Forgotten Maggies – Sunday Independent

JUSTICE: Maureen O'Sullivan's case was major milestoneIn yesterdays Sunday Independent there was a long article on the good work done by Millstreet film maker Stephen O’Riordan in unearthing the official confusion as to what happened to many women that were in the Magdalen Laundries, when researching for the film “The Forgotten Maggies”. Here is an extract from the article:

MORE THAN 16 years after their remains were controversially exhumed from a forgotten corner of a Dublin convent, the 155 Magdalens of High Park Convent are again in the news as the barring of Magdalen survivors from the Redress Board causes uproar.

Documentary-maker Steven O’Riordan unearthed the full level of official confusion about who exactly these women were and when they died during his research for a forthcoming film, The Forgotten Maggies.

Go and read the full article on the Sunday Independent website

In Passing September 2009

by Sean Radley

New Look Website

Hannelie O’Connor and a dedicated team have established a truly hugely popular Millstreet website over the years. And now a further enhancement with a new look site being launched with the very much appreciated assistance of Michael Cashman and with the advice also of John O’Riordan, Cork & Church Street, Millstreet. The site www.millstreet.ie is updated daily not only with important local news but with exciting video and audio links. Clearly a huge success judging by the global comments received online to the site.

Museum News

A million thanks for the magnificent response to our annual church gate collection which amounted to €2,471.93. A full report on the progress of re-establishing our local Museum and Tourist Information Centre will appear in the next issue of “Clara News”. A very special word of thanks to Cllr. Noel Buckley and to Noel C. Duggan and Family for being so helpful during this transition time. [read more …] “In Passing September 2009”

Millstreet Ambulance

The Corkman this week carries a story about the ambulancesambulance_small in the North Cork region.

THE entire Duhallow region was left without an ambulance on Saturday last, after the Millstreet service was requested to attend calls in Cork city while the Kanturk unit was called to respond to at least three calls in Mallow.
This is according to a source close to the ambulance service in North who added that this repeated ‘haphazard’ attitude to what should be “a ready to go rapid response emergency unit” will ultimately lead to a person dying because of lack of staff.

Word on the ground a few months ago was that our ambulance were one of the first called into Cork City when they have a shortage in the City, leaving us without an ambulance if there was an emergency.This is definitely not an ideal position to find ourselves in, but that’s just the way the system works whether we like it or not!

Click this link to read the full story on the Corkman.

Millstreet Matters 1-Oct-09

John Tarrant has a round up of all the news from Millstreet in his Millstreet Matters column that appears on the Corkman newspaper this week. These include Set Dancing restarting in Aubane for the winter, The Juvenile GAAs Annual Perpetual Cup Competitions, the Living Scenes project, LTV2 back on the air, amongst lots of other articles. Follow the links to read the full article.

Read the news from Kilcorney too in their own column.

Eily Buckley

Long before she wrote for the Clara News
And years before I even knew the taste of booze
For her love of people she became well known
And the fame of Eily Buckley has since grown.
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For years she drove the school bus up and down
The roads of Millstreet to and from the Town
And perhaps many of the kids she drove to and from the school today
From Millstreet Parish now live far away.
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Miles from Cloghoula her own countryside
Her Cloghoula notes in Clara News read far and wide
In big cities far from Millstreet County Cork
In Sydney, Melbourne, London and New York.
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Can’t say that I knew her that well at all
Though she is one I readily can recall
For her’s is such a well known and loved face
In Millstreet Parish still my favourite place.
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A friendly person untouched by conceit
And one of the best loved people in Millstreet
She’d never ignore you as she drove by
She’d always smile and wave a friendly hi

by Francis Duggan

North Cork Enterprise Board Schools Enterprise Programme

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At the launch of the North Cork Enterprise Board Schools Enterprise Programme at Springfort Hall were from left, Winnie Fitzgerald, Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown; Derry Morley, Millstreet Community School; Cullen native, Minister for Education, Batt O'Keeffe who launched the programme; Eddrina Casey, Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown; Tom Pittam, Millstreet Community School and Marie White, Presentation Secondary School,Mitchelstown. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

Drishane Chapel Mass this Wednesday

Chapel of the Little Flower, Drishane. Picture taken during a recent Polish mass there.
Chapel of the Little Flower, Drishane. The picture was taken during a recent Polish mass there.

On Wednesday (30th Sept) the eve of the feast day of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Mass will be celebrated in the recently renovated Chapel of the Little Flower, Drishane Castle at 8.00p.m. All welcome and light refreshments will be served afterwards.

U21 Hurlers defeat Meelin in First Round

Last Saturday 20th, our U21 hurlers beat by Meelin well by 1-13 to 0-2 in the first round of the Duhallow U21A Hurling Championship. They play Newmarket  Sunday 27th (tomorrow) at 5:30pm.

Update (1/Oct/09) The write up below on the match appeared on the Corkman newspaper.

[read more …] “U21 Hurlers defeat Meelin in First Round”

Eubank on sharp end of Collins

Steve Collins can hardly believe the unanamous result of his fight with Chris Eubank
Steve Collins can hardly believe the unanamous result of his fight with Chris Eubank

In yesterdays Irish Times, there was an article about the Eubank v Collins boxing match in 1994. For anyone that was there, it was probably the best night in the Green Glens in the last 20 years.

TOM HUMPHRIES watched as Chris Eubank arrived on a Harley Davidson but left Millstreet on a tumbril
CLAP CLAP Clap clap clap. Clap clap clap clap. STEVO!
The corrugated roofing of the byre in Millstreet echoed with the rolling thunder which hailed the new super middleweight champion of the world. Mr Steve Collins from Annamoe Terrace in Cabra. All hail.
Millstreet on Saturday night. Seldom can the exotic Chris Eubank from Brighton in England have tasted a stranger or more alien environment.
Travelling with his customary blaze of pomp and circumstance to a small, rural Irish town which reeked of burgers and frying onions; through the homely mess of buildings that is the Millstreet complex, past the rows of thoroughbred horses blinking inscrutably over their half doors, and into the arena where an 8,000 crowd, frenzied with excitement is passing a demented Mexican wave around the place.

Read the full article here on the Irish Times.

284 Points for Tidy Towns in 2009

Millstreet Tidy Towns members at work
Millstreet Tidy Towns members relaxing at work

THE enthusiastic Millstreet Tidy Town Association delved into an analysis of its 2009 submission that earned a rewarding nine mark increase in the national competition. Jumping from 275 to 284 points it follows a 53 mark increase over the previous six years.

The positive reaction from the Tidy Towns adjudicator together with a number of exciting developments in the pipeline augurs well for the future. Some eighty five towns and villages entered the tidy towns within County Cork, Millstreet maintaining its high ranking position.

The positive feedback from the Adjudicator gives a dedicated Millstreet Tidy Towns Association the impetus to continue with a series of projects to enhance the town’s image…

The article can be read in the Millstreet Matters column on the Corkman newspaper this week which also contains  other news from Millstreet

The Full Adjudicators Report can be read below

[read more …] “284 Points for Tidy Towns in 2009”

Video: Up for the Match

RTE have posted video of “Up for the Match” that was shown last night on RTE1 and included a segment from the Town Park, and the Presentation Convent School.

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Follow this link to get to the video: http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1055791

Move the video forward to 41:30 and the part from Millstreet is shown, featuring the poem “Plastic Kerryman” written by Jerry Lehane and read by Chloe Collins. The segment ends at 43:45.

The video is only available until October 10th.

Emotions Run High ahead of Showdown

In today’s Sunday Independant, there is a brief mention of the rivalry along the Cork-Kerry Border in Millstreet and Ballydesmond:

Border communities have revelled in the build-up — with Ballydesmond and Millstreet a sea of red and white — while, just across the county bounds, Rathmore and Lauragh are bedecked in the Kingdom’s green, white and gold.

Such is the rivalry — and close connections — between the two counties, that even schools are split straight down the middle with their loyalties.

In Millstreet, the rivalry has been given a little ‘divine’ twist by the fact that while the town is proudly located in Cork — in all spiritual matters it belongs to the diocese of Kerry.

Parish priest Canon Declan O’Connor admitted the divided loyalties have added a good-humoured edge to today’s showdown — but, unlike many of his parishioners, he will be cheering on Kerry.

Ballydaly native Jerry Lehane, even used the fevered border rivalry to pen a classic poem dubbed ‘The Plastic Kerryman’ — the moral of which is that if you’re on the Rebel side of the border you’d better cheer on Cork or relocate back to the Kingdom.

Up for the Match: Part 2

Owing to the huge interest in the pictures from a few days ago, her are lots of more photos:

Chloé Collins superbly recited Jerry Lehane's Cork/Kerry poem
Chloé Collins superbly recited Jerry Lehane's Cork/Kerry poem

Magnificent Cork colours in evidence at Presentation N.S., Millstreet on Friday, 11th September for the excitng visit of the RTÉ crew filming for “Up for the Match” scheduled to be broadcast on RTÉ 1 television after the 9pm News this Saturday night   The focus for the sequence was on Chloé Collins who superbly recited Jerry Lehane’s Cork/Kerry poem in front of the many enthusiastic pupils in the school playground …

[read more …] “Up for the Match: Part 2”

Up for the Match

Fr Declan driving the Cork children mad!
Fr Declan driving the Cork children mad!

Wonderfully colourful preparations at Presentation N.S., Millstreet for next Sunday’s All Ireland Football Final between Cork and Kerry in Croke Park. RTÉ came to film a sequence for “Up for the Match” (Saturday 9:30pm on RTÉ1 ) while Cork and Kerry newspaper photographers visited the school on Wednesday, 16th Sept. 2009. Meanwhile Seán Murphy and Margaret Pierce got to hold the real Sam Maguire Cup in Dunmanway last Friday night at the opening of the Sam Maguire Annual Festival. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie )

Lots of more photos below
[read more …] “Up for the Match”

No Money for Pedestrian Crossing

The Corkman notes this week that at the recent County Council Meeting, councillors, at the behest of their constituents, were requesting pedestrian crossings in Millstreet and Boherbue, for greater public safety. However, senior county official Mr Weir, along with Newmarket based engineer Mort Ahern, explained that a pedestrian crossing costs €10,000 — which the council did not have to give.

With county council income having taken a nosedive this year, senior official Aidan Weir admitted that even paying their own — reduced — staff was proving a challenge.

Read the full article here

Rent Reduction sought for Museum and Pipe Band

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Noel Buckley

Councilor Noel Buckley last week was asking county council officials to reduce the rents for our Museum and our Pipe Band who both have rooms in the Carnegie Hall. Apparently the rent for these rooms is €6,500 each per year which seems like an exorbitant amount for local groups that have given so much to the community for such a long time.

It would be a great relief to both organisations to have that burden off their backs. The move was thankfully supported by other councilors from the Kanturk region. But why this was not sought in the last few years when it would more than likely have been granted remains a mystery. update 9 Oct: Found out that the increase was only upped from a nominal fee once they had been moved out of the Carnegie Hall for the year because of refurbishments.

You can read the full article on the Corkman newspaper.

An Post Rebel Tour

Rebel Tour Route (click image for full size)
Rebel Tour Route (click image for full size)

After the recent excitement where the Tour of Ireland passed through Millstreet, we will have more cyclists this coming Sunday 13th Sempember. The “An Post Rebel Tour:Mushera and Nadd Mountain Challenge Route” will be coming in the Drishane Road, turning left at Dairygold and up over Mushera. While it is a fun cycle, this route is for more experienced cyclists.

The route is described as: “The 130km route takes in the scenery of the Boggerah Mountains passing along historic trails such as the old Butter Road and Aghinagh Way with some challenging climbs past Mushera Mountain as well as on the way to Nadd village. The route starts at Mallow GAA Sports Complex, continues out the N22 Mallow to Killarney road, turning left for Millstreet, and left again on the outskirts of the town (Rylane Road) commencing the climb towards Mushera. This is part of the Butter Road which dates back before the 18th century when it was the main trade route between Kerry and Cork.

[read more …] “An Post Rebel Tour”

U16 Hurlers win Duhallow Crown

MILLSTREET were forced to dig deep to overcome Dromtariffe in the Duhallow U16BHC Final played in Banteer.

Two well matched sides saw the closeness of the exchanges compensate and what the game lacked in quality, it made up for on intensity.

Dromtariffe had put their stamp on the game early on through the key contributions of Sean O’Callaghan, Danny Mullane, Darren O’Connor and Pa Murphy. Millstreet answered on stemming the tide with points to Paul Sheehan, Tony Cronin and Paul O’Connor.

[read more …] “U16 Hurlers win Duhallow Crown”