Millstreet Relief Road

Extract from a Cork County Council Meeting Minutes in 2009, there were some discussions on the Millstreet Relief Road. (New relief road from Drishane View, to Gerry Collins  Tyre Centre, and coming out at the Hospital Cross on the Killarney Road.  It was planned maybe twenty years ago, and they are still talking about it, an in the current economic environment, it is unlikely to be completed in the near future, although some ancillary works have been done in the last year.

Proposed by Councillor Noel Buckley

Seconded by Councillor Patrick Buckley

“Noting that in accordance with Article 179 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 2000, notice of the proposed development was published, that no submissions were received in respect of the proposal, approval pursuant to Article 179 of the said Act is given for the following:-

Construction of approximately 610 metres of new road including footpaths, cycle lanes and ancillary works at Millstreet Relief Road in the townlands of Coomlogane and Liscahane

Also noted was the need of the council to sell one of their social housing units at 15 Fairfield Rise, Minor Row

15 Fairfield Rise, Minor Row, Millstreet, Co. Cork.

We Sound Unsure

We Sound Unsure are a Millstreet band and in their own words:  “We hail from the tiny hamlet of Millstreet and we’re like the best band there. Seriously.”

They released an EP some time ago entitled “Awkward Times, Awkward Measures”. You can listen to five of their tunes on their myspace page, as well as their bebo page. The music itself is actually quite interesting, sounding at times quite like Cathal Coughlan (from his Fatima Mansions days).

[read more …] “We Sound Unsure”

A year of highs and lows for our Footballers

THE first part of the Millstreet GAA review focuses on  Millstreet GAA clubs Football season 2009

Millstreet GAA hosts its AGM in Millstreet GAA Community Hall on this Friday night commencing at 8pm. Looking at a football review this week, the JAFC campaign began on a 0-11 to a 0-7 defeat to defending holders Cullen. There was no disputing that Cullen were worthy winners yet Millstreet paraded six minor players over the hour and delivered a creditable showing.

Subsequently, Millstreet cantered clear of Newmarket 4-16 to 0-9 in the second round. Once Millstreet got into their stride upon the resumption, they possessed far too many aces in the pack for a second string Newmarket combination.

Read the full review of Millstreet GAA Football 2009 on the Corkman website

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Millstreet May 15th 1993


Just in case anyone had forgotten, this is when the Eurovision visited Millstreet. Here is an article about how Liverpool took on Ireland in Millstreet … and came off second best!

It is an interesting read with a bit of humour too, and it also has lots of the videos of the songs from the night. So, go visit the article if you think it might be interesting to remember back.

Battling the Freeze

ice storm - NOAAThe Corkman reports this week that lots of houses in Millstreet are without water

…and at least 16 new houses in an estate in Millstreet were also without water.
The Corkman understands that one resident in Millstreet was without water for the past three weeks…

Read the full article on The Corkman website

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Millstreet 2009 – A Year in Review (Jan – Mar)

2009 saw Millstreet maintain a positive image with numerous highlights. In the first of a four-part series, John Tarrant gives an appraisal of January, Febuary, March


A New Year’s Day charity swim at the Boeing aids Millstreet Hospital.

The two day Millstreet Coursing meeting enjoyed favourable weather as a dedicated band return to the Millstreet Town Park.

Altar Girls introduced to serve at masses for the very first time.

Millstreet Mother and Toddler group celebrate 10th birthday.

Cullen and Special Needs Association launch annual Weigh In.

Patrons either side of the county bounds take the trip to the Rathmore Marian Players pantomime “Mother Goose”.

See the full article on the Corkman website

[read more …] “Millstreet 2009 – A Year in Review (Jan – Mar)”

Cork Strategic Retail Study

Cork City Council have published a Strategic Retail study of Cork City and County. There are some interesting references to Millstreet, but what i find interesting is the part of

Millstreet is a smaller town than either Charleville or Mitchelstown, but which nevertheless supports a reasonable amount (4,200m2) of retail floorspace, of which three quarters (3,100m2) is comparison goods and dominated by a single large store retailing predominantly furniture. Millstreet functions as a County Town and has the potential to expand the retail provision by the exploitation of opportunity sites in and around the town centre.

It expects the the population of Millstreet to be 1,270 in 2011 (this surely is the population of the town only) but does not give the expected population in 2020 like it does for other large towns like Mallow / Fermoy / Youghal / Kinsale which expect their population to grow by between two and three times … which seems astonishing in such a short length of time.

However, if you are interested in this kind of thing, it’s worth a read.

LTV2: Photos from this weeks upcoming Show

Scenes from th3 first programme of the year on LTV2 Millstreet next Thursday night at 10.00pm repeated on the following Sunday evening at 8.00pm, on this programme we will take a look at the New Years Day swim in the Blackwater River and also report on the official opening of the Airtriciity Wind Farm at Coomacheo near Millstreet. Editor for this weeks programme is Sean Murphy.

Schools Closed until next Monday

It was announced last night that due to the treacherous nature of the roads, footpaths and concreted areas, all schools in Millstreet will remain closed until next Monday (11th January). This includes Presentation Convent, Boys National School, Millstreet Community School, Ballydaly National School and Cloghoula National School. There is no information on the other schools. With the freezing weather set to continue into next week, this will have to be reviewed in due course for the first few days of next week.

The schools have now been  off for three weeks over the Christmas period, as they were closed for two days before Christmas for the same reasons. I wonder are the kids happy to be off still, or would they prefer to be back with their friends?

County Scór na nÓg Finals Winners

Congrats to the Millstreet Instrumental Music group (Donal Linehan, Alanna Barry, Kelly Murphy, James Linehan, Cian Dennehy), and the Cullen Novelty Act (Clare Sheahan, Sinead O’Keeffe, Colin O’Leary, Seamus Fleming, Sean Murphy, Elaine Herlihy, Michael Herlihy) which won their respective categories at the Permanent TSB Cork County Scór na nÓg Finals which were hosted in the Eire Og GAA Pavilion, Ovens on January 3rd.

The Munster Scór na nÓg semi finals in the Eire Og GAA Pavilion, Ovens on next Saturday night (Jan 9th) at 7pm. Participating teams come from Cork, Kerry and Waterford. (Rescheduled to Jan 17th because of the bad weather)

Full results are available on the Cork GAA website

Video: Delivering Windmills

The Windmills are still being delivered to the Boggeragh Windfarm (as of the start of December). These foggy early morning videos from the bottom of Tullig and from up in the windfarm give an idea of what’s still going on without us realising.

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The Cold Snap

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Serious icicles ... in Millstreet. When did that last happen?

It’s been years since we’ve had cold weather like we are having at the moment. -7C (19F) the night before last and presumably colder last night. No wonder icicles like in the picture are popping up.

Thankfully there hasn’t been any snow or rain on the frozen ground, so roads and footpaths are not too bad yet (though you still need to be careful), but that could all change with one good shower.

Last nights Forecast. Help!
Forecast for the night of 01-01-'10. -9C Help!

Be careful out there, and don’t become one of those countless people who have slipped and broken bones or torn muscles / ligaments etc. So don’t make any unnecessary journeys, just stay inside with a nice fire and enjoy the company of your family while you can.

Don’t forget to look out for your elderly neighbours that might be living alone, because they can be susceptible to real cold like this.

New Year’s Day swim in the Blackwater river

A festive atmosphere prevailed at the Boeing, for the second annual New Year’s day swim. An air temperature of minus one (no one tested the water’s temperature) did not stop the twelve participants. Well done to all! The mulled wine and refreshments were very welcome after the icy dip. The supporters needed warming up as well, just the thought made them freeze!

The organisers would like to thank Supervalue for sponsoring the event and everyone who donated generously to this year’s causes – LTV2 and The Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses.

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Millstreet 2000 – 2010

The Corkman newspaper this week has run a summary of the headlines of the Millstreet Matters column for the years 2000 – 2001. What happended ten years ago doesn’t feel that long ago at all. It is in two parts, and can be read on their website:

2000-2004 – Reeling in the years

2005-2009 – Celtic tiger changes the face of Millstreet

[read more …] “Millstreet 2000 – 2010”

Happy New Year

From all at, all of us really want to wish everyone who contributed to the site or visited us from at home in Millstreet or from anywhere in the world in the last year a very happy and enjoyable year ahead in 2010.

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

One of my new years resolutions is that we rise out of our winter hibernation and move forward for the coming year, as it has done in the last few months.

Coursing in Millstreet

THE popular two day Millstreet coursing meeting is taking place this week on Wednesday and Thursday. Weather permitting, a large attendance is expected for the annual event in Millstreet Town Park, with the daily proceedings underway at 11.30am. The main event is the North Cork Cup featuring some of the best dogs nationwide while there is sure to be keen competition for the Oaks and Derby Trial Stakes. Also down for decision is the inter club Game Protection Cup and confined Tanyard Stakes. An attraction for patrons is a special daily draw on the admission card with a chance of winning € 250 per day thanks to the sponsorship of the North Cork Tuition Centre, Newmarket.

from The Corkman

Major Local Lotto Win was marked at the Wallis Arms on Sunday night


Major Local Lotto Win was marked at the Wallis Arms on Sunday night, 13th Dec. 2009 when the wonderful cheque of sixteen thousand euro was presented to the two lucky winners – Margaret Cooper and her daughter Máire of Knocknashinagh, Cullen.   From left (front row):  Margaret Bourke (who sold the winning ticket),  Máire, Margaret and Michael Cooper.   Back row (from left) – Members of the Local Lotto Committee: Marian O’Sullivan, Maura Twomey, Michael O’Sullivan, Denis Twomey and Tom Carroll.

(Pic.:  Seán Radley)

Christmas Events in Millstreet 2009

From this Thursday coming the 17th to the following Thursday the 24th we will have a Christmas Market in the square from 12.00 – 5.00pm, which will be held in a marquee and will include:

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Baking

  • Christmas present ideas and lots more

** There will be free hot chocolate, mulled wine and coffee available **

Santa will be in the Youth Centre next Saturday and Sunday the 19th and 20th from: 12.00 – 4.00pm.


Carol Singing will be held in the square by the local primary schools next Friday evening and Saturday afternoon the 18th & 19th.


Courthouses face extinction despite millions being spent

KANTURK courthouse, built in 1825, is certainly in need of a complete overhaul, and the boom days of the Celtic Tiger did not whip its tail at the cold and drab hewn stone building.

But one has to wonder just how long the people of Duhallow will hear the familiar ‘All stand in court’ considering so many changes have taken place in district courts over the past year in North Cork. After 100 years service Millstreet District Court came to an end this year, with the cases from that catchment area now heard in Macroom.

This is set to change again as from December 1, 2010 Millstreet court sittings will be heard in Kanturk. But for how long?

For the full story click on the Corkman Newspaper link below

Food parcels for the Homeless at Christmas


Cork’s Maureen O Sullivan Community Christmas Appeal

Running now for approx 32 years

Food parcels for the Homeless at Christmas

Essential foods – for example

Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Rice, Cereal, Spaghetti, Biscuits

Tinned – soups, Stews, Cornbeef, etc.

Toiletries – Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Shampoo, and Shower gel,

Always needed – Socks, scarf’s or gloves or good quality warm jumpers

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Pics: Concert for Baby Jacob


The Concert Finale, where everyone sang 'Silent Night' in their own languages, and then all together in English

What a truly magical evening at Drishane on Friday, 4th December 2009 when a capacity audience were totally enchanted by not only the very highest quality music including the exquisite singing and harp playing of the renowned Marina Cassidy of Killarney but by the wonderful variety of music from traditional Irish to Polish, from beautiful church choir singing to African Gospel songs, from a most memorable “Sweet Sixteen” sung by Over 60’s Winner – Mary Conway….and so many more harmonious presentations. All in aid, of course, of the Baby Jacob Trust…..and this historic “A Night at the Castle” happening continues with a repeat performance on this Sunday, 6th December at 4.00 p.m..   Do join us now as we attempt to share with you in our selection of pictures the remarkable ambience of the Drishane of a Bygone Age when the hugely dedicated organisers of this unique event arranged the lord and lady of the manor to arrive by horse and carriage, scores of people were dressed in such authentic period dress and the approach avenue was adorned with lighted torches while the church and hall (for the banquet) were spectacularly decorated with candles, greenery and flowers.   Jacob’s parents,Wiola and Mariusz,  expressed sincere thanks for such an outstanding event and were also presented with a substantial cheque (by Michael & Ewa) collected by a National School in Douglas, Cork in aid of the very praiseworthy trust.   The amazing success of the unforgettable event in such a superb setting will certainly stimulate thoughts of many other such events in beautiful Drishane.    To all, including the Duggan Family,  who made this occasion possible – heartfelt thanks from all who were privileged to have been present …. and the good news is that it had been recorded for posterity …. and also for LTV2 Millstreet….to be shared with thousands of viewers possibly during the Christmas viewing schedule on local television. (Seán Radley for ) … (See below for all the photos)

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Tastes of Christmas: Photos

Photos from “Tastes of Christmas” which was held at the Community School on Wednesday evening 2nd Dec. Chef Frank Moynihan presented an evening of festive cooking that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The proceeds from this event, which was promoted by the Transition Year Students,will be going to the “Baby Jacob” fund, The Irish Heart Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis. Many Thanks to all that supported this event. (Jim O`Donnell,Millstreet Community School)

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