One Man and his Dog … and his Goat

Nathan, Bob the goat and Cara and the dog, with the Paps in the background

There were some turning heads in Millstreet yesterday on seeing a hiker walking through the town. Not that hikers are unusual at all around here, but the fact that he was accompanied by a dog and goat! All in a days walking for Nathan Kingerlee, or should I say a week and a half’s walking! They are walking the Blackwater Way (168km) in aid of Kerry Mountain Rescue, and passed through Millstreet yesterday on their way to Geararoe B&B on the Macroom road. In Millstreet:

… People seem to very much take it in their stride, when they see us coming; although we did get a couple of strange looks, one couple crossed the street to avoid us, and Bob gave a little old granny a bit of a fright when he went to say hello to her!…

He is writing a blog every day of the trip, and yesterday he featured his trip to Millstreet. It’s an interesting read, with some great pictures.

Read about of their planned trip across the Blackwater Way before they started.

Read about their day from Rathmore to Millstreet

Knockraha 1 Millstreet Celtic 4

Chris Cleary gets the tackle in too late

TADGH Collins grabbed a hat-trick as Millstreet claimed their place in the second round of the Murphy’s Irish Stout County Cup after a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Knockraha at Pigeon Hill on Saturday in the first round of the County Cup.

It was a devastating display by Collins of what clinical finishing is all about.

e proved throughout to be too-hot to handle for the Knockraha defence and aside from his hattrick he also did some tremendous work on the left before setting up Brian Kelleher for number two.

Read the full match report on the Corkman website.

Millstreet 2009 Review: July August September

THE past year saw Millstreet maintain a positive image with numerous highlights and in the third of a four part series, a reflection of July, August and September reads

JULY

Circulars outlining the novel fundraiser towards completing two new classrooms and extended services is prompted by the Board of Management to Millstreet Presentation National School. Those involved in the project were allowed to use the money to build a permanent structure rather than accept prefabs.

Macroom Faith ‘n Light Group host annual Mass at Tubrid Well.

Millstreet Juvenile GAA featured on the Munster senior football championship programme.

The annual Cullen Young at Heart social evening takes place at Clancy’s Bar and Restaurant.

In GAA, Millstreet falter to Kilbrin in the Duhallow Junior A Hurling Championship first round.

Millstreet Veterinary Group open their state-of-the-art Cattery.

Read the Full article on the Corkman website

Millstreet water supplies still ‘at a critically low level’

WATER supplies in Millstreet are still at a ‘critically low level,’ and Cork County Council are advising all users to keep usage to a minimum, as leaks within private residences still need to be repaired.

Unless there is a reduction in the water usage within the next few hours Cork County Council will have no choice but to discontinue the water supply at night to allow reservoirs to be restored to normal operating levels,” said a spokesperson on Monday.

The situation did not improve and water supplies in Millstreet were turned off at night at the time of The Corkman going to press..

Read the full article on the Corkman website

Millstreet and Cullen into Munster Scór na nOg final

Cullen Novelty Act, after they won the Cork County Scór na nÓg (picture from "Duhallow Matters" which is in the shops today and is FREE

BOHERBEE, Millstreet and Cullen will be among the finalists at this year’s Coiste na Mumhan Scór na nOg after they won through their semi-final on Sunday last.

The Coiste na Mumhan Scór na nOg semi-final at Ovens involved clubs from Cork, Kerry and Waterford and this very popular competition drew a huge attendance to the Cork venue.

Read the full article on the Corkman website, or another article which is also on the Corkman

Millstreet.ie on Facebook

Millstreet TownEverybody else is doing it, so why can’t we? Millstreet.ie now has a Facebook page. Any posts that appear on Millstreet.ie will now be duplicated and appear on your facebook page (in the notes tab).

So, if you’re already on Facebook, visit our page and become a friend. It’s never been easier to get the latest updates!

http://www.facebook.com/millstreet.town

A Millstreet Miscellany (3)

Aubane:Where In The World Is It?The Aubane Historical Society have released a new publication. The third in a series of collections of historical items which contain some very interesting historical items on Millstreet’s past. It is dedicated to Sean Radley in recognition of his services to Millstreet, and is currently available in local shops.

The official launch of the publication will take place in mid-February in the Aubane Community Centre (details to follow).

Amongst a number of publications that have been made available to the public, the two earlier publications in the series can be read on the Aubane Historical Society website. These are:

A Millstreet Miscellany and, A Millstreet Miscellany (2)


Kilbrin prove Millstreet’s nemesis in the Championship

John Tarrant takes a look back on the hurling year that was in Duhallow GAA

THE second part of the Millstreet GAA review focuses on hurling where a number of teams came up short in both league and championships.

Dwelling on the JAHC, a powerful surge in extra time allowed Kilbrin pull away from a gritty Millstreet to secure a 422 to 5-15 win in a dramatic first round played in Banteer. From a hotly competitive and a pulsating encounter, the pace and the tempo of the game was frantic from the outset and with 46 scores in total registered confirmed those in attendance received value for money.

Thereafter, Millstreet flattered to deceive where a sharper Freemount possessed too much firepower for Millstreet on recording a 3-12 to 2-12 triumph in the 2nd round qualifier played in Kanturk. At the end of the hour, Millstreet yielded to the greater stickwork and greater combined play of Freemount.

Read the full article on the Corkman website

Millstreet.ie Snow

The snow that was falling on the Millstreet.ie site has been turned off. Hurray some may be heard some saying!. It has been on since just before Christmas, and real life snow has imitated it somewhat. Many will be hoping that they don’t see snow and ice for a good few years again! ….. Now if only we could change the weather so easily in real life.

Anyway, a small gallery is being compiled of snow photos taken locally in the last few weeks, and they will go on the site in the next few days, but if you (or someone you know) have one two good ones, then email them please to (**) and the will be added to the gallery.

**Sorry this email address was not showing up earlier

23rd Jan ….. it’s coming … and so is next Christmas 😉

Water Supply Contact

http://www.amer-tech.com/images/medialibrary/1207326498217.jpgWith all the problems because of burst water mains after the big freeze, Cork County Council have published a list of all the contact numbers for those in charge of the water plants around the county. For those that need it, the number for Millstreet is (029) 7 05 10.

The full list of Water Supply contact numbers can be read on the Cork County Council website.

In The Fields Of Claraghatlea North

In the fields of Claraghatlea North far north and far away
The migrant redwings chirping in the dawning cold and gray
And the salmon swim upstream to spawn as yesterday’s flood goes down
In the river known as Finnow within sight of Millstreet Town
On a wintery sort of morning with a high of four degrees
The wind from Clara mountain soughs in the windswept trees
The birds of song are silent on the wind ravaged hedgerow
And on the leafless beech tree the ill famed grey backed crow
One disliked by sheep farmers who lives by Nature’s law
Birds that are recognizable by the harshness of their caw
In weather that is chilly quite cold enough to snow
A cold wind from Clara mountain across the old fields blow
And the cattle in the farm shed are bellowing for hay
Far north in old Duhallow from this Land far away.

by Francis Duggan

Stuck on a train for hours in the cold

RAIL passengers travelling to Kerry on Sunday night (10th Jan) endured a nightmare journey home when engine failure caused the final service of the day to be almost five hours late arriving in Tralee. This was the evening of the snow and cold.

Commuters found themselves stranded between Millstreet and Rathmore for over two hours on an Intercity train with intermittent heat and lighting, when the 7.10pm service developed engine problems shortly after leaving Mallow Train Station.

The train eventually arrived at Tralee at 3.47am on Monday morning, fully four hours and 42 minutes late for a journey scheduled to last three hours and 55 minutes.

The Kingdom newspaper carries the full article

Millstreet Macra in National Finals

from Millstreet Macra:

Congratulations to the Millstreet Macra team who won the Muskerry heat of the Question Time and will now be going on to the National Finals in late February.

Also best off luck to the Millstreet Macra indoor soccer team for tomorrow (Sunday 17th Jan) as they will be competing in the National Finals of that competition. The team is: James Kelleher, Pat O’Sullivan, Sean Óg Murphy, Mark Neville, DJ Sheahan, John Fitzgerald, John O’Riordan, Michael Dennehy and Adrian O’Connor

Update 17/Jan: They made it out of the tough qualifying groups and into the quarter finals but unfortunately came up against the eventual winners, the Camross Macra Club (in Laois).

Snowmen and Igloos

LTV2 Crew were at the scene to record the evening

WEARY residents in Millstreet forgot about their lack of water for the past month on Sunday evening and community spirit took over as people put their artistic skills to the fore and built a giant igloo and snowman.

For the estimated 16 householders at Old Coach Avenue in Millstreet it was a welcome break from the strife of the past month, as some residents have not had a drop of water out of their taps, while others went to Tubrid Well ….

Full article from the Corkman Newspaper this week.

[read more …] “Snowmen and Igloos”

Spring Farm Machinery Show Reschudeled

The Spring Farm Machinery Show which was due to be held in the Green Glens last week has been rescheduled for 19th, 20 & 21of January (Tuesday to Thursday) according to the promoters.

Tractor and machinery dealerships will attend, with the organisers saying that the show will be an ideal opportunity for farmers and contractors to view the latest innovations in the agricultural and associated industries in one place.

A look at Millstreet from late spring to early summer

2009 saw Millstreet maintain a positive image with numerous highlights. In the second of a four-part series, John Tarrant gives an appraisal of April, May and June
APRIL:

Large crowds attend Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies. The annual Easter Commemoration takes place at the monument situated in the Town Square, the 82nd anniversary of the commemoration attended by guest speaker Jack Roche. Aubane Community Council host Table Quiz. Millstreet Bridge Club hosts Ryan Cup, won by Macroom. Friends from Millstreet and Mallow behind a Benefit Dance for Richie Barney O’Connell in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.

Millstreet Community Council elect new team of Chairman Councillor Noel Buckley, Vice Chairman, Denis Cremin, Secretary, Catherine O’Shea/Marie Burke, Treasurers Sylvie Murphy/Ronan Galvin. PRO Amanda Wright.

Read more on The Corkman’s website http://www.corkman.ie/local-notes/a-look-at-millstreet-from-late-spring-to-early-summer-2013271.html

2006 Census: Millstreet – sex, age, marital status

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Breakdown of the population of Millstreet Town (the town only) from the 2006 census. (click on the table above to see a bigger clearer table)

That’s a total of 1,401 people (744 male, and 657 female) just for Millstreet Town itself. Listed below also are the number of people in each of the Local Electoral Divisions that are in the Millstreet catchment area, which gives an idea of how many people live in our general area.

Male Female
Coomlogane 436 395
Drishane 853 809
Keale 161 156
Cullen 204 212
Kilcorney 152 163
Crinnaloo 108 92
Rathcoole 211 215
Skagh 225 208
2350 2250

See below for more details and some analysis of the census information for Millstreet:

[read more …] “2006 Census: Millstreet – sex, age, marital status”

Pommerit-le-Vicomte, our Breton Twin Town

Snow (some 20 cms!) pictures from  Pommerit-le-Vicomte, our very special Breton Twin Town, very kindly emailed to us by Yannick Perrot whose picture from our Brittany visit of 2006 I also feature.   We are truly uplifted to note that Yannick and many good Friends in our very beautiful Twin Town (with which we are twinned almost 25 years) are regular visitors to our website.

2007: Polish population in Millstreet

A report published in 2007 listed Millstreet as having the highest percentage of Polish nationals (14.17%)  in the community in all of Ireland. Since the recession has visited us, I know that quite a few of the Poles have returned to their homeland, but then a lot of our own younger generation have left or are going to leave for distant shores in search of work also, so it’s hard to say what the percentage is nowadays. Anyway, the short article can be read below:
[read more …] “2007: Polish population in Millstreet”

Winter wonderland

(160 pictures in total – click on the arrow on the picture to view all the pictures)

It was on the afternoon of Sunday, 10th January 2010 that Millstreet was transformed into a winter wonderland when a heavy blanket of snow very quickly covered the entire area.  We invite you to a tour of the town and environs as this transformation progressed.   We begin with Monsignor Manning at Millstreet Presbytery, onwards then to West End, The Bridge, Main Street, The Square where we meet Billy Sheahan of Wallis Arms Hotel, then to Church Street, down to Minor Row where Joe Fitzgerald  of Supervalu is still smiling (on a poster!) despite the freezing weather!   We continue down to Coleman’s Garage & Supermarket.   During our tour you will recognise many a local face.   And so on to the Fair Field where I suddenly found myself on the ground…just like a Charlie Chaplin scene….embarrassed but thankfully unhurt (though aching!!).   By the time I got back to The Bridge, Humphrey Hickey (of The Bush Bar) very kindly offered to drive me to the Boeing where sheets of ice were flowing on the River Blackwater (already so beautifully captured by Hannelie and displayed on the website).   Because we arrived following really heavy snow we were fortunate to see the “ice fish”!   In fact it’s a rock by the riverbank covered in snow but (as noted by Margaret Kelleher, Mount Leader) truly resembles a gigantic fish emerging from the Blackwater!    And finally back to my home in Mount Leader for some truly magical night snow scenes having met Noel Collins and Patsy McAuliffe on Clara Road.   Do keep warm in this frrrrrrreeeeeeezzzing weather!

(Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie )

Far North Even By The Short Route

I was born and raised in Claraghatlea near Millstreet Town
Though that hardly would rate as a claim to renown
Far north even by the short route as the birds choose to fly
From where I live now thousands of miles of sky
Where the Cails from Kippagh to the Finnow does flow
By ditches and through old fields where rank rushes grow
In that old countryside mine was a known face
But now I might be a stranger in the old Homeplace
A countryside that inspired the long dead bards to rhyme
Years before I was born that is going back in time
Through green Ballydaly by night and by day
The Cails from Kippagh ever babbles it’s way
Through Feirm, Annagloor, Shannaknock, Liscreagh and Clarghatlea where Finnow it does meet
In the old rushy fields near the Town of Millstreet.

by Francis Duggan