Aubane Man to take to the Floor in Strictly Come Dancing Competition in aid of Bandon Community Hospital

Aubane’s John F Kelleher is set to take Bandon by storm on this coming Weekend with his particapation in a Strictly Come Dancing Competition in Bandon which is being held in aid of Bandon Community Hospital,the Event kicks off on this coming Friday Night in the GAA Pavilion in Bandon, John will take to the Floor with his Partner Margaret O`Brien who along with John is employed at the Hospital in Bandon,the Couple have been practicing intensely for the past three months sometimes up to four times a week,and with his Work in Bandon and also mixing in his Community work as being Chairman of the Social club in Aubane John has been very busy indeed,the Couple take to the stage on this coming Friday 24th November and Saturday 25 November and again on Friday 8th December in the Bandon GAA Pavilion. The Strictly Come Dancing Competition is organised by the Friends of Bandon Community Hospital to raise Funding for a new day room as part of the brand new Hospital. The first two Nights of the Competition are a sell out, John always had a keen interest in dance as he is a regular at the set Dancing in Aubane, dancing is in his blood and John said he always wanted to do Strictly Come Dancing. Michelle Barry from Devine Promotions in Six Mile Bridge who is overseeing all the Couples prepartaions has great praise for not only John and Margaret but all the other Competing Couples as they have been preparing very hard for this Competion since last August. Hopefully John will bring a Strictly Come Dancing title to Aubane and from all at Aubane Social Club and the surrounding locality the best of luck to John and Margaret in the Competition. 

The Woman of the Fort

The Woman of the Fort: I often heard my grandmother (R.I.P.) (Mrs. Sarah Moynihan, Dromahane Mallow) who lived to be eighty-four years of age telling the following tale, the truth of which she would swear to. Died on July 21st 26:

At a place called Gurranes near Millstreet there lived the family of the the Twomeys. They were farmers and they had children going to school. On the children’s journey to school lay a fort or lios as it is called in Irish, through which they should pass. One day as the children were passing through the fort a fairy woman met them and spoke to one of them, a girl called Nora whom she took with her into the fort, the other members of the family proceeding on their way to school. Nora, a little girl of about seven years used to be rocking a cradle in which was a baby, inside the fort, while the rest of her brothers and sisters were in school. Just as the latter would be returning the fairy woman would meet them again accompanied by the little girl Nora, whom she would allow go home with them.
This went on for a considerable time. The Twomey boys and girls would attend school, all but one, Nora, who would spend her day rocking the cradle inside the fort. A cow got sick on Nora Twomey’s farm one day and Nora’s mother told her to [read more …] “The Woman of the Fort”

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Team Hope Shoebox Appeal 2017 – Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal.  A total of 435 boxes were collected from Millstreet Community School on Thursday 16th November to begin their journey to children who will really benefit from your generosity .  This was a tremendous response to the annual appeal.  The boxes came from a number of sources:

Kilcorney National School, Rathcoole National School, Knocknagree National School, Hollymount National School, Scoil Mhuire National School  Millstreet, Presentation National School Millstreet, Millstreet Community School.

Thanks must go to all connected with these schools, and to Mrs. Mary Randles and the Transition Years students of Millstreet Community School for coordinating this year’s effort.  Thank you.

Dromtariff Parish Bazaar

Annual Dromtariffe Parish Bazaar

in aid of the schools of the parish

will be held on

Sunday the 26th of November

Any donations of Books, Home Baking, Spinner prizes, etc would be greatly appreciated

and can be dropped into Derinagree NS, Dromagh NS or Rathcoole NS

over the next couple of weeks or to the Parish Hall on the morning of the Bazaar.

Meetings to organise it are held in the Parish Hall

every Wednesday at 8.30pm

all welcome

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Art Exhibition opens

Milllstreet’s Bertie and Bill Buckley are currently hosting an Art and Wood Exhibition showcasing a fascinating display over four days with the public welcome to attend. The pop up gallery is a must on the staging at Pat McCarthy’s former TV Shop, in The Square, Millstreet.
Opening night drew a representative attendance from across Duhallow with a cheese and wine reception greeting patrons. Many of Bertie’s exhibits depicts local landmarks and nature, also featured at the exhibition are wood carvings by Bill Buckley from Lyre.
The event continues on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm daily.


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Aubane Community Christmas Diary 2017.

  • Aubane Annual Christmas Mass & Party takes place on Friday December 1st at 8.30pm.
  • Presentation of Awards from the Aubane Social Club to our All Ireland winners Darragh Twomey (Music) and Megan Lehane (Boxing).
  • Recital of the Rosary on Tuesday 12 December at 8.00pm at Aubane Community Centre.
  • Set Dancing Christmas Party on Monday 18 December No Set Dancing then until Monday 8th Jan 2018.
  • Annual Christmas Climb on Christmas Morning 25 December.
  • Around the Fireside on 28 December at 8.00pm.

Glen Theatre Drama Group hit the stage

The Glen Theatre Drama Group host the hilarious comedy “Off the Hook” this coming weekend with shows confirmed for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (Nov. 17-19). Once again, the Banteer Group with a key Millstreet involvement are proving that there is no substitute for live entertainment in their latest production under director Cathy Bailey. Early booking is advised for “Off the Hook” , tickets can be pre-booked at the Glen Theatre Box Office at 029-56239.

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Denis set to retire as Keeper of the Blarney Stone

The man takes a hold of me as I lie down on my back. I grab two metal poles behind me and start to arch myself until my head is perpendicular to the rest of my body. The man then starts to lower me down into a hole in the floor. This is not the most natural of feelings but these are the things you do to kiss the most famous stone in Ireland.

The man’s name is Dennis – I guess it’s appropriate to at least be on a first name basis with someone holding me so intimately as I share my saliva (albeit with an inanimate object). He’s seen his fair share of strange things from his perch up here on the top of Blarney Castle.

“When someone takes a dive at the stone,” is his answer when I ask about weird things that happen.

“It never happens with a lady, it’s always with a man. He comes down here, he’s very quiet and nothing happens and when he comes here, it’s a dive he does. And he’s never small. He’s always big. I can’t tell you the words I use in my own mind – they’re not gracious words!” [1]

Thanks to Gillian who let us know that today’s newspapers featured Millstreet man Denis Cronin who is set to retire from his role of Keeper of the Blarney Stone after 13 years of holding thousands of visitors each day as they hope to gain the gift of the gab. [Irish Examiner] [Journal.ie]. The very best to Denis, who you can often meet in their local shop in Millstreet – An Siopa Deas.

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Huge Demonstration at Moll Carthy’s

Ahead of this evening’s table quiz at Moll Carthy’s Bridge, we briefly look back at an event when 6,000 people converged on Moll Carthy’s:

“On January 23 (1887), an enthusiastic demonstration under the auspices of the National League was held at Moll Carthy’s Bridge, situated eight miles from the town of Kanturk. There was an enormous assemblage, estimated at 6,000 persons. There were two brass bands and several fife and dram bands in attendance, accompanied by contingents from all the surrounding branches of the League, including Banteer, Dromagh, Dromtarriff, Millstreet, Ballyvourney, Carrigenema, Newmarket, Ballyclough, Lyre, Kilcorney, and Nadd. A large force of police under the Millstreet district inspector was present. A Government note-taker was also present and took notes of the speeches.” – from the NZ Tablet

In Pictures – 10th November 2017


Autumn is flying, and winter will be coming soon. There have been some lovely bright days and not much wind, allowing people to get out and about. Tony took some stunning photos of Millstreet, showing up the lovely autumn colours. Click on the photo above to see the wonderful detail in each of his photos. In Pictures this week actually covers a few weeks, and is as varied as ever, from sport, to streetscapes, landscapes, visitors, animals, the Dairy Show, the Young Riders Show, and much more. See the photos below: [read more …] “In Pictures – 10th November 2017”

The Pride Of Kilcorney

From where she first looked on the bright lamp of day
The Pride of Kilcorney she lives far away
She lived in the house by the silver tongued rill
Babbling down from the high fields by Mushera Hill
With shoulder length wavy raven hair and chestnut brown eyes
Such beauty that to songs and stories gives rise
One young man in Kilcorney for lost love does grieve
That she will return to Kilcorney he no longer believe
She left Kilcorney some eight years ago
And he has not heard from her for five years or so
Rumor has it in Australia she is a mother and wife
And quite happy and content in her new way of life
A young man in Kilcorney thinks of her every day
But then such is life as some are known to say.

by Francis Duggan