Trad for Trocaire at Millstreet Community School – thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Trad for Trocaire event that took place on Friday 7th October 2016 in Millstreet Community School.  It was an evening of fine traditional music, song and dance.  Well done to all the students who participated.  A total of €297 was raised to support Trocaire’s work.  Thanks for your generosity.

Trad for Trocaire – Millstreet Community School, Fri. 7th Oct. 2016 (TONIGHT) @7.30pm

A Trad for Trocaire event will take place in Millstreet Community School library on Friday 7th October 2016, starting at 7.30pm.  This will be a chance for students from all year groups to share their traditional Irish music, song and dance skills with the wider community.  It will also be a chance to raise money to support Trocaire’s work among some of the poorest communities in the world.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  There will be a collection for Trocaire during the event.

Cork Fire Fighters Ladder Climb


Contribute to the fantastic Cork Firefighters Ladder Climb

In aid of Cork City Hospitals Childsren’s Club

A ladder will be set up outside Supervalu, Millstreet

.Firefighters from  from the Cork city Fire Service will be climbing.

The date and times are as follows:

Saturday 3rd September at 11.45am to 12.45pm

This is happening in all 21 fire stations in County Cork and in the City stations.

Looking forward to seeing you on the day.

All contributions appreciated.

Good Home for Unwanted Musical Instruments

musi_instrSome of you may have seen the programme on the Higher Hopes choir which was repeated on RTE last week. Never ones to rest on their laurels, our friends in Cork Penny Dinners have now started music lessons as an outlet for their clients and are looking for musical instruments in good condition. They are particularly interested in guitars, violins, keyboards, flutes, drums, amps, mics.

If you have any of these musical instruments, in good condition, which you are no longer using and would like to donate, please contact Aida Costello on 087 6886725.

The Clonbanin Ambush Play

1921-03-07 Front Page of the New York Times - Report on Clonbanin AmbushSteven O’ Riordan is fundraising to help him complete a newly discovered but unfinished play on the Clonbanin Ambush that has been found in an attic twenty five years after the writer’s death.

The Clonbanin Ambush was written by Cork native Bill Cody, also known as Patrick Vaughan contributor to the Corkman and the initial seeds for this play were sown almost 70 years ago through his encounter with an IRA veteran. It examines the circumstances surrounding a famous IRA ambush of the War of Independence where a large party of Volunteers from Cork and Kerry ambushed a party of British army soldiers in 1921 resulting in the death of the decorated British Brigadier-General Hanway Robert Cumming.

Discovered among Bill’s papers were two copybooks of fascinating historical, dramatic and poetic material dealing with the ambush that lay incomplete at the time of Bill’s death. In this time of seismic Irish revolutionary centenaries the play deserves and demands to be finished to do justice not just to the playwright but to the men who fought and died that day at Clonbanin. continue reading the full article “The Clonbanin Ambush Play”

Coffee Day – Thank You

6Mercy Hospital Fundraising Day at Rathcoole 2016 -600A huge thank you to all who supported my Coffee Day on Monday 2nd May in aid of the Mercy Hospital Cancer Appeal in remembrance of my late husband John.  A total of €5,389 was raised for this worthy cause.  Thank you to one and all.

A big Thank You to Seanie for covering the event with lovely photographs on

Mary Buckley, Rathcoole. continue reading the full article “Coffee Day – Thank You”

DVD’s and more for BUMBLEance


I would like to update you all on my appeal for dvd’s for BUMBLEance. To date you have donated 250 dvd’s to this great cause and it doesent stop there.

My appeal now is for Consoles, working or not, plus all games would be greatly appreciated. Playstation, Wii, Xbox, Nintendo, any games would be greatefully received.
Also any old phones, which can be recycled for cash.

Thank You,
Eileen O’ Sullivan 0872403947

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club


Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club handed over proceeds from the Tour of Sliabh Luachra 2015 to the matron of Millstreet Community Hospital, Margaret Collins.  The money will be used to purchase beds, mattresses and a garden bench.  We were treated to a delicious raspberry roulade, cakes and a welcome cup of tea during our visit to the hospital.

Pictured  at the front of the hospital are Sineád McCarthy, Margaret Collins, Hannelie O’Connor and Joan Collins.

Sharon getting ready for the Cork Big Heart Fight Night

2016-02-09 Sharon O'Keeffe (right) training for the Big Heart Fight Night, under the watchful eye of Dan Lane, RylaneThe best of luck to Sharon O’Keeffe who is taking part in the Cork Big Heart Fight Night-  a fundraising white collar boxing challenge for the Irish Heart Foundation.

The boxers are made up of big-hearted women and men who have volunteered to take part in the high adrenalin sport of boxing in a safe, comfortable environment. For the past 8-weeks they have been learning the basics of boxing while getting super fit and are now ready to step into the ring for the ultimate challenge (Sharon is pictured on the right above, training for the fight, under the watchful eye of Dan Lane of Rylane Boxing Club)

It’s taking place on Saturday, 5 March 2016 at 7pm in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, and you can get your tickets for the night here, before they’re all sold out.

Help raise money for Sharon’s Charity on her JustGiving page

continue reading the full article “Sharon getting ready for the Cork Big Heart Fight Night”

Family Fun Day in Millstreet GAA Hall – Sun. 14th Feb. 12 noon until 4pm

2016-02-14 Family Find Day in GAA Hall - IHCPT - posterThe Family Fun Day is the next fundraising effort for the four 5th year students of Millstreet Community School who’ll be going to Lourdes as helpers.

Admission for children is €5, free for adults, and free for the teddies who need to visit the Teddy Bear Doctor:

Teddies waiting for the doctor.

continue reading the full article “Family Fun Day in Millstreet GAA Hall – Sun. 14th Feb. 12 noon until 4pm”

Table Quiz for Lourdes volunteers – thank you!

The table quiz that took place in the Wallis Arms on Friday 5th February was a great success.  The purpose of the event was to raise funds to help cover the travel accommodation costs of four 5th year students from Millstreet Community School who’ll be going to Lourdes as helpers at Easter with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.  Special thanks go to the management and staff of the Wallis Arms, John Tarrant for providing the questions for an excellent quiz, the staff of Millstreet Community School and all those who attended.  A total of €1372.50 was raised from the night.  Thank you!