“A Rebel’s Cry” – Cork All-Ireland Song by “Loose Connection”

The superby talented Duhallow based “Loose Connection” Band have just released a truly fantastic song entitled “A Rebel’s Cry” in honour of Cork’s All-Ireland Football Championship Match with Down at Croke Park on Sunday, 19th September 2010.    This is a splendidly lively and hugely appropriate song with Seán Moylan as main vocalist.   It is performed with mighty enthusiasm by the very popular Band.    Hopefully it could very well feature on RTE’s “Up for the Match”.   Judge for yourself as you can now view the excellent video and hear the brilliant song. Now available on YouTube on  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHszrnhKhtk (Google YouTube Music and search for A Rebel’s Cry by Loose Connection.)   “A Rebel’s Cry” is written by Seán Moylan, produced by Neil Moylan at EQUINOX STUDIOS and performed by “Loose Connection”.   Members of the Band: Cian Daly, Denis Meade, Neil Moylan, Mick Tobin and Seán Moylan.  Having viewed the video and heard the song it’s surely a case of “Up Cork!” … and… “Every Success on 19th September”.   (Seán)

Noel Collins, Clara Road, Millstreet (a true Kerryman) is supporting Cork in this year's All-Ireland.

Presentations at Millstreet Library

The culmination of the wonderfully successful "Summer Reading Challenge" which took place throughout Summer 2010 at Millstreet Library, was marked this Saturday evening with the presentation of Certificates to the many young participants. Pictured here are some of the enthusiastic readers receiving their personalised Certificates from Librarian, Breda O'Leary who coordinated the excellent scheme and by Kathleen Moynihan (Raheen, Rathmore), Storyteller supreme and Book Club Facilitator. Appetising refreshments were provided for everyone to mark the celebratory occasion. A Book Club is organised on a Saturday throughout the year on a monthly basis. Lots of updates on Millstreet Library happenings on http://twitter.com/corkcolibrary (Seán)

Eurovision Memories Recalled

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Millstreet Eurovision a very impressive Street Display Unit was put in place at West End, Millstreet in 2003. Lots of Eurovision memories will be evoked on this forthcoming Thursday and Friday when a prestigious Australian Television Crew will be filming in the area. Winner of Eurovision 1993, Niamh Kavanagh, will visit Millstreet on Friday, 10th September to participate in this highly significant Documentary which deals with the History of Europe from the First Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and onwards to 2010. (Seán)

Millstreet Country Park Update

Summer is almost over and sadly Millstreet Country Park is fast approaching its end of season for 2010. End of season is Sunday 3rd October and we are calling on all seasonal ticket holders and general visitors to plan that final trip now! Millstreet Country Park will continue to open daily for September from 10am – 7pm, Restaurant and café hours for September are 12.30am – 6pm mon – Sat and 12.30am – 6.30pm sun. Visitor Centre and Restaurant will be closed from 3rd October. Grounds will however be available to those with annual membership.

(Joanie McAuliffe at Millstreet Country Park)

Shannon Cruise – Part One

Beautiful Killaloe Harbour from where we began our River Shannon Cruise

We invite you to join us for Part One of a recent  Darren Kealy’s Coaches day tour to the River Shannon and beyond.  Here we share images of our arrival at Ballina, Co. Tipperary where some 51 people enjoyed a very warm welcome at the Lakeside Hotel from Manager, Eoin Little and his very friendly Staff who served delicious scones with coffee and tea.   With William Fitzgerald as Driver of our coach and Charlie Drake as a very helpful Guide/Co-ordinator we then proceeded to the nearby very scenic Killaloe Harbour, Co. Clare where

[read more …] “Shannon Cruise – Part One”

Jim Walks the Banks of Blackwater

Jim’s Plan for Walk.
Day 1. Monday 30th Aug: Muinganine to Millstreet.
Day 2 Tues 31st: Millstreet to Mallow.
Day 3. Wed, 1st Sept: Mallow to Fermoy.
Day 4. Thur: Fermoy to Lismore.
Day 5. Fri.: Lismore -Cappoquin – Strancally/Knockanore
Day 6. Sat, Knockanore – Youghal.

Jim O’Malley ends his first day of his River Blackwater Walk from where it rises near Ballydesmond down to Youghal.   Denis Burns from UCC accompanied Jim on Day One.  Brendan Murphy and I recorded the historic event for LTV2. (Seán)

Author Tom in Millstreet


Meeting with author Tom Grainger (on right) at the Wallis Arms  Hotel today.   Tom’s excellent book “A War Baby – Rags to Riches” (See Tom’s splendid website  www.tomgraingerbooks.com ) is now in its second edition and will soon be available at “Wordsworth” Bookshop, The Square, Millstreet.   Tom has many wonderful connections [read more …] “Author Tom in Millstreet”

Millstreet at “Gaelforce West 2010”

"Gaelforce West" is the largest one day adventure race of its kind in the world. The 2010 event took place on Saturday August 21st. It is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking and kayaking. The course of approximately 65km stretches from the stunning Glassilaun beach to Westport. En route there are some significant obstacles to cross, including Killary Harbour and the famous holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. Pictured above (from left): Diarmuid Curley, Eamonn O'Keeffe, Mick Mullane, Mike Healy & Chris Murphy. (We thank Catherine Pomeroy-Murphy for splendid picture and very comprehensive caption)

Eamonn O’Keeffe actually won the short course version of Gael Force West which didn’t include Croagh Patrick, but all the others [read more …] “Millstreet at “Gaelforce West 2010””

Lilies Galore!

Planted by Noel Collins these supremely amazing Lilies have grown at his home in Clara Road, Millstreet. Here we meet (from left) Noel's wife, Eileen with Breeda Tarrant and Anna Enright (Eileen's sister from Cork). Eileen and Anna are natives of Ballydesmond and are thrilled with Donncha O'Connor's sporting performance in Croke Park yesterday when Cork qualified for the All-Ireland Football Final on 19th Sept. 2010. We thank Eily Buckley for alerting us to the truly gigantic beautiful Lilies still in magnificent bloom at Clara Road. (Seán)

Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth

Millstreet Pipe Band not only featured in the main RTE news bulletins on Sunday but also in many of today's national newspapers including this picture in the "Irish Daily Star". The Band has dedicatedly been attending the annual Béal na mBláth commemoration for many years and adds enormously to the atmosphere of the national historic event. We thank Patsy McAuliffe for alerting us to the above picture and to "Centra" for acquiring a copy for us before closing time. (Seán)

[read more …] “Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth”

Twinning Twirl

Not so much a dancing but a talking "twirl" by members of Millstreet Twinning Association who had a very pleasant get together at McCarthy's Bar, The Square, Millstreet on this Sunday evening (22nd August) in the knowledge that Cork are now in the All-Ireland Football Final. Our Friends from Pommerit-le-Vicomte will be arriving in Millstreet on 18th September 2010 marking the 25th Anniversary of the official twinning of our two communities. (Seán)

Fr. Con’s Presentation in Ballydaly

Fr. Con Kiely is presented on Friday, 20th August 2010 at Ballydaly Community Hall with a cheque in excess of €10,000.00 in support of his wonderfully dedicated missionary work in Ecuador, South America. Included with Fr. Con and Josephine Kiely who is presenting the money which is the result of a recent fund-raising project within Millstreet Parish are Fr. Con's sisters (from left) - Mary Dillon, Mairéad Sherlock and Sr. Agnes Kiely. More pics. to follow later during the week. (Seán)

Bernard’s Splendid Choices

Bernard O'Donoghue, Cullen & Oxford (centre back row) with just some of the large attendance at his presentation of this month's Millstreet Gramophone Circle's meeting in the Canon O'Donovan Centre, Millstreet on Friday, 20th August 2010. Bernard's Classical and Irish musical choices were universally applauded. Maurice Linehan expressed splendid words of thanks and appreciation. (Seán)

“Hot Country” on Sky 201

A reminder that the “Hot Country” music programme is transmitted on the Showcase Channel (Sky 201).     Hugh O’Brien,  Co-ordinator of this wonderfully popular Country and Western broadcast which includes  lots of  Irish inputs , indicates that the weekly one hour programme may be seen on Sundays (8-9pm), Mondays (8-9pm), Tuesdays (2-3pm) and Saturdays (2-3pm)(Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie)

Mid-Summer Barbeque Success

"Best Summer Outfit" Winner, Joseph Lawler, accepts his €100.00 prize from Tadhg O'Flynn (Sponsor) at the highly successful Mid-Summer Barbeque and Dance/Disco in the Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday, 6th August. Also included (from left) Connie Linehan ("The Kelt" member), Tony McCaul (Organising Committee member) and Tom Flahive ("The Kelt" member). More pictures to follow in coming days.

Drishane Drama Camp

Drishane Drama Camp Concert was held on Friday, 30th July 2010.   For the past two weeks a wonderful combination of international and local young people took part in the splendidly creative project.    The Concert presented a most enjoyable mixture of song, dance and drama.  There will be a full report with lots of pictures in next week’s “Corkman”.   Great credit is due to all who helped to co-ordinate the magnificent presentation.  Here we share the first of a number of images from this uplifting event at Drishane, Milllstreet.  (Seán)

Enjoying refreshments following the superb Drishane Drama Camp Concert on Friday, 30th July

Donncha Team Training at Town Park

Renowned Cork footballer, Donncha O’Connor was at Millstreet Town Park this evening (29th July) to conduct a very comprehensive training session with Millstreet GAA Juvenile Club members – the Under-14s and the Under-16s.   We were also introduced to the new addition to the local Juvenile Kit – the “Under Armour Skin” – clothing which keeps sportspeople cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter.   Many thanks to Michael for alerting us to this Town Park happening.  (Seán)

Donncha O'Connor pictured with Millstreet GAA Juvenile Under-14s and Under-16s at the Training Session on this Thursday evening in Millstreet Town Park.

Lots more pics below [read more …] “Donncha Team Training at Town Park”

Cullen Vintage Event 2010

Joining renowned poet, Bernard O'Donoghue (Oxford) at the annual Cullen Vintage Day - from left, wife Heather and sister Eileen (Manchester). Bernard, a native of Cullen, will be presenting his musical choices at the next Millstreet Gramophone Circle on Friday, 20th August 2010 at 8.15p.m. in the Canon O'Donovan Centre, Millstreet.

A very successful Vintage and Threshing Event organised by Cullen & District Special Needs Association was held in Cullen on Sunday, 25th July to coincide with the Feast of St. Laitiaran.   One of the biggest attendances in recent years – and the number of participants also increased.  We recorded for our website and for LTV2.  We share just one of many pictures (more to follow in coming days) from this annual most enjoyable happening. (Seán)