Sausage & Pudding Winners 2009

The Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland - Links to Home Page Millstreet had two winners at the recent Sausage & Pudding Championships with O’Leary’s Family Butchers in the Square winning a Gold medal in the Traditional Sausage section, and O’Brien’s Craft Butcher from Minor Row winning a Silver Medal also in the Traditional Sausage. They had previously been successful in the regional competitions (Southern Region) which qualified them for the finals. All the medals won are detailed below. The Corkman also had an article on their successes:

Well known Jerry Pat O’Leary recently won a National Award at Craft Butchers Sausage & Pudding competition at the RDS in Dublin.

He demonstrated that the very important attribute of consistency forms part of his reputation for quality, by hitting the top spot at the award ceremony. Having given a strong performance at regional level with three gold medals, Mr O’Leary’s produce was recognised and awarded by the presiding judges.

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From Dublin to Kerry

……..After breakfast we started in a hired motor, the driver of which, we were given in confidence to understand, was an Ulster man who had deserted from the British Army, been discharged from the Republican, and was about to offer his services to the Free State — a mihtary record which inspired us with complete confidence in the resourcefulness of his character. Avoiding the main roads, which for several weeks have been completely blocked, we arrived by a circuitous route over a mountain at Millstreet, where our inquiries for the road to Killarney were met with derisive shrieks.

*If you can lepp and you can swim you may perhaps get there; not otherwise,’ we were told. ‘Every bridge is down and every road is blocked since the fighting on Sunday.*

Conscious of proficiency in both ‘lepping’ and swimming, we pushed undaunted on our way, running almost immediately into a flying column of Free State troops, who stopped us and demanded the driver’s permit. They were covered with mud, weary and war worn, having been fighting for two days. ……

The above is part of an article of of one womans trip from Dublin to Killorglin, that appeared in the “Nation and the Athenoeum” in November 1922 and also in “The Living Age” on Saturday December 16th 1922. The full article is given below:

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Baby Jacob

BabyJacobSpare a thought for baby Jacob Nowak who was born in Millstreet in September with a very rare condition called Anophthalmos which is a congenital absence of one or two eyeballs resulting in severe malformations of the facial skeleton. Early treatment is necessary and there will be fundraising for this to help his family pay for the procedures. At the start of December there will be a concert in the Chapel in Drishane to help little Jakob. There is a superb lineup of performers and those confirmed are : Marina Cassidy – foremost Irish harpist/soprano; Millstreet Church Choir; Music Group “Sceal Eile”; Polish Choir from Cork; Claire O’Leary, fiddle soloist; Louise Bourke, soprano and Niall Moylan, pianist; Siobhan Forde, organist; and the Drishane Gospel Choir. Tickets can be putchased locally. Full concert details are given below :

For more information, visit the website for Baby Jacob.

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Annual Captain Paddy McCarthy Commemoration

Councillor Monica Digney from Ballymena
Cllr Monica Digney from Ballymena

The annual Captain Paddy McCarthy Commemoration takes place in Millstreet on Sunday, November 1st.

Commemorative proceedings operate from the Captain Paddy McCarthy Park on the Clara Road at 12 noon with a parade led by Millstreet Pipe Band to Upper Mill Lane, the site of the tragedy.

Guest Speaker is SF Cllr Monica Digney of Ballymena Town Council. Fáilte roimh cách. All welcome.

If you are wondering who Captain McCarthy was, then read the speach given at the 2006 commemoration by Jack Lane of the Aubane Historical Society

Millstreet Matters Oct-22-09

Millstreet Matters in this weeks Corkman focuses on the Owners Pony and Young Riders Charity Show which has started this morning in the Green Glens, the request by the Parish Pastoral Council as to what times the people want the masses changed to, the Fancy Dress Charity Ball which is on tonight in the Wallis Arms Hotel, and more…
There’s also a long article on the late Peg Dennehy of Kilcorney and how she helped the local community through her life.

Owners Pony & Young Riders Charity Show

Owners LogoThe Owners Pony & Young Riders Charity Show will be held this weekend Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October, 2009 in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet.
This will be the 11th year at Green Glens and since moving to Millstreet they have developed into the biggest pony show in Europe with just over 3000 entries.
The premises are given totally free of charge of the Duggan Family, and all proceeds go to charity. To date, the Owners have raised €200,000 for charities such as Our Ladys Hospital for Sick Children, Temple Street Hospital, Riding for the Disabled, Irish Cancer Society, ISPCA, Autism and Local Charities.
So this weekend, go to the Green Glens. Admission is FREE, and maybe leave a few bob for the charities being supported.

You can visit their website at http://www.ownerscharityshow.com/

Malpaso – Black and White

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A quiet Monday evening in the Malpaso Bar

A dark but nevertheless interesting photo taken in the Malpaso Bar last year. It was taken by Shaun Downey who was on holiday here.  His mother Nora Mary O’Sullivan (Noreen ‘Sal’) originally comes from Main Street, and was staying in Clara View. The picture was posted on his blog The Poor Mouth as a featured photograph.

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Rent Increase for Museum and Pipe Band slashed

The newly revamped Carnegie Hall
The newly revamped Carnegie Hall

Last weeks Corkman newspaper reported on Cork County Council backing down from a huge 10,000% rent increase for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Pipe Band in the newly refurbished Carnegie Hall. The article can be read here, but below is an extract:

THERE was a slice of very welcome news” at the Kanturk Area meeting this week when senior official Aidan Weir said that Millstreet Pipe Band and the Millstreet Museum could remain in situ at the revamped Carnegie Hall for a “nominal rent”.

At a previous meeting in September, Cllr Noel Buckley (FG) lamented an increase being put on both voluntary organisations and said the rental asking price of €6,400 was just not a reality.

Despite Mr Weir dishing out bagloads of disappointing news to councillors who wanted potholes fixed and lighting put in place, he was able to deliver a slice of very welcome news.

He said he met with other officials and it was unanimously decided that both groups do Trojan work in their community and they would now only have to pay a nominal rent.

“At last, some good news,” said the chairman of Kanturk Area Meeting Cllr Noel Buckley.

Mahon Falls

MAHON FALLS

10 Oct 2009

Co. Waterford

by

Mary O’Mahony

Eileen asked us to take her on one last momentous walk before venturing to pastures new.

We have known each other, now, for almost 10 years so Denis and I wanted to make this different!

This, is a dedication to a true and valued friend, who has the courage to venture off to South Carolina, thus, improving career prospects and whatever else life holds in store.

The very beautiful Mahon Falls in Co. Waterford is our chosen ‘GIFT’

Blessed with the day we were! Days in July 2009 were not as good!! Seriously!

Sat. 10 Oct. 2009 we set out on what can only be called one hell of good Summer Day.

The River Mahon flows from the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford and gathers

Force to create the Mahon Falls, a tall cascade on the Mahon River that empties from a mountain lake overlooking the southern coast.

Located off the N25 at Leamybrien, the Falls are located 20 kilometers from Waterford city. A cascade runs down the centre of a high and wide valley, populated with many types of vegetation, jutting rocks, and herds of domestic sheep and Goat’s.

It is deceivingly tall, and the valley deceivingly wide.

Mahon Falls can only be approached by car and accessed on foot.

The walk up the left hand side of the valley onto Comeragh Mountain Cnoc Na Phoebre (668m) itself is a hard slog .

Not so daunting? Is it? Early days yet.

Spectacular. Oh yeah

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Happy Face Potrait Competition

See full size imageAndrea Todt of PHOTO-Graphics which is the photography service based in the West End of Millstreet is running a photography competition from Wednesday 25th November to Saturday 12th December to find the Happiest Face in Duhallow.

The competition is being run in association with the Presentation National School Fund which recently completed an extension to the school, and is also being supported by a number of local sponsors.

Every participant will have their own 20 minute photography session and the best photo will be chosen to forward to the jury to select the winner. There are two categories:

  • Category A: children from 1 year up to second birthday, and
  • Category B: children from 3 years up to fourth birthday

C1D_4782_6x4As Andrea herself says:

The Happy Face Portrait Competition, for me, focuses on the most important element in any school – the children.

You can read the full note from Andrea; read how to enter the competition; the list of sponsors; and see who will judge the winners.

“Spooktacular” Halloween Fancy Dress Party

A “Spooktacular” Halloween Fancy Dress will be held on Friday 30th October at The Wallis Arms Hotel in Millstreet, with all proceeds raised going to the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland (CFAI).

Organised by Aubane Social Club and The Wallis Arms, this annual charity event promises to be a fun filled night with music by The Celts at 9pm followed by Mad Dave DJ, a delicious barbecue with O’Leary Family Butchers, a super raffle and of course prizes for the “Best Costumes”.

Guests will be able to bid of fantastic items such as signed Munster and Ireland Rugby Jerseys, a Laptop worth €2,000, two weeks in an apartment in Portugal, Spa Treatments at The Brehon and much more in the Charity Auction, with proceeds going directly towards Cystic Fibrosis (CF) facilities in Cork University Hospital.

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First Mass in Drishane Chapel in 17 Years

Joan O’Mahony & Jackie Kent at Drishane on the recent occasion of the celebration of a Polish Mass in Drishane Chapel (first Mass celebrated there in 17 years) followed by a special Polish celebratory evening
Joan O’Mahony & Jackie Kent at Drishane on the recent occasion of the celebration of a Polish Mass in Drishane Chapel (first Mass celebrated there in 17 years) followed by a special Polish celebratory evening

More photos below:
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New sewage system raises a stink

LEGAL notices are to be served on some residents at West End in Millstreet who have not paid a connection fee to a new sewerage system which was put in place by Cork County Council at a cost of €25,000.

While the council has had the new system installed, and has had connections brought up to the houses, residents must privately pay for a plumber to connect them to the new system, says the council.

The old sewerage system, which is at the back of the row of houses at West End, is over 100 years old.

At Kanturk Area Meeting on Monday, Cllr Noel Buckley (FG) said that “bad odour” has been emitting from the old sewerage system for the past two weeks. He described it as a “major problem at West End”.

Read the full article is in this weeks Corkman newspaper

Buy a Brick and Help the Church Restoration

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The Millstreet Parish Church Restoration Appeal are seeking a positive show of support from those at home and abroad towards their ‘Buy-A-Brick’ campaign.

Through the project, it’s hoped to raise a substantial amount towards the church renovation fund. St Patrick’s Church is regarded as one of the finest buildings within the Diocese of Kerry. No major maintenance work has been undertaken since the 1930’s and as a result, time and elements have taken their inevitable toll on the fabric of the building.

The church project commenced in April 2008, the work focusing on the exterior and concentrating on long needed repairs. Amongst the detailed project, the church was completely re-slated and all flashings replaced. All walls were re-plastered and the stone work re-pointed while stained glasses required full restoration and protective storm glazing.

The above is part of an article on this weeks Corkman newspaper.

This site carried an article on the “Buy a Brick” appeal some weeks ago and can be read here.

The Animal Roadshow

Based in Millstreet, they travel with their animals to schools and parties all over Ireland. Fantastic education program with loads of learning opportunities. They also offer arts workshops, face painting, balloon modeling and family fun days around Munster. Next one is in Dromtarriffe Community Centre (on the N72 Near the Sandpit House Pub) 26th October 09 12pm to 5pm.

Go visit the Animal Roadshow website