Exciting Soapbox Race Impresses Enthusiastic Spectators

Superbly organized by the dedicated members of Millstreet’s Men’s Shed the Annual Soapbox Race took place on Sunday, 22nd July 2018 starting at the K&L Complex and finishing on Clara Road.  Commentator supreme Richard O’Sullivan introduced some eight adult competitors plus (new this year) a host of young people with their own toy vehicles.   Here we share just the beginning of a much longer feature later – just to give an idea of the truly wonderful atmosphere (despite the very humid weather conditions).  We begin by meeting the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners .  We also meet with representatives of the overall winners – Healy’s Bar, Kilcorney.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Winners all!
Healy’s Bar, Kilcorney – overall Winners…with Friends and Organisers.
Solving a problem brilliantly!
One of the many brave competitors during the race.
A very large crowd follows the excitement of the Race.
The new Junior Participation proved very popular with each young person receiving a gold medal.

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Upcoming Features on our Website from 21st July 2018

The following images illustrate a variety of topics for which we’re presently preparing full features which will be uploaded later.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Mícheál Martin, Leader Fianna Fáil, visits Millstreet’s Cúl Camp with Michael Moynihan, T.D..
Cúl Camp 2018 at Millstreet Town Park with special guest Darragh Fitzgibbon – renowned GAA Star from Charleville….pictured at back left with dark blue jacket.
Matron Margaret Collins welcomes “Peppa the Pig” – one of the real stars of the visiting Mobile Farm!
Gerard Cleary and son Colm from Hospital, Co. Limerick – Coordinators supreme of visiting Mobile Farm at Millstreet Community Hospital.
Mobile Farm at Millstreet Hospital….Funded by the Friends of Millstreet Community Hospital.

Millstreet Vintage Club Charity Truck Run in aid of Jacob on Sunday July 29th

Millstreet Vintage Club are hosting a Charity Truck Run in aid of Jacob who was Born without Eyes on Sunday July 29th,the Truck Run will depart from the K&L Yard in Millstreet at 12 Noon and will return back to the Yard again for the Finish which will be followed by a BBQ,all types of Trucks Vintage/Classic/Modern are very Welcome to take part,plenty Room available to Park Trailers etc,this Event is for a Good Cause and your Support would be most appreciated,the General Public are more than welcome to come along and view the Trucks either before the Start or Back at the finish at the K&L Yard or why not come out and support the Trucks as they pass along the Route on the day,for more details contact Mike P Kelleher on 087 2929430.

Millstreet Ambulance Service To Be Fully Restored

“Millstreet Community Council welcomes the result of the review carried out recently regarding the Millstreet Ambulance Service. Now, after six years, the Millstreet Ambulance Service is to be fully restored—which is indeed great news. Millstreet Community Council has been working behind the scenes with the H.S.E. on this very important issue.”

Noel Buckley (Chairman)

We thank Noel for this truly uplifting news and we congratulate Millstreet Community Council for having placed such vital focus on the all-important health issue.   We all extend a heartfelt welcome back to the fully restored Millstreet Ambulance Service.  (S.R.)

“Radio Treasures” Features “School’s Out” Party Tonight

This evening 9:30 to 11:00 on Cork Music Station our 10pm Interview is with Greg, Manager of Herlihy’s Centra , Millstreet.  During our chat recorded on 27th June 2018 at the Annual School’s Out Party Greg shares his thoughts on the very successful Annual Party and we speak about Greg’s Polish roots.  On a follow-up programme in a few weeks time we shall be chatting with Marie and Brendan (who created the splendid balloon figures and the very popular arm tattoos) of The Animal Roadshow   And, of course, we have lots of uplifting songs and music.   We share musings galore.   We link with our live Seán Radley Facebook messages and comments.   Feel most welcome to send such to our chatline or text 086 8250074.   Below we share images of Greg, the dedicated Centra Staff and the many young people who had just got their Summer Holidays.  Happy Listening.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Greg of Herlihy’s Centra.
“School’s Out” Party 2018
Dedicated Staff – Shauna, Mary, Karen and Greg
All enjoying the delicious ice-cream
The very colourful, creative balloons are hugely popular.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Features “School’s Out” Party Tonight”

Great Success for Frank & Danielle at Tullamore Sports Event

Frank O’Riordan (U12 Shot Putt) claimed Gold for Gneeveguilla AC in Tullamore on July 7th 2018 at the Irish Life Health National B Track and Field championships also claiming a new Personal Best.  His sister Danielle (U13 Shot Putt) claimed a Bronze medal.   Well done to them both on such a wonderful achievement.

Frank O’Riordan at Tullamore.

Upcoming Features on Millstreet Website

While working on future features for our website the following 17 images will hopefully whet the appetite for the variety of subjects and events we shall be covering.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Smart Store Cooking at Supervalu with Mary Louise and Eimear (in centre).
Exquisite Fairy Village Development at Millstreet Day Care Centre.
Jim O’Malley, Writer, Educationalist and Walker of Beaufort and Youghal revisits Millstreet (after 8 years) walking from Ballyvourney.
Magnificent Vintage Events in Millstreet.
Amazing transport sights pass through Millstreet.
Millstreet in Magical Bloom.
Denis Cronin in his wonderful 1932 vintage car at Cullen’s Vintage Day 2018.
High Nellie Bike Race at Coachford Festival 2018.
Munster Autotest Championship at K & L setting on Sunday, 15th July 2018.
Determining exact location of Coomlogane House at Green Glens with Brendan and Dan.

[read more …] “Upcoming Features on Millstreet Website”

Millstreet Parish Newsletter 15th July 2018

Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948
Email: millstreet @dioceseofkerry.ie   www.dioceseofkerry.ie
10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time:
RECENT DEATHS: Daniel Enoch, Drishane Castle; Kieran Cooney, Dublin & Mallow.

Saturday 14th July:
Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m. Cait & Diarmuid Cronin, Kilmeedy
Sunday 15th July:
Ballydaly 9.00 a.m. Eugene & Margaret McCarthy, Coolinarne & Denis & Margaret McCarthy, Boherbue Cullen 10.15 a.m. Bridget Hickey, Mologhroe &
Val & Kate O’Leary, Cullen
Millstreet 11.30 a.m. Frank Reen Snr., Main Street
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Kiely, Liscahane; Joe O’Mahony, Liscahane; Dick Kiely, Macroom Road; Maura O’Sullivan, Main Street; Billy O’Shea, Minor Row; Jack Healy, Minor Row; Breeda Hickey, Claraghatlea; Sean McAuliffe, Aunagloor; Fr. Dan Cronin, Dooneen; William O’Riordan, Laught; Tom O’Connor, Killorglin; Nora Twomey, Brookpark; Margaret Casey, San Francisco.

Saturday 21st July:
Millstreet 6.30 p.m. Kathleen Murphy, Murphy’s Terrace
Sunday 22nd July:
Ballydaly 9.00 a.m. Joan Guerin, Knocknagullane
Cullen 10.15a.m. Michael John & the deceased members of
the Naughton Family, Ahane
Millstreet 11.30 a.m. Seamus O’Sullivan, Rathduane [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter 15th July 2018”

“Radio Treasures” Tonight on CMS from 9:30 to 11:00

Our 10pm Interview this Tuesday night takes us to Skibbereen where Eily Buckley and I meet with Katherine and Finbarr Hourihane.  It was Finbarr of “Clohane Wood Products” made the famous “Trolly Chair” which featured on the recent Daniel and Majella’s visit to Eily’s home for the very popular television series on the B&B Roadshow.  We also hear about the Dungarvan link! Click on the images below to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Katherine, Eily and Finbarr in Skibbereen with one of the original “Trolly Chairs”
Pictured within the very impressive Clohane Wood Products Showroom in Skibbereen.

Tonight our programme makes reference to the following images and we have our usual blend of music, songs and musings all on air from 9:30 to 11:00.  (S.R.) Do join us tonight and let us know if you wish that you are tuned in.  Feel welcome to text the programme on 00353 86 825 0074 (from overseas) or 086 825 0074 (from within Ireland).   Or better still use the chatline on the Seán Radley Facebook Page.  To access the programme find us on Internet Radio under Ireland/Country or log into www.corkmusicstation.com

We chat about Cork on 4th July 2018.


We visit Killarney on 4th July 2018.
We hear about the Development of the fascinating Fairy Village at Millstreet Day Care Centre (full pictorial feature to follow later).
Enjoying the Summer at Millstreet Day Care Centre.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight on CMS from 9:30 to 11:00″

Mariusz & Wiola Nowak Express Sincere Thanks

Mariusz and Wiola Nowak have resided in Millstreet since 2006.   With their children Paula and Jacob they are now returning to their native Poland with the possibility of coming back to Millstreet sometime in the future.  They wish to express their heartfelt thanks to so many people in Millstreet with whom they have formed great friendships over the past number of years.  We wish the wonderfully popular Family every happiness and fulfilment in the years ahead.   Our Millstreet Community has been truly enriched to have had Mariusz, Wiola, Paula and Jacob within our Community.   The Family members have been great and inspiring Ambassadors for Poland.  (S.R.)

Mariusz & Wiola Nowak. Click on the image to enlarge.

Millstreet Active Retirement Association Annual Outing 2018

The Millstreet  Active Retirement Association recently had its  Annual Outing 2018 to Kenmare, Kenmare Seafari followed by a wonderful evening meal at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney …. and then reluctantly home!  We thank Mary O’Mahony for this splendid selection of images and also the captions.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

8 of the 9 Marys on tour with Millstreet ARA annual summer outing. Missing from picture is Mary McSweeney.

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Two Rare Sights at Millstreet Town Park!

Matthew Dennehy of Millstreet GAA displays the final score between Cork and Kerry at the Final of the Humphrey Kelleher Football Championship on Sat. 7th July 2018 in Millstreet Town Park. A rather rare scoreline! Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Our second very rare sight at Millstreet Town Park on Sat. 7th July 2018 is demonstrated here by Evan and Liam. Because of the extreme dry weather conditions the original driveway to the former Coomlogane House of the McCarthy-O’Leary Family is presently visible within the Pitch & Putt Course….near Green No. 2. The print of the driveway only becomes visible during very warm Summers.
May Kelleher, wife of the late Humphrey presents the Humphrey Kelleher Cup to Shane Kingston, Captain of the victorious Cork Team.
Cork – with team members from West and Mid Cork – The football final Winners of the Humphrey Kelleher Cup 2018.
Wonderfully loyal Cork Supporter, Margaret Healy of Minor Row, Millstreet shares the Cup with Cork Captain, Shane Kingston.

[read more …] “Two Rare Sights at Millstreet Town Park!”

Annual Vintage Afternoon in Cullen Sunday July 15th

 The Annual Vintage Afternoon is on in Cullen on Sunday July 15th at 1.30pm, always a great Family Day out and in aid of a Good Cause in the Cullen and District Special Needs Association.

… and there is also a butter making stand !!!!

Millstreet Vintage Club Charity Truck Run in aid of Jacob on Sunday July 29th

Millstreet Vintage Club are hosting a Charity Truck Run in aid of Jacob who was Born without Eyes,the Run is leaving the K&L Yard Millstreet on Sunday July 29th at 12 Noon and will return back to the Yard again for the Finish which will be followed by a BBQ, all types of Trucks Vintage/Classic/Modern are very Welcome to take part,plenty Room available to Park Trailers etc,this Event is for a Good Cause,Your Support Would Be Most Welcome,for more details contact Mike P Kelleher on 087 2929430.

Fr. Donal Lucey of Rathcoole Celebrates Golden Jubilee to the Priesthood

We extend sincere congratulations to Fr. Donal Lucey – a native of Rathcoole – on the recent celebration of his Golden Jubilee to the Priesthood.  All his Family and Friends had a truly wonderful celebratory occasion in Harrogate, Leeds, England last Sunday.  We thank his sister, Anne O’Flynn of Priest Cross for this uplifting news.  (S.R.)

Great Turnout for Millstreet Vintage Club Circuit of Ireland Stages Revisited Run

Millstreet Vintage Club and Event Organiser Donie Lucey would like to thank everyone that took part in the Circuit of Ireland Stages Revisited Run on Sunday last,the Event was an outstanding success with 80 Cars taking part,proceedings got underway from Millstreet just after 12 Noon from where the Cars made there way through some Classic Circuit of Ireland Stages like Gortnagane,Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama and Caragh Lake which were all used on the Circuit back in 1968,the Event was a Celebration of the Ford Escorts 50th Birthday and its first International Rally win over these actual stages 50 years ago,favorable Weather conditions made for a most beautiful drive through the Scenic Cork/Kerry Countryside,before the Event began Documentation and Event Sign On was completed at the Wallis Arms Hotel in Millstreet with the Event finishing back at the Torc Hotel in Killarney by 6pm where proceedings were concluded after a well earned Meal following a busy day of driving,big thanks must go out to the Marshals/Bike Marshals and An Garda Siochana who kept the Event flowing smoothly,also thanks to all the people helping out at Event Sign On,and to the Wallis Arms Hotel and Torc Hotel for the use of there facilities,Millstreet Vintage Club hope everybody enjoyed the Run and look forward to seeing ye all again very soon.

Pictures by Matthew Twomey of M2merallyphotos and you can see more of his Photos here at https://www.facebook.com/M2merallyphotos/ 

More Pictures were taken by Ray Corkery of RNC Rally Pics and you can see his Photos at https://www.facebook.com/Rnc-Rally-Pics-758072894309964/



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Millstreet Picture Parade No. 1

While we are working on more complete features we feel that one may wish to view some of the more recent local happenings choosing one image for each event.  Here we select four events.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Katherine, Lal and Brendan enjoyed a picnic while watching the recent Willie Neenan 5 Mile Road Race passing Drishane Road. (We thank Áine Murphy for this wonderful picture.)
Katherine & Finbarr Hourihane of Skibbereen with the original “Trolly Chair” which featured on the “Late Late Show” in the 1980s. Eily Buckley and I travelled to West Cork to meet with Finbarr who made the chair which featured on “Daniel & Majella’s B&B Road Show” when they visited Eily. The full story with lots of images later.
Martina Kiely with Oran at the superb “School’s Out Party” held at Herlihy’s Centra at West End, Millstreet.

[read more …] “Millstreet Picture Parade No. 1”

Next “Radio Treasures” on Tuesday 10th July from 9:30 until 11:00pm

There is no transmission of “Radio Treasures” on Tuesday 3rd July on www.corkmusicstation.com.   Broadcasts will resume on Tues., 10th July at 9:30pm when we shall feature lots of superb music and song as well as interesting interviews at 10:00pm.  We shall be referring also to recent events such as the recent Circuit of Ireland Rally Stages Revisited where lots of Ford Escorts appeared (as illustrated below) and we shall chat about the June presentation by Joe Kennelly at Millstreet Gramophone Circle (also illustrated here).   The next Gramophone Circle presentation takes place on our national Culture Night on 21st September and will be given by Maurice Linehan.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Gramophone Circle June 2018 presented by Joe Kennelly (holding vinyl disc) of Inniscarra and Millstreet.
Escort Cars set out from Millstreet on the superb “Circuit of Ireland Rally Stages Revisited” on Sun. 1st July 2018 (lots more images later).

“Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s programme.  (S.R.)

Built on the grounds of the old work-house, Bantry General Hospital which opened in 1959 has survived many threats of closure down through the years.

Since then, talk of closure has changed to talk of expansion, while the
present day hospital boasts a medical assessment unit, diagnostics and day surgical services.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene pays a visit to the
hospital to speak to people who have worked here down through the years. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″

Hottest Day in Millstreet Since 1976!

Yes, Thursday 28th June 2018 was officially the hottest day in Ireland … including Millstreet … since 1976.  And believe it or not but today (Friday, 29th June 2018) is beginning to look like it’s going to even surpass this with in-car temperatures displaying 33 and 34 degrees centigrade!  We shall certainly be referring in the future to the Long Hot Summer of 2018!  The following sixteen images records Thursday as we experienced it in Millstreet Town, at the Boeing near the River Blackwater in Dooneen,  Millstreet Railway Station, the River Finnow at Dooneen … and ending with a glorious sunset to which we have grown accustomed during this rare summer weather.  We noted the tar melting on roads and how warm it looked along the rail tracks.  Click on the many images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Clara as viewed from the River Finnow at Dooneen on our hottest day.
The River Blackwater at the Boeing where water safety is a priority.
Temperatures in excess of 30 degrees centigrade at Main Street.
Pat and John Randles amazed at the heat of a wall in Clara Road following a day of brilliant sunshine.
An Post delivers and collects the post on our hottest day.
Even the cyclists take a break!

We’ve been truly blessed with magnificent sunsets over the past week.

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Record Temperatures in Millstreet on Wednesday

Wednesday, 27th June 2018 – an historic day when daytime temperatures exceeded 30 degrees centigrade in Millstreet as indicated by our images below.  It’s been day three of our national heatwave and we feel as if we’re in Spain!  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Temperature recorded within a car parked at Millstreet West End Car Park.
Outside temperature at Millstreet Community Gym.
Temperature recorded in Main Street, Millstreet on this Wednesday.

Millstreet Community Council Congratulates Chloe

Millstreet Community Council congratulates Sports Woman Supreme Chloe Collins on receiving her prestigious Munster Medal following Cork’s Victory in the Munster Final last Saturday.  We thank MCC Chairman Noel Buckley for sharing such a deserving greeting with which we all wish to be associated.  (S.R.)

Great Turn Out for Millstreet Vintage and Classic Car Run and BBQ last Saturday Evening

Millstreet Vintage Club held a most highly successful Car Run and Barbeque on Saturday Evening last,on what was a spectacularly Sunny Summers Evening the 40km Car Run started out from Millstreet at 7.00 pm and travelled firstly down through the lovely Grounds of Drishane Castle and from there moved on to some scenic countryside as it made its way up to Knocknakilla, and then over to Saint John’s Well where there was a short stop,from here it headed on to The Kerryman’s Table and on over to Kilcorney and from there made its way to the Eagle’s Nest where another brief stop was had in stunning countryside with the Run finally winding its way on to the Event finish at Moll Carthy’s Bridge Bar where a lovely Barbeque and some refreshments was enjoyed by all.The perfect weather made for a most pleasent journey which was well received by everyone who took part.

Event Organiser John P. Kelleher and Millstreet Vintage Club would like to thank the following,

Noel C. Duggan for the use of the Shop yard to park and display all the beautiful cars and also for the use of the fantastic Drishane Grounds which looked magnificent in the Summer Sunshine,the Bush Bar for the use of their premises for event sign-on and registration,Tony O`Brien Butchers for the lovely barbeque which was provided,Herlihy’s Centra and O`Keeffe’s Super Valu Millstreet for supplying some refreshments,Matthew and Noreen Sheehan of Moll Carthy’s Bridge Bar for providing and managing a great Venue for the barbeque and to Tom of TMC Photography,Sean Radley,and John Tarrant for covering the Event for the Media and capturing some great Photos. Also many thanks to the hardworking marshals who helped along the route to keep the event running smoothly and safely with special thanks to Seanie Kelleher who acted as Route Sweeper and finally to all the people who brought out their lovely motors and took part,we say a Big Thank You to Each and Everyone of You,and hopefully we see ye all again very soon. Photos Tom Corbett. 

Magnificent Atmosphere at Launch of Smart Store Cooking

Blessed with glorious weather the large attendance enjoyed a supremely enjoyable afternoon outdoors at O’Keeffe’s Supervalu, Minor Row, Millstreet at the official launch of Smart Store Cooking.  Chairman of Millstreet Tidy Towns Association, Derry Sheehan addressed the large crowd and called upon Eily Buckley to cut the launch ribbon.   Most impressive stalls, lots of delicious food, face painting, music and the Animal Road Show all helped to make the occasion such a wonderful success.   Key Coordinators Joe Fitzgerald and Áine Murphy of Supervalu plus Stephen O’Sullivan of CCC together with members of Millstreet TTA ensured a great occasion where we were delighted to help with the Live Facebook transmission worldwide.   This may be viewed on the Facebook of Millstreet Tidy Town.   Here we share the first of our selections of images from the very memorable and important occasion.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Magnificent Atmosphere at Launch of Smart Store Cooking”

Hugely Successful MND Fundraising Tea Morning in Millstreet

A wonderfully successful fundraising Tea Morning in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association was held at Millstreet GAA Community Hall on Thursday, 21st June 2018.  It was superbly coordinated by the Casey Family and Friends and was enthusiastically supported by a constant flow of people throughout the morning.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)