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 Millstreet.ie, 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 millstreet.ie 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

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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.

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

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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

http://www.corkman.ie/lifestyle/comment-courthouses-face-extinction-despite-millions-being-spent-1970235.html

Food parcels for the Homeless at Christmas

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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

[read more …] “Food parcels for the Homeless at Christmas”

Pics: Concert for Baby Jacob

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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 www.millstreet.ie ) … (See below for all the photos)

[read more …] “Pics: Concert for Baby Jacob”

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)

[read more …] “Tastes of Christmas: Photos”

“We are now printing our own money in Millstreet”

… or so says the Millstreet Development Group, whose excellent idea on how to keep money in the local vicinity is  getting more and more time on the airways and papers. There’s loads of favourable points as to why we should get the vouchers such as:

Any local employer can give workers up to €250 worth of vouchers € tax-free, which can be spent in participating shops in the town. These vouchers can be given in lieu of wages or bonus payments Normally at this time of year, companies might give a ‘one-for-all’ voucher or vouchers for a particular store. The problem here is that in most cases the money leaves the town and in some instances commission is charged on vouchers. There will be no commission charged on the Millstreet vouchers, meaning that the recipients get their full value …  and offer a variety of extra deals, discounts and packages.

The full article can be read on this weeks Corkman Newspaper

Multi-Cultural Christmas Community Party

multicultural-600IRD Duhallow is holding a Multi-Cultural Christmas Community Party in Millstreet Community Hall on December 9th, from 6pm – 8:30pm

This event will give local children & adults the opportunity to meet new friends, have some festive refreshments and sing Christmas carols. Santa and Mrs Claus will be in attendance. The event is completely free of charge and everybody is welcome to celebrate the festive season. For further information contact Kasia at 029-60633

“Sounds of Advent” Tonight

The “Sounds of Advent” concert is on this evening in St.Patricks Church at 7:30pm. The sound in the church this morning was really good with the new sound system installed and adjusted. With two choirs  singing (our own Millstreet Choir and the Kerry Choir), it promises to be a very entertaining evening, especially if you had nothing already planned for the evening. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds to the Church Restoration Fund.

Millstreet choir preparing for the choral concert (pic. John Tarrant)

GAA: On the pitch round up

The bad weather has held up completion of the GAA schedul in Duhallow. These are the competitions that Millstreet are still involved in:

  • U21 Hurling Championship: Kilbrin and Kanturk must play in order to face Millstreet in the semi-final. (Update 30th Nov: Kilbrin 0-15 Millstreet 2-4)
  • The JBHC is down to the semi-finals, Dromtariffe take on Millstreet while Banteer encounter Kanturk.
  • There are three teams involved in the Junior B Football League, Lyre bettered Meelin in a semi final replay to secure a passage to the decider against Millstreet
  • Also, the MAHL final is awaited between Croke Rovers and Millstreet

Millstreet were defeated by Freemount in the Junior B Football championship last Monday Night by 3-8 to 1-6

Marina Cassidy on the Drishane Concerts

Killarney soprano and harpist Marina Cassidy has also joined dozens of musicians and singers who will perform at a sell-out benefit concert at Drishane Castle in Millstreet on December 6th for the Baby Jacob Trust.

The Killarney woman became aware of baby Jacob six weeks ago when she sang at the opening of the restored chapel at Drishane Chapel on the invitation of the Duggan family.

“That night, the Duggans were talking about the fund-raising for Baby Jacob and they asked me to be involved in the concert and I’m delighted to be,” Marina said. “There was just an incredible atmosphere in the church that night.

“When I heard about the little baby, I felt I really wanted to be part of it.”…

Read the full article on the Kerry’s Eye Newspaper

Millstreet choir preparing for choral concert

Millstreet choir preparing for the choral concert (pic. John Tarrant)
Millstreet choir preparing for the choral concert (pic. John Tarrant)

The Big Concert this week will be in our parish Church on Sunday November 29th in aid of the Church restoration Fund.entitled “Sounds of Advent.” Our own Parish choir will open the two hour show, and they will be followed by the  Kerry Choral Society.

Millstreet Christmas Market

Organised by the Millstreet Development Group

There will be a Christmas market running in a

marquee in the Square, Millstreet from

17th – 24th December from 12 – 5pm daily

(except on 24th when marquee may close

earlier).

Santa will be visiting The Youth Centre on the 19th and 20th from 12 – 4pm. parents will be encouraged to visit the marquee.

[read more …] “Millstreet Christmas Market”

Baby Jacob has his First Operation

Little baby Jacob has gone through the first operation for his condition anophthalmos and his mother Wiola has written about it on his website:

A few days ago Jacob had his first operation in Germany. It was an emotional experience for us. We were very worried when they were taking him into the operating theatre. I was thinking: he is still so little, how will he take a general anaesthetic?
During the operation, Jacob got his first expanders, which from now on will be stimulating orbital growth. Thanks to a few operations like this one Jacob will be able to receive his ocular prostheses.
When after the operation we were called into the recovery room, I found myself looking at the huge IV catheter inserted into his tiny hand. I was wondering why it is so in this world that children are born sick and …

You can read the full article here. Also, ff you haven’t done so already, there are still tickets available for the extra concert in Drishane on December 6th in aid of Little Jacob.

In Millstreet Only One Cormac Dineen

He was a man we used to celebrate
A Millstreet and a Cork footballing great
A fearless fellow in his younger years
His passing would have been a source for tears.
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Born on the Cork and Kerry border near Rathmore
The green of Millstreet and the red Of Cork he wore
And memories of him remain evergreen
In Millstreet only one Cormac Dineen.
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As a person for his integrity respect to him was shown
A Millstreet vet one admired and well known
One in the flesh we never more will see
He will be missed by friends and family.
[read more …] “In Millstreet Only One Cormac Dineen”

Cloghoula National School – Whole School Evaluation

The Department of Education and Science have published an inspection report on Cloghoula National School. We have added the conclusion below, but the whole report is available to read on the Department’s website. Also available are older reports for all the other schools in the Millstreet area, which are also listed below:

Conclusion:

The school has strengths in the following areas:

  • A highly motivated and dedicated principal and staff.
  • A proactive board of management.
  • A collaborative approach to the work of the school
  • A high quality of education is provided
  • The school environment is happy and stimulating.
  • The children are well-behaved and cooperative.
  • The school is an important focal point in the community and a positive reflection of local customs, practices and expectations.

[read more …] “Cloghoula National School – Whole School Evaluation”

Wedding Journal Show 2010

weddingjournalThe Wedding Journal Show is back in the Green Glens in the New Year on the 23rd and 24th of January in the Green Glens Arena. Last year was a very successful event, as is described on their website

It may have been icy outside but the Wedding Journal team’s hearts were warmed by the impressive turnout to the Cork Show. Arriving at Millstreet on January 24th, the two-day show was our biggest Cork event to date, with even more exhibitors and visitors than ever before.

Those in search of a New Year bargain weren’t disappointed either, as exhibitors, from photographers, to florists, make-up artists and bridal stores, offered exclusive rates and opportunities to enter competitions throughout weekend event.