Darren Kealy Introduces Splendid New Wheelchair Accessible Coach

Darren Kealy demonstrates his new state-of-the-art wheelchair accessible coach at his Cullen Headquarters this Wednesday morning (5th Oct. 2011). This is the only such coach in Duhallow. Also included is William Fitzgerald.

This superb new facility is hugely welcome.   Darren’s new wheelchair accessible coach is the only one in Duhallow and indeed very few such specialist coaches exist in Ireland generally outside the large cities.    Not only will this [read more …] “Darren Kealy Introduces Splendid New Wheelchair Accessible Coach”

Trish Gallagher Visits Community School Today

Trish Gallagher pictured with Students of Millstreet Community School having been presented with a bouquet of flowers. Also included: Bernie McAuliffe (Teacher), Pat Pigott (Principal) and Shane Guerin (Teacher).

On Monday, 3rd Oct. 2011 Trish Gallagher visited Millstreet Community School accompanied by members of her family including her mother, Mrs. O’Connor and friends.   Having communicated so very well with the various students who posed some very relevant and comprehensive [read more …] “Trish Gallagher Visits Community School Today”

Trish Gallagher Visits Millstreet Community School – Presidential Campaign 2011

Wife of Presidential Candidate, Seán Gallagher, Trish Gallagher (nee O'Connor of Kanturk area), visited Millstreet Community School today where she very impressively addressed a whole range of excellent questions from School Students. From left: Niall O'Connor (brother of Trish), Derry Morley (Deputy Principal), Trish Gallagher, Bernie McAuliffe (Teacher), Pat Pigott (Principal) and Eileen O'Connor (Niall's wife). More pictures to follow later. (S.R.)

Mary McSweeney Receives Her Wonderful Millstreet Local Lotto Cheque

Pictured on Sunday night at Tarrant's Bridge Bar, Millstreet at the presentation of the €13,200.00 cheque to Mary Mc Sweeney, Killarney Road, Millstreet from Millstreet Local Lotto. Seated, from left: Joan Sheehan (seller of the winning ticket), Marie Twomey (Millstreet Lotto Committee member), Mary Mc Sweeney (winner of the grand prize), Eily Buckley. At back, from left: Stephen Tarrant, Bobby Evans, Mary O'Connor, Donal Guiney, Mairéad Tarrant, Marian O'Sullivan, Tommy Tucker, Margaret Bourke, Cllr. Noel Buckley, Denis Twomey and Michael O'Sullivan. Sincere congratulations to Mary on such a magnificent win and well done to Millstreet Local Lotto Committee on such inspiring dedication on a weekly basis in consistently organising this all-important fund-raising project which is of enormous benefit to Millstreet. (S.R.)

“Hot Country” Update

We thank Hugh O’Brien for the following “Hot Country” update:
The Cork based weekly Hot Country TV Show which has now passed its 100 show milestone, is going from strength to strength and is proving popular not only with Irish audiences, but has established a regular fan base all over Europe. It is now the most popular programmes on the Showcase Channel Sky 201, Freesat 403 and Free View, and indeed the biggest country music show on TV in Europe with over 43% of viewers. The feedback to date has been [read more …] ““Hot Country” Update”

Encouraging Response to GAA Recycle Project Today – Open Until 2.00 p.m. and also from 6.00 to 8.00 p.m.

There has been an encouraging response to Millstreet GAA Recycle Project. The Collection Centre at Millstreet GAA Hall is open today until 2.00 p.m. and also this evening (1st Oct. 2011) from 6 to 8. Please note that the Centre remains open until 2.00 p.m. today (extended from original schedule).

Gerard O’Keeffe’s Book Launch in Killarney on Wednesday

Pictured at the launch of Gerard's book "Oscar Wilde - Primarily Prison Conditions and Later Life" in Killarney on Wednesday, 28th September 2011 - From left: Paul O'Donoghue, Solicitor; Gerard O'Keeffe, Author and Michael O'Shea of Killarney Book Shop. A reception followed later at Foley's Restaurant in Killarney.

Tony O’Brien, Craft Butchers, Presented with Prestigious Star Award

Tony O'Brien with his assistant Dan O'Donoghue displaying the prestigious Star Award recently presented to Tony in Dublin. The Award may be viewed at Tony's Craft Butcher's Centre in Minor Row, Millstreet.

The wording on the Award:  “Craft Butcher Star Award 2011 Promoting Business Excellence – Top 20 Finalists – Sponsored by digi.ie.”   Here we share a [read more …] “Tony O’Brien, Craft Butchers, Presented with Prestigious Star Award”

Anne O’Flynn’s Magnificent Retirement Reception in Derrinagree on Thursday

Anne O'Flynn expressing her absolute delight at the truly magnificent reception in Derrinagree N.S. marking her thirty-eight years of dedicated service to Primary Education. Principal, Andrias O'Sullivan who also delivered an excellent address is very happy with Anne's splendid reaction.

Following the celebration of Mass with a very special liturgy in Derrinagree Church the reception continued in Derrinagree N.S. on Thursday night, 29th September 2011.   A superb bus service by Jerry Lehane of [read more …] “Anne O’Flynn’s Magnificent Retirement Reception in Derrinagree on Thursday”

Work in Progress on Astro Turf Project Reported at Tonight’s Meeting

Members of Millstreet Astro Turf Committee at tonight's meeting in the Wallis Arms Hotel. Significant progress on the overall project was reported upon. (S.R.) (Included are Norma Buckley, Cllr Noel Buckley, Jeremiah Keating, Ronan Galvin, Niall Buckley, Jerry Pat O'Leary and Joseph Lawler)

Developing Millstreet for the Future – Many Creative Ideas at Today’s Meeting

Attending the most recent Millstreet Development Group Meeting at the Wallis Arms Hotel today - from left: Áine, Veronica, Derry, Seán and Billy. The many others present also discussed the various means by which it is proposed to promote Millstreet in the future with some excellent suggestions and creative ideas expressed throughout the hour-long meeting. (S.R.)

“Hot Country” Programme Schedule for this Week

Tune into Hot Country sponsored by www.derekryanmusic.com and presented by Pauline Simons this week (Monday 26th Sept.)

and see the following great acts.

Gerry Guthrie, John Hogan, George Strait, The Davitt’s Band, Part 2 of exclusive interview with Brad Paisley, Paddy O’Brien, Brendan Quinn,

Patrick Feeney, Peter Donegan, Robert  & Richard Mizzell, Patsy Fallon, Hugo Duncan.

Sky TV 201, Monday & Sunday 8 – 9pm Tue & Sat 2 – 3 pm     (Our Sincere thanks to Hugh O’Brien of Cork ..and Kilcorney…for this important programme information.)

National Cultural Night 2011 in Cork City

Friday, 23rd Sept. was National Cultural Night where access was given, free of charge, to the people of Ireland to visit some of the nation's treasured buildings. In Cork we got the opportunity to visit the 17th Floor of Cork Co. Hall (the topmost floor) from which we share this night image of Cork City looking eastwards into the City with the Victoria Cross area in the centre of our picture. Lots more images to follow later. (S.R.)

Millstreet Walking Festival – Autumn 2011 – A Tremendous Success

The enthusiastic walkers who participated in the Clara Loop Walk pictured outside the Wallis Arms Hotel on Saturday, 24th Sept. 2011 before they began their walk at 12 noon today. This was the second Walk of three. We shall include a full feature on the inspiring event (which was blessed with glorious weather) within the next few days. (S.R)

Our Visit to Brittany 2011 – Part Three

Our Guide gives us an excellent tour of a most interesting Museum - Le Musée des Goémoniers - when for two days we left Pommerit le Vicomte to visit Western Brittany. This Museum paid tribute to the very important Seaweed Harvesting Industry in that area and of the highly regarded people who worked in that industry.

Our Breton feature continues as we complete our visit to the local festival of St. Fiacre with its exquisite Church and superbly maintained Cemetery (features which exist throughout Brittany).   On the Monday we set off on [read more …] “Our Visit to Brittany 2011 – Part Three”

LTV2 Millstreet at National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co. Kildare

With Seán Murphy on camera we meet with the renowned Paddy O'Brien and his very lovely wife, Ann as LTV2 Millstreet recorded at this year's hugely impressive National Ploughing Championships in Athy. This was the very welcoming scene in the Farmers Journal Country Music Pavilion on Wednesday, 21st Sept. 2011. A full feature on our visit to this amazing event will appear shortly. (S.R.)

Pommerit le Vicomte Visit 2011 – Part Two

Enjoying the wonderful sunshine and magnificent setting of Pontrieux after Mass on the Sunday.

Our Sunday begins in Pommerit le Vicomte where we assemble before driving to nearby beautiful Pontrieux where we attend Mass followed by a very enjoyable stroll through the charming town which has the river flowing through making it a truly exquisite setting.   In the afternoon Yves and Josiane took me to a very interesting [read more …] “Pommerit le Vicomte Visit 2011 – Part Two”

Millstreet Pipe Band Church Gate Collection This Weekend, 24th & 25th Sept.

Millstreet Pipe Band will be holding their Church Gate Collection this forthcoming weekend, 24th and 25th September 2011.   Established over 60 years this is one voluntary group which deserves the most generous of supports when one considers how privileged we are in Millstreet to have such a musical treasure which always adds so much and gives such a sense of occasion to a huge variety of events on such a very regular and consistent basis.   And we have also just become aware that the ladies in the Pipe Band will be taking part in the Cork Mini Marathon where they will be  fundraising for different charities  including COPE,  The Irish Heart Foundation,  Motor Neuron & The Lifeboat Association.    Your generous support to this weekend’s collection would be greatly appreciated.

Millstreet Visits Pommerit le Vicomte in Autumn 2011 – Part One

The very beautiful home of Yves and Josiane Allain where I was privileged to stay during our recent week in Brittany.

As promised, we begin our special feature on our recent visit to our twin town, Pommerit le Vicomte in Brittany where celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of our Twinning took place on the Friday evening (2nd Sept. 2011) …. But we begin on the previous Saturday (27th Aug.) when twenty of us left The Square, Millstreet on Darren Kealy’s bus driven by William Fitzgerald.   Leaving Cork Airport we soon arrived at [read more …] “Millstreet Visits Pommerit le Vicomte in Autumn 2011 – Part One”

All-Ireland Atmosphere in Dublin 2011

Evidence in our Capital City during this past week of an anticipated exciting All-Ireland Final.

While normal life continued as usual in Dublin over the past week Dublin colours and Kerry colours also could be seen in various locations.   We congratulate both Kerry and Dublin on a totally marvellous, exciting and memorable All-Ireland Football Final in Croke Park this afternoon.   To mark Dublin’s remarkable one-point win we share images of [read more …] “All-Ireland Atmosphere in Dublin 2011”

Millstreet Vintage Club on a Tractor Run This Morning

Members of Millstreet Vintage Club participating in a Tractor Run this morning.

Photographed on Clara Road,  Millstreet this Sunday morning we join the Tractor Run on a day when Dublin andKerry are in Croke Park, Dublin for the All-Ireland Football Final.  (S.R.).

Jim Mc Sweeney has also uploaded a large gallery of excellent photos of over 120 photos of the Tractor Run

[read more …] “Millstreet Vintage Club on a Tractor Run This Morning”

Springer Spaniel, “Sol” , Back at Home to the Delight of Everyone!

Last night we recorded for LTV2 Liam O’Flynn’s quite fascinating story of how their family pet, “Sol”, was miraculously found by a very kind gentleman in Hollyhill, Cork who checked relevant “Lost and Found” websites and having recognised the dog from one of the websites immediately contacted the O’Flynn Family – all this ten days after the dog first went missing.   Numerous efforts had been made through our Millstreet website, other “Lost and Found” websites, local radio stations and through contact with various people.   And the Mary Gaffney prayer “Jesus was lost.   Jesus was found.   Jesus find (whatever you lost).” was said daily (a prayer which had proven to be so powerful in successfully finding what is lost).   We are all so very pleased with the happy outcome.    When LTV2 recommences later in the Autumn we shall feature Liam’s telling of the story.  (S.R.)

Happy Birthday, Donna!

A truly wonderful family birthday party was held at the "Clara Inn", Millstreet on Saturday night, 10th September 2011 celebrating the 40th Birthday of Donna Silgram of Manchester, daughter of Kathleen (nee Cleary) and grand-daughter of the late Matt & Eileen Cleary of Murphy's Terrace, Millstreet. A full feature on the most enjoyable occasion will appear later. From left: Donna, Kathleen and Donna's son, Ben. Donna and her Family are loyal followers of our Millstreet website. Sincere congrats., Donna from All on www.millstreet.ie (S.R.)

Tidy Towns Association Presented with Litter Challenge Award in Cork

Members of Millstreet Tidy Towns Association receiving their presigious Litter Challenge Award 2011 in County Hall, Cork on Thursday, 8th Sept. 2011. From left: Pauline Lyons, Patsy Corcoran, Noreen Dennehy, Pat Randles, Official Presenter, Colman Culhane with Rebecca Enright & James Kelleher of Millstreet Macra na Feirme. We thank Noreen Dennehy for providing us with the picture.

Together with many representatives from various Co. Cork communities, Millstreet Tidy Towns Association were thrilled to be among the winners in their category in the Litter Challenge Competition 2011.   Here we share images from [read more …] “Tidy Towns Association Presented with Litter Challenge Award in Cork”

Even More Success for Millstreet Tidy Towns Association Tonight!

Millstreet has just been awarded €1,750.00 for having come First in CategoryB1 of the Cork Co. Anti-Litter Competition.   Members of Millstreet Tidy Towns Association are in Cork Co. Hall tonight receiving the prestigious award.    What wonderfully uplifting encouragement for the superbly dedicated Association.  All this on a week when Millstreet has shone so brightly in the National Tidy Towns Awards winning a Bronze Medal.   Sincere and heartfelt congratulations to all involved.  (S.R.)

Wedding of Julie O’Leary & David Brosnan – Part 4

Bride Julie and Groom David with their Wedding Band "Celebration" on 5th August 2011

And so we come to the final part of our special feature on the wonderful wedding of Julie O’Leary and David Brosnan.  Here we focus on the magnificent wedding reception at Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee on 5th August 2011.   We get to meet “Elvis” ( a member of the excellent “Celebration” Band) during the evening of [read more …] “Wedding of Julie O’Leary & David Brosnan – Part 4”

Fifty-four New Junior Infants Begin Primary Education at Presentation N.S., Millstreet – Pictured Today for “The Corkman” Newspaper

The fifty-four new Junior Infants who have just begun school at Presentation N.S., Millstreet. Also included (from left) Joan O'Mahony, Principal and Teachers Anita Sherlock and Nora Murphy. The school's population has grown an amazing 57% over the past five years. Sheila Fitzgerald of "The Corkman" recorded some wonderful pictures today which will feature in that newspaper shortly. This year's intake of pupils is among the highest ever recorded over many decades. (S.R.)