banteer.

 AS RESTRICTIONS CONTINUE IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19 THE FOLLOWING IS THE SCHEDULE OF MASSES FOR THE WEEK AHEAD WHICH WILL BE CELEBRATED BY FR. FITZGERALD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS & TRANSMITTED ON OUR CHURCH TV.

 

  • SUNDAY (24th) at 11.30a.m:  Mass is for People of the Parish 
  • MASS ON MONDAY (25th) for Sonny & Nora Dennehy, Gneeves at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON TUESDAY (26th) for Timothy & Nora Kelleher, Lislehane at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON WEDNESDAY (27th) Connie Coakley, Station Road at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON THURSDAY (28th) for Denis O’Hare, Coole at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON FRIDAY (29th) for Dr. Michael Feeley, Clara Road at 10.00a.m.

THE ROSARY WILL BE RECITED BEFORE EACH MASS DURING MAY

EACH OF THESE MASSES WILL BE TRANSMITTED ON CORK MUSIC STATION (corkmusicstation.com)

MILLSTREET CHOIR RETURN “VIRTUALLY”

Our Church choir will be singing “virtually” at Mass this week, through recorded hymns sung individually at home while complying with Covid19 lockdown restrictions. I thank everyone who worked on this project to make it possible.

The Parish office continues to be closed to the public but our secretary can still be contacted by phone (029 70043) or email for anniversary inclusions, mass cards or any other queries. Thank you to everyone who has returned their envelopes over the past number of weeks. Your support and encouragement is always appreciated.

OPENING OF CHURCHES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

The opening of our Churches this week has been a welcome move and it has brought great comfort to our parishioners who have visited each of our Churches in the Parish. However, we must remain aware of and compliant with Government and Diocesan advise in regard to Covid19.  When visiting each Church please bear in mind the following advice:

  • The safest way to visit is to “walk around, stand and pray, don’t sit down and touch nothing.
  • Please use hand sanitisers in each Church and remember sanitise carefully as you enter and there is no risk of you bringing in the virus on your hands.
  • Sanitise your hands as you exit and there is no risk of you bringing the virus out on your hands.
  • Practice social distancing and follow signage

This continues to be a difficult time for everyone and I would encourage everyone who needs help to ask for it.  Everyone’s difficulties are different and none of us know the struggles that households are experiencing but always remember there is help available and ask for it. We have listed numbers for various groups and remember everyone needs a little help at some time in their lives.

 

Millstreet Covid Group: Jeremiah Keating (087) 7932736 or Liam Flynn (087) 6380053
Cork County Council Community Helpline:    1800 805 819
St. Vincent De Paul:                                        (086) 066 9243
ALONE Support line for older people:                        0818 222024

 

(Grotto to our Lady on Clara Road)
Mary Our Mother, we ask you to protect the families of our Parish, give strength to those who are struggling at this time, comfort to those who are grieving and continued strength to those who work on the front-line. Let us never give up hope and let our community spirit be a support for each and everyone of us. Our Lady pray for us.

 

In Other News – 23rd May 2020

A wave from the wonderful Staff at Millstreet Community Hospital on International Nurses Day. Pictured are Noreen, Margaret, Sarah, Iva, and Oliver.

The staff at O’Leary’s Spar on Main Street 1987 – Joan Buckley(O’Donoghue), Mary Kelleher, Gerry Kelleher, Kay O’Sullivan (Dineen), Mary O’Mahony(Murphy), Daniel Murphy, Catherine Murphy (O’Keeffe) and Norma Rampelberg (O’Connor)

Tribute to the Leaving Cert Class of 2020

[read more …] “In Other News – 23rd May 2020”

Applications open for Cork County Restart Grant for Small Businesses

Applications open for Cork County Restart Grant for Small Businesses

Online applications can now be made to Cork County Council for the Restart Grant for small businesses.  As part of the Governments package of supports, this €250m fund will give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures.

Between €2,000 and €10,000 of direct aid is available to businesses based on commercial rates bill from 2019.

The grant will be available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or less, which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to June 30, 2020. It is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.  [read more …] “Applications open for Cork County Restart Grant for Small Businesses”

Jeremiah O’Connor, Coolikerrane

The death has occurred of Jeremiah O’Connor, Coolikerrane, Millstreet, formerly of Kilnahulla, Boherbue and Lombardstown. Peacefully, at Nazareth House, Mallow, on Wednesday 20th May 2020. Beloved brother of the late Sonny, Jim, Paddy and Mick. Lovingly remembered by his nieces Josie, Mary, Ann, nephew Dan, relatives and friends. [rip]

In an effort to follow best practice and guidelines Jeremiah’s funeral will be private. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this difficult time. Messages of sympathy may be left on the R.I.P. Condolence Page.

Jeremiah’s Mass will be streamed at 2.30pm on Thursday in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on corkmusicstation.com

Job vacancy for Millstreet Day Centre

Millstreet Day Centre is looking for an experienced office administrator/manager for a 7 month fixed term contract on a part time basis (12 hours per week – Mon/Wed/Thurs) to cover maternity leave.

The Day Centre welcomes senior citizens & retired people from the Millstreet & catchment area where they can gather to talk, join in activities, meet new people or renew old friendships. A wide range of nursing & other services are provided.

The Centre is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but is operating a Meals on Wheels service from the Centre & also has 10 Residents living next to the Day Centre in independent accommodation. Please see job description attached. 

Interested applicants should email a CV & Cover letter to <info@millstreetdaycentre.ie> on or before Tuesday 2nd June 2020. 

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Company: Millstreet Day Centre & Housing Association
Role: Manager/Office Administrator
Contract: Temporary – 7 months Maternity Leave Cover (part-time 12 hrs per week)
Start: June 29th 2020
How to apply: Interested applicants should email a CV & Cover letter to <info@millstreetdaycentre.ie> on or before Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Job Description:

Millstreet Day Centre welcomes senior citizens & retired people from the Millstreet & catchment area where they can gather to talk, join in activities, meet new people or renew old friendships. A wide range of nursing & other services are provided.
The Centre is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but is operating a Meals on Wheels service from the Centre & also has 10 Residents living next to the Day Centre in independent accommodation.
We are looking for an experienced office administrator/manager for a 7 month fixed term contract on a part time basis (12 hours per week – Mon/Wed/Thurs) to cover maternity leave. The role is as follows:  [read more …] “Job vacancy for Millstreet Day Centre”