On Local Businesses

A comment on millstreet.ie this morning questioned the value of putting what was in effect advertising for small local business on the front page of the site like all other new articles on the site. Now maybe Seamus had a point, and I agree that they should not overrun the site, but I feel that it’s more important to keep our local businesses going by giving the support we can.

By pure coincidence there was an interview on the Mooney Show (RTE Radio 1) with David McWilliams, on how towns all across Ireland are dying, and on how locals are fighting back and saying “enough of this, how do we attract the locals to shop in town”.

They describe a very interesting thing of how a town dies.  A business closes …. maybe a second one … then ‘to let’ signs … then ‘for sale’ signs … buildings don’t get let out and are not maintained … and prospective buyers say I don’t like the look of that, and choose to move somewhere else … and then because nobody does nothing, the town becomes a ghost time.

It’s a very interesting interview, and reminiscent of the efforts of the Millstreet Development Group before the Christmas period. Honestly we don’t want our towns to end up like the ghost towns in Middle America with the big shopping mall outside their towns.

Listen to the interview which is on the RTE website (starts at 27:50)

St.Patrick’s Day Parade by Air Take Photography

Scenes from the Millstreet St.Patrick’s Day Parade 2010, taken by Air Take Photography (based in Meelin) with their revolutionary way to take top quality, low altitude aerial photography for a fraction of the cost of traditional aerial photography. You can visit their new website, and see all the photos from our St.Patricks Day Parade.
[read more …] “St.Patrick’s Day Parade by Air Take Photography”

Millstreet Community Award Recipients 2010

Millstreet Community Award Recipients 2010 with Sponsors and members of Millstreet Community Council at the prestigious event in the Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday, 12th March.

The awards on the night went to:

  • Hall of Fame Award: Fr. Paddy O Byrne, (who travels to Nebraska later this month, where he ministered for many years, to celebrate his Golden Jubilee).
  • Service to Youth: our Youth Leaders
  • Service to the Community: Eily Buckley
  • Cultural Award: James Linehan
  • Achievement Award: Stephen O’Riordan, For his Film, “(The Forgotten Maggies)
  • Unsung Hero: Moira O Keeffe, Cullen, and
  • Special Award. The Sisters of the Divine Jesus (the Drishane Nuns).

from the Corkman on the Service to Youth Award:
[read more …] “Millstreet Community Award Recipients 2010”

AIB’s Better Ireland Programme

As part of the AIB Better Ireland Programme, your local AIB branch has €10,000 to give to deserving children’s projects in your area. The three local childrens projects are:

A. the Presentation National School,
B. the Holy Family National School, and
C. St.Patricks Conference, SVP Millstreet.

The project that attracts the most votes will be awarded €5,000. Second place will receive €3,000 and third place €2,000. You can vote by texting MILLSTREET A, MILLSTREET B, or MILLSTREET C to 51303 which costs 8c and you can do iot as many times as you like, or you can do it for free on betterireland.ie/vote.html (screenshot above) but you can only do it once every 12 hours! Voting closes on March 15th, so get your votes in and support your community.

Green Party Promised on St.Patricks Day

Millstreet puts its best foot forward in salute of the national feast day to acknowledge St Patrick on Tuesday. The town’s Community Council are planning a late afternoon celebration with a new emphasis placed on school participation, increased prizemoney and entertainment for young and old.

The official parade is up and away at 5pm from the Dairygold Co-Op store and continues with a formal review stand in the Town Square. A special prize will be presented for the best window display.

Millstreet Pipe Band again figure on leading the parade and it complete a hectic day after a St. Patrick’s Day recital in Ballydaly after 9.30am Mass and participating in the Killarney parade.

The above appears in the Millstreet Matters column on the Corkman. This week it also discusses the People of the Year awards, Millstreet Country Park, the Community School Lenten campaign, GAA and more

Vodafone Broadband Upgraded

Vodafone IrelandVodafone Ireland who recently took over BT Telecom in Ireland have been investigating bottlenecks in their broadband networks. Millstreet (along with other towns) was identified as slowing down considerably in the evenings (too many pictures on millstreet.ie 😉 ), and has been upgraded in the last few days to sort out this problem. So if you are with Vodafone and have noticed that the internet has been slow in the evenings, then hopefully your problems have been sorted. Now, if we could only get broadband to outlying areas like Rathcoole (which have big problems at the moment), it would be of benefit to all.

from the Vodafone noticeboard

Millstreet Matters – 25 Feb 2010

PRIZES don’t come any bigger than national titles and Millstreet had reason to be jubilant on their All Ireland Scór na nOg triumph in Athlone on Saturday night.

Taking outright honours at instrumental music, team members Donal Linehan, Alanna Barry, Kelly Murphy, James Linehan and Cian Dennehy didn’t just live up to expectation with their performance but exceeded it with a spectacular flourish and enjoyed by the capacity attendance.

The column has much more on the All Ireland win, the forthcoming Horse Fair, Scór na bPaistí, Senior Scór, new Pilates Classes and a number of other items.

Click here to see the full Millstreet Matters column from the Corkman

March Horse Fair next Sunday

Horse Fair in Millstreet. March 2005The March Horse fair is with us again this Sunday February 28th. So be warned and expect to get stuck through town, and not be able to get parking either!

from the Corkman:

Millstreet will come to a standstill on Sunday for its Annual Spring Horse Fair. Despite the passage of time with modern trends surfacing, the hosting has lost none of its crowd pulling appeal for patrons young and old drawn from all over the province.

Millstreet Horse Fair maintains its glamour as a social occasion and an outlet to renew acquaintances with friends. Crowds and attractions have steadily risen over recent years with reservations expressed by gardaí and the local authority to growing difficulties.

A number of restrictions will again be put in place with the aim of providing safety measures that will alleviate potential accidents and reduce traffic chaos that had become a growing hinderance not only on fair day but also on the previous days.

Sure, we’d miss it if it wasn’t on!

Snow Pics from the cold spell

Patsy McAuliffe and Noel Collins negotiating the snow at Clara Road, Millstreet on Sunday, 10th January 2010. (Pic.: Seán Radley)
Line up line up ... what's all this white stuff about ... and where is our food? (www.2u.ie)

This is a collection of some of the best snow photos from the Millstreet area during the snow, ice and cold in January. See below for all the (30+) photos. Unfortunately the snow and cold has not gone away, and will be with us for a few more days!

[read more …] “Snow Pics from the cold spell”

Scór Sinsear – County Finals

The Millstreet Team which won the Munster Scór Sinsear Question Time in 2009. The team were (front row): John Tarrant, Liam Flynn, Pat Sheehan

The County finals of the Cork Scór Sinsear are on tonight in Eire Óg GAA Pavilion in Ovens at 7pm. Millstreet are represented in the Novelty Act (Cian O’Mahony and Jerry Doody) while they are also in the Question Time (John Tarrant, Jerry Doody and Pat Sheehan)

RESULTS: County Champions in the Question Time, Second in the Novelty Act
Millstreet enjoyed success at the County Senior Scór Finals hosted in the Eire Og GAA Pavillion, Ovens last night. A question time team of Jerry Doody, Pat Sheehan and John Tarrant retained their county title. Millstreet added a runner up position in the novelty act per a trio of Geraldine Dennehy, James Linehan and Jerry Doody.The triumphant Millstreet team progresses to a Munster semi final scheduled for home soil in Millstreet GAA Community Hall on Sunday, March 7. – (reporter John Tarrant)

Indeed Duhallow competitors won 7 of the 8 titles on offer: Results and more below

[read more …] “Scór Sinsear – County Finals”

Instrumental Music All-Ireland Champions

Scór na nÓg All-Ireland finals: Millstreet were popular winners to capture the Instrumental Music category from a quintet of Donal Linehan, Alanna Barry, Kelly Murphy, James Linehan and Cian Dennehy who delivered a series of rousing tunes to capture their first title. In doing so, Millstreets efforts met unaminous approval and fended off the challenge provided by Corofin(Galway), Scottstown(Monaghan) and Dromard (Longford). Pictured with GAA President Christy Cooney (right). (click on the photo for a better shot)

Congratulations to all involved, because it takes a lot of effort to get everything right for the five different stages to win the All-Ireland.

Photos and full report from John Tarrant (more below)

[read more …] “Instrumental Music All-Ireland Champions”

SuperValu in attempted ATM Ram-Raid

The top story on today’s Evening Echo: about a jeep which was driven into the front door of SuperValu in an attempt to steal the ATM at 5am this morning (click on the photo for a more readable version)

above is from the Evening Echo
below is from the Irish Examiner
and also in the Corkman

[read more …] “SuperValu in attempted ATM Ram-Raid”

Millstreet Day Care Centre

Millstreet Day Care Centre welcomes senior citizens and retired people from Millstreet town and catchment area, to attend the centre.
Enjoy the social interaction, mid-day meal, entertainment – bingo, cards, sing-a-long, exercises, arts and crafts, etc.
Nursing services also available. Other services available include assistance with showers, laundry, chiropody, hairdressing and physiotherapy.
Meals-on-Wheels can be delivered to your door 5 days a week, Monday to Friday at a very reasonable cost. Healthy, wholesome 3 course meals are cooked here in the centre and delivered in a sealed hygienic container, can be eaten immediately or microwaved later.
If you yourself would like to attend the day-centre or if you would like a parent or relation to attend, please ring the centre at 029-70926.Transport can be organized.

Snow In Millstreet Today

Two inches of snow today in Millstreet Town
Through the almost deserted Main Street cars slowly move up and down
And in the calm of the afternoon blanketed white
The old hill of Clara a beautiful sight.
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On a phone call from Jimmy Sullivan in Millstreet faraway
He told me Duhallow is snowbound today
The bushes and trees and every hedgerow
Are heavily laden with January snow.
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Such news took me back to when I was a boy
In Winter the snowball games I did enjoy
With my young friends from many decades ago
By the old town where into young men we did grow.
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The snowfalls in Duhallow live in my memory
In front gardens of homes where children lived snowmen for to see
The children with each other used to compete
At the building of the finest snowman in Millstreet.
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Jimmy Sullivan told me so in a phone call
In Millstreet today a two inches snowfall
Snow on roofs, streets and roads, fields and on every bush and tree
It must be a wonder of Nature to see.

by Francis Duggan

Mary Brigid Ring

The gift of memory is a marvellous thing
I still remember Mary Brigid Ring
In all weather sunny, windy, wet and cold and cool
From Coolinarne she cycled to and from the Millstreet Secondary Convent School.
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A few years older than me far as I know
Her wavy hair dark as wing of a crow
She had great warmth in her cheerful hello
I am going back some fifty years ago. [read more …] “Mary Brigid Ring”

Valentines Disco in the Wallis Arms

Lots of Party Games on the night with spot prizes for the best dressed. Come early, dress sexy, Red FM Celebrity DJ, free in before 11pm

Valentines Weekend. Its Gonna Be Crazy PPL. Saturday, 13 February 2010 10pm

Wed 10th Feb: Its only a few days away …. the big Valentines Party… Have you decided wot colour your gonna be on sat nite ?? Red means your off the market, Amber means your unsure and GREEN means you aint goin home alone !!!!

Macra Waxing Fundraiser

On behalf of Millstreet Macra we would like to thank all who attended our fund raising night in Corkeries bar, all our sponsers for their prizes and all the lads who got their chest arms/armpits and legs waxed we thank ye so much, hope to see new members joining soon. Special thanks to Jennifer  for her time to do the waxing. Total raised on the night was a superb €1,300. Photos will be posted soon.

Parish Newsletter: 7th Feb 2010

FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 7th February, 2010
Fr. Declan O’Connor P.P. Fr. David Gunn C.C. & Fr. Micheál Manning A.P.
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043 / Cullen 029-79028 / Mobile 087-7752948
Email: <email> www.dioceseofkerry.ie
PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS:
MONDAY-TUESDAY-FRIDAY
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, and for those for whom masses will be offered during the week:

RECENT DEATHS:

Kathleen Corcoran, Dooneen
Peter Dineen, Cloughoula More
Joan Horgan, Kilmeedy

[read more …] “Parish Newsletter: 7th Feb 2010”

K&L Top Transport Company in Ireland

A MILLSTREET company will represent Ireland at the upcoming 2010 European Transport Company of the year awards in Amsterdam.

The awards are considered the Oscars of the transport and logistics industry with companies from across Europe competing.

K&L Deliveries, which is a Kerry member of TPN (The Pallet Network), has been in operation since 1986 when MD Gordon O’Keeffe and his wife Breda started off their business with two trucks. Now the company operates from a 60,000 square foot warehouse and have more than 35 trucks on the road.

Read the full article on the Corkman website

In Passing – January 2010

In Passing
by Seán Radley (January 2010)

Rare Winter
People recalled the snows of 1982, 1963 and 1947 as we witnessed one of the coldest Winters in decades. Considering the fact that for days major heating and water supply difficulties were experienced by many of us I doubt if anyone will be booking a holiday to either the North or South Pole anytime soon! One uplifting benefit, however, was the capturing of truly rare and superbly picturesque snow pictures over the prolonged period. These have been shared on www.millstreet.ie , on Facebook and on “The Corkman” – especially the images of the very creative igloo at Old Coach Avenue, Millstreet and of the “Gigantic Ice Fish” image (identified by Margaret Kelleher, Mount Leader when she saw the many Blackwater digital images) [read more …] “In Passing – January 2010”