Horse Show Week

This is the week of the Summer Horse Show in the Green Glens.

From the Irish Independent: “The Horse Show begins next Wednesday, with 5,000 entries and over 800 horses stabled on the site. A huge audience is expected at the Co Cork venue.”

With this there will be an influx of horse lovers to the Millstreet area over the next week, with the first lorries having already arrived this morning. For all information on the show, see [read more …] “Horse Show Week”

Wedding of Julie & David on Friday, 5th August 2011 – Full Feature Later

The Wonderful Wedding of David Brosnan (Knocknagree/Rathmore) & Julie O'Leary (West End & Adrivale, Millstreet) on Friday, 5th August 2011. Here we see David and Julie cutting their magnificent Wedding Cake at their Reception in Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee. A full feature on the most memorable day will follow over the next few days. (S.R.)

Millstreet Directory of Community Services – Official Launch Feature

Members of Millstreet Macra present at the recent launch of the new Millstreet Directory of Community Services in Millstreet Community School.

Margaret Crean was the MC while Áine Collins, T.D. officially launched the Directory in the presence of a sincerely interested audience.   Nora O’Connell and Rita Buckley as well as a wonderfully committed team of [read more …] “Millstreet Directory of Community Services – Official Launch Feature”

The Launch of the Splendid Millstreet Directory of Community Services Today

Nora O'Connell presents a copy of the very impressive new Millstreet Directory of Community Services to Áine Collins, T.D., who offically launced the Directory today at Millstreet Community School. Also included are the other members of the Co-ordinating Team - from left: Margaret Crean, Ciarán Casey (Citizens Information), Rita Buckley, Elaine Hooper and Stephen Kelly (H.S.E.). A full feature on the very significant event will appear later. (S.R.)

Pat Kenny Interviews Steven O’Riordan Re Forthcoming Documentary

On this morning’s Pat Kenny RTÉ  Radio 1 Programme (Tues. 19th July 2011 at approx. 11.15) Steven O’Riordan was one of two guests who participated in a very comprehensive and excellent interview with Pat Kenny re tomorrow night’s Documentary on TG4 which has been magnificently produced and directed by Steven, son of Joe and Anne O’Riordan, Woodland Drive, Millstreet.

Listen to the interview titled “Magdalene Laundries” at: [read more …] “Pat Kenny Interviews Steven O’Riordan Re Forthcoming Documentary”

Forgotten Maggies on TG4

The long awaited documentary on the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland (The Forgotten Maggies) is set to get its Irish premier on Wednesday 20th July 2011 TG4 @ 9:30PM. It has taken five years to get the documentary screened and I hope everybody in Millstreet can support the work Steven O’ Riordan and others have done to help these women. It is the only Irish made documentary on the subject matter and fear not, it’s completely in English. So if you are not an Irish speaker you don’t have to worry. The documentary is compelling, shocking, honest and extremely forthright in its testimonies. Let everyone know it’s on and for anyone interested the trailer is below.

Superb Participation in Rally Which Began from Drishane This Morning

Rally in aid of the Jerry O'Leary Memorial Fundraising Project for Cork University Hospital's Oncology Dept. leaves Drishane this morning. Despite inclement weather there was a very large amount of enthusiastic participants with their various modes of transport. The many events over the past two days raised a truly substantial amount of money for the project. The exact amount will be revealed later. (S.R.)

Magnificent Response to “Clara Inn” Fundraising Auction

Mighty excitement as the final bid of the night at the very successful Auction in the "Clara Inn" is won by a truly inspiring and generous "syndicate" of dedicated supporters of the Jerry O'Leary Memorial Fundraising event in aid of the Oncology Dept. of Cork University Hospital.

Cardinal Burke Visits Cullen This Tuesday Evening

Gary McSweeney with his mother Sheila and with his cousin, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke in the Church of the Nativity in Cullen this evening. Cardinal Burke concelebrated Mass after 5.00 p.m. in Cullen. His Grandmother came from Lisnashearshane, Cullen (near Duarigle Castle). We shall have a full feature shortly on this historic visit where the Cardinal was thrilled to be welcomed by the superb piping of Connie Houlihan (in full Cullen Pipe Band uniform) and by his many great friends and relatives. (S.R.)

Millstreet Adult Learning Festival

The first Millstreet Adult Learning festival is happening next month in the Community School. Most of the courses are FREE, so all you need is  a little time and ambition.

click on the PDF’s below to see the brochure, which has course details, contact details etc.

Millstreet Adult Learning brochure (a) (Front and Back pages)
Millstreet Adult Learning Festival brochure (b) (inside pages)

Running for Pearl

Hi, My friend Malcolm McLoughlin is undertaking a charity run this sunday 3rd July from Mizen Head to Malin Head (570km!) and will be passing through Millstreet. He is raising funds for autism, for his own daughter Pearl and various other Autism charities. If anyone would like to cheer him on or run a little please come out. Exact dates and times of reaching Millstreet will be updated via his Running For Pearl facebook page.

Kind Regards,
Therese Kelly

I reckon he’ll be coming into Millstreet on the second day (Monday 4th) as it’s about 120 km from here to Mizen, but we’ll try to keep ye posted as to when he’ll be coming into Millstreet.

Click on the poster (right) for further details, or see below for links to the full details.

[read more …] “Running for Pearl”

Sun Shines on Brilliant Aubane Family Fun Day 2011

Dedicated personnel including photographer supreme, Fr. James McSweeney, pictured in their traffic control role at Aubane Family Fun Day on Sunday, 26th June 2011.

With a hugely impressive range of wonderful activities at Sunday’s Aubane Family Fun Day and blessed with excellent weather conditions it was clearly evident that a very large attendance would assemble on the grounds of Aubane Community Centre.    And by the end of the day the [read more …] “Sun Shines on Brilliant Aubane Family Fun Day 2011”

Primary School Sports – Great Enthusiasm Despite the Rain!

School Sports at Millstreet Town Park this morning (23rd June 2011) - Rain did not dampen the wonderful enthusiasm of the children.

Children from the various Primary Schools took part in the Annual School Sports today.   Great credit is due to the children, teachers and organisers who braved a few heavy showers of rain during the event but who [read more …] “Primary School Sports – Great Enthusiasm Despite the Rain!”

Upcoming Documentary Feature by William McSweeney & Friends

We shall soon be indicating a video link to a truly excellent video produced by William McSweeney, his Primary School Class from Cobh and RTÉ’s Jim Wilson.   William who lives and teaches in beautiful Cobh,  is of course a native of Killarney Road, Millstreet – is a gifted Musician, an inspiring Teacher and a real Expert in the area of Nature Study.   The Documentary is a gem and a delight… and deserves the highest of Oscars!

Updated: the video has been added below. It is 5th class pupils of Scoil Iosaef Naofa, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland (William’s class) as part of the International Schools Godwit Project, which is a co-operative international study between a school in Iceland, a school in Devon, England, and William’s class, in a joint effort to to link what the birds do on the wintering and breeding grounds in order to understand the factors that regulate the population size of a migratory bird species. Read all about the project on its website

Celebratory Mass for Mrs. Reen’s 100th Birthday – Part Two of the Wonderful Green Glens Occasion on Monday, 6th June 2011

Singing "Flowers of the Fairest" at the conclusion of the Celebratory Mass at the 100th Birthday of Mrs. Margaret Reen in Green Glens, Millstreet.

We continue our feature regarding the wonderful celebrations for Mrs. Reen’s 100th Birthday which took place at Green Glens on Monday, 6th June 2011.  Here we focus mainly on [read more …] “Celebratory Mass for Mrs. Reen’s 100th Birthday – Part Two of the Wonderful Green Glens Occasion on Monday, 6th June 2011”

Margaret Reen’s 100th Birthday Celebrations – Part One

Mrs. Margaret Reen attending her superb 100th Birthday Celebrations at Green Glens on Monday, 6th June 2011 pictured here with her grand-daughter, Annmarie. Today, in Part One of our feature, we focus on Family Groups. (S.R.)

Before the marvellous celebrations began the various Family Groups assembled for photographs on this unique occasion.   Here we share a selection of the many [read more …] “Margaret Reen’s 100th Birthday Celebrations – Part One”

Féile Dúthalla 2011

Dia daoibh go leir,
The programme for the August weekend Talks Series (Friday August 12th, Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th) is now sorted and will be placed on the website in the coming week. It looks like:
Friday, August 12th, 20.00
Thoughts on the Treaty
Jack Lane – James O Keeffe Institute, Newmarket – Free Admission, refreshments
Saturday, August 13th, 11.00/13,00

King Williams Town in The Pass Of Kerry, England’s last Irish Plantation
Donal O Siodachain – Trades Union Hall, Kanturk  – Free admission, refreshments
Saturday, August 13th, 14.00/16.00

Ireland’s legal tradition: loss and recovery.” –  [read more …] “Féile Dúthalla 2011”

Marie & Con’s Wedding

Marie Hickey from Claraghatlea, and Con O’Sullivan were married in Cullen Church, on March 16th 2011, by Fr. Jack Fitzgerald.

Photographer Ann-Marie of AMC Photography let us know about her photo album from their wedding  which is available to view on her website.

To see the photos, simply go to her wedding gallery, and view the photos whose name starts with “Marie Con***“.

[note, there’s about 40 photos in total, so you’ll have to go onto the second page to see all of them]



Poultry Day at The Secret Garden Centre 12th June

Our third Poultry Day this year and it is a great opportunity to buy your hens, ducks etc as well as gain advice on all things poultry. This is a great event as there is no fee to attend and you can have a cuppa and a slice of cake in the tea room.

We also hope to have the owner of Newmarkets Champion Chick Selling her birds see the link for full details:

12th June 2011 2-5pm The Secret Garden Centre Newmarket

For more details phone 029 60084 or

Commemorating the Hunger-strikers

H Block Waterford30th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1981 Hungerstrike.
Millstreet, June 11th, Assemble at 7.45pm outside Dairygold Co-Op.
March to National Monument.
Speaker – Geno McCormack.
MacCurtain/McSwiney Republican Flute Band in Attendance.
All welcome/Fáilte roimh cách.

Spectacular 14th Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally 2011

A panoramic view from a teleporter at the annual Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally on Sunday, 5th June 2011. I travelled to the magnificent event with Millstreet Pipe Band and am presently preparing a full feature on the fascinating event which continues on today, Monday 6th June. The prestigious event is held in aid of Irish Cancer Society. (S.R.)